Athens has the charm of a small southern town while still retaining many of the qualities of a larger city. Its surrounding countryside and lakes offer a perfect backdrop to the many artists and other talented people that call Athens home. While progress is evident everywhere, Athens embraces its heritage and celebrates its colorful past. Athens is nationally acknowledged as “The Home of Original Hamburger” and is also home to the Annual Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion, the oldest such event in the U.S. Things to do while in Athens include taking a walk along a tree-covered path in the forests of the East Texas Arboretum, learning how to bait a hook and then catch “a big one” at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, adventuring onto the ziplines at New York, Texas Zipline Adventure, or enjoying tasting wines and beautiful scenery at Tara Vineyard & Winery.

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Secrets to a Beautiful Winter Landscape
October 16, 2018

Secrets to a Beautiful Winter Landscape

As part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s Library Series, Lydia Holley, an HCMGA Master Gardener and Landscape Design...

September 11, 2018

YES! Company

Our YES! Company is a HCPAC hallmark! Students aged 5 to 15 become involved with all facets of theatre work, from acting to set design to stage...

October 18, 2018

The Odd Couple

This Tony Award winning play never grows old.  Oscar and Felix become the ultimate roomates when their wives leave them. ...

November 3, 2018

That's Moving Art Exhibition

Local Artists Refreshments Free Admission

November 29, 2018

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickins' A Christmas Carol never fails to enthrall audiences.  Old Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man, receives a...

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