March-April 2018

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Women Behind the Town

Women have made headlines in Greenville for many years. Lallie Carlisle quietly made history in 1902 when she became the first woman in Texas to hold public office.

Little Free Libraries Abound Around the Region

Kimber Crow of Edom, whose great grandmother taught school in Edom in the late 1930s, enjoys selecting a book to read from Edom’s Free Book Exchange located in front of the Edom Historical Museum.

Sticks and Stones

Spring Plant & Garden Shows Take Center Stage

It’s not that rural Upper East Side of Texas needs more of nature’s beauty, but many of its inhabitants enjoy gardening and enhancing their yards and businesses with flowers, native plants, herbs, and more. Plant and garden shows are scheduled throughout the region this time of year. Here are a few.

Yoga Practice Provides Healing Benefits

Summer Smith teaches yoga and operates Yama Yoga Studio in Canton.

Lemons Are Not Just for Lemonade

By now many of you have completely forgotten about your New Years resolution which likely had something to do with your health. Annually we make a mountainous decision to reclaim ourselves by becoming more physically fit, eating better, or giving-up some addiction without careful consideration to our state of well-being on a physical, mental, and emotional level.

East Texas Brewing Expands to Include The Porch Dining

The Gilstrap clan, brothers Brian and Matt plus Brian’s wife Annie, took their passion to retail. They were avid beer brewers and their taste for the homemade outgrew their home so they opened East Texas Brewing in downtown Tyler.

Local Wineries Receive Medals in International Competitions

Kiepersol Vineyards & Winery in Bullard, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards in Pittsburg, and Sloan & Williams Winery in Grapevine represented the Upper East Side of Texas well with 21 gold, silver, and bronze medals plus several Texas and regional class awards.

Randy Rogers Performs In and Around the Region This Spring

Fans of Texas-based Randy Rogers can see him in several locations around the region this spring. He and the band make appearances March 9 at the Silver Saloon in Terrell and then March 16 at The Stage at Silver Star in Bossier City.

The Bowery Stage Spring Line Up Is Hard to Beat for Americana Fans

The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro has an exciting spring lineup. First, on March 2, is the Bill Hearne Trio with a little Texas and Western Swing mix and local duo Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne open the show, making it a family affair.

Mount Vernon Music Finishes Season with Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, and Brydern

When Mount Vernon Music Association (MVM) started getting requests for Baroque music, they came up with a program of pieces for strings, flute, and keyboard (in this case piano) by composers Georg Philipp Telemann, J. S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, and Johann Pachelbel.

Regional Talents Release New Albums

Golden, Texas, native Kacey Musgraves is releasing her new album Golden Hour soon, her third LP of completely original material. According to Entertainment Weekly (EW), the music is influenced by Sade, Neil Young, and even her husband Ruston Kelly. The songs deal with different masks one uses to represent oneself.

My Morning Ride

On a back road Saturday afternoon with our cane poles in tow, me and the boys headed for the little fishing hole

Women of the World Poetry Slam Set for March 14-17 in Dallas

Women of the World Poetry Slam is a performance poetry tournament designed for individual competition, where 96 of the world’s best female-identified poets perform four poems of varying lengths during preliminary bouts.

Award-Winning Poet Matt Spezia Performs in Winnsboro

The Winnsboro Center for the Arts presents “Spoken Word,” a night of performance poetry, at 7 p.m. March 3 featuring national award-winning poet Matt Spezia and local poets, including Angela Wylie.

The Female Brain

HUSH, HUSH

Up Close and Personal with Novelist Alice Hoffman

Growing up in a less-than-desirable Long Island, New York, neighborhood, American novelist Alice Hoffman found her solace at the library.

Goldilocks on Trial

Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Is she found guilty and sent to prison? Or does the truth come out? It’s up to Judge Wallabee and some very silly jurors to decide after hearing testimony from Goldee, the bickering Three Bears, and surprise witness Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, among others.

Longview Ballet and Ballet West Present Aladdin at Belcher Center

Longview Ballet Theatre and Ballet West present Aladdin April 27-28 at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center. The show is choreographed by Ballet West Principal Ballet Mistress Pamela Robinson-Harris and former Ballet West soloist Peggy Dolkas.

Art Show Set For April 20-21 in Athens

The Henderson County Art Club holds its 90th Annual Spring Art Show April 20 and 21 at the East Texas Arboretum in Athens.

Palestine Art Tracks Sculptures

“Unfurling” by Art Fairchild is one of 20 pieces selected for this year’s Palestine Art Tracks, a downtown outdoor sculpture exhibit that runs through November.

Winnsboro Exhibits Mosaics

“Mosaic,” the upcoming visual arts exhibition at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, presents a broad perspective of mosaic art in numerous contexts and features local and Texas talent.

Arts in Bloom Promises Fun For All Ages

During Arts in Bloom in McKinney April 13-15, the dowtown streets are filled with fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, Texas wines, craft beers, and food vendors for this three-day celebration

Dr. Anngienetta Johnson

Over the course of her 40-year NASA career, Dr. Anngienetta “Anngie” Johnson put into practice her guiding philosophy of helping others.

UPstanders of the Upper East Side of Texas

For every successful actor, there is a community theatre in their past. Just ask Dylan Godwin from Athens.

Jen Katz

Originally from New Jersey, Jen Katz moved to Tyler in 2003 when her husband, Neal, became rabbi at Congregation Beth El. He had already served the Jewish congregation as a student rabbi for two years.

Spring Flower Trails Offer Blooming Good Time

Spring in the Upper East Side of Texas means blooms, blooms, and more blooms. From festivals to gardens to natural wildflowers along roadways, this part of the world offers a breathtaking backdrop to rival any in the world. Take a look at this list and set aside some time to stop and smell the roses and enjoy all these brightly colored beauties as this side of nature puts on its annual show.

Nudie Suits Sewed Up Country Music’s Glitzy Years

Nudie suits were popular with country music stars and about 20 of them are showcased at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage. Starting left and going clockwise are the suits of Jimmy Dean, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, and Buck Owens. Courtesy photos.

Ennis Attracts Visitors To New Downtown Park

Ennis, a Texas Main Street city, is enjoying many improvements that are making life better for those who live, work, and play there. The downtown area is fast becoming an experiential destination where locals and guests shop, dine, and enjoy entertainment.

Caddo Mounds Features High Flying in March

Programs and activities on raptors and owls take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in Alto. Dr. Brent Burt leads a program covering the importance of habitat diversity for maintaining a broad range of birds at Caddo Mounds. Other discussions include how individuals can better attract birds to their own yards using some of the same principles. Guests are asked to bring binoculars for onsite birding tours.

Papa’s Delicate Condition

The movie Papa’s Delicate Condition starring Jackie Gleason released on March 6, 1963. The story comes from a book of the same title written by Corinne Griffith -- she’s represented in the movie as six-year-old Corrie. Griffith grew up in Texarkana and went on to become a famous silent film star and then one of the richest women in the world. Some of her money was made from the books she wrote including this one.

The Texan Who Conquered Russia

It was 60 years ago when Kilgore’s 23-year-old Van Cliburn took the world by storm when he won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow during the Cold War April 13, 1958. He played Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” in the competition that some say the Soviet’s designed to demonstrate their cultural superiority.

You’re the One in a Million Duane Allen

Happy birthday to Duane Allen, one part of the four-part harmonies of the Oak Ridge Boys. Allen was born April 29, 1943, in the tiny crossroads community of Taylor Town south of Paris, Texas.

Enjoy a Fun Day in the Rose Capital of America

Tyler has a long list of family-friendly things to do that are appropriate for groups with an age span from toddling to doddering. Visitors spending a day or longer in the “Rose Capital of America” have no shortage of activities to add to their agenda. Here are a few of the must-see places.

Blue Moon Gardens Continues to Blossom

This year marks the 25th anniversary of friends Sharon Lee Smith and Mary Wilhite's retail garden center.