With money tight these days, many people feel it’s too costly to take a vacation, yet would love to get out of town for the weekend. Strawberry and Pine are the perfect weekend getaway.
You’ll be surprised to find very moderately priced cabins, motels, and bed and breakfasts here in the spectacular Mogollon Rim area.
Go fishing, play in the creek, and enjoy being away from home for a few days.
Get a cabin on Pine Creek and walk to town sites enjoying nature, wildlife and clean, mountain air.
Eat in quaint family-owned restaurants housed in historic structures, and browse antique shops with memorabilia of the past. Our treasure chest of shops includes: Auntie Gail’s Collectables, the Gingerbread House, Grampa’s Shed, Moose Mountain, Pine Country, Pine Station, and Tymeless Antiques.
You’ll love Myra’s Gallery, Visions Speaking Rock Shop, the Old Settler’s Shops (our quaint version of a strip mall) with the Quilt Shop, housed in a historic pioneer cabin.
There is a pottery shop, goat and llama ranch, pioneer museum and the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona. We have a historic honey stand and an infamous homemade fudge and ice cream shop. Need I say more?
Plan your trip around events and festivals taking place that are free and fun for all.
Bring the family and friends, split the cost of gas and food, and enjoy a hotel getaway in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival, May Day Gardening Celebration, Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival, Mountain Daze Festival, Fire on the Rim Bike Race and more.
Check payson.com, rimcountrychamber .com or psaznews.com for information on events, lodging, sights and outdoor recreation.
Make Arizona’s Centennial year memorable — and bring your camera.
For those fortunate enough to live here, it’s time to grab your calendar and jot down some important happenings.
Important school board openings
Pine Strawberry School District will have three positions open to the school board this year. Elections will be held during the Nov. general election. Term will be a period of four years with a start date of Jan. 1, 2013. Criteria to run for election are: Live in the school district, be a registered voter, be a U.S. citizen, not the spouse of a school district employee. If interested, contact Mike Clark, District Superintendent at 476-3283 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talent Show at Pine Strawberry School
Did you hear about the amazing talent shown by the Pine Strawberry School youth at last year’s Christmas program? You have a chance to see what you missed when the pre-school through 8th-graders perform at the upcoming Talent Show.
This entertaining and free event will take place in the school gym on March 7 with a performance at 12:45 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.
Every year is unique and fun to see the children perform. Performances include instrumentals, bands, singing, dancing, gymnastics, comedy, artists and skits.
I hope everyone will come out to support the talented young people in our community. You won’t be disappointed!
I encourage the community to save boxtops to help support the Pine Strawberry School. Look for collection boxes at the school, post office and the library. There are many products with the Boxtops on them and in addition folks can earn Boxtops every time they shop online through the Boxtop Marketplace. So far this year the school has collected over $500 worth of Boxtops. Each one is worth 10 cents and they really add up. The website is boxtops4education.com. For more information, contact Diane Bowman at (928) 476-3579.
Gospel concert in Pine
Inductee to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rick Price and his group “The Blackwood Legacy” will present a special concert at the First Baptist Church in Pine on March 11 at 6 p.m. Admission to see the group, which includes piano player and vocalist Daniel Childs (grandson to the late Cecil Blackwood), is free of charge. For further information, visit their Web site at www.TheBlackwoodLegacy.com.
I would like to remind you of the Quilt Angels “Quilt-A-Thon” taking place at the First Baptist Church in Pine March 13 to 15. The community is invited to come out and help assemble comfort quilts that will be donated to the food bank, DPS and other charities for those in need. You don’t have to be a quilter or even know how to sew to participate. If you would like more information, contact Joanne at (928) 472-1183 or Donna at (928) 476-3968.
Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library
Don’t forget Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Playtime in the library every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and more hands-on fun for parent and child from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
On Thursday, March 13, the library presents Spring Break Movie Madness with a showing of “The Lorax” at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the library.
A heads-up to call the library to reserve your copy of Lisa Schnebly Heidinger’s book Arizona: 100 Years Grand. This will afford plenty of time to read it before the book discussion coming to the library on May 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The discussion will be facilitated by Diana Dwyer and refreshments will be served.
The library will be closed from March 27 to 31 for the weeding of their fiction collection and maintenance. Patrons may drop off library materials at the book drop next to the front door. Pre-school and Tots ‘n’ Toddlers storytimes will also be canceled during this time. Normal library hours will resume on Tuesday, April 2 at 10 a.m. Please contact the library at (928) 476-3678 if you have any questions.
The community groups of Pine and Strawberry are working diligently to make this year’s festivals better than ever, with many surprises in the works. Please follow my column for all the happenings so you don’t miss a thing. Next column: find out what happens when The Cat In The Hat comes to town! Please contact me with your events at email@example.com or call (602) 790-0248.