Rock On In Pine And Strawberry


Barbara Casey, mountain fiddler extraordinaire, will have you stomping your feet along with husband, Chuck, and their band Trouble in Paradise at the upcoming Strawberry Festival at the Pine Community Center on June 15 and 16.

Barbara Casey, mountain fiddler extraordinaire, will have you stomping your feet along with husband, Chuck, and their band Trouble in Paradise at the upcoming Strawberry Festival at the Pine Community Center on June 15 and 16. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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We have so many local events you’ll be rocking and rolling all year long. The Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, Strawberry Festival, 4th of July Arts and Crafts Festival, Mountain Daze Festival, Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race, Fall Apple Festival, Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival and Festival of Lights are just some of the events coming to Pine and Strawberry.

P/S makes it easy to stay and play with campgrounds, hotel rooms, cabin rentals, bed and breakfasts and outdoor recreation all conveniently located off of Highway 87, a short two-hour drive from the Valley of the Sun — and much more just a short distance away in Payson.

Pine is a sleepy little village that time forgot. There are wonderful restaurants and saloons, ice cream parlors, antique shops, art galleries and pioneer structures throughout the heart of downtown. Throughout the year, magic arrives on the weekends when artists and crafters set up their creations and fill the community center for fun festivals.

Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show

This weekend, June 7, 8 and 9, it’s the not-to-be-missed Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show in the Pine Cultural Hall. Who will join the ranks of Brenda Dickinson and Sandy Salmans (2012 top winners) and all the preceding quilters who received awards in 17 years of great quilt shows here in P/S?

Enjoy the vendor mall and participate in Viewer’s Choice voting and a raffle to win the 2013 Opportunity Quilt — Winds of the Wild.

Admission is $2 and free for under age 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a ticket for the quilt drawing.

Strawberry Festival 

During the Strawberry Festival, June 15 and 16, DJ Craig will be spinning great tunes in the parking lot of the hardware store at the south end of town. Check out his amazing CD collection and then stroll through town visiting all the fun shops along the way to the community center.  Be sure to detour down Hardscrabble Road so you don’t miss the Pine Deli and Tymeless Antiques, Moose Mountain Antiques and Auntie Gail’s Collectibles.

At the community center find great specials in the thrift store in the old schoolhouse, check out great artist, crafter and food booths, and enjoy the infectious music of Trouble in Paradise. View a display of antique tractors while enjoying strawberry treats.

In Strawberry, take some photos with the goats and llamas at Fossil Creek Creamery, see the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona and visit Hocks Pottery shop and Harpers Bizarre Gallery and Gift Shop in Rosebud Square.  

Vacation Bible School

It’s Vacation Bible School time again. First Baptist Church of Pine invites you to Son West Roundup. Join the stampede June 10 to 14 from noon to 3 p.m. at Pine Strawberry School for a rip-roaring good time. There will be food, games, music, crafts and amazing stories. Ride under the deep blue skies, feel the breezes rise through the shady purple canyons and head out through the bright wilderness down the trail through Old Testament stories of Moses. For more information or if you have questions, call First Baptist Pine at (928) 476-3552 or Candi Paine at (928) 476-3156.

Movies at the library

Movie Madness continues at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine with “Adventures in Zambezia” at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 13. Refreshments will be provided. Bring your pillow and get comfortable on the library floor. For further information, call (928) 476-3678.

Happiness Breakfast

The Time Out Shelter of Payson is having a “Happiness Breakfast” here in Pine at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 19 in the Pine senior dining room. This is basically a one-hour free continental breakfast meeting to educate interested folks about the Time Out Shelter’s purpose and programs.

This is a wonderful opportunity to support a group that has been serving our community for 20 years with programs of hope and breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

Please RSVP to Camille at (928) 472-8007 or e-mail executivedirector@timeoutshelter.org.

Gluten-free items at Ponderosa

I wish to extend a big thanks to Cindy Maack of Pine’s Ponderosa Market for stocking the grocery shelves with a new and generous assortment of gluten-free items. An increasing number of people are struggling to maintain a diet free of flour, wheat, oats and other grains that are found in most of the staples we take for granted. 

When diagnosed with celiac disease in 2011, I had to relearn how to eat. How could I exist without fast food, pizza, sandwiches — and Oreo’s? 

I appreciate merchants in Rim Country, like Cindy, who recognize the dietary needs of those with afflictions such as celiac and Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis who are affected by consuming gluten —even if it is not cost-effective for them to do so. Gluten-free products are not only hard to find, they are expensive (but we’re worth it). So hurry down to a market or restaurant near you that has gf items and show your appreciation and support.

It’s so exciting to be part of this community and the wonderful people who live, volunteer and visit in this neck of the woods.

Next time

Join me right here next Friday for what’s in store for the 4th of July holiday weekend and beyond.  

From Rhonda at the Thrift Store and Karri at Sidewinders to the Kubiac’s (Christmas display), Brewer’s and VanDenBosch’s (Relay for Life/Karolyn’s Wish Event), ATV Riders Club, Riff Raff Club, Mountain Village Foundation, Library Friends, Edward Jones and you ... thanks for sending your events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com for inclusion in the P/S Happenings column.

This town ROCKS!

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