The cultural clubs in the Rim country are as rich and varied as the talented people who belong to them. Groups devoted to art, music, drama and crafts provide the people here with a rich palette of artistic endeavors to choose from, and the clubs provide the community with a host of entertainment options.
Rim Repertoire community theater
A group of 30 actors, the Rim Repertoire performs plays featuring the hams of our community. Emphasizing the community-based part, Kathy Siler says they are always looking for people who want to get involved experienced or not. People can work on stage, behind stage or in administration.
The group meets monthly and puts on several productions a year, each requiring an eight-week rehearsal schedule. The group also performs summer melodrama productions and sponsors a summer children's production where the kids are the stars of the show. For more information, call Siler at 474-9431 or Carrie Charlson at 472-8129.
Zane Grey Twirlers
Each Wednesday night at 6:30, members of the Zane Grey Twirlers kick up their heels and teach others how to square dance at the Lamplighter RV resort in Star Valley.
The 100-member club also hosts regular Saturday night dances at 7 p.m. at Rim Country Middle School. And if that doesn't kept them busy enough, they also plan to host four special dances this year. The club's annual Square Dance Festival, June 9 and 10, and The Harvest Dance, Oct. 28, will be held at the Mazatzal Casino.
The group also will host a New Year's Dance and a Labor Day weekend dance, but locations have not yet been decided.
Interested in learning or joining? Call Ed and Irene Blose at 472-6360.
Another group of square dancers meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Pine-Strawberry School. This band of 30 dancers always welcomes new members of all ages.
The group also performs demonstrations for parties and events. For details, call Carl Stiffler at 476-4935.
Pine-Strawberry Arts-n-Crafts Guild
The craft shows sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Arts-n-Crafts Guild on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day are a favorite tradition among locals and visitors alike.
This 40-member group attracts more than 80 vendors to the Pine-Strawberry Community Center for each event.
The guild meets at 9 a.m. the last Friday of each month in the Arts-n-Crafts room at the Community Center and always welcomes new working members.
The money raised during the group's craft shows goes right back into the community. In the past it has donated money to the Strawberry Schoolhouse and the Northern Gila County Fair, among others. For more information, call Jan Beal at 476-2508 or Sue Montgomery at 476-4647.
Rim Country Fibers Are Fun Guild
The Rim Country Fibers are Fun Guild teaches and promotes fiber arts such as weaving, spinning, crocheting, knitting and basketry. The 16-member group usually makes a summer appearance at the Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona to demonstrate its crafts.
The group meets at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Payson Womans Club. Meetings feature speakers, demonstrations and presentations. Guests and visitors are always welcome. For details, contact Lillian Schuller at 472-7959 or 602-584-8758.
Tonto Community Concert Association
The Tonto Community Concert Association continues to bring quality entertainment to Payson.
The 2000-2001 season, which includes five concerts, will begin in October and run through spring. This year's schedule includes: A 35-plus male chorus in October, a jazz group in November, a vocal group and a flutist in January, 2001, a women's barbershop quartet in February 2001 and a piano duo from England yet to be scheduled.
A board of 18 to 24 members governs the group. To become a board member, residents are asked to submit a written request indicating how they can help the organization. Elections are held in late April or early May.
To become a member all residents have to do is purchase season tickets. The early-bird price, which is good until June 1, is $40 for adults, $15 for children and a family ticket for $85.
After June 1, the adult price is $45 and the family ticket is $95. Tickets for children remain priced at $15 each. For more information, call Charles Jones at 474-8141 or Marilyn Wolfe at 474-6115.
Rim Civic Orchestra
Come make music with the Rim Civic Orchestra's 45 members. The orchestra meets in the Payson High School music room at 7 p.m. Thursdays to rehearse. The group is looking for anyone who has played an instrument and is interested in picking it up again.
Performances include an annual spring concert, a fall or winter concert and possibly a summer concert in the park. The group also sponsors a talent show that pays for a summer music camp for Rim country children. To join or check on performance dates, call Joey Durand at 474-1335.
Payson Choral Society
This vocal organization was founded in 1990 and is managed by Director Mary Anne Irvine and an eight-member board of directors.
More than 50 members belong to the group, but new voices are always welcome. Try-outs are in January for the club's spring concert and in August for the Christmas concert. Performances are held in the high school auditorium.
For more details, call Rosemary Chubinski at 474-4195.
Payson Art League
With more than 100 members, the Payson Art League holds two successful shows a year one in May and one in October to showcase local artists. This creative bunch gets together at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the recreation hall at St. Philip's church.
Meetings feature artist demonstrations, and the club holds workshops and social events, as well. Need a creative outlet call Diana Garrity at 474-5102 for more information.
Shoofly Quilters of Payson
The 33 members of the Shoofly Quilters of Payson meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays in the American Legion Hall. The group welcomes visiting quilters and performs community service projects for hospitalized children, veterans and the Time Out Shelter. The quilters also try to schedule classes to promote continued learning. For information on how to join, call Judy Prince at 474-1454.
The more than 20 members of the Strawberry Patchers have turned over more that 1,850 quilts to Department of Public Safety officers who give them to children in traumatic situations. The quilters meet at 10 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in the arts and crafts room at the Pine Community Center.
The group sponsors an annual quilt show each June in Pine. For details, call Marlene Bonney at 476-4711 or Willene Smith at 476-3587.