Spring brings lots of visitors to the area

Spring is busting out all over and brought plenty of visitors to Christopher Creek this week.

Christopher Creek celebrity, Spencer, was having breakfast at Creekside Sunday with his parents, Terry and Cheri Short. We were at an adjoining table and we have noted that Spencer is becoming much more comfortable interacting with the new friends he has made around here in the last three or four years. We asked him if he had a story for the newspaper and he announced that he was to be a model in the spring fashion event.

In the Valley Spencer hangs out at Courtney’s Place for special needs adults. The spring fashion show is one of their annual fundraisers. Cheri chimed in to tell the story of Spencer’s role in the golf tournament last October. Near the end of the auction that evening, a Channel 12 morning reporter hosting the event called Spencer to the stage to assist. The item up for bid was a colorful pottery bowl made by Spencer and his friends at Courtney’s Place.

When asked what the opening bid should be for that particular special item, Spencer announced into the microphone, “Two thousand dollars!” After a brief moment of nervous chuckling from the audience there was a bid ... then another ... then another. After several more bids it was announced that a second pottery bowl would be “commissioned” should anyone be interested in that piece. Bidding continued until $10,000 was raised for the pottery pieces. Way to go, Spencer!

Last Friday’s season opening down at the Landmark was remarkable. A campfire and several tree heaters out on the patio kept a couple dozen locals comfortable as stories of our wet winter were told. While everyone was catching up, we couldn’t help but notice all the balloons and table decorations over on the deck. Brandie, Marjorie and Saige spent the afternoon doing their thing in preparation for a surprise birthday party.

Shortly before eight, the celebrants began trickling in until there were 30 or more. They waited and waited until the guest of honor finally arrived. Surprise! Ashley marked her 30th birthday with all her friends and family on a perfect evening in the mountains.

It was nice to see Trina from Tonto Village back working at the Landmark after a very, very long hiatus.

Marking the last gathering of winter, eight of us were at Dean and Genny’s for chili and cornbread or goulash last Saturday evening. Sometime just after dark, there was a discussion as to whether the music should be changed to sounds of the ’60s or sounds of the ’70s. Wouldn’t you know, the whole thing turned into a sing-a-long. And, yes, there were refreshments.

Saturday morning, March 18, the Firebelles are having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the fire station. Cure your St. Patrick’s Day overindulgence for just five dollars!

New faces at Creekside are Diane from Bear Flat and Emily with her homemade specialty breads.

A while back while visiting in See Canyon homes, we had the opportunity to tour a new home under construction. Mike Writt was gracious enough to show us around his large layout, which is tucked into the slope below a ridgeline and against a forest boundary. Duane Long, who was raised here in Rim Country, is doing the construction. We are looking forward to Mike’s housewarming.

Speaking of that, Hellen Groom had finally received her final inspection on the extensive remodel of her home. She has done a tremendous job and there’s another housewarming in the offing.

Paul Cutler’s home under construction is progressing despite a very wet winter. We noticed his window package has arrived and we may have a third housewarming before the end of summer.

Kicking off the spring social calendar again this year will be the time-honored tradition known as the Jammie Party. Ladies of the Creek in their finest sleeping attire will gather at Karen Thornton’s home at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 25. Don’t forget to bring something good to eat.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and spring comes to the Creek on Monday at 3:29 a.m.

Spring break has brought the Ratcliff family back to the Creek this week. Sara and Corian, and their kids, Layla, Cruz and Ivy, all say they are excited to be here. Their place is in the mobile home park. Acting as their guide, we hiked into the “Secret Place” a couple years back.

Sunday afternoon, Aaron and Tracy came by and it was a pleasure to finally meet her. They had just returned from the “Secret Place.” When asked if he had any problem finding it, he pulled out his phone to show me the directions from an April 5, 2013 column. Who does that? He explained that he knew eventually he would visit that place. He must have been waiting for Tracy to go along ... and that’s another week in the Creek.

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