Holiday Open House This Weekend In Pine



Photos by Jodee Smith/Roundup

A large crowd gathered at Strawberry Chapel’s Fall Festival for line dancing, square dancing, and a great barbecue.

We enjoyed a busy, blustery weekend attending various functions in Pine last week.

First stop was the Strawberry Chapel’s Annual Fall Festival, where we fought off the chilly gusts by square dancing, line dancing and visiting friends. It was a great deal of fun capped off by a delicious barbecue which we unfortunately had to forgo so that we could make it to the next event at the Rimside Grill. There, we enjoyed watching multitudes of delighted children adorably dressed in everything from bees, to lions, to ballerinas, and everything in between.

The rest of the story

Do you remember Paul Harvey’s “The rest of the story”? Well the story about the four horses wandering up on the Rim, wasn’t quite finished when most of us thought. Turns out the male horse, Chico, refused to accompany the rescuers back to the ranch. Chico is apparently afraid of enclosed spaces (i.e., horse trailers) and ended up stubbornly refusing to accompany his three companions home. Thus Chico ended up staying up on the Rim and eluding rescue until Sunday. That’s when Harold Gardner and his three companions located him again, after yet another failed attempt to trailer him the day before. Chico seemed more than ready to go home, it just had to be his way. Realizing that they could never get Chico in the trailer, he was finally led to the top of Tunnel Trail, where he and two rescuers made their way down, down, down all the way to his Mountain Ridge Cabin in Washington Park! Apparently, the homecoming was quite jubilant, with Chico’s horse buddies surrounding him and noisily crying out in delight. Chico himself was so rambunctious it took a while to get the halter and lead off. Finally, all four horses are safely home; and that my friends, is the rest of the story.

I do owe a special thanks to Chris Tetzloff, who kept me posted with several fascinating updates, and also to the Pine hikers who originally stumbled on the horses and were so instrumental in following through so there was a happy ending for all.

Holiday Open House

Be sure to head to Pine this weekend for the Holiday Open House. This is a perfect time to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. The merchants of Pine will be open Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. to showcase their unique wares. There is no friendlier place to shop in the Rim Country, so come up and take advantage of this festive holiday kick-off.

While in town be sure to stop by the Pine-Strawberry Craft Guild’s special holiday display. They will be featuring many beautiful handmade treasures which make perfect gifts. The crafters set up a variety of items in their craft room which is located across from the playground in the building that houses the Thrift Store. They will be open on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The crafters will be open each and every weekend throughout the months of November and December to make it easier for you to plan your shopping.


Photos by Jodee Smith/Roundup

Lexi Ward (Indian princess) and Makenna Ward (Scooby-Doo) enjoyed the Trunk or Treat event sponsored by Strawberry’s Elite and Rimside Grill in Pine.


It’s almost time for the 11th Annual Tellabration event. Tickets for the dinner that precedes the event go on sale at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine today for a cost of $25. The dinner, which takes place in the Senior Dining Hall at 5 p.m., always sells out, so be sure to get your tickets early.

For those of you who don’t know, the Tellabration is a wonderful tribute to the art of storytelling. Each year several talented tellers gather all across the world on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to spin yarns, relate memorable historic events, and share hilarious spoofs about life. Pine has an extremely talented group of individuals come each year; some are old favorites, others are first-timers here. The entertainment is appealing to young and old alike, so be sure to mark Saturday, Nov. 20 on your calendar and I’ll include more details as they come in.

At the library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will host a Movie Madness event at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, which is an early dismissal day for the students at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. The featured movie will be G-rated, “Ramona and Beezus.”

Festival of Lights

All of Pine is gearing up for the Annual Festival of Lights event taking place Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28 this year. Some of this year’s highlights include a two-day Christmas Craft Show in the Cultural Hall, a visit from Santa Claus, refreshments, music, storytelling, a jingle bell parade, caroling, and of course, the lighting ceremony. All of Pine’s shops will be decked out in luminaries and featuring many holiday specials for your shopping pleasure as well.

The fun begins on Saturday at noon. One afternoon highlight will be the Salsa Recipe Challenge taking place at 1 p.m. There will be two divisions — the professional category for restaurants and the non-professional category for the rest of us. If you would like to be part of the competition, you must register by 5 p.m., Nov. 23, by calling one of the following people: Sheri, (928) 476-3655; Bobbie, (928) 476-6437; or Lynne, (928) 476-3880.

After the Salsa Challenge, you’ll have time to shop at the craft show and around town before the parade and tree lighting ceremony that begin around 6 p.m. Each year this event gets bigger and better, so we hope to see you there!

That’s it for Pine and Strawberry news. I know this is a busy time of the year and sometimes I don’t hear about the many things taking place in our community, so please feel free to call me at (928) 476-3561 or e-mail me at with your noteworthy event.


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