Sailing Away With Payson’S Yacht Club

DJ's Music Trivia


I’ll bet that many readers would be surprised to know that Payson has a yacht club, right here in town. I know I was.

You might be surprised to hear that the club has been meeting regularly at Green Valley Park since shortly after the park’s inception in 1996.

I sat down last week to speak with local resident, Joe Wells, one of the founding fathers of what he and his sailing buddies affectionately refer to as their Green Valley Yacht Club.


The Green Valley Yacht Club has been meeting regularly since shortly after the park’s inception in 1996.

“We’ve been meeting down at the lake every Thursday morning since 1998 or ’99.” In the beginning, there were just a couple of us, but over time our group of old-timers has grown to as many as 17. We just love sailing our model boats,” said Joe.

Currently, a handful of faithfuls still gather weekly at the park to launch their remote-controlled boats. Some come with a sailboat. Some bring a power tugboat. Some show up with both.

“We meet at 9 a.m. each Thursday — or whenever we get there in the morning,” said Joe. “If the wind is good, we’ll run our boats all over the lake for a good hour or hour-and-a-half. If someone is interested in joining our yachting club, he can just come on down to the lake. We’ll let him use one of our boats and teach him how to operate the controls. Then, a person can either build one of his own model boats or buy a ready-made one.”

The Green Valley Yacht Club has never had a female member, but Joe says they would be honored to have a lady join.

Joe wanted people to know that the club doesn’t sail in the summer. He said, “There is just too much slime on the lake to be able to launch our boats then.”

This week’s question

This week’s question is in honor of Joe’s late-wife, Peg (he and Peg had been married 66 wonderful years when she passed away in 2009).

One of Joe’s favorite songs has always been the old standard “Peg O’ My Heart.” The classic tune first appeared in the 1913 Broadway musical “Ziegfield Follies” of 1913 and instantly became a chart-topper for popular tenor ballad singer Charles Harrison.

With the opening lyrics, the song tells of the long love that the singer has had for Peg.

“My darling, Peg o’ my heart, I love you.

Don’t let us part, I love you.

I always knew it would be you.

Since I heard your lilting laughter,

It’s your Irish heart I’m after.”

Thirty-four years later, in 1947, “Peg O’ My Heart” was reintroduced and covered by another artist. The song quickly rose to No. 1 and became one of the most popular songs of the year.

This week’s music trivia question is: Was the highly successful 1947 version of “Peg O’ My Heart” made popular by A) Buddy Clark, B) The Harmonicats, C) The Three Suns, or D) Johnny Mercer?

If you’re caller number six and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your choice of artist or music genre. Good luck!

Last week’s question

In 1969, the rock-jazz band Blood, Sweat & Tears’ debut single and following two releases reached No. 2 on the Billboard chart. The group would never again have a Top-10 hit.

Last week’s question asked if you could identify which of the following 1969 hits was not one of those hits, A) “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” B) “Spinning Wheel,” C) “And When I Die,” or D) “Bad Moon Rising.”

The correct answer was “Bad Moon Rising,” which was one of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s five hits to make it to No. 2. And like Blood Sweat & Tears, C.C.R. also did have a No. 1 hit.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Payson’s Shari Stuzman, who won two tickets to this past Tuesday’s “Back on Broadway” performance, sponsored by the Tonto Community Concert Association.

Shari was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif. and graduated from Millikan High School in 1964. Following school, she began a 40-year career as a bookkeeper, wed and raised two children. In 1993, Shari moved from San Bernardino to Payson to be closer to her aging parents.

Now retired, Shari enjoys cooking new recipes, knitting, spending time with her husband, Dennis, and listening to classic and contemporary country music and ’60s and ’70s classic rock. Her three favorite artists are Tim McGraw, Aaron Aaron Tippin and Marty Robbins. She is a member of the Holy Nativity Catholic Church.

A final note

Be sure to mark your calendars. The annual Family Fishing Festival will take place all day next Saturday at Green Valley Park. It’s an event that just seems to grow bigger and more popular each year (more about the Fishing Festival in next week’s article).

Have a great Rim Country week!

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482, Web site:


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