Christopher Creek will, once again, have a big parade coming up in about a month’s time. In making reference to this event, names used have been Independence Day Parade, Patriotic Parade and Fourth of July Parade. Although the parade date is on July 6 this year, this is the pinnacle of the Fourth of July weekend celebrations.

There are old photos of parades along the old Highway 260 here in the Creek. One, in particular, was from 1976 and that year there were no more than 10 entries including equestrian units. Since its revival some eight or 10 years back, the parade has grown not only in numbers of entries, but more recently in the larger crowds of spectators. The past three or four years, the official count of individual units has been tantalizingly close to the magic number of 100 entries. Is this the year to break the record?

One highlight of the parade has been the grand marshal. Each year one of our more senior members of the community has been named for this honor. This year, a husband and wife, Mel and Pam Milhon, share the duty. In a brief bio, Pam tells us that they have had a place in the Creek since 1976. Mel’s job with APS allowed them to move here permanently in 1983. Danny was the last of three children living at home. He met and married Mimi’s granddaughter here in the Creek. Over the years, Pam and Mel have belonged to the homeowners association, were volunteer firefighters/EMS at CKFD for 14 years and have been on-site managers for the water company for 25 years. Pam also points out that few of the older homes in the Creek have not received Mel’s plumbing and carpentry skills. They do a lot of gardening, but their great pleasure is having four grandchildren come to visit, play, fish and catch crawdads in the creek.

She went on to say they would soon celebrate 60 years of marriage, a great ride with its ups and downs. In the 36 years here, they enjoyed many fine friends, many who are now gone. A number of their friends, especially over the last five years, have made it possible for them to remain here. They wish to thank all their friends, old and new, for a really great adventure in Christopher Creek.

This Saturday, June 8, the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association will sponsor the community picnic. President John Turtchin and officers Jane Pizutti and Karen Thornton invite members and guests to attend. Hot dogs and hamburgers are provided, but those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Don’t forget to bring a chair and a beverage. Bud Light John will provide the tunes and there will be a 50/50 raffle and a dollar duck race. It’s all happening at 3 p.m. down on Milburn Meadow along Columbine Road. The forecast calls for sunny skies, high 70s and good times.

The Corleys are here for the summer. These neighbors just down the road have three cabins. Kevin is on the south side and across is his mom, Nancy’s and next door is sister Kayelynn. This is another family with ties to the Creek going back to the late 1960s. We are happy to see Nancy here in the Creek for another season.

Tuesday morning saw smoke from the Coldwater Fire spill down See Canyon into the Creek. That lightning-caused fire is 29 miles to our northwest. A bit later that afternoon, we had our own little thundershower.

The MTM trail ride outfit is back in the Creek until October. “Cow Patti” Motley and her wranglers, Christy Palaeologus and Kearston Cubic brought up 14 head of horses and set up headquarters next to Creekside again. Come July 1 they will be down at Camp Sunrise for the cancer camp. Patti has permits on the Tonto National Forest, including the spectacular Highline Trail and on top of the Rim in the breathtaking Carr Lake Wilderness area. Rides are available seven days a week to those 11 and older. This veteran trail rider says she loves coming to the Creek because “you got a whole different kind of laid-back people here.”

Well, enough of this horsin’ around … and that’s another week in the Creek.

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