Getaway Around Rim Country



It’s almost time for the 11th annual Tellabration. It will be Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall.

Tickets for the dinner that precedes the event are on sale at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine at a cost of $25. The dinner, which takes place in the Senior Dining Hall at 5 p.m., always sells out, so be sure to get tickets early.

Arts, crafts fair

The annual Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Arts and Crafts Fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21.

Shoppers will find wonderful works for your holiday giving, wearables, jewelry of all kinds, wood inlay pens, paintings, gourds, totes, dolls, woodworking pieces and much more.

Holiday books on sale

During November the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get a head start on selecting unique and inexpensive gifts for friends, neighbors, caregivers, co-workers, secret pals, or anyone else on your Christmas list.

Bookstore gift certificates are only $3 and make the perfect gifts for those hard to shop for people on your list. They are great stocking stuffers, as well.

The bookstore is overflowing with large, beautiful coffee table books. These books are full of lovely illustrations and never go out-of-date. They will be featured at two for the price of one during the entire month of November.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Movie Madness in Pine

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine will host a movie madness event at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, which is an early dismissal day for the students at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. The featured movie will be G-rated “Ramona and Beezus.”

15th annual Celebration of Life

Remember and honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life through Hospice Compassus Rim Country Hospice Foundation, Messinger’s Funeral Home and Gerardo’s Restaurant Celebration of Life program at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The Celebration of Life has become a holiday tradition for many. The commemoration will be at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson. The evening includes prayers and remembrances, music and a tree lighting ceremony.

A full-course meal is provided by Gerardo’s Italian Bistro.

The event is free of charge and open to the community. Personalized crystal angel ornaments can be ordered for $12 per ornament. You do not have to attend to order ornaments. The sponsors are requesting the donation of a can of food to be given to the Rim Country St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Those who have received an invitation are asked to complete the form and return it to Hospice Compassus. For those not on the mailing list, just call Hospice Compassus at (928) 472-6340 to order ornaments and to let the staff know if you will be attending. This will make it possible to get an accurate count for the dinner.

Trip tickets drawn Nov. 17

There is still time to get tickets for a chance at a Cancun vacation plus $1,000 cash, along with cash prizes of $300 and $100. The drawing will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Famous Sam’s.

The Kiwanis Young Professionals Club of Payson is selling just 200 tickets at $50 per ticket. The proceeds will help the group pay for dental services from Dr. Kristen Wade of High Desert Dentistry for children in need.

Call Robbi Tantimonaco at (928) 951-0587 or Bobby Davis, (928) 978-4323 about tickets, which can also be purchased at the Payson Roundup office or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Holiday parade entries sought

It’s that time of year again — Saturday, Dec. 4 the 10th Annual Main Street Parade will transform Historic Main Street into a magical holiday wonderland.

The parade will proceed west on Main Street from Sawmill Crossing to Julia Randall Elementary starting at 6 p.m. Immediately following the parade come to Santa’s Workshop at the Ox Bow for more fun for the kids.

In celebration of the parade’s 10th year, participate for only $10! Entry applications are available online at and must be submitted by Nov. 19. For more information, call (928) 978-2538 or (602) 469-2611.

Hikes around Payson

Hike from the Payson Event Center to Peach Orchard Trailhead and enjoy views of the Mazatzal Mountain Range, along with riparian areas and old mining ruins Saturday, Nov. 20. Participants will meet at the event center at 9 a.m. A shuttle service will be set up prior to the hike to get hikers back to the event center at the end of the hike. The hike is of moderate difficulty and 4 miles in length.

Hike Cypress and Boulders Loop Trail Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 9 a.m. This beautiful route features fantastic views of the Granite Dells. The hike starts at the east end of Phoenix Street, at the Cypress Trail access, and goes around the Boulders Loop Trail before returning to Phoenix Street. The hike is of moderate difficulty and 5 miles in length.

Benefit fish fry

The FAN Club is sponsoring the annual Payson High School Boys and Girls Basketball Fish Fry from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29 at the Rim Country Middle School Cafeteria. Tickets are $5 for children under 10; $7 for adults; and $30 for a family ticket.

The JV and varsity teams will be playing Globe that night.

GCC Art Show

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will hold its 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Student artwork from drawing, digital photography and Photoshop, watercolor, oil painting, scrapbooking, ceramics, paper crafts, folk art, jewelry, graphic design, and quilting will be on display.

Christmas Tree Auction

Pine Strawberry School will have its annual Christmas Tree Auction, a quilt auction, poinsettias and more at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, plus a visit from Santa. The event will be at the Pine Strawberry School gym.

Choral Society Christmas concert

The Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert “He is Born,” directed by Daria Mason, with accompaniment by Victoria Harris comes to the Payson High School auditorium Saturday, Dec. 11. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Please note this is a change in performance times.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, and $8 if purchased in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert. Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded each year at the spring concert. For more information, call John Landino at (928) 468-0023.


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