Visitors to Strawberry and Pine return time and time again, bringing with them their family and friends. Why? Once you go you’ll know.
September in Strawberry and Pine means festivals, fun, and would you believe fashion? Yes, there is fashion in this rural mountain town where blue jeans are in and a columnist can’t even find red nail polish at the Ponderosa Market. They offer the finest steaks, farm-grown veggies, and lots of country hospitality, but beauty supplies do not fly off the shelves in Pine and Strawberry. Yet this September you will find something here for everyone.
Arts and crafts festival
The month kicks off the holiday this weekend Sept. 3 and 4 at the Pine Community Center with the 31st Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Labor Day Festival. The Guild sponsors three arts and crafts festivals annually on holiday weekends. Proceeds help provide support to local non-profit agencies.
This festival really distinguishes itself with 75-plus booths of juried, quality, hand-crafted items by only the most talented Arizona artisans and crafters. There is a playground, clowns, and face-painting for the kids and lots of food booths to satisfy their appetites.
Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. sponsored by the Strawberry Elite and Fire Fighters Association. This would be a good time to thank them for the great work they do in the community.
Another hard-working group, the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, will be serving their tacos, peach and apple crisps, so delicious and worth standing in line for.
Then stop in next door to the newly redecorated Arts and Crafts Guild Boutique to meet artists and crafters of the Guild and enjoy demonstrations in basket weaving and other arts and crafts.
Friends of the library
The Friends of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will also be having their highly anticipated Labor Day Book Sale and Quilt Raffle Sept. 2, 3, and 4.
This is a very special quilt you will want to see, and for book and movie lovers, there are hundreds of items to choose from. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The following Saturday, Sept. 10, join Pine merchants for in-shop specials and sales for the September Shop Hop. Fill a bag of clothes for just $2 at the Thrift Store.
This is the perfect time to visit the wonderful venues in Pine. The Shop Hop is held on the second Saturday of the month from April through December.
The holidays are getting closer. Are you interested in holiday fashion that can be purchased at low prices? Then you won’t want to miss the third annual Holiday Fashion Show sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store. Located at 3916 N. Highway 87, the Thrift Store is a favorite among the locals and visitors to the area.
Known for its wide variety of household items and home décor, a craft room with quilting and miscellaneous crafting supplies, furniture, and clothing — all at prices that will fit your wallet.
Local residents from the housewives of Pine and Strawberry to Pine School students will be modeling some of the quality holiday fashions that are available at the store. You can encourage the local models while enjoying a brownie or cupcake from the accompanying bake sale.
There will also be a small silent auction or you can browse the Thrift Shop to find that perfect item you weren’t looking for. You don’t want to miss this event on Saturday Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will also be a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the dedicated Thrift Store volunteers at 5 p.m., Sept. 24. All volunteers from the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop “special events” volunteers, board members and staff are invited. Please RSVP to 928-476-4633 for volunteer and guest.
Fall Apple Festival
September in Strawberry and Pine also means time for the fourth annual Fall Apple Festival taking place on Sept. 24 and 25. This event sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Business Community is a fun fall harvest festival for all ages! Food, vendors, music, storytelling, and even a children’s craft booth will make for a fun family outing in the high country.
Dad too will enjoy the antique tractors on display or sampling the entries in the Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Nothing tastes better than a caramel apple this time of the year and many other apple treats will be available.
Event hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Strawberry Business Community sponsors community events like the Apple Festival throughout the year creating a great place for neighbors near and far to come together and have a good time. Their various events help the local businesses and the community.
A final tip for visitors. The restaurants in Strawberry and Pine rival the finest food the big city has to offer. The Rimside Grill, famed Randall House, Nifty Fifties, The Bear and others continually draw repeat customers who must have that special item again. Those who roll into town on Friday night can join the Harley-Davidson crowd for the year-round Friday night tradition of BBQ and Blues at Sidewinders Saloon. Sidewinders is just a short hop, skip and a jump from the hub of activity at the Community Center. You may just discover the best mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone tender ribs you have ever tasted.
The Pine Community Center located at 3886 N. Highway 87 in Pine is the place to be this September. Whether you attend the Arts and Crafts Guild Labor Day Festival, Fashion Show, Book Sale, Shop Hop or the town’s Fall Apple Festival you’ll want to come back again and again, or like me, you may have to move here and write about it.
Why? Once you go you’ll know!