This year's Strawberry Patcher's Quilt Guild Quiltathon was another great success. The group worked for three full days making the child-sized quilts with colorful fabrics and fun designs. Many volunteers stopped by to help and did a great job with cutting and pressing fabrics and tying the quilts.
These wonderful quilts will travel with the Department of Public Safety officers to be given to children in trauma situations. They are very comforting. This year, there were a number of exceptional quilts. The quilting guild decided they will sell these at the quilt show, June 8, 9 and 10, to raise money to buy fabric and supplies for next year's quilts. These quilts will come with certificates stating they are authentic DPS Comfort Quilts.
Movie Madness is at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library to entertain the children during spring break. "Peter Pan" was shown this week. I hope lots of kids were able to see it.
On March 22, "Land Before Time XII" will be shown at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Children should bring a pillow to be comfortable on the floor.
March 21 is the first day of spring, though it has been feeling like spring for the last week or so. March 21 is also the date for the Fiddler's Jam Session in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. The fun begins at 1 p.m. and there is no charge for this great entertainment. Bring your fiddle or banjo and join in or just sit back and enjoy the music.
You still have a little time to get your nomination in for Volunteer of the Year. There are a lot of people in Pine and Strawberry who deserve recognition for all their selfless efforts on behalf of our communities. Write a paragraph or two about them and send it in. That person just might be this year's Take Pride Volunteer of the year. Send your nominations to Take Pride, P.O. Box 1204, Pine, AZ 85544 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit your nomination is March 21.
Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. March 26, in the Library Activity Building. Marlene Bonney and Nancy Miller will present the program. Both women are members of the Strawberry Patchers Guild and also members of a new Fiber Art group called "The Frill Seekers."
They will give a history of quilting, including the role quilts played in the underground railroad, helping slaves who were attempting to escape their harsh masters in the South by heading north. This should be a most interesting program. Visitors are always welcome and the refreshments are always wonderful.
Plans for the Strawberry Festival are in the works. Lots of changes this year. Watch for news. It should be great fun.
Spring and summer are the times for great events and activities around Pine and Strawberry. Please send me notice of your events so that I can write about them in this column.
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