Lots To See And Do This Weekend


From spring until fall, there are always a multitude of activities going on every weekend in the Rim Country. And this weekend there may be even more events happening than typical.

This Saturday, the Gila County Mounted Posse’s Spring Roundup Dinner & Dance (that’s a mouthful) will be held from noon until 7 p.m. at the Ox Bow Saloon.

Starting at 8 a.m. and going throughout the day, the American Legion will host its annual Legion Fun Run, which will help the Payson Supply Line provide comfort and care items to our military in war zones.

From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Chapman Auto Center, you can motor or stroll on in and enjoy the annual Corvette Show, which will feature more than 80 high-performance beauties. Classic ’vetts from the late 1950s to today’s models will ooh and awe you.

And Green Valley Park will again be the site of the annual Payson Wildlife Fair. On hand will be booths from a variety of conservation groups and the lake will receive more than double its usual stocking of trout in preparation for this event. Parents and kids can fish (no fishing license is required for fair attendees and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair), play games and get a close-up look at birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, alligators and other wild things.

This week’s question

Many readers most likely remember the mid-1960s hit, “Wild Thing,” pounded out by the British rock band The Troggs.

This group was formed in 1964 in Andover, England and is still performing to this day. The band originally consisted of Reg Presley (vocals), Chris Britton (guitar), Pete Staples (bass) and Ronnie Bulls (drums).

The trio is widely known as a highly influential band whose sound was an inspiration for garage and punk rock, influencing the styles of later groups such as Iggy Pop and the Ramones.

This week’s music trivia question is: After the first two words, “Wild thing” in the Trogg’s 1966 hit “Wild Thing,” what are the lyrics that follow? A) let’s head out for a fling; B) won’t you wear my ring; C) you make my heart sing; or D) lovin’ you is a fine thing.

If you are the sixth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a “Sensational Sixties” CD, featuring “Wild Thing” and 21 other top hits of the 1960s. Good luck.

Last week’s question

This past week’s music trivia question asked if you could identify which of the following is not a true statement about George Jones: A) From 1969-75 he was married to country singer Dolly Parton; B) His nickname was Possum; C) He was also often also referred to as No Show Jones; or D) His first No. 1 hit, in 1959, was “White Lightning.”

The correct answer was option A. From 1969-75, George Jones was married to country singer and longtime duet partner Tammy Wynette.

In the mid-1950s, Jones picked up the nickname Possum from a radio DJ who started calling him that after the DJ saw Jones’ picture on his “White Lightning” album cover. Apparently, to the DJ, Jones’ close set eyes and turned up nosed resembled a possum.

Later in his career, Jones began to be referred as No Show Jones, when due to his excessive use of alcohol and other substances he was a “no show” for many concerts — more than 50 in 1979 alone.

Following his first 10 singles that reached Country Billboard’s Top 10 from 1955-58, Jones’ “White Lightning” became his first No. 1 hit, remaining on top of the country music chart for five weeks in the spring of 1959.

Congratulations to this past week’s two-time trivia winner, Jim Riggs, who won a pair of tickets to this past Monday’s Side Street Strutters’ concert, courtesy of the Tonto Community Concert Association.

A final note

Monday’s Side Street Strutters concert closed out the TCCA’s 2012-13 season. Playing the standards of the 1930s through the 1950s, the jazz ensemble thrilled the audience.

Next season’s eight-concert series will debut in September with the doo-wop group, the Diamonds. You may remember them for their late-1950s big hits “Little Darlin’,” “The Stroll” and “Words of Love.”

Among others, next season’s series will include country singer John Barry, Hal Linden (of the television show Barney Miller) and 12-year-old piano prodigy Umi Garrett (who quickly rose to fame after her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show in 2009).

If you would like more information about next year’s concert or how to purchase season tickets, please call TCCA president Eloise Jones at (928) 478-4363, or call me.

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

DJ Craig

(928) 468-1482

Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com


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