Antique Fest Left Some With Happy Hearts, Some With Broken Dreams



The Rim Country Antiques and Craft Festival is over. Harry Rinker, the Collector Inspector, made some people very happy and annoyed others with his appraisals.

Some items he appraised at only slightly more than the $10 appraisal fee. Others were advised that their piece would be better appreciated and bring a better price in Chicago or New York. While those getting the appraisals waited for Rinker's ultimate statement of value, those in the audience enjoyed the show and learned a bit about antiques. Rinker, of HGTV fame, is an entertainer as well as an appraiser.


Harry Rinker informs Sara Backes that her bench, though interesting, would be of greater value if repainted. Lila Eisenhower, (left) looks on as she helps unpack treasures to be appraised at the Rim Country Antiques and Crafts Festival in Pine.

The silent auction and antique and collectable show in the school gym brought many looking for treasures. Only time will tell how many found those treasures.

All proceeds from the weekend benefit the Pine/Strawberry Historical Society.

Fortunately for those of us who live here, most really busy weekends are followed by fairly quiet ones. This weekend will be a wonderful time to stop and watch the leaves fall or take a long walk.

The Pine/Strawberry PC Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Senior Center in Pine. The session will begin with questions and answers so bring your most perplexing questions. This month, the topic will be useful software freebies (for under $25). Software programs that can be downloaded from the Web are described as "freeware," "shareware" or "donation ware" and can vary in quality from excellent to terrible. To learn all about this software, bring a friend and come to the Tuesday evening discussion. The $1 charge to cover costs is waived for first-time attendees.

The Pine/Strawberry School is back in session beginning Oct. 20. Family reading night is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. This is a terrific way to help your children increase their reading skills while enjoying some fun together. All school families are encouraged to attend.

The school's fall festival is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the school gym.

Strawberry's Elite Oktoberfest will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. The $10 ticket price includes Charlie's bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and apple crisp. Trouble in Paradise will provide some foot-stomping entertainment. Tickets are available at the door or from Elite members. Proceeds directly benefit children and families in Pine and Strawberry.

Dr. Charles W. Meister will speak at the Pine Library Friends meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the library. Everyone is invited to hear this interesting talk on the origination of names. Dr. Meister, author and lecturer, is a retired English professor and college president who specializes in the meaning and origin of names.

The second Quarterly Book Discussion Group will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. The book for discussion is "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. Kathleen Alexander-Young is the discussion leader.

The Pine/Strawberry Holiday Boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through October and November in the Arts and Crafts Center at the Pine Community Center. Do come in and look around

To provide information about an event in Pine or Strawberry, call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail

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