Small Town, Big Heart And Don’T Forget The Apples


Pine residents spent last Saturday  cleaning up debris from along the road and in wooded area as part of a It’s Time to Get Trashed in Pine.

Pine residents spent last Saturday cleaning up debris from along the road and in wooded area as part of a It’s Time to Get Trashed in Pine. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Strawberry and Pine are small towns tucked away in the finest scenery imaginable but there you’ll find huge fun and a community with a very big heart.

Fall Apple Festival

The beautiful scenery and country charm of Pine is a perfect setting for a fall festival with mountains, forest, deer, horses, old barns, pioneer homes and museum, antique shops, quaint restaurants, and did I mention apples?

Just 15 miles north of Payson on Highway 87 is the place to be this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25, for good, old-fashioned family fun at the fall Apple Festival.

The event features kids’ activities, food booths, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, and antique tractors.

There is also a chili cook-off and I have an entry as my friends always say “this is the best chili I have ever had.”

Please come put it to the test. Children will enjoy the playground, storytelling, and hands-on crafts, and did I mention apples?

Purchase locally-grown apples, apple cider and fresh-baked apple treats like grandma used to make. You don’t want to miss the fun, and did I mention apples?

Arts & Crafts Guild

While at the festival, stop in to the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Boutique to browse wonderful items created by local artists and crafters and see demonstrations of various crafts. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, see local woodworker C.J. McAnulty.

Other demonstrations include basket weaving by local artist Bob Gleason.

Who’s getting trashed In Pine?

Strawberry and Pine residents really do have a heart for the community. Many are hikers and outdoors persons and all too familiar with the problem of illegal dumping and wish more could be done about it.

It’s hard to imagine how anyone could litter such a beautiful area. This community does care and is paying attention.

Last week, the Ponderosa Market rallied the troops to help clean up debris from our roadsides and wooded areas by organizing a cleanup event “It’s Time To Get Trashed In Pine.”

The community really came together as 30 or more conscientious residents and local business owners set out to eradicate the area of trash. They collected all manner of strange items from broken bicycles, pipes and camper shells and deposited it all in dumpsters generously provided by Waste Matters.

Along with the event, Arizona’s legendary Western Blues musician, Hans Olsen, entertained the crowd, while the Ponderosa supplied Pulled Pork Sandwiches and salads. There was also keg of beer donated by Budweiser. A big thanks to Bob and Cindy of the Ponderosa Market, the businesses who supported it, Hans for his great music, and to everyone who participated in this important cleanup event.

Community Center Thrift Store

For all super fantastic thrift store volunteers, the volunteer appreciation dinner is Saturday, Sept 24. You are truly appreciated for all you do in the community on behalf of seniors, and this dinner is for you! Be there by 5 p.m.

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library

The Library sponsors great activities for children like Fall Break Movie Madness. Children can bring a pillow to get comfortable on the library floor and see “Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur” on Thursday, Sept. 29, or on Thursday, Oct. 6 see “The Dog Who Saved Halloween.” Movies start at 1 p.m. Refreshments served.

The Library is also offering four art classes for home-schooled students. Classes are free and taught by Robyn Bossert.

Registration required. Space limited to the first 15 students. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 28. To register, call (928) 476-3678. Classes in Library Activity Room on Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Pine Library Friends have their next meeting Monday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Library Activity Room. Guest speaker is Maureen Garlausky. She was previously at Pine Country Antiques and Vintage/Yarn Shop but has moved her store to Payson. I guarantee it will be interesting. The community is invited. Bring a friend or make new ones.

Pine-Strawberry community Web site

Both residents and visitors alike will enjoy browsing the community information Web site www.psaznews.com for a wealth of information about local groups, businesses, events and a whole lot more.

If you are a resident, please take a minute to complete the survey regarding cancellation of the brush pick-up service. Your input is important in determining how this will be handled in the future.

Rim Country Quilt Roundup

Attention Strawberry Patchers, quilters of the Rim Country, and those who love their amazing work. A date even I can remember, 11-11-11, the 7th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to the Mazatzal Casino.

The first 111 people to buy a ticket will receive a prize! The show runs from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13 in the Casino’s Exhibition Hall in Payson. Admission $3 or $2 with a can/package of non-perishable food for local food banks. Ages 12 and under are admitted free.

Show includes quilt classes, lectures, vendor mall, quilt appraiser and awards banquet. Registration is available online at www.quiltroundup.com or call (928) 472-4410 or (928) 978-3464 for more information.

HB’s Place

When driving north on Highway 87 through Pine, you can’t miss the large red and blue sign on the left that says HB’s Place. I’ve seen it a thousand times and eaten there, yet I continually refer to it as JD’s. They have overlooked my mistake and for that I am grateful. I finally figured out how to remember the name: HB’s = Heart Big!

They have a heart larger than their gigantic portions of food as they still charge yesterday’s prices to today’s thrifty diners. I urge everyone to visit HB’s in Pine for a fantastic home cooked meal — and please tell them Joy sent you.

In Pine and Strawberry, you won’t see a movie theater but you’ll see built-in entertainment, the woods and creeks. You won’t meet glamorous film stars but get to know beautiful and kind people on the inside. You’ll find a small town with a big heart and...did I mention apples?

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