September-October 2018

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Old Firehouse Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Old Firehouse music venue in Edom recently announced its 10th anniversary season.

Swinard Brings Old-Time Rock-N-Roll to Texas

In the land of country and western music he’s a rare gem and a real treat for those who like that old-time rock-n-roll.

Shared Workspace Is Growing and Welcome Trend

What is this “shared workspace” that keeps popping up in media and other conversations fairly often these days, even in rural areas of the Upper East Side of Texas?

Bras for the Cause Celebrates 10 Years

For many years, local philanthropists and volunteers have grabbed glue guns and become seamstresses, designers, and bra wranglers to create unique entries for a good cause. Now in its 10th year, Bras for the Cause displays this year’s creations October 11 in downtown Greenville.

Rise and Shine on Emory’s Downtown Square

At the northwest corner of the downtown square in Emory, Texas, sits a charming craftsman-style building wafting an intoxicating fragrance that helps the area come to life each morning.

Jimmy’s Straight Texas Bourbon Strikes Gold

Jimmy’s Straight Texas Bourbon Whiskey recently received a coveted gold medal at the North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition held in New Orleans

Try the Pie at The Shed Cafe in Edom

On the regular dessert menu at The Shed Cafe in Edom are a variety of pies including Lemon, Chocolate and Coconut Meringue, Blackberry, Peach, Apple, and Chocolate, Coconut, and Reese’s Dream pies.

Kevin Galloway comes to Stanleys Famous Pit BBQ

Gatlin Brothers Headline in Greenville

The Bowery Stage Presents Fall Lineup

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

When I first read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor back in third grade, I was appalled at how the Logan family was treated. I thought that surely, this was all fictional, but I soon found that many African-Americans faced racial segregation and violence.

A Family that Remembers, Lives Forever

Dia de los Muertos is among one of the most popular Mexican festivals that takes center stage in many films and works of literature, including the Disney creation Coco. The movie, intended for younger audiences, strikes the hearts of every generation, holding onto the deep tradition of the true meaning of family, what it means to remember the ones who have passed, and how to accept those losses.

Thrilling New Films Coming to East Texas

Allen Phillips and Trampas Smith, both of De Kalb, Texas, were elated when their short film, Liquid Soul, was selected recently by Houston Film Commission’s 2018 Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase, soon followed by Austin Spotlight Film Festival, Fayetteville Film Fest, and the Downtown Tyler Film Festival. Most recently they received word the film won the Platinum Award for Best Experimental Short and the Gold Award for Best Visual FX from the IMDB International Short Film Competition. The selections and awards are not likely to stop there.

Silent Conversations With Artist Gary Bacher

Each year one of the participating artists in the Edom Art Festival provides artwork for the festival’s poster (see on opposite page) and T-shirts. For 2018 the honor goes to Gary Bacher of New Boston, Texas.

Get Ready for Impressive at Annual Edom Art Festival

Chicks With Hits Kick off New Season for Piney Woods Fine Arts Association

Winnsboro Art Fest Set for November 9-10

Works By Abhidnya Ghuge Featured at TMA

Enjoy Greenville’s Extraordinary Peace of Art

Greenville has a secret mural. It is actually a relief sculpture in a very serene setting. The artwork is in a cemetery, a graveyard, a place of eternal rest.

Local Sweets Are a Treat

As trick or treaters pour their Halloween night bounty out onto tables across America, they’re sure to find among the sweet treasures candies like Peanut Butter Bars, Chick-O-Sticks, Slo Pokes, Mint Twists, Rainbow Coconut Bars, and Long Boys. But where does the candy come from?

Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Return to Heard Museum

Visitors to Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney can let their imaginations run wild as they travel back in time with life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a half-mile nature trail from September 1 through February 18, 2019.

Marshall Native Never Forgot His Hometown

Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr., also known as Y.A. Tittle, was a groundbreaker, Hall of Fame and seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback and part of the San Francisco 49ers’ famed “Million Dollar Backfield.” He was also the first professional football player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and is credited with coining “alley-oop” as a sports term to describe a high arcing pass.

Try this Recipe for National Blueberry Popsicle Month

Fallen 9/11 Victims Remembered in Dallas

Frankenstein’s John Boles Hailed from Greenville

John Boles, a silent film and talkie star, was born October 28, 1895, in Greenville, Texas, to parents John Monroe and Mary Jane Boles.

Visit Mineola — a Small Town with a Big Heart

Almost 200 years ago, long before Uber, people’s main mode of transportation from town to town was horses. Then came the “Iron Horse,” a steam locomotive that quickly made travel more convenient and helped build small communities like Mineola, Texas. To celebrate its heritage, Mineola hosts its very own Iron Horse celebration each fall.