You don’t have to head to Flagstaff or the White Mountains to see beautiful fall colors. The drive between Payson and Strawberry offers some absolutely beautiful scenery. All along the East Verde River, Pine and Fossil Creek Road are bursting with brilliant shades of yellow and red — but you’d better hurry, because many spots are starting to fade to more muted oranges and browns, so it won’t be long before the leaves drop and winter creeps in. For now though we are enjoying a few more days of sunny, relatively warm weather.
Chili Cook-off Challenge
While visiting our communities be sure to stop by the Pine Ramada, tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 24 to enjoy the Chili Cook-off Challenge hosted by Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF). You can taste all the delicious homemade chili for only $3 per person. It would be hard to find a better deal than that in all of Rim Country. The tasting begins at 11 a.m., so come early to this popular event.
After getting your fill of chili, be sure to head to Pine By Design (on Highway 87 at the corner of the old County Road), for their Halloween Tie Dye Party. The fun begins at 1 p.m. Bring a clean T-shirt — all the other supplies will be provided along with special goody bags for all the participants.
The folks at Pine By Design are also offering a pumpkin patch. If you’ve never had the opportunity to roam through a field and pick out the perfect “family pumpkin,” it’s really a lot of fun and each one costs only $5.
Strawberry’s Elite, Rose Harper of Happy Jack Realty, and The Rimside Grill are teaming up to sponsor Pine’s own version of Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31. The party starts at 5 p.m. with a kids costume contest. There will be several categories to compete in and prizes for the lucky winners. The Trunk or Treat begins at 6 p.m. Folks, if you would like to help out, just fill your car’s trunk with candy or other goodies — you can even decorate your vehicle for a chance to win a dinner for two! There are about 18 spots available, so come early to get set up. The Trunk or Treat has been a tradition in Pine for the past 16 years although it was formerly held at the old Strawberry Market. If you are still young at heart, there will be an adult costume contest between 6 and 8 p.m., so bring the whole family and have a great time right here in Pine.
Holiday Open House
Several shops including Tymeless Antiques and Treasures, Moose Mountain, Our House, Gingerbread House, Pine Country Antiques & Vintage, Pine By Design, Visions Speaking Rock Shop Emporium, The Quilt Shop and Pine Yarn Shop are hosting their 11th annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8. Each of these shops offers an array of unique, quality items, so be sure to stop in to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your shopping list.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will feature a special guest speaker, Ray Baxter on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the activity room. Mr. Baxter will be discussing the birth of rock ’n’ roll, complete with an informative discussion and a chance to view rare video clips and pictures. The split session runs from 10 a.m. until noon and then resumes at 1:30 until 3 p.m. A $10 per person fee is requested to help fund the library computer lab maintenance fees. If you have questions or would like to register, you can stop by the library or call (928) 476-3678.
The Pine library is offering everyone a chance to honor our local vets this year. Just stop by the library this Veterans Day between 2 and 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, where you’ll have a chance to talk with, say thanks for serving, and shake the hand of a local hero. Refreshments will be served.
The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild will be holding its annual Christmas Boutique for the following three weekends:
• Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 from noon until 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 from noon until 3 p.m.
• Lastly, the weekend after Thanksgiving beginning Friday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 29 from noon until 3 p.m.
The Guild will be offering a wide selection of unique art and a variety of gifts for all ages, and even the family pet! They will also have lovely Christmas ornaments and decorative holiday items available.
The sale will be held in the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Room located at the Pine Community Center in the same building as the Thrift Store and Senior Center. The entrance is on the side facing the playground.
All of the profits from the booth rentals are donated to non-profit organizations in Pine and Strawberry.
If you would like more information, you may call Gail Jones at (928) 978-0469.
It won’t be long until the 10th annual Tellebration storytelling event sponsored each year by the DPS Quilt Angels. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Cultural Hall in Pine.
The price of admission for this wonderful show is only $5 or $25 if you prefer to have dinner before the show. Tickets for the dinner/show sold out very quickly last year and it seems that as word gets around, more and more people attend each year, so be sure to get your tickets from Sunny Mountain Realty early. You may also receive your tickets by calling 476-2766 or 476-3623.
All proceeds will be donated to the Pine Senior Center this year.
Another special feature about this year’s event is that the DPS Quilt Angels will be unveiling two very special quilts — the first to honor the tellers who have participated in the event over the course of the past 10 years, and the second as a remembrance for loved ones who have experienced cancer or are battling against cancer. You may submit a name at the Tellebration event itself or beforehand by calling Willene Smith at 476-3587. Both the quilts mentioned above will be permanently displayed in the Cultural Hall after the event.
As you can see there are many interesting things to do in Pine and Strawberry, so come up soon for a visit!