The Strawberry Festival and the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will keep everyone entertained this weekend in Pine and Strawberry. The Strawberry Festival has all things strawberry as well as many booths with one-of-a-kind crafts and art. There will be food to suit all tastes. You can sit in the shade of the old oak tree and enjoy your meal and then wander around visiting all the booths while you work up an appetite once again.
The Strawberry Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12.
The Strawberry Jam Music Fest, sponsored by the Tonto Apache Tribe and the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, will be ongoing throughout the two days of the festival. Some local jammers will start off Saturday morning.
The Hot Cappuccinos will be on stage from noon until 3 p.m. This newly formed group, led by John Carpino -- voted Payson's Favorite musician for 11 years -- includes some of the best musicians of the Rim country: Billy Ichida on lead guitar, Chris Campbell on drums, James Alstatt on bass and Lu Carpino on keyboard, percussion and vocals. The Hot Cappuccinos play a mix of classic rock, crossover country-rock and contemporary music. Don't miss this energetic, fun sound.
On Sunday, FRIENDS will perform from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Stan and Joy Welling have been a duet for 15 years playing oldies and not so oldies. They play variety, gospel, rock ‘n' roll and a touch of bluegrass.
The Top Cats will be on stage from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday. These fellows are fun, funny and very entertaining. If you want to be sure to have a seat, bring a chair.
Traffic will be moving slowly and lots of people will be meandering about on foot. Drive safely and cautiously. Remember that the shuttle will pick you up from one of several stops in Pine and bring you up the hill; there is very little parking in Strawberry.
The restaurants are concocting original strawberry food temptations to lure you in. And the businesses of Pine and Strawberry are primed for lots of visitors. This is a great community event. Hopefully, everyone will get out and enjoy it.
The Strawberry Patchers' Quilt Show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. You will be amazed at the beauty and artistry of these quilts. Call Gloria Fahr (928) 476-3623, for an appraisal of your favorite quilt. Don't forget to buy raffle tickets for the Opportunity Quilt. The money taken in from this raffle is used to buy fabric and supplies for the quilts the group makes for children involved in accidents.
The Southern Gospel Music Festival, sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Pine, the Strawberry Chapel and the Church on Randall Place, will be June 17, 18 and 19. The Royalaires and 4Grace will present several concerts, including one in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Watch for more details.
Brushing up on fire
Mike Brandt and Don Voakes from the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department did an assessment of my property recently. I did not score very well, but they assured me that I was not alone.
The fire department is working to make this a safer place for us all to live. If you have not yet signed up for your property assessment, be sure to do so soon.
Also, this year again, you are being asked to keep track of the hours and money you spend making your property safer. This information helps show Congress what we are accomplishing as a community.
"By working together we can keep our beautiful forest community healthy and fire safe," Mike said.
The Pine-Strawberry Wildland Urban Interface Project is another part of the plan to reduce the fuels and make our forest safer.
The National Fire Plan addresses five key points: Firefighting, Rehabilitation and Restoration, Hazardous Fuel Reduction, Community Assistance and Accountability.
The fuels management part of this program addresses the overly dense forest vegetation which is the result of decades of keeping fires from those areas. This is a huge project and will take up to 10 years to complete.
There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 25 at the Pine Community Center to inform our communities about this project. Your questions will be answered and concerns addressed. Copies of the proposed action will be available.
Anyone who would like to be on the mailing list to receive copies of this proposed action and future documents should contact Ed Paul at the Payson Ranger Station, (928) 474-7979. If you cannot attend this open house, you will definitely want to get on the mailing list.
Information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry can be sent by phone or fax at (928) 476-2239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.