Mountain Daze This Weekend

Enjoy old-fashioned family fun at the Mountain Daze Festival Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Pine/Strawberry Community Center.

Photo by Joy Hafford. |

Enjoy old-fashioned family fun at the Mountain Daze Festival Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Pine/Strawberry Community Center.


After all the excitement of the 4th of July holiday, the fun doesn’t have to stop there. The Mountain Daze Festival is coming to the P/S Community Center this weekend with hands-on crafts for children on Saturday and a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7 a.m.

At the Mountain Daze Festival on Aug. 9 and 10, it’s old-fashioned family fun with arts and crafts vendors, food booths, a classic car show and live music.

The popular band, Trouble in Paradise, with Chuck and Barbara Casey (who also bring the Old Time Fiddler’s Jam to the P/S Community Center each month), will set your heart dancing with a host of accompanying musicians, stringed instruments, jazz improvisations, tunes of the early 20th century, Bach, rock and country music.

The Mountain Daze Festival is an event put on annually by the Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC). They also sponsor a number of family-friendly events throughout the year including the Fall Apple Festival, Festival of Lights, May Day and Strawberry Festival.

Volunteers are always encouraged to assist with the planning and implementation of the events. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at the fire station in Pine on Hardscrabble Road. The group continually plans and brainstorms to bring events that enrich our families and community, promote local business and raise funds to assist non-profit organizations that serve the community.

At the Mountain Daze Festival you can also support the PSBC’s fund-raising efforts by purchasing raffle tickets for a kayak, with the drawing taking place on Sunday. The Potomac Catalyst kayak has adjustable padded seat with headrest, adjustable foot pegs, an integrated dashboard and more! Tickets are just $5 each or five for $20.

If you have an interest in helping with the festivals, please visit their Web site at or join them at their next meeting. You can also “friend” them on Facebook.

Quilt auction

If a festival isn’t enough to entice you to the mountains tomorrow, how about a fabulous quilt auction? If you are anywhere nearby and have a special appreciation for the great tradition of quilting, then Pine is the place to be on Saturday.

The Friends of the Strawberry Patchers, the local branch of the Arizona Quilters Guild, will present quilts for auction in the Pine Cultural Hall on Aug. 10. Registration and preview begin at 11 a.m. The auction will take place at 1 p.m. The Cultural Hall is located on Highway 87 in the heart of downtown Pine at the P/S Community Center.

Admission to the auction is free, but if you bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank you will be entered in the Opportunity Quilt drawing to take place at the end of the auction.

The Opportunity Quilt is raffled annually in Pine after a year-long fund-raising endeavor by the quilting group, who donate the proceeds to non-profit groups that support the local area. The beautiful themed quilt is the collaboration of talented group members who give it away in a special drawing each year.

Many other amazing quilts are up for grabs and could be yours at the Friends of the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Auction.

If you need any other reason to go to Pine and Strawberry this weekend you might want to grab your hiking boots, 4-wheel drive, ATV or a horse or llama and hit the trails and re-connect with wildlife and nature. There are also great antique and craft shops, art galleries, restaurants, saloons and even a pub where you can try our very own Arizona Trails Brew.

See you in P/S this weekend!

Be a hero

There will be a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Pine. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Maureen Walsh at (928) 476-6427 or visit

Summer workshop

Learn how to utilize the computer as a tool to enhance your Bible research, reading, studying and teaching as well as increasing your knowledge and understanding of how to experience a deeper level of spiritual growth of the 66 books of the Bible.

Various Web sites will be explored from 10:30 am. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the library in Pine.

There is no cost to attend the class. Please bring laptop, paper, folder, pen/pencil, water/drink and snacks

Please RSVP so they can appropriately arrange the room.

Parking instructions are as follows: when facing the front of the library, park on the far right lot near the ball field. Walk to the side door from parking lot on the asphalt loading area to get to the room. Look for bright-colored signs. Please do not park in the area closest to the building that is for staff only.

For more information, contact Simone from the Church on Randall Place at (928) 595-0837.

Fire on the Rim

We’re counting down to the exciting Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race on Sept.14. It’s fabulous fun for all with free camping, a Kids Kamp, vendors, raffles, music and a beer garden. Proceeds from the race go to fund fire prevention and trails in the P/S fuel break. Come out for a great cause, great organizations and a great ride! More details next week.

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