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8 200 Favorite Things Gift Guide
Thoughtful gift ideas for this holiday season and throughout the year.
24 Museum Captures History
Though it may look like a post office on the outside, inside the Mineola Historical Museum is a treasure of history and so much more. By Judy Peacock
28 Renewing Community
Palestine groups are taking kindness and caring to a whole new level. By Tracy Torma
DEPARTMENTS 5 Editor’s Note
THIS TIME OF YEAR
22 Remembering author Bill Owens, National Aviation Month, Winter’s Gift
CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT 26 30 32 34
Event Picks Water Workouts for All Ages Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille A Night at the Zoo
MUSIC 40 Vocal Majority 40 Music Picks 41 Farewell Angelina
FOOD & DRINK 44 Sidekicks of Emory
24 Cover: Palestine is known for its dogwoods each spring, so what better gift from the city than this specialty ornament handcrafted from recycled scrap metal by local artist Orlando Guillen. Photo by Tracy Torma
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PUBLISHER & MANAGING EDITOR P.A. Geddie
COPY EDITORS Tracy Torma Judy Peacock
CONTRIBUTORS Judy Peacock Krista Leard Stephen Brewerton Tracy Torma
Digital Publications & Graphic Design Assistant Krista Leard
We haven’t done a gift guide for the region in a really long time and never one this big. In honor of our 200th issue (yeah!) we gathered 200 items from around the Upper East Side of Texas. It was a huge undertaking and we barely scratched the surface of all the interesting and unique items and services you can find here. I would love to hear from you if we missed some of your favorites and we’ll keep sharing. Many of the items we chose are made by local artists and chefs and some are experiences we hope you’ll get out and enjoy yourself and gift to others. We started our list up around the Sherman area with PopKens Pickles. That is fitting as the pickle it seems is a holiday tradition for some. Apparently people like to hide a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree and the first to find it wins a prize. You won’t want to hide these pickles but try a jar or two with your next holiday gathering.
Check out the Mineola Historical Museum while you’re there shopping — it is packed full of so many interesting items and stories. Take a trip to the zoo at night for something completely different or try Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille in a variety of locations for a full day of fun. When you need to get back in shape after the holiday goodies, check out the water aerobics classes at TJC -- it’s not just for those of a certain age you know -- I’m told a few of the “over 60” ladies quite enjoy sharing the pool with the college football team. Finally, let’s all take a lesson from Palestine and start spreading more care and compassion in our communities on a daily basis. See you next year! P.A. Geddie
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200 Favorite Things Gift Guide From Pickles and Pottery, to Popcorn and Pops, There’s Something for Everyone On Your List In honor of our 200th issue falling during the holiday season, we’ve gathered 200 thoughtful gift ideas from around the Upper East Side of Texas. Some you can find online but for a true experience, plan a getaway around shopping, then dining at area restaurants, and staying over in one of the many hotels, resorts, Airbnbs, cabins, or bed and breakfasts in the region. Pick a quiet weekend soon or join the crowds for special events and deals on Small Business Saturday, November
30. Many of our gift ideas are made right here in the region, while others are carefully selected by talented buyers. We kick off the list starting in the Northwest corner of the region and wind our way on down to the oldest town in Texas. Always call ahead when visiting small towns -- some shops are only open a few days a week. Have loads of fun while you enjoy the giving!
6. Vintage & Home Goods Denison 301 Mercantile Denison, TX (903) 423-2772 7. Original Artworks Sparrows Gallery Denison, TX (903) 337-0708 www.sparrowsgallery.com 8. Unique Furniture 2 Chicks Home & Market Denison, TX (903) 815-2323 www.2chickshomeandmarket.com 9. Women’s Clothing Salty Lime Boutique Denison, TX (903) 462-0619 www.saltylimeboutique.com 10. Women’s Clothing Sandi’s Boutique Sherman, TX (903) 892-4240
1. PopKens Pickles Bread-N-Better This pickle is nothing like a traditional bread-n-butter pickle. They use a unique blend of brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a cider vinegar base and add garlic and onion as well. 2. PopKens Pickles - Diablo Dill A flavorful heat with serrano and crushed red peppers but this pickle is not that hot. PopKens signature brine with maple syrup takes off the edge.
3. PopKens Pickles Jalapeno Honey A few slices of locally sourced jalapeños and honey replacing the sugar portion of the brine. Not necessarily a sweet pickle but some added sweetness from the honey.
flavor combo creates a pickle like no other — twangy with a citrus twist.
4. PopKens Pickles Spicy Lemon Dill Kosher brine with a few slices of lemon. The garlic, dill and lemon
Family-owned and operated from Whitewright, Texas. $8-$11.95 NTX BBQ Supply Denison, TX, www.ntxbbq.com
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5. PopKens Pickles Keepin It Kosher A traditional, old fashioned homemade pickle with a salty and sour twang.
11. Jeans and T-shirts Women’s clothing. In store or online. $25 up Pretty Southern Mess Sherman, TX www.prettysouthernmess.com
18 12. Baby and Children’s Clothes Posh Little Pig Sherman, TX www.poshlittlepig.com 13. Gourmet Popcorn Also candy, gifts and nostalgic drinks. $10 up Pop Pop Popcorn Sherman, TX (903) 267-8322 14. Local Arts Foundation Donate in the recipient’s name. The arts help build self esteem and better communities. 15. Hot Air Balloon Ride Rides start at $249 per adult.
Rohr Balloons McKinney, TX (214) 733-9915 16. Children’s Emporium Rockin’ AB McKinney, TX (469) 907-1053 www.rockinab.com 17. Food Walks of Texas Tour downtown restaurants. $59-$70 McKinney, TX www.foodwalksoftexas.com 18. We Ate Well Food Tours Tour downtown restaurants. $59-$70 McKinney, TX www.weatewellfoodtours.com
19. Steak 101 Class This class includes learning about beef, then sampling the beef grilled by the crew at Local Yocal Farm-to-Market, McKinney’s organic butcher shop. $75 per person McKinney, TX www.localyocalfarmtomarket.com 20. A Grand Retreat Downtown location with walkable shopping, dining, and entertainment. Grand Hotel McKinney, TX (214) 726-9250 www.grandhotelmckinney.com 21. Sailboat Ride Private and group cruises of Lake Ray
Hubbard. $20 up. Sail With Scott Rockwall, TX (855) 724-5948 www.sailwithscott.com 22. Harbor Lights Cruise Double decker power party boat ride on Lake Ray Hubbard. $20 up. DFW Harbor Lights Cruises Rockwall, TX (214) 534-3797 www.dfwboatride.com 23. Book Club Cafe Gift Card For those on your gift list that like loud music, greasy food, and cold beer, as well as homemade breads, pastries, and continued page 10
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GIFTS continued from page 9 hand-roasted coffee. $10 up. Book Club Café Rockwall, TX (469) 314-1737 www.bookclubtx.com 24. Women’s Clothing Poe & Arrows Rockwall, TX (972) 722-4850 25. Home Décor Also women’s clothing and accessories. $25 up. Bella’s House Rockwall, TX (972) 771-6800 26. Gifts Variety of unique items including Mary of Puddin Hill chocolates. Greenville Floral & Gifts Greenville, TX (903) 455-9423 www.greenvillefloralandgifts.com
27. Serving Board Resin River serving board by Greenville artist OJ Stevens. $95 28. Cactus Mug Handmade speckled cactus mug. $35 29. Jewelry Purple and blue dichroic glass pendant and white rhinestones on a rose gold chain. $40 30. Soy Wax Candles Candle and reed diffuser gift set, made with soy wax and essential oils. $79 31. Metal Rose 9.5in Metal Rose. $45 32. Ceramic Planter Light blue speckled hanging ceramic planter. $22.95 33. Necklace & Earring Set Purple Iris Pearl necklace/ earring set. $40 Lenore Cole Uptown Forum Greenville, TX (903) 453-8003 www.lenorecolecandles.com
34. Vintage Furniture A local favorite for finding unique household items. $50 up. Town Square Antique Mall Sulphur Springs, TX (903) 438-0286 www.townsquareantiquemall.com
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35. Custom Jewelry Find one-of-a-kind creations or bring in personal collection. $50 up. Hampton House Jewelry & Rock Store Sulphur Springs, TX (903) 439-0294 www.hamptonhousejewelry.com 36. The Bookworm Box Tote Bag Find charming gifts like a tote bag in this store in Sulphur Springs founded by New York Times best-selling author Colleen Hoover. Proceeds go to needy charities. Online shopping available. $20. The Bookworm Box Sulphur Springs, TX (903) 919-5027 www.thebookwormboxshop.com 37. Outdoor Décor More than a shop, it’s an experience. Hardware, garden center, shoes, outdoor decor, toys, unique gift items, and so much more. Hooten’s Hardware Emory, TX (903) 473-8788 www.hootensteel.com 38. Rooster Cafe Gift Card Rooster Café Winnsboro, TX (903) 347-6541 www.theroostercafe.com 39. Liefie Gift Card South African cuisine. Liefie Li Vine Winnsboro, TX (903) 347-1111 www.liefie.us 40. Southern Plantation Getaway Thee Hubbell House Winnsboro, TX (903) 342-5629 www.theehubbellhouse.com 41. Bed & Breakfast Getaway Clark House Bed & Breakfast Winnsboro, TX (903) 588-0465 www.clarkhousewinnssboro.com 42. Spa Day $49 and up. Copper Leaf Spa Winnsboro, TX (903) 342-7772 www.copperleafspa.com 43. Goat Milk Soaps Plus upscale home decor, clothes, accessories, and gifts. Clara Ida Frances Winnsboro, TX (903) 342-6137 www.claraidafrances.com
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45. Original Artworks Underwater photography, wood carvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Culture Club Art Gallery Winnsboro, TX (903) 347-6036 www.cultureclubgallery.com 46. Concert Tickets Variety of music styles. The Bowery Stage Winnsboro Center for the Arts Winnsboro, TX (903) 342-0686 www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com
50. Farm to Fork Culinary Retreat Rent a cabin and reserve a private cooking class with Chef Eva. Retreat includes a farm stay, relax in log cabins and spend time cooking, eating, and renewing friendships. Pricing starts at $720 for eight participants, $90 for each additional person. Greer Farm Daingerfield, TX (903) 645-3232 www.greerfarm.com
47. Cheesecake Laura’s Cheesecake Mount Pleasant, TX (903) 577-8177 www.laurascheesecake.com
51. Sip & Shop Tour Wineries, food, shopping, entertainment. $75 up. Sip & Shop Texas (903) 393-9737 www.etxsipandshop.com 52. Caddo Lake Tour Big Cypress Tours Uncertain, TX (903) 570-3319 www.bigcypresstours.com continued page 12
48. Candy Sweet Shop USA Mount Pleasant, TX (903) 575-0033 www.sweetshopusa.com 49. Winery Gift Card Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards Pittsburg, TX (903) 855-1769 www.lospinosranchvineyards.com
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GIFTS continued from page 11 53. Excelsior House Getaway Excelsior House Jefferson, TX (903) 665-2313 www.theexcelsiorhouse.com 54. Nostalgic Gifts Jefferson General Store Jefferson, TX (903) 665-8481 www.jeffersongeneralstore.com
61. Bear Creek Smokehouse Products Bear Creek Smokehouse Saucy Duo (BBQ Sauce & Honey Mustard) $19.95 Bear Creek Smokehouse Bacon Lover Box $55.00: This box includes the famous Bear Creek bacon in a couple of varieties. Regular Bacon, Peppered Bacon, Hatch Chili Bacon, Jalapeno Bacon & Tex Mex Bacon. Bear Creek Smokehouse Marshall, TX www.bearcreeksmokehouse.com
55. Latte Mug Handmade stoneware. In store or online. $11.99 Martinez Pottery Store Marshall, TX (903) 923-0850 www.martinezpottery.online
62. Classic Children’s Clothing $35-$60 Blissmore Valley Ranch Company Store Marshall, TX (903) 472-4550
56. Ronaldo Designer Bracelets Bracelets are Sterling Silver, 14K gold or platinum handmade artist wire. $67$285. 57. Spartina 449 Sea La Vie Dream Necklace $34.95 58. John Heart Designs Handcrafted and personalized bags made in the USA. $32-$302. 59. Corckcicle Stemless Wineglass $29.95 Deborah’s Boutique Marshall, TX (903) 927-2330
60. Authentic Italian Wine Authentic Italian wine merchant specializing in imported wines and Italian goods. Pazzo Vino Wine Merchant by Piertros Marshall, TX (903) 472-4555
63.The Ginocchio Gift Card Chef Reynaldo Jandres, formerly of the Village Grill in Shreveport, presents the finest in steaks, seafood, pasta, and appetizers. Fine dining and cocktails in a truly unique and memorable setting. Located in the historic Ginocchio Hotel. $50. The Ginocchio Marshall, TX (903) 927-1400
favorite dishes from the famous Johnny Cace’s family. Don’t forget the cheese spread and garlic croutons! $10 up. The Cace Kitchen Longview, TX (903) 212-7720 www.thecacekitchen.com 67. Tuscan Pig Gift Card Delicious lasagna! Tuscan Pig Italian Kitchen Longview, TX (903) 651-1833 www.tuscanpig.com 68. Kid’s Clothes Lollipops & Lace Longview, TX (903) 663-5437
69. Artisan Goat Cheese Available in numerous other locations. $8 up. Haute Goat Creamery White Oak, TX (430) 558-8020 www.hautegoatcreamery.com 64. Enoch’s Stomp Norton 70. Wellness & Yoga Retreat This award-winning medium bodied, $429 up. dry, red wine excites the palate with ripe Retreat in the Pines cherry raspberry aromas and a hint of Mineola, TX spicy oak. (469) 248-5184 Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery www.retreatinthepines.com Harleton, TX (903) 240-1587 71. Fried Pies www.enochsstomp.com Fresh Farmhouse Fried Pies. Mineola Mercantile 65. Books, Gifts, & Gourmet Mineola, TX Barron’s (903) 569-8585 Longview, TX (903) 663-2060 72. Homemade Fudge www.shopbarrons.com Between Friends Mineola, TX 66. Cace’s Cuisine (903) 569-0322 www.betweenfriendsantiques.com Takeout and specialty food store offering
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73. Logan’s Gift Card A restaurant at the Beckham Hotel. Logan’s Place Mineola, TX (903) 638-8320 74. Vintage Home Décor Sweet Magnolia Vintage Mineola, TX (714) 305-5096 75. Women’s Boutique & Salon The Royal Leopard Mineola, TX (903) 376-2112 76. Gourmet Cheesecake Bryan’s Cheesecakes Mineola, TX (903) 881-0420 www.bryanscheesecakes.com
77. Hand-crafted Jewelry Online store. $25 up. Peles Song Jewelry Lindale, TX (361) 739-7941 www.pelessongjewelry.com
78. White Chocolate Covered Strawberries Find Kaetlin’s Confections now at this store established in 1946.
82. Pottery Pottery by Gary and Daphne Hatcher. Available in store and online. $99 up. Pine Mills Pottery Pine Mills, TX (903) 857-2271 www.pinemillspottery.com
79. Handmade Peppermint Handmade peppermint bowls, dolls, sticks, and candy canes just in time for the holiday season. $5 up Lindale Candy Co. Lindale, TX (903) 730-1050 80. Miranda Lambert Gifts The Pink Pistol Lindale, TX (903) 882-9305 www.thepinkpistol.com
83. Seasonal Scented Candles Fall and Christmas scents include Apples and Spice, Roasted Pumpkin Seed, Almond Milk & Tupelo Honey, Pumpkin Vanilla, Spicy Cinnamon Hot Toddy, Warm Cinnamon Buns, Frosted Cranberry & Sugared Vanilla, Juniper Berry & Lime Zest, Snowflakes at Midnight, Holiday Plum, and Sweet Cream. $26.50 84. Kids Clothes & Toys 85. I Love You Trinket Trays 86. Southern Sisters Home Hand Towels. $14.95 Bouquets & Bows Van, TX (903) 963-7801 www.bouquetsandbows.biz
81. Valle della Pace Vineyard’s Peach Wine Even fans of dry wines love this subtle sweet peach treat. Valle della Pace Vineyards Garden Valley, TX (903) 730-6721 www.valledellapace.com
wines. Selection includes wines from Fiesta Winery, 3 P’s in a Vine, White Fox, Valle della Pace, Messina Hof, Eden Hill, and M6 Winery. Women’s Boutique too! Vintage Cork Ben Wheeler, TX www.vintagecork917.com
92. Whisk Bowls Make great hostess gifts. $50 up
89. Custom Knives Handforged, functional, and beautiful knives by designer Johnathan Sibley of Djinn Knives. Order online or visit shop. $250 up The Blade Bar Ben Wheeler, TX (903) 246-5682 www.djinndesigns.com
94. Small Oval Serving Dishes Great animal print. $48 up
93. Oversized Jars Reintroduced after 30 years in the design archive, these jars are gorgeous. $130 up
95. Dinner Plates $60 up Potters Brown Edom, TX (903) 852-6473 www.pottersbrown.com
90. Concert Tickets Check their calendar and grab tickets for your favorite music lover. $15 up Moore’s Store Ben Wheeler, TX (903) 833-5100 www.mooresstore.com
87. Vintage Records Visitors enjoy a walk down memory lane and collectors find a variety of vinyl records and even 8-track tapes. 91. The Forge Gift Card BE’s Records The Forge Bar & Grill Ben Wheeler, TX Ben Wheeler, TX (903) 681-4056 (903) 833-5970 www.theforgebenwheeler.com 88. Local Wines One-stop-shop to pick up locally made
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GIFTS continued from page 13 96. Unique Bird & Fairy Houses $250 up Arbor Castle Birdhouses Edom, TX (903) 852-7893 www.arborcastlebirdhouses.com
97. Silver Earrings $50 up Zeke & Marty Edom, TX (903) 852-3311 www.zekeandmarty.com 98. Silver & Gems Bracelet $265 Zeke & Marty Edom, TX 104. Plants & Garden Art (903) 852-3311 Blue Moon Gardens www.zekeandmarty.com Edom, TX (903) 852-3897 99. Jasper Pendant www.bluemoongardens.com $425 Zeke & Marty 105. Yoga Classes Edom, TX $10 per visit/$80 unlimited per month (903) 852-3311 Shakti Yoga Studio www.zekeandmarty.com Edom, TX (903) 513-3490 106. Funky Red Crawfish $350 The Experience Edom, TX (817) 721-7778 www.edomexperience.com 107. Hats & Clothing $25 up The Experience Edom, TX 100. Randy Martin Kinetic Sculptures (817) 721-7778 $120 up www.edomexperience.com Edom Art Emporium Edom, TX 108. Unlimited Choices (903) 920-2323 Every Thursday through Sunday before www.edomartemporium.com the first Monday of the month. First Monday Trade Days Canton, TX (903) 567-6556 www.visitcantontx.com 109. Val’s Gift Card Val’s Italian Restaurant Canton, TX (903) 567-3388 www.valsitalianrestaurant.com 101. Original Paintings by Kerian Massey $100 up Edom Art Emporium Edom, TX (903) 920-2323 www.edomartemporium.com 102. Original Artworks More than 30 fine artists represented. $50 up Edom Art Emporium Edom, TX (903) 920-2323 www.edomartemporium.com 103. The Palate Gift Card The Palate Dining Room Edom, TX (903) 343-0781
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110. Spa Day & Yoga Classes $50 up Yama Yoga Studio and Wellness Center Canton, TX (903) 802-8599 www.yamayoga.net 111. Vintage Home Décor Gift cards available. $25 up. LaurieAnna’s Vintage Home Canton, TX www.laurieannas.com 112. Resort Getaway Cottage rentals and RV sites and a yurt! $50 up. Mill Creek Ranch Resort Canton, TX (877) 927-3439 www.millcreekranchresort.com
Vaudeville theater. The Palace Theatre Corsicana, TX (903) 874-7792 124. Contemporary Western Art by Tim Pattison $100 up. Gallery open by appointment. Online sales. Loft Gallery Corsicana, TX (936) 215-4750 www.tornillofineart.com
129. Pet Rescue Organization Donate in your recipient’s name to help rescue pets. 130. Cream Cheese Spreads Cheese and other products made fresh on the farm. Full Quiver Farms Kemp, TX (903) 498-3884 www.fullquiverfarmstexas.com
125. Women’s Clothing Cotton Kisses Boutique Corsicana, TX (903) 229-7694 126. Unique Plants & Gifts The Square Root Corsicana, TX (903) 874-1516 127. Repurposed Gifts 131. Mom Mugs Old Lumberyard Food & Finds Corsicana, TX 132. Home Decor (903) 874-4652 133. Willow Tree Figures 128. Famous Fruitcake Collin Street Bakery 134. Designer Paper Plates Corsicana, TX Chasing Rabbits (In store and online. Also stores in Athens, TX Lindale and Waco) (903) 292-5085 (800) 504-1896 www.collinstreet.com continued page 16 113. Kyser Capos For the guitar picker in your life. Order online or find in music stores all over the world. Canton, TX www.kysermusical.com 114. Steakhouse Gift Certificate Four Winds Steakhouse Wills Point, TX (903) 873-2225 www.fourwindssteakhouse.com 115. New Southern Cuisine Gift Card Dove’s Nest Waxahachie, TX (972) 938-3683 www.thedovesnestrestaurant.com 116. Herbal Apothecaries Holistic health options, bulk herbs, natural soaps, and plant medicines. $10 up. Wild Thyme Herb Shop Waxahachie, TX (512) 284-1152 www.wildthymeherbshop.blogspot.com 117. Home Décor Briarpatch Gift Store Waxahachie, TX (972) 937-7717
118. Vintage Clothing & Accessories Bon Ton Vintage Waxahachie, TX www.bontonvintage.com 119. Retro Western Boots Visit store or shop online. $150 up Bellas & Broncos Bootique Waxahachie, TX (214) 264-2001 120. Lillians Hangers Thrift store with proceeds benefitting women’s shelters. $10 up Lillians Hangers Ennis (214) 284-5533 121. Volunteer Firefighters Organization Donate in the recipient’s name. Support local first responders. 122. Exclusive Texas Coffee Mugs Exclusive Texas coffee mugs @ Sara Hines Design. This mom and pop coffee and gift shop has a very creative daughter, Sara Hines. $8. Coffee refills $1 with cup. Timber’s Coffee & Gifts Corsicana, TX 123. Entertainment Gift tickets for shows in this restored
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GIFTS continued from page 15 135. Winery Getaway Peaceful, quiet, luxurious, historic, wine country experience. Unique vineyard and winery resort style experience. The Tara Inn overlooks acres of vibrant vineyards. A cabin sits in a wooded area on a nature trail and there’s also a carriage house. Starts at $70 Tara Vineyard & Winery Athens, TX (903) 675-7023 www.tarawinery.com 136. Original Artworks 211 Gallery Athens, TX (903) 203-8971 www.artgallery211.net 137. Zip Line Adventure New York, Texas ZipLine Adventures New York, TX (903) 681-3791 www.goziptexas.com
138. Texas Blueberry Dessert Wine Award-winning wines. $15 up White Fox Vineyards Murchison, TX (903) 469-3702 www.whitefoxvineyards.com 139. The Pegasus Project Donate in your recipient’s name to this horse rescue mission. The Pegasus Project Murchison, TX (903) 469-3578 www.mypegasusproject.org 140. Antiques & More Wagon Wheel Antique Mall Murchison, TX (903) 469-4321 www.wagonwheelantiquemall.com 141. Keto Friendly Baked Goods Pick up locations in Murchison, Corsicana, Waco, Tyler, Brownsboro, Paris, Fort Worth, Princeton, McKinney, and South Austin. Texas Keto Baking Co.
Murchison, TX (903) 308-6008 www.texasketobakingco.com 142. Wade’s Gift Card Wade’s Place Cajun Cooking Chandler, TX (903) 849-2729 www.wadesplacechandler.com 143. Gifts Boutique clothing, gifts, jewelry, feed, seed, and gardening needs. $10 up Chandler Country Store Chandler, TX (903) 849-6881 www.chandlercountrystore.com 144. Farm Fresh Goods Stillwater Farm Market Store Chandler, TX (903) 515-3502 www.stillwatermarket.farm 145. Community Support Make a donation in your recipient’s name to local foundations, economic development, chambers, visitor’s bureaus, etc. that help build healthy communities. 146. Villa Montez Gift Card Villa Montez Restaurant Tyler, TX (903) 592-9696 www.villamontez.com 147. Sushi Gift Card Wasabi Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro Tyler, TX (903) 939-0211 www.wasabityler.com 148. Gifts & More 903 Handmade Tyler, TX (903) 630-7823 www.903handmade.com 149. 2012 Reserve Cabernet $55.99. 150. 2013 Bilancia - Cab Blend $26.99 Online any time/on site by appointment. Pelle Legna Tyler, TX (903) 521-6266 www.pellelegna.com 151. Kiepersol Getaway Food, wine, spirits, place. Kiepersol Estates Tyler, TX (903) 894-8995 www.kiepersol.com
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152. Jimmy’s Straight Texas Bourbon. Jimmy’s is one of three spirits produced by the distillery at Kiepersol south of Tyler. The amber-colored bourbon reflects
through the lenses of Jimmy Hines’ torpedo bomber pilot goggles, highlighting the theme of freedom. Aromas of vanilla and cinnamon lead into a toffee palate and a smooth, lingering finish. Kiepersol Estates Tyler, TX (903) 894-8995 www.kiepersol.com 153.Coffee & More Gift Cards The Foundry Tyler, TX (903) 944-7805 www.foundry-coffee.com 154. Gifts & More Potpourri House Tyler, TX (903) 592-4171 potpourrihouse.com 155. Greenberg Smoked Turkey Greenberg Smoked Turkey Tyler, TX (903) 595-0725 www.gobblegobble.com 156. Old Fashioned Pound Cake Janie’s Cakes Tyler, TX (903) 592-6150 www.janiescakes.com 157. Cumberland Park Getaway Stay for the weekend exploring the shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Hampton Inn & Suites Tyler, TX (903) 630-7272 158. Studio Movie Grill Gift Card Eat, drink, movies. Studio Movie Grill Tyler, TX (903) 508-6991 www.studiomoviegrill.com 159. FD’s Gift Card FD’s Grillhouse Tyler, TX (903) 630-7683 160. Musical Instrument Guitar Center Tyler, TX (903) 509-3660 www.guitarcenter.com 161. Books Half Price Books Tyler, TX (903) 561-8258 www.hpb.com/016 162. Frozen Pops Gusterz Gourmet Pops Tyler, TX (903) 581-7677 www.gusterz.com
181 163. Trampoline Park Gift Card 170. The Grove Gift Card Urban Air Indoor Trampoline Park The Grove Kitchen & Gardens Tyler, TX Tyler, TX (903) 220-0919 (903) 939-0209 www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com www.thegrovetyler.com 164. Organic Whole Foods 171. Support the Kids Whole Health Donate in your recipient’s name to a Tyler, TX school foundation. Many schools (903) 581-8811 have foundations where the commuwww.wholehealthstore.com nity can pitch in to ensure children’s needs are met. 165. Gifts & More House of Wynne 172. Sadler’s Gift Card Tyler, TX Sadler’s Restaurant (903) 504-5557 Jacksonville, TX www.houseofwynne.com (903) 589-0866 www.sadlersrestaurant.com 166. Clawfoot Tubs Tyler, TX 173. Locally Made Baskets Platinum Bath Texas Basket Company (903) 475-3862 Jacksonville, TX 167. Monogrammed Linens Sadie’s Stitchery Tyler, TX (903) 747-8025 www.sadiesstitchery.com 168. Planetarium Movies Memberships available or shows. The Earth and Space Science Center Tyler, TX (903) 510-2312 www.sciencecenter.tjc.edu 169. Mexican Food Gift Card Don Juan on the Square Tyler, TX (903) 526-07092 www.donjuantyler.com
(903) 586-8014 www.texasbasket.com
174. Ritual Dining Gift Card Ritual Jacksonville, TX (903) 284-6880 www.ritualonmain.com 175. Women’s Clothing Raven Jute Salon & Boutique Jacksonville, TX (903) 747-7199 www.ravenjute.com
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GIFTS continued from page 17 176. Home Décor Chantilly’s Jacksonville, TX (254) 913-7696 www.shopchantillys.com 177. Women’s Clothing Country Charm Boutique Jacksonville, TX (903) 541-4705 www.countrycharmcandlesboutique.com 178. Redlands Hotel Stay Wonderful historic building with renovated suites. $135 up Redlands Hotel Palestine, TX (903) 729-2345 www.redlandshistoricinn.com
179. Train Rides Texas State Railroad Palestine (855) 632-7729 www.texasstaterailroad.net 180. Dogwood Ornament Palestine is known for its annual Dogwood Trails Festival each spring, so what better gift from the city known for its dogwoods than this specialty ornament handcrafted from recycled scrap metal by local artist Orlando Guillen. They are also featured on jewelry found at this gift shop and home decor store featuring everything from brand new and shabby chic to rustic and vintage. $35 Wells Creek Crossing Palestine, TX (903) 724-1220 181. Oxbow T-Shirts Grab a T-shirt for your favorite pie enthusiast and a gift certificate. Oxbow Bakery Palestine, TX (903) 723-5100 www.oxbowpies.com 182. Bird Baths Add some beauty to your garden with these beautiful bird baths, $69- $75 185. Yard Flags 183. Hello Mello Lounge Wear Evergreen yard flags come with sturdy Whether you prefer matching pajamas or metal posts that easily go into the lounge pants, relax in style with lounge ground to brighten any garden or decowear by Hello Mello featuring signature rate a front yard. Flags are $12.99, with soft stretchy fabric. $11.99 to $24.99 metal posts for $9.99. 184. Welcome Mat This shop is located in the historical Sassafras Welcome Mats and Insert doorRusk Elementary School building and mats. $8.99-$15.99 offers a unique shopping experience Braly’s Ace Hardware featuring everything from paint, buildPalestine, TX ing supplies, and power tools to kitchen (903) 723-2179 gadgets, gift items, lawn and garden www.acehardware.com supplies, and high-end barbecue grills. 18 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
184 187 Braly’s Ace Hardware Palestine, TX (903) 723-2179 www.acehardware.com 186. David Tripp Art Small town and rural paintings by David Tripp. The Gallery at Redlands Palestine, TX (936) 546-6978 187. Customized Wood Signs Share your love from the Upper East Side
of Texas with these customized wooden signs. $8 each. While there, check out the other gift items at the store featuring antiques, primitives, vintage, work by local artists, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Old Town Vintage & More Palestine, TX (903) 221-6233 188. Child Abuse Prevention Donate in your recipient’s name to the Children’s Advocacy Center in theirs or a neighboring county.
190. Fredonia Getaway The Fredonia Hotel Nacogdoches, TX (936) 564-1234 www.thefredonia.com 191. Texas Teddy $21.95 Heart of Texas Gift Gallery Nacogdoches, TX (936) 564-6178 www.heartoftexasonline.com 192. Soy Wax Candles $24.99 up Heart of Texas Gift Gallery Nacogdoches, TX (936) 564-6178 www.heartoftexasonline.com 193. Fine Art Coaster “Coca-Cola Wall” by Greg Patterson. $12 House of Photography Nacogdoches, TX (936) 569-7116 www.houseofphotography.biz 194. Fine Art Coaster “Central Fire Station 5” by Greg Patterson. $12 195. Fine Art Coaster “City Hall” by Greg Patterson. $12 196. Fine Art Coaster “Downtown Nacogdoches” by Greg Patterson. $12 197. Fine Art Coaster “Historic Train Depot” by Greg Patterson. $12 198. Camera Film Roll Keychains $4 House of Photography Nacogdoches, TX (936) 569-7116 www.houseofphotography.biz 199. Artisan Stained Glass Gifts Glass Castles Nacogdoches, TX (936) 560-3249 www.glasscastles.com 200. Favorite Interest Pick a charity they’ll want to support and donate in their name. 189. Pecan Sampler A delicious sample of flavors including Creamy Milk Chocolate, Toasted Honey, Chocolate Toffee, Southern Candied Praline, Cinnamon Toasted, Deep Dark Chocolate and Creamy White pecans. $31.99 Rattlesnake Ranch Pecan Company Crockett, TX (936) 624-2368 www.rattlesnakeranchpecans.com
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WINNSBORO CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT
ANNIE MAE’S COFFEE SHOP & CAFE 108 W. Elm St. - (903) 347-6510
LIEFIE LI VINE 302 N. Main St. - (903) 347-1111
COPPER LEAF DAY SPA 209 N. Main St. - (903) 342-7772
ROOSTER CAFE 111 E. Broadway St. - (903) 347-6541
DIRECTIONAL WELLNESS 213 N. Main St. - (903) 342-7772
LA CONCHITA 205 N. Walnut St. - (903) 347-1213
Adler & Hearne November 2
100 East Cedar Street 903-588-0465 CYPRESS CREEK SOUTHERN ALES 200 E. Carnegie St. - (208) 841-4159
THE BOWERY Dining, Music, Arts, & Entertainment
BARREL HOUSE BAR & GRILL
STAR DRAGONFLY HERBS 300 N. Main St., Suite C - (903) 588-4313
204 Market St. - (903) 347-1282
200 MARKET STREET • 903-342-0686
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DINE. SHOP. STAY. ARTS. ENTERTAINMENT.
ORIGINAL WORKS BY LOCAL ARTISTS
Eliza Gilkyson January 18
Beyond the Pale February 15
ASHLEY’S FLOWERS & SODA SHOP 306 E. Coke Rd. - (903) 342-0607
CLARA IDA FRANCES 219 N. Main St. - (903) 342-6137
BEAUWEEVILS 205 N. Main - (903) 342-6800
HEROES COMICS AND GAMES 111 E. Elm St. - (903) 342-2055
BONNIE’S LUNCH BOX 210 N. Main St. - (903) 347-6075
THEE HUBBELL HOUSE 307 W. Elm St. - (800) 227-0639
(903) 440-5392 FARMERS MARKET APR-NOV winnsboro.locallygrown.net
Rich in history. Steeped in country. First in class. Logos represent donors or supporters and are utilized by permission only.
FINDERS KEEPERS ANTIQUES 304 N. Main St. - (903) 347-1271
COUNTRYBOYS BBQ & SWEETS 414 W. Broadway - (903) 347-6512
CULTURE CLUB, GALLERY OF ARTISTS 107 E. Elm St.
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THIS TIME OF YEAR NOVEMBER 2, 1905
Remembering Author Bill Owens’ Rise from Stubborn Soil
autobiography, Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song (1983), he spent much of the 1930s collecting folksongs, teaching at Texas A&M University, and completing his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Working partly on his own and partly for the Extension Division of the University of Texas, he recorded songs from East Texas to the Cajun Country of the Texas Coast to the Mexican border, using a secondhand Vibromaster recorder. In 1940, Owens made a live recording of Roosevelt “Grey Ghost” Williams singing “Hitler Blues,” a song written by Williams. The song received mention in Time magazine and was broadcast by BBC Radio on a program hosted by Alistair Cooke in 1940 about the American musical response to World War II. This recording was instrumental to the development of Williams’ career. Owens served in the US Army from 1942 to 1945 and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work in the intelligence service in the Philippines. He taught at Wesley College in Greenville, Texas, Mississippi State College in Starkville and Texas A&M College in College Station, Texas. He taught at Columbia University from 1945 to 1974.
William A. (Bill) Owens, folklorist, author, and professor, was born November 2, 1905, in Pin Hook, about 20 miles northeast of Paris, Texas. He was born into rural poverty, his father died when he was only a few days old and was educated at a one-room school. Owens learned to read and write, and when he met a poorly-educated cross tie cutter who owned 25 books that he was willing to lend, young Bill read them all and resolved to devote his life to reading and study. After moving to Dallas for work, he earned enough money to attempt study at East Texas State Normal College in
Commerce (now Texas A&M University — Commerce). He started teaching school at Pin Hook and other East Texas schools beginning in 1928, working in the Kress store in Paris, taking courses at Paris Junior College, and ending up at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1932 and 1933 respectively. His master’s thesis, published as Swing and Turn: Texas Play Party Games (1936), grew from all the years Owens spent hearing and singing the old English and Scottish ballads that were a part of his East Texas heritage. As Owens tells in his third volume of
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He wrote This Stubborn Soil: A Frontier Boyhood (1966), an autobiographical account of growing up in Pin Hook. Owens later worked closely with J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb, and Roy Bedichek and later published Three Friends (1969), a collection of letters that the three legendary Texas literary figures wrote to one another. Two later books that grew from his folklore-collecting days were Texas Folksongs (1950) and Tales from the Derrick Floor: A People’s History of the Oil Industry (1970). He also won the Texas Institute of Letters 1954 prize for best first novel for his Walking on Borrowed Land. He died December 9, 1990. (Adapted from Texas State Historical Association)
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A feeble snowman grinning in the yard The sun emerging in the late afternoon
The flaccid features of the snowman fading Gradually melting into a watery grave. Stephen Brewerton Tyler
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CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
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Mineola Museum Captures History and More
The outside of the Mineola Historical Museum still looks like the post office it used to be. Visitors find many old reminders of how things worked in this railroad town for many years. There’s a large mural (opposite page) showing early mail service and other exhibits include information on famous locals in early aircraft industry and the office of Jim Hogg who was a local attorney before becoming governor of Texas. Photos by Judy Peacock
By Judy Peacock Walking through the front doors of the Mineola Historical Museum guests get an immediate sense of the town’s history and the ghosts of a thriving post office that operated there for more than 60 years. The building was constructed in 1937 and illustrates an example of the simple, symmetrical Depression-era postal facilities designed during that time. The museum today is packed full of artifacts and memorabilia telling Mineola’s stories. Post office boxes line the lobby walls with beautiful woodwork and painted Local, Air Mail, Special Delivery, and Out of Town labels above the mail slots. A quick walk around the corner presents the back side of some of the post office boxes, where visitors can see where the mail was sorted into the boxes. There are written descriptions through-
out the museum along with its exhibits that tell details that some long-time residents might not even know, and the museum is manned with knowledgeable volunteers who have a love for their job and their city, and who enjoy guiding visitors through the numerous exhibits and answering questions. One description near the front entrance tells of how the Mineola area was named Sodom at first, after the city in the Old Testament, presumably because of the isolated terrain that flooded often. Then, when two railways were built and met at this point, the railway company that reached the point first won crossing rights and the right to rename the town. It was in 1873 that this happened and it was named Mineola. When the federal building was first opened, Bernard Zacheim of San Francisco was commissioned to paint a mural named “The Horse and Buggy Give Way to Modern Methods of Mail Trans-
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portation” depicting horses as well as a train and airplane. The mural was badly damaged in 1972 during a remodeling project, and Zacheim’s son was brought in to restore it. The mural is still displayed today at the south end of the museum lobby. Other exhibits here show some railroad memorabilia, military uniforms, and information on locals who have served the country, as well as a section about Mineola’s airport complete with uniforms, an old pilot’s log, and photos and info covering years of the airport’s history. The museum covers so much of Mineola’s history that it would take a book to sufficiently document everything housed there. From the accomplishments of well-known recording artists and politicians who were originally from Mineola to the years of outstanding service to the community from different residents and families, it is very
interesting to see what all the exhibits represent. One corner of the building is dedicated to Mineola’s Historic Select Theater, which is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in Texas. It opened as a movie house in 1920 and is still going strong showing current movies and presenting several live theatrical and musical productions each year. There’s also the original ticket booth (depicting movie prices of 40 cents for an adult and nine cents for a child) and some theater seats, playbills, and equipment from the old theater, and the museum houses the Select’s original movie projector. It is amazing to see how large it is and to be able to observe its mechanics up close. There are exhibits in the museum that fill different rooms telling the history of churches in Mineola, the history of its telegraph office, and a lot of history about the post office and mail delivery as well as the railroad and how its coming to town made Mineola begin to really grow and thrive. The curators of this museum and city employees and volunteers who work here have found a way to make every hallway, nook, and cranny of space display something of interest and value to the history of Mineola. It is certainly worth spending some time going through it. In fact, visitors and residents alike should plan to schedule more than one trip because it is practically impossible to see everything in one pass through. The Mineola Historical Museum is located at 114 N. Pacific Street (Hwy. 69) just one block north of Broad Street (Hwy. 80). People passing through town might think the building is still a post office, with United States Post Office still written above the doors and the American flag flying on the corner. In fact, volunteers at the museum say that people often come in looking for a place to mail their letters. However, more observant people will see the museum sign at the base of the flag and the “Historical Museum Open” or “Closed” sign at the base of the steps into the building. For more information about the museum, call (903) 569-2631 or visit www. mineolahistoricalmuseum.com. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 25
School,” Thall abandoned New York for a worldwide tour of indigenous cultures to find a solution to the crisis of abstraction. What might have been had Thall Stayed in New York?Would he be revered with the likes of William De Kooning and Jackson Pollock? LMFA tells his story in this impressive retrospective.
The Art of Listening:
Discovering Abstract Expressionist
Portraits from the Memory Bridge Project New York artist Josh Dorman exhibits his series of paintings illustrating the internal world of Alzheimer’s patients.
Thall abandoned New York in 1950 as the Abstract Expressionist movement rose to fame. For the first time, a retrospective of Thall’s body of work will be on display and his story will be told.
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elling the story of an elusive talent.
215 E. Tyler St. Longview, TX 75601
Discovering Abstract Expressionist
Thall abandoned New York in 1950 as the Abstract Expressionist movement rose to fame. For the first time, a retrospective of Thall’s body of work will be on display and his story will be told.
Plan Now to Attend Holiday Fruitcake Tours MONDAY – THURSDAY 9-11 A.M. & 1-3 P.M. COLLIN STREET BAKERY November 22
Annual 3-Story Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration & Fireworks DOWNTOWN
Small Business Saturday
October 31 - November 3
First Monday Trade Days. Canton, First Monday Trade Days, (903) 567-6556, firstmondaycanton.com
Fall Farm-to-Table Feast. Downtown Waxahachie, (469) 309-4040, waxahachiecvb.com Boots & BBQ Fundraiser, Longview, Spur of the Moment Ranch, (903) 797-6400, www.903bootsandbbq.com Avinger Wine Festival. Downtown Avinger, www.avingerwinefestival.com
Dallas Hunter Jumper Scholarship Circuit. Tyler, Texas Rose Horse Park, (903) 882-8696, www.texasrosehorsepark.com
Annual Heritage Syrup Festival. Henderson, Various locations, (866) 6505529 ext. 268, visithendersontx.com Waxahachie WWII Reenactment, Downtown Waxahachie, (469) 309-4040, www.waxahachiecvb.com
TIGER STADIUM December 7
The Hit Men
PALACE THEATRE December 14
Holiday Wine Stroll Evening THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN & Every Second Saturday
Say Cheers Here – Mimosas at the Market
SIPPING AND SHOPPING THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN
Edgewood Heritage Festival, Edgewood, Heritage Park Museum of East Texas, (903) 896-1940, www.edgewoodheritagefestival.com
Texas Rose Horse Park Fall Horse Trials. Tyler, Texas Rose Horse Park, (903) 882-8696, www.texasrosehorsepark.com
The Great Race Across the Southwest. Palestine, Union Pacific Railroad Tracks, (903) 723-3014, www.visitpalestine.com
Fiber Arts Exhibit. Mineola League of the Arts, (903) 569-2087, www.mineolachamber.org
Wearable Art Prom. Edom Art Emporium, (903) 920-2323, www.EdomArtEmporium.com
Browse our event calendar and book your weekend stay at
visitcorsicana.com 9 0 3 - 6 54-4850
Historical Jefferson Texas Ghost Tour, Jefferson, The Kahn Saloon, (903) 665-6289, www.jeffersonghostwalk.com
Winnsboro’s Christmas in the Park. Winnsboro Civic Center, (903) 342-3062, www. business.winnsboro.com/events
Festival of Lights Christmas Parade
Every Friday and Saturday
Heritage Bowl Division II Football Game
Dates and times are subject to change. Always call ahead before planning a visit.
Marshall’s Second Saturday, Downtown Marshall, (903) 702-7777, www.marshalltexas. net/saturday
JOIN US IN
At the Intersection of TX-31 & I-45. 90 minutes from just about anywhere in East Texas.
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Autumn Afternoon Tea at Scarbrough Haven. Emory, (214) 883-5075, www.facebook.com/ScarbroughHaven
NTHJC Year End Show. Texas Rose Horse Park, (903) 882-8696, www.texasrosehorsepark. com
Third Thursday Greenville, Downtown Greenville, (903) 457-3126, www.greenville-texas.com
HOLIDAY DOME SHOWS
Plantation Barn and Christmas Sale. Ben Wheeler, Roseland Plantation, (903) 8490205, www.roselandplantation.com
10th Annual Festival of Trees Luncheon. Rockwall, Hilton Hotel Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront, (972) 771-1655, www. rockwallhelpinghands,com/luncheon
November 22 - December 7
Fall Foliage Driving Trails. Palestine/ Athens, (903) 723-3014, www.visitpalestine.com
Holiday Schedule: Nov. 23-Jan. 4
Tuesdays-Fridays | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays | 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SEASON OF LIGHT
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Grinch’s Lair at the Texas Jailhouse. Palestine, 704 Ave. A, (903) 723-3014, www. texasjailhouse.com
This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice - Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions, from gift-giving to the custom of decking the halls with candles and greenery. Daily at 1 p.m.
November 27 - December 29
MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR
November 22 – December 22
Wonderland of Lights. Marshall, Various Locations, (903) 702.7777, www.marshalltexas. net/public/warrants/wonderland-of-lights
November 28 – December 1
First Monday Trade Days. Canton, First Monday Lane, (903) 567-6556, www.firstmondaycanton.com
November 29 – December 1
Journey back more than 2000 years to Bethlehem for scientiﬁc explanation of the star the wise men followed to ﬁnd the baby Jesus. Daily at 2 p.m.
LET IT SNOW
The 30-minute show features a variety of festive music classics visually enhanced with animation, laser imagery, special eﬀects and full-dome scenery. Daily at 3 p.m.
Home for the Holidays. Historic Downtown McKinney, (972) 547-2660, www.visitmckinney.com
Give the Gift of Science! Family memberships to the TJC Science Center make memorable and lasting gifts. May be purchased in the museum or online.
November 29 – December 29
Lights of Kiepersol. Tyler, Kiepersol Distillery & Vineyard, (903) 894-8995, www.kiepersol.com
Edom Holiday Stroll. Downtown Edom, (903) 920-2323, www.VisitEdom.com
For more information, or to purchase tickets online, go to
THE EARTH AND SPACE
Lights of Ennis. Ennis, (972) 878.4748, www.visitennis.org
Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes. Jefferson, (903) 665-7064, www.jeffersoncandlelight.com
Northeast Texas Antiques & Auctions
Mineola League of the Arts Bazaar. Mineola League of the Arts, (903) 569-2087, www.mineolachamber.org
Holiday Tour of Homes at Scarbrough Haven. Emory, (214) 883-5075, www.facebook.com/ScarbroughHaven continued page 29
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Renewing a City One Neighbor at a Time Communities Change Their Future Through Friendship and Caring relationships with their neighbors, they were fundamentally changing the culture of the community.” At the heart of WE CARE are three major initiatives. Everyone can become part of the WE CARE Renewal Team simply by committing to do one act of kindness in the community. “That’s all it takes to be part of the WE CARE movement,” Willhite says. The Block Leader initiative takes that commitment a step further, with volunteers agreeing to reach out to the people on their block to forge relationships that are more than a passing wave or neighborly hello.
Rev. Lynn Willhite (foreground) with neighbors celebrating National Night Out in October, when more than 150 neighbors turned out at eight different WE CARE-sponsored block parties. Photo by Tracy Torma
By Tracy Torma When Lynn Willhite was growing up in small town Palestine, Texas, it was a simpler time, where people sat on their front porches and kids played together on the street. “Today, most of us do not know our neighbors, and as a result, isolation, mistrust and crime increase,” she says. A retired Methodist minister, Rev. Willhite takes to heart the commandment of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves. But is he really talking about that new family across the street with all those young children or the dour elderly man on the corner? Absolutely, she says. Positive, caring relationships are the most important foundational unit of every healthy community. That’s why Willhite has begun a movement to strengthen those ties to transform her hometown of Palestine. Willhite is the force behind WE CARE Palestine, a community renewal effort
that calls for neighbors to get to know – and care for – each other. WE CARE facilitates residents coming together to turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship. “Our vision is to help our city truly be a place where every child can grow up feeling safe and loved, where youth have strong mentors and the elderly are not living isolated and alone,” she says. The WE CARE initiative is based on Community Renewal, Intl. (CRI), which began in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1994. Over the past 20 years, Shreveport has seen major crime drop up to 45 percent in the targeted areas where CRI has been at work. Willhite first read about CRI when she was pastor at First United Methodist Church in Elkhart. “The ministry captured me because it was making a real difference in the community, not just putting Band-Aids on problems. By helping people build
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“These citizens, called block leaders, receive training and support to build friendships on their block. They join with other block leaders on a regular basis to develop relationships with neighbors from across the city,” Willhite explains. WE CARE Block Leaders were responsible for hosting eight neighborhood parties on National Night Out, October 1, with more than 150 neighbors getting to know one another. Finally, the long-term goal of WE CARE is to build Friendship Houses in at-risk neighborhoods. The Friendship House serves as a community center for after-school programs for children and youth, life-skills training, family night gatherings and other activities, which offer residents a better quality of life. Today, WE CARE has identified an area and is working to raise funds to build and staff its first Friendship House. “Community coordinators and their families live in the Friendship House and become catalysts for rebuilding a safe, caring neighborhood where children are nurtured and can feel safe,” Willhite says. “We want every citizen to be part of this movement to connect neighbors across the city through friendship and caring to radically change the future of Palestine,” she adds.
EVENTS continued from page 27 December 14
5th Annual Palestine Main Street Wine Swirl. Historic Downtown Palestine, (903) 7233014, www.visitpalestine.com Wassail Fest. Nacogdoches Main Street, (936) 564-7351, www.facebook.com/ events/250740478995690
ArtWalk Longview, Downtown Longview, (903) 753-2098, www.artwalklongview.com
4th Saturday Forging Demonstration. Ben Wheeler, The Blade Bar, (903) 246-5682, www.Facebook.com/TheBladeBar
Historic Waxahachie Christmas Tour of Homes. Downtown Waxahachie, (469) 3094040, www.historicwaxahachie.com/christmastour-of-homes
Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Bash. Edom Art Emporium, (903) 920-2323, www. VisitEdom.com
ARTS EVENTS Through November 4
Autumn Trails: Images of the West. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com
Through November 9
Wild Things. Athens, Gallery 211, (903) 2921746, www.artgallery211.net
Through November 10
The Magic of Bill Blagg. Longview, SE Belcher Center, (903) 233-3080, www.belchercenter.com
Bandstand. Tyler. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org
The Hallelujah Girls. Edom Community Center, (903) 352-3158
A Night of Stand-Up Comedy. Athens, Henderson County Performing Arts Center, (903) 675-3908, www.hcpac.org
The Little Mermaid. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org
Books, Books & More Books: Works by MANUAL. Tyler, Tyler Museum of Art’s Bell Gallery, (903) 595-1001, www.tylermuseum.org
Through November 30
Round in Circles Exhibit, Bonham, Creative Arts Center, (903)640-2196, www.creativeartscenterbonham.com
Through Deceember 21
Josh Dorman - The Art of Listening: Portraits From the Memory Bridge Project. Longview Museum of Fine Arts, (903) 753.8103, www.lmfa.org
Through February 22
Victor Thall - Abstract Expressionist. Longview Museum of Fine Arts, (903) 7538103, www.lmfa.org
Winnsboro Art and Wine Festival, Downtown Winnsboro, (903) 850-1772, www.winnsboroonlineguide.com
The Color Purple. Tyler. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org The Wizard of Oz. Corsicana, The Palace Theatre, (903) 872-5421, www.visitcorsicana. com
An Evening with President George W. Bush. Longview, Belcher Center, (903) 233-3080, www.belchercenter.com
A Tuna Christmas. Allen, 1210 E Main St., (844) 822-8849, www.allenscommunitytheatre. net Miracle on 34th Street. Sherman, SCP Main Stage, (903 )893-8525, www.scptheater.com Oliver. Athens, Henderson County Performing Arts Center, (903) 675-3908, www.hcpac.org
November 16-January 18
State of Wonder. Athens, Gallery 211, (903) 292-1746, www.artgallery211.net
The Nutcracker. Waxahachie High School, (469) 309-4040, www.waxahachiecvb.com
Porcelain Ornament Painting Workshop. McKinney, Heard-Craig Main Museum (972) 569-6909, www.heardcraig.org
Seeing Red Exhibit. Bonham, Creative Arts Center, (903) 640-2196, www.creativeartscenterbonham.com
Miracle on 34th Street. Waxahachie, University Assembly of God, (972) 646.1050, www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com
SEE MORE EVENTS ON
November 9 & 10 Historic Downtown Winnsboro, Texas A Texas Official Cultural Arts District 50 Juried Artists Emerging Artists Tent 10 Texas Wineries 3 Craft Breweries Premier Chocolates Regional Honey Baked Goods Olive Oils Interactive Wall Mural So Much More! Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Unwind with art and wine in Winnsboro! Sponsored by First National Bank City National Bank Texas Country Ford City of Winnsboro Winnsboro EDC Patrons of the Arts
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Water Workouts Are Good For All Ages
Water aerobics instructor Lindsay Beck leads the Tyler Junior College football players in special exercises that ease the aches and pains of the game. She teaches several other classes to people of all ages. Courtesy Photo
By Krista Leard Water aerobics are not just an easy way for grandma and her gal pals to get in their daily cardio. While that generation often graces the waters of the Olympic swimming pool at Tyler Junior College’s fitness center, there’s another generation that discovered the power of the water too. This past summer 21-year-old water aerobics instructor Lindsay Beck got a call from head football coach at TJC asking her if he could send over some of his players. “I thought the idea was awesome, but I thought we would have to cancel one of my morning classes,” Beck recalled. “And he just said, ‘Could you just teach them in your class?’” It started with three young men who came in from practice, and they were a little nervous to get in at first. They soon relaxed as the ladies in the morning class welcomed them into the pool. Afterward, the players gushed about how they just couldn’t wait to come
back, Beck said, and they come in often now to soothe aching muscles. Every Sunday, after the Saturday football game, the team comes in for recovery. The class boomed from just three players to 73. Beck had to make a special system just to manage all of the players at once, but she embraced the challenge head-on. “My classes range from ages 21 to 68, so it was just awesome seeing these guys get in the pool,” she says. And she was even more proud to learn that the Sunday attendance is optional to the young men, yet they still all show up in anticipation. Water aerobics can be an intense workout, and according to a study performed by Canadian researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute, Dr. Anil Nigam claims that during water aerobics, individuals receive the same amount of aerobic exercise in the pool than as they would on land. And, the studies showed that during water aerobics, the heart rate was slower in participants, but was pumping more blood through the system simultaneously.
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Beck claimed she was nervous to teach the football team at first because she understood they were used to intense exercise training from their coach, but was happy to hear when they said that some of the exercises she gave them were difficult. “They said it hurt, but it was the good kind of hurt.” Beck currently teaches about 11 classes a week for water aerobics, which are available for attendance at various hours during the morning and afternoon. TJC also offers other classes in the pool, including swimming lessons and diving lessons, making it a great destination for family activities as the weather outside turns colder. The pool is open to the public as well as TJC staff and students. Beck was introduced to water aerobics by her grandmother and aunt and teaches classes full-time for over a year now. She’s excited to see more diversity in those who take her classes and that the message is spreading that water aerobics is healthy for all ages.
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Eat, Play, Watch At Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille
By Krista Leard “All-in-One Family Fun” is the motto for Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille with locations in Corsicana, Sherman, Bay City, and coming soon to Waco. These unique multiplex facilities feature restaurants, bars, arcades, and the latest big screen movies. The Sherman location also features bowling, axe throwing, rock wall climbing, a ropes course full of obstacles, and a zipline that soars over the whole arcade. The Corsicana location is home to a large arcade full of 42 games that range from old-school to virtual, including prize games. On top of all the fun and games, each location has Billy’s Grill & Bar providing guests with a large menu of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, kids meals, weekly specials, and desserts. Some of the meals that stand out include Billy’s Bacon Cheeseburger, a thick patty served on a butter-toasted bun with all the trimmings including
coarse thick-cut hickory smoked bacon to top it all off; Boardwalk White Pizza, a sauceless pizza topped with olive oil and Italian seasoned herbs, parmesan cheese, ricotta and mozzarella cheese; and the Heart Attack dessert, a large chocolate-chip cookie baked in a skillet topped with ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry on top. Aside from the bowling, grille, and arcades, Schulman’s is a movie theater, showing all the latest films. Inside the theaters, guests enjoy reclining back in spacious seats to enjoy the movie experience at its fullest. The history behind these theaters goes back four generations into the Schulman family. Founded by Abraham Schulman back in 1910, what started off as a passion became a family business with the first Schulman Theatre in Houston. From there they opened the Palace Theater in Bryan, Texas, a premiere facility offering both Vaudeville stage shows and new “talking” films. The family opened several drive-
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in theaters in Texas during the 1960s, the last of which closed in 1984. The current owner is Mark Schulman who was instrumental in the development of the Schulman Theaters Lost Pines 8 in Bastrop, the first facility of its kind in the motion picture industry to combine movies, bowling, and interactive amusements. From there, the concept for Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille was born. Plans are underway to begin construction on another location in Waco, a new theater that will be the largest of Schulman’s facilities. It will feature 30 bowling lanes, arcade games, laser tag, ropes course, virtual reality games, axe throwing, ping pong, pool tables, and more. Schulman’s is perfect for the whole family to spend an entire day enjoying the activities and catching a movie, or for an exciting date night. For more information, visit www.moviebowlgrille.com
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ABOVE: Elephants are the main attraction in the African Overlook and don’t seem to mind what time of day or night it is to take a dip. RIGHT TOP to BOTTOM: Graceful giraffes are also in the African section along with zebras, kudu, impalas, and ostrich. Bright flamingos are part of an extensive exhibit of rainbowcolored birds at the zoo. This rattlesnake is in the Herpetarium along with lizards, frogs, salamanders, and tarantulas. Photos by Krista Leard
A Night at the Zoo By Krista Leard Imagine strolling along a path on a star-filled evening with a few friends and family surrounded by the sights and sounds of elephants, lions, zebra, bears, monkeys, lemurs, deer, giraffes, and a plethora of reptiles and feathered friends. This lively parade of animals at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler brings a whole new perspective when visiting at night.
David Caldwell’s nephew, Hayes Caldwell, manages the zoo now and looks for new ways to entertain young and old. One way he’s doing that is through evening programs. Night Hikes invites groups to experience the whole park all to themselves and get up close and personal with nature. The evening includes a hike through the zoo, animal encounters, education, snacks, crafts, and other activities. Night Hikes are available to guests ages six and up, as is another similar experience called Sunset Safari geared more towards kids six to 13 years old.
The family-owned-and-operated Caldwell Zoo got its start in 1937 when David King Caldwell opened a Child Development Laboratory in his backyard. As he continued to gather more animals the public began to show an interest and he officially opened the Caldwell Zoo in 1953. Over the next 66 years, the Zoo expanded and grew, taking on more exhibits and more than 85 acres to house all of the animals.
For the more adventurous, there’s even an Overnight “EdVenture” that offers groups an exclusive educational experience with games, crafts, a special animal encounter, and a night hike around the zoo. Then they enjoy a pizza dinner before bunking down in the zoo’s African huts for the night. Children must be at least six years old.
Now the zoo has more than 3,400 animals inside its walls ranging from the tiniest Poison Dart Frog to the massive playful African Elephants, and everything in between. Creepy crawly snakes, tarantulas, penguins, tropical birds, big cats, rhinos, and more stand ready to greet visitors from all over the world.
The evening experiences at Caldwell Zoo are scheduled about once a month or for special reservations of 15 or more. They are open for day visits through February from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.caldwellzoo.org or call (903) 5930121 to learn more.
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ome for the day, or stay the weekend for holiday shopping, dining & an entertaining experience sat, 11/2 studio holiday event blue moon gardens trunk show featuring work of artists azzurro luna, pearly queen & skip 2 my lu bluemoongardens.com
void the crowds and come to Edom where the shops and galleries are rolling out the holiday carpet and opening their doors to reveal some of the most beautiful one-of-a-kind treasures for holiday giving
sat, 11/2 6:30pm neal katz, tim chauvin, bill nash in concet the old firehouse theoldfirehouse.com sat, 11/23 6:30pm pierce pettis in concert the old firehouse theoldfirehouse.com fri, 11/29 - sun, 12/1 edom holiday kickoff throughout edom shopping, dining & music throughout town & the weekend visitedom.com
Potters Brown Gallery pottersbrown.com (903) 862-6473
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Zeke & Marty Jewelry Studio zekeandmarty.com (903) 852-3311
Mariposa Cabin (903) 571-2423
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sat, 12/7, 5–7 pm luminations blue moon gardens the nursery becomes even more magical with hundreds of luminarias, candles and lights, plus special discounts bluemoongardens.com sat, 12/7 6:30pm american dreamers in concert the old firehouse theoldfirehouse.com
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We at Winnsboro Center for the Arts in Winnsboro established a relationship with P.A. Geddie and County Line Magazine over five years ago. They worked with us then in developing an advertising plan and continue to work with us now on ad content and direction. CLM has always been responsive with the changes and edits that are a part of the changing needs of advertising and promotion. The staff at CLM has a passion for promoting the Upper East Side of Texas and all of the many events, concerts and activities in it. They have created a truly excellent magazine and it's not unusual for folks to tell us that they saw us in County Line Magazine. Jim Willis Director of The Bowery Stage Winnsboro Center for the Arts
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MINEOLA for the Holidays!
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December 6 & 7 Mineola League of the Arts Bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 200 W. Blair 903.569.8877 mlota.org December 7 Winter Craft Show 9 a.m. Mineola Civic Center 1150 North Newsom 903.569.6115 mineolaciviccenterrvpark.com December 7 Christmas in Mineola 1-4 p.m. Carriage Rides, Music 5:30 p.m. Parade Downtown Mineola Santa Visits December 7, 14, & 21 CHRISTMAS EXPRESS MINI TRAIN RIDES 4 - 7 p.m. Iron Horse Square 200 W. Front ironhorsesquare.org 903.569.6183 December 8 Mineola Tour of Homes Mineola Landmark Commission 1 – 4 p.m. 903.569.6183 December 15 2 p.m. December 17 7:30 p.m. “The Holly & The Ivy” 7:30 p.m. Lake Country Symphonic Band lakecountryplayhouse.com
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See www.countylinemagazine.com for extensive music listings.
Vocal Majority Presents Polar Express
Joe Diffie w/ Monty Tipps Opening. Hawkins, Red Rooster Icehouse, (903) 7690707, www.redroostericehouse.com
Anthony Riley Band. Kilgore, Back Porch, (903) 984-8141, www.thebackporchkilgore.com Gary P Nunn. Marshall, Memorial City Hall Performance Center, (903) 934-7992, www. memorialcityhall.com Luke & TD Live at Wine Down. Canton, Wine Down, (903) 275-2465, www.facebook. com/WineDownCanton Wade Bowen. Royse City, Southern Junction, (972) 771-2418, www.southernjunctionlive.com
Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 4573126, www.showtimeatthegma.com The Vocal Majority returns to Greenville in “Believe: A Polar Express Christmas.” “All aboard” for a festive Christmas journey riding the famous Vocal Majority Polar Express. This enchanted train picks up those who have lost the magic of Christmas and whisks them away to a place where they can believe again. Celebrate with family and friends as Vocal Majority shares songs of joy and merriment to make the season bright. Tickets are on sale via ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com for $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. For more information call (903) 457-3126. Courtesy Photo
MUSIC Dates and times are subject to change. Always call ahead before planning a visit.
Collins. Big Sandy Music Hall, (903) 3454289, www.bigsandymusichall.com LeftyFest starring David & Allen Frizzell. Corsicana, The Palace Theatre, (903) 8747792, www.corsicanapalace.showare.com
Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest. Downtown Greenville, (817) 875-6022, www. bobwillsfiddlefest.com
Neal Katz, Tim Chauvin, Bill Nash. Edom, The Old Firehouse, (903) 852-2781, www.jeffreylancephotography.com/theoldfirehouse/concerts
Riders in The Sky, Bob Wills Texas Playboys with Jason Roberts, Teea Goans. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 4573126, www.showtimeatthegma.com
Adler & Hearne. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com Darrin Morris Band. Longview, Lone Star Ice House, (903) 753-5885, www.lonestaricehouse. net Dagnabbitt. Kilgore, Back Porch, (903) 9848141, www.thebackporchkilgore.com Faux Collins: A Serious Tribute to Phil
Casey Donahew Band. Quinlan, Silver Saloon, (972) 524-7111, www.silversaloonterrell.com Dinner with Redd Volkaert and Bill Kirchen. Greenville, Texan Theater, (903) 259-6360, www.texantheatergreenville.com
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 457-3126, www. showtimeatthegma.com
The Bellamy Brothers. Crockett Civic Center, (936) 544-4276, www.pwfaa.org John Waite. McKinney, The Sanctuary Music & Events Center, (972) 540-6420, www.thesanctuarymckinney.com One Night in Memphis. Mt. Pleasant, Whatley Center for Performing Arts, (903) 4348181, www.whatleycenter.com
Curtis McMurtry. Greenville, Texan Theater, (903) 259-6360, www.texantheatergreenville. com Heather Nikole Harper. Pickton, Foster’s Place Restaurant, (903) 866-0606, www.facebook.com/Fosters-Place-RestaurantPub-1206524059373167 Pierce Pettis. Edom, The Old Firehouse, (903) 852-2781, www.jeffreylancephotography. com/theoldfirehouse/concerts
LIVE MUSIC EVERY WEEK UPPER EAST SIDE OF TEXAS
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Farewell Angelina takes their name from a song by Bob Dylan. This all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists are scheduled to perform January 18 at the Pines Theater in Lufkin and January 24 at Memorial City Hall in Marshall. Photo by Kevin
Vienna Boys Choir. Longview, SE Belcher Center, (903) 233-3080, www.belchercenter.com
The Tuxedo Cats. Kilgore, Back Porch, (903) 984-8141, www.thebackporchkilgore.com Ambush. Kilgore, Back Porch, (903) 9848141, www.thebackporchkilgore.com
Neal McCoy. Royse City, Southern Junction, (972) 771-2418, www.southernjunctionlive.com The Association. Greenville, Texan Theater, (903) 259-6360, www.texantheatergreenville. com Floyd Void Pink Floyd Tribute. Big Sandy Music Hall, (903) 345-4289, www.bigsandymusichall.com
Lee Greenwood. Greenville, Texan Theater,(903) 259-6360, www.texantheatergreenville.com American Dreamer. Edom, The Old Firehouse, (903) 852-2781, www.jeffreylancephotography.com/theoldfirehouse/concerts Christmas Pops! Sherman, Sid Richardson Center, Austin College, (903) 267-3227, www. shermansymphony.com Luke LaPrade. Hawkins, Red Rooster Icehouse, (903) 769-0707, www.redroostericehouse.com
Hannah Kirby. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com
Martina McBride. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org
Jason Crabb. Lufkin, The Pines Theater, (936) 633-0349, www.thepines.visitlufkin.com
The Hit Men Christmas. Corsicana, The Palace Theatre, (903) 874-7792, www.corsicanapalace.showare.com
John Schneider. Corsicana, The Palace Theatre, (903) 874-7792, www.corsicanapalace. showare.com
The Vocal Majority. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 457-3126, www.showtimeatthegma.com
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The Holly and the Ivy, Symphonic Band. Mineola, Historic Select Theater, (903) 5692300, www.lakecountryplayhouse.com
Celtic Angels Christmas. Marshall Memorial City Hall Performance Center, (903) 934-7992, www.memorialcityhall.com
Floyd Void Pink Floyd Tribute. Big Sandy Music Hall, (903) 345-4289, www.bigsandymusichall.com
Jenn Ford & The Wide Eyed Devils, Kilgore, Back Porch, (903) 984-8141, www. thebackporchkilgore.com
The Bellamy Brothers. Royse City, Southern Junction, (972) 771-2418, www.southernjunctionlive.com
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FOOD & DRINK
Sidekicks Now Features Two Locations By Judy Peacock Sidekick’s Restaurant in Emory is a home-cooking, family-style restaurant that makes hungry people happy. They are known for big portions, friendly service, and for serving breakfast all day. They are also known by many as having the best chicken fried steak in the region, a title that obviously changes depending on who one talks to, but they have been given that distinction by different publications over the years including County Line Magazine in 2014. They also won honorable mention as best catfish in County Line’s 2017 Best of the Upper East Side of Texas. The restaurant is decorated with rustic décor including daily dinner specials posted along the walls on wooden Texas stars. Often the front parking lot looks full from the road and might discourage people from stopping and enjoying the good food, but there is parking out back and there is a back room that can hold large groups, allowing the restaurant to seat about 130 people. Sidekick’s Restaurant is located at 609 N. Texas Street (Texas State Hwy 19) in Emory, and they are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. While the original Sidekick’s covers people’s home-cooking and diner-style needs, they have now branched out with a second location, Sidekick’s Bar & Grill, about one and a half miles away. The bar and grill opened in December 2018. This new place also offers good food but is also an entertainment venue that features live music and dancing, pool tables and other games, and more. A long bar has big screen televisions lining the wall above it and there are more TVs throughout the game area and some eating areas. The staff says it is a fun place to come and watch sports games with friends. They are housed in what was previously an Alco store and the place is huge with lots of seating. They offer space for special events and for groups to come
and dine together. The Sidekick’s stage presents a variety of local talent different nights of the week. People find live music and a chance to use their large dance floor basically every Friday and Saturday night. Some Friday nights also offer karaoke sessions. Chicken fried steak is not on the menu here, but people can order a nice ribeye or New York strip steak as well as burgers, salads, sandwiches, and a large variety of appetizers. The loaded fries are good as well as the Chicken Salad Supreme which included pineapple and cashews and perfectly cooked, tender and juicy grilled chicken. The staff is fast and attentive, the soft drinks come
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in a really large glass, and the draft beer is ice cold. There is a boutique off the front lobby offering country and rustic decor, some clothing, jewelry, and more. Sidekick’s Bar and Grill is located at 909 E. Lennon Dr. (U.S. Hwy 69) and they are open seven days a week: Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, call Sidekick’s Restaurant at (903) 473-3325 or Sidekick’s Bar & Grill at (903) 953-0090 or check out their Facebook pages.
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North Washington Good•Golly Thur, Fri406 & Sat Evenings 5PM•- 7PM Dec.Miss 14thMolly’s the train will be open from 1-8PM 406 North Washington • Good Golly Miss Molly’s DECEMBER 6, 7 & 8 • A Walk Through Bethlehem presented by First Baptist Church • 6PMBethlehem Make the journey to Bethlehem, a realistic DECEMBER 6, 7 & 8 • APedigo Walk Park Through presented by First Baptist Church
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the park with thousands of Christmas lights on display. by City of Livingston. DECEMBER 13 • SantaHayride at Missprovided Effie’s Cottage Includes Historical Home Tour, Refreshments and Photo Ops.
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