I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. We had perfect weather in Pine — sunny with a gentle breeze to cool things down a bit.
We had family from the Valley and local friends come by for an afternoon picnic and couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant time.
Town was pumping with visitors, campers, and folks coming up to enjoy the cooler temperatures.
The Arts and Crafts Festival was buzzing with activity and once again the merchants appeared to be doing well.
The fireworks in Payson were spectacular and folks came from all over the Rim Country and beyond to enjoy the festivities. We should all be grateful to the town of Payson for hosting such a stellar display each year. Their consistency encourages visitors to come and plan to spend a few days enjoying the area (which of course benefits the local merchants), and the show fosters a sense of community pride that lingers well beyond the holiday.
Tomorrow afternoon, several of Pine’s shops welcome you to come browse the many specials they’ll be offering during July’s 2nd Saturday Shop Hop. With the 4th of July crowds gone, it’s the perfect time to come visit the variety of specialty stores available in our mountain hamlet. The fun begins at 4 p.m., so come enjoy the cooler temperatures, take a stroll through town, and enjoy a relaxing meal at one of the restaurants — there’s something for everyone in Pine.
The Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Board of Directors will be holding their annual meeting on Saturday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at the clinic off of Hardscrabble in Pine. The board is currently searching for two new members to serve — one for a two-year term, the other for a three-year term, so attending the meeting would be a great way to meet the other members. The board’s function is to maintain a provider at the clinic as well as to maintain the clinic facilities. They generally meet on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in serving on the board or if you have questions regarding the board, you may call Linda Coglan, the board’s president, at 970-1086.
Awakening Earth Expo
The next big event scheduled for our area is the Awakening Earth Expo on Aug. 7 and 8. The event is meant to help folks learn the value of healthy and ecological lifestyles, personal and spiritual development, conscious commerce and sustainable living. There will be booths featuring environmentally friendly products and practices, resources for folks of all ages, and information relating to many related topics.
Other than one afternoon, the monsoons have been a big tease — clouding up a bit and then rolling right through without so much as a drop of rain. Let’s hope that by the time you read this they will have provided some welcome relief to our parched area.
Have a great week and if you wish to contact me with community information, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.