Enjoy Slower Pace Of Pine-Strawberry

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A great way to learn more about the rich cultural history of Pine and Strawberry is through a video presentation at the community museum.

Kick back and relax in front of a computer screen, flip the on switch and you'll be taken back to the 1800s when Mormon pioneers first settled the two mountain villages.

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At the Pine/Strawberry Antique Festival held Oct. 2 and 3 at the Cultural Center, the crowd in attendance was entertained by a ragtime band of local residents.

In 1890, when several Mormon families received permission from the church to abandon the settlement of Pine, the community nearly became a ghost town.

The settlers who stayed took great pride in their self-reliance, made possible by the sale of timber.

Both Pine and Strawberry are rapidly growing vacation and retirement communities that attract flatlanders eager for a better and simpler way of life. Both Pine and Strawberry offer rural settings, low crime rate, a moderate climate and easy access to the Valley.

In the fall and winter, the pace of the two neighboring villages slows from the summer months when droves of visitors retreat to the high country cooler climates.

Most visitors were drawn the past summer to three arts and crafts festival held on holidays: the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, Strawberry Festival, an Army National Guard band concert, and the Fourth of July celebration.

All that remains on the 2004 festival agenda is a Fiddlers Festival and a gathering of story tellers. The fiddlers contest begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Cultural Hall and the "Telebration" is on tap for 7 p.m., Nov. 20 in the Cultural Hall.

No visit to Pine and Strawberry would be complete without a visit to the one-room school house located on Fossil Creek Road about three miles west of Highway 87. The Strawberry Schoolhouse was built of hand-hewn pine logs in 1885. It has since been fully restored and outfitted with period desks, chalkboards and school books.

For those who want to spend a few extra days exploring Pine and Strawberry, accommodations include the Windmill Corner Inn (928) 476-3064, Pine Haven Bed and Breakfast (928) 476-3809, Strawberry Lodge (928) 476-3333, and the Cabins on Strawberry Hill (928) 476-4252.

For more information on Pine-Strawberry, call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce/ Pine Visitor Center at (928) 476-3547.

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