Let’s see. It’s Friday, Sept. 2nd. I’ve just looked at the calendar on the back page of the Payson Roundup.
First Friday on Main Street is listed as an evening event. I looked at Labor Day Fun on page 3A. Four evening events are listed for First Friday on Main Street. One gallery even has a photography exhibit featuring the Roundup editor, Tom Brossart.
Yet, when I turned to page 6A, Pete Aleshire in his article on things to do in the Rim Country laments that “the options are limited when it comes to nightlife.”
I would like to invite Mr. Aleshire to visit First Friday on Main Street. I’ll even treat him to one of Chef Gary Bedsworth’s gourmet brats. It’s a fun thing to do each month in Payson. Better yet, it’s year-round. This award-winning event is extremely popular with locals as well as tourists and weekenders. There’s music, food and ambiance.
Another Friday evening event that Mr. Aleshire might enjoy is music at Cardo’s Pizza. The food is great and the music is always enjoyable. Because of the type of community that Payson is, there’s almost always someone to share a table with.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed reading Pete Aleshire in the Arizona Highways magazine. His articles in the Roundup are interesting and thoughtful. And, yes, I agree that while nightlife in Payson is limited, there are things to do on a Friday evening. Especially, if it’s the First Friday of the month.
Payson welcomes tourists, especially on a holiday weekend. Tourists bring a lot of business to town. It’s important that the Roundup tell their readers what they can do in town instead of what they can’t do.