Did anyone make it to the rodeo this year? I couldn’t believe the crowd that was there on Saturday night — not a spare seat to be had. From what I hear, Friday was the same. That is a great thing for the Rim Country as attendance has been falling off for the past few years.
It seemed that at least a portion of the visitors made it up to Pine and Strawberry — the towns seemed to have more activity than normal for a weekend without any major events taking place.
We finally got a bit of rain — about three glorious hours at our home, but it was so thoroughly consumed by the thirsty trees and plants that a few hours after it stopped there was little evidence we had had any moisture at all.
It just shows how desperate our vegetation is for some relief from this long dry spell. I’m glad that we had so much snow last winter — otherwise we might not have a living plant in our yard.
There have been a lot animals out and about with the cooler evenings. Maybe it’s just easier to hear them with the windows open, but I frequently awake to coyotes, cow elks calling their calves, and of course, dogs barking to keep them from wandering too close to their territory.
A group of deer frequently come around to forage and even though our pond is way down, it attracts so many beautiful birds coming to get a refreshing drink. We caught a snake in the very act of eating one of our smaller gold fish last week and another in the pond a few days later apparently waiting to cash in on the easy prey. I’ve also seen several rabbits and three tarantulas while walking recently, so I guess all of the animals are enjoying the lovely weather.
This Sunday, Aug. 23, Strawberry’s Elite invites you to join them for a steak fry at the Rimside Grill in Pine. This hearty dinner takes place on the patio between 3 and 7 p.m. and all proceeds are used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in Pine and Strawberry.
Trouble in Paradise will be playing, so you are welcome to come at any time during the event and stay as long as you please!
The cost of the dinner is $15 each or $25 for a couple. You may purchase your tickets in advance from any Elite member, or simply pay at the door on the night of the event.
Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for the Riff Raff Club’s upcoming Rifle Raffle. The drawing takes place on Labor Day weekend. Tickets can be purchased from any club member or by calling Jim at (928) 476-3250, Jerry at (928) 476-2195, or Joe at (928) 978-5507.
Proceeds from the event are used to make bountiful gift baskets for community members over the upcoming holidays.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will be featuring the PG-rated movie “Race to Witch Mountain” at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28. Refreshments are available and that is an early release day for the students at the Pine Strawberry School, so they are more than welcome to attend.
Friends of the Library are gearing up for their big three-day book sale over Labor Day weekend. The event takes place in the library’s activity room and there is always a wide selection of topics available to purchase.
I personally can’t get out of the sale without a few selections for my home library!
The library is currently selling raffle tickets for their “American Reading Nook Basket” which will be raffled off on the last day of the book sale, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $1 for one, or $5 for six, and they can be purchased from any Library Friends member or at the library help desk.
There are also many other exciting events scheduled in the next few months at the library. In September they will be displaying some of the Science Fair exhibits from students at the Pine Strawberry School. Then, on Nov. 11 the library will honor veterans of all wars by hosting an event that gives folks an opportunity to meet with them, hear of their experiences, and honor their sacrifices to preserve our freedom. Mark your calendar early for this very special occasion.
Arts and crafts show
Labor Day weekend promises to be another busy one for businesses in our community. Several vendors will be selling their wares at the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Community Center in Pine.
The previous arts and crafts shows have included many talented craftsmen featuring something for everyone, and this event will be no exception. They are expecting more than 80 vendors, including a few special food and beverage stands. The senior center will be selling their famous Navajo tacos as well.
This is a great opportunity to purchase unique one of a kind gifts for the special people in your life at very reasonable prices. The show begins at 8 a.m. both days, and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Arizona Department of Transportation continues work on two sections of Highway 87 between Pine and Payson. According to their Web site, right outside of Payson they will be using a pilot car to direct the flow of traffic this week. Just before reaching Pine, you’ll experience a lane closure and flagmen directing traffic, so be on the lookout, drive carefully, and pay attention to what’s going on.
It really does change daily and there are inevitable delays on both ends, so be sure to factor that in when leaving home.
Since the crews take Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, there are no delays during the busy weekends.
God bless and have a great week!