September-October 2016

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Explore More Fine Art in Winnsboro

Winnsboro presents artists from all over the country at this year’s festival taking place November 11 and 12 on Market Street.

The Years Roll on for Texas State Railroad

Texas State Railroad celebrates its 135th birthday this year. Founded in 1881, the railroad served the foundry at the state penitentiary in Rusk. By 1909, it stretched to Palestine and enhanced transportation and commerce in that East Texas region.

Auntie Pasta’s: Great Name, Great Food

As the mother of a Stephen F. Austin State University student, I often find myself visiting Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas.

Keeping the Beat for a Blacktop Gypsy

Many people know and love Andie Kay Joyner as the lead singer for the popular band blacktopGYPSY. She hails from Edgewood/Wills Point and her East Texas family shows up often to cheer her on.

Fall Wine & Dine Experiences

Vineyards and wineries began dotting the Upper East Side of Texas more than a decade ago and it didn’t take long for their crops to yield award-winning wines. With wines as good as these, it’s not surprising that fine dining soon made its way into each of these locations.

Jamie Foxx Sings with Streisand on New CD

Multi-talented Jamie Foxx — born and raised in Terrell — is among a select group of celebrities invited to join legendary songstress Barbra Streisand in the recording of a new album of Broadway hits through the years.

Edom Festival Features Original Arts

For more than 40 years, the small art community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists.

Independent Film Festival Comes to Tyler

The Downtown Tyler Film Festival kicks off its sixth annual celebration September 21, airing four evenings of short films from local, national and global independent filmmakers at Liberty Hall Theater in downtown Tyler.

Try a Delicious Pumpkin Bisque from Chef Christian Mailloux

Paisley Speaks on Alzheimer’s in Tyler

Movie and TV actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley — and wife of country music star Brad Paisley — is the guest speaker for the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County’s 5th Annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon September 19 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.

How to Achieve a Home with an Outdoor View

As the weather cools down, it is time to get outside again, and thus the perfect time to remodel a home or update a porch or backyard to enjoy the outdoors.

Animals Get Love at Pets Fur People

Gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows at the lovely green lawn, a lucky cat might think they were in a private home. Instead, she’s sitting in a sunroom of the cattery at Pets Fur People, a branch organization of the Tyler Humane Society.

Greenville Welcomes Trio of Restaurants

Greenville residents hungry for fresh, new dining options are in for a triple treat.

New Caddo Grass House Draws Visitors

A replica of ancient civilization rises up from East Texas with the tradition-based construction of a grass house near Alto, Texas.

Adler & Hearne Release Simpatico

A while back on National Public Radio, music icon Billy Bragg claimed that “cynicism is the enemy of us all.” Coincidentally that same day, I was listening to Simpatico, a 24-song album by Adler & Hearne — Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne — that celebrates their 15 years together.

Find Antiques and Handcrafted Drinks at Jo’s

Fashioned from a refurbished antique shop, Jo’s Downtown adds a certain hipster vibe to the already fun downtown of Mount Pleasant.

Skougard Holds Workshops in Winnsboro

Decorative paint and restoration specialist Anne Skougard teaches weekly workshops at Clara Ida Frances in Winnsboro.

Keith Carter Views East Texas

Internationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter is known for creating lyrical representations of the people and cultures of East Texas and the South. Called a “Poet of the Ordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, Carter’s haunting, enigmatic photographs are featured in solo exhibitions and permanent collections all over the world.