Quaint Villages Of Northern Gila County

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Fall brings cooler temps and changing leaves both reminders that Pine-Strawberry gets the very best of all four seasons.

If you are wondering how best to spend your time in our fair town during a fall holiday, here are a few suggestions:

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Ashley White, 11, and Kathy Kolisek, 12, carved up a pumpkin during the Fossil Creek Days held each October.

Visit the Pine Museum for a bit of local history this fall. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There, you can pick up a walking tour booklet for just a $1 and then stroll about the town learning about the historic buildings and the families that called them home. You can learn about the first grocery store, auto dealer and the many schoolhouses that served the early settlement of Pine and Strawberry.

For a preview, check the website: www.pinestrawhs.org/index.html.

If you are a surf savvy Internet junkie, then check the website for some fall fun: www.geocaching.com/seek/ cache_details.aspx?ID=26001. There are some team competitions, and our little museum has been included in them. There are seven questions for teams to seek the answers to all of which are in the Pine Museum.

On the third Wednesday of each month throughout fall, starting at 1 p.m. the Old-Time Fiddlers Jam Session will entertain a large crowd of music lovers. Combining the new with the old and some in between, this group of local musicians plays together for the sheer pleasure of it. The faces change occasionally, and if you pick, strum, tap or sing, you are invited to join them on stage for some good old-fashioned fun.

If games are more to your liking and the involvement of a little money makes it even more interesting, then Saturday night bingo is where you need to be. Starting at 6 p.m., the Kiwanis crank up a mean game of bingo. Novices are invited. Bring your lucky daubers, your good-luck charms and about $20 or $30 for a really good time. Popcorn and soda are sold.

You will leave having met new people and you could leave with the night's jackpot in your pocket.

Tellabration 2002 is back for the third year. Featuring professional storyteller and Pine resident, Don Doyle, he and others will weave tall tales right into your imagination. Comedy, mystery, drama and a little mischief are key ingredients in this tradition of passing on our history through tales of how it was. Admission is $5 and the show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center. This is a day in which professional storytellers perform in concert throughout the world. Tales of the Old West, ghosts, youth and history will be spun in the most entertaining way right here in Pine.

Fall means that Christmas is just around the corner. In Pine-Strawberry, you can shop till you drop. Each shop brings a unique set of specialty items and handcrafted treasures. It may take a couple of days, so stay a spell and enjoy the time.

At the Strawberry Market, check out the Fossil Creek Trading Company gift shop.

Then, if you start on the north end of Pine, you'll find The Brass Ring, Moose Mountain, Myra's Art gallery, the Gingerbread House, The Bondurant House, Frontier Furnishings, Pine Artisan Gallery, Cyd's and, yes, even Uncle Tom's Texaco, all have surprises waiting inside.

On special weekends through the fall, the Pine-Strawberry Arts-n-Craft Guild will open their gift shop and the Pine Museum has a great book and gift collection.

You will find treasures, art, crafts, antiques, clothes, cabin dr, and stuff you did not know you had to have. You will find something for everyone on your list, and a few special things for yourself.

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