This spring has brought the passing of too many neighbors and friends. As we grow older, those passings strike us as more poignant. They remind us of our own mortality. That is not a bad thing, just a difficult thing.
After yet another funeral last week, I sat on my porch and reflected on life. Years ago a friend asked me what my “somedays” were.
I questioned him, “Somedays?” He said, “You know, the things you tell yourself that someday you will do.” This was well before the concept of the bucket list. Funerals make me think about my “somedays.” Left on my list, among other things, is a ride in a hot air balloon. How about you, dear ones?
Fire is the big topic
Who can ignore this topic this week? The southeastern portion of the state is burning unchecked.
Those of us who live in the forests can never be nonchalant about fire. The winds of the last month have so dried things that signs warning of extreme fire danger are now posted on emergency vehicles all over our communities. And that is not a Chicken Little “the sky is falling” rant. It is a very serious problem.
In addition to keeping your property raked and cleared of fire fuel like pine cones, downed branches and pine needles, you can get involved with the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee. They are the folks who have committed to establishing and maintaining the fire breaks around our town.
The breaks have been carved out, but like your yard, need constant maintenance. Among other things, that takes money. That is the point of the inaugural Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. It will be held Aug. 6 and there is a lot to do to get ready.
Next week, a race course expert will be in town to lay out the 15-mile-long course. In addition to raising money to replace the dwindling grant monies that pay for fire fuel pick ups at roadside and the clearing of large acreage to help keep us safer, this event will bring money into the economy of our two communities. It also will provide an opportunity for local vendors to ply their wares.
You love living here because of the forests. Get involved by helping out. Check it out at psfuelreduction.org and fireontherim.com.
Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show
Head to the Community Center in Pine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on June10-12 for the 15th Annual Strawberry Patchers’ Quilt Show. Just a $2 charge for the show.
A can or package of a nonperishable food item will enter you into the drawing for your own quilt.
Vote in the Viewer’s Choice poll on quilts and wearable items and see your winners on Sunday. There will be a vendor mall and quilt appraisals, along with the Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality, handmade items. Tickets will be available for the beautiful opportunity quilt drawing on Dec. 1.
More information at www.strawberrypatchers.com.
The Strawberry Festival
Right in the middle of Pine’s Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 10-12, you will find the Strawberry Festival.
Don’t miss the arts and crafts vendors and food and music available, along with delicious strawberry treats. This year there will be a new Kids Booth featuring appropriate crafts and activities. Free admission!
June 11 is the Second Saturday Shop Hop. All the hottest shopping deals will be available in Pine and Strawberry. Shop ’til you drop for some especially unique things, only available here!
The Block Party hosted by the Church on Randall Place in Pine is June 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pine Community Center. Pastor John Lake of the Church on Randall Place in Pine promises free food, drinks, entertainment, a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, games (for young and less young), face painting, clowns, along with special children’s activities hosted by “Rock of Safety” Ministry. Call Pastor John at 476-4249 for more information.
A great community place
The Pine Community Center is a popular place! Did you know that it was built not only to replace the decrepit previous structure, but also to highlight what can be done with small log harvesting? What a wonderful place to hold our many summer fun events!
And again I say thanks to all of you for keeping me posted and helping me be accurate by forwarding your information to email@example.com.
This week I am looking forward to reading your bucket list entries!