Along with the great Rim Country weather that comes our way each spring, we can usually expect an increase in the number of activities that take place here on the weekends. Activities that almost always benefit one of our many not-for-profit organizations.
This weekend is certainly running true to form. On Friday and Saturday, from 7 to 3 on Bonita Street, the Northern Gila County Genealogy Society will hold its annual garage sale.
On Saturday, you can “Tee Off For Hunger” at the Payson Golf Course, where the Rim Country Food Bank will hold its ninth annual golf tournament. You can also stroll through beautiful Green Valley Park and enjoy the 17th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show, with over 200 classic vehicles on display.
And to top off the weekend, on Sunday there are two more great fund-raising events on tap.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona will be the benefactor of this year’s fashion show at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro. Beginning at 1 p.m., models will be showing off the latest in fashion from Chrisy’s Cottage, The Boutique and Bob’s Western Wear.
Then at 2:20 p.m. (yes, that start time is correct) the “Best of the Big Band Sounds” concert will be held in the Payson High School auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Payson Institute of Learning.
If your musical taste savors the swing sounds of yesteryear, you’re sure to enjoy this Sunday afternoon concert by the Sonoran Swing Band. Led by vocalists Mary Gilbert of Mesa and Gary Cordell, local resident and Realtor for Realty Executives, this 23-piece orchestra has performed locally for the Gracie Lee Haught Black & White Ball, New Year’s Eve at the Mazatzal Casino and for the summer concert series at Green Valley Park. Tickets are $18 per person and are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the door.
Gary told me that concert attendees can expect to hear the smooth sounds of Glen Miller, the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman and many other big band favorites.
He also said that we can rest assured that he’ll be crooning his favorite song, “What Kind of Fool am I,” from the 1962 Broadway musical, “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off,” starring Anthony Newley.
Although Newley’s song earned limited chart success, Robert Goulet and this week’s music trivia artist’s version of “What Kind of Fool Am I” were much more successful.
This dynamic singer-dancer-actor was born in Harlem, N.Y. in 1925 and died in 1990 of cancer at the age of 64. In 1954, he lost his left eye in a car accident near San Bernardino, Calif.
In addition to scoring a top 20 hit in 1962 with “What Kind of Fool Am I,” this week’s artist landed 18 other hits on Billboard’s pop chart between 1954 and 1972.
His three most popular hits were “Something’s Gotta Give” (1955), “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (1969), and “Candy Man” (1972), which topped Billboard’s chart for three consecutive weeks. He was voted Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He was one of the original “Rat Pack.”
Is this gifted entertainer A) Frank Sinatra, B) Dean Martin, C) Sammy Davis Jr. or D) Ken Brooks?
This week, be caller number five with the correct answer and you’ll win two complimentary tickets to this Sunday’s “Best of the Big Band Sounds” concert. You’re just gonna love it!
Now, let’s check out how we did with our last music trivia question, which was: Can you name the country music superstar who recorded the 2005 song, “Drugs or Jesus?” Is this artist A) Kenny Chesney, B) Tim McGraw, C) Martina McBride or D) Deb Shewey?
The correct answer was Tim McGraw.
Country artists Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride were good guesses. Deb Shewey is a Rim Guidance program director and one of the coordinators of the recently held Fools’ Day Fun event.
Congratulations to our last music trivia winner, Cathy Joyce, who won a $25 gift certificate to Overman Designs, located right next to Cardo’s Restaurant in the Safeway Shopping Plaza. Owners Chad and Melissa Overman custom design and manufacture all of their store’s fine jewelry.
Cathy is a former music trivia winner, winning about a year ago. A new joy that has come into her life since she last won is her new grandson, Nicholas, who was born Dec. 4.
Lastly, new pictures that I have just added to my Web site are from April 10 Nicole Fleshman-Casey Williams wedding at the Mesa Jaycee’s Courtyard.
Nicole is the daughter of Steve and Jamie Castello of Payson. Steve is a longtime employee of Central Arizona Supply and Jamie works for Compass Bank.
Enjoy this event-filled Payson weekend!
DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com