November-December 2018

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JD Cole’s Material Identity

As guests enter Dolli’s Diner on Pecan Street in downtown Nacogdoches, they are greeted by a stunning display of large, colorful, expressive portraits along a brick wall. Created by artist JD Cole, the paintings are Nacogdoches people in scenes that reflect their lives in Texas’ oldest city.

Diamond Bessie Discovered in Jefferson

In the small town of Jefferson, on December 30, 1880, Abe Rothschild was released under the verdict that he was no longer guilty, after suffering through four years of trials and hearings, over the mysterious murder of the famed “Diamond Bessie.”

A Hand Written Letter Still Carries Much More Meaning Than an Email

In today’s age of cellphones and computers, more often than not, people no longer receive letters in the mail, except for junk mail, or birthday cards from Grandma with some cash in it. Most children below the age of 10 do not even know how to write a letter or how to send it.

Wonderland of Lights Brings Magic to Marshall

On National Small Business Saturday, November 24, shoppers are treated to a Wassail Walk, a competition among the downtown merchants. Wassail is a hot drink traditionally made with either beer, wine, or cider and spices. Reusable Shop Small shopping bags, pins, stickers, crowns, and more are available. Merchants offer a variety of recipes, including non-alcoholic. Upon arrival, guests may check in at the visitors center downtown to pick up an event map, souvenir tasting mug, and go a’wassailing. Attendees are encouraged to take part in the voting and cast their vote for Taste of the Town, a traveling trophy award.

Vanishing Texana Museum Displays Unique History

The Vanishing Texana Museum in Jacksonville contains a display of artifacts representing the history of Texas and Cherokee County. Included in the display are Native American relics, farm equipment, photographs, guns, dolls, typewriters, and many other items of interest.

The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum

This stately home was a gift to the City of Tyler and it is emblazoned with the historic seals and plaques that cause historians to quiver in excitement. They include a Texas Historic Landmark (1964) and a designated Historic Site by the Daughters of the American Republic (2010).

Jamie Foxx Captivates Audiences as Little John

Coming this November, Jamie Foxx captivates audiences in his newest film, starring as the renowned character Little John, sidekick to Taron Egerton’s role as Robin Hood.

Nacogdoches Presents Dia de los Muertos Wine, Whiskey and Brew Tour

Guests are invited to gather at 6 p.m. November 2 for a special Dia de los Muertos costume-themed Wine, Whiskey and Brew Tour. The tour goes to three of Nacogdoches libation locations including Fredonia Brewery, Front Porch Distillery, and Naca Valley Vineyard for tastings at each.

World War I Hits Centennial

More than four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during World War I, a war that lasted four years between 1914 and 1918. November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the “Great War.”

Flanders Fields Inspires Poets

“In Flanders Fields” is a poem written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during World War I. Flanders is a region in Belgium where McCrae fought and where the German army launched one of the first chemical attacks in the history of war. In a letter to his mother, McCrae describes the Second Battle of Ypres in 2015 as a “nightmare.”

The Generous Kimbells of Whiteright Texas

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth easily ranks as one of the top visual art venues in Texas, but few may know that its origin is tied to an art-loving couple who themselves originated from rural Upper East Side of Texas.

Henderson Celebrates 30th Annual Heritage Syrup Festival in November

The annual Heritage Syrup Festival takes place each fall in Henderson, this year on November 10. The tradition of ribbon cane syrup making is demonstrated on the depot museum grounds with experienced syrup makers operating an antique mule powered syrup mill to produce old-fashioned cane syrup. While the syrup cooks, folk artists demonstrations take place including wood carving, blacksmithing, lace making, rope and basket making, quilting, broom making and other old-time survival skills. Live music, food and beverages, and more provide a full day of fun.

Jac Lahav’s Great Americans Featured at Longview Museum

At right is one of Lahav’s portraitures featured in the exhibition at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts through December 15. It is of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female justice of four to be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Looking Back on the Great War

Contact local city offices to find other area remembrances for World War ceremonies.

Dickens’ Christmas Carol Shows in Athens

Henderson County Performing Arts Center brings a holiday performance to the stage November 29-December 8

Ten Tenors in Texarkana

Ten Tenors in Texarkana.

It’s Showtime at the GMA

Set to perform on the Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA) stage November 11 is “My Funny Valentine” celebrating romantic stage and screen songs. Ireland’s foremost trumpeter Niall O’Sullivan and international award-winning vocalist Shona Henneberry, along with piano accompaniment, perform showbiz favorites like “Moon River,” “Stardust,” and “My Funny Valentine.”

Local Author Pens Boomer/Senior Murder Mystery

Rose Ellen and Pearl are East Texas gals. Born and raised here, they walk the walk and talk the talk. The two women are now in their sixties, and prefer to be called boomer/seniors rather than “seniors,” which designates someone older, like their friend Peggy, who celebrated her 90th birthday dancing at the senior center.

New Herb Marlow Old West Book Released

Writer’s Exchange Publishing recently released Dangerous Ground, a collection of 10 Old West short stories, available now on

Puplwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend Set

The nationally-known Pulpwood Queens Book Club holds its annual Girlfriends Weekend January 17-19, 2019, at the Jefferson Transportation and Visitors Center in historic downtown Jefferson. The event is co-hosted by club creator Kathy Murphy of Hawkins and Texas author Reavis Wortham. Keynote speakers include Ann Weisgarber, River Jordan, Ann Wertz Garvin, and Pat Conroy’s poet brother, Tim Conroy, and almost 50 authors are present for the three-day event. Pictured (left) is Kathy Murphy and (right) is Jan Doerr and Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs at last year’s Big Hair Ball. Photo by April Canik

The Pulse of the Ages

It’s the blush of time in a sunset...

Geddie Releases 30th Book; Writer Is Part of the Story

Local author Tom Geddie’s 30th book, The Creator’s Dilemmas, is a personal fantasy in which he enters the fictional world he created in a dozen earlier novels to meet face to face with some of the major characters, though only one of the characters knows who he is. The premise is that “Tom Geddie” travels to a fictional university, Terlingua Tech, in the Big Bend of Texas, where he teaches a summer creative writing class.

See Bellamy Brothers Christmas Show in Linden, Music City Texas

The Bellamy Brothers are set to perform at 8 p.m. December 8 at Music City Texas Theater in Linden. Tickets are $35. Call (903) 756-9934 or purchase online at

Austin’s Wood & Wire Perform in Greenville

Austin-based band, Wood & Wire, take the Texan Theater stage in Greenville November 16

Boogie Woogie Birthplace Is Official

In the Harrison County logging camps of the Texas and Pacific Railway, the throbbing beat of boogie-woogie was created by newly freed African-Americans.

Oxbow Serves Up Perfect Slices of Pie

Sitting in Oxbow Bakery on a Friday afternoon, guests see a steady stream of customers continues pouring in the front door looking for just the right flavor of heavenly pie.

Ringing in the New Year in the Upper East Side of Texas

The world’s getting ready to ring in 2019 on December 31 and those looking for something special — but maybe not too rowdy — have some good choices in the Upper East Side of Texas. Some, like the delightful Four Winds Steakhouse in Wills Point as well as other locations, are already booked up for the evening since early October so mark your calendars for next year. Others may still have a spot just right for you.