The Strawberry Festival is over and has been declared a success. Lots of Strawberry residents are happy that it is over as they do not like all the congestion. But the visitors love coming to this event and it is nice to be able to share our little village one weekend a year.
The United States Postal Service was a little annoyed because the route to the cluster of mail boxes on Highway 87 was blocked. Thankfully, we did not hear any residents complain about not being able to get to their boxes.
I am most grateful to my fellow chairpeople, Bill and Jan Armbruster, and all of our hard-working committee heads.
All in all, it went very well. Somebody told me it is like a wedding in that the only ones who really know about all the mistakes are the bride and the bride's mother, or in this case, the chairmen.
The formal thank yous will be forthcoming but we particularly want to thank the Tonto Apache Tribe and the Mazatzal Casino who were most generous in sponsoring the Strawberry Jam Music Fest. So many people and businesses volunteered time and energy, including electricity, to make the event a success.
Putting on this event is a big job and tons of work -- but when you see people enjoying themselves, it makes it all worthwhile, particularly after a day or two of rest.
The Eighth Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt show was another success. More than 1,000 people passed through enjoying the beautiful quilts. In talking with a man from Houston, Texas, he said that he never thought he would enjoy looking at quilts but after his wife dragged him to a few quilt shows, he now really enjoys them and they look at quilts on their travels across the country. He was most impressed with the display.
Suzy Frost was there with her friend Wilma Hitterman from Payson. Suzy used to love making quilts and although she can no longer make them, she sure enjoys looking at them and appreciates just how much work goes into them.
The Pine-Strawberry Firefighter Association is announcing a new service in Pine and Strawberry called the Guardian Angel Program.
A heart-shaped pendant is worn around the neck of an older or handicapped person who lives alone. In the case of a fall or illness, the person depresses a button on the pendant which activates the unit to call pre-entered emergency numbers with a prerecorded message requesting assistance.
Donations to the Carters, who died recently in a house fire, were used to set up this program and purchase a beginning supply of the pendants. The PSFFA is grateful to the Carter family who directed the contributions to this worthy cause, and also to all of those who made contributions in the name of the Carters.
Those who can afford to pay for all or part of the $50 cost of the pendant will be asked to pay. For those who cannot afford the cost, funds are available.
For more information about this program, call the Pine Strawberry Fire Department during business hours at (928) 476-4272. Anyone willing to make a donation to this wonderful program, send a check to the PSFFA. Old usable cell phones and chargers not connected to a service provider are being sought as these can provide 911 access to those in need.
The main fund-raiser for PSFFA is the sale of T-shirts. Many thanks go to those who have purchased them and particularly to Uncle Tom's in Pine and the Strawberry Market which sell them for PSFFA.
The Pine Poet's Society will meet at 6 p.m., June 18 at Looking Glass Books. All are welcome to read their poetry or prose or some of their favorites. Everyone is invited to come and listen and enjoy the group.
For more information, call the bookstore at (928) 476-4771.
An adult beginning yoga class will be held at Looking Glass Books beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19. Bring your yoga mat. RSVPs are required due to space limitations. Call (928) 476-4771 to reserve your space.
The dog days of summer have arrived. Professor Henry Higgins, otherwise known as Railroad Engineer Higgs, will be the special guest reader for children's story time at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26 at Looking Glass Books in Pine. If you have never heard a story read by a very intelligent Standard Poodle, you are in for a treat. He does some tricks also. The tricks might be better than his reading. Come and find out for yourself. Higgins reads best for children 3 through 6 years of age.
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.