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May 28 Saturday

• Sunrise: Payson Pioneer Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing through October

• Breakfast, bake sale: 8 a.m., Tonto Village Hellsgate Fire Station

• Pine Festival: 8 a.m., Pine Community Center, arts, crafts, book sale and more, continues Sunday

• Beaver Valley Day: 8 a.m. breakfast and more, continues throughout the day

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 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

• Dutch oven cooking class: 1 p.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 3, bring a Dutch oven

• Masons’ barbecue: noon to 4 p.m., Masonic Lodge, East Rancho Road, Payson

• Cookbook author visits: 1 p.m., Barbara Pool Fenzl will speak and sign her books at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto, Payson

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Dennis Fendler/Roundup

There will be four formal programs in Payson for Memorial Day, according to retired Col. Bill Sahno, chairman of the Payson Patriotic Events Committee. The annual Pioneer Cemetery tribute begins with a flag-raising ceremony at sunrise Saturday, May 28, after which the cemetery will be opened for visitation. The Mountain Meadows tribute will begin at about 10 a.m., Sunday, May 29, sponsored by Messinger Payson Funeral Home with the support of the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. There will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino at 8 a.m., Monday, May 30, with patriotic music and a program to follow. The main Memorial Day Tribute will take place at the Veterans Memorial at Green Valley Park, starting at approximately 10 a.m., Monday, May 30. Presented by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the program will include patriotic music, a presentation of the colors, an address by Mayor Kenny Evans and guest speakers. There will be a tribute by the Payson Military Honor Guard, including a rifle salute and the playing of “Taps” and a bagpipe presentation of “Amazing Grace.” Additional events are planned in Payson, Pine and Tonto Village, including breakfasts, arts and crafts fairs, book sales, barbecues and more.

Pioneer Cemetery tribute

There will be a sunrise flag-raising ceremony at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day Saturday, May 28. Afterward the cemetery will be opened for visitation.

Farmers Market opens

Summer’s coming and so are good times and good food every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, May 28 through October at the Payson Farmers Market behind Chili’s at Sawmill Crossing.

Farmers will be here from Camp Verde, Concho, Gisela and Payson. Be sure to come first thing in the morning for available produce as the cool weather this late into May has slowed farmers’ crops. Produce should be in full swing mid-June.

Most favorite vendors from last year are returning so there will be pickles and pastries, dog treats and sauces, oils and goat cheese. There will be tamales and Italian food, both from “Best of Phoenix” award winners. There will also be jams, jellies and honey for artisan breads, gluten free pasta, hummus, healthy snack granolas and trail mixes, relish, teas and coffees, lotions and potions, chocolate, Gila County beef, and salsa too.

Local artists will be participating and musicians are lined up every Saturday until fall.

Breakfast and bake sale in Tonto Village

The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary is putting on one of two annual benefits Saturday, May 28 in Tonto Village at the Hellsgate Fire Station on Mathews Lane.

The event is a full-scale breakfast featuring biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage patty, coffee and juice for only $5 a plate. The food will be ready at 8 a.m. and for late sleepers, the food will be served until 11 a.m.

There will also be a bake sale featuring homemade goodies such as jams and jellies, homemade potato rolls, homemade breads, including banana and apple.

Larry Smith, our favorite music man will supply the entertainment. There will be door prizes awarded throughout the morning, so stick around a while and enjoy the music, and get reacquainted with some of your neighbors. There will also be a booth selling Hellsgate T-shirts and caps. There will also be a table set up to take blood pressure checks by one of the EMT firefighters, blood pressure readings will also be offered for those interested.

Raffle tickets will be sold for the Husqvarna 20-inch chain saw, known as the Rancher; a $300 food gift card; and a $200 gas card. The cost is $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be at the Fireflies’ Labor Day barbecue Sept. 3.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, May 28, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson. Sunday, May 29, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pine Pit is located 0.7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings, and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned.

No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

Book sale, quilt raffle

The Pine Friends of the Library are sponsoring a book sale at the Library Activities Room this weekend, May 27-29.  In addition to the books, buy a raffle ticket or six for Pat’s FANtastic Queen Quilt to be raffled on Sept. 4. This gorgeous quilt was donated by the family of Pat Sogan. It was appraised by AQS certified Nora Mohn at $1,975. More information is found at www.pinepubliclibrary.com.

Arts, crafts festival

This weekend is the Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild at the Cultural Hall in the Pine Community Center.  There will be more than 80 booths inside and out with beautiful art and crafts for sale. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 28, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Come early to enjoy a pancake breakfast provided by the intrepid firefighters and Strawberry’s Elite.

Profits go to local charities to meet community needs. More information is found at www.pinestrawberryartscrafts.com.

A ‘naked’ rummage sale

The Riff Raff Club is holding a rummage sale in the parking lot of the Pine Market this Memorial Day weekend. The “naked” part means you won’t find clothing at this sale. Nor will you find old TVs or computer monitors. Anything else is possible! The proceeds go to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to those in need. For more information, contact Sheila Deasey at deasey2@msn.com or call her at (928) 476-2202.

Beaver Valley Day

Beaver Valley Day is Saturday, May 28. The theme is Beaver Valley Day at the Beach. It starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; continues with Firefighter Water Olympics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; plus, throughout the day, food, crafts, volleyball; and an outdoor movie at approximately 8 p.m.

Payson Area Dutch Oven Gathering at Rumsey Park

Payson Area Dutch Oven Gathering (PDOG) will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at Rumsey Park Ramada 3. Bring a Dutch oven and favorite recipe and fixings. Preparation and cooking will start at 1 p.m., with service beginning at 5 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of food and fun and share Dutch oven cuisine. For further information, contact Mac Freezor at (928) 472-2449 or John Swenson at (928) 472-3331.

Masons’ barbecue

The Payson Masonic Lodge #70 will be holding its annual barbecue from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at the lodge on East Rancho Road.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 and buys a plate of deep-pit barbecue, coleslaw, beans, a dessert and a drink.

As part of the festivities the Masons will have their first Horseshoe Tossing Smackdown. Registration for the contest starts at 9 a.m. For information call the Masonic Lodge at (928) 474-1305.

Cookbook author visits

Barbara Pool Fenzl, author of three cookbooks and host of the PBS Series “Savor the Southwest,” which is currently airing on Phoenix PBS Channel 8, will be in Payson to talk about chiles and sign her cookbooks from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Suite 102.

Fenzl is the author of Southwest the Beautiful Cookbook, Savor the Southwest and Seasonal Southwest Cooking and was the food editor of Southwest Passages and Phoenix Home and Garden magazines. She also has written for Bon Appétit magazine and other national publications.

She and her husband, Terry, are part-time Payson residents.

May 29 Sunday

• Mountain Meadows Memorial Day program: 10 a.m., Mountain Meadows Cemetery, Round Valley

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

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

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

Memorial Day tribute

There will be a Memorial Day tribute at Mountain Meadows Cemetery at about 10 a.m., Sunday, May 29. The program is sponsored by Messinger Payson Funeral Home with the support of the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

May 30 Monday

• Memorial Day ceremonies: 8 a.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and 10 a.m., Green Valley Park, 10 a.m.

Memorial Day ceremonies

There will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino at 8 a.m., Monday, May 30, with patriotic music and a program to follow.

The main Memorial Day tribute will take place at the Veterans Memorial at Green Valley Park, starting at approximately 10 a.m., Monday, May 30. Presented by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee.

May 31 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

Senior Thrift Store sale

The Payson Senior Center Thrift Store is planning an after Memorial Day sale Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 31, June 1 and June 2.

All clothing will be sold for just 25 cents (except boutique items and accessories); hardback books will be half off; and dishes (except full sets) will be half price as well.

The thrift shop is on West Main Street.

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