Guests looking to start the Fourth of July festivities early can kick things off in Pine this weekend at the Arts and Crafts Guild 32nd annual 4th of July Arts and Crafts Festival. If the Rim Country is on your holiday agenda, you don’t want to miss this event in Arizona’s historic mountain paradise.
To alleviate any concerns — I assure you, we have drinking water. Our local water company stepped up to the plate and resolved a mechanical issue that disrupted water supply last week in the communities of Pine and Strawberry. Additionally, there’s no better place to reflect on “America the Beautiful” than in the rippling waters of the Verde River and the endless mountain streams and scenic lakes throughout the region.
It is here, just 15 miles north of Payson, along the Beeline (S.R. 87), you will meet some of the finest homegrown artists and crafters this weekend with products all handmade in the U.S.A. Hand-woven baskets, stained glass, ceramics, rope art, dog tags, pottery, leather goods, baby items, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and a lot more — for every taste and budget.
The Pine Community Center will have more than 80 top artisans and crafters displaying their work, a pancake breakfast, food vendors, Navajo tacos (a Senior Center benefit), and the Friends of the Library annual book sale in the Cultural Hall. The Boutique will be open, showcasing the works of members who belong to the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Bring the family down to view great artwork, chow down at one of our unique restaurants, and peruse the great local antique shops. Enjoy barbecue and blues Friday nights at Sidewinders Saloon or the breathtaking views from the patio of the StrawBeary Bear or Sportsman’s Chalet.
You can also attend a ribbon cutting tonight, June 29, at 5:30 p.m., with the chamber of commerce, to celebrate the grand opening of THAT Brewery and Pub at the Rimside.
It’s a weekend of art in the historical town of Pine that defines Arizona hospitality at it’s best. For a fun, free, family event — see you in Pine this weekend!
Show your Pine Pride
Participants are needed for the Arizona Centennial Parade to be held Saturday, July 7 in Pine. Groups or individuals who love Pine can walk the parade route with horses, products, children, bicycles, tractors, old cars or anything else fun that you can think of. The parade route will go east on Randall Way, turning south behind the thrift store and ending in the elementary school yard. Gather in the Sprinkle field on Randall Way by 10 a.m.
Applications are available at the Pine Library and must be turned in by Thursday, July 5. If you need more information please call the library (928) 476-3678.
Photography crash course
A very special class is being offered for beginning and intermediate photographers by Arizona Highways magazine contributing photographer, Lynn Sankey. The class is open to everyone.
Whether you are photographing wildlife in your own back yard or beautiful landscapes, she will teach you how to capture that perfect shot. The class is July 21 in the Pine Library Activity Room and cost is $55.
For questions or to sign up visit www.lynnsankeyphotography.com or call (602) 790-4282. It’s another great opportunity you don’t want to pass up.
On Saturday, July 7, Pine is the place to be to celebrate the heritage of our great state and country starting with the Centennial parade at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Pine. Nothing says Happy Birthday Arizona more than a small-town parade with happy children enjoying cotton candy and waving the American flag.
The P/S Historical Society will host a community barbecue under the ramada from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the museum and library for $8 per person or $5 for ages 12 and under. The money raised will help the Historical Society to preserve the rich history of Pine and Strawberry.
Other events include children’s activities under the ramada from noon to 1 p.m. and a speaker on the fascinating history of P/S in the Cultural Hall at 1 p.m., followed by a special program on flags at 2 p.m.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Pine Library will host a community dance inside the Pine Cultural Hall with the lively music of Junction 87. Refreshments will be served. You can re-live the frontier days when people would come from miles around to enjoy the fiddle music and dancing in Pine and Strawberry.
Pine is the place to be to celebrate our independence in the true spirit of America.
Authors at the library
On Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be another very special event at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. The library is hosting three Rim Country authors who contributed to the anthology “Skirting Traditions — Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912 to 2012.” This is a great opportunity to sit down with the authors to discuss the book, writing and ask questions. They will be signing copies of the book, which will also be available for purchase. The event is an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.
I want to thank the local residents and readers for sharing your events and for your ongoing, kind, and supportive feedback. I could not do it without the inspiration I get from you.
Wishing all P/S families a happy Fourth of July. A special thank you to all of our service men and women and veterans for preserving the freedoms we enjoy. In the Rim Country “from every mountainside let freedom ring.”