March-April 2015

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East Texas Crawfish

Patios, picnic tables, beer and crawfish go hand in hand. Since the outdoor dining season is short in Texas and with the sun finally coming out, this season is just getting warmed up. East Texas is loaded with options when it comes to crawfish consumption. Here’s a list of some crawfish hot-spots!

Farm Fresh Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs — they are a staple at pot-luck dinners and adorn many southern, holiday tables. According to The History Channel, they are traced back to the fourth and fifth century A.D. “Deviling” was a term that referenced making food spicy. Eventually after centuries of traveling around the world, the deviled egg became the creamy, paprika-laden morsels we know today. There’s even a special dish made solely for their transport.

Monks Oven

It is pretty safe to say that most people love pizza. What’s not to like? At the basic level, you pile your favorite toppings and cheese on top of crispy bread.

Rockwall — Best Lakeside Town

Lake Ray Hubbard provides a serene and beautiful backdrop for Rockwall those lucky enough to call Rockwall home.

Hilton Garden Inn Texarkana

The friendly and well-designed Hilton Garden Inn in Texarkana was named the Best Hotel/Motel in the Upper East Side of Texas in the 2014 survey.

Franklin County Courthouse

Franklin County Courthouse in Mount Vernon won the 2014 Best Courthouse in the Upper East Side of Texas.

Gallery 211 in Athens

Gallery 211 in Athens was named Best Art Gallery in the Upper East Side of Texas 2014 poll.

Lavender Mermaid B&B

Edom Craft Community

Best Steak


Art By Maureen Killaby

Redlands Celebrates Anniversary

In honor of the 100 years of Palestine and Texas History at The Redlands, a centennial celebration will be hosted in conjunction with the 77th Annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration, March 19-22.

Hunt County Art

Hunt County Public Art plans two new large-scale public art projects in 2015, helping to continue the revitalization of the county using work produced by local artists.

Switch Pizzeria & Wine Bar

The drive into Palestine from just about any direction is lined with large lush trees and miles of country highway.

Behind the Badge of Southern Soul

What do lawmen do when they aren’t pinned to a badge? In the case of Delta County Deputy Adam Hall and Investigator Ryan Brown it’s belting out some rock and roll tunes with guitar and drumsticks in hand.

Ray Price Exhibit In Carthage

A new exhibit at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, “For the Good Times,” honors the musical legacy of the late Ray Price.

March Shows At Texan Theater

The Texan Theater in Greenville has two shows set in March with David Church on March 6 and Mark Wills on March 13.

Crossroads Music Company

Crossroads Music Company plans a series of concerts this spring at the newly- renovated Sulphur Springs City Hall Chamber Listening Room.

Joe Crookston in Concert

Musician and artist Joe Crookston performs at The Bowery Stage at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts on March 13.

ArtsView Spring Choir

ArtsView Children’s Theatre announces its 2015 Encore Players Spring Show Choir.

Tenessee Williams Play at Lindale Theater

The Lindale Community Theater presents the second show of its 2015 season, Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”

War Eagle Woman

One thing East Texas never lacks is talented writers — having met several is just an added bonus.

Voyage of the USS Jeanette

Even though Hollywood insists on foisting the next slam bang action film on the public every week, sometimes real life is even more thrilling than anything a screenwriter could come up with.

Writers Conference In Mount Pleasant

The Northeast Texas Writers Organization is holding its 25th annual Writers Round-Up Conference April 24-25 at the Texas Civic Center in Mount Pleasant.

Paul Michael Company Earns Award

The Paul Michael Company, a furniture retailer and manufacturer headquartered in Lake Village, Arkansas, was recently awarded the prestigious ARTS Award in the Home Accent Store category for the Midwest/Southwest region.

Gardening Conference In Athens

Henderson County Master Gardeners announces its 2015 Spring Conference on March 19. The keynote speaker is Richard “Skip” Richter and his topic is “Smarter Gardening the Easy Way.”

Documentary Highlights Historic Trail

The Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board recently completed “The Buard History Trail,” a documentary film on the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of Marshall.


Easter Parade is a delightful holiday musical starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. Made in 1948, it also stars Ann Miller and Peter Lawford. It is set in 1912.


State Fair is a 1945 musical starring Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Fay Bainter, and Dick Haymes.

Cool Guy in Your Seventies

First off, it’s not easy. Ask your grandkids. And maybe you think you’re already cool. You aren’t. Ask your grandkids.

Childcare Provider Training

To increase the quality of childcare offered in East Texas, Workforce Solutions East Texas Board hosts training academies for Texas Rising Star Childcare Provider directors and assistants.

Inspiration at Wellness Retreats

Retreat in the Pines near Mineola recently celebrated 10 years of providing women with wellness and yoga getaways and has a full schedule underway for 2015.

Rummage Sale

The Glass Recreation Center’s annual rummage sale takes place March 7 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Outdoor Opportunities in Athens

The City of Athens Department of Tourism welcomes nature lovers to its outdoor activities and diverse venues.

Bakery Serves Sweet Treats

A specialty, dark-chocolate ganache cupcake entices from behind bakery display windows. Rich cupcakes, exotic Parisian macarons, and brightly-decorated cupcakes sit freshly baked on the shelves, waiting to be tasted by hungry Northeast Texans.

Singer-Songwriter Tony Ramey

A quick quiz for music fans: what’s the common link among these country songs aside from the fact that all four earned gold records:

Northeast Texas Spring Blooms

This is the time of year when festivals, gardens and trails present beautiful flowers in addition to the natural wildflowers seen along roadsides, and thought-provoking landscapes are part of the public garden crown jewels of the Upper East Side of Texas.

Symphony Orchestras Fill the Air

The curtains open to a dimly lit stage as orchestra members test their instruments in preparation for an upcoming performance. A number of symphony orchestras bring classical music to communities nestled amid the tall pine trees, cattle ranches and rodeo arenas weaving a thread of culture and refinement throughout Northeast Texas. Orchestras and supporting leagues based in Texarkana, Longview, Tyler, and Marshall organize performances throughout the year. Many orchestra members also perform in smaller chamber music ensembles and symphony bands taking beautiful music all over the region.

Blake Neely Scores in Hollywood

When Star Wars premiered in 1977, an eight-year-old boy sat in awe in a dark theater in Paris, Texas. Along with millions of other viewers, he was intrigued with the story of the young farm boy Luke Skywalker who joins forces with a Jedi Knight and other interesting characters to save the universe and rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Cowboys Quarterback Don Meredith

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, broadcaster, and actor Dandy Don Meredith was born in Mount Vernon April 10, 1938.

Hattie Brantley

Hattie Brantley was born April 4, 1916, in Jefferson. She was a lieutenant and nurse in the U.S. Army at the start of America’s involvement in World War II and was stationed in the Philippine Islands when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Wiley College

History was made 80 years ago on April 2, 1935, when a debate team from the small African American Wiley College in Marshall beat the reigning national collegiate debate champions, the University of Southern California.

Airplane Museum Coming To Tyler

The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour is landing at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport on March 13-15.

Texas State Railroad

In 2014, the Texas State Railroad (TSRR) shattered ridership records, one of which which stood for three decades.

Paddling Trail In Jacksonville

The public is invited to help open the new Cherokee Neches Paddling Trail at a launch event on March 21.

Motorized Barstool Races

The re-ignition of the former Dallas-based Barstool Races occurs March 21 in Ben Wheeler, following a Barstool Adoption Auction held in January.

Best Brew

Established in 2010 and consisting of repurposed dairy equipment, Cedar Creek Brewery has made quite the name for themselves in Northeast Texas for their award winning brew.