The snow is beautiful. The Valley folks will be coming up in droves. I hope they will stop for a little shopping and eating while they are here. They might even stay the night. That would be great for our local businesses. If we welcome them with hot apple cider or hot chocolate, they might decide to come back again soon.
The Community Christmas Party and Tree Auction was quite a success. The trees sold for some amazing prices because very generous people from our communities came forward to support the school and its programs. The money will be well spent in areas that are not funded otherwise.
Thanks also to those individuals and businesses that sponsored the trees. This is the first year that there were more willing sponsors than trees.
The appearance of Santa Claus was made possible by the kindness of Ed Floyd and his assistant, Becky Lee. A long line of eager kids waited for hugs and to put in their requests.
The firemen did a terrific job of getting Santa and Mrs. Claus to the cultural hall with bells and sirens announcing their arrival.
Thank you so very much to Daria Mason and her instrumental group and choral group. They were terrific. Without the Credit for Kids program the music program would not exist. Without Daria, there would be no program either. The deadline to contribute to the Credit for Kids program is at the end of December, check at the school for details.
Thanks to my fellow chairpeople, Linda Brammer and Karen Muench. And thanks too to all who helped with set up and clean up. Many thanks also to Kathe Ketchem and others from the school who worked so hard to make this a successful party.
One final thank you to all who contributed gifts for the door prizes. The kids were delighted. The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event assisted by Strawberry's Elite and Take Pride. Thanks to all who helped.
The Christmas Angel Auction was Saturday night. It was a wonderfully fun event and brought in a lot of money for worthwhile projects in Pine and Strawberry. This event helps a lot of our own people. A sincere thank-you to all who contributed items or purchased items. The funds will be well spent.
The gift shop, Sweet Charity, is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This shop is housed in the building just south of the ERA office in Pine. The shop has amazing and beautiful items for Christmas giving and decorating. Many of the items are handmade, and all are gorgeous. All money from the shop goes into the Christmas Angel fund. With any questions or to volunteer at the gift shop, call the Angel hotline, (928) 476-3433.
Remember to stop by the First Baptist Church in Pine at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 to view the collection of nativity sets. These are the treasures of many families who are sharing them during this special advent event. Refreshments will be served.
The Pine-Strawberry School pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade Christmas program is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. All are invited to enjoy the program and support the music program.
The PC Users group will not meet this month. Watch this column for a tentative schedule of next year's topics.
The "Polar Express" is coming to the Pine Library for Children's Story Hour at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. All passengers will be provided holiday fun and festivities. This is a great story. Don't let the kids miss out.
The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing a wonderful assortment of Christmas music at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center. There is no charge for this wonderful monthly event.
The Pine Library is presenting December Movie Madness. "Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas" will be shown at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22. The wonderful classic, "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates" will be featured at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Popcorn will be provided. Each child is encouraged to bring his favorite pillow. Call or stop by the library for more information, (928) 476-3678.
There are still a lot of good books available at the Pine Library book sale, just in time for holiday giving. There are some great crafts and decorations available also. Stop by our terrific library.
Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink. net.