Photographs Are A Treasure Of Holiday Memories


Bob Gleason captivated festival-goers in the Cultural Hall while demonstrating basket weaving during an Arts and Crafts Festival sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild. For more than 30 years, the group, comprised of local artists and crafters, has sponsored three annual festivals in Pine held on Labor Day, Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekends.

Bob Gleason captivated festival-goers in the Cultural Hall while demonstrating basket weaving during an Arts and Crafts Festival sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild. For more than 30 years, the group, comprised of local artists and crafters, has sponsored three annual festivals in Pine held on Labor Day, Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekends. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Did you take any snap shots this year to record the happy occasion? Maybe a cute photo of your dog opening up a Christmas present?

Let’s get real!

We have three dogs and, like toddlers, they always want what the other one has — even if it’s the same thing that they have.

While my husband Richard, daughter Krisy, and son Mike restrained the dogs and confiscated their toys, I grabbed the camera to record this memorable holiday moment.

The next magical moment came when I reached for something in the amply-stocked refrigerator and sent a loosely-sealed package of blueberries soaring through the air.

Did you know that blueberries bounce?

“Bring the camera! We have memories to record!”

I guess neither episode was as bad as the year the marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole caught on fire. Although it’s comical to think of now, fortunately it did not become a holiday tragedy.

I hope that you had as wonderful a Christmas as I did and accumulated many magical holiday memories. I cherish every single one of them, and truly every year is the absolute best Christmas ever.

Fun in 2012

Last year we hit a few bumps and curves in the road and encountered some road blocks and detours. At times it was stormy weather. Still, here we all are on the brink of a new year with hope and optimism. It’s ready, set, go!

Get out your new calendars and schedule some fun into the coming year.

Pine-Strawberry Business Community events

The 2012 May Day Festival promises to be better than ever with hope of bringing a Farmers Market for the event.

Mark your calendar now for May 12 and 13 to enjoy the craft show, antique tractors, gardening, great food and fun for all.

Sure to attract folks from near and far, this year’s Strawberry Festival will take place on June 9 and 10 with great strawberry treats, food, craft vendors, Strawberry Patchers Quilt show and even pony rides.

The Mountain Daze Festival on Aug. 11 and 12 will include a jazz or other music concert this year so don’t miss out on the fun.

Oct. 6 and 7 the Apple Festival comes to town accompanied by an Antique Show and the best apple treats you have ever tasted.

Before we know it, Santa Claus will return to Pine for another Festival of Lights.

If you are a local business owner, or a community-spirited resident, consider joining the Pine-Strawberry Business Community volunteers who organize these great fund-raising events that lend a helping hand to the community and bring people and families together for old-fashioned fun.

The group meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Logon to pinestrawberrybusiness communityaz.com for further information.

Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild

Local artists and crafters are preparing for another year of crafting and arts and crafts festivals on the Rim that are among the most prestigious arts and crafts events in the state.

For more than 30 years they have joined together to promote each other’s work and foster awareness of handmade artistry and to support local non-profit agencies.

The Arts & Crafts Guild meets on the last Friday of each month in the Craft Room at the Pine Community Center at 9 a.m. They invite other artists and crafters to join them. It’s a great way to make new friends, display your work and give back to the community. Mark your calendar now to attend a meeting.

If you are an artist or crafter who would be interested in having a booth at a festival for your original, quality, handmade items, see the Guild’s Web site for information and applications.

There is fun for the whole family at the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Festivals. They are held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends at the Pine Community Center. For more information, visit the Web site at pinestrawberryartscrafts.com.

Let’s all be Elves

I once read that volunteers don’t get paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!

Journalist Tom Brokaw said, “It is easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

My husband likes to write rhyming jingles for the new year and this year came up with, “In 2012 we can all be elves.” I think he’s onto something.

Although by definition, elves are “small, mischievous creatures” (at 4 feet, 11 inches I suppose I could fit that description); but to be elfin-like is to have an “otherworldly, or magical quality or charm.”

There is something greater than this world and magical about those who willingly volunteer their time to serve others.

In the realm of Santa Claus, without the elves there would be no toys to bring happiness to children. They get things done!

In 2012 we can all be elves...by helping out our community and neighbors.

No matter what your interests, there is a group who needs some elves.

Do you like to sew? The local Strawberry Patchers quilting group needs some sewing elves to bring warmth to others through charity and comfort quilts.

Are you a history buff? The Pine Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society needs elves to preserve the history of our area’s founding families and area artifacts and documents.

The Pine-Strawberry Emergency Task Force needs elves to assist the Fire Dept. in the event of an emergency in our community.

The food bank needs some strong elves to lift boxes, and the Library has many elf projects. Where would the Senior Center Affairs Foundation be without elves to provide countless services to seniors and other struggling Pine and Strawberry families?

Will you be an elf this year?

To all the hard-working, dedicated elves out there, wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. Please send your comments or Pine Strawberry happenings to haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248.

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