September-October 2017

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Predictions Are Good for Old Omen

In recent years, a new Old Omen emerged with a distinct swampy folk-blues sound and all predictions indicate this is what the words conjure up for a growing audience now and in the future.

Audiences Still Inspired by Johnny Mathis

Romantic crooner Johnny Mathis was born in Gilmer September 30, 1935. He became one of the most beloved pop singers in American music history.

Famous Sculptor Hails from Crandall

“Readin’ Time” (Azle, Texas) is one of more than 150 bronze sculptures created by the late Bill Bond, born October 1, 1923, in Crandall, the son of William and Nonnie Bond.

Freddie King Brought Blues to the World

The talented blues musician Freddie King was born September 3, 1934, in Gilmer.

Famous Comedy Team Started in East Texas

On September 25, 1916, a performance took place by The Four Nightingales — made up of siblings that became known as The Marx Brothers — at an opera house in Nacogdoches (still standing) in which an unplanned interruption resulted in the group switching from a musical to a comedic act.

East Texas Protected Wilderness Areas

Five protected wilderness areas compromising almost 35,000 acres in East Texas were established by U.S. legislature on October 30, 1984.

Spooky Encounters Abound in East Texas

East Texas is a perfect place to indulge in playful horrors of Halloween, what with its deep woods, historic homes, and ghost stories.

Seven Brown Generations

Busy Betty Oglesbee

Betty Oglesbee stays busy. Recently, the matron of the city and county — both named San Augustine — joined with others to push for a playground at the county’s Children’s Services Building.

Quirky Treasures in the Upper East Side of Texas

No list of area adventures is complete without the region’s offerings of oddball treasures in museums and quirky educational exhibits.

Resurrection of The Cannery Brings New Life to Lindale

There’s a big reason why Lindale won County Line Magazine’s “Best Improved Small Town” in the last annual survey — major expansion and renovations in a downtown complex called The Cannery has everyone talking.

Winnsboro’s Cultural Arts District Offers a Variety of Events This Autumn

The state-recognized Cultural Arts District of Winnsboro has an abundance of art activities throughout the year. Each fall they also present the Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival.

Edom Art Festival Celebrates 45 Years with Artist Duos

The Edom Art Community is full of couples working together at their crafts throughout the year. Showing their work at the Edom Art Festival — celebrating its 45th year October 14-15 — are numerous other artist couples.

See The Tin Woman in Palestine

Palestine Community Theatre presents The Tin Woman October 6-8 and 13-15 at the historic Texas Theatre in downtown Palestine.

Favorite Movies Starring East Texans

Whether Quitman native Sissy Spacek is the favored star from East Texas or not is debatable, but it is clear by this list from a recent County Line survey that her leading roles in an eclectic filmography stand out enough to win four of the 10 spots in this list of favorite movies starring East Texans.

Film Festivals are a Growing Trend in the Region

Interest in film -- and in particular, independent films -- continues to grow in the Upper East Side of Texas.

Ghost of the Main

During my early years in Nacogdoches, going to the movies was serious business in my world, and I wanted to get the most out of every single adventure.

Edge of the Nest and Evening in Venice

Published poetry/September-October 2017

Texas Country Music Awards Scheduled in September

They’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band

Hear this collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound based on music from The Beatles.

Charley Pride Graces Stage in Crockett

The Pineywoods Fine Arts Association presents Charley Pride September 23 at the Crockett Civic Center.

Tyler Bryant Performs at Backyard Blowout

Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown perform at Backyard Blowout at Heritage Hall in Paris September 2 along with Stoney Larue, Koe Wetzel, Parker McCollum, Sons of Fannin, Jared Mitchell Band, Holly Tucker, Kevin Jackson, Zack Jones, Trever Carico, Aaron Parker, and Trey Rose.

Edgwood Festival Features Jams and Jellies

Resident and active volunteer in Edgewood Jo Poynter makes jams and jellies and is in charge of the preserves booth in the annual Edgewood Heritage Festival held every second Saturday in November.

Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Set

Among the delicious celebrations in the Upper East Side of Texas this season is Uncorked Food & Wine Festival from 3-8 p.m. October 7 at Camp Langston in Mount Pleasant

The Winnsburger is Worth a Drive from Anywhere

Peace Efforts Scheduled for East Texas

The 7th Annual Art of Peace celebration takes place September 15-24 in various locations in Tyler.

Kids App Ideas for a Smooth Transition Into Fall

The kids are back in school. Here are a few app ideas for a smooth transition into fall.