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HEY, THELMA! GRAB YOUR LOUISE, A MUCH YOUNGER BRAD PITT, AND LET’ S GO ROAD TRIPPIN’ ! This issue, we have gathered an extensive list of top spots to visit this summer as the rubber meets the road across the great state of Texas. We have broken down each stop by regions here in our vast state. Visit the Hill Country and Central Texas where there is no shortage of water adventures to quench the summer heat. The Coastal Region is rimmed with beaches and fresh, local cuisine. Catch the wide open sky of West Texas and try to spot a UFO or attempt the great 72-ounce steak challenge! North Texas is abundant in all things summer; not to mention an afternoon spent cheering on our own Texas Rangers. Back home in East Texas, check out local hidden gems shared with us by our readers. We found that this summer road trip list could go on for days and days and we would love to hear where you are road trippin’ this summer! The grandest anniversary party is just around the corner! Legends of the Call is Tyler's 30th Anniversary of the Cattle Barons’ Gala, and we researched its beginning from a cow pasture in 1988. This distinct Gala will honor past chairmen of Cattle Barons’ and their incredible sacrifice of time and call of duty to fight cancer. We are also excited that Trace Adkins will be headlining the Gala. After he had been secured as this year’s entertainer, Chairmen Darla Childress and Debra Smith learned that Trace will play in the movie Hickok, set in the Wild West and due to hit theaters July 7. Trace will star alongside Kris Kristofferson and Luke Hemsworth. You do not want to miss this years’ Cattle Barons’ Gala! Do you drink your coffee on your front porch? Is it time to spruce things up a bit? We have come up with ten budgetfriendly ways to make your coffee perch a little more comfortable and easy on the eye. What do Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Dolly Parton all have in common (besides being major music legends)? They all have played at the Mayfair Building located on the East Texas State Fairgrounds. Unfortunately, this historic building is desperate for some much-needed repairs. What can we do to save a piece of Tyler history? We have also delved into weird national holidays that fall during the months of July and August. You know the ones: those ridiculously odd holidays that pop up on your Facebook page and make you say “huh”?!? How exactly is one supposed to celebrate such strange holidays and who is sitting around coming up with this stuff? Well wonder no longer, we looked into that for you and have a few suggestions! Another read you sure do not want to miss! Here at BSCENE, we wish our readers a fun and cool summer. As for me, I will catch you on the highways checking out our summer road trippin’ spots, and I hope to see you along the way. And, hey, if you stop somewhere awesome, don’t forget to buy a T-shirt!

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Employees of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch spent an evening volunteering to fight hunger and feed hope in the Volunteer Center of the East Texas Food Bank, on May 23. In addition, a $10,000 donation was made to help secure nutritious produce for the children, families and seniors who are served in Smith County.

The House of Wynne held a ribbon cutting and grand opening, at their location in Bergfeld Shopping Center, on May 4.

Texas College's men's track team members Donovan Mansfield, Eddie Shoots, Jeremiah Thompson, Kieave Harry, and Rokedrick Allen (pictured with Coach Richard Murphy) qualified and competed at the National Championship meet, May 25-27, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Altra Federal Credit Union presented a check for $750 to the Boys & Girls Club from money raised from their Bracket Madness online contest during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Division 1 Tournament, on April 20. “We designed this to be a fun charity event supporting local youth organizations in the communities we serve,” said Cheryl Dutton, VP of Marketing.

Brookshire Grocery Company escorted a group of 24 WWII veterans to Washington, DC, on its 14th Heroes Flight, May 29 - 31. BGC provided the all-expenses-paid trip to honor them for their service and sacrifices and has taken nearly 400 veterans to DC since establishing the Heroes Flight program in 2010.

Friends of the Mayfair Building gathered as the City of Tyler Preservation Board presented the Mayfair Building with a historic subject marker, on May 31.

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The Junior League of Tyler, Inc., presented a check for $307,000.00, during their May General Meeting, held at Willow Brook Country Club, on May 8. Funds raised during the 2016-2017 year will be invested back into the community this year to support area non-profits. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System celebrated their 80th Anniversary and recognized their seventh time to be named among the Truven 100 Top Hospitals in the country. As part of their annual celebrations for National Healthcare Week and Nurses Week, on May 10.

Kawa's Hibachi Grill & Lounge held a ribbon cutting and 1-year anniversary celebration, at their location in Tyler, on May 30.

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances held a Fo od Collection to benefit St. Paul Children's Foundation, in May. Over 2,000 lbs of fo od was collected and the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Cardiology team collected the most items: 1,104!

Patterson Nissan of Longview presented Mr. Lee Branson, who is an inspiring and dedicated teacher at Hallsville ISD, with Patterson's Teacher Appreciation Award, on May 26. Lee Branson has been described by his students as "a highly admirable man and a genuine good samaritan towards his community." Patterson Nissan also presented him with a brand new 2017 Nissan Sentra to thank him for his dedication to educating and enlightening future generations.

Brookshire Grocery Company presented a $163,000 check to local and national charities from proceeds raised during the 4th Annual FRESH 15 Road Race, at the FRESH by Brookshire's store in Tyler, on April 18.

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You must be trippin’ this summer … road trippin’ that is! Texas is so big that you don’t have to travel far this summer to experience the vacation of a lifetime. Pick one section of the state and get ready for a fun filled road trip. With help from reader feedback, we’ve broken down the 85 best spots to stop while cruising under the big, open Texas sky.

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26 1 Texas Hill Country & Central Texas: In no particular order, we begin our countdown in the hills lined with blooming bluebonnets and crystal clear water beneath our feet. 1. Float the Guadalupe River - With nothing to do but float for 6 hours, how can you not ease into summer? 2. The Grist Mill River Restaurant, New Braunfels - Nestled above the Guadalupe River, this distinctly Texas restaurant is the perfect getaway for a unique casual dining experience. 3. Gruene Hall, New Braunfels - Visit Texas’ oldest dance hall and catch the guitar strings of Jack Ingram, Stoney LaRue, and Uncle Lucius this summer. 4. Son’s Island, Lake Placid - A beautiful, three and a half acre island paradise complete with Hawaiian style cabanas. 5. Perdernales Falls State Park, Johnson City - Tranquil and a great place to relax, camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, bird watch and ride horses. 6. Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg - Head on in for a winery tour in Hill Country and sample some of their award-winning vino.

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7. Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg - This wild seed farm features 200 acres of wildflowers blooming in all different stages of development. 8. The Christmas Store, Fredericksburg - Niche shopping and uniquely decorated store fronts. 9. Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg - This enormous pink granite makes the ideal location for climbing and bouldering enthusiasts or those looking for a thrill! 10. Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Marble Falls - The refuge contains over seven miles of trails and is home to 245 bird species throughout the year. 11. Hidden Falls Adventure Park, Marble Falls - Take an adrenaline packed guided Jeep tour where you’ll get off the beaten path for about two and a half hours. 12. Andalusia Whiskey Distillery, Blanco - whiskey tasting in a modern, but cozy atmosphere.

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18. San Marcos River, San Marcos - Another fun river full of swimming tubing and neon lighted paddle boards. 19. The Hitch, San Marcos - Take your lunch pick among several food trucks and be entertained by live music most weekends. 20. San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio - A river village with your choice of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and hotels. 21. The Alamo, San Antonio - This is a classic Texas stop that deserves to be visited and re-visited. 22. Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio - “The restored garden features a lush year-round garden and a floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi.” 23. BSR Cable Park, Waco - A surf ranch, cable park, giant waterslide, and a lazy river … what more could your summer want?

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24. Waco Hippodrome, Waco - Don't miss a moment of action at this dine-in theater with live music on the patio! 25. Magnolia Market - The silos made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines! You do not want to miss this shopping and retail experience! 26. Stagecoach Inn, Salado - Built in 1852 as a stagecoach stop along the Chisholm Trail; this is the oldest continuously running hotel in Texas!

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27. Main Street, Salado - locally, handcrafted art, unique shoppes, and delightful dining! Is a girl trip calling your name? 28. The Golf Club at Star Ranch, Hutto - An all-inclusive 18 hole golf course “with undulating fairways and greens flanked by pristine white sand bunkers.” 29. Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana - The ‘original” since 1896. Fresh baked goods and sweets for your summer time appetite! Cont'd on pg. 22

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Culminating Tyler Junior College’s yearlong 90th Anniversary, a Celebration was held at Willow Brook Country Club, on May 5. Attendees celebrated, fireworks lit up the sky and by the end of the night, $419,000 was raise to help East Texas students attend TJC.

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We are all fighting a battle; whether it is seen or unseen; a battle from the past or one to preserve the future. We fight for others, and amidst the war, sometimes, we find that the very thing we are fighting, has become a reality of our own. This reality is the story of Dr. Jim McAndrew, but it does not begin nor end with him. Dr. McAndrew has faced prostate cancer head on, and according to reports and follow-up tests, he is now four months out of surgery and cancer free. Before this, Jim’s father and grandfather battled prostate cancer and also won. However, that was only the beginning of his story.

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Dr. McAndrew, a urologist at Urology Tyler, PA in Tyler, and his wife, Cynthia, began the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in 2015, before his diagnosis. The goal was simply to raise awareness about prostate cancer: a subject that “tends to be things men don’t talk about much.” Dr. McAndrew wanted to use the experience from his career and what he saw his dad go through, to turn people's attention to a serious matter. “Even before my diagnosis, I had a platform to advocate for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. They would ask me, what would you do if you had my diagnosis? In the past I could say, well, let me tell you what I told my dad to do. Now I can say, well, let me tell you what I did. Being part of the club that no one wants to join gives me credibility, to advocate for men, that was not possible before.” In the beginning, the McAndrews saw the race as an opportunity to shed light on the need for prostate cancer screenings, compounded with the mounting evidence that “more than 12,550 men in Texas will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year,” as stated by ZEROCANCER.ORG. “Awareness is the key to early diagnosis and good treatment results. My recent diagnosis of prostate cancer made the need to promote awareness even more personal,” said Dr. McAndrew. The American Urology Association panel has advised that they do not recommend prostate screening in men under the age of 40 and recommends against routine screening for men ages 40 to 54. As for Dr. Jim McAndrew’s thoughts on the topic, “I personally think this is too restrictive.” His grandfather’s diagnosis came at the age of 83, his father at the age of 71, and his at the age of 55: “As you can see from the ages- this trend is going the wrong way!” He continues, “There is also mounting evidence that a first PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen test) at age 40 may predict the development of future, potentially lethal prostate cancer. If your PSA is greater than 1.0 at age 40, you are at a higher risk for lethal prostate cancer ... my PSA at age 40 was 1.1.” The goal of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk is to “create Generation ZERO - the first generation of men free of prostate cancer.” What needs to be done to see that this generation comes to fruition? “I recommend men get a baseline PSA at age 40, then (if everything is fine with the first PSA) yearly starting at age 50. I also recommend men continue to get PSA tests as long as they are healthy enough to want to consider treatment. There are a lot of very healthy and active men in their 70’s and older! While these recommendations from prestigious organizations make sense for populations of people, it is more beneficial for an INDIVIDUAL man to have more information about his medical conditions. Knowing your

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PSA of several years is even more helpful,” suggests Dr. McAndrew. There is another bump in the road, a seemingly small hurdle, but a hiccup nonetheless: getting men to go to the doctor! “Women tend to be very good at going to the doctor to get checked. Men are not. Almost all women have men in their lives (father, husband, son, brother), and all us men could use a little encouragement to see a doctor,” said Dr. McAndrew. Cynthia McAndrew told me that her husband goes to the doctor every year for her birthday present. “My wife wants to keep me around for a while, so I committed to going to my internist once a year near her birthday as part of her birthday present. I think it is one of her favorite presents - because it is like telling her I want to be healthy and be with you for a long time,” shares Dr. McAndrew. Dr. Jim McAndrew credits his unfailing faith in his journey and recovery. As a first generation “believer in Jesus as my Lord and Savior,” he has said, “This alone raises my expectations that God plans to use my diagnosis for something great.” He explains how he became a believer. “I grew up in a science based world. My father was a Chemical Engineer, and the worldview/philosophy of our family was that everything had a scientific explanation. My favorite subjects in school were math and science.” The verse in the Bible that has brought comfort to him is John 11:4. Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Dr. McAndrew shares his faith and testimony on his Urology Associate, P.A. online biography: “In the late 1970’s there was a TV show called In Search of … narrated by Leonard Nimoy (AKA Dr. Spock). Not someone whom I would call a great TV evangelist! One episode of the show was In Search of Noah’s Ark. I always looked forward to that show, and I knew in my heart that the ending would be clear. Science would prove the Bible to be false; the story was just a fable, didn’t happen, couldn’t have happened. But to my surprise, J U L Y | A U GU ST 2 0 1 7

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the conclusion was just the opposite. After careful research and scientific study it was determined that it was possible, and even probable, the story was true and could have happened exactly as described in the Bible. Through the godly example of my wife, Cynthia, Sunday school and Bible study, I began to understand the role of Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, and protector in my life. His calling me through the use of a secular TV show, my turning to accept him, His putting a hedge of protection around my life until the time was right, and bringing Cynthia into my life are all true miracles,” says Dr. McAndrew. With early PSA screening, faith, and awareness, Dr. McAndrew believes we can help build Generation ZERO. The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this September “rallies communities and gives participants a voice in the fight to end prostate cancer,” Jamie

Bearse, CEO of ZERO, has said. The ZERO Run/Walk is a time to show your support for loved ones who fight the battle against prostate cancer. This race has become a way for the McAndrews, and so many more sharing in the battle, to fight prostate cancer and pave the way for a new generation of men to become prostate cancer free. Just as Generation ZERO is a work in progress, Dr. McAndrew can relate, “I'm truly a work in progress. I make large, deep cuts on people. Even if we use "permanent suture" to sew things back together, if it weren't for God's healing power, nothing would heal. We just get things lined up and close. He does the rest!” So, with these tools in hand, the McAndrews' fight to win the war against prostate cancer and preserve the future. Join the race and help others fight. To learn more, visit www.zeroprostatecancerrun.org/tyler.

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34. Mustang Island, Port Aransas - A beautiful beach getaway! Lie out on the sands or take a dip in the ocean for a relaxing time in this small coastal town. 35. Seabrook Waffle Company, Seabrook - Grab a waffle topped with anything you could imagine … from cheese, ham, and bacon, to peanut butter and bananas or a waffle topped with ice cream, strawberries, and dark chocolate. 36. Kemah Boardwalk, Seabrook - An amusement park with midway games, shopping, and restaurants right on the boardwalk! The fun never ends! 37. Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark, Houston - 40,000 square feet of concrete paradise, the largest in Texas, for skaters both old and young alike. 38. Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou, Houston - Some of the favorites include Crunchy German Potatoes, Homemade Roquefort Salad Dressing, and the incomparable Apple Strudel. The lush gardens in the back are rumored to be reminiscent of Mr. Bruner’s native Germany. 39. Houston Museum of Natural Science - A sleepover like “A Night at the Museum? Yes, please!

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40. Escape it Houston - Chose a themed room (like the Titanic or The Great Pyramids of Egypt) and try to escape in 60 minutes or less! 41. Downtown Aquarium, Houston - Where else can you ride a train while sharks and tropical fish swim overhead? 42. The Shack Burger Resort, Cypress - Award winning burgers with a play area for the kiddos. What kid doesn't love an old school bus turned into a playground? And don’t forget to try the Bradley Cooper, an adult beverage to compliment your burger. 43. Market Street, The Woodlands - Luxury in the Woodlands! Fine dining, shopping, wine walks, and much-needed spa treatments await you at the town’s epicenter. Cont'd on pg. 36

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NO GUESTS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE. IN CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND IN RECOGNITION OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S MISSION, THE CATTLE BARONS’ GALA IS A SMOKE-FREE EVENT.

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“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” - Isaac Newton We’ve only come this far in cancer research and resources because of all the brave men and women who have blazed a trail before us. They are truly “giants” in our eyes, and we know it is a huge privilege to continue on in the work they’ve accomplished over the last twenty-nine years. This year, we chose “Legends of the Call” as our theme to honor those who have gone before us: those who have served our community through the medical field, who have volunteered countless hours of service, who have graciously continued to donate financially and those who have so bravely fought their own personal battles with cancer. We want to honor them by continuing to strive for a cure. We want to set the stage for those who come after us ... to be able to reach higher and further to make cancer a distant memory. Over the past twenty-nine years, the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala has raised over eleven million dollars toward saving lives from cancer. The wonderful support of our faithful sponsors and dedicated volunteers is paramount to the success of this Gala. We hope that you will join us for this year’s 30th Anniversary as we aim to make it a “Legendary” year in the movement to providing many more birthdays! Thank you for your support!

2017 TYLER CATTLE BARONS’ GALA CO-CHAIRS Darla Childress & Debra Smith

“Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most of your heart.” - Winnie the Pooh What a true statement! And our Li’l Wranglers do just that! For twenty years, we have had the honor of hosting and celebrating Pediatric Oncology patients of East Texas and their families at the Li’l Wrangler Roundup. This year’s Roundup honored guests at the Lindale Championship Rodeo on May 19th. The children were treated to an array of pre-rodeo activities to include entertainment by Kornpop the Klown, time for creative painting, and a delicious cookout by the Chuck Wagon Gang. Each honoree was presented with their very own cowboy hat, generously donated by Cavender’s and Resistol, and enjoyed VIP seating at the rodeo. Families had their picture made and enjoyed a wonderful cook-out sponsored by the 2017 Chuck Wagon Gang! The fun continued after dinner and into the evening with VIP rodeo seating. These survivors are part of what the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala is truly about ... celebrating these precious warriors.

LI’L WRANGLER ROUNDUP Annie Merrick

Annie Merrick first attended the Li’l Wrangler Roundup in 2016, a couple of weeks after ringing the “end of treatment” bell at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Annie was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in May 2015, when she was just seven months old. An MRI revealed a tumor in her chest after her mother noticed her pupils were different sizes while feeding her. Surgery was performed to remove the tumor, and her doctors and family were hopeful that was all that would be necessary to rid her body of cancer. Unfortunately, at her first post-surgery scans three months later they learned the tumors had returned and cancer had spread throughout her body. The scans revealed tumors in her lymph nodes, bones, and bone marrow. Annie would endure eight rounds of chemotherapy over the next six months with the joy and resiliency only a child could have, even learning to walk in the hospital attached to an IV pole. Thankfully, her treatment was successful and a year post-treatment, Annie remains a healthy and vibrant two and a half year old. The Merricks are so grateful for the Cattle Barons’ Committee and for the light they shine on pediatric cancer heroes that have fought and continue to fight such a fierce battle. Funding for pediatric cancer research is scarce, and the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala along with the American Cancer Society provides desperately needed funding to help save children like Annie.

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Trane/Ingersoll Rand The University of Texas at Tyler UT Health Northeast

American State Bank

LONE STAR BARON

BRONZE BARON

John Soules Foods and Sanderson Farms

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Edward Jones Investments Hall Buick GMC

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Susan Robinson Fine Jewelry

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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

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Dakotas DOW Autoplex Eagles Bluff Country Club / Cheryl and Steve Plybon Lago del Pino

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Mary and Bob Irwin Mercedes - Benz of Tyler The Rogers Foundation SDS Petroleum Consultants LLC

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ETMC Regional Healthcare System Homeland Title Company Patterson Volkswagen Petro Safety Services Rex Hide, Inc. / The Hoeffner Foundation

BMW of Tyler Brookshires Grocery Company Cavender’s Classic Toyota Dawn and Jeffery C. Davis Enbridge Energy Company The R.W. Fair Foundation H.O.P.E. Cancer Center of East Texas Suzanne and Matthew Laine Landmark Title Company Dawn and Harry Leatherwood Oncor R&K Distributing, Inc. Republic Ice House / David L. King Becky and Jerry Spencer Texas Oncology Tyler Nanci Wright & Craig Gandy / Real Estate Investment Brokerage

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Anonymous Citizens 1st Bank The Jim Denson Family E.L.S. Surveying & Mapping, Inc. East Texas Seed Company / Margaret and John T. Moss / Richie Moss First Bank & Trust East Texas GG Distributing LLC Dick and Glenda Barrett McClenny

RANCH BARON Austin Bank Bailes & Co., P.C.

The Brannon Corp - Maelen and Kirk Bynum Campbell Custom Homes, Inc. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Ross Breast Center Citizens National Bank Cosmetic Surgery Center / Dr. Laura O’Halloran and Dr. James Sarr East Texas Copy Systems Flowers Davis, PLLC / East Texas Title Company The Genecov Group Joyce and Zelick Greenberg Foundation Henry & Peters CPA Dr. and Mrs. Jim McAndrew - Urology Tyler RPR Construction Company, Inc. Regions Bank Suzie and Reed Rippy and Dr. Pat Thomas Southside Bank TDI Air Conditioning Threlkeld and Company Insurance Tyler Junior College / Donna and Mike Metke UBS East Texas Wealth Management / Dean Childres and John Mark Rogers Visiting Angels

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TRACE ADKINS FEATURED ENTERTAINER GRACIOUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY AMERICAN STATE BANK Considered a true “Legend” of country music, the featured entertainer for this year’s 30th Anniversary Gala is Trace Adkins. Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over ten million albums, cumulatively. His hit list includes “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins),” and “Just Fishin’,” to name a few. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed ten USO Tours.

CHRIS COLSTON Chris Colston is a Texas, country music singer songwriter from Lindale, Texas. Chris’ first single, “Blacktop Gospel,” was released to Texas radio in Fall, 2016, and stayed in the top 100 on the Texas charts for over twenty three weeks. Chris’ loyal fan base has nominated him for several East Texas Music Awards the past few years with eight nominations in 2016 including “Entertainer of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” and “Male Vocalist of the Year.” Also in 2016, Chris was awarded title of the Ambassador for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas.

DOWNTOWN FEVER UNDERWRITTEN BY RANDALL CHILDRESS EDWARD JONES Created in the image of the legendary Emerald City Band, Downtown Fever is not your average party band. This high energy group is comprised of the most talented musicians Dallas has to offer. Through lighting, choreography, and multiple lead vocalists, they bring a dynamic and interactive style that is famous for keeping dance floors full all night long. With a versatile song list ranging from Frank Sinatra to the hits of today, they specialize in choosing the best dance music at just the right time to pace your party to perfection! Downtown Fever is based in Dallas, Texas, UNDERWRITTEN BY RANDALL CHILDRESS - and also maintains a busy performance schedule in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Kansas City, St. Louis and all over the United States. EDWARD JONES

WAYLAND HICKS Wayland Hicks picked up the dream when most are giving up. He has been nominated for Best Male Vocalist of the Year through the East Texas Music Awards. Last year he released his first single, “Meet Me In Denver,” which made it to #42 on the Texas Country Music Charts. Wayland’s second single, “What Some Call A Weakness,” is currently climbing the Texas Country Music Charts. In April, 2014, Wayland was diagnosed with Stage Two Melanoma. After a successful surgery, he gets a clean bill of health every three months.


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LIVE AUCTION As always, this year’s Cattle Barons’ auction has included the unique, the original, and the imaginative. The following is just a glimpse at some of the amazing items to be auctioned. Enjoy this sneak-peek preview of “Legendary” items.

2017 CUSTOM CLUB CAR

Sport around in this Custom Club Car specifically designed for the 2017 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala. Trane/Ingersoll Rand and Tyler Golf Cars have teamed up offering this one-of-kind, 48-volt, XF series transport vehicle which stands apart from all others. This four-passenger Precedent 2 plus 1 has a folding rear seat giving the option to carry passengers or cargo. A custom dashboard, super sound system, windshield and mirrors are just a few options added to make this ride particularly special.

POKER NIGHT WITH DALLAS COWBOYS

Make it a night to remember! Spend the evening with three former Super Bowl Champions, Monday, September 25, 2017. Twenty four lucky winners will enjoy watching the classic rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals. Sip cocktails, feast on a fabulous dinner and enjoy a night of poker with “Legendary Cowboys,” Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Kevin Smith, and Randy White at the home of Michelle and Mayor Martin Heines.

Donor: Dallas Cowboys/Texas National Bank/ Michelle and Mayor Martin Heines Value: Priceless

Donor: Trane/Ingersoll Rand, Tyler Golf Cars Value: $6,000

NASCAR WEEKEND EXPERIENCE

Excitement begins with a ‘behind-the-scenes’ view of what it takes to be a NASCAR champion. November 3-5, 2017, two NASCAR fans will meet with owners, Bob and Sharon Leavine, driver, Michael McDowell, and NASCAR Cup Champion Crew Chief, Todd Parrott at the Texas Motor Speedway. This package Includes: Three days with Team #95, all-day Hot Passes to the pits and garage area, VIP treatment at the LFR/WRL suite during the race, two signed, hero cards from driver, Michael McDowell, one autographed driver’s helmet, and two gift certificates for Team Texas 10 Lap Driving School.

Donor: WRL Family Value: Priceless

VIP NAPA STYLE

Four wine lovers will experience two full days of VIP tours and wine tastings in private vineyards with personal winemakers. Included is a one-of-a kind dining and wine-pairing experience at the Kitchen Collective with Rebecca Sciandri of Sciandri Family Vineyards. End each day relaxing at the beautiful, newly-remodeled and modernized Italics vineyard house perched atop the East Napa hills overlooking the winery and vineyard. 90 day advanced booking notice required.

Donor: Small Lot Wine Tours, Italics Winery, Sciandri Family Vineyards Value: $10,000

PERSONAL CONCERT SEATING

Enjoy personal seating with table service for four. This table will be prepared onstage for the highest bidder to enjoy cocktails and feast on delights as you watch one of country music’s top entertainers, Trace Adkins, perform a show of a lifetime. This is sure to be a highlight of the night!

Donor: Trace Adkins Value: Priceless

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF ITEMS. WEBSITE: WWW.TYLERCATTLEBARONSGALA.ORG FACEBOOK: TYLER CATTLE BARONS’ GALA


TEXAS ROSE HORSE PARK The Texas Rose Horse Park and Brunson Equestrian Center provide the ideal setting for the 2017 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala. This premier event facility, located in the beautiful rolling hills off Hwy. 110 near Interstate 20, is family-owned and operated by Kathy Brunson. The 1700-acre expanse features a full-sized, indoor riding arena, which will be cooled for your comfort, as you enjoy the festivities and fundraising at the 30th year anniversary celebration. The beautiful Brunson Equestrian center provides daily riding lessons in English, Dressage, Western and Bareback Riding. The facility also hosts numerous top-rated Dressage Shows, Hunter/Jumper Shows, Horse Trial Events and Breed Shows as well as USDAA Dog Agility Trials and Training Events, Clinics and USEDC Drill competitions. Many of these events are free to the public and provide great entertainment for the entire family. Please make plans to experience this fabulous venue. On behalf of the American Cancer Society, we thank the Brunson Family for their generosity as they serve as hosts of the 2017 Cattle Barons’ Gala. TO MAKE YOUR EVENING COMPLETE AND HASSLE FREE, BUS TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO AND FROM THE VENUE. PRESENTED IN PART BY: CLASSIC COACH & CARRIAGE. THE ARENA WILL BE AIR-CONDITIONED FOR YOUR COMFORT!

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5:30 - 7:00 PM VIP RECEPTION DOOR OPENS FOR VIP ONLY The VIP reception will be held upstairs in the Grand Saloon of the arena. This exclusive reception is a way to honor and thank our most generous sponsors. Specially-selected beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served while guests enjoy tunes from East Texas’ own, Wayland Hicks. VIPs will also have an opportunity to welcome headliner, Trace Adkins, as he will be present to meet, greet and shake a few hands.

GALA CUISINE PREPARED BY EDDIE DEEN CATERING SPONSORED BY JOHN SOULES FOODS AND SANDERSON FARMS

6:00 PM BARONS’ PRIVATE RECEPTION The Private Barons’ reception, located on the arena floor, is held just prior to the Gala to thank and honor those gracious sponsors we dearly appreciate. As Barons, you will have first glance of the venue, enjoy cold beverages and savor hors d’oeuvres as the energetic tunes of Downtown Fever kick off this 30-year celebration. 6:00 PM SILENT AUCTION/MIDWAY/GAMING BEGINS 7:00 PM GENERAL ADMISSION DOORS OPEN TO ALL GUESTS 8:30 PM WELCOME / OPENING CEREMONY Emcee and Auctioneer, Mike Jones 8:45 PM LIVE AUCTION / FUND THE MISSION *Silent Auction/Midway/Gaming temporarily closed 9:45 PM CHANCE DRAWINGS WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS Hall Buick/GMC Susan Robinson Fine Jewelry & Charles Krypell 10:00 PM HEADLINER: TRACE ADKINS Generously underwritten by American State Bank 10:30 PM SILENT AUCTION CLOSES Checkout Open at Registration 11:30 PM AFTER PARTY BEGINS Generously underwritten by Trane / Ingersoll Rand 12:30 AM LIGHTS OUT

STREETS OF NEW ORLEANS Cajun Fried Catfish Jalapeno Hushpuppies Mini Cornbread Sausage Gumbo Zatarain’s Rice Hand Cut French Fries Creamy Cole Slaw MEXICAN FIESTA Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce Chicken, Pork and Veggie Tamales Beef and Chicken Fajitas Fresh Guacamole, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo Homemade Chips and Hot Sauce EAST TEXAS BBQ Tender Smoked Brisket Baby Back Ribs with Eddie Deen Rub and Honey Grilled Chicken Breast Pulled Pork Eddie Deen BBQ Sauce Charro Beans Homemade Potato Salad Sweet Pickles, Onions Homemade Yeast Rolls and Butter Green Salad with Ranch and Balsamic Dressings SILENT AUCTION Cowboy Chicken Sliders Braised Brisket Tacos MIDWAY/GAMING Chicken Chipotle Wraps with Fried Chicken Breast SWEET ENDINGS Fried Apple and Cherry Mini Pies Blueberry and Peach Cobbler Vanilla Ice Cream LATE NIGHT TREATS Marco’s Pizza


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LEGENDS OF THE CALL Written by: Amanda Thibodeaux Kosmer Photos by: Heath Bickerstaff

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n August 12, 2017, the Tyler area will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society Cattle Barons’ Gala. Thirty years of past chairmen will be honored for their diligent service to the American Cancer Society in true East Texas style. This year's Chairmen, Darla Childress and Debra Smith have secured Trace Adkins, country music singer, songwriter, and actor, as the featured entertainer. Darla promises this year’s Gala will “honor all of those who are and have been in the fight with cancer, as well as, those who have volunteered countless hours serving. It will honor those in the medical field, who on a daily basis help patients and families. We will recognize the wonderful donors of our community who, so graciously give to help fund a cure in this cancer battle.” Beautifully and appropriately named Legends of the Call. Debra Smith describes this year’s theme, “Fighting cancer is a calling and there are those on the front lines answering this call every day. A legend is a history-maker, a world-changer. When Darla and I planned our 30th Anniversary theme, Legends of the Call, we hoped to honor all the Legends … remarkable people disguised as ordinary friends who have fought bravely, generously volunteered their time, given resources, and poured so much heart into the Call of fighting cancer. They make history with stride. They are our legends.”

The American Cancer Society Cattle Barons’ of Dallas has been actively supporting cancer research and treatments since 1974. Tyler and its surrounding areas were a prime location for hosting such an event. Past chairmen and best friends Debbie Townsend and Jan Norton brought the Gala to East Texas in 1988. Debbie remembers how the first Gala found the two friends, “Jan and I have always been active in our community by chairing many different events, so our names were known. We were asked by the local President of the American Cancer Society Board at that time. We discussed at length with each other and our spouses the huge undertaking this would be and decided we could do this because of the cause! We were the first, so we BS CENEMAG. COM

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they encountered and yet they still made the amount of money they made for the American Cancer Society is amazing. We are so thankful for their commitment to our community. Tyler and the surrounding communities are abundantly generous. I think this generosity overspills with Cattle Barons’ because cancer is one disease that affects every one of us. May it be our family member or our friend; we are all touched by this ugly disease,” Darla Childress shares. The first Cattle Barons’ Gala brought in $121,661.00. Since then, the gala has raised over 14 million dollars that locally supports research, treatment, preventative care, and patient advocacy. From maintaining the website, supporting live chats, and toll-free telephone numbers to literature, educational tools, and advocacy with insurance companies, our local American Cancer Society wants the Tyler area to know that, “every penny benefits our community.” While raising funds is the primary goal for the Galas, it is rewarding to see money raised being put into action. “When a lady enters the American Cancer Society office without hair from chemo and leaves confidently with a beautiful new wig on her head; when a family member comes in and just needs a shoulder to cry on; or when someone calls needing to know where they can turn to for help because they do not have insurance and the American Cancer Society

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is there to help … it is worth more than any money can pay to know we are helping those in need," Darla says. Debra has also seen funds raised by the Gala benefitting our community. “When you help change one person’s life, you change a family’s life, which can then change a community and ultimately change the world,” she states. The 18 month plus process of planning the Cattle Barons’ Gala includes choosing a theme, the location, food, an entertainer, and so much more. Darla says that, “The very first decision made and the most important one is finding a great co-chair. When asked to take this role, I knew I needed someone that also had a passion for this Call.   It had to be someone I could truly rely on. A hard, diligent worker, fully committed and someone I would enjoy working with.   Debra and I have volunteered  together on past Cattle Barons’ committees.   She is a workhorse, but has such a heart for serving, and we have tons of laughs  together.   Those things are a must!” The second most important decision in planning a gala is choosing your committee. “The  committee is the foundation of the Gala, and we have a great team! Theme is third major decision made,  because everything revolves around the theme … from colors,  entertainment, decorations, food …everything,” she states. And, speaking of entertainment, Darla

and Debra are excited about Trace Adkins headlining the 30th Anniversary Gala. "We are so blessed to be hosting Trace Adkins for this year's Gala.  Little did we know when he was secured that he would be announcing his new tour and a new album at the same time we announced him as our 2017 headliner.   He is a true patriot and  definitely fits our theme as being a 'Legend’  of county music,” Darla enthusiastically shares. Legends of the Call will honor legends in the fight against cancer. These legends are past chairmen of the Cattle Barons’ Gala, cancer survivors, those fighting against cancer alongside their family and friends, and those that support the fight. Debra wants “everyone who walks through the Gala to have a wonderful time while remembering what and why we are celebrating.” First Chairmen Debbie Townsend and Jan Norton are excited about this year’s event as well. “The Tyler Cattle Baron’s Gala was our baby 30 years ago, and it is such an honor to know that 30 years later we made such an impact on our community,” they say. While continuing a tradition set three decades ago, Legends of the Call is sure to be a legend in the making!

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1988: YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS Chairs: Debbie Townsend & Jan Norton Entertainment: Louise Mandrell Casa Cassel Arabian Horse Farms, Lindale

1996: ROCKIN’ ON THE RIO GRANDE Chair: Jenise Hurley Entertainment: Neal McCoy Wild Wood Ranch, Lindale

2007: SUBURBAN COWBOY Chair: Gillian Sheridan Entertainment: Clay Walker Rio Neches Ranch, Tyler

1989: SOUTHWEST SOIREE Chairs: Kelli Herd & Syndi Redding Entertainment: Lee Greenwood Oak Hurst Farms, Lindale

1997: A TIN STAR SALUTE TO A DECADE OF TRADITION Chairs: Carol Langston & Janet Hills Entertainment: Mark Chesnutt Cavender Ranch, Griffin

2008: 21 GUN SALUTE Chairs: Linda Denson & Ingrid Young Entertainment: Randy Travis Threlkeld Farm, Bullard

1998: COWBOYS & CATTLE KINGS Chair: Susan Bergfeld Entertainment: Toby Keith Auburn Creek Ranch, Arp

2009: A TEXAS GOOD TIME WITH A CURE IN MIND Chairs: Kamala Scammahorn & Andrea Riley Entertainment: Jack Ingram Rio Neches Ranch, Tyler

1999: LONE STAR STATE OF MIND Chairs: Serena Vrnak & Linda Toney Entertainment: Lone Star Wild Wood Ranch, Lindale

2010: PICKUPS & PEARLSNAPS Chairs: Meredith Roberts & Laura Corbett Entertainment: Lee Ann Womack Park of East Texas, Tyler

2000: STAR SPANGLED RODEO Chairs: Gillian Brasfield & Mary Lauren Faulkner Entertainment: Rick Trevino Kiepersol Estates, Bullard

2011: GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 Chairs: Liz Ballard & Ginger Haberle Entertainment: Pat Green Graham Farms, Bullard

1993: THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS Chair: Linda Rudd Entertainment: Steve Wariner The Wilson Ranch, Arp

2001: WILD, WILD WEST Chairs: Sunni Brookshire & Elizabeth Clyde Entertainment: Tanya Tucker Beacon Field Farms, Lindale

1994: SAFARI TEXAS STYLE Chairs: Ann Hightower & Merry Jayne Davis Entertainment: Pam Tillis Oak Hurst Farms, Lindale

2002: TOTALLY TEXAS Chairs: Joann Grooms & Linda Rowe Entertainment: Tracy Lawrence J5 Ranch, Starville

2012: LONESTAR LEGACY Chairs: Holly Burke, Chalease Denson, Heather Pickett Entertainment: Eli Young Band The Wilson Ranch, Arp

1995: ROUND UP & CATTLE DRIVE Chair: Lynne Short Entertainment: Shenandoah Beacon Field Farms, Lindale

2003: HAPPY TRAILS UNDER THE TEXAS STARS Chairs: Ellen Pierce & Shelia Leatherwood Entertainment: Jerry Jeff Walker Oil Palace (rain location)

1990: GIANT Chairs: Claudia Long & Patricia Hampe Entertainment: Earl Thomas Conley Old River Ranch, Lindale 1991: STARS ON THE FUNTIER Chairs: Judy & Tom Sparrow Entertainment: Ronnie Milsap & Lorrie Morgan Old River Ranch, Lindale 1992: WESTERN LEGENDS UNDER THE TEXAS MOON Chairs: Twinkle Duncan & Jo Ann Belue Entertainment: Joe Diffie Pine Hurst, Winona

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2004: HOME OF THE RHINESTONE COWBOY Chairs: Andy Dixon & Terri Smith Entertainment: Pat Green Oil Palace (rain location)

2013: RIGS TO RICHES Chairs: Amy Barber & Trudy Williams Entertainment: Craig Morgan Rio Neches Ranch, Tyler 2014: WRANGLERS AND ROSES Chairs: Melissa and Jason Braswell & Tanya and Brian Merritt Entertainment: Joe Nichols Rio Neches Ranch, Tyler 2015: REMEMBER THE CAUSE Chairs: Jennifer Gaston & Susie Rippy Entertainment: Dwight Yoakam Harvey Convention Center, Tyler

2005: STEERS & STRIPES FOREVER Chairs: Stacey Hiles & Kim Farrell Entertainment: Neal McCoy Graham Farms, Bullard

2016: TWO STEP ONE CURE Chair: Tomi Ellis Entertainment: Vince Gill Harvey Convention Center, Tyler

2006: HOW THE WEST WAS WON Chairs: Laurie Ann Frank & Rebecca Ballard Entertainment: Darryl Worley Woodring Ranch, Bullard

2017: LEGENDS OF THE CALL Chairs: Darla Childress & Debra Smith Entertainment: Trace Adkins Texas Rose Horse Park / Brunson Equestrian Center

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CLAY CAVENDER, RANDY CHILDRESS

STEPHANIE STACEY, DEBRA SMITH, TAMMY LEWIS

AUBRIE ELLIS, KAYLA MASON

JULIE GIBSON, DARLA CHILDRESS, LOU CALICUTT

BRIAN HANCOCK, MACY MYERS

KENNETH THRELKELD, LINDA RICHEY

CINDY BRADY, WENDY FARMER

social scene SHAMIYA WALKER, STEPHANIE SMITH, SHERRE SKIEF, MATTHEW WALKER

SHELESIA AMIE, CASANDRA SANDERS, NANCY FRANKLIN, NATASHA FRANKLIN, LESIA AMIE

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LISA CHATTERTON, JACK SHANNON, MICHELLE WELLS, DEXTER JONES, YVONNE VALENTINE, YVONNE DEESE, JACK VOSS

SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE BERGFELD PARK MAY 13

KAREN SHANHOLTZ, BREE BERGBOWER, JOANN BIRKS, HANNAH COWART, KELLI BERGBOWER, RHONDA ALFORD (BACK)

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Mardi Gras Mural Happy’s Fish House is a creation of Tyler’s own innovative entrepreneur, Andy Gugar. Andy is the “poster child” of Success for Eateries in Texas and Louisiana. He is legendary for his Tyler creation of Hickory Fare Bar-B-Que and Papacita’s in the 1970’s and Mercado’s on the Loop in 1986. His family dinning empire expanded from his first Pasado’s on 5th St. to nearly 20 prosperous restaurants.

Dr. James R. Lumpkin, Stephanie Franklin, Martin Heines, Veronica Escamilla-Brady, Dr. Aubrey Sharpe, Craig Wheeler, Beth Womack, Joshua N. Ebright, Cindy Westbrook, Bob Westbrook, Phil Burks large full wall Mardi Gras murals in bright colors, wood plank “sittin’ on the dock of the bay” looking floors and plenty of beach relics and motor boats are hanging from the walls and ceilings. A floor to ceiling side of an old sailing ship provides the backdrop for the reservation desk at the entry.

So, how is the seafood prepared? You choose: fried, steamed, Cajun, grilled, boiled smoked, Happy’s is Andy’s first step into the seafood broiled, or raw. From the sea options are side of culinary. After a year of visiting, catfish, whitefish, shrimp, oysters, clams, studying and testing fine seafood in Florida salmon and Po’boy sandwiches. And guess and Louisiana, he developed his concept and what, they have the single best home cooked created every item on the menu for opening breakfast ever…and you can order it all Happy’s in 2015. Now, for three years running, day long!! Happy’s has been awarded “Best Seafood in Tyler” … and that’s something to be Happy’s has party rooms, does catering and is open Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. happy about. Friday-Saturday 6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact What sets the Happy’s experience apart is General Manager, Kevin Aburayan for special friendly customer service, well trained staff arrangements at 903.944.7921 or visit at 2202 (four weeks of in-house training required); E. 5th Street, Tyler, TX. fresh, fine quality food cooked to order from scratch; extensive menu (over 200 items) and a Our group of eleven showed up at 6:00 on nice selection of beers, wine, and liquor. Add a Monday night. The party included City to these A+ features, a colorfully festive, casual Council members and staff, Innovation New Orleans atmosphere and you have Mardi Pipeline Board and steering committee members. It’s a fun group of folks and Kevin, Gras right here in “River City”! along with wait staffer Lloyd, were “loaded for The atmosphere, like the recipes, is the sole bear” to blow the party over the top for us. product of Andy Gugar’s creative imagination The festivities started with rounds of the drink and handiwork. The place is decked out with

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of choice for all with beer, cocktails, wine, cokes, tea and water. Mayor Heines headed up one end of our table and Councilman Bob Westbrook held forth at the other. The “Man” bounced back and forth keeping our city royalty happy … at Happy’s. Then, Kevin and Lloyd started the feast a-comin’! It was a feast fit for the best! We were served up samples of the best items on the menu including an array of appetizers and a host of entrees. There were twenty-two over flowing dishes throughout the night with fried green tomatoes, oysters on the shell, and seafood fondue as starters. Then they rolled out seafood platters of all sorts and many of the favorite breakfast items (You must try breakfast). The “Man’s” top choice of the night was the shrimp and grits. I could eat it every day! The crowning blow was the desserts, which are all made from scratch in-house. We wolfed down "to die for" bread pudding, key lime pie, chocolate brownies and praline cheesecake. At evening’s end, the Tyler Innovation Pipeline Team “got Happy at Happy’s”. Yes sir, breakfast, lunch, or dinner Happy’s is a winner. If ya try it once, you’ll be back. I promise. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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WALTER PULLARD, JOYCE YOUNG

TREVOR MALOY, MEADOW MALOY, LOTTIE & MIKE MALOY

JACOB PEPPER, LINCOLN WINGERD, CASEY HUNTSINGER

MATT WOOD, JEAN & WAYNE WOOD, KELLI WOOD, MADDIE WOOD, KELSI WOOD

BARBARA & JOSEPH LINGLE

35TH ANNUAL TEXAS BANK AND TRUST PHOTO CONTEST AND EXHIBIT TEXAS BANK AND TRUST JUNE 24

KAREN PARTEE, RON ST. ANGELO

SUSAN & DAVID STANTON

DAKOTA KITCHEN, VALERIE DURASO, PRESLEY DURASO, KAREN WHITE

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KARENA HARDY, ALAN ROBERTS

KATHY & PRESTON BAKER

BRANDON LEE, JESSICA MARTIN, JERRY MARTIN

JILL & PETER WRIGHT

SHERRY GIBBON, CINDY DRAGISIC

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Weird National Holidays Written by: Addi McNeel

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July 16: National Ice Cream Day This holiday was created by an official proclamation by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. At the time, the holiday was supposed to be only celebrated once - on July 15, 1984. However, the ice cream industry decided to continue the tradition. Thirtythree years later, the third Sunday in July is still recognized as National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate by going to your favorite ice cream parlor or swing by your local DQ; you can never go wrong with a Brownie Batter or Strawberry Cheesecake Blizzard!

forgetfulness. In fact, she also suggests that while you are at it, you might as well go ahead and apologize for something you will most likely forget in the future. Smart lady! Since I am certain that if you are someone that could claim this as a real holiday, stop what you are doing and start apologizing now before you forget!

July 3: Compliment your Mirror Day | International Plastic Bag Free Day Compliment your Mirror Day was created to celebrate the person you see in the mirror – you! Celebrate by being extra kind to yourself. It is also International Plastic Bag Free Day, which was created by Bag Free World, in an effort, to reduce the negative environmental impact. Celebrate by bringing a cloth bag into the grocery store on this day.

July 4: Independence Day | Sidewalk Egg Frying Day This holiday is THE national holiday, so you are probably aware of it and how to celebrate accordingly. However, it is also Sidewalk Egg Frying Day. So before you pull out the hot dogs and fireworks, get to cracking, an egg on the sidewalk that is. Do it early. You will want your little ones to be able to inspect the progress several times. If you wait too late, these Texas temps will fry that egg before it even hits the pavement. BS CENEMAG. COM

July 5: Workaholics Day Unfortunately, this day was not created to sit around inside all day binge-watching the show Workaholics. It is dedicated to the work-obsessed people to take some time out of their day and notice other areas of their life that might need attention as well. Like spending time with family and friends. If reading this strikes a chord, then you definitely need to pencil this one in, or at least tell Siri to remind you. Take advantage of a set day to help keep your priorities in check. Reevaluate. Rediscover. Reinvent to enjoy the life you are working so hard for in the first place. July 9: Sugar Cookie Day While the exact origin of this holiday is unknown, it is obvious how to celebrate! Bake up a batch of fresh sugar cookies, of course. Go crazy with the sprinkles (because you are celebrating a holiday after all). If you are not a baker, check out Village Bakery in Tyler where freshly baked treats, including sugar cookies, are baked daily!

July 20: Space Exploration Day This annual holiday commemorates the anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon. On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the surface of the Moon. The holiday is also sometimes called Moon Day. Celebrate by going to one of the planetarium shows put on by Tyler Junior College’s Center for Earth and Space Science Education.

July 13: Embrace your Geekness Day Everyone has a little bit of a geek in them. Maybe you are a geek when it comes to reading, or comic books or computer games. Well, today is the day to embrace your inner geek and celebrate by doing the geeky things you love! Ground Zero Comics and Geek World in Tyler are great options for celebrating this wacky day. J U L Y | A U GU ST 2 0 1 7

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August 4: International Beer Day International Beer Day was created in 2007 by four guys in San Francisco as a way to bring friends and strangers together over pints of beer. Between 2007 and 2012, the holiday was celebrated on August 5, but due to popularity and demand for the day be held on a Friday, the originators changed the date, deeming it the first Friday of August every year. To celebrate, check out True Vine Brewing Company in Tyler. Every Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., they host a backyard event at the brewery where you can try classic, seasonal and exclusive taproom-only beers. July 27: Take your Houseplant for a Walk Day. Ah, so it does exist! The idea behind Take your Houseplant for a Walk Day is to celebrate plants and acquaint them with their natural habitat. Plant owners can admire other people’s plants and exchange plant care tips. It would be hilarious to see people walking around the neighborhood with their houseplant! However, if you don't want your insanity to be the topic of Chatty Cathy's weekly neighborhood tea time, celebrate by checking on your houseplants and repotting those that seem to have gotten a bit big for their current pot. July 29: Lasagna Day The modern day versions of lasagna - a one-pot dish made with layers of pasta, sauce, and cheese and then baked in an oven - originated in Naples, Italy. Celebrate this holiday by baking lasagna of course! Making homemade lasagna not your thing? No problem, Bruno’s Pizza and Pasta in Tyler has some of the best I have ever eaten and the convenience of two locations!

August 3: Watermelon Day Watermelon is probably the unofficial fruit of summer, and what better way to celebrate Watermelon Day than by diving head first into this juicy, delicious fruit! Have a cookout with friends and host a watermelon-eating contest, or find new ways to prepare the fruit, like incorporating it into a fresh salad. Pick up your ingredients at the local farmer’s market to support small farmers. There’s one in almost every East Texas city!

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digital detox. Unplug for the day and see if your stress levels go down. August 17: Thrift Shop Day Not only are second-hand goods cheaper than their brand-new counterparts, they are environmentally friendly too! Celebrate thrift shop day by checking out Hangers of Hope in Tyler. Proceeds from this shop benefit the charitable mission of Bethesda Health Clinic, which provides healthcare for hardworking, uninsured and underinsured adults.

August 9: National Book Lovers Day This holiday is your new excuse to take some time for yourself and curl up with a good book! Maybe you’d like to re-read a classic or try something new. Either way, you can’t go wrong shopping for the perfect book at Pea Picker Books in Tyler.

August 13: Left-Handers Day This holiday was created to bring awareness to the 10 percent of the population who are left handed. It is meant to encourage business to be more left-handed friendly and adapt everyday objects for lefthanders. Celebrate this holiday by going the entire day as a leftie! Try brushing your teeth, eating and writing with your left hand. It might surprise you how difficult it is, and it’s a great way to train your brain to get used to a different way of doing things.

August 26: National Dog Appreciation Founded in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige, the day honors dogs for all that they do to enrich our lives and communities. The holiday also aims to raise awareness about dog adoption and the importance of providing rescue dogs with a safe and loving environment. Celebrate this day by spending time with your dog, or volunteering at the Humane Society.

August 15: Relaxation Day As if you need an excuse to relax; but if you really do, then here it is. This holiday’s origin is unknown, but it is thought to have begun as National Slacker Day in Britain. Maybe they decided it was politically incorrect to call it that and renamed it, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a day to slack off and relax! Celebrate by enjoying one of the many parks in our corner of the state, or doing something that relaxes you, whether that is fishing, napping, or daydreaming! Another great way to celebrate is by doing a B SC EN EM A G.COM


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JOHN FELICIANO, MACKENZIE WATTS, JAKE DEVILLE, JOSE FELICIANO, LISA & RICK ST MARS

SALLY PEACOCK, RYAN TEW, CAITLIN BRACKEEN

BRANDON HAFNER, LAUREN SHULTS

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JACOB BURNETT, AMANDA & JORDON SPECHT

ADAN GUTIERREZ, MARK MCKINLEY, PEDRO RAMIREZ

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The Fragrance of Freedom Written by: Sheryl Coffey

“Did I hear someone say, Liberty?”

What does FREEDOM mean to you? And Liberty? Freedom is personal. So is our liberty. It is civil. Isn’t that liberty? It is political. Yes, liberty reigns. It is religious. Yes, liberty to worship. The United States Constitution records the five freedoms we have the privilege of exercising every day. We the people are blest to have freedoms that were given to us not without a cost! The Freedom of Religion. The Freedom of Speech. The Freedom of the Press. The Freedom to Assemble Peaceably. And the last listed freedom is that ‘Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.’ Recently my Mr. Coffey and I were invited to a “Dancing on Injustice” celebration honoring Hunter Anne Stoner and her new endeavor of working as an Intern for Liberty Council in Washington, D. C. I was amazed at the young Americans who stood to express their wishes to her and send her off with a challenge to stand for our freedoms and liberties. My husband, Lee, and I sat at a table with a Young Republican high school graduate who prayed the invocation for the Dancing on Injustice Gathering. As we talked with Triston Ferguson, we knew the flag of freedom and our future looked promising in the hands of those who honor the past, who are learning in the present and looking with anticipation to the future. Thank You to the other Hunter Annes and Tristons, and the other students of this era, who are taking advantage of the five freedoms the United States Constitution gives to those who call this land, Our Land. Thank You! Thank You! Thank you for standing for Freedom! Thank you for “Dancing on Injustice.” (Ellen Judy-Heather Stoner). Thank you for taking up the cause for “Liberty” and “Justice” two other words for Freedom. Do you remember the words to this song?

“The Star-Spangled Banner” O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thro' the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming. And the rockets' red glare, the bomb bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave? No. 58

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The fragrance of peaceful neighborhoods Of freshly cut grass The smell of the smoke from the Bar-B-Q grill The smell of little bare feet The smell of swimming pools The smell of the lake filled with fresh water fish

#7. The smell of rain hitting the hot cement #8. The aroma of the Farmer’s Market #9. The fragrance of freshly shucked corn #10. The smell of watermelon just split in two #11. The lingering smell of your favorite suntan lotion

#12. The smell of baked beans and hot dogs with mustard #13. The smell of the desert after a summer storm #14. The fragrance of something new #15. The smell of a new book #16. The smell of a freshly sharpen pencil #17. And oh, the smell of a box of crayons #18. The capturing fragrance of fireworks #19. The intense heat of August refreshed with a storm #20. Can anyone like the smell of wet hair after a swim? #21. The aroma of crawfish from last springtime’s catch #22. Grandmother’s 1,2,3, Pound Cake that weighs 3 pounds #23. Becky’s fresh baked bread #24. The fragrance of a house with freshly waxed hardwoods #25. The stark smell of a new car #26. The old car freshly waxed - smells new #27. The musty smell of the antique store stirs memories #28. The kumquat freshly squeezed into the iced tea #29. The jasmine blossom gently rubbed in your hands #30. The smell of everyone at the summer events #31. The fragrance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Have you noticed that we don’t want to recall the smell of death and war and the cost of freedom? However, we choose to allow our senses to recall the freedoms purchased.

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As I listened to the heartbeat spoken aloud of these young freedom fighters, Hunter Anne, Triston and others, present at the Dancing on Injustice gathering, I begin to smell freedom and to list the Fragrance of Freedoms that we enjoy. Perhaps you will add to this list or let me suggest that the list making becomes a “mid-summer project” for your household.


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30TH ANNUAL LONGVIEW CATTLE BARONS’ BALL THE LANDING EVENT CENTER AT JOSHUA FARMS MAY 20 The 30th Annual Longview Cattle Barons’ Ball benefitting the American Cancer Society was held at the Landing Event Center at Joshua Farms, on May 20. Themed “Wranglers & Rhinestones”, guests enjoyed the music of headliner Mark Chesnutt and food catered by Texas Roadhouse. LINDA WHITEHEAD, LORI OSBORNE

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62 56 Cont'd from pg. 36 North Texas: Venturing through North Texas is often like venturing through a concrete jungle. But, no worries! There are plenty of off the beaten paths that don’t require driving through traffic in downtown Dallas; unless you want to of course!

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55. Friday Night Market, Celina - Browse through a variety of products from local farmers, artisans, crafters, ranchers, vineyards, and many more. 56. Kelly Family Farms, Parker - a burger stand in the middle of a pasture? Well, at least you know the beef is grass-fed! 57. The Stockyards, Ft. Worth - “From the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals, every inch of the Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’s famous livestock industry.” 58. Miss Molly’s Bed & Breakfast, Ft. Worth - Step back in time and spend the night in this 1910 bed & breakfast located in the North end of town. 59. Billy Bob’s, Ft. Worth - Catch live entertainment, free line dancing lessons, ride the mechanical bull and karaoke contests at this famous honky tonk! 60. Downtown Dallas - Stay at the Indigo Hotel and visit the home to famous art museums, performing arts centers, historic sites, and A-list restaurants.

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61. Carlos Bakery, Dallas - Originally from New York City, enjoy delectable delights such as crème filled cannoli’s, “lobster tails” (pastries stuffed with French cream and Bailey’s Irish Cream), and crumb danishes. This sweet spot has been described by our readers as “A little box of Heaven.” 62. Top Golf, various locations in the Dallas area - “Premier entertainment and event venue with fun point-scoring golf games for all skill levels, upscale bar food and drinks, great music and more!” Bro-trip time! 63. Sprinkles Cupcake ATM, Plano - “The world’s first cupcake ATM dispenses freshly baked cupcakes and cookies 24/7.” 64. Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, Dallas - Designed to connect children with nature; enjoy 8 acres of fun overlooking White Rock Lake. 65. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie - “Weekend outdoor flea market with shopping, special events, rides, food vendors & more.”

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69 East Texas: See our neck of the woods with a fresh set of eyes! Friendly people, unique small towns nestled among the pine trees … this is why we love to call East Texas “home”! 69. Local Splash Pads - Our readers asked for it, and we have found splash pads from small towns such as Mineola, Hawkins, White Oak, Whitehouse, Henderson to the larger cities of Longview and Tyler. 70. The Select Theater, Mineola - Opened in 1920, this is one of the oldest continuously ran theaters in Texas. Come see movies, plays, symphonies, or hold your special event in this hidden gem! 71. La Waffalata, Mineola - “Offering East Texas' largest gluten-free menu.” The yummy, super fried Monte Cristo dipped in powder sugar, however, is not gluten free. 72. The Flower Mill, Lindale - This little hot spot is nestled between the gardens of the Lindale Floral Shop. Come paint, listen to live music, or host a party of your own at this unique locale.

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73. SkyVue Drive In, Tyler - Catch summertime blockbusters while relaxing in your lawn chair. You might even catch a shooting star! 74. Bergfeld Park, Tyler - Newly renovated, enjoy this all-time local favorite park shaded by a variety of hundred-year-old trees. A true treasure! 75. Saturday Yoga at True Vine Brewing Company - Yoga and beer … need we say more? 76. Tyler State Park, Red Springs - Popular bike trails, swimming, fishing, and camping for over seven decades! 77. New York Zipline Adventures, New York - Six lines zipping you through 30 miles of beautiful East Texas scenery. 78. East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore - This fascinating museum houses the authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries.

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79. Kilgore Public Library - A beauty to behold and adventures waiting inside, this library was built in 1930 and styled after Provence, “a region in Southeast France famous in the Middle Ages for its poetry and chivalry.”

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80. Shivers Natural Snow, Longview - A reader favorite, Shivers is more than snowcones; it’s an atmosphere! Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy this one of a kind hot spot! 81. Longview Swing Dance Association - Keeping swing dance alive in downtown Longview … no partner needed!

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82. Great Texas Balloon Race, Longview - Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this unique sight found only in Longview! 83. Stay in Jefferson - Spend the weekend in a historic bed & breakfast perfectly suited for girl trips! 84. Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk - Considered the most haunted small town in Texas, you will find spooks all year round in Jefferson. 85. Texas State Railroad, Rusk - Refurbished train cars carry you along a four-hour trip taking you a step back into time. Whew! It’s difficult to put an end to this list! Tell us, where is your favorite hot spot while road trippin’? This summer, put the pedal to the metal, send us a postcard, and don't forget to take a trip to one of the many lakes that surround our big beautiful state! Here’s to you Texas!

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ummer is finally here, and that means more time spent outside, with family, waiting for the sun to finally go down. Long days spent relaxing on the front porch, drinking sweet iced tea and watching passers-by are not just summer activities – they’re a southern tradition. The only thing keeping you from reading on your front porch swing, surrounded by hydrangeas, pretending you are on the cover of a magazine, is, your front porch. The porch is often a bit neglected during the winter months, and with spring thunderstorms, keeping it clean can be a bit of a challenge as well. Fear not! Sprucing up your front porch doesn’t have to mean spending your entire vacation savings. In fact, all you need is a little creativity, a will to bargain-hunt, and some good ol' fashioned elbow grease! So try out these tips and get ready to enjoy the view all summer long.

#1 - Paint: The color scheme of your

porch is the first thing people notice. The key is to choose colors that create a dominant focus. If your favorite colors are green and yellow, try not to go overboard painting the porch these colors. The best choice is something classic, timeless, and inviting. Green and yellow could make a beautiful color scheme if white is the dominant color. The classic white porch is ideal for a clean, bright summer look. To incorporate color, try adding in pops of it here and there. One idea is to paint the porch white and incorporate the other colors by adding in green and yellow pillows, some yellow flowers and a couple of green hanging ferns. For an even more trendy look, try painting the front door BS CENEMAG. COM

a bold, vibrant color. The front door is an area you can let your creative side shine. A bright door is fun and welcoming. If a "paint pick-me-up" is what your porch needs, check out a local paint shop like East Texas Paint & Coating. Bobby Priest, president of East Texas Paint & Coating said the store has full rebates until the middle of July, so act fast! If you’re reading this and it's not July, there are other ways to save money while painting. The first is to buy a primer. I know it seems counterintuitive to spend more by purchasing an additional product, but ultimately, buying a primer will save you money because you eliminate the need to paint the same area multiple times. If you are not exactly sure what color to go with, talk to your local paint shop expert about any mistint paint they

may have available. Mistint paint is paint someone returned because he or she bought the wrong color or decided to go a different direction. Many stores offer it at highly discounted prices since it has already been mixed. To save even more money, just ask if they have a discount! If you have a military I.D., you can save 10 percent off at Lowes and Home Depot. At East Texas Paint & Coating, you can get a 10 percent discount on paint and supplies if you work at the hospital or if you are a teacher. Bobby said the most important thing one can do before painting is to prepare. “Preparation is 80 percent of it,” Bobby said. “Painting is the easy part. If you do all of your preparation and cleaning ahead of time, it really doesn’t matter what brand of paint you get; it will last.” J U L Y | A U GU ST 2 0 1 7

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Plants: Plants are so important to breathe new life into your front porch. Just one or two plants can really liven it up and make a huge difference. When deciding which plants are a perfect addition to your porch decor, choose ones that best thrive in partial shade. Because of the overhang, the plants won’t always get full sun. It’s also best to pick something that can take the heat and stay beautiful for the duration of summer. Tropical plants are your best bet because not only can they withstand high temperatures and excessive humidity, they can also thrive in both full sun and dense shade. Ficus are great tropical plants for the front porch and won’t cost you much. Plus, the Ficus grows big and tall providing more shade to your porch. It is also easy to take care of as long as you give it partial light and keep the soil moist. Hydrangeas make a beautiful edging

near the steps of the porch. They last from spring through summer and will make your front porch look like it could be on the cover of a magazine. The best part is, you can buy them for less than $18. Rainer Farms in Tyler has a great selection of anything you can imagine or want. If you don’t have a green thumb but still want to spruce up the porch, they have ready-to-go mixed plants that are already potted. All you have to do is water!

#3 - Lighting: Never underestimate the

importance of good lighting. Lighting can really tie everything together, and create a comfortable and inviting place to relax at the end of a long hot day. Hanging a statement light above the front door is an easy way to add a little personality to your porch. Another popular option is string lights. They don’t have to be just for backyards! Try stringing the lights along the edge of the porch’s overhang for a clean look, or string

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across the sitting area for a more relaxed style which also creates directional focus. Stone Works in Longview has a huge selection of gorgeous light fixtures and can help you decide which one is best to adorn your front porch and stay within your budget!

#4 - Rugs: While lighting helps take

care of the ceiling or overhang, spruce up the porch flooring with a complimentary outdoor rug. Create areas of separation by sectioning off portions of your porch. The use of outdoor rugs allows you the ability to define seating areas or other areas that serve specific purposes. Think of it as the center of a room and design your space as if there were dividing walls. Looking at it from this perspective will help you see the possibilities. Not to overwhelm you, but the

possibilities are endless! You can also add a rug in front of your couch, chairs or swing to compliment the color scheme of your porch and bring a little bit of inside out. Rugs can literally pull everything together. Not only do they help complete the look; people also tend to gravitate to them. So while you are enjoying a peaceful night on your perfectly designed porch, your friends and family will likely gather around. When purchasing a rug, be careful of misleading information on whether it will stand the test of time and elements. Some say “outdoors/indoors” or “outdoor safe” but be sure to check and make certain the rug you are buying is made of 100 percent polypropylene and is mold, mildew and sun resistant. This way, you get the most life possible out of your rug, and it will last for years to come, which saves you the hassle and money of replacing it every summer. Unless of course, you want an excuse to change things up every year!

In addition to a rug, don’t forget a doormat! You can find funny, welcoming ones that fit the personality of your family online and you can even customize them. See, the possibilities truly are endless!

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House number: Your house number is obviously essential. It’s what neighbors, mail carriers, and party guests will use to identify which house is yours. With all those eyes on your house number, why not get crafty and display it proudly in a clever way? Pinterest has a ton of fun ideas. Some great ones are making a wooden planter box with the house number on it, or matching the house numbers to the door paint, which is a fun idea, especially if your door is painted a bright color! Check out your local arts and crafts supply store – most

offer online coupons that can be scanned right off your cell phone. Or, even better, re-purpose materials that are laying around collecting dust! Kind of kills two birds with one stone!

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Furniture: Your front porch should not only be pretty, but it should also be utilized! Buying furniture can be pricey, but if you know where to shop, it doesn’t have to be. At East Texas Brick and Patio in Tyler, there are many options to fit your budget. If your front porch is small, try adding a swing and a chair, or a wicker bench and matching chair with a small table between the sides of both. Your rug will tie the pieces in together. You don’t need much furniture for the front porch, just make sure you and your friends or family have a cozy place to connect. Sometimes the best way to save a buck is to browse used outdoor furniture online! Just make sure to see it in person before you buy. B SC EN EM A G.COM


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#7 - Pillows and cushions: To go along with your porch furniture, #10 you’re going to want some cushions to sit on. Pillows and cushions are not only going to make your space more comfortable; they’re perfect for adding pops of color and character to the porch. You will want to make sure that your pillows and cushions are covered in an outdoor-friendly material so that they last a long time. Cushions and pillows that are weathered and have faded will instantly diminish the appearance of your porch. Check out TEXTURE in Tyler for a large selection of outdoor-friendly material. They even have a sale bin in the back where you can hunt for good deals on fabric. For outdoor fabric, owner LeRae Musslewhite suggests getting a solution dyed acrylic material.

Clean: You could go through this list, employ all these tips, have a nice looking porch, but it will not be nor stay summer ready if it is not clean! Even if you want to spruce up the front porch and have no budget at all to do so, use what you have and clean the rest. Get rid of old, faded, garden decorations or hooks that no longer hang plants. Pressure wash your siding if necessary. Cleaning the front porch is practically free and will make a significant difference. Once you have a spic-n-span porch, you will be able to relax on it and dream up new ideas to give your front porch a facelift this summer. Just don’t forget that the best view is the one looking in!

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Wreath: Wreaths are a festive and easy way to welcome guests into your home. While buying a summer wreath already made can be expensive, building your own is a cheaper alternative and you can customize it exactly to fit the colors of your porch. Wreaths with white cotton or bright yellow sunflowers are always in style for summer and contrast nicely against a bright, painted door. Pick up wreath accessories at a local arts and crafts store and get ready to be creative! If DIY is not your specialty and you are willing to spend a little more, locally owned Texas Taste of Heaven (see ad on page 51) makes seasonal wreaths, and Moss in Tyler makes fresh wreaths daily, which dry into long-lasting, beautiful pieces.

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Accessories: Decorate your front porch with mementos that are dear to you. They make a statement, are great conversation pieces and you can find them for cheap – or for free! Use what you already have and think up new ways to display those items. Maybe you have an old bike from when you or your parents were kids. Try refurbishing it, painting it a color that goes with your color scheme, and turn the front basket into a planter. Let flowers flow from the basket, or buy fake ones. If metal crosses are your thing, try hanging one beside the door. For a bit of patriotism, an American flag adds color and is particularly festive for the Fourth of July. Another popular trend is hanging a framed chalkboard beside your door with a welcome message for guests (or perhaps turn it into a “no soliciting” sign)!

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Location is everything. The Art Deco Mayfair Building nestled in Tyler, Texas was set up for greatness. Built in the late 1920’s by local Sam R. Hill Construction Company, to serve as a multipurpose building. Often referred to as the “Opera House,” the Mayfair was a midpoint from Shreveport and Dallas providing various opportunities for entertainment in Tyler. How would this building know that it was poised to welcome Texas Rose Festival royalty, WWII soldiers, orchestras, big bands, wrestlers, boxers, and of course an exhaustive list of famous entertainers and singers?

The array of talent that graced the stage of the Mayfair is impressive! Let this list take you back in time to just some of the entertainers: Elvis Presley (appeared three times), Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, David Allan Coe, Buddy Ebsen, Carl Perkins, Big Bopper, Slim Whitman, Sonny James, Gatlin Brothers, Ernest Tubb, Junior Samples, Grandpa Jones, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Tex Ritter, Charlie Pride, Minnie Pearl, Smiley Burnette, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Bo Diddley, Red Foley, Hank Williams, June Carter Cash, Maxine Brown, Anita Bryant, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Horton, Bob Barker, Roy Acuff, Jim

Reeves and the Grand Ole Opry tour group. Professional wrestling matches were also held here as well as, Golden Gloves boxing events. You might remember Fritz Von Erich and his famous “iron claw grip,” along with his sons, wrestled in the Mayfair. Buddy Turman, the Texas Heavyweight boxing champ, fought in the Mayfair in 1955. The building was uniquely designed with acoustics in mind and was meant to be a showpiece. Fortunately, it has had very few changes over the years. Originally built with fixed theatre seating, the Mayfair but was remodeled in 1938 to accommodate the first

Texas Rose Festival Coronation Ball. The stage was relocated to the north side of the auditorium, and the floor was redesigned with multi-level seating platforms. WWII soldiers at USO events danced on the same beautiful wood floors you see today. Behind the paint, siding and ceiling tile reveals the original art deco paint scheme and a vaulted roof. The building is owned by the City of Tyler which has allowed the Friends of the Mayfair group the opportunity to spearhead and work on a project of completely restoring the facility. In an effort to bring back this iconic venue, Historic Tyler Inc. has given them a $10,000 grant to kick off their quest. The Friends of the Mayfair and the City of Tyler are dedicated to seeing the building completely restored, creating a viable venue for many different types of events. The building can seat 500 dinner style with a sizable dance floor, or seat up to 800 with auditorium style seating. Once restoration is complete, the building will be available for public and private events. Time and neglect have taken a toll on this historic venue. The project will likely be around 1.5 million to restore the Mayfair Building. Fund-raising efforts are in the works. If you are interested, we invite you to join us to bring back the Mayfair to its former glory days, putting it back in its rightful place in Tyler’s history.

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