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This year’s Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey set a record with 4,591 nominations for a growing list of gems in the region featuring delicious food, wonderful attractions, beautiful backdrops, one-of-a-kind shops, exciting entertainment, and many talented individuals. We lo…

My mother, Lucille Matthews Geddie, is an inspiration to me and so many others. At 94 years old, she lives her life so beautifully — with purpose, passion, and compassion for others.

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In honor of our 200th issue falling during the holiday season, we’ve gathered 200 thoughtful gift ideas from around the Upper East Side of Texas. Some you can find online but for a true experience, plan a getaway around shopping, then dining at area restaurants, and staying over in one of th…

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Love wine? Love to shop? Kristi McDonald has come up with an exciting way to enjoy both pastimes – East Texas Sip & Shop. Her 15-passenger van takes guests on guided tours to select wineries, breweries, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques, promising discounts and a good time along …

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For those seeking fun weekend destinations where plenty of activities are easily within walking distance once they arrive, there’s no need to look further than the Upper East Side of Texas. From family-packed adventures to romantic getaways, girlfriend gatherings, and individual outings, her…

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Gong meditation facilitator Kenny Kolter holds sound therapy workshops throughout the country.  He incorporates the use of gongs, drums, rattles, Tibetan bowls, chimes and various other instruments to help provide participants a chance to escape the daily grind. 

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When I tell people I’m a Yoga instructor, the first thing they say to me is, "I can’t do yoga. I’m not flexible."  My reply? You don’t go to the gym already fit. You go to get fit. The same is true of yoga. But the practice of yoga isn’t just about becoming flexible. Yoga offers so much more…

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Head to the Colfax Community Women’s (CCW) annual fundraiser — a silent auction, bake sale and chili cook-off, all rolled into one — set for Saturday, November 18.

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In the wake of the tornadoes which affected an estimated 5,000 addresses in East Texas, our community continues to focus on rebuilding and healing. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors who take advantage of those who have already been victimized. BBB reminds h…

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Farmers' markets in the Upper East Side of Texas offer more than delicious home grown produce. Some have food demonstrations, wine, preserves, fresh baked breads, live music, and more. It's a destination experience celebrating local flavor. Follow the links below to learn more about each of …

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For those seeking fun weekend destinations where plenty of activities are easily within walking distance once they arrive, there’s no need to look further than the Upper East Side of Texas. From family-packed adventures to romantic getaways, girlfriend gatherings, and individual outings, her…

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Few pet lovers are surprised by news that being around animals may help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and even lengthen human life spans, but researchers continue to study the benefits of the human-animal bond. And organizations like the National Center for Health Research note that t…

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"This image was captured just after sunset while enjoying the balloon glow during the recent Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest in Canton, Texas." -- Justine Meccio

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The Fifth Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. May 13 and  10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on May 14 on the west side of the First Monday Trade Days grounds in Canton. 

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The sixth annual Toy Drive Golf Tournament hosted by Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton, netted gifts for worthy organizations in Van Zandt and other counties: Santa’s Kids, East Texas Crisis Center, Van Zandt County Children's Shelter, Kaufman County Children's Advocacy Center, and CASA (Court …