January-February 2018

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Best of the Upper East Side of Texas 2017

In its 14th year now, County Line Magazine’s annual survey keeps uncovering more and more local gems in the Upper East Side of Texas.

Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and Blair

Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and Blair were communities along a railroad in Shelby County made famous by a crapshooters’ phrase and a song by the singing cowboy Tex Ritter who grew up nearby.

Casablanca Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Said by some to be the most romantic of all movies, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and East Texan Dooley Wilson, released in the United States on January 23, 1943.

Eagle Capital of Texas Readies for Annual Festival

Rains County is the official Eagle Capital of Texas. Every year in January, the county welcomes visitors from all over the world to celebrate the eagle population.

Hemphill Remembers Fatal NASA Tragedy

People living in Hemphill, Texas don’t think of February 1 as just another day. It was on that date 15 years ago that Space Shuttle Columbia fatally rocketed to the earth.

Mardi Gras Celebrations Planned in and Around the Upper East Side of Texas

When it comes to “letting the good times roll,” the Upper East Side of Texas takes a cue from our Louisiana neighbors with numerous celebrations.

Joyner-Kersey Set to Speak at Stars Over Longview

Longview Regional Medical Center holds the 18th Annual Stars Over Longview Awards Ceremony and Luncheon with keynote speaker Jackie Joyner-Kersey

Around the World in Two Days

County Line took to the road for a world-wind trip throughout the region to cities with famous European names. What unfolds is a beautiful drive with some fun attractions, interesting history, great shopping, and delicious food and drink options along the way.

Second Andy Warhol Exhibit Pops in the Upper East Side of Texas

See “Rediscovering Andy Warhol” on exhibit from January 13 through March 24 at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.

McKinney Arts Center Anchors Downtown

David Hobson’s “Music in Motion” oil painting is one of many art pieces adorning the walls of the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the former Collin County Courthouse standing magnificently in the center of downtown McKinney.

Portraits of Jews Featured in Shreveport Exhibit

“Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam By Annemie Wolff” is on exhibition from January 8 through March 23 at the Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport.

Yayoi Kusama Exhibit Comes to Dallas Museum of Art

The works of Japanese artist and writer Yayoi Kusama are on display at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 25.

HCPAC Presents Season of Classics

The 2018 lineup at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center (HCPAC) features some classic tales.

My Morning Ride

There’s a place I ride My Morgan and me By a tall cornfield Sunflowers and bees

Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Meet in Nacogdoches for Bohemian Rapsody

Pulpwood Queens Book Club founder Kathy Murphy and her throngs of members have scheduled their annual Pulpwood Queens Book Club Girlfriends Weekend.

Renowned Photographer and Author Releases New Book on East Texas Roots

Preserving Lives: An American Family’s Scrapbook, 1920-1950 is the story of two ordinary people living ordinary lives in East Texas almost a century ago. Presented by Kilgore-born Hank O’Neal about his parents, Harold and Sarah, he shares their stories from what he gathered from old scrapbooks, photographs, letters, postcards, illustrations, and bits of memorabilia of their lives together.

Documentary Features the Life of Sculptor James Surls

The House, The Hand, and the Hatchet: The Odyssey of American Sculptor James Surls is a documentary film scheduled for release in 2018.

Movie Centers Around a Fictitious Mars Colony Called East Texas

The Space Between Us is an American romantic science fiction film about a boy who grows up on a Mars colony called East Texas.

Blaze Set for Sundance Film Festival

Catching Up With McConaughey

Nominees for the 60th Grammy’s Include Numerous Talents with Ties to the Upper East Side of Texas

It’s no secret that amazing talent grows out of the Upper East Side of Texas like a magnolia in full bloom. This year’s Grammy nominations include a nice list of Who’s Who from the musically talented pool of the region.

Shreveport Serves Great Feast for Fat Tuesday and Throughout the Year

Shreveport is upping its food game with many new chefs, new restaurants, and aspirants at the local farmers’ market and mobile food trucks. They are making their names and edging out some of the less inspired eateries, leaving a landscape of old, entrenched, but beloved, stalwarts and dazzling newcomers.

Greenville-Based Robotics Help Kids Learn

Something happens when a kid gets the components of a robot and is challenged to make it work, make it perform some task or even compete against other robots.

Freeze Your Fanny and Do Good for Others

Winter makes everyone a little less likely to stay active, but several area events beckon participants to get much needed exercise and support some great nonprofit causes.

Program Trains Volunteers to Help Texans Improve Health

In the United States, 86 percent of health spending is related to chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these costs can be managed and potentially reduced through education and lifestyle modification.

Women’s Gatherings Break Down Divisive Barriers

A Facebook post from a Muslim friend in which he expressed fear because of his faith helped start a movement of acceptance and love in the Tyler area.