Almost didn’t make it this week, dear friends. I booted the computer to get my column off to the paper in time and it didn’t do its magic. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? All is not yet well, but well enough to get this done!
I will have a call into my favorite computer geek as soon as a reasonable hour arrives to call him. Computers! And I remember when we got our first telephone — an eight-party line, no less. It was the cutting edge of technology at the time. For those counting the years, I was a mere child at the time! Back to business.
Rim Country Tractor Show
This Saturday is the Rim Country Tractor Show in the parking lot of Payson Concrete in Pine. I discovered a few of my Strawberry neighbors will be there with their old machines spit polished and chugging away. This is one Saturday I wish I could be in town but church duty calls elsewhere.
But while you are there, also check out the new Firewise Trailer that’s just been completed by the members of Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. This trailer, a “mobile classroom” designed to offer a capsule education in wildfire prevention and protection, was built for the community with the help of a grant from FEMA. Our ability to live safely in this fire environment depends greatly on pre-fire activities taken by residents to protect lives and property.
The Firewise Trailer contains lots of free information for homeowners, activities and fun stuff for the kids, and displays that can help us prepare for fire season. Being fire safe in our mountain communities is very important to all of us. Take a few moments to get smart about being fire-wise, dear ones.
Riff Raff Club Yard Sale
Memorial weekend will be here before we know it. The Riff Raff Club is holding a yard sale that weekend at the Pine Market in Pine. All money raised stays here in the communities of Pine and Strawberry. It is used to fund Thanksgiving and Christmas food and gifts for local families in need.
Donations of items for the sale are accepted every Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. at Bishop Self Storage, sheds #206 and #207. Please, no clothing, old televisions or computer monitors. It’s spring so it’s time to clean out those kitchen cabinets and workshops and drop off your items for the yard sale.
Kids Quilt Camp at the Pine Library
The Strawberry Patchers have teamed up with the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library to teach quilting to children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. What fun this will be, but there is only room for 10 kids. One-on-one instruction is provided, so Mom or Dad do not have to stay (but I’ll bet it would be fun). There are four sessions and the kids will complete a quilt. Pre-registration is required.
If your children have not yet taken this class, do live in the Pine/Strawberry communities, and fit the age range, get them registered by stopping by the library or calling 476-3678. The four days of the class held in the library activity room are Monday, July 11 through Thursday, July 14. All supplies and machines are furnished by the Strawberry Patchers, bless their angelic, generous hearts!
A Model T Race
Sunday coming home from church, I met a colorful open Model T roadster. The driver and passenger were decked out in bright yellow “dusters.” How very cool! Some little distance down Fossil Creek Road, I met more. Something was up. I drove as far as the Strawberry School House and found a “checkpoint.”
The Gold Canyon and Sun Country Model T clubs were hosting a race. The cars left Flagstaff at 7:30 a.m. that morning, journeying through Sedona and Camp Verde, then up the Rim to Strawberry and returning to Flagstaff via Lake Mary Road. They were each racing against a clock to match a previously set time for the run.
I watched as colorful cars checked in and then left 10 minutes later, appropriated watered and oiled. (Speaking of first telephones from above, how many of my dear readers remember never going anywhere without a jug of water and a can of oil for the car? And, truth be told, I remember in my early driving years having a much newer car than a Model T that required both oil and water ready in the trunk.)
There were many colorful costumes as well, along with one or two family dogs. One of my favorite cars, which are custom built by their owners, featured an old steamer trunk behind the seat for the, well, trunk. But the biggest kick was the Garmin GPS stuck to the windshield on one entrant’s car. He told me he needed a speedometer, not a luxury on the original Model T. I looked under his hood as he added oil and wondered how fast he really could go with that little engine!
Have a blessed week, friends — and keep the news coming at spcolumnist@yahoo. com.