Memorial Day Arts And Crafts Festival


Strawberry resident Edwin Jett displayed his handcrafted birdhouses at the May Day Festival in Pine. Each birdhouse is accented with antiques and collectibles and odds and ends that he has been collecting for years. You can see these unique birdhouses again at the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Memorial Day Festival this weekend, as well as the handmade creations of 85 other talented artists and crafters.

Strawberry resident Edwin Jett displayed his handcrafted birdhouses at the May Day Festival in Pine. Each birdhouse is accented with antiques and collectibles and odds and ends that he has been collecting for years. You can see these unique birdhouses again at the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Memorial Day Festival this weekend, as well as the handmade creations of 85 other talented artists and crafters. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Made in the U.S.A.

Levi jeans, the American Flag, NBA and NFL jerseys - these items once prided themselves in being American-made. I am a passionate supporter of Made in America products, and that is what you will find this weekend at the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild 32nd Annual Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival in Pine.

“Made in America” items have been outsourced to other countries, but one thing you can count on is the American artist and crafter. In towns across America and here in Strawberry, Pine and the Rim Country, artists and crafters take pride in hand made craftsmanship with quality and unique items made right here in the good old U.S.A.

For 32 years, the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild has fostered awareness of handmade arts and crafts, supported the American artist, and lent a helping hand to the community. Proceeds from their festivals on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends are donated to non-profit groups within the Pine Strawberry community.

The Memorial Day Festival features the work of 85 Southwest U.S. artists and crafters, including the extraordinary birdhouses of Strawberry resident Edwin Jett. Artist Charles VanMeter will demonstrate his unique work and style with lapidary demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Stop by the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Boutique to say hello and sign the guest book. The Boutique features the works of local artists and crafters who belong to the guild.

The Firewise Trailer will be at the festival too. Visitors can learn about the innovative things being done by the award-winning Fuel Reduction Group to protect the area from wildfires.

Festival-goers will enjoy a pancake breakfast by Strawberry's Elite and the Pine Strawberry Fire Department with proceeds going to help needy children in the community. Another highlight are the renowned Navajo tacos by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, with proceeds helping local seniors. You can also purchase raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt that the Pine Strawberry Food Bank will have on display in the Cultural Hall. The Quilt Angels quilting group donated the quilt to the local food bank for the raffle.

The festival is this Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, at the Pine Community Center, situated on Highway 87 in Pine, where we have a full season of events that are popular throughout the region. Come celebrate American craftsmanship this weekend in Pine.

Memorial Weekend Book Sale and Raffle

If you love books - and movies - you don't want to miss the Pine Library Friends annual Book Sale and Raffle on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 27. The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library staff and volunteers weeded the library's collection and that means this year's book sale will be the largest one ever held by the Library Friends during the Memorial Day weekend event.

The Movie Madness Raffle accompanying the sale includes 40 or more DVD's and a DVD player. Raffle tickets are 15 for $10, 6 for $5 or 1 for $1. The drawing for the raffle is at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 27.

The sale will be in the Library Activity Room located off Hwy 87 and Randall Place in Pine behind the Community Center.

The Pine Public Library has something for everyone this summer. Summer Vacation Movie Madness begins June 1 with the showing of the movie Cinnamon at 1 p.m., and on June 8 see Disney's Secret World of Arrietty. The Arizona Centennial, the library's summer reading program, begins June 6. No registration is needed. For further information on these or other programs and services, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Wedding shopping thrift store style

June is coming up and that means wedding bells. Let me suggest a thrifty, creative, supportive way to prepare for that special day - shop at the local thrift store. From May 23 to June 2 the Pine Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store will be celebrating weddings. They will be featuring beautiful gowns for the bride, great accessory pieces for the bridal table, as well as fun decorations for the reception.

The local thrift shop has some awesome, unique, and insanely cheap dishes and silverware. The mix-and-match vintage look is totally “in” according to today's wedding experts. Many brides are paying enormously to have that look, but a resourceful bride can get it for pennies at the thrift store. Another great item to find is mason jars, which make great centerpieces and candle holders.

If you have a wedding in the works, you don't want to miss the celebration of weddings sale this month at the thrift store in Pine, aka the Pine Mall. And remember, your donations are always needed and appreciated.

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

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