The busy holiday weekend is over and things are quieting down once again. Traffic was amazing, especially in Payson. It tended to be a long trip for those coming and going from the Valley. I sure am glad that I live here all year around. Business was good for the shops this weekend. And the craft fair did well. That is great for everyone.
Tonto Rim Search and Rescue had the drawing for their raffle on Sunday afternoon at the craft show. The winner of the 11RT Starcraft camping trailer is Randy Scott of Sedona. The 2.5 carat Four Peaks Amethyst gemstone was won by Walt Smith of Strawberry. Tickets for four to Knotts Berry Farm went to Jeff Gabriel of Apache Junction. Winning two tickets for the Verde Canyon Rail Road was Fran Michienzi of Strawberry, and a $50.00 gift certificate to the Sportsman's Warehouse in Phoenix went to C Lamb of Pine. These Search and Rescue folks work very hard selling these tickets as this is a major fund-raiser for them. All those who bought tickets helped this great organization.
The Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in the cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This is always great fun. Start the fall season off with some good hand clapping, foot stomping music. Every one is invited and there is no charge.
The AARP Driver Safety Program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Church on Randall Place. This is a refresher class for drivers over 50 and it just might reduce your insurance rate. Call (928) 476-4298 for information and to register.
If you have not filled out and turned in your form for the Wildland Fire Grant, be sure to stop by the fire department in either Pine or Strawberry and get it done. The more people that complete the form, the more money will be available to help make our communities more fire safe. It just takes a minute.
The Rim Country Antique and Crafts Festival is Oct. 2 and 3. The entire event will be at the Community Center this year, not so spread out as former years. Lots of things will be going on including a silent auction, pit barbecue and dessert festival as well as booths with antiques and collectables and fine crafts. Donations are needed for the silent auction. These can be dropped off at the museum or at Moose Mountain on Hardscrabble Road. For $100 you can be a sponsor of this event and you will be acknowledged on the sponsor banner.
If you are interested in having a booth, call Kris Lovetro at (928) 476-2368 or (928) 476- 3175. Kris is the event chairman. If you want to help out or have questions, give her a call.
PC group User's Group is Sept. 21 this month. The group meets on the third Tuesday at the Senior Dining Center at the Community Center, 6:30 p.m.
"Ten Little Indians" by Sherman Alexie is the title for the next quarterly book discussion at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. The discussion will be in October, date to be announced by next week. These are fun and informative discussion groups. Extra books are available at the 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.