October 2012

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Three Farmers’ Markets Among Nation’s Finest

Sulphur Springs is the overall winner in Farmland.org’s “Favorite Farmer’s Market” contest’s mid-sized market division, with Nacogdoches taking fourth and Winnsboro fifth in Texas.

BW’s Half Pint Library Adds Storytelling Events

Among the rewarding services local libraries provide for children is story time, helping youngsters learn to like stories. The newest such program in the Upper East Side of Texas is at the Half Pint Library in Ben Wheeler, a project of Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District and Half Price Books.

Adam Carroll: Getting Past the Comparisons

Adam Carroll came quietly out of Tyler, making his own music his own way, winning comparisons to John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Bob Dylan as a songwriter and performer.

Jacksonville Art Coucil Schedules Annual Fest

The Jacksonville Area Arts Council is holding their inaugural event of the fall season, the Autumn Arts Festival on Saturday October 27.

Construction Underway For Canton Applebee’s

Perseverance paid off for Canton in its effort to bring the popular Applebee’s franchise to town, with a hoped-for opening by the end of the year.

HCT Spins Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web for October

The 2012-2013 season for the Henderson Civic Theatre begins with murder, mystery and a grand reopening on October 5 in downtown Henderson. The company has chosen to bring Agatha Christie’s 1956, “Spider’s Web” to life on the small community stage of the historic opera house.

The Grape Harvest

Kiepersol Estates Winery in Tyler holds their annual Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp October 20 in conjunction with Texas Wine Month. It includes family activities like grape stomping, painting, 5K fun run, vineyard and winery tours, sandbox and toys, art vendors, barbecue, photos, and food. Adults may enjoy wine and tasting classes.

Enjoy the Wine Trail From Harleton to Pittsburg

From the winding county roads going northeast out of Longview, the Piney Woods Wine Trail reaches four distinct wineries and vineyards that are vibrant canvases of the artistic depth of East Texas wine.

Find the Real Lincoln at Sulphur Springs Library

The Sulphur Springs Public Library hosts the “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” exhibit October 10 through November 17. It’s a traveling exhibit organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the American Library Association.

October Poetry

Think Outside the Travel Box

In an example of creative, outside-the-box thinking, the folks at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton are examining the economics of owning and operating a recreational vehicle versus owning and maintaining a resort cottage.

Nominate Fav Artists For Statewide Honor

The Texas Commission on the Arts is calling for nominations for the 2013 and 2014 positions of Texas state musician, state poet laureate, and state visual artists 2-D & 3-D.

Ganny’s Pie Shop Adds First Monday Site

Ganny’s Pie Shop is a popular destination for many in Winnsboro. So much so that County Line Magazine readers voted the shop “Best Pies” in the Upper East Side of Texas for 2011.

Learn, Practice Yoga In Two-Day Workshop

In the two-day Art of Breathing in Asana workshop Nov. 10-11 in Edom, Rama Jyoti Vernon will present her unique approach to teaching yoga postures and the art of breathing

Pinot’s Palette Opens in Tyler

Pinot’s Palette opens a store in Tyler this month near the Cotton Patch Cafe at 322 ESE Loop 323, Suite 156

Rare and Valuable Art Evaluated in Hawkins

Experts will be on hand at the East Texas Natural History Museum at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins October 20 to show rare and valuable examples of East Texas pottery and evaluate those brought in by the public. No buying or selling is permitted at this event — it is purely educational and informative.

Gala Helps Raise Funds For Equestrian Therapy

Combine big brown eyes that watch your every move, twitching ears that hear your every breath, and a nose that loves to check out your pocket for apples, and you have one of the best psychotherapists in the world.

Ben Wheeler Festival Highlights Feral Hogs

The annual Hog Fest – “Pigs on Parade” October 26-27 in downtown Ben Wheeler – features music in four different venues on Saturday in addition to a kids’ carnival and the usual slate of cook-off contests, hog calling, pig chasing, queen crowning, and parade.

Steve Jobs

I am a member of a local book club that meets a few times a year at Barnes and Noble in Tyler. It is an intellectual escape that I and some of my peers look forward to as we group together to discuss the book of choice. I have consciously not ever used our selection as my book review, but this month I break that rule.

Leviathan Wakes

Museum Celebrates Anniversary

The East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore recently added, just in time for its 32nd anniversary, a new exhibit, “Buddy the Lineman,” to its sterling collection of artifacts that tell the story of the East Texas oil boom in the 1930s.

Winnsboro Art Center Closes, Opens Shows

The Winnsboro Center for the Arts closes its photography exhibition on October 13 and opens a new exhibit on October 17.

Winnsboro Market Moves to Market Street

The Winnsboro Farmers’ Market moves to downtown Market Street every Saturday in October.

Dancer Nabs Award from Grace Foundation

Longview-raised Beckanne Sisk was recently named one of five national award winners of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

Athens Gallery Plans Free Kids’ Workshop

Christi Barrett plans a series of free children’s art workshops at the 211 Cooperative Gallery in Athens in October, and hopes to extend the workshops for a much longer period.

Lindsey Publishes Book of Haiku, Tanka

Inspiration Child

Inspiration Child began as an on-line store in 2009 offering customers a one-stop shop for boutique-style products such as baby bedding, room décor, and baptism gowns as well as designer and trendy infant and toddler apparel and western boots,

Enoch's Stomp Cafe

As I have traveled the Piney Woods Wine Trail on assignment and for pleasure, I have found one thing to be true — if the wines some of our vineyards and wineries produce are art, the food some serve can be called masterpieces.

Escape to the Lavender Mermaid in Pittsburg

The need to get away is essential to most hard working East Texans in this day and age, but finding an inexpensive retreat that offers true serenity is rare. Pittsburg, Texas is the home to just this kind of oasis.

Music Notes - October

New from young Shreveport guitar picker Matthew Davidson is Step Up, a four-song CD with three cover songs and one, the title song, of his own.

Athens Recertified As Retiree Community

The City of Athens has received its recertification from the Texas Department of Agriculture announcing Athens’ designation as a Go Texan Certified Retirement Community. Athens was one of the first cities in Texas to receive this honor back in 2006.

Imagination Creates Pop Culture Art in “Cheryl Land”

For being such an off-the-beaten-path artist, Cheryl Hicks is finding her early retirement from teaching even more off that path. She calls retirement “surreal.”

Discover 300 Years of History in 35 Miles

The early Native American Caddo people established a trail from the Red River in Louisiana to the Pecos River to trade with the Jumano who lived in West Texas. The trail later evolved into the main route from the river port in Shreveport to North Texas. Now, historical societies in North Texas are working to research and preserve this historic road.

Come Together Opens Tyler Location

Come Together Trading Company in Canton is opening a second location in Bergfeld Center in Tyler in mid October.

Learn to Plant for Color From Master Gardeners

The Smith County Master Gardeners host “Fall Planting for Spring Color,” the annual fall conference and plant sale, October 13 in Tyler.

Special Event Honor Veterans and Families

The Lone Star Military Appreciation Event November 1-4 in Bullard is designed to honor and recognize veterans and their families.

Annual Business Expo October 6 in Winnsboro

The 14th annual Winnsboro Area Business Expo and Health Fair is scheduled on October 6 at the newly remodeled Winnsboro Civic Center.

Turn Tyler Pink Event Rallies Against Cancer

To raise awareness of women’s cancer, Tyler firefighters urge area public safety officers, businesses, schools and citizens to wear pink on Tuesday, October 9 to show that “Tyler cares enough to wear pink.”

Festival Features Noted Musicians

The 25th annual Festival on the Square concert line-up will feature up-and-comers along with well known and popular performers on Saturday, October 13, in Tyler.

World Champ Stew Fest Set for Sulphur Springs

The 43rd annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest is set for Saturday, October 27, with a cast iron pot full of cooks and helpers in Sulphur Springs.

Earth, Science Center Offers Space Programs

“Suited for Space,” a national traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian, is on display through November 18 at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education in Tyler.

Athens’ Scenic Drive Adds to Area Attractions

The City of Athens Department of Tourism has a new scenic driving trail for visitors to take this fall to view the fall foliage of East Texas.

“Expedition Texas” Gets ET TV Home

The “Expedition Texas” TV show premieres in the Tyler area on KCEB Channel 54 at 11 a.m. on October 6, potentially reaching as many as 250,000 viewers.

Arts and Crafts, Music at Edom Arts Festival

The Edom Festival of the Arts offers as full schedule of music along with usual arts and crafts October 20-21.

Section of New Road Named for Grid Legend

A new section of roadway extending from Loop 323 to Hwy. 155 in Tyler has been named Earl Campbell Parkway to honor the football legend and Tyler native.

Scarecrow Trail Grows Along Highway 279

The second annual scarecrow trail returns to Hwy. 279 throughout October, from Blue Moon Gardens on the east to Ben Wheeler on the west.

Runaway Fright Train Shares Zombie Chills

The 11th annual Runaway Fright Train is back in business – promising the “ultimate” Halloween experience – with “Beware of the Zombies” every Friday and Saturday October 6 through the end of the month in Jefferson.

Feral Hog Populations Elude “Pork Choppers”

The Associated Press reports that the so-called “pork chopper” law hasn’t done much to combat the feral hog population in Texas. The law allows the hunting of the pesky creatures from helicopters, although it’s an expensive hunt at $300 to $1,000 per hour.

Here’s a Good Way To Give to Charities

Theresa Lisenby at Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center reminds that a good way to donate to favorite causes or charities – and to perhaps win a prize – is through the iGive’s Dog Days of Summer Sweepstakes.

Tips for Pool Care in the Off Season

At her store in Tyler, A Stone Age, owner Sheryl Hicks sells Doughboy pools and all the supplies needed to take care of and enjoy them.

Seeds From My Patients

As life takes over for most of us in the routine of daily life and the goal-tending of our to-do lists, sometimes we forget to stop and breathe. It is often in the race of these times that life, the universe, God, or the cosmos (whichever you want to put your stamina on) stops it all for us.

The Blue Frog Grill

Food is art. Food is the conversation piece of colleagues. Food is the trigger for a lifetime of memories. Food is comfort. And at The Blue Frog Grill in Marshall, food is amazing.
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