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July 1, 2018 • Issue 7, Volume 6

I Scream, You Scream. July 4th Fun: Fireworks, We all Scream for Ice Cream! Concerts & More

The Haggertys: Big Sam’s Funky Nation Hey Hey We’re The Haggertys at Stanley’s Famous BBQ

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JULY 5TH (7-9PM)

“Jaws” Quote Along

Dailey & Vincent in Concert

JULY 20TH (7-9PM)

AUGUST 11TH (8-10PM)


Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band in Concert

“Sail On: Beach Boys Tribute” JULY 21ST (2-4PM)



The Bellamy Brothers in Concert

JULY 26TH (7-9PM)

Mo Pitney in Concert TICKETS:

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5-10 Things to Do » 4th of July Celebrations: There’s Fireworks Galore and Even More Fun For All Ages » 5th Annual #SchoolisCool August 2nd » Announcing Dogtoberfest 2018: Craft Beer and Adoption Festival » At Innovation Pipeline: Raspberry Pi, Scrum Basics, and More » Make a Big Splash This Summer at The Waterpark at The Villages Resort » 5K’s, Fun Runs & Much More » Pooches on the Patio at Cork Food & Drink » The Great American Arts Fair at Harvey Convention Center » An Exciting New Season at Cowan Center: Rick Springfield, The Texas Tenors, Dennis Miller, “iLuminate,” The Selena Experience, “The Sound of Music,” The Robert Cray Band, Something Rotten!” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The King & I,” Kool & The Gang, The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney, Dan Rather, New York Philharmonic String Quartet, and “Finding Neverland” » Paddle Yoga: A Different Twist on Yoga » The Corporate Spelling Bee: Do You Have What It Takes? » The Bridal Expo with East Texas Brides » Tyler Hosts “Hit the Bricks Auto and Cycle Show” July 14th for Second Saturday in Downtown Tyler » At Liberty Hall This Month: “Tarzan,” “Jaws” Quote Along, “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute,” “Moana,” Mo Pitney, Dailey & Vincent, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, The Bellamy Brothers, and “Cash & Cline: Country Royalty” 11 Food » Move Over Summer Heat: It’s Time for Ice Cream » Razzoo’s Cajun Café Partners with Tito’s Vodka to Support Restaurant Families 14-18 Music » “Big Sam’s Funky Nation: With Liberty and Funk For All” by Johnny Griffith » Grammy Award Winning “The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir” » Back the Blue Summer Bash with The Powell Brothers » Big Texas Music Sunday Concerts at Love & War » Free Family Concerts in Kilgore: Fridays After 5 Continues » “The Haggertys: Hey Hey We’re The Haggertys” by Johnny Griffith » “Southern Charm: Small Town Girls with Big Time Sound” by Johnny Griffith » The Complete Music Gig Guide for Live Music 19 Theatre » Texas Shakespeare Festival Continues in Kilgore » The 70th Season Begins at Tyler Civic Theatre » Upcoming Plays, Musicals, and More 20 Family » A Summer Jam-Packed Full of Fun at The Tyler Public Library » Barnes & Noble Booksellers Story Times » Caldwell Zoo: Caldwell Cub Club & Scavenger Hunts » The Shark Brothers Live & “Extreme Weather” at CESSE » Return of the Dinosaurs at Discovery Science Place » It’s Getting Hot in Here: Tyler’s Pools & Spraygrounds 22 Art » “Inside the Artist’s Studio: I Think I’m Goin’ to Katmandu, Therapeutic Creations of Stephanie Smith” by Derrick White » This Month at Tyler Museum of Art: “David Bates: Selected Works from Texas Collections” 23 Books » Chill Out with a Cool Book: “Send Down the Rain” by Charles Martin and “Lang’s Labyringth: Forest of the Fae Book Three” by K. Kibbee Reviewed by Gini Rainey » Book Clubs & Book Signings


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July 1, 2018 • Issue 7, Volume 6

“EGuide Magazine” is an event-driven entertainment magazine focusing on ‘things Publisher Tena Jerger to do’ in East Texas. Sales Manager Louie Jerger In print, we are published Copy Editors Gini Rainey, Isabella Vera once a month. We are distributed free in our unique stands Webmaster Isabella Vera at over 400 locations in Tyler, Editorial John Baggett, Barbara Lindale, Ben Wheeler, Edom, Greenbauer, Johnny Griffith, Gini Rainey, Lake Palestine, Flint, Bullard, Susan Smith, Derrick White Whitehouse, and Jacksonville. We are published online at EGuideMagazine. Distribution Barbara Greenbauer, Louie Jerger, Lindsey Kilsby, Mike Withrow com and via App at “EGuide Tyler.” We will list at no charge most events open to the public. Submit events to:


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and making a difference. The Boot Campaign proudly serves our country by providing lifeimproving programs for veterans and military families to bridge the divide between military life and civilian life. More info and registration is at July 4th (9-10pm) - Lake Jacksonville Fireworks Show Lake Jacksonville Association is hosting the annual July 4th Fireworks on Lake Jacksonville, Byrd Road in Jacksonville, Texas. Fireworks will take place around 9pm. Hook’s Cookin’ will be July 3rd (5-9pm) - Burritos for Burros - Kick off serving a full menu at the concession area at the Lake on Byrd Road your Independence Day holiday by joining the Pegasus crew at Chipotle, 4751 S. Broadway in 11am-10pm. It is free to attend. Tyler. Take the whole family and all your neigh- July 4th (6-10pm) - Fourth of July Extravabors for dinner. Tell the cashier you are there to ganza is back due to popular demand featuring support Pegasus, and 50% of your purchase will food vendors, water slides, kids activities, and be donated by Chipotle to The Pegasus Project. live music by the 2017 Texas Country Music They will be there from 6-8pm if you’d like to Award best entertainer The Cody Wayne Band. have a burrito (and maybe a beer or margarita) The 20-minute explosively entertaining firewith Pegasus staff, but all works display will light sales designated for Pegup Historic Downtown asus 5-9pm qualify. For Kilgore and you can Come out and celebrate with tons of family more info find the event listen to the choreofun for the Fourth of July! on Facebook. graphed music to the June 30th (5-10pm) - Blast over Bullard display by tuning in to July 3rd (6:30-10pm) This amazing celebration of our nation’s indeKDOK 1240 AM and Independence Day Firependence will have facepainting, a new twist 105.3 FM in Kilgore. works Show will be held on old-time games, local vendors, various You can also find at Pleasant Hill Baptist children activities, bounce houses, activity KDOK on 101.9 FM in Church, 13590 Hwy. jumps, and water activities. There will be a Longview and 107.9 110 S., Tyler. Come on kids bike brigade beginning at 7:30pm. There FM in Henderson. This out on this special day as will be a music line-up of local artists, leadis free to attend. This we celebrate the United ing to a Brandon Rhyder concert! For more will be held in Kilgore States of America and info call (903)894-7223, email events@bulCity Park in Downtown the freedom that we have, or visit Kilgore. as its citizens. This is a Blast-Over-Bullard. free event. There will July 4th (5-9pm) - July June 30th (10am-4pm) - Patriotic Pop-Up be music by 6 Miles to 4th Celebration at Shop - This event is planned to include all things Mixon, hot dogs and FRESH Grill & Patio watermelon, an Air Force USA and Red, White and Blue! This pop up - Come out and enjoy shop will include a pinwheel making party - we tribute, Say Cheese, $1 off adult beverwill decorate red, white, and blue pinwheels Kona Ice and Pokey O’s ages 5-7pm and live food trucks, bounce that you can hang or stand with music from Matt Raker all kinds of papers, scrabble, but- house, an illusionist and tons more. and the Nearly Brothers 5-8pm. There is a playtons, and vintage things from the ground for the kids and food at the grill. FRESH July 4th (4-10pm) - July 4 Fireworks Celebrabarn. Cost is $6 per wheel. There tion at Lindsay Park - The City of Tyler will host is located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. will be lots of shopping for cute the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration This is free to attend, food and beverages are things patriotic, red, white, and at Lindsey Park. The celebration will kick off at available for a fee. blue, summer, linens, 4pm, and the free fireworks show will begin at July 4th dishes and lots of 9pm. The park gate will officially open at 2pm. (6-10pm) - 10th new small Parking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Annual Brooks items Live entertainment will begin at 4pm. The event Gremmels’ 4th you will also feature a Kids Zone for families. Bounce of July Celebrawill houses will be available for children. Food and tion - Come like. concessions will also be available for purchase. enjoy live music Cookies on the Pickin’ July 4th (8am-11pm) Smith County Freefrom SugPorch in Ben dom Ride and Festival 2018 This free event arbakes, Wheeler! Ben will feature fireworks, hotdogs, drinks, waterbreads Lowery & The melons, kids, pets, hot-rods and motorcycles, from Glo, Texas Express and there is no better way to celebrate the 4th of salsas, Gra- July on a Wednesday! Come out, celebrate our will be kickpeland watermelons, freedom, and honor all those who serve at this ing off the show goodies for the and other assorted at 6pm. WesIndependence Day festival and ride. The pubupcoming holiday will be available too. Flowers lic will vote on “Smith County Most Patriotic ley Pruitt Band will be for sale including sweet mixed boutiques Ride” and “Smith County Most Patriotic Hotrod” will start for the table and Wild Flower on Plum Creek at 7:30pm. from 12 noon-4pm. The Independence Day will be bringing sweet assortments for purchase. Ride will begin at 5pm and go to the clubhouse And fireworks start at dark. There will be This will be held at Jodi’s House, 2034 S. Wall to see the free firework show at dark. Everyone hot dogs and bottled drinks sold starting St., Tyler. For more info find them on Facebook. in the community is welcome to join in on the at 6pm. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets. This will be held in downtown fun. For more info go to July 1st (3-5pm) - Celebrate America 2018 Ben Wheeler and is free to attend. 129556567877651. with The Tyler Community Band - This is a free concert of patriotic music. There will July 4th (6-9:30pm) - Chandler’s Old July 4th (7:30ambe lots of marches, some fun tunes, and Fashion 4th of July Party - Starting at 6pm, 12 noon) - Freedom other music sure to swell your AmeriFighter 5K will be held there will be concessions, a decoration stacan heart. Wear your red, white, and blue tion for children’s bikes, wagons and more at Bergfeld Park. This and bring the kids for a good time. The and then a cool parade starting at 8pm run benefits the Boot band will also be performing the mornwhich goes around the park. Korn Pop the Campaign. This famClown will be there too. Fireworks start ing services at Marvin United Methodist ily friendly event is a Church in Downtown Tyler. This congreat way to start your around 9pm. This is free to attend and sponsored by City of Chandler, Chandler cert will take place at Atria Willow Park, July 4th holiday by EDC, Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 3500 S. Vine St., Tyler. It is free to attend walking or running 3.1 miles, giving back, Chandler Historical Society. for the public.

4th of July Celebrations:

There’s Fireworks Galore and Even More Fun For All Ages

July 4th (4-5:30pm) - Annual Independence Day Concert - The Tyler Civic Chorale and the Fine Arts Series will present a free patriotic music concert as part of your celebration on July 4th at First Presbyterian Church of Tyler. This is open to the public at no charge in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Tyler. July 4th (11am9:30pm) - Sammy Kershaw will headline the outdoor, freeto-the-public concert to be held just before the biggest fireworks show in East Texas at the 2018 July 4th Fireworks and Freedom Celebration. The Ray Johnston Band is also scheduled to perform. The event will fill the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex. In addition to the concert, many other activities are scheduled throughout the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex as part of the July 4th Fireworks and Freedom Celebration. Activities include amusement rides, go karts, inflatables, a water foam spray area, weenie dog races, motorcycle parade, car show and parade, game night, historic fly over, food, beverages, and vendors. Admission to the festival, concert, and fireworks show is free to the public; however, prices vary for individual activities and rides. For more info call (903)237-1230. July 7th (2-8pm) - Red, White, and Booze Downtown Tyler Bar Crawl - It’s back, and bigger and better than before! Join the Downtown Bar Crawl for fun, prizes, and fantastic food and drink specials along the way. All proceeds will go to Heart of Tyler - the only nonprofit solely dedicated to revitalizing and maintaining downtown Tyler. There are new stops, twists, and activities as well as contests and prizes. Your ticket covers your entry into the eight stops on the crawl, each stop offering some delicious ‘freebies’ and/or heavily discounted food and beverages, as well as a Red, White, and Booze t-shirt. Tickets are $30 and available at

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5th Annual #SchoolisCool August 2nd The annual event “School is Cool is back and

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will be held August 2nd at Harvey Hall and The Rose Garden, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler, 4:30-7pm, for children and their parents to 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-K12th grade and will feature school uniforms for purchase, dental screenings, vision screenings, after school activities, transportation info, 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 LYoung@ by July 13th. Volunteers are also needed. Group and individual applications are available online at For more info call (903)592-1661 ext. 252 or The goal of this program is to distribute 2,000 backpacks. 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

Checks can be made payable to the Tyler Area Business Education Council and mailed to 315 N. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75702. If you would like to donate products, those needed are glue sticks, bottles of glue, boxes of facial tissues, boxes of colored pencils (12 count), boxes of crayons (24 count), child’s scissors, packages of ruled notebook paper, 3x5 index cards, spiral notebooks, composition books, highlighters, rulers, red pens, blue pens, black pens, #2 pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, dry erase markers, and pocket folder with brads. Drop Off locations for donations will be accepted at the following locations: • Fire Station #1 - 218 E. Elm • Fire Station #2 - 5505 Old Bullard • Fire Station #3 - 150 Airport Dr. • Fire Station #4 - 309 W. M. L. King Blvd. • Fire Station #5 - 1532 S. Bennett • Fire Station #6 - 2804 Van Hwy. • Fire Station #7 - 344 Troup Hwy. • Fire Station #8 - 3131 Shiloh Rd. • Fire Station #9 - 9111 Paluxy Dr. • Fire Station #10 - 2502 Old Omen Rd. For more information, 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

Announcing Dogtoberfest 2018! Mark your calendar for this year’s annual event October 27th, 11am-7pm.

It will be 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, craft breweries, restaurants, and food trucks. The ultimate goal of the day is finding forever homes for as many homeless pets as possible. For more info go to Vendor, brewery, and rescue applications are available online.

At Innovation Pipeline:

involvement. July 21st (2-5pm) Do you own a Raspberry Pi and would like to use it in a project you’ve seen on Pinterest, Instructables, etc., but you’re not sure where to begin? In this class, we will gear instruction and discusInnovation Pipeline is sion toward Raspberry Pi offering two classes and a newbies. We will examine tour this month. basic administrator functions used to configure July 10th (6pm) - “How to Get Started with Scrum” class will be held. This class is $28.45 for GNU Linux on the Raspberry Pi and install open source software on the Raspberry Pi. The following non-members and free for members. Are your concepts will be covered in the class: team’s work projects stuck in a too-much-to• How to configure the Raspberry Pi’s Wireless or do but can’t-quite-finish-anything rut? Perhaps Wired network interface. you find yourself struggling to make substantial • How to install open source software packages progress on your tasks. You might find Scrum using the GUI interface or command line to be the answer to your problems. Scrum is interface (apt-get). a process to help people solve problems and complete projects as productively as possible while • How to download/pull open source projects from GitHub. ensuring the projects they work on are as valuable • How to compile source code/projects obtained as possible. With Scrum, your team will always from GitHub. have real-time progress on their projects by cateExamples that will be presented include gorizing them in “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done” setting up a Raspberry Pi, downloading a ‘Smart stages. Projects and tasks will also incorporate feedback along the way, meaning those moving to Mirror’ project, installing the software needed to “Done” will be not only productive, but also more configure/compile the ‘Smart Mirror’ project, and successful. In this session, Certified Scrum Master, finally, compiling the ‘Smart Mirror’ software. The Veronica Brady, will teach you the basics of Scrum class will be broken up into two components. The first component will be the class presentation to get your small team up and running on a lean covering the material described above. The second version of Scrum without having to read everycomponent of the class will be a hands-on lab in thing on the market about Scrum and Agile. which participants can bring their own Raspberry July 14th (1-1:30pm) - Innovation Pipeline Pi set up and receive help installing open source will offer a Tour where you can learn how this software and projects. While a significant amount awesome space can help you bring your dream of information will be presented in the class, a to life. Want to make a podcast, learn how to list of online resources will also be provided to use a 3D printer, or laser cutter? They will have help eliminate the need to memorize everything all the tools you need and much more available. presented in the class. Tours are free. The Tyler Innovation Pipeline is Innovation Pipeline is located at 217 E. both a place and a network that brings together Oakwood St., Downtown Tyler. To sign up, go to those doing tremendous work in Tyler to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and community

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Pooches on the Patio at Cork Join the fun with your four legged best friend

this month! Scheduled events are: June 30th (10am-2pm) - Grand Opening of Bossart Park - Bossart Bark Park is an 8-acre community park for you and your pups located at 3393 W. Grande Blvd., Tyler. There will be food trucks, sweet treats, and tons to do. There are two separate areas for large and small dogs. For more information visit July 12th (6-8pm) - Pooches on the Patio will be held at Cork Food & Drink, 109 E. Grande Blvd., Tyler. Bring your furry friends and enjoy a great evening of delicious food, drinks, and fun on the Did you know there’s an indoor waterpark in patio. There will be vendors and giveaways. A Flint that features a lazy river, waterslides, a wave portion of the proceeds benefit the SPCA of East pool, and many other attractions? The Waterpark Texas. More information is available at spcaeasttx. at The Villages Resort offers 25,000 square feet of fun for the entire family, making it one of the largest com/events/pooches-on-the-patio-23. in Texas. The 19,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed recreational area is climate-controlled for yearround fun, with a retractable roof that allows for open-air excitement in the summer. Splash, float, slide, or just relax - this is an amusement park for the whole family. The waterpark features a lazy river with a whirlpool for tubers as well as four exciting threestory waterslides. Meanwhile, a forest ranger children’s playscape offers a giant 10,000-gallon bucket dump, three kid-sized body slides and life-size figures of bears and moose. For guests who just want to relax and watch the fun, there are plenty of lounge chairs and seating areas with tables surrounding the pool areas. Casual dining is also available, including Subway® and pizza. There are men’s and women’s changing areas complete with lockers, restrooms, and showers. The Splash Store provides guests with any lastminute essentials needed for an exciting day of family fun. The waterpark is a great venue for your next family reunion, work party, birthday party, or other gathering. The Party Room is ideal for a party up to 12 guests, while the entire waterpark can be reserved for up to 1,200 guests. The waterpark, which first opened its doors in January 2008, is located on the grounds of Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Villages Resort. This family playground is a prime Texas vacation destination, featuring spacious villas and fun-filled amenities and spans nearly 3,000 acres among the woods along Lake Palestine. The Waterpark is open daily 10am-9pm. Tickets are $10 for observers, $21.95 for under 48” tall, $24.95 for others. Twilight Passes are $18.95 for under 48” tall, and $21.95 for others 4-9pm. The Waterpark at the Villages Resort is located at 18270 Singing Wood Ln., Flint. For more info call (903)534-8400 or go online to

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TheTheGreat American Arts Fair 9th annual event, renamed to The

The SPCA of East Texas rescues, fosters, rehabilitates, and adopts homeless pets from the community. The SPCA is located at 4517 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler, (903)596-7722, spcaeasttx. com. For dogs and cats that are available for adoption, go to The SPCA is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. The SPCA of East Texas is dedicated to improving the lives of animals, alleviating their suffering, and elevating their status in society.

Great American Arts Fair, will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler, July 14th 9am-5pm, and July 15th 11am-5pm. More than 100 vendor booths will be selling made-bythe-vendor only items which include wood creations, metal, plants, jewelry, fine art, pottery, sewing, quilting, and creative artworks. Also, everything from authors selling their books to salsas to mixes for breads and cupcakes will be available. There will also be items for children young and old, furniture, and tons more. There will be live entertainment both days and a Kid’s Zone and concessions for a fee. Admission is $2 and children age 10 and under are free. Veterans, active duty, and first responders can get in free.

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to It is always free to list any event. July 4th - Freedom Fighter 5K will be held at Bergfeld Park. Registration is still open at This run benefits the Boot Campaign. This family-friendly event is a great way to start your July 4th holiday by walking or running 3.1 miles, giving back, and making a difference. The Boot Campaign proudly serves our country by providing life-improving programs for veterans and military families to bridge the divide between military life and civilian life. Upcoming: • September 9th - Rose City Triathlon • September 22nd - Pineywoods Ultra • September 29th - ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/ Walk • October 13th - 2018 Corkscrew Half • November 3rd - Tyler Heart Walk and 5K Red Carpet Run • November 10th - Salute to Service 5K • December 2nd - 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K 2019

• March 23rd - Tyler Azalea 10K • April 27th - Diva Du • 7

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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)5667424, 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. October 4th (7:30pm) - Dennis Miller - Maybe you’ve seen him on the FOX News Channel. Or, perhaps you remember him from his days as anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live.” Dennis Miller is also an award-winning comedian, talk show host, sports commentator, actor, author, and television personality. After captivating audiences on Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1991, he went on to earn five Emmy® Awards and three Writers Guild Awards for his critically acclaimed talk show, “Dennis Miller Live.” Public sales start September 10th. Tickets are $27-$57. October 13th (7:30pm) - “iLuminate,” the fantastic journey of wireless technology and dance, is coming to Tyler! Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate brings you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, to breaking – all using the power of light. “America’s Got Talent” called it, “The Best New Act in America!” Public sales start September 1st. Tickets are $32-$57. October 27th (7:30pm) - The Selena Experience - It’s hard to believe more than 20 years have passed since Selena was taken from this world far too soon. Even though she was known as “La Reina de Tejano,” Selena was more than a Tejano artist. She was a pop cultural icon. A true superstar. In this concert by Los Chicos del 512 and featuring Evelyn Molina, you will relive all of the songs (“Dreaming of You,” “I Could Fall In Love,” “Baila Esta Cumbia”) that keep Selena’s star

shining bright today. Public sales start October 1st. Tickets are $27-$57. November 8th (7:30pm) - “The Sound of Music” - The Hills Are Alive! The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®-, Grammy®- and Academy Award®- winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. Public sales start October 8th. Tickets are $37-$77. December 8th (7:30pm) - The Robert Cray Band - With five Grammys®, fifteen “Billboard” charttopping releases, and numerous W.C. Handy Blues Awards, Robert Cray is one of the most successful blues artists of our time. His 40-plus years of touring have featured him in bars, concert halls, festivals, and the largest arenas around the world. Public sales start November 5th. Tickets are $42-$67. January 24th (7:30pm) - “Something Rotten!” is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (“New York Post”). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Public sales start December 3rd. Tickets are $37-$72. February 1st (10am and 12:30pm) - “The Ugly Duckling” - Hans Christian Andersen’s classic “The Ugly Duckling” has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles. This classic story comes to life in this modern stage production and offers hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan. This is jointly presented by UT Tyler Cowan Center with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and The Discovery Science Place. Public sales start August 20th. Tickets are $4. February 4th (7:30pm) - “The King & I” - Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (“The New York Times”) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, “The King and I” boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens. Public sales start December 3rd. February 9th (7:30pm) - Kool & The Gang - Indeed, it will be a huge “Celebration” when these living legends raise the roof. Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. During their 50-plus years together, they’ve earned two Grammy® Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits with 31 gold and platinum albums. Public sales start December 3rd. Tickets are $52-$117. February 19th (10am and 12:30pm) - “The Magic School Bus” - When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary

field trip! This is jointly presented by UT Tyler Cowan Center with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and The Discovery Science Place. Public sales start August 20th. Tickets are $4. February 26th (7:30pm) - Los Vivancos: Born to Dance - Brothers from Spain ignite the stage with power, grace, virtuosity, and passion! Metallica, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen...the best hits of alltime music legends come together in an impressive extravaganza created by the award-winning group Los Vivancos. Through tap dance, humor, martial arts, aerial performance, musical virtuosity, and flamenco, these six artistic and athletic performers create a spectacular stage utopia. Public sales start January 28th. Tickets are $37-$62. March 16th (7pm) - The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney - Irish luck must be on our side because the band most recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale will be on the Cowan Center stage on St. Patrick’s Day eve! Six-time Grammy® winners The Chieftains have been making music together for over 50 years. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day. And after 55 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, their music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. The band Switchback, known for playing American roots and Celtic soul, returns to the Cowan Center to open for The Chieftains! Public sales start February 18th. Tickets are $37-$77. March 19th (7:30pm) - Dan Rather - Those who hear Dan Rather speak often say that he is one of the most extraordinary communicators of our time. With more than 60 years spent chronicling our world and nation, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that the famed newsman brings to almost any subject. With a career that began in radio and is currently shaping news coverage in social media and beyond, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s most influential and respected journalists. During 44 years at CBS, including 24 years as anchor

Paddle Yoga:

A Different Way to do the Water! Are you looking to challenge yourself or simply wanting to try something new? Stand-up paddle (SUP) board yoga combines traditional yoga moves with balancing on water. SUP yoga is a unique fitness experience that will engage your core and improve your posture. Plus, there is nothing like relaxing along the water on a summer Saturday morning. Tyler Paddle is offering two Paddle Yoga classes at 8:30am and 10am. No experience is necessary. Register now at Each class is $20. Space is limited and all ages are welcome. Also, day paddles, Full Moon Paddles, and Sunset Paddles are available. Check tylerpaddle. com for times and to make reservations. This will be held waterfront at The Cascades, 3363 Cascades Blvd., Tyler, at the marina and boathouse.

of the CBS “Evening News,” he interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events. He is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy® Awards, several Peabody Awards, and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Public sales start February 18th. Tickets are $27-$57. March 30th (7:30pm) - New York Philharmonic String Quartet - To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, this phenomenal string quartet made its much-anticipated debut in Lincoln Center in March 2017. The members of the acclaimed ensemble, all multiple prize winners, are Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and Principal Cello Carter Brey. Their concert program for their evening in Tyler includes pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Expect an evening of magnificent music with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet! Public sales start March 4th. Tickets are $27-$47. April 9th (7:30pm) - “Finding Neverland” This breathtaking smash, based on the criticallyacclaimed Academy Award®- winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Public sales start March 4th. Tickets are $37-$77.

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 take home the coveted spelling bee trophy. All proceeds from the spelling bee support the core programs of the Literacy Council of Tyler, GED preparation and testing, English as a second language, and basic adult education. This will be held at Green Acres Conference Center, 1607 Troup Hwy., Tyler. If you have an interest in registering a team or have any other questions, please contact (903)954-0105. Tickets are also available at

July 29th (12:30-4:30pm)

The Bridal Expo with East Texas Bride

Bridal Expo with East Texas Bride features exhibitors, bridal fashion presentations, grand prizes, and fabulous fun! This is sponsored by All American Party & Tent Rentals, Complete Weddings & Events East Texas, and Fantasy & Fairytale Floral Designs. There will be grand prize giveaways that include The Landing at Joshua Farms offering a fabulous Saturday package valued at $4500; Bella Sera Ranch offering a Friday DIY package for 150 guests valued at $2695 (excludes December); Old Omen Guest House “Event Day Free” for 150 guests; Eagle’s Bluff $1800 venue package; Venue 31 Events $1,000 in event rentals; Fantasy & Fairytale Floral Designs offering a floral package valued at $1,000; Complete East Texas Weddings & Events offering DJ, video, and photography packages; Lisa Gallant Photography package valued at $1,200; Simply Beautiful Flowers & More a $500 floral package; Nichole Beth Photography $500 bridal session; and The Barn at the Silver Spur Cabin overnight stay. Don’t miss this wonderful summer bridal event. Register for reduced tickets for $8 online and secure your bride bag and your Symbolize It gift card. Tickets at the door are $10. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler.








10am-2pm Books will be out for people to take if they donate to the Ben Wheeler library! JULY 28

Black Beauty Ranch Education Program

Free for Summer Reading Program Participants and $5 per family for all other. All ages welcome.


Tyler Hosts “Hit the Bricks Auto and Cycle Show” in Downtown Tyler July 14th

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PARKING IS ALWAYS FREE in the parking garage!

Visit Tyler in conjunction with Discovery Science Place and R.G. Car Show Productions is set to host the “Hit the Bricks Auto and Cycle Show” in Downtown Tyler July 14th, 10am-2pm. There are expected to be 100-120 cars parked around the square in Downtown Tyler. The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to enter their classic car or other vehicle in the show should register online at Attendees can also participate in games and prize drawings throughout the day. Sponsors for the prizes include: Visit Tyler, City of Tyler, ETX Brewing Co., Moss: Where Flowers are Fair, Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, SportsZone, Ye Olde City Antique Mall and Olde City Market, Gallery Main Street, EGuide Magazine, Liberty Hall, and Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum. A free hop-on/hop-off shuttle sponsored by the Tyler Innovation Pipeline will be available to transport attendees around the Downtown area. Several other events will be happening that day hosted by Downtown businesses including art events, live music, shopping, and more. Download the FREE app “EGuide Tyler” and select “Hit the Bricks” for events that will be going on July 14th Downtown Tyler. • All Day: Half Mile of History - This self-guided walking tour is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the square that commemorates significant people, places, or events in Tyler. A digital brochure for the self-guided tour is at • 8-11am: Breakfast is served at ETX Brewing! Come dine on the best breakfast around with waffles, pancakes, breakfast tacos, and tons more. • 8am-12 noon: The Rose City Farmers Market will be open with home grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken and turkey, free-range/non GMO eggs, goat cheeses, fresh bread, flowers, coffee, jams and jellies, baked goods, Texas olive oil, handcrafted art, and Texas fruit wines. • 10am-2pm: R.G. Car Show will present the Auto & Cycle Show downtown on the square. The public is welcome to view all of the cool cars and cycles for free! There will be vendors, music, and food trucks. Stop by the DJ booth and pick up a People’s Choice ballot to vote on your favorite vehicle. • 10am-4pm: “Paint a Car, Take It Home” will take place at Good Museum. This is free for the kiddos to participate in! • 10am-4pm: A new Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt will be set up for families. A list of items to find within the Smith County Historical Society Museum will be provided. Children 18 and under who participate can receive a complimentary one-year Junior Membership. • 10am-5pm: “The Return of the Dinosaurs” exhibit will be shown starting at 10am at Discovery Science Place. Take your picture riding a Triceratops or braving the jaws of a T-Rex. See two Protoceratops guarding their nest or view the long-necked Apatosaurus. View actual fossils

along with animatronic models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago. “Return of the Dinosaurs” is featured in the DSP Annex building next door to the main museum building. • 10am-5pm: Ye Olde City Antique Mall will again host “Summer Fun” at the Ye Olde City Complex - Three Great Places to Shop for “Cold” drinks, “Cold” snacks, and free “Cold” items in the monthly “Hit the Bricks” Treasure Hunt! • 10am-8pm: The Artist Market will be open inside the HoT office located at 108 S. Broadway. Music will be provided by Michael Morse. Many artists will be exhibited in the air conditioned office of Heart of Tyler including Sylvia Morse Smooch-A-Licious Jewelry Designs • 1-1:30pm: Innovation Pipeline Tour will be offered where you can learn how this awesome space can help you bring your dream to life for free. Want to make a podcast, learn how to use a 3D printer, or laser cutter? They have all the tools you need! • 2pm: Tyler Public Library Makerspace Workshop will be held. No reservations are needed and this is free to attend. • 2-3:30pm: The Foundry presents Cheesecake & Coffee Pairing! The cost is $15 per ticket. Five Bryan’s Cheesecakes will be paired with five Porch Culture offerings. Tickets can be purchased at the door. • 2-4pm: Painting Party at Strada Caffe will be held, lead by Dace Kidd. No reservations are required. This is free to attend and there is no cost for painting or materials. All ages are welcome. • 5:30-8pm: Gallery Main Street Opening Night will be hosting the opening of Solo Show #2. • 8pm: Card 53 will bring their unique style of improv “makemups” and will create for you an experience like no other in Tyler, made up entirely on the spot based off your suggestions. Card 53 strives each show to be what they consider “cleanish.” This is sponsored by True Vine Brewery. • 8-10pm: Josh Sydnor will be live performing an acoustic show at Strada Caffe. There will be craft beer, wine, and small plates creations. • 8-10pm: Dubb & The Luv Machine will perform at ETX Brewing Co. There is no cover and it is family and pet friendly. • 8:30pm: The Haunted WALKING Tour of Downtown will be held. Tickets are $8/person and available at • 9pm: Post Profit will perform at Garage Bar. There is a $5 cover charge, no one under 21 admitted. • 9pm-1am: Rick’s on the Square will have Trajikly White on stage. There is a cover charge at the door and no one under 21 is admitted after 9pm. • 9:30pm: The Haunted RIDING Tour of Downtown will be held. Tickets are $15/person and available at For a full list of events go SecondSaturday or find the event on Facebook.



a variety of upcoming events. Liberty has something for all ages! Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. Tickets are available online at June 30th (2-3:30pm) - “Tarzan” will be shown. In this Disney animated tale, the orphaned Tarzan (Tony Goldwyn) grows up in the remote African wilderness, raised by the gentle gorilla Kala (Glenn Close). When a British expedition enters the jungle, Tarzan encounters the beautiful Jane (Minnie Driver) and recognizes that, like her, he’s human. Tickets are $4-$6 and available at the door and online. July 5th (7-9pm) “Jaws” Quote Along When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Tickets are $6 and available at the door and online. All students get a $2 discount when presenting a valid student ID. July 20th (7-9pm) - “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute” is a show based out of Nashville, TN, that focuses on performing songs by America’s Band, The Beach Boys, to sheer perfection. The show includes over 30 well-known hits. Members of Sail On have performed with Brian Wilson’s band, The Zombies, Earth Wind and Fire, Cheap Trick, and Mark Lindsay. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling (866)710-8942. July 21st (2-4pm) - “Moana” will be on screen. An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. Tickets are $4-$6 and available online and at the door. July 26th (7-9pm) - Mo Pitney - At a time when country music was becoming overrun with artists whose style had more to do with pop and dance music than the traditional sounds that built Nashville, Mo Pitney enjoyed his first success as a singer








and songwriter who enthusiastically embraced a classic country sound, earning a standing ovation during his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. When Mo Pitney sings “let me tell you about country” in his debut single, he’s doing more than telling. He’s showing. Special guest Jake Penrod will perform as well. Tickets start at $25. For tickets call (866) 710-8942. August 3rd (7-9pm) - Dailey & Vincent in Concert - Grand Ole Opry Members, five-time Grammy®-award winners individually, threetime Grammy®-award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music, bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel music. Tickets start at $40. For ticket assistance please call (866) 710-8942. August 11th (8-10pm) - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will visit Liberty once again! They are a modern bluegrass band that plays and sings the songs of The Beatles. Performing some of the very best music composed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, beloved songs are presented with instruments you normally wouldn’t expect to hear. Tickets are $20. August 16th (7-9pm) - The Bellamy Brothers - Best-known for the easy rolling, ‘70’s 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 ‘80’s, including “Redneck Girl,” “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,” ‘“You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” and “Dancin’ Cowboys.” For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $40. For ticket assistance please call (866) 710-8942. August 23rd (7-9pm) - “Cash & Cline: Country Royalty” - Take a journey back to experience classic country music. “Cash & Cline: Country Royalty” brings together a tribute to two of the most influential and legendary artists of all time, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Bennie 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. Special guest is Lisa Irion as Patsy Cline. Tickets start at $20.



Auto & Cycle Show

Downtown Tyler


ingredients have been used for a frozen custard experience you can’t get anywhere else. The difference? Ice cream is made from milk, cream, or a combination of the two. Andy’s Frozen Custard is made from milk, cream, and egg yolks. Also, while the machine used to make ice cream churns air into Summer is a wonderful thing. When the it to make it light, frozen custard is weather warms up, people head outdoors. Days produced in a machine that barely are long and hot and it’s perfect conditions for swimming, canoeing, biking, and picnics. incorporates air into it at all, which And best of all, a sweaty brow is a great excuse means it comes out way more dense. to gather your friends and go out for a drippy cone Andy’s Frozen Custard has of ice cream. It’s cold. It’s sweet. It’s creamy. And mastered custard and they offer a lot that burst of fruit-filled, nutty, or chocolate-chunky of creations that will cool you off this flavor can be incredibly refreshing when the steamy hot summer. A few of our favorites heat of summer starts to weigh you down. are Andy’s Ozark Turtle (custard As far as we’re concerned, ice cream is summer’s covered with hot fudge, crème most delightful treat. Here are a few of our favorite caramel, roasted pecans, and topped with a cherry), sweet treats - from ice cream and froyo to shakes The Original Straw-Ana (frozen custard covered and custards. with delicious strawberries and sliced bananas Grub Burger Bar think banana split ala custard), and Butter Pecan Grub Burger Bar Concrete which is Andy’s frozen custard blended with butterscotch and roasted pecans. (6421 S. Broadway For chocolate lovers, you will think you have Ave., Tyler, grubfound heaven with Andy’s Triple Chocolate Concrete features some simply (chocolate frozen custard blended with chocolate wonderful shakes in chip cookie dough and melted chocolate chips). The Snowmonster Concrete has frozen custard traditional flavors: strawberry, vanilla bean, and chocolate, plus Nutella, blended with strawberries and melted chocolate chip. And the customer favorite, Andy’s Turtle Split salted caramel, Root Beer float, and a monthly has custard, a whole banana covered with hot fudge, special. crème caramel, roasted pecans, and topped with a Several hand spun specialities of the house are the “Kitchen Sink,” featuring pretzels, peanut butter, cherry...Andy’s own version of a banana split. Andy’s has a convenient drive-thru and picnic salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate tables out front that can accommodate a large group. chips, coffee grounds, and potato chips (yes, Mercado’s potato chips). It is unique and heavenly and has a Cafe & wonderful salty-sweet combo with a slight surprise Posado’s crunch. Another favorite, the Worms & Dirt shake, Cafe has a ton of crushed Oreos and gummy worms. In the If you are a chocolate lover, these two are for mood for you. The ET Shake is like getting the entire candy something a little different? How about ice cream in a aisle all in one glass with Reeses pieces, peanut fried tortilla! Mercado’s (2214 WSW Loop 323, Tyler) butter, chocolate, and a peanut butter cookie. The and their sister company Posado’s Cafe (2500 E. Fifth Mint Chocolate Chip will hit the spot too with St., Tyler) has a unique menu item - the Bunuelo homemade crushed brownies, Andes mints, and a a large golden-fried tortilla dusted with cinnamon ton of chocolate. For adults, Grub Burger Bar offers spiked shakes and sugar and filled with big scoops of vanilla ice cream. It is served with your choice of syrup topping, too. They have Bourbon & Caramel, Boozy Mint whipped cream, and their specially-made praline Chocolate Chip (vodka, crème de cacao, creme de pecans. This is a great treat after any meal and mènthe, and Andes mints), the Tipsy Worms & Dirt (chocolate vodka, crushed Oreos, and gummy certainly a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day. worms), and the ET Drunk Dial (chocolate vodka, SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt Reeses pieces, peanut butter, chocolate, and a SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt (2467 Crow peanut butter cookie). Our favorite is the Spiked Rd., Tyler, is new to the fro-yo scene Dirty Kitchen Sink (chocolate vodka, pretzels, in Tyler but they are certainly not new to creating peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel a great product. They feature a “create your own” sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds, and Grub’s bar where you can combo delicious, soft-serve signature topping - premium frozen yogurt and a ton of toppings. The potato chips). combinations are endless! You can create everything from a light snack, a decadent dessert, and everyAndy’s Frozen thing in between. 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Fresh Produce, Berries & More in East Texas Everything is blooming, growing, and flour-

Hill Farms is located at 10268 FM 314, Edom. For more info go to Ruby Farm

Located at 1057 CR 2732, Alto, (936)225-2969, this farm is open Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm, and offers pick your own peas plus they grow and ishing in East Texas, and it’s time to head to your for sale farm fresh tomatoes, purple hull peas, local favorite farmers market. Be sure to check one have southern peas, pinto beans, eggplant, okra, peppers, of these out for all kinds of goodies. melons, squash, figs, and other vegetables. They also Blueberry Hill U-Pick Farm sell good quality square baled hay. Blueberry Hill Farms is a local farm and market located Barron’s Blueberries Located at 16478 CR 431, Lindale, (903)312just outside of Edom, Texas, 8538, offers a variety of crops available for sale and that opens up you can pick your own blueberries. its fields during Rose City Farmers Market, Downtown Tyler Saturday mornings, 8am-12 noon, the Rose the summer City Farmers Market is located just a block from months for the Square, in the Unclaimed Furniture parking lot blueberry in Tyler (236 S. Broadway). The market has fruits, picking. It’s a vegetables, and herbs as well as pasture-raised great place to go to pick fresh beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey, free-range/ blueberries and non GMO eggs, and goat cheeses. Also, everyalso shop at their country store, thing from fresh bread to flowers, coffee, jams and which sells amazing pies and more. Just grab a pail jellies, baked goods, Texas olive oil, handcrafted and make your way out to the fields. Blueberry art, and Texas fruit wines are on hand. Visit them

Razzoo’s Cajun Café Partners with Tito’s Vodka To Support Restaurant Families For over 25 years, guests have flocked to Razzoo’s Cajun Café expecting exceptional Cajun food in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. However, many may not know that Razzoo’s has a fantastic array of craft cocktails featuring fine spirits and fresh fruits and juices. On June 11th, Razzoo’s launched two new specialty cocktails in a promotion titled “A Toast to CORE®.” For every sale of these new drinks, Razzoo’s will donate $1 to “CORE®, Children of Restaurant Employees.” Tito’s Handmade Vodka will match that donation, up to $5,000 through the end of August. Pokey O’s Tyler The tasty Pokey O’s Tyler ( new cocktails What exactly is a Pokey O’s? include: Tito’s Well, it is a made-to-order ice Peach Thyme cream sandwich individuSmash (Tito’s ally customized for you from vodka, fresh the Pokey O’s dessert food peaches, sweet & sour and thyme), and Tito’s truck. You can create any Twizted Strawberry (Tito’s vodka, fresh strawberries, combo that you can dream lemons, a splash of Sprite with a Twizzler straw). up - customizing your own CORE® grants support to children of food and selection of yummy fresh beverage service navigating life-altering circumcookies and Blue Bell® ice cream - into a Pokey O’s! stances. In times of extreme strain brought on A favorite is the not highly creative but totally by family death, injury or diagnosed medical heavenly combo of chocolate chip cookies and condition, loss of home, or other sudden or chocolate ice cream - a chocolate lover’s dream! extreme circumstances, food and beverage The menu changes daily but standards are families can become overwhelmed financially and chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, fudge nut brownie, emotionally. Since 2004, CORE® has raised more white chocolate, macadamia nut, sugar cookie, than $3 million and granted support to more than cappuccino chocolate chip, maple pecan, and more. 350 families from across the industry and the ® Blue Bell Ice cream flavors include traditional country. vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate, sea salt and “At Razzoo’s, we try not to take ourselves too caramel, cookies ‘n cream, coffee, cake batter, rocky seriously. Our food is authentic, it’s made from road, pecan pralines and cream, mocha almond, scratch every day in each restaurant and it’s darn cotton candy, peachy peach and peppermint. good. Some of it sounds a little weird, like Rat Toes The Porch @ ETX (really, they aren’t) or the Grilled Gator Tail (really, Brewing Co. it is). Some of it is hard to pronounce, like the The Porch @ ETX Shrimp Piquant or Chicken Tchoupitoulas – feel Brewing Co. (221 S. free to point when you order (that happens a lot).” Broadway Ave., Tyler, Razzoo’s is located at 7011 S. Broadway in serves Henry’s Tyler, 903)534-2922, Homemade Ice Cream, Foodie Events a Mom & Pop shop in Plano, Texas. You can get a cone or get it on top of July 10th (6:30-8pm): Summer Fun Cookie their handmade Bread Pudding. The Porch offers Decorating Workshop will be held at The Pota new creative kind of bread pudding every week. pourri House, 3320 Troup Hwy., Tyler. You Recently, The Porch has had Grilled Peach with will receive 1/2 dozen cookies to decorate as Cinnamon Stout Sauce topped with pecans and well as instructions on how to decorate themed Henry’s Cinnamon Ice Cream! They always have four cookies using a special blend of Royal-Glaze different flavors of ice cream and keep them rotating. icing. These will be a mix of Vanilla-Brown Sugar and White-Almond cookies that you can Twisted Root Burger Co. take home to enjoy. Each person will receive Twisted Root Burger Co. (4601 S. Broadway cookies and access to multiple colors of icing Ave., Tyler, is known for bags and tools to work with. All tools and suptheir burgers but did you know they specialize in shakes too? They have a great selection (some with plies will be provided. Also, a 10” sturdy plate alcohol) like the Fat Elvis (custard with peanut butter will be provided for carry home (you may with bacon on top), Banana Pudding & Vanilla bring your own container). Wafer, Banana & Baileys, Creme De Menthe & Other classes will be July 24th (6:30pm), TropChocolate Chips. Our favorite is the Banana Foster ical Fish Cookie Decorating Class will be held which comes with custard mixed with bananas, at Kiepersol Salt Kitchen, 4120 FM 344E in caramel and sliced almonds, topped with whip Bullard. cream and more caramel. It is truly drool-worthy! RSVP at at July 20th and East Texas State Fair Market September 21st East Texas State Fair Farmers Market, located at (5:30-6:30pm): the Fairgrounds, 2112 W. Front St., Tyler, is located XTC Barbells, under the large open air pavilion and open through Bites & Beer most of the summer, Tuesdays and Saturdays, - Start your 7am-1pm. This Fair Farmers Market is sourced weekend with through 100% local farmers with locally grown a Friday evefresh fruits, veggies, herbs, and flowers. There are ning XTC Workout, followed by some appetizalso crafters, homemade baked goods, salsas, jellies ers, bites, and beers on the patio! Members are and jam preserves, and fresh eggs. $20 a session and non-members are $25 a session. For more info or to register please contact Tyler Farmers Market Tony Cruz at (903)561-3014 or email xtcruz@ Tyler Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Broadway Square Mall at 4601 S. Broadway This will be held at Tyler Athletic and Swim Club, 11208 Oak Creek Blvd., Tyler. Ave., Tyler. The Tyler Farmers Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 7am-2pm. They July 25th (7-9pm): Vitner’s Dinner: Taste of feature seasonal items under a big white tent. Alaska - This dinner is full of classic Alaska flavors and paired with our exclusive and advenLindale Farmers Market turous wines. This will be held at Kiepersol, Ongoing every Saturday (9am-1pm), Lindale 21508 Merlot Ln., Bullard. RSVP by calling Farmers Market is held at Parrott Park at the Old (903)894-3300, or visit Mill Pond Museum, 2900 S. Main St., Lindale. Lindale Farmers Market has fruits, vegetables, Other Vintner’s Dinners will be September artisan wares, and more. Everything is home26th, South of the Border; and November grown, homemade, and hand-crafted by artisans, 28th, Fall Harvest. ranchers, and growers. • 11


to step outside the box and mix it up a bit. Big Sam drew on his extensive experience and put together a phenomenal ensemble to share the stage with and collaborate on this new force of nature that wasn’t just another brass band from New Orleans. Big Sam’s Funky Nation takes the signature horn sounds of the trombones and trumpet as well as guitar, bass, and keys to weave a tapestry that includes threads of multiple genres and time periods that bring people By Johnny Griffith from all walks of life together in appreciation of not only the music...but the experience. Some music is written to be listened to. Big Sam’s Funky Nation will make a stop on Now, before I get the “Well, Duh” response, their current album promo tour in Tyler at Stanley’s allow me to explain myself. Some music is written to be passively consumed Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Thursday, July 12th, for one in a subdued, structured, vanilla environment, and show only, bringing the funk to the people of East then there is music that is written to be not so much Texas. I recently caught up with Big Sam on the listened to...but rather actively experienced. Yes, you road to get to know him and the Funky Nation a bit hear it with your ears...but you feel it in your soul in better. Johnny: When did you first develop an interest such a manner that you almost have no choice but to let the music move you, get you out of the chair, and in music and was the trombone your first choice or did you eventually find your way there? onto the dance floor. That kind of music isn’t just Big Sam: I developed an interest in music around written from a place of theory and technical proficiency, but rather its written from a place of being...a the age 15. I was in the marching band prior to that, place where the music isn’t just what you’s but once I got to high school, I wanted to dig deeper, so I auditioned for New Orleans Center for Creative who you are, it’s what’s happening around you, it’s Arts (NOCCA), and I’ve been rolling since then. your North Star, and it’s your foundation. Johnny: Growing up in a city where music is This, my friends, is the foundation upon which much a part of the fabric of life, was it always in your Big Sam Williams has built his Funky Nation. If you’ve never heard of Big Sam’s Funky Nation mind to find a way to make a living doing this thing you love or did the path find you along the way? (BSFN), you are in for a rare treat. One of New Big Sam: The path found me… I had no idea Orleans best kept musical secrets, BSFN was the that I would ever be a musician, especially full-time. brainchild of Sam “Big Sam” Williams, a Crescent When you have a calling, you can’t deny it, you City native, dynamically gifted trombonist, and better answer! graduate of the prestigious New Orleans Center Johnny: Speaking of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Big Sam came up through the for Creative Arts, there has obviously been an musical ranks in the Big Easy, gigging non-stop for most of his life in and around the streets and venues all-star roster of musicians to walk the halls there shadowing the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. Sam before you. How much did following in the steps of musicians like the Marsalis brothers, Harry Connick didn’t even let Hurricane Katrina keep him from a Jr., and Terence Blanchard inspire you to take your regular one point driving 9 hours from San Antonio every weekend for almost two years just to talent and love of the gig to the next level? Big Sam: BIG TIME! Those are some heavy play back home. Talent, hard work, and persistence will get you hitters, so to think that you’re in the same building on a lot of people’s radars, and Big Sam has plenty of that these cats came up in is enough motivation on all three. After several years of playing an all-star run its own. of gigs with acts like The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Johnny: So you’ve had quite the impressive Widespread Panic, the Dave Matthews Band and resume before BSFN, helping found the Stooges recording with legends Allen Toussaint and Elvis Brass Band, performing in the Dirty Dozen Brass Costello on their collaboration, Williams was ready Band, and sharing the stage with a diverse roster

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that ranges from James Brown, to Dave Matthews, to Elvis Costello. Do you feel being able to interact with and create with such a large range of personalities and styles helped plant the seeds of the Funky Nation? Big Sam: Definitely! As a musician, you organically create from your experiences with other gigs and experiences in life. All of those ingredients help you create your own gumbo and Funky Nation is my gumbo. Johnny: So how and when was the Funky Nation born? Big Sam: BSFN was born in 2001 but I was touring with Dirty Dozen 300 days a year, so it was impossible to pursue my own thing fulltime. After I left Dirty Dozen, I got a call from Allen Toussaint and performed with him whenever he had his big band, including the Elvis Costello tour and album “River in Reverse.” I didn’t pursue Funky Nation full-time until 2007-2008. Johnny: You guys aren’t just another jazz band coming out of New Orleans; your sound is a mix of old and new that isn’t afraid to step outside the box and combine genres with flair, proficiency, and a little extra swagger. How would you describe your music to someone who is about to walk in to their first BSFN show? Big Sam: Thanks! I would describe it just the way you did! Here’s the thing… some people have a preconceived notion of what “New Orleans music” is… especially when you say it’s a horn band. They think brass band and/or Trad band… but that’s not us. We come to bring the FUNK! Get out of your seat and dance kind of music! If you intend to sit down and drink some wine, this isn’t the show for you. You’re going to sweat and possibly wake up sore the next morning because you’ve never danced so hard before in your life. Johnny: This tour is in support of the band’s latest album “Songs In The Key Of Funk.” How has the reception to this release been so far? Big Sam: The reception has been off ‘da chain! The show is different than before now, so fans are getting a mix of some of the classic BSFN catalog

mixed with the new and a couple covers. Some of the new favorites seem to be “Apple Pie,” “PokeChop,” “Buzzin,’” and “What’s My Name.” Johnny: The new album has a definite throwback feel that takes the listener back to threads of the P-funk and R&B sound of the late 70’s and early 80’s. What inspired the fusion of sounds? Big Sam: This is the sound that I’ve been going for for a minute.. even though “Evolution” was more of a rock album, you can hear where I wanted to go on “Coffee Pot” and “Bad Karma.” Even going back to “Funky Donkey.” We just took a slight detour, but we’re here to stay with the funk! The funk is here to stay. This is a dance album which represents the band perfectly. Johnny: So for all the first timers who are thinking about making the trip out to Stanley’s to catch the show...what can they expect from a Big Sam’s Funky Nation experience? Big Sam: Expect to party and have a good time! This music will definitely get you moving! Big Sam’s Funky Nation is: “Big Sam” Williams (trombone, lead vocals), Drew “Da Phessah” Baham (trumpet, vocals), Jerry “JBlakk” Henderson (bass), Keenan “Butta Cream” McRae (guitar), Alfred “Sgt. Gutta” Jordan (drums), and Kendrick Marshall (keys). For more information, tour dates, and music check out the Funky Nation on the web:; bigsamsfunkynation

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Six-time Grammy® Award Winning “The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir” The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is coming

to East Texas for a concert at The Oil Palace on August 13th at 7:30pm. The 270-voice choir, mostly composed of vocally untrained church members, have three videos, three DVDs and numerous albums, winning five Dove Awards and six Grammy® Awards. Their concert venues in New York City have included Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Madison Square Garden Theater. They also had the honor of singing at the Billy Graham Crusades that were held in New York City’s Central Park and Flushing Meadows Park. The choir sang at the 2012 Presidential inauguration in Washington, DC before an estimated viewing audience of 1 billion people. The recognition that the choir has received has provided them with an open door for ministry in presenting the gospel message through music to people all over the world. The choir sings, not about a mere theological doctrine, but about their life stories. It’s not just lyrics of a song; it’s a reality to each of them. Starting each rehearsal with prayer reinforces that principle. The influential and six-time Grammy® Award winning aggregation, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, achieved a marvelous milestone on its most recent brilliant new release, “I Am Reminded.” The eleven-track set marks the legendary 40+ year-old ensemble’s 30th album. It released April 6th, 2018 via Provident Distribution. The eclectic collection

of worship anthems features dynamic solos from soulful singer Nicole Binion who has recorded with the choir in the past; Indonesian worship leader Sidney Mohede who has written songs for Israel & New Breed; and the duo of Shane & Shane who bring their warm and engaging harmonies to the live session. Over the years, the choir has relished taking established songs and re-molding them into the choir’s own inimitable style. Among the re-imagined musical offerings here are Walter Hawkins’ churchy 1990 classic, “Thank You,” with a fullthroated delivery by Karen Rampersad; and singer/ guitarist BJ Putnam’s percussive 2013 cut, “Sing A New Song.” There is also a revamp of “Jesus Brought Me Out” which is relatively obscure nationally but well-known in the Baltimore, Maryland area where it was born 30 years ago. Sidney Mohede’s velvety-tenor glides over the Jakarta Praise Community Church’s 2012 tune, “Jesus It Is You.” Carol Cymbala (wife of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Church’s Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala, and daughter of the church founder, the late Rev. Clair Hutchins) founded the 300-voice troupe with eight members in 1973. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is a highly unlikely group of people, a mixture of ethnic and economic backgrounds, in the heart of a city synonymous with coldness and decay. Aside from their own moments in the spotlight, the choir has backed luminaries such as CeCe Winans and Michael W. Smith. Their amazing legacy includes six Grammy® Awards, seven Dove Awards, three #1 Billboard charting albums and over four million albums sold. Tickets start at $15 and will be available at This concert is expected to sell out. The Oil Palace is located at 10408 TX 61, Tyler, (903)566-2120.

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Back the Blue Summer Bash returns for a third year featuring The Powell Brothers at Love & War in TexasLindale 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.

Texas Music Sunday’s series will be held at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets are available at All concerts start at 4pm. • July 1st (4pm): Zane Williams with Big Joe Walker, $10 in advance and $15 at the door • July 8th (4pm): Micky & The Motorcars with Ryan Ross Band, $12 in advance and $15 at the door • July 15th: Shotgun Rider with Bradley Banning, $10 in advance and $15 at the door • July 22nd: Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters with Jeremy McComb, $25 in advance and $30 at the door • July 29th: Walt Wilkins with The Briars, $10 in advance and $15 at the door

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takes place the first Friday of June, August and September. It is a free live music concert that takes place under the stars in the beautiful city of Kilgore. The family-friendly concerts are absolutely free. Bring your lawn chair and your dancing shoes and enjoy the festive atmosphere under the derricks. Wednesday, July 4th (6-9pm) - Fourth of July Extravaganza - Fridays After 5 will not take

place in July, instead there will be a Fourth of July Extravaganza which will include a free concert and fireworks show 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 is a band formed in early 2006, with musicians who have played in and around the east Texas area for a number of years, playing a variety of original and popular radio-played rock music. This will be held at the City Park Amphitheater. 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 pineywoods 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. This will be held at the City Park Amphitheater. For more info go to

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The Haggertys:

Hey Hey We’re The Haggertys By Johnny Griffith There are times when things just click with someone and you know it from the start. Then, years later you come back across them and it’s almost as if no time has passed. That’s kind of what is like for local Tyler favorites The Haggertys. Having all been members of different bands, some together and some collaborative, over the years, the lineup of “Patrick James” Freden (guitars, vocals), Brad Thurston (bass, backing vocals), and Clint Hiltz (drums/percussion) have been together as The Haggertys since 2013 and have been exciting audiences ever since with their setlists of 90’s standard rock covers as well as reinterpreting some classic songs along the way. We sat down with the guys recently to get some more history on the band and a better snapshot of the members. Johnny: Give the readers a brief bio of yourself and your background in music. Patrick: I was born in Minnesota, moved to Tyler in 1974 and then left in the summer of 1977. I basically grew up in Ocean Springs, Mississippi playing Dungeons & Dragons, riding BMX bikes, and listening to albums over at a friend’s house. My first band was a punk band called Spastic Fury in high school. After that, I did some college in Mobile, Alabama, and eventually came back to Tyler in 1988. I played in bands all through the 90’s and started a solo acoustic project in 2005. I’m a self-employed graphic artist by day building websites, designing logos, etc., and music is my second business. I’m a full-time dad and husband, a professional tinkerer who likes craft beers, Les Pauls, Orange Amps, and hanging out in my favorite music store, Action Sound in Hawkins. Brad: I’ve been playing music since I was 15 when I purchased my first guitar. It cost me $50 and was in a brown paper bag in pieces. After getting it put together, I started looking around for a band. No one needs a guitar player, so the next year I went and bought a bass, found a band, and the journey began. The start of my high school music career included rock bands like Conspiracy, Guardian, and Blue Steel. After high school, I branched out and did a did brief stint in a country band. The call of the Hair Bands drew me to California, Hollywood to be exact. I moved in with a friend from high school, joined a band, and played the Troubadour on Santa Monica Blvd. within the first 3 weeks of being in California. I played in other bands there, like Hammer Lane. I did shows at The Roxy Theater and The Whisky A Go-Go. After wrapping up my California time, I moved back to Tyler, found an alternative band, Center Mass, which was later known as “Did Lee Squat?” (DLS?). That’s where I met “Patrick James.” We

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played venues in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and even Shreveport, Louisiana. This too ended and I started my family, got a job, and put the band on the back burner. After some time, I started playing with Livid, a cover band around the Tyler/Longview area. This project just kinda wound down and I took a job out of town. More time passed with both family and job changes. I started playing bass in a praise band for Pollard United Methodist Church and did that for a few years until one day Patrick called. No, it was not the “I’m getting the band back together” kinda call. He wanted to redo his current project. I think he said he wanted to play more electric guitar and just rock out…so here we are. Clint: I’m the baby of the band, born in Austin in 1974. I lived in Alvin, Texas through my 5th-grade year and moved to East Texas in 1986 where I joined the Union Grove percussion section in junior high and continued throughout high school. I played in the band and every sport Union Grove offered. As I got into high school, I was fortunate enough to be allowed to play football then at halftime, I’d take off my shoulder pads and march in the marching band. In 1992, I moved to Tyler and was offered a scholarship to join the Tyler Junior College drumline, better known as the Apache Punch. My hobbies are hunting, fishing, shooting guns, and working out. Currently, I work at Suddenlink as a Commercial Sales Supervisor. Johnny: Who would you say was personally responsible, individually, for instilling that love of music you’d take the rest of your lives? Pat: My mom for sure. She was the one that got me going as a kid...from playing Johnny Cash records to buying me a guitar and taking me to lessons. Brad: My mom, she had me taking piano at the age of six, and we loved Elvis. Clint: Hands down, my father. He played drums as well and he got me started gigging at the early age of 13 when I would sit in for him and play Wipeout. Johnny: When did you three first meet? The Haggertys: During the 90’s, Pat and Brad were playing in a band called DLS? and Clint was in a band called Affinity. The two bands did several shows together, including one at the Oil Palace in Tyler with DLS? as the headliner and Affinity providing support...the friendship and collaboration grew from there. Johnny: How did the idea of starting the Haggertys come together? The Haggertys: Sometime in the summer of 2013, Pat was doing his solo acoustic thing and had done some earlier shows with Clint and Brad as the Patrick James Band but these were still “acoustic” shows. After playing these kinds of shows for so long, Pat just got the itch to play with electrics and amps again, and Clint was on board to “get loud.” A permanent bass player was recruited and the band was formed. Really the Haggertys morphed out of the Patrick James Band

Kenny Broberg.” All concerts are performed at the University of Texas at Tyler, R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. The concerts begins at 7:30pm. For more info or to purchase tickets, go to or call (903)566-7424. September 15th (7:30pm) - Van Cliburn Medalist Kenneth Broberg on piano will perform under Richard Lee, conductor, Haydn: Overture music director and conductor of L’isola disabitata, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453, Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Concerto Op. 30, the ETSO said, “It is my pleasure and Beethoven: Symphony No. 2. At age 23, Kenny Broberg’s captivating concerto to present the performance at the 2017 Van Cliburn International ETSO’s stellar Piano Competition won both a prolonged standing 2018/2019 ovation and a Silver Medal. Broberg opens the East season! These Texas Symphony Orchestra’s 2018/2019 Season are truly exciting with not one, but two works - Mozart’s sublime times of change Piano Concerto No. 17 and a rarely heard piano and progress for the orchestra. First and foremost, I concerto by Rimsky-Korsakov. Richard Lee and the am so very proud of our musicians who are playing ETSO conclude opening night and their Beethoven consistently at a high level which is the hallmark of cycle with the composer’s spirited Symphony No. 2. a great orchestra.” November 10th (7:30pm) - ETSO Decon“As for guest artists, the good news is that structed - The ETSO is deconstructed for a concert they always want to come back. This upcoming that explores the many configurations of the season, is looking forward to the return of violinist orchestra. Four of the orchestra’s core violinists, Augustin Hadelich (think flawless technique and led by concertmaster Mark Miller, are featured in a thoughtful musicality), The 5 Browns (and their 5 concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, and Principal Oboist grand pianos), and Charlie Chaplin (well, not really Sharon Lacey performs Marcello’s Oboe Concerto him, but his film “The Gold Rush”). The symphony in C minor. The evening also features Handel’s is equally looking forward to introducing the Silver Music for the Royal Fireworks, originally conceived for winds, brass, and percussion, as well as Paul Medalist of the most recent Cliburn Competition, 16 •

and the guys started rehearsing so the song list grew. The band covers lots of material but kinda focuses on 90’s rock. The old “If it's a good song, it’s a good song....doesn’t matter what genre it’s from” always applies. Johnny: Okay, so the name. Where did it come from and whose idea was it? The Haggertys: During one of the early rehearsals the idea of a band name came up and of course lots of stuff was thrown around. Pat noticed that all the band members had some righteous beards going at the time and this got him to thinking about people with beards and the one person that came to mind was a childhood hero from the show Grizzly Adams. Pat said, “the best beard ever, in my opinion, hands down, was Dan Hag gerty, let’s call the band that!” So originally he wanted the band to be called the Dan Haggertys which morphed into the Damn Haggertys which quickly changed, for obvious reasons, and the band settled in with The Haggertys. Johnny: When and where was the first Haggertys show? The Haggertys: The first show was March 22nd, 2014, at Shoguns (#2) under their black tent outside. It was an alright turnout, and the band had fun. We later learned that many people were turned away or had to wait to get outside under the tent because of limited seating and fire codes. Johnny: How would you describe your sound to a new listener? The Haggertys: Straight-up, no-frills, funhaving, 3-piece rock cover band with a few surprises. Johnny: You guys move in and out of different genres and decades of music pretty easily. Would

you say there is one you’re more comfortable with than the others? The Haggertys: Being a 3-piece with everyone doing something, we kinda gravitate towards 90’s rock songs we can easily play and cover well. More complicated songs with multi instruments tend to be harder (or impossible) to pull off with just three instruments, so we shy away from them. However, the art of taking a song and “making it your own” remake/cover is what we strive to do. Really any song we can cover well and make our own stays on the set list. Johnny: Are you primarily covers or are you throwing some original stuff in the mix? The Haggertys: We all played in what we called “Showcase Bands” back in the 90’s...all original songs and we all made albums, struggled to get gigs that paid, rehearsed a lot, tried to get signed, etc. Today we just play covers, play a lot, rehearse way less often, don’t care about getting signed, and get paid to play, which is nice. We won’t rule out that one day we might start writing songs again, but it isn’t on anyone’s radar anytime soon. We have done some reunion shows by combining Did Lee Squat? and Sand Dollar band members into a group called Did Lee Dollar. This allowed us to reconnect with old bandmates and fans and play some of the old originals. Come to think of it, it’s probably time for another one of those shows. Check out The Haggertys online at: • • • Shows: • Thursday, July 12th - Razzoo’s, Tyler, 7-10pm • Friday, September 14th - Gregg County Fair on Dennis Hiltz Memorial Stage, Longview

Hindemith’s singular Concert Music for Strings and Brass. The evening concludes with the full force of the ETSO performing Tchaikovsky’s diabolically challenging Francesca da Rimini. December 1st (2pm and 7:30pm) - “The Nutcracker” - Celebrating TJC Academy of Dance’s 30th anniversary performance of the “Nutcracker,” conductor Richard Lee will present this lovely production. This is a special add-on event and not a part of any subscription package. It wouldn’t be the holidays without Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince, and many other holiday friends. The ETSO is delighted to partner with the Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance for its 30th anniversary production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” January 26th (7:30pm) - Charlie Chaplin: “The Gold Rush” - Richard Lee, conductor, will conduct the ETSO as they underscore the Charlie Chaplin film, “The Gold Rush,” as we follow the Tramp as he seeks his fortune in the lawless Klondike. The “Little Tramp” persona was not at all like the real Sir Charles Chaplin, the polished and accomplished actor, writer, director, composer, star, and producer for most of his movies. During his long career, Chaplin utilized the “slapstick” comedy most readily associated with this character in order to tackle “serious” subject matter. In “The Gold Rush,” Chaplin’s personal favorite, follow the Tramp as he seeks his fortune in the lawless Klondike, with a live soundtrack provided by the ETSO.

March 23rd (7:30pm) - The 5 Browns will perform with the ETSO Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor, Bach: Triple concerto BWV 1064, mvt 1, Debussy: Clair de Lune, Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor, Muhly: The Edge of the World for Five Pianos and orchestra, and Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue. The New York Post proclaimed, “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years...” April 27th (7:30pm) - Grammy®-winner Augustin Hadelich will perform on violin with conductor Richard Lee performing Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto and Schubert: “Great” Symphony in C Major. The Juilliard-trained and Grammy-winning Hadelich describes the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as one of the “most exciting concertos…a very emotional piece full of character.” Hadelich’s goals regarding performance of this work include, “communicating joy and excitement while balancing Mozartian (perhaps Tchaikovsky’s favorite composer) elegance with heart-on-your-sleeve Romanticism.” More Info

For more information about ETSO and Link Up, please contact the ETSO office at 903.526.3876 or email

Southern Charm:

top 100 on “American Idol.” I just recently signed to TXM Records and am currently in the studio working on my first country single! Johnny: Who were some of your early influences? By Johnny Griffith Shelby: I always looked up to dominant female So there’s an old saying that has something to singers growing up. My lead inspirations were Shania Twain, Lee Ann Rimes, and The Dixie do with ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ and Chicks. When I began songwriting, I leaned on that certainly holds true with the two talented, lyrics by Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, and dynamic artists in the East Texas duo Southern artists such as Meredith Crawford and Matt Charm. Both hailing from small East Texas towns, local Grisby for inspiration. Shelby Ballenger and Billie Jo Sewell have been Billie Jo: I was raised by my grandparents so I making a name for themselves both as successful was inspired by the oldies but goodies, as I like to solo artists and the fast rising duet, Southern call them, such as George Jones, Ray Price, Loretta Charm. Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and many others. Both artists have honed their crafts on many Johnny: When did you decide music was more local stages and along the way found they had a than just another hobby and was something worth knack for harmony and similar musical interests. pursuing? Borne of a shared passion and great timing, Shelby: Once I began taking the stage with Southern Charm takes advantage of each artist’s my guitar, people began talking about the talent unique vocal ability and is greater than the sum and potential I had. I tried to make an impresof its parts...which is saying something because sion at every new venue and began to see the joy it Shelby and Billie Jo both have burgeoning solo brought to people listening. I began entering songcareers in their own right. So much so that writing competitions once my repertoire grew and Southern Charm as a duet has to book six months placed with within the top four each time out of in advance and then they have a seven show run in hundreds of hopefuls. seven east Texas venues. Billie Jo: I knew at a very early age that God We caught up with them in the middle of this didn’t give me this voice to just sing at home. I just latest run to get some more background on these knew that He gave me this voice to share with the ladies and their “Southern Charm.” world and that one day this would be my full time Johnny: When did you two first take up an career which, gratefully, I’m very close to being interest in music? able to say. I’ve always wanted to use my gift that Shelby: From the age of 13 I began singing at God gave me in hopes that the audience may come The Wylie Opry. From there, I was self-taught to to know Him through my music and testimony. play the guitar. I eventually began going to open Johnny: How did you two first meet and when mic nights all around north Texas to make a name did the idea of a duo project come up? for myself. About 2 years ago, I was fortunate Shelby & Billie Jo: We met at an East Texas enough to be able to quit my day job and pursue singing competition a little over four years ago. music full time. I haven’t looked back. From there, we became instant best friends. Billie Jo: I started singing when I was 4 years Johnny: When and where was your first show old and grew up singing in church. I went from as Southern Charm? singing at church to Opry’s, restaurants, and Shelby & Billie Jo: Our first official show was festivals, to opening for people such as Ray Price, at The Foxhole where we won a karaoke compeGene Watson, Justin Moore, Mike Ryan, and tition. We took home $2,500 which made it our Stoney LaRue. first paid gig together. From there Southern Charm played The Forge in Ben Wheeler and then our I had the honor to be on “The Voice” where solo careers started taking off. We now book six I made top 150 on season 6 and recently I made

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months in advance for the Southern Charm East Texas Tour. Johnny: How about the name? Where did that idea come from? Shelby: Billie Jo’s son Chandler won most handsome baby boy at the Emory Rains pageant in 2014. I saw Billie Jo make a post on Facebook needing a car to ride in the parade with. I offered her convertible slug bug for the event. While we were in the car, we started trying out songs to sing together. I mentioned that I’d always wanted to put a duo together and name the act Southern Charm. Billie Jo loved the idea so we ran with it! Johnny: How would you describe your sound? Shelby: Southern Charm’s sound has a pure tone and the harmonies blend extremely well. I [Shelby] have more of the bluesy tone and Billie Jo brings the powerhouse country twang. Together, our voices mesh to create a unique country sound. Johnny: What do you feel you bring to the table individually that compliments your partner on stage? Shelby & Billie Jo: We know the dynamics of music. We never try to overpower each other onstage and that’s something every duo needs in order to be successful.

Johnny: About how many originals do you try to work in during a show? Shelby & Billie Jo: We try to work in all of our most favorite originals at each and every show. Usually there’s about four to five each. Johnny: You’ve had a busy summer already, what’s coming up on the radar the rest of the year that you’re excited about? Shelby: I’m currently working on my full album with Joe Austin as producer. I’ve written 12 brand new songs and my new single “Heartbreaks & Hangovers” will be released late July while the album will drop next summer. Billie Jo: I have a big secret I’ll be able to announce in a couple months about where I will be on the National Stage. Currently I’m in the studio with Chad Mauldin and Mauldin Productions working on my new single that will be released in early August. Johnny: What can a first timer expect at a Southern Charm show? Shelby & Billie Joe: Harmonies that give goosebumps and two best friends shining, as they do what they love onstage. Keep up with Southern Charm online at

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“EGuide Tyler” Friday, June 29th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Blaine Hart Band, 8-12 Big Sandy Music Hall - Floyd Void Pink Floyd Tribute Show, 7-9 The Central Station, Gladewater – Meredith Crawford, 7-10 Cowboy’s - Roger Creager, 9-12 Dakotas Chop House – Paul Shafer, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Blue Louie, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Amanda Pruitt, 7-10 FRESH – The Jazz Connection, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ Screedlez, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Cody Wayne, Billie Jo Sewell, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Karaoke, 9-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Empire 6, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Live Music, 8:30-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ Cash, 9-12 Saturday, June 30th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Teazur, 9-1 Big Sandy Music Hall - Floyd Void Pink Floyd Tribute Show, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Jesse Kramer Duo, 8-11 El Charro - The Tuxedo Cats, 7-10 ETX Brewery - Rocker Chick - Spectra Vamp and OO, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Paul Renna, 7-10 FRESH – The Magills, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ David, 9-1 Lake Palestine Resort - Justin Dean, 6-9 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm M6 Winery - Tommi Jo Harris, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Rick’s – Live 5, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Chaka Khan, 6:30-9:30 Strada Caffe - Katie & The Vines, 8-10 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 XLN – Landry & Company, 9-1 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12 Sunday, July 1st Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-11:30 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2, Matt Raker Band, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Zane Williams, Big Joe Walker, 4-8 Monday, July 2nd Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Heather Little & Meredith Crawford, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, July 3rd 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Company, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Wednesday, July 4th Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Scotty G, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Ben Lowery & The Texas Express, Wesley Pruitt Band, 6-10 FRESH – The Matt Raker Band, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Yamato – DJ, 8-12 Thursday, July 5th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ross Shifflet, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, 6-9 Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Andres, 8-12 Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Gus Samuelson, 7-10 Fuzion Bar - DJ Mad Hatter, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ Juice, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Jay Statham Band, 8-12 Razzoo’s - Chris Colston, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Kara Grainger Band, 8-12

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San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Stanley’s BBQ – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6:30-9:30 Friday, July 6th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Lady Chazz & The Tramps, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Owen Tiner, 7-10 Clicks Live - The Oliver White Band, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Billie Jo Sewell, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tyler Stokes, 7-10 FRESH – 6 Miles To Mixon, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Grove – Live Music, 9-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 Love & War, Lindale – Jason Elmore and The Hoodoo Witch, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Rigido, 9-12 Republic Icehouse – Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Rick’s – Professor D & The Playschool, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – The Sideshow Tragedy, 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 True Vine Brewing - Cory Branan, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Saturday, July 7th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cody Wayne, 9-1 Brewster’s - Pool Party with DJ Alexx Chakal, 9-2 The Central Station, Gladewater – Tyler Lenius, 7-10 Clicks Live - Edge Of Misery, Surrender Stella, Nomad, 8-12 Club 155 - Black Ice, 9-1 ETX Brewery – Purple Velvet Fox, 7-10 FRESH – Casey Martin, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Heather Little, 7-10 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 9-1 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm Love & War, Lindale – Melinda Adams, The South Austin Moonlighters, 8-12 M6 Winery - Eamond McAuley, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Wesley Pruitt Band, 9-12 Rick’s – Professor D & The Playschool, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Tuxedo Cats, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 True Vine Brewing, Kid Icarus Project, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Sunday, July 8th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Love & War, Lindale – Micky & The Motorcars, Ryan Ross Band, 4-8 Monday, July 9th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Heather Little & Meredith Crawford, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, July 10th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Todd Rinlee, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Company, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Wednesday, July 11th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Meredith Crawford, 7-10 Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakota’s – Paul Shafer, 7-10 ETX Brewing - Open Mic, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday Night Woodshed with Guthrie Kennard, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Thursday, July 12th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Blaine Hart, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, 6-9 Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Andres, 8-12

Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Lucas Kelm, 7-10 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Madison Stuart, 8-12 Razzoo’s – The Haggertys, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 6:30-9:30 Friday, July 13th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – 2nd Childhood, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Matt Coats, 8-10 Dakotas Chop House – Maryah McHam & Martyn Popey, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Owen Tiner, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Jennifer Sullivan, 7-10 FRESH – Bluez Boyz, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Grove – Live Music, 9-12 Kawa’s – Lee Mathis, 7-10 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 Love & War, Lindale – Blindpursuit, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Zac Wilkerson, 9-12 Republic Icehouse – 6 Miles To Mixon, 8-12 Rick’s – Trajikly White, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ally Venable Band, 9-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Saturday, July 14th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ambush, 9-1 Brewster’s - Pool Party with DJ Alexx Chakal, 9-2 The Central Station, Gladewater – Blake Burrow, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick Band, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Dubb & The Luv Machine, 8-10 Flavors Daiquiri Cafe - Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-6, John Dempsey, 7-10 FRESH – Tyler Dudley Band, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 Garage Bar - Post Profit, 9-1 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm Love & War, Lindale – Brandon Rhyder, 8-12 M6 Winery - Scott Behrend, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler - Read Southall Band, 9-1 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Riley Redding, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Bluez Boyz, 8-12 Rick’s – Time Machine, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Purple Velvet Fox, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12 Sunday, July 15th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Love & War, Lindale – Shotgun Rider, 8-12 Monday, July 16th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Heather Little & Meredith Crawford, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, July 17th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Company, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Wednesday, July 18th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cole Allen, 7-10 Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Darrin Morris Band, 7-10 ETX Brewing - Open Mic, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday Night Woodshed with Guthrie Kennard, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Thursday, July 19th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11

The Back Porch, Kilgore – LaDarius Daniels, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, 6-9 Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Andres, 8-12 Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Karisia Hernandez, 7-10 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ Juice, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – David Allen, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Stanley’s BBQ – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6:30-9:30 Friday, July 20th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Big Sandy Music Hall - Ovid Stevens, 8-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Jenn Ford, 7-10 Coaches - Jon Wolfe, 9-12 ETX Brewery – Kayla Jean Rowland, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Mathew McDaniel, 7-10 FRESH – Purple Velvet Fox, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 Kawa’s - Billie Jo Sewell, 7-10 Liberty Hall - Sail On, 7pm Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 Love & War, Lindale – Rich O’Toole, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Kolby Cooper, 9-12 Rick’s – Ashmore, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Sam Pace & The Gilded Gritt, 8-12 Strada Cafe - Heather Harper, 7-10 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Saturday, July 21st The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Dagnabbit Band, 9-1 Brewster’s - Pool Party with DJ Alexx Chakal, 9-2 The Central Station, Gladewater – Scatter Proof Band, 7-10 Clicks Live - Mushroomhead, 7-12 ETX Brewery – Gorgeous Jetson, 8-10 Dakota’s - Jesse Kramer Duo, 8-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 7-10 FRESH – Coldfire, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 Garage Bar – The Weeds, 9-1 The Grove - Live Music, 7-10 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm Love & War, Lindale – Billy Bob Thornton, Pat Green, 4-12 M6 Winery - Withrow Cooley, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tuxedo Cats, 9-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Chris Wallace & The Delta Blues Band, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 8-12 Rick’s – Big Daddy Band, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Matt Raker Band, 7:30-11:30 Strada Caffe - Sabrina Toole, 8-10 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 XLN – Hubcap & The Loose Nutz, 9-1 Yamato – DJ, 8-12 Sunday, July 22nd Click’s Live – American Grim, Hail Sagan, 9-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Acoustics, 7-10 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Monday, July 23rd Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Heather Little & Meredith Crawford, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, July 24th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Cowboys - HMBWT, Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, 8-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Company, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Wednesday, July 25th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Don Hayes, 7-10 Brewster’s - Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12

Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 ETX Brewing - Open Mic, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wednesday Night Woodshed with Guthrie Kennard, 7-10 Lake Palestine Resort - Justin Dean, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 6:30-9:30 Thursday, July 26th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – BlakBox, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, 6-9 Click’s - Thurbass with DJ Cicero & Andres, 8-12 Coyote Sam’s - Karaoke, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Anna Stockdale, 7-10 Fuzion Bar - DJ Mad Hatter, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ Juice, 8-12 Liberty Hall - Mo Pitney, 7-9 Love & War, Lindale – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler - Otis Naron, 6-8 Stanley’s BBQ – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6:30-9:30 Friday, July 27th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Lee Mathis & The Brutally Handsome, 8-12 Big Sandy Music Hall - The Kirbys, 7-9 The Central Station, Gladewater – Max McRuiz, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Lucas For Sheriff, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Sadie Evans, 7-10 FRESH – The Magills, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Hollytree Country Club - Gary Patrick, 6-9 Lake Palestine Resort - Elijah Cane, 6-9 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Otis Naron, 6-8 Love & War, Lindale – Lost Immigrants, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Workin On It, 9-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Live 80, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Jonathan Terrell, 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ Cash, 9-12 Saturday, July 28th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Teazur, 9-1 Big Sandy Music Hall - The Kirbys, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Ross Shifflet, 7-10 ETX Brewery - Nickel Draft, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3- 5, Corey Kane, 7-10 FRESH – Tuxedo Cats, 6-9 Fuzion Bar - DJ, 9-1 Garage Bar – We Have Your Dog, 8-12 The Grove - Gary Patrick, 7-10 Lola’s Sandwich Shop - Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm Love & War, Lindale – Chris Colston, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store - Ben Lowery & Texas Express, 8-12 Rick’s – Party Machine, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, The Magills, 6:30-9:30 Strada Caffe - Owen Tiner, 8-10 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12 Sunday, July 29th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Acoustics, 7-10 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Love & War, Lindale – Walt Wilkins, The Briars, 8-12 Monday, July 30th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Heather Little & Meredith Crawford, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, July 31st 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Company, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12


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Texas Shakespeare Festival Returns to Kilgore The Texas Shakespeare Festival returned

to Kilgore College on June 28th for a season that continues through July. Performances take place in Van Cliburn Auditorium located in Kilgore College’s Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center. Ticket prices vary depending on the show and seat location. Tickets can be bought at or (903)983-8601.

Belle of Amherst,” and (7:30pm) “Love’s Labour’s Lost” • July 8th: (2pm) “Tartuffe” and (7:30pm) “King John” • July 11th: (2pm) “The Belle of Amherst” The Shows • July 12th: (2pm) “King John,” (7:30pm) “110 “King John,” one of Shakespeare’s historical in the Shade,” and (7:30pm) “The Belle of dramas, deals with the topics of social and political Amherst” unrest, the consequences of decisions, human • July 13th: (2pm) “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and shortcomings, and royal infighting. (7:30pm) “Tartuffe” “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is a comedy by Shake• July 14th: (2pm) “King John,” (7:30pm) “110 speare about men who vow to give up women in the Shade,” and (7:30pm) “The Belle of for fasting and studying. This version is set in the Amherst” 1920’s and includes music from the period. • July 15th: (2pm) “Love’s Labour Lost” and “Tartuffe” is a comedy by Molière that tells (7:30pm) “Tartuffe” what happens when a French aristocrat foolishly lets Tartuffe, a pretentious religious zealot, into his • July 18th: (10am) “The Lovely Stepsister” • July 19th: (10am) “The Lovely Stepsister,” (2pm) home. “Tartuffe” and (7:30pm) “King John” “110 in the Shade” was adapted from Richard • July 20th: (10am) “The Lovely Stepsister,” Nash’s play “The Rainmaker” into a musical by Meaghan Simpson, associate artistic director. It (2pm) “110 in the Shade,” and (7:30pm) Love’s tells what happens when a traveling con man Labour’s Lost” shows up in a drought-stricken western town. • July 21st: (10am) “The Lovely Stepsister,” (2pm) “The Lovely Stepsister,” a children’s show “Tartuffe,” and (7:30pm) “King John” written by company member Grace Abele, tells • July 22nd: (2pm) “110 in the Shade” and the story of one of Cinderella’s stepsisters who (7:30pm) “Love’s Labour’s Lost” discovers the true meaning of beauty, thanks to • July 24th: (7:30pm) Talent Showcase - At other fairy tale characters. this Chinese Theater Night, performers from The festival also will include performances of Chongqing and Shanghai, China present an the “The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman show original show created for the Texas Shakespeare on the life of poet Emily Dickinson as played by Festival. The Talent Showcase features members Jennifer Burke. These shows will be in the smaller showing their singing, dancing and comedy upstairs theater at the center. skills in a show. The Schedule • July 25th: (2pm and 7:30pm) Talent Showcase • July 1st: (7:30pm) “110 in the Shade” • July 26th: (10am) “The Lovely Stepsister,” (2pm) • July 5th: (2pm) “110 in the Shade” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” and (7:30pm) “Tartuffe” (7:30pm) “Love’s Labour’s Lost” • July 27th: (10am) “The Lovely Stepsister,” (2pm) • July 6th: (2pm) “Tartuffe” and (7:30pm) “King “King John,” and (7:30pm) “110 in the Shade” John” • July 28th: (10am) “The Lovely Stepsister,” (2pm) • July 7th: (2pm) “110 in the Shade,” (2pm) “The “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” and (7:30pm) “Tartuffe”

Events & Plays

June 29th-July 1st (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” - Lewis Carroll’s famous heroine comes to life in a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! 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 July 4th (4pm): “Annual Independence Day Concert” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler. For more info go to or Tickets are available through TCC members and at the door. July 13th-15th and 20th-22nd (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm) - “Charlotte’s Web”

will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. All the enchanting characters from the book are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to July 19th-July 28th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm): “James and The Giant Peach” will be on stage at Henderson County Performance Center. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down an old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach. This launches a journey across the ocean with his insect friends. Quick wit and creative thinking make the voyage a success. Presented by the Y.E.S. Company (Youth Excellence on Stage), this show promises to be quite a “masterpeach.” Henderson County Performance Center is located at 400 Gibson Rd., Athens. For more info call (903)675-3908 or go to July 20th-22nd and 27th-29th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm): “1776” will be on the stage at Lake Country Playhouse. “1776” is a musical with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. The story is based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Lake Country Playhouse is located at 114 Johnson Street in Mineola. For more information call (903)5692300 or go to

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lot of fun! Single show tickets are available for $18 for adults and $15 for students. FLEX Pass are available for multiple performances. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info or tickets call (903)592-0561 or go to The 2018-2019 productions are: July 26th-August 12th (ThursdaySaturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Singin’ 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. September 6th-9th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “The Touch” by Mike Hargrove - “The Touch” tells the story of a grandmother with a healing touch - a secret “gift” her own grandmother helped her to discover and understand. An accident on the family farm brings opportunity for restoration of body and soul that spans four generations. Hope is found in a family secret buried beneath decades of doubt and skepticism. Playwright, Mike Hargrove made his final edits to the script only five days before his untimely death in January 2017. DeAnna Hargrove is honored to present her husband’s story for the first time in the theatre he fervently supported alongside her. October 5th-14th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Dial M for Murder” - Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn’t baffle the husband: He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens. Luckily, the police inspector from Scotland Yard and a young man who is in love with the wife discover the truth, and in a scene of almost unbearable suspense they trap the husband into revealing his guilt, thus freeing Margot. November 6th-7th (school shows) and November 8th-11th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” - The classic children’s tale of Snow White, seven dwarfs, a magic mirror and an evil queen comes to Tyler Civic! Supposedly disposed of by the wicked queen, Snow White finds her way to a happy glen and the home of seven friendly dwarfs. A deadly apple casts her into a deep sleep, from which she is revived in time by her devoted prince. January 13th-14th (school shows) and January 15th-20th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “The Taming of the Shrew (Condensed)” - This season TCT performs a hilarious, but seriously abridged version of Shakespeare's classic “The Taming of the Shrew.” The 45-minute play preserved the original language along with all the major plot turns, but condensed it down to a one-act play and is a perfect introduction to the Bard for participant and audience member alike. February 8th-17th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “On Golden Pond” - This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory but still as tart-tongued, observant, and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited

by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness - and slang - in return. Date Night for Valentine’s Day will be February 14th with a Dessert Theatre. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for students. March 8th-17th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Bus Stop” - In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She’s been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she’s ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, “Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I’m gonna end up in Montana …” As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance. April 11th-14th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “The Complete Works of Shakespeare - Abridged” - Come see all 37 Shakespeare plays performed in 97 minutes! Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged” was London’s longest-running comedy. May 10th-19th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Groucho Marx, A Life in Revue” is a stage play written by Groucho Marx’s son Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher with musical direction by Jim Grady. It is a look at the life and career of the famous entertainer Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers and “You Bet Your Life” fame. It opened off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 8, 1986 and played 254 performances closing on May 3, 1987. This inspired bio musical about “The One and Only” begins with Groucho as an old man doing his famous Carnegie Hall show. It then goes back to the beginnings of the Marx Brothers and their struggles to make it in vaudeville, their rise to stardom and their eventual break up. All classic Groucho songs are included. One actor plays Groucho, another plays Chico and Harpo, and one actress plays all the wives, girlfriends and Margaret Dumont. A hit in New York, across the U.S. and in London, this show will delight Marx Brothers fans. The performance on Sunday, May 12th (Mother’s Day) has an optional pre-show brunch. Tickets are $34 for adults, $30 for students. Also, a dinner-theatre opportunity will be available for Thursday May 16th performance. • 19


July Sale

A Summer Jam Packed Full of Fun At The LibraryThe Tyler

Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. For more info call (903)5937323 or go to tylerlibrary. com. Most of the events are free unless noted.

Antique Mall, Olde City Market, and The Studio

July 2nd, 3rd & 4th

Open Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm Come & enjoy an ice cold rootbeer and refreshments Sign up for giveaways!

Join us for Hit the Bricks July 14th! Downtown Tyler 302 E. Locust St. Tyler (903) 705-1145 or (903) 705-1144

Summer Reading Program

Children and teens can earn a free book and other prizes by logging 12 hours of reading. Adults will be entered to win a prize for reading eight books from the adult collection. Fab Fridays Summer Programs

These fabulous performers are geared towards ages 5 and up and their families. These will be in the Library Auditorium. • July 6th (10:30am and 11:30am): Family Movie Matinee - Join us for the movie Despicable Me 3. This event is part of Movie Week! • July 13th (10:30am and 11:30am): The Creature Teacher - The Creature Teacher will be here with her menagerie of animals for you to see and learn about. You will also get to meet Jaxx the Kangaroo. • July 20th (10:30am and 11:30am): Night Creatures with Ranger Boyd from Tyler State Park - There are things that go “bump in the night.” Discover some amazing creatures that share our world when the sun goes down. Learn to identify them by their sounds, tracks, and other evidence they leave behind. Maybe they’re not as scary as you think. • July 27th (10:30am and 11:30am): The Science of Sound - Sound is an amazing phenomenon, it surrounds us and is a part of our everyday lives. From conversations to music, our brains process a vast amount of information from sound waves and the energy they carry. In this presentation we will look at how sound is made, what form it takes, and explore how we manipulate matter and energy to create whole symphonies – the physics of sound. Storytimes

All storytimes will be in Taylor Auditorium. • Leeme un Cuento/Read to Me Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Mondays at 10:30am • Summer Storytime at Panera (Through August 14th at 10:30am) - Meet at Panera Bread, 5755 S. Broadway for this storytime geared towards children 3-6 years old. • Lap & Play Time (babies up to 18 months) features stories, songs, and playtime with developmental toys at 9:30am every Wednesday • Toddler Explore Storytime (children under age 3) is on Wednesdays at 10:30am • Read Aloud Crowd Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Thursdays at 10:30am Kid Buzz

This is at 2pm and for 1st-5th graders. • July 11th: “And Scene!” Reader’s Theatre Tongue twisters, games, and a performance. • July 18th: Rock Around the World Clock Ranger Boyd - Discover the interactions of the sun, the planets, the moon cycle and the constellations. Learn how people have used them to keep time and mark our calendars for centuries. • July 25th: Interactive Movie - “Willy Wonka” Discover the golden ticket and sing along like an Oompa Loompa for this interactive movie experience. Makerspace STEAM

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Held the second and fourth Saturday at 2pm. • July 14th: Frog Robot - Make a frog robot from cardboard and craft sticks and watch it hop as we give it life via a 9v battery and rotating motor. • July 28th: Rubber Band Helicopter - See Hooke’s Law in action as we make our helicopters fly using a rubber band, paper clip, craft stick, and construction paper.

Thursdays (2-4pm) - LEGO® Block Party - Children ages 3 and up, bring your imagination for an afternoon of building and playing! LEGO® and Duplo Blocks are provided. Movie Madness

A different family friendly movie will be shown on the library's big screen on each week on Mondays at 2pm and Tuesdays at 10:30am. For safety purposes children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (over 18) at all times. • July 2nd (10:30am): “Aladdin” • July 2nd (2pm): “Beauty and the Beast(Live)” • July 3rd (10:30am): “The Princess and the Frog” • July 5th (10:30am): “Cars 3” • July 5th (2pm): “Kudo and the Two Strings” • July 6th (10:30am): “Despicable Me 3” • July 9th (2pm): “Rock Dog” • July 10th (10:30am): “Rock Dog” • July 16th (2pm): “A Wrinkle in Time” • July 17th (10:30am): “A Wrinkle in Time” • July 23rd (2pm): “Sherlock Gnomes” • July 24th (10:30am): “Sherlock Gnomes” • July 30th (10:30am): “Finding Dory” • July 30th (2pm): “Newsies” • July 31st (2pm): “The Lion King” • August 1st (10:30am): “Frozen” • August 1st (2pm): “Mulan” • August 2nd (10:30am): “The Little Mermaid” • August 2nd (2pm): “Tangled” • August 3rd (10:30am): “The Jungle Book” Teen Tuesdays

At 2pm, these are 6th-12th grades. • July 3rd: Movie Sing-Along: “Grease” - Grease is the word! Sing along with the Pink Ladies and Tbirds. • July 10th: Marvel/DC - Test your comic book knowledge with trivia, logo bingo and more. • July 17th: Zombie Apocalypse with Ranger Boyd - What happens when things go wrong? Can you survive without cell phones, electricity or transportation? Come and play this lighthearted game of survival! • July 24th: Makerspace: Frog Robots - Make a frog robot from cardboard and craft sticks and watch it hop as we give it life via a 9v battery and rotating motor.


Second and Fourth Fridays through July 27th (1:30-3:30pm) - Movie Musicals will be shown. • July 13th: “An American in Paris” • July 27th: “Annie” Also, this summer, these events are for adults. • Thursday, July 26th (10am-12 noon) - Beading Jewelry - Supplies provided. • Saturday, July 28th (2:30-4:30pm) - Bronte Bash: Celebrate Emily’s 200th Birthday - There will be high tea and entertainment. Costumes are encouraged. Last Tuesday of the Month, July 31st (10am) - Club Read - Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy. Every Tuesday (10am-1pm) - Quilting Class Learn the art of quilting at the Library. Fabric and quilt patterns will be provided. Participants are asked to provide their own sewing machines, if you have them, plus scissors, and neutral or white thread. Contact the Library’s information desk. Every Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm) - Evening Meditation - Learn the practice of Heartfulness Meditation with Gayathri Kambhampati. Every Monday and Wednesday (5:30pm) - Gentle Yoga - This gentle yoga class will be taught by Meagan Vrba who is certified in yoga, CPR, and first aid. Every First and Third Friday (1-3pm) - Veteran’s Movie - Join this biweekly screening of movies presented especially for veterans. This free event is held the first and third Friday every month. Every Saturday (11am-12 noon) - Crochet Classes are free classes. Learn to crochet with Library staff and volunteers. Every Third Thursday (5:30pm) - Reel Talk - This event is like a book-club, but for movies! Free to attend. First and Third Saturday (10am-12 noon) - EastSide Fiber Artists - An open gathering of all things fiber. Whether you quilt, knit, crochet, weave, spin, needle felt, etc. Bring your current or completed project and make some new friends.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Story Times Every month Barnes & Noble (B&N) has a variety of events. All events are free to

attend. 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 • June 30th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate” - Before he was the beloved Pete the Cat, he was Pete the Kitty! Join Pete on a cat-tastic playdate as he learns a lesson about sharing with his friend, Grumpy Toad. Activities to follow. • July 7th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Neck & Neck” - In this laugh-out-loud new book from the creator of the bestselling “If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!” a giraffe's self-esteem is tested during a hilarious confrontation between unlikely look-alikes. • July 14th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “The Princess and the Pit Stop” - This storytime will feature appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and all of the Wicked Witches, this mashup of race cars and royalty is a celebration of both girl power and horsepower. • July 21st (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Happy Dreamer” - Author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds is back with an inspirational new picture book about what it means to dream big and find happiness. • July 28th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Doll-E 1.0” - Tech-savvy Charlotte is confused when she receives a new toy - a doll! Once she finds the hidden battery pack things get interesting.

Caldwell Zoo This Summer:

Caldwell Cub Club & Scavenger Hunts Kids and the zoo are a natural fit. This

summer, the Caldwell Zoo has special activities planned just for kids. Most camps are already full but spaces remain in the following: Wednesdays, August 8th and 22nd, September 5th and 9th (9:30-10:30am), at Caldwell Cub Club Session 2 you and your preschoolers can have some age-appropriate zoo fun including animal information, time on zoo grounds (weather dependent), art activities, stories, games, songs, and close encounters with touchable small animals. All camps require advance registration and payment. Registrations cannot be accepted by phone. Registration fee includes all four classes. Also, Caldwell Zoo has created some fun scavenger hunts for kids of all ages to enjoy as you visit the zoo. These include Bird Search, Conservation Corps, Habitat Hunt, Mammal Mania, Sensational Senses, Who Am I?, and Zoo to Do. PDF scavenger hunt worksheets are available at kids-family/scavenger-hunts. Just download

and then go have some fun! About Caldwell Zoo

On 85 beautiful acres in Tyler, Texas, Caldwell Zoo has more than 3,400 animals to amaze and educate your whole family. You’ll discover animals roaming over plains, swimming in ponds or climbing trees in multi-species environments carefully created to represent their natural North American, South American and East African habitats. To visit the Zoo, tickets for admission are $8.95 for children 3-12, $12.95 for adults 13-54, and $10.95 for seniors 55 and over. Caldwell Zoo has memberships available. Caldwell Zoo is open March Labor Day 9am-5pm. The Caldwell Zoo is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler. For more info call (903)593-0121 or email

through July 31st. Show times are 2pm daily throughout the summer. Tickets are $5 for children, seniors and students and $7 for adults. Parking is free. “Extreme Weather is presented by National Geographic and is an immersive Science Education (CESSE) at Tyler Junior new giant-screen film experience that brings College will have a lot of fun this month. audiences face to face with Mother Nature at Most shows offer tickets for $5. Tickets her most dangerous. for All Day passes are $12 for adults and $9 Narrated by Emmy-winning actor for students, children, and senior citizens. Michael C. Hall (“Dexter” and “Six Feet Exhibit only tickets are $3. Tickets can be Under”) and directed and filmed by Sean purchased at Casey (“Storm Chasers” and “Tornado Alley”), CESSE is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am- “Extreme Weather” showcases breathtaking 4:30pm, and Saturday 10am-4:30pm. cinematography reflecting Casey’s life-long CESSE is located on the Tyler Junior College immersion in the world of giant-screen, nature documentaries. campus at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler. July 13th-14th, 1pm and 3pm, CESSE will present The Shark Brothers Live! During these interactive live appearances, the Shark Brothers share how they’re unique life experiences and interests have led them down a career path where exploring wild ideas has become a way of life and how their philosophy of “Go-Do-Learn-Share” might just inspire you in some unexpected ways. This will be a great time for all ages to learn and laugh about sharks! Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. “Extreme Weather” Dome Show

It takes a big screen to convey the effects of big weather! TJC’s 40-foot, dome theater will be home to “Extreme Weather,” the newest show at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC from

Tyler’s Pools & Spraygrounds

Several places have a “fun time in the sun” summer planned around east Texas and although summer officially kicked off June 21st, there are still many long days of summer to be had. Fun Forest Pool and its Sprayground

The Fun Forest Pool and its Sprayground is located at 900 N. Glenwood Blvd. This is an Olympic-size pool that was built in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project and is offered to the City of Tyler residents. Admission to the pool is free to the public, but there is a suggested donation of $2 per adult and $1 per child under 17. They are open 1-6pm Tuesday-Thursday and 1-7pm Friday and Saturday. Admission for lap swimming is 6-8pm Tuesday and Thursday. Faulkner Park Sprayground

The city's free Faulkner Park Sprayground, located at 410 W. Cumberland Road, is open 9am-9pm daily. Admission is free. It has a spray ground that is operating daily 9am-9pm all summer. Set up next to the traditional playground, the water feature provides a fun place to cool off. The sprayground is free to the public.



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Rock ‘n Roll Saturday

Rock ‘n Roll Saturdays feature two productions: “SpacePark360” (7pm) and “Rock on Demand” (8pm) every month. Scheduled dates are: July 21st and August 18th. Tickets are $5 for each show. This is fun for the entire family and available until August 18th! Dome Shows

CESSE offers a variety of Dome Shows. 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”

Although it is debated whether the fountain is a seal or a dolphin, patrons certainly do not mind and the Bergfeld Park seal fountain has been a local’s favorite summertime hangout for many their entire lives. Bergfeld Park is centrally located off Broadway Avenue and College Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. This neighborhood park offers picnic areas, restrooms, tennis courts, playground, a recently remodeled amphitheater, and of course, the Seal/Dolphin Fountain. Whitehouse Splash Park

Whitehouse Splash Park is located at 309 E. Main in Whitehouse. Open until September, this enclosed park has a zero depth splash pad that creates loads of fun for children and relaxing times for adults. The park has two large covered pavilions, lots of lounge chairs, restrooms, and a concession stand with a variety of drinks and snacks. There is a daily charge of $2 for all who enter the park. Reduced rates are available for groups and family season passes are available for purchase. Park hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday.

Return of the Dinosaurs! Discovery Science Place (DSP) is located at 308 N. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. DSP is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and closed on Mondays. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Tickets are $8 for adults ages 13 and up, $6 for children ages 2-12, $6 per person for seniors 65 and up, $5 per person for active military (must provide ID), and children under 2 are free. For more info call (903)533-8011 or go to Return of the Dinosaurs

Come walk among the dinosaurs again as DSP’s celebrates its 25th anniversary! Take your picture riding a Triceratops or braving the jaws of a T-Rex. See two Protoceratops guarding their nest or view the long-necked Apatosaurus. View actual fossils along with animatronic models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago. “Return of the Dinosaurs” is featured in the DSP Annex building next door to the main museum building. Tickets are purchased at the main museum front desk under the green portico, and exhibit entry is on Broadway under the blue awning. The exhibit runs June 9th-August 19th.

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When I experience the artwork of local artist Stephanie Smith (aka Steph Renea), I physically feel a release of tension, and I am metaphysically transported into her rich and subtle, seemingly Inside the Artist’s Studio: simplistic, yet intricately complex, abstract compositions of color, shape, and line with their geometric elements. They are powerful and understated. It is a mental remedy for the chaos of the world. I would encourage you to experience this sensation as well. You can find Stephanie and By Derrick White her art popping up here and there around town at different art and Downtown Tyler community “Art as therapy demonstrates the profound events from True Vine Brewing Company, 903 healing potential of using the creative process. Art Handmade, and The Foundry Coffee House. as therapy appears to be as old and continuous as Stephanie graduated from the University of human culture with decorated artifacts existing North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual from prehistoric civilizations to now. It manifests Art Studies. “I took a wide range of studio classes in active form through the artist’s opportunity for such as fibers, screen printing, watercolor, figure self-expression and in receptive form through the and sculpture. I learned a lot of skills in response of the viewing audience. The artist’s expe- drawing, those studio I still use today,” states the artist. rience of creating a meaningful work of art and the Smith worksclasses with a variety of different materials audience’s capacity for recognizing its meaning can from acrylic paints, pens, pencils, watercolors, and lead to a multitude of healing responses including occasionally embroidery thread. Most pieces are increased positive on watercolor or mixed media paper but the artist influence, relaxenjoys painting on canvas as well. Stephanie says, ation, catharsis, “The media I use is not always the same for each social cohesion, piece. I typically start with the material I feel will best and strengthened represent the idea I have in my mind and then I add spirituality. The to the piece from there.” creative process Some of Stephanie’s artistic inspirations include: can also act as Heather Day (California-based artist making abstract an analgesic for interpretations between what is known and how artists who experi- it is felt. This artist seems to have the strongest ence a lessening direct influence on Smith’s own work), Chuck of physical pain Close (painter, famed as a photorealist through while making his massive-scale portraits), Ron Mueck (amazing, art. Creating art hyper-realistic, super detailed sculptor), Georgia can be a largely O'Keeffe (painter of enlarged flowers, skyscrapers, unconscious and Southwest landscapes, recognized as the process providing "Mother of American modernism"), and Ben Sasso a window into the mind of the creator. Through an (hip, photographer and educator who lives with his analysis of visual elements such as the placement lady in a van down by the river). of an image on the page, the colors, type of lines “I have always enjoyed the arts. I grew up created, the use of space, the number and integradancing and was always interested in photography. tion of drawn items, and the apparent movement I would draw and paint occasionally as well. It was of the image, a psychologist, art therapist, or other after spending time in Nepal I discovered my love for trained professional can assess the emotional state teaching. So I decided to combine these two loves, of a person, provide counseling, and monitor the art and teaching. After starting at the University of progress of the person through analyses of subseNorth Texas I learned I really loved exploring in my quent works produced.” – from an article by Tobi studio classes and staying late into the night painting Zausner, PhD, on a web site dedicated to the Society or screen printing. After college I took a short break for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the from creating physical pieces and started work as a wedding photographer and started a family. I still Arts.

I think I'm Goin' to Katmandu Therapeutic Creations of Stephanie Smith

painted whenever possible and was asked for a commissioned piece for an album my church was putting out. I had a small art show at a friend’s house. But still at this point, I never really considered myself an artist. I just really enjoyed making art and hoped people liked it. In 2016, my life changed drastically and I moved back to Tyler. It was then I rediscovered my love for making art and really pursued being a full time artist. Since then, I have been in art shows, and artist markets (or pop ups), and I have started selling my work on a professional level,” enlightens Smith. She continues, “Art has been my therapy. It has easily been the best way for me to decompress and really process my emotions. Since most of my work is repetitive shapes and loose brush strokes it is easy for me to find a rhythm. It is in this rhythm I am able to find clarity and peace of mind. Many times I have broken down crying as I recall certain events in my life during this process. It is in these moments I find myself releasing the pain and replacing it with joy and healing. I am so thankful for art and how it has played a large role in my healing.” Stephanie has some advice for those daunted by the impulse to pursue a creative, artistic life. “The most frustrating thing about being an artist I think would be with me. I have been working on moving

6x6@110 and Solo Show at Gallery Main Street The annual 6x6@110 show continues on

past my own insecurities and doubts when it comes to my art. Working through those things is not always easy but most times it leads to my best work. So although it is frustrating at times it is well worth it,” avows Stephanie. I could not agree more. Find yourself a creative outlet. Use art as therapy and a remedy for all life throws at you. Let your imagination and creative processes allow you to overcome your own insecurities and self-doubt. Enjoy the ride and have some fun or just go spend a little time in Nepal and report back. To find some original work, art prints and cards, check out the following: Instagram:; Etsy:; Stephanie will also take custom orders, shoot her a message and collaborate.

opening December 8th You can enter your art at exhibit. Each piece is sold for $10-$20, with all Downtownproceeds going to help fund the City of Tyler Main TylerArts. The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at Street Department, which operates Gallery Main 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College com. Gallery Street. The annual 6x6@110 is an art fundraising Main Street main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm project to benefit Gallery Main Street in Downtown features a Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. The Creativity Camps Tyler, Texas. The name “6x6@110” reflects the fact new exhibit Museum is closed Mondays and most major Through August, close to 70 kids ages 7-13 that all artwork sold in the show will be 6”x6.” holidays. The Museum is supported by its of original and older dive into hands-on art experiences in a Other Upcoming Exhibits members, art approxiTyler Junior series of half-day and full-day camps. Each session mately every eight weeks. Each exhibit opens with Remaining shows this year are: is supervised by degreed artists and educators, College, and a Saturday evening reception that features music, • Solo Show #2 - Opening July 14th and culminates with a small exhibition of campers’ the City of an opportunity to meet the artists, refreshments, • “Assemblies” Deadline July 29th, opening work and a community reception. Tyler. For and more. The Opening Receptions are free and August 11th Camps are held Monday-Friday (9am-4pm) more info call open to the public. For more info go to downtown• “Alternate Perspective” Deadline September the museum for ages 6-12. Cost is $40 per day or $175 per, call (903)593-6905, or follow the 30th, opening October 13th week. To register online, fill out a form available at at (903)595- • Holiday Market - Deadline November 25th, Downtown Tyler Facebook Page. 1001, tyler- • July 9th-13th: Upside-down and Backward museum. ARTists. It is free to attend. Events Everything looks different from a fresh perspecorg, or email Every Wednesday (6-8pm) and Sunday tive. Drawing underwater, painting with July 10th and 24th (both days 3-5pm and info@tyler(1-3pm) - Acrylic Painting Classes will be held 6-8pm) - Painting on the Patio at Rotolo’s - Laus no telling what will happen spaghetti, there’ at Michael’s, 5839 S. Broadway, Tyler. Cost is when you change the way you make art. This ren O Neill has created a one of a kind paintDavid $15. Topics include landscapes, life, and flocamp is all about real creativity, and young artists ing and is hosting a painting session at Rotolo's! Bates, one will help brainstorm up new, exciting projects all ral. To RSVP go to and select the Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage, of the most Tyler location. This class features master clasweek long. and enjoy step-by-step instruction with Lauacclaimed sic painting techniques while completing an • July 16th-20th: Beachcombers’ Paradise ren an experienced and enthusiastic local artist. artists in image selected by the Instructor. Supplies are - Love the seashore but hate sunburns and You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and Dallas, is the focus of Tyler Museum of Art's not included. foot-scorching sand? Come explore marine a new found talent you’ll want to explore. All summer exhibition, “David Bates: Selected environments through art. Biology, art, and fun First Saturday of every Month (10am-2pm) painting supplies are included. Tickets are $35. Works from Texas Collections” on view through merge into one great experience as you learn Eastside Fiber ARTist Meeting - The monthly September 9th. Rotolo’s is located at 8970 S. Broadway, Tyler. about the weird, wonderful world of sea life meeting will be held at the Tyler Public Library, For more info go to Curated by the museum’s Caleb Bell, the exhiand environments, and express new knowledge 301 S. College Ave, Downtown Tyler on July bition features close to 30 works surveying the through art. 7th. Please join the monthly meetings and par- July 12th (10am-1pm) - John Randall York prolific career of Bates, one of the most versatile • July 23rd-27th: 5 Days Away from Rose City Watercolor Workshop - Come out for this fun ticipate in a variety of fiber arts from quilting, and widely collected contemporary Texas artists. - Some of the country’s greatest artists call the weaving, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, jew- workshop! Bring your paper, brushes, paint and Spanning art from 1982 to 2016, works in the Lone Star State home. At this camp, you will elry making, and mixed media and tons more. ambition to capture some downtown, iconic show highlight several of Bates’ most celebrated explore the geographical regions of Texas and scenes in watercolor. To register, email Arojas@ Guests and visitors are always welcomed. For series and include a wide array of media: oil the artists who gain inspiration in them, ending more info go to or call (903)593-6905. painting, lithographs, woodcuts, screenprints and up right here in East Texas. 22 •

This Month at Tyler Museum of Art:

“David Bates: Selected Works from Texas Collections”

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.


Chill Out with A Cool Book By Gini Rainey “Send Down the Rain” by Charles Martin

In his thirteenth novel, this New York Times Awardwinning author successfully weaves the lives of several different people into a wonderful tale of love and sacrifice that will leave you thinking. Taking Joseph, a Vietnam veteran with many scars to heal and Allie, who has recently lost her families business in Florida, Martini created a novel that is full of lots of raw emotion that will keep you turning pages until you come to the surprising conclusion. Joseph, a victim of PTSD, has chosen to live in his cabin in the Carolina mountains with his dog Roscoe. That is, until Catalina and her two children stumble into his life. Making sure to get them away from her abusive, drug running captor, he loaded them up and drove them to Florida to meet up with her brother, close to where he and his brother had lived before they grew up and grew apart. Charles Martin has skillfully created such believable characters that you will find yourself totally immersed in the plot and all that takes place. Without leaving your chair you will find yourself involved in the panic of flight, the angst of unrequited love, the unselfish sacrifice of a brother and the joy of rediscovering a lost love. This is a definite “must-read” for this summer and is guaranteed to keep you wondering until you turn Rating: 5 of 5, Copyright 2018 – Thomas Nelson


July 31st (10am) - Club Read - Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Beach Music” by David Graham. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Club Reads’ events are free. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to August 4th (3-7pm) - Book Bash will be held at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. They are doubling the authors for 2018’s Book Bash - 80 authors are attending! There will be a free children's reading at 12:30-2:30pm prior to the book signings beginning at 3pm. There will be multiple children's authors present to read their stories and there may even be characters present to interact with the kids. Tickets will be on sale until the day of the event. Come on out and find a new favorite author as well as meet the authors behind the stories. For more info go to Tickets are $12-$17. If you have a child 13 and under, they will be able to get in for $5 the day of the event.

Library Seeks Mentors to Read To Children The Tyler Public Library is seeking volunteers aged 12 to 17 for its “Read with a Teen” program. Teen mentors will act as relaxed, non-judgmental listeners for young readers. Duties will include helping readers select a book and listening as they read. At the end of the session, the teen will complete a short survey and reward the readers with coupons and free books. All a teen needs to join the program is patience, a supportive attitude, and interest in working with children ages 6 through 9. A love of reading is preferred. Sessions will last one hour. Those interested in participating should stop by the Library for a City of Tyler Youth Volunteer application. For more information, please (903)593-7323 or email programs@tylertexas. com. The Library is located at 201 S. College Ave in Downtown Tyler,

August 2nd-4th

Just Between Friends East Texas, Tyler Children’s Sale Just Between Friends Sales events are a Savvy shopper’s Dream! This is not a retail store but rather savings extravaganzas - shopping events that happen twice a year. At these events consignors bring their new and gentlyused 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. You can sign up to sell your items too! This will be held at First Christian Church Family Learning Center Gymnasium, 4202 S. Broadway, Tyler. August 2nd 5-8pm, August 3rd 10am-6pm, and August 4th 9am-1pm. For more info go to

“Lang’s Labyrinth: Forest of the Fae Book Three” by K. Kibbee

This book came to me as an advanced reading copy from the publisher and because I love to read, I was excited when it arrived in the mail. Then I realized it was “one of those books.” You know, the kind I would never pick up on my own – one about goth, faeries, fantasy, changelings, etc. I was also concerned that, because it was the third book in a series, I might not have a clue about what was going on. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Yes, this is a book about all of the above, however, it is also, on a much deeper level, about trying to figure out a mystery that was based on a secret code. The main character, Anne along with her best friend Grace, who has been changed into a raven, is on a quest to solve the code so she can change Grace back to human form and rid the forest of all the faeries. Along the way she meets some very interesting characters, and believe it or not, I found myself trying my best to solve the code too. I won’t even begin to let on how this book turns out for that would ruin all of the mystery and intrigue that Kibbee has created, but let me say it will take you on quite the adventure and make your summer reading most enjoyable. Remember this too, don’t be afraid to try something new – you might discover you really like it – I know I did. Rating: 5 of 5, Copyright 2017 - Incorgnito

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