A couple of weeks ago I was setting up to announce the Electric Light Parade when Doc Holiday, one of the parade judges, bore the sad news to me that Marcy Rogers, director and founder of “Marcy’s Kids,” had passed away.
What a shocking thing it was to hear and what a terrible loss it is to Marcy’s family, friends and to all of Payson’s children who have lost their “second” mother.
Last week I spoke with Suzy Tubbs, Marcy’s right-hand “woman” (and the organization’s vice president) about her years with Marcy and their outreach program.
Thirteen years ago, after taking in two small girls who were wandering the street late at night, Marcy began her program for Payson’s at-risk children.
The afterschool program quickly grew. At that time, Marcy’s kids met at town hall for what they called “reading.”
In 2002, papers were filed to become a corporate not-for-profit organization and “Marcy’s Kids” officially became Payson Community Kids, Inc.
Now, more than 65 children, from 16 months of age through high school seniors, are served by the program’s staff and volunteers, who give selflessly of their time.
My first experience with Marcy’s program was in 2004. I was playing music at a Payson High School baseball barbecue fund-raiser. Her kids were so excited, and Marcy was beaming from ear to ear.
I have had the pleasure on several occasions since then to stop by at Marcy’s place to play and dance with the kids.
But now, without Marcy at the helm, what will become of Payson Community Kids?
“It’s just too early to tell,” said Suzy.
Again, it’s just so sad to lose someone who has meant so much to Payson and so very much to our children.
Marcy, I’m going to miss you. Goodbye, my friend.
Now, let’s move on to this week’s music trivia question, which is: Can you name the folk/pop/country artist who recoded the 1979 song “Goodbye My Friend?”
This versatile musician was born in 1946 in Tucson and put together her own folk trio while in high school. She moved to Los Angeles in 1964, were she formed the Stone Poneys. She went solo in 1968 and in 1971 joined Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner as a backing band.
She appeared in the movies “FM” (1978) and “Pirates of Penzance” (1983).
From 1967 through 1995, this artist charted 35 pop hits and 26 country hits.
Three of her top pop hits were “You’re No Good” (1974), “When Will I Be Loved” (1975) and “Blue Bayou” (1977).
Her most popular country hits were “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You” (Grammy song of the year in 1975), “Love Is A Rose” (1975) and “I Never Will Marry” (1978).
Was this artist: A) Dolly Parton, B) Linda Ronstadt, C) Emmylou Harris or D) Sarah Palin?
Be caller number five and have the right answer and you’ll win a $10 gift certificate to The Sock Room, which has just recently opened its doors in the old Fireside Espresso storefront in the Swiss Village.
The Sock Room has a wonderful display of not only socks, but other accessories as well. Stop in and let them “Sock it to ya!”
Now, let’s see out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the hard rock band, founded by Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, that recorded the 1993 hit, “Ring Them Bells.”
Was the name of this group: A) Talking Heads, B) Heart, C) Lips, Inc. or D) My Stomach Is Killin’ Me?
The correct answer “Heart.”
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Macie Chernov, who won a beautiful leather tote bag from Black and Tan Tales LLC, donated by Leanne Poculan, owner.
Macie is the daughter of Teresa and Aaron Chernov. She just turned 12 years old last month and is in sixth-grade at Rim Country Middle School. She has won our music trivia contest several times in the past.
Lastly, if you would like to make a contribution of your time, talents or financial resources to help Payson Community Kids, you can contact Suzy Tubbs at 970-7441 or send a check to P.O. Box 1856, Payson, AZ 85541.
Bless your hearts.
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com