July 4th Weekend Events Great


Jessica Dietel and Marla Diepstraten, Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild members, were among the more than 40 artists and crafters who had booths and interacted with visitors at the 4th of July Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival in Pine.

Jessica Dietel and Marla Diepstraten, Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild members, were among the more than 40 artists and crafters who had booths and interacted with visitors at the 4th of July Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival in Pine. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Arts and Crafts Guild Festival

The 4th of July weekend Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Festival showcased talented artists and crafters from the local community and as far away as Nogales.

Festivalgoers were treated to paintings, jewelry, photography, woodwork and iron sculptures in more than 40 artists booths. Some unique artwork was available — including intricate carved military plaques and whimsical woodcarvings.

There was great interest and enthusiasm from the crowd, as the picturesque village of Pine became an arts and crafts market and shoppers’ paradise for beautiful, original handmade works of art.

In the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Boutique members displayed many unique items that included, hands-down, the most charming and beautiful sewing work of local seamstresses, including incredible dolls by Pat Miller and wonderful creations by Marla Diepstraten and Lucy Sisco.

The visitors also enjoyed a variety of food including a pancake breakfast hosted by the Firefighters Association, food vendors and Navajo tacos prepared by the Pine Strawberry Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF).

Dawn Potter, wife of firefighter Bill Potter and Builders Club coordinator for Pine Strawberry School, organized a raffle and donation jar so festivalgoers could contribute to the 100 Club and specifically to families of the fallen firefighters from the Yarnell Hill Fire.

The Friends of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library 4th of July Weekend Book Sale, held in conjunction with the festival, brought in numerous book enthusiasts that included grandmothers, moms, children and dads.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the local community as Guild members donate all proceeds above festival expenses to non-profit groups serving the area. Prior recipients of Guild’s festival monies have included the Pine Strawberry Fire Department, food bank, library, school, search and rescue and many others.

What sets the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild festivals apart is that all work is juried to comply with festival rules for originality that are enforced, making for a high quality show.

Mark your calendar for the next Arts and Crafts Guild Festival coming to Pine on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Riff Raff Club

It is that time of year again for the Riff Raff Club’s School Assistance Program. The school was so thankful for the help provided by the club last year with the assistance of our wonderful community.

Here is a list of items that the school needs: No. 2 pencils, washable markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, wide- or college-ruled paper, three-ring binders that expand to a maximum of 2 inches; Lysol/Clorox wipes and backpacks.

Needed nurse room supplies: Band-Aids, paper towels for ice packs, plastic snack-size bags for ice packs; socks — any size; underwear sizes 4T-7; hand sanitizer; Lysol/Clorox wipes.

Financial donations may also be mailed to the Riff Raff Club, P.O. Box 1941, Pine, AZ 85544 or by contacting clubriffraff@ hotmail .com.

It’s our school, our kids and our community, so let’s all lend a helping hand through this great organization that helps those in need in Pine Strawberry throughout the year.

Sheila and the entire Riff Raff Club thank you greatly for your support of their fund-raising efforts.

Fossil Creek Creamery

Don’t forget that the best fudge and cheese comes from goat milk. No kidding! Residents and visitors are fortunate to be able to get some freshly made right here in Strawberry at the Fossil Creek Goat Farm and Creamery. The goats are raised using safe, natural practices and the products are delicious!

July 19 or Aug. 15 discover the Magic of Wool in a felting class at the Creamery with local gifted artist and teacher, Nancy Bollard. You can also discover the Art of Making Cheese with ranch owner, John Bittner, on July 20 or Aug. 17.

For a memorable experience, have your child’s next birthday party at the Ranch at Fossil Creek. Partygoers will milk a goat, play with baby goats, walk a llama and do a fun project using their wool.

For more information on classes, parties, and other happenings at the ranch, you can visit the Web site at www.RanchatFossil Creek.com or e-mail John and Joyce at www.info@ranch atfossilcreek.com.

For a great family getaway, enjoy wonderful accommodations in Strawberry including the Cabins on Strawberry Hill, the Windmill Corner Inn or the newly reopened, historic Strawberry Lodge.

Thanks for reading the P/S Happenings column.

Please show your support and nostalgia for bygone days by purchasing a print copy of the Payson Roundup, still just 75 cents. The local newspaper staff and reporters love the community and residents and work hard to produce an informative, pertinent, classy and award-winning publication. It is ut-zah-ha-dez-bin (it is done well), as in Navajo Code Talkers language (my new favorite expression!). Find the Roundup in newsstands at the Ponderosa Market and at Taylor’s and Uncle Tom’s gas stations in Pine.

Please send events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

I’d also like to wish my husband, Richard, a very Happy Birthday (tomorrow) — 38 years (of marriage!). Happy Birthday, baby.

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