There is a lovely Catholic church in Payson, Arizona, The Church of the Holy Nativity, located at 1414 N. Easy St. Mass times on Sunday are at 8 and 10 am. On Wednesday, daily Mass is also at 10 am. During the rest of the weekdays, Mass is at noon. Confessions are one hour before Mass, and adoration is one hour before each of the weekday Masses.

More information can be found at www.holynativitypayson.org

Fr. Vieira also has a youtube channel for online Mass at:

The Payson Maverick–Not Just a Gas Station Anymore

20161022_161655Payson has a new Maverick, and it’s not a gas station! Nestled in the Swiss Village Plaza, a couple of doors north of  La Sierra Mexican food, is a hidden gem called The Maverick,  a steak and barbeque joint that you won’t regret stopping in for.

It’s located at 806A Hwy 87, and if you blink you might miss it. As you’re driving north on Highway 87 look on the left side of the road just after you pass Forest drive. When you see the sign for “Outcast”–the cool, military themed antique shop next door, you’re just one step away from the steer-horned Maverick sign above the entrance to barbeque heaven. You’ll walk into a wood fire scented foyer wondering why every restaurant doesn’t smell this good.

The menu includes brisket, salads and hamburgers (including a green chili stuffed wonder called the Tijuana Torpedo), fried chicken and ribs, salmon and tuna steaks and smoked fish tacos. Appetizers include chicken wings and egg rolls.

On my first visit I indulged in the 1/2 rack of Maverick’s signature Smoked Barbeque Ribs ($12.95). Thought I’d died and gone to heaven! The ribs were smoky, juicy and fall off the bone tender, and the homemade barbeque sauce was amazingly tasty!

The Maverick at Cadillac Ranch in Payson opens at 11 a.m. and Happy Hour is 3-7 p.m. every day.  See you there!



Santa Claus is Coming to Town!!


Shhhh…….. I’ve got a secret!!!

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…….

 Because Santa Claus is coming to Payson’s Swiss Village!! 


He’ll be riding in on his sleigh at about 6 pm tomorrow, November 28, 2014!  Payson’s beautiful Swiss Village will light up in celebration, and the lovely shops and restaurants all around will offer free hot chocolate and hot apple cider to everyone! Sit on Santa’s lap and let him know what you want for Christmas — he and Mrs. Claus will make a note of it!

From 3 o’clock on there will be lots of fun to be had — live music,  carnival rides, performances by Irish dancers, good food, an amazing Magician and fun shops!!

From Paysonrimcountry.com’s Event Calendar:

Swiss Village Christmas Lighting

From November 28 3:00 PM Until November 28 9:00 PM

600-810 N. Hwy 87, Payson, AZ 85541d

Swiss Village Annual Christmas Lighting Tradition and fantasy will be coming together the day after Thanksgiving at our 36th annual Christmas Lighting. Come and see Santa at 6:00, the lights, our carnival and magician, music and much more. Friday Nov 28th from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 to 9:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 at Swiss Village, 600-810 N. Hwy 87, Payson, AZ 85541



Wild Rides and Other Fun in Payson

20140906_12501820140906_124811Today,  September 7, 2014,  in Payson, Arizona, you get a boatload of entertainment at the Payson Event Center (right across from the Casino on the southernmost edge of town….)

First of all, the Northern Arizona Gila County Fair is in town. Tickets are only a dollar apiece. Do you love animals? Arts and crafts? Quilts and puzzles? Homegrown food?  This is the place you want to be today. Horses, pigs, bunnies, adorable tiny ponies, goats, bulls, turkeys and other lovingly cared for mammals await you at the Fair today.

And once you’ve seen (and petted) the animals, walk right out to the parking lot to the other side of the Event Center and there are rides galore! Tickets are on sale at the Carnival—you can buy a book of tickets or get a wristband for unlimited rides for $22.00.




Rodeo Days in Payson!

2012-08-18_13-54-16_179(1)MY BUCKET LIST

1) Go to a rodeo

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country that was founded by a real cowboy in the 1800’s

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country,  that also happens to be the oldest continuous rodeo in the whole world, and make sure that  it was founded by a real, bona fide cowboy from the 1800’s.


   That’s it!!

Payson here we come!!!



August 15th — 18th, 2013

Payson will celebrate it’s 129th year of the August Doins Rodeo, the oldest continuous rodeo in the world!

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for children 8-10 and free for children 7 and under.  If you show an active military card, you will also not be charged for admission.

Performances will be held at the Payson Events Center — just across the street from the Mazatzal Casino  on the west side of the road at the light.  Performance times are Saturday at 1 and 7 pm (gates open at 11 am and 5 pm), and Sunday at 1 pm (gates open at 11 am). On Friday night, the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance will be at 7 pm (gates open at 5 pm).

Be prepared for a weekend of fun, beginning with Cactus WPN Barrel Racing on Thursday night at 7 (gates open at 5). Admission is 1 can of food.  On Saturday morning at 9 am is the 129th August Doins Rodeo Parade down Payson’s Historic Main Street.

For more information about this historic rodeo, go to http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/Activities/Rodeos/AugustDoinsRodeo.aspx

See you there!!!

Cowboy Arizona Charlie
Cowboy Arizona Charlie






Guess Where I Am?

dimi11dimi5I am sitting here in Payson Arizona on a lovely Friday afternoon, enjoying both the free wifi and a delicious iced coffee…..

at Dimi Espresso! 612 N. Beeline Hwy

Open from  7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7 pm Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, Dimi not only has an incredible selection of coffees and teas but also a fabulous assortment of pastries and paninis to accompany them.

If you have a sweet tooth you will absolutely, positively LOVE the tempting selection of scones, muffins, tarts, cream puffs and cinnamon rolls, to name a few of the mouthwatering pastries.

If you are in the mood for a meal, you will be delighted by the delicious assortment of pita pizzas, paninis, wraps and quiches.

But wait, there’s more! 🙂

Stay for Open Mic night on Fridays from 5 to 6 pm…

Learn how to dance for $5 on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm….

Or enjoy discounts at Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.

In the mood for a tea party? Come join your friends at Dimi  for unlimited tea served  in fine tea cups from 3 to 4 pm for only $6!

Dimi Espresso is located in the Swiss Village Shopping Center in the heart of Payson. We’ll see you there! –