When you live somewhere filled with people who are passionate about their community as in the case of Pine and Strawberry, it is often a catalyst for incredible energy and vitality. That is why a large majority of people who live here volunteer in some way to make our communities such great places to live. Of course, passion often goes hand-in-hand with strong views and such is the case with our current water board situation. There is no doubt that everyone has an opinion (usually a quite strong opinion!) of what is happening, why it’s happening, and how to fix it.
Right now the best thing we can all do is pray for the members of the PSWID board to have the wisdom, understanding and courage to address the issues that we currently face objectively, based on the facts, and in a manner that is ultimately best for the people (ALL the people) in our community. The decisions they make will undoubtedly affect our communities for many years to come, either positively or negatively, and that is a very heavy burden to shoulder.
By the time you read this column, many of you have already had an opportunity to visit the Strawberry Patchers’ 14th Annual Quilt Show at the Cultural Hall in Pine and vote for your favorite item in each category. Voting continues tomorrow (Saturday, June 12) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. It seems that in spite of knowing this information in my mind, I managed to type the incorrect voting days down in last week’s article, sooo ... please note, voting takes place on Friday and Saturday, and the resulting winners will have ribbons in place for viewing on Sunday, June 13. Hope I haven’t confused you too much, but regardless of whether you attend the show on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or all three days, you’ll be glad that you did.
Be sure to visit the Berry Patch Boutique and Vendor Mall to purchase fine quilted and sewn items as well, made by various Patchers.
Karen Housner will be available if you have a quilt that you would like to have appraised. All this for just $2!
The 20th Annual Strawberry Festival begins tomorrow, June 12 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 13 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The grounds at the Community Center around the ramada will be filled with craft booths, vendors, entertainment and delicious strawberry treats. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular summer events in Pine and for very good reason — there is something for the whole family to do and enjoy — and admission is absolutely free. So come help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of this exciting festival!
Music lovers are already gathering in Pine and Strawberry for the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival taking place at the end of Fossil Creek Road on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday June 13. This is the second year that the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society has sponsored the event, and they have lined up many popular musicians to entertain you. Save money and attend both days!
You’ll find great specials at many Pine gift, antique, and specialty shops this weekend as the businesses open their doors for their monthly Second Saturday Shop Hop. Be sure to take a stroll throughout the community and visit the individual shops to see why people travel from miles around to find that perfect gift right here in Pine!
You’ll also want to stop by the Riff Raff Club’s huge yard sale this weekend in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Market Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds from the yard sale are used for the various community outreaches that the Riff Raff Club sponsors over the holidays. Last year they had everything from household items, to furniture, to camping gear, and much, much more — all reasonably priced.
At the library
The Summer Reading and Art Program sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library begins on Wednesday, June 16. Pre-school through 4-year-olds meet Wednesday morning from 10:15 until 11:15; grades 7-8 meet Wednesday afternoon from 1 until 2:30 p.m.; grades K-3 meet on Friday morning from 10 until 11:15 a.m.; and grades 4-6 meet Friday afternoon from 1 until 2 p.m.
All the youth who signed up for the quilting class sponsored by the library along with the Strawberry Patchers, remember, the first class is at 9 a.m., Monday, June 21 at the library’s activity room.
Vacation Bible School
The First Baptist Church of Pine is hosting a Vacation Bible School at the Pine-Strawberry School gymnasium starting Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25 from noon until 3 p.m. each day. Pre-schoolers who are potty trained up until sixth-graders are welcome to come enjoy a week of games, songs, skits and fun while learning about God’s love and provision. There will also be a parents’ night for VBS participants on the 24th so you can come meet the teachers, hear and see the things your children learned throughout the week, and enjoy fellowship and a barbecue.
Health and Resource Fair
The Pine Strawberry Health and Resource Fair will take place on Saturday, June 26 this year. Many local organizations have joined together to put on this event which will feature the latest information on health education, while providing various lab screenings, and hands-on experts to answer any questions you may have.
Hope to see you in Pine and Strawberry this weekend!