If you’ve thought about creating your own flower or vegetable garden, but have been hesitant, this weekend’s Garden Walk may provide just the impetus you need to start you hoe, hoe, hoeing.
This Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., the High Country Garden Club will sponsor a “walking tour” of flower gardens at five Payson homes and 60 vegetable gardens at the community garden property on Tyler Parkway, between the Nazarene Church and the Good Samaritan Society apartments.
Nancy Jones, the Garden Walk coordinator told me, “Our club has held this walk for over 15 years now and we expect at least 200 people to join us this year. Each garden is very different, featuring its own unique flare and flavor. Each gardener will be on hand to offer advice on how you can create your own green-thumb masterpiece.”
Tickets for the walk are only $5 and can be purchased at Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery, the Payson and Pine libraries and at the five garden residences. All the proceeds benefit local organizations.
This year’s Garden Walk should be both fun and informative — and who knows, if you listen closely while you’re on the walk, you may even hear a garden song or two along the way.
This week’s question
This week’s trivia question is: Can you name the folk group that recorded the 1993 single “Garden Song”? This song appeared on this group’s self-titled album, long after their last charted hit in 1969.
This trio formed in 1961 in Greenwich Village, N.Y. and became arguably the most popular folk group of the 1960s, outdistancing themselves from their rivals the Kingston Trio and the Brothers Four. Over the years, they have proved themselves to be among the most durable music acts in history, entertaining and producing albums in each of the last five decades, including the release of their most recent album in 2010.
In the 1960s, this two-men, one-woman group debuted on the Billboard chart with their Top 40 hit, “Lemon Tree,” then followed that up three months later with “If I had a Hammer,” which peaked at No. 10 and earned induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was selected as the Grammy folk Record of the Year. (Some may remember that the group performed “If I had a Hammer” at the 1963 March on Washington, best remembered for Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.)
Through the 1960s, this folk trio produced 18 songs that made Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, six of which made the Top 10, including their two 1963 hits “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.” In 1969, their last charted hit became the group’s only No. 1 hit, “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”
Was this “Garden Song” folk trio: A) Peter, Paul & Mary; B) The Sandpipers; C) The Serendipity Singers; or D) The Rooftop Singers?
Be caller number six this week and have the right answer and you’ll win two prizes — a CD of 20 of America’s greatest folk songs, plus two tickets to this Saturday night’s free outdoor concert in Green Valley Park.
Last week’s question
This past week’s music trivia question asked if you could name the doo-wop group that originally recorded the 1956 Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hit “In the Still of the Night.”
This group, formed in 1954 in New Haven, Conn., consisted originally of six members — leader Fred Parris, Lou Peebles, Stanley Dortch, Ed Martin, Jim Freeman and Nat Mosley. With little initial success, the group reorganized, with Dortch and Peebles leaving, and new member Al Denby entering.
Was this five-member group A) The Five Discs, B) The Five Americans, C) The Five Satins or D) The Five Strings?
The correct answer was The Five Satins.
The Five Discs, a white one-hit-wonder doo-wop group from Brooklyn, N.Y., had a moderately successful hit with their “Never Let You Go.” The Five Americans were a late-1960s rock ’n’ roll band from Dallas, Texas, with their biggest hit, “Western Union,” topping out at No. 5 on the Billboard charts in 1967. Also from Dallas, Texas, the rockabilly band, The Five Strings, produced the 1956 one-hit-wonder song “Drinkin’ Wine Spoli-Oli.”
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Vicky White, who won a CD of 20 great doo-wop favorites. Vicky was also a winner about two years ago.
A couple of final notes
New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Patty Goble-Justin Hancock wedding. Patty is a 2007 graduate of Payson High School and the daughter of Brian and Donna Goble. Two hundred friends and family members celebrated the couple’s commitment at the bride’s parents’ home in The Knolls.
Also, the second of the free Concerts Under the Stars at Green Valley Park will take place this Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Phoenix-based, five-piece J. Powers Band will perform a mixed bag of R&B, blues, soul, Motown, reggae, pop and classic rock. The band has entertained several times here in Payson and has always put on a great show.
Have a nice Rim Country week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482
Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com