Don’T Miss Opportunity To Win Quilt

The 2013 Strawberry Patchers Opportunity Quilt, “Winds of the Wild,” is being raffled in a fund-raiser that supports non-profit groups in the P/S community.

The 2013 Strawberry Patchers Opportunity Quilt, “Winds of the Wild,” is being raffled in a fund-raiser that supports non-profit groups in the P/S community.

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It was great to see people smiling and having a good time at the Arts and Crafts Guild Memorial Day weekend event. Festival-goers chatted with artists, perused books and consumed pancakes, tacos, ice cream, frozen lemonade and more.

The SCAF tacos were the best ever!

Speaking of the best ever, it was a record-breaking weekend for the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department with 296 pancake breakfasts served on Saturday and 210 on Sunday.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in making it successful. From the Arts and Crafts Guild to the fire department, Library Friends, Senior Affairs Foundation and other volunteers, it was the very best in small-town hospitality. If you missed out, don’t worry. Festival season in P/S is just getting started!

Pine/Strawberry and quilts are a window to the past

Pine and Strawberry offer visitors a charming glimpse into the early days of Arizona. You’ll gaze at a starry sky untouched by neon lights. Weather-beaten old barns, rustic farm equipment, horses and dirt roads take you back to a day when a young schoolteacher was wooed by a beekeeper and danced on the schoolhouse floor in the Zane Grey novel, “Under the Tonto Rim.”

The Strawberry Schoolhouse still stands — the oldest schoolhouse in AZ — and the old brick schoolhouse in Pine that now houses the Community Center Thrift Store. You’ll return to a time unmarred by stacked freeways, fast food restaurants and sprawling shopping malls.

The simplicity of life on the frontier can still be experienced here where the original pioneer homes remain and now hold quaint shops and unique restaurants, like the Randall House and Old Settlers shops in the heart of Pine. Discover treasure in a variety of antique shops.

Enter a door to the past at the P/S Archaeological and Historical Society Museum housed in the old Mormon church and see artifacts used by the early settlers.

Nothing stirs a sense of history and nostalgia like a quilt. Quilts tell stories, record events and are handed down through generations. A local quilt maker, Willene Smith, had the honor of participating in the Arizona Centennial Quilt and stitched a part in our state’s history.

You can capture the spirit of life on the frontier in local quilting groups like the Quilt Angels and Strawberry Patchers where women gather for needlework and quilting in an unbroken thread between past and present day life. The pioneer tradition of making quilts for those in need continues. The Strawberry Patchers provide comfort quilts and give up to $4,000 to local organizations annually.

Come support this wonderful tradition at the upcoming 27th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show at the Pine Cultural Hall. The event comes to Pine June 7, 8 and 9 at the Community Center. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Show admission is $2 and those under the age of 12 are admitted free.

Bring non-perishable food for the local food bank and receive a ticket for a quilt drawing. Tickets for the 2013 Opportunity Quilt, “Winds of the Wild,” can be purchased at the quilt show and other local events or by sending a check to Strawberry Patchers, P.O. Box 594, Pine, AZ 85544. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The dedicated quilters welcome anyone who is interested in quilting at any level to join them for fun and opportunities to help others. You can visit their Web site at www.strawberrypatchers.com.

Vacation Bible School

First Baptist Church of Pine announces this year’s Vacation Bible School — SonWest Roundup — at P/S School June 10 to 14 from noon to 3 p.m. Out in wide open spaces you’ll discover a colorful old town where the excitement of the Old West awaits. You’ll celebrate the fun of being buckaroos so join in the jamboree! There will be food, games, music, crafts and stories. Ride under deep blue skies, feel the breezes through shady purple canyons and head through the bright wilderness. Travel a trail through Old Testament stories of Moses to discover God’s plan. For more information, call First Baptist Pine at (928) 476-3552 or Candi Paine (928) 476-3156.

Strawberry Festival

The time for chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake is almost upon us. The Strawberry Festival is another P/S tradition sponsored by the Business Community to bring visitors, revenue and good, old-fashioned fun right here to the Community Center in downtown Pine. The fun takes place June 15 and 16.

The Strawberry Festival includes lots of exciting activities for kids. Shara Weiss of Mommy Perks Blog shares wonderful new crafts the kids will love at the Kids Kraft Korner. Cool down with Bubbles “the water ride,” and release all that energy with Dr. Bounce. There will also be climbing walls and pony rides.

Come early as the Knights of Columbus prepare a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings.

Nothing goes hand-in-hand like a Strawberry Festival and great music. Musicians Chuck and Barbara Casey (Trouble in Paradise) founded the local Old Time Fiddler’s Jam. The lively foot-stomping music of Chuck and Barbara, Paul Betts, Arvid Thompson and friends will have festival-goers singing along to great tunes of the early 20th century.

You can’t have a festival, party or special event in this neck of the woods without an appearance by Roundup music guru and columnist DJ Craig spinning tunes from all genres.

There will be lots of arts and crafts and food vendors, an antique tractor show and great raffles. Sample amazing chili at the annual Chili Cookoff.

To participate in the Chili Cookoff, bake some strawberry treats or volunteer for the festival, or find out more about the festival and community, please visit the P/S Business Community Web site at www.pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com.

To include an event in the column, please e-mail me at haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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