Walk For A Good Cause This Weekend

Green Valley and Rumsey parks will be the site of two fund-raising walks Saturday — the walk at GVP is to raise money to end Alzheimer’s and the Rumsey walk is to raise money for the New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center.

Green Valley and Rumsey parks will be the site of two fund-raising walks Saturday — the walk at GVP is to raise money to end Alzheimer’s and the Rumsey walk is to raise money for the New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center.


If you believe walking is good, healthy exercise (and that’s really pretty hard to argue against) and at the same time enjoy helping out not-for-profit causes, this is a great weekend for you.

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning, there will be two fund-raising walks taking place in our beautiful Payson parks to assist those who are in need a helping hand. Bring a friend, your family, the dog, or come alone. Just come.

Starting at 8 a.m. in Rumsey Park, New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center will hold a 5K (3.1 miles) walk, starting and finishing at Rumsey Park and winding its way through the nearby neighborhoods. There will be a continental breakfast, music and a bounce house for children. Organizer, Amy Plunkett, told me “This is our third year holding this event. Last year we raised over $10,000 and we hope to do even better this year.”

At Green Valley Park, start time for the two-mile “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” sponsored by Payson Care Center, is at 9 a.m. Registration will begin at 8 o’clock in the parking lot of the Assembly of God Church, adjacent to the park. Participants will walk the sidewalks in the park.

At 8:30, local Zumba instructor, Christy Walton, will lead a 20-minute optional dance warm-up.

Walk organizer, Christy VanderMolen, said, “In addition to getting the benefits of team exercise and healthy food at our walk, we will be handing out updates on Alzheimer’s care and research and hold a tribute to those who have had or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.” (And I will be providing music at this walk.)

This week’s music trivia question

Can you name the R&B group from Indianapolis, Ind. who in 1956 recorded the song “I’d Walk A Country Mile”?

This vocal group played a large role in pioneering the black vocal group-harmony genre, helping to pave the way for the doo-wop explosion of the 1950s.

The quavering high tenor of Bill Kenny presaged hundreds of street-corner leads to come, and the sweet harmonies of Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson and bass Hoppy Jones (who died in 1944) backed him flawlessly.

Kenny’s impeccable diction and Jones’ deep drawl were both prominent on the group’s first smash hit on Decca in 1939, the sentimental “If I Didn’t Care.” From then through 1951, the group was seldom absent from the pop charts, topping the lists with “We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me)” (1940), “I’m Making Believe” and “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” (both in 1944), and “The Gypsy” and “To Each His Own” (both in 1946).

Watson eventually split to form his own group, the Brown Dots, and appeared in numerous low-budget film musicals, while Kenny attempted a solo career, notching a solo hit in 1951 with the uplifting “It Is No Secret.” Countless groups masquerading as this week’s music trivia group have thrived across the nation since the 1950s.

Is the name of this “I’d Walk A Country Mile” group: A) The Mills Brothers; B) The Ink Spots; C) The Merry Macs; or D) The Pied Pipers?

Be the fifth caller and have the right answer and you’ll win a CD of your favorite singer, group or style of music.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the 1967 through 1972 “Light My Fire” group that landed 17 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including “Hello, I Love You,” “Touch Me,” and its Grammy Hall of Fame single, “Riders On The Storm.”

Was the name of this rock band: A) The Windows; B) The Ceilings; C) The Doors; or D) The Hardwood Floors?

The correct answer was The Doors, led by vocalist Jim Morrison. The other three choices were figments of my goofy imagination.

Congratulations to first-time music trivia winner Sandy Howery of Payson, who won a Greatest Hits of The Doors CD.

Born in downstate Illinois, as an infant Sandy moved with her family to San Diego, Calif., were she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957.

“I was a bit of a gypsy during my adult years, moving around the country and even living three years in the early 1980s in Columbia. But wherever I went, I made my living with my love of cake decorating,” said Sandy.

In 2008, she moved to Payson from Lake Havasu to be closer to her family, where she has continued her 40-year passion behind the bakery counter at Walmart.

In her spare time, Sandy enjoys sewing, quilting and watching a good suspense movie. Her music preference is both 1960s pop and country and she particularly enjoys sound of Marty Robbins, the Carpenters and Merle Haggard, of whom she says, “As a young girl, I definitely had a big crush on him.”

A final note

New pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race held in Pine.

Azure blue skies, crisp temperatures and calm winds greeted the over 120 mountain bikers who raced either the 15-, 30- or 45-mile courses through the scenic and sometimes rugged Rim Country terrain.

Hope to see you Saturday morning!

— DJ Craig

(928) 468-1482



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