If you missed the Chili Cook-off Challenge you missed some great food.
At least 25 contestants vied for the top honors in an event that was extremely well attended — and why not? Where else could you get such a variety of delicious homemade chilis of all types for only $3 per person? The chefs gave such generous portions I was full before I had completed half the course.
We were impressed not only by the variety (green, elk, venison, bison, shredded beef, with or without beans, pineapple, you name it, it was there!).
Congratulations to Gary Rains who took first place with his knock off of a chili from Chasen’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. Apparently, the recipe was a favorite of Elizabeth Taylor and although the restaurant has been closed for several years, it’s easy to see why she favored the tasty stew. Gary modified the recipe somewhat, including using buffalo meat. The cilantro and sour cream were also a nice touch.
Second place went to a young gentleman by the name of Nick Schneider, and third place went to LeeRoy Watson.
The tie dye event at Pine by Design was also a huge success. Several folks of all ages showed up, T-shirt in hand to take advantage of this family friendly fun. The Johnsons really enjoy hosting these parties and it shows. They are getting more popular each time as friends tell friends who tell friends ...
The Pine Strawberry School is hosting its annual Fall Festival tonight (Oct. 30), from 5 until 8 p.m. There are lots of fun games and good food for the entire family, so be sure to head down to the school gym to support the kids.
Trunk or Treat
Don’t forget the Trunk or Treat Night planned for tomorrow, Oct. 31, at the Rimside Grill in Pine. Decorate your car, fill the trunk with candy and/or other goodies and come out to treat the local children in the area. The kids costume contest begins at 5 p.m., so dress up in your favorite scary, cute, or creepy outfit and join the competition. There will be lots of prizes in all different categories.
After the contest you’ll have a chance to visit all the participating donors’ vehicles to fill your bag. But the fun doesn’t stop there — the adult costume party and dance takes place between 6 and 8 p.m.
Holiday Open House
You are invited to peruse some of Pine’s most popular shops during the 11th annual Holiday Open House Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
This year’s participants are The Quilt Shop, Pine Yarn Shop, Pine By Design, Visions Speaking Rock Shop Emporium, Pine Country Antiques & Vintage, Gingerbread House, Moose Mountain, Our House and Tymeless Antiques & Treasures.
Library gift shop
Ye Olde Library Gift Shoppe will also be open beginning Nov. 7 and each Saturday throughout the month of November. The gift shop is housed in the original library building which has been relocated adjacent to the Randall House Restaurant in downtown Pine.
The library is small (how did they manage in such a space?), but it features some of the most beautiful gifts for folks of all ages. The shop will only be open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so plan accordingly. All proceeds from the sales of gift items benefit library programs.
Also on Saturday, Nov. 7, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library hosts special guest speaker, Ray Baxter, who is giving a presentation on the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll. The split session begins at 10 a.m., breaks at noon, then resumes from 1:30 until 3 p.m. If you have questions or would like to register, call the library at 476-3678.
Veterans Day is fast approaching and what better way to honor a vet than to come to the Pine library Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. to meet our local heroes and thank them for fighting for our freedoms. The kids have off school that day, so bring them along too!
Mark your calendars now for the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild annual Christmas Boutique which begins the weekend of Nov. 14 and runs each Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of November. They will also be open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each Saturday, and noon until 3 p.m. each Sunday.
There are numerous gifts available for every member of your family, (including pets), so be sure to make a trip to Pine for this special event.
The sale takes place in the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Room in the Pine Community Center. If you would like more information about the event, call Gail Jones at (928) 978-0469.
Be sure to get your tickets early for the upcoming Tellebration Celebration. This is the 10th anniversary of the Pine event and your whole family will appreciate the master storytellers who are scheduled to appear.
Storytelling is an art that is quickly falling by the wayside, but one that young and old alike will find absolutely fascinating.
Tickets are $5 for the show or $25 if you would like to have dinner as well. Pick up your tickets early at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine or by calling either 476-2766 or 476-3623. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Senior Center in Pine.
The event is hosted by the DPS Quilt Angels and this year they will be making a special quilt to honor those who are battling cancer or to remember cancer victims. If you would like to know more about submitting a loved one’s name for this special quilt, call Willene Smith at 476-3587.