May-June 2018

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Gong Meditations Are Helpful for Relaxation and Healing

Gong meditation facilitator Kenny Kolter holds sound therapy workshops throughout the country. He incorporates the use of gongs, drums, rattles, Tibetan bowls, chimes and various other instruments to help provide participants a chance to escape the daily grind.

Mount Vernon Music Set for Summer Children’s Concert

The concert is a celebration of the organization’s release of a new book and CD of The Town Musicians, a delightful musical retelling of the story of four animal performers, along with Beagles Day Out, with rhyming verse and artwork by Rose Roader and music by Benedikt Brydern

Peace, Love, and Pygmies

Central States Pygmy Goat Club holds the 3rd Annual Peace, Love, and Pygmies Goat Show May 4-5 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex in Longview.

Young Blues Guitar Players Sought

The 2018 Big Pines Blues Festival Junior Showcase for young blues guitar players is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26 on Longview’s Heritage Plaza.

Su Casa Invites Guests To Feel at Home

Main Street Van now has a new place for families and friends to meet for good food, cold beverages, outdoor games like corn hole, and live entertainment.

Blooms and Tubes Accompany DFW Shows

For those who don’t require a significant amount of elbow room, there are a couple of noteworthy summer music series in the DFW area.

Communities Present Summer Music Events

There are music acts all over the state of Texas this summer, many of them free. You can even bring your own chair, or blanket, and an ice chest of your favorite beverages. This is the inexpensive way to spend a summer’s evening and you won’t have to elbow your way through a crowd of paparazzi.

Outlaw Music Festival Returns

Visit Dallas Concert Series presents the Outlaw Music Festival at Starplex Pavilion June 30

Bluegrass Concert Kicks Off Festival in Nacogdoches

The Texas Blueberry Festival kicks off with the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Festival Plaza in downtown Nacogdoches. The toe-tapping fun continues on Saturday, June 9, with Pickin’ on the Square, a new Blueberry Festival event that encourages bluegrass musicians and fans to stay for the whole weekend.

Auditions Open for John Ritter Tribute Showcase

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is holding the John Ritter Tribute Showcase auditions June 23.

Iconic Carnegie Buildings Still in Use

Destination Greenville: The Texan Theater

The first words that comes to mind when I think of the Texan Theater in Greenville is absolute comfort. From the kind staff, to the delicious food, and the special performance, I felt completely and utterly pampered when I recently went there for a show.

The Art of Lee Cunningham

“The Art of Lee Cunningham—A Retrospective” spans Cunningham’s childhood days in Longview, her paintings during her years at Mary Baldwin College and The University of Texas at Austin, and her prolific work throughout her adulthood until weeks before her death in 2010, including oil paintings, photography, sculpture, and pottery.

Natural Wonders Opens Soon in Athens

This piece by Christine Robinson is one of many featured in a new exhibit called “Natural Wonders” at 211 Gallery in Athens.

The Parks of Sulphur Springs Offer Variety of Adventures

The Sulphur Springs downtown plaza or “Town Square Park” is without a doubt a fun place to be these days with something going on most of the time day and night. It has a park-like atmosphere with benches for sitting and visiting, a splash pad water feature, ornamental landscaping, game tables, a beautiful view of the historical courthouse, and the ever-popular see-through bathrooms, the first of their kind in the United States where the occupant inside can see out, but the people outside cannot see in.

Junebug Lands in Ben Wheeler

Junebug art festival in Ben Wheeler, June 16-17.

Tyler Civic Theatre Presents Ring of Fire

The Tyler Civic Theatre presents Ring of Fire June 7-17.

Vintage Treasure Hunting

There are more than a few vintage treasure troves in East Texas that will catch your eye and tug at your heart strings.

Celtic Women Perform in Tyler

They’ve sold more than 10 million albums and more than three million tickets.

The Duke and Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches became forever linked to iconic John Wayne when his movie "Big Jake" debuted in 1971.

Making New Memories with Mom

Many have their own Mothers Day rituals including favorite restaurants in the region. Here are a few “different” events worth checking out this year as well.

Anna Pennybacker Worked for Women’s Rights and World Peace

On May 7, 1861, Anna Pennybacker, clubwoman, woman suffrage advocate, author, and lecturer, was born in Petersburg, Virginia. Among her many contributions, she founded one of the first women’s clubs in Texas — the Tyler Women’s club in 1894.

Eilenberger Bakery, Sharing Sweets for 140 Years

Originally located on the corner of John and Oak Streets (pictured above), the operation was moved to the current site at 512 N. John Street in 1918. Eilenberger also lived there for several years.

Local Food Recipes from Red Moon Farm

Beets threw me off at first when I begin trying them a few years ago. The more I experiment, the more I have grown to completely adore beets’ color, flavor, and their rich mineral earthiness.

The Farmacy Opens in Edom

New in downtown Edom is The Farmacy featuring farm fresh, local produce.

Area Restaurants Serve Meals with Local Food

Because the Upper East Side of Texas rural area is so active in farming, it makes sense that area restaurants partner with them to provide meals made with fresh, flavorful foods.

Mindful Eating in Tune with Nature

Eating foods when they are locally grown not only makes for the most tasteful meals, but the most nutritious –  it’s just better for people all the way around to eat the freshest foods during the seasons nature intends.

Farmers Markets Provide Good Food and Entertainment

The small towns dotting rural areas of the Upper East Side of Texas help celebrate the bounty of the region by supporting local farmers and providing fresh food for consumers. They turn this annual ritual into a good time for residents and visitors alike with lively farmers markets that kick off this time of year.