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Sunday Drive to Payson

June 26, 2016 @ 3:00 am - 10:00 am

Enjoy a fun day of great drives and good food served family style at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe in Payson on Sunday June 26th. This has been a popular event and so we repeat it at the request of many, but with a twist!  We will meet outside the Starbucks in the Fountain Hills “Target” plaza on the south side of Shea Boulevard at 10 AM that Sunday. At 10:30, we will head up the Beeline and lunch at Gerardo’s. After lunch, you can return directly to the Valley on the Beeline, but many of us will continue north thru the pine forests and then take Rte 260 west to Camp Verde and I-17.  We will head one exit north and visit Montezuma’s Castle, one of best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. As their website says, “Would your house look this good 800 years from now?” Absorb some culture while you walk off some of that pasta & cannoli’s.

Schedule: Meet at 10AM and leave 10:30 … the drive to Gerardo’s is about 65 miles and one hour. Since it takes time to assemble, get through  the few remaining lights on Shea and park at the restaurant, we’ll be sitting down about noon. Signing in and driver’s meeting at the parking area outside of Starbucks.

Lunch will be served family style for a fixed price of $20 per person including non alcoholic drinks and gratuity. See menu below. Each party will need to be prepared to pay their food bill along with any charges for alcohol. The $20 includes gratuity on the food; people may add any additional tip they feel appropriate, plus towards any alcohol they may purchase.

Montezuma’s Castle website: https://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm

Questions about this event may be directed to the event planner, Bob Bandera: by text or call 928-232-9633, or email if not within the last 24 hours (rpbandera@q.com).

Please pre-register and pay by Monday, June 20.


512 N Beeline Highway, Payson



Our Lunch Menu, served Family-style:

Appetizer – Wood fired assorted Flat Breads

Salad – Caesar Salad and Greek Salad

Entrees – Orecchiette Pasta and Homemade Sausage

– Sicilian Style Chicken Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins

Dessert – Assorted Mini Desserts

Beverage – Soft drinks, Iced Tea included


Bob Bandera


Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe
512 N Beeline Hwy
Payson, AZ 85541 United States
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