Festival Fever Ignites In Pine Area


McKinsey Beyer attentively works on her project at the Kids Kraft Booth at Pine’s May Day Festival while visiting her grandparents on Mother’s Day weekend. See what other crafts abound in Pine at the Memorial Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival presented by the P/S Arts & Crafts Guild at the community center.

McKinsey Beyer attentively works on her project at the Kids Kraft Booth at Pine’s May Day Festival while visiting her grandparents on Mother’s Day weekend. See what other crafts abound in Pine at the Memorial Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival presented by the P/S Arts & Crafts Guild at the community center. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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The P/S Arts and Crafts Guild, P/S Business Community (PSBC) and other local non-profit groups who serve our community invite you to experience Pine and Strawberry.

The phrase “Pine Strawberry” is synonymous with festivals. The area has been the go-to place for great festivals for more than 30 years. Come enjoy them all; meet wonderful people in business and the community who care and want to make a difference.

The PSBC members worked diligently bringing the May Day Festival to the P/S Community Center on Mother’s Day weekend. Complete with a pancake breakfast and free plants for mom, there was also a kids craft booth, food and craft vendors, music and an antique tractor show. Tickets also went on sale for a kayak that is being raffled at this year’s events. The drawing will be held during the Mountain Daze festival.

PSBC events — May Day and Strawberry Festivals, Mountain Daze, Fall Apple Festival and Festival of Lights — are synonymous with good, old-fashioned family fun.

The P/S Arts and Crafts Guild is proud to present the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival at the P/S Community Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 24 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 25.

Come early and enjoy breakfast hosted by the P/S Firefighters Association. The artists and crafters have been busy making their special handcrafted items and look forward to showing you their talents. You’ll also enjoy Navajo tacos at the Senior Center Dining Room or other treats served by the food vendors.

Don’t miss the Arts and Crafts Boutique in the craft room behind the Thrift Store. All the items there are made by talented area artists and crafters who belong to the Guild.

If you appreciate fine arts and crafts, you don’t want to miss this one. That’s because festivals sponsored by the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild (on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends) are juried and represent only the finest in handcrafted workmanship and quality. Proud to be 100 percent made in the USA, the sponsors of the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild Memorial Day Festival stress they are not responsible for the quality of items of the street vendors along Highway 87 — these are not part of the Arts and Crafts Guild event and they deal directly with the property owners that allow them to set up at their places of business.

The Arts and Crafts Guild donates all the booth rental fees collected from the participating artists at the Community Center back to other non-profit organizations to assist our local area.

Memorial Weekend Book Sale and Raffle

Gear up for the annual Friends of the Pine Library Memorial Weekend Book Sale and Raffle in the Library Activity Room at the Pine Community Center May 24 to 26. Don’t miss out on the biggest book sale around and find some amazing deals on books, music, movies, collectibles and more. The sale will appeal to readers of all ages and who wouldn’t love to win the fabulous Picnic On The Go Basket being raffled all for a good cause. Sale times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Bring your honey to The Bear

The StrawBEARy Bear invites you to bring your honey this holiday weekend and enjoy good music before, during or after an excellent meal.

They will have Katie’s Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday; then on Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., they will have Nick Gravagne, who does big band music, oldies, country, jazz, rock and pop.

If you are a connoisseur of fine ale, stop in for the Memorial Day Brunch at THAT Brewery from 9:30 a.m. to noon and enjoy Bloody Mary specials or have some Arizona Trail Ale brewed right on the premises.

If you roll into town Friday night, Sidewinders Saloon is the place to be with the best barbecue ribs and blues music by Blue Frog at 6 p.m. and great specials throughout the weekend including a prime rib dinner Saturday as well as live music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with Soulever and Texas Hold ’em at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

P/S Cruisers for a Cause

The Brewer and VanDenBosch families invite you to support Team Charlie’s “Pine/Strawberry Cruisers for a Cause” in the American Cancer Society’s upcoming Relay for Life. Last year was their first year in the event — the team was hastily put together following the sudden death of a dear friend from cancer.

Everyone has been touched by this disease in one way or another, including Annette VanDenBosch, a breast cancer survivor. To help the team raise money, Annette is donating 100 percent of her tips at the Sportsman Chalet on May 29. Donation containers have also been placed at the Sportsman’s Chalet, Uncle Tom’s, Ponderosa Market and Karen’s Hairlooms.

Help support our local team and play a part in fighting this terrible disease.

The Relay for Life in the Rim Country will take place in Payson from noon to midnight, Saturday, June 1 at the Payson High School track.

Vacation Bible School

It’s Vacation Bible School time again and you’re in for a rip-roarin’ good time! First Baptist Church of Pine invites you to join the stampede from noon to 3 p.m. daily, June 10 to 14 at Pine Strawberry School.

Come saddle up as God’s Ultimate Plan is revealed; giddy up to discover that Ultimate Power is found in Jesus; ride out with the Israelites in the Ultimate Rescue; head up to explore Ultimate Trust and round up to find Ultimate Love! So come on! Rustle up your kids and head on over to Son West Roundup.

Have a Happy Memorial Day.

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