In one of my first columns, I introduced you dear readers to Walt “Stud” Hatfield, a regular at the Senior Dining Room in Pine. This past Monday, I attended his farewell party as a lady in Kansas has snagged his heart and he is leaving all the Pine ladies in the lurch, though rumors abound that some may follow him! Barbara Brandt, his self-proclaimed main squeeze, jumped into a picture I took. Stud remained the gentleman he is and declined to identify his favorite ladies.
The remaining fellows asked me to alert Rim ladies to check out the Senior Dining Room for delicious lunches and fun entertainment, not to mention gallant gentlemen to amuse you. Stud’s last supper, er... lunch featured turkey wraps with macaroni salad and a huge Boston Cream cake, complete with a hula dancer! Stud blew out of town this past Tuesday to go live with his niece in Wamego, Kan., about 60 miles southwest of Topeka. He will be dearly missed but not forgotten.
Fire on the Rim Race
It’s here! This weekend! The First Annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race, in conjunction with Mountain Daze and a health fair. Pine will be hopping. So hop on downtown and join in the festivities. It all goes to benefit the Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction effort.
The Christmas shed is full! Help!
The Pine Mall, er… Pine Strawberry Thrift Shop is having a “Christmas in August” sale to make room for even more Christmas things beginning Saturday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 13. Hurry in and stock up.
Shop Hop – August 13
The Second Saturday Shop Hop is coming up next week. Great deals from great shopkeepers. As an example of the extra effort for this bash, the Thrift Shop is extending its hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day and offering their famous Fill a Bag of Clothes for only $5. No telling what other great deals you can find as well.
Strawberry Patchers Quilt Auction
On Aug. 13, the Strawberry Patchers will hold their 3rd Annual Quilt Auction in the Cultural Hall, in the Pine Community Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. for registration and preview. The auction will start at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item and get entered into the drawing for a quilt held after the auction. A piece entitled “Sylvester,” made by Sharon Schamber, could be yours! Our opportunity quilt tickets will be available along with ‘buy it now’ quilts. Do you have a quilt you would like to put in the auction? Forms are available online. Come on up, enjoy our cooler temperatures and the beautiful Rim Country. Additional information is available on our website, www.strawberrypatchers.com or call Kathy at (928) 472-4410, cell (928) 951-0413.
Farm Dinner at Fossil Creek Creamery
Three great chefs are preparing a super dinner with the freshest of items as a benefit to the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction effort. Joyce Bittner reports that Chef Akos Szabo, from Top of the Rock Restaurant at the Marriott Buttes in Tempe; Chef Tracy Dempsey, owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals; and Chef Gerardo, owner of Gerardo’s Fireside Café will be donating their time and food costs and laying out a memorable feast, all to benefit our community. It is to be a five-course dinner featuring local produce, dairy and meat, with wine paired with each course. This limited seating dinner (80 people only) will be at the Fossil Creek Creamery at only $75 per person. Not only will you enjoy superb food, you will be contributing to help us stay fire safe. Call (928) 476-5178 to make your reservation for Sunday, Sept. 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pine Library doings
Labor Day weekend will feature another book sale at the Pine Library. Donations are gladly accepted for the sale to be held Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4. I personally will have boxes and boxes as I get ready to move. The sale will be in the Library Activity Room.
In addition, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Pat’s FANtastic Quilt will be raffled. Get your tickets at $1 or 6 for $5 at the library and at the book sale. Pat was working on this quilt when she passed away. A group of Library Friends members held several quilting sessions to complete this beautiful quilt. By request of her family, this quilt will be raffled to raise funds for the library.
New columnist needed
This will be my last month writing this column. It has been a blast. And it can be yours! I know there are others with fingers poised over your keyboards. Give Roundup editor Tom Bossart a call at (928) 474-5251, ext. 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thanks for your cooperation these past few months. Don’t stop now!