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Best of the Upper East Side of Texas

This year’s Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey set a record with 4,591 nominations for a growing list of gems in the region featuring delicious food, wonderful attractions, beautiful backdrops, one-of-a-kind shops, exciting entertainment, and many talented individuals.


Each year as the weather starts to cool here in the Upper East Side of Texas, it’s still a whole lot warmer than the northern parts of the United States and into Canada. That’s where many of the “snowbirds” come from that migrate through this part of the world on their way to the warm coastline of the state.

Eagle Fest Set for January 18 in Emory

The 25th Annual Rains County Eagle Fest takes place January 18 on the Rains County Fairgrounds in Emory, Texas, the official “Eagle Capital of Texas.”

First Telegraph in Texas Was Established in Marshall

A landmark in downtown Marshall, Texas, pays tribute to a form of communication that predated the telephone and helped lead to the growth of the new state of Texas.

Spread the Love on Valentine’s Day and All Year Long

Visit someone in a nursing home. Practice random acts of kindness. Thank a police officer. Give a card. Volunteer at an animal shelter...

Ellen DeGeneres To Receive the Carol Burnett Award

Atlanta, Texas, high school graduate (1976) Ellen DeGeneres is being honored by the legacy of another funny woman when she receives the Carol Burnett Award at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The 77th Golden Globes take place Sunday, January 5 on NBC, recognizing excellence in film and television.

Remembering Elvis on His 85th Birthday

American icon Elvis Presley would have turned 85 this year on his January 8 (1935) birthday. His ties to the Upper East Side of Texas are numerous.

Well, It’s Been Too Long for 125 Years

In 1895, 16-year-old Lyman T. Davis appeared on the Streets of Corsicana Texas, and began selling his “ranch” chili from the back of a wagon in front of the Blue Front Saloon.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

The Angelina Arts Alliance (AAA) is proud to present the world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 5 at the Temple Theater in Lufkin.

Brandon Maxwell Returns to Longview

Fashion designer and Longview native Brandon Maxwell is the keynote speaker at “Stars Over Longview” at 11:30 a.m. January 9 at Maude Cobb Convention Center. The annual awards ceremony and luncheon is presented by Longview Regional Medical Center to honor women for their compassion and dedication to the Longview community.

Rock Hounds Find Gem of a Deal

The 24th Annual Gemstone & Jewelry Show takes place January 24-26 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center in Tyler. Presented by East Texas Gem and Mineral Society (ETGMS), the three-day event takes visitors on an expedition sure to thrill aspiring or experienced archeologists, paleontologists, geologists, lapidary artists, or even average rock hounds.

Butterfly Snuggles

My mother, Lucille Matthews Geddie, is an inspiration to me and so many others. At 94 years old, she lives her life so beautifully — with purpose, passion, and compassion for others.

Artist Communicates Through Mosaic Sculptures

​Amy Haid Spence uses her stained-glass mosaic sculptures to communicate what she sees to the world.

The Grandeur of the West

The grit of the West as captured through the lens of renowned photographer Laura Wilson is on display through March 15 in the North Gallery at the Tyler Museum of Art (TMA).

Tickets On Sale for Inspiring Local Musicals

Family-friendly The SpongeBob Musical takes place at 7 p.m. January 23 at the Belcher Center in Longview. The New York Times declares this show “brilliant.” Its creators bring to life the Nickelodeon series with humor, heart, and pure theatricality and shows where the power of optimism really can save the world.

Pulpwood Queens Celebrate Anniversary

It was January 18, 2000, when Kathy L. Murphy opened Beauty and the Book, a hair salon and book store combo in Jefferson, Texas. She started the Pulpwood Queens Book Club and it’s grown to chapters nationwide and in 15 foreign countries.

Local Designer Helps Launch Extreme Series

Vanessa Price of Cade Republic in Edom is Senior Design Producer of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which returns to HGTV Sunday, February 16. Season 10 is hosted by Jesse Ferguson and features on camera designers Breegan Jane, Carrie Locklyn, and Darren Keefe

Kyser Celebrates 40 Years

Kyser Musical Products, Inc., is kicking off its 40th anniversary, commemorating the brand’s 1980 incorporation and a storied history of growth from humble East Texas roots into one of the foremost crafters of handmade capos and fretted instrument accessories in the world.

Eagles Perform in Dallas On 2020 Tour

Don Henley left little Linden, Texas, as a young man and set his sites on the big stage and he scored big time as one of the cofounders of the band the Eagles. The band's 2020 tour comes to Dallas.

Steve Wariner Takes Greenville Stage

Four-time Grammy-award winning artist Steve Wariner is performing January 24 at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium.

Czech Please

Sandy Ferrell begins her days at 1 a.m. so that her customers at Czech Please Microbakery have the freshest warm baked goodies each morning.
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