One week from today, next Friday, June 5, Payson’s annual Relay for Life cancer walk, which is very dear to my heart, will step off at 6 p.m. on the Payson High School track.
This 12-hour fund-raiser is open to all ages and admission is free. During the evening, local survivors of cancer will be recognized and a beautiful 9 p.m. luminaria service will be held to honor our loved ones who have passed away to this devastating disease.
Thirty-four area businesses, churches, schools, organizations and family teams will be walking until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Each team will also have a booth area on the football field, offering games of chance, raffles, silent auctions and selling food and other items. There will be a petting zoo for the little ones and a dunk tank, with local celebrities taking a turn.
Please bring your whole family, enjoy a Friday night meal out, and let the kids enjoy the all-night experience of a community pulling together to support cancer research and local programs for cancer patients.
Again, I have the honor of providing 12 straight hours of music at the Relay, music to energize the 1,500 people who will join in the Relay fun next week and “Rock Around the Clock.”
For those of you who come out to support the Relay, two of the songs that you may hear during the evening could be Patsy Cline’s “Walking after Midnight” and Marty Stewart’s “Two In The Morning.” If you are on the track walking the very last shift of the Relay, you will surely hear the Association’s “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All.”
This week’s music trivia question is, do you remember the title of Gary (U.S.) Bond’s biggest hit — a song you will definitely hear during the night of the Relay? Was Bond’s 1961 No. 1 hit called A) “It’s Midnight Cinderella,” B) “Quarter to Three,” C) “It’s Four in the Morning” or D) “Five O’Clock World?”
If you are caller number four this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a $10 gift certificate from Chili’s Grill and Bar, a great place to take the entire family.
Now, let’s check out last week’s question, which was: Can you name the recording artist of the 1977 hit, “The First Cut is the Deepest”? Is it A) Lionel Richie, B) James Taylor, C) Rod Stewart or D) Rick Croy?
The correct answer was Rod Stewart. Lionel Richie was the lead singer in the 1970s and ’80s for the Commodores. He also enjoyed a very successful solo career with five No. 1 hits. James Taylor charted 22 hits from 1970-1997, including his No. 1 hit, “You’ve Got A Friend.” Rick Croy, in addition to being a fine Town of Payson council member, is rumored to be auditioning for a background vocalist spot with both Junction 87 and Code Blue. Good luck, Rick.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Judy Corwin, winner of a $10 gift certificate from Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, located on historic Main Street; courtesy of owners Ken and Brenda Mooney.
Judy was born and raised in Los Angeles. She told me that on her very first day of school at Los Angeles City College, she met a handsome young man, Bill, who swept her off her feet. The two spent their first date at the Hollywood Wax Museum and the rest is history. They have been together for 46 years.
Both Judy and Bill are now retired. Judy spent the majority of her working life as a bookkeeper, while Bill was in the foreclosure business. They have lived in Payson for the past two-and-a-half years, following five sweltering years in Mesa.
Judy’s interests include walking, going to the movies, reading, gardening and taking day trips. She enjoys listening to 1950s-80s rock ’n’ roll and new country music. Her favorite artists are Neil Diamond, Rascal Flatts and The Association.
Lastly, I had the pleasure this past week to again provide music and entertainment for Tonto Basin School’s eighth-grade promotion and dance. What a great little community Tonto Basin is! All the students in the school came to support the nine graduating students and say their goodbyes. Pictures from this fun event are posted on my Web site.
— DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482
—Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com