The Pine-Strawberry Historical and Archeological Society is hosting a Pine festival to beat all Pine festivals: The 2nd Annual Southwest Guild Rim Country Antique Show.
This past summer, as severe fire danger and water shortages became the top priority for most business owners, the historical society and the Rim Country Chamber took heed. As a result, many of our favorite traditions the Antique Festival, Heritage Day and the Fourth of July Craft Fair were canceled.
So the P-S Historical Society gathered the best of those fests and added some fun touches. Now that the society's nine-member board has stepped up to the plate, P-S is proud to host one of the biggest and best festivals of 2002.
The 2nd Annual Southwest Guild Rim Country Antique Show and all its related festivities celebrate the old and the new, the classic and the classy. They will also help to generate the funds needed to keep Pine's history alive.
It takes about $16,000 each year to keep the Pine Museum and Strawberry Schoolhouse open and functioning. And all of that money, says Historical Board President, Melvin VanVorst, comes from the community via fund raisers, memberships and donations.
With that budget and thousands of volunteer hours, VanVorst and the historical society run one of the best museums in Arizona.
Or so say the visitors.
"People come here from all over the world and say our museum is one of the finest they have seen," Board Member Kris Lovetro, said. "They're thinking, 'This is in a little-bitty town in Arizona?' Who would think?"
From the displays to the hands-on exhibits, over 95-percent of the items in the Museum and the Schoolhouse have been donated by local residents, VanVorst said with pride.
"We had folks here from England just yesterday," he said last week. "They had traveled all over the southwest and they thought our museum was the best."
Visitors to Pine often spend time 'antiquing' taking hours to peruse the half-dozen tiny shops that dot this mountain town's main arteries. By bringing their antique fair to town, the historical society is adding excitement to the chase, while making history and the items that mark our time the theme of the weekend.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, the P-S Elementary School Gym will be home to some 30 antiques dealers. On the sports field at the school, 50 artisan and craft show exhibitors will hawk their goods.
During those same hours, the Pine Community Center will be abuzz with activity as many combined activities guarantee no one will go home disappointed.
Saturday, the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce will be bringing back the Apple Festival. Local bakers will bring homemade pies to the table to be judged by local restaurateurs. The chamber will offer apple bobbing, apple cider, apple pie by the slice and fresh apples straight from the orchard.
Interested in the history of the area, and who built and lived in these great-old homes like the Randall House and the Bondurant House? Then take the walking history tour. Guide booklets are available for just $1, and there's a five-minute video on the tour that will be presented at the Community Center in the Pine Museum.
A silent auction with an eBay twist will unfold in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center and will feature hundreds of items including antiques, collectibles, new tires, gift certificates from local vendors, golf packages and much more. Many of the items will have a special "buy-it-now" price which will allow all comers to avoid the bidding war and walk out with the item.
The members of one organization that's high on everyone's list of local favorites, the Rim Country Classic Car Club, will bring their shiny machines out for the weekend. In turn, those cars will bring out the memories and cameras of festival attendees.
Meantime, local caricature artist Paul Reeves will create your likeness for a donation of $3 to the historical society. And beloved face-painting artist Polly Thomas will add color to your face for free.
Saturday at 11 a.m., the pit barbecue will open for business. Albert Hunt will serve up what could well be the best plate of beef, beans, potato salad (complete with a roll) you ever tasted all for just $6, with proceeds earmarked to benefit the Historical Society.
At 1:30 p.m. in the Ramada, the musical group Trouble in Paradise and the Old Time Fiddler's Jam Session will provide outstanding entertainment that will have everyone tapping their toes and singing along. The fiddlers have been packing the cultural hall monthly, amassing their own set of groupies. The musically inclined are invited to join them with spoons, fiddle, washtub or voice. Old-fashioned favorites and requests from the crowd fill the playbill.
For the benefit of shopaholics and bargain hunters, The Pine-Strawberry Arts-'n'-Crafts Guild gift shop will be open, as will the Senior Center Thrift Store.