January-February 2017

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Dallas String Quartet Electric

Dallas String Quartet Electric appearing February 3 at Winnsboro Center for the Arts.

Debora Schubert Lytle - Best Artist

Lytle paints portraits, animals, landscapes, still lifes and murals for commission and exhibit.

Art With Purpose

Passionate about creating “functional pottery,” ceramic artist Chris Thomas of Texarkana says she gets a kick out of helping people make things like coffee mugs, plates, planters and pinch pots.

Chocolate and Yoga

For Theresa Polley, owner of Retreat in the Pines, yoga is the most obvious theme of the weekend getaways she hosts for women seeking a break from the stresses of their everyday lives, but that’s just part of the picture.

Eagle Capital of Texas Ready for Annual Festival

For two decades, the Lake Fork Chamber has lured birding enthusiasts out to East Texas on a crisp winter Saturday with bus and boat tours focused on glimpsing the majesty of eagles in flight during their nesting season.

Big Trouble in a Tall Hat

A touring Arizona-based theater company named Childsplay brings the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat to Belcher Center.

Lindale Theater Sets Kids Play

There are numerous children’s theatre groups in the region that offer great opportunities for kids to have fun and build confidence.

A Place for Weary Wildlife

Pride Rock in Terrell provides a quiet sanctuary for wildlife with nowhere else to go.

Healthy Houseplants

Local horticultural experts say there’s nothing for it but to aim for a green infusion indoors with a few cheerful potted plants and live table decorations.

Lea’s: a Surprising Feast at a Humble Highway Stop

Good southern cooking!

Eisley Releases Fifth Album

It’s called I’m Only Dreaming and appears February 17.

Old Favorites

For fans of the great standards from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin, a February 18 performance at the Texan Theater in Greenville is the ultimate ticket.

Twisting the Night Away

An evening of nostalgia is set for January 14 with a Belcher Center performance at LeTourneau University by Chubby Checker.

Mount Vernon Music Offers Something For Everyone

As part of the Winnsboro Center for the Arts’ Sunday Afternoon Classical Series, the Mount Vernon Music’s Chamber Music Trio performs January 15 at 2:30 p.m. on The Bowery Stage.

East Texans Nominated for Grammys

A few East Texans are once again nominated for the annual Grammy awards, which airs February 12.

Second Novel in Series Returns to Small-Town Life

Marie Bostwick takes readers back to the fictional town of Too Much, Texas, for From Here to Home.

Author Explores that Texas State of Mind

Although the title may puzzle some, Darwin’s Evolution: A Peek looks at life in Texas instead of the origins of the universe … unless your origins ARE Texas.

Rediscover the Region’s Logging History

A new book reveals that railroad history, an obsession by many, has a lot to do with East Texas’ settlement, growth, and even its Piney Woods reputation.

Local Professor Intimately Portrays A Year Spent In Burma

As a senior 2016 Fulbright Scholar, University of Texas Tyler professor Robert Sterken spent close to a year in Southeast Asia.

Nac Film Festival Triples in Size for 2017

For East Texas fans of independent films, the Nacogdoches Film Festival provides good news.

African-American History On View at TRAHC

Two winter exhibits at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Center in Nacogdoches are well timed to celebrate African-American History Month.

Two Southern Artists with Colorful Histories Exhibit Mixed Media Art at LMFA

Two local artists– Daniel Hays and Terrenceo Hammond exhibit at Longview Museum of Fine Arts.

Preserving the Delicate Scenery of Texas Tallgrass

Landscape painter Deborah Paris of Franklin County spent close to two years observing and painting intricate views of Daphne Prairie

A Nostalgic View

A photographer with a story to tell.

It’s All About Improv

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring their Two-Man Group Tour show to the Belcher Center.

Seeing Isn’t Believing

Taking magic to a new level of performance art.

Heart-Warming Comedy

Performers at the Cherokee Civic Theatre have hatched a plan to ward off the winter blues with a joyful presentation of The Hallelujah Girls.

Mardi Gras Madness

East Texans who love the mayhem of Mardi Gras celebrations don’t have to head for Louisiana to get a taste of the silliness.

A Historic Tragedy on Caddo Lake

Local history buffs think of Caddo Lake in mid-February because of the tragedy in 1869 which took the lives of 61 of 107 passengers on a sidewheel steamboat called Mittie Stephens.

Remembering the Texas Playboys’ Pianist

Alton Stricklin, one of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys and a Country Music Hall of Fame musician, was born in Antioch in Delta County on January 29, 1908.

Marshall Native Helps Win Voting Rights

African-American Lawrence Aaron Nixon was born in Marshall on February 9, 1883.

Black-Eyed Peas: An Athens Original

Everyone knows the tradition that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day brings good luck, but few may know that they originated in Athens.

Get Healthy Marshall Promotes Nutritious Eating For The Town

Although January often arrives with a re-evaluation of old habits and enthusiastic resolutions to do better, those promises to eat wisely and exercise more have a way of disappearing — sometimes even before the dip and party decorations are put away.

Winter Birding in the Piney Woods

While the notion of birdwatching might seem foreign to some, it’s an easy hobby to pick up. Glimpsed from a back window or on a stroll through a neighborhood park, birds flash their feathers almost everywhere in East Texas.

2016 Best of the Upper East Side of Texas

In its 13th year now, County Line Magazine’s annual survey keeps uncovering more and more local gems in the Upper East Side of Texas.