January 27, 2012
Darlene Saucedo, of Peoria, had a booth for her handcrafted gourds and jewelry at a Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild festival last year. To submit an application to sell your original work at a festival, visit the Arts and Crafts Guild Web site at http://pinestrawberryartscrafts.com. Applications for the Memorial Day show must be submitted by March 15 and for the 4th of July show by April 15. All items must be handmade by the artists and crafters.
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When you tell people you live in Pine, they inevitably say, “Where? Pinetop?” You say, “No. P-I-N-E period. By Strawberry. Payson.” Pine and Strawberry are the best kept secrets in Arizona. A place where people greet you by your first name. People are genuinely friendly and support the local school team, the Buffalos, with pride. One of the best country bakeries anywhere, the Pine Village Bakery, inside the local market, has the most delicious cheese danishes, bear claws, apple turnovers, cookies, pies and breads. The restaurants and antique shops have a step-back-in-time-to-another-era feeling. We have a country rocking saloon — Sidewinders — with the best blues and barbecued ribs around, and the Sportsman’s Chalet with a feel of being in the Swiss Alps. There is also the historic Strawberry Lodge and the Herb Stop, Pottery Studio, and goat and llama farm. Small town festivals, children’s activities and family events. Fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, 4-wheeling. Mountains. Forests. Creeks. Waterfalls.