he busy Memorial Day weekend is behind us now. Since I was out of town, I missed all the activities, but hopefully everyone had a great time and the vendors at the craft show were happy with the turnout. Most people are being respectful of the fire restrictions which is greatly appreciated by all of us who live up here.
Some local news worth sharing: Arvin and Lorene Hegdahl have owned a home in Strawberry since 1972. They spent as much time as possible here until retirement and then spent their summers here.
Arvin died recently. The Hegdahl's daughter, Marty Baehr, lived in this house while teaching school in Pine from 1972 to 74. She taught third and fourth grade in the original old school which is now the thrift store at the Pine Community Center.
Hegdahl's granddaughter, Alicia Baehr -- Marty's daughter -- recently graduated from Central High School in Phoenix. She was awarded full scholarships from both the UofA and ASU, which is an amazing honor. She will attend ASU and is planning a major in International Relations with a minor in Russian.
Upon finishing school, she hopes to live and work in Europe. Alicia is not only a top student but is well rounded with many extracurricular activities. She continues to love her visits to Strawberry. Congratulations to Alicia.
Plenty to do
There will be a great many activities going on next weekend in both Pine and Strawberry. The shops, galleries, restaurants and museum will be open and eager to welcome you.
The Strawberry Patcher's Quilt show is three days this year, June 11, 12 and 13 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Do stop by to see the many beautiful quilts, true works of art. The Opportunity Quilt will be on display and you will be able to buy raffle tickets. The drawing for this quilt will be during the Quilt Show.
The Rim Country Kiwanis Rummage Sale is Saturday, June 12 at the Community Center in Pine, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Kiwanis are still accepting donations of clothing, household items and any kind of strange and wonderful treasures that you no longer need. Someone else just might be searching for that very treasure.
Call (928) 476-2227 for information about dropping off or arranging a pickup. All the proceeds from this event help fund community service projects for the children of Pine and Strawberry.
The famous Strawberry Festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, from 10 to 3. Right in "downtown" Strawberry, there will be more than 60 vendors taking part with a unique and varied assortment of crafts and products. There will be lots of good food as well, including many creative uses of strawberries. he Strawberry Jam Music Fest will run both days. John Carpino will start things off Saturday at 10 a.m. and there will be groups and just fun jamming taking place both days.
The Music Fest will be next to the Windmill Corner Inn this year. If you have a band and would like to take part or if you just want to jam, call (928) 476-3064. For those who are just going to listen, if possible, bring a chair or mat to sit on while enjoying the music.
Volunteers are needed to help in many areas. Set-up and take-down people are needed as are volunteers for three hour shifts -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be fun. Call (928) 476-4054 for information or to sign up.
By the way, don't forget our clean up day -- Saturday, June 5 beginning at 8 a.m. Bring any clippers, gloves, rakes or just yourself. The site is just south of Giuseppe's in Strawberry. With many helpers, the job will get done quickly.
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