Pinch me. Pinch me, please!
I just want to know if I’m dreaming or if it’s reality that this January’s weather in the Rim Country was oodles of degrees warmer than normal, had light winds and unlimited azure blue skies and was completely void of snow!
Oh, thank God I wasn’t dreaming. I know there are those who say, “But we need the moisture.” And to that I say, “Hallelujah! I’ve been able drive the truck up our driveway and I haven’t had to shovel. Praise the good Lord above.”
While the rest of America suffers with drifting snow and wind-chill temperatures well below zero, here in Payson this January, kites have been flying, spring birds have been singing, motorcycles have been vrrrroooming and some of the Canada geese have been leaving on their journeys to the north. Boy, will they be in for a surprise.
Last week at Green Valley Park, I was amazed to see something I’ve never before witnessed at the park in the winter — a lemonade stand. Next to the sidewalk on the north side of the lake, three enterprising young ladies, Anastasiya Peters and sisters Samantha and Aubrey Garr were taking orders for both pink and yellow lemonade. At 75 cents a glass, it seemed like a steal.
Anastasiya told me, “We got all of the supplies and a little help from our moms, but we did all of the squeezing ourselves. We had about 20 customers and we made $17.10. But really didn’t care about the money, we just wanted to have fun.”
And there certainly is nothing wrong with girls just wanting to have fun.
This week’s question
Can you name the New York born and raised artist who recorded the 1983 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Hit “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”?
This punky female artist placed eight songs into the top-10 on Billboard’s Hot-100 Chart, which included her two No. 1 hits, “Time After Time” and “True Colors.”
Is this ’80s singer A) Madonna, B) Whitney Houston, C) Sheena Easton, or D) Cyndi Lauper?
If you are the fifth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win four tickets to next Saturday night’s Lip Sync Concert in the Payson High School Auditorium.
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could name the female R&B vocal group that recorded the 1964 song “He’s A Good Guy, Yes He Is.”
This 1960s group produced Motown’s first No. 1 single in 1961, “Please Mr. Postman,” which earned induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and went on to release other Top-20, 1960s hits like “Playboy,” “Don’t Mess With Bill” and “Beechwood 4-5789.”
The choices were A) The Chordettes, B) The Marvelettes, C) Gladys Knight and the Pips, or D) The Pointer Sisters.
The correct answer was The Marvelettes.
It’s possible that The Marvelettes could have been deduced through the process of elimination.
The Chordettes, a female quartet from Sheboygan, Wis., were a mid-to-late 1950s vocal group. The group may be best remembered for its big hit, “Mr. Sandman,” which stayed at No. 1 on the charts for seven weeks in late 1954.
The R&B family group, Gladys Knight and the Pips, which had chart success from the early-1960s through the late-1980s, was not an all-female group, comprised of lead vocalist Gladys, brother Bubba and sister Brenda, and cousins William and Eleanor Guest.
The R&B vocal trio, the Pointer Sisters (Anita, June and Bonnie), charted hits from the early-1970s through the late-1980s. Although never finding the success of having a No. 1 hit, the California group placed seven songs in the Top-10, including “Fire,” “Jump (For My Love)” and its biggest hit “Slow Hand.”
Congratulations to this past week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Bill Andersen.
Three final notes
Doe — Mark your calendars — The sixth annual Lip Sync Concert, hosted by the Rim Country Optimist Club and a whole host of other area organizations, will take place at 7 p.m., next Saturday, Feb. 8 in the high school auditorium. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. so that supporters may view and bid on a huge array of silent auction items.
Optimist member Joan Young told me, “This year’s concert promises to be better than ever. After watching the auditions, I don’t see how the judges will be able to pick a winner. All of the acts are just that good. And, in addition to the student competition, there will again be several teacher acts that will be competing. All of the evening’s proceeds go toward funding student scholarships.”
Ray — If about a week ago, you lost your Canon Tamaron lens cap at Green Valley Park, I found it in the grass by one of the small lakes. Please call me to make arrangements to pick it up.
Me — Two big thumbs up to director Thomas Walling and all the members of the Payson High School Theatre for the simply wonderful production of last weekend’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The set, the costumes, the acting, the energy and the humor were just fantastic. Now, I’m more excited than ever and looking forward to April’s high school musical, “Footloose.”
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig – (928) 468-1482 – www.djcraiginpayson.com