Residents Take Breather Before July 4 Weekend

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Pine and Strawberry need a quiet weekend now and again so that all the locals can rest and all the visitors have a chance to visit the wonderful shops, restaurants and lodging facilities available in our communities.

This is that kind of quiet weekend before the ever-busy 4th of July festivities. The museum is open in Pine and the Strawberry Schoolhouse is open Saturday and Sunday. You can picnic under a shade tree either at the new Randall Park in Pine or at the Schoolhouse in Strawberry.

Certainly everyone heard that Channel 3 was in Pine and Strawberry this past week. Our villages were featured on their family destination segment. It was great fun to see our little hamlet on television.

Steve Bodinet said it was a great place to have a summer cabin. I do believe he liked our friendly communities and the great cool evenings -- but particularly he liked the pie at the Strawberry Lodge. That is the one segment that I saw but I know he got around the towns. Hopefully not everyone will come here to buy a summer cabin. We like it quiet and small, but a little notoriety is fun.

A special guest will be reading to the children for Story Hour at Looking Glass Books in Pine tomorrow, Saturday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. In honor of the Dog Days of Summer, Professor Higgins, also known as Railroad Engineer Higgs or just plain Higgins, will be in costume to match the books he will be reading. However, he may need a little help with the reading from the children, ages 3 to 6. Don't miss the opportunity to meet the professor.

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Craft show is July 3 and 4. There will be more than 85 vendors with one-of-a-kind gifts and crafts, jewelry, ceramics, wood items, stained glass, dolls, baby gifts and many more juried craft booths. There will be plenty to eat including snow cones, kettle corn, Navajo tacos, burgers, hot dogs and fruit smoothies.
Clowns and face painting will entertain the children as well as a safe playground to keep them happy while the parents shop. Don't miss this great event. The forest is closed but the Pine Strawberry Arts and Craft show will be open for business.

The Kiwanis pancake breakfast will start the day on both Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4. All-you-can-eat pancakes plus sausage, orange juice and coffee are on the menu. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. All the proceeds help children in the Pine Strawberry area.

There will be no 4th of July party at the school in Pine this year. Once again we will not be able to have fireworks and Payson is having a real gala event promising a better-than-ever fireworks display.

The 108th Arizona Army National Guard Band is returning to Pine at 7 p.m. Monday, July 5, for a free concert which will be held in the now air-conditioned Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. The music will range from oldies to modern pop with lots of our favorite patriotic tunes. Come to this celebration of America through music.

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.

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