Getaway Around Rim Country


Anne James in concert

Local Payson singer and songwriter Anne James will present a series of free performances showcasing original music, folk songs, and old favorites, along with her trademark finger-style guitar work from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday during February at the East West Exchange Espresso Bar and Bookstore, 100 N. Tonto St.

James is a well known Payson musician who has been performing throughout Arizona during the past two decades. She is best known as a folk and blues singer at festivals, special events and coffee houses across the state. She also has six albums of original material that will be available for purchase at these performances.

For more information, contact James at (928) 951-4420 or East West Exchange at (928) 468-2435, or visit the Web site at

NRA Annual Dinner, Auction

The Zane Grey Friends of NRA Annual Dinner and Auction is Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m.

For ticket reservations, please call Tallie at (928) 474-3630 or (928) 595-0546 or stop by the office of Hinshaw Associates, 405B W. Main St., Payson.

Order before Feb. 11 to be entered in the early bird drawing.

Gospel concert

The Nashville-based “Blackwood Legacy” Contemporary Southern Gospel group will be in concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Crossroads Foursquare Church in Payson. Admission is free and a love offering will be received.

One of today’s most popular and requested touring groups, the Blackwood Legacy is led by Rick Price, a veteran Southern Gospel entertainer with more than 30 years in the industry, including many years as the lead singer for the Grammy and Dove awarding-winning Blackwood Brothers Quartet, with whom he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Included in the talent lineup is Washington State native, Luke Yates, touted as one of the most talented pianists in Gospel Music today, and Daniel Childs, grandson of the late Cecil Blackwood, and a talented musician, singer and Christian songwriter in his right.

The Crossroads Foursquare Church is located at 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson. For more information on this event call (866) 855-1036 or visit the group Web site at

Lip Sync could sell out – get tickets now

The annual Lip Sync Concert takes place Saturday, Feb. 26 at Payson High School Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased from members of the participating clubs, Payson High School Studio Theatre, East West Exchange, MoJoe’s, Oasis Christian Book Store, the Payson Public Library and the Payson Roundup.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:45 p.m. — this will provide time for guests to find seats and to look at and bid on an extensive inventory of silent auction items.

In addition to the event and silent auction, there will be a 50-50 raffle. The tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for youth — a $2 discount is offered on the prices if bought before Feb. 26. All proceeds will be used for continuing educational scholarships.

For more information, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.


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