For heat weary desert dwellers, a summer trip to the Rim Country is not complete without a stop in Pine.
So, visitors check out the Pine Museum, poke through shops looking for antiques, arts and crafts, and soak up our small town atmosphere, local residents fade into the background.
"You live here year round, wow," is a visitor's comment heard over and over.
On May 24 and 25, the annual exodus of flat landers will begin with the 28th annual Pine Arts and Crafts Festival to be held at the Pine Community Center. The Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild will host.
The event attracts vendors around Arizona and some from out of state. A new feature this year will be an arts and craft boutique.
In addition, there will plenty of good food, drinks and goodies to tempt the palate. One of the most popular items is the Pine Senior Centers Navajo tacos.
Also, breakfast will be served at 6:30 a.m. each day.
Profits from vendors' rental fees are annually contributed to local organizations. In the past, recipients have included the Pine Strawberry Food Bank, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Pine-Strawberry School, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad and the Pine Strawberry Fire Department.
Take the time to visit the festival and look at our community through the eyes of a visitor, you might be surprised at what you see.
Quilts part of raffle
Quilts and a hand-quilted wall hanging are only some of the items that will be offered at the Pine Library Friends Book Sale and Raffle.
Just last week, the Library Friends added May 23 to the previously scheduled May 24 and May 25 book sale days.
The extra day was added because the weekend will be busy and the Friends wanted to give locals a chance to shop early. The book sales will be in the Library Activity Room behind the Community Center in Pine.
The raffle will be at 2 p.m. Sunday May 25. Tickets are $1.00 each, six for $5.00 or 12 for $10.00 and may be purchased at the library or from a Library Friends member.
Pine Strawberry School Rummage Sale Huge Success
Michael Clark, Principal/Superintendent of Pine Strawberry School credits the generosity of community and "school moms" -- Diane Roeder and Michelle Wintrick --or organizing and running the very successful rummage sale.
He also lauds Ira Gibel and the Take Pride project for invaluable assistance in bringing the event together.
The rummage sale, which was held Saturday, May 3, raised $3,075 for the school. The much needed monies will be deposited into the general fund and will be used for classroom supplies.
Clark and the staff at school extend a heartfelt thank to everyone.
Be a Hero
The Pine Strawberry blood drive is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87 in Pine.
Over 70 pints of blood were donated during January's drive. It should be our goal to top that. United Blood Services say only one in 20 people regularly give blood. For every person in need of blood, the simple act of giving is heroic. So, give blood. Be a hero.
Fiddlin' around in Pine
Don't miss the monthly fiddler's jam at the Community Center in Pine on May 21. It's an opportunity to meet your friends and make new ones.Music begins at 1 p.m. This is a great way to enjoy the afternoon.
Coming in June
Strawberry Patchers 12th Annual Quilt Show -- June 6 to 8 in the Pine Strawberry Community Center
Annual Strawberry Festival -- June 7 and 8 in the Pine Strawberry Community Center
Justice McNeeley Foundation 2008 Annual Quad Run -- June 14 at the Rimside Grill, Pine
Fiddlers Jam --une 18 in the Pine Strawberry Community Center.
Kay Foster is a columnist for the Payson Roundup. Contact her with items for this column at (928) 476-2788 or e-mail email@example.com.