July-August 2018

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Hanah & Hailee Perform in Greenville

Saturday, July 28, the Greenville Municipal Auditorium is filled with the music of rising stars Hanah & Hailee of Winnsboro, Texas.

Performers Are Singing in the Rain in Tyler

Tyler Civic Theatre presents Singing in the Rain July 26-29, August 2-5, and August 9-12.

Palestine Offers Curious Getaway Adventure

Palestine’s Historic Main Street District is 44 blocks long, starting at its Visitor Information Center, housed in a restored railroad depot at 825 West Spring Street, and ending at the historic Anderson County Courthouse, an impressive neoclassical structure built in 1914.

New Generation Produces Hay on Family Farm

Producing great hay and seeing the joy on their grandfather’s face are two of the reasons Casie Buck, 28, and her brother, Cody, 25, choose to work in their four-generation family hay field in Franklin County.

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Holds Classic Country Music Festival

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage is holding its annual Classic Country Music Festival August 9 through 12.

Angelina Arts Brings Talent to Lufkin

The 2018-2019 Season for Angelina Arts Alliance includes a long list of must-see performances.

The Legacy of Tex Ritter

This summer marks 20 years since the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage began holding an event to honor outstanding contributors to the industry. Among the six inductees that first year in 1998 was Panola County’s hometown hero and America’s most beloved singing cowboy, Tex Ritter.

Culture Club Opens in Winnsboro

Culture Club Art Gallery recently opened in downtown Winnsboro featuring a collection of talented artists working in a variety of art mediums.

Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere.

Historic Redlands Hotel Offers Visitors Step Back in Time With a Modern Twist

When the Redlands Hotel opened for business in Palestine in 1915, the five-story, brick building made of steel and concrete was one of the finest hotels around.

Annual Juried Exhibition Scheduled

A welcomed feast for the eyes, the 30th annual Juried Exhibition of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) runs July 27 (opening reception at 6:30 p.m.) through August 25.

Cowan Center Announces New Season

Rick Springfield is among the performances scheduled for the UT Tyler Cowan Center’s new season of special events, performing arts, Broadway presentations, and more.

Lake Country Playhouse Presents 1776

Lake Country Playhouse in Mineola is presenting 1776 July 20-22 and 27-29.

Author Brings War Letters Project to Longview July 5

New York Times bestselling author and founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University makes an appearance July 5 at the First United Methodist Church Faith Center in Longview.

Jimmy LaFave’s Peace Town Comes Out This Summer

As Wills Point-born singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave prepared to leave this world last year during his battle with cancer, he used that time to give his fans one last batch of songs.

Greenville Welcomes Billy Bob Thornton

The Texan Theater in Greenville is one tour location on the long list of shows for actor/singer Billy Bob Thornton and his band.

ArtsView Produces Show for Children with Autism

The first performance of Palette of Possibility in Texas takes place in Longview the week of October 22.

James and the Giant Peach in Athens

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down an old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach.

Beloved Charactor Actor Got Start in Northeast Texas

Noble Willingham was born in Mineola and went on to become a beloved character actor — most often as a “good ol’ boy” who appeared in more than 30 feature films and numerous TV shows.

Quanah Parker Lived Between Two Worlds

The Texas Lakes Trail Program presents“Quanah Parker: One Man, Two Worlds” in a traveling pictorial exhibit in various locations around the state this year. It depicts the story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker, two important names in U.S. frontier history.

Jousters To Appear in Sulphur Springs

The Shadow Renaissance Festival & Jousting Tournament takes places in Sulphur Springs this summer.

Quilt Hop Covers Ten Locations

The annual Bonham Quilt Hop takes place this year July 27-28.

Buck Owens: From Sherman Sharecropper to the Bakersfield King

Almost everybody knows Buck Owens as the overall-wearing hillbilly who co-hosted with Roy Clark on the variety show Hee Haw. But during the 1960s and 1970s Buck soared to a level of success and influence that had scarcely been experienced by other country stars.

Enjoy State Parks From a Cool Water View This Summer

Cool water activities are a favorite pastime for enjoying summers in the Upper East Side of Texas. One popular thing to do is paddling across the waters of a state park.

New Kids Water Zone Opens

Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort near Lindale is opening an 11,000 square foot Kids Water Zone this summer.

Battle of the Neches Remembered

An annual ceremony honoring Cherokee Chief Bowles and the many others killed by Texas Militia in 1839 takes place on July 14 at the historic Battle of the Neches site near Ben Wheeler.

Snake Woman’s Garden Added to Caddo Mounds

Last year a new grass house was built on the Caddo Mounds Historical Site grounds. This year the Friends of Caddo added the Snake Woman’s Garden which features herbs and vegetables grown historically by the Caddo.

Food Tours Show McKinney Is a Dining Destination

Dining experiences mean something special in McKinney where not one, but two food tours are on the table.

Red Fire Grille: Fine Dining in Downtown Palestine

The Red Fire Grille, located on the first floor of the historic Redlands Hotel in downtown Palestine, is a culinary jewel.

Bistro 1916 Offers New Menu

Bistro 1916, located inside the historic ML Edwards Co in Mount Vernon, is an open-style cafe featuring brunch, lunch, and now dinner on Friday and Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. They recently announced a new dinner menu that continues their farm-to-table fare using locally sourced ingredients.

Green Goat Winery Opens in Edom

There’s a new goat in the rolling countryside outside Edom, Texas, and it’s green. The Green Goat Winery opened recently at 12362 FM 279, a stone’s throw from Blue Moon Gardens.

The Forgotten

I am the tallest tree in the most beautiful forest, And I am despised by all the earth except myself.