Community Almanac



Photo courtesy of the Northern Gila County Historical Society

Come to the Western Heritage Festival Saturday, Oct. 2 and see the Payson Cougars Senior Softball Team take on the Arizona Vintage Base Ball League’s Stars & Stripes team in a game of old-fashioned (1860s) base ball at Green Valley Park. The Payson team includes (back row, from left) Rudy Peru, Pete Salinas, Duwayne Morder, Jay Larson, Roger Johnson, Jess Chavarria, Jerry Carlson, (front row, from left) Bob Romelfanger, Sam Boggs, Bill Hinsley, Lou Felix, Mike Leigh, Ken York, Bob Marley, Neil McVicar, Ed Votroubek. The game is at 1 p.m., but the festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature music, demonstrations, food vendors and more. The event is free and presented by the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

Oct. 1 Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visit historic Main Street for a variety of activities at area businesses and organizations

• Veterans honored: 7 p.m., Payson High stadium, veterans admitted free to football game

First Friday and more

Historic Main Street is the place to be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 for First Friday festivities and more.

Photographer Gerri Levine will be the featured artist at the Artists of the Rim Gallery. In addition to the great art in the gallery, Artists of the Rim will be having a “Bargain Sale” under the gazebos in front of the gallery. 

The Humane Society Thrift Shop will have special sales from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

The Senior Thrift Store will have entertainment, hourly door prizes (need not be present to win), refreshments and sales on selected items.

Oktoberfest comes alive during First Friday at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art.  For those over 21, Rim Country Brewers will be providing a free sample of craft beer. In addition, Gary and Diane Bedsworth will be grilling brats. All net proceeds go to the Humane Society. Scoops will be selling ice cream and coffee and the Soroptimists have Sees Chocolates for purchase. Music will be provided by Sounds Unlimited. 

Brewers will return from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 to continue the Oktoberfest competition.

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will have a $5 Soup & Salad Supper Friday night, Oct. 1. Enjoy great entertainment with the Starlighters.

Dinner proceeds go toward the Child Learning Center at the Community Presbyterian Church. Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

3rd Annual Oktober Brewfest

Rim Country Homebrewers have nine brewers offering samples of their brews for 1st Friday Oktober Brewfest.

The Payson Main Street Guild has partnered with the Wagon Wheel Territory for this annual event.

Pick up a wristband at any of the following locations and meet a brewer: Down The Street Art Gallery, brewers John Gould and Cullen Bennet; Humane Society Thrift Store, brewer Debbie Dahn; Lock and Load, brewer Paul Serfling; MoJoe’s Cafe, brewer Greg Zimmerman; ReRuns Boutique, brewer James Gentry; Todd’s Books, brewer Scott Jacobson; Tonto Silk Screen, brewers Tom and Cheryl Piazza.

Veterans invited to game

The Payson Longhorns and the FAN Club are sponsoring a salute to all veterans at the football game Friday, Oct 1. All veterans will be admitted free with military affiliation like dog tags, military identification or uniform item.

A canned food drive will take place in conjunction with this event, so bring a nonperishable food item.

Oct. 2 Saturday

• Community Flea Market: 7 a.m. to noon, Community Presbyterian Church

• Young Eagles program: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Payson Airport, free flying, special guest

• Free appliance dump day: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buckhead Mesa Landfill

• Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing, plant sale by Rim Area Gardeners group

• Campbell-Davis Memorial Golf Tournament: 8 a.m. registration, Payson Golf Course

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Western Heritage Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Green Valley Park, free

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Free concert: 6 p.m., The Elements perform, Green Valley Park

Community flea market

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church is offering a fun-filled shopping event in its parking lot Saturday, Oct. 2. It opens at 7 a.m. and closes promptly at noon.

The church’s Child Learning Center will feature a booth with loads of children’s clothing and toys, and a wide variety of other vendors will be on hand. The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St., at the corner of Main and Oak Streets.

All proceeds from the rental fees go toward the Deacons Food Pantry and Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country.

Scholarship benefit

A benefit for their Gila Community College Scholarship Fund will be held by the Democratic Women of Rim Country from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 2 in the Presbyterian Church parking lot at 800 W. Main St. There will be many treasures and baked goods for sale, including a lovely piece of jewelry donated by Overman Designs. There will also be a raffle.

EAA Young Eagles Rally

The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will have free flights for those ages 8 to 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Payson Airport. There will also be an introduction to the basics of flying.

The special guest for the morning will be one of the cockpit crew from the famous “Miracle on the Hudson” flight, Jeff Skiles.

Young people wanting the free flights must bring a parent or legal guardian to sign a permission slip or bring a signed permission slip with them. The document is available online at eagles.

For more information, contact Pilot Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Dump appliances, metal for free at Buckhead landfill

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2.

Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dish washers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters along with other metal items will be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. The County will handle the freon removal, so don’t tamper with the freon lines. There can be no trash of any kind in the appliances.

For more information, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Plant sale at Farmers Market

Rim Area Gardeners will be selling plants at the Payson Farmers Market from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 2. Seeds, house plants, iris, outdoor plants to put in now for spring will be on sale.

Stop by 816 S. Beeline Highway in the Sawmill Crossing and find out about the club and activities while shopping for farm fresh produce and more.

Memorial golf tournament

The Campbell-Davis Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Payson Golf Course.

Held in memory of Chief Melton Campbell and Kenny Davis of the Tonto Apache Tribe, the tournament will be a Two Person Scramble with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $50 per person and the registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 30. Cash prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call Wally Davis Jr., (928) 970-2329; Sabrina Campbell, (928) 978-0981; or Perry Tinnin, (928) 978-5133.

Arts, crafts and world bazaar

The 19th Zane Grey Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Bazaar is set to open free to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 for a two-day event on the Gila County Courthouse grounds at Frontier and Beeline Highway, across from the post office in Payson.

Western Heritage Festival

Join the members of the Northern Gila County Historical Society in Green Valley Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 for the Western Heritage Festival and Zane Grey Classic Vintage Base Ball Game.

The free event will feature the Stars & Stripes playing the Payson Cougars Senior Softball Team in a vintage base ball game played in costume, with replicas of old-fashioned equipment and by 1860s rules from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a variety of demonstrations and music, plus plenty of refreshments.

Picnic planned

Residents of Trailwood West are invited to meet their neighbors at the Trailwood West Homeowners’ Association Picnic from noon to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 at Rumsey Park Ramada 3. The HOA will provide barbecue beef sandwiches, beverages, chips and tableware. Participants should bring a favorite dish to share, such as salad, beans, fruit or vegetables, desserts or specialties.

Call Mary Spencer, (928) 468-8856 or Mary Brown, (928) 472-7885 so the HOA has enough food for everyone.

Fall concert in the park

There will be a concert in the Green Valley Park amphitheater from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. The Payson Advisory Youth Council (PAYC), in conjunction with the Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, is sponsoring the concert in response to requests from Rim Country youth for activities they would like to see occur in Payson.

The Elements, Arizona’s premiere rock cover band, will play.

Please call the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for more information at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Oct. 3 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Blessing of the Animals: 2 p.m., Holy Nativity Anglican Catholic Church

Blessing of the Animals

There will be a procession of animals — everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and horses — to be blessed at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3 at Holy Nativity Anglican Catholic Church. Come and bring your loving pet or animal for the blessings. There will be treats for them and refreshments for all of us.

The Holy Nativity Anglican Catholic Church is at 1414 N. Easy Street (corner of Easy St. & Bradley), Payson. The event will be in the rear courtyard behind the Parish Hall.

It is asked that pets be on a leash, in a cage or carrying bag and under control. Bring a dish for water.

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week this year is October 3 – 9. To celebrate the occasion, an open house is planned at Payson Fire Department Station 11, 400 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9.


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