Happy Thanksgiving — or is it politically incorrect to say Thanksgiving these days? The way things are going, we may be urged to wish people a Happy Turkey Day. No, that might offend animal rights advocates. How about Festive Football Day? Or would that be showing partiality for one sport over another?
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, just as this is my favorite time of the year. Back in my native Wisconsin, November was winter already, usually with snow on the ground, but here in Rim Country, autumn lingers well into the month. Is it my imagination or has this been an exceptionally colorful fall? Roses are still blooming in some yards and trees wear a whole spectrum of color from gold, red, rust and all shades between. What a treat just to walk or drive around Payson and savor the sights!
One of life’s mysteries — Why do smoke alarms always start beeping an alert that the batteries are low in the middle of the night? That happened to us at 3 a.m. the other early morning, and since it (naturally!) was the alarm in the highest point of the cathedral ceiling, and since at our ages we no longer do ladders (nor did we have a battery to replace the vocal one), we had to endure a beep every 60 seconds for hours. A huge thank you to members of the Payson Fire Department who came out to remedy the situation and replaced the batteries in the other smoke alarms as well. We should be good for another year — we hope!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Country Gospel Misfits will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The program is free and open to the public. Please make advance reservations if you plan to stay for lunch. Menu for the day is sweet and sour chicken with brown rice, Hawaiian tossed salad, steamed carrots, applesauce and beverage for $3 for persons over the age of 60, $5 for younger than 60. There is no tax or tip. For reservations, call (928) 474-4876 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
The Senior Center offers transportation in and around Payson for those who no longer drive. Meals on Wheels also are available. For information, call the above number.
If you enjoy cards, check out the various game schedules at the Center. Canasta, bridge, pinochle are among the activities.
Country/western dance lessons are given from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center.
Bingo will be played at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 22. The public is invited to participate.
An early Thanksgiving dinner will be served Wednesday, Nov. 24 featuring turkey and dressing, glazed yams, green bean casserole, whole wheat roll, pumpkin pie and beverage. Advance reservations required.
Ann James will present a musical program at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30. There is no charge to attend.
Pine/Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store
A Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Senior Center, behind the Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine at 2 p.m., Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. There is no charge, but advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 476-2151.
The P/S Thrift Store will have a bag sale from Nov. 17 through Nov. 20. Shoppers may fill bags with clothes and shoes (no coats included) for $2 a bag. Items in the middle room of the store will be half off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
Library Friends of Payson
A warm welcome and thank you to Annie Schaeffer, who not only recently joined LFOP but also stepped up to replace Chris Tilley who no longer is able to fill the position of secretary. LFOP membership is always open. For information call President Alice Natale at (928) 474-2838.
If you enjoy music making, come to East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. in Payson at 2 p.m. Sundays for an acoustic jam session. Feel free to bring song sheets so others can follow along. If you don’t play any instrument but like to sing, or just want to come and listen, all are welcome. The emphasis is on socializing, connecting, making music and having fun.
To enjoy Caribbean vibe music, reserve Friday evening, Dec. 3 when Dee Dread and Sister Care-i perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Exchange. There is no charge to attend either of the activities and no reservations are required.
For information or to request a full schedule of events, call (928) 468-2435.
Here’s my favorite Thanksgiving grace prayer: Thank you, Lord, for these vittles. May they add to your glory and not to our middles.