Break out the logs and stoke the fire, ’cause winter is knocking on the door. We definitely got a taste this past week, and if you weren’t thinking about it before, the wet, chilly mornings certainly were a good reminder of what’s to come. Of course, the hardest part of this time of the year is just getting out of bed on the cold, dark mornings! Oh well, on the flip side, the holidays are quickly approaching and they are always a bright spot to counter the short days of winter!
Speaking of the holidays, many antique and specialty shops in Pine will be kicking off the season with a special Merchants Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can expect many wonderful surprises, unique selection, great prices, and a friendly atmosphere to help you choose the perfect gifts for your loved ones this year.
Also the creative artists who make up the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be opening their doors each and every weekend beginning Nov. 6 for your shopping pleasure. The beautiful, homemade items will be displayed for sale in the craft room adjacent to the playground at the Cultural Center. For those who have never visited, they are in the same building as the thrift shop, only around the corner, on the south side of the building.
The guild members will be selling items each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and each Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. throughout November and December until Christmas.
If you’re looking for a reason to come to Pine before then, how about the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School’s Annual Fall Festival taking place tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school gym. The whole family will enjoy this night of games, prizes, contests, food and fun.
Or you may wish to attend the annual Trunk or Treat celebration put on by Strawberry’s Elite and the folks at the Rimside Grill tomorrow night (Oct. 30). The fun begins at 5 p.m. with the kids’ costume contest (get there early so you don’t miss out). Young folks between the ages of 2 and 12 are welcome to compete and there are lots of categories and prizes in store for the contestants. The Trunk or Treat event begins at 6 p.m. and kids are welcome to make the rounds gathering candy and other goodies from the many participants.
In addition, the best decorated vehicle will win a dinner for two, so get creative and come join the fun. The Trunk or Treat event in Pine has been a tradition for the last 17 years, but recently found a home at the Rimside Grill, so come take advantage of this great opportunity to meet your neighbors and make new friends. The fun isn’t just for kids either, the adult costume contest and dance takes place between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on the restaurant’s patio (so dress warmly).
Congratulations are in order for six students from the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School who earned the distinction of being placed on the Principal’s List for the first quarter of the school year. Bobbie Beaugureau, Madison McPhillips, Mercedes Miranda, Lucy Miller, Jerusha Paine and Brian Wintrich, all earned straight As in order to make the list. An additional 32 students made the Honor Roll for earning As or Bs in all subjects. Great job kids— keep up the good work!
Although I wasn’t able to attend, I understand that the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store’s recent Fashion Show was a huge success. The full house made for a lively crowd and the models and other participants did a great job. The folks at the Senior Center want to thank all who donated items, gift certificates, and their time to make the event a complete success. The beautiful fashions that were modeled are currently on display and for sale at the store. Also ladies slacks and jeans can be purchased for three pairs for $1. So be sure to stop by the thrift shop soon to take advantage of the many pre-holiday specials.
I got a notice Monday, from a group of Pine hikers regarding four horses wandering near Hi View Point along the 300 Road. Apparently, the two pintos and two bays have been spotted in the area since Sept. 21 and are healthy now, but I’m sure their owners would like to retrieve them before snowy weather sets in. From the many pictures that were forwarded, it’s obvious that the horses are friendly and familiar with people, and at this point the goal is to get them to their original home or somewhere safe. The last report I received said that the owners may have been identified, so hopefully these beautiful animals will be safely home soon.
Although the weather may be chilly, things are heating up in our communities as we enter in to the time of year where all the events are geared toward neighbors and friends. It’s a great time to visit local shops, attend local events, and support local businesses. Hope to see you in Pine and Strawberry soon!