Apple Festival This Weekend In Pine

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One of many obstacles to actually catching fish.

My husband, the girls, and I had a great day fishing at Haigler Creek last Sunday afternoon.

Actually, I’m not quite sure fishing is the correct term, because no fish were actually caught, but it was fun nonetheless. My husband thinks the absence of fish had something to do with the older dog zipping down to the water and immediately jumping into the creek while hubby was busy setting up our poles. Of course the dog’s exploits led to the usual yelling and ruckus that ensues as we tried to get her out of the water before she “scares all the fish away.”

At any rate our fishing trips may rarely net many fish, but they always provide a lot of humorous moments (at least for everyone but my husband, who is tasked with re-rigging the poles after each “accident”). One daughter did manage to catch a wide variety of flora, the other eventually broke her bobber after it hit the rock ledge on the opposite side of the creek one too many times, and I had the unfortunate luck to hopelessly tangle my line more times than I care to admit. I can still see my husband sitting on a rock trying to fix the latest disaster while muttering to himself, “Why do I even try?” Fortunately, he’s a patient man, though he wasn’t able to fully appreciate the many humorous aspects of the trip until the following morning. That’s when I burst into laughter while recalling one of the more hilarious events of the day. Yes, he was finally able to see the humor in it all. Seizing the moment, I gathered my composure and somberly declared, “I wish that my line wouldn’t have kept tangling, because I really did want to fish.” He got a kind of faraway look in his eye sighed heavily, and stated, “So did I.”

Apple Festival

The third annual Apple Festival begins at the Pine Community Center tomorrow. Events kickoff on both Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and will wrap up around 4 p.m. There will be craft and food booths, story-telling for the kids, music, and plenty of delicious homemade baked goods featuring delicious local apples. Several of Pine’s antique and gift shops will be open as well, offering great bargains over the weekend. On Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. you can sample a large variety of delicious chilies as several folks vie for top honors at the Chili Cook-off, all for just $3! Admission to the festival itself is free and there are plenty of fun activities for the entire family.

Octoberfest

Also taking place tomorrow is Rimside Grill’s Octoberfest Celebration. Between the German food and beer, interactive games (between noon and 5:30 p.m.), live music (5:30 until 9:30), ongoing drawings, and an auction to benefit the general fund at the Pine Strawberry School, it sounds like there will be a little something for everyone. Admission is only $1 — quite a deal.

Bluegrass gospel performance

The Church on Randall Place will be hosting the bluegrass gospel group “Brush Arbor Revival” this Sunday, at 5 p.m. (why not come after the Apple Festival?). The concert, which will take place at the church, is free of charge, though an offering will be taken if anyone would like to bless this talented group. Sounds like a great weekend to spend in Pine!

The Pine-Strawberry Senior Thrift Store will be featuring their fall clothes beginning Sept. 29. Yes, it’s that time of the year again, so if you are looking to add to your winter wardrobe, now is the perfect time.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will hold the next Movie Madness event next Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. They will feature Disney’s PG-rated “The Black Cauldron.” Refreshments are provided and the kids are welcome to bring a pillow so they can get comfy. That is an early dismissal day for the kids at the Pine Strawberry School because of the parent-teacher conferences being held on Thursday and Friday. Fall break begins on Monday, Oct. 4 and the kids won’t return to school until Oct. 18.

The library is also gearing up for fall break by offering innovative art activities conducted by Jeannette Sindik with the theme “Leaves, Bees & Trees.” The classes for fourth- through sixth-graders will meet between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 and again Oct. 12. On those same days, seventh- and eighth-graders will meet between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 and again on Oct. 15. Kindergartners through third-graders will gather from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Pre-school children will meet at their regular time, (10:15 to 11:15 a.m.), Wednesdays. The art classes will take place in the library’s activity room and no registration is necessary; just come and enjoy the fun.

Quad Run

The Justice McNeeley Foundation is gearing up for the annual Quad Run on Saturday, Oct. 16. The event will feature volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, live and silent auctions, and many games for the kids.

The Justice McNeeley Foundation is a wonderful organization that helps parents of children in the Rim Country who are in need of medical supplies, medical transportation, and other needs that are not covered by health/medical insurance. The annual Quad Run helps raise money to continue their efforts.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss any of the fun happening in Pine.

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