Just when we thought the weather couldn’t possibly get any stranger we got another dusting of snow on Sunday! “Tired of winter” doesn’t even begin to describe most people’s feelings around town.
The May Day Celebration was fun in spite of the cooler conditions, but it was hard to think of planting the garden with the cold still nipping at our heels.
Climbing the greased pole and pie throwing seemed to be the highlights for many attendees and everyone we saw seemed to be enjoying the event.
The kids from Pine-Strawberry Elementary School gave a wonderful performance of “The Snooze” last Friday. There was a packed auditorium of very appreciative folks who came out to enjoy the show and we were not disappointed.
Do you enjoy fine art? Well, the Payson Art League has expanded its studio tour to include four Pine studios — highlighting eight local artists. The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., May 7, 8 and 9, and is absolutely free to the public. Maps of the Pine studios that will be participating are available at several venues including a variety of restaurants, markets, specialty shops, the Pine-Strawberry Museum, and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in Payson. Pine sponsors of the event include HB’s, The Yarn Shop and Edward Jones Investments.
Each artist on the tour will be raffling off an item with the proceeds being donated to local schools to buy art supplies. With the budget cuts currently taking place in our education system, this will ensure our young folks grow up with an appreciation of and an opportunity to learn about this important subject.
Be sure to join the folks of Pine and Strawberry as they celebrate the one year anniversary of the ramada dedication tomorrow (Saturday, May 8). The PSFR Committee along with CERCA are hosting a huge party complete with music, ice cream, cake and beverages, while highlighting the latest advances in Firewise techniques and methods to keep our communities safe from catastrophic wildfire. There will be a variety of materials and knowledgeable folks available to help direct you about the things you can do to protect your home and property. Take Pride will also be announcing the winner of this year’s “Volunteer of the Year” award during the course of the festivities. The event begins at 11 a.m. under the ramada in the heart of Pine, and there is no cost.
You may want to come early and check out the second annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show also taking place tomorrow. The show begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Last year’s event boasted more than 50 entries and this year promises to be just as exciting. Admission is free, but the hosts welcome a donation of non-perishable food items to supplement the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.
If the above events aren’t enough to get you heading up to Pine, then perhaps the Second Saturday Shop Hop will do the trick. Yes, it’s that time of the year when Pine’s unique antique and gift shops open their doors and welcome visitors with refreshments, entertainment, and special prices on many items. So there is another excellent reason for you to spend Saturday in Pine.
Lastly, Cole Egnew, plans to begin his Eagle Scout project on May 8 as well. Cole and his helpers will be removing the old fencing around the Pine Cemetery (at the top of Cemetery Road right before Taylor’s Gas Station) beginning at 8 a.m. Then on Saturday, May 22, they will be putting up new fencing. Cole would welcome any folks who would like to come out and help him with this worthwhile project. If you are interested in helping, just meet him at the cemetery and bring gloves and wire cutters if you can. If you have any questions, you can contact Cole at (928) 951-7786.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library recently sent out a donation letter relating to the children’s program. The library consistently offers the kids in our community fun opportunities to learn, read, and grow. Some of the ongoing programs offered are the weekly pre-school story time, Movie Madness events, gaming programs, and the summer reading program. They also offer many additional events throughout the year such as science exhibitions and demonstrations, art classes, quilting classes, and much more. Your $25 donation is tax deductible and you will receive a certificate of appreciation to display at your home or business.
Registration for the kids’ quilting class is taking place right now. The library staff has partnered with the Strawberry Patchers to offer four quilting classes for youth between the ages of 8 and 12 years. The kids will get lots of individual attention as they learn how to construct a quilt. Class space is limited, so be sure to sign up today by stopping in the library or calling (928) 476-3678.
The Pine Library Friends will be holding their annual Memorial Day Book Sale on May 28, 29 and 30. If you have books you would like to donate to the cause, you can drop them off at the library during normal business hours. You might also like to purchase a raffle ticket to win a special Memorial Day gift basket. Tickets are $1 for one, $5 for six, or $10 for 15. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m., May 30.
The library will be holding a book discussion on Thursday, June 10 regarding the book entitled “The Trunk Murderess —Winnie Ruth Judd,” Ruth Neigh will be leading the discussion which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the library.
ADOT has resumed road work between Pine and Payson once again. This amounts to the potential for short delays between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursdays, so plan accordingly.
That wraps up another week in Pine and Strawberry. Hope to see you and your family at one of our many events this weekend.