September/October 2022 County Line Magazine

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4 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 SEE WEBSITE EXTRAS! CONTENTS 8 COVER: Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery E Q D A 28 26 14 FEATURES 8 Regional Wine Tours Lekker Wine Tours is showing off all the great wineries and vineyards in the Upper East Side of Texas. By Lisa Tang 14 Shopping Cypress Creek Square Four towns surrounding the lakes of Cypress Creek offer guests hidden treasures. By Judy Peacock DEPARTMENTS 5 Editor’s 16LIFESTYLENote&ENTERTAINMENTFireAntFestival,KevinJames,Magic & Mahem, Hot Pepper Festival ARTS & CULTURE 26 Art by Ellie Taylor at Longview Museum 27 Live Demonstration and Music in Edom Mineola Mural Shows Solidarity 28 Edom Art Festival Celebreates 50 Years 30MUSICSunny Sweeney, Bob Wills Fiddle Fest, Texas Tenors, Chicago 32 Lloyd Maines Album Release 33 Winnsboro Classical and Western Acts 35 Texas Sounds International Music FOOD & DRINK 36 A Shakshuka Morning 37 Fall for Tasty Falafel 37 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 M A G A Z I N Ecounty line TREASURE HUNTING FIRE ANT FESTIVAL ELLIE TAYLOR MINEOLA MURAL SHAKSHUKA MORNING WESTERN SWING EDOM ART FESTIVAL LLOYD MAINES TEXAS SOUNDS Wine & C n y Wine C n y

Other forms of Texas culture are also drawing interest from near and far. Texas music has millions of interna tional fans and many Country Western singers from Asia, Africa, and Europe have found audiences who enjoy their versions of Texas music. Dozens are coming from around the world to per form at the 2022 Texas Sounds Inter national Country Music Awards tak ing place October 13-16 at Memorial City Hall in Marshall.

Winnsboro Center for the Arts also celebrates Texas’ role in Western cul ture with an October Roundup Cow boy Music and Poetry Concert on October 29 featuring award winning acts from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Accom plished country Western musicians Kristyn Harris and Hailey Sandoz also take the Bowery Stage in Winnsboro October 8. The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival in Greenville November 4 and 5 and the exhibit of Texas portraits by Ellie Tay lor at the Longview Museum of Fine Art are two more events that celebrate the arc of Texas’ cultural influence. Lisa Tang

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Dear SometimesReaders,it takes someone from the outside to recognize the quality offered in a particular region. In this issue you’ll meet the Juays family, who hail from South Africa. They moved here because they liked the ambience of the region where the number of wineries has grown to more than 30 and some are winning national awards. The interest in wines and viti culture has inspired them to start a new business known as Lekker Wine Tours.

The Juays have years of experience in the hospitality industry and are remark ably impressed with the region’s winer ies, but who knew they were that good?


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Lekker (pronounced le-kah) is a slang term in Afrikaans — the native language of South Africa — and a nod to the fam ily’s homeland. The family emigrated from the cosmopolitan country at Afri ca’s southern tip in 2005.

The tours combine the Juays’ know-how Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery (above) was es tablished in 2009 on 90 acres of land in the commu nity of Harleton north of Marshall. The vineyard of fers tastings, tours, a full-service restaurant, weddings, and cabins for overnight stays. Photo By Lisa tang. (Opposite page, top) Tony Juays drives this Lekker Wine Tour bus so guests can enjoy the wines. Photo By Lisa tang (Bottom) A tasting session at Walker’s Mill Vineyard. Photo By tony Juays


By Lisa Tang A tour bus winds up an idyllic suntouched hill at Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery north of Marshall. Visitors delight in the picturesque rows of grape vines and anticipate tasting the wines. They listen intently as their tour guide describes the winery’s brief history. When the bus parks at the top of the hill passengers disembark and enter a spa cious wine tasting room and restaurant. They sit casually at a wooden table and look over menu cards listing the wines while soaking in the sights and sounds. A barista explains that each variety is made at the vineyard with a specific pur pose and flavor in mind. Dry, sweet, or in between. Red, rosé, blush, or white. The card describes the specific blend of each and guests are told to select three categories of wines. The barista returns with wine bottles and glasses and pours a scant ounce of each variety. Before pouring she names each wine and describes its flavor. Guests comment on the flavors. Some dump wines they dislike into a bucket while others sip them gingerly. Everyone finds something they like. Rating the wines helps guests plan the wines they want to buy before depar ture. Variety was definitely a highlight at Enoch’s tasting room. Everyone in the tour group enjoyed a sweet light blush wine called Susan’s Secret but all were tastefully Meanwhile,pleasant.tour guides Melanie and Tony Juays sit quietly at a side table on the other side of the tasting room. Tony is driving the tour bus to two more loca tions and Melanie has lots of informa tion to share about wineries and viticul ture. Both hand out snacks and small water bottles as tourists return to the van. The Juays are sharing their love for the richness and flavor of wine through their new touring business, Lekker Wine Tours. They want guests to view the beautiful countryside while learning about the Upper East Side of Texas re gion’s 30 wineries.

The term “lekker” offers a variety of meanings, says son and business partner Garrett Juays. “Its direct translation is ‘nice,’ but we’ll use it for everything — delicious, whole some, amazing — but not pompous or prestigious,” Garrett says. “[It means] we’re going to have a great time; we’re going to have a lekker time; it’s going to be very engaging but it’s not stuffy.”

Guests Climb Aboard for Regional Wine Tours

The name Lekker Wine Tours is a delib erate choice.


A lot of ideas have come through and we’re definitely not afraid of starting new Someideas.”of the family’s enterprises is pay roll, human relations, and bookkeeping, which they did for Walker’s Mill Vine yard in Hallsville. As Melanie became more familiar with the region’s wine business she began thinking about the possibility of hosting tours.

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“It just seemed like we were lacking in East Texas somebody who would take people around to wineries and get to meet the owners, see their passion for what they were doing, [and] hear their stories of how their vineyards came about,” she says.

The current tour is along the Lekker Wine Tour’s so-called Lantana Region — Marshall, Jefferson, Gilmer, Naples, Pittsburg, Longview, and Kilgore. The Juays chose names of hardy native Texas plants for each of their four wine tour Toursregions.of three other regions are also available. The Azalea Region includes wineries in Athens, Trinidad, and Pales tine and the Petunia Region tours estab lishments in Canton, Lindale, and Mine ola. The Rose Region includes Tyler and outlying communities.

Walker’s Mill Vineyard in Hallsville is the second stop on the Lantana day’s three part journey. The winery owned by Art and Adriana Strahan is impeccably ap pointed and features rows of muscadine grapes — the only grape variety native to East Texas. Wines made from muscadines have a deep red flavor that lends itself well to sweet and dessert wines. A barista leads the tasting by explaining each bottle’s name, blend, and flavor. A favorite at this stop is the blueberry wine — the only wine not made with muscadine grapes.

business is the story of three best friends who happen to be mother and father and son,” Garrett says. “And all three of us are very entrepreneurial.


Dessert is a rich pecan pie which he serves with a wine called Britt’s Par amour made with grapes from Napa Valley. He also introduces a wine called Pinot Tage — a South African wine and blend of Pinot Noir. The Juays are not the region’s only wine connoisseurs originally from South Af Formerrica.

South African farmer Altus Koegelenberg moved with his family to Texas in 2001 and opened Enoch’s Stomp with Texas restaurateur Jon Kral. They installed a winery in a renovated barn and opened in 2009. The winery


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Walker’s Mill Vineyard (top left) features rows of muscadine grapevines in a picturesque setting. Photo By Lisa tang (Left) Melanie Juays (left) and Adri ana Strahan enjoy wines from Walker’s Mill. Photo By tony Juays Britt Davis of Britt’s Wine & Dine (opposite page, top) uncorks wines for a food pairing event. Photo By travis Perkins (Bottom) Davis’s bourbon peach vanilla chicken with buttery mashed potatoes and green beans paired well with his dry rose´. After visiting Walker’s Mill and tasting the wines it’s easy to see why the Strah ans dreamed of developing Walker’s Mill into the gem of a winery it is today. The bus heads to Kilgore where Britt’s Wine and Dine is the third stop. The restaurant occupies the cafeteria of a former elementary school and offers a spacious and open dining room with a full-length bar. Wine tastings are paired with a threecourse dinner on this tour — which can be arranged by request. The cuisine and wines are handmade by proprietor Britt Davis. He is a self-described foodie who makes his own wines from grapes grown in West Texas. Davis introduces each wine as it’s served and explains his choice. The highlight of the dinner is a buttery chicken leg and thigh roasted in a bourbon vanilla peach glaze and paired with his dry rosé Jess & Judy Daviswine.encourages guests to trust their own palates as they sample wines. “The flavor should really roll across your tongue with this wine,” he says.

Juays’ international experience has helped them identify the quality of win eries in the Upper East Side of Texas and they’re eager to spread the word about their tours.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 11 has experienced growth of 20 percent per Kiepersolyear. south of Tyler is another win ery founded by former South African farmer Pierre de Wet in 1998 and now operated by his daughters Marnelle and Velmay. Kiepersol is located along the Lekker’s Rose Region that includes M6 Winery in Bullard and Briar Creek Vine yards in Whitehouse. Melanie explains that making and enjoy ing wines are popular pastimes among South African nationals. “It’s a South African thing I tell you,” she says. “It’s something we gravitate to eas Theily.”

Lekker now offers beer and wine tours that include a stop at one brewery and two wineries for $95. Any of the tours can be customized ac cording to what parties want to experi ence. A custom curated tour can allow guests to learn what happens behind the scenes at a local vineyard or experience a wine-paired meal — and just about any other request. “We custom plan the tour according to what the guests want,” Melanie says. Meet the Juays at the Pineywoods Wine Festival in Lindale October 14 and 15, sign up for a tour, or learn more at www.

Lekker is offering a contest for a free tour for a party of up to eight worth $1,000 through the end of 2022 and a drawing for one free tour worth $95 each month. Contestants can register an email ad dress on the Lekker website at www.lek run with as few as six trav elers or as many as 20. Tours usually run Saturdays as most wineries open their tasting rooms to the public on weekends. Most half-day tours include tastings at three wineries and cost $95 per person. Full day tours provide tastings at five wineries and cost $150 per person.

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We at Winnsboro Center for the Arts in Winnsboro established a re lationship with P.A. Geddie and County Line Magazine over five years ago. They worked with us then in developing an advertising plan and continue to work with us now on ad content and direction. CLM has always been responsive with the changes and edits that are a part of the changing needs of advertising and promotion. The staff at CLM has a passion for promoting the Upper East Side of Texas and all of the many events, concerts and activities in it. They have created a truly excellent magazine and it's not unusual for folks to tell us that they saw us in County Line Magazine.JimWillis, Director of The Bowery Stage Winnsboro Center for the Arts

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Winnsboro Take a short drive 20 minutes south from Mount Vernon to find Winnsboro, another small town with a lot to offer. Downtown Winnsboro has an active arts district that offers concerts, plays, and art exhibits, as well as several restaurants and retail boutiques.

Treasure Hunting Cypress Creek Square

By Judy Peacock Big Cypress Creek in the Upper East Side of Texas was dammed in two places in the 1940s, creating a series of beautiful recreational lakes: Lake Cypress Springs, Lake Monticello, and Lake Bob Sandlin. These water wonderlands forever con nected the four surrounding towns of Mount Vernon, Winnsboro, Pittsburg, and Mount Pleasant. Besides having the lakes in common, the towns share a love for offering shoppers unique treasures in quaint small town vendor malls and thrift stores. Fans of antiques, vintage, boho, retro, kitsch, and funky finds enjoy shopping adven tures in Cypress Creek Square. Mount Vernon At the upper west corner of the “square” is Mount Vernon, a quaint little town with a grassy, shady plaza in the middle of downtown and businesses in historic buildings around the plaza. A couple of great restaurants in these historic build ings are The Chophouse on Bankhead and ML Edwards & Co. Hometown Bar & Grill. A couple of blocks west of the plaza is Blue Moon Junk-tion which opened in April of 2021. It houses the antique, vin tage, rustic, handmade, and repurposed items of the four owners, Joey Moses, Karen Stayton, and Ron and Melissa AGarner.couple of these vendors had booth space in Mount Pleasant for two or more years and decided that they would ven ture out and open their own place. Moses says they offer a fairly good mix across the board including furniture and decor. They also offer layaway and even delivery within a reasonable distance. When planning a trip to Mount Vernon, check the calendar of the Mount Ver non Music Association to catch some good music while there. There are also a handful of shopping boutiques, muse ums, and other restaurants to enjoy. For more information visit www.mountver or call (903) 5374070.


The Bowery is a city block just east of Main Street that is cordoned off with landscaped areas and seating; it allows people to sit and talk and walk between the different venues. There is also the in teresting Winnsboro Historical Museum housed in the old train depot building. The Shops on Main is a great shopping area in Winnsboro that’s been in opera tion since the late 1980s. The current owner, Amy Gearner, has more than 40 vendors here selling antique, new, and vintage items throughout. Gearner was a vendor herself for eight years before be coming owner in 2019. “I fell in love with vintage things a long time ago,” Gearner says. “I remember wanting to have an antique store but nev er thought it would happen, so when the previous owner approached me about buying, I happily said yes.” Gearner says she has good vendors and a great location. An upscale convenience store named Sinclair Market is next to Shoppers with a thing for roosters can find them at Blue Boon Junk-tion in Mount Vernon (above) and at The Shops on Main in Winnsboro (opposite page, bottom left and right). Finders Keepers in Winnsboro (opposite, top) has a beautiful display of blue glass pieces. 15


A carousel horse greets visitors to The House in Mount Pleasant (left). In Pittsburg, shoppers meet a handcarved gorilla at the door of Rick’s Antique Safari (opposite page, top) and find rustic chic decor at All Occassions Mall. Photos By Judy Peacock

The mall has been in business since 2015. The current owner Jamie Ray bought the business in 2020. She toyed with the idea of buying a place like this for about 12 years. “As a little girl, I remember playing ‘store’ and I think I wanted to do this my entire life, but I had to do some other things first to get the knowledge on how to run it the way it needs to be run,” Ray says.


Visit www.winnsborocenterforthearts. com for information. Two highly-rated bed and breakfasts are located close to downtown for overnight guests: Clark House and Oaklea Man Forsion.information about visiting Winns boro, visit www.winnsboroonlineguide. com or call (903)- 342-3654.

The mall has 58 vendors and six consign ors. Ray attributes the success partly to the proximity of downtown restaurants such as Liefie Li Vine next door and the newly opened Haven Cafe across the street which bring in shoppers. “Plus there is awesome music, we offer a beverage area, and of course, there is the cat,” Ray says. While in town, many visitors enjoy Winnsboro Center for the Arts offering art exhibits, a unique museum store, and live performances on the Bowery Stage.

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The Shops and Z’s Main Street Treats & Eats across the street offers meals and ice cream treats. The old Beauweevil’s por tion of the building was a diner back in the 1920s and 1930s and it’s renowned for Bonnie and Clyde eating there.

Finders Keepers is another vendor mall on Winnsboro’s Main Street that offers sale booths and consignment items with a variety of fun things to buy — from vintage and antique pieces to new hand crafted items, jewelry, and clothing.

Current owner Gretchen Trimble bought the mall in 2008. “It has something for everyone,” Trimble Rick’ssays.

The 1904 building first served as a gen eral store. In the 1980’s it was primarily a large craft supply store that sold gifts and later included a florist shop in the back. In the 1990’s it featured a tea room in the back that served lunch.

Antique Safari is a unique shop ping experience in downtown Pittsburg with vintage items and safari-themed de cor. Owner Rick Wall grew up in Hun tington Beach, California, and has oper ated his shop at this location for 30 years. “I identify with the ‘Surfin’ Safari,’ and I relate that to finding antiques,” Wall says. He enjoys the hunt for unique items — as evidenced by the large wooden, handcarved gorilla decor just inside the front “Hedoor. came from a shop in Hot Springs, Arkansas, called Romancing the Stone. I asked them if they would be willing to sell him, and they had the owner of the shop call me,” Wall says. “I talked him out of it and brought it back with me in the back of a pickup. He is very heavy.”

About 25 minutes east of Winnsboro at the southeast corner of the Cypress Creek Square lies Pittsburg, another small town with shopping opportunities in its historic downtown buildings. All Occasions Mall is a vendor mall with a traditional antique shop feel. The his toric building currently has about 22 vendors who offer a lot of antique and vintage items.

The tiki room upstairs is decorated like a tiki bar with surfboards and features 100,000 vinyl record albums in mint “Acondition.buddy of mine has been a DJ for 30 years,” Wall says. Wall sells his own things and has six ven dors. The 1893 building has the oldest rope-pulled elevator in continuous op eration in Texas.

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ers to shop at their childhood hangout. A few blocks north of downtown is The House and The Hidden Market. The sign outside reads, “House of Bargains, Home of The Hidden Market.” One can’t imagine how large it is inside. The 16,000 square-foot structure was built in the 1960’s as an indoor lumber yard. As shoppers walk through the space, it just keeps going. Most of the sales merchandise belongs to the shop’s two owners who have been here for four years. There are also about eight vendors who have spaces or rooms where they sell their wares. The owners also hold events in The House such as haunted houses, Easter egg hunts, and even a dance with a DJ. “The local chamber has called us the best kept secret in Mount Pleasant,” says Dena Latiolais, one of the market’s vendors. “The wide assortment offered and the character one can find acquiring someone else’s items are good reasons to shop here.”


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For more information about Mount Pleasant call (903) 572-8567 or visit In Mount Pleasant are two shops filled with treasures for every taste. The House and The Hidden Market (opposite page, top and center) has 16,000 square feet in a repurposed 1960s indoor lumber yard. The Mar ket on 67 (opposite, left and bottom, and below) has about 20 vendor booths with vintage decor and new merchandise.

Pittsburg is the official Hot Link Capital of Texas, so visitors often make their way to Pittsburg Hot Link Restaurant. There is also a nice Prayer Tower in Witness Park a few blocks from downtown with a small chapel and a 75-foot tower with four Piccard bells from France. For more information about Pittsburg, Texas, call (903) 856-3621 or visit www.

The Market on 67 building was original ly a roller skating rink and still has the old “Couples Skate” sign on a front interior wall. Henderson says it’s fun for her to work there and for many regular custom

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Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant forms the final corner of the Cypress Creek Square about 20 min utes north of Pittsburg. While the other three towns have populations smaller than 5,000, Mount Pleasant has more than 16,000. The larger town has more big box stores and chain restaurants, but it also offers unique places to shop, eat, and play. Nardello’s Pizza, Laura’s Cheesecake on the city square, and the Mid America Flight Museum are worthy of a visit. Two of Mount Pleasant’s vendor malls include Market on 67 and The House. Market on 67 is located on Highway 67 west of 16th Street. The store opened in 2015 and new owner Anna (Gibson) Henderson purchased it in July. There are about 20 vendor booths with a vari ety of merchandise for sale such as vin tage items, farmhouse décor, and new “Eachmerchandise.vendor’s personality shines through in their spaces,” Henderson Shesays. comments on how neat, organized, and inviting the shopping area is. “I can take no credit,” Henderson says. “It is phenomenal how everyone has their own ideas for their spaces and their niche and they do such a great job of set ting things up.”

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40th Marshall Fire Ant Festival Fun For All Marshall celebrates the 40th Annual FireAnt Festival Saturday, October 8, in its scenic downtown square. The event is hosted by the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and features live music performed by Gilmer native Curtis Grimes and other artists around the steps of the historic Harrison County Thecourthouse.festival features more than 100 food and retail vendors and an entertain ment main stage with live performances throughout the day. Other main attrac tions include the TourDeFireAnt long distance bike ride, FireAnt 5K, and FireAnt Festival. Smaller events include a Gurning Contest, Chicken Chunkin’ Contest, Cupcake Contest, and a Scav enger Hunt. The children’s area provides inflatables and unique kids’ activities such as a Tod dler Trot, Kids K, Diaper Derby, and a Kids’ Dance Contest.


King of Queens star Kevin James joins the Belcher Center’s 2022-2023 Live Events Lineup at 7 p.m., Thursday, September 22, in a live comedy performance. James starred, co-wrote, and produced King for nine sea sons on CBS from 1998 to 2007 when he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. James also produced and starred in popular movies such as Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 & 2, Zookeeper, and Here Comes The Boom. He stars alongside Will Smith in Hitch and with Adam Sandler in Pixels, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Hubie Hal

The one-day event is sponsored by the Greater Marshall Chamber of Com merce. Visit for information.



Magic & Mayhem Adds ‘Murder’ to October Gala

Prepare for a fun evening of mystery and adventure at the annual Magic & May hem gala from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, October 29. The gala takes place at The Summit Club in Longview and is based on the classic novel Murder on the Orient Express originally by British author Ag atha Christie in 1934. The Orient Express was the epitome of luxury travel at its height in the 1930s. Gala participants board the rails of the iconic route from Paris to Istanbul as they

Palestine’s annual Hot Pepper Festival draws thousands of visitors for a fun day of live music and foodie contests from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Octo ber 22. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Loco in 2022.” The word “loco” means crazy in Spanish but is also part of the English word “locomotive” and pays homage to the town’s railroad past.

OCTOBER 15, 2022 1-9 PM solve the mystery of whodunnit after the fashion of Christie’s popular character, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The gala raises funds for Longview Mu seum of Fine Arts’ culturally and histori cally significant exhibits and educational programs for all ages. The entertaining evening features dinner, dancing, a cos tume contest, and silent and live auc tions. For information visit or call Magic and Mayhem Event Chair Jamie Frederick at (903) 253-1460.

The parade begins at the Anderson County Courthouse at 9 a.m. and the festival follows the parade at 10 a.m. Vendors offer food, drink and unique craft items. Other events include the Lolly Lick-a-thon Contest at 11 a.m., the Jalapeño Pepper Eating Contest at 1 p.m., and the Atomic Wing Eating Contest at 3 p.m. The festival features free live music on the performance stage from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information visit www.visit

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24 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 Winnsboro Center for the Arts Axiom String Quartet Concert: Oct 2 October Roundup October 29 Cultural Arts District • Winnsboro, WinnsboroCenterForTheArts.comTX(903)342-0686ArtExhibits Women in the Arts Through Sep 24 Cowboy Tales Oct 1 - Nov 26 COMINGSOON! Kristyn Harris & Hailey Sandoz Western Swing Concert: Oct 8 CLASSES.WORKSHOPS.MUSICLESSONS. Embracing the spirit of creativity! NOBODY WINS WINSEVERYBODYUNLESS Bruce Springsteen countylinemagazine.com903.312.9556 county lineM A G A Ncounty linecounty line CONNIE MIMS PINKERTON LONGVIEW BALLET OUTSTANDING WOMEN TRAILS OF NORTHEAST TEXAS MARCH/APRIL 2016 BRANDON MAXWELL Fashion MakingDesignerWomenFeelBeautiful UPPER EAST SIDE OF TEXAS LIVE. DREAM. EXPLORE. Upper East Side of Texas M A G A Z I N E Mercury Chamber Quartet Concert: Sep 11

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Ellie Taylor: A Lifetime of Painting is on display through January 7, 2023, at Longview Museum of Fine Arts (LMFA). Taylor’s art uses exaggerated color and bold impressionistic strokes to celebrate people, landscapes, and Texas land also known for her plein air style which prioritizes her first impressions of scenes. The retrospective exhibit shows more than 80 of her works. Taylor taught elementary school for 34 years before beginning her journey as a full-time artist. She studied art with Earline Barnes in El Paso for six years and returned to college after retirement to study under Jo Taylor and Dr. Ollie TaylorTheisen.admires the work of Van Gogh but also subscribes to William Wendt’s view of the artistic process as a religious experience. Taylor says she paints for the “love of art and for the passion that my Lord has given me.” LMFA is located at 215 East Tyler Street in downtown Longview. Call (903) 7538103 or visit for informa tion.

See Taylor’s Portraits of Texas at LMFA

A new mural recently dedicated in Mine ola shows symbols of unity and working together to overcome adversity. The mu ral’s theme is solidarity and features the proverb, “In unity there is strength.” The colorful painting decorates the out door wall of Taqueria Plancarte — a res taurant that serves Latin American cui sine — south of the town’s train tracks. Dozens of youth from the area were in volved in planning and executing the 10 x 80 foot mural. They were led by worldrenowned muralists Luis Valle and Sara Molano. The mural is also known as the Wood County Unity Mural Project. and beverages and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win the art created at the live performance. For in formation about the event call (903) 9202323 or visit www.edomartemporium. com.

Live Demonstration to Music Featured in Edom

Texan who grew up in Grapevine before moving to New York to study and explore art opportunities. He has evolved into a multimedia artist who continually challenges his comfort zone to avoid becoming stagnant. Guests can also enjoy light hors d’oeuvres

The event features live music by Stacy Knight-Finley, whose music will un doubtedly wield an influence on How ard’s artistic process as he creates an original Howardwork.isanative

Mineola Mural Shows Solidarity


Edom Art Emporium hosts a free art demonstration and exhibit by artist Den nis Howard from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, September 10, at 8281 FM 279 in Edom. His abstract landscapes and free-flowing figures delight many visitors to the sleepy town’s flagship art gallery.

Artist Dennis Howard demonstrates his craft while Stacy Knight-Finley plays live music September 10 in Edom

Edom Art Festival Celebrates 50 Years

Mixed media artist Lianne Pereira works with translucent alcohol ink on several types of backgrounds. Other returning artists include fiber artist Jan Byron, jew eler Jo Jennings, painter Laurie Aurand, potter Cindy Fuqua, and metalsmith Lonnie Robinson and potter Randy Brodnax, who demonstrate their crafts to Jewelervisitors.Sylvia Morse is a new face at this year’s festival. She fashions rings, neck laces, pendants, earrings, and combs from vintage silverware and sometimes adds bright gemstones for striking effects.


The 50th annual Edom Art Festival fea tures more than 60 juried artists show ing their original high-quality work. The outdoor festival occurs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday October 8 and Sunday, October 9, in a large meadow behind the artist studios along the town’s main thoroughfare, Highway 279. The festival was started in 1972 by the late potter Doug Brown and a hand full of his artist friends. Originally the event was by invitation only, and artists clamored for an invite over the years. In 1993, it became a juried event, open to all applicants for submission, then artists are chosen by a selection process. The Edom Art Festival is solely pro duced by artists. Brown’s widow Beth remains at the helm as director with the assistance of Zeke Zewick, Edom’s longest standing resident artist of more than 40 years. Together with the help of other local artists and a slew of volun teers, it comes to life and remains much as it was 50 years ago.

For this big anniversary, dozens of return ing artists bring back their familiar styles while a few newer artists add fresh ideas and variety to the festival’s mix. Many of fer their fine art productions of painting and sculpture while other artisans display original jewelry, pottery, photography, sculpture, baskets, woodworking, glass, garden art, clothing, handmade journals, and other mixed media creations. Spring Parnell — last year’s Marty Ze wick Artist Award winner — is returning with several bold new landscape paint ings in her signature impressionistic style.

Close to 10,000 people are expected to attend the 50th Annual Edom Art Festival October 8 and 9 this year. Examples of artwork (opposite page, top left, clock wise) to discover there include works by Spring Par nell, Randy Brodnax, Jan Byron, Laurie Aurand, and Jo Jennings.


Mixed media artist Michael Malone of Whitehouse uses enameled and tinned copper, bronze, and stainless steel wires for free standing sculptures and framed Discoverpieces. more new and returning artists as well as delicious cuisine and unique retail items at this year’s Edom Art Fes Fortival.information about the 50th Edom Art Festival visit or call (903) 258-5192. Read more about the small artist colony of Edom in the County Line archives.


VIDEO The Texas Tenors take the the Univer sity of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, with a performance titled “Let Free dom Sing.” Their current tour features new musical arrangements from the al bum Outside the Lines (2021). The group’s performances feature classical, country, and patriotic music. The group was in ducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage in August.

The band is known for its vocals and use of horn instrumentals still performed by three of its original members, including co-founder and vocalist Robert Lamm, trumpeter Lee Loughnane, and trom bonist James Pankow. The band released its 38th album titled Born for This Moment in still pays homage to its home town with its original name and performs many of the early hits such as “Saturday in the Park,” “Make Me Smile,” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” The group has five No. 1 albums and 21 chart-topping singles. For information or tickets call (903) 5667424 or visit

The Tenors formed their trio in 2009 with three vocal styles. Country croon er JC Fisher joined classical performer Marcus Collins and opera singer John Hagen to become a top four finalist on America’s Got Talent in the show’s fourth season.

The critically acclaimed Tenors are win ners of three Emmy awards. They en tertain all ages and perform in a range of venues — from live performances to recorded television programs with sym phony orchestras. They have released five albums, four DVDs, two PBS spe cials, many singles, and a children’s book.


30 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 MUSIC Two Great Shows Come to Cowan Center Check the County Line eMagazine for extensive list of events and things to do.

The classic rock group Chicago delivers Cowan Center’s special event this fall as they bring 55 years of musical hits at 7:30 p.m. on October 29. The band’s pop and rock fusion with instrumentals hit a chord with fans in the 1970s and 1980s. The band sold more than 100 million records as they became one of the most successful groups of all time.

Greenville hosts its 8th annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest Friday, No vember 4, through Saturday, November 5. Director Jason Roberts of the Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys calls it “the best damn fiddle festival in the world.”

Sweeney Hosts ‘Sunny Side Up’ on Willie’s Roadhouse Radio



Longview native Sunny Sweeney hosts a new morning show on SIRIUS XM radio called Sunny Side Up. Sweeney is now officially a weekday morning DJ, manning the airwaves from 5 to 11 a.m.


Sweeney’s repertoire echoes the sounds of those classic country crooners. Her new bittersweet and sentimental album

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival Returns to Greenville in G-town with a dinner and street dance, performances by the Playboys and other musical guests, a fiddle showcase, a free all-day outdoor concert with guest perfor mances on Lee Street, and an indoor tick eted evening concert inside the Greenville Municipal Auditorium. For information visit

It’s part of a channel known as Willie’s Roadhouse Radio which offers four de cades of Country Western classics from artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Waylon Jen nings, Loretta Lynn, and Patsy Cline.

Married Alone releases September 23. Pre vious albums include Concrete (2011); Pro voked (2014); and Trophy (2017). Sweeney joins a half-dozen other Road house hosts, including Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Ranger Doug from Rangers in the Sky, and recording art ists Jeannie Sealy, Charlie Monk, Dallas Wayne, and Paula Nelson. Roadhouse also airs the Grand Ole Opry on Tues day and Saturday evenings. Read more about Sweeney in the County Line Magazine archives.

Who were they and what are their stories? Read them in CountyeMagazine.Line

The festival begins Friday with the Big Ball

Many pioneers from the Upper East Side of Texas campaigned for women’s rights.

The name of the album comes from his time playing football for Roosevelt School, located in a cotton field, eight miles east of Lubbock. Maines attended school there from grades 1 through 12. “There were 31 seniors in my graduat ing class,” he says. “I started playing full contact football in the 7th grade and knew nothing about sports. I started wearing glasses in the 4th grade but I didn’t want to wear my glasses while wearing my helmet, so I didn’t. I played football for six years and enjoyed it all, but I never saw the scoreboard. I had to ask my teammates how much time was left, what down it was, etc., and I never had to ask about the score because we were usually losing. “Playing football helped shape my life. My coaches taught me to never give up and that whining was not allowed. I was number 65 and we were the Roosevelt TheEagles.”title track was written by Maines and he plays two steel guitars on it and fea tures Pat Manske on Beatnik Bongos “to keep it Mainesmoving.”playsall of the instruments on the album with a little help from Manske, Mike Morgan, Glenn Fukanaga, Terri Hendrix, Bukka Allen, Paul Pearcy, and a few of his grandkids. He wrote “Hank Hill’s Nightmare” for his grandson, Beckett, to play drums on. His grandson Slade wrote the quirky jazz song, “Homer’s Odd Is He.” “Declan’s Cookie” features grandson Declan play ing piano. Track 10, “Lullaby,” was writ ten by Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison, and Dan Wilson and fea tures granddaughter, Amelia. “When I first heard this song, I couldn’t hold back the emotions,” Maines recalls. “The Chicks created the perfect song about their love for their children. I was worried that an instrumental version might not capture the emotion of the song, so I asked my granddaughter, Ame lia, to sing the choruses. When I heard her angelic and soulful voice, I knew all was “Bloodlines,”good.” written by Terry Allen, captures Maines singing, along with nu merous family members making up the “Maines Bloodline Choir.”



The final track is “Auld Lang Syne,” a tune Maines played for many New Year’s Eve shows and family parties. “It seems like a fitting way to end my al bum for my family and friends.”

Music Icon Lloyd Maines Releases First Album

Grammy award winning Texas based producer, session player, and musician Lloyd Maines is releasing his first album, Eagle Number 65, September 2. Few people are as important to the de velopment of Texas music over the last 40 years as Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, he played a vital role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State’s most fa mous and beloved albums. Maines began his recording and pro ducing career in 1974. Over the past 48 years, he produced or played on approx imately 5,000 albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumen talist. His work is heard on countless re Mainescordings.was inducted into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in Lubbock, indi vidually and as a member of the Maines Brother’s Band. He is also in the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and was in ducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame In 2014. He has made more appearances on the PBS show than any one else in the history of the program. Eagle Number 65 is a labor of love and family “Duringcentric.yeartwo of the Covid pandem ic, I decided to produce an album on myself,” Maines says. “It was recorded in my little, funky man cave studio at our house in Austin. Because I have four very talented grandkids, they are includ ed on the album. These 12 songs are the result of our family adventure.”

“It captures the exact emotion that I feel when I think of my family,” he says.

Ticket prices are $35 to $55 and apply to both Sunday Afternoon Classical perfor mances. The Winnsboro classical series continues through January. Award-winning Western Swing duo Kristyn Harris and Hailey Sandoz take the Bowery Stage at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 8. They bring new energy and an array of musical prowess to the genre sometimes called “The Official Music of Harris,Texas.” 26, is the youngest performer to win the IWMA’s Entertainer of the Year award and has received it five times. She is also a talented yodeler and vocalist, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist. Sandoz is a three-time winner of the as sociation’s Instrumentalist of the Year award. She brings exceptional fiddling, jazzy vocals, and creative arranging skills to the stage.

Winnsboro Center for the Arts is hosting a variety of shows this fall from a classical series to Western-themed entertainment. (Top left, clockwise) Mercury Chamber Quartet, Axiom String Quartet, Kristyn Harris and Hailey Sandoz, Andy Hedges, and Andy Wilkerson, Waddie Mitchell, and Dave Stamey.

Winnsboro’s seventh annual Sunday Af ternoon Classical Series begins its season with matinee concerts by two classical quartets. The Mercury Chamber Quar tet takes the stage at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11, performing Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and other works by Wolf gang Amadeus Mozart. The Houston-based Mercury string quartet performs music by great compos ers in a manner faithful to their intentions — in front of audience members who are an equal part of the experience.

Tickets are $30 to $50 and cover admis sion to both Cowboy Roundup perfor Formances.information call (903) 342-0686 or visit www.winnsborocenterforthearts. com.

Winnsboro Welcomes Classical And Western Acts

Tickets for the Kristyn Harris & Hailey Sandoz Cowboy Swing Concert are $19 to The$29.October Roundup Cowboy Music and Poetry Concert at Winnsboro Cen ter for the Arts features two performanc es at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on October 29 by award-winning songwriters from the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gath ering in Elko, Nevada, including Dave Stamey, Waddie Mitchell, Andy Hedges, and Andy Wilkerson. The first concert at 4 p.m. features Hedg es and Wilkerson. The 7:30 p.m. concert features Stamey and Mitchell.

Winnsboro’s Bowery Stage also serves as an intimate listening room environ ment for the Axiom String Quartet per formance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 2. The quartet performs a collection of tunes with rural undertones. Axiom is outreach ambassador for Chamber Mu sic Houston and performs with “Harmo ny in the Air” each month at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.


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The achievements of the performers are impressive. Several acts hold Gold or Plati num Records. Many have current or past No. 1 songs in their home nations or mul tiple nations. Grammy-balloted Lyia Meta has won awards in Hollywood, London, Nashville, Rome, and others. She was fea tured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, India. Ingvar Olsen from Norway won television’s “The Voice, Norway.” Vanesssa Bourne, an Australian, won at the Josie Awards in Nashville and the Will Rogers “Pure Country” award from the Academy of Western Artists in Oklahoma. Swedish singer/songwriter Sophie Hanson’s You Tube videos have accumulated more than three million views. Six local music industry professionals com prise the judges panel during the event and awards are based entirely upon their Texas Sounds performance. For tickets and more information visit www. or call (903) 634-7665.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 35 By P.A. Geddie More than 15 nations are represented in the 2022 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards taking place Oc tober 13-16 at Memorial City Hall Perfor mance Center in Marshall. Performers from around the world bring their versions of Texas Country music to compete for awards like Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Best Group or Band, and Best Original Song. A few of the nominees include Lyia Meta, Malaysia; Lisbeth Hauge, Norway; Dusty & Stones, Eswantini; Heidi Gabrielle & Fox Gino, Belgium/Netherlands; Alamo Country Band, Mexico; Payton Pierce, United States, Nduduzo Ngcongo, South Africa; The Restless, Hungary; Steve Rog ers Wainaina, Kenya; Joe Fields-Catalonia, Spain; Pamela Rooney, Canada; HunTer Leite, South Africa; Sophie Hanson, Swe den; and Vanessa Bourne, Australia.


Performers From Around the World Share Texas Sounds (Top to bottom) Lyia Meta, Dusty & Stones, Heidi Gabrielle & Fox Gino, and Lisbeth Hauge.

Lauren Wacaser is the founder of “Let’s Eat Well,” featuring recipes, preparation, and discussion as she and her family create wholesome and innovative meals. She has a cookbook in the works and enjoys growing her own food, and teaching cooking and gardening classes. Her goals include inspiring others to cook at home, con nect with their families and friends, and grow their own produce. See more on her “Let’s Eat Well” site.

Shake Up Morning Routine With Shakshuka

The North African region is host to a va riety of cultures who adopted a delicious dish known as shakshuka that boasts sa vory flavors from stewed tomatoes, pep pers, and soft runny eggs. Though this dish is served as breakfast, it can be a weekly staple meal to any part of the day. Tomatoes and peppers are simmered and stewed with a few simple Eggsspices.are cracked on top of the stew and simmered until tender and runny. There are many ways to serve this dish, such as with a sprinkle of feta and fresh herbs, and alongside a beautifully toasted sour dough bread is delicious. For a heartier variation, roasted baby po tatoes are a great accompaniment to the dish. Breakfast can be more than a blue berry muffin. Shakshuka is a uniquely delicious recipe to add to the morning repertoire. Ingredients 2 tablespoon oil 1 shallot (or small onion) 2 bell peppers, chopped (red, orange, or 1yellow)tablespoon salt 2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoon onion powder 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons cumin

By Lauren Wacaser American breakfasts are commonly con sidered to be on the sweeter side, featur ing items such as pancakes and pastries. Many cultures around the world are fond of a savory meal for the start of their day.


2 14 oz cans stewed tomatoes 6 InDirectionseggsalarge skillet, heat oil on mediumhigh heat. Add shallots, bell peppers, and seasonings and sauté until soft, about five to eight minutes. Add both cans of tomatoes, breaking up large tomatoes with a spoon. Simmer for 15 minutes. With a spoon, make six indentations for eggs. Gently crack one egg in each dent. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet and let simmer for 8-10 minutes, depending on how well-done one prefers their eggs. A runny yolk is preferred, but to each their Servingown.suggestions: sourdough toast, roasted potatoes, fresh parsley and/or ci lantro, roasted tomatoes, avocados, and feta cheese.

Nowadays common street food like falafel can be found worldwide with hints of Middle Eastern essences. Falafel is a bean fritter of sorts, most commonly composed of fava beans or chickpeas. Herbs like fresh parsley and cilantro are added along with strong flavors like garlic and lemon zest. Falafel fritters are typically served with dips like hummus or tzatziki. They can be served in wraps using pita bread or simply eaten as a stand-alone appetizer. They are usually deep fried but may be baked or air fried if desired. Falafel is a fun dish to explore culinary creativity through experimentation with different herbs and spices. The fritters may be shaped into patties or balls and are best served hot and Ingredientsfresh.


Bake for 12 minutes, flip, and bake an ad ditional 12 minutes until gold and crispy or deep fry for three to four minutes each side until crispy.

By Lauren Wacaser

Makes 8 baked or fried Note: This recipe is easily adjustable to your own personal tastes. This is just a basic ingredient list. 1 can chickpeas: drained, rinsed, pat dry 1/2 to 3/4 cup parsley, more or less 1/2 to 3/4 cup cilantro, more or less 3 cloves garlic 1 medium onion, white or yellow 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoon flour (I use chickpea flour) 1 egg white (optional but recommended) 1 tablespoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder

Explore Middle Eastern Cuisine With Tasty Falafel

Serve with a favorite sauce such as tzatzi ki or tahini dressing.

Additional suggested seasonings 1 teaspoon lemon pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dried dill weed Fresh lemon juiceDirections To bake, preheat oven to 400°F. To deep fry, heat a neutral vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet to 350°F. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture is well blended but still has texture. It should just be able to hold together to form into patties or balls. Use a melon baller or cookie scoop to portion the mixture out into even-sized patties or balls and place them on parchment paper.

Middle Eastern food is deeply rooted in the historic cultures that once inhab ited the various regions of western Asia. Many of the traditional dishes today were adopted from the Persians and Greeks, Jewish culture, the Ottoman Empire, and more. Each ethnic group brings their unique flavors and spices.


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