Second Saturday Shop Hop Is Aug. 13


One day about a week ago, I was riding through Pine on my motorcycle on my way to a meeting. Around Payson Concrete, I met a fellow driving an old, faded John Deere tractor.

I flashed him a big thumbs up and he in turn flashed a huge smile at me. I thought, “Wow! He looks like a kid that hit the lottery on Christmas morning. There must be a story there.”

I wished I would have had time to circle around and have a chat. After asking around the neighborhood, I discovered what happens on Thursday mornings at around 7:30 a.m. at the Early Bird Restaurant in Pine.

There you will find a group of guys (mostly) sharing breakfast and swapping tales of old iron. In this case, the old iron is antique tractors. Only owning a John Deere garden tractor, I pushed my meager credentials and crashed the party.

What a delightful group! The conversation was about who owned what, who was building what (and needed a little help) where parts could be found, and upcoming events to show off their “wheels.”

This Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. until noon, you will find them in Payson at the Sawmill Crossing Farmers Market.

Many of us have roots that go back to early farm days and will recognize the green John Deere’s, the orange Case’s, and red FarmAll’s, and a whole host of hues and models in between. Maybe you will see one from your past as well. And if you are really intrigued, visit

The group that meets in Pine each week is a splinter group of the larger Flagstaff club, just a lot less formal.

No one knew who the happy owner of that older John Deere was, but speculated it might have been the King of Tractors in the Rim Country.

He was missing this particular morning, so I can’t confirm the speculation or his identity. Hmmmm … the mystery continues. I just may have to go look this fellow up before I leave.

Shop Hop – Aug. 13

The Second Saturday Shop Hop is also this Saturday. There are great deals to be had. Even 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.

Isn’t it fun to discover great treasures as you meander through Pine and Strawberry?

Strawberry Patchers third annual Quilt Auction

This Saturday also features the Strawberry Patchers and their third 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! Additional information is available at or call Kathy at 928-472-4410, cell 928-951-0413.

Pine Library doings

Labor Day weekend will feature another book sale at Activity Room of the Pine library to be held Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4.

In addition, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Pat’s FANtastic Quilt will be raffled. Get tickets at $1 or six 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.

Farm dinner at Fossil Creek Creamery

Hungry? Also desiring to support efforts to be fire safe in our hamlets?

Here is the deal. 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 of the Fossil Creek Creamery 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 Moceri, owner of Gerardo’s Firewood Café will be donating their time and food costs and laying out a five-course dinner featuring local produce, dairy, and meat, with wine paired with each course. Only 80 people, only $75. What fun! Call 928-476-5178 to make your reservation for Sunday, Sept. 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Yummmm!

New columnist needed!

Just a couple of more weeks and you will be reading a new columnist in this spot. And that could be you! Give Tom Brossart at the Roundup a call at 928-474-5251, ext. 115, or e-mail Meanwhile, keep my inbox at full with your news and newsy items.


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