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Liven Up the Fall in Longview The 903 Music Fest is just one more reason to come to Longview for great live music experiences this fall. Downtown Live Fridays in the Fall

Local Musicians and Food Trucks on Heritage Plaza

Hombier Fest September 22, 2018

East Texas Brewer's Guild Annual Beer Festival

Neal McCoy and Friends September 29, 2018

Special guest Charley Pride

Longview Symphony: The Music of Journey October 6, 2018 903 Music Fest October 12 & 13, 2018

Clint Black and Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Josh Turner November 17, 2018

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Uncorked Food &Wine Festival


RANCH RUN Mount Pleasant, TX



DEPARTMENTS 5 Editor’s Note & Letters


14 John Boles, Y.A. Tittle, Oktoberfest, Blueberry Popsicles, Johnny Mathis, Dallas 9/11

CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT 16 Dinosaurs in McKinney, Atkinson Candy, Events

THE ARTS 22  Abhidnya Ghuge at TMA, Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival, Piney Woods Fine Arts Season 24 Edom Art Festival, Artist Gary Bacher




26 Liquid Soul and Coco

LITERARY 28 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

MUSIC 30 Winnsboro Fall Lineup, Gatlin Brothers, Old Firehouse Music, Kevin Galloway 32 Swinard Brings Rock-N-Roll to Texas

FOOD & DRINK 36 The Dancing Pig of Ben Wheeler 38 Rise and Shine in Emory 39 Kiepersol Bourbon, The Shed Pies

FEEL GOOD 44 Bras for the Cause


8 Visit Mineola, Texas

This iron horse town keeps arms open wide for visitors to their historic downtown and surrounding area. By Abby Huff and Krista Leard


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18 Greenville’s Ethnic Angels


A secret, peaceful garden is home to a beautifully crafted relief sculpture capturing several different ethnicities. By Pamela Edwards

42 Shared Workspace


Facilities are popping up around the region offering reimagined working space. By Krista Leard



Cover photo of Mineola by Char Doonan

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CONTRIBUTORS Char Doonan Pamela Edwards Abigail Huff Pud Kearns Krista Leard Makayla Mahurin Ricky Niell Patti Pfeiffer Gaile Robinson

Digital Publications & Graphic Design Assistant Krista Leard


SUBSCRIPTIONS County Line Magazine is published every other month, 6 times a year. Subscription costs: $15 per year. Bulk rate postage paid at Ben Wheeler, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to County Line Magazine, P.O. Box 608, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754. Contents COPYRIGHT 2018 County Line all rights reserved. Material may not be reproduced without written permission. Opinions expressed in articles or advertising appearing in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. Mailing address: P.O. Box 608, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754 Phone: 903.963.8306. E-mail: Website: Free listings are entered on a space available basis. Advertising space may be purchased by calling 903.963.8306. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement we deem incompatible with our mission.

EDITOR’S NOTE I love all the buzz these days about the beauty of small towns. People are talking about millennials and others moving to small towns to enjoy a slower pace and a more meaningful lifestyle. And having their dream jobs with lower rent and other costs too enormous to bear in big cities. One recent Texas Monthly article calls it a “Small Town Revival.”

end visit or to make home for a lifetime.

We’ve known this for a long time in the Upper East Side of Texas and welcome new millennials and people of all ages to join us.

I am so proud of these two young artists who contributed much of what you find in this issue. Just out of high school and headed in to their first year of college, they spent this summer working for County Line and I believe I learned more than they did. Seeing things through the eyes of those just starting to build their adult lives is inspiring.

Our communities are growing in all the right ways with things like the arts, coffee shops, boutique shops and lodging, wineries, live music at least three or four days a week, fine dining and the ever-popular farm-to-table dining, which having the farms in our backyards makes it easier than urban areas by a long shot. Each town is its own unique “attraction” offering something no other town has. From an artists’ community, or walkable collection of diverse restaurants, music venues, and shops, to state-of-the-art entertainment venues and events, it is immensely rewarding to have so many small towns to choose from for a week-

Sandi Brown Crumbley Greenville

Subscribe: Thanks so much for this wonderful article (July/Aug 2018: Redlands Hotel). Your magazine does truly communicate the interesting features of this area.   Jean Mollard Palestine

Texans for the Arts

has consistently worked to:magazine. We plan Sure enjoyed your › Protect Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) arts funding trips and some of your highlighted things › Increase funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts we want to attend. › Expand the conversation about the vital role the arts

› Protect Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) arts funding

› Increase funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts


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Joe Manning Longview

has consistently worked to:

Texans for arts leaders, committed supporters, and citizen activists like you! Together we can amplify our powerful voices to increase both public and private resources to build strong, dynamic, and creative communities all across Texas.

Rest assured our future is in good hands with this generation. Enjoy our beautiful slice of heaven on earth this colorful season.

ing Grand Ol’ Opry every Saturday night and then watching John on Three’s Company and more, I can say I have always been a fan. I’m happy to read about the heart of the family and what they stood for. Great job, County Line Magazine.

For over 20 years,

both public and private resources to build strong, dynamic, the iscommunities at the forefront of empowering artists, and Arts creative all across Texas.

Another intern, Makayla Mahurin, also wrote her first story for County Line this summer. She’s going in to her junior year of high school and plans to work on the school newspaper.

We love your magazine and use it to visit the many wonderful events and restaurants in East Texas. How do I get printed copies sent to myself and my two sisters who come from Houston and Fort Worth to join us? Thanks.

Texans for the Arts

The Official Arts Advocacy Organization for Texas

Read Abigail Huff and Krista Leard’s account of their recent visit to Mineola, then go see for yourself.


For over 20 years,

The Official Arts Advocacy Texans for the Arts is at the forefront of empowering artists, arts leaders, committed supporters, and citizen activists like Organization for Texas you! Together we can amplify our powerful voices to increase

Our cover story features just one such community whose unique character is the soul of an open-armed iron horse town.

› Expand the conversation about the vital role the arts play in our schools and communities › Support tax policies and other measures that help artists and arts organizations play in our schools

and communities

› Advocate for increased funding for the National taxpolicies policies Endowment for the› Arts Support and for federal that and other support artists and arts artists organizations. and arts organizations

Louis Cumings › Advocate for increased funding for the National Rosenberg Endowment for the Arts and for federal policies that measures that help

support artists and arts organizations.

Enjoyed this article (July/Aug 2018: Tex Ritter) so much. After growing up watch-

Thank you for the great story about the Ritter family (July/Aug 2018) — so interesting and facts we did not know. Thanks to P.A. Geddie for an article well done. I keep all your magazines. Linda Dawson Campbell

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Visit Mineola — a Small Town with a Big Heart Iron Horse Town Welcomes Autumn Travelers

By Abigail Huff and Krista Leard Almost 200 years ago, long before Uber, people’s main mode of transportation from town to town was horses. Then came the “Iron Horse,” a steam locomotive that quickly made travel more convenient and helped build small communities like Mineola, Texas. To celebrate its heritage, Mineola hosts its very own Iron Horse celebration each fall. This year, the Iron Horse Festival kicks off Friday, September 28, with a night of family fun and Hobo Stew. It continues Saturday, September 29, with a full day of activities including a kids area, arts and crafts, a “shoot-out by the depot” reenactment, food vendors, pie baking and watermelon eating contests, weenie dog races, and more. Mineola city administrator and economic development corporation executive director, Mercy Rushing, says the railroad remains very important to the community. “Amtrak Texas Eagle passenger trains still stop twice a day to pick up and deliver passengers to our community after all these years,” she says. The passenger trains go from Chicago to San Antonio and even Los Angeles and all points in between. Many enjoy catching the train in Mineola for a short trip to Dallas or Fort Worth. The historic train depot doubles as one

of two local history museums and features a smal-scale version of a train that people can operate with the push of a button. Visitors also enjoy the plethora of local shops and restaurants and other things to do in downtown Mineola. Next to the depot is the farmers market where local vendors provide fresh produce, jellies, jams, and homemade remedies.The produce offered by the vendors is traditionally organic, affordable, and available on Saturday mornings through the end of October. Scattered in the downtown area, numerous family-friendly restaurants are found, such as Kitchens Hardware & Deli, La Waffalata, The East Texas Burger Co., and CowBurners BBQ & Taproom, all of which are delectable places to take a shopping break and grab a bite to eat. There are also hidden sweets among some of the small shops with goodies like fudge and fried pies. Ladybug Jungle might appear like a typical clothing and accessories boutique from the sidewalk, but upon entering the store, customers are welcomed with the scent of fried pies. The pies are a Roseman family tradition with fresh, handcrafted fillings and flakey crusts. Flavors include chocolate, apple, apricot, buttermilk, cherry, coconut, lemon, pineapple, and peach. Across the street is a lovely shopping destination, Between Friends, which offers


customers a store full of clothing, furniture, and a wide assortment of antiques. For a special treat, the store also sells delicious fudge and a new coffee shop lets shoppers sit and view the downtown area from a front window. The homemade fudge flavors include Died and Gone to Heaven, Dark Chocolate and Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and even Watermelon. As visitors explore Mineola, they come across a variety of vintage and antique shops with unique items awaiting discovery. Some shops are full of treasures from the past like Uniques & Antiques, Broad Street Mall, Karen’s Korner, Cottage Antiques, and others. Other must-visit shops in downtown Mineola are Lost Creek with an eclectic assortment of products including bird feeders and seed, custom embroidery, garden art, and country decor; P.S. I Love You, a vintage boutique furniture and “shabby chic” decor store; and Haute Stuff Boutique with women’s clothing and accessories, thrift, and consignment items. The town itself has its very own antique, the Select Theater, home of The Lake continued page 11 Downtown Mineola greets visitors with red brick roads on the side streets, outstanding preserved architecture that won it a place in the National Register of Historic Places, and a colorful group of merchants that roll out the welcome wagon (or blue bicycle) for an eventful shopping, dining, and entertainment experience. Photos by Ricky Niell


Photo by Abigail Huff Photo by Abigail Huff

Photo by Krista Leard

Photo by Krista Leard

Photo by Abigail Huff

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: East Texas Burger Co is a mainstay of downtown Mineola as well as Kitchens Deli across the street, both award-winning places to dine among several other good restaurants in the district. The Main Street Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday morning from May through October featuring fresh produce and much more. The clock located next to the train depot helps travelers keep on time and is reminiscent of the early railroad days. At LadyBug Jungle, guests not only get in on the latest shoe sales but can partake of delicious Farm House Fried Pies featuring a three-generation family recipe, with flavors like chocolate, lemon, peach, apple, and more. OPPOSITE PAGE: The Amtrak passenger train comes through Mineola daily and goes to Chicago, San Antnio, and Los Angles and all points in between.


MINEOLA continued from page 8 Country Playhouse. The building doubles as a movie theatre and a playhouse. On the weekends guests can see new movie releases or enjoy a series of stage performances. Four times a year the Lake Country Symphonic Band puts on a show. Established in 1920, it is one of the oldest movie theatres still running in Texas. Upcoming stage shows include the live production of Wait Until Dark, September 21-23 and 28-30; the Lake Country Symphonic Band’s Things that Go Bump, October 21 and 23; and The Warehouse of Terror, opening on October 6 and continuing every Friday and Saturday in October, and Halloween night. A trip through Mineola isn’t complete without a stop at the fresh bath and body shop, Moon’s Harvest. This lovely boutique is filled with handcrafted beauty products, including bath bombs, shampoo bars, soaps, bath salts, and more. Products are made with wholesome ingredients that are free of harmful chemical preservatives and are cruelty free. The wonderful aroma of the store keeps visitors coming back for more. Local art is also a part of downtown Mineola at Dragonfly Art Studio as well as the Mineola League of the Arts. The league

center has ongoing art classes, workshops, and special events throughout the year like their quilt show as part of the Iron Horse Festival September 29. With a population of just about 4,700, Mineola is a small town for sure, but the people make it seem much bigger because of all they accomplish. “Mineola is a small town with a big heart and can-do attitude,” Rushing says. “We think big and are not afraid to roll up our sleeves to make things happen to enrich our quality of life. How many cities our size do you see that have a civic center, a historic theater downtown, a Mineola League of the Arts, Mineola Library, Lake Holbrook with a beach and picnic areas and one of the best water skiing lakes around, the Mineola Country Club with a nine-hole course, and a public-use airport?” Enjoying all that Mineola has to offer is made sweeter in autumn with a backdrop of expansive blue skies and multicolored trees. “The wide variety of trees here transforms our area with a ‘coat of many colors’ during this season which is best for enjoying hiking, biking, horseback riding, or going to the Bigfoot Sabine

paddling trail,” Rushing says. A favorite place for many, near or far, is the 3,000-acre Mineola Nature Preserve which is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to sunset and now includes a recently completed 18-hole disc golf course. The nature preserve is also home to “Star Gazing with an Astronomer” that takes place periodically in conjunction with the Astronomical Society of East Texas with astronomers helping identify objects in the night sky. For overnight lodging, the town has a variety of convenient bed and breakfasts, RV parks, lodges, and hotels. Mineola’s welcoming arms for travelers are as big as they ever were, inviting guests to enjoy the local art and history, food, shopping, nature, and more. The community’s thriving downtown district has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places and it is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary as a designated Texas Main Street City. They’ve come a long way since the iron horse first rolled into town. Go to to help plan a trip or call (800) MINEOLA.




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Sep 1 Blindpursuit Sep 15 Tall Dark & Handsome Sep 29 Bluez Boyz

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Kevin Galloway Noon to 3 p.m.

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Visit Jefferson Texas’ Famous 1897 LED Lighted Train Trestle Open every night from Dusk to Dawn Corner of Polk and Dallas in the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center.

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Frankenstein’s John Boles Hailed from Greenville

Try this Recipe for National Blueberry Popsicle Month

the 1920s to study music, but ended up working on Broadway and was known for his beautiful baritone voice. Throughout his time on Broadway, Boles played in musicals like Little Jesse James, Mercenary Mary, and Kitty’s Kisses. He was discovered by an actress, Gloria Swanson, who offered him the leading role in her 1927 silent film The Love of Sunya. Boles went on to play in multiple other films, silent and talkies alike, appearing in more than 50. He is best known for his role in Frankenstein as Victor Moritz, Dr. Henry Frankenstein’s dear friend. John Boles, a silent film and talkie star, was born October 28, 1895, in Greenville, Texas, to parents John Monroe and Mary Jane Boles. After he graduated from the University of Texas in 1917, Boles served as a spy during WWI in Bulgaria, Germany, and Turkey. Afterwards he moved to New York in

In 1952, Boles decided to retire from Hollywood and move back to Texas. Eight years later, in 1960, he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and got his own star on Hollywood Boulevard. He then went into the oil business and ended up dying of a heart attack in 1969, at the age of 73 years old in San Angelo, Texas. — Abigail Huff

SEPTEMBER 30, 1935

Happy Birthday Johnny Mathis Read about this famous Gilmer native in the County Line archives.

September is National Blueberry Popsicle Month! Take those delicious leftover blueberries picked from local farms this summer out of the freezer and try this healthy, flavorful treat from Molly Leanard (

Blueberry Basil Popsicles INGREDIENTS 4 cups blueberries


Fallen 9/11 Victims Remembered in Dallas Memorial Stair Climbs take place across the country each year to remember those who died in the New York terrorist attacks September 11, 2001. The Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb takes place this year from 8 a.m. to Noon Saturday, September 8 at the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas. Active duty firefighters, police officers, and EMS climb the tower as their fallen brothers did in 2001. Each participant wears a tag with the photo of the fireman they are completing the climb for and when they reach the top, they write the name of the person on a board and hand the tag to a loved one the fallen officer left behind. Learn more at 14 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/3 cup honey INSTRUCTIONS In a blender or food processor, add the blueberries, basil and honey. Turn on high and blend until the mixture is smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and place the wooden popsicle sticks in about 3/4 way down. Place in the freezer for at least 3 hours. To remove the popsicles from the molds, run the popsicles under warm water for about 15 seconds.

OCTOBER 24, 1926

Marshall Native Never Forgot His Hometown Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr., also known as Y.A. Tittle, was a groundbreaker, Hall of Fame and seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback and part of the San Francisco 49ers’ famed “Million Dollar Backfield.” He was also the first professional football player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and is credited with coining “alley-oop” as a sports term to describe a high arcing pass.



Tittle was born October 24, 1926, and raised in Marshall, Texas. As a child, he would throw the football around the yard at bushes and through a tire swing. As a teenager, he played on the Marshall High School football team. After high school, Tittle attended Louisiana State University and played for the LSU Tigers. His freshman year was successful as he beat a school record with 238 passing yards. In 1948, he married Minnette DeLoach, and in the NFL Draft was the sixth overall selection for the Detroit Lions. He declined the Lions and instead played for the Baltimore Colts who were a part of the All-American Football Conference. He was named the Rookie of the Year after leading the Colts to the Eastern Division championship. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Tittle in 1951 and he played the shared position of quarterback with Frankie Albert. While with the 49ers he appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated in November of 1954.

After being with the 49ers for 10 years, Tittle was traded to the New York Giants in 1962. He played for the Giants for two years before retiring after 1964. He later joined the 49ers staff as an assistant coach and then became a quarterback mentor for the Giants. In 1992, Tittle founded an insurance company, Y.A. Tittle Insurance & Financial Services, in Palo Alto, California. During his final years, Y.A. Tittle was diagnosed with dementia. His daughter once told an ESPN reporter that her father remembered only a few things: his wife, his children, his love of football, and his hometown, Marshall, Texas. He died October 8, 2017, at the age of 90, in Stanford, California. — Abigail Huff



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Check out the eMAGAZINE for extended event listings.

Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Return to Heard Museum

Visitors to Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney can let their imaginations run wild as they travel back in time with life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a halfmile nature trail from September 1 through February 18, 2019. During the 13th Annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit, 10 moving and roaring dinosaurs provide visitors with a captivating experience. This exhibit also offers interesting facts about both herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs and features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, a spitting Dilophosaurus, a Carnotaurus, an Edmontonia, a Crylophosaurus, an Apatosaurus, an Elaphrosaurus, a Rugops, an Edmontosaurus, and a Stegosaurus. Future paleontologists will enjoy an outdoor fossil dig and an opportunity to play on two stationary baby dinosaurs — it’s a good photo op. The Dinosaurs Live! exhibit nature trail is jogging-stroller friendly, giving families and friends a unique, exciting and

educational activity to experience together. The cost is included in general admission to the Heard Museum. Other activities at the museum include the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden pen through September 30. Guest can walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators. Second Saturday Bird Walks are offered annually September through June, providing beginning and intermediate birders with opportunities to spend time with experienced birders and ask questions. Reservations are not required, but each Second Saturday Bird Walk begins promptly at 8 a.m. The walks last about an hour and a half, but extended time is available upon request. On September 29 guests can discover more about the Texas state butterfly, the amazng monarchs. Learn about their migration pattern, life cycle and how people can help protect their habitat. Designed primarily for adults, interested youth may attend with an adult.


This adventure may not be suitable for children younger than 10 years. Each presentation lasts about an hour, followed by a walk through the butterfly house and garden. October 6 features National Fossil Day Celebration with members of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Learn about ancient Texas, see casts of animals, and become a member of the “PIT” Crew (Paleontologists in Training). Guests are invited to bring their own fossils and have them identified. Experience a family-friendly Halloween event at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary from 6-10 p.m. October 26. The event features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick or treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail. Families enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage. For more information visit or call (972) 562-5566.


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

Every Saturday

Celebration Market, Celebration Live. Sulphur Springs. Downtown, (903) 885-7541,

Every Second Saturday

Marshall Main Street Second Saturday. Downtown Marshall, (903) 935-7868, www. Second Saturdays on the Square. Mount Vernon Plaza District, (903) 537-4070, www.

August 30- September 2, September 27-30, November 1-4

First Monday Trade Days. Canton. (903) 567-6556,

September 6-9

Texas Rose Sporthorse Cup. Tyler. Texas Rose Horse Park (903) 882-8696

September 7-15

Gregg County Fair & Exposition. Longview. Gregg County Fair, (903) 753-4478,

September 9

Classics Round the Square. Emory. Downtown Square, (903) 473-2465 x112, www.

Famous Local Sweets Are a Treat By Krista Leard As trick or treaters pour their Halloween night bounty out onto tables across America, they’re sure to find among the sweet treasures candies like Peanut Butter Bars, Chick-O-Sticks, Slo Pokes, Mint Twists, Rainbow Coconut Bars, and Long Boys. Creating those sweet treats since 1932 is the Atkinson Candy Company in the East Texas town of Lufkin. Still featuring their original candies, the factory continues to create  new and improved recipes with wholesome and fresh ingredients, including more vitamins and antioxidants, to provide customers with the best, high-quality candy around. With each passing year, the company grows, and they continue to work on an expansion that began in 2015. They’ve also opened a factory in Guatemala — specializing in making their signature peppermint treats — to take advantage of the lower cost in sugar. The business began during the Great Depression. Owner Basil E. Atkinson fa-

mously said at the time, “During the Depression no one had any money, but everyone had a penny.” Given that candy was cheap, many civilians could enjoy a simple sweet treat for barely anything, and the Atkinson Candy Company has continued to indulge their customers. The Atkinson Candy Company welcomes visitors of all ages to tour the factory where they can see how the candy is made. At the end of the tour, guests head to the candy shop where they can purchase various candies, including popular peanut brittles. Atkinson prides itself in still using oldfashioned methods for producing the candies. Its 170 workers still operate tried-and-true machinery dating back to the early years., keeping their operation among artisanal offerings. It's the perfect time of year to look to the Atkinson Candy Company for goodies for candy bowls and trick or treaters. Visit the factory at 1608 West Frank Avenue in Lufkin or check out their website for online purchases or more information at

September 11-15

Rains County Fair. Emory. (903) 473-4580,

September 14

Rally Round Greenville. Downtown, (903) 455-1510,

September 14-23

Four States Fair and Rodeo. Texarkana. (870) 773-2941,

September 15

Avinger Wine Festival. Avinger. Downtown,

September 21-23

Texas Rose Dressage Fall Classic. Tyler. Texas Rose Horse Park, (903) 882-8696, www.

September 21-30

East Texas State Fair. Tyler, (903) 597-2501,

September 22

Power Inc. 16th Annual Adaptive SportsFest. Lake Gladewater, (903) 295-0926, Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival. Athens. (903) 677-5333, continued page 19

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Enjoy Greenville’s Extraordinary Peace of Art Peace Garden Offers Serenity With Ethnic Angels Relief Sculpture By Pamela Edwards Greenville has a secret mural. It is actually a relief sculpture in a very serene setting. The artwork is in a cemetery, a graveyard, a place of eternal rest. About one mile from Interstate 30, tucked in the eastern corner of Forest Park Cemetery, just paces from Highway 69, sits a monument rivaling those of the ancient Greeks. A brisk stroll or drive along the graveyard’s paved path leads visitors to Anna Mary Stringer Spence Memorial Peace Garden. A shin-level plaque identifies the garden and its contributors. The cobbled trail encircling a solitary shade tree invites visitors to meander into the garden. Three benches and a few small sculptures line the trail, creating a parklike setting with ample vantage points from which to observe the main attraction. Centered along the far side of the cobbled trail, a graceful host of “ethnic angels” ceremoniously emerge from a 25 by 10 foot limestone wall. Bearded, braided, clipped, curly haired, and draped in modest garments, eight larger-than-life beings congregate in peaceful prayer. Each figure represents an archetype of a different

ethnicity and both genders. The angels’ wings are expansive, intricately detailed, and more diverse than their faces.

the City of Greenville with specifications to improve Forest Park Cemetery with a mausoleum or other memorial.

Several of the divine individuals bear offerings including calla lilies, cloth, fire, even bushels of wheat. They are surrounded by foliage, conceivably an extension of the peace garden’s former plantings. Although the unpainted stone is only colored by mildew and age, one can almost imagine rich hues and fragrances emanating from this angelic scene.

Funded by a portion of the endowment, the monument was carved on-site by sculptor Kirk Tatom in 1993. The limestone was mined locally. Although the mural deviates from Tatom’s distinctive abstract style, four smaller dove sculptures along the trail epitomize his paradigm. The doves help frame the main attraction and add to the garden’s theme of peace. Depending on the time of day, the faceless birds range in appearance from speckled gray to luminescent white.

Just right of the center, a ninth face retreats into the menagerie of wings, faces, foliage, and offerings. Is it the face of another angel? Perhaps it is the garden’s namesake, the late Anna Mary Stringer Spence, whose family helped establish Forest Park Cemetery nearly a century ago. Spence was born in Greenville in 1912. She was the fourth and youngest child of Iley Mason Stringer and Jesse Franklin (Jenkins) Stringer. Anna’s father Iley was the city’s first undertaker. She married George Washington Spence, became a mother and step-mother, and lived out her days in Laredo. Upon her 1988 death, an endowment was left to


Anna Mary Stringer Spence Memorial Peace Garden is an ideal setting in which to rest, reflect, draw, or take a walk. The remarkable mural is a testament to the sort of peace people can aspire to attain in their hearts and communities. One whole hour might be enough time to take in the scenery and contemplate the many facets of the reverent artwork. This monument to peace is a miraculous gift worth celebrating for its artistry and message. In a garden, within a cemetery, one of Northeast Texas’ fine art treasures quietly awaits observance.


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September 22-24

Oktoberfest. McKinney, (972) 547-2660,

September 26

South of the Border Vintner’s Dinner. Tyler. Kiepersol Restaurant, (903) 894-3300,

September 28-October 27

Screams Theme Halloween Park. Waxahachie. (972) 938-3247,

September 29

Fun Pianos by 176 Keys - Dueling Pianos Show. Harleton. Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery, (903) 240-1587, El Camino 205: Texas Gravel Adventure. Old Town Palestine, (254) 285-4684 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run. Tyler. The Village at Cumberland Park, (903) 530-1603

Sharon’s Ride-Tyler. Whitehouse. The Boulders at Lake Tyler, (903) 571-5579, www. Tyler Queen’s Rose Festival. Tyler Rose Garden Center, (903) 531-1212, Harvest Vine Day. Tyler. Kiepersol Restaurant, (903) 894-3300, Harvest on Main. Mount Vernon. Plaza District, (903) 537-4070,

October 27

Hot Pepper Festival. Palestine. (903) 7318437 Hopkins County Fall Festival. Sulphur Springs. Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, (903) 242-1925, 49th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest. Sulphur Springs. Buford Park, (903) 8856515,

October 27

October 4

Enoch’s Pumpkin Stomp. Harleton. Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery, (903) 240-1587,

October 6

Fall Feral Hog Festival. Downtown Ben Wheeler, (903) 833-1060, www.benwheelertx. com

Dennis Miller. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7141, OktoberFest with Brave Combo. Crockett. Houston County Airport, (936) 544-4276, Oktoberfest Tea. Emory. Scarborough Haven, (214) 883-5075, 8th Annual Lufkin’s Bistro. Downtown, (936) 633-0349,

October 10-14

Fall Fun - Hunter/Jumper Horse Show. Tyler. Texas Rose Horse Park, (903) 882-8696,

October 12-14

Bonham Festival of Flight 2018. Bonham Jones Field, (903) 583-8623, Ennis Autumn Daze. Ennis. (972) 878-4748, El Camino Real Festival. Alto. Caddo Mounds, (512) 463-6100, historic-sites/caddo-mounds-state-historic-site

October 27-28

Mineola Iron Horse Festival. (903) 5692087

34th Lake O’ Pines Norton Owners Association Rallye and Bike Show. Historic Jefferson Railway, (214) 402-1436, www.ntnoa. org

October 31

October 13

November 3

Potlatch Festival. Carthage Civic Center, 903) 736-2273,

Red, White, and Blue Festival. Bullard. (903) 894-4238,

Corkscrew Half Marathon, 10k & 5k. Tyler Kiepersol Restaurant (903) 894-3300 www.

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta. Nacogdoches Public Library, (936) 559-2970,

October 13-14

November 7

Edom Art Festival. (903) 852-6473,

Sandy Creek Spooktacular. Emory. Sandy Creek Park, (903) 473-2465, www.facebook. com/emorytx

Explore Emory Girls Night Out. Emory. (903) 473-2465,

October 20

October Brewfest. Emory. Sandy Creek Park, (903) 473-2465x6, 53rd Annual Peanut Festival. Whitesboro. (903) 564-3331,


Ludwig’s Genius Saturday. September 22. 7:30 p.m. Pianist Evan Mitchell and friends playing Beethoven’s epic Concerto No. 4 and other delights

Virtuoso Horn Duo Saturday. November 3. 7:30 p.m. From Luxembourg to venues around the world, husband and wife duo Kerry and Kristina Mascher Turner dazzle audiences with their incredible horn playing.

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Works By Abhidnya Ghuge Featured at TMA Aperatures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge opens September 7 at the Tyler Museum of Art and is on exhibit through December 2. Dr. Ghuge is a Tyler artist and adjunct professor at the University of Texas/Tyler. Inspired by a blend of henna designs and imagery, her work explores themes of community, time, and value. The exhibition features hand-carved woodblocks, ink and gouache drawings, and mixed media wall pieces. It also includes a siteresponsive installation of woodblockprinted paper plates. The Tyler Museum of Art is located on the Tyler Junior College Campus at 1300 South Mahon Avenue. Visit or call (903) 595-1001 for more information.

Winnsboro Art Fest Set for November 9-10

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

Through September 3

I’m Home. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686,

Through September 9

David Bates: Selected Works from Texas Collections. Tyler Museum of Art, (903) 5951001,

Through September 22

JD Miller & Lea Fisher: Reflections’ Couple. Longview Museum of Fine Art, (903) 753-8103,

Through November 18

Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American. Fort Worth.

817.738.1933, Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas. Fort Worth. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, (817) 738-1933,

September 6-9

The Touch. Tyler Civic Theatre Center, (903) 592.0561,

September 7- December 2

Apertures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge. Tyler Museum of Art, (903) 595-1001,

September 13

Little Black Dress Blends Art & Music. Tyler Museum of Art, (903) 595-1001,

October 4

VIVA Juried Art Competition. Marshall Visual Arts Center, (903) 926-0440,

October 18-27

The Odd Couple. Athens Henderson County Performing Arts Center (903) 675.3908 www.

October 5-14

Dial M for Murder. Tyler Civic Theatre Center, (903) 592-0561,

October 13

iLuminate. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903)5667141,

October 13-14 Mark your calendars to attend the 2018 Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival on November 9-10 in historic downtown Winnsboro. Elm, Market and Franklin streets are closed to traffic and lined with white tents housing a variety of art ranging from traditional to abstract, painting to pottery, glass to silk, and stunning wood carvings like the one pictured here by artist Alexander Brown. Several wineries are doing tastings this year and specialty chocolates, artisan cheeses and more provide a delicious experience. Learn more at 22 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

Edom Art Festival. Edom, (903) 852-6473,

October 22

Palette of Possibility. Longview. ArtsView Children’s Theatre, (903) 236-7535,

Chicks With Hits Kick off New Season for Piney Woods Fine Arts Association

Chicks With Hits -- featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, and Suzy Bogguss — kicks off the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association’s new season September 28 at the Crockett Civic Center. Courtesy photo

In its continued efforts to bring arts and entertainment to Houston County, the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association presents its upcoming season, starting with Chicks with Hits September 28 with country music artists Pam Tillis, Terri Clark, and Suzy Bogguss. OktoberFest! is next with Brave Combo on October 6 at the Houston County Airport. The one-and-only Tony Orlando takes the stage November 10, followed by The Texas Tenors who bring their “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” show to Crockett December 18. Coming in 2019 is a play, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, on January 27, a tale of reckless revenge, mistaken identity, and

mismatched lovers. Then February 17 brings a classical ballet, Cinderella, with the Russian National Ballet. Rocking the house on March 19 is Blood, Sweat & Tears, a 21st century version of one of the music world’s most popular bands. Blood, Sweat & Tears is the next chapter in a musical tale that stretches from the creativity and turbulence of the late ‘60s to the swiftly changing world of the 21st century. Hit singles include “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “When I Die.” Closing out the season is East Texan’ Lee Ann Womack on April 6. Tickets are on sale now online at or by phone at (936) 544.4276.


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Get Ready for Impressive at Annual Edom Art Festival By Gaile Robinson The tiny town of Edom, Texas, is a tourist destination going back many decades. It is quaint and exceedingly colorful. Every weekend the population swells as visitors come to shop the resident artists’ studios and an array of eclectic shops. In October the numbers balloon into the thousands for the annual Edom Art Festival. Now in its 46th year the festival is a juried event of exceptional art and craft makers. This year it takes place October 13 and 14. More than 60 art booths are spread out across the meadow in downtown Edom. This idyllic location is a natural setting for artistic creators to show their wares. The pace is unhurried, so visitors have time to appreciate details such as Anne Felmeir’s landscapes that are glazed on a cup rather than painted on a canvas and marvel at the beautiful woven textiles by Gloria Haefner-Gatti. She considers them tea towels — her customers often use them as statement pieces on the dining room table rather than for their utilitarian intention. While many of the artists make pieces that are useful and beautiful, there are others who made the short list of invited artists because their work is just flat out exquisite. V. Chin’s ceramic vases, and the cloisonné jewelry of Bill and Lisa

Bailey both have historical precedence but manage to be as much of this time as pas times; which is what makes their work compelling. William Morris, a celebrated 19th century designer and key figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement, said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s good advice, when starting out with your first home, collecting for your now home, or downsizing from your big house.

Each year one of the participating artists in the Edom Art Festival provides artwork for the festival’s poster (see on opposite page) and T-shirts. For 2018 the honor goes to Gary Bacher of New Boston, Texas.

Morris would approve of the Edom Art Festival where everything is either useful or beautiful and often both, handmade by the artists who are on site. Morris was also a staunch supporter of the handmade. One of the great joys of shopping art festivals is getting to meet the artists — shoppers know they are purchasing one-of-a-kind pieces, and helping support artists. Patronage is a very rewarding experience.

Bacher’s brilliantly colored hand-drawn images are often pattern-like in their repetition, but include subtle variations. His mandala for the poster with fancy goldfish circling the moon among water plants is typical of his favorite imagery. His works often include the moon, mandalas, plants and animals. Many times he includes children, but always from their backs to encourage the viewer to embrace the image from a child’s perspective.

Musicians and food venders are at the festival for day-long enjoyment. This year’s food options include Double Barrel Dessert Company with their small batch gourmet ice creams; the Say Cheese food truck with a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches; Caribbean Isle food truck; Zemer Root Beer, now served by a third-generation Zemer; Marks the Spot, roasted and flavored pecans; and Fiddle Stix, a food truck serving up all their offerings on a stick.

Bacher cannot speak about his work. He lost the ability years ago from a stroke that rendered him unable to talk, write, or use his right hand. This was a devastating setback for the skilled pianist and family physician. Slowly, with limited mobility on his left side, he learned to draw with his left hand.

White Fox Winery and Green Goat Winery, two local wineries, are serving liquid libations, while Kaitlin Monty offers handmade chocolates and cheese boards so there is no reason not to stay for late afternoon imbibing.

“The full moon is a beautiful constant in his work. When we look up on a moonlit night we understand that we are part of something so much bigger,” says Gabrielle Bacher, Gary’s wife.

The Edom Art Festival is family-friendly with a children’s art area. Finished artworks can join the growing gallery of sitemade creations from years past, or they can be taken home to become an addition to the refrigerator gallery.

V. Chin’s ceramic vases are favorite finds at the annual Edom Art Festival.

Silent Conversations With Artist Gary Bacher

Admission to the festival is free and the grounds are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Downtown Edom is 20 miles west of Tyler at the crossroads of FM 279 and FM 314. Go to for more information.


His art is his strongest and most communicative way to express himself and he usually offers a positive comment on the interconnectedness and cyclic nature of the world.

Because of his aphasia, she has to articulate for him and interprets his work verbally at art shows. He is always in attendance though, often in the back of the booth working on a small drawing. “When he is at art shows,” she says, “he is happy, he is ‘speaking’ through his art and interacting.” Their touring schedule takes them all over the country, including shows in San Antonio, Chicago, Arizona, and many more. Catch him in Edom October 13-14.

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FILM Liquid Soul Premieres at Area Film Festivals By P.A. Geddie Allen Phillips and Trampas Smith, both of De Kalb, Texas, were elated when their short film, Liquid Soul, was selected recently by Houston Film Commission’s 2018 Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase, soon followed by Austin Spotlight Film Festival, Fayetteville Film Fest, and the Downtown Tyler Film Festival. Most recently they received word the film won the Platinum Award for Best Experimental Short and the Gold Award for Best Visual FX from the IMDB International Short Film Competition. The selections and awards are not likely to stop there. Liquid Soul is a Richard Reynolds production and an Archfern film, a company Phillips started in 2010 upon returning to DeKalb from Rhode Island. He and Smith have known each other their whole lives; their fathers and grandfathers were friends, and the families are still close for more than 60 years now. The film is a dream come true for the duo. “We’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” Phillips says. “We used to shoot films with his (Smith) mom’s Betamax camera. We tried, but we were never mature enough back then, and the stories weren’t solid enough.” Now both 36 years old, college education long behind them, with steady jobs and kids of their own, they decided it was time to try again. They picked a short story Smith wrote and adapted it for their script. “It’s about the seven deadly sins,” Phillips says, “lust, gluttony, greed, pride, envy, wrath, and sloth. We picked the simplest story, the one we could get away with doing the cheapest and with the least people.”

(l-r) Will Anderson, Tampas Smith, and Allen Phillips are life-long friends who worked together on a film that’s getting selected by numerous film festivals. Phillips and Smith wrote and directed Liquid Soul. Archfern, Phillips’design firm, produced it and Anderson helped with the music and sound. Courtesy photo

The story packs a lot of action and emotion into 12 minutes and 39 seconds. It’s not for children, or even the faint of heart but it is creepy good. It’s a believable concept, and one not commonly seen before in movies. That, coupled with eerie, colorful, and unexpected visual effects, is why it is making the selections lists of so many film festivals. The characters in the film include a young man, his girlfriend, and his truck. Recalling a darker time in his life, the man narrates his story of falling in love with a local girl who works at a diner. Things are good until he gets too pushy, and she bails. He broods over his broken heart and then one day while at work driving a tanker truck for a gas company, he decides to sniff some gas fumes. This turns in to a regular huffing habit that takes him into a psychotic world of his own where he begins to plot the demise of the ex-girlfriend as well as her parents and their dog. Not surprisingly, there’s an explosive nearending to the story and then a turn for


the better, albeit lonely, quirky, and still creepy. Phillips and Smith set out to find their actors and the first one was right under their noses. The man is played by James Griggs IV who builds furniture at Phillips’ family store. “He’s on the clock, so he can’t say no,” Phillips jokes. They found the girl while having lunch one day at Front Street Junction in De Kalb. She’s a waitress and her name is Chandler Richardson and she also happens to be Griggs’ real-life girlfriend. Finding the narrator proved more difficult. “The biggest problem we had was the voiceover,” Phillips says. “We went through seven voices before we found what we wanted and got really lucky.” Joe Burke, another life-long friend, was the right man for the voice job.

Phillips says the process of making the film was rewarding but challenging.

A Family that Remembers, Lives Forever

“It’s an endurance challenge,” he says. “You have zero dollars, zero professionals, and half of it was shot with an iPhone.” They got help from a local college and from Brad Davis Recording Studio in Commerce and another childhood friend, Will Anderson, helped with sound and co-wrote one of the songs with Phillips as Artificial Orange. Other music that sets the tone for the film includes songs by David Byrne and Dead Man’s Bones and ends with Lefty Frizzell’s “Look What Thoughts Will Do.” They submitted their finished film to numerous festivals and got denied by five before the Houston showcase selected them, then others followed suit. With the Houston showcase — which took place at the American Film Institute in Hollywood — came a trip to Los Angeles where they got to meet representatives from Disney, Dreamworks, and other film distribution companies. “We knew we had something good,” Phillips says, “and we’re very happy with the results we’re getting and the remarks we’re getting from industry people. “People in Hollywood are genuinely interested,” he says, “and they weren’t bullshit questions. They wanted to know where we came from and what else we had.” Archfern is in the process of raising money to make a feature-length film and say its road to success is made better because of the industry connections that came with Liquid Soul. Screenings for Liquid Soul are scheduled during the Downtown Tyler Film Festival October 11-14 ( and in Dallas and Texarkana in November through the Houston showcase (www. The screening in Texarkana takes place November 10 in conjunction with a photo exhibit at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Center. “Liquid Soul” is a photography show based on the film with one four feet high by 92 feet long continuous photo telling the story. Visit for more information on the exhibit and keep up with Archfern projects at

By Krista Leard Dia de los Muertos is among one of the most popular Mexican festivals that takes center stage in many films and works of literature, including the Disney creation Coco. The movie, intended for younger audiences, strikes the hearts of every generation, holding onto the deep tradition of the true meaning of family, what it means to remember the ones who have passed, and how to accept those losses. Although the title is named after the grandmother, Coco centers around the life of a young boy, Miguel, a citizen of a small village in Mexico that worships a bigtime singer and film star, Ernesto de la Cruz. Miguel aspires to be just like the charming musician, despite his family’s long-held hatred for anything and everything involved with music. The movie allows viewers to embark on the journey with Miguel as he travels to the colorful Land of the Dead to find his long-passed great-great grandfather in order to gain the family blessing to become a musician. While Miguel tries to find himself, Mama Coco is beginning to forget her father, and in the Land of the Dead, those who are forgotten, disappear forever. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a time for the living to celebrate and remember those who are passed by building altars full of their family’s favorite foods, sweets, toys, or other important artifacts. Through these altars, it is believed that the members in the Land of the Dead can then cross over to come and

visit the living for a high-spirited night of celebration and commemoration. This Academy Award-winning animation screenplay was written by Matthew Aldrich and Adriana Molina. Voicing the characters for the animation are Benjamin Bratt portraying the world-renowned musician Ernesto de la Cruz; Anthony Gonzalez takes the lead as Miguel; Renée Victor plays Abuelita; and Alanna Ubach brings Mama Imelda to life alongside Ana Ofelia Murguía who voices Mama Coco. The film’s theme song, “Remember Me,” was written by the same duo who wrote the soundtrack for Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert J. Lopez. Not only is the film accurate to Mexican culture, but the process of the filmmaking itself is astounding. It took several hundred animators to bring this film to life, even for the smaller clips, such as the scene where Miguel first enters the Land of the Dead which is filled with breathtakingly gorgeous colors and characters, each one animated to have various bone structures, clothes, and movements. With thousands and thousands of marigolds, traditional Mexican Oaxaca dresses and more, this movie perfectly captures of idea of Dia de los Muertos, and how the festival celebrates life. Overall, Coco, is a time-enduring film earning multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, DG Excellence in Production Design Awards Animated Film, and more.



Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

ing committed by the Wallace family. This family also owns the only store in town, and Mama Logan decides she’s going to take a stand against the family and their crimes by boycotting the store and encouraging other African-American families to do the same.

By Mildred D. Taylor Publisher, Puffin Books ISBN-10: 0140384510

Reviewed by Krista Leard When I first read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor back in third grade, I was appalled at how the Logan family was treated. I thought that surely, this was all fictional, but I soon found that many African-Americans faced racial segregation and violence. During the story, the Logan family is forced to deal with hardships of the 1930s in rural Mississippi. From the exclusion of the African-American children on the school buses, to the Caucasian store owners catering to people who abuse AfricanAmericans, the family is surrounded by hostile neighbors and townspeople, and eventually, they decide to fight back and stand up for themselves. Despite the struggles they face, the Logan family remains admirably strong, enduring everything together.

The boycott spurs the Wallaces to attack the men of the Logan family and also causes Mama to get fired from her teaching position. More drama ensues as the story progresses, and eventually puts one of the boys, T.J., in mortal danger. Through the self-inflicting burning of Papa Logan’s field, he managers to save his boys for now. Although bittersweet, the story ends with a very real message. Not everything ends happily, especially for the African-American families from that time. As the school year begins for the Logan children, the town is buzzing with whispers of the horrible burning of three African0American men, and it is later found out that these heinous acts are be-

I feel this story is a good novel for all ages. It allows us to take a fictional look at real events in history, and can help us learn from our past so we can create better futures for those of every race and ethnicity.

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

August 31-September 1 Floyd Void – Pink Floyd Tribute. Big Sandy Music Hall, (903) 636-4351,

September 1

Blind Pursuit. Tyler. Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, (903) 593-0311,

September 1 Neal McCoy, Pat Green & Diamond Rio. Bossier City. Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, (800) 895-0711, The lively, foot-stomping Americana group, Way Down Wanderers play The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro October 27. Courtesy photo

The 502s perform on The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro September 15 during their first Texas tour. The 502s are a charismatic indie folk band from Maitland, Florida, and according to No Depression magazine, “They’ve got enough energy to take on the world.” The Way Down Wanderers make a return visit to Winnsboro October 27. They draw listeners in with energy, originality, and soulful generosity. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot-stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS.” Local duo and one of the official Tex-

as Commission on the Arts 2018-2020 Touring Artists, Adler & Hearne take The Bowery Stage November 10.

September 7

Quentin Moore. Tyler. Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, (903) 593-0311, www.stanleysfamous. com Travis Tritt. Lufkin. Angelina Arts Alliance, (936) 633-5234,

Finishing out the year is Hannah Kirby on December 8.

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Also this fall, catch the Winnsboro Sunday Afternoon Classical series for the third season. The first concert, on September 23, includes wind quintet WindSync, from Houston. Then on October 7, The Bishop String Quartet from Dallas performs, followed by Charles Karanja, Courtney Stancil, and Mary Dibbern from the Dallas Opera on November 11. One more show is scheduled for the series on January 6 featuring classical guitarist Miguel Antonio.

September 13

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Gatlin Brothers Headline in Greenville Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers perform at 7:30 p.m. November 3 at the Greenville Municpal Auditorium as part of the fifth annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival. Learn more at www.

Paul Shafer. Tyler. Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, (903) 593-0311, The Kid Icarus Project. Tyler. Razzoo’s Cajun Café, (903) 534.2922, www.razzoos. com/tyler

September 14

Aaron Stephens. Tyler. Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ (903) 593-0311,

September 15 Tall Dark and Handsome. Tyler. Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ (903) 593-0311, East Texas Revive Fest. Mineola Nature Preserve, (903) 399-2447, Jamey Johnson. Bossier City. Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, (800) 895-0711 www.caesars. com/horseshoe-bossier-city/shows Black-Ice. Longview. Lone Star Ice House, (903) 753-5885,

September 16 Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. Dallas. American Airlines Center, (214) 221-8326, www.americanairlinescenter. com

September 19

Gene Watson. Tyler. Liberty Hall Theatre, (903) 595-7274, Courtesy photo 30 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

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Kevin Galloway Performs at Local Venues and Shares New Album

Big Sandy and Hawkins, Texas, native Kevin Galloway left his longtime band Uncle Lucius after a decade of heavy touring so he could stay closer to his family including two children under the age of 3. He recently premiered his first first solo album, The Change, as “a love letter, and a promise to my newly formed family,” Galloway says. “This album is a sincere reflection of my mindset while reorganizing priorities.” He’ll share new songs at appearances across Texas including Hank’s Texas Grill in McKinney September 21 and Stanleys Famous Pit BBQ in Tyler September 22.

Old Firehouse Music Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Americana Shows

Saturday, October 27th 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Juls Event Center - Tyler The Old Firehouse music venue in Edom recently announced its 10th anniversary season. October 20 brings the return of Tony Ramey, followed by a November 10 concert featuring local favorites BrownRandy, Neal Katz, and Connie Mims. On November 24 Beth Wood (pictured) graces the stage with a special “Turkey Show” and introduces her 11th album. Tom Prasada-Rao is scheduled to appear in December. Tentatively scheduled for the remainder of the season is Andy Gullahorn, January; Beyond the Pale, February; Tom Kimmel, February; Jacob Johnson, March, and Edie Carey, April.



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Swinard Brings Old-Time Rock-N-Roll to Texas By Patti Pfeiffer In the land of country and western music he’s a rare gem and a real treat for those who like that old-time rock-n-roll. Playing guitar and singing favorites of the 60s and 70s--such as Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Santana, the Eagles and Neil Diamond to name a few. Holly Lake Ranch resident Gary Swinard has quickly acquired a diehard following of fans playing at venues in Winnsboro, Gladewater, Kilgore, Tyler, Hawkins and Holly Lake Ranch. Those attending any of Swinard’s gigs are likely to spot among the patrons a large table of self-proclaimed “Gary’s Groupies” consisting of a dozen or more neighbor friends who enjoy supporting him as much as they enjoy hearing him play guitar and sing. “He’s so talented and a rare combination of part performer and part entertainer with a unique style, fantastic voice and he’s one mean guitar player,” says neighbor David Erler, a regular at Swinard’s gigs. Swinard not only interacts with the crowd but often calls on them to participate in an “air guitar” contest or offering five minutes of stage fame, handing out bongo drums, tambourine, and other instruments then inviting patrons to join him on stage to play along. While Swinard prefers performing solo, he is also a member of two bands, playing keyboard for The Big Hotel, performing regularly in Tyler, and a newly formed funk rock-and-roll band premiering this fall. Born in England, Swinard began his music career at the ripe old age of 11, learning and eventually mastering guitar, keyboard and vocal. Four years later he joined a classic rock band, began playing on major stages, touring extensively throughout Europe, opening for wildly popular performers such as Deep Purple, and Jethro Tull, and getting to know fellow musicians like Jeff Beck, Freddy and the Dreamers, and many more. Though not considered a country western performer Swinard was invited in 1985 to play at Gilley’s in Pasadena. He made the trip from England to the

world-famous Texas venue and played his heart out for the cowboy crowd before returning home. It was during a trip to Florida that Swinard met and fell in love with Robbin, his wife of 17 years. While living in Orlando, Swinard formed a successful band and over a 14 year period played at major Orlando hotels as well as Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nashville’s Opryland Hotel and the Daytona Speedway. Wanting to get closer to family, the Swinards moved to Holly Lake Ranch last summer, purchasing a home tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by towering trees and visiting wildlife. The couple says they’ve never been happier and never lived in a more beautiful, tranquil place. “We consider this paradise. I never


thought we’d live in such an unbelievable place,” Swinard says. “I pinch myself all the time to make sure I’m not dreaming. And East Texas people are the friendliest we’ve ever encountered. This is truly home sweet home in every aspect.” In between performing, practicing, writing songs and working in his yard, Swinard is found at Lake Hawkins retreat center Allaso Ranch, where as a part-time “outdoor university teacher” he enlightens kids about the great outdoors and of course he also gathers them around the campfire, plays guitar, sings and shares his love of music with the next generation of music lovers. See Swinard’s upcoming performance schedule on Patti Pfeiffer is an author, freelance writer and former weekly columnist and city reporter.

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Rick Springfield. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7141,

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Kevin Galloway. Tyler. Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, (903) 593-0311, www.stanleysfamous. com

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Chicks with Hits. Crockett Civic Center, (936)544-4276,

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Bluez Boyz. Tyler Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, (903) 593-0311, The Texas Tenors. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424,

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Ally Venable Band. Longview. Lone Star Ice House, (903) 753-5885, www.lonestaricehouse. net

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Cody Wayne. Longview. Lone Star Ice House, (903) 753-5885,

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Lufkin. Angelina Arts Alliance, (936) 633-5234, www.angelinaarts. org Asleep at the Wheel. Lufkin. Angelina Arts Alliance, (936) 633-5234, www.angelinaarts. org The Quebe Sisters: Grace, Sophia and Hulda. Lufkin. Angelina Arts Alliance, (936) 633-5234,

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Ham it Up With The Dancing Pig of Ben Wheeler

By Abigail Huff Taking a bite of The Dancing Pig sandwich at Moore’s Store in historic downtown Ben Wheeler is a deliciously messy roller coaster of flavor. The hammed up concoction is loaded about four inches high with pulled pork, sliced ham, houserubbed candied-pepper bacon, and caramelized red onions. I wasn’t sure where to begin this massive meal, but quickly dove in thinking the jalapeno bun would hold it all together. Boy, was I wrong. Within seconds of the very first bite, sweet chili barbecue sauce was running down my hands. You will have to eat this gigantic sandwich fairly quickly if you want to keep it together — that yummy sauce gets in to the bun and soon it all becomes a hog wild mess with part of it in your hands and part on your plate. I found it didn’t really matter in the long

run where it ended up before I chowed down. The spicy bun, paired with the sauce-sweetened meat and caramelized onions, sent my taste buds dancing either way. While the Dancing Pig took up most of my plate, it did come with either homemade chips or French fries. I chose the homemade chips and was not disappointed in these crispy snacks made fresh onsite with thinly-sliced potatoes. The salty morsels are the perfect compliment to the other vibrant flavors of the sandwich. Part of the enjoyment of dining at Moore’s Store is looking around at all the fun memorabilia on the walls, the retrospective mural across the back of a stage (they feature live music Friday and Saturday nights), and the restored historical feel of the hardwood floors and original ceiling from the building’s start in 1930. The restaurant also features a full bar and is open seven days a week. Other items on the menu include Southern comfort foods like burgers, chicken-fried


steak, fried catfish, and enormous handbattered onion rings. Their salad choices include the Moore Than a Salad — a big plate of leaf lettuce, avocado, bacon, cucumber, shredded carrots, diced tomato, green bell pepper, black olives, red onion, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and bacon and garlic croutons. I’ll go back to try some of these other meals, but my new favorite pork-exploding sandwich is a sure thing for a return trip to Moore’s Store. The next time you are looking to “ham it up,” try The Dancing Pig in Ben Wheeler. Learn more on or call (903) 833-5100. For those who want a little more pig action, don’t miss the “Hog Nation” Fall Feral Hog Festival in Ben Wheeler October 27 with a cook-off, live music, parade, and exciting activities throughout the day. There’s a hog queen pageant the night before at Moore’s Store sure to make you squeal. For more information visit


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By Makayla Mahurin At the northwest corner of the downtown square in Emory, Texas, sits a charming craftsman-style building wafting an intoxicating fragrance that helps the area come to life each morning. Reka’s Rise & Shine Coffee Co. is the perfect place to grab a cup of joe. Dozens of online reviews rave of its delectable drinks, as well as its food. “We will definitely be back. Probably multiple times a week. It was positively delicious, the atmosphere was incred-

ible, and the folks who helped us out were super friendly and accommodating. Exceptional experience,” says Kari G. of Mineola. “Great cup of coffee. Had the fancy caramel one. Also picked up some fresh honey, and sweet dill pickles from the canned goods section. All handmade from the owner’s family. My new coffee stop at 6 a.m. for sure when I’m out in the Lake Fork area,” says Chuck D. of Lewisville. When you walk in to Reka’s, guests automatically feel welcome and right


at home. The friendly barista steps up to the counter with bright eyes and a happy smile, a clear sign the drinks are made with care. Chalkboards line the walls behind the counter with handscribed menus for all kinds of coffee including iced, latte, frappe, chai latte, cappuccino, espresso, and much more. Guests can ask for whole or skim milk and even almond or soy for the nondairy sippers. The rich smell of coffee fills the room, floats outside, and draws people in to taste what’s all the rage on the courthouse square.

Reka’s Rise & Shine Coffee Co. is owned by Keeley and Bert Roan. The name comes from Keeley’s “sassy, little Italian grandmother, who could cook like a dream and believed anything was possible.”

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Reka’s offers a variety of fun coffeethemed T-shirts, mugs, and containers and it sells fresh coffee beans. Reka’s will grid the coffee beans for customers upon request.

Jimmy’s Straight Texas Bourbon Whiskey recently received a coveted gold medal at the North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition held in New Orleans. Jimmy’s is one of three spirits produced by the Distillery at Kiepersol south of Tyler. This small batch Texas craft bourbon bears the name of WWII veteran Jimmy Hines, grandfather of our distiller. The amber-colored bourbon reflects through the lenses of his original torpedo bomber pilot goggles, highlighting the theme of freedom that runs through all Kiepersol’s spirits.

For those who like a bit of food with their coffee, Reka’s has muffins, scones, quiches, and klobasneks (similar to pigs in a blanket). The fresh scones come from Della Terra Farm, not far from Emory. Teens and adults enjoy lingering at the coffee shop. Some bring books and magazines to read, or bring their laptops and use Reka’s free Wi-Fi while appreciating their tasty treats. There are several places to snuggle in while sipping delicious coffee at Reka’s. Indoors are comfortable couches and chairs and one area has a cozy fireplace. Other nooks have small tables and chairs. The walls are adorned with clever coffee sayings and art, some of it by local artists. Outdoor seating includes a few benches and chairs, tables, and stools, and a great view of the downtown courthouse and square. After a kick-start at Reka’s, a stroll around the square leads to the discovery of hidden treasures behind rustic, nostalgic facades. Big Mouth Burger Company is a local favorite for lunch and shoppers enjoy M-Pulse Outfitters, Potts Feed Store, Ivan Smith Furniture, and Thrifty Chicks to name a few.

Aromas of vanilla and cinnamon lead into a toffee palate and a smooth, lingering finish. Kiepersol is a food, wine and spirits destination featuring a chophouse restaurant as well as wine and spirits tasting rooms. Producing wines since 2000, Kiepersol launched three spirits brands into the Texas and Louisiana markets in 2014 – Dirk’s Texas Vodka, Jimmy’s Texas Bourbon, and Pierre’s Texas Rum. Learn more at

People Drive From Near and Far for a Slice of Pie at The Shed Cafe in Edom

The courthouse is a beautiful, historic centerpiece. Inside are several staircases and even a small stage. The courthouse exhibits a unique cruciform plan with projecting wings. The exterior is ginger brick and designed in the Classical Revival style. It features pilasters and pediment-capped entries, as well as a central dome. Reka’s is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The address is 419 North Texas Street. For more information call (903) 473-2015. To learn more about Emory, go to www.

On the regular dessert menu at The Shed Cafe in Edom are a variety of pies including Lemon, Chocolate and Coconut Merange, Blackberry, Peach, Apple, and Chocolate, Coconut, and Reese’s Dream pies. There’s also a rotating group including Buttermilk, Buttermilk Pecan, Egg Custard, Lemon Icebox, Chocolate Chip Pecan, and the House Special which is similar to black forest pie. Courtesy photo SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 39


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Shared Workspace Is Growing and Welcome Trend

WorkHub in Tyler is one of a growing number of reimagined workspaces popping up in the Upper East Side of Texas. Shared work areas like this one allow use of Wi-Fi and other amenities, as well as opportunities to network with others. This site also has an elevated walkway that goes around the inside of the building where people can stretch their legs. Photo by Hannah Fattig

By Krista Leard What is this “shared workspace” that keeps popping up in media and other conversations fairly often these days, even in rural areas of the Upper East Side of Texas? To those working in the corporate world, or even a mom-andpop shop, a health care facility, or just about any business environment, the idea of shared workspace is nothing new. Every day, people work crammed into small cubicles, tapping away at computers, and taking too many bathroom breaks just to stretch their legs, or similar scenarios in other industries. But this isn’t the same kind of shared workspace that’s got people talking lately.

Over the last decade or so, with the help of the internet, more and more people are leaving those cubicles to work from home, or otherwise independently from their employers’ facility, and many others are starting their own businesses.

keeps his cool as they are on live TV and then his baby bounces in behind sister in a walker. Then the camera catches Mom crawling in desperately trying to get the children out and finally succeeding with a close of the door.

This works well for entrepreneurs and remote workers, but sometimes a home environment has its drawbacks.

Kudos to Professor Kelly for holding it together and to the video for providing comic relief for the entire world, but nobody wants this kind of home invasion — whether on TV or not — while trying to do their job.

Let’s not forget the now-famous video of South Korean political expert Professor Robert E. Kelly who was being interviewed by BBC World News from his home office in March of 2017. Seems he forgot to lock the door and soon after his interview started his toddler daughter wanders in behind him on camera wanting Dad’s attention. The professor


Besides the kid factor and other distractions some might find challenging in a home office, entrepreneurs in start-up and even established businesses are also looking for better work environments for other reasons. Leasing or buying in-

dividual office space can be expensive, not to mention the cost of maintenance, and utilities, and it can feel isolating for some who prefer to network with other professionals on occasion. The solution for many, is the emergence of today’s version of shared workspace — facilities that provide a place where people from many different businesses can work under one roof, sharing expenses, equipment, and much more. Users include entrepreneurs and remote workers looking for an alternative to home offices or expensive individual space, travelers needing a temporary office, college students looking for a quiet place to study and take advantage of Wi-Fi, and others who prefer to work around people, even though they are not working for the same company. In the Upper East Side of Texas people can find a number of these facilities now and others are in upcoming plans for towns of all sizes. Open now are Rockwall OpenSpace, Fuse Dynamic Workspace in Prosper, Co.Work in Tyler, 2Gather Cowork & Meeting Space in Lindale, and WorkHub with two locations in Tyler.


At WorkHub’s newest facility, 7922 South Broadway, guests and members enter the building to an open and welcoming atmosphere. To the right are exercising rooms, as well as dressing rooms, which are fully equipped with toilet utilities, showers, and even napping spaces. On the left is a kitchen, where guests and members cook and store their food. All along the walls, on each side of the facility are offices for permanent desks for those who want more privacy and conference rooms large enough to seat about 20 people. In the middle of the building, there is a large open space, filled with chairs and tables and flexible desk spaces that are open to everyone for temporary use. Charging bars for phones, computers and more separate the area into sections, and this is where members and guests enjoy shared spaces to work, converse, or simply relax. There is also a small, soundproof room for making private calls, or to just have a quiet moment. Circling the interior, and elevated above the kitchen and front desk, a walkway is

For a reasonable price, anyone can enjoy the creative atmosphere and social interactions of WorkHub by either membership or as a walk-in. For a onetime visit, the cost for all it has to offer is $25 — this does not include the private desk areas. General open-space memberships are just $75 a month, and can be cancelled at any time, and for a Flexi-desk space, it’s only $175. People who need to use the facility as a full time office can get a dedicated desk area for $300 and a private office is $600. Conference rooms are free to members and pricing starts at $50 for non-members. Shared workspace is not just a place to get work done, but a place to help fuel creativity, to socialize and feed off of each others’ ingenuity, and to introduce the mind to a fresh new space.

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Bras for the Cause Celebrates 10 Years

Pictured are three of last years entries in Bras for the Cause in Greenville.

For many years, local philanthropists and volunteers have grabbed glue guns and become seamstresses, designers, and bra wranglers to create unique entries for a good cause. Now in its 10th year, Bras for the Cause displays this year’s creations October 11 in downtown Greenville. The “cause” is to purchase new equipment and offer services to those undergoing cancer treatment. To date, the organization has raised more than $740,000 for the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation. More than 100 bras are entered each year, created by women and men, old and young, individuals and businesses. Each entry is a unique masterpiece. The rules are simple: Design a bra using any materials and with any theme, as long as they are “G” rated. This year’s event helps fund Janice’s Closet, a special fitting room located at Hunt Regional Medical Center. Recognizing that every woman deserves to feel good about herself during cancer treatment, the room provides compression garments, vouchers for wigs, mastectomy bras, prostheses and more for Hunt County women in need of these services. All items are provided free of charge to referred patients. In addition to Janice’s Closet, Bras for the Cause also helps 44 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

fund the Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Coach. Fully equipped with the latest digital equipment, the coach goes to remote locations throughout the area providing early detection of breast cancer to busy women on the go. At the Bras for the Cause event this year bras are displayed in several locations along Lee Street in downtown Greenville. Clever titles and creative materials are the hallmarks of the exhibit, driving hundreds of people downtown to see the display and cast their votes. Attendance is free, and participants may purchase vote cards from the volunteers along the street. Shameless campaigning of votes by participants, many wearing crazy hats or costumes and carrying colorful signs, adds to the carnival-like atmosphere. Voting is open until 8:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins around 9:30 p.m. “BRAbie” Awards are presented to the top money-raising bras, and also to category winners selected by a panel of judges. Several downtown restaurants, bars, and wineries also participate in the event, offering special menus and live music to add to the atmosphere. A percentage of all food and beverage sales is donated to Bras for the Cause. For more information, visit Bras for the Cause Greenville Facebook page or call/text (903) 456-2257. — Submitted by Pud Kearns

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• Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers with Special Guests Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys with Jason Roberts, and Mandy Barnett • Veterans Day Parade • Bob Wills Fiddle Contest • FREE Outdoor Stage featuring: • Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys with Jason Roberts • Hot Club of Cowtown • Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys • Big Ball in G-Town Dance • And much more!

Downtown Greenville, TX ·

d Much More!



he East Texas Oil Museum houses

an authentic recreation of oil discovery and

production in the early 1930s in the largest oil

field in the United States.

We can’t wait to show you around! For information about tour times and availability, please call (903) 983-8295

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Steering a Legacy Heritage Land Bank is proud to support the young men and women of 4-H and FFA. Cade and Cody Miller come from a family with deep roots in the livestock community. These twin Texans specialize in steers and have been showing as long as they’ve been old enough to compete. Heritage Land Bank’s involvement in local shows and the community allowed them to learn about their options and take out Livestock Loans that let them take ownership of their animals and continue to compete year after year. In the future, they look forward to continuing their family’s tradition of showing market steers.

Heritage Land Bank finances the future. Find out what we can do for you.



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County Line Magazine September/October 2018  
County Line Magazine September/October 2018