Brenda Buck and Cheryl Estes hosted the September gathering of North East Texas Tourism Council (NETTC) members in downtown Winnsboro. Also in attendance were Mallori James/Marshall, Lisa Thompson/Texarkana, Niecy Baum/Pittsburg, Suzanne Cross/Henderson, Susan Travis/Tyler, Marsha Valdetero and Lois Reed/Gladewater, Decedric Williams/Longview, Nancy Murphy and Lynn Kitchens/Mineola, Colleen Taylor/Jefferson, Fred Richardson/Richardson Publishing, P.A. Geddie/County Line Magazine, Tara Nicole/Rusk, Becky Semple/Paris, and Austin Melton and Tam Erwin/Canton.
The group discussed upcoming travel shows in Shreveport, Henderson, Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas and the NETTC visitors guide and map.
Richard Hall from East Texas Productions talked about his full service video production company that enjoys working with small town tourism groups and businesses on branding videos and other projects. They use drone footage, photography, and state-of-the art streaming and recording equipment to tell each entities unique story.
Lunch was enjoyed on the garden patio of Liefie Li Vine. Their menu includes a mix of traditional African, Eastern, and European flavors that make up their modern South African cuisine. Several enjoyed the Smoked Chicken, Cream Cheese, and Sharp Cheddar Panini with Tomato Basil soup. Liefie's serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and dinner until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Learn more on www.liefie.us.
Brenda talked about the downtown arts district of Winnsboro and all the many shops to find art, kitchenware, clothing, gifts, and so much more. She presented a gift bag to each attendee with coupons and beautiful quilted stuffed hearts and animals from Danna's & the Buffalo Girls. Each guest was also gifted an exquisite necklace created from local leaves and clay by artist Georgia Lange Moore.
Winnsboro has numerous eateries in the arts district and concerts, entertainment and exhibits at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. See their schedule at www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com.
Three big events take center stage downtown Winnsboro soon with the month-long Autumn Trails kicking off September 29, Cowboy Poetry Gathering October 19, and the Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival November 8-9.