Reader Ruminates Summer Memories



Those crazy, hazy lazy days of summer are quickly coming to a close, which causes me to ruminate on what a great place we are privileged to live in. Here are a few of our fun summertime memories.

  • The June 18 Payson Choral Society's "An American Musical Quilt" presentation, which was fabulous. The show was rescheduled because the pianist, Sara Nelson, was very ill and couldn't perform. She and Daria Mason put in much energy and many hours with the members to make it a success.
  • Jazz in AZ is a very well-organized group of jazz lovers who provide wonderful processional talent from all over for our community to enjoy.
  • Water aerobics at Taylor Pool.
  • The "Concert Under the Stars" series in beautiful Green Valley Park -- all free and totally fun.
  • How would we begin our summer garden without Plant Fair Nursery and Glen, Cathy, Conrad, Rob and Ani to help us? Our family in New Mexico is jealous that we have such a wonderful provider of plants, knowledge and friendliness.
  • And, a treat is some time spent relaxing and reading magazines in our beautiful library or gathering up some books or movies to watch.
  • The Payson Police Department offers a well-appointed, nice conference room for nonprofit organizations to use, which is great for our community, and so easy for Toastmasters on Monday at 7 a.m.
  • The Pine "Chair-ish" event was a clever and fun way to gather with friends and acquaintances to enjoy the talents of local artists to raise money for "Take Pride in Pine."
  • Another wonderful group of volunteers who make our community more safe from fire is Regional Payson Area Project, which mans the brush disposal site near Diamond Point. They are friendly, happy folks who contribute their time and energy for a worthy cause and make our trips doing a hot, dirty job a pleasant time.
  • The Clydesdale Horse Show was phenomenal.
  • A picnic at the Blue Ridge Reservoir was like being in Canada with its steep canyon covered with huge fir and spruce trees and beautiful lake.
  • And, one of the last events of the summer is the rodeo, which brings an excitement to our community apparent in the Western dress in all the stores and around town.

We are indeed blessed to live in such a beautiful place, with so much talent to enjoy and people who give so much to make our lives easier, more safe and more enjoyable.

Jeanie Langham, Payson

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