May-June 2015

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Blueberry Mini Pies

The best time of year for berries has finally arrived. If you are like me, this is a highly anticipated time of the year.

Pick Berries by the Bushel

Enjoy East Texas Food Fests

The bountiful crops and warm weather give lots of reasons to celebrate in East Texas.

Taste of Palestine

Taste of Palestine, Palestine’s premier food and wine tasting event, will take place May 15 from 6:00-8:00 in the Palestine Mall.

Million Dollar Quartet

​Million Dollar Quartet is the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The East Texas Crisis Center in Henderson County hosts its 3rd-annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the international Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Violence against Women on May 30 in Athens.

Texas Asthma Camp

The annual Texas Asthma Camp takes place June 21-26 at Camp Tyler, located on Lake Tyler.

Salons Against Domestic Abuse

Wood County Victim/Legal Advocate Christian Entwistle with the East Texas Crisis Center (ETCC) Wood County Outreach office announced the launch of its 2015 “Cut It Out” awareness campaign.

Borrowed Dogs

One of the joys of walking around in our community is the companion dogs we often pick up. Over the years on our daily walks, my wife and I have had at least a dozen part-time pets.

Cracked Foundation

The erratic Texas weather can wreak havoc on home foundations. All homes settle and adjust with time, so it is not uncommon for a foundation to develop minor cracks which do not necessarily need repair.

Summer Fun Ideas

From water parks to lakeside picnics, intriguing museums to exploring a community, the Upper East Side of Texas has no shortage of things to do for families and adventurous souls of all ages during the dog days of summer.

Bob's Bar-B-Que

Driving down Highway 79 in Henderson you can’t miss the red flags dancing in the wind stating “barbecue” at the corner of Pope Street. Almost no one in Henderson needs a map or assistance to find this small brown storefront that has smoked savory meats and sides since 1987 — it’s Bob’s (or in my family Mr. Bob’s).

Concert Benefits GMA

An evening of music benefiting the GMA New Seat Campaign takes place May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, located at 2821 Washington Street.

Kid Icarus Project

Singers and guitarists Clint Alford and Ian Chandler joined forces some time back in 2006 “to make extra money and be goofy” by playing funny cover songs in front of an audience. That worked for seven years, until 2013, when the duo added percussionist Mike Hill and, soon, fiddler Klint Killion to turn the duo into a band: Kid Icarus Project.

Dolls Needed

The Tyler Public Library is seeking donations of new or gently-used American Girl dolls so that its youngest patrons can have the experience of learning history through the American Girl culture.

Mighty Girl Books

Someone recently introduced me to amightygirl.com, a site that promises to inspire the next generation of history makers through its collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.

Tyler Film Festival

Entries are open for the fifth-annual Downtown Tyler Film Festival September 23-26 in Tyler’s Liberty Hall. Filmmakers may enter through Film Freeway by going to www.TylerFilmFest.com.

Best WWII Films

This movie takes place toward the end of World War II in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma. Filmed in Ceylon, it tells of an escape of one of its prisoners, Commander Shears, played by William Holden. He is convinced to return with a contingent of British soldiers to take out a railway bridge with explosives that the Japanese are forcing the prisoners to build over the river Kwai.

Artsview Presents Butterfly

ArtsView Children’s Theatre recently conducted auditions for its upcoming production of Celeste Raspanti’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

Student Art Exhibition

The Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council invites students to participate in the 23rd-annual Juried Student Exhibition sponsored this year by David and Debbie Haak.

Tough by Nature

Acclaimed artist Lynda Lanker’s singular take on a vanishing way of life – and the spirit and stories of the women who shaped it – comes to the Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) as the next stop on the national tour of “Tough By Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West.”

Toyota Bass Classic

Tickets to the ninth-annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) are now available for purchase. The event takes place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, at the Sabine River Authority in Quitman.

AlleyFest

AlleyFest 2015 in downtown Longview is scheduled for May 16. The annual street festival which celebrates the arts of East Texas takes place on Tyler, Fredonia and Center streets.

Founders Day Festival

The Rains County Founders Day Festival takes place April 30-May 2 with a Savor the Flavor event, featuring food tastings from area restaurants, starting things on April 30.

Tyler Roses

A Texas Historical Commission historical marker at the Tyler Rose Garden outlines a bit of history for Tyler, Texas, officially designated as “The Rose Capital of America.”

Celebrating Audie Murphy

Audie Leon Murphy was born on June 20, 1925, to Josie Bell (Killian) and Emmett Berry Murphy in Kingston, Hunt County.

Texas State Railroad

The Texas State Railroad (TSR) runs through the piney woods of East Texas between the towns of Palestine and Rusk, with Maydelle in between. It was established in 1881 by the state prison system. Inmates built the line which was used to transport hardwood for furnace fuel at the prison-operated iron smelter at the Rusk Penitentiary.

Lost Girls

Sixteen-year-old Lilly is perched uneasily on a grimy barstool 300 miles away from home. It’s the sixth city she and her female “friend” Val have visited so far this year. Cruising around the sticky floor and smoky haze of the room, Val searches and finds a man eager to assault Lilly in exchange for money. A little scared and numb from the lifestyle, Lilly does as Val says, night after night, day after day.

Northeast Texas Poetry Contest 2015 Winners

The winners of this year’s poetry contest produced exceptional poems evoking a full range of emotions from light-hearted humor to dismal despair. Each cleverly-written word penned by these children and teens expressing their creative individuality is celebrated.

Summer Aviation Events

May 15-16. Tailwind Regional Balloon Festival. Canton. Two days of hot-air balloon fun, rides, balloon glow, live music, care show, carnival, 5K Glow Run, kids fun area, and more. 903.567.1849. www.visitcantontx.com.

East Texas Flying Fun

Growing up on rural farms around the turn of the 20th century, famous Northeast Texas-born pilots Bessie Coleman and Wiley Post probably wished they could fly as many have throughout history from the first spotting of birds and other aerial critters gliding freely through the sky.

Mint Citrus Quinoa Salad

When you hear someone talking about Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) you may give them the puppy head-turn confused look, or you may be well-versed in this special seed.

Waldo Way and the Golden Guernsey Girls

NaRisa “Ris” Waldo quit her job as a University of Texas at Tyler professor in October 2013 taking on a different form of education than she did with her PhD in nursing — she made a leap of faith from what she calls the “illness” business to the “wellness” business and started a dairy farm.