School started this week in the Rim Country, so, to say ‘so long to summer’ there are lots of celebrations planned around the area this weekend and beyond.
Centennial blanket on display
Fran Frazen, mother of the owner of the Randall House, will show an originally designed blanket made in honor of Arizona’s Centennial from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at the Randall House in Pine.
The Cactus Needles, a knitting guild in Phoenix, made the blanket. The group first showed the blanket at the Centennial kick-off in Phoenix in February. Frazen will be on hand to answer any questions.
The Pine Library – Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library – is sponsoring a book signing inside the library from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 28. Three Rim Country authors contributed to the anthology, “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists, 1912 – 2012” and they will be participating in the event.
The book is an official Arizona Legacy Project and features short biographies of 28 women writers who were important to Arizona’s history.
The local authors participating will be Barbara Bayless Lacy, Carol Osman Brown and Carol Jean LaValley. They will discuss the book and copies will be available for purchase.
For information call the library at (928) 476-3678.
History & Biscuits
“History & Biscuits - Tales from the Rim” — a two-hour program of history from Rim Country — will be presented Saturday, July 28 at the Payson LDS Church - Stake Family History Center, 913 S. Ponderosa St. The program will start at 4 p.m. with six historians talking about six different Rim Country topics.
Authors Jinx Pyle, Jane Peace Pyle, Tim Ehrhardt and Scott Wood will discuss topics such as The Pleasant Valley War, Women of the West, Zane Grey’s Country and Ancient Rim Country Residents. Margaret Parker will discuss the nature of early Pine, Ariz., and Errol and Ella Lee Owens will describe the early days of the lumber industry in Rim Country.
After the sessions, attendees will be treated to fresh, hot Dutch oven biscuits. There will also be an opportunity to see the Family History Center, with its expansive resources for finding family histories and relatives.
Call Tim Ehrhardt at (928) 474-2337 to reserve a seat for this event, featuring Arizona’s Centennial and Payson’s 130th Anniversary.
Elks Lodge steak dinner
The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will hold a steak dinner with all the trimmings Saturday, July 28. Guests are welcome.
The Payson Elks Jam Band performs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; followed by the meal from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Junction 87 will play live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The cover charge for those not eating will be $10 or 2 for $15.
Summer community luncheon
Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to a community luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, July 29 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.
The free lunch, offered in love by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, will include brats and hotdogs, along with baked beans, sauerkraut, German potato salad and brownies and ice cream, plus tea, lemonade, coffee and water.
Guests are also invited to attend Bible study, which is at 8:30 a.m. and services, which start at 10 a.m., or just come for lunch. It will be served until the food is gone.
For more information, call Nancy Leubner, (928) 468-6229 or the church office, (928) 474-5440.
National Night Out events in Payson
Payson’s 5th Annual National Night Out Family Fun Day will be from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at Green Valley Park. National Night Out will be observed around the community from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7.
The Family Fun Day is hosted by the Payson Police Department and will include lots of activities; live music by Junction 87, The Hot Cappuccinos, Landon Shill and Team EXYO; refreshments will be available for purchase; and information offered by the Gila Family Advocacy Center, Community Bridges, AZ Youth Partnership, Meth Coalition and CASA. Also on hand will be representatives from the Arizona Departments of Public Safety and Game and Fish, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Globe Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service. A highlight of the event will be a Police vs. Fire Raft Race.
The actual National Night Out there will be block parties and neighborhood gatherings. Contact Kim Becker at Payson P.D., (928) 474-5242, ext. 209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for the police officer to come visit your event. For help in organizing a National Night Out for you and your neighbors, visit www.nationalnightout.org.
A Taste at the Bridge
The Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will present “A Taste at the Bridge” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. This early evening setting will present the Tonto Natural Bridge at its finest, as well as western art by local artists, wine, light finger food, music, raffles and door prizes.
Come and tour the historic Tonto Lodge, see the rooms as they were, with in-room sinks, old photographs, iron beds and down-the-hall toilets. Even the Roof Room will be open for spectacular viewing of the Bridge and the canyon.
Only 200 tickets will be sold at $50 per ticket for an evening at Rim Country’s premier natural location. A very limited number of the tickets are still available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. They may also be purchased from the Friends board members or online at www.tontobridge.com.
This is the Friends’ first attempt at a large benefit, but it may become an annual event. The group sought sponsors for the program, including the Town of Star Valley. The Star Valley council agreed to give $1,000 toward the event.
Proceeds will benefit the Tonto Natural Bridge in operations and areas not funded by the State of Arizona.
Among the projects in which the Friends are involved are: a monument sign at the turn onto the road to the Tonto Natural Bridge from Hwy. 87; rebuilding the informational kiosks next to the trails; an d installing two directional signs in Payson, at both the north and south ends of town, directing incoming traffic to the park.
For more information, call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.
Ice Cream Social and more
The Pine Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society will present an Ice Cream Social, Concert and Dance at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Pine Community Center and Cultural Hall. Raven and the Randall Family Band will provide the music and entertainment for the evening. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, contact Marge at (928) 970-0658.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, Friends of The Strawberry Patchers are presenting the
Fourth Annual Quilt Auction in the Pine Cultural Hall, at milepost 267.8 on Highway 87. Doors open at 11 a.m. for registration and preview. The auction will start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item and get entered into the drawing for a quilt to be held after the auction.
For those with quilts to put in the auction, forms are available online.
The Strawberry Patchers’ opportunity quilt tickets will be available along with ‘buy it now’ and ‘make me an offer’ quilts. Additional information is available on the Web site, www.strawberrypatchers.com or call Elaine at (928) 978-3464.
The event is part of the Pine-Strawberry Mountain Daze Festival, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 on the Community Center grounds.