Labor Day weekend is only two weeks away. The summer has flown by too quickly. The nights are getting chilly enough for the windows to be open and to cuddle up with a quilt.
The last big celebration for Tonto Village is fast approaching with the Labor Day Bash on Sept. 5. There will be so much going on that there will be no excuse for boredom.
The food portion will begin at 11 a.m. with deep-pit pork sandwiches, coleslaw, beans and fresh corn on the cob. The price is very reasonable at $7 a plate and the kids plate will be just $3.
Then there is the bake sale with all kinds of sweet confections to whet your appetite, such as fruit pies, cookies, all kinds of bread, cakes and even homemade relishes, pickles and jams.
I am chairman of the bake sale, and I would like to hear from you if you have a donation of any of the above items. My phone number is (928) 478-9935. You can drop the baked goods off at my house at 424 W. Johnson Boulevard, the fire station on 151 Mathews Lane, or call me and I will pick up the items.
There will also be a pie auction of the best pies around throughout the day.
There will also be an art show by our local artist, “Scotty.” He will display his paintings and there will also be paintings for sale.
The children’s fun has not been overlooked. There will be an air jumper for their enjoyment.
The firefighters will be on hand to show off their trucks and to administer free blood pressure checks for everyone.
There will also be a rummage sale in one of the bays at the fire station. If you have any items for the rummage sale, please drop the items off at the fire station or contact Maurine Kirchhoefer at (928) 478-0155.
There will be live entertainment by our local DJ, Larry Ellis, throughout the day, along with karaoke, which is always fun.
Then there is the raffle drawing for a chain saw, a Wii play station and a handmade quilt. The numbers will be called out at 1:30 p.m. The tickets will be on sale at the barbecue and from any firefly. Chairman Judie Desrochers will be happy to sell you any amount you wish. The ticket prices are $1 each or six for $5. Judie’s phone number is (928) 478-0193.
Last, but not the least, a 50-50 drawing will be going on throughout all of the events.
As you can see, there are many activities going on that day. If you would like to help with any of the activities, call the president, Nancy Yoakum, and she will find a job for you. Nancy’s number is (928) 478-4370.
On Aug. 24, Pamela Steven starts off the week. Pamela is a resident of Payson, but frequently comes to Tonto Village to play dominoes with all the gals. Pamela has also been a director for the melodramas in the past year that were held at the LDS church in Christopher Creek. Pamela has a unique sense of timing and direction of the scenes and she was very helpful in teaching the players to play the scene for all it was worth. Have a great day, Pamela.
Chuck Stailey has been a resident of the Village for more than 35 years, and he has been very active in the community and has been a willing volunteer wherever the help is needed. Happy birthday to you on Aug. 26.
Linda Digman gets to add another candle to her birthday cake Aug. 29. Linda’s daughter, Trina will celebrate her big day the very next day on Aug. 30. Will you be celebrating together, Linda?
Last, but not the least, Jan Davenport ends the month with her birthday on Aug. 31.
The secret of a happy life is to think kindly of the past and live fully in the now. Have a wonderful birthday, each and every one of you.
Tuesday evening the girls played nine-ball at the Double D. First-place winner was Nancy Olson, followed by Kara Shaw and Shelly Fowler.
Sunday afternoon it was the eight-ball tournament with Jay Fitzgibbons of Star Valley taking first place. Harvey Poyner of the Village, shot for second place and Cliff Landrum, from Mead Ranch, took third place. Hey Cliff, do you think you need a bit more practice to take first place?
Anyway, congratulations to all the pool winners.