Quilts & Strawberries

2nd Saturday Shop Hop on tap



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Quilts by members of the Strawberry Patchers are more often works of art and the heart than something to throw over a bed or wrap up in on the couch, but they can be that functional.

A weekend of finely crafted quilted art and a multitude of delicious strawberry delights await in Pine this weekend.

It is 15th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show and 21st Annual Strawberry Festival. The events will be at the Pine Community Center in the center of the mountain hamlet just 15 miles north of Payson.

The quilt show is Friday, June 10, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center.

The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is just $2.

The Strawberry Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 11 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 12. Admission is free.

Guests that bring a can/package of non-perishable food to the quilt show will be entered into the drawing for a comfort quilt to be held June 12.

The quilt show will feature at least 120 quilts, plus quilted wearable items on display for voting in viewers’ choice balloting on Friday and Saturday. Ribbons will be in place on the award-winning entries for Sunday attendees.

Along with the popular Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality hand-made items, there will be at least 10 vendors with booths in the show’s mall, plus quilt appraisals will be available.

The Strawberry Patchers will make a special presentation to four area fire departments at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 11. The group will present the fire department representatives with comfort quilts.

Members will also be selling tickets for the Patchers’ beautiful opportunity quilt. The drawing for this quilt will be held Dec. 1, 2011.


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The Strawberry Festival in Pine is this weekend.

Quilt enthusiasts don’t have to wait until December for another quilt event in Pine. The Strawberry Patchers will hold its 3rd Annual Quilt Auction Aug. 13 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

The hall will open at 10 a.m. for registration and a preview of the quilts to be auctioned. The auction starts at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free, however, guests who bring non-perishable food will be given a ticket for a drawing for a Sharon Schamber quilt to be held after the auction. Rim Country resident Schamber is a highly regarded national award-winning quilter.

The group’s opportunity quilt tickets will be also be available, along with ‘buy it now’ and auction quilts. More information available on the group’s Web site, www.strawberrypatchers.com or call (928) 472-4410.

Strawberry Festival

The 21st Annual Strawberry Festival will be on the grounds of the Pine Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 11 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 12.

Admission to the festivities is free. Guests can visit arts and crafts vendors; enjoy all kinds of food, plus a wide selection of strawberry treats. There will be music and special activities for children.

The Pine/Strawberry Business Community hosts the festival.


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Music, food, fun and a mind-blowing assortment of strawberry treats await visitors at the annual Strawberry Festival at the Pine Community Center June 11 and 12.

Second Saturday Shop Hop

Quilts and strawberries aren’t all that will be offered in Pine this weekend. The quilt show and festival will be complemented by the monthly Second Saturday Shop Hop, where a number of shops on Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Mesa Road have special events planned.

One of those is Myra’s Gallery, 3502 N. Hwy. 87, Pine. The gallery has the work of 23 artists on display and will be featuring four of them throughout the day, Saturday, June 11.

Angie Cockle and Jack Greenshield will present demonstrations.

Cockle works with scratchboard art and is well known for her pet portraits. She will be sharing some of the techniques she uses in her work.

Greenshield does Western oil painting. He has been a practicing artist since his childhood when he did drawings and horse sculptures. Now he works with oils and will be demonstrating his methods. His wife, Joan, an artist in her own right, will demonstrate watercolor painting.

The photography of Matalyn Gardner and the paintings of the late Joy Layson will be featured at the gallery for Second Saturday Shop Hop June 11.

Gardner specializes in wildlife and landscape photographs and will have her work on display.

Proceeds from the sale of the few remaining Layson paintings will go into a trust for her daughters and their families. The works available at Myra’s Gallery are among the last that can be purchased.

As part of the gallery’s Second Saturday Shop Hop, there will also be live music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. provided by Trouble in Paradise with Chuck and Barbara Casey.


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