Park Offers ‘Splendor In The Grass’


As I write this week’s music trivia article, I’m looking out at Green Valley Park. I’m in awe of just how beautiful this park really is, complete with picnic and playground areas, shade trees, a nine-acre, man-made lake and two historical museums. What a wonderful asset this beautiful park is to Payson.

Each day I see hundreds of Paysonites and visitors, the young and young-at-heart, walking, rollerblading, jogging and biking on the sidewalks that meander through the park’s lush, manicured lawn.

From my home, I have the good fortune to witness family picnics, fishermen casting their flies and brides and grooms saying their “I Do’s,” as the sun sets over the lake.

And to top it off, the park plays host to an ever-increasing number of special events — events that not only benefit our local population, but also bring visitors and revenue to the Rim Country.

We truly are blessed that a decade-and-a-half ago residents had the good vision to turn what was then a marshy plain into a beautiful recreation area.

Especially if you haven’t visited Green Valley Park in a while, I encourage you to come on down and enjoy this splendid creation.

If participating in one of the many activities the park has to offer is not your cup of tea, I invite you to just bring a lawn chair on down around sunset. Set yourself down, take off your shoes and let the bluegrass blades of the cool lawn tantalize your tootsies. Let yourself enjoy a little “Splendor in the Grass!”

Now, let’s get on to this week’s music trivia. Do you remember the 1961 hit movie, “Splendor in the Grass,” starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty?

Set in a small town in Kansas in 1928, the movie tells a story of sexual repression, love and heartbreak. The movie is credited with portraying the first “French kiss” in Hollywood.

If you were not yet around in 1961, you may be old enough to remember that “Splendor in the Grass” was re-made in 1981, with Melissa Gilbert, Cyril O’Reilly and Michelle Pfeiffer playing the star roles.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the title of the 1982 hit song that John Cougar Mellencamp wrote after watching “Splendor in the Grass?” The song told of the joy and sorrow of the movie’s two young lovers, Deanie Loomis and Bud Stamper.

Mellencamp charted 30 Billboard hits over the course of his musical career, from 1979-2006, but scored his only No. 1 hit with his song inspired by watching the re-make of “Splendor in the Grass.”

Is the title of this Mellencamp song A) Deanie & Bud, B) Jack & Diane, C) Paul & Paula or D) Santo & Johnny?

If you are caller number four this week and have the correct answer, you will win a trilogy of spices (Tornado Thai Rice Mix, Spicy Chipotle BBQ and Southwest Spinach Dip), courtesy of the “Spice Girls” of Rim Country Spices. Hot diggity dog!

Now, let’s check and see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the rock ’n’ roll singer, songwriter and guitarist who in 2003 recorded the song, “County Fair?”

This artist charted 25 Billboard hits from 1977 through 2005. Some of his more popular songs were “My Hometown,” “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Dancing in the Dark” His nickname was “The Boss.”

Is this rock legend A) Rick Springfield, B) Dusty Springfield, C) Bruce Springsteen, or D) The Landon Shill Band?

The correct answer was C) Bruce Springsteen.

Congratulations to this past week’s contest winner, Leroy Watson, who is a second time music trivia winner. As this past week’s winner, Leroy will enjoy a $15 gift certificate from Paper & Metal Scrappers on the north Beeline Highway, courtesy of Brenda Martell and Barbara Wilembrect, owners.

Lastly, I’d like to say what a wonderful experience it was this past weekend to play music for the Northern Gila County Fair. It’s always a thrill to see the joy on the faces of our area children as they escort Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa around the exhibit center to show off the ribbons they won for their artistic creations.

You may see some of the children’s beaming smiles on my Web site.

Remember, Green Valley Park awaits you!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

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