Suddenly, there is lots of activity in Pine and Strawberry. Along with the fun, we must be very careful about fire. We are now paying the price for all that wonderful rain we had last winter. The grass is growing and drying out and is an extreme fire hazard. Be particularly watchful for anyone smoking outside. Please encourage everyone to use an ashtray and be especially careful.
The Summer Reading Program, Dragons, Dreams & Daring Deeds, started off with a bang on June 1. Stop by the library for all the details.
The Strawberry Patchers' Quilt Show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Amazing, beautiful quilts will be on display. Be sure to see them. A quilt appraiser will be available to appraise your quilt, but you must make an appointment. Call Gloria Fohr at (928) 476-3623 to schedule an appraisal. The Opportunity Quilt is on display at Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques. It is so beautiful. Be sure to buy your raffle tickets. Everyone would love to have this incredible quilt.
The Strawberry Festival is just around the corner. There will be lots of wonderful food, a great assortment of art and craft booths and the Strawberry Jam Music Festival. There will be shuttle transportation from several places in Pine. Do plan to take the shuttles as parking is in short supply in Strawberry. The shuttles will run up and back every 30 minutes or so.
The Strawberry Jam Music Festival will be ongoing throughout the Strawberry Festival. The music is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Tonto Apache Tribe. Great entertainers are on the program plus there will be some time for just jamming. John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos will be on stage from noon until 3 p.m., Saturday, June 11. FRIENDS will perform from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Top Cats will be entertaining from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Strawberry Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. Invite all your Valley friends to join you for this wonderful summer festival.
Volunteers are still needed in several areas. Set up and take down help is needed on Friday late afternoon, early Saturday morning and Sunday at 4 p.m. If you can help with any of this, please call Cheryl Holland at (928) 476-3064.
A Southern Gospel Music Festival is coming to Pine and Strawberry on the weekend of June 17, 18 and 19. The First Baptist Church in Pine, the Strawberry Chapel and the Church on Randall Place are sponsoring this event.
The groups performing are the Royalaires and 4Grace. There will be a concert at the Ponderosa Baptist Church in Payson at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, and a concert in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Everyone is invited to attend these wonderful, uplifting and joyful concerts. Watch for more details.
The Payson Ranger District is working with the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department on a long-term project to manage the fuels in the 70,000 acres surrounding Pine and Strawberry. This is part of the FireWise Grant awarded to the PS Fire Department to help provide a safer and healthier environment for fire prevention.
The Ranger District will also be maintaining the fuel break that was constructed last year. Ed Paul of Pine is the coordinator of this program. You will see crews working in the area. There will be a meeting scheduled soon to fill everyone in on all the details. Watch for further word.
Stop by the Pine or Strawberry Fire Departments to learn more about a program to help you clean up your property and make it more fire-safe. They can also help with vacant properties that are a concern.
We all owe a huge thank-you to our fire department for its hard work in securing this grant which will keep us, our homes and this beautiful area safer from the ever-present threat of fire. Stop by and say thank-you, and sign up for the program.
The Payson Masonic Lodge awarded two bicycles to the top readers at the Pine Strawberry School in the Books for Bicycles program. The second-semester winners were Sarah Sprinkle, a third-grader, and fifth-grader, Bethany Sprinkle. These sisters read the most books to earn the top prize, bicycles. Other winners were Emma Johnson, Rachael Larned, Chelsea Emery and Talia Schaal. Congratulations to all these great readers.
The Library Friends raffle winners have just been announced. The hand-stitched quilt was won by Bill Spencer of Flagstaff. He used to live here and still visits the library when passing though. The picnic cooler filled with wonderful goodies was won by Alesha Calderwood. The Pine Deli Dinner gift certificate was won by Dolores Finamore. Congratulations to all the winners. Many thanks to those who contributed the great prizes.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. "A Cool History Lesson" on the Pine/Strawberry area will be presented by local historian Mike Anderson. Included will be an old-fashioned ice cream social and a photo exhibit, by Ed Toliver, of early days here. There will be music by Trouble in Paradise. The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is sponsoring this event.