September-October 2014

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Enjoy Autumn in Winnsboro

The lovely town of Winnsboro is a treat to visit any time of the year but as autumn leaves start to turn delicious shades of red and gold along the surrounding country roads the townsfolk take every opportunity to enjoy it while it lasts.

S. Seymour Thomas Art Gallery

Amongst the pristine natural beauty of San Augustine, a collection of artistic gems are on display at the town’s historic Ezekiel Cullen Home.

Live Music in Greenville This Fall

Tradition meets an untraditional, eclectic and sensational music line-up at the Innovation First 2014 Rally ’Round Greenville September 19-21. Emerald City Band’s exciting performance and dance party in the street on Friday kicks things off and an all-new schedule of thrilling bands takes the Bud Light Stage Saturday and Sunday.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

In 20 years time as high school students pick up required reading lists for summer term as I did 20 some odd years ago, amongst the digital downloads of Shakespeare, Faulkner and Salinger I know after reading this book they will also chose Marra.

Art Guitars Strike a Chord Within

Rich fabrics and swirling paints span across wooden guitar bodies in colorful patterns, creating music inside the soul instead of at strumming fingertips. These old guitars that no longer play are given new life by being transformed into stunning wall art through stitching and brushstrokes.

Adler & Hearne Second Nature

Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne are always pleasant to listen with their sweet harmonies and sincere, well-crafted songs.

Enjoy Fine Art at the 2014 Edom Festival

The small East Texas art community of Edom readies itself for an influx of visitors for its annual Edom Festival of the Arts. Fine art, fine crafts, live music and great food fill the festival grounds behind the resident artists’ studios on the one main street in town, Farm to Market Road 279.

Otis and the Metro Band

When the multi-dimensional group Otis with The Metro Band takes the stage, it doesn’t take long for their music to get people onto the floor dancing, jumping and swaying.

Songwriter Leon Payne's Lost Highway

One of the greatest songwriters of all time, Leon Payne from the little community of Grit near Alba passed away September 11, 1969.

Patriot Classic Raises Scholarship Funds

Classic Spooky Movies Reviewed in Time for Halloween

It’s already fall and time for our Halloween movie reviews. First up is a rare Alfred Hitchcock gem, The Trouble with Harry. It is a “dark” comedy of intrigue that starts out with a body (a man named Harry) which no one can determine who or where it came from.

Tyler Main Street Receives $2,500 Grant

Bike Wash To Benefit Local Children’s Library

Longview Museum Sponsors Glow Run

Tyler Restaurant Chosen For Special Award

Art Exhibit Continues At Gallery Main Street

Arts Funding and Leadership Workshop Scheduled

September/October Poetry

UT-Tyler Performing Arts Center Shows Announced

The 18th Performing Arts Center season at the Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler will feature world-renowned performances and speakers, according to Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center executive director.

ArtsView Announces New General Manager

ArtsView Children’s Theatre proudly welcomes Jason Richards as its new general manager. Richards, who began his new duties on August 4, replaced Pamela Donica who has taken a teaching position with Longview Independent School District.

Uncle Fletch Hamburger Fest Returns to Athens

Flour Sucks, But Gluten-Free Treats Never Tasted So Good

A blueberry lemon-flavored muffin topped with refreshing lavender sugar sits on the table, a perfect companion for the cup of coffee steaming nearby.

Tin Can Tourists “Glamp” in Style

Dotting the highways and byways of the Upper East Side of Texas is a growing number of charming “tin can” trailers, tiny “teardrops,” and fanciful wing-adorned Shastas. These vintage trailers are renewing the romance of the open road.

TRAHC Perot Theatre Series Tickets On Sale

The Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) presents the 2014-2015 Perot Theatre Series, celebrating 34 years of excellence.

East Texas Book Fest Returns September 13

Young East Texans Step Bravely Towards Unknown Futures

Every spring young East Texans celebrate their high school graduation along with three million other students across the United States.

Now You're Speaking My Language

Growing up in communities with a language and culture they can’t understand, many deaf people learn to live with isolation and frustrating social situations.

Working Hand in Hand With Nature

As more and more people come to live in the lush rural areas of the Upper East Side of Texas the natural environment changes when land is cleared for homes and outdoor human living spaces.

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge Offers Lions, Tigers, and…More Tigers, Oh My!

Hidden amongst a dense pine forest, exotic big cats pad across red clay. Regal Siberian tigers and lithe leopards dazzle the eyes with their slinking silhouettes and glossy coats.

The Texan Who Conquered Russia

A movie is in the making about Kilgore native Van Cliburn who died last year at the age of 78. Cliburn was best known for winning the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958.

Regional Blues-Rock Band Announces New Album

Longview Chamber Taking Applications For Academy

Volunteer Tyler Honored With Award Of Merit

Annual Wine Event Set For Mt. Vernon

Bat In Longview Tests Positive For Rabies

Van Oil Queen Pageant, Van Oil Festival Set

Tyler City Council Receives Honor

The Tyler City Council was recently presented the “City Council of the Year Award” from the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) for its continued commitment to ethics, prudent financial management, support for employee professional development, focus on positive community relations and unique community initiatives.

Canton Church To Mark Anniversary In October

Annual Autumn Stroll Set for Downtown Canton

Texan Theater Returns with a Twist

or many Texans, 1975 was the year of jumpsuits, boots, mood rings, and Birkenstocks. For Greenville residents, it was the year they had to say goodbye to their favorite movie house of 41 years and bask under the buzzing glow of the Texan Theater sign while awaiting a show one last time.

Art Exhibition Shows Contemporary Texas at Tyler Museum Of Art

Merle Haggard Opens PWFAA’s New Season

The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association (PWFAA) in Crockett, Texas, is gearing up for its 24th season bringing the best in the performing arts to East Texas. Merle Haggard opens the season on September 1.

Tyler Artist Montgomery Entangles Humans With Nature

While Tyler native and artist William Montgomery was growing up on what was then the country “outskirts” of the city, he watched as little by little the city grew to absorb nature in his surrounding neighborhood.

‘Government Grant’ Scam Hitting East Texas Residents

Better Business Bureau is warning the public to be extremely wary of phone calls claiming to come from bogus government grant agencies. BBB has received calls from residents concerning unsolicited telephone grant offers that are nothing more than an attempt to clear bank accounts.

UT Tyler, Kilgore College Combine Forces For New Program Partnership

The University of Texas at Tyler and Kilgore College have started a new partnership called the Roadmap To Success Program.

Bonanza's Beloved Dan Blocker Lives on in Syndication

Bonanza debuted 55 years ago September 1959 starring Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon, and East Texan Dan Blocker.

Historic Preservation, Downtown Events Draw Visitors to Greenville

People that enjoy laid-back fun, as opposed to big city congestion, have an abundance of possibilities to choose from in the picturesque communities of the Upper East Side of Texas.

Fall Feral Hog Festival Returns To Ben Wheeler

The 2014 Ben Wheeler Fall Feral Hog Festival takes place October 24-25. The feral hog theme of Ben Wheeler’s major weekend festival is meant to poke fun at the continually, ever expanding, state-wide-population of wild hogs.

Parking Garage Opens In Downtown Tyler

The city of Tyler opened the new Fair Plaza Parking Garage at 208 South College Avenue with a ribbon cutting ceremony in late July.

Streamliner Diner Runs On Texas State Railroad

The Texas State Railroad presents its newest signature dining experience on the Piney Woods Excursion Train, the Streamliner Diner.

GMA Celebrates 75th Anniversary

In 1939, civic leaders maneuvered through red tape and competition with thousands of communities in the United States to obtain funding through the National Industrial Recovery Act of the 1930s to build the Greenville Municipal Building and Auditorium as a Public Works Administration project.

Experience a Shopping Oasis at Blue Moon Gardens

Just five miles east of the art community of Edom is a shopping oasis at Blue Moon Gardens. Among acres of herb plants, perennials, and old-fashioned flowers is a gift shop in a 90-year-old farmhouse filled with soaps, candles, linens, books, and home and seasonal décor.

Goung Zhou Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar

Just around the corner from Longview Regional Hospital, down the street from Longview Mall and tucked into an older upscale shopping center is a world of art in the form of food and drinks at Goung Zhou’s Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar or as it is fondly know GZ’s.