This Memorial Day weekend starts off the busy summer season with activities for all. The Art and Craft Festival, sponsored by the Pine/Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild is Saturday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a juried show and all booth spaces are filled with creative, handmade, interesting and fun items in all media. There will be food booths and the famous Navajo tacos. This event is at the Pine Community Center.
Kiwanis will have its pancake breakfast both Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Kiwanis building. All-you-can-eat pancakes plus sausage, coffee and juice for $5 for adults and $3 for children under ten.
The Pine Library book sale will be on the library parking lot just across the road from the Community Center. There will be books, videos and books on tape at great prices. Don't forget to buy raffle tickets for the great summer picnic basket filled to overflowing with everything you would ever need for a picnic and a beautiful quilt. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The Book Sale, sponsored by the Pine Library Friends, begins at 8 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.
Be sure to get the children signed up for the Pine Library's Summer Reading Program. The theme, "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds," brings all sorts of interesting reading as well as fascinating special guests, activities and events. Sign up at the library. The program begins at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 1. All local and visiting children are invited to be part of this wonderful program. There are activities of interest for all age groups.
The Strawberry Patchers have made a most beautiful Opportunity Quilt this year. The quilt name, "Forest Fantasy," describes it well -- the colors and design are woodsy, perfect for a cabin or home. You must see this quilt to really appreciate it. It is on display at Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques on Hardscrabble Road.
This quilt is totally original. No pattern was used. Debbie Stanton and Mitzi Paul designed the quilt but all the members of the group contributed ideas and work. This quilt is large, bigger than queen size. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The money raised with this raffle buys the supplies for the trauma quilts this group makes to be handed out to child accident victims by the Department of Public Safety and local fire departments. Every year, this dedicated group makes 250 quilts. This year they also gathered 1,700 pounds of food for the food bank.
The raffle drawing will take place at the Strawberry Patcher's Annual Quilt Show and Boutique. The 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, June 12. in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Quilters from the Rim Country will be featured. Karen Housner, an American Quilt Society certified appraiser, will make quilt appraisals. If you want a quilt appraised, please call Gloria Fohr at (928) 476-3623 to make an appointment. The Strawberry Patcher's are a chapter of the Arizona Quilter's Guild.
The Fire-Wise program provides grant money through the Pine-Strawberry Fire Departments to help make your property more fire safe. This is a 50/50 matching grant and will include up to 100 feet from your home. Stop by the Pine or Strawberry Fire Departments for more information and to sign up.
The Strawberry Festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Strawberry. Volunteers are needed to help in several of the booths serving food, T-shirts and other great things. Call Cheryl Holland at (928) 476-3064 to volunteer.
Besides the wonderful booths with handmade items and a great variety of food, the Strawberry Jam with wonderful music will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Invite all your friends from throughout the state to come enjoy a day in Strawberry. The restaurants in the area will be serving specialties featuring strawberries. Check them out. Volunteers are needed on a regular basis at the Pine Museum and the Strawberry School House. Stop by the museum for information about volunteering. It is fun and you will meet all sorts of people and learn a lot about your communities.
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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.