January-February 2016

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Marshall Native Played Several Roles for Civil Rights Advancement

From the famed Wiley College debaters to the Freedom Riders, Marshall's James Farmer Jr. achieved many achievements and honors for the sake of racial equality.

Freeze Your Fanny Set for February

Bike ride for a good cause. Go to visitlongviewtexas.com for more information.


Photo of a beautiful sunrise on the photographers farm near Edgewood.

Enjoy Mardi Gras Upriver

Mardi Gras Upriver takes place in Jefferson February 5-7. For more information call 903.665.2672 and visit mardigrasupriver.com.

Downtown Mineola is Great Shopping Experience

Park the car and stroll the downtown shops of Mineola to find antiques, apparel, gifts, coffee, fudge, fried pies, furniture, garden art, home decor, jewelry, and more.

Sabor a Pasion Named Best Getaway

The onsite bed and breakfast is an escape for relaxing and unwinding with breakfast provided as a delicious start to the day.

Gingko Leaf Gallery Makes Best List

Promising “art for the imagination” Gingko Leaf Gallery in Marshall houses artwork from numerous artists in a historic old Elks Lodge building that received a Texas Preservation Award in 2015.

Greenville Restaurant Wins Best of 2015

Winner of several national awards this past year for their crafted wines, Landon Winery & Bistro in Greenville is a favorite dining location as well as wine tastings, local happy hours, and other special events.

Kiepersol Named Best Winery

Sixty-three acres of vineyards produce delicious award-winning wines.

Children’s Group Seeks Volunteers

The Children’s Advocacy Center, Van Zandt County, helps abused children get out of danger and into better situations, but the organization couldn’t do it without the help of volunteers — and the need is great right now.

Big Prizes Await Biggest Losers in East Texas

Lighten Up East Texas is a free contest encouraging people in East Texas to lose at least five percent of their weight.

Ensure Fireplace Safety Before Heavy Winter Use

More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes.

Curb Pet’s Inappropriate Chewing This Time of Year With These Tips

While humans get “cabin fever” during winter’s frigid weather, this time of year is also frustrating to pets who would rather spend most of their time outdoors.

New Exhibit Examines Manned Space Travel

“Orion- Journey to Mars,” the newest exhibit at Discovery Science Place in Tyler, is now open to the public.

Marshall’s Big George Wants to be Your Butcher

A steak is like a pink elephant: The mere mention of it and you can’t stop thinking about it. The same can be said about the words “George Foreman,” salesman with a knock-out punch, and a Marshall native.

Cassolet from Feed My Sheep

Many delicious recipes like this Cassolet are available in Feed My Sheep, a new cookbook produced by the Dinner Bell cooks under the direction of Chef Lyndsay Caldwell.

Pianist Evan Mitchell Performs in Mount Vernon

Pianist Evan Mitchell performs Brahms and Schumann with the Orchard Ensemble January 23 at Mount Vernon Music Hall.

The Day the Music Died

On February 2, 1959, three of the biggest stars of the day — Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) — played their last show. The next day the talented trio died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Bowery Stage Sets Line-Up for 2016 Season

Mark your calendars for 13 musical acts (so far) set to entertain on the intimate Bowery Stage of Winnsboro Center for the Arts.

Grammy Nominations Include Northeast Texas Talent

Some of the area’s contributors to country, Americana, and contemporary Christian music could win the coveted 2016 Grammy Award.

Young Audiences Announces Annual Poetry in Schools Contest

The Northeast Texas Poetry in Schools contest is presented by Young Audiences of Northeast Texas in conjunction with the Rusk County Poetry Society, Inspiritry, County Line Magazine, and Region 7 Education Service Center.

Late Author’s Book Presented in Jefferson

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening is really not about gardening so much as it is about an unlikely friendship that found its way to a deep respect for everything they eventually found they had in common and about appreciating beauty.

Film Industry Showcases Area Towns and Venues

They’re selling East Texas. From a small office in Longview comes all the information a producer would need to pick a filming location for a movie or TV show.

Workshops by Playwright Precede His Staged Comedy

A special treat awaits fans of the Lindale Community Theater as it prepares to present the uproariously funny comedy Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will, written by Del Shores. Del Shores himself will conduct workshops for would-be actors.

Classic Funny Guy Marty Allen Comes to Texan Theater

It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that comedian Marty Allen and the Texan Theater have something else in common besides being the place for his 7 p.m. performance January 30.

Tyler Museum is Embracing Diverse Voices

Celebrating 45 years of serving the greater East Texas community, the Tyler Museum of Art casts the spotlight on our nation’s diversity for its first major exhibition of 2016: Embracing Diverse Voices: 90 Years of African-American Art.

Adopt-A-Beach Is Subject of Kids Art Contest

Young artists who explore Texas’ beaches through art can win big prizes through a statewide program called Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Longview Museum Shows a Matter of Perspective

Photographs accepted in this year’s juried Perspectives Photography Exhibit include a wide variety of photographic techniques and subject matter.

For the Love of Art Annual Show Scheduled

The Star Harbor Watercolor Society presents its annual show and sale February 21 at Star Harbor City Hall, 99 Sunset Blvd. near Malakoff.

Cowboy Tex Ritter Remembered in Carthage Country Music Museum

A country and western legend first sang to the world in East Texas and went on to become a leading celebrity of his day.

Blues-Folk Artist Leadbelly Had East Texas Roots

The roots of blues and folk music have many strands, and one of the best started in East Texas. That’s where a blues original picked up a guitar for the first time on his way to influencing many musicians to follow.

Area Markers Note Black History

A journey to see Texas historical markers related to African-American history in northeast Texas is a good way to observe Black History Month in February.

Singing Valentines Melt Hearts

As she stood there, feeling a strange mix of embarrassment and adoration, a group of tuxedoed men sang an old-fashioned love song that just about brought tears to her eyes.

Carroll Shelby’s Legacy Races On

The name Carroll Shelby is hardly recognized by most East Texans, but the Shelby name is admired far, far beyond the region that gave him his start.

Best of the Upper East Side of Texas 2015

In its 12th year now, County Line Magazine’s annual survey keeps uncovering more and more local gems in the Upper East Side of Texas.

New Chef and Restaurants Inducted into County Line Hall of Fame

The Upper East Side of Texas is home to many of “the bests” in the state, but when a business or place consistently receives the most nominations in the annual County Line Magazine BEST they are inducted into a category of home to the greats.

Chocolate Souffle Valentine's Treat

Valentine’s Day goes hand in hand with flowers, presents and chocolate. February 14 falls on a Saturday this year and that means expectations are even higher.