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5-10 Things to Do » Rick Springfield Opens The Season at Cowan Center » Fall 5K’s, Fun Runs & Much More: Superhero 5K & 1 Mile Run, Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose City Triathlon, Pineywoods Ultra, St. Gregory Fun Run & Carnival, Gold Run 5K, ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, Corkscrew Half Marathon, Harvest Hustle 5K, and More » 7th Annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon features Madison Cowan, First Winner of the Food Network Series “Chopped” » Paddle Yoga Held In August » Tyler State Park Helps You Find Your Way » It’s Getting Hot at Liberty Hall this Month: Bluegrass, Country, Comedy, Classics and More » “East Texas Bourbon Society: Enjoying The Slow Burn” by Johnny Griffith » Fall Festival Guide 2018: Art of Peace Festival, Countryfest & Harvest Hustle 5K, Downtown Tyler Film Festival, 3rd Annual Tyler Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Edom Art Festival, Texas Rose Festival, Harvest Wine Day and More » Just Between Friends East Texas/Tyler Children’s Sale » 27th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee » “Bling-O” benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center 14-18 Music » “The Groove Slaves: Keeping The Rock Alive” by Johnny Griffith » Back the Blue Summer Bash features The Powell Brothers » Bibeau in Concert August 25th » Jeremy Camp & Matthew West Come to The Oil Palace » Amy Holden Concert Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network » Teazur & The Purple Hulls in Concert: Fridays After 5 » “Yesterday, The Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” Brings Tour To Tyler » “Katie And The Vines: Partners In The Music” by Johnny Griffith » Texas Music Sunday at Love & War in Lindale » Upcoming 10th Anniversary Season at Old Firehouse Announced » The Complete Music Gig Guide for Live Music 19 Food » “Green Goat Winery & Vineyard: Wine is Sunlight Held Together by Water” by Barbara Greenbauer » Fit City Tyler’s “Fit Bite Program” Grows 20 Theatre » Memberships Available for CCT’s 2018-19 Season » “Singing in the Rain” at Tyler Civic Theatre » Upcoming Plays, Musicals, and More 21 Family » 5th Annual #SchoolisCool, August 2nd » Dinosaurs Continue to Invade Discovery Science Place » Studio Movie Grill Offers a Hot Line Up of Classic Films » Barnes & Noble Booksellers Story Times » A Very Cool Time at CESSE This Month 22 Art » “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Dedicated Young Warrior, The Art and Illustrations of Micah Lewis” by Derrick White » This Month at Tyler Museum of Art: “David Bates: Selected Works from Texas Collections” Continues on Exhibit » “Song of the House Where We Live” Solo Show by John York at Gallery Main Street Concludes » Call for Entries for the 2018 Art of Peace Tyler Visual Art Exhibit 23 Books » “Jump Into Something Interesting” By Gini Rainey, Reviews of “Checking Out of The Hotel Euthanasia” by Gerard Graham and “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn » The 2018 Book Bash Comes to Harvey Convention Center » Book Clubs & Book Signings

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table concerts! Bring on the big Broadway musicals! Bring on the amazing shows! Bring on the insightful lectures! It’s a new season at Cowan Center! The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424, or go to Upcoming productions are: September 20th (7:30pm) - Rick Springfield Over the past four decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. He is the creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ‘80s, a Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” Rick’s latest album “The Snake King” finds Rick traveling down a dusty dirt road to explore the blues side of his rock ‘n roll and marks a definite departure from the power pop for which he’s known. Member sales begin August 13th, public sales start August 20th. Tickets are $47-$87. September 29th (7:30pm) - The Texas Tenors Over 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest ranking vocal group in the history of the show. Performing everything from country legend Alabama to opera’s Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins, and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of country, gospel, classical, and Broadway to the stage. Public sales start August 27th. Tickets are $37-$62. Other productions are: • October 4th (7:30pm) - Dennis Miller • October 13th (7:30pm) - “iLuminate” • October 27th (7:30pm) - The Selena Experience • November 8th (7:30pm) - “The Sound of Music” • December 8th (7:30pm) - The Robert Cray Band • January 24th (7:30pm) - “Something Rotten!” • February 1st (10am and 12:30pm) - “The Ugly Duckling” • February 4th (7:30pm) - “The King & I” • February 9th (7:30pm) - Kool & The Gang • February 19th (10am and 12:30pm) - “The Magic School Bus” • February 26th (7:30pm) - Los Vivancos: Born to Dance • March 16th (7pm) - The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney • March 19th (7:30pm) - Dan Rather • March 30th (7:30pm) - New York Philharmonic String Quartet • April 9th (7:30pm) - “Finding Neverland”

To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to It is always free to list any event. August 4th Superhero 5K & 1 Mile Run - This year East Texas CASA and Mercy Manor are partnering to put on this epic Battle of the Superheros 5K, to support the work of Mercy Manor and CASA while raising awareness about child abuse prevention and teen pregnancy solutions. They are encouraging everyone to move, get involved, make an impact, and help change your community for the better. AUGUST 11TH Chip timing will be used and awards will be given in each category. Tickets are available at super“Black Tie The run will take place in Longview. Bingo September 9th - Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose City Triathlon - Join this beautiful sprint In Casablanca” triathlon at Lake Tyler. It will be a 650 meter swim, Hosted by Heart of Tyler, Black Tie Bingo this 13-mile bike and 5K run hosted by East Texas Triyear will be themed “In Casablanca.” The eleventh athletes. The race benefits the Smith County Volannual Heart of Tyler Black Tie Bingo Gala will be unteer Firefighters. To register, go online to rosecheld 6:30-11pm in the Plaza Tower Lobby at 110 N. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. September 22nd - Pineywoods Ultra - Run “You’ll regret it, kid” if you miss the spirits and through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic hors d’oeuvres, special games, silent auction, and course underneath towering pines. This diverse, four “high stakes” games of bingo! single track course, almost entirely underneath a There is free parking available in the Plaza canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you Tower. Tickets $100 per person at HeartofTyler. captivated as you navigate rolling hills through com or call (903)265-8277. rooty and pine needle conditioned trails. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. This is a 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K, and 100K. Register at ultraexpeditions. Do com/the-piney-woods-ultra. you know September 22nd - St. Gregsomeone ory Fun Run & Carnival who has - Held at the 4100 Block altered of Easy St., next to The their daily Chapel of Sts. Peter and habits to Paul, this annual run become a features a 10K, 5K, 1 healthier Mile and Kids Dash. The person? Is St. Gregory Fun Run is an that person annual fun run and carnival that you? helps promote family fun, health and fitness, and Lighten Up East Texas wants to hear your stories raises funds for St. Gregory Cathedral School. Your about how local healthy heroes changed their own participation in the run helps St. Gregory’s PTO daily habits and can use their story to help others support necessary upgrades for the school, includwho also want to make a healthy change. ing technology, athletics, and advancements for Send an email to LightenUpEastTexas@gmail. education. Your entries also fund students’ scholcom by Friday, August 31st, and tell them your arships so that every child has an opportunity to story about your local healthy hero; whether it be a attend St. Gregory, regardless of financial abilifriend, family member, co-worker, or yourself. ties. To register or more info go to stgregoryfunrun. Also, be sure to take a “healthy” selfie and tag #LightenUpEastTexas which is a program run September 22nd through Fit City Tyler. The program is a regional Tyler Gold Run 5K weight loss and community challenge that - Held at Rose Rudstrives to build healthier lives in the East Texas man Park, this event community. People who have lost at least 5% of promotes the theme their starting weight at their “Weigh-Out” will be of “Together we can entered into the grand prize drawing. The next end childhood canLighten Up East Texas Challenge will take place in cer because our chil2019. For more information visit: dren are more precious than gold.” This is a chiptimed race. Registration is at lightenupeasttex.

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There will be a 50 yard dash, 1-mile Fun Run, and 5K. There will be events for the entire family. For more info go to September 29th - ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/ Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food, prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. The run/walk will be held at 8926 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. To register, go to October 13th - 2018 Corkscrew Half Marathon will be held at Kiepersol Winery, 21508 Merlot Ln., in Tyler. Starting and ending at Kiepersol’s Winery and Distillery, this race will offer serious runners a great, paved course and 5K and 10K runners will get a more scenic run through the vineyards, with about 50/50 of pavement and trail. Produced by a local company, this run works to keep their focus on staying local, promoting and supporting small business owners as well as organizations who pour both love and finances back into our communities. Register at or email October 13th Harvest Hustle 5K will be held at The Cannery, 75 Miranda Lambert Way, Lindale, as part of the annual Countryfest Festival. A portion of the proceeds will benefit: David Powell Food Pantry, LISD Foundation, Lindale Fire Department, and Lindale Library. To register go to October 20th - “Sharon’s “Ride.Run.Walk” Seize One Day” will be held with a bike ride, 5K and 1K at The Boulders at Lake Tyler, 16362 McElroy Rd., Whitehouse. Register as a bike rider and enjoy scenic Lake Tyler or run/walk a challenging 5K! Register at October 26th - Monster Dash 10K and 5K Courses - Join this fun, family-friendly night of running and Halloween spooks! This 5K will feature the best swag, a costume contest, and more. This race is a family-friendly opportunity to kick off Halloween! There will be food trucks, vendor booths, and a costume contest. The race will take runners through Rose Rudman trails. First through third place male and female will receive prizes. The race is not chip-timed. To register go to This event is part of Fit City Tyler, • November 3rd - Tyler Heart Walk and 5K Red Carpet Run • November 10th Salute to Service 5K • November 22nd Tyler Turkey Trot • December 2nd - 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K • December 8th - Remembering Pearl Harbor 5K • March 2nd - FRESH 15














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Rose Garden Center (420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler), the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County will hold it’s 7th annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon featuring Madison Cowan, an Alzheimer’s Advocate and first winner of the Food Network series “Chopped.” This annual event benefits the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County. Tickets for the 7th annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon go on sale September 10th for $75 per person. For more info call (903)509-8323 to reserve a seat or visit Madison is a hands-on family man, cook, producer and storyteller with roots in London, Jamaica, and Detroit. In 2004, after being awarded a four-star rating from The Times as executive chef of Ashbells in London’s West End, he established Madison Cowan LLC, a global culinary production company that oversees operations in licensing and consulting, television production, and private dining that has reached throughout Africa, Europe, Japan, and South America. Madison has catered to jazz legend Lionel Hampton, singer and human rights activist Odetta, actors Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Anderson, rapper and poet Mos Def, fashion icon Donna Karan, playwright Lanford Wilson, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, and former President Bill Clinton. He credits his mother’s influence as the springboard to his culinary experience. “She made certain I knew my way round the kitchen and would never depend on anyone for a meal. Sage advice I now impart to my own child.” In 2010, Food Network selected him as a contestant for their hit Primetime series “Chopped” where he competed and won three consecutive episodes to become the first ever Grand Champion. Following appearances on NBC’s “Today Show” and “CBS This Morning,” in April of 2012 he was victorious on Iron Chef America’s epic “Battle Kale” and co-starred in

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BBC America’s exciting travel series “No Kitchen Required.” Madison returned to television in late 2013 as a recurring judge in Food Network’s delectable series of chance, “Kitchen Casino” and currently features on multiple series such as “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guilty Pleasures,” “Worst Cooks in America,” “Chopped Junior,” and “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Most notably, Madison’s charitable endeavors include advocating on behalf of both the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s NYC in its quest to cure the dementia related disease, serving as culinary council member for Food Bank For New York City, a leader in the movement to end hunger and poverty and signing on with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move To Schools initiative, which creates partnerships for professional chefs and public schools nationwide with the goal of solving childhood obesity within their communities by collaboratively educating children about food and healthy eating. At the luncheon, Bishop Strickland will be honored with the Butterfly Hope Award for his steadfast leadership within the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County for many years and his passion and commitment to the Alliance. Bishop Strickland has served on the Alliance Board and is now on the Alliance Advisory Council. Sponsorships are available, please contact the Alliance office for more information. For more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease, Alliance programs and services, or for volunteer opportunities please visit About the Alzheimer’s Alliance Founded in 1982, the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County is a local nonprofit organization committed to walking alongside all of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Our services include personal consultations, education and awareness, caregiver support and resources, and brain health advocacy in Smith County. there is nothing like relaxing along the cool water on a hot, summer Saturday morning. Tyler Paddle is offering two Paddle Yoga classes at 8:30am and 10am on August 4th and 18th. No experience is necessary. Register now at Each class is $20. Space is limited and all ages are welcome. Full Moon Paddles will be held August 25th and 26th starting at 7:30pm. Also, 1-, 2-, and 3-hour paddles, Full Moon Paddles, and Sunset Paddles are available. Check for times and to make reservations. This will be held waterfront at The Cascades Marina and Boathouse located at 3363 Cascades Blvd., Tyler.

swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, birdwatch, and study nature. It is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily, and children 12 years and under are free. For more info go to or call (903)597-5338. Tyler State Park offers many events this month. August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st (9am-12 noon): Dutch Oven Cooking - Come join the Dutch Oven D.O.G.s for great food and fellowship the first Saturday of the month. Bring the family and join in the fun. Cooking begins at 9am and food tasting begins at 11:45am. August 4th (2-3pm): CCC The Boys in Green - Discover these ordinary young men who did extraordinary things. Who were the Civilian Conservation Corps? What did they do at Tyler State Park? What was camp life like? Discover the answer to these questions and more and enjoy the many hands-on activities. August 4th (3-4pm): Getting Sketchy - Sketching nature is a great way to improve your skills and lead you to that masterpiece you have inside of you. Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store Patio.

in the Attack Pilots world, with no judgment and no political point of view. People will know why Aviators and Crew Chiefs say they fight “Above the Best” and why they risk their lives for the soldiers on the ground at all costs. For tickets, contact (903)3727752. All proceeds will go to the Apache Warrior Foundation. September 19th (7-9:30pm): Gene Watson in Concert - Gene Watson has endured the ups and downs of the music business to become a country August is all about Bluegrass and Country music legend. After releasing his very first single in music! On Friday, August 3rd at 7pm, the duo, 1962, Watson is still touring constantly in the USA Dailey and Vincent, bring bluegrass, traditional and abroad and remains proud to be known as country, and gospel music to stage. Jamie Dailey and an icon for “real country.” Tickets start at $45. For Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on ticket assistance please call (866) 710-8942. tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music. Collectively, they have so many Grammys, Dove Awards, and IBMA Awards that we cannot fit them all in this description. This show is now SOLD OUT! Next, during this month’s Hit the Bricks, August 11th at 8pm, Liberty Hall will give you the Beatles with a twist: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band is back! Just as the Beatles broke the mold of all things rock and roll, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band follows closely with that same spirit of innovation, interpreting songs already loved by millions. The beloved songs are presented with instruments you normally wouldn’t expect to hear and played in a way they are not normally played. The result is a lively sound with fun surprises. Then, on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm, Liberty Hall welcomes The Bellamy Brothers. Best-known for the easy rolling, ‘70s Southern soft rock classic “Let Your Love Flow,” the Bellamy Brothers are the most successful duo in country music history, consistently climbing into the upper reaches of the Billboard country charts during the ‘80s, including “Redneck Girl,” “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,” and “Dancin’ Cowboys.” Next, on Thursday, August 23rd at 7pm, there will be a tribute show like no other. Liberty Hall is proud to welcome “Cash and Cline: Country Royalty,” a concert that brings together the songs of two of the most influential and legendary artists of all time, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline! Benny Wheels, with his easy going nature, deep bass-baritone vocals, and commanding stage presence, brings back the image and spirit of The Man in Black in his Folsom Prison prime! On Friday, August 24th at 7:30pm, a benefit concert on behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network will feature Amy Holden and Friends with special guest Milo Deering. The concert will star Amy Holden and singer/songwriters Cole Risner and Meredith Crawford. Joining them will be local East Texas artists The Kirbys. Milo is a renowned Texas multi-instrumentalist featured on many recordings for national country music artists. Milo most recently toured with The Eagles. Amy recently released her newest single, “Best Time,” in May 2018 to Texas radio. This event is one the whole family can enjoy! Let’s not forget about comedy! You can see local favorite improv comedy group, Card 53 Comedy, make it up entirely on the spot, Saturday, August 25th at 8pm. These shows usually sell out. Please note, Card 53 strives that each show be what they consider “clean-ish.” However, due to the unpredictable nature of improv they risk embarrassing their wives, girlfriends, dogs, employers, and total strangers with their unique style of improv make-em’-ups. Other Events August 17th (8pm): “Apache Warrior” Film Screening - “Apache Warrior” is a feature film made with 100% unprecedented real footage, actual attack pilot gun tapes, multiple cameras and interviews. This film takes the audience into the cockpit of a squadron of Apache Attack Helicopters during the opening salvo of what would be one of the largest invasions in US and World History. The audience will be on the edge of their seats and feel the chaos and horrors of air combat and in the process, and witness real valor under the most hellish of conditions. The “Apache Warrior” film will immerse you

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If you mention the word “Bourbon” in certain circles, you’re sure to instigate several conversations, some which might even get heated. America’s native spirit has no shortage of myths and opinions surrounding it, nor does it have a shortage of people who enjoy it. Bourbon is currently enjoying a renaissance and, as such, there is more of the brown liquid, and distilleries producing it, than ever before. With so many options to choose from, and the process not lending itself to fly-by-night success, the possibility of spending your hard earned money on a subpar bottle of bourbon is very real. Combine this with the fact that more and more people are trying it and loving it and you have the perfect excuse to start the East Texas Bourbon Society. Not that one needs much of an excuse to hang out with other people who all have an appreciation for the taste, history, and experience of bourbon, but the ETBS is more than just a justification for a little imbibing on a Tuesday night. Born out of a desire to create a more educated consumer and to peel back the layers of the famous drink from Kentucky (maybe), local businessmen and bourbon enthusiasts Andrew Griffith and Cole Tomberlain saw an opportunity to share their passion with others and grow their own knowledge in the process. I recently sat down with Andrew and a couple of glasses to get more info on the East Texas Bourbon Society. Johnny: So how did the idea of the East Texas Bourbon Society form? Were you guys just sitting around enjoying a glass of the good stuff one day and decided it would be a great idea or what? Andrew: Well, it all but came up like that. Cole and I are a dangerous pair when we get to thinking big – as our wives will attest to. The idea came from Bourbon is the fuel Cole while we of the artist and the were working on working man alike. this year’s Bourbon Bourbon is Hemingway & Bow Ties event, bare-knuckle boxing a very successful with a cigar in his fundraiser for the World of mouth and then sitting Wonders Childown to write a prose dren’s Museum about that magic in downtown moment when the sun Longview. Cole first peaks over the started it just a horizon. Bourbon is few years ago and it has grown to sophisticated, but also raise hundreds the friend you want at of thousands of your back in a bardollars since then. fight. It sits on the shelf We thought, this of the one-percenters event is so much that manage hedge fun and raises so much money for a funds and the onegreat organization percenters that manage – wouldn’t it be motorcycle clubs. great if we could celebrate bourbon like this on a more regular occasion, use it as a fundraising platform on its own, and in the process extend the success of Bourbon & Bow Ties in February? Of course, our wives saw straight the ruse and said we just wanted an excuse to go sit around and drink bourbon on a weeknight and call it a good deed! However, Cole and I really did want to have a place to really nerd out about bourbon. We are at the peak of a five year “bourbon boom” and still a lot of people don’t really know what makes a whiskey a bourbon or about the rich history of the distilled spirit as an American creation with a protected designation of origin. We wanted people to have the knowledge and confidence to try new stuff and know how to pick something they like by knowing how to read a label or look at the mash-bill and age statement.

The idea developed pretty quickly and just as fast as we got excited about presenting some good drinks and finding some fine folks to talk with us about bourbon - we got nervous that maybe all people really wanted was a drinking club. Luckily, bourbon does a lot of heavy lifting. It inspires people pretty easily and it’s a fascinating topic. Now, we enjoy monthly meetings in two different cities where we get to taste fine whiskies and have great group discussions about their stories. Johnny: What about bourbon is so fascinating that it draws enough of a crowd to have a group like this? Andrew: I think a lot of it has to do with the history. Bourbon is an American original. Part of the New World. America is a melting pot and our culture is this beautiful tapestry of what everyone brought with them. Other countries have longstanding, proud traditions of craftsmanship and dedication to a skill passed from generation to generation – most with their own designation of origin. The artisans in the Parma Region of Italy have been proudly making Parmigiano-Reggiano since the 13th century largely in the exact same way. We see this with artisans and their countries throughout the world of food and wine. Bourbon is ours. It can only be made here, by us, and the rules and laws we developed so many years ago. I feel like that sense of pride really lifts bourbon up in the hearts of Americans. That being said… even without the history lessons, Bourbon has held its own from the start. The economics of bourbon through its early days, prohibition, and all the way through to its current boom are very interesting. But if history isn’t your thing, bourbon still has a certain appeal to it. Bourbon is the fuel of the artist and the working man alike. Bourbon is Hemingway bare-knuckle boxing with a cigar in his mouth and then sitting down to write a prose about that magic moment when the sun first peaks over the horizon. Bourbon is sophisticated, but also the friend you want at your back in a bar-fight. It sits on the shelf of the one-percenters that manage hedge funds and the one-percenters that manage motorcycle clubs. It doesn’t distinguish between race, sex, or wealth – it just wants to be shared. And as thanks, we share it. Johnny: What is your goal with the Society and what do you feel some of the benefits of membership are? Andrew: Our short-term goal is to have a good visit every month and share a little brown water. We hope to give folks enough information about bourbon to have the confidence to know what they like and how to find it. Long-term, as we are a charitable non-profit organization, the goal is to take that shared interest and grow it into something that also benefits the community through fundraising and benefits. Giving back to your community is very rewarding – being able to drink bourbon AND give back to your community is just the best of two worlds! The benefits of being in the society are plentiful. Aside from the reward of giving back to the community, there are the more obvious

rewards of friendship and drinking bourbon, of course! If philanthropy, fellowship, and firewater aren’t reason enough – get selfish and save yourself some big bucks! Again, to go back to the comparison of the craft beer bubble we have seen, this is an incredible way to try many fine bourbons without breaking the bank. There is a high value and benefit associated to the opportunity to try out premium bourbons at this price point, accompanied by a full report on the history and unique qualities, plus tasting notes. Johnny: How has the response been so far to the ETBS and has it met your expectations so far? Andrew: We have been very happy with what we have seen in the group. Our numbers in Longview are growing right along with our more ambitious goals and we are developing the Tyler market as well, with a few other cities in the greater East Texas area already asking for a charter. Our goal is not to grow fast, but to grow smart. We don’t just want a lot of members, we selfishly want a lot of members that really like what the society is – both in our monthly meetings and our long-term goals. We are more than happy to take our time finding those folks and letting them find us. That being said, please tell your friends! Cole and I have been pleasantly surprised with the response to the meetings. As I said before, we were nervous in the beginning that people might not share our enthusiasm for the history and details of each bourbon we try. We find that that is something our members not only like, but contribute to at each meeting in our group discussions. Our next goal to hit before we expand to include another charter will be to start hosting more frequent fundraisers within our community and expand our support that way. Johnny: When and where are you currently meeting?

and recognized something special enough to actually research it and figure out how it got there, learning about its process of taking their Kentucky Straight Bourbon and finishing it in a port wine cask. I was so impressed with it. It also opened my eyes to the fact that a traditional Kentucky bourbon accounts for one branch on the bourbon family tree. It is still a regular favorite of mine. Johnny: What are drink of choice couldn’t possibly be any good at Andrew: We very lucky to have two very some of the tastings and events coming up on the that price but it was all I’d drink. As the years went radar over the next couple of months? handsome spots to gather every month. We host by, people caught on and the production couldn’t our meetings every third Tuesday of the month Andrew: Coming up in August, we will be keep up, as you can assume a 12 year production in Longview at Heritage Wine & Spirits, and doing a flight of Texas Bourbons. It will be very every fourth Tuesday of the month at The People’s of anything wouldn’t be able to do. Weller 12 Year interesting for a few reasons. One, people still have Petroleum Building (in the meeting space, behind became scarce, followed by its kid brother the 7 a common misconception that it isn’t bourbon Year. The 7 Year never came back and became a Jack Ryan’s bar) in Tyler. We currently meet from if it’s not from Kentucky. It is very interesting blended version of different age statements, but the to see how the super diverse climate in Texas is 7-9pm. 12 Year is still out there. It is harder to find, but it is changing the whole bourbon aging process and Johnny: So I’m sure some people are wondering, since you’ve obviously been exposed to still an incredible value. therefore becoming the crown jewel of craft distillJohnny: How about your favorite bourbon that eries. Second, because we Texans are a very proud some good and not so good bourbons over the past few years, what is your overall favorite bourbon if is easily accessible in this region? bunch! Andrew: Angel’s Envy. The further into my you can pick any bottle, any vintage? In September, we will also be hosting a blind Andrew: Yikes! That is a tough one, for sure. I own Bourbon education that I go, the more I tasting on the Jim Beam family tree. The blinds are think when you take away the traditional allocated realize that I am a big fan of two things: wheated fun and we always feature them on a flight where bourbons and second finishes. Angel’s Envy falls offerings like William Larue Weller, George T. the brand name packs a lot of preconceived notions Stagg, and of course Pappy VanWinkle, my pound into the second finishes category, simply meaning – both good and bad – and often forgets that the that after its aging process in the required charred most commercially successful offering is not the for pound favorite would be Weller 12 year. Any new American Oak barrel to earn its classificamember of the society will roll their eyes to hear heart and soul of a distillery. me once again pine for this particular juice but true tion as a bourbon, it is moved to a different barrel In between, we hope to take a couple of love just doesn’t care about the opinions of others. for further aging. That second barrel could be group trips to a few distilleries that have offered anything. Woodford’s Double-Oaked moves it When I first started really drinking bourbon the ETBS private tours, a visit to a local collector – in those clumsy years when you transition from from one charred new American Oak barrel after that has a noteworthy collection of popular several years right into another one for just a little whiskey and coke to bourbon neat – I found this American whiskey, a cigar-pairing tasting outside particular offering as a poorly placed well bourbon bit longer. Maker’s 46, another one of my favorite of the regular meeting, and hopefully an open to and accessible offerings, achieves a new level of at a restaurant I managed. I fell in love with the the public get-together somewhere in there too. flavor and sophistication by simply adding seared Keep an eye out on that internet thing everyone is flavor and the price. This was over ten years ago French Oak staves into the same barrel it has been always talking about for news about some of those and for a fifth, the Weller 7 Year was shockingly under priced and the more developed 12 Year was aging in towards the end of its production. Since irregular events that may peak your interest at I am so nostalgic, Angel’s Envy earns my vote only a few dollars more. It was my Huckleberry. and because it was the first time I tried a second finish easttexasbourbonsociety. I remember friends at the time arguing that my


Fall Festival Guide 2018 As weather begins to

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cool off, the fall festivals will begin. There is a lot of variety and fun planned for all ages! August 10th: Back the Blue Summer Concert Bash Back the Blue Summer Bash returns for a third year featuring The Powell Brothers at Love & War in Texas Lindale plus a car show, vendors and family fun at Pickers Pavilion across the street before the show. The festivities start at 1pm. Visit for tickets in advance starting at $15 plus more info. This event is benefiting the East Texas Regional Fraternal Order of Police. Tyler Dudley will open starting at 7pm. September 14th-23rd: Art of Peace Festival, Tyler The 8th Annual “Art Of Peace” - an East Texas celebration of Peace currently begins on Friday, September 16th and lasts through Sunday, September 23rd. You are invited to join as they celebrate peace, create community, and welcome new friends. Events include Day for Kids at Bergfeld Park, Peace Art Exhibit, Peace Meal, Services and more. A Peace Concert will be held September 21st at Liberty Hall, Downtown Tyler and will feature Trout Fishing in America. The aim of Art of Peace is to promote a spirit of creativity, compassion, and community through partnerships, fellowship, dialogue, social action, music, poetry, and art. For more info go to October 13th: Lindale 2018 Countryfest & Harvest Hustle 5K, Lindale Stroll through arts and craft booths, gobble a turkey leg, take a look at the car display, enjoy live entertainment, and bid on auction items all at Countryfest 2018! Children will spend the day at a variety of activities including: The Texas Bank and Trust climbing wall, Lindale Police Department’s Kid’s ID Booth, and lots of carnival games provided by the First United Methodist Church. There will also be a 5K. This will be held throughout Downtown Lindale and at Picker’s Pavilion and The Cannery Stage. For more info go to October 11th-14th: Downtown Tyler Film Festival, Downtown Tyler The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is a celebration of storytelling through film in East Texas. They accept and show short films from all around the world, but have a special fondness for local independent works. Films will be shown each day at Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. Go to for details. Tickets are: $5 for any single night (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), $10 for the Sunday Awards Ceremony and wrap party (food/drink included), or $20 for an allinclusive producer’s pass (three film nights, award ceremony plus wrap party). In advance, you can buy them online from Liberty Hall or in person beginning September 9th at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St., Tyler. On every festival night, the box office will open at 6:30pm. October 13th: 3rd Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Tyler Grab your kilt and come see the Highland Dancers, bagpipes, Highland athletic competitions plus experience the food and fun designed for all ages. This is a free community event celebrating

all things related to Celtic heritage. The DramBeauties, Kilty as Charged Pipers featuring Paul Watson & Matt Bowdin, The Dallas Highland Dancers, Charles Gunn Jr., and special guests will perform this year as well as the Twice Upon a Time Celtic Storytellers! Come and see all the exhibitors demonstrating sheep herding as done on the Scottish plains, War Horses large enough for only William Wallace to ride, Shetland Ponies from the outer Hebrides Islands, Highland Cows, and Blacksmiths will be fashioning Highland knives, Falconers and much, much, more! For more info go to or call (903)752-0980. This will be held at South Spring Baptist Church, 17002 US 69, Tyler. October 13th14th: Edom Art Festival, Edom For more than 46 years, the small artists’ community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists presenting its talents to an appreciative audience of gifters and collectors. The festival is the premier art show in East Texas. High quality art, fine crafts, live music, and great food and wine fill the festival grounds behind the resident artists’ studios on the one main street in town, Farm to Market Road 279. This year’s festival takes place from 10am-5pm each day. Admission is free. Visit the resident artists’ studios on the main street, for which Edom is well known. While in town for the festival, visitors can enjoy local restaurants, The Shed and The Edom Café, and tour the gardens of Edom: Blue Moon Gardens, Blueberry Hill farms, Glenda Mae’s Daylily Farm, and The Farmacy, organic produce and more. The “artistic” atmosphere of Edom brings forth the “creative spirit” in everyone who visits. Go to for a detailed schedule of events, local lodging, and a move. October 18th21st: Texas Rose Festival, Tyler The 85th Texas Rose Festival will be held on October 18th-21st, with “Rock the Rose” as its theme. Amanda Elaine Hiles will reign as the 2018 Texas Rose Festival Queen. She attends Tyler Junior College and is a member of the Apache Belles. The 2018 Duchess of the Texas Rose Festival will be Ann Caswell Ferguson, a student at Baylor University. The Rose Festival activities include the queen’s coronation at the Cowan Center on October 19th, and the Rose Parade on October 20th. Texas Rose Festival Rose Show is free and open to the public, held in the Rose Garden Center. More details can be found at October 20th: Harvest Wine Day In celebration of Texas Wine Month, help Keipersol Winery put the vines to sleep for the season at this peaceful day in the vineyard including

distillery tours and barrel tastings, winery tours and vineyard photo opportunities. Food will be available for purchase, but you may also choose to eat at any of the restaurants on the winery estate that will be open 7am-10pm (reservations recommended). The vineyard festivities will be from 11am-9pm. For more information call (903)8948995. Kiepersol Winery, Distillery and Vineyards is located at 4120 FM 344 East in Bullard, October 26th27th: Fall Feral Hog Festival, Ben Wheeler Come out and enjoy the Fall Feral Hog Festival Parade followed by live music, arts & crafts vendors, and a wild hog cook-off. This festival also includes a Fall Feral Hog Queen Pageant and more fun! The cook off starts on Friday and goes all night. Judging is at 12 noon on October 27th and winners will be announced at 1pm. For more information, please visit the Facebook page at or online at October 26th28th: East Texas Rose Comic Con: A Year of Anime, Tyler This science fiction, fantasy, horror, and animebased convention brings in stars of stage, screen, comics, and more. This is three days of geeky fun that you will not want to miss. There will be gaming, amazing vendors, celebrities, authors, artists, demonstrations, cosplay, musical and dance performances, and much more. Don’t miss the chance to meet some of your favorite stars, attend new special events this year, or see the amazing cosplay

contest. Keep up to date with details at October 27th: Dogtoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Animal Adoption Event Craft beer and cute puppies join for a great cause! Join the fun with your four legged best friend October 27th (11am-7pm) at Dogtoberfest 2018! Held at Juls Event Center, 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, Dogtoberfest is the culmination of adoptable pets from local animal rescue groups, pet-related vendors, local live bands, food trucks, and craft breweries. The Craft Beer tasting will take place indoors in the newly remodeled Juls Event Center! The ultimate goal of the day is finding forever homes for as many homeless pets as possible. They are currently seeking vendors, breweries, and more; applications are available online. For more info go to dogtoberfest-2018. Contact: marketing@spcaeasttx. com with questions.

2018 Festivals East Texas is a great place for all

kinds of festivals - from family fun to wine festivals, rodeos and food specialties. Plan now for these future festivals. • August 10th: Back the Blue Summer Concert Bash • September 14th-23rd: Art of Peace Festival, Tyler • September 21st-30th: East Texas State Fair, Tyler • October 13th: Lindale 2018 Countryfest & Harvest Hustle 5K, Lindale • October 11th-14th: Downtown Tyler Film Festival, Downtown Tyler • October 13th: 3rd Annual Tyler Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Tyler • October 13th-14th: Edom Art Festival, Edom • October 18th-21st: Texas Rose Festival, Tyler • October 20th: Harvest Wine Day, Bullard • October 26th-27th: Fall Feral Hog Festival, Ben Wheeler • October 26th-28th: East Texas Rose Comic Con, Tyler • October 27th: Dogtoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Animal Adoption Event, Tyler

• November-December: Rose City Christmas, Tyler • November 3rd: Red, White & Blue Festival, Bullard • November: 4th Annual Caring for Kids Benefit Festival, Tyler • November 10th: Heritage Syrup Festival, Henderson • November 15th-17th: Mistletoe & Magic, Tyler • November 15th-17th: Reel East Texas Film Festival, Kilgore • December 8th: Blue Santa Pub Crawl, Downtown Tyler • January 15th: B2B Expo, Tyler


Just Between Friends East Texas/Tyler Children’s Sale

Just Between Friends Sales events are a savvy shopper’s dream! At these events consignors bring their new and gently-used children’s and maternity merchandise to sell. Shoppers can then browse and purchase these items at great savings, many times 50-90% below retail prices. This will be held at First Christian Church Family Learning Center Gymnasium, 4202 S. Broadway, Tyler. The market is open August 2nd 5-8pm, August 3rd 10am-6pm, and August 4th 9am-1pm. For more info go to

August 7th (11:30am-1pm)

27th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee

The Literacy Council of Tyler will host its 27th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee featuring local organizations competing against each other to see who has the best spellers and who will take home the coveted spelling bee trophy. All proceeds from the spelling bee support the core programs of the Literacy Council of Tyler. This will be held at Green Acres Conference Center, 1607 Troup Hwy., Tyler. For more info call (903)954-0105. Tickets are also available at

September 11th (6:30-9:30pm)

“Bling-O” benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center

Bling-O, a ladies-night-out of bingo played for designer purses, is a fun night of games, food, and fellowship. The event will include a silent auction as well as many additional games, a chance drawing, and some special 5th anniversary surprises. For tickets go to cacsmithcounty. org or call (903)533-1880. This will be held at Cascades Golf and Country Club in Tyler.

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choking if we’re in a eating establishment. Johnny: What’s on the radar for the rest of the year? Cody: I’m currently working on demos for what will be the debut record. I still love to play as much as possible so I’m endeavoring to branch out too far away hamlets, but as the Bugman use to say, “You don’t take to the road without a product to sell.” Johnny: Are there any gigs that stick out in your mind as a favorite so far? Cody: Clicks Live, we played July 13th and it was a great show. Even though we didn’t have a huge crowd, they gave us the necessary motivation. Johnny: What do you hope new listeners take away from their first show with The Groove Slaves? Cody: My hope is that people walk away musically invigorated with a sense that rock has only been in a deep slumber and is certainly NOT dead. Check out The Groove Slaves at

The Groove Slaves: Keeping The Rock Alive By Johnny Griffith There are certainly plenty of bands in the East Texas area. One thing we’ve always been able to pride ourselves on is the ability to produce great musicians and great music. Like all living things, the music scene in the area is always moving, shifting, and evolving with current trends, what sells, and what will bring people to the venues. Occasionally though, there are bands that will buck the trends and stick to their guns when it comes to the style and sound they want to play and The Groove Slaves is one of those bands. Perhaps one of Tyler’s best-kept secrets, The Groove Slaves have one of the more seasoned lineups of musicians and with extensive touring and gigging experience, they bring to the stage enthusiasm and proficiency. With a setlist full of songs that are sure to please, they play what they like and live to play. I caught up recently to Cody Norman to get more info on the band. Johnny: Who makes up The Groove Slaves? Cody: The band is Tony Marsh on lead guitar, Jim Holley on bass, Kevin Schermerhorn on drums and backing vocals, and myself on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Johnny: Give us a brief musical background on everyone. Cody: Tony was born in Orlando, but has spent most of his life in Texas. He’s played in Tyler with both Hobbit and Lix. Jim is a homegrown Tylerite and played alongside Tony in Loco Joe as well as with many other Tyler bands. Additionally, he owns Center Stage Music where Tony teaches guitar. Kevin is from New Jersey but has lived in Texas since high school and has played with Mike Morgan and Wanda King as well as various other artists. I was born in Rusk and after moving to Tyler began playing drums with Jay Johnson and Richard Raines in The Traffic Jam. Soon after that, I became Bugs Henderson’s drummer, as well as played with Smokin Joe Kubeck and Lance Lopez. I still drum for Mark David Manders occasionally too. Johnny: How did you all meet? Cody: I’ve known Tony and Jim through Center Stage Music store for several years and played with Tony in a country band. Kevin and I met while in high school. I had been playing drums for a couple of years when Kev moved to town. This guy had just picked up the sticks and was so amazing he inspired me to dig deeper into the instrument. We also knew each other from playing in rural rival bands: me with Voyer, and Kev with Spittin Image. Kevin still inspires me with his relentless work ethic and unbridled enthusiasm. Having played drums for as long as I have, he’s the only one I want behind me. Kev is still in demand as a solid player in Dallas and East Texas, so on nights when he’s unavailable, I double up and sing while playing acoustic guitar half a set, then move behind the kit and sing from there. Johnny: How did the idea for the band originate? Cody: The band was formed in Dallas around 1992. I was playing for the late, great Bugs Henderson at the time and on the road a lot as well as recording. We were approached by Lisa Dupree, a local music lover, to be the house band at the Greenville Bar & Grill for the Blue Monday Jam every week. Little did we know how cool this opportunity was. All the touring acts that came through Dallas would stop by to sit in as well as the local crop of talent. On any given night you might get to hear Coco Montoya, The Killer B’s, or maybe some guys from Megadeath or The Spin Doctors. If you were at the right spot at the right time you got to play with them as well. Our band would start off the night, then the jam would commence, improvising off of a loose arrangement became our formula. From “The World is a Ghetto” to

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“Third Stone From the Sun,” we embellished our own brand of covers. Our biggest show was in Deep Ellum where we opened up for the Dixie Chicks and Ray Wylie Hubbard on the same night. I was even asked by Ray to sit in on drums because his guy didn’t show. The band ran out of gas once we were out of Bugs’s band and relocated to east Texas. Johnny: What was the first Groove Slaves gig? Cody: The debut gig was the Greenville Bar & Grill. We were young guns and might have rubbed some people the wrong way. The blues purists probably thought we should slow down and play less chops, but we only knew one way to do it. Bugs had taught us to slay all those within earshot. Johnny: You play a great mix of songs...what genre would you consider your wheelhouse? Cody: Thanks Johnny, I always hope there is an interesting mix of styles, textures, colors, and energy to the music we play. I’d have to say Melodic Rock is our forte. I started out on guitar five years ago with Jimi Hendrix as my hero. Knowing I could never play like that, I began to search for his influences. He loved Dylan’s songwriting so I immersed myself in him and found out what songwriting is all about. I bought one of his songbooks and felt like I was setting out to change the system of humanity. Johnny: What’s the farthest you’ve traveled for a gig? Cody: With the current lineup we’ve played only here in East Texas. This band has had a plethora of unique and talented musicians that have toured Europe, Canada, and all over the United States when we began the band, while still on the road with Bugs. The Bugman gave us two or three songs a night to stretch out on by ourselves. He was such a monster player to learn from. No matter where we were or what it took to get there, he brought the meat AND the fire to cook it! Johnny: About how many shows are you playing a month these days? Cody: It inevitably varies but we play about three shows a month. I also play solo shows frequently so I try to balance the two. Johnny: Are you primarily a cover band or are you working originals in as well? Cody: I’ve found in Tyler we tend to keep people more engaged when we play familiar songs. Depending on the venue and crowd, I sprinkle in my stuff. I’m writing the songs so it has to be something I think I can pull off. Johnny: How would you describe a typical Groove Slaves show? Cody: The first half of the set is played on acoustic guitar with me sitting where we do the more gentle numbers. After massaging the patrons with sweet slow to medium arrangements, we cut loose. I pick up the electric guitar and we try to ignite whatever pressure and intensity we can muster with more upbeat and gritty selections. The sets are split like this to accommodate those who wish to refrain from

Back the Blue Summer Bash features The Powell Brothers Back the Blue Summer Bash

returns for a third year featuring The Powell Brothers at Love & War in Texas-Lindale plus a car show, vendors, and family fun at Pickers Pavilion across the street before the show. Opening for The Powell Brothers is Tyler Dudley. Concerts start at 7pm. Love & War is located at 114 E. North St., Lindale. Tickets are $15 and available at the gate and at For more info, follow the event on Facebook or call (903)780-7969. The Back the Blue Summer Bash benefits the East Texas Fraternal Order of Police.

Bibeau in Concert August 25th Bibeau has a rare Tyler show

booked at Click’s Live on Saturday, August 25th with Louisiana brothers Anxiety, the mod blues band Matt Coats Trio, and the fantastic female duo from the Dallas area Sweet Chaos (who recently opened for Bowling for Soup). Tickets will be available at the door for the low rock ‘n roll price of $7. Must be 18+ to attend unless accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.

Jeremy Camp & Matthew West Come to The Oil Palace This Fall Tickets are on sale for this legendary concert November 9th at

7:30pm at The Oil Palace, 10408 State Hwy 64 E in Tyler. Tickets range from $19-$75. Event parking is $10. Grammy®-nominated and Dove Award-winning artists Jeremy Camp and Matthew West are partnering this fall on “The Answer / All In Tour,” headed to 20 U.S. cities during the months of October and November. The tour marks the first time that two criticallyacclaimed, chart-topping artists have co-headlined their own tour together,. This event will create an unprecedented experience for concert attendees getting to see them share the stage for an energyfilled night of hit songs and fan favorites. A limited VIP ticket package will include early entry seating, an exclusive signed photo, and a post-show Meet & Greet Photo Op with both artists.

AmyFor oneHolden Concert Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network night only, east Texas singer-songwriter Amy Holden is

set to perform live in concert at Liberty Hall on Friday, August 24th at 8pm. Amy’s friends, Cole Risner, Meredith Crawford, and Milo Deering are also set to perform. Fresh off her single release, “Best Time” on Texas Red Dirt Radio, Amy brings a new soulful twang with her style and flavor of upbeat country music to Tyler. Amy, a Nashville and Texas recording artist, has performed from New Zealand to the House of Blues. Bring the whole family to this family-friendly event and be prepared to be thoroughly entertained. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. This fundraising event is sponsored by Texas Strong Promotions, Fire Dog Records, and Amy Holden Music Group. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin, Downtown Tyler. Tickets are available at

Teazur & The Purple Hulls in Concert: Fridays After 5 Free Concerts

“Fridays After 5” is a free live music concert series that takes place under the stars in the beautiful city of Kilgore. The family-friendly concerts are absolutely free. Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes and enjoy the atmosphere under the derricks. Kilgore Main Street hosts their final summer Fridays After 5 concerts at the Amphitheater in Kilgore City Park. There will be food vendors and market stalls to compliment the evening. There is plenty of shade and the Lazy Splash Ranch is available for those that want to cool off while enjoying the music. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and enjoy some entertaining live music in Kilgore City Park. • Friday, August 3rd (8pm) - TEAZUR - Are you ready to rock? TEAZUR is all about the music and having a blast, so why not join them and

enjoy the energetic performance. TEAZUR plays a variety of original and popular radio-played rock music. • Friday, September 7th (8pm) - The Purple Hulls - The Purple Hulls are a dynamic sister duo who are looking forward to playing for their home crowd. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas and now are an international touring act. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over. For more information, visit “Kilgore Main Street” Facebook page, website at, or call (903) 988-4117. Look them up online at #HistoricDowntownKilgore.

“Yesterday, The Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” Brings Tour To Tyler Capture the raw energy and sheer

excitement of the most historical music group of all time, when “Yesterday, the Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” hits the stage for one night only at Wise Auditorium at Tyler Jr. College on Friday, September 14th at 7:30pm. “Yesterday” is a full two-hour show rich in memories portraying musical icons “The Beatles.” “Yesterday” transports its audience to a bygone era of magical innocence. Featuring some of the most finely written songs ever performed, this production is a spellbinding enactment of the bestloved pop group in the history of modern music. “Yesterday,” encompasses all eras of the Beatles music from the Hamburg days through Shea Stadium and into pop history’s magical Sgt. Pepper’s and beyond, with superior showmanship, flawless voices, and exceptional musical abilities, this is one not to be missed. Complete with Beatles boots, drainpipe trousers, authentic costumes, musical instruments, and singing songs in their original key, “Yesterday,” performance is spot on in every way. “Yesterday” is featured with other Las Vegas celebrities on giant LED video walls at McCarran International Airport, welcoming all to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” ...Las Vegas! Of all the Beatles Tributes, “Yesterday” is Sir Paul McCartney’s favorite as he asked to come backstage for a photo with the band. “Yesterday” has toured Japan seven times and performed worldwide on five continents. With superior showmanship, flawless voices, and exceptional musical abilities, this band is finally coming to East Texas and is not to be missed. Here’s what the press has said about “Yesterday’s” performances: “Don Bellezzo portraying John, bobbing with Lennon’s cheeky mannerisms, had a voice that was

so accurate, it sent chills down my spine.” – Union News, MA. “Outstanding vocals during Nowhere man. Everybody clapped and swayed with Lennon during ‘Revolution.’ McCartney sang ‘Hey Jude’ as the audience joined in the chorus and began waving lights in the air.” – Rockford Register, IL. “‘Yesterday,’ which just opened at the Tropicana, is an explosion, a wonderful blast from the past. A thrilling and reverential tribute to the Fab Four, ‘Yesterday’ gets it right!” – New York Daily News. “The audience jumped to their feet giving these four lads a standing ovation even at intermission.” – The Independence, IL. “‘Yesterday’ was spot on in every way. By the time they reached the encores, the packed house was on their feet dancing and singing!” – Atlantic City Press. “Yesterday, The Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” will be performing one show only at Wise Auditorium at Tyler Junior College on Friday, September 14th. Doors open at 6:30pm and show time is at 7:30pm. Reserved seat tickets are $25, $30, and $35, inclusive of all credit card and ticketing fees. Tickets are available online at or by calling the “Yesterday” tickets hotline at (817)896-3652. For more information visit or yesterdaylasvegasbeatlestribute. • 15

Katie and The Vines: Partners In The Music By Johnny Griffith Occasionally voices come along that cut through the noise of a crowded room or bar and make you sit up and take notice. No matter what you’re doing, who you’re talking to, or where you are...when you hear a voice like that it compels you to listen. If you’ve had the opportunity to hear Katie and The Vines recently, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Comprised of husband and wife duo Katie Lee and Chase Nick, Katie and The Vines blends blues, soul, rock, and country with the vocal stylings of Katie which are sure to leave you wanting more. We sat down with them recently to get a bit more insight into Katie and The Vines. Johnny: What is the current lineup of Katie and The Vines? Katie: Primarily it’s Katie (lead singer) and Chase (acoustic guitar/bass player). We use other musicians on occasion depending on the show and the schedule but right now it’s mainly us two. Johnny: How did you two meet? Katie: Chase and I met each other once I moved to Tyler. I was friends with his bandmates, so once he joined their band, we got introduced. Johnny: Give us a little background on you two. Katie: I grew up in Keller, Texas. I made the decision to move to Tyler in August of 2013 for music. There was a music producer who worked at Studio 333 at Kiepersol in Bullard that I signed a contract with. A few songs were produced and I was able to get some performing in as well. Unfortunately, he ended up moving back to Alabama where he was from. The good news was that I met my husband Chase when I moved to Tyler. Although my plan did not work out the way I wanted it to, I met the love of my life. Chase: I was born and raised in Tyler. I went to Grace Community and then to Robert E Lee, graduating in 2009. I started playing bass guitar around 15 years old and haven’t stopped since. I have been in four bands including Eli’s Redemption and Blacktop Mojo. Now, I focus my time on Katie and the Vines and playing bass at Rose Heights Church.

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Johnny: Where did the idea for the band originate? Katie: Funny story. I was asked to perform at a Kiepersol Wine Festival back in 2013. I did not have a band, so I asked my friends from Eli’s Redemption (a local band at the time) to help me out. We obviously did not have a name for us at that event so we just came up with Katie and the Vines. There was really no reason other than it was just me singing, hence Katie, and I think they called themselves Vines because we were at the vineyards! It just made sense somehow. It really became a joke between us for a long time. Eventually, once Chase and I decided to form our own band, the name was revived and we went with it. Johnny: You play a pretty broad mix of music in your shows. Do you have any particular favorite? Katie: We love all kinds of music but I probably lean more toward blues and soul, and Chase likes rock. We try to incorporate both as well as other crowd favorites depending on the show. Johnny: What was your first gig? Katie: Our first real gig was at Dakota’s in Tyler. Johnny: Are you primarily a cover band or are there originals that you’ll pull out on occasion? Katie: We are primarily a cover band but we have some originals up our sleeve that we like to work in depending on the show and the setting. We’re hoping to get them recorded next year. Johnny: How would you describe a typical Katie and The Vines show? Katie: Fun! We want people to relax and enjoy music. Johnny: Are there any gigs that stick out in your mind as a favorite so far? Katie: We’d have to say the show at Dakotas! The crowd was so responsive and had fun with us! It always makes the show more fun for us if we know

Upcoming 10th Anniversary Season at Old Firehouse Announced The Old Firehouse is an intimate, smoke-free and alcoholfree “coffeehouse” that has made a name for itself by bringing national folk musicians and their all-original music to Edom’s unique listening room and stage. For the 2018-19 season, Old Firehouse will once again be offering Season Tickets. By purchasing this season ticket, you will receive: admission for one person to all nine Acoustic Music Concerts, the crowd is enjoying what we’re doing on stage and reserved seating of your choice that will remain yours throughout the season, one “bottomless” is enjoying it as much as we are. cup of coffee at each concert, freedom from having Johnny: What do you hope new listeners take away from their first show with Katie and The Vines? to remember to buy concert tickets month-tomonth, advance ticket price for all concerts, and Katie: We want people to enjoy the music and 20% discount on concert series merchandise (hats, get away from their everyday stresses by kicking t-shirts, tote bags, bumper stickers). back and having fun with us. The cost per ticket is $111 (includes sales tax). For more information and upcoming shows, Once the season begins, these tickets may no longer follow Katie and The Vines on Facebook at be available. Checks may be made out to “The Old @katieandthevines. Firehouse” and mailed to: The Old Firehouse, 8241 FM 279, Edom, TX 75754. Info can be found at or by calling (903)852-2781. Texas Music Sunday’s will be held at Love If you do not want to purchase season tickets, & War in Lindale. Tickets prices vary and are admission prices for concerts are $12 in advance available at All concerts start and $15 at the door, and events are on Saturday at 4pm. The following concerts are scheduled: evenings beginning at 7:30pm. • August 5th: Jason Boland and the Stragglers Scheduled this season is: • August 12th: Kayla Ray with Billie Jo Sewell • October 20th: Tony Ramey • August 19th: Ben • November 10th: BrownRandy & Friends (Neal Haggard with Lee Katz & Connie Mims) Mathis • November 24th: Beth Wood • August 26th: • December 8th: Terri Hendrix Jonathan Tyler and • January 19th: Andy Gullahorn the Northern Lights • February 2nd: Beyond the Pale with Tanner Miller • February 23rd: Tom Kimmel • September 2nd: Mark McKinney with Porter • March 23rd: Jacob Johnson Union • April 6th: Edie Carey • September 9th: The Statesboro Revue with The If you would like to sponsor any of these concerts, please contact Briars

Texas Music Sunday at Love & War in Lindale

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“EGuide Tyler” Wednesday, August 1st

The Back Porch, Kilgore – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-OkieDokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Scotty G, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday Night Woodshed with Meredith Crawford, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Yamato – DJ, 8-12 GigGuide

Tribe, 9-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Darrin Morris Band, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Bluez Boyz, 8-12 Rick’s – Live 5, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Paul Shafer & Friends, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – DJ, 9-12

Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Wawa’s Noonday - Hubcap & The Loose Nuts, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – Heather Harper, 8-12

Saturday, August 11th

Love & War, Lindale – Mo Robson, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Stanley’s BBQ – Matt Raker Band, 6:30-9:30

Friday, August 17th

11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Anthony Riley The Back Porch, Kilgore – Gary Patrick, Band, 9-1 8-12 Brewster’s - Pool Party with DJ Alexx The Central Station, Gladewater – Sean Chakal, 9-2 Berry, 7-10 Sunday, August 5th The Central Station, Gladewater – NiKi & Dakota’s Chophouse - Lee Mathis, 7-10 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Ryan, 7-10 Thursday, August 2nd ETX Brewery – Patrick James Freden, Circle M Crawfish - Adam Brown Band, 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 8-10 Jackie’s Office Club, Lindale - Open Mic, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Erick Fayard, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Melissa Ratley, 4-8 Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 7-10 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick Band, FRESH – Coldfire, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Jason Boland & The 7-10 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Stragglers, 4-8 ETX Brewery – David Allen, 8-10 Click’s - DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, Lago Del Pino - DJ, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – 8 Ball Aitken, Monday, August 6th 3-6, Zach Coffey, 7-10 7-10 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 FRESH – The P-51’s, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Jenn Ford Band, Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Wes Brown, 8-12 6:30-9:30 Garage Bar - Party Machine, 9-1 Love & War, Lindale – Tyler Stokes, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Tuesday, August 7th Lago Del Pino - Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Razzoo’s - The Leftovers, 7-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Darrin 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Lake Palestine Resort - Justin Dean, 6-10 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Jason Morris Band, 9-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Liberty Hall - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Blue- Republic Icehouse – Sabrina Toole, 8-12 Misenheimer, 8-12 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 grass Band, 8pm Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Ashmore, 8-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Republic Icehouse – Todd Rinlee, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 11am-1pm Stanley’s BBQ – Matt Raker Band, Stanley’s BBQ – Hector Ward & The Big 7-11 Love & War, Lindale – Blane Howard, 8-12 6:30-9:30 Time, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & M6 Winery - Tommi Jo Harris, 3-6 Strada Cafe - Wade Skinner, 7-10 Friday, August 3rd Company, 6:30-9:30 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler - East Texas Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – The Back Porch, Kilgore – 2nd Childhood, Wednesday, August 8th Jazz Orchestra, 7-10 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Heather Little, Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Lee Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Lee 7-10 Mathis, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Mathis, 7-10 Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-OkieRick’s – Party Machine, 9-1 Clicks Live - David Allen The Drifting Saturday, August 18th Dokie, 8-11 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Good The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris Outlaw, 9-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Darrin Vibes Band, 6:30-9:30 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Band, 9-1 Morris, 7-10 Strada Cafe - Jordyn Lackey, 8-10 ETX Brewery – Jeremiah Jackson, 8-10 Brewster’s - Pool Party with DJ Alexx Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Shelby Chakal, 9-2 ETX Brewing - Open Mic, 8-10 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Ballenger, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Billie Jo The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday XLN – Chris Wallace & Delta Blues, 9-1 FRESH – The Jazz Connection, 6-9 Sewell, 7-10 Night Woodshed with Meredith Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Commerce Street Drafthouse, Jacksonville Crawford, 7-10 Sunday, August 12th Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 - Withrow Cooley, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Grove – Live Music, 9-12 Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 Thursday, August 9th The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Kilgore Friday After 5 - Teazur, 8-10 ETX Brewery – Tyler Dudley Trio, 8-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Jackie’s Office Club, Lindale - Open Mic, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Colton Ayers, Lago Del Pino - DJ, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Heather Harper, 4-8 Liberty Hall - Dailey & Vincent, 7pm 7-10 8-12 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm FRESH – Bluz Boyz, 6-9 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 Love & War, Lindale – Celebrating the life The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, Love & War, Lindale – Kayla Ray, Billie Jo Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 6-9 Sewell, 8-12 of Wayland Hicks, 8-12 The Grove - Patrick James, 10-12 Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Lake Palestine Resort - Kid Icarus, 6-9 Monday, August 13th Andres, 8-12 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Heather Lago Del Pino - Katie & The Vines, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tyler Stokes, Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, Little, 9-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, 7-10 The Oil Palace - Brooklyn Tabernacle 11am-1pm 6:30-9:30 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Singers, 7pm Love & War, Lindale – Randall King, Jay Tuesday, August 14th Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Rick’s – Hollow Decks, 8-12 Smith, 4-12 Love & War, Lindale – Whitney Wills, 8-12 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 M6 Winery - Eamond McAuley, 3-6 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Wesley Stanley’s BBQ – Roxy Roca, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Pruitt, 7-10 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Lee Mathis Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Razzoo’s – Riley Redding, 7-10 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Band, 9-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Monty 7-11 San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Tipps Band, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Stanley’s BBQ – Matt Raker Band, Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 8-12 Company, 6:30-9:30 6:30-9:30 Rick’s – Big Daddy Band, 9-1 Saturday, August 4th Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Purple Friday, August 10th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ally Venable Wednesday, August 15th Velvet Fox, 6:30- 9:30 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Band, Jenn Ford, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Dixie Bent, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Gary Swinard, Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Brewster’s - Pool Party with DJ Alexx 7-10 XLN – Hubcap & Lance Lopez, 9-1 The Central Station, Gladewater – Lori Chakal, 9-2 Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-OkieYamato – DJ, 8-12 Rice, 8-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Heather Dokie, 8-11 Cowboys - Cody Wayne Band, 8-12 Little, 7-10 Sunday, August 19th Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Clicks Live - Tap Dead Center, Deathrow ETX Brewery – The Kirbys, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The ETX Brewing Open Mic, 8-10 Bodeen, We Divide, Crimson Thirst, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Travis Bolt, Acoustics, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday 7-10 8-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Night Woodshed with Meredith FRESH – Kid Icarus Project, 6-9 Club 155 - Black Ice, 9-1 Jackie’s Office Club, Lindale - Open Mic, Crawford, 7-10 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 4-8 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 ETX Brewery – Cavan Power, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Thursday, August 16th The Grove – Gary Patrick, 9-12 FRESH – Casey Martin, 6-9 Monday, August 20th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, Lago Del Pino - DJ, 8-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Tyler Vosbury, Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 3-5, Junior Clark, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, 8-12 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 Love & War, Lindale – The Powell 6:30-9:30 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, Garage Bar – Karaoke, 9-1 Brothers, 8-12 Tuesday, August 21st 6-9 Lago Del Pino - Heather Harper, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Josh F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 11am-1pm Andres, 8-12 Abbott, 9-12 Love & War, Lindale – Tejas Brothers, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Heather Harper, Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 8-12 Lee Mathis, 7-10 Rick’s – Vegas Stars, 8-12 7-11 M6 Winery - Heather Harper, 3-6 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ Juice, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – DeFrance, 9-12 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tyler & The Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Liberty Hall - Bellamy Brothers, 7pm Company, 6:30-9:30

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Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Galloway, 8-12 Rick’s – Identity Theft, 9-1 The Back Porch, Kilgore – 2nd Childhood, Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Blue Louie, 6:30-9:30 7-10 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-OkieMarcus Casburn, 6-9 Dokie, 8-11 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12 ETX Brewing - Open Mic, 8-10 Sunday, August 26th The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Night Woodshed with Meredith The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Crawford, 7-10 Acoustics, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 6:30-9:30 Jackie’s Office Club, Lindale - Open Mic, 4-8 Thursday, August 23rd 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ramoth Gilead, Love & War, Lindale – Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, 4-8 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, Monday, August 27th 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, Andres, 8-12 6:30-9:30 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Danny Reichle, Tuesday, August 28th 7-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Fuzion Bar - DJ Mad Hatter, 8-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ Juice, 8-12 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Liberty Hall - Cash & Cline, 7-9 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Matt Raker Band, Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & 6:30-9:30 Company, 6:30-9:30 Friday, August 24th Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Wednesday, August 29th The Back Porch, Kilgore – What The The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris, Funk!?, 8-12 7-10 Belcher Center, Longview - Skillet, 7pm Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-OkieThe Central Station, Gladewater – Sheila & Dokie, 8-11 The Caddo Cats, 7-10 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Patrick James, Dakotas Chop House – Lee Mathis, 7-10 8-11 ETX Brewing - Open Mic, 8-10 ETX Brewery – Lori Rice, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Kelly Cutler, Night Woodshed with Meredith 7-10 Crawford, 7-10 FRESH – Twisted Whisky, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 6:30-9:30 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Thursday, August 30th The Grove - Gary Patrick, 7-10 Liberty Hall - Amy Holden & Friends, 7pm 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Todd Rinley, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Lost Immigrants, The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, 8-12 6-9 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Karaoke, Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Andres, 8-12 9-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Karaoke, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Clint Alford, 7-10 7-10 Fuzion Bar - DJ Mad Hatter, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Big Hotel, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ Juice, 8-12 Rick’s – Super Fleek, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Bradley Banning, Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Mammoth Indigo, 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Strada Caffe - Katie & The Vines, 8-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Matt Raker Band, Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – 6:30-9:30 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Friday, August 31st Yamato – DJ, 9-12 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Tyler Dudley Saturday, August 25th Band, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Brick Street Big Sandy Music Hall - The Kirbys, 7-9 Blues Band, 9-1 The Central Station, Gladewater – Max Breakers - Gorgeous Jetson, 9-11 McRuiz, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – David ETX Brewery – Cody Norman, 8-10 Allen, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Riley Redding, Circle M Crawfish - Black Ice, 8-12 7-10 Click’s Live – Bibeau, Anxiety, Matt Coats FRESH – The Leftovers, 6-9 Band, 9-12 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 ETX Brewery - Stefan Cotter Trio, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, Lago Del Pino - DJ, 8-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 3- 5, Rooney Pitchford, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Mouse & The Traps, FRESH – Tuxedo Cats, 6-9 8-12 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 The Grove - Gary Patrick, 7-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Curtis Kawa’s - Tia & Gary, 7-10 Grimes, 9-12 Lago Del Pino - LC Rocks, 9-12 Rick’s – Live 80, 8-12 Liberty Hall - Card 53, 8pm Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, Stanley’s BBQ – Quentin Moore, 8-12 11am-1pm Love & War, Lindale – Riley Redding, 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – M6 Winery - Mike Freiley, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Moore’s Store - Finding Shade, 8-12 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Kevin Yamato – DJ, 9-12

Wednesday, August 22nd

Food Green Goat Winery & Vineyard:

“Wine is Sunlight Held Together by Water” By Barbara Greenbauer Nestled in the countryside outside of Edom is an oasis that is a totally unexpected treat to the senses. Green Goat Winery and Vineyard, established in 2015, is the passion and dream of Rip and Cindy Cunningham, the husband and wife team that envisioned a vineyard oasis. On their 22-acre property, the rows and rows of gleaming grapes catch your eye as you turn up the road onto the property. Six acres of land are given over to the succulent fruit, shimmering in the sun in hues of purples, golds, and greens. Farther up the country road is the winery and tasting room, a testament to the fact that production is a local, hands-on affair, from harvest to bottle, and a labor of love for the couple. Both Rip and Cindy have “full time” jobs, but spend all their spare time out in the fields, netting, irrigating, and tending to the grapes. Wine production from grapes is a five-step, time-intensive process: harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermenting, clarification (removing solids such as tannins and proteins), racking (transfer to oak barrels or steel tanks), corking, and bottling. Green Goat wines are made right on the premises, and a behind the scenes tour showcases the gleaming tanks and corking machinery plus thousands of bottles ready to be filled and labelled. “In 2016, we ended up with about 4,000 bottles of wine, and this year we are anticipating about 6,000,” explained Rip. The above ground wine cellar is full of glistening reds and whites, topped off with the distinctive Green Goat Winery logo. The winery is currently offering six different varieties of wine, and the varied assortment is sure to please everyone’s palette. “We are constantly testing throughout the entire process and making changes to make sure our wine is up to our own expectations,” said Rip. The tasting

Fit City Tyler’s “Fit Bite Program” Grows Do you want to eat

healthier when you are eating out? Fit City Tyler’s “Fit Bite Program” offers a current list of restaurants and their healthy menu options. Participating restaurants are: • ​Chick-Fil-A - 3830 Troup Hwy.​ • Clear Springs - 6519 S. Broadway Ave. • ​El Charro on The Ridge - 6899 Oak Hill Blvd. • ​Jason’s Deli - 4913 S. Broadway Ave. • ​McDonald’s - 3109 W. Gentry Pkwy., 1300 S. Beckham, 180 SSW Loop 323 • ​Slim Chickens - 3922 Troup Hwy., 7925 S. Broadway • ​The Diner - 7924 S. Broadway Ave. • ​The Potpourri House - 3320 Troup Hwy. room is a treasure in itself, with a rough-hewn bar, setting and the great relaxed atmosphere,” added Traditions Restaurant - 6205 S. Broadway Ave. • ​ high bistro and trestle tables, with plenty of room Lenell. You can go online at to move around and socialize. The real bonus is “We take great pride in every bottle made,” and click each restaurant to view their menu items the view: from anywhere in the tasting room you said Cindy. As hands-on owners, the Cunningthat qualify for placement into the “Fit Bite” Menu have a perfect look out onto the vineyard itself. If hams do everything from hand harvesting the you want to really be a part of the experience, the grapes to working behind the bar as a large group Recognition Program. Look for the “Fit Bite” logo on window stickers, tasting room also features a wrap-around porch, celebrating a birthday walk through the door on a menu labels and informational posters. These will with huge wooden rocking chairs and plenty of Saturday afternoon. highlight the meats, fruits, vegetables and beverage ceiling fans for the Texas heat. It’s also the perfect The Cunninghams encourage guests to options are prepared using any of these healthier spot for date night on Friday and Saturday nights walk among the grapes and take an up close and cooking methods: grilled, broiled, baked, steamed, with live performances by local musicians. personal view, along with your glass of wine. On poached, roasted, sautéed or stewed. Rip and Cindy are the perfect hosts, warmly this Saturday evening, Rip invited us to climb on ​Any restaurant in the Tyler area can join the greeting each guest and guiding them through the the mule and took us on a personal tour of the free “Fit Bite Program.” To enroll, go to fitcitytyler. wine selections. You can tell that the vineyard is vineyard, along with the opportunity to sample a com. For more info email Terrence Ates at TAtes@ their passion, and they want everyone to feel right cluster of the sweet, delicious grapes. at home. In the Tasting Room, a sign with a perfect Fit City Tyler is a community wellness Start with a tasting of six different wines for quote summarizes the winery by Galileo, “Wine is coalition that supports individuals, families, $8, or nine different tastes for $10. You can also sunlight held together by water.” and businesses to create action toward adopting enjoy Green Goat wine by the bottle or glass, and The Green Goat Winery and Vineyard is healthy lifestyles. The Fit City Tyler coalition it is the hope of the Cunninghams that you will open Friday and Saturday 12 noon-8pm and is consists of more than 100 local organizations: love the wine so much you will want to share it located at 11384 FM 279 in Chandler. They can be the media, hospitals, gyms, public and private and take some home. Bottles of the unique wines reached at (903)360-0448 or (903)360-1952 or at schools, city and county government, community are very reasonably priced between $18.50 and clinics, public health organizations, non-profits, $24. Find them on FB @greengoatwinery. They are restaurants, churches, health clubs, fitness gyms, Pair your pours with meat and cheese plates located about 25 minutes from Tyler. (Edom and CrossFit boxes, non-profit agencies and numerous for a delectable combination. Three different Chandler area). community volunteers. plates are available including meat and cheese mix, a “stinky” mix (cranberry goat feta and Potpourri House, 3320 Troup Hwy., Tyler apricot crumble), Italia plate (provolone, asiago, Foodie Events • August 12th (3pm): Seaside Cookie Decoand fontino cheeses) or a regular (port wine, August 11th, September 8th (10am): Yoga & rating at Pottery Cafe, 5380 Old Bullard Rd. derby, smoked gouda, and swiss). Beer at True Vine - Held every second Saturday The winery boasts a great selection of both of the month, this beautiful yoga practice is held August 18th, whites and reds including: Blanc du Bois, a September under the pavilion. The class and one beer is semi-dry light white citrus with undertones of 15th (10am): included in price of admission. Sola Bread pizza peach and apricot; Lamanto, a semi-dry Texas red, will be there as well serving up breakfast pasBarre + Brew silky smooth to the palate with a lingering aroma; tries and lunch. Tickets are available at the door at True Vine and Lenoir, another Texas red, well-rounded with for $10 and include an hour yoga session and a Held each third a burst of flavor. beer. True Vine Brewing is located at 2453 Earl Saturday of the Their extraordinary Texas fruit wines are Campbell Parkway, Tyler, month, Barre made from 100% fresh local berries from nearby + Brew classes farms and include Blackberry (aged in French Cookie Decorating Workshops will be held are with Studio oak), Blueberry (with strong notes of vanilla) this month. You will receive 1/2 dozen cookB Pilates+Barre. and Strawberry (with hints of elder flower). Also ies to decorate as well as instructions on how to For $10 at the door, you can enjoy this amazing featured are a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardecorate themed cookies using a special blend donnay blended at the vineyard. class inside the brewery and enjoy a cold beer of Royal-Glaze icing. All tools and supplies will Lenell Lambright from Athens and Jim be provided. Also, a 10” sturdy plate will be pro- after. Sola Bread pizza will be there as well servHartung from McKinney were enjoying a glass ing up breakfast pastries and lunch. True Vine vided for carry home (you may bring your own and the classy yet comfortable ambience of the Brewing is located at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkcontainer). Classes are: tasting room. “The wines have a very distinctive • August 6th (6:30pm): Beach Camping at way, Tyler, aroma and flavor,” said Jim. “We love the beautiful • 19

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Theatre Memberships Available for CCT’s 2018-19 Season Promises Fun Galore If you love the theatre, does the Cherokee

Civic Theatre have a deal for you! The Cherokee Civic Theatre’s (CCT) annual membership drive is open, and theater patrons are invited to cash in on the deals, steals, perks, and privileges that come with being a CCT member. “With the price of movie tickets and concessions on the rise, becoming a member of the Theatre really is the best bang for your entertainment buck,” CCT Vice President of Membership, Carol Dilliard said. CCT audiences are treated to a traditional season of four full-length live-theater productions including at least one musical and a Christmas show which runs from October through April. “The show would not go on without our patrons, members, and volunteers,” longtime theater volunteer and board member Jerry Parker said. “We appreciate so much the support of all our members and patrons – you’re why we do this in the first place.” The First Night membership package starts at $50 and includes one ticket to every show, reserved seating, mailed reminders of upcoming productions, recognition in every show’s program, discounts on additional tickets, and voting privileges at the theater’s annual meeting. Student memberships and junior memberships are also available for $25 and $10, respectively. Contact the CCT Box Office at (903)683-2131 or visit to become a CCT Patron member. This season’s line up of plays begins this fall with the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” set for October 6th-7th and 12th-14th. The annual Christmas play, “Scrooge of the West,” hits the stage December 7th-9th and features a holiday classic with an old West twist, written by longtime CCT alum and Rusk resident Sheilah O’Heaney. The spring production, set for February 23rd-24th and March 1st-2nd, showcases the world premiere of “A.M WWJG,” penned by another local writer, Minette Bryant, of Jacksonville. The final show of the 2018-19 season is “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig, set for May 4th-5th and 10th-11th. Proceeds from shows, season ticket memberships, and donations help keep the theater moving forward. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization has dedicated more than 45 years to bringing the dramatic arts to the greater East Texas area. According to the CCT’s website, the group’s mission is “to afford opportunities for cultural and artistic enrichment in East Texas by providing a venue for local talent to produce live theater for the entertainment of diverse audiences. Our goal is to educate both youth and adults in all aspects of the theater and to encourage volunteers to learn and showcase their skills both on and off the stage.” Get Involved Adults can get in on the fun during Cherokee Civic Theatre’s regular season, both in front of and

behind the curtain. “You can get involved by being cast in a show or by volunteering for backstage positions like stage manager, set or sound design, lighting and costume design,” CCT board member Lisa Pierce said. “There is no experience required, just show up on the audition day. There is no shortage of ways to get involved here.” The Cherokee Civic Theatre is located at 157 W. Fifth St., just off the square in Downtown Rusk. Tickets are available for the entire season or for individually for at

Events & Plays

July 26th-August 12th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Singing in the Rain” - The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make “Singin’ in the Rain” the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. “Singin’ in the Rain” has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. Filled with every memorable moment from the film and a downpour of unforgettable songs, “Singin’ in the Rain” is a guaranteed hit. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to September 13th-22nd (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm): “The Odd Couple” will be on the stage at Henderson County Performance Center. This Tony Award winning play never grows old. Oscar and Felix become the ultimate roommates when their wives leave them. Felix’s fastidious, depressed, tense, clean freakiness drives Oscar nuts as he is the exact opposite. Don’t miss this hilarious show! Henderson County Performance Center is located at 400 Gibson Rd., Athens. For more info call (903)675-3908 or go to

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A Very Cool Time at CESSE This Month

5thTheAnnual #SchoolisCool, August 2nd 5th annual “School is Cool” event is back and will be

held August 2nd at Harvey Hall and The Rose Garden, located at 2000 W. Front St., Tyler, from 4:30-7pm. This event will help children and their parents prepare for the new school year. Hosted by the Tyler Area Business Education Council, City of Tyler, and Tyler Independent School District, the event will feature everything needed to start the school year. This is for parents and students, pre-K-12th grade, and will feature school uniforms for purchase, dental screenings, vision screenings, after school activities, transportation information, immunizations (free with pre-registration), health, wellness and nutrition info, Tyler ISD school services info, college prep, school lunch registration, haircuts, and much more. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given away to the first 2,000 school-aged children in line. Please note that children must be present at the designated location of Harvey Hall when tickets are being handed out. Business and non-profit vendors are still being accepted for the back to school event. Please submit all inquiries to LaToya Young at, Volunteers are also needed. Group and individual applications are available online at For more info call (903)592-1661 ext. 252 or visit You can donate backpacks, school supplies, and/or a monetary contribution. $30 will purchase one backpack with supplies. Credit card donations may be made at For more info, call (903)592-1661 ext. 252 or go to #SchoolisCool is an outcome of the City of Tyler comprehensive plan, Tyler 1st. For more on the plan, visit

Studio Movie Grill Offers a HotJoinLine Up of Classic Films the fun at Studio Movie Grill (SMG), located at 8954 S.

Visitors of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) at Tyler Junior College will have a lot of fun this month. Most shows offer tickets for $5. Tickets for All Day passes are $12 for adults and $9 for students, children, and senior citizens. Exhibit only tickets are $3. Tickets can be purchased at CESSE is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, and Saturday 10am-4:30pm. CESSE is located on the Tyler Junior College campus at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler. Rock ‘n Roll Saturday August 18th, Rock ‘n Roll Saturdays will be held featuring two productions: “SpacePark360” (7pm) and “Rock on Demand” (8pm) every month. “SpacePark360” takes audiences on a wild, immersive ride through the solar system recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides - roller coasters, pendulums, inverters, and more. Seen from the rider’s perspective, “SpacePark360” combines full dome technology with thrill rides to create a heart-pounding experience. “Rock on Demand” fills the entire 40-foot domed theater with vibrant graphics, completely enveloping visitors in a 360-degree view while the 16,000-watt digital surround sound system plays rock hits ranging from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to The Doors and Aerosmith. Tickets are $5 for each show. This is fun for the entire family and available until August 18th! Dome Shows CESSE offers Dome Shows. August daily show schedules are: • 10am - Children’s Show • 11am - “SpacePark360” • 12 noon - “National Parks Adventure” • 1pm - “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” • 2pm - “Extreme Weather” • 3pm - “Space Next” • 4pm - “Moons: Worlds of Mystery”

Broadway Ave., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door and at SMG offers box office hits as well as special screenings. These include: Summer Rewind Series • August 5th (12 noon)-6th (7:30pm): “Ghostbusters (1984)” • August 12th (12 noon)-13th (7:30pm): “Back to the Future” • August 19th (12 noon)-20th (7:30pm): “Raiders of the Lost Ark” • August 26th(12 noon)-27th (7:30pm): “The Princess Bride” Classic Comedies (7:15pm) • August 1st: “Risky Business” Come walk among the dinosaurs again as DSP’s celebrates its 25th anniversary! Big Screen Classics (2pm and 7pm each day) Take your picture riding a Triceratops or braving the jaws of a • September 23rd and 26th (2pm and 7pm each day) - “Rebel T-Rex. See two Protoceratops guarding their nest or view the longEvery month Barnes & Noble (B&N) has a variety of events. Without a Cause” necked Apatosaurus. View actual fossils along with animatronic All events are free to attend. B&N Booksellers is located at 4916 models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago. Lord of the Rings Series (7:15pm) S. Broadway, Tyler. For more info on this and other events call You can view actual fossils along with animatronic models of • August 8th: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (903)534-3996 or go to the “terrible lizards” of long ago. (extended) • August 4th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Cece Loves Thanks in part to the “Jurassic Park” films, dinosaurs are as • August 15th: “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Science” - In this STEM-themed picture book, Cece and her best popular as ever. (extended) friend Isaac team up for a school science project to discover if dogs “Return of the Dinosaurs” is featured in the DSP Annex building • August 22nd: “ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” really do like vegetables. next door to the main museum building. Tickets are purchased at (extended) • August 11th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “A is for the main museum front desk (under the green portico) and exhibit Astronaut & A Place for Pluto” - Celebrate science and the planets $1 Children’s Summer Series (10am) entry is on Broadway under the blue awning. in this special space-themed storytime. Customers will receive a • August 6th-10th: “Megamind” “Return of the Dinosaurs” is a separately ticketed exhibit. glow-in-the-dark star (while supplies last). • August 13th-17th: “Puss in Boots” Ticket prices are: $8 for adults ages 13 and up, and $6 for children • August 18th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “The • August 20th-24th: “Epic” ages 2-12. Current DSP members get in for 1/2 price ($4 and $3). Dinosaur Expert” - During a field trip to the museum, Kimmy • August 27th-31st: “Flushed Away” Children under 2 are free. A ticket does not include admission to loves to share what she knows about dinosaurs, but when the main exhibit hall. Special Needs Screenings (11am) someone asks if girls can be paleontologists, Kimmy loses her The exhibit runs through August 19th. voice. Will she find it again? Come find out. Family-friendly movies are free for children with special needs Discovery Science Place (DSP) is located at 308 N. Broadway and their siblings with adult tickets available for before-noon price. • August 25th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “We Don’t Ave., Downtown Tyler. Eat Our Classmates” - It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex Special Needs Screenings are shown with Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are Monday- the lights up and the volume lowered, and and she can’t wait to Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (7pm) meet her classmates. But children are free to move around, talk, or even Tickets are $8 for adults (ages 13 and up), $6 for children (ages dance in the aisles during the movie. it’s hard to make human Summer Game Night Series continues! 2-12), $6 per person for seniors (65 and up), $5 per person for friends when they’re so The scheduled movies are: Join every week to play old classics and discover new active military (must provide ID), and children under 2 are free. delicious. That is, until • August 4th: “Teen Titans Go! To the favorites plus save 10% on featured games and enjoy For more info call (903)533-8011 or go to discoverysciencePenelope gets a taste of Movies” exclusive offers from the Barnes & Noble Café! her own medicine. • August 11th: “Christopher Robin”

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Dedicated Young Warrior:

The Art and Illustrations of Micah Lewis By Derrick White “I continually push myself to try a new medium or style, or just simply work harder with what I’ve got. I’ve grown to love studies in my sketchbooks and understand the importance of slowing down for a bit and working out the kinks or just wrapping my mind around how to draw something,” states local artist Micah Lewis. In my career as an art professor at TJC, I work with many students who aspire to become professional artists. After decades of instructing, I have found the most important qualities in making the dream of living as a professional artist come true are dedication and perseverance. Those who are truly dedicated to their art and process will succeed and they persist through all setbacks. Micah Lewis is one such devoted artist living and working from the red brick streets in downtown Tyler. My first introduction to Micah was through a Facebook page coordinating Free Art Fridays encouraging participants to place or seek hidden art in downtown Tyler and beyond. We have connected through social media, and I have had the pleasure of meeting her in real life at local establishments. Through her posts and comments one can conclude she is a fun, determined, dedicated, persistent and successful artist. In addition to being a professional artist, Micah is also a committed wife and mother. Her web site describes Micah as, “a self-taught artist who finds beauty in all of God’s

This Month at Tyler Museum of Art:

“David Bates: Selected Works from Texas Collections” Continues on Exhibit The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at

1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler. For more info call the museum at (903)5951001,, or email David Bates, one of the most acclaimed artists in Dallas, is the focus of Tyler Museum of Art’s summer exhibition, “David Bates: Selected Works from Texas Collections” on view through September 9th. Curated by Caleb Bell, the exhibition features close to 30 works surveying the prolific career of Bates, one of the most versatile and widely collected contemporary Texas artists. Spanning art from 1982 to 2016, works in the show highlight several of Bates’ most celebrated series and include a wide array of media: oil painting, lithographs, woodcuts, screenprints, and bronze sculpture. The show was assembled from art in public and private collections throughout the state, including the museum’s own permanent collection. Bates’ work is widely exhibited and included in several museum and corporate art collections. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Museum members, students, TJC faculty/staff, and city of Tyler employees are admitted free. Support for exhibit is provided by The Byars Foundation. 22 •

creation, particularly in people… and coffee. Having a heart for creativity from a young age, she draws inspiration from tattoo art, comic books, or old Godzilla movies. Additionally, she has a peculiar knack for portraits where she can capture the natural emotion present in each subject.” “My formal training was limited to half a semester of art during my sophomore year of high school. Somehow, I ended up in a class full of students just attempting to fill a credit. It was a disruptive environment in which the other students regularly sabotaged my projects. So, my path has been one of self-learning with trial and error,” says Lewis. Micah’s art is influenced by comic book art and executed through her unique surrealist lens. She considers her style of art lowbrow and also enjoys painting watercolor portraits. She states, “Four years ago, if someone told me I would love watercolor and use it almost daily, I would not have believed it. I used to loathe watercolor. It didn’t seem like there was a lot of control. It just wasn’t as smooth as I like. When I revisited the concept after a few years I fell in love. I really and truly enjoy creating with watercolor. In achieving a variety of line weights, I use a Pentel pocket brush pen (typically used for calligraphy). I love the contrast inking gives my pieces. It pulls the soft washes together with bolder, inconsistent lines.” Like many artists, Micah can trace her inspiration back to childhood. “It’s difficult to pinpoint. The earliest drawings I recall were on the inside cover of the coloring books my sisters and I had. Coloring a picture felt like more of a chore to me. So, I just drew my own pictures on the blank inner covers. Sorry, Lisa Frank! When I got a bit older, I kept a sketchbook. It just became a part of who I am. It is shocking to me I became a professional artist. It still baffles me. I remember telling people I wanted to be an artist when I grew up as early as first grade, and maybe I was just too stubborn to not make it happen,” states the artist. For Micah, dedication and perseverance in her art means growth. She explains, “I can always learn, study, and work towards improvement. Finding a voice is difficult; especially given the understanding your audience may never quite comprehend the images in your mind and the emotions accompanying those images. I think it is pretty easy to pander to your audience with the pressure for success but creating, for me, was never meant to be superficial. The intent of art is communication, and Family Days Free admission, interactive art projects, light snacks, and a festive atmosphere for all ages are on the menu from 2-4pm the second Saturday of each month with the Tyler Museum of Art’s Family Day. This popular program focuses on fostering a deeper understanding of the Museum’s spotlight exhibitions – and, above all, having fun! To RSVP for groups of 10 or more, please call (903)595-1001 or e-mail First Friday The first Friday of each month, the TMA offers a full day of free admission plus guided tours of its spotlight exhibitions at 11am. From contemporary Texas art to Hudson River School to Andy Warhol, each tour is unique. Every Wednesday (6-8pm) and Sunday (1-3pm): Acrylic Painting Classes will be held at Michael’s, 5839 S. Broadway, Tyler. Cost is $15. Topics include landscapes, life, and floral. To RSVP go to and select the Tyler location. This class features master classic painting techniques while completing an image selected by the instructor. Supplies are not included.

communication on a deep level of who we are and the emotions driving us as people. Art should be a connection, but not a cheap one. I still have to remind myself of this from time to time and just strive to be authentic.” Micah Lewis finds inspiration in the work of other artists, citing one of her favorites is Berlinde de Bruyckere (a Belgian contemporary artist sculpting unsettling forms in various media including wax, wood, wool, horse skin, and hair. She also works in watercolor). “I hope one day I have the opportunity to meet her or just experience one of her installations in person. Her ability to sculpt with wax, wood, and natural fibers is pure wizardry and you’ll never convince me otherwise. I have a copy of her book, “In the Woods There Were Chainsaws.” The pages are yellowed and warped and the spine has a gash in it, but it’s only because I’ve loved it so dang much. I draw so much inspiration from her dedication to detail,” exclaims Lewis. Micah’s life and art career are very busy with multiple upcoming projects. “This summer, I will be working on a few murals around Tyler, one for Strada Caffè and I am also working on a few murals at True Vine Brewing Company in their new location (2453 Earl Campbell Pkwy.) and later this year, I’m excited to curate my first show for The Foundry Coffee House in downtown Tyler. Submissions will start in November and the show will open in January. I’m excited to meet new artists and take

“Song of the House Where We Live” Solo Show by John YorkGalleryat Main Gallery Main Street Street’s fine art exhibit, “Song

of the House Where We Live” solo show by John York is currently on exhibit. John York’s exhibit features Tyler’s beautiful buildings in watercolor. John Randall York was born in Tyler and has lived here most of his life. His grandfather, Henry York, was a photographer in Smith County in the early 1900s, travelling by horse and buggy. York was educated in Tyler public schools, attended TJC, and received a BFA from The University of Texas at Tyler. He has also designed giftware for Fitz & Floy, Lenox, The Hamilton Collection and S & D Fine Collectibles (sold in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Walt Disney World and

on this new role. Interested artists should follow the Foundry Coffee House’s Facebook page for more information as it becomes available. Locally, you can find Micah’s original artworks and prints available for purchase at El Guapo Records, Strada Caffè, The Foundry, and Moss just to name a few local love-friendly places. You can follow the art, projects and progress of Micah Lewis at:,, Commission or collaboration requests can be filled out via the contact form on Micah Lewis’ web site. I recommend you commit yourself to looking through and purchasing some of these dedicated young warrior’s creations for your very own. Bloomingdale’s) and has illustrated five books for Gregory Miller, an author/teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. This wonderful show is on exhibit until August 6th. Remaining shows this year are: • “Assemblies” - Opens August 11th • “Alternate Perspective” - Deadline September 30th, opening October 13th • Holiday Market - Deadline November 25th, opening December 8th You can enter your art online at Gallery Main Street features a new exhibit of original art approximately every eight weeks. Each exhibit opens with a Saturday evening reception that features music, an opportunity to meet the artists, refreshments, and more. The Opening Receptions are free and open to the public. For more info go to, call (903)593-6905, or follow the Downtown Tyler Facebook Page.

Call for Entries for the 2018 Art of Peace Tyler Visual Art Exhibit

Entries are now being accepted for the “Sowing Seeds of Peace” Visual Art Exhibit as part of the Art of Peace – Tyler celebration, a citywide commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21st. “Art of Peace – Tyler is happy to once again partner with the Tyler Museum of Art to invite regional artists to offer their creative responses to the idea of peace and to our 2018 theme, ‘Sowing Seeds of Peace’,” said Anne McCrady, co-founder and co-director of the peace event. The visual art show will be presented as a juried exhibit in the museum’s education classroom September 16th-23rd, at the Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave, on the Tyler Junior College main campus. The exhibit will be open to the public and admission is free. “We are privileged that the Art of Peace - Tyler committee once again has asked us to be the host venue for this exhibition,” TMA Executive Director Chris Leahy said. “The work we have seen over the past four years of our partnership has grown increasingly more dynamic and accomplished, and we are proud to have the opportunity to participate in such a great community event.” For more info visit For questions about the art exhibition, e-mail Sunday, September 23rd, there will be an Artist Reception at 3pm.


The 2018 Book Bash Comes to Harvey Convention Center The Book Bash will be held August 4th, 3-7pm,

Vandygriff, Monica Hughes, Patrick Heffernan, Pamela Ackerson, R. Holland, Rick Parent, Regina Morris, Samantha Conley, S. Courtney Killian, Sonia Taylor Brock, Sherry Hall, Teri McKinley, and Weston King. There will be a free children’s reading at 12:30Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., 2:30pm prior to the book signings beginning at Tyler. Come on out and find a new favorite author 3pm. There will be multiple children’s authors as well as meet the authors behind the stories. present to read their stories and there may even be By Gini Rainey They are doubling the authors for 2018’s characters present to interact with the kids. The Book Bash - 53 authors are attending including children’s reading is free to attend. Children’s author “Checking Out of Alathia Paris Morgan, Aaron M. Zook, Jr., Alyssa The Hotel Eutha- Bailey, Ambere Sabo, A.S. Fenichel, Addison Brae, readings are: • 12:30-12:55pm: Monica L. Hughes nasia” by Gerard Carey Ann Kramer, C.J. Peterson, Cheryllynn • 12:55-1:30pm: Rick Parent Dyess, Courtney Shockey, Crystal Bowman, David Graham • 1:20-1:45pm: Teri McKinley H. Millar, DC Gomez, Darlene Tallman, Denise This is a very • 1:45-2:05pm: Crystal Bowman Bossarte, Elynn Price, Ember-Raine Winters, Flora interesting read that • 2:05-2:30pm: Carey Ann Kramer Burgos, Gwendolyn Yarbrough, Hooks Media, reveals a lot about Tickets will be on sale until the day of the Isaiyan Morrison, Joyce Zook, Jasmine Lee, Jennifer human nature in a very event. Tickets range from $10-$15. VIP tickets will Rebecca, John Alexander, J.A. Miller, J.C. Villegas, satirical form. Graham Jennifer Bates, James Myers, Jaime W. Powell, get you in 30 minutes earlier and a tote bag full of proves he is a wizard goodies and are $15. Katrina Marie, Kailee Reese Samuels, Kimberly at subtlety and irony For more info go to Packard, Kimberly Fish, Liberty Parker, LM Mann, as he spins a tale about L.J. Stock, Loni Mendez, Lili Mahoney, Lea Ann events/1715126465459268. a fictitious hotel in the fictitious kingdom of Villadedino that had pretty much fallen to ruin when Zeca, a hotel manager, was appointed to the most prestigious hotel management spot in the world by King Eugene III. Because of Zeca’s capable management, the once decaying hotel, rose from the ashes to become a mecca for those seeking assisted dying. On the other side of this coin is Rab and a small group of cohorts, who are on a Popefunded mission to destroy the hotel because of the Catholic, anti-assisted death platform. Rab, who once supported assisted-suicide with a great passion, now has turned those passions against the Hotel Euthanasia and all that it represents and assumes his leadership role with great vigor. Along the way, we are introduced to an group of people from various walks of life who are guests at the Hotel and are seeking release from their earthly bodies in one of the various ways offered by the Hotel. The backstories of these people could be novels in and of themselves, but bound together they comprise a very interesting read filled with different ways to look at euthanasia. And while some readers might find the whole concept exceptionally macabre, the idea behind it certainly carries merit for those facing a lifetime of pain (however long) and an eventual death. Rating: 5 of 5, Copyright 2017 – Ringwood Publishing “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn Told from various characters’ points of view, this book is Gillian Flynn’s (“Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects”) second novel, published in 2009 and made into a movie in 2015 starring Charlize Theron. Based on a fictitious satanic murder of a family in Kinnakee, Kansas, “Dark Places” follows the investigation that Libby Day, who was 7 at the time her family was murdered, undertakes to find out who actually killed 3 members of her family. If she can find the real murderer, her brother Ben will be freed from prison where he has been held for 25 years, mostly because of her coached testimony during the trial. Funded and aided by the Kill Club members who believe in her brother’s innocence, Libby finally opens the boxes that hold a lot of family secrets that provide her with leads to the various people who wandered in and out of the Days’ lives 25 years ago prior to their grizzley murders. As usual, Gillian Flynn has written a pageturning, spell-binder that keeps you guessing till the very end about “who dun it!” Flynn has filled this novel with characters as raw and real as possible, so real that you will find yourself drawn into their hard lives and perhaps even develop compassion for what they faced. As with Flynn’s other books, this one is definitely worth the read and will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Rating: 5 of 5, Copyright 2009 – Broadway Books

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August 6th (6-8pm): Have Pie and Visit with an Author - Seven authors, three of which are international award-winning, will be holding a pie meet and greet at the Cameron J. Jarvis Troup Library, 102 S. George St., Troup. A donation jar will be available for the Troup Library fund. For more info call (903)521-4183. August 8th (7pm): Barnes & Noble Book Club featuring “Clock Dance by Anne Tyler” - Bring a friend and join fellow readers to discuss the latest Barnes & Noble Book Club pick, “Clock Dance.” The Cafes will be sampling food and beverages during the event. B&N Booksellers is located at 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler. For more info on this and other events call (903)534-3996 or go to August 29th (10am) - Club Read - Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Commonwealth: A Novel” by Ann Patchett. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to • 23

EGuide August 2018 edition  
EGuide August 2018 edition