This weekend promises to be a quiet one. Likely the “flatlanders” will be gathering their energies for Labor Day weekend, and the weekday quiet may well extend through the weekend.
It has been a week of reflection for me, as I will be saying adios for a time. I will miss the sun dappled mornings, the songbirds greeting the day, the crazy squirrel races up and down the ponderosas, and the friendly wave of neighbors as they pass. It is good to live here! But life moves on and Pine and Strawberry will be hotbeds of activities on Labor Day weekend. It is time to start planning your path to all the activities. It all starts on Friday, Sept. 4.
Pine Library book sale and raffle
The Library Activity Room will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the Friends Book Sale. Saturday the hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. In addition, on Sunday at 2 p.m. Pat’s FANtastic Quilt will be raffled. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, available at the library or at the Friends Book Sale.
Saturday and Sunday mornings you can begin the festivities with The Strawberry Elite’s Labor Day weekend pancake breakfast, Sept. 2 and 3 at the Pine Community Center from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. All the pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice you can eat for $5.
There will be two baskets of goodies worth $200-$400 each to be raffled as well. Tickets are available at Rimside Grill, from Jan Armbruster at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine, from Sheri Earp in Pine, and also will be for sale at the pancake breakfast, $5 each or five for $20.
Pine arts and crafts festival
Seventy-five craft booths will be dotting Pine’s downtown for the weekend as well. Many fascinating goodies will be available. Some of you very organized folks will be thinking about grabbing some unique Christmas gifts. Booths will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday.
Riff Raff Rifle Raffle
On Sunday, head to The Bear in Strawberry for the Riff Raff Club’s annual Rifle Raffle.
There are three rifles being raffled, along with a Weber grill and bunches of other goodies. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You can get them by contacting Jerry Nader at 476-2195 or Jim MacLean at 476-3250. The fun begins at 1 p.m. and the drawing will be at 3 p.m.
Library computer class
Twenty of you lucky people who don’t know beans about computers have a chance to remedy that. Ray Baxter will again be holding a hands-on computer class at the Library Activity Room.
Classes begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20. Learn how to use the computer, do e-mail, send pictures, and connect with your family and friends all over everywhere. For this class, you don’t even need to know where the “on” switch is. It will all be revealed.
Riff Raff storytelling
Flip your calendars to October and pencil in Sunday, Oct. 2 for the Riff Raff Club’s storytelling event at The Bear beginning at 4 p.m. Buckshot Dot will be the featured storyteller along with local storytellers.
Buckshot Dot is Dee Strickland Johnson, female cowboy poet, author/artist, and historical relic. No kidding! That came straight from her Web site at www.buckshotdot.com. She claims to tell it like it was. This ought to be a hoot. Be there!
Steak fry winners
I stopped by the Strawberry Elite’s annual steak fry last Sunday and enjoyed a great steak with all the trimmings. The music and camaraderie were wonderful and the basket winners were Trent McNeeley, Francis Campbell and Steve Morken. In addition, another really heavy prize was raffled — 15 tons of AB Select granite that went to Jim Quinton. There is no end of fun in our mountain towns!
This is my last column. It is time for me to move on. I am to go to Pahrump, Nev. to serve a church there for a period of time. I plan to return to my cozy Strawberry home when my tenure there is completed.
I have no idea where to begin to say thank you to all the people who provided information, yucks, welcomes, good times, and interesting experiences. My goal when taking on this gig was to meet my neighbors, and I had only begun! Strawberry and Pine are chock-full of the most interesting people (and animals!).
You have been unfailingly kind to me, patiently telling me of your accomplishments and dreams. I know that whoever takes over this space has many treats awaiting them in all of you.
Thank you, kind people. I am so proud to call you neighbors.