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26 A  mong numerous stage performances in the region is The Tin Woman, a play by the Palestine Community Theatre that is not only entertaining, but raises awareness for the need for organ donors.

FILM 28 A list of 10 favorite movies that star East Texans and three upcoming film festivals.

LITERARY

30 Jerry Permenter writes a about a ghostly night with a friend in Nacogdoches and poetry by Judy L. Parsons and Darrell Lindsey.

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32 Texas Country Music Awards features Mark Chesnutt, East Texas native Brandon Rhyder, and many others at the show in Carthage, plus a large lineup of music.

FOOD & DRINK

36 Jo Poynter shares two recipes for jams and can be found at the Edgewood Heritage Festival in November, plus food and wine festivals.

FEEL GOOD 42 Art of Peace plans are underway in Tyler while others hold events for breast and prostate cancer awareness.

FEATURES

8 Predictions Are Good for Old Omen

DEPARTMENTS 5 Editor’s Note & Letters

With a new album and a full show schedule, this duo is bringing their unique music to appreciative crowds all over East Texas. By P.A. Geddie

THIS TIME OF YEAR

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From an award-winning baseball player’s wooden leg to special collections and a big shrine to a famous movie, East Texas has a hefty share of interesting finds. By Elaine Rogers

20 Resurrection of The Cannery Brings New Life to Lindale

Lindale organizers took this old complex and made it new again. The restaurant, retail, and residential destination already has a thriving music and dining scene and is moving forward with big plans.

12 Gilmer talents Johnny Mathis and the late Freddie King. Sculptor Bill Bond. The Marx Brothers in Nacogdoches and Wilderness Treasures.

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44 A few app ideas to help kids keep moving and learning this fall.

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14 S pooky encounters make for good entertainment for brave souls, plus a full list of event picks for this fall season, and a spotlight on one of our most history-filled areas.

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16 G  etting to know Northeast Texans Bill and Sandy Brown and Betty Oglesbee.

THE ARTS 24 Edom Art Festival celebrates its 45th year and Winnsboro prepares for its annual art and wine festival.

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EDITOR’S NOTE Dear Readers, This is our 17th autumn to bring you good news about the people, places, and fun things to do in the Upper East Side of Texas. Each year brings more choices to see art, listen to music, taste delicious food and wine, and experience new adventures. This year, more than any other, it was difficult to choose what information to share with you in the coveted print issue and we know you are going to enjoy learning about talented musicians like Lindsey and Grady of Old Omen and places like the museums that house quirky treasures and Lindale’s resurrected cannery. Most of all mark your calendars from the very long list of events to choose from including award-winning haunted houses, art and heritage festivals and exhibits, food and wine events, film festivals, and as always shows from our own local talented musicians and those coming to the region to perform from all over the country.

County Line Magazine has such a diversity of things to do that I find it truly a job in disguise making a decision. Do I want to just try something new and different or do I just take the top one of things that I love to do anyway list and just get around trying. After three years of trying to juggle many desires I just came to my senses and realized that I have a “bucket list” going and it’s way out of control. Keep up the great work guys!

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I would also like to call your attention to a play presented by the Palestine Community Theatre in early October. The Tin Woman is about someone who needs a heart. Hers no longer works and she needs a transplant. When a family loses their loved one unexpectedly, the organs are donated and the woman is saved. About this time a year ago, the talented singer-songwriter from blacktopGYPSY, Andie Kay Joyner, had only days to live without a new heart and liver. Fortunately for her, those gifts appeared and today she is strong and back on stage doing what she loves and wowing us all. She never forgets her donor and is looking forward to meeting the family soon. Please consider making the life-changing decision to be a donor. Find out how easy it is at organdonor.gov. P.A. Geddie

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Predictions Are Good for Old Omen Old Omen is a familiar name in East Texas. In the past, those words brought to mind for most the Old Omen Road that goes through Tyler leading out to the worn, scarcely-populated community of Omen near Arp. But in recent years, a new Old Omen emerged with a distinct swampy folkblues sound and all predictions indicate this is what the words conjure up for a growing audience now and in the future. Founding band members Lindsey Boone and Grady Axton Davis met at a Beatles tribute show and discovered how very well her bluesy, gritty voice matched his bluesy, gritty guitar playing. He introduced her to Led Zeppelin, she showed him Otis Redding, and together they quickly developed their own special sound and formed Old Omen. “When we were trying to think of a name we wanted something with significance to East Texas, and that somehow captured our sound too,” Boone says. “I love that there could be a great character behind the name. I picture an old guy smoking on his front porch, listening to blues, and I imagine he’d like our songs. The fact that Omen is still a minuscule town with nothing but a couple houses and a church makes it even cooler.” Being their own unique collaboration, their sound is hard to put into any specific music genre, and that’s what people are enjoying about it most. “We hope it’s something very different in the East Texas music scene,” Davis says. “I think the genres we’re tapping in to don’t get on display very often around here.

You just don’t get a ton of bluesy soul original music, and I hope people think, ‘That’s a lot of sound for just two people to be producing.’” They each have a genuine admiration of the talents of the other and enjoy sharing the limelight. “His dedication and obsession with good music mirrors mine,” Boone says. “We make a great songwriting and performing team because our whole hearts and souls are in it, in every note. He’s the best damn guitarist in East Texas, and he makes me a better singer, because we’re constantly trying to sing or play in a way that’s worthy of the other’s artistry. His innate understanding of the ‘rules’ in music make him break the rules in all the right ways, which is something I strive to do vocally as well.” Davis agrees it’s a good partnership. “I can come up with any kind of a guitar part, in any key, and she can sing it, and sing it really well,” he says. “It’s great playing next to someone who can wail — she’s a total bad ass. There’s an old soul in her voice.” As well as they blend, they admit to coming from two very different musical backgrounds. Davis grew up listening to metal and hard rock, while Boone favored classical, jazz, and folk. “My idol is Etta James, his is Jimmy Page. Grady is M&M’s and I’m Skittles,” Boone says. “It’s our differences that make us so musically strong and create a different sort of blend. You have the super bluesy, raw, rock-based acoustic guitar with strong jazzy female vocals. It makes for a very cool sound.”

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While their musical influences are very different, their roots are both firmly planted in East Texas. “I’m a Tyler girl, through and through,” Boone says. “We moved here when I was four and I still live in Tyler with my husband and two sons. I love East Texas — sweet onions, my grandfather’s drawl, Indian paintbrushes, peach cobbler, azaleas and churches and sycamore boughs singing in the wind and rain — I love it all.” Davis came to East Texas to visit relatives growing up and his whole family eventually ended up here. After wandering around a bit, he too made his way to East Texas. “It’s where my family is, where we own land, full of good people,” he says. “After living in LA for a few years, then moving back, I realized how much I missed the big pine trees, the big clouds, and the changing of seasons.” The duo hopes to help improve the diversity of music for the region. “Sometimes East Texan culture does present a challenge, musically, because it is so centered around country music, and Grady and I don’t write country tunes. I love blues, rock, soul, and jazz, and those are genres that need a bit of a revival in our area.” Boone and Davis found early on that songwriting is part of their journey together. During their very first rehearsal they wrote their first song called “Sweet Ol Tune” and they haven’t stopped writing since. They recently released their first fulllength album. The self-titled Old Omen features eight original tracks including “Just My Size,” “Noonday Dream,” “Empty Bed Blues,” “Touch,” “Shadows,” “Pirate Song,” “Jeans,” and “Blue Moon.” They are taking the CD out on the road as they tour all over North and East Texas this year with gigs in Tyler, Hawkins, Arlington, Harleton, Henderson, Dallas, and Ben Wheeler booked so far. Hear samplings of their songs and find out more about upcoming shows on their website oldomen.com.

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THIS TIME OF YEAR SEPTEMBER 30, 1935

SEPTEMBER 3, 1934

The Music of These Gilmer-Born Talents Still Resonates Audiences Still Inspired by Johnny Mathis

tinues performing today. He has recorded 74 albums and sold over 350 million records worldwide. Several of his albums have received gold or platinum status. True fans especially love his best-selling Christmas albums.

Romantic crooner Johnny Mathis was born in Gilmer September 30, 1935. He became one of the most beloved pop singers in American music history. Gilmer pays tribute to this native son at the Historic Upshur Museum (historicupshurmuseum.com).

Mathis -- the fourth of seven children -- moved with his family to San Francisco, where he grew up. He wanted to become an English and physical education teacher, but someone heard the 19-year-old singing in a club one weekend and his career in music started. In time, he won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys) and three of his hits were also included in the Grammy Hall of Fame: “It’s Not for Me to Say” (1957), “Chances Are” (1957) and “Misty” (1959).

Mathis’ career has spanned 60 years, starting in the late 1950s -- and he con-

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Freddie King Brought Blues to the World The talented Freddie King was born September 3, 1934, in Gilmer. The celebrated African-American blues musician moved to Chicago when he was 16 and developed his guitar style under the influence of Lightnin’ Hopkins, TBone Walker, B.B. King (not a relative), and others. From 1950 to 1958 King played in neighborhood clubs and in latter years made his professional debut. In 1963 he returned to Texas and settled in Dallas. In 1971 he recorded the first major live album he ever made in Austin, at Armadillo World Headquarters, known as “the House That Freddie King Built.” King opened AWH and returned periodically for fundraisers. His recordings with Shelter Records brought him recognition throughout the state as a “topnotch Texas bluesman.” Some of his classic songs were “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” “Highway,” and “Woman Across the River.”

“Readin’ Time” (Azle, Texas) is one of more than 150 bronze sculptures created by the late Bill Bond, born October 1, 1923, in Crandall, the son of William and Nonnie Bond. Bill Bond was an illustrator and advertising professional (practicing in Dallas), but is most remembered as a sculptor. His sculptures cover western, historic, religious, and sports subjects and are located all over the country. Bond often brought humor to his pieces and was quoted to say, “I’m trying to take you to the barely perceptive edge of humor — to a point where you laugh, but are hard-put to explain why.” He died in 2016 at home in Kerrville. Courtesy photo. 12 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

He died from a heart attack December 28, 1976, and is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park on Northwest Highway in Dallas. Excerpts from Texas State Historical Association


SEPTEMBER 25, 1916

On September 25, 1916, a performance took place by The Four Nightingales — made up of siblings that became known as The Marx Brothers — at an opera house in Nacogdoches (still standing) in which an unplanned interruption resulted in the group switching from a musical to a comedic act.

memorable than their stilted music and dramatic readings. In fact, one brother even ad-libbed “Nacogdoches is full of roaches” in one song, supposedly because he could not think of another word that rhymed with Nacogdoches.

The story goes that after their performance began, a man ran into the theater and announced that a mule had gotten loose and was disrupting the streets outside. The audience exited to see the disturbance.

Later, the famed Marx Brothers referred to the city again in perhaps their most famous movie, Duck Soup (1933), by naming a fictionalized land Freedonia [sic] after the region Fredonia that predated the city of Nacogdoches.

Once they returned, the brothers made some off-the-cuff sarcastic remarks that wound up to be more

Date and year of this performance are debated, but one movie historian suggests this specific month, date, and year.

OCTOBER 30, 1984

WILDERNESS TREASURES

Five protected wilderness areas compromising almost 35,000 acres in East Texas were established by U.S. legislature on October 30, 1984. The five are Big Slough Wilderness Area in Houston County, Indian Mounds Wilderness Area in Sabine County (pictured), Little Lake Creek Wilderness Area in Montgomery County, Turkey Hill Wilderness Area in Angelina County, and Upland Island Wilderness Area in Angelina and Jasper counties. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 13


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Spooky Encounters Abound in East Texas Terror Trails. Yantis Perhaps unlike any outdoor Halloween event, this journey includes digitally controlled sound and light throughout the one-half mile foot route. County Road 1960, northwest of Quitman. terrortrails.com.

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors. Longview Not for the faint of heart, this Halloween destination has frighteningly realistic costumes and lots of surprises. Fans say it will “scare the yell out of you.” 1228 Market Street. 903.297.5397. docwilkeshaunt.com.

Graystone Haunted Manor. Longview

East Texas is a perfect place to indulge in playful horrors of Halloween, what with its deep woods, historic homes, and ghost stories. Here are some ideas for how to spend the Halloween season from County Line fans. Many details are preliminary so check with the venue before planning your visit.

Fright Night. Palestine

A frightfully good time awaits visitors to this Halloween production, hosted by the Palestine Firefighters Association and held in a haunted old garment factory. Proceeds go to charities and children under 13 must be accompanied by adults. 3600 W. Oak Street. facebook. com/PalestineFrightNight.

Haunted Little Jail. Palestine

From jail to juvenile detention center, this historic structure has stories that bring plenty of the screams. 704 Avenue A. texasjailhouse.com.

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Hatchet House of Terror. Edom It’s described as “not your typical small-town haunted house.” Edom does it right with the actors and the scary props. Proceeds go to the Edom Volunteer Fire Department. 9377 FM 279. 903.852.3976. facebook.com/ HatchetHouseofTerror.

Trail of Darkness. Wills Point Even with zombies, a maze, and a tunnel, this adventure still gets high marks for being family friendly. 554 VZCR 3725. 903.802.8054. facebook.com/ TrailofDarknessTeam.

Thrillvania. Terrell The Verdun Manor, Cassandra’s House of Clowns, and the Trial of Torment await visitors at this three-in-one experience situated in 50 wooded acres. 2330 County Road 138. 972.428.9653. thrillvania.com.

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This spooky place specializes in different scenarios such as a London street where Jack the Ripper lurks, the Salem witch trials and more. A new exhibit this year is the extreme 3D Karnival of Karnage. 13481 FM 968 West. 903.918.3889. graystonehaunt.com.

Warehouse of Terror. Mineola With the boo crew of actors from the Lake Country Playhouse hosting this adventure, it’s a good bet the thrills are great. Highway 80. 903.569.2300. lakecountryplayhouse.com.

Jefferson From hosting a conference on Bigfoot to having a reputation of being a paranormal magnet, this old riverboat town gets in on Halloween in a big way each year. Here are some options: • Runaway Fright Train on the Jefferson Railway. terroronthebayou.com. • Jefferson Ghost Walks. jeffersonghostwalk.com. • The Grove Tour at the Stilley-Young House. thegrove-jefferson.com. Among the various overnight accommodations are historic hotels and B&Bs, all with ghostly stories to tell.


EVENTS Dates and times are subject to change. Always call ahead before planning a visit.

August 31-September 3

First Monday Trade Days. Canton. First Monday Trade Days Grounds, 903.567.6556, firstmondaycanton.com

September 1-2

Labor Day Celebration. Jefferson. Downtown Jefferson, 903.665.3733

September 2-24, Weekends

September 20-24

Texas State Forest Festival. Lufkin. Lufkin Fairgrounds, texasstateforestfestival.com

September 21-24

Red River County Fair. Clarksville.Fairgrounds, 903.427.3868, redrivercoc.com

September 22-23

30th Bois D’Arc Bash. Commerce. 886.3950, commerce-chamber.com

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Bull Nettle Festival. Mt. Selman. Cactus Speedway, 903.372.6607, facebook.com/bullnettlefestival

Canterbury Renaissance Festival. Mount Pleasant. Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas Grounds, 903.305.9239, canterburytx.com

September 22-October 1

September 8-10

Big Texas Fest. Lindale. bigtexasfest.com

Red River Valley Fair. Paris. Community Exhibit Center, 903.784.2501, paristexas.com

September 8-19

September 27-30

Gregg County Fair & Expo. Longview. Gregg County Fair, 903.753.4478

September 9

7th Jefferson Fire Brigade Benefit Car Show. Jefferson. Downtown Jefferson, 903.665.3733 Red River Stew Cook-Off. Clarksville. Fairgrounds, 903.427.2645, redrivercoc.com Classics Round the Square. Emory. Downtown Emory, emorytx.com

September 12-16

Rains County Fair. Emory. City Park, 903. 473.4580, rains.agrilife.org

September 14-25

Art of Peace Festival. Tyler. tylerpeace.com

September 15-16

Rally Round Greenville. Downtown Greenville, Texas, 903.455.1510, greenvillechamber.com

September 16

Brick Street Vintage Market. Sulphur Springs. Downtown Sulphur Springs, 903.885.7541, sulphurspringstx.org

East Texas State Fair. Tyler. East Texas Fairgrounds, 903.597.2501

September 27-29

Titus County Fair. Mount Pleasant. mtpleasanttx.com Downtown Tyler Film Festival. Tyler. Liberty Hall, 903.593.6905, tylerfilmfest.com

September 28-October 1

First Monday Trade Days. Canton. First Monday Trade Days Grounds, 903.567.6556, firstmondaycanton.com

September 30

Saturday in the Park. De Kalb. City Park, 903.306.9112, dekalbtexasoktoberfest.com

October 5-7

East Texas Poultry Festival. Center. Downtown Center Square, 936.598.3682, shelbycountychamber.com

October 6

NETBIO Cattleman’s Classic Ribeye Round-Up. Sulphur Springs. Cook-off, dinner, and concert by Stoney Larue. Celebration Plaza, Downtown Sulphur Springs, 903.885. 7541, sulphurspringstx.org

October 6-7

Pioneer Days. Pittsburg. 903.856.3442, pittsburgtexas.com

Octoberfest. Paris. Gibraltar Hotel, 903.785. 5233. lmaotexas.com

Farm to Table Dining Experience. Paris. 903. 784.2501, paristexas.com

October 7

5th Avinger Wine Festival. Avinger. Historic Home Downtown, 903.562.2187, avingerwinefestival.com

September 18

Monday Night Live. Winnsboro. Downtown Winnsboro, facebook.com/WinnsboroTexas

September 20

Vintner’s Dinner. Bullard. Kiepersol Restaurant, 903.521.8768, kiepersol.com

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Red River County Fair. Clarksville. Fairgrounds at American Legion Park, 903.427.3868, redrivercoc.com

Angelina County AirFest. Diboll. Angelina County Airport, 936.633.0359, visitlufkin.com Dogtoberfest. Tyler. The Villages at Cumberland Park, spcaeasttx.com Pineywoods Purgatory. Lufkin. visitlufkin.com Lufkin’s Bistro. Downtown Lufkin. 936.633. 0359, visitlufkin.com Oktoberfest. Seven Points. Cedar Creek Brewery, 903.432.2337, cedarcreekbrewery.com Everything Texas Uncorked Food & Wine Festival. Mount Pleasant. Camp Langston, 903.572.8567, mtpleasanttx.com continued on page 17 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 15


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A Place is Only As Good As Its People. The Upper East Side of Texas is a Really Good Place.

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Bill Brown’s heritage in Northeast Texas goes back seven generations. “They were here when there were Indian camps and before the Civil War,” he says. He grew up on the family land and he and his wife Sandy now live there carrying on agricultural traditions. “My dad always had his hands in the ground — in the dirt, the yard, the pastures, the woods — and I get to carry on that legacy,” he says. As an oil field engineer, Brown likes to be outside and “out where it’s happening,” he says. He’s passing that passion on to his grandkids to continue the traditions. “It wasn’t long ago that I had all the grandsons out and we went on an all-day expedition,” Brown says. “We trekked down in the ravine that used to be a creek.” With six grandkids and a great grandbaby, the future of the Brown family legacy is vibrant. Read more about the Browns at southwest-metal.com/blog.

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Betty Oglesbee stays busy. Recently, the matron of the city and county — both named San Augustine — joined with others to push for a playground at the county’s Children’s Services Building. It could join a list of her successful projects through the years: restoration of the 1927 county courthouse, expansion of the public library, and construction of the city’s civic center. Her efforts cover many decades. She and her now-deceased husband, John, started supporting the 1717 Mission Dolores site in the 1970s. This past April, she helped turn the 1919 county jail into a law enforcement museum and Texana research library. She still deflects any praise. “After decades of being involved, I continue to be amazed at the wisdom, insight, and willingness of our East Texas citizens to move forward toward achieving positive goals in a wide variety of endeavors.” Additionally, Oglesbee is author or co-author of 10 books and several historic plays, all based in East Texas. “I’d say I’ve got a good idea for a new project and my husband would say, ‘Oh my gosh. What are you getting yourself into?’ Perhaps this is a perspective inherited from those first pioneers who traveled the historic El Camino Real [trail] as they entered Texas nearly 200 years ago,” she says. “I can help do the things that get things done.”

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EVENTS continued from page 15

Farm Feast. Lufkin. Angelina County Farmers Market, 936.633.0359, visitlufkin.com

Indian Summer Days. Sulphur Springs. Heritage Park & Museum, 903.885.7541, sulphurspringstx.org

October 27

Harvest on Main. Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon, 903.537.4070, comvtx.com

Mount Vernon Food and Wine Festival. 903.537.4070, comvtx.com

Oktoberfest. De Kalb. City Park, 903.306. 9112, dekalbtexasoktoberfest.com

October 27-28

October 31

Texas Big Foot Conference. Jefferson. Downtown Jefferson, 903.665.3733 Gun Barrel City Fall Fest. Gun Barrel City Park, 903.887.1087, gunbarrelcityfestivals.net Red River County Fall Bazaar. Clarksville. 903.427.0689, redrivercoc.com

October 7-8

Mineola Rails & Ales. 903.569.6183, mineolamainstreet.com

October 12

Bras for the Cause: Lifter Upper. Greenville. Downtown Greenville, Texas, b4tcgreenville.com

October 13-14

Paris Antique Fair. Downtown Paris, 903. 784.2501, paristexas.com

October 14

Autumn Festival. Canton. Downtown, visitcantontx.com Country Fest. Lindale. Downtown Lindale, 903.882.7181, lindalechamber.org

48th World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest. Sulphur Springs. Buford City Park, 903. 885.6515, hopkinschamber.org

Hopkins County Fall Festival. Sulphur Springs. Hopkins County Civic Center, 903.243.1925, hopkinscountyfallfestival.com

Sandy Creek Spooktacular. Emory. City Park, 903.473.2465, emorytx.com

Pinkalicious Horse Flea Witch’s Fall Ball. Bonham. Fannin County Multi-Purpose Complex, visitbonham.com

Taste of the Holidays. Center. Windham Civic Center, 936.598.3682, shelbycountychamber.com

October 27-29

Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree. Arlington. Arlington Convention Center, 888.799.2995, tinyhousejamboree.com

October 28

Corvette Club Show. Sulphur Springs. Hopkins Civic Center, 903.885.7541, sulphurspringstx.org Iron Horse Heritage Festival. Mineola. Downtown, mineolachamber.org Fall Feral Hog Festival. Ben Wheeler. Downtown, 903.833.1070, benwheelertx.com

November 3

November 3-4

Medieval Wine Faire & Harvest Moon Dance. Jefferson. Downtown Jefferson, 903. 665.3733, tourism@cityhallofjefferson.com

November 4

Classic Car Show. Sulphur Springs. Downtown Sulphur Springs, 903.885.7541, sulphurspringstx.org Red, White and Blue Festival. Bullard. 903. 894.4238, bullardchamber.com

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Fire Ant Festival. Marshall. Downtown Marshall, 903.935.7868, marshalltexas.com Grilling on the Bayou Egg Fest. Jefferson. Downtown Jefferson, 903.665.3733 Oktoberfest. Kilgore. Downtown Kilgore, kilgorechamber.com

October 16

Monday Night Live. Winnsboro. Downtown Winnsboro, facebook.com/WinnsboroTexas

October 21

Everything Texas Ranch Run. Mount Pleasant. Priefert Ranch, facebook.com/Everything TexasRanchRun Ennis Autumn Daze Fall Festival. Ennis. Downtown Ennis, 972.878.4848, visitennis.org Hot Pepper Festival & Parade. Palestine. Historic Downtown Palestine, 903.723.3014 Victorian Fair. Marshall. Starr Family Home State Historic Site, marshalltexas.com

October 22

27th Taste of Jefferson. Jefferson. Downtown, 903.665.3733, tourism@cityhallofjefferson.com

October 24

Pooches on the Patio. Tyler. Julsspcaeasttx.com

October 26

East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-Off. Kilgore. World’s Richest Acre, 903.984.5571, kilgorechamber.com

Created by the Texas Legislature on March 24, 1846, Anderson County was named for former Republic of Texas Vice President Kenneth L. Anderson. This is the fourth and present Anderson County Courthouse built in 1913-14 and is in the county seat of Palestine. The Beaux-Arts style building features giant Ionic columns and pedimental porticoes on each facade, and is topped by a dome surmounted by a Justice statue. Still in use as the seat of justice for Anderson County, the courthouse underwent major restoration in 1986. The historically and architecturally significant building serves as a source of pride for county residents. The historical marker for this recorded Texas Historic Landmark is one of 136 historical markers in the county which also boasts 26 national landmarks. Some to note include the 34 African-American history sites, the Trinity River, Texas State Railroad, International & Great Northern Railroad, Palestine Men’s Service Club, and Anna Hardwicke Pennybacker, an educator and women’s suffrage advocate. Read more in countylinemagazine.com. Photo by Larry D. Moore SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 17


Quirky Treasures in the Upper East Side of Texas By Elaine Rogers No list of summer adventures is complete without the region’s offerings of oddball treasures in museums and quirky educational exhibits. In the Upper East Side of Texas some are small, others are quaint, and a few are downright strange. Almost all, however, seem well suited to a prepared explorer’s arsenal of good-to-know and fun-to-try daytime excursions.

Monty Stratton’s Wooden Leg and a Human Hair Wreath The Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville houses the wooden leg of the late Monty Stratton. He lived in Greenville and was a major league baseball pitcher with the Chicago White Sox until an accident in 1938. He was hunting rabbits on his family farm when he fell and his shotgun discharged, striking him in his right leg. The pellets damaged a main artery enough to require amputation the next day. After he was fitted with a wooden leg, Stratton worked with the White Sox for a while as a coach and practice pitcher. He later organized a semipro baseball team in Greenville and made many contributions to the town. His life is depicted in the 1949 Academy Award-winning film The Stratton Story, starring Jimmy Stewart. He died in 1982 due to cancer and is buried in Memoryland Memorial Park in Greenville. Also in the museum is a decorative wreath made of human hair. According to the museum, it was popular in the mid to late 1800s for people to save locks of hair from family members when they passed away, then make something out of it as a memorial to them. Sometimes living family or friends would donate locks of their hair to add to the creation. The one on display in Greenville was made by Mrs. H.T. Weathers in 1884. It is almost completely made of hair with the exception of some tiny wire that helps hold it together. Call 903.450.4502 and visit cottonmuseum.com for more information.

It’s About Time and Salt Shakers Time doesn’t stand still at the Museum of Measurement and Time. The collection includes more than 400 clocks dating back to the 1700s. What began as a personal collection curated by Johnny and Edith Ingram — Jefferson residents since the early 1980s — is now an impressive and growing exhibit that opened to the public in 2010. Including most of America’s major clock makers, the collection also features German, English, and other international models — plus a small assortment of unique cuckoo clocks and tall grandfather clocks. Other items sure to please science nerds include surveying tools and measuring devices like scales, barometers, and various meters. An unexpected bonus is a 1,000-set exhibit of playful and ornate salt and pepper shakers. With practically every animal, food, and seasonal motif imaginable, the salt and pepper shaker sets represent every state and come in glass, ceramic, metal, and wood designs. The museum is located at 301 North Polk Street in Jefferson. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 903.665.6668 or visit museumofmeasurementandtime.org. 18 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017


Bird Eggs and Butterflies The epitome of quirky is a priceless exhibit of rare bird eggs clustered in a small room in Mount Vernon’s Fire Station Museum. All of the eggs date back more than 100 years and some go back much further, plus a couple of specimens represent now extinct species like the Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen. Bequeathed to the Franklin County Historical Society by Manton and Dorothy Nations of Georgetown, the previously private collection was passed down to Manton by his father and represents the popular hobby of egg collecting by Victorian Americans — a practice that was outlawed by 1918. The Fire Station Museum also holds all manner of Native American artifacts and arrowheads as well as 47 boxes of mounted butterflies — the latter set also came from the Nations and similarly showcases many now extinct subspecies. The museum is located at 201 South Kaufman Street in downtown Mount Vernon. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call 903.537.4760 for more information.

Gone with the Wind Memorabilia A shrine to the 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel and the Academy Award winning movie Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O’Hardy’s Gone with the Wind Museum in Jefferson fills 1,700 square feet with dedicated displays that celebrate everything Tara. Meticulous reproductions of Scarlett’s green drapery dress and her red burgundy “hussy dress” mix with dozens of items of movie memorabilia. Visitors take self-guided tours to linger over novelties such as a trio of display cases devoted to the novel (and including a first edition personally autographed copy by author Margaret Mitchell), a child-like mannequin of Cammie King as Bonnie Blue Butler, a selection of foreign editions of the novel, a dollhouse duplicating Twelve Oaks (the Wilkes’ plantation), an ornate GWTW-themed Christmas tree, and autographs of a long list of GWTW stars. Opened since 1998, the museum was founded by owner Bobbie Hardy, who amassed an impressive collection of GWTW goods over three decades and continued adding to it after opening her museum. Located at 408 Taylor Street, the museum is available by appointment and is usually open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Hardy suggests calling ahead if making a

LEFT: Guests at this Greenville museum get a close up view of the wooden leg of a famous baseball player who’s career was cut short after a hunting accident. ABOVE clockwise from top left: A close up of a section of the human hair wreath from the 1800s is also at the museum in Greenville. Visitors to Scarlett O’Hardy’s Gone With the Wind Museum in Jefferson are pleasantly surprised by the size of this collection. Many clocks and salt shakers fill the Museum of Measurement and Time in Jefferson. The Leo St. Clair Music Box collection in Sulphur Springs includes this antique one of a lady and her powder puff.

special trip.) Admission is $3 for adults, $1 ages 12 and under. Call 903.665.1939 or visit scarlettohardy.com.

A Palace Made of Salt Grand Saline has the largest, purest salt dome in America — one of nine mining sites for Morton Salt. Producing 22 tons of salt every hour, the salt mine goes down as far as 20,000 feet. Museum officials said miners have currently only made it down about 700 feet because salt is so dense. Reportedly, there’s enough salt there to supply the needs of the whole country. Those buying a pretzel with rock salt on it can probably bank on it coming from Grand Saline. The Grand Saline Salt Palace pays tribute to the mine; it is made of rock salt. The small on-site museum gathers history about salt mining dating back to the activities of the Caddo Indians in 800 AD, and a short film shows the in-

side of the dome and details how Morton mines and packages its salt. Many visitors find it hard to resist licking the building. Its address is 100 West Garland Street, and the phone number is 903.962.5631.

Tiny Dancers The Leo St. Clair Music Box Collection showcased at the Sulphur Springs Public Library is an unexpected attraction certain to stimulate fun dinner conversations. With more than 200 music boxes, the collection includes many unique, ornate, and antique styles, some of which were reportedly owned by movie stars and soldiers. The collection comes from early 20th century local resident Leo St. Clair. Peruse during a routine library visit or call ahead to arrange a guided 40-minute tour. The library is located at 611 North Davis Street. Call 903.885.4926.

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DESTINATION: LINDALE

Resurrection of The Cannery Brings New Life to Lindale

By P.A. Geddie There’s a big reason why Lindale won County Line Magazine’s “Best Improved Small Town” in the last annual survey — major expansion and renovations in a downtown complex called The Cannery has everyone talking. This location was once home to a thriving operation that helped supply food to people across the nation. Just a year after the first post office opened in Lindale in 1874, fledgling canning and fruit packing industries took off when the International-Great Northern Railroad extended its line through the town which by the late 1880s was already gaining fame for its fruit and berry canning industry. By 1900 the city had a canning factory. In 1905 the town produce continued to be the city’s main source of income and by 1950 the town had gained a reputation for being the “blackberry capital of the world” with tons of berries being canned and shipped each year. Somewhere along the way though — perhaps as Interstate 20 began to pull business from the downtown area — the cannery operations shut down and the buildings sat empty for a long time. In recent years the City of Lindale purchased the old cannery property and developers began renovations to turn the area into a restaurant, retail, and residential destination. Today, The Cannery incorporates its history with a new vision. One old cannery building is now the Picker’s Pavilion at Blackberry Square offering a venue for special events like wine festivals and concerts. Another group of businesses in the The Cannery includes The Pink Pistol, owned by country music performer Miranda Lambert and her family, and Love and War in Texas, a popular restaurant and music venue.

Tyler Junior College has a campus within The Cannery as well. TJC North provides the surrounding communities with access to general education classes, nursing programs, and the recently launched Veterinary Technician Program. Still in the building stages are 22 living spaces, including 16 single-bedroom loft apartments and six two-bedroom flats that capture a modern industrial warehouse ambience. The community-minded concept brings people together in outdoor common areas and puts shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities within easy walking distance. Through special events and Love and War in Texas, Lindale organizers are bringing in top Texas music artists like the Tejas Brothers, Aaron Watson, Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison, Uncle Lucius, Monte Montgomery, and more. Besides ongoing entertainment, several special events are planned this fall including Big Texas Fest September 8-10, Countryfest October 14, Pinktoberfest October 20-21, and Pistols and Pearls October 28. The Lindale Community Theater is also very active in the downtown area with a presentation of The 39 Steps September 22-24 and September 29-October 1. Also at the theater are concerts by Shake, Rattle & Roll October 28 and East Texas Men in Harmony November 11. Go to lindalecommunitytheater.org for tickets. Other things to do in Lindale include a world class equestrian park, golfing, farmers market, Faulkner Park, and Old Mill Pond Agricultural Museum. Tyler State Park and Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge are close by as well as hotels located along Interstate 20. Learn more about Lindale at thecannerylindale.com and visitlindale.com.

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ABOVE: Canning fruits and berries was a major industry in Lindale well into the 1900s until much of the downtown businesses moved to Interstate 20. TOP: This corner of The Cannery holds much of the ongoing activities at this time with in The Pink Pistol and Love and War in Texas. RIGHT MIDDLE (l-r): Lindale hosted this year’s Piney Woods Wine Trail Festival at The Cannery where guests enjoyed wines from 19 wineries and live entertainment. Inside The Pink Pistol is a plethora of carefully-chosen “wild at heart” products, an Old Fashion Soda Shoppe, and The Red 55 Winery with a tasting bar. BOTTOM: The Picker’s Pavilion is home to a variety of concerts and special events. Courtesy photos unless otherwise noted.


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THE ARTS

ARTS EVENTS Fourth Tuesday

Winnsboro’s Cultural Arts District Offers a Variety of Events This Autumn

Ladies’ Night. Longview. Longview Museum of Fine Art, 903.753.8103, lmfa.org

Through September 2

A Summer of Creative Fun. Winnsboro. 200 Market Street, 903.342.0686, winnsborocenterforthearts.com

Through September 4

Color Blind 6x6 Exhibit. Tyler. Gallery Main Street, 903.593.6905, downtowntylerarts.com

Through September 10

John Biggers: A History of Education in Morris County. Tyler. Tyler Museum of Art, 903.595.1001, tmaeducation.org

Through October 21

Earth, Air, Fire, and Water - Elemental Exhibition. Athens. Gallery 211, 903.292.1746, artgallery211.net

Through October 28

Two Hundred Mile Radius - Art of Carol Flori. Texarkana. Regional Arts Center, trahc.org Area Art Educators Exhibit. Texarkana, Regional Arts Center, trahc.org

September 9-November 6

On the Cutting Room Floor Exhibit. Tyler. Gallery Main Street, 903.593.6905, downtowntylerarts.com

October 6-7

A Harvest of Quilts. Greenville. Wesley United Methodist Church, 503.428.8445, cottonpatchquilt.com

October 7--December 17

Mallory Page. Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 903.753.8103, lmfa.org

October 14-15 The state-recognized Cultural Arts District of Winnsboro has an abundance of art activities throughout the year. Each fall they also present the Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival. TOP: One of the festival artists featured this year is Debbi Elmer of Timberidge Glassworks from Holly Lake Ranch with unique glassworks like this one. BOTTOM LEFT: Women in the Arts is an exhibit that runs September 15-October 21 in the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. It features the art of area women such as this mosaic called “Wild” by Marianne Reavis. Some of the art is themed with Breast Cancer Awareness. RIGHT: Photographer Jerry Goodale’s pieces like this one of Caddo Lake are on exhibit at the center from October 27-November 25.

Edom Art Festival. 903.852.6473, visitedom. com

October 26-January

Shades of Black and White Exhibition. Athens. Gallery 211, 903.292.1746, artgallery211.net

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November 10-11

Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival. Downtown, winnsboroonlineguide.com, 888.559.4333

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Art featured at this year’s Edom Art Festival include (top) fused glass by Suely Lohr; (bottom l-r) pottery by Lesli Bruce, blown glass bowls by Lisa and Cecil McKenzie, and pottery by Mickey Bruce. Courtesy photos.

Edom Art Festival Celebrates 45 Years with Artist Duos The Edom Art Community is full of couples working together at their crafts throughout the year. Showing their work at the Edom Art Festival — celebrating its 45th year October 14-15 — are numerous other artist couples. Suely and Tom Lohr from Argyle, Texas, have two special talents. Suely is a glass artist and Tom is a woodworker. Suely works in fused glass. Her shapes and designs are functional as well as decorative. Tom creates turned wooden bowls and vessels in exotic and sustainable woods, also functional as well as decorative. Lori and Dan Dudley from Dallas have collaborated since they met in 1988. Creators of ceramic and art pottery, they both enjoy getting their hands and skirts dirty, as their studio name implies — Dirt on Your Skirt Studio. They are favorites of Day of the Dead enthusiasts, fashioning some unique figurative work for the occasion. They both worked in animation for years and are

now translating those figures into clay. Dan forms hand-built pieces from his caricature background and Lori’s detailed work comes from a basis of wheelthrown forms.

About 60 artists are participating in the festival this year and for the first time, the event welcomes White Fox Vineyard of Murchison offering wines by the glass or the bottle.

Lisa and Cecil McKenzie from Emporia, Kansas, have worked as a team for 30 years in concert with one another and glass. The surfaces of their blown glass are like impressionistic paintings with beautiful confetti-like jewel and pastel-toned colors dancing in the glass. They use ancient and traditional glass-blowing techniques dating back to the Romans, and yet their style is contemporary in design. Their designs evoke a special and natural presence, and zen-like quality.

The Forge Bar & Grill and Kyser Musical Products are cosponsoring two days of acoustic music featuring Texas singer-songwriters including Heather Little, Meredith Crawford, Travis Bolt, Tami Hix, Stephen K. Morris, Joe Savage, Jackie Darlene, Sharon Walker, Stefan Cotter, and Audrey Oliver.

Mickey and Lesli Bruce from Forney are potters. Their work also is functional and decorative. Each make their own work and each have a distinct style, but shown side by side, it’s like watching a couple float across the dance floor together, one complimenting the other.

The popular kids art area is back as well as favorite food options from southern fried to Cajun, and barbecue to Asian cuisine. Special treats include artisan ice creams, root beer floats, and freshsqueezed lemonade. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking is free. Go to visitedom.com for more information.

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See The Tin Woman in Palestine

Dates and times are subject to change. Always call ahead before planning a visit.

September 8-17

Yankee Tavern. Mineola. Lake Country Playhouse, 903.569.2300, lakecountryplayhouse.com

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Leading Ladies. Henderson. Henderson Civic Theater, 903.657.2968, hendersoncivictheatre. org

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Card 53. Tyler. Liberty Hall, libertytyler.com

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The 39 Steps. Lindale. Lindale Community Theater, 903.638.0402, lindalecommunitytheater.org

September 23

Letters Aloud. Longview. LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 903.233.3080, belchercenter.com

September 24

Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey. Lufkin. Temple Theater Angelina Arts Alliance, 936.633.5454, angelinaarts.org

October 5-14

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Athens. Henderson County Performing Arts Center, 903.675.3908, hcpac.org

October 6 Palestine Community Theatre presents The Tin Woman October 6-8 and 13-15 at the historic Texas Theatre in downtown Palestine. The Tin Woman uses humor and light to tell a tale of loss and new life and is a powerful, heartwarming story. The lead character, Joy, is the recipient of a heart transplant and is unsure of whether she truly deserves a second chance. On the other hand, Alice and Hank, the parents of Joy’s heart donor, mourn the loss of their son, Jack. At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Alice

and Hank and their meeting helps them find closure. While entertaining, producers of the show hope it helps build awareness of the need for people to sign up as organ donors. According to unos.org, an average of 20 people die each day while waiting for a transplant, and one organ donor can save eight lives. For tickets and more information, go to thetexastheater.com.

Joshua Lozoff: Life is Magic. Tyler. Liberty Hall, libertytyler.com

October 6-15

The Tin Woman. Palestine. Texas Theater, 903.922.1126

October 7

Oscar Oxycodone. Paris. Venue 24, 903.784. 2501, lmaotexas.com

October 7-8, 13-15

Steel Magnolia’s. Rusk. Cherokee Civic Theatre, 903.683.2131. Cherokee Theatre.net

October 27-November 5

The 39 Steps. Sulphur Springs. Main Street Community Theater, 903.885.7541, sulphurspringstx.org

November 4

The Wonder Bread Years. Crockett. Crockett Civic Center, 936.544.4276, pwfaa.org

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FILM

Favorite Movies Starring East Texans an exclusive interview with Martindale in the online County Line archives.]

Whether Quitman native Sissy Spacek is the favored star from East Texas or not is debatable, but it is clear by this list from a recent County Line survey that her leading roles in an eclectic filmography stand out enough to win four of the 10 spots in this list of favorite movies starring East Texans.

Phenomenon Forest Whitaker

Supernatural abilities challenge friends’ loyalties and everyday life in a small town in this 1996 blockbuster. Whitaker of Longview helps George Malley (played by John Travolta) come to terms with his mysterious new powers.

Crimes of the Heart Sissy Spacek

Three sisters catch up with each other’s lives and come to terms with the “crimes of the heart” they’ve committed in this popular 1986 dark comedy. Spacek plays the sister “Babe” who finally admits to her siblings that she shot her abusive husband and later had a biracial tryst with a younger man. Spacek won a Golden Globe for her performance and was nominated for an Oscar.

Dazed and Confused Matthew McConaughey

His character, David Wooderson, gave McConaughey of Longview his breakout hit. The 1993 coming-of-age comedy follows the hijinks that he and his high school buddies cause on the last day of school in 1976. The flick has a cult following, in part because the soundtrack recycled the sounds of long-disbanded hard rock bands. [Go to County Line online for an exclusive interview.]

Carrie

Sissy Spacek A Halloween pop classic, Carrie is the Stephen King story of a humiliated prom queen whose telekinesis brings her bloody revenge. No one who has seen the 1976 film forgets the scene of Carrie (Spacek) drenched in fake blood while standing as the newly crowned prom queen. It was her breakout hit.

Coal Miner’s Daughter Sissy Spacek

In this 1980 biopic, Spacek’s portrayal of country music legend Loretta Lynn won her an Academy Award and a nomination for a Grammy (she performed

The Soloist Jamie Foxx

Sissy Spacek movies spotlight the diversity of this Quitman native. Courtesy photo

Lynn’s songs, too). The movie traces Lynn’s rise from poverty in Kentucky to stardom. Tommy Lee Jones portrays her husband in the film.

To Hell and Back Audie Murphy

One of the most decorated soldiers in World War II, Murphy portrays himself in the movie version of his own autobiography. The 1955 hit film retells his heroic acts in the U.S. Army while serving in Europe. He earned the Medal of Honor for singlehandedly holding off a company of German soldiers, then leading a counterattack while wounded and without ammunition. Murphy was born in Kingston and grew up in Greenville, Farmersville and Celeste. After the war, he pursued a 21-year acting career, starring in 40-plus films.

August: Osage County Margo Martindale

Martindale of Jacksonville joins an all-star cast including Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in this 2013 drama. The strongwilled women of the Weston family reunite in their Oklahoma home only to unleash pent-up anger about life first and then aimed at their mother, dying of cancer. [See

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Multi-talented Foxx, born in Terrell, stars in the true story of a schizophrenic homeless man named Nathanial Ayers. When a news reporter (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Ayers is a cello prodigy, the feature articles he writes about Ayers change them both forever. The film debuted in 2009.

Blast from the Past Sissy Spacek

In this 1999 romantic comedy, Spacek plays Helen, the wife of an eccentric scientist (played by Christopher Walken) who in 1962 closes his family up in his secret self-sustaining bomb shelter, believing nuclear apocalypse had finally arrived. Thirty years later, their son Adam (Brendan Fraser) ventures out into a much different Los Angeles to find food and supplies. Naïve Adam gets help from a girl named Eve, and falls in love with her, even while helping his crazy parents adjust to life outside the shelter.

Casablanca

Arthur “Dooley” Wilson Wilson had a beloved part in this classic 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. He played “Sam” as in “Play it again, Sam.” And he did — tickling the ivories and crooning his famous love song “As Time Goes By.” In the story, Wilson is a musical act at club in Europe owned by Rick (Bogart) during World War II. Wilson’s songs are the soundtrack to the forbidden love between Rick and Ilsa (Bergman), a married woman. Wilson was born in Tyler.


Film Festivals are a Growing Trend in the Region Interest in film -- and in particular, independent films -- continues to grow in the Upper East Side of Texas. The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is set for September 27-30 this year, taking place at Liberty Hall. A celebration of storytelling through film, the festival has grown to be an international event comprised of short films from around the world including those from England, Spain, and more. The festival also seeks to encourage Texas independent films. All entries are 15 minutes or less and represent a variety of genres including comedy, drama, documentary, and science fiction. The top short films from each night are re-shown in the “Best of the Fest” screening on Saturday night. Contest winners receive cash prizes. Some films feature mature content. Parents are urged to use discretion and refer to the festival schedule and program guide for film content. The daily pass for Wednesday through Friday is $5. Saturday night’s “Best of the Fest,” which includes food and drinks at the post party, is $10. The Producer’s all-access pass is available for $20. More information is available at TylerFilmFest.com or call 903.531.1272. Plans are underway for the Four Star Cinema in Kilgore’s annual film festival in October that features rare films shown mostly in film centers like the Angelika in Dallas. The theater is located on U.S. Highway 259 South. Call 903.983.1249 to learn about their selections this year. New in Kilgore this year is the Reel East Texas Film Festival November 16. It is completely dedicated to showcasing independent filmmakers from all over the world and encouraging filmmakers to work in East Texas. Festival

The recently renovated Texan theater in Kilgore is one of the sites for the new Reel East Texas Film Festival scheduled for November 16. Photo by Kilgore News Herald.

activities are planned at Texas landmarks including the Crim and Texan theaters and the Old U.S. Post Office. Film categories included 90-120 minute feature documentary or narrative, documentary or narrative short films under 59 minutes, feature and short screenplays, student opportunities, and music videos. The deadline for submissions is September 16. For more information on the Reel East Texas Film Festival go to reeleasttexas.com.

Another upcoming film event is the seventh annual Nacogdoches Film Festival that takes place in February 2018. It’s headed up by a dedicated mix of movie lovers and includes a few experts in the industry like Brad Maule, Joe Lansdale, and Inga Meier. This festival is focused on celebrating films made by or about Texans and benefits film students at Stephen F. Austin State University. Learn more at nacogdochesfilmfestival.org.

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LITERARY

Ghost of the Main

“Don’t you scare me, Jerry, so help me, or I’ll come back and beat the brakes off you!” “I swear I won’t,” I said, keeping my fingers firmly crossed behind my back. As she slowly turned her daddy’s truck around in front, I made my way inside and quickly shook a pillowcase from my bed, cut some eyeholes, then grabbed an ax from the woodpile. As I heard Diane’s old Ford hit the red dirt road leading out, I knew my friend was seeing something sinister behind every pine tree. I made my way quickly in a shortcut through the trees, and got to the road’s edge just before her headlights came over the hill. The truck was moving at a high rate of speed but I stood firm at its center before the lights fully took me in, pillowcase loosely over my head and ax firmly raised.

Story and photo by Jerry Permenter During my early years in Nacogdoches, going to the movies was serious business in my world, and I wanted to get the most out of every single adventure. As a teenager, I loved nothing better than a good prank — telling stories to scare my friends was, and remains, a favorite pastime. So when I asked my friend Diane to go with me to the Main Theater to see The Town That Dreaded Sundown in the mid-70’s, her first question was, “It’s not scary is it?” This particular time it turned out the movie about the town that dreaded sundown was based on a true series of murders. They occurred up around Texarkana, many years before. Apparently, the killer was never caught.

As the movie unfolded before us, my sweet friend Diane and I cowered a bit in our seats. The murderer would suddenly appear in front of a car parked in a deserted rural lover’s lane, his head covered with a pillowcase with only eyeholes and mouth openings, always clutching a raised axe as a terrifying premonition of his dark intentions. He’d suddenly raise the hood and pull the battery cables, showing them to his potential victims. As we were leaving the Main that night, I felt the evening chill. It was pitch black as we left the city limits after making the slow climb up Orton Hill. We were in Diane’s family truck, and as she dropped me off, I told her to be careful on her way home, teasingly raising an eyebrow to signal highly recommended caution. Her eyes grew wide as she read me like a book.

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Upon witnessing the actual heart-stopping sight of the movie’s monster literally coming to life under the bright gaze of her dad’s truck, my friend’s foot hit the accelerator and she barreled down on me like the true devil she thought me to be. I was timing her racetrack run but it’s hard to predict the speed of an old Ford with the velocity of weight and terror fully engaged behind the wheel. I barely jumped out of the way in time, with the old truck bumper grazing my heel as I pitched myself over and into the ditch. When I hit the bottom, that roadside trough was so deep and full of pine cones, I felt I’d rolled naked into a briar patch, but I still had to lie there laughing a spell like the heathen I surely was. After taking her phone call later that night, and being called everything in the book per expectation, Diane told me, “If I’d run over you, no jury would’ve convicted me. I sorta wish I had!” It wasn’t the end of my practical jokes, but I did learn to manage my pranks a little better over time, with less potential harm to others and myself as well. And Diane eventually forgave me, and we’d laugh all over again about the time she nearly killed me with her daddy’s old farm truck the night we discovered the town that dreaded sundown. Jerry Permenter is the author of the upcoming novel, Red Dirt Boy, about his time growing up in Nacogdoches.


POETRY

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HONORING OUR VETERANS

Edge of the Nest

Standing at the edge of the nest He must focus on the sky For if he lives in fear of the fall He will never learn to fly

Bullard’s 18th Annual Bullard’s 17th Annual

How many ideas in life Have succumbed to the fate of fear And the only proof they existed Reflects in a fallen tear We begin by nurturing doubt Then our face unveils the shame Our feet turn away from dreams Our heart never beats the same

Bullard, Texas

Saturday November 4, 2016 2017 November 5,

Yet we do own this moment We can conquer what we fear For bravery is never found In the drops of a fallen tear

Downtown Bullard

It is eyes fixed on the clouds Posture composed and tall The readiness to stand back up Even if we stagger and fall So extend your wings for flight Never give place to doubt or stall For you own the fear of failure Now damn your fear of the fall Judy L. Parsons Tyler

Veterans Breakfast Veterans Breakfast Parade Parade Ceremony Ceremony Plane Flyover Flyover Plane Obstacle Course Carnival Guest Speakers Car Show Retail & Food Vendors Retail Food Vendors Live & Entertainment Live Entertainment

Honoring our Veterans Wonderful Evening in Venice

You are in a gondola

with a flower in your hair, and dreams pass by

like rush-hour traffic

Veterans Breakfast As shadows tremble Parade on the water all aroundCeremony you, it is not hard to remember Carnival why the universe must keep expanding. Classic Car Show Darrell Lindsey Live Entertainment Nacogdoches Food Vendors inside a kaleidoscope.

East Texas Community Event with Fun for All Ages! The Tuxedo Cats

903-894-4238 BullardChamber.com TAKE 2

Daniel Blagg (b. 1951). The Edge of Town (detail), 2017. Oil on canvas, 38 x 58 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Artspace 111, Fort Worth, Texas

Roadside Distractions Works by Daniel Blagg

September 10 - November 26, 2017

Tyler Museum of Art

(903) 595-1001 • www.tylermuseum.org

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MUSIC

See countylinemagazine.com for extensive music listings.

Texas Country Music Awards Scheduled in September

Charley Pride Graces Stage in Crockett

The Pineywoods Fine Arts Association presents Charley Pride September 23 at the Crockett Civic Center. Winner of multiple country music, American music and Grammy Awards, Pride’s incredible legacy includes 36 No. 1 hit singles, 31 gold and four platinum albums, and more than 70 million total albums sold. He’s set to perform hit songs including “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin,’” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” “Burgers and Fries,” and “Kaw-Liga.” For tickets and more information call 936.544.4276 or visit pwfaa. org. The 2017 Texas Country Music Awards is scheduled for September 28 at the civic center in Carthage.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the preshow starts at 6 p.m. featuring Steve Mays & Three of a Kind.

Produced by the newly formed Texas Country Music Association, the organization is dedicated to the promotion and support of both established and new artists, songwriters, and musicians from Texas, as well as those who perform in the state.

The awards show starts at 7 p.m., hosted by Brandon Rhyder and Jenn Ford. Rhyder returns to his native Carthage as cohost and will also perform.

Multi-platinum selling country artist and Texas native Mark Chesnutt is the official spokesperson of the group and performs during the awards show.

They’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band

Other performers include Johnny Rodriguez, Bri Bagwell, Del Way, Doug Supernaw, Jo-El Sonnier and more. Tickets are available at outhousetickets. com. To see a list of awards finalists visit texascountrymusicassociation.org.

RESTAURANT LIVE MUSIC FULL BAR MOORE FUN! Ben Wheeler, TX

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Hear this collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound based on music from The Beatles. Their repertoire features new and innovative takes on songs like “Eleanor Rigby,” “Back in the USSR,” “Come Together,” “Blackbird,” and many more. See them in concert on The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro September 16. Go to winnsborocenterforthearts.com for tickets and more information.


MUSIC Dates and times are subject to change. Always call ahead before planning a visit.

September 3

Don LeBlanc and Mary Dibbern. Winnsboro. The Bowery Stage, 903.342.6140, winnsborocenterforthearts.com

September 8

Bruce, Kelly & Band. Greenville. Texan Theater, texantheatergreenville.com

September 13

Darrin Morris Band. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903.984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com

September 14

Chris Colston. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903.984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com Riders in the Sky. Lufkin. The Pines Theater, 936.633.0349, thepines.visitlufkin.com Curtis Grimes. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store, 903.833.5100, mooresstore.com

Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown perform at Backyard Blowout at Heritage Hall in Paris September 2 along with Stoney Larue, Koe Wetzel, Parker McCollum, Sons of Fannin, Jared Mitchell Band, Holly Tucker, Kevin Jackson, Zack Jones, Trever Carico, Aaron Parker, and Trey Rose. Call 903.517.9303 and visit backyardblowout.com. Courtesy photo.

Daryle Singletary. Greenville. Texan Theater, texantheatergreenville.com

October 1

September 16

Gaither Vocal Band. Longview. LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 903.233.3080, belchercenter.com

Montopolis. Winnsboro. The Bowery Stage, 903.342.6140, winnsborocenterforthearts.com

October 4

Sam Riggs. Nacogdoches. Banita Creek Hall, 936.462.8000, banitacreekhall.com

Lori Rice. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903. 984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band.Winnsboro. The Bowery Stage, 903.342.6140, winnsborocenterforthearts.com

October 5

September 17

October 6

Dale Sullivan. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903. 984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com

Yo-Yo Ma. Tyler. UT Tyler Cowan Center, 903. 566.7424, cowan@uttyler.edu

Ty Herndon. Greenville. Texan Theater, texantheatergreenville.com

September 23

October 7

Greenville. Texan Theater, The GMA, Outdoor Stage on Lee Street, 903.457.3126

October 14

Ally Venable Band. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903.984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com Clay Walker. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, 903.457.3126, showtimeatthegma.com

October 17

3 Redneck Tenors. Kilgore. Dodson Auditorium, 903.988.1591, kilgorechamber.com

October 21

Dana Cooper. Edom. The Old Firehouse, 903.852.2781, theoldfirehouse.net

Ben Lowery and Texas Express. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store, 903.833.5100, mooresstore.com

New York Philharmonic String Quartet. Texarkana. Perot Theatre, trahc.org

Southern Roots. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903.984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com

Charley Pride. Crockett. Crockett Civic Center, 936.544.4276, pwfaa.org

Wesley Pruitt. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store, 903.833.5100, mooresstore.com

October 24

Darrin Morris Band. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903.984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com

Doug Stone. Tyler. Liberty Hall, libertytyler.com

September 29

John Fullbright. Winnsboro. The Bowery Stage, 903.342.6140, winnsborocenterforthearts.com

Lady Chazz and the Tramps. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903.984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com

T Graham Brown. Greenville. Texan Theater, texantheatergreenville.com

September 30

October 9

East Texas Jazz Orchestra. Ben Wheeler. Moore’s Store, 903.833.5100, mooresstore.com Cody Wayne. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903. 984.8141, thebackporchkilgore.com Neal McCoy and Friends. Longview. LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 903.233.3080, belchercenter.com

September 30-October 7

Red River Revel Arts Festival. Shreveport. Festival Plaza, redriverrevel.com

Beach Boys. Longview. LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 903.233.3080, belchercenter.com

October 13

Gary Morris. Greenville. Texan Theater, texantheatergreenville.com Johnny Bush, Bruce Robison, and Kelly Willis. Greenville. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, 903.457.3126, showtimeatthegma.com

October 13-15

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest.

East Texas Symphonic Band. Longview. LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 903.233.3080, belchercenter.com

October 27

Rosanne Cash: Black List River. Tyler. UT Tyler Cowan Center, 903.566.7424, cowan@uttyler.edu Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines. Winnsboro. The Bowery Stage, 903.342.6140, winnsborocenterforthearts.com

October 28

Decades Rewind. Texarkana. Perot Theatre, trahc.org Jimmy Wallace/Stratoblasters. Kilgore. The Back Porch, 903.984.8141, thebackporchkilgore. com Shake, Rattle & Roll. Lindale. Lindale Community Theater, 903.638.0402, lindalecommunitytheater.org

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VISIT

Gun Barrel City ...a straight shot to Cedar Creek Lake

Come Stay & Play. We Aim to Please!

903.887.1087 www.gunbarrelcity.net www.gunbarrelcityfestivals.net

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One of the Coolest Small Towns in Texas

Kids Eat Free Tues. Unplug & Wine Down Wed. Live Music Fri. & Sat. Open 7 Days a Week

903.833.5100 • MooresStore.com

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Texas Highways

Open Wednesday – Sunday

Live Music

903.833.5970 • TheForgeBenWheeler.com

2017 FALL FERAL

HOG FEST SATURDAY OCTOBER 28

WILD HOG COOK-OFF • PARADE • LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY FERAL HOG QUEEN PAGEANT @ MOORE’S 7 P.M. FRIDAY

SHOP, DINE, PLAY & STAY! Vintage Cork

917

Steel & Magnolia’s BE’s Records

Ben Here Yet? • BenWheelerTX.com

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FOOD & DRINK

Edgwood Festival Features Jams and Jellies

Jo Poynter (inset) sells her award-winning jams and jellies each year at the Edgewood Heritage Festival. Photos by Ine Burke.

Resident and active volunteer in Edgewood Jo Poynter makes jams and jellies and is in charge of the preserves booth in the annual Edgewood Heritage Festival held every second Saturday in November. Among the favorites Poynter and her team make are pumpkin jam, apple pie jelly, peach jalapeno jelly, strawberry margarita jam, and wine jelly. She is a past judge for jams and jellies and home-canned vegetables and fruits for the Texas State Fair and has won Best of Show and Grand Prize ribbons for her entries in the Van Zandt County Fair. Here, Poynter shares the recipes of two of the best-sellers. Enjoy them with warm toasts, biscuits, or favorite cheese and crackers. The jams and jellies booth is located at the Artisan Village during the festival, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 11. For more information visit edgewoodheritagefestival.com.

Strawberry Margarita Jam 3 cups crushed strawberries (about 6 cups whole) 2/3 cup lime juice 1/2 cup tequila 1/4 cup orange liquor 6 cups sugar 3 oz. (1/2 pkg) liquid pectin 1 tsp lime zest In large heavy pot, combine strawberries, lime juice, liquor, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When it reaches boiling, add liquid pectin and lime zest. Return to boiling again, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and ladle off foam. Pour into hot 8 oz. jars and seal. Makes about 6 jars.

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Pumpkin Jam 1 large can pumpkin pie mix 1/2 tsp lemon juice 2 tsps ginger 1-3/4 oz. dry pectin 4-1/2 cups sugar Bring pumpkin pie mix, lemon juice, ginger, and pectin to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and return to full boil, stirring constantly and boil 1 minute. Pour into 8 oz. jars and seal. Makes about 6 jars.


Friday, October 27, 2017 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

HARVEST ON MAIN

Intimate, Open-Air Dining Experience Catered by acclaimed Chef Enam Chowdhury Reception Appetizers and Wine

Four Course Meal with Wine Pairings

Live Music by Swinghouse $125 for Harvest on Main

Harvest on Main ticket holders receive free admission to Market on Main, a soouvenir bag, and glass.

RESERVE NOW!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MARKET ON MAIN

Invitational Wine & Culinary Event Tastings from Top Texas Wineries Culinary Demonstrations & Tastings Open-Air Marketplace with Artisan Vendors Live Musical Entertainment $10 per ticket. Purchase at Entry Souvenir Bag and Glass

A Mount Vernon Main Street Event

903-537-4070

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& DRINK FOOD Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Set Among the delicious celebrations in the Upper East Side of Texas this season is Uncorked Food & Wine Festival from 3-8 p.m. October 7 at Camp Langston in Mount Pleasant, presented by Everett Toyota and Wood Air Conditioning. The day is filled with Texas wines and local chef-prepared foods, numerous activities, and entertainment by Elizabeth Hansen and Warren Hood.

Also new this year is a 1K Mutton Buster Race for kids ages 5-12. Other activities include inflatables, a hay bale climb and rock wall, and live music.

Wineries featured include Southwind Vineyard and Winery, Redroad Vineyard and Winery, Silver Dollar Winery, Maydelle Country Wines, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Landon Winery, and Red 55 Winery. Other vendors and activities on site include numerous boutiques and artisans, the Sweet Shop USA Chocolates, a S’mores Bar, a Game Day Trailer for live coverage of college football, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch to name a few. There’s a $5 fee at the gate for guests 21 and over which gets them entry, a customized wine bag, and tasting glass. Entry fee is $2 for guests under 21.

8 a.m. October 21 at Priefert Ranch featuring 5K and 15K individual races, 5K and 15K corporate challenge races, and new this year is a 5K pumpkin run where teams of up to five race together carrying a pumpkin the duration of the race. Team members must be the first team to cross the finish line together with their pumpkin intact to win.

A Ranch Breakfast is available free for runners, for purchase for others. Visit mtpleasanttx.com or call 903.572. 8567 for more information.

The Winnsburger is Worth a Drive from Anywhere Award-winning Los Pinos wines are one of the many tasty treats at Uncorked. Photo by Lori Ivey.

This is one of two big events produced by the Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce in October. Guests can work off any extra pounds they put on at the food and wine festival at Everything Texas Ranch Run taking place at

ACROSS THE COUNTY LINE

REFRESHING BREWS. Flying Heart Brewing in Bossier City features an extensive menu of handcrafted beers including a great Highway 80 IPA. Three of the favorites are (l-r) Firehouse Blonde, Blueberry Candy, and Louisiana Amber. Learn more about this great location before you go at flyingheartbrewing.com. Photo by P.A. Geddie. 38 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

The Winnsburger at the Rooster Cafe in Winnsboro is one of the tastiest and most unique burgers I’ve ever enjoyed to the fullest. The patty is hand-blended brisket, short rib and chuck, and piled on top of that is horseradish cheddar, arugula, beefsteak tomato, frizzled onions, and rooster sauce. It is served with an abundant portion of home-made shoestring fries. The rest of the menu at The Rooster cafe is just as interesting including Corn Fritters with Dipping Sauce, TW’s Philly Cheese Steak Nachos, Bourbon Street Blazed Sausage with Drunken Cheese Dip, Grilled Vegetable Salad with Vietnamese Dressing, a HighFalutin Grilled Cheese, and breakfast is served all day with Eggs Benedict and Chicken and Waffle, among other items. The Rooster Cafe is one of the best treasures in the Upper East Side of Texas and well worth a trip from anywhere. — P.A. Geddie


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Shop, Dine & Experience the Nostalgic Br

19th ANNUAL

Lone Star Heritage Quilt Show Friday, September 15 9-6 • Saturday, September 16 9-3 Special Exhibit “ Birds in a Feather”” More than 120 quilts on display Recreation Outreach Center. 115 Putman

sulphurspringstxquilts.com.

Veterans Memorial Park Farmers Market Celebration Market

Saturday, September 16 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Downtown Sulphur Springs

Vintage Decor Antiques Arts & Crafts Picker’s Row Winery Embroidery Galleries Fashion Boutiques Popcorn Gourmet Kitchen Restaurants Specialty Food Stores Furniture Painting, Quilting Demos Wine Tasting “Urban Cowgirl” Author Fall Holiday Food Tastings Hand Tossed Wood Fired Pizza

Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance

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rick Streets of Downtown Sulphur Springs

The Alcove

101 Gilmer - 903.335.8822

Danna’s Southern Charm & Florist 438 Gilmer - 903.885.9221

The Magic Scoop

210 Connally - 903.919.5053

The Merchants Welcome You to Downtown Sulphur Springs!

Bookworm Box

113A Gilmer - 903.919.5058

Gay Bailey Salon/Merle Norman

Gourmet Kitchen & Co.

212 Davis- 903.885.7103

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Connally St. 220 Art/Celebrate Living Realty Connally Street Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482 220 Connally - 903.885.1080

212 Main - 903.335.8918

213 Main - 903.885.9700

Roast Rooster offee ompany 100% Fresh Roast Coffee Beans

Marlene’s Sass & Class Boutique

Corner Grub House

204 Main - 903.919.5027

903•439•8753

Town Square Antiques 102 College - 903.438.0286

www.RoosterRoastCoffee.com Net Wt. 8 oz

200 Main - 903.504.1921

307 Main - 903.885.7773

Pioneer Cafe

Phinesse Farms Winery

Arturo’s Wood Fired Pizza

Plain & Fancy Sandwich Shoppe

Brumley’s Uniforms & Accessories

Secret Gardens

221 Main - 903.951.1444

120 Main Street - 903.885.9225

223 Main - 903.582.2222

109 Gilmer - 903.885.6070

Redneck Bar & Grill 211 Main - 903.885.1600

Burgerland

210 Main - 903.919.5031

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FEEL GOOD Fighting Against Breast Cancer

Organizers are planning a Martial Arts Expo during Pioneer Days September 16 in Pittsburg in partnership with the East Texas Medical Center mobile mammogram unit to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Students from American Taekwondo Schools in East Texas and the metroplex will compete. Go to atasma.com or call 1.888.SMA.1110 for more information.

Tyler Joins Quest to End Prostate Cancer

The Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk takes place at 8:30 a.m. September 30 at The Village at Cumberland Park in Tyler. The goal is to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free of prostate cancer. Participants run and walk together to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 20 minutes. Tyler joins more than 40 communities across the nation as part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series, which promotes awareness for prostate cancer and encourages men to be informed about their risk. More than 12,550 men in Texas will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. ART OF PEACE. The 7th Annual Art of Peace celebration takes place September 15-24 in various locations in Tyler. The effort is in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Peace and seeks to promote a spirit of creativity, compassion, and community through partnerships, fellowship, dialogue, social action, music, poetry, and art. At the end of each year’s events, participants come together to create a human peace sign. See the full schedule in tylerpeace.com. Photo by Dr. Scott Lieberman.

Run/Walk participants receive t-shirts, refreshments, and the opportunity to connect with others impacted by prostate cancer. Funds raised are used in the Tyler community for prostate cancer screenings, treatment, education, and awareness. For more information and to register, go to visitzeroprostatecancerrun.org/tyler.

The Pegasus Project Horse Rescue September 14th NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY

NOMINATIONS

OPEN Sep 1 - Nov 15

BEST OF 2017

Every Donation Doubled! northtexasgivingday.org/npo/the-pegasus-project

Donate online September 14th 6 a.m.-Midnight Join the The Pegasus Project Horse Rescue at The Forge in Ben Wheeler September 14th after 5 p.m.. We’ll have a “donation station” to help you make your donation. The Forge will have drink and meal specials to help us cleebrate! 42 • COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

Cast your nominations for your favorite people, places, food, and other things in the Upper East Side of Texas. Winners are announced in the January/February 2018 issue and promoted throughout the year.

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Saturday, October 7th 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Villages at Cumberland Park Tyler, TX Over 30 Craft Beers • Animal Rescues Kid Activities • Food Trucks • Live Music

Hosted by

Craft Beer Sampling Punchcards Available At SPCAEastTX.com

Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace

September 15 – 24, 2017 www.tylerpeace.com

local woman-owned business

A week-long series of peace activities and programs promoting a spirit of creativity, compassion and community through partnerships, fellowship, dialogue, social action, music, poetry, and art.

FISHING WORMS WORM CASTINGS Best Organic Fertiziler! SHERRI DOSS

972.658.4306

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KIDS COUNTY LINE f

CountyLineKids

Shaping the Future of the Upper East Side of Texas

The Kids Are Back To School: App Ideas for a Smooth Transition into Fall iEarnedThat Created by a pediatrician and father, this app positively reinforces and rewards a child’s behavior (and, because it works for any number of children, prevents a parent from confusing who’s earned what). A photo of the agreed-to reward for a particular task or behavior divides itself into a number of puzzle pieces based on how many days or how many tasks a child must complete to earn the reward. As the child works toward the goal, they fill in the puzzle pieces. When the puzzle is complete, the child earns the reward.

meet.libbyapp.com Connect with local libraries and borrow thousands of ebooks and audiobooks using a phone or tablet. It’s a helpful tool to get kids reading and has multiple ways to interact with the playback controls on audiobooks. Great way to find new books.

Yuvi-Aerobics.com Yuvi is a fun and entertaining way for kids to be more active. They follow Yuvi’s jumping jacks, yoga, and running in place to move the main character on to the next challenge. Along the way they learn lessons of working towards a goal, the importance of teamwork, and compassion.

16th annual Canton Main Street

art show - raffle cake walk - live music

FESTIVAL $5

Sat. October 14 noon - 6 pm

Y TR EN

Games Bounce Houses Crafts & More!

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Autumn

PLANT SALE MUMS & PANSIES

food & merch vendors

DOWNTOWN CANTON FOR MORE INFO CALL: 903-567-1851


New Fall Arrivals In-Store & Online 1930 N. TRADE DAYS BLVD | Canton, TX | 903-567-0363 Round Top, TX | Canton, TX | Lafayette, LA | Monroe, LA | Lake Village, AR

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UPCOMING LUFKIN EVENTS

RIDERS IN THE SKY

“Comedy and Western” group mixes classic Western music with wacky humor, way out wit

September 14 LUFKIN’S BISTRO

Wine and dine under the stars during this elegant tasting event on the downtown streets

October 7 PINEYWOODS PURGATORY

Fall cycling event offers four routes that take you through breathtaking East Texas scenery

October 7 ANGELINA AIR FEST

World-class air show featuring aerobatic pilots, war birds and more

October 7

VisitLufkin.com 936-633-0349

EAST TEXAS’ FOOD, WINE & ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION!

The Lone Star Carriage Company JEFFERSON, TEXAS

Historic Tours • Romantic Rides Moonlight Excursions Available Fridays and Saturdays with weekly rides by appointment

Competitve rates. Various Carriages. Birthday parties, proms, proposals, weddings, anniversary, holiday events, hay rides, special occasions, school field trips, group tours, and even funerals.

Book in Jefferson or we can travel to your location!

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