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KEEPING THE BEAT for a blacktop gypsy

Wine & Dine Country

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Scenic Drives, Local Wineries, Fishing, Art Galleries, Shopping, Zipline Tours, Nature Trails, Farmers’ Market, and More

Year-Round Events at Henderson County Regional Fair Park Every Saturday, Sep: Athens Farmers’ Market Sep 17: Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival Sep 17-18: Texas Palomino Exhibitors Fall Fiesta Sep 24: Outdoor Expo and BLuegill Family Fishing Tournament Oct 8: Annual East Texas Fall Festival

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Oct 27: Halloween at the Hatchery Nov 24: 19th Annual Turkey Trot





24 Edom and Winnsboro Festivals 24 Events

FILM 30 Wiley Choir Records Film Soundtrack 30 Tyler Independent Film Festival



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34 Adler & Hearne Release Simpatico By Tom Geddie 34 Music Picks 35 Jamie Foxx Sings with Streisand


37 Try a Delicious Pumpkin Bisque By Chef Christian Mailloux 38 Auntie Pasta’s: Great Name, Great Food By Mary Cole


38 Find Antiques and Drinks at Jo’s By Ryan-Rose Mendoza 39 Greenville Welcomes Restaurants

LIVING ROOM Photo by Keith Carter

42 How to Achieve a Home with a View By Brandy Jones


44 Animals Get Love at Pets Fur People By Linda Ayers 44 Paisley Speaks on Alzheimer’s



8 Wine & Dine Country Fall Wine & Dine Experiences in the Upper East Side of Texas.

12 Keeping the Beat for a Blacktop Gypsy For singer-songwriter Andie Kay Joyner, a heart transplant is needed to continue living in harmony. By P.A. Geddie

16 Keith Carter Views East Texas Internationally acclaimed photographer finds poetry in the ordinary.

DEPARTMENTS 5 Editor’s Note


18 Happy Birthday to Texas State Railroad, Kenneth Threadgill, Vern Dailey, and Stuart Hamblen.



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CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT 20 Caddo Grass House Added to Historic Site 20 Events

PEOPLE NET 23 Finding Where You Belong By LouAnn Campbell and Clare McMurphy







COVER: Prince Edward Island Steamed Mussels, Julienne Carrots & Leeks, with Vermentino Reduction prepared by Chef Enam Chowdhury at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards in Pittsburg. Wine is a dry white, 2015 Vermentino. Photo by Lori Ivey Photography


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PUBLISHER & MANAGING EDITOR P.A. Geddie CONTRIBUTORS LouAnn Campbell Ryan-Rose Mendoza Clare McCarthy Keith Carter Jeff Williams Tom Geddie Chef Christian Mailloux Mary Cole Brandy Jones Linda Ayers Justine Meccio

EDITORS Steve Freeman, Jill Couchman


ADMINISTRATION Annette O’Brien, Wendy Matthews

DISTRIBUTION Tom Geddie, Joseph Drew


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EDITOR’S NOTE Dear Readers,

events around our local wineries and culinary offerings.

When vineyards and wineries started popping up around the countryside and in small towns in the region well over a decade ago, it never occurred to me that one day, among them would be national, and even international, award-winning vintages.

See our list of 20 Fall Wine and Dine Experiences in this issue that are sure to make many bucket lists this season. This is the most beautiful time of year in East Texas by most standards and we offer great ideas for enjoying every full moment.

But year after year the wines that come from grapes grown in the Upper East Side of Texas are getting top honors and entrepreneurs and area event coordinators are taking full advantage of this great resource.

One of our talent musicians knows all too well how important it is to cherish the time we are given. Read about blacktopGYPSY lead singer Andie Kay Joyner as she fights for a chance to get back to her life from her battle with hemochromatosis. We’re applauding her all the way through this difficult time as she makes her way back to the stage.

Several wineries wasted no time going beyond appetizers to accompany their wines and have full menus for fine dining that rival winery restaurants anywhere. Two are currently rated in the Top 20 in America by USA Today. That’s pretty amazing and well deserved.

May you have your best autumn ever. P.A. Geddie

With such deliciousness in our backyard, some of our towns are creating

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LETTERS Dear Editor, Much thanks for your help in promoting the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park in Nacogdoches. We had a crowd of over 1200 folks come out — double the crowd from last year. Date is June 9, 2017, for next year. Angela Weiderhold Nacogdoches

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WINE & DINE COUNTRY Fall Wine & Dine Experiences in the Upper East Side of Texas

Vineyards of Enoch’s Stomp, Harleton.

Vineyards and wineries began dotting the Upper East Side of Texas more than a decade ago and it didn’t take long for their crops to yield award-winning wines. Landon Winery in Greenville, Enoch’s Stomp in Harleton, Tara in Athens, Kiepersol in Bullard, and Los Pinos in Pittsburg are often names placed in winning categories in wine contests throughout the world. With wines as good as these, it’s not surprising that fine dining soon made its way into each of these locations. USA Today recently enlisted a panel of wine and travel experts to select 20 winery restaurants for their Best in America list. Out of the 20 they chose from the whole country, TWO of them — Tara and Los Pinos — are in Northeast Texas. Besides wineries with delicious food, there are a few other noteworthy excursions here to round out our list of Fall Wine & Dine Experiences in the Upper East Side of Texas. 1. Tara Vineyard & Winery. Athens. The culinary team at The Cellar Door at Tara Winery is headed up by Executive Chef Becklien James. Their rustic menu features seafood, steaks, pasta, wraps and 100-percent Kobe beef burgers, all served alongside Tara’s wine offerings. Every meal is handcrafted and prepared fresh

to order and perfectly seasoned. The Cellar Door serves a full menu lunch through dinner Wednesday through Sunday and there’s a lovely historic home bed and breakfast for overnight guests. 8603 County Road 3914. 903.675.7023. 2. Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards. Pittsburg. Fork and Spoon, the on-site restaurant of Los Pinos, features live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays to accompany a menu of wood-fired pizzas, tapas, salads and cheese platters, and specials like cazpacho Valenciana paella and alucia with lobster, and grilled ribeye created by Chef Enam Chowdhury. They have numerous sweet and dry wines made on site. They also have a couple of cottages for lodging. 658 County Road 1334. 903.855.1769. 3. Landon Winery & Bistro. Greenville. Winner of several national awards for their crafted wines, Landon is a favorite dining location as well as wine tastings and special events. The menu includes soups, salads, pastas, and chef specialties like pecan-crusted tilapia, pankoencrusted chicken, grilled salmon, and certified Angus beef. Located in a historic downtown building with outdoor patio seating as well, its atmosphere is enjoyable anytime of the day. 2508 Lee Street. 903.454.7878.


4. Enoch’s Stomp. Harleton. It is a lush, 90-acre landscape of ponds, lakes, conifers, large oaks and 11 acres of climbing grapevines. They offer a wide variety of wines including dry reds, whites, blush and rosé, and dessert wines, and have accumulated more than 100 awards from various international wine competitions. Executive Chef David Lichty serves up a wide range of food from pub fare like pizza, tapas, and sandwiches to dinner entrees like tenderloin, ribeye, or prime rib. Entrees are served with sauteed veggies and roasted garlic, asiago mashed potatoes, and numerous fish, chicken, duck, and pork chop meals. They have live music on the weekends. 870 Ferguson Road. 903.240.1587. 5. Kiepersol. Bullard. Kiepersol offers a complete food, wine and destination experience. Their wines are made on site from the red and white grapes grown on the 63-acre vineyard and pair nicely with the cuisine at the rustic, elegant Restaurant at Kiepersol. The menu includes USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood with sides like creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and lobster stuffing. They offer several bed and breakfast options and a full hookup RV park. 21508 Merlot Lane. 903.894.3300. 6. Bella Stella Winery and Opa’s Kitchen. Winnsboro. In a quaint, rustic setting out in the country, Bella Stella offers their

own muscadine wine plus other Texas wines paired with German cuisine like jagerschnitzel, bratwurst, sausage, crab cakes, Oma’s chocolate cake and apple strudel. 879 CR 4440. 903.975.0020. 7. Other Wineries. Check out the extensive list of close to 40 other wineries in the Upper East Side of Texas under Food + Drink Resources/Wineries on Some of them offer appetizers or light meals and a few welcome bringing a gourmet picnic to go along with their delicious wines. Some of them are located near each other so make for a great day tour like Tara. 3 P’s in a Vine, and Casatle Oaks in Athens and nearby White Fox in Murchison. 8. Sabor a Pasion. Palestine. This beautiful location has a fairly new vineyard and their wines are currently aging. If it turns out as good as their food, it’s going to be well worth the wait. In the meantime, grab a favorite bottle of wine and enjoy with the flavors created by Chefs Simon Webster and Christine Gardner. They prepare dishes with locally-grown ingredients including those from their own herb and vegetable garden, and fruit, cheese, meat and eggs from local farmers. Classically trained at the New Zealand Culinary Institute, Chef Webster’s menu typically includes an assortment of starters, entrees, sides and desserts made market fresh and they change regularly. They offer wine and food cooking classes and overnight lodging. 110 CR 406. 903.729.9500. 9. Greer Farm. Daingerfield. Chef Eva Greer offers a wide selection of farmfresh culinary experiences including private dining, catering, and farm-tofork cooking classes. They do not have a vineyard but the food and atmosphere iare too good to pass up, so guests are encouraged to bring their favorite vintage and they will prepare a meal around it. This working farm produces vegetables, herbs, fruit, berries, and Maine-Anjou beef. They strive for excellence in sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship and invite guests to visit their unique farm for a meal, a day trip adventure, or overnight getaway. 1444 CR 1125. 903.645.3232. 10. Farmers Markets. Visitors find farmers markets all over the region that include local wines and food primarily between May and October each year, but some operate year round. Go to the

Food+Drink Resources/Farmers Markets on for a list of markets and call to check availability of wines and cooking demonstrations. 11. The Pullman Table. Palestine. The Texas State Railroad offers a gold standard train ride with farm-to-table menus, as well as other events throughout the year, that serve local agriculture and wines. 789 Park Road 70. 877.726.7245. 12. Four Winds Steakhouse. Wills Point. Although there are numerous restaurants in the region with great wine lists like Four Winds has, there are few with the combination of that, plus award-winning cuisine by Chef Frank Rumore and his team, plus an out-of-the-way country setting on 1,100 acres.All comes together for an outstanding wine and dine experience in the ranch house built by former Dallas Cowboys’ Lee Roy Jordan. It is absolutely worth the trip from anywhere. 21191 FM 47. 903.873.2225. 13. Grape Bistro & Wine Bar. Winnsboro. This upscale place in the heart of the arts district has more than 20 fine wines to choose from, including several local Los Pinos wines. They serve sandwiches, salads, appetizers and dinner specials like ravioli with balsamic butter, and spaghetti with radicchio, ricotta, and lemongarlic bread crumbs. 217 Market Street. 903.347.6510. 14. Lone Star Republic Steakhouse. Winnsboro. Outstanding steaks and all the trimmings make this a new favorite for many. The Bowery Bar carries a wide variety of Los Pinos wines. 206 Market Street. 903.347.6526. 15. Roast Social Kitchen. Tyler. For something really different, try this fairly new restaurant that offers delicious cuisine paired with wine on tap. RSK has the only wine on draft system in East Texas with wines coming directly from vineyards. Their menu is designed to evolve and features seasonal variety. Not run-of-the mill cuisine, the menu offers such items as caramelized onion dip, hand-made mozzarella, and their main event, brick oven pizzas with names like Bee’s Knees and Big Bad Wolf. 1125 E. 5th Street. 903.202.0295. 16. Avinger Wine Festival. On September 17 the tiny town with the big Five D Cattle Company Steak House holds their annual

event offering wines from Enoch’s Stomp, Fairhaven, Los Pinos, Maydelle Country Winery, O’Farrell Country Vineyards, Red 55 Winery, Texas Vineyard & Smokehouse, Naca Valley Vineyard, and others. Select vendors provide artisan foods for sale and sampling, and music and art also fill out the day. Downtown Avinger/Corner of Church and Pine. 903.562.1000. 17. 7th Annual Lufkin’s Bistro. The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau teams up with local restaurants, chefs, and Brookshire Brothers on October 1 for an elegant, entertaining evening under the stars with an incredible selection of wines from across the globe, all organized by country and region and with flags to help identify favorites. The event includes live music by the Grateful Geezers and there’s plenty of dancing room. Downtown Lufkin. 936.633.0359 visitlufkin. com 18. Everything Texas Uncorked Wine Festival. Mount Pleasant. On October 8 sample wines from Texas wineries, enjoy food from local chefs, and shop for oneof-a-kind wares made by Texas artisans. Live music all day. Camp Langston, 50 CR 3227. 903.572.8567. 19. Mount Vernon Food & Wine. Mount Vernon Main Street has two days of fun beginning October 21 with Harvest on Main and then Market on Main on October 22. Friday night’s Farm to Table Dinner, provided by Los Pinos Ranch Vineyard, includes reception appetizers and wine plus a five-course meal with wine pairings. On Saturday downtown Mount Vernon comes to life with a market featuring close to 50 culinary, wine, and retail vendors and the main attraction, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations from local, award-winning chefs and wineries. Downtown Mount Vernon. 903.537.4070. 20. 3rd Annual Palestine Main Street Wine Swirl. Enjoy regional wineries, food and shopping December 10. Downtown Palestine. 903.723.3014. palestinemainstreet. org. Some of the restaurants are open seven days a week, others only on weekends. Call ahead to verify hours and always drink wine responsibly. Look for a map of locations on


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Reception Appetizers and Wine Five Course Meal with Wine Pairings

Live Music by Jazz Connection $125 for Harvest on Main + Market on Main

Saturday, October 22, 2016 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10


Wine Tastings & Cooking Demonstrations Featuring Blue Ostrich Winery • Flat Creek Estates Enoch Stomp Vineyard & Winery Kiepersol Winery • Landon Winery Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards Tara Vineyards & Winery Chef Eva Greer, Greer Farms Chef Dana Pool, Los Pinos Executive Chef David Lichty, Enoch Stomp Chef Becklien James, Tara Vineyard Close to 50 culinary, wine, and carefully curated retail vendors on site.

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Keeping the Beat for a Blacktop Gypsy By P.A. Geddie Many people know and love Andie Kay Joyner as the lead singer for the popular band blacktopGYPSY. She hails from Edgewood/Wills Point and her East Texas family shows up often to cheer her on. Today it is not her powerful, sultry voice however that has her family and fans standing before her — today the crowd is cheering her on as she waits for a new heart. Joyner has a blood disorder, hemochromatosis, that led to a recent discovery of irreversible damage to her heart. A transplant is her only hope. She’s 39 years old. Born on April 29, 1977, that year is most significant to her for something other than her birth. “It’s the year Elvis died,” she said recently from her room at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “I was four months old. I was probably crying my little eyes out.” Despite her situation, she’s almost always got a good sense of humor and gentle, lighthearted approach to any given day. When Joyner was born the doctors thought she might have Cystic Fibrosis because her lungs had fluid in them. Her parents spent her first few weeks placing her face down on their laps and patting her little back trying to clear them up. Turned out she didn’t have Cystic Fibrosis. She wonders now if those symptoms then might have led to discovering the hemochromatosis at that early age. But nothing more was said and she grew up without any other apparent health issues.

Photo by Dave Hensley

“I had a fairy tale childhood,” Joyner said. “Everything was great. Lots of family. Lots of friends. Every toy you can imagine. A pony. A pool. Family vacations. I was very adventurous. We lived in a magical place. Both of my houses. I was a happy kid.” Her mom and dad divorced when she was four years old. “I just liked that I was getting more family,” she recalls. She enjoyed school, friends, family, playing an electric organ, trips to the coast, days spent with her grandmother, riding

bicycles, swimming, Angel the border collie and Snowball the cat. And always there was music. She loved listening to 8-tracks in her dad’s Ford truck and singing with her mom in her Oldsmobile and with her stepdad playing guitar. By the time Joyner was 10 years old she was singing in public. Her first band was with her mother and stepdad — they played bluegrass and country music. She sang with Stone Mountain Bluegrass and other bands and went to bluegrass festivals. Some of her favorite memories were spending time each summer at an annual bluegrass festival in Canton where she got to hang out with Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, The Osbourne Brothers and many others. She started singing at the Kaufman County Opry when she was 13. “Most kids lived for the weekend,” she said. “I lived for the Kaufman County Opry on Saturday night.” Joyner became part of the house band at the opry along with Steve Gracy, Milo Deering, Woody Woodruff, Steve Campbell, Charley Close, Chris Ricketts, Buddy Arnold, and Jay New. A couple of years later, an amazing young fiddle player, Heather Starcher Stalling, showed up at the Kaufman County Opry, and the rest they say, is history. The pair had beautiful harmonies and over the years started writing songs together as they played with talented bands like Rusty Weir, Jim Lauderdale, Tommy Alverson, Eleven Hundred Springs, Mark David Manders and Max Stalling to name a few. Joyner has harmony singing credits on countless recording sessions across Texas. As the duo grew more confident year after year, they wanted to do their own thing and blacktopGYPSY was born. They had their first gig February 9, 2006, at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, and also released their first album that year. A few years earlier, in 1998, at the age of 21, Joyner began having nagging health issues she couldn’t ignore and sought medical attention. She was passed from one doctor to another and misdiagnosed for more than five years.

By 2003 Joyner said she was exhausted and had a particularly bad year. “Johnny Cash died, June died, my grandfather died. I had a breakdown realizing death was real — someone that close is here one day and gone the next. I had a hard time dealing with it. I had a new job that was tough. I still had health issues.” By the end of that year she finally got the right diagnosis —hemochromatosis. She was told she’d need to have phlebotomies (blood drawn) to remove iron from her system about every two weeks and then eventually she could slow that down to a few times a year. She did that for 12 years, slowing way down the last few years as she thought she was supposed to. Early this year she began to feel bad and found out she had heart damage. “I can’t believe my heart is damaged this much and I never had any warning,” Joyner said. Unable to work now, her medical bills are growing. A two-stage concert fundraiser is planned for her November 6 in Ben Wheeler. Musicians Max Stalling, Matt Hillyer, and a long list of others are stepping up to help her and the day promises fantastic shows for a good cause as well as live and silent auctions. Go to for more information about the concert and also a GoFundMe account set up for those that want to contribute but can’t be at the event. Joyner is grateful for all the blessings in her life and optimistic about getting well and getting back on stage. “I’m not a ‘why me’ person. I still have all four of my wonderful parents, a brother, sister, a niece that I was blessed to have a hand in raising, life-long friends, a huge music family, and an extraordinary best friend who shares most of my life experiences. I have been in love. I have experienced the pain and heartaches of knowing I needed to end long-term relationships and lived through to write about them. I have a relationship with God and have my eyesight to see His beautiful creations. I’ve traveled extensively including Graceland three times. I’m proud to call beautiful East Texas my home. “I plan on continuing this amazing life after I get over this hurdle.” Learn more about hemochromatosis at


Mineola Iron Horse Heritage Day Festival Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Historic Downtown Mineola

Food , Fun, Vendors, Chili Cook Off, and Music Free LIVE MUSIC and Entertainment all day! 903-569-2087 •


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FRIDAY. 7-10 P.M.

Hot dogs. Storytelling. Campfire. Stargazing.


5K Fun Run. Birding. Kids Fishing. Nature Preserve Tours. Amphibian Walk. Creature Teacher. Nature Photography. Blackland Prairie Raptors. Pottery. Weaving. Rock Throwing Contest. Face Painting. East Texas Wood Turners. Master Gardeners. The Nature of Bees. Nature Books. Geocaching.

FOOD, FUN, AND MUCH MORE! (Bring folding chairs)

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Keith Carter Views East Texas Internationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter is known for creating lyrical representations of the people and cultures of East Texas and the South. Called a “Poet of the Ordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, Carter’s haunting, enigmatic photographs are featured in solo exhibitions and permanent collections all over the world. Some of his images are shown here and more are part of “Keith Carter: Selections from The Blue Man Series,” an exhibit from October 15 through December 17 at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts. The photos are on loan from the Tyler Museum of Art and the exhibit is paired with a Fort Worth photographer, “Helen

Altman: Wilderness, Wildfires and Workhorses.” Carter is the author of 11 books including several showcasing his photographs of people and places in East Texas. They are available for purchase on He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Texas Medal of Arts, and he holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont. A DVD documentary of his work titled “The Photographer’s Series: Keith Carter” is available from Anthropy Arts — a preview is on YouTube as are numerous other clips of his workshops and book reviews. In one, a presentation for Santa Fe Pho-

tographic Workshops, Carter says, “I try to make pictures that are for me externally objective but internally boundless. I look for poetry of the ordinary. My issues, such as they are, are archetypal ones — those of a failed Eden, a hopeful, peaceable kingdom, temptations, falling, redemption, and ultimately resurrections through some kind of grace in our lives. My stories are of children, of potential, innocence, of animals and angels, men and women, earth and stars, everything yoked together as one world.” For more information on the exhibit in Longview visit or call 903.753.8103. To learn more about Carter visit

Boy With Birds, 1989


Black Ankle Community, 1987 Little Cow Creek Baptism, 1988

Grand Street Columns, 1985

Jack Witt, 1987

African Methodist, 1985



"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." John Lennon


The Years Roll on for Texas State Railroad


Kenneth Threadgill

September 12, 1909 — March 20, 1987 Greenville

A rare two-train event that delighted photographers occurred recently as part of the yearlong celebration. The locomotive engine on the left — Southern Pine Lumber Company #28 — operated in East Texas, hauling timber for the Temple Lumber Company. The Magma Arizona #7 is a retired engine once used by the Magma Copper Mine in Arizona. It appears in the 1962 MGM movie “How the West Was Won.”

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Texas State Railroad celebrates its 135th birthday this year. Founded in 1881, the railroad served the foundry at the state penitentiary in Rusk. By 1909, it stretched to Palestine and enhanced transportation and commerce in that East Texas region. It was built by inmate labor to haul timber to fuel the foundry and iron ore to be made into such items as the iron framework for the dome of the State Capitol. On July 4, 1976, the railroad was transformed into a historic passenger tourist attraction operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife. In 2003 the state legislature formally designated it as “the Official Railroad of Texas.”

September 12, 1929 — October 4, 2012 Wills Point

Stuart Hamblen

The yearlong celebration continues with a Sunday Funday for families set for 1 p.m. September 18. For every adult ticket purchased, get one child’s ticket free (ages 2-12.) Children under age 2 ride free as lap babies. More information is available at


October 20, 1908 — March 8, 1989 Jefferson


Bullard’s 17th Annual

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Saturday November 5, 2016

Downtown Bullard SEPTEMBER 2014 SEPTEMBER 23,1.2015 saturday September 24, 2016 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 P.M.

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Aerobatic Performances by Randy Ball, Trojan Phlyers & others Car & Motorcycle Show Food & Drink Vendors Museum Tours

Static Displays of Warbirds, Vintage & New Aircraft Pancake Breakfast Guest Speakers & Book Signings Kids’ Zone

Veterans Breakfast Parade Ceremony Plane Flyover Carnival Car Show Retail & Food Vendors Live Entertainment

Honoring our Veterans


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Veterans Breakfast Parade Ceremony Carnival Classic Car Show Live Entertainment Food Vendors

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New Caddo Grass House Draws Visitors to Historic Site A replica of ancient civilization rises up from East Texas with the tradition-based construction of a grass house near Alto, Texas.

Historic Jefferson Railway. $12-$15; lap children under 6 free. 400 E. Austin. 866.398.2038 Piney Woods Train Excursions. TSRR Depot. Park Rd. 76 Rusk. 877.726.7245 texassta-terr. com

September 1-4 & 29-October 2,

First Monday Trade Days. Canton. 903. 567.6556

September 3, October 1

Explore Emory: Girls Night Out. 6-9 p.m. 903.473.2465

September 10

Classics ‘Round the Square. Emory. 8 a.m.3 p.m. Downtown. 903.473.2465 5th Annual Jefferson Fire Brigade Benefit Classic Car Show. Jefferson. 10 a.m.-Noon. Free. Jefferson Visitor Center. 305 E. Austin St. 903.742.9449

September 10, October 8

Second Saturday. Marshall. 4-9:00 p.m. Free. Downtown. 301 N. Washington. 703.702.7777

The site was incomplete without a replica of the dwellings and so work began on a grass house earlier this year and completed in July, replacing a grass house that fell in disrepair years before.

September 13-17

Rains County Fair. Emory. Ticket prices vary. 903.473.4580

September 13-August 31, 2017

Climate Change: Oceans. Tyler. 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Center for Earth and Space Science Education. 1411 E. Lake St. 903.510.2312

More than 70 volunteers assisted Caddo authority Phil Cross of Oklahoma in the construction that started with extensive bundling of tall grasses grown on the property.

“We are currently working with Caddo artists and others to furnish the house. Our goal is for people to walk in and feel like they have entered a home — warm,

Every Saturday


Members of the Caddo tribe and a host of volunteers built the grass house which depicts life among the Native Americans who lived there 1,200 years ago. Now called the Caddo Mounds State Historical Site, the location was the most southwestern ceremonial center for the tribe known for building great earthen mounds, three of which are still visible there today.

Rachel Galen, an interpreter for the site, says it’s the only Caddo grass house built on Caddo homeland in the U.S.


September 16

East Texas Music Awards. Bullard. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $25-$100. KE Bushman’s Celebration Center. 1565 FM 2493 East. 936.332.4777

September 17 Caddo guides Angelyn Connywerdy, Jeri Redcorn, and Kricket RhoadsConnywerdy stand before a fire pit inside the grass house. Photo by Jeff Williams.

welcoming, and completely liveable,” she said. Tours of the 25-foot house are self-guided, but group tours are also available if scheduled in advance. The historical park is located at 1649 State Highway 21 West, southwest of Alto. Learn more at historic-sites/caddo-mounds-state-historic-site or call 936.858.3218.


Paws in Brick Street Village. Tyler. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free Admission. Brick Street Village. 300 W. Rusk St. 903.714.2172 Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival. Athens. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Courthouse Square. 508 E. Tyler. 903.677.5333

September 18

Sunday Funday Matinee Train Ride. Rusk. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Starting at $32. Rusk Depot. Park Road 76. 877.726.7245

September 19, October 17

Monday Night Live. Winnsboro. 5-8 p.m. Market Street. 903.342.3654

September 21-24

Downtown Tyler Film Fest. Tyler. $5-$20. Liberty Hall Theater. 103 E. Erwin. 903.595.7274

September 24, October 22

Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Visitation Program. Murchison. 1-5 p.m. $54-$162. Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. 12526 County Road 3806. 903.469.3811 visit.fundfor

September 24

Flights of Our Fathers. Terrell. 8:15 a.m.5 p.m. $10 per person or $20 per carload. Terrell Municipal Airport. 400 E. British Flying School Blvd. 214.744.6188

October 12-16

October 22

October 15

Fall Feral Hog Festival. Ben Wheeler. Free. 903.833.1070

Pineywoods Fair. Nacogdoches. 8 a.m-11 p.m. $5. Nacogdoches Civic Center. 3805 NW Stallings Dr. 936.564.7351 Texas Bigfoot Conference. Jefferson. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jefferson Visitor Center. 305 E. Austin St. 903.665.3733 1st Annual Pumpkins-on-the-Square. Sulphur Springs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebration Plaza. 100 Church St.

October 21-22

Corvette Classic. Sulphur Springs. 8 a.m.5 p.m. Celebration Plaza. 100 Church St.

Hot Pepper Festival & Parade. Palestine. 903.723.3014

October 31

Ghost of Millard’s Crossing. Nacogdoches. 6-8 p.m. Free. Millard’s Crossing. 6020 North St. 936.564.7351

November 6

Fall Foliage Brunch Train. Palestine. 10:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Adults $80, Child $50. Texas State Railroad. Palestine Depot. 789 Park Road 70. 903.683.3093

Pints in the Pines. Rusk. 6-9 p.m. $75. Rusk Depot. Park Road 76. 877.726.7245 texasstaterr. com

September 30-October 2

Jefferson Semi-Annual City Wide Rummage Sale. Jefferson. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 213 W. Broadway St. 903.665.9430

October 1

62nd Diboll Day. Diboll. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free Admission. Old Orchard Park. 700 Hall. 936.635.9595 Dogtoberfest. Tyler. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free Admission. Craft Beer Tasting wristband is $10 online and $15 at gate with driver’s license. Gander Mountain. 151 Market Square Blvd. 903.595.1160 Montalba Fall Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $10, Children 4-8 years $5, 3 & under free. Community Center. SH 19 & FM 321. 903.549.2384

October 1-31

Runaway Fright Train & Halloween Festival. Jefferson. 400 E. Austin. 866.398.2038

October 7

Cattleman’s Classic Ribeye Roundup. Sulphur Springs. 4-10 p.m. Celebration Plaza. 100 Church St.

October 7-9

Burn Benefit Bike Rally. Jefferson. Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club. 107 W Austin St. 903.665.3733

October 8

Smith County Master Gardener Fall Conference. Tyler. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $15 for lecture, Bulb Sale free. Harvey Convention Center. 2000 W. Front St. 903.590.2980


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“Finding Where You Belong”

“My favorite thing about East Texas is an ability to live in a place that’s got a climate that’s nice…I’ve got an ability to look out on my own resort, and family and friends come visit me so I don’t have to go find them. I enjoy it, but you never say never and you never say always. I just like the topography—the hills, the trees, the chain of lakes. It all reminds me so much of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. I grew up in Minnesota and spent a lot of time on the Iowa-Minnesota border…but here we don’t have brutal winters.” Casey Clark, Ben Wheeler (submitted by Clare McCarthy)

“I met my husband (Will Dollar) in the McDonald’s drive-thru in Mineola. He hunted me down through my sister. I finally agreed to go out with him. I knew our first date would have to be to see a movie at the theater in Mineola. That’s where my parents had their first date and I knew he was a keeper.” Amber Barnes, Mineola (submitted by LouAnn Campbell)

“My wife (Amber Barnes) and I took our engagement pictures in front of the theater in Mineola in the summer of 2013. I wore my Navy dress uniform. It was really hot. The theater put our names on the sign.” Will Dollar, Mineola (submitted by LouAnn Campbell)

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Edom Festival Features Original Arts

ARTS & STAGE Through September 18

Pieced Together. Tyler. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tyler Museum of Art. 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903.595.1001

Through September 24

Texas Regional Artists Exhibit. Longview. Longview Museum of Fine Arts. 215 E. Tyler. 903.753.8103

Through October 28

Feeling Blue Exhibit. Athens. 11 a.m.5 p.m. Free. 211 Gallery. 211 N. Palestine. 903.292.1746

Through October 29

Written in the Stars Exhibit. Texarkana. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Texarkana Regional Arts Center. 321 W. Fourth St. 903.452.0618

Through November 27

Devotion: The Impact of Amy & Vernon Faulconer on Our Collection. Tyler. 10 a.m.5 p.m. Free. Tyler Museum of Art. 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903.595.1001

Through December 31 October 15 and 16 in downtown Edom is the place to be for art lovers. The juried art show includes exceptional handmade, original art and crafts including painting, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, clothing and blown glass. Live music takes place on two stages both days. Shown here are throw pillows created by textile artist Jennifer Morales. The festival also has great food and a kids’ activity area and dogs are welcome on a leash. For more information visit Courtesy photo.

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Sculpture for All-Outdoor Exhibition and Competition. Nacogdoches. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Mast Arboretum and Ruby Mize Garder. 1924 Wilson Dr. 936.564.7351

September 15

Jerry Seinfeld. Tyler. 7 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center. 3900 University Blvd. 903.566.7424 Don Giovanni. Texarkana. Regional Arts Center. 321 W. 4th St. 903.792.4992

September 23-25 & September 30-October 2

The Miracle Worker. Lindale. 7:30 p.m. Sunday showings at 2 p.m. $9-$16.50. Lindale Community Theater. 109 W. Hubbard. 903.638.0402

September 24

East Texas Indian Artifact & Ethnographic Show. Nacogdoches. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. Nacogdoches Civic Center. 3805 NW Stallings Dr. 936.564.7351

October 22

The Aluminum Show. Texarkana. 7:30 p.m. Perot Theatre. 221 Main St. 903.792.4992 trahc. org Jeff Foxworthy. Tyler. 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center. 3900 University Blvd. 903.566.7424

October 27 Winnsboro presents artists from all over the country at this year’s festival taking place November 11 and 12 on Market Street. One of the many artists scheduled is Gary Williamson with his shredded paper sculptures like this one from his “African” series. Go to or call 888.559.4333 for more info. Courtesy photo. 24 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series. Nacogdoches. 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. $7.50. W. M. Turner Auditorium. 2222 Alumni Dr. N. 936.564.7351


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1 TO 5 P.M. Veterans Salute 4 p.m.

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Wiley Choir Records Film Soundtrack

For his directoral debut, actor Nate Parker called on the A Cappella Choir of Marshall’s Wiley College. Parker, a friend of the university, had heard the choir at a 2014 school function and knew of its reputation since the choir also performed in Christmas concerts at the White House in 2011 and 2013. “I was so impressed by the choir, the students’ passion, and their beautiful voices,” said Parker. “I was working on The Birth of a Nation and I just knew this choir would record the soundtrack.” Since then, his new film has won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the famed Sundance Film Festival. The film retells the story of the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton, Virginia, in 1831. Parker plays Turner in the production. Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner accepts an offer to use Turner’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities — against himself and his fellow

slaves — Turner orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Parker’s relationship with Wiley College dates back to the time he spent there taping scenes for the 2007 movie The Great Debaters. He starred in a supporting role as a student on Wiley’s legendary 1935 debate team, the subject of the movie. Under the baton of its accomplished choral director Stephen Hayes, the choir spent two days in November in the school’s chapel recording the scene and atmospheric music for the movie, including the hauntingly moving Negro melody “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray.” The melody is a much-requested piece the choir regularly performs. “My students relished the opportunity to spend time with Nate Parker and to use their musical gifts and talents to help tell

the story in this movie,” Hayes said. Wiley’s President, Dr. Haywood Strickland, said that the students’ experience of taping the music was very similar to being in a classroom. “Nate Parker provided our students a rare behind-thescenes glimpse of the technical aspects of a much-glamorized industry,” he said. “Many of our choir students are music majors, and for them, being involved at this level opened their eyes to so many more career opportunities.” Earlier this year, Parker inaugurated the Nate Parker School of Film, Drama, and Theatre and the Nate Parker Summer Film Institute at the college. Fox Searchlight Pictures bought Parker’s film for $17.5 million, the largest deal for a film festival movie to date. The film is due in theaters October 7.

Independent Film Festival Comes to Tyler in September The Downtown Tyler Film Festival kicks off its sixth annual celebration September 21, airing four evenings of short films from local, national and global independent filmmakers at Liberty Hall Theater in downtown Tyler.

ing through film and bring people into the community.”

Founded in 2011 as a venue for local filmmakers and filmgoers, the festival gives preference to local works but showcases a wide variety of narrative and documentary storytelling from East Texas and around the world.

On Friday and Saturday of the festival, three workshops are offered to the public, all focusing on different aspects of creating a film. Friday’s workshop takes place at the Gallery on Main Street, while Saturday’s morning and afternoon workshops are at the Tyler Public Library. Jones also said happy hour events are available at various locations around downtown Tyler before each screening.

Festival director Tara Holley Jones says the event is designed to encourage future filmmakers of all ages. “It is a unique and very inspiring experience,” Jones said. “We want to celebrate the art of storytell-

On September 24, a “Best in the Fest” showcase occurs, rescreening the top short films from previous nights. Contest winners are announced at the conclusion of the festival and receive cash prizes.


Films shown at the festival are no longer than 15 minutes and each viewing is scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes. The showings are followed by filmmaker Q & A’s and receptions. Tickets are available in advance from Tyler Main Street Gallery or online at or anytime during the event at the Liberty Hall box office. Tickets cost $5 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night of the festival, and $10 on Saturday night for the Best in the Fest Award presentation and wrap party (food/drink included). An all-inclusive producer’s pass (all four nights plus wrap party) is $20. For more information visit or call 903.593.6905.

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Adler & Hearne Release Simpatico

Adler & Hearne Simpatico Spring Hollow Records

September 1

Micky & the Motorcars. Lindale 8 p.m. $5. Love & War Picker’s Pavillion. 114 E. North St.

A while back on National Public Radio, music icon Billy Bragg claimed that “cynicism is the enemy of us all.” Coincidentally that same day, I was listening to Simpatico, a 24-song album by Adler & Hearne — Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne — that celebrates their 15 years together.

1. There’s not an ounce of cynicism among the songs, which is refreshing. 2. The sweetly worded songs and duet harmonies fit most closely into the folk and country genres with a sprinkling of gospel. 3. There’s a strong sense of nostalgia


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Three immediate thoughts:


September 3

Edwin Holt’s Redclay Roadhouse Band. Henderson. 7:30 p.m. $30. Henderson Civic Theatre. 122 E. Main St.

here that dates back to far earlier than 15 years, including the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” and the 90th birthday of Route 66. Favorites among the 24? From the first disc: “Summer of Love;” “Soul Lover,” nice performance by Adler of a song co-written by Hearne and Hal Greenwood; the laidback and fun “Blue Plate Special;” “When They Sing,” an admission that singing (together) sends them back to another place and time when they were young and full of life; and the bluegrasssounding “Pickin’ My Favorites” which “fails” only because there are too many songs that could be on the list. From the second disc: the haunting sound of “Morning Watch,” which focuses on the soul surrendering to what’s brought us all to the narrow, winding paths we’re on; “River of Peace;” “The Legacy,” which acknowledges, based on the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that everyone is heir to the legacy of dignity and worth; “Do Justice, Love Mercy,” written by Hearne and Lisa Aschmann; “Tears Like Mine;” and “Gentle Spirit, Give Me Rest.” Adler and Hearne, who, when they are not touring, live on their “Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm” near Winnsboro, produced. Hearne added classical lead, electric guitar, harmonica, mandolin, Papoose, Dobrato, banjo, and rhythm guitar. Lloyd Maines played Dobro, pedal steel, electric bass, and slide and electric guitars with Pat Manske on percussion and Glen Fukunaga on upright bass.


Chris Colston with Micah Erickson, Scott Rotten, and Tony Foster. Kilgore. 9 p.m. The Back Porch. 904 Broadway Blvd. 903.984.8141 Prophets & Outlaws. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

September 3, November 12

Teazur. Longview. 9 p.m. Lone Star Ice House. 1016 McCann Rd. 903.753.5885

September 4, October 9

Sunday Classical Series. Winnsboro. 2:30 p.m. Winnsboro Center for the Arts. 200 Market. 903.342.0686

September 10

Hannah Kirby/Kirby Brown. Sulphur Springs. 7-9 p.m. Celebration Plaza. 100 Church St. Tony Ramey. Greenville. 7-9 p.m. $90. Texan Theater. 2712 Lee St. 903.259.6360 Sarah McQuaid. Winnsboro. $12-$20. The Bowery Stage. 200 North Market St. 903.342.6140 Ben Lowery & Texas Express. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 903.833.5100

September 11

The Campbell Brothers. Greenville. 7-9 p.m. $115. Texan Theater. 2712 Lee St. 903.259.6360

September 16

Verlon Thompson. Winnsboro. $12-$20. The Bowery Stage, 200 North Market St. 903.342.6140 Uncle Lucius. Greenville. 7-9 p.m. $110. Texan Theater. 2712 Lee St. 903.259.6360 Tuxedo Cats. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

Jamie Foxx Sings with Streisand on New CD


Multi-talented Jamie Foxx — born and raised in Terrell — is among a select group of celebrities invited to join legendary songstress Barbra Streisand in the recording of a new album of Broadway hits through the years. Foxx has achieved fame for his unique mix of acting and singing abilities. The winner of one Oscar, one Golden Globe and two Grammy awards is perhaps best known for his blockbuster 2004 hit, starring in the title role of Ray in the movie on the life of musical great Ray Charles. Streisand recently released the album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway where Foxx joins her in the soaring ballad “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music. The duet closes out the 10-song recording. “I wanted to sing with Jamie Foxx because he just has a fantastic voice and so soulful, very, very soulful sound,” Streisand says. The album also includes a rendition of “At the Ballet” featuring actresses Daisy Ridley and Anne Hathaway, as well as duets with Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Wilson, Antonio Banderas, and other stars. It is produced by Columbia Records. For a behind-the-scenes look at Foxx and Streisand’s chemistry in recording, view the online video at

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September 17 Christopher Cross. Greenville. 7-9 p.m. $380. Texan Theater. 2712 Lee St. 903.259.6360

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1st Chris Colston 8th Wesley Pruitt Band 15th Chase McClanahan 22nd Breelan Angel 29th East TX Jazz Orchestra • 903.833.5100 The Dagnabbit Band. Kilgore. 8 p.m. $5. The Back Porch Outdoor Stage. 904 Broadway Blvd. 903.984.8141 STP with Heather & Craig. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

September 18

A Night of Jazz. Tyler. 8 p.m. $18. Liberty Hall Theater. 903.595.7274

Art of Peace with Peter Yarrow. Tyler. 7 p.m. $20-$35. Liberty Hall Theater. 103 E. Erwin. 903.595.7274

Battle of the Bands. Sulphur Springs. 7:30-9 p.m. Celebration Plaza. 100 Church St.

September 23 Walt Wilkins Lindale. 8 p.m. $5. Love & War

Picker’s Pavillion. 114 E. North St.

September 24 Monty Tipps. Sulphur Springs. 7-9 p.m. Celebration Plaza. Vince Vance & The Valiants. Greenville. 7-9 p.m. $99. Texan Theater. 2712 Lee St. 903.259.6360 Cody Wayne Band. Kilgore. 7 p.m. $5. The Back Porch. 904 Broadway Blvd. 903.984.8141 continued page 36


MUSIC continued from page 35 September 30

Tiffani Watkins. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

Greenville. Ticket prices vary. Municipal Auditorium. 03.455.1510

October 7

Anthony Riley Band. Longview. 8 p.m. Lone Star Ice House. 1016 McCann Rd. 903.753.5885

October 1

Blaine Hart Band. Kilgore. 8 p.m. $5. The Back Porch. 904 Broadway Blvd. 903.984.8141

The Time Jumpers. Greenville. 7:30 pm. $35$55. Greenville Municipal Auditorium. 2821 Washington. 903.457.2994 showtimeatthegma. com

October 5

Asleep at the Wheel. Greenville. 7:30 pm. $36-$56. Greenville Municipal Auditorium. 2821 Washington. 903.457.2994

Branson on the Road. Tyler. 8 p.m. $10$20. Liberty Hall Theater. 103 E. Erwin. 903.595.7274

October 8

Ally Venable Band. Kilgore. 8 p.m. The Back Porch. 904 Broadway Blvd. 903.984.8141

Adler & Hearne. Winnsboro. The Bowery Stage. 200 North Market St. 903.342.6140 Steve Carpenter. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

October 6-9

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest.

Shenandoah. Nacogdoches. 8 p.m. Ticket price varies. Banita Creek Hall. 200 E. Main St. 936.564.7351

Wesley Pruitt Band. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

October 13

Eric Moseley Duo. Big Sandy. 7-9 p.m. $5. Big Sandy Music Hall. 100 S. Tyler. 903.345.4289

October 14

John Michael Montgomery. Greenville. 7-9 p.m. $280. Texan Theater. 2712 Lee St. 903.259.6360

October 20-22

Classic Country & Honky-Tonk Music Revival. Canton. Noon-10 p.m. $20-$75. Civic Center. 800 Flea Market Rd. 903.567.1849

October 22

True Texas Gospel with Dave Alexander. Tyler. 2 p.m. Liberty Hall Theater. 103 E. Erwin. 903.595.7274 True Texas Swing. Tyler. 8 p.m. Liberty Hall Theater. 103 E. Erwin. 903.595.7274 libertytyler. com Shake, Rattle & Roll. Lindale. 7:30 p.m. $15. Lindale Community Theater. 109 W. Hubbard. 903.638.0402 The Laws. Winnsboro. The Bowery Stage. 200 North Market St. 903.342.6140 Breelan Angel. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

October 28

Meredith Crawford. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

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October 29

East TX Jazz Orchestra. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store. 1535 279. 903.833.5100

November 6

Make Andie Kay OK. Ben Wheeler. Fundraiser for Andie Kay Joyner, lead singer for blacktopGYPSY, with Max Stalling, Heather Stalling, Matt Hillyer, Nate Kipp, Stratoblasters, Wesley Pruitt, and many others. Downtown Ben Wheeler. 903.963.8306.


Try a Delicious Pumpkin Bisque from Chef Christian Mailloux PUMPKIN BISQUE By Christian Mailloux, Chef and owner Red Fire Grille, 400 N. Queen Street, Palestine INGREDIENTS

1 large, fleshy pie pumpkin (4 lbs) cut into large pieces, seeds, skin included Salt & ground black pepper to taste Light brown sugar to taste

Nutmeg to taste Allspice to taste Cinnamon to taste 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter


Remove stem from the pumpkin and cut into large pieces. Place the large pieces of pumpkin with the seeds, skin, and all in a large pot and fill with water (about 6 cups). Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer. After 30 to 40 minutes, check the pumpkin for tenderness (ability to pierce the flesh easily with a fork). When tender, remove the pumpkin from the water and allow it to cool to room temperature. Save the cooking liquid. Strain the liquid with a fine mesh strainer (or a clean kitchen towel will also work). Set aside the pumpkin liquid. When the pieces are cool enough to handle, use a large spoon to gently scrape the seeds and fiber away from the flesh. Clean them under cool running water and dry on paper towels. Set aside. This will be used as a garnish.

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The skin should peel away from the pumpkin. Remove as much as you can. (If any is missed, the blender takes care of it.) In a blender, place a 50/50 ratio of pumpkin and the reserved liquid, 3/4 full. Work your way from the slowest speed to the fastest until smooth. Pour mixture into a large soup pot and repeat until all the pumpkin is blended. Place the soup back on the stove on medium heat. Before you begin to add any seasonings, check the mixture for sweetness and adjust it with brown sugar to taste. Add the remaining seasonings to your personal taste. Allow the soup to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss the melted butter with the pumpkin seeds in a bowl and season with salt. Spread on a baking sheet, place in the hot oven, and cook until golden, about 8 to 12 minutes. When done, remove and cool. Garnish your soup with the toasted seeds and enjoy. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 37


Auntie Pasta’s: Great Name, Great Food By Mary Cole

As the mother of a Stephen F. Austin State University student, I often find myself visiting Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. While my trips to this historic place are always too brief, they usually include at least one meal at a restaurant of my daughter’s choosing. She discovered an Italian treasure her freshman year and many of our visits find us enjoying a delicious meal at Auntie Pasta’s. Located “off the beaten path” at 211 Old Tyler Road, Auntie Pasta’s occupies a historic warehouse near the depot. As goods and supplies were delivered by train to the residents of this area of Texas years ago, the groceries were stored at this site that contained part of the first refrigerated storage space west of the Mississippi. The exposed brick and industrial décor add to the charm of this spacious restaurant and lends much to imagining the warehouse as it must have been. Auntie Pasta’s has been serving ItalianAmerican dishes to the Nacogdoches community for over 14 years. The menu offers something for everyone to enjoy. On our previous visits we devoured such favorites as calamari and the createyour-own pasta option, but this time my daughter chose the chicken alfredo and I an individual pizza. Our meal started with a loaf of crusty Italian bread brought to

us in a long paper bag along with roasted garlic and oil on a plate for dipping the portions we pulled off. Our entrees arrived quickly and both dishes were deliciously prepared with the freshest of ingredients. The chicken and alfredo sauce was generously placed on the noodles and the pizza sauce was one of the best I have tasted.

seared redfish topped with a white wine Creole mustard sauce and crawfish tails, mama’s spicy chicken and shrimp, and caramelized chicken lombardi.

They also offer a great assortment of seafood, steak and, of course, pasta dishes and both traditional and gourmet pizzas. From the homemade meatballs and sauces to the fresh from scratch lasagna, there’s something for everyone.

My daughter graduates soon but we’ll keep coming back to Auntie Pasta’s in Nacogdoches.

According to the wait staff, the most popular dishes picked by locals include pan-

And don’t forget the appetizers. The list includes some stand-outs like fried artichoke hearts and homemade crab cakes with lemon butter sauce.

The restaurant is open every day of the week from 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner hours extend to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. every other night. For more, visit

Find Antiques and Handcrafted Drinks at Jo’s By Ryan-Rose Mendoza Fashioned from a refurbished antique shop, Jo’s Downtown adds a certain hipster vibe to the already fun downtown of Mount Pleasant. Offering handcrafted drinks ranging from the iced lilac tea, to a coffee brew called The Lumberjack so strong it’s said to “make the hair grow on your chest,” the shop is an inviting place for people to visit and enjoy deliciousness. The café boasts that the syrups they use are handmade and selected with the utmost care. Drinks are often served in mason jars or teacups.

Antique chairs and sofas offer a fun seating experience. Located right in the heart of downtown, Jo’s gathers a wide array of customers of every age. “During the mornings we seem to attract more of an older crowd and in the afternoon and evenings we seem to attract more teens and college students,” Mattie Grisby, one of the baristas, said. “We’re really proud of the time and care we put into our drinks,” Grisby explains. It’s attitude like that which sets Jo’s


apart from other places around town. The care that they take shows in each and every one of their beverage masterpieces. Jo’s Downtown is located on 102 North Jefferson Avenue. Hours are MondaySunday 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook, Jo’s Downtown, to keep up with their latest news.

Fresh, Warm Bread Awaits at Winnsboro Market

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Visitors find Brick Oven Bread from Laughing Flowers Farm every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon at the Winnsboro Farmers Market. For more information call Mary Smith at 903.342.3438.

Greenville Welcomes Trio of Restaurants Greenville residents hungry for fresh, new dining options are in for a triple treat. Firebird Restaurant Group recently opened three of its popular dining options — El Fenix Mexican Restaurant, Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar, and Taqueria La Ventana — at the 3100 block of Interstate 30 in Greenville. “This truly speaks to the growth and development of Greenville as a dining destination and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Tim Schroder, director of operations services for Dallas-based Firebird.

its Wednesday “$5.99 Enchilada Dinner Special.” The popular restaurant chain recently unveiled its all-new brunch buffet available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The iconic Snuffer’s Restaurant has served up its legendary burgers and famous cheddar fries since 1978. Snuffer’s has been a Dallas-area favorite place to meet friends for decades. Taqueria La Ventana is modeled after an authentic Mexico City taqueria. The menu features everyday Mexican street food, including handmade tacos, elotes, churros, beers, and margaritas.

El Fenix is renowned as the originator of Tex-Mex cuisine, dating to its founding in 1918. Since then, it has become a staple on the North Texas dining landscape, earning fame for its perennial “Best Margarita in Dallas” awards and

Coinciding with the opening of the three new dining spots was Firebird’s donation of $2,500 for the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Texas and $5,000 gift to the Women in Need organization.

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How to Achieve a Home with an Outdoor View

By Brandy Jones As the weather cools down, it is time to get outside again, and thus the perfect time to remodel a home or update a porch or backyard to enjoy the outdoors. Some East Texans see rolling hills, ponds, or lake views from their homes, but those who can’t can create their own special view. One idea is to add a gathering area by installing outdoor seating, a fire pit, or a water feature. Surround it with landscaping. Many times this is a great DIY (Do It Yourself) project over a weekend. Bright flowers, comfy pillows, and a hammock really make a big difference. Sometimes houses just don’t allow for nice views outside. Bad space planning, windows that are too small, or enclosed porches that were poorly built are the most common reasons for a blocked view of the outdoors. Some ideas to open up that view include adding larger windows or doors, opening up the enclosed porch to a living area, or opening up the view from other rooms. These changes often

bring more daylight into the house and automatically give a home a renovated feel. A house on Greenbriar Lake in Tyler had a closed plan with an enclosed sun porch. The goal for the remodeling of the home was to open the interior spaces up to one another to increase views to the lake and its reflection of earth and sky. Open spaces in a lakehouse also better compliments the weekend lifestyles and the informal socializing with guests that go on there. The wall between the sunroom and living room was removed and cedar wrapped beams and columns were added for support. The ceiling was raised one foot so the entire space appears even larger. When removing walls to create more open spaces, a standard ceiling height of eight feet can seem lower than it actually is and the extra one foot corrects that visual problem. Having higher ceilings helps the space look more proportional. The wall that separated the kitchen was removed to open the kitchen to the living room and sun porch. This creates an inviting entertainment space.


Besides construction modifications, the home also needed greater harmony with the outdoors and nature. Lakehouses by nature have a casual style so that was the design direction of the new materials chosen. Natural materials like stone, cedar, and wood floors reflect that casual lakehouse style. The fireplace was wrapped with river stone and the paint colors chosen were to keep the room light and airy. The walls are painted Sherwin Williams 6169 Sedate Gray. Additionally, since the entrance to the home was vague and uninviting to visitors, a new porch was built to create a more obvious entry to the home. With the arrival of the fall season, now’s the time to check a home’s views to the beautiful outdoors. Homeowners should think about what they want out of their view and how they want to spend their time outdoors. Brandy Jones, RID, IIDA, is owner of Studio B Designs, Tyler.

Skougard Holds Workshops at Clara Ida Frances in Winnsboro

Decorative paint and restoration specialist Anne Skougard teaches weekly workshops at Clara Ida Frances in Winnsboro such as how to create this mirror frame with a two-tone aging technique. From learning various distressing techniques including color layering and glazing to stencil and raised embossing, Skougard lends her expertise to those who enjoy do-it-yourself projects. Each workshop is a hands-on experience. Materials and tools are provided and fees vary. Visit to reserve or call 903.342.6137. Courtesy photo.

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FEEL GOOD Animals Get Love at Pets Fur People By Linda Ayers Gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows at the lovely green lawn, a lucky cat might think they were in a private home. Instead, she’s sitting in a sunroom of the cattery at Pets Fur People, a branch organization of the Tyler Humane Society. The accommodations would make any cat feel so lucky to be there that it probably would not want to leave. For felines, the facility offers two adjoining rooms, each with cozy nooks, and lots of places to sit and soak up the sun. Pets Fur People’s executive director, Gayle Helms, said the organization wants to make the stay of any animal in their care as comfortable as possible. But the stay is meant to be temporary, just until the dog or cat finds the perfect forever home. It hasn’t always been that way, but in 2008 Pets Fur People decided to become a selective, no-kill facility. That huge humanitarian step cost them more than $200,000 in annual funding from the City of Tyler and Smith County. Now they are funded solely through donations. The animal adoption fee of $150 for a dog and $130 for a cat is very reasonable, considering that it includes spaying or neutering, a microchip implant, all vaccinations (including rabies), spe-

Cats enjoy the Pets Fur People facilities but need forever homes. Photo by Justine Meccio.

cialized testing, and 30 days of free pet health insurance. Also, an adopted pet gets boarding at a reduced rate if needed at a later date.

were feeding part of their meals to their dogs and cats, they began repackaging donated dog and cat food for Meals on Wheels to deliver.

While walking through the facility, Helms calls most of the dogs by name, stopping to pet many, and even put her face to the door of one kennel for a friendly nose-to-nose greeting with one small dog. The animals are truly her passion.

A new on-site dog park also serves the community. Pets Fur People volunteers built the park using donated materials. It is the largest free dog park in Tyler.

She and the nine employees at Pets Fur People are also passionate about giving back to the community. After learning that many Meals on Wheels recipients

Located at 1823 CR 386 in Tyler, Pets Fur People opens for adoptions each Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.). Details and photos of adoptable animals are available on their website,

Paisley Speaks on Alzheimer’s in Tyler Movie and TV actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley — and wife of country music star Brad Paisley — is the guest speaker for the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County’s 5th Annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon September 19 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. Paisley wrote a book called Where the Light Gets In about her journey with her mother’s rare form of dementia that has slowly crippled her ability to talk, write, and recognize people in her own family. 44 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

In an interview with HealthPoint, Paisley said, “Dementia needs a publicity makeover; it needs to come out of the shadows the way we’ve done with breast cancer, for example. It wasn’t that long ago when the subject of cancer was taboo. People only whispered about it. Now you have NFL players and rodeo riders wearing pink to raise awareness. We need that same kind of openness and honesty about dementia.” For tickets to the event, go to or call 903.509.8323.

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