March-April 2016

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American Folk Singer Plays The Bowery Stage

Folk music icon Tom Paxton performs on The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro April 23.

Keb’ Mo’ Booked as Headliner for June Blues Festival

Headlining the 11th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest—set for June 3 and 4 in Longview—is three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo.’

Lemon-Thyme Braised Chicken

This dish is a one pan meal that is quick and delicious

East Texas Train Introduces The Pullman Table

Passengers on the Texas State Railroad through the piney woods of East Texas will soon get to choose from a delicious and classy menu of food to add to the journey.

Local Winery Wins Multiple Awards

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards in Pittsburg started 2016 off with new accolades. LPRV was awarded a total of nine awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

Discover the Many East Texas Trails

Spring is in the air in East Texas. It’s the perfect time and place to lace up some hiking boots or sneakers and head outside.

Outstanding Women Honored in Tyler

Every year since 1999, the Women in Tyler organization celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing a group of women who contribute to the quality of life in the community.

Beauty and the Beast Arrives in Longview

Longview Ballet Theatre and the renowned Ballet West II bring the magical and timeless classic Beauty and the Beast to the Belcher Performance Center in Longview on April 8-10.

ArtsView Children’s Theatre Presents Charlotte’s Web

ArtsView Children’s Theatre, Longview, offers the popular children’s production of Charlotte’s Web with show times March 17 through 20.

Guitar Gifts Are Life-Changing for Kids

East Texas Author’s Mystery Thriller Leads to TV Mini-Series

A novel series by storyteller Joe Lansdale of Nacogdoches comes to the SundanceTV line-up with the premiere of Hap and Leonard at 9 p.m. March 2.

Texas Shakespeare Festival Marks 30 Years with the Bard

The Texas Shakespeare Festival has planned this years season with a schedule packed with 27 performances of three treats from the Bard: The Merchant of Venice, Blithe Spirit, and Henry V.

Chihuly Returns to Tyler Art Museum

The Tyler Museum of Art ushers in its 45th anniversary with Chihuly: Works from Texas Collections, an exhibition spotlighting the broad scope of glass master Dale Chihuly’s artistic vision and impact over a 40-year career.

Musgraves Gives Area Schools Funds for Fine Arts

In a show of her gratitude for the opportunities provided growing up in East Texas, country music artist Kacey Musgraves made good on her promise to help other students with similar musical aspirations.

Red River Shares Art, Wine & Music

The third annual Red River Art, Wine & Music Fest—hosted by The Creative Arts Center, Bonham—is Saturday, April 16, with an opening reception on Friday evening, April 15.

East Texan Life Lines

East Texans tell short stories.

Writing on the Walls Depicts Communities’ Vibe

Splashing some paint — colors, words, and pictures — on exterior walls of buildings sends a message, serves a purpose.

Irish Legacy is Alive and Well in East Texas

Rumor has it that true Irish don’t care much for leprechauns or green beer but other aspects of the Irish lifestyle help define who they are and give insight to those who want to be Irish for a day on St. Patrick’s Day.

Johnny Horton Was a Honky Tonk Man

Although born in Los Angeles on April 30, 1925, Johnny Horton spent much of his youth in Cherokee and Rusk counties of Texas. First noticed as a songwriter, he soon began singing and recording his own songs to much critical recognition.

Country Music's Stuart Hamblen

America lost one of its first singing cowboys March 8, 1989, with the death of Stuart Hamblen. Originally from Kellyville near Jefferson in Marion County, Hamblin was a prolific songwriter that made it big in country and gospel music.

Adopt a Pet on National Puppy Day

While it’s an unofficial holiday, National Puppy Day, March 23, is a good time to consider adopting a pet, learning to care for ones already adopted, or volunteering or donating to help abused dogs.

Singer-Songwriter Builds Creative Communities

Connie Mims Pinkerton might be the most well known singer-songwriter in the region who much of the local listening public isn’t familiar with.

Musgraves Continues Family Gift of Creativity

Karen Musgraves is a down-to-earth, good-natured country girl and gifted artist from Golden, Texas.

Brandon Maxwell’s Fashion Designs Make Women Feel Beautiful

This spring an exciting new brand of ready-to-wear fashion takes center stage in display windows of fine department stores across the nation, including Saks Fifth Avenue in Dallas. The creator of this women’s clothing line is 31-year-old Longview native Brandon Maxwell.