Get-A-Away Around Rim Country


PAL Studio Tour call for artists

The Payson Art League is now organizing its annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour, which will be held May 4, 5 and 6.

PAL welcomes new artists to participate, showcasing your work at your own studio or by joining another artist at their site.

For applications and information, please contact tour director Jan Ransom at (928) 468-8593.

Lip Sync contest entries wanted

The 4th Annual Lip Sync contest will be Feb. 18. All students from area high schools, both private and public, along with home-schooled students are invited to compete. There will be $1,100 given in prizes.

Choice of music and preparation needs to be completed by Jan. 18 when tryouts will take place. Applications for this event can be obtained from the Payson High School Drama Department, Rim Country Optimist Club and Payson High School

Rim Country Celts Ceilidh and Robert Burns Tribute

The Rim Country Celts 2nd Ceilidh is Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

The Senior Center chef will prepare stews, bread and scones, and will be available for donations. Dinner, with Celtic and Gaelic music, is at 5 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by a performance by The Maschino School of Highland Dance with Klaire Rouse, Kiana Campbell, Kelly Lahera, Jessica Maschino, accompanied by piper Andrew Lahera.

At 7 p.m. there will be a tribute honoring Robert Burns, Scottish poet, by Dennis MacAlister, trustee and chairman of the Trust Executive Committee of Clan MacAlister.

From 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be Celtic and Gaelic music organized and staged by Anne James and the Cinnamon Twist Celtic Band. Dress is informal, but Celtic dress is encouraged.

Celtic T-Shirts will be for sale. Memberships to Rim Country Celts will be available. There will also be a table set up to provide information on genealogy by the Northern Gila County Genealogy Society.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16.

For additional information, please call Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015 or go online to: www.rim;; or e-mail:

Sweetheart Dance

The Payson Elks Lodge will have its Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Cocktails start at 5 p.m.; dinner featuring Herm’s Famous Ham Dinner, is at 6 p.m.; and music starts at 7 p.m. with Junction 87.

Dinner tickets are on sale now at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, for $15 each, or they can be purchased at the door the night of the dance. For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.


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