Two-Day Apple Festival Takes Place In Pine This Weekend


An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

And what better way to keep the good ol’ doc away than to load up on the different apple products that will be featured at this weekend’s 4th Annual Fall Apple Festival in Pine.

This family event promises to feature food, shopping, music, fall colors and changing foliage, vendors, a greased pole climb, a pie throw for the kids — and, of course, lots and lots of apple pies. And if you’d like to learn how to line dance, there will even be an instructor on hand to show you the ropes (I mean steps).

The two-day festival will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day and offers free admission. It should most definitely be worth the drive.

It was in the early World War II years that a spunky female trio sang two different songs about “apples.” Do you remember the tunes “I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time” (1941) and “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me” (1942)?

The three sisters, Patty, Maxene and La Verne, emerged from Minneapolis to become the most popular female vocal group of the entire pre-1955 Rock & Roll Era.

Led by Patty, the trio appeared in many 1940s movies, and their unmistakable sound of close harmony helped define the wartime era.

From 1938 until 1951, this group amassed an amazing 90 charted hits, including their number one songs “Shoo-Shoo, Baby,” “Rum and Coca-Cola” “I Can Dream, Can’t I” and their most popular, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

This week’s music trivia question is: Is the name of this popular and fun-loving sister group A) The Andrew Sisters, B) The Lennon Sisters, C) The McGuire Sisters or D) The Pointer Sisters?

If you’re the fifth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win two complimentary tickets to next Tuesday evening’s Chinese Shangri-La Acrobats concert, presented by the Tonto Community Concert Association (a $70 single ticket value)!

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Bobby Helm’s “My Special Angel” starts with the lyrics “You are my special angel…” What lyrics come next? A) “the Lord smiled down on me,” B) “and I’m in heaven again,” C) “sent from up above” or D) “you’re the devil in disguise?”

The correct answer was “sent from up above.”

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Lee Fucci, who won a CD of America’s best classic love songs.

A little about Lee: He was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After high school, he went away to college at the University of Texas-El Paso, where he met his wife, Janie. The couple have been married for 38 years and have two children. His son, Michael, will be getting married this December at the Mazatzal Casino.

Lee is a former social studies and science teacher and currently works in sales for UPS in the Valley. Janie is employed as a secretary at Dobson High School. In four years, when Lee retires, the Fuccis plan to turn their present Payson weekend excursions into a full time Rim Country residency.

When they are in Payson, Lee and Janie like walking at Green Valley Park and just enjoying the weather here and small-town atmosphere.

Lee enjoys listening to the oldies, particularly the pop songs of the 1960s and Motown. Among his favorite artists are the Eagles, the Beach Boys and the 4 Seasons.

New pictures that I’ve added to my website are from last weekend’s PAWS Dog Day In The Park outing at Rumsey Park, the Girl Scouts’ annual “Me and My Guy” dance at Julia Randall School and the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Bowl For Kids fund-raiser at Rim Country Lanes. It was a very busy weekend.

Lastly, I hope to see you at the Chinese Shangri-La Acrobats concert this coming Tuesday evening. If you haven’t already, you can still purchase your season tickets at the door that night. The performance promises to be eye-popping!

Have a nice week ahead.

DJ Craig Phone: 468-1482

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