Like to bicycle? Enjoy quality, local, live music? Fancy silent auctions? Get a kick out of beer gardens?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this weekend in Pine is the place you want to be.
This Friday through Sunday, the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race will be making its second annual appearance at the Mary Ellen Randall House Arena on Bradshaw Road in Pine.
Event co-organizer Janet Brandt told me, “Our mountain bike race this year has really grown from last year. We have over 120 pre-registered mountain bicyclists coming in from all over Arizona and even some coming in from other states, as well.
“There will be three races this year — a 15-mile, 30-mile and 45-mile race starting 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. For those who like to get an early start, our beer garden will open at 11 a.m. and our silent auction starts at noon. We’ll also be having a bike raffle drawing later in the day and there will be food and other vendors on hand throughout the weekend.”
The weekend will also feature an abundance of music. Junction 87 will be entertaining on Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the John Scott Band will be on hand Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. I’ll be providing music all day Saturday during the races.
“The Fire on the Rim bike race is really a wonderful event for our community and all the proceeds go to wildfire prevention and trail development in the Pine-Strawberry area,” said Janet.
The town of Pine will surely be ablaze with fun this weekend.
The music trivia question
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the late 1960s-early 1970s group that scored a big No. 1 hit in 1967 with its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame single “Light My Fire?”
This group was one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals, with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player and their sound was dominated by Manzarek’s electric organ work and Morrison‘s deep, sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics.
After controversial onstage performances by Morrison caused several arrests and cancellations, Morrison left the group at the end of 1970, then died of heart failure seven months later at the age of 27. The group disbanded in 1973.
From 1967 through 1972, this popular band landed 17 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including “Hello, I Love You,” “Touch Me” and their Grammy Hall of Fame single, “Riders on the Storm.”
Is the name of this “Light My Fire” rock band: A) The Windows, B) The Ceilings, C) The Doors, or D) The Hardwood Floors?
Be the fourth caller and have the right answer and you win a CD of this week’s trivia band’s greatest hits.
Last Week’s Music Trivia Question
This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the rock and roll artist, nicknamed “The Boss,” who recorded the 2003 song “County Fair.” The choices were A) Rick Springfield, B) Dusty Springfield, C) Bruce Springsteen, and D) Nelson Beck.
The correct answer was Bruce Springsteen.
Pop-rocker Rick Springfield charted hits from 1972 through 1988, with his biggest single in 1982, “Jessie’s Girl.”
Britain’s all-time “top pop” diva, Dusty Springfield, had 28 U.S. hits from 1964-1977, including her biggest song, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.”
Nelson Beck is the Town of Payson parks supervisor, who graciously donated last week’s trivia prize, two tickets to this year’s Northern Gila County Fair Demolition Derby.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Jack Jumper of Payson, who is a multiple-time music trivia winner.
A final note
The “Payson’s Got Talent” competition, with its final show at the Payson High School auditorium originally scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed.
The finals have been rescheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10.
The first 12 registrants in three divisions, kindergarten through eighth grade, high school and adult, will audition the week before for the five finalist spots that will face-off in the finals. A $200 first place prize, $100 second place and a gift certificate for third place will be awarded in each division. Application forms can be picked up at and returned to the Payson Public Library.
Whether you sing, dance, do magic, play an instrument, twirl a baton, do standup comedy, are a ventriloquist — or have your own unique entertaining talent, it’s time to strut your stuff on “Payson’s Got Talent!”
For more information, please call Kathy Siler, Longhorn Theatre Troupe director, at Payson High School, (928) 474-2233. Or call me.
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482