The holidays are just ahead and lots of activities are on the schedule. Hopefully, this column will include them all, but only if I know about them.
Tellabration 2003, an evening of storytelling, is Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Pine Cultural Hall. This is the fifth year for this event and the audience increases substantially each year as word of this terrific event spreads.
The storytellers are Dorothy Daniels Anderson, Douglas Bland, Ricardo Provencio, Liz Warren and the program coordinator, Don Doyle. Barb and Chuck of Trouble in Paradise will tell stories in song featuring, among others, the works of Buckshot Dot and Dean Cook, Arizona cowboy poets and balladeers. All the entertainers volunteer their time and pay their own expenses. They love coming to Pine for this event.
Tickets are $5 per person and go on sale at 6 p.m. Come early to secure your seat. Story telling is one of the oldest art forms and is the way history was recorded through the generations. J.G. Pinkerton began Tellabration 15 years ago with the idea that at the same time all around the world, storytellers would perform. This year, there will be some 300 Tellabrations throughout the world. Don't miss this wonderful evening.
Bring the children for a seasonal reading and Thanksgiving craft project at Looking Glass Books on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. On Friday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m., Looking Glass Books and Gifts is offering a meditation class. Learn breathing techniques, central to the meditative process, during this complimentary workshop. On Saturday, Nov. 29, a winterizing and safety workshop will be offered to help reduce heat loss and high energy bills. Walk-ins are welcome, but call 476-4771 for information and to reserve your place.
The Pine-Strawberry School Christmas Tree Auction and Community Christmas Party will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. There will be caroling, refreshments and door prizes for the children. The tree auction starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting and visit from Santa. Anyone willing to donate a door prize, please drop it off at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine before Dec. 6. Bring it in a brown paper bag, marked to indicate if it is for boy or girl and appropriate age group. Try to make the gift as generic as possible. It would be wonderful if every child would go home with a gift, so please pick up a simple gift next time you are shopping. All proceeds from the tree auction and other fund-raisers during this evening go to the school. Call (928) 476-2239 for more information.
The Christmas Angels benefit auction is Saturday, Dec. 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the old southside gas station in Pine at Cemetery Road and Highway 87. The silent auction runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by the live auction. Besides benefiting families of Pine and Strawberry for the holiday season, this evening promises fun and frivolity. Donations of home accessories, jewelry, art, and wonderful exotic junque are welcomed and needed. Cash donations are also welcomed. Call the Angel Hotline, (928) 476-3433 for information about dropping off items or with other questions.
Make a night of it and start the evening by attending the Community Christmas party at 5 p.m. and then head over to the Christmas Angel benefit. Our local famous auctioneer, Frank Allen will be providing his talents for both auctions.
The Residential Lighting Contest will be a little different this year. Judging will be done using your submitted photographs. Deadline is Dec. 15. Watch this column for more information and photo drop off sites.
Remember to visit the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts gift shop which is open every Saturday and Sunday through November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Craft Center at the Pine Community Center.
Please notify me about upcoming events in Pine and Strawberry if you would like them mentioned in this column. You can fax or phone (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@ earthlink.net.