Well we got our first moisture in a long time in the form of a light dusting of snow last week. It didn’t make it past mid-morning though, and the sunny days are back again. What a tease this weather is this year!
On Oct. 17 Linda Mooney and Diane Short hosted a very special luncheon for their mother Erma Randall Brimhall Blackburn to celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 22. There were many folks who came to help her celebrate including Erma’s brother Eldon Randall who is 90 years old and her sister Fay Stratton who is 94. The family is grateful to all the folks who were able to attend Erma’s special day, especially to Robert and Sally Randall who helped out considerably.
Holiday Open House
Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7, is a big day in Pine as many of our specialty gift stores welcome you to browse and shop early for the upcoming holiday season. Beginning at 10 a.m. you can visit Pine Country Antiques & Vintage, The Pine Yarn Shop, Tymeless Antiques & Treasures, Our House, Gingerbread House, Moose Mountain, Visions Speaking Rock Shop & Emporium, Pine By Design, and The Quilt Shop, as they welcome visitors to a special Holiday Open House. The stores will be offering refreshments and special prices on a variety of gift items until 5 p.m. Enjoy the warm, relaxing atmosphere of Pine and treat your friends and family to unique gifts that they’ll treasure throughout the year and beyond.
Ye Olde Library Gift Shoppe will also open its doors from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. tomorrow. The friends of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library have stocked the original library building with wonderful homemade gifts perfect for anyone who aspires to creativity. The gift shop is housed in the original library building which is now located next to the Randall House Restaurant in downtown Pine. So be sure to stop in while touring the gift shops already mentioned. The Gift Shoppe has all kinds of Christmas gifts available including ornaments, Advent calendars, plush Christmas characters, cards, and much, much more.
Remember to head to the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. to meet with some of our local veterans and thank them for fighting to protect our freedoms. Let’s all try to make this small sacrifice of our time in order to honor those who have made such a huge sacrifice for us.
Also coming up at the library on the following Wednesday, Nov. 18, is the next movie madness event. The featured movie is PG-rated Disney Pixar’s “Up” scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The kids at the Pine Elementary School have early release that day, so be sure to bring them to the library for this special feature.
The Church on Randall Place invites you to attend a concert featuring the popular Johnson Family at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. This southern gospel trio was a real hit at the Singing in the Pines concert two years ago, so whether you’re familiar with them or not come enjoy an evening of lively entertainment. There is no charge for the concert, but an offering will be taken for any who wish to bless the Johnsons.
The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild begins their annual holiday sale next weekend on Saturday, Nov. 14. The special holiday bazaar includes many unique crafts and beautiful art work, plus Christmas ornaments, all kinds of holiday decorations, and household items. The bazaar begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. in the arts and crafts room in the Pine Community Center, right in the heart of Pine. On Sunday, Nov. 15 they will be open from noon until 3 p.m. They will also be open the remaining weekends throughout November, including the Friday after Thanksgiving. For more information, call Gail Jones at (928) 978-0469.
If you plan to attend the arts and crafts boutique anyway, why not stop by the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Ramada and enjoy a braut barbecue with all the fixin’s? This special fund-raiser is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club for the purpose of supporting the school’s Terrific Kids and Builders Club programs. The time has not been decided yet, but I will keep you posted.
Festival of Lights
The Pine Strawberry Business Community will hold its first Festival of Lights event Nov. 28. The event will include holiday traditions such as a community tree lighting ceremony, the Jingle Bell Parade, which will pay tribute to those in the military, as well as encourage everyone to bring food for the food bank supply. There will also be live music, a visit from Santa. The tree will remain lit at night throughout the holiday season along with recorded music on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The parade will start at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony starting at around 7:30 p.m.
The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee is preparing to begin seeding the fuel breaks around our communities and would like to invite members of our community to help. In case you’re not familiar with this project, the towns of Pine and Strawberry are very fortunate to have a fuel break cut around our entire communities.
These fuel breaks help provide us with a safety zone in case of nearby fires (like Dripping Springs for instance). In order to keep the scrub oak, manzanita, and other invasive species from regaining a foothold, the PSFR folks are planting native grass seeds throughout the fuel break areas. The grasses can be easily and controllably burned in order to keep the breaks from becoming overcrowded with volatile fuels again.
My daughter and I participated in the program last year and it was a really unique opportunity to hike into some areas of our community we had not seen before. Although the terrain is a little rough, the pace is easy and it is something just about anyone (including fairly young children) can easily do. If you would like to know more about the seeding project, or if you would like to volunteer to help scatter seed, call one of the following team leaders for details: Mike Blaas, 476-6427; Al Christianer, 476-4411; or Herb Grau, 476-2540.
Just a reminder to pick up your tickets to the Tellebration event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21. If you would like to make a date night you can start with dinner at 5 p.m. at the Senior Center, followed by the show which begins at 7 p.m. The cost for both dinner and show is $25. If you prefer to attend the show only, be sure to get there early because the Cultural Hall fills up very quickly. Tickets are just $5 and all proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Senior Center.
Mark your calendar early for a very special Holiday Festival lighting event taking place at the ramada in Pine on Saturday, Nov. 28. There will be many special activities prior to the 6:30 p.m. lighting, such as a parade and fun things to do at various businesses in town. Rumor has it that Santa will be visiting our community too! Since admission is absolutely free, bring your whole family to help usher in the Christmas season.
I just received word regarding one of my favorite holiday events — the annual nativity display at the Pine Cultural Center. Linda Howard does an absolutely fabulous job of hosting this event each year. The display will take place from Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5 this year.
As always, the success of this heartwarming exhibit is the variety of nativity sets that folks like you and I share for the event. If you have a nativity set (or several) that you would like to display, please call Linda at 476-3001. Set up will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cultural Hall in Pine. Linda and several other volunteers are on hand for the entire event making sure that your special treasures are protected and watched over so you can be sure your items will be safely returned in perfect condition to set up in your own home in plenty of time for the holidays. I hope that many of you will choose to share your special nativity sets with the community again this year! I know mine will be there.
As you can see our communities are gearing up for another festive holiday season. We invite you to come be a part of the many wonderful activities we have planned over the next several weeks!