July 2012

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Best of 2011 HALL OF FAME

County Line Magazine has established a hall of fame for the places and people who consistently get the most votes in the annual “best-of” balloting; it is, in effect, a place to recognize the best of the best of the Upper East Side of Texas as chosen by readers.

Kilgore Weekend Getaway

On a recent trip to Kilgore, I found so many things to see and do that I decided to stay overnight to experience more.

He Was the Best Don Meredith

Jeff and Hazel’s son, Don Meredith, was always one of the great ambassadors for the Upper East Side of Texas with both his talent and his down-home sense of humor that always seemed to cut through pretension.

Lufkin’s Trout Zoo Railroad Adventure

For parents and grandparents the search for family fun oftentimes comes with a high price tag. Taking kids on lengthy out of town trips is cumbersome and unnecessary. There are a host of inexpensive kids’ activities that can be found right here in East Texas, especially for any little ones with a healthy train obsession! If you are ready to spend a day on the lines, look no further than Angelina County.

Jacksonville Accomplishments

In October 2009, the people of Jacksonville through their city government, chamber of commerce, their economic development corporation, and their independent school district decided that the time had come to change not only the way their city looked but also its self-image.

Fun, Food, and Finds

On a recent crisp clear morning, a friend and I set out to explore a few of our Upper East Side of Texas towns. Arriving near Kilgore on Highway 31 we stopped for lunch at the Country Tavern which has been serving famous “Tavern Ribs” for more than 60 years.

Potters Brown Celebrates Forty Years

When Doug Brown opened his Potters Brown shop in 1971 in Edom, many long-time residents weren’t sure what to make of the arts and crafts folks beginning to settle in the small, rural community.

The Star of Henderson

In the heart of East Texas four highways meet at a point affectionately called “the star” in Henderson. Each can take a traveler to new delights and adventures.

The Blue Frog Grill

The Blue Frog is nestling in the square that surrounds the historic Harrison County Courthouse in rooms that once held a druggist and a jewelry store. Beautiful wooden floors, ceiling high windows and art deco tin ceilings compose the setting where executive chefs Brett and Deon Spivy, alongside their staff, make each customer a beautiful meal.

Caddo Lake Caddo Country

Northeast Texas is blessed with beautiful scenery, many of the largest lakes in the state, and a wide variety of historic sites begging to be explored. Did I mention fishing?

Mount Vernon Group Expands Musical Boundaries

Mark and Ute Miller made their way to Mount Vernon from Germany because of a National Endowment for the Arts rural residency grant that took them to Big Sandy. That might sound a bit convoluted, but it’s really kinda simple – and it’s led to lots of music in the Upper East Side of Texas that some people might not have otherwise heard live.

Road trip to Bug Tussle, Texas, Population Seven

Someone mentioned bug tussle to me and wanted to know if I knew what it was. I answered, “No, I don’t know, but I will find out.”

Harley Ride Through The Upper East Side of Texas

A Delicious Afternoon at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

On a recent bright and clear Sunday afternoon a friend and I discovered a glorious treasure off an East Texas backroad near Pittsburg.

The Upper East Side of Texas is Home to More Certified Retirement Communities Than Any Other Region in the State

The Upper East Side of Texas seems to be a magnet for certified retirement communities, which work with the state to bring retirees to settle in the region. Each new retiree household is, according to one expert, equivalent to adding 1.4 factory jobs to a community.

Made in America Emporium Opens

Marsha Taylor and Dawn Caroselli recently opened Made in America Emporium in Historic downtown Ben Wheeler.

"Fair Trade" Concept Open in Canton

Come Together Trading Company brings the concept called “fair trade” to the downtown square in Canton.

Canton: Beyond First Monday Trade Days

Anyone that doesn’t know about the World Famous First Monday Trade Days in Canton that brings up to 400,000 people each month to this little town may be living under a rock. It is quite something to see!

What is Universal Design?

Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

Jefferson's Lamache's Changes Hours

Lamache’s Italian Restaurant inside the Historic Jefferson Hotel recently announced their new hours of operation.

Snowflake Bakery and Deli

On her new album, country singer Carrie Underwood has a song called, “Thank God for Hometowns.”

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

Sometimes truly horrifying and/or embarrassing moments are the fodder for our collective laughter. Renowned bloggess Jenny Lawson certainly cements this fact with her new (mostly true; her words, not mine) memoir Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. What makes it even better? Most of it is about her upbringing in rural Texas.

Happy Accidents: A Memoir

“I also learned how I made things much harder on myself than they needed to be. I have my own deep, dark places, but the message coming out of it is that it’s all a choice on whether you suffer through your life. That’s very much what the book is about.”

Bob Moore Encourages Walking

Bob Moore weighed 210 pounds when he was in the 8th grade and 253 pounds when he was 34 years old.

Tyler Civic Theatre's Bye, Bye Birdie

Tyler Civic Theatre’s Summer Musical, Bye Bye Birdie opens July 19 with performances July 19-22 and 26-29. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Music Notes

Congratulations to Adam Brown & the Triple Crown Band for making it into the top 10 in the “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas.”

Beacon Hill is Work of Art

Lakeside living is an option many seek in the Upper East Side of Texas. Luckily, lakeside property is not hard to come by in this region also known as The Texas Lake Country. From rustic individual properties to exclusive gated communities, there’s something for everyone here.

July Poetry

SUMMER TIME Listen to the children giggle, As they run and play. The water is cool, And they’re out to stay.

The Baby Boomer Diet

Who doesn’t want to look better and feel better as they age? This book is not for those who don't want to change anything about the way they eat.

Predators Invade Tyler For Museum Exhibit

Discovery Science Place is bringing the traveling exhibit “Predators” to the science center in downtown Tyler, continuing through the summer. Created by the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, the educational exhibit offers insight into some of the most dangerous animals on land, sea, and in the sky.

Reclamation Station Sells Recycling Service

County Line Writer Publishes Eighth Book

County Line Magazine contributor Tom Geddie’s new book is “When the Beauty of the Dancer,” his third collection of poetry and his eighth book overall.

Perfect Bloom Contest To Tout ‘Rose Season’

The Tyler Main Street Department and the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition have created the “Perfect Bloom” art contest to select art that will be printed as a limited-edition art poster and sold during Rose Season 2013.

Busy Summer Planned At Library in Longview

Floating Shelves Provide Simple Way for Storage

Storage always seems to trump style in every instance of shelving. Typically, every home has a shelving arrangement in at least one room that has two things going on: 1) It’s serving a great purpose to store items and 2) It’s not very pretty to look at.

Home of the Hamburger Presents Ten Things to do in Athens This Summer

Surrounded by lakes and a beautiful East Texas countryside, Athens, which legend says is the first place to ever see a hamburger, has some great things to offer for outdoor activites. Here are 10 in no particular order.

Kilgore’s Shy Blakeman Gets Ready for Live at Billy Bobs Recording July 6

As a teenager at the popular open mics for singer-songwriters at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Shy Blakeman was the barefoot kid with the didgeridoo. That’s the long, deep-droning “pipe” indigenous to Australia for the past 1,500 or so years.

Music Take Ten - Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert might seem like an overnight success to much of the world, but the Lindale native has been singing and writing songs for many years.

High End Homes Pick Up Pace

If early indicators hold true, 2012 should be a pretty good year for people who are selling and buying homes.

6x6@110 Art Show To Raise Gallery Funds

Tyler’s Main Street Department has announced a new project to raise funding for the operation of Gallery Main Street and involving hundreds of people in the arts. The project, “6x6@110,” will take place in September, but now is time for preparatory work, said Main Street leader Beverly Abell.

Wyeths Across Texas Exhibit Planned at TMA

The “Wyeths Across Texas” exhibit will be on view at the Tyler Museum of Art from September 7 through December 9. This will be the first major exhibition featuring N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth in Texas in 25 years, when the Dallas Museum of Art hosted “An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art.”

Jacksonville Picks Four For Tomato Heritage

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and Jacksonville Arts Council named four winners in an art contest in connection with its annual Tomato Fest.

Marilyn Todd Daniels Artist of the Month

Creative Arts Center Names Avila Director

The board of the Creative Arts Center in Bonham has hired Lisa Avila as executive director. Lisa will continue as performing arts director of the Kidz Krew program.

ETSO Chooses Lee As Director, Conductor

Art Matters Co-Op In Business in Athens

ETCOG Program Wins Two Top Awards

Spay.Neuter.Now Celebrates First Year

Tyler Touts $2.4 Million In Lean Dollar Savings

FAA Airport Grant Helps Tyler Expansion

With an initiative to enhance safe aircraft taxi operations from the airport commercial terminal and provide needed space for corporate development on the airport, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport has been awarded a new Federal Aviation Administration grant totaling $7,033,313.

Last Reel

As an avid consumer of all things pop culture, I thought this would be a perfect forum to relate my fascination (Read obsession) with both the big and small screens. Though I have been disappointed of late with Hollywood’s lackluster summer fare, Bernie, the quiet, quirky dark comedy starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley Maclaine, revitalizes my faith.

Shelley Kolman Smith Creates Lifelike Art

Shelley Kolman Smith, who lives in Poetry in Kaufman County, began her art career by drawing children’s portraits, then she tried watercolor portraits, and soon after that taught herself to work in oil

Remembering the Battle of the Neches Cherokee Chief Bowles, Other Victims

Down some winding backroads that push into remote country is a place that goes by many names to many different people. Stories are told of a mysterious air that lingers, the presence of others, and even the hum of hand-beaten drums.

Tom Perryman Celebrates 65 Years

This year marks the 65th anniversary of award-winning broadcaster and legendary DJ Tom Perryman’s career in the music industry.

Find Scoots N Scoops in Downtown Ben Wheeler

A frosty scoop of ice cream melts atop its cone on an outdoor sidewalk, sweating in the oppressive Texas heat. Stepping inside to save the prized midday snack, one encounters the scenes of this East Texas ice cream parlor — families chattering with one another, down-home trinkets and knick knacks resting on every unoccupied surface, customers amusing themselves by reading the placards adorning motorcycles in a miniature museum.

Visit the Southwest Dairy Museum in Sulphur Springs

Cold, succulently sweet, and delicious — these are adjectives that come to mind when thinking of ice cream. Whether it is dunked in soda for a tasty float, spun in with milk to make a milkshake, or served with syrupy toppings in a sundae, ice cream is a favorite snack to beat the heat for all ages.

International Model Emily Williams

The young woman modeling clothes and signing autographs at the recent reopening of the Goodwill store in Mabank is, indeed, an international model.

Uncle Juan's and Luigi's Open in Atlanta

The downtown region of Atlanta, Texas, has been booming with new businesses opening their doors. Of these new businesses, Uncle Juan’s Mexican Restaurant and Luigi’s Italian Restaurant are a couple of the local’s favorites that have rejuvenated the town’s development.

Old-Fashioned Soda Fountains

In the Upper East Side of Texas, here's one way to enjoy a cool treat during a sweltering summer.

Fair View Ranch

Few experiences in life rival the sizzle of steak and a convivial atmosphere in which to enjoy it.

City Employee Receives Officer of Year Award

City of Tyler employee Garrett Martin received the State of Texas “Wes Castolenia Code Enforcement Officer of the Year Award” at the 2012 Code Enforcement Association of Texas annual conference. The award is given to a code enforcement officer who has exhibited excellence, dedication, professionalism, integrity and high achievements.

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