Gardeners in the Rim Country are rejoicing after receiving enough rain to fill all the catchments plus plenty to spare.
There is nothing quite as discouraging as getting all the plants in the ground, then not having enough water to keep them thriving. Because the rain was steady and mostly gentle, the ground and all the vegetation got the deep soaking they so desperately needed. With sunshine returning on Sunday, it was a perfect day to get out and easily eradicate those pesky weeds.
Although Saturday was overcast and rain threatened to cut loose at any time, it held off and allowed the dedicated craftsmen to go on with the Arts and Crafts Show. Now, it just so happens that this is the first time that I’ve been in town when the festival was taking place, and I am so glad that I was.
When I think of typical arts and crafts shows, it conjures up images of rows and rows of crocheted potholders, but I was in for a very pleasant surprise when I began perusing the various stands.
The wares included creative handmade jewelry, beautifully carved wooden bowls, spoons, and etched plaques, exquisite quilts, rattlesnake skin-wrapped canes, painted pictures, and yes, even potholders (though they weren’t at all tacky).
There was certainly something to please everyone and the prices were quite reasonable too. I can see why folks come from far and near to attend this particular event. There was a tremendous amount of talent present and I sincerely hope that all of the folks who participated were well compensated for their efforts.
Lots happening June 12-13
There are three very good reasons to visit Pine and Strawberry the weekend of June 12-14 — The Strawberry Patchers’ Quilt Show, The Strawberry Festival and the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival will all be taking place during those three days.
The Strawberry Patchers will be hosting their much-anticipated Quilt Show in the Cultural Hall of the Community Center on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Sunday, June 14 they will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
There will be about 100 quilts and wearables available for viewing, plus the “Berry Boutique” featuring special craft items made by individual Patchers for sale. If you would like to enter a quilt in the exhibit, simply go to the Web site www.strawberrypatchers .com and download an entry form.
Be sure to return it quickly though, the final deadline to register your entry is Saturday, June 6.
In addition to the spectacular viewing, Karen Hausner will be available all three days for quilt appraisals — if you have a special quilt and would like to know more about its history or value, just bring it in and Karen will provide her expertise in assisting you.
Furthermore, there will be a vendor mall open to the public in the library’s activity room, adjacent to the Cultural Hall. There you will find all manner of sewing and quilting fabrics and notions, plus popular vendors like Moose Mountain-crafted items for sale.
The second reason for heading north next weekend is the popular Strawberry Festival. The festival takes place on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
There will be entertainment provided by various local artists throughout the day, plus pony rides and a jump castle for the kids. The vendor mall will host 76 vendors (in addition to those in the activity room), providing crafts, products and delicious foods of all types.
This is your opportunity to treat yourself to a delicious array of strawberry treats including shortcakes, pies, desserts, baked goodies, and my personal favorite, strawberries dipped in chocolate! This year’s festival is shaping up to be the best ever.
The third reason to visit Pine and Strawberry is the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival which takes place from Friday, June 12 through Sunday June 14 out on Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry.
There are several workshops and events planned over the weekend (much more than I could possibly list adequately here), so I encourage you to visit their Web site to view the details at www.strawberryvalleyblues .com. The one thing I can definitely tell you is that you won’t want to miss this exciting event.
Naked Garage Sale
I was just informed that the Riff Raff Club has re-scheduled its “Naked Garage Sale” for the weekend of June 12 through 14 as well.
The yard sale was scheduled for last weekend, but they didn’t want to take a chance of damaging the many nice items that they have for sale.
Remember, this garage sale helps fund several generous programs the Riff Raff Club extends to members of our community throughout the year.
Look for them in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Market on your way into town.
Time is running out to register for the Summer Reading Program at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library.
The deadline is Wednesday, June 3, and the first event begins that day at 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 through 17.
Each Wednesday throughout the month of June there will be a host of creative events in which to participate, including drama, quilting and baking cookies. Please contact the library at 476-3678 if you have any questions.
The library will also have regularly scheduled events for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 through 5 each Thursday from 10:15 until 11:15 a.m. The children will have story time, music and dance, puppetry, and many more fun, themed activities.
The library will also have summer art classes from 1 to 2 p.m., July 1, 8 and 15 at the library activity room. Deadline to register is June 18.
Relay for Life will take place next week-end, beginning Friday, June 5 throughout the night until Saturday morning.
The Ponderosa Marketeers welcome all walkers and supporters to come join them in this event to help raise money for cancer research. It’s not too late to purchase a luminaria or reusable tote bag to help our very own hometown team.
And that wraps up another exciting week in Pine and Strawberry.