Pine, Strawberry Are The Best Kept Secrets In Arizona


Darlene Saucedo, of Peoria, had a booth for her handcrafted gourds and jewelry at a Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild festival last year. To submit an application to sell your original work at a festival, visit the Arts and Crafts Guild Web site at http://pinestrawberryartscrafts.com. Applications for the Memorial Day show must be submitted by March 15 and for the 4th of July show by April 15. All items must be handmade by the artists and crafters.

Darlene Saucedo, of Peoria, had a booth for her handcrafted gourds and jewelry at a Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild festival last year. To submit an application to sell your original work at a festival, visit the Arts and Crafts Guild Web site at http://pinestrawberryartscrafts.com. Applications for the Memorial Day show must be submitted by March 15 and for the 4th of July show by April 15. All items must be handmade by the artists and crafters. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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When you tell people you live in Pine, they inevitably say, “Where? Pinetop?”

You say, “No. P-I-N-E period. By Strawberry. Payson.”

Pine and Strawberry are the best kept secrets in Arizona. A place where people greet you by your first name.

People are genuinely friendly and support the local school team, the Buffalos, with pride. One of the best country bakeries anywhere, the Pine Village Bakery, inside the local market, has the most delicious cheese danishes, bear claws, apple turnovers, cookies, pies and breads. The restaurants and antique shops have a step-back-in-time-to-another-era feeling.

We have a country rocking saloon — Sidewinders — with the best blues and barbecued ribs around, and the Sportsman’s Chalet with a feel of being in the Swiss Alps. There is also the historic Strawberry Lodge and the Herb Stop, Pottery Studio, and goat and llama farm. Small town festivals, children’s activities and family events. Fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, 4-wheeling. Mountains. Forests. Creeks. Waterfalls.

When you travel to Arizona’s high country this year, don’t miss the picturesque villages in the mountains hidden in the sea of ponderosa pines, 15 miles north of Payson on State Route 87. Make sure you have Strawberry and Pine on your radar.

First Stop the Thrift Shop

Make the Thrift Shop your first stop. Located at the historic Pine Community Center, it is a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors for great value.

Jan. 25 through 28 all coats, blazers, suits, and suit jackets will be 50 percent off, and all adult shoes just 50 cents a pair. You might be surprised at what you will find. Last year, I found a brand new pair of official Harley-Davidson boots in my husband’s size, for an unbelievable low price.

Feb. 1 through 4 all Valentine home décor, clothing and jewelry will be featured. You can also fill a bag with clothes for just $2.

Guys, listen up. Are you a knight in shining armor? The Thrift Shop needs men age 18 and up to help in the back sales yard.

For further information or to volunteer, please contact them at 928-476-4633.

After shopping in the thrift store, visit the museum, also at the Community Center, for a look back at the early pioneers who settled the area.

Then enjoy a great lunch across the street at Nifty-50s, or next door at HB’s Place, or bring your own lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables under the Community Center ramada.

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library

Get your Valentine candy at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, across the street from the Thrift Shop, or buy tickets for the Valentine’s candy basket raffle. All proceeds go toward the purchase of library materials. Drawing for the candy basket will be on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

Beginning Feb. 4 a free hands-on computer training classes will be held in the Pine library’s activity room, behind the Cultural Hall, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, contact the library at 928-476-3678 or www.pinepubliclibrary.com.

Quilt Angels Quilt-a Thon

I’m excited to tell you about a three-day quilting affair taking place in Pine that offers a fun and rewarding volunteer experience for a worthy cause. You don’t have to know how to sew to participate! You only need to be an angel.

The Quilt Angels, formerly called DPS Quilt Angels, are known for providing quilts to the Department of Public Safety for victims of crime and families of fallen police officers, residents of nursing homes, and making Christmas stockings for children of local food bank families. Their only mission is to bring comfort to those in their time of need.

On March 14, 15 and 16 this small group of caring quilters are undertaking a gigantic project by hosting a Quilt-a-Thon at the First Baptist Church in Pine on Highway 87. They expect to complete 115 comfort quilts for the Pine Strawberry Food Bank, DPS and local charities with this ambitious project and with your help.

Tables will be set up in assembly line fashion and there is something for everyone to do, no matter your skill level.

Bring your sewing machines, if you have one, and again, you do not need to know how to sew to be helpful.

Lunch will be served to all. Prizes too. There will be laughter and love in abundance!

Thank you for finding room in your schedule and heart to be an angel.

For more information, contact Joanne Moss at 928-472-1183 or Donna Flansburg at 928-476-3968.

Call for artists and crafters

Do you enjoy art or crafting? Why not sell your original and creative work at the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild festivals this year?

The Arts and Crafts Guild began 32 years ago showcasing the artists who call this area home and to help the community. Over the years it has expanded to include 80 artists juried from entries from throughout Arizona, the Southwest, and even across the country.

All work must be of excellent quality and handcrafted by the artists. These festivals have regional appeal for both artists and festival goers.

Displaying numerous original works of art, the festivals are punctuated with hands-on arts and crafts demonstrations, children’s activities area and face-painting, and plenty of great food.

Townsfolk and visitors from around the state converge in the beautiful town of Pine on the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends, some of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

The festivals take place at the historic Pine Community Center, the centerpiece of Pine.

The Arts and Crafts Guild festivals are known for consistently outstanding artwork that is handcrafted, made in the USA, and does all it can to let the artists know they are appreciated and valued guests.

Applications for the Memorial Day festival must be submitted by March 15, or by April 15 for the Fourth of July show. You can find the application online at www.pinestrawberryartscrafts.com or call 928-078-0469.

Remember, it’s P-I-N-E period (not Pinetop)!

Please send your Pine Strawberry happenings to haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call 602-790-0248.

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