Like many other Rim communities, Pine and Strawberry were overflowing with visitors over Memorial Day weekend. At one point on Friday, traffic heading north to Pine was backed up beyond the Pine Trailhead and a Strawberry resident who lives out on Fossil Creek Road said there was a steady stream of visitors passing his house too.
Fortunately, many folks stopped at the arts and craft show and the vendors I talked to confirmed that the visitors were scooping up the items they had for sale. One person told me she and her partners had sold almost everything they had available by the end of Saturday, and had to wrap up early Sunday because they ran out of supply.
On Memorial Day I took an early morning walk and noticed that many visitors were still in Pine although as the day wore on they began packing and making that long trek back down the hill. All in all it was a good weekend and one in which we could pause and give thanks that at this point in history we still live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, largely due to those who have fought and even given their lives to ensure the freedoms we so treasure.
They say hindsight is 20/20 and since so many folks commented on our coyote/dog encounter last week I thought you might like a follow up. After sending the column off I went up to the chicken coop to collect eggs when I noticed that the rooster (Chicken Joe) was missing! Now it so happens, that he and one of his lady friends had been regularly escaping the day coop — even after their wings got clipped, so it appears that he may not have made it in the henhouse the night before. Whether the coyote got him that night or in the morning we may never know — but I’m thinking that Wiley Coyote had already had his chicken dinner and was trying to figure out whether he could sneak back up to the coop without interference from the dog(s) or whether he needed to come back later. At any rate we haven’t seen him (or Chicken Joe) since!
For all you ladies, tomorrow, June 5 at 4 p.m. you are invited to a viewing of “Mary Magdalena” at the Cultural Hall in Pine, courtesy of The Church on Randall Place. Bring your daughters, mothers, friends, and/or neighbors to enjoy this special time of fellowship, prayer and refreshments. There will be free babysitting too, so be sure to head to Pine for some girl time tomorrow afternoon.
Big events coming up
Folks in Pine and Strawberry are busy preparing for several big events next weekend. The Strawberry Patchers will be holding their 14th Annual Quilt Show beginning Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
If you haven’t ever attended the event, you are really missing out on some amazing works of art. The entire Cultural Hall is filled with beautiful quilts and quilted items — and each visitor is allowed to vote on their favorite in several categories (voting takes place Saturday and Sunday, the resulting awards are visible on Sunday). Trust me, you’ll fall in love with so many it is necessary to go around two or three times before voting and the best part of all is that admission is only $2. Besides the wonderful show, the Patchers will have many quilts and wearables from their Berry Patch Boutique, plus a vendor mall and quilt appraisals for those who are interested.
As if the quilt show weren’t enough to bring you to Pine, the Strawberry Festival takes place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, June 12, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday, June 13 at the Community Center in the heart of town. This is your chance to shop the numerous quality craft vendors, listen to great music, and take a night off cooking as you enjoy the many food booths. Of course, as the name of the festival implies, there will be absolutely amazing strawberry delicacies and desserts including my favorite — sweet, giant, strawberries dipped in rich chocolate!
Several merchants from Pine will be holding their regular Second Saturday Shop Hop event on June 12, so be sure to make time to stop in and visit the unique array of specialty shops sprinkled throughout town. Whether you enjoy quality antiques, homemade soaps, candles and cards, local honey, or mountain décor, you’ll find something you just can’t live without in Pine!
For all you music lovers, the Second Strawberry Valley Blues Festival will be held June 11 through June 13 as well. The event takes place at the end of the paved section of Fossil Creek Road and you can pay for one day — $15 for adults, $10 for youth; or save money and attend all three days for a discounted price of $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Children 12 and under attend for free, so grab the kids and come enjoy this popular event sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society.
While on your way to one of the many events happening on the weekend of June 11 through 13, don’t forget to stop and support the Riff Raff Club as they hold their annual yard sale in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Market. This is one of the major fund-raisers the Riff Raffers hold to raise money for the holiday outreaches they sponsor each year, so be sure to stop and check out all the cool things they’ll be selling.
The Church on Randall Place is busy planning their annual block party again this year on Saturday, June 19 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The party will take place at the Community Center under the ramada and will include food, games, face painting, and a bounce house for the kids. The band Covenant 31 will be back by popular demand. Everything is totally free and it should be a great time for folks of all ages.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is hosting a book discussion at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 10. Ruth Neigh will be holding a discussion on the book “The Trunk Murderess-Winnie Ruth Judd.”
Don’t forget, “Family Time at the Library” takes place each Thursday through Aug. 26 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The library staff has several fun ideas and resources for you and your family to enjoy, so stop by for a visit this week. Also kids, be sure to register for the summer reading program — there are a lot of great activities planned and it’s an excellent incentive to keep reading while on summer break.
The Hat Creek Fishing Tournament to raise money for the Justice McNeely Foundation was a huge success. Fourteen boats entered and many wonderful items were donated for the subsequent silent auction and raffle. A special thanks is due Mike Greer of Hat Creek Construction for organizing the event. To date, the Justice McNeely Foundation has provided over $32,000 to help support families with children who have excess medical bills and expenses that are not covered by insurance.
That’s it for another great week in Pine and Strawberry.