Getaway Around Rim Country


Shrine Club brings circus to town

The Zane Grey Shrine Club is bringing the Jordan World Circus back to the Rim Country for one performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Payson Event Center.

The two-hour show will include a lion and tigers — including a rare white tiger — with trainer Vincente Von Duke; elephants; dancing bears; motorcycle daredevils; aerialists; and clowns.

Arrive early and your children might get to ride an elephant or enjoy the giant Moon Bounce.

Go online for advance tickets at

Pioneers Dinner Dance

The 5th annual Gila County Pioneers Dinner and Dance is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center. The evening will feature music by the Taylor Hale Band and Don and Ron Gibson. Admission is $10 per person. The evening also includes a live and silent auction, plus a raffle for a butchered hog and another for two whole beeves.

Fall Apple Festival

The third annual Fall Apple Festival takes place in Pine at the Community Center Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26. Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors, fun games for the kids (like pie throwing), and music. A chili cook-off also will be held on Saturday. For $3 you’ll get to sample and vote on your favorite chili.

Enjoy apple and berry pies, apple treats and buy flats of apples. Shop at the various vendor booths and make time to check the local antique and gift shops. There will be storytelling, a greased pole climb and pie throwing for the kids, antique tractors and more. Admission is free.

The festival is sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community.

Learn camping, fishing and outdoor skills

A Camping, Fishing and Outdoor Skills camp will be held Oct. 1-3 near Payson to teach wannabe outdoors enthusiasts the basics of camping, fishing, birdwatching — even squirrel hunting. The camp is sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, along with volunteers from the Arizona Deer Association and the Mogollon Sporting Association.

Register soon for the free weekend. It’s “BYO” camping gear, but food will be provided and spaces are limited to 50 participants. To reserve a space or for more information, call Arizona Game and Fish’s Unit 22 Wildlife Manager Henry Apfel at (928) 476-6426, e-mail or call Arizona Deer Association representative Scott Streich at (602) 369-0713.

Playing in Rim Country

Buffalo Bar and Grill, Payson

6:30 p.m., Tuesday: Texas Hold ’Em

9 p.m. to closing, Thursday: Karaoke

9 p.m. to closing, Friday: D.J. Johnny V.

Saturday: Music and entertainment

5 to 9 p.m., Sunday: Jam sessions with Junction 87

Butcher Hook, Tonto Basin

8 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday: Karaoke

Jakes Corner, Jakes Corner

7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and

2 p.m., Sundays: Live music

Kelly’s Sweet Revenge, Star Valley

6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday: Ladies night

6:30 p.m., Wednesday: Pool Tournament, two tables

6:30 p.m., Thursday: Texas Hold ’Em

Friday night: Free pool and Karaoke with Katie

Live entertainment: 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25: Jaded

MoJoe’s Café, Payson

6 p.m., Thursday: The Miracle of Magic with Joe Miracle. Sit back and be entertained with table magic and magnificent stage illusions.

6 p.m., Friday (except First Friday): Dinner Theater on Friday nights with an eclectic entertainment menu.

Reservations recommended — call (928) 478-8828.

Tiny’s Restaurant, Payson

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday: The Starlighters with jazz and the music of Broadway

Zane Grey Saloon at Kohl’s Ranch

8 to 10 p.m., Saturday: live entertainment


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