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CONTENTS

FEATURES

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8 Best of the Upper East Side of Texas

Explore the region’s best places to enjoy good food, drinks, attractions, and more.

16 Snowbirds

Residents and tourists in the region enjoy seeing beautiful birds migrating south. Photos by Lisa Hilbers

28 Butterfly Snuggles

Personal story about a giving and determined spirit that creates a meaningful life. By P.A. Geddie

DEPARTMENTS

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5 Editor’s Note

THIS TIME OF YEAR

22 First Telegraph, Spread Love, Ellen DeGeneres, Elvis Presley, Wolf Brand Chili

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Eagle Fest Set for January 18 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Event Picks Brandon Maxwell Returns to Longview Find a Gem of a Deal

ARTS & CULTURE

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30 Amy Haid Spence: Glass Sculptor 33 The Grandeur of the West

36 BEST OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF TEXAS

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STAGE 34 Inspiring Local Musicals

FILM 36 Local Designer Helps Launch Series

LITERARY 37 Pulpwood Queens Celebrate

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FOOD & DRINK Cover: Ring billed Gull on Lake Fork photographed by Lisa Hilbers

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EDITOR’S NOTE Dear Readers, Welcome to our 20th year! We are in awe of the beauty of this region and all we’ve seen and covered over these years — from the people, to nature, to our towns and other things to see and do, we couldn’t be more proud of the role we’ve played in sharing stories and information that lift up the Upper East Side of Texas. The biggest changes over the last 20 years have to do with things to do -— in the early years, we had to search hard to find them in our rural areas — we’d list pool tournaments at local VFW halls, and karaoke in restaurants every now and then, and always tracked down festivals and events going on in one county to let the surrounding counties know about it. We learned early on that healthy economies come from inviting people from all over the state and beyond to experience what we have here. It is a testament to the hard-working people in each community that has embraced growth with more dining, shopping, events, and attractions, while holding on to our small-town charm. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the region for many years to come. In this issue, we have our annual Best of the Region results and I’ve already started making plans to visit as many as I can — I know many of our readers keep this issue handy all year long to do the same.

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We’ve got many choices now for things to do even in the winter so get out every now and then and get some fresh air and commune with nature and friends. I write a story about my mother in this issue — something I don’t believe I’ve done in 20 years so it’s long overdue. This particular topic revolves around baby quilts that she makes for kids in need. It’s something she loves doing every day and I am inspired by her enthusiasm for life and the joy this brings to her and others. I could write so many other things about her too, most importantly, perhaps in regards to this magazine, is it probably wouldn’t exist without her. She read to me often from the time I was a baby and I learned to love the written word and write my own stories by the time I was eight years old. Thank you Mom for the lessons you continue to teach me — how to live a good life with purpose and passion while helping others. Readers, the County Line continues to be for and about you — keep telling us what you want and we’ll keep heading in that direction. P.A. Geddie

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Best of the Upper East Side of Texas This year’s Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey set a record with 4,591 nominations for a growing list of gems in the region featuring delicious food, wonderful attractions, beautiful backdrops, one-of-a-kind shops, exciting entertainment, and many talented individuals. We love to hear from our readers and learn about their favorite hidden treasures. See y’all out on the backroads as we explore and experience this fantastic corner of the world.

Best Barbecue

Big Smiths BBQ & Catering. Sulphur Springs. Big Smith’s equals big portions; down=home friendly atmosphere and great service with slow-smoked Texas Bar-B-Q served on plates or sandwiches. Big Smith’s was established in 1989 and opened in an old Dairy Barn 8 miles south of Sulphur Springs. NOW it is located in an old auto body shop 2 miles south of Sulphur Springs. Reviewers say, “Very generous portions and excellent food.” “One of our new favorites.” 4858 TX-154 S. (903) 438-1547. www.facebook. com/BigSmithsBBQ Honorable Mentions: Texas BBQ Corral, Mount Vernon; Slaughters BBQ Oasis, Sulphur Springs; Outlaws, Mount Pleasant; Judge Hunt’s, Quitman Hall of Fame: Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Tyler

Best Breakfast Under 50k CJ’s Coffee Cafe. Sherman. This familyowned location takes a break from traditional breakfast offerings. Their menu includes baked oatmeal (plain, blueberry, raisin, and apple); ham and cheese or egg and cheese croissant; assorted pastries and breakfast cookies and several loaded-up toasts with toppings that include chicken, bacon, and ranch; berries, cream cheese, basil, chia seeds, and honey; house-made hummus, tomatoes, and salsa; avocado, bacon, feta, micro greens and balsamic drizzle; and The Elvis, with peanut butter, banana, bacon and maple drizzle. They roast their own beans and offer many coffee options. 818 N. Travis. (903) 487-2400. www.cjscoffeecafe.com Honorable Mentions: Cake Lady, Mount Vernon; Country Kitchen, Quitman; Dinner Bell, Van; Herschels, Mount Pleasant; The Forge Bar & Grill, Ben Wheeler

Over 50k

The Grove Kitchen & Gardens. Tyler. The Grove’s chef-crafted menu emphasizes farm to table for quality. With their dishes, including classic breakfast items as well as Crispy Nola Beignets and roasted chicken tamales, they aim to create a connection with the local community. 3500 Old Jacksonville Hwy. (903) 939-0209. www.thegrovetyler.com

Best Craft Beer Under 50k

Railport Brewing Company. Waxahachie. This family-owned-and-operated brewery is in Historic Downtown Waxahachie. Reviewers talk about friendly staff, “best brew I ever had,” fantastic beer, wonderful atmosphere. They have live music every weekend, food trucks, yard games and are kid and pet friendly. They brew in-house, traditional style hand-crafted American, Belgian, and German ales. 405 W. Madison St., (469) 7160038. www.railportbrewing.com Honorable Mentions: Backstory Brewery, Sulphur Springs

Over 50k

Tupps Brewery. McKinney. The brewery is housed in an old cotton mill and offers happy hours, weekend tours, and tastings. Tupps has a healthy menu of beers including IPA, National Standard, Citra Pale Ale, Fruit Beer, and Spiced/Herbed Beer. 721 Anderson St. (214) 856-7996. www.tuppsbrewery.com

Best Catfish

Huck’s Catfish. Denison. Enjoy a variety of delicious catfish and seafood dinners in a family atmosphere. Operated by the original owner for almost 25 years, Huck’s is a neighborhood restaurant with food cooked fresh to order, good old-fashioned service, and good food at a good price. 2811 Trail Dr., (903) 337-0033. www.huckscatfish.com

Rockwall; The Haystack, Reklaw; Sidekick’s, Emory; Crazy Heifer’s Cafe, Mount Pleasant

Over 50k

Belle Pepper Cafe. Longview. Reviewers speak highly of the Belle Pepper Cafe, saying that the food and service are excellent, that the entrance and patio are welcoming, and that the chicken fried steak is “ginormous” and the best you will find. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. 4196 E. Marshall Ave. (903) 757-9397.

Best Coffee Shop Under 50k

The Daily Grind. Rusk. The Daily Grind has a large variety of drinks including coffees, lattes, espresso, macchiato, and cappuccino, as well as great cold drinks including Irish cream soda and lavender lemonade. They also serve baked muffins, pies, custom cakes, and more, as well as lunch items including their popular chicken salad and many other sandwiches, soups, and chips. They strive to be a good neighbor and a local gathering place, and reviewers say it is a great place to have meetings or to just sit and relax. 111 W. 5th Street. (903) 683-1500. www.tdgcoffeehouse. com

Over 50k

The Foundry Coffee House. Tyler. The Foundry offers a place to enjoy a bottomless cup of coffee or special-menu latte. They are as intentional about brewing excellent craft coffee as they are with the people who grow it, roast it, and drink it — it’s all about relationships. The Foundry is a non-profit that gives back to local and overseas organizations. They also value the beauty that art and music can bring to any moment and they feature local artists and musicians every month. 202 S. Broadway Ave. (903) 944-7805. www.foundry-coffee.com

Best Burger

Weezy’s. Blossom (between Paris and Detroit). Reviewers say this is the place for true, down-home country food, and that the food is delicious and the staff is friendly. One reviewer said, “everything I’ve ever ordered from Weezy’s has been great, but the chicken fried steak is something that keeps me coming back for more — a true Texas delicacy.” 204 Front Street. (903) 982-7500

Watson’s Drive In. Denison. Watson’s Drive In is a piece of Americana, the oldest restaurant in Grayson County, located in historic downtown Denison. Everything is made to order. They use fresh meat for their hamburgers, hand cut their fries and make homemade onion rings. Reviewers say they love the staff and the food and that they have awesome service. “Best burgers in town and prices are super reasonable.” 631 W Main St. (903) 465-4669. watsons-drive-in.business.site

Honorable Mentions: The Fatted Calf,

Hall of Fame: Dairy Palace, Canton

Best Chicken Fried Steak

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Best Malt/Shake

The Magic Scoop General Store. Sulphur Springs. This is a place to experience nostalgia. Along with 24 flavors of ice cream and many drink offerings, they have great shakes and malts, and a fun place to enjoy them. Throwback games, such as Rock-em-Sockem Robots, Connect 4, Jenga and others are found on their tables. It’s fun to watch people come together and play in this technological world. Their upstairs window seating is a customer favorite. Main Shop: 210 Connally St.; Drive-Thru: 1401 S. Broadway. (903) 919-5053. www.themagicscoop.com

Best Pie

Oxbow General Store. Palestine. Mile-high meringue and Southern heritage collide for the ultimate dessert here. Located in an old mule barn built in the 1900s turned bakery, the Oxbow has served America’s favorite dessert since 2009 in Old Town Palestine. Owned and operated by a mother/son team, this place attracts pie lovers, including some famous foodies such as Chef Floyd Cardoz and Bravo’s Chef Master, to taste over a dozen delicious flavors. 215 E. Crawford Street, (903) 723 5100. www.oxbowpies.com

Best Pizza Under 50K

The Ginocchio. Marshall. The Ginocchio presents steaks, seafood, pasta, and appetizers in the historic Ginocchio Hotel across the tracks from the Marshall Depot. They have a full bar with an extensive list of specialty cocktails, wine, and beer. People love this place not only for the food, but the ambience. The building was originally constructed in 1896 by Italian immigrant Charles Ginocchio. It began as a hotel and restaurant for passengers traveling along the Texas and Pacific Railroad and eventually fell into disrepair until new owners began renovating it in 2015. They kept much of the original building materials to maintain its character. The Ginocchio is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and dinner 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The bar is open from 4-11 p.m. 707 N. Washington Ave. (903) 927-1400. www. theginocchio.com Hall of Fame: Four Winds Steakhouse, Wills Point

Best New Restaurant

Stefano’s Greek Kouzina & Pastry Shop. Emory. This tiny treasure popped up in downtown Emory at the end of 2018 serving homemade Greek salads, gyros, dolmas, spanakopita, pastitsio, baklava, and more. Opa! The Greek music on the patio helps create a destination experience. Guests are raving about the Greek fries and baklava cheesecake. BYOB. They open at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, open until 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. Fri-

day and Saturday, and until 2 p.m. on Sunday. 234 E. Quitman St. (903) 953-0111.

Best Salad

Nardello’s. Mount Pleasant. A neighborhood gem with great atmosphere on the historic downtown square, Nardello’s Pizza Tavern offers some great salads. The classic House and Caesar salads are available plus two well-liked unique salads: a Shredded Kale salad with napa cabbage, carrots, dates, scallions, parmesan, and peanut dressing; and Jimmy’s salad with romaine, iceberg, cherry tomatoes, cheese blend, crispy pancetta, and tangy house dressing. 103 North Madison Avenue. 903-380-6200. www.nardellos.com

Best Sandwich

The Cherry Laurel. Athens. This delicious location serves up a hearty and popular sandwich menu with Grilled Reuben, Chicken Salad, Muffaletta, Mexicali, Southwestern Deluxe, The Club, Swiss Bliss, Several Grilled Cheese specialties, and even Peanut Butter and Jelly. 305 S. Prairieville St. (903) 677-5599. www.thecherrylaurel.com

Best Seafood

KT’s Seafood Grill. Rusk. Locally owned and operated. Reviewers say their food is seasoned perfectly and that the seafood gumbo is great. They also say that the waitstaff is very friendly and attentive without being annoying — just right. 655 N. Main St. (903) 683-5721. www.facebook.com/KTsSeafood-and-Grill Continued Page 10

Best Restaurant: The Ginnocchio, Marshall

Switch Brick Oven Pizza & Wine Bar. Palestine. Everything on the menu, from the dough to the mozzarella, is freshly made in their kitchen every day. The Italian menu selections include Neopolitan-style pizza, which includes importing the pizza flour as well as the San Marzano tomatoes from Italy and baking it in a unique high-temp Woodstone oven. Their unique pizzas include Margherita, Mediterranean, the Capra, and The Switch, which has roasted pear, dolce latte, speck, gorgonzola, roasted walnuts, and arugula. 1615 S. Royall St. (903) 7297700. www.switchbrickovenpizza.com

Best Restaurant

Over 50k

Roast Social Kitchen. Tyler. Their slogan is “Thoughtfully Prepared and Joyfully Shared.” They are proud to say they make all of the ingredients that become their menu items in-house daily “because it’s fun, tasty, and you’re worth it.” They offer unique pizzas such as Bee’s Knees which has roasted garlic, a four-cheese blend, calabrese, Italian sausage, Mike’s Hot Honey, thyme, and orange drizzle, and their Smoke Stack with pecan-smoked TX Akaushi brisket, Stanley’s BBQ sauce, whole milk mozzarella, and diced red onion. They also offer gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. 1125 E 5th Street. (903) 202-0295. www.roastsocialkitchen.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 9


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Best Steak

The Chophouse on Bankhead. Mount Vernon. Known for their friendly and prompt service, the ambience is restored small town Texas. Reviewers say that the food choices rival a big city and the taste of the items ordered is excellent. They serve 28-day aged Japanese Akaushi beef. This is a good place to celebrate an anniversary or other special occasion, and people are made to feel welcome whether they are dressed up or come in casual attire. 102 E Main St. (903) 2702600. www.chophouseonbankhead.com Hall of Fame: Four Winds Steakhouse, Wills Point; Five D Cattle Company, Avenger

Best Mexican Cuisine

Gloria’s. Rockwall. The food at Gloria’s was conceived by Gloria and Jose Fuentes and born out of the traditions of El Salvador. Inspired Tex-Mex additions provide a diversity, skirting the line between tradition and innovation. Located on Lake Ray Hubbard, guests can take in a beautiful view while enjoying their great food. 2079 Summer Lee Drive. (972) 772-4088. gloriascuisine.com/locations/rockwall

Best Vegetarian

Enoch’s Stomp Winery and Vineyard. Harleton. Founded by Altus Koegelenberg and Jon Kral in 2004, Enoch’s Stomp sits upon 90 acres of beautiful rolling hills. Their wines are winning awards in competitions all over the world. The property sports 12 acres of grape vines including six varieties that are well suited for the East Texas territory. Fine dining is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. The tasting room is open for casual dining Wednesday through Sunday during regular business hours. The tasting room menu features light fare including pizzas, tapas, salads and dessert. Live music is performed by local artists Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the tasting room. 871 Ferguson Rd. (903) 2401587. www.enochsstomp.com

Best Animal Rescue

The Pegasus Project. Murchison. Horserescue team extraordinaire cares and finds homes for neglected, abandoned, or abused horses in Texas. (903) 469-3578, www.mypegasusproject.org

Best Annual Event Under 50k

Wonderland of Lights. Marshall. Conceived in 1987, Wonderland of Lights rivals the best Christmas lighting events in the country bringing close to 20,000 visitors each year. Millions of white lights illuminate the historic Harrison County Courthouse as downtown Marshall is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Enjoy an outdoor ice skating rink, catch a ride on the Holly Trolley, Wonderland Express, or the beautifully restored vintage 1948 Herschel carousel. Make memories

Best Winery: Enoch’s Stomp, Harleton

Logan’s Place. Mineola. This friendly spot is located in the old Beckham Hotel in historic downtown Mineola across from the train depot. Their vegetarian menu includes Avocado Wrap, Veggie Sandwich, Mushroom Grilled Cheese, and Egg & Cheese Sandwich. They also have sweet potato fries, veggie sides, and loaded baked potatoes. 113 E Commerce St. (903) 638-8320.

Best Winery

in Santa’s Village, a collection of tiny homes each featuring a fun, free activity. Bundle up and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride on one of three carriages through Historic Downtown Marshall, then grab your dancing partner and listen to live music at Telegraph Park downtown performed by local musicians, area churches and school choirs. 211 N. Washington Avenue, (903) 702-7777. www.wonderlandoflights.com

Over 50k

Tyler Rose Festival. Tyler. The first Tyler Rose Festival was organized by Tyler Garden Club members, local rose growers and the Chamber of Commerce in October, 1933 to showcase the importance of the rose industry to Tyler. Held annually in October, the Rose Festival brings thousands of visitors to Tyler. Events include a rose show, arts & crafts, the Queen’s coronation ceremonies, and most importantly, the Rose Parade, held on Saturday morning of the festival. 420 Rose Park Dr., (903) 592-1661. texasrosefestival.com Honorable Mentions: Harvest On Main, Mount Vernon; Wings Over Pegasus, Murchison; Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival; Heritage Syrup Festival, Henderson; Eagle Fest, Emory; Mardi Gras Upriver, Jefferson; Edom Art Festival

Best Antique Store

Main Street Mall. Denison. Located in Downtown Denison, Main Street Mall offers the best shopping experience around. With over 22,000 square feet and lots of vendors, it has a wide variety of antiques, vintage furniture, rustic decor, and just about everything else retro one can imagine. This is the shopping destination for pickers, glass collectors, sports card collectors, or any other vintage seekers. 500 W. Main. (903) 463-1230. www. mainstreetmalldenison.com

Best Art Gallery Under 50k

Culture Club. Winnsboro. The Culture Club in downtown Winnsboro finds a diverse collection of metal works, paintings of various styles, wood carvings, bronzes, pastels, jewelry, and photography. Artists enjoy gathering there and visitors can often see them working on a new piece. They are open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and for special events. 110 W. Erwin. (903) 285-2174. www.cultureclubgallery.com

Over 50

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is located in downtown Tyler. They have ongoing exhibitions featuring local artists. 110 W. Erwin. (903) 593-6905 www.downtowntylerarts.com

Best Cultural Destination

Edom. Local artists began settling in Edom more than 45 years ago and created an authentic tiny arts community that entices visitors throughout the year and thousands during their annual Edom Art Festival each fall. This year the founding artists were joined by several new businesses that represent more than 40 area artists and have weekly events that keep the town hopping on a regular basis. The Palate Dining Room offers gourmet cuisine and The Shed Cafe is good for those who enjoy country cooking and a good piece of pie. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot is about 10 minutes away on Interstate 20 and several cabins, B&Bs, and Airbnbs are nearby. Get more information on www. visitedom.com and contact individual businesses by phone before going. Some shops are open seven days a week, while others are open Thursday through Sunday.

Best Attraction Under 50k

Hall of Fame: Hopkins County, Sulphur Springs

Best B&B

Best Downtown

The Holbrook Bed & Breakfast. Mount Vernon. In 2017, the host of this bed and breakfast retired from the corporate world to follow his dream of owning and operating a Bed and Breakfast. He had always believed that service is the most important element in running a B&B and which includes small details. The B&B is a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, lovingly restored and appointed historic home close to the heart of Mount Vernon. Reviewers rave about their stays here. Some say, “The home has been beautifully restored and the king-size bed was very comfortable. Our breakfasts were delicious!” “We’ve stayed at many B&B’s over the years and this one has the most amazing host we’ve ever encountered.” “Paul goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable and well cared for.” 601 Holbrook St, (817) 917-6073. theholbrookbedandbreakfastmtvernontx.com Hall of Fame: Thee Hubbell House, Winnsboro

Best County Courthouse

Wood County. Quitman. The current Wood County Courthouse was designed and built in 1924 and 1925, after the previous one burned. The county added an annex in 1950, but the courthouse retains its Classical Revival style, with features including a grand stair with raised entry, a four-column temple front, and a full entablature with dentil molding and pediment. 100 S Main St. (903) 763-2716. www.mywoodcounty.com

Old Town Palestine. Proof that a “downtown community” doesn’t have to center around a courthouse or otherwise be centrally located, Old Town Palestine is a lively neighborhood of revitalized historic structures that has everything one needs within walking distance for a fun time. About two blocks west of the Anderson County Courthouse, this is where you’ll find many of the locals congregating for concerts or just sharing a beer or cup of coffee. Hambone’s Cajun Grill serves up beer and boiled shrimp, crawfish, and all the fixins for those that enjoy Cajun cooking. Shelton Gin often has live music and other special events. Wells Creek Crossing is a superb gift and home decor shop and adjacent to that is Cream & Coffee. A must experience is dining at Pint & Barrel Drafthouse, a pub-type environment with craft beer and delicious food — try the cup of Cheddar Poblano soup with a Green Grilled Cheese sandwich with a couple of Fried Green Tomatoes on the side. Be sure to leave room for amazing pie from Oxbow Bakery with so many homemade pies to choose from you may have to try a few. Nestled in the heart of Old Town is Fig Tree Manor Bed & Breakfast, or visitors can stay at Redlands Hotel just a few blocks away, and multiple hotel chains are available. (903) 723-3014, www. visitpalestine.com Hall of Fame: Winnsboro Continued page 12

Best Downtown: Old Town Palestine

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari. Jacksonville. Cherokee Trace is a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory. Enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve. From the comfort of one’s own vehicle, people can observe, feed, and photograph these beautiful creatures in a natural environment with miles of roads that seem like a whole different world. 1200 County Road 4405. (903) 683-3322. www. cherokeetrace.com

contest. 1 Nature Place. (972) 562-5566. www. heardmuseum.org

Honorable Mentions: Hopkins County Veterans Memorial, Sulphur Springs; Mineola Mini Train; Scarbrough Haven, Emory; First Monday Trade Days, Canton

Over 50

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. McKinney. Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. It exists to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve the priceless environment. The emphasis of the Heard’s education programs is children; however, it also offers programs that will interest visitors of any age. Different events are available throughout the year as well as a photo JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 11


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Best Getaway

Relax & Wine Down/Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards. Pittsburg. Relax & Wine Down was founded in 2017 by Carolyn DeWoody and Amber Green, a mother-daughter duo who sought to provide visitors with more than just a place to sleep, rather, a destination in which they could escape from the routines of everyday life, spend time together and enjoy all that East Texas has to offer. Their unique, concierge-style business model, luxury homes, and integrated partners program create a customized experience, making travel and vacation planning a breeze. Visitors can take a stroll next door to Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards on the weekends to enjoy live music and delicious wines and a menu that includes a chef’s special each week, tapas platters, salads, pizzas, burgers, pasta, and desserts. 514 County Road 1334. (903) 598-4667. www.relaxandwinedown.com

Best Gift Shop

Kasseigh’s. Mount Pleasant. In business since 1993, Kasseigh’s has recently undergone a change of ownership and has expanded their product offerings to include a wide variety of gifts, boutique apparel and accessories, home accessories, and custom home decor. Their brand line up includes Archipelago, Arthur Court, Band of Gypsies, Ben’s Garden, Brouk & Co., Brighton, Canoe, Cooper Pearl, Elan, Focus, GG, HOBO, Jag, Jack Black, Jodiful, Lennox, Melinda Maria, Milk Barn, Miss Me, Mudpie, Musee, Niven Morgan, Nora Fleming, Paddywax, Peepers, Splendid Iris, Thymes, Twelve Little, Vera Bradley, Violet and Brooks, Vin Glace, Waterford, Willow Tree, and Winton and Waits. 118 West Second Street. (903) 5722239. www.kasseighs.com

er in 1933. Until the store closed in 1992, Moore’s sold everything needed for day-today life in the country. Shoes lined the north wall, along with a row of theater seats customers sat in to try on merchandise. Horse collars hung on the back wall, along with BB guns. Coal oil (kerosene) was pumped from a metal drum out back where a water well and trough supplied the teams of horses that some farmers continued to use right up to WWII. Moore’s Store stayed open longer than most, but downtown Ben Wheeler dwindled to what some would call a ghost town for a couple of decades. In 2008, the late entrepreneur Brooks Gremmels began buying property and buildings and spruced up the town starting with Moore’s Store. After lots of hard work and heartfelt conviction for the historical building, Moore’s Store was brought back to life, opening its doors in September 2009 as a restaurant and live music venue. In an attempt to remain true to the building’s historical architecture, many of the original aesthetics of Moore’s was painstakingly retained and restored. A few new amenities were added including a sound system and performance stage for patrons to enjoy live music while they dine. 1535 FM 279. (903) 833-5100. www.mooresstore.com

Under 50k

Mineola Historical Museum. This museum is packed with more than 4,200 square feet of exhibits that show the history of the area. Once the town’s post office, the building continues to honor that part of history with original post office boxes and other memorabilia and a mural that shows how mail was transported at the intersection of the horse and buggy, train, and air travel. From the local theater to recording artists and politicians, museum curators pay homage to their native sons and daughters. 114 N. Pacific St. (903) 569-2631. www.mineola.com/community/ page/historical-museum

Over 50k

Best Improved Town

Best Nature Walk

Best Historic Building

Best Live Music Venue

Moore’s Store. Ben Wheeler. J.J. (Fat Daddy) Moore opened his 6,500-square-feet mercantile store in downtown Ben Wheel-

Best Museum

The Redlands Hotel. Palestine. This beautifully restored historic building is a destination all its own with comfortable guest suites, an art gallery, bar, fine dining at the Queen St. Grille, and a gift shop. It’s also centrally located to downtown shops and just a few blocks from Old Town Palestine. 400 N. Queen St. (903) 729-2345. www.theredlandshotel.com

Best Hotel

Tempest Golf Club. Gladewater. This scenic and challenging renovated golf course takes advantage of dramatic Piney Woods topography, with its rise and fall of almost 200 feet, incredible core golf vistas across as many as five holes in the routing’s lower confines, and a pair of holes that play across a fouracre freshwater lake. Public and member tee times and fees are available. 568 E. Wilkins Rd., (903) 984-5335. www.tempestgolfclub.com

Best Golf Course

Hall of Fame: Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler

Tyler Museum of Art. Encouraging arts education is one of the primary missions of the Tyler Museum of Art along with providing a cultural center that enriches the lives of residents and visitors alike. They do this through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts. Numerous exhibitions throughout the year introduce guests to visual artwork from the region and all over the world. 1300 S Mahon Ave. (903) 595-1001. https://tylermuseum.org

Ennis. Ennis is working through a master plan that has the city doing many projects that have a positive impact on its downtown. This year, they did a complete infrastructure update and beautification of Dallas Street. They hosted Ennis Autumn Daze as their first festival on the newly opened street to the delight of the community and visitors alike. They have a new Welcome Center downtown and several new businesses. Other plans include beautification of Knox Street, installation of outdoor speakers, and renovation of the Ennis Avenue underpass. (972) 878.4748, www.visitennis.org

Honorable Mention: Shops at 107, Quitman

outdoor backyard garden is often home to special events featuring live music including the Annual Tribute to Townes Van Zandt, Barstool Races, Junebug Summer Fair, Dia De Los Puercos, and more. Visitors often comment on the “Austin-quality” vibe at The Forge. 1610 FM 279. (903) 833-5970. theforgebenwheeler.com

The Forge Bar & Grille. Ben Wheeler. Local and touring singer-songwriters perform at The Forge four nights a week and an

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East Texas Arboretum. Athens. Guests enjoy wooded beauty, trees, flowers, and wildlife along two miles of woodland trails that include winding, spring-fed streams and a 115-foot suspension bridge. On the 100-acre arboretum is the historic Wofford House Museum, a reminder of early pioneer days complete with period furnishings, memorabilia, and a seasonal garden. 1601 Patterson Rd. (903) 675-5630. www.easttexasarboretum.org

Best RV Park

Silver Spur Resort. Canton. Opened in 2016, this location promises “ranch life with luxury flair.” They currently have 61 RV sites and 10 cabins with more scheduled for completion this spring along with climate-controlled covered wagons for overnight stays. They are a designated KOA (Kampgrounds


of America) and offer a variety of ongoing activities including day camps, murdermystery nights, two escape rooms, and live music and other special events. Their onsite restaurant, Q and Brew, offers authentic smokehouse-style barbecue, local craft beers, and assorted Texas wines. It is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. 13785 TX-19. (903) 420-1400. www.thesilverspurresort.com

Country Playhouse, Mineola. Taking on the lead role of Shrek in Lake Country Playhouse’s summer musical, Nelson Bond leads a full cast of fairytale friends to the delight of audience members who nominated him for this award.

Best Artist

Dr Pepper Mural. Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant has had a long history with Dr Pepper since it once was bottled downtown. Over the past 20 years Dr Pepper has restored their mural on the side of the oldest building on the downtown square twice. The latest restoration makes the mural one of the largest in the United States. (903) 5720613. www.mtpleasanttx.com

Randy Martin. Metal sculpture artist Randy Martin creates one-of-a-kind kinetic pieces that grace the yards and living rooms of his fans all over Texas and beyond. Some of his work includes his original creations of fish, mermaids, spinning bats, dragonflies, and shaman figures. He makes metal flower bird feeders and lotus flower water fountains. He creates from his home in Van and his work is featured at the Edom Art Emporium and at art shows all over the country. He teaches metal sculpture to adults and kids alike. He serves on local arts committees and helps produce local art shows. He has a strong conviction for the arts improving quality of life for all. (903) 570-6955, www.facebook.com/ ArtByRandyMartin

Best Slogan

Best Chef

Hall of Fame: Mill Creek Ranch RV & Cottage Resort, Canton

Best Sign

We Have a Nac for That. Nacogdoches. The oldest town in Texas uses this clever slogan in their invitations for visitors. (936) 5647351. www.visitnacogdoches.org

Best Stage

Hall of Fame: Frank Rumore, Four Winds Steakhouse; Jackson York, various locations.

Best Play

Suite Surrender. Winnsboro. Directed by Bob Hibbard at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, ”Suite Surrender” was a big hit in April. The story takes place in 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel — assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance. That is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30’s and 40’s. Stars of the play included Jim Hollowell, Claire Mounce, Kay McEntire, Val Vetter, Darla Pierce, Gale Gilbert, Roy Shockey, Becky Hibbard and Michael Phifer. (903)3420686, winnsborocenterforthearts.com

Best Community Theatre

Cherokee Civic Theatre. Rusk. This theatre company is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the dramatic arts. They present live concerts as well as four shows during September through April each year. They also offer a youth summer camp and look for other ways to perform, to entertain, and to introduce to as many as possible the delights of live theatre. 157 W 5th St. (903) 683-2131. www.cherokeetheatre.net Best Artist: Randy Martin

Texan Theater. Greenville. The intimate feel of the Texan Theater brings guests up close to entertainers ranging from Americana music stars to traveling shows from all over the world. Enjoying full four-course dinner as they watch, patrons can relax with spacious seating and friendly waitstaff. 2712 Lee St. (903) 259-6360. texantheatergreenville.com

Reynaldo Jandres. Marshall. Reynaldo Jandres is executive chef at the Ginocchio restaurant in downtown Marshall. He moved to the United States from El Salvado in 1978 and quickly found his place in the food industry. He trained under French, Italian, and Mexican chefs, learning techniques from each of them. He worked at the Village Grill in Shreveport for 28 years before coming to the Ginocchio. He takes a great deal of pride in ensuring his customers receive

consistently great meals. 707 N. Washington Ave., (903) 927-1400, www.theginocchio.com

Best Thrift Store

Emporium on Lower Main. Mount Vernon. Thrift stores used to be frequented more by antique lovers and nostalgia seekers but there’s a growing group of consumers that feel comfortable adding second-hand items to their shopping lists for themselves and for gifts. The pre-owned market is a savvy way for shoppers to save money, discover hardto-find items, and reuse, repurpose, and otherwise contribute to efforts to reduce landfill disposals. The Emporium on Lower Main buys and sells carefully curated midcentury, vintage, industrial, boho, eclectic products as well as used and rare furniture, books, and music. 204 Main St. (903) 5632987. www.facebook.com/emporiumonlowermain

Best Actor

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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

WINNSBORO CENT

Eliza Gilkyson January 18

Beyond the Pale February 15

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

TER FOR THE ARTS

Sofia Talvik March 14

Mary Gauthier w/ Jaimee Harris March 28

ASHLEY’S FLOWERS & SODA SHOP 306 E. Coke Rd. - (903) 342-0607

BEAUWEEVILS 205 N. Main - (903) 342-6800

5C HOME STORE 106 E. Elm St. - 5ccustomcreation.com

CLARA IDA FRANCES 219 N. Main St. - (903) 342-6137

ANI OAKLI CLOTHING CO 214 N. Main St. - (903) 342-2077

THEE HUBBELL HOUSE 307 W. Elm St. - (800) 227-0639

(903) 440-5392 FARMERS MARKET 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.

www.WINNSBOROCENTERFORTHE ARTS.COM

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snowbirds Feathered Visitors Bring Spectacular Shows To Southern Skies

Photos by Lisa Hilbers

Each year as the weather starts to cool here in the Upper East Side of Texas, it’s still a whole lot warmer than the northern parts of the United States and into Canada. That’s where many of the “snowbirds” come from that migrate through this part of the world on their way to the warm coastline of the state. Some even choose to stay here all winter and save themselves the extra miles. And some stay a little longer like the eagles — they often build their nests in the region and become more active and therefore visible in the winter.

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Photographer Lisa Hilbers of Wood County beautifully captures these birds each year as they make themselves at home in the region. Pictured clockwise starting below left: male Lesser Scaup on Lake Holbrook near Mineola; adult Ring billed Gull, Lake Fork; male Wood Duck, Lake Holbrook; male American Kestrel, Lake Tawakoni; American Coot, Lake Holbrook. Next pages are white Pelicans with Ring billed Gulls and Cormorants on Lake Fork, and a juvenile Ring billed Gull on Lake Fork. Last page, female American Bald Eagle, Lake Holbrook.


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Eagle Fest Set for January 18 in Emory Photo by Lisa Hilbers

The 25th Annual Rains County Eagle Fest takes place January 18 on the Rains County Fairgrounds in Emory, Texas, the official “Eagle Capital of Texas.” Lake Fork, Lake Tawakoni and the surrounding areas are nesting and feeding grounds for bald eagles and more than 260 other varieties and species of wild birds. The festival includes guided eagle viewing, bus and barge tours, educational presentations, live bird shows, nature exhibits, food, arts, vendors, and crafts. Some of the presentations and activities include: Last Chance Forever, showing birds in action; Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, with live birds and exhibits; Mitotilztli Yaoyollohtli Aztec Dance Company, who perform ceremonial dances with authentic and stunning regalia; and Wildlife on the Move, animal presenters dedicated to helping people of all ages become more knowledgeable about their natural world.

Bus and barge tours take guests around the lakes to see the eagles in their natural habitat. Bus tours are $10, barge tours $35. Seats are limited. For the barge tours, organizers recommend dressing in layers as the wind and frosty temperatures this time of year mixed with air coming off the water can make it extremely cold. Wear hats, scarves, gloves, and heavy coats to keep warm.

Blankets are also allowed. The barge tours are not recommended for children under the age of 11. No food or drinks are allowed. Professional cameras and video cameras are welcomed but with limited space keep equipment to a minimum. For more information and to buy tickets go to www.emorytx.com/eagle-fest.

Emory, TX Let us lure you

“The Land Between the Lakes”

FOUNDERS DAY June 4th - 7th Rains County Fairgrounds

SATURDAY JANUARY 18TH 2020 LIVE EAGLE & RAPTOR EXHIBITS, BUS & BARGE TOURS, INDIAN DANCERS, WILDLIFE SHOWS, VENDORS, & FOOD.

RAINS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Hwy 69 & 19. Emory, Texas 75440 903-473-3913

www.emorytx.com

381 381W. W.Lennon LennonDr. Dr. 903-473-0061 903-473-0061

1026 E. Lennon Dr. 903-473-2022

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THIS TIME OF YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR

JANUARY 5, 1854

First Telegraph in Texas Was Established in Marshall Telegraph wires were strung from treetop to treetop, and in many instances telegraph operators closed the offices and rode along the lines to make repairs when the wind swaying the trees caused breaks in the wires. The signals — collectively called Morse Code — translated into words that formed messages. The ability to transmit a telegraph virtually instantly over hundreds of miles displaced the need to send messages by a rider on horseback. By contrast, the telephone was patented 22 years later — in 1876 — but its widespread use in the U.S. was still a few decades away. By 1870 there was an estimated 1,500 miles of telegraph wire in Texas. Expansion was rapid up to 1890 as the transcontinental railroads completed lines across the state. A landmark in downtown Marshall, Texas, pays tribute to a form of communication that predated the telephone and helped lead to the growth of the new state of Texas. On January 5, 1854, the first telegraph company in Texas was chartered — just 10 years after the first telegraph message —- called a “telegram” — was transmitted in the U.S. by inventor Samuel Morse. The statue of two men receiving a telegraphed message recognizes this early Texas advancement. It is located in a slice of land called Telegraph Park, too.

The Texas and Red River Company opened its first office in Marshall on February 14, offering patrons connections with New Orleans via Shreveport and with Alexandria, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi. Marshall was a thriving city -- the fourth largest in the state at that time -- thanks in part to it being on a major stagecoach route and a city on the new railroad cutting through East Texas. The telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication. A telegraph system worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations.

Famous telegrams included the announcement of the first flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903 and the distress calls by the sinking Titanic in 1912. Then came telephones that gave people the ability to speak their message to someone listening at the call’s destination. By 1943 the Western Union Telegraph Company, which had begun operating in Texas in 1866, was the only telegraph company still operating in the state. The company closed the Marshall telegraph office — the oldest in the state — in 1972.

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Spread the Love on Valentine’s Day and All Year Long Visit someone in a nursing home • Practice random acts of kindness Thank a police officer • Give a card • Volunteer at an animal shelter Pass a book to a friend • Make a charitable donation • Spread positive gossip Cook a meal for someone • Give sincere compliments Tip your server well • Send a handwritten note • Be a good listener Mentor someone • Pay for the person behind you in line 22 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020


JANUARY 5

JANUARY 8, 1935

Remembering Elvis on His 85th Birthday Of his 100 shows in Texas, he performed in Gladewater (said to be his first paid gig in Texas), Gilmer, Paris, New Boston and Kilgore. Budding East Texas rockabilly Bob Luman (of Nacogdoches) described what it was like to see Presley at a show in Kilgore on May 20, 1955: “He made chills run up my back. Man, like when your hair starts grabbing at your collar."

Ellen DeGeneres To Receive the Carol Burnett Award Atlanta, Texas, high school graduate (1976) Ellen DeGeneres is being honored by the legacy of another funny woman when she receives the Carol Burnett Award at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The 77th Golden Globes take place Sunday, January 5 on NBC, recognizing excellence in film and television.

At the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on October 11, 1956, Presley entered the stadium in a Cadillac convertible, and a roaring throng of 26,500 greeted them to a reception of thousands of flashbulbs going off. American icon Elvis Presley would have turned 85 this year on his January 8 (1935) birthday. His ties to the Upper East Side of Texas are numerous. Presley got his start as a musical cast member of the Shreveport Hayride radio broadcast in 1954. That gave him a base to do concerts in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The late legendary DJ Tom Perryman spoke often on his radio show about his time with Elvis in East Texas and was instrumental in getting him Texas gigs. Events are scheduled for this milestone birthday for Elvis fans. One takes place January 10 at The Gladewater Opry. Read more about Elvis’ time in the region in the County Line archives.

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The comedian, actress, producer and daytime talk show host is the second recipient of the accolade, the first having been its namesake, Carol Burnett, who received the award last year. In a statement, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said DeGeneres is a “pioneer who has captivated audiences for nearly 25 years with her undeniable charm and wit.” They add the trophy honors DeGeneres as, “an advocate and philanthropist lending her voice to those who don’t have one, and spreading kindness and joy through the power of her platform.”

In 1895, 16-year-old Lyman T. Davis appeared on the Streets of Corsicana Texas, and began selling his “ranch” chili from the back of a wagon in front of the Blue Front Saloon.

DeGeneres has hosted her popular daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” for 17 years and announced last year that she extended her contract to host the show through 2022.

Although no one knew it at the time, Davis was beginning an odyssey that would lead to the foundation of a company destined to become a Texas and Southwest legend. By the early 1920s, the chili’s reputation had spread and Davis began

Well, It’s Been Too Long for 125 Years canning it. His pet wolf, Kaiser Bill, was selected to grace the label, and that’s how Wolf Brand Chili got its name. It’s famous trademarked slogan is, “Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili? Well, that’s too long.” The Texas Legislature declared chili as the official state dish in 1977. Learn more about Wolf Brand Chili at www. wolfbrandchili.com.

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LIFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT

Check out the eMAGAZINE www.countylinemagazine.com for extended event listings.

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

December 31

1920s Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner at The Mansion. Gladewater, Walker Manor Bed & Breakfast, (903) 845-7054, www.walkermanortx.com Fur Ball 2019, Tyler, The Cascades Country Club, (903) 600-4878, www.spcaeasttx.com/furball-2019/ Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Bash. Edom Art Emporium, (903) 920-2323, www. VisitEdom.com

Every Friday and Saturday

Historical Jefferson Texas Ghost Tour. Jefferson, The Kahn Saloon, (903) 665-6289, www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

Every Saturday The Angelina Arts Alliance (AAA) is proud to present the world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 5 at the Temple Theater in Lufkin. Starring Gregory Popovich, the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater features European-style circus extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs and even house cats. All of the pets are rescued animals and are trained using positive reinforcement techniques which enhances their natural abilities. As a fifth generation circus performer, Popovich learned early how to develop

strong bonds with the animals he rescues from shelters all over the country. He and his pets were finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” and have appeared on TV shows with Jay Leno and David Letterman and were featured on Animal Planet. This is a family-friendly event and there’s an animal food drive and an adoption taking place before and after the show. Patrons are encouraged to bring at least one bag of dry dog or cat food to support the animals served by local animal charities. For more information and to purchase tickets call (936) 633-5454, or go online at www.angelinaarts.org.

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Gateway Ghost Tours. Lewisville, Tierney’s Cafe, (972) 922-4675, www.gatewayghosttours. com

Through January 4

Mystery of the Christmas Star, Season of Light, and Let It Snow. Tyler Junior College Hudnall Planetarium, (903) 510-2312, www. sciencecenter.tjc.edu

Through January 31

Carmela’s Magical Santa Land. Longview, 6085 Hwy 259 N, (903) 757-3311, /www.facebook.com/pages/Carmelas-Mini-SantaLand/760213377359119

January 11

Mimosas at the Market. Throughout Downtown Corsicana, (903) 654-4850, www. visitcorsicana.com

January 11

Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Tours. Murchsion, Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch, (903) 469-3811, www.fundforanimals.org/blackbeauty/visit-the-ranch/

January 16-18

20th Anniversary of Pulpwood Queen Author & Book Club Convention. Jefferson Visitor’s and Tourism Convention Center, www. thepulpwoodqueens.com

January 18

Eagle Fest 2020. Emory, Rains County Fairgrounds, (903) 473-3913, www.emorytx. com/eagle-fest Feast of Saint Voloc. Ennis, The Telico Gin, www.willowdenfoundation.com continued page 27

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Brandon Maxwell Returns to Longview Speaks at Ceremony to Honor Compassionate and Dedicated Women By P.A. Geddie Fashion designer and Longview native Brandon Maxwell is the keynote speaker at “Stars Over Longview” at 11:30 a.m. January 9 at Maude Cobb Convention Center. The annual awards ceremony and luncheon is presented by Longview Regional Medical Center to honor women for their compassion and dedication to the Longview community. Maxwell’s fashion designs are frequently seen on powerful women over the world including Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, and Meghan Markle. He’s won many international awards for his designs and currently is a judge and associate producer on the TV series, “Project Runway.” Maxwell says his success was inspired by the strong women he knew growing up in Longview including his mother Pam Woolley, grandmother Louise Johnson, and teacher Neina Kennedy. In an interview with County Line Magazine in 2016 he said, “I think about it every day and how fortunate I am to be from Longview and finding great success. You have to find that area that’s your niche, your place, and find the people that like and support you. When you are a kid you need to know this is not the rest of your life. You can go somewhere else, but learn to be happy where you are. Find people that believe in you. So many things I’ve done would not have been possible without the support of people in Longview. I never would have known what the dreams were if I hadn’t clued in to people who helped find who I am.” More than 50 women were nominated this year for Stars Over Longview, each one making significant contributions to the community. The 12 women selected by Longview Regional’s Women’s Advisory Council

Photo by Inez and Vinoodh

as the 2020 Stars Over Longview are Dr. Darla Baggett, Mary Greenwaldt, Amber Hobbs, Jennifer Teague Jackson, Chandalyn Lewis Jenkins;, Gay Kirkland, Kelly Kinsey Overby, Caryn Pepper, Erika Rader, Mica Sterling, Mary Lou Stuckey, and Melissa Sutton.

Individual tickets are $30 and tables of eight are available for $240. To buy tickets, call (903) 553-7400. Learn more about Brandon Maxwell in an exclusive interview in the County Line archives.

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Rock Hounds Find Gem of a Deal Annual Gemstone & Jewelry Show Takes Place in Tyler

The 24th Annual Gemstone & Jewelry Show takes place January 24-26 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center in Tyler. Presented by East Texas Gem and Mineral Society (ETGMS), the three-day event takes visitors on an expedition sure to thrill aspiring or experienced archeologists, paleontologists, geologists, lapidary artists, or even average rock hounds. The show features demonstrations and vendors with gemstones, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and much more. There are amethysts and rose quartz and geodes with crystal surprises inside. There’s a colorful fluorescent mineral display, lapidary materials, flint knapping, wire wrapping, and the popular rock food table. The rock food table is a 35-year collec-

tion of natural rocks that look like food. A long table displays hundreds of items that delight and entertain viewers and fool some into trying to take a bite from time to time. One of the show coordinators, Kinney Polve, says each year they get a variety of visitors with a wide range of interests. “Some come for the artifacts. Some can relate to fossils forming millions of years ago. Some are into paleontology and want to know more about who was here. Some are interested in how the earth was formed and the different layers. Then others just like pretty rocks.” Polve says on the first day of the show they invite area schools to bring students in to learn about lapidary arts (cutting and polishing stone) and see

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a wide selection of gems and minerals not common to the area. “The kids get to see fossil displays and demonstrations of panning for gold and they learn about a lot of things they won’t see in a classroom setting.” The event also has a silent auction table, door prizes, raffles, and other activities. Tyler Rose Garden Center is located at 420 South Rose Park Drive. The show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children and students. For Friday education tours, teachers and school administrators can call (903) 978-0268 to schedule. For general public information, call (903) 316-2967 and visit www.etgms.com.


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Annual East Texas Gem & Mineral Show. Azalea Room, Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, www.etgms.org

January 25

Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Tours. Murchsion, Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch, (903) 469-3811, www.fundforanimals.org/blackbeauty/visit-the-ranch/

Krewe of Barkus. Historic Downtown McKinney, (972) 547-2660, www.mckinneytexas.org

January 23

March 8

January 30

March 14

January 31-February 16

North Texas Irish Festival. Dallas, Fair Park, (214) 821-4173, www.NTIF.org Barstool Races. Ben Wheeler, The Forge Bar & Grill, (903) 833-5970, www.theforgebenwheeler.com

ARTS

February 1

Freeze Your Fanny. Longview, Johnston Mcqeen Elementary, (903) 753-3281, www. FreezeYourFanny.com

February 7-9

Mardi Gras Upriver. Downtown Jefferson, (903) 665-2672, www.mardigrasuprivver.com

February 8

Annual Jazz Café. Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, (972) 938-3434 , www.spiritofwaxahachie.com/jazzcafe/ Mimosas at the Market. Throughout Downtown Corsicana, (903) 654-4850, www. visitcorsicana.com

SpongeBob the Musical. Longview, Belcher Center, (903-233-3080), www.belchercenter.com Rita Moreno. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org Noises Off! Allen’s Community Theatre, (844) 822-8849, allenscommunitytheatre.net

February 6

STOMP. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 5667424, www.cowancenter.org

Through January 4

7th Annual Men in the Arts Exhibit. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com

Through January 18

State of Wonder. Athens, Gallery 211, (903) 292-1746, www.artgallery211.net

Through February 16

Bold Lines: Works by Joseph Glasco. Tyler Museum of Art, (903) 595-1001, www.tylermuseum.org/josephglasco/

Through February 22

Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Tours. Murchsion, Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch, (903) 469-3811, www.fundforanimals.org/blackbeauty/visit-the-ranch/

Scott Simons Solo Exhibit. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com

Hearts for the Arts Gala. Greenville, The Emerald Ballroom, (903) 457-3100, www.ci. greenville.tx.us

That Day: Pictures In The American West. Tyler Museum of Art, (903) 595-1001, www.tylermuseum.org/laurawilson

February 14-16

January 25-March 1

Through March 15

February 8-9

The Inheritance. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com

February 21

Three Redneck Tenors. Longview, Belcher Center, (903) 233-3080, www.belchercenter.com/

February 22

Cinderella Meets Peter Pan on Ice. Greenville, Texan Theater, (903) 259-6360, www.TexanTheatreGreenville.com

February 23

Lend Me a Tenor. Sherman, SCP Main Stage, (903 )893-8525, www.scptheater.com

February 27

Cuentos Performed by David Gonzales. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org

February 28

Annual Canton Western Swing Valentine Party. Canton Civic Center, (903) 245-6300, www.wsmonthly.com/

Days of Old. Athens, Gallery 211, (903) 2921746, www.artgallery211.net

Wilde Creatures. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 457-3126, www. ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com

Ennis Czech Music Festival. Ennis, Sokol Activity Center,(972) 878-4748, www.ennisczechmusicfestival.com

January 28

Ladies’ Night at LMFA. Longview. LMFA ArtWorks, (903) 753-8103, www.lmfa.org

February 29

February 16

March 7

February 22

Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-off. Henderson, Downtown Heritage Square, (903).657.6551, www.visithendersontx.com/ Mardis Gras on Main Street. Historic Downtown Palestine, (903) 723-3014, www.visitpalestine.com Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Tours. Murchsion, Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch, (903) 469-3811, www.fundforanimals.org/blackbeauty/visit-the-ranch/

February 29

Annual ChiliFest. Greenville, Landmark on Lee Street, (903) 457-3100, www.ci.greenville. tx.us Vandi Gras. Van, McMillan Park, (903) 9637216,h www.vantx.com

March 7

Mardi Gras Texarkana 2020. Front Street Texarkana, www.mardigrastexarkana.com

For the Love of Art Show and Sale. Star Harbor City Hall, www.starharborws.org

February 25

Ladies’ Night at LMFA. Longview. LMFA ArtWorks, (903) 753-8103, www.lmfa.org

Cirque Eloize Hotel. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org Jeanne Robertson. Crockett Civic Center, (936) 544-4276, www.pwfaa.org

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Linda Lucas Hardy Solo Exhibit. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www. winnsborocenterforthearts.com

STAGE January 11

Criss Angel RAW: Mindfreak Unplugged. Bossier City, Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino, (800) 895-0711, www.caesars.com/horseshoebossier-city Jeanne Robertson. Longview, Belcher Center, (903) 233-3080, www.belchercenter.com

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Butterfly Snuggles Quilts Bring Joy To Deserving Children By P.A. Geddie My mother, Lucille Matthews Geddie, is an inspiration to me and so many others. At 94 years old, she lives her life so beautifully — with purpose, passion, and compassion for others. Her mother taught her to sew when she was just five years old and it’s something she’s loved doing ever since. She made my clothes for me when I was a child and was a master seamstress — other kids and their parents frequently wanted to know where I got the “latest fashions.” In early 2007, Mom had a stroke. While she was in the hospital, doctors discovered she had a cancerous tumor. They planned to remove it as soon as she regained her strength from the stroke. She came home and worked very hard with physical therapy several times a week to regain her strength. In time, she fully recovered from the stroke. She’s a really strong and determined woman that way. While she was recovering, she was also worried about the cancer and her upcoming surgery to remove the tumor. She needed something to help settle her anxious mind. She found out there was a need for baby blankets to give to children that are picked up from domestic abuse situations or who may have lost their parents in an accident. These kids usually end up in a police car then are taken to a child protective services facility. With her sewing skills still in tact, Mom thought this was something she could do to help others and herself at the same time. She had a supply of material collected over the yeas and she bought a few inexpensive pieces and began handstitching baby blankets that year as she waited for the surgery. It was a tremendous relief for her to know she was doing something she loved and that would help kids. 28 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

We made several trips to the ABC Room in Canton, a holding place for donated items for children in need. The staff never hesitated to let her know how much she was appreciated. Mom especially liked hearing how the kids reacted to the blankets and knowing they brought them comfort. We had struck up a friendship with Thelma Barker, owner of Sew N Sew in Canton, often getting material and thread there. Mom wanted to make more quilts but she’d long gone through what she’d collected at home and it was getting too expensive for her to do more than one or so a month. Soon, Thelma decided she’d like to help. So she began donating material for Mom to make the quilts. This meant Mom could make many more and that made her and those children feel good. Mom had her cancer surgery in the fall of 2007 and it was successful. They removed the tumor and her left kidney. After she recovered from that, she continued to make the baby blankets with Thelma’s continued generous donations. After my father passed away in 2011, Mom asked to go live at Canton Oaks where she had family and friends her age. She’s quite social and needs company and activities throughout the day, so it’s a good environment for her. The staff there is now part of our family. Any that have new babies or grandbabies coming ask Mom to make them a quilt and she loves doing that for them. They pay her for material that she gets on her own. For the charity quilts, Thelma gives Mom enough material to complete six per month that Thelma then takes to needy associations including the East Texas Crisis Center and Children’s Advocacy Center — wherever they are needed to help kids feel better. A couple of years ago some of the quilts


started going to a state orphanage in Waco. Some of the ladies from Mom’s hometown church, Colfax United Methodist, made a trip to Waco with quilts Mom and Thelma had made. Mom was disappointed that she wasn’t able to go, but Thelma represented them. A few weeks later, the orphanage director came and spoke at the church. Mom was there and was eager to hear him talk about the kids and the quilts. The director had met Thelma during the orphanage trip, but he hadn’t met Mom. One of the ladies introduced Mom saying this is “the other quilter.” The director looked so pleased and said, “So you are Lucille Geddie!” Mom was so surprised and asked him how he knew her name. He said, “Oh, Mrs. Geddie, you are famous where I come from.” Feedback like that keeps her going and feeling good about her contributions to the world. Since she started in 2007, Mom has made baby blankets that have comforted more than 1,500 children. The feeling of helping kids and mak-

ing a difference in their lives in some small way brings her as much comfort as she hopes the blankets bring to the children, she says. Over the years, with each batch of material she receives from Thelma, she cuts off about a four-inch strip for each one she makes to get it to the size she wants. She started collecting the scraps from the baby blankets years ago and set them aside. About a year ago she found she had more time on her hands in between the six quilts per month and started hand stitching the scrap pieces together, making bed-size quilt tops. I took one to a local machine quilter. Mom loves butterflies so we chose a butterfly stitch to hold the quilt together. Figuring she’s going to make more, she now has her own label for these larger quilts made from the baby quilt scraps called Butterfly Snuggles. That first one is on her bed and she remembers fondly every piece of fabric she worked on for the baby quilts. We got a second one done for a friend. And now she’s completed a third, and a fourth, and another on the way.

She works on the baby quilts and the larger quilt tops almost every single day. When she gets tired she reads a while or takes a nap. She is involved in lots of other activities too. She rides an exercise bike every morning for 20 minutes. She plays bingo and goes to birthday parties and enjoys dining with her friends three times a day. She gets her hair done every week and her fingernails painted almost as often. She gets dressed, complete with earrings and makeup, every single day and residents and their families often comment about how much she brightens their day. She enjoys greeting newcomers to Canton Oaks and visits with friends and the staff several times throughout each day. Yes, she’s an inspiration, and like the butterfly, she may take a rest every now and then, but she never forgets how to fly. Left: Seamstress Lucille Geddie in 2007 during her first year of making baby quilts for children in need. Top Right: The first full-size quilt made from the baby quilt scraps. Bottom Right: Lucille today with one of her Butterfly Snuggles quilts.

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ARTS & CULTURE

Artist Communicates Through Mosaic Sculptures By Judy Peacock Amy Haid Spence uses her stained-glass mosaic sculptures to communicate what she sees to the world. Spence was born in Longview then the family moved around a bit during her childhood. “My parents moved back here when I was in junior high,” she says. “Life moved me away as an adult yet I always dreamed of moving back home to East Texas.” Since 2010, she’s been living in a log home with her art studio looking out into the piney woods near Winnsboro. She’s always felt like an artist, she said, and her travels helped define her. “I feel like I knew as a child I was an artist,” she says, “but it took me some time to own that path for myself. When I lived in the Panhandle of West Texas I saw bright beautiful art and glass. We often went into towns like Santa Fe and Taos, and I loved all the vibrant jewelry and mosaics there. I’ve heard it said that whatever you were doing at the age of eight tells a lot about what you want to become, and I spent this time sketching anything and everything.” Art wasn’t a big part of her family, except for her grandfather who began writing in his later years. “He was a poet. After retiring as president of a bank, he started publishing books of his poetry, and he was writing his fifth book when he passed away. But other than Papa, I really had no other artists in my family so again, it took me a bit to own that part of me.” Part of claiming her authentic self came when she began singing. “I truly believe art is my first love but singing is also a love of mine, and I especially loved having the opportunity to tour and perform when I was younger,” she says. “One of my most memorable nights in singing was when I soloed for the Little Rock Symphony — it was completely magical.”

While touring Europe as a soloist at just 20 years old, she began to see mosaics in their churches. Although she didn’t yet think of herself as a stained-glass artist, a seed was planted. Spence worked in several art mediums for a while and when her son was six months old, she decided to try her hand at mosaics. Her first project was a six-foot-long dining room table.

ABOVE: Artist Amy Haid Spence; OPPOSITE Top Left, Clockwise: “Maverick,” the steer, is currently on exhibit at Bear Creek Smokehouse in Marshall; Her most recent piece is this zebra that contains 9,715 pieces of hand-cut stained glass; her small memorial horses use the actual hair from horses who have passed away; and “Haute Couture Fairy” was on display at The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine this past summer, one of only 10 artists pieces chosen for the main atrium. Above photo by Judy Peacock, others are Courtesy Photos.

“I was always known for biting off more than I could chew,” she says. But she completed it. “And the rest is history. I was hooked. My son is now 19 years old. He worked in mosaics with me from a young age and I call him my little glass baby because of it.”

“My large steer, ‘Maverick,’ was the beginning of not only a piece that I loved doing, but a true walk into my personal style. I had the vision for him long before I completed him, and he created a tremendous relationship with The Gaylord Texan.”

Besides mosaics, Spence creates different types of art including small garden stones, memorial horses using the actual hair from horses who have passed away, and different kinds of jewelry. She is most well known for her large art pieces.

The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine chooses 10 artists each year for their summer exhibit, and Maverick was chosen in 2017 as one featured in the main atrium of the resort where over 300,000 people could see him.

Her greatest achievement so far, she says, is a life-size piece currently on exhibit at Bear Creek Smokehouse in Marshall through April 2020.

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SPENCE continued from page 30 The time and effort that goes into creating these large pieces is extensive. “I learned to sculpt in polystyrene, where I apply a layer of fiberglass, a layer of concrete or epoxy and then apply the glass piece by piece,” Spence explains. “So for instance, on Maverick, he is about 15,000 pieces of hand-cut glass, but to fit each piece well, you have to cut down each one most likely five to 10 per piece, which can accumulate up to 150,000 cuts for the final sculpture.”

Spence attends various art shows. “I spend a lot of time in the studio but I truly love meeting people at my shows. I love to hear their journey and what dreams they have. I usually am looking up new things to be inspired by.” She is always on the lookout for new art forms and is currently learning about working with cold wax painting.

She’s hoping one day to speak for a TEDx Talk and wants to create a series of work for museums.

Always open to new creative projects, Spence has a long list of things she wants to accomplish.

“I feel like by starting out in life unsure of my true voice, I now work hard to protect that part of me and I have a very strong passion for helping others find their voice and keep it. As a child I don’t think I was actually unsure of my voice, but I let others sway me into not honoring those beliefs.”

It took her more than 500 hours to create Maverick and she says it’s healthy for her.

“I have two children’s books I have written and I want to illustrate them in glass. It will be a long project because each piece will need to be in large format to gain the detail in each page I want to achieve.”

“I think God gave me this art form to slow my mind down and keep me in the present moment as it’s quite meditative for me,” she says.

She’s also starting a series of large Native American War Horse-style sculptures, inspired by her dad’s love of horses.

Her most recent piece is a zebra named “Mistari Maridadi,“ which means beautiful stripes in Swahili. It contains 9,715 pieces of hand-cut stained glass and took more than 337 hours of work and is now with a private collector.

“My Dad was a horse breeder and we spent a lot of time in horse barns and competitions, which made me love the silhouette of the horse and its majestic qualities. They represent a freedom to me and confidence.”

“Girl empowerment” is a theme that runs through many of her activities and she is working to develop resources for young women to grow in their identity and self worth.

Spence mentors children and holds art camps each year. She also leads a mastermind group in Tyler where other artists join in a Skype call to discuss questions about their art and network with other artists. No matter what she’s involved in on any given day, Spence says she’s always thinking about art and that makes her smile. Visit www.amyhaidspencestudio.com to learn more.

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The Grandeur of the West Photographs in the American West by Laura Wilson Spotlighted at TMA

The grit of the West as captured through the lens of renowned photographer Laura Wilson is on display through March 15 in the North Gallery at the Tyler Museum of Art (TMA). Taken over a span of more than three decades, the images in “That Day: Photographs in the American West” explore the places and individuals — from legendary cattle ranches to six-man football teams — that shaped and define one of the nation’s most dynamic regions.

Donny Baize, J.R. Green Cattle Company, Shackelford County, Texas (1997) by Laura Wilson

“I took these pictures in the West from 1979 to 2012,” Wilson says. “I was drawn to people who live in an enclosed world — those people who live in isolated communities, whether by circumstance or accomplishment. I photographed what interested me. ‘That Day’ is a recollection of those interests and concerns.” General Museum admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. TMA members, students, children under 12, TJC faculty and staff, and City of Tyler employees are admitted free. The TMA, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Avenue across from Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; the Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. For information, call (903) 5951001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.

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STAGE Tickets On Sale for Inspiring Local Musicals Family-friendly The SpongeBob Musical takes place at 7 p.m. January 23 at the Belcher Center in Longview. The New York Times declares this show “brilliant.” Its creators bring to life the Nickelodeon series with humor, heart, and pure theatricality and shows where the power of optimism really can save the world. At 7:30 p.m. February 21, the Belcher Center features the musical adventure, 3 Redneck Tenors. The cast trained at the Julliard School of Music and have performed worldwide in places like The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and Tokyo Opera House. Throw in stand-up comedy and improv and these Texas boys present the complete entertainment package. Children under five years of age are not admitted. Get tickets by calling (903) 233-3080 and more information on www.belchercenter.com. Tickets go on sale February 24 for UT Tyler Cowan Center’s presentations of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical March 26 and Menopause the Musical April 2. Beautiful tells the Tony and Grammy award-winning inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music — she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Some of King’s songs include “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “It’s Too Late,” “So Far Away,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” Menopause The Musical is a “hilarious celebration of women and the change.” Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, and night sweats. The funny musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s and often gets the audience dancing in the aisles. For tickets call (903) 566-7424 or visit www.cowancenter.org to buy online. 34 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020


Enjoy Shopping, Dining & Entertainment in Historic Mineola, Texas in 2020!

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MineolaMainStreet.com Tickets available through Eventbrite.com COMING SOON

Main Street Farmers Market

MINEOLA NATURE PRESERVE 7:30 a.m. until sunset

Tyler Museum of Art 1300 South Mahon Avenue • Tyler, TX www.tylermuseum.org

Mini Train Rides at Iron Horse Square next to the Depot

MINEOLA HISTORICAL MUSEUM 114 Pacific St (Hwy. 69) Free. Open Thur, Fri, Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

RAILROAD MUSEUM Restored 1906 Mineola Depot 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. 7 days a week. FREE

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FILM

Local Designer Helps Launch Extreme Series Courtesy photo

Vanessa Price of Cade Republic in Edom is Senior Design Producer of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which returns to HGTV Sunday, February 16. Season 10 is hosted by Jesse Ferguson and features on camera designers Breegan Jane, Carrie Locklyn, and Darren Keefe. The original series was hosted by Ty Pennington from 2003 to 2012 on ABC. The series showcases great stories, inspired volunteers, and home renovations for families who give back to their communities. The whole-home overhauls include interior, exterior, and landscaping — all completed within seven days while the family is sent away for a week. Price spent this past year splitting time between Edom and Los Angeles and

helped get the show’s reboot back up and running. This is her sixth season with the show. Price works with the off-camera design team under the direction of Veronica Valenica. They gather family information for design pitches, do prep work and research, order materials, and help execute the interior design of the homes with the build team. “I lead the Mosley Family episode (in the February 16 premiere) and (the upcoming) Washington Family episode with special guest Ty Pennington. Yes, he is sunshine in person, talented, and handsome to boot,” she says. Price’s specialty areas include reintroduction of the families sentimental

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items, kitchens and appliances, and warm functional design. “Our Extreme design team is talented, kind, and intensely hard work,” she says. “It is an incredibly rewarding job.” Her design business, Cade Republic, offers a local version of this to clients in Northeast Texas. She also has a small shop of well-curated home decor and holistic gifts located at 8261 FM 279 in downtown Edom. Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or shop by appointment. Price is hosting an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition pre-premiere party on Saturday February 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit www.caderepublic.com or call (818) 720-5835 to learn more.


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Pulpwood Queens Celebrate Anniversary It was January 18, 2000, when Kathy L. Murphy opened Beauty and the Book, a hair salon and book store combo in Jefferson, Texas. She started the Pulpwood Queens Book Club and it’s grown to chapters nationwide and in 15 foreign countries. Each year they hold a Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend (they invite the Timber Guys Book Club too) that hosts numerous book authors and literacy activities and culminates with the Great Big Ball of Hair Ball. This year’s 20th anniversary event takes place January 16-18 at the Jefferson Tourism & Transportation Convention Center at 205 E. Austin Street. For tickets and more information, visit www.thepulpwoodqueens.com. For this big anniversary, Murphy is premiering a new book, “The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years.” It is edited by Susan Cushman, published by Brother Mockingbird and is an anthology full of stories, essays, and poems all written by the Pulpwood Queens and guest authors. The foreward is by Robert Hicks and afterward is by Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director of The Pat Conroy Literacy Center. The book’s launch party takes place Friday at the convention and they will have copies there for purchase. Others can purchase through the website.

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MUSIC December 31

New Years Eve w/Mike Freiley & Lava Bomb. Canton, Wine Down, (903) 275-2465, www.facebook.com/WineDownCanton/ Jenn Ford & the Wide Eyed Devils at XLN. Tyler, XLN on 5th, (903) 535-7956, www.facebook.com/XLN.ON5TH.POOLHALL/ Ambush. Kilgore, Back Porch, (903) 9848141, www.thebackporchkilgore.com/

January 4

Tuxedo Cats. Ben Wheeler, Moore’s Store, www.mooresstore.com

January 5

Mix & Match Women’s Voices. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www. winnsborocenterforthearts.com

January 11

Untold Story. Ben Wheeler, Moore’s Store, www.mooresstore.com

Kyser Musical Products, Inc., is kicking off its 40th anniversary, commemorating the brand’s 1980 incorporation and a storied history of growth from humble East Texas roots into one of the foremost crafters of handmade capos and fretted instrument accessories in the world. This milestone 40th year not only celebrates Kyser’s long-standing commitment to empowering artists globally, but also recognizes that commitment as a core philosophy of the company’s late founder, Milton Kyser. “The year 2020 is a time for reflection, but also innovation,” said Kyser owner and President Meredith McClung, who is also Milton Kyser’s great-niece. “As we look back on Uncle Milton’s contributions to music-making and his commitment to the craft, we look forward to how we plan to evolve that legacy through new products and ideas. We celebrate our 40th anniversary with the utmost respect and pride in what we’ve accomplished, and approach the next 40 with even more momentum. It’s our hope to create greater artistic impact globally, but still embrace our authenticity as a brand, and never forget where it all began.” Kyser is most widely recognized for inventing the Quick-Change capo, which revolutionized the possibilities of acous-

tic and electric guitar performance with its efficient and versatile design. From there, Milton Kyser created the Kyser Musical Products brand on a firm foundation of craftsmanship and community. Even after Milton Kyser’s death in 2012, Kyser has remained consistent in producing all of its capos by hand, maintaining the integrity of the original Quick-Change design, instilling a sense of unity between factory employees, fans, retailers and artists alike. In celebration of this anniversary and Milton Kyser’s profound impact on the musical community, Kyser will unveil a commemorative capo, available in highly limited quantities of 2,020 units. Beginning in 2020, as part of its commitment to empowering future musicians for another 40 years, the company will present 40 of these capos to emerging artists, individuals and organizations who have demonstrated profound influence and impact on today’s music landscape. The official anniversary festivities kick off at the 2020 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Anaheim, California, on January 16-20. For more information about Kyser Musical Products, visit www.kysermusical. com.

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The Bellamy Brothers. Royse City, Southern Junction, (972) 771-2418, www.southernjunctionlive.com

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Eliza Gilkyson. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com The Rough and Tumble. Edom, The Old Firehouse, (903) 852-2781, www.theoldfirehouse.net

January 23

Spongebob the Musical. Longview, SE Belcher Center, (903) 233-3080, www.belchercenter.com

January 24

Steve Wariner. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 457-3126, www. ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com

January 25

Brahm’s First Piano Concerto. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.utxt-internet.choicecrm.net/ Wes Jeans at XLN. Tyler, XLN on 5th, (903) 535-7956, www.facebook.com/XLN.on5th.poolhall/

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Phil Vassar. Greenville, Texan Theater, (903) 259-6360, www.TexanTheatreGreenville.com

February 1

Asleep At The Wheel. Crockett Civic Center, (936) 544-4276, www.pwfaa.org Rupert Wates. Edom, The Old Firehouse, (903) 852-2781, www.theoldfirehouse.net


Eagles Perform in Dallas On 2020 Tour Don Henley left little Linden, Texas, as a young man and set his sites on the big stage and he scored big time as one of the cofounders of the band the Eagles. The Eagles are planning massive performances of their album “Hotel California” during their 2020 tour. Performances of the band’s 1976 album includes a 46-piece orchestra and a 22-voice choir. Organizers say that in total, 77 musicians are expected to be on stage while Eagles perform hits from the album including “New Kid in Town” and “Life in the Fast Lane.” Photo by David McCliste

The Eagles Hotel California 2020 Tour band includes Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey (son of the late Eagles front man Glenn Frey) and Vince Gill. The tour kicks off February 7 in Atlanta and ends April 18 in Los Angeles. Stops will include New York, Dallas, Houston and San Francisco. They perform three shows at the American Airlines Center on February 29, March 1, and March 17. Tickets are $149-$299 per person. Read an exclusive interview with Henley in the County Line archives, www.countylinemagazine.com.

Robin & Linda Williams. Dallas, Poor David’s Pub, (214) 565-1295, www.poordavidspub.com/

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 457-3126, www. ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com

B J Thomas. Corsicana, The Palace Theatre, (903) 874-7792, www.corsicanapalace.com

February 14 An Evening of Romance. Longview, Trinity Episcopal Church,903-236-9739, www. longviewsymphony.org/concerts-events/concerts/

February 15 Curtis Grimes. Yantis, Neon Moon Restaurant and Club, (903) 383-7008, www.texasneonmoon.com Glenn Miller Orchestra. Greenville, Texan Theater, (903) 259-6360, www. TexanTheatreGreenville.com Beyond the Pale. Winnsboro Center for the Arts, (903) 342-0686, winnsborocenterforthearts.com Daily & Vincent. Greenville Municipal Auditorium, (903) 457-3126, www. ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com

The Pointer Sisters. UT Tyler Cowan Center, (903) 566-7424, www.cowancenter.org

February 22

Three Redneck Tenors. Longview, SE Belcher Center, (903) 233-3080, www.belchercenter.com Jeff Black. Edom, The Old Firehouse, (903) 852-2781, www.jeffreylancephotography.com/ theoldfirehouse/concerts.html Little Texas along w/The Keith Mitchell Band. Royse City, Southern Junction, (972) 771-2418, www.southernjunctionlive.com One Night In Memphis. Crockett Civic Center, (936) 544-4276, www.pwfaa.org

February 29

Sherman Symphony Orchestra’s Late Winter Concert. Sherman, 903 Brewery, (903) 267-3227, www.shermansymphony@ gmail.com

March 6

Asleep at the Wheel - 50th Anniversary. Mt. Pleasant, Whatley Center for Performing Arts, (903) 434-8181, www.whatleycenter.com/

March 7

Friction Farm. Edom, The Old Firehouse, (903) 852-2781, www.jeffreylancephotography. com/theoldfirehouse/concerts.html Annual Tribute to Townes Van Zandt. Ben Wheeler, The Forge, (903) 833-5970, www.theforgebenwheeler.com

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Steve Wariner Takes Greenville Stage Four-time Grammy-award winning artist Steve Wariner is performing January 24 at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is a troubadour in the music industry and continues to inspire artists today. More than 20 albums and five decades into his career, Wariner has become a modern-day multi-genre icon, earning 14 No. 1 hits and more than 30 Top 10 singles including “The Weekend,” “Your Memory,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Small Town Girl,” “Life’s Highway,” “You Can Dream of Me,” and “Holes in the Floor of Heaven.” He has an extensive list of industry awards and in October he was inducted into the prestigious Musicians Hall of Fame. Throughout his illustrious career, he’s been inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, the Music City Walk of Fame, and is one of only five guitar players in the world to be given the “Certified Guitar Player” (CGP) award by Chet Atkins. As an award-winning songwriter, he has composed songs for Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”), Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), as well as the three week No. 1 smash, “Longneck Bottle,” by Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks. Wariner has also penned songs for Country Music Hall of Fame members Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty, Bill Anderson and Don Williams; and many more. Born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1954, the Noblesville, Indiana, native got his start in music at the tender age of 10 playing bass guitar. A few years later, he played drums in his father’s band. One night while performing in an Indianapolis club, Country Music Hall of Fame member, Dottie West, happened to be there and spotted the talented teenager. The 17-year-old moved to Music City and played bass for three years with her and eventually signed to her publishing company as a songwriter.

After he left her organization, Wariner toured and recorded with Grand Ole Opry star Bob Luman. In the 70s, Wariner’s life and career forever changed when he connected with his idol and guitar extraordinaire, Chet Atkins. Although he played the Opry since 1973 when he debuted as bass guitarist with Dottie West, a lifelong dream came true on May 11, 1996, when Wariner was asked to join the Grand Ole Opry as a member. He sang “A Woman Loves,” a

duet with Bill Anderson on “Tips Of My Fingers,” and Chet Atkins joined Wariner on “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” Today, he continues to captivate audiences with his sensational voice and guitar prowess and is recognized through his portfolio of work spanning Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Jazz and Pop. Tickets are $29-$79 for the GMA show. Visit www.showtimeatthegma.com to purchase. For more information call (903) 457-3126.

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Czech Please Bakery Features Authentic Kolaches and Klobs

By Judy Peacock Sandy Ferrell begins her days at 1 a.m. so that her customers at Czech Please Microbakery have the freshest warm baked goodies each morning. From her small store in East Mountain, Texas — between Longview and Gilmer — she makes traditional Czechoslovakian pastries five days a week. Included are about a dozen different flavors of kolaches, six or more flavors of klobasniky (or Klob for short), huge halfpound, delicious cinnamon rolls, and more. With only a few exceptions, Ferrell makes all the ingredients herself, including her special recipe sweet cheese used in the cheese kolaches. Ferrell says she wants to teach East Texans what a real kolache is. “Most East Texas bakeries have mistakenly named their ‘pig in a blanket’ a kolache,” she says. Kolaches are a type of pastry that hold a dollop of fruit, rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough. Farrell takes great care to make her kolaches round, rather than fill the pans with them so that they bake together and become square. That is because the word kolache originates from the Czech word kolo, meaning wheel or circle. The kolaches at Czech Please contain many different flavors — apple, apricot, blueberry, blackberry, pear, poppy seed, buttered pecan, raspberry, fig, sweet cheese, spiced plum, and more. Klobs more closely resemble the “pig in a blanket,” as it is dough surrounding meats and cheeses, and Ferrell offers many different varieties including smoked sausage; jalapeno cheddar sausage; spicy boudin; hot link; bacon, egg, and cheese; and tater tot, egg, and cheese. Hand making all the dough, fillings, and other ingredients is important to her.

Sandy Ferrell bakes fresh food including authentic kolaches five mornings a week for her growing list of customers. Photo by Judy Peacock.

“I love it,” she says. “It is a labor of love, not just something that you whip up.” On a slow day, the average amount of bread she makes and serves is 50 pounds. Many days, it is much more than that. She has an idea of how much she needs each day by checking pre-orders on Facebook when she first wakes up. Customers can check Facebook for the pastry flavors of the day and to know what’s in her Grab & Go case. She prepares take-home food such as pizza, chicken spaghetti, cheesesteak, broccoli and rice casseroles, and more. She also makes chicken salad sandwiches, salads, chili con queso, and hummus. Ferrell first started sharing her cooking skills at the Longview Farmers Market. She worked a 9-5 Monday through Friday retail job, then cooked all night Friday to take about 200 kolaches, 100 cinnamon rolls, and sometimes more items with her Saturday morning. Selling out in a couple of hours, she said, gave her the confidence to open her own shop in February 2019. Ferrell self-taught herself how to cook.

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She is German on her dad’s side and Czech on her mom’s side. She began trying to make her German grandmother’s cinnamon rolls. She tried a lot of different recipes and after two years of trying, she finally got it right. When she did, her dad told her that if she could do that, then she could learn to cook kolaches. She says, “I always knew I wanted to cook. I used to have a goal to be the executive chef at Summit Club (in Longview). To say that I have exceeded my expectations is an understatement.” She uses vision boards and works hard towards her goals and dreams. Her next goal is to expand her shop to include a salad bar, soups, and paninis for people to dine in at lunch. Beyond that, she wants to get a bigger place where she can put together a distribution center, make, and ship her products. Czech Please is located at 1801 FM 1844, East Mountain, Texas and their phone number is (903) 238-6928, or reach out to Ferrell through Facebook. Pre-orders and messages can be left there. Go to www.facebook.com/CzechPleaseETEX.


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