Strawberries, quilts, crafts, fiddlers, and pony rides are a few of the reasons Pine is the place to be this weekend.
On June 8 the doors of Pine’s Cultural Hall open at 9 a.m. for the 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show. For admission of $2 you can see beautiful and colorful quilts and quilted wearable items submitted by the extraordinary quilters of Pine, Strawberry and the Rim Country. The show continues June 9 and 10 with raffles to win beautiful quilts, a Berry Patch Boutique with unique handmade items by members of the group, a Vendor Mall, a quilt appraiser and Viewer’s Choice Voting. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Friday and Saturday, and until 3 p.m. Sunday. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a ticket to win a quilt.
At the 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival this weekend you’ll enjoy 90 craft booths and food vendors at the Pine ramada in a beautiful outdoor setting of mountains and ponderosa pines, with fiddle music by Chuck, Barb and Arvid. There will be strawberry treats of all kinds from chocolate-covered strawberries to strawberry shortcake, pie, floats, sundaes and more. There are lots of fun activities for kids being planned as well, including the Kids Kraft Korner, pony rides, a bounce house and wall climbing. In Strawberry, see living historians at the Strawberry Schoolhouse — the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona, and hike with llamas at the Ranch at Fossil Creek.
Quilts at the Thrift Store
In honor of the Quilt Show and Strawberry Festival the Pine Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store will feature beautiful quilts, material, quilting books, and a unique collection of quilting collectibles through June 9. You can also get televisions, purses and wedding dresses for 50 percent off. Some of the dresses are retail priced over $1,000.
Then from June 13 to June 16 there will be a great collection of Father’s Day gifts and sales that include all pillows and books at 50 percent off.
Little library, big service
On a recent office visit to Phoenix, the receptionist noted our address and began talking about the festivals in Pine, and the “cute little library.” Visitors and guests to the area see the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library as a landmark adjacent to the Pine Strawberry Community Center. The picturesque library is part of the charm of historic Pine and Strawberry that leaves visitors with the feeling they have been in a special place. When it comes to the cute “little” Pine public library, the saying is true “good things come in small packages.”
For a small town library, they offer an impressive schedule of programs and services that would do credit to many libraries many times their size. They have made a real commitment to programs at all levels — children, teens, and adults.
The library’s collection includes best sellers, fiction and non-fiction, large print books, movies, and an extensive collection of historical books and publications about the state and area. Books on Wheels and Coupon Exchange are provided as a free service. Computers, copy machine and fax services are available.
Pre-school story time and activities take place every Wednesday for ages 2-1/2 to 5-1/2 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and Tots N Toddlers Playtime for ages 0 to 3 is every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by Mommy and Me Time from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
On Wednesdays in June, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., children from age 2-1/2 to teenagers can participate in reading and learning about our great state in the library’s summer reading program.
Summer Movie Madness at the library brings “Fairy Tale: A True Story” on June 15; “Big Miracle” on June 22; and “More Than Puppy Love” on June 28. Movies begin at 1 p.m.
Kid’s Quilt Camp is coming in July. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for each child to complete their own quilt. You must register at the library by June 30, or by calling (928) 476-3678.
On July 7, the library and historical society will host a community parade and barbecue. Registration deadline for the parade is June 29. It will be a full day of events culminating in a community dance in the Cultural Hall.
The library also provides services for home-schooling children and parents. Parents, please stop by the library to fill out an anonymous home-school survey and give input.
At the library you will be greeted by staff and volunteers with smiles and a friendly and helpful atmosphere. If you would like to support the library by becoming a Friend, the group meets in the Pine Library Activity Room on the fourth Monday of each month at 1 p.m., except for August and November. For further information, visit the library Web site at www.pinepubliclibrary.com.
Community VBS starts Monday
Community Vacation Bible School will be held from June 11 to June 15 at Pine Strawberry School, for ages 4 years through sixth grade. Come join in the fun at VBS 2012 “Sonrise National Park.” Students will participate in music, games, skits, snacks, Bible stories and more. For more information, call First Baptist Church at (928) 476-3552.
Must Do for June 9
On June 9 you are invited to the Riff-Raff Club’s Naked Yard Sale next to Payson Concrete at 3971 N. Highway 87. Great items — except for clothes — at great prices. All sales benefit needy children in Pine and Strawberry.
Then, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. stop in at Oasis Book Store in Payson to meet a special neighbor and Pine resident, Candy Marie Bridges. She will be signing copies of her inspirational book “Meet Me in the Mountains.”
Enjoy this action-packed weekend and please send your happenings to email@example.com or call (602) 790-0248.