May-June 2017

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Wynne Community Honored as Home to Early Settler

Everyone in these parts and far beyond knows of Canton, but fewer know of the Wynne Community.

When Less is More

For many people, the notion of simplifying life focuses on efforts to clear the clutter, throw stuff out and invest in attractive storage bins to hold the excessive goodies crammed onto shelves and into closets and rooms.

Farmers' Markets

Farmers' markets in the Upper East Side of Texas offer more than delicious home grown produce. Some have food demonstrations, wine, preserves, fresh baked breads, live music, and more.

Two Peas in a Pod

Purple hull peas are a favorite southern dish, and musical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark, who perform onstage under the unusual name The Purple Hulls, are serving up their own acoustical version of the homegrown dish to an increasingly hungry audience.

A Dozen Great Summer Staycation Destinations

For those seeking fun weekend destinations where plenty of activities are easily within walking distance once they arrive, there’s no need to look further than the Upper East Side of Texas.

Ry Cooder’s ‘Paris, Texas’ Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the movie Paris, Texas, released June 3, 2008.

Remembering the Tallest Man in the American Civil War

May 14, 1883, is the birthdate of Henry Clay Thruston who is known as the tallest man (7-foot, 7-inches) to serve in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Celebrating the Tomato

The city of Jacksonville takes its title as Tomato Capital of the World quite seriously throughout the year with large concrete tomatoes adorning the streets.

Happy Birthday to ZZ Top’s Frank Beard

ZZ Top’s drummer Frank Beard was born in Frankston on June 11, 1949.

Ben Wheeler Junebug Fest Welcomes Summer

Organizers at The Forge Bar & Grill in Ben Wheeler are gearing up for the 5th Annual Junebug Summer Fair, set for June 17-18

Get A Dose of Blueberries and Bluegrass

The day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest includes a slew of family-friendly events and activities, including a blueberry pancake breakfast.

Help for Honeybees

“Texas Honey Queen” Marilyn Arnaud will award prizes to winners of a hive-painting contest June 17 at the Winnsboro Farmers Market.

NASA Launch Site Offers Tours

The Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine is one of only a handful of NASA launch sites in the world.

Crazed About Cars and Cats

D’Ann Rauh of Arp spares no expense on her collections, and according to her husband Wayne, she has two main passions: cars and cats.

Silks, Glass, Metals and More

A lifelong artist, Winnsboro newcomer Valery Guignon is regularly found at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, volunteering at the gift shop and teaching classes on everything from fabric painting to mask-making.

A Beautiful Message

Lindsey Peterson of Quitman isn’t one to sit quietly for long; she kept a particularly full calendar of speaking engagements and special appearances this spring in her role as Mrs. Wood County.

Curtis Mathes Marks 60th Anniversary

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of TV manufacturing by the Curtis Mathes Corporation.

Downtown Greenville Mural

One of the downtown Greenville murals, this bold and modern wall has a painted background, directional signage, a life-size cut out of Gussie Nell Davis.

Facetime with Artist Debora Lytle

A growing number of portraits hanging in lobbies and offices at Texas A&M University-Commerce bear the distinctive style of local artist Debora Lytle, an alum increasingly recognized for her realistic and artful paintings. 

Cherokee Civic Theatre Presents Original Musical

The second weekend presentation of historic Cherokee Civic Theatre’s original musical One Song takes place May 5-7.

Collection from Tyler Continues to Thrill Film Scholars

A small film collection branded with “Tyler, Texas” has gained fans among film historians and race relations researchers. Although short on entertainment value by today’s standards, the films provide an invaluable look at African American cultural history in the early 20th century.

Texas Author Blends Fiction with Local History 

Born and raised in West Texas, author Denzel Holmes began a second career as a writer after retiring from a career in federal service. For inspiration, he turned to his childhood memories of exploring the state’s huge, remote ranches and mesas, swimming in the Pecos River, and imagining Commanches behind every dusty boulder.

Former Athens Teacher Tells Her Own Chicken Soup Tale

Virginia Reeder of Athens is one of the contributors to the latest version of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her story, titled “A Life Once Touched,” appears in the recently-released Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers — 101 Stories About How You Make a Difference.

Texas Novelist Ainsworth Continues the Saga

Delta County’s award-winning novelist, Jim Ainsworth, has released the newest installment of his popular Riverby series. Entitled Circle of Hurt, it continues the tale of how his likable characters adapt to life in a sleepy little town.

A Story of Redemption in the Piney Woods

A new novel set in scenic East Texas comes from Steve Mims, a resident of Houston and a retired executive and attorney.

2017 Kids Poetry Contest Winners

Below are the selected winners out of 526 submissions in this year’s poetry contest organized by Young Audiences of Northeast Texas in partnership with County Line Magazine, InSpiritry, Rusk County Poetry Society, and Region 7 Education Service Center.

Quitman’s Monica Rizzio Stops in Winnsboro During Texas Tour

Monica Rizzio is bringing her “Back to Texas” tour to The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro on May 13.

I Hope You Dance

On May 23, 2000, Jacksonville native Lee Ann Womack released “I Hope You Dance,” a song that became a No. 1 country hit and even crossed over on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Highway Vagabond

Miranda Lambert is on the road this year with her “Highway Vagabond Tour,” named for one of the songs on her latest CD, The Weight of These Wings.

Where Italian Street Eats are an Everyday Affair

Strada Caffè — which means “coffee street” in Italian — is where you come for the coffee, but stay for breakfast or lunch.

Dupuy's Recipes Include East Texas Pimento Cheese

In Jessica Dupuy’s book, United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State, she shares her recipe for East Texas pimento cheese.

Authentic Recipe Book Shares East Texas Favorites

In Jessica Dupuy’s book, United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State, she shares her East Texas recipe for apple pie.

In the Hot Seat

Surprised recently by some fun-loving mockery from The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon, Kathy and Louis “Skip” Torrans of Jefferson are having the last laugh.

Long Cove Builds New Porch Houses in Cedar Creek Lake Community

The waterfront community of Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake is adding a set of six porch homes.

Therapy Dogs Lend Emotional Support to the Petless

Few pet lovers are surprised by news that being around animals may help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and even lengthen human life spans, but researchers continue to study the benefits of the human-animal bond.

Tiger Charlie Finds Sanctuary At Last

One of the newest residents in Murchison, Texas, is Charlie, a 17-year-old male tiger rescued from a dissolved exotic breeder.

Shoes Speak Volumes at Athens Event

The Fifth Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raises awareness of sexual violence in a humorous, attention-getting way.

Modern Mavens Get Things Done

With people honoring their mothers in May, it also seems an appropriate time to acknowledge a handful of modern mavens in the region who’ve made a habit of leading by example.

Inspiring Aspirations

Schools, clubs, and a range of mentoring programs throughout East Texas focus on encouraging and empowering children, with some geared specifically toward artistic pursuits and others toward girls and the goal of helping youth visualize lives of achievement, accomplishment, and personal power.

Autism Embraced in Mockingbird

Artsview Children's Theatre presents Mockingbird on June 23 in Longview.

Super Scientific Circus

Super Scientific Circus takes place May 11 at WM Turner Auditorium in Nacogdoches.

Summer Children's Concert

Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant takes place June 12 at Mount Vernon Music Hall.