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March 1, 2018 • Issue 3, Volume 6

“EGuide Tyler”

Tyler Food Truck Rally: Azalea & Spring Flower Trail: SportsZone Bar & Grill:

March 10th, Hit the Bricks Downtown Historic Homes & Garden Tours & Tons More

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March 1, 2018 • Issue 3, Volume 6

Contents 5-11 Things to Do » Hit the Bricks: March 10th in Downtown Tyler Features a Food Truck Rally » FRESH 15 to Take Place March 3rd » East Texas Symphony Orchestra Continues » Beer + Dogs = Yappy Hour » Tyler Vinyl Record Show To Host Many Celebrities, Records, Music Collectibles, and More » Some Great 4-Legged Fun: Pooches on the Patio Returns » Tyler State Park Offers Springtime Outdoor Fun » Upcoming at Cowan Center: “Motown The Musical,” “Alice In Wonderland,” Time for Three, Kimberly Guilfoyle, “The Wizard of Oz,” and The Celtic Women on Stage This Month » The 2018 Horror & Paranormal Conference & Psychic Fair to be Held April 20th-21st » At Liberty Hall This Month: Shooter Jennings, April’s Fools Show with Card 53 & Deana Carter in Concert » 5k’s, Fun Runs & Much More » “True Vine Brewing Co.: The Community Grows” by Johnny Griffith 14-15 Food » 3rd Annual Rose City Restaurant Week to be held April 9th-13th in Tyler » East Texans Get Healthy: “Kitchen Talk” Classes at Integrative Health Matters » St. Patrick’s Day Party & Grand Opening of The Porch at ETX Brewing » A Fun and Yummy Ice Cream Social at Strada Caffé » Good JuJu Cookie Decorating Workshops » “The SportsZone Bar and Grill: A Cornucopia Culture of Downtown” by Barbara Greenbauer » Foodie Events & News 16-19 Music » “David Allen: Honest Music From A Drifting Outlaw” by Johnny Griffith » “The Blacksmiths: Still Like That Old Time Rock & Roll” by Johnny Griffith » “Meredith Crawford: Don’t Say She Won’t” by Johnny Griffith » The Old Firehouse Presents Two Concerts this Month » Texas Sunday Returns to Love & War in Lindale » David Allen & The Drifting Outlaws, Dirty River Boys, St. Patrick’s Day Metal Massacre, and Sam Riggs in Concert » The Complete Music Gig Guide for Live Music 20 Theatre » Upcoming Plays, Musicals, and More 21 Family » Discovery Science Place’s Spring Camps & Mini Makers Faire » Tyler Public Library Celebrates Spring Break 22 Art » “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jessica Sanders, My Life has Been a Tapestry” by Derrick White » This Month at Tyler Museum of Art: “Sticks & Stones: Works by Helen Altman” and “Best Friends II: The Dog as Subject in Fine Art Photography” » “Elephant in the Room” Opening at Gallery Main Street 23 Books » “A Time for Reminiscing ” by Gini Rainey » The Annual Smith County Medical Alliance Book Sale » Tyler Public Library Book Sale March 14th-18th

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March 1st (7pm) - The Boondock Saints March 16th (7pm) - “Monty Python & the Holy Grail” Events & Concerts

March 10th (8pm) - Shooter Jennings March 30th (8pm) - Deana Carter March 31st (8pm) - Card 53 April Fool’s Show April 12th (7pm) The Legendary Johnny Rodriguez in Concert April 14th (7pm) - “Ultimate Elvis Country, Gospel, and #1 Hits” April 20th (7pm) - Bill Anderson in Concert April 21st (8pm) - Mouse & The Traps May 10th (7pm) - Twitty & Lynn: Grandchildren of Conway & Loretta in Concert June 27th (7pm) - Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith July 20th (7pm) - “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute”

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• At Liberty Hall, Shooter Jennings will be in concert at 8pm; tickets are $35. • ETX Brewery will have Nickel Draft, 8-10pm and no cover. • The Garage Bar will host Teazur, 8pm-12am, with a cover at the door. • Rick’s on the Square will have Big Daddy Band, 9pm-1am; cover at the door. Tours

Food Truck Rally at Hit the Bricks, Downtown Tyler

Half Mile of History self-guided tour is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the square that commemorates significant people, places, or events in Tyler. For a list of locations along the Half Mile of History, go to historicpreservation. Take a Haunted Riding or Walking Tour with Jericho’s Tours of Tyler. It’s $15 per person. Times are 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Attendees must pay in advance online or in cash at the time of the tour (no checks). For more info and to make reservations, go to or text (214)621-6071. The walking tour is weather permitting.

Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 113 E. Erwin, is a locals’ favorite and features Mexican food and heavenly margaritas. A favorite is the fish tacos, chicken and Museums and Galleries shrimp fajitas, quesadillas, sopas, chicken By Holli Fourniquet Visit one of the Downtown family-friendly attractions including verde enchiladas...we could go on and on! On the second Saturday of every month, Goodman-Legrand Home & Museum, Cotton Belt Depot, SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin people from all over converge in Tyler for “Hit St., features TV’s everywhere you look and a Discovery Science Place, Liberty Hall, Smith County Historical great menu of yummy bar foods like pizza, the Bricks” in Downtown Tyler. The day is bursting with family fun, Society, and Gallery Main Street. Events are: onion rings, chili cheese waffle fries, green entertainment, music, food, history tours, art, and of course, the • The opening of “Elephant in the Room” exhibit at Gallery Main chili churro bites, create-your-own burgers, chance to check out a great locally-owned restaurant, bar, or retail Street will be 5:30-8pm. sandwiches, wings and establishment. • A 6x6 Painting Party will be held at Strada Caffe, 2-4pm. even a few salads are also March’s Hit the Bricks will feature a Food Truck Rally! Bring Restaurants & Bars a picnic blanket and the whole family to the square to enjoy food For dinner, sink your teeth into available. Garage Bar, located from a local truck. Participating food trucks include Café 1948, one of the local Downtown eateries. at 418 Erwin St., has Wienerland, Say Cheese Tyler, Dutch Lady, Kona Ice of East Texas, Find anything from cheap tacos and burgers, dogs (try the and Pucker those Eyes for Tristen – Pucker Powder Machine, bar food to fine dining and everyLink made with an ( thing in between. There’s no excuse EC Campbell hot link), Other fun events happening March 10th include: to leave hungry with all of the dining Earl daily specials (Saturdays it is half price appetizers), and wings. We Family options because in Downtown, you love the street tacos. can have your cake and eat it too. • Goodman-LeGrand House will host a The Foundry Coffee House, located at 202 S. Broadway, was best Restaurants Downtown include: described by a recent diner, “The scavenger hunt for all ages, 10am-4pm. Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse, staff was amazing and the coffee • Ice Cream Social at Strada Caffé, 1-4pm. located at 102 N. College Ave., • Makerspace at the Tyler Public Library and treats were delicious. We espefeatures fine dining, wonderful food, cially enjoyed the atmosphere.” The - Multiplication Bingo, 2-4pm. Free, no and good drinks, in the beautiful advance registration needed. Foundry has coffee creations, teas, People’s Petroleum building. A menu pastries, sandwiches, and quiche. Shopping favorite is the Maple Leaf Farms They have several seating options While you’re in Downtown enjoying one of the special events, Duck Breast, served with roasted like couches, comfy chairs, tables, be sure to check out some of the Downtown businesses. Make sure sweet potato, caramelized plantain, fig, baby carrot puree, and a bar, as well as free wifi. Try the to stop into one of Downtown’s newly opened shops. These stores Calvados reduction. Lavender Chai Latte, you won’t be disappointed. offer unique items that can only be found in Downtown Tyler. Black Pearl, located at 106 W. Erwin St., features a very classy Strada Caffè, located at 302 E. Front St., is just one block off the Ye Olde City Antique Mall, located at 302 Locust St., you atmosphere, delicious cocktails, downtown area. They feature coffee and espresso, teas, breakfast can find hidden bricks with discounts and free items as you shop and a nice menu of oysters that sandwiches, salads and “Strada Evenings” with craft beer and wine throughout the mall. They also feature tons of collectibles and are prepared right in front of you. and sometimes live music. The treasures. The sampler of oysters is a great Cranberry Chicken Salad sandwich El Guapo Records located at 257 S. Broadway, sells vintage and way to try them all. The Strawberry is divine as well as any of their cakes new vinyl records as well as CDs, posters, cassette tapes, original Shortcake and Key Lime Pie are or pies (the coconut cream pie is art, t-shirts, record players, and tons more. divine. heavenly). During Hit the Bricks, 903 Handmade located at 253 S. Rick’s on the Square, located at Strada will be having an Ice Cream Broadway, features collections from 104 W. Erwin St., features a lively Social, 1-4pm, with Blue Bell ice quality handmade makers locally, crowd on Saturday evenings, a full cream and they will be creating around Texas, and around menu, and a live band outside on Strada brownie sundaes, Strada cookie sundaes, mocha sundaes, ice the country. the patio. If you just want to eat, cream floats, mocha espresso shakes, affogato and waffle sundaes. Moss Flower Shop located at you can sit inside in the dining Parking & More Details 237 S. Broadway, features local and room. The menu favorites are pork There is free parking in the Fair Plaza parking garage, free fairly traded fresh flowers, plantings, chops, juicy steaks, seafood entrees parking on the square, or free valet parking after 5pm. locally-made apothecaries, vintage such as salmon, tuna, and shrimp, For a full list of activities, go online to, and other curiosities that are their specialties. burgers, tacos, and much more. Don’t forget the banana pudding for dessert! Moon River located at 243 S. Broadway, offers body products






















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beginning - with the idea of creating an iconic event that would motivate the community and Brookshire Grocery Co. employees to become healthier. With this event came great pride as the employees join together to support charity and give back to the community. Now, every runner counts because 100% of runner revenues go to the nonprofit partners. So far in the races history, a substantial impact has been made in the lives of families to the tune of more than $500,000 raised in just four short years of running. By focusing on the runner, volunteer, and spectator experiences of race day, they hope to make an impact on the lives of those involved to create a healthier, happier community - firmly believing that motivating someone to get off the couch and move can change their life. This is something they have witnessed and are proud to say that FRESH 15 has done for many people. “I ran the Freshie 1k with my 4-year old grandson today. His Mom ran the 15K. We had a blast. I drove out from Dallas to run it with him. My daughter said pretty much everything was about the race from the time they picked up their race packets earlier in the week until we ran the race. The backpack, the sunglasses, the shirt… he loved it and was so excited about running in the race. And his finisher’s medal will be the subject of this week’s ‘show and tell.’ I’m sure there were lots of things that didn’t go as well as you all might have hoped – but from where we were, it was such a smooth event. Just wanted to give you some positive feedback. I know it’s a TON of effort to put something like this together – high fives and fist bumps to you all, to all the race-day volunteers and all who support you.” – Dick Rawlings Several races will be held. Both FRESH 15 10k and 5k courses take runners on a journey through beautiful South Tyler. The Lil’ Freshie 1k invites children ages 12 and under to run inside the FRESH parking lot which takes children on a route that is approximately 0.6 miles long. The 15k (9.3 miles) and 5k (3.1 miles) courses take runners on a journey through South Tyler and the beautiful Hollytree Country Club. The elevation is a challenge and charts can be found at Packet pick-ups will be at FRESH by Brookshire’s, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy. in Tyler March 1st (4-8pm), March 2nd (12 noon-9m), and March 3rd (5-6:30am). Elite athletes are encouraged to register by filling out an application online. After the race, be sure to stick around for the

East Texas Symphony Orchestra Continues March 24th, a highlight of the season will be the return of “Time for Three.” This trio of classically trained musicians performed with the ETSO in 2015. During this year’s concert, they will present a blend of classical favorites and mash-ups of music by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and The Beatles. April 28th, the season will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which includes the powerful “Ode to Joy” in the last movement. The orchestra will be joined by four soloists, the ETSO Chorus, and the combined UT Tyler Chorus and Patriot Singers. Cameron Rose, director of choirs at The University of Texas at Tyler, will direct the choruses. For more info or to purchase tickets, go to or call (903)526-3876. 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.

huge FRESH 15 post-race party featuring The Spazmatics - who promise to crank out all the awesome sounds, styles, and way-cool dance steps from the 1980’s decade - complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses! The Spazmatics’ outstanding musicianship combined with their creative flair and style makes for a day of pure energy and entertainment. Party like it’s 1999! The schedule of events race day is: • 5-6:30am - Packet Pickup & New Registration • 6:15am - Zumba Warm-up • 6:45am - National Anthem • 6:50am - Invocation • 7am - 15k & 5k starts • 9am - Awards Ceremony • 9:30am - Lil’ FRESHie starts • 10am - Post-race Party featuring The Spazmatics The 15k and 5k courses are sponsored by O’Neal Dentistry, offering a Prize Purse. These races are USTAF certified with chip timing provided by Trinity Timing. The $22,000 prize purse will be divided between the top 10 male and female finishers and the top four male and female masters’ division finishers. As part of FitCity Tyler, FRESH 15 is proud to award the top local finishers cash prizes. Any current resident of Tyler, Texas is eligible to win prize money for being the first Tyler local to cross the 15k finish line. FRESH’s famous Swag Bag is available for all participants. Capstone Photography is the official FRESH 15 race photographer. With your race entry, you receive rights to download all of your high-resolution race photos at no cost. The race will begin and end at FRESH by Brookshire’s, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy. in Tyler. There will be a Gear Check station available. Participants should plan to arrive at FRESH by Brookshire’s at least 30 minutes early to find adequate parking. There will be parking available at Juls Events Center, Swann’s Furniture & Design, and Calvary Baptist Church, as well as businesses close to the parking lot of FRESH. You can register at or e-mail

Beer + Dogs = Yappy Hour Yappy Hour returns to ETX Brewing Co.,

221 S. Broadway Ave, Downtown Tyler! Bring your family, friends and your dog to this monthly event where the focus is simple: to drink beer to help dogs. There is free dog training by the famous trainer, Bill McFarlin at 6:30pm. Contests are held at 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. All winners will receive a $25 Visa gift card. This is free to attend and fun for everyone! This monthly event benefits Pets Fur People, who is committed to reduce and ultimately eliminate euthanasia as an acceptable method of population control for unwanted dogs and cats. They promote the positive results of spay/neuter programs to reduce dog and cat overpopulation, and pride themselves in teaching responsible pet guardianship. For more info go to or call (903)597-2471.

Tyler State Park Offers Springtime Outdoor Fun

At Tyler State Park, you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, bird watch, and study nature. It is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily, and children 12 years and under are free. For more info go to tyler or call (903)597-5338. Tyler State Park offers several events this month. March 3rd (10-11:30am) - Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot - The simple black pot March 10th, 9am-5pm, the annual Tyler Vinyl tells the story of America. Learn the basics of the Record Show will be held at Staybridge Suites, fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron. 2759 McDonald Rd., Tyler. Warning: you will be hooked! This record show is an event where you can shop thousands of records, CDs, and music related March 3rd (2-4pm) - Backcountry Hike Series Escape into the forest with a backcountry hike for items and collectibles. You can also buy, sell, or a 2.5 mile moderate hike. trade all forms of music from vinyl records to 8-track tapes plus meet some musical celebrities. Country music recording artist and rising star Justin Dean will be at the show 9-11am. This young man is like a shooting star with a full bodied, old fashioned, country music sound that will move you. Country music recording star and TV sensation Bob Mauldin will be at this year’s Tyler Record Show. Bob is well known as a fantastic musician and musical performer. He will be at the event from 11am-1pm autographing merchandise and saying hello to his friends and fans. Attending 1-3pm will be Rock & Roll Metal star, Russell Lee Underwood, from the dynamic, thrashing, scorching hot metal band “Edge of Misery.” Russell has been playing his blues and rock style guitar since he was 13 years old which segued into metal over the years. He will be on hand for two hours of the event selling his CD’s and signing autographs, and doing meet and greet with fans. Gospel and folk music recording star Kit Scott (and star of Halloween “Harvey’s Festival of Fear” as Fast Freddy) is among the list of cool guests for this year’s show. Come get his autograph and purchase some of his amazing music. He will be at the event 3-5pm. Every kind of music in every kind of format with an emphasis on vinyl records will be the theme of this event. Record dealers, music collectors, and music themed crafters will be there. Tickets are $3 for regular admission and $5 for VIP early bird advance admission. They are available at

Tyler Vinyl Record Show To Host Many Celebrities, Records, and More

March 10th (10am-12 noon) - Lakeshore Nature Hike - Join in for a 2-mile hike and experience the legacy of Tyler State Park. Learn the story of the young men, the Civilian Conservation Corps, that built the park and become a part of their legacy. Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store. March 10th (2-3pm) - Does This Stream Need a Doctor - Come out and measure the water quality by the wildlife that lives in it. Identify animals that exist in good or poor water quality and discover how you can get involved in keeping an eye on Texas’s water. March 17th (10-11am) - Wildlife Walk - Come learn to identify edible wild plants and how to prepare them. Many edible plants may be seen. Learn about plant safety too. March 17th (2-3pm) - Navigation Revelation - What do you do when your GPS batteries die? Learn to use a compass and a map for your navigation needs. Bring a compass if you have one or we have a few loaners. Dress for the weather and be ready for a short walk.

March 24th (8-10am) Tyler State Park Birding Tour Travel into the park to find birds, observe them in the wild, and add them to your lists. Recommended for ages 7 and up. March 24th (10:30-11:30am) - Birding 101: Introduction to Birding - Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound for a ½ mile walk. Recommended for all ages. March 24th (3-4pm) - Vultures: Carrion the Clean-Up Duties - Discover two species of vultures in Texas. Learn about how important they are and how they may not be much to look at, but they are masters of the sky.

Some Great 4-Legged Fun:

Pooches on the Patio Returns Join the fun with your

four legged friend this month - have some fun and bond with your best friend! 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)5967722, Scheduled events are: March 3rd (10am-2pm) - Microchipping will be held at Natural Grocers, 4820 S. Broadway, Tyler. Come get your dog or cat (or both) microchipped for $10 each. Curbside Taco will be there too, along with SPCA Merchandise. March 11th (10am-12 noon) - Hounds & Grounds will be held at Roost, 3314 Troup Hwy., Tyler. Join the fun on the patio for brunch and coffee and bring your furry friends. March 15th (6-8pm) Pooches on the Patio will be at Grub Burger Bar. Bring your furry friends and enjoy a great evening. Grub Burger is located at 6421 S. Broadway, Tyler. March 25th (1-5pm) - Tyler Museum of Art Adoption Event - Come close out Tyler Museum of Art’s “Best Friends II Exhibit” with an SPCA Adoption Event. Come meet our adoptables! Tyler Museum of Art is located at 1300 S. Mahon on the Tyler Jr. College campus. • 7

Upcoming at Cowan Center:

“Motown The Musical” & Time for Three On Stage This Month The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to Upcoming productions are: March 6th (7:30pm) - “Motown The Musical” will be presented at The Cowan Center. “Motown The Musical” is the true American Dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Sales begin February 5th. Tickets are $37-$67. March 9th (10am and 12:30pm) - “Alice In Wonderland” will be presented at The Cowan Center. This all-new production finds a precocious girl, Alice, falling into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy-turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. This is ideal for grades 2-6. All tickets are $4. March 24th (7:30pm) - Time for Three will be presented at the Cowan Center. This trio is at home in Carnegie Hall, in famous night clubs, with symphony orchestras, at NFL games, on highly acclaimed albums, or in collaborations with artists from practically every genre of music. They are known for performances of Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart, mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Justin Timberlake and more, plus a one-of-a-kind Orange Blossom Special. April 3rd (7:30pm) - Kimberly Guilfoyle will be presented at the Cowan Center. Kimberly Guilfoyle joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in 2006, hosting the one-hour crime-based program “The Lineup.” She currently co-hosts Fox’s primetime show “The Five.” Guilfoyle

also appears as a legal and political analyst on “Hannity,” and is part of a rotating panel on “Outnumbered.” A Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception will be held, sponsored by Austin Bank. Tickets are $17-$37. April 21st (7:30pm) - “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented at the Cowan Center. There truly is no place like home! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Tickets are $37-$72. April 28th (7:30pm) - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 will be presented at the Cowan Center. The East Texas Symphony will close their season with Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9. The Orchestra will be joined by ETSO Chorus, UT Tyler Concert Chorale, and Patriot Singers, and a quartet of soloists. The concert also features the ETSO premieres of Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Brahms’ Nanie. It’s a grand evening of choral music ending the season on a high note. May 10th (7:30pm) - The Celtic Women will be presented at the Cowan Center. This global phenomenon started on a winter Dublin night in 2004. The idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Tickets are $42-$77.

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Arts in Kilgore at The KilGogh Arts Festival, returning for a sixth annual event, Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th. They will open the month of March with a special screening of the hand-painted animated film “Loving Vincent” Thursday, March 1st. Then, “Gogh with the Flow” will be this year’s them for the Art Exhibition & Wine Tasting, bringing visitors back to the Texan Theater. Tickets are $50 and will be held, March 23rd, 7pm. The fun continues Saturday, March 24th with the annual KidsGogh all day while many art shows take place inside the Texan Theater. Learn more at and invite your friends to this fun art festival.

Horror & Paranormal Conference & Psychic Fair to be Held April 20th-21st

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This year’s annual Horror & Paranormal Conference & Psychic Fair is April 20th-21st, and it promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Held at Staybridge Inn & Suites, 2759 McDonald Rd., in Tyler, you can experience everything from ghosts, to Bigfoot, to UFO’s, to psychic readings - everything can be found at this hugely popular event. April 20th kicks it all off with a VIP dinner with the stars. This event will also include some light ghost hunting plus a movie screening. These tickets are very limited, so get yours early. Guests include Scott Gruenwald, Trana Simmons, Marie Davis, Rosa Ramirez, Mike McCaskill, Jeff Hurley, Dr. Heidi Hoke, Ashton Rogers, and more. Tickets are available at Tickets are $15-$60.

March 16th-18th, March 23rd-25th, and March 30th-April 1st

Azalea & Spring Flower Festival, Tyler

2018 Spring Festivals

East Texas is a great place for all kinds of festivals - from family fun to wine festivals, rodeos and food specialties. Plan now for these future festivals. • March 3rd - Texas Coffee Festival • March 16th-18th, March 23rd-25th, and March 30th-April 1st - Azalea & Spring Flower Festival, Tyler • March 21st-25th - ATV Mud Nationals, Jacksonville • March 23rd-25th - Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, Palestine • March 23rd-24th - Tyler Quilt Show, Tyler • April 14th - Praise Fest, Downtown Tyler • April 21st-22nd - April in Edom, Edom • April 21st-22nd - East Texas Gusher Days, Gladewater • May 5th - Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, Downtown Tyler • May 17th-19th - Tops in Texas Rodeo, Jacksonville • May 11th-12th - Piney Woods Wine Trail Festival, Lindale • May 11th-12th - Porch Fest, Kilgore • May 19th-19th - Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest, Canton • June 8th-9th - Tomato Fest, Jacksonville

At Liberty Hall This Month:

Shooter Jennings, Card 53 & Deana Carter in Concert Liberty has something for all ages! Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. Tickets are available online at Classic Movies

• March 1st (7pm) - “The Boondock Saints” • March 16th (7pm) - “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Concerts & Events

March 10th (8pm) - Shooter Jennings - Shooter Jennings is an American singer-songwriter active mainly in the outlaw country music and Southern rock genres. He is the son of country music legend Waylon Jennings. Jennings made his debut with the single “4th Of July” of his 2005 album “Put the ‘O’ Back in Country,” which peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard country charts. Tickets range from $35 -$45. Opening is Jaime Wyatt. March 30th (8pm) - Deana Carter - Drenched in sun-kissed natural beauty both inside and out, Deana Carter’s wildly successful multi-platinum international debut “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” put her on the charts. Anchored by the dreamy super hit “Strawberry Wine,” Carter sprinkles her music with the folksy singer/songwriter qualities. Tickets are $30-$40. March 31st (8pm) - Card 53 April Fool’s Comedy Show - Returning to the stage of Liberty Hall after a sold out Valentine’s Day show, Card 53 is excited to create for you an experience like no other in Tyler made up entirely on the spot based off your suggestions. Plus, its a three day weekend for Easter and April Fools so you might as well get the most of it! Free beer is provided by True Vine Brewery. Tickets are $15. April 12th (7pm) - The Legendary Johnny Rodriguez in Concert - Texas Country Music Hall of Famer, Johnny Rodriguez, has had fifteen

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to It is always free to list any event. March 3rd - FRESH 15 - The race will start at FRESH by Brookshire’s in Tyler. The event features a 15k, 5k, and kids’ 1k, with all proceeds benefiting local charities. For more info and the register go to March 17th - Beauty & The Beast Bicycle Tour - This legendary ride will take place this year just in time for spring. Online registration will close Thursday, March 15th at 11:59pm. For details go to March 24th - 2018 Tyler Azalea 10k, 5k, and Kids Run - Come out for the new and improved Tyler Azalea 10k. This race has been taken over by local runners, and we are looking forward to the best year yet! Proceeds benefit local charity, The Children's Village. For more info find the event at March 30th - Strides for Excellence Color Glow Run - This Color Run will feature a new twist a glow run for all ages. The run will include the popular color celebration at the end of the race. Register at March 31st - True Vine Beer Run - Join the second annual Beer Run at True Vine! This time it will be even bigger and better at their brand new location. The run will be followed by a huge after party. Your entry fee includes a 50/50 blend t-shirt, commemorative Beer Run glass, entrance into the post-race finisher party and one

top-ten singles and 6 number-one hits since 1973. Some of Johnny’s classic hits include: “Pass Me By,” “You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me),” “Riding My Thumb To Mexico,” “That’s The Way Love Goes,” and “Just Get Up and Close The Door.” For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $35. April 14th (7pm) - “Ultimate Elvis Country, Gospel, and #1 Hits” - This will be a riveting evening of Elvis music, performed by Al Joslin. Al is a multi award-winning Elvis Tribute artist who has taken his show across the country for the past 12 years. Opening the show will be the very popular “Shake, Rattle & Roll,” featuring songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s. All VIP tickets (Rows A-D) include a glass of Prosecco, as well as exclusive entry to “meet and greet” after the show. Tickets are $25 -$40. April 20th (7pm) - Bill Anderson in Concert Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry sine 1961. One of the most popular, most enduring, entertainers of our time, he’s known, in fact as “Whispering Bill,” a nickname hung on him years ago as a result of his breathy voice and his warm, soft approach to singing a country song. For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $40. April 21st (8pm) - Mouse & The Traps - After more than 50 years together, Mouse & the Traps continue to be one of the best examples of “Texas Rock & Roll.” Formed in Tyler, Texas in 1965, Mouse, Nardo, Dave and Larry continue to give the public just what they want - great rock and roll. Whether you remember “Public Execution,” “Hit the Bricks,” or not, Mouse & The Traps has something for everyone. Tickets are $20-$25. free beer. The race will start and finish at True Vine Brewing Co., and take runners on a 5k route through Tyler. Find the event on Facebook or at March 31st - Run 4 The Son 5K - This race starts at 9am and is family-friendly, stroller-friendly and friendly dogs-friendly. Register online at or call Crossroads Church (903)939-9400. Proceeds go to the City of Whitehouse First Responders. Please bring two nonperishable food items for the Whitehouse Food Pantry. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt held right after the run. This will be at Whitehouse Sports Complex, 12500 CR 2133. April 7th Tyler Run for Autism- Join this 7th annual run inspired with the purpose of raising funds to provide much needed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children in the autism spectrum in East Texas. 100% of the funds raised are given back to children enrolled at The Treatment and Learning Center for Children with Autism (TLC) or Autism Response Team of East Texas (A.R.T.). Register at April 7th - 2018 Proverbs 19:17 Ministries Home Run 5k/10k/Kids Fun Run - By signing up for this race, you will show your love next Christmas and to help build a home for a deserving family in the community. This will be held at The Cannery in Lindale. Proceeds benefit Proverbs 19:17 Ministries. To register go to Upcoming runs are: • April 28th - Diva Du • April 28th - Tyler Rose City Miracle Run • May 12th - Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® • July 4th - Freedom Fighter 5K • September 22nd - Pineywoods Ultra • October 13th - 2018 Corkscrew Half • December 2nd - Tyler Half Marathon & 5K

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March 6th (7-10pm) - Young Life Spring Soiree - This ladies only event is combining the For more events and to add your events for free, love for gathering together, sweets, and shopgo to ping all in one evening. The Spring Soiree is a live and silent auction event of new and “gently” Canton First Monday Trade Days Market is held Thursday-Sundays. What started more than used designer handbags, along with other treasures dear to a woman's heart. As women, most a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home of us love a nice handbag so we have collected a furnishings, antiques, and collectibles that can be variety of beautiful handbags, as well as a variety of items from your favorite places. This will be found anywhere. For more info call (903)567held at The Foundry Coffee House, 202 S. Broad6556 or go to Dates way, Downtown Tyler. Tickets are $10 and can are: March 1st-4th, March 29th-April 1st, May be purchased at 3rd-6th, May 31st-June 3rd, June 28th-July springsoiree2018. 1st, August 2nd-5th, August 30th-September 2nd, September 27th-30th, November 1st-4th, March 8th (8amNovember 29th-December 2nd. 3:30pm) - Evolve Free Yoga Saturday (9am-12:30pm) - Every 3rd Women’s ConferSaturday of the month, beFree offers a free day of ence - Successful yoga. Check the schedule to choose any class on women are conthat day that you will most enjoy at befreeyogaty- stantly evolving. beFree Yoga is located at 212 Old Grande They are continuBlvd., Tyler, (903)630-6142, ally growing stronger, more vibrant, and more determined to live fuller lives. The Evolve Women’s Conference will More Events bring women with a growth mindset and positive March 3rd outlook together for a full day of learning, laugh(11am-4pm) ter, and lifting each other up. There will be pre- Texas Coffee & Donut Festi- sentations and workshops covering topics related val will be held to life as a 21 century woman. Registration deadline is March 6th. This is sponsored Texas Pioneer in Downtown Foundation and University of Texas at Tyler. Visit Tyler. Come This will be held by to taste and smell of various types of gourat UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old met coffee and donuts. There will be great food, good music, and good fun. The day will be filled Omen Rd., Tyler. to the brim. There will also be a car show. This March 10th (11am-9pm) - Waking of the Vines coffee festival is centered around the practical at Kiepersol Winery - Vine Day is a beautiuse of spreading the goodness of all types of cof- fully simple outdoors event with no reservations fee. It is an enlightening and community-focused needed. Join in welcoming spring to the vineevent that brings families, coffee drinkers, and yard. Mariachi serenade the vines and wake up their family into an aromatic coffee environment. the buds. Bring your joy, we’ll bring the place Contact (903)283-6089 or go to to relax. Friendly dogs and lawn chairs welevents/175493183197956. This is a free event. come. No outside food or drink is allowed on March 3rd (all day) - Rose City 37th Chili Cook- the premises. For more info go to off will be held at Gander Outdoors, 151 Market events/160523878067226. Square Blvd., Tyler. This event raises money for March 17th (3-5pm) - 3rd Annual Doggy EasRagan’s Hope. ter Egg Hunt - Dog Scout Troup #230 presents


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this fun event at Southside Park, 450 Shiloh Rd., Tyler. An Easter egg hunt is something you and your dog can do together - you can teach your dog what this new game is and at the same time, you’ll have fun playing together and making new friends. All dogs must be able to present current rabies vaccination and remain on-leash at all times. For more info, e-mail EastTexasDSA@ March 22nd (6-9pm) - Playhouses on the Plaza 2018 will take place in Downtown Tyler. Playhouses on the Plaza benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Smith County will become a magical mini-community. Up to eight life-sized custom playhouses - kid-ready and promising hours of imaginative backyard play - will be displayed on the Plaza Square and featured on an online auction. The display is open to public viewing at no charge. On March 22nd, the event will culminate in a ticketed dinner and live auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse. All proceeds will support Smith County Habitat’s mission of building and repairing homes for people in need of decent, affordable housing. For more info go to March 22nd (3-6pm) - WCR Fashion Show - Join the WCR at the GTAR building for their annual Industry Fashion Show featuring careeroriented fashions from Dillards, Chicos, and Jos A. Banks, hors d’oeuvres by The Azalea Food Company, light refreshments, and goody bags. The silent auction benefits CASA for Kids of East Texas. GTAR is located at 2772 SSE Loop 323, Tyler. For more info and tickets go to Tickets are $5-$15. March 24th (6-9pm) - 11th Annual Homecoming Concert featuring Michael Card - In a career that spans 30 years, he has penned such favorites as “El Shaddai,” “Love Crucified Arose,” and

“Emmanuel,” he never imagined selling more than 4 million albums or writing over 19 #1 hits. This will be held at Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 7330 S. Broadway, Tyler. For tickets go to March 24th (7-10pm) - Camp Tyler Spring Gala - Celebrate Camp Tyler’s 73rd year at this casual night of cocktails, silent auction, dinner, and dancing to the cool sounds of Ramoth-Gilead and His Affiliads. This will be held at Willow Brook Country Club, 3205 W. Erwin St., Tyler. Tickets are available by calling (903)565-4475 or at Tickets are $100 per person or $175 for a couple. March 31st (10am-12 noon) - Community Easter Egg Hunt - Bring two non-perishable food items for the Whitehouse food pantry and join this fun free egg hunt. This will be held at the Whitehouse Baseball Complex. April 7th (10am-2pm) - Touch a Truck Competition - All hands on deck! Touch A Truck is an opportunity for children to learn about different vehicles as they explore, climb, and touch emergency response vehicles, heaving machinery, and other equipment in a supervised environment. There will be a “Noises Off” hour from 1-2pm for sensory sensitive children to enjoy. This familyfriendly hands-on experience offers the opportunity to meet the people who build, protect, and serve the community. This will held at Broadway Square Mall, 4601 S. Broadway, Tyler. April 7th (10am-2pm) - Park Day at Camp Ford - Join the Smith County Historical Society and the Civil War Trust as they host their 2nd annual Park Day. This event serves as a volunteer opportunity to help service and maintain Camp Ford. Camp Ford served as the largest prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi and at its peak held over 5,300 men. They are asking volunteers to help clean the site and maintain its trails and walkways for visitors. This is a normal unmanned site and they greatly appreciate the assistance they get from volunteers willing to lend a helping hand with clean-up and maintenance. For more info email or go to

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By Johnny Griffith Formed in 2011 by three friends in a garage, True Vine Brewing Co. sold their first keg of beer to a local restaurant in 2014 and enjoyed the novel status of Tyler’s first brewery. Four years since that first keg, True Vine has enjoyed the success that often accompanies hard work, perseverance, and a quality product. From the establishment of the brewery at the Englewood location in 2013, to the Open Taps events, to the opening of a true Tap Room, to beginning to can their beers for wider distribution, the trajectory of the brewery has been steadily upward for founders, managing partners, husband and wife duo Ryan and Traci Dixon. Now, it’s 2018 and things are as busy as ever for the crew over at True Vine and brewers Ryan Dixon and Scott Moss have released some popular brews: Daddy’s Juice Box New England Style IPA, as well as some new seasonal beers coming this spring and summer to watch out for. All of this has culminated in a move to a new location this spring with a grand re-opening set for March 31st. The new facility will allow True Vine to accommodate the growing demand as well as set themselves up for future growth. I caught up with Ryan Dixon recently to see what the news is from the brewery at the new digs at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway: Johnny: What was the moment you all looked around and knew it was time to look for a new location? Ryan: Without the opportunity to grow into adjoining spaces or the land at Englewood, we knew that our time there was limited. We truly were capped for more production and space for guests at events. We had a blast establishing the great True Vine Community there. Johnny: What were some of the mental checklist requirements for the new spot? Ryan: Space - in terms of production growth and land for the future beer garden. We have always wanted to be a destination space. A place where people can come sit, relax, and enjoy a “get-away,” a break from the busy lives we all live. We needed office space, production space, room for an indoor tap room, restrooms and an outdoor space for community. Being a primarily outdoor venue, covered space was also a must. Being that we have always been a “family-friendly” brewery, space for the kiddos to run around was also a need. Johnny: How long did the search last before the new location was secured? Ryan: One of our True Vine investors, Jim, found and purchased the building in October 2016 for a possible investment project for his company. After he told Traci and I about the building being a possible “back up plan for a future True Vine,” we came to check it out and immediately fell in love with what it “could be.” Shortly thereafter, the project began to renovate the dilapidated building and preparation for a brewing facility. Johnny: Any specific challenges that were unexpected in getting the new facility up to speed? Ryan: Being a production brewery with beer on area shelves and local draft bars, planning to move a beer factory around scheduled production was tough. Especially since we are using all of the existing equipment, minimizing our down time getting it all online here at Earl Campbell was crucial. We ended up a couple weeks behind but we are now all up and running. Johnny: What are the immediate improvements the new facility offers? Ryan: Our former location on Englewood was 2000 square feet. Here, our building is 10,000. Before, we had 4 official parking spaces plus the road and generosity of the county at the Cotton Belt building parking lot. We have room for about 100 cars within our property perimeter plus other overflow options. Also, we are pumped to have official indoor space here. We have nearly 1700 shared feet of heated/cooled space as well as restrooms for both women and men. Our onsite pavilion and venue space is 1700 square feet of covered area to help with inclement weather and provide shade as well as a 400 square foot stage for bands and musicians. Johnny: The new location will also be home to Sola Bread and Pizza. What was the genesis of that collaboration? Ryan: The Sola Bread Company team have been great friends of ours for a long time. Since the beginnings of True Vine, our goal has been to help grow small businesses alongside True Vine. We feel community is always best. Same concepts with our friends and former neighbors, Porch Culture Coffee Roasters, who still reside at 219 S. Englewood, for now.


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(903)630-3030 Sola Bread has been doing community pizza nights in their backyard for a few years now. Legit wood fired Neapolitan style pies. Once we nailed down this location, we knew they would be a great fit for onsite food for our patrons. When you enter the True Vine tap room, you’ll be able to order a beer and order Sola Pizza, as well as a variety of artisan style snacks. You will see them prep your pies and bake it in their oven, right there in our shared space. Johnny: Are there upgrades to the brewing operation that are taking place simultaneously with the move? If not, is there anything on the horizon you can give us a heads up over? Ryan: True Vine has always taken one step at a time in our growth. We believe in growing it all organically. That being said, we were in need for a new space and a step forward on production capacity. We purchased four new brewing tanks (two water and two fermentation vessels) to help with our production demand. The larger water tanks will allow us to brew 24/7 at some point and the two new fermentation tanks increases production capacity two and a half times. We also have plans for adding more down the line and have allocated connection points and space for future growth. One of the next pieces we will acquire will be our own canning line as well as upgrading some of our main heating and cooling units for beer production. Johnny: The 4 Year Anniversary and Grand Re-Opening is March 31st. What does True Vine have lined up for that event? Ryan: March 31st will be FULL and overflowing with beer, music, food, and fun. Early in the day we will be hosting our second annual Beer Run. As of this moment, we have 400+ registrants for the 5K fun run and expect close to 700 for race day. For the 4 Year Anniversary and Grand Re-Opening, starting at 3pm, we have four bands lined up including a few from right here in East Texas, as well as musical guests from Austin, The Rocketboys. We have 4 confirmed food vendors on site as well as Sola Bread & Pizza Company. We also will be hosting several fun sport tournaments that day including disc golf putting and a corn hole tournament. As for beer, we are getting closer to having our brand new tap room draft system flowing. Crafted from original True Vine kegs, our new draft tower will help our bartenders dispense 20 hand crafted beers and sodas for our guests. Some of the beers that we will be pouring that day will include a special 4 Year Anniversary IPA with four hop varieties, our brand new Giant Slayer Imperial Stout, and many others. It’s going to be a fantastic day! Johnny: Finally, how would you describe the State of the Craft Beer Union here in East Texas currently and how is the future looking from where you guys stand? Ryan: We are proud of how far we have all grown in the craft beer community. Seems like everyday someone new is getting turned on to craft beer, the bolder flavors and supporting the small independent breweries here in Texas, just like True Vine. I believe that this will grow immensely in 2018, mainly due to great craft beer being brewed and the great support of locals. Our success has a direct correlation with the community support. With it, every small craft brewery who produces great beer has a fighting chance against big beer. True Vine Brewing Company is set to have their 4 Year Anniversary and Grand Re-Opening on March 31st from 3-10pm at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway. For more information and tickets on this event, please visit:

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March 3rd-4th (all day) - Rose City 37th Chili Cook Off will be held at Gander Outdoors, 151 Market Square Blvd., Tyler. Think you can make the best chili in the world? They will be registering cooks on Friday, March 2nd, at the cook off This is the first year Taste location. There are several categories to compete of Tyler and Rose City Restauin: Beans, CASI Chili, Junior Chili (age 5-17), and rant Week will partner with the People’s Choice Chili, where the public votes for Restaurant Week offerings. East Texas Restaurant Association (ETRA) by the best through a ballot method. Registration is Visiting old favorites or venturing to new combining efforts for Rose City Restaurant Week. locales, diners will not only enjoy a truly unique $25 per team. For more info, find them on FaceLove the beer at ETX Brewery? And for the first time, you can enjoy an book. The chili cook off benefits Ragan’s Hope. dining experience but also delight in knowing Then you have got to try The Porch, evening at the Taste of Tyler then take time to join they are supporting their community. Quick Dawgs of Texas Opens! You know that ETX Brewing’s new restaurant! one of many local participating restaurants for Rose City Restaurant Week is the fresh spring building with a cowboy-shaped roof? It now serves a special menu during Rose City Restaurant Week. event held in conjunction with the East Texas Join the fun in March 17th (5pm-12 hot dogs made with love and care by David Lovemidnight) celebrating their expansion with The Taste of Tyler and Rose City Restaurant Restaurant Association (ETRA) premier scholarlady. “This particular building here is set up to hangreen beer, great food, and live music with Week showcase the most popular restaurants ship fundraising event. dle hot dogs,” he said. “I’d been looking at different Old Omen, Metrograde, and Eli Tidmore. around town. These citywide events raise money The ETRA focuses on supporting culinary buns, wieners, different chilis, for many months ETX Brewing and The Porch are located at to support the culinary education programs for scholarships and the Junior League of Tyler before we started this 221 S. Broadway, Downtown Tyler. East Texas youth and other Smith county nonbenefits local non-profit organizations. thing.” The new busiprofit organizations. By combining efforts, they are giving local ness features an array At Taste of Tyler, April 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm, March 31st-April 1st (all day) - Bread Class & restaurants and diners the opportunity to support of hot dogs, mostly come enjoy live music and tons of food and fun Easter Brunch - Have you always wanted to bake both at the same time. priced between $2-$5, at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., like a master Chef? The key is simple ingredients, “We have the opportunity to partner with with nachos and meals Tyler. proper instruction, and the right location. Join our local restaurants to service the agencies we priced a few dollars Currently, you can buy early bird tickets Chef for a fun weekend experience in the kitchen support and make an impact inside and outside higher. The menu of Côte at High Hill Farm. You’ll learn the techonline for $25 or get a general admission tickets at the East Texas culinary world. We invite our local which is still developniques, recipes and processes to baking homethe door for $30. restaurants and our community to savor this ing - includes all beef, made breads. Cap off your day with a stroll in Afterwards, savor the dates April 9th-13th as opportunity to EAT LOCAL and GIVE LOCAL.” bun-length hot dogs; the vineyard, wine sampling, and overnight stay The Junior League of Tyler, Inc. hosts 3rd Annual For more than 65 years, The Junior League brisket sausage links; Earl Campbell Hot Links; Rose City Restaurant Week. Rose City Restaurant of Tyler has provided support to numerous Frito pie and more. Lovelady said the chili cheese in one of the relaxing bungalows. After a perfect night’s sleep, join a special Easter brunch featurWeek happens one week each spring offering community agencies through financial assistance dogs and hot links have been some of the most local restaurants a chance to roll out a fixed, and the help of dedicated volunteers. The funds popular selections. Picnic tables will be added out- ing beautiful farm fresh foods including items multi-course menu for the week, then donate a raised by Rose City Restaurant Week will benefit side the drive-thru soon. Quick Dawgs is located at from the garden, local food items, and fresh juices. Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s also available percentage of the menu sales to the Jr. League of at 220 SSW Loop 323 in Tyler. these agencies in their missions of bettering the for your enjoyment. High Hill Farm is located at Tyler. community we share. March 15th 12626 CR 217, Arp. Go to to This annual event, benefiting the chariCheck out participating restaurants and (6:30-9:30pm) make reservations. table projects of The Junior League of Tyler, will menus for the 2018 Rose City Restaurant Week - “Wine and showcase a variety of local eateries who will put at And learn more about Cheeeeessssy April 7th (8am-12 noon) - The Rose City Farmtheir best foot forward with special Rose City Taste of Tyler! ers Market will open soon at it’s new location Dinner” will at 236 S. Broadway be held at Ave., just a half block Cork, Food & something from the pharmacy. The pharmacy is Drink, 109 E. north of Front St. in out in the garden.” Grande Blvd., the parking lot of Bill’s The public has opportunities to visit InteUnclaimed Furniture. Tyler. Tickgrative Health Matters at the practice’s weekly The Rose City Farmets are $70. Functional Food Friday talks. Every Friday at ers Market is a famThe menu will 10am, the clinic opens to the community for ily- and dog-friendly casual conversations with IHM health coaches on include fondue, gruyere and chorizo, mac and gatherhow to use food to address various health condi- cheese with lobster, ribeye toast with blue cheese, community ing place, providing and roasted fig with ricotta along with accompations. These talks have focused on what foods to locally-grown produce, herbs, wood oven breads, nying paired wines. Reservations can be made by improve fatigue, inflammation, digestive issues, pastries and granola, jams, pickles, locally roasted Integrative Health Matters recently opened calling (903)363-9197 or at and more. cheese, artists and artisans, live music, and in Tyler offering a healthy alternative to losing The clinic also offers twice monthly in-depth March 21st (7-9pm) - Spring Vintner’s Dinner - coffee, sometimes even yoga. They are open every Saturweight. health and cooking presentations on Tuesdays. Kiepersol is kicking off the 2018 Vintner’s Dinner day April-November 8am-12 noon. For more info “Food is the real medicine. Through our These “Kitchen Talks” invite the public into the Program with a Spring-inspired menu. Don’t miss contact (903)539-2875,, innovative, hands-on cooking program, we aim IHM instructional kitchen to learn to cook tasty this fresh and vibrant dinner paired with their or to inspire healthy change through education. and nutritious meals and create a healthy home delicious wines. The menu is seared scallop with Diseases, chronic conditions, inflammation, environment. These upcoming Kitchen Talks almond mandarin salad, asparagus chicken and and immune system disorders are often attribinclude: rice soup, lemon and rosemary lamb, and lemon uted to diet. Food is the medicine that can fix the • March 13th (6pm) — Veggies You’'ll Crave and spring fruit curd. Tickets are $100 per person problem. We help you create an organic based • March 27th (6pm) — Detoxing Your Home not including tax and gratuity. For reservations, diet, with assessment, our health coaches will get • April 10th (6pm) — Salads Your Family Will call (903)894-3300 or go to know you, and create a custom plan.” Enjoy ners-dinner. Future dinners are June 20th, July “Integrative Health Matters is lifestyle • April 24th (6pm) — Family Friendly Weekend 25th, September 26th, and November 28th. medicine. It’s not about drugs and doctor’s Dinners Roost Chicken Salad & appointments. It’s about how to eat right, how to • May 8th (6pm) — Eating on the Go Deli will open a locathink right, and to understand all the things we Integrative Health Matters is located at tion in Southside have to do to stay healthy,” said neurosurgeon 419 WSW Loop 323 #400 in Tyler, next to La Bank at S. BeckGuy Danielson, medical director and founder of Madeleine. For information about Integrative ham across Integrative Health Matters. “This is root cause Health Matters, contact (903)595-8077 or visit from ETMC (medicine), not covering up symptoms with Hospital. Ice cream in Downtown Tyler? March Come get your sweet tooth on March 10th, 1-4pm. 23rd (6:30pm) - Beef & Bourbon with Besides, it is always the right season for ice cream! Bring the Cut Beef and Rebecca Creek - Join family. Hang with old friends. Meet new ones. Just come enjoy this terrific pairing of Cut Beef and a time of ice cream featuring Blue Bell Ice Cream. Rebecca Creek Bourbon. Upon Come out and learn how to decorate cookies! Strada Caffe will be creating Strada brownie sundaes, Strada arrival at High Hill Farm, you will You will be guided on how to decorate themedcookie sundaes, mocha sundaes, ice cream floats, mocha be greeted with an assortment of cookies using a special blend of Royal Glaze icing. espresso shakes, affogato and waffle sundaes. custom made cocktails and perfectly These will be White-Almond and Vanilla-Brown Also, there will be a drawing for a $25 Strada gift card paired hors d’oeuvres. Relax, dine and Sugar cookies that you can take home to enjoy. and a grand prize drawing where one lucky winner enjoy as our Chef and Rebecca Creek The cost is $35 for adults (13 and up), $32 for will receive a week of free lattes. Distillery fulfill you with their perfect seniors (55+) and $30 for kids (7-12). Pre-register by going to, creations made from the freshest local beef Stick around for the first of several 6x6 (903)574-9096 or email Workshops are: and perfectly aged bourbon. High Hill Farm painting parties, hosted by Dace Kidd, • March 13th (6:30-8pm) - Potpourri House, Tyler - “Peacocks” is located at 12626 CR 217, Arp. Go to highbenefiting the Gallery Main Street • March 20th (6:30-8pm) - Salt Kitchen at Kiepersol Winery Tasting Room, Bullard - “Fiesta” to make reservations. of Downtown Tyler, Texas. 14 •

3rd Annual Rose City Restaurant Week to be held April 9th-13th

St. Patrick’s Day Party & Grand Opening of The Porch at ETX Brewing

East Texans Get Healthy:

“Kitchen Talk” Classes at Integrative Health Matters

Good JuJu Cookie Decorating Workshops

Ice Cream Social at Strada Caffé

The SportsZone Bar and Grill: A Cornucopia Culture of Downtown Tyler

By Barbara Greenbauer The SportsZone Bar and Grill on the Square in Downtown Tyler is now a go-to spot to eat, hangout and get your fill of sports- themed fun and entertainment. Josh Collins, local owner and operator, wants everyone to know that “Downtown has a new lunch spot” and it’s a great local bar and grill that is all about community with a “Cheers-type mentality, where everyone is welcome.” The place is light, bright, and filled with sports memorabilia, with a great-looking bar and high tabletops galore. With a brand new revamped menu, the SportsZone is ready to bring you great food in a space with a different vibe than your regular sports scene. It’s never a loud, in-your face crowd, there’s plenty of parking

Downtown, and plenty to do inside. While you try your hand at the pool or foosball tables, you can chow down on a great burger with a side of waffle fries. You will really get your fill of sports, as the restaurant is lined with 10 big screen TV’s. The view from any seat in the house is stellar. There is always a Texas team on the screen somewhere in the restaurant. There’s even TV’s in the restrooms because they don’t want you to miss a second! Dart aficionados can try their luck at the dart boards or try your hand at a game of beer pong. “We really support the Downtown culture,” says Collins. “We can be the spot to go to before or after a show at Liberty Theater. I don’t think folks in Tyler realize how many people live and work Downtown and the community continues to grow.” The Bar and Grill supports local events like Red Dirt BBQ and Music Festival, Hit the Bricks 2nd Saturdays, and the Rose City Farmer’s Market, “to support and spread the word about the great things happening Downtown,” said Collins. Step inside the bar and grill and you will want to hang out, use the free Wi-Fi, watch some TV, and taste what the kitchen has to offer. The edible options at the SportsZone are fast and healthy too. Lunch variables include an out of this world chipotle black bean veggie burger, seared tuna salad, and a grilled chicken salad. Lunch is served Monday-Friday 11am-2pm. The bar and grill, open 7 days a week, features a great mixture of fare, from “Beginners” like onion rings, pickle fries, frito chili pie, chili cheese waffle fries, “Not your Mamas’s Churros,” humus and naan bread, and battered corn bites. For more hearty appetites, try the ultimate BLT, fried chicken sandwich, chicken fingers, or their spectacular wings. Their wings are uniquely double-baked with choice of BBQ, lemon pepper, flaming hot or special Zone sauce. The new chickenless wings are so good that you won’t even realize that they are vegetarian! They can also handle to-go orders, and guarantee fast and efficient service during the peak lunch hours. “We want to be known as the new Tyler lunch destination,” said Collins. The “Out of the Oven” pizzas include margarita, Hawaiian, or the much requested, “Build your own” with toppings including pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, Canadian bacon, black olives, mushrooms, jalapenos, and roasted tomatoes. You can get a super lunch special with a slice of pizza, side salad and a drink for just $8. The bar is a fully-stocked cornucopia of Texas liquors and beers and the bartenders are super friendly and accommodating. From Lone Star, Shiner, Deep Ellum, ETX Brewery, and True Vine - you’ll find it at SportsZone. Every Tuesday, if it’s made in Texas, it’s on special. And if you are looking for something more exotic, the bar can handle almost any drink imaginable, all you have to do is ask! There are always specials and giveaways going on - from Happy Hours to buckets of beer. Check their website and Facebook regularly to see what’s happening. “A lot of our patrons are regular customers, but by word of mouth and social media, we’ve begun attracting a new group of folks who love being Downtown and taking advantage of all we have to offer,” said Collins. Come grab a drink, see a game and have a great meal at The SportsZone Bar and Grill, located at 115 E. Erwin, Downtown Tyler on the Square. Like them on Facebook at SportsZoneTyler, or You can contact them at (903)266-9132. They are open Sundays 12pm12am, Monday-Friday 11am-12am, Saturday 12pm-1am.





















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Music David Allen:

Honest Music From A Drifting Outlaw By Johnny Griffith Mainstream country music these days is designed to trick your senses as a consumer. The artist who lay out multiple tracks of autotune, stage show songs, have likely never seen a tractor in reallife. It’s easy to get disillusioned with the product, especially if you want a touch of genuine in your life. Luckily here in East Texas, we’ve got plenty of local musicians who are the real deal; David Allen might be one of the most authentic of the “Outlaw” country artists. Originally from the central valley of California, Allen moved to Texas at an early age and has been working the stages in this area for years. With a sense of authenticity and respect for where country music came from, David carries on that outlaw spirit with the likes of Waylon, Merle, and Cash. We caught up to him recently in between dates and got to know him a little better: Johnny: Your bio says you picked up the guitar for the first time at age 17. What caused you to grab one for the first time and how long did it take you to figure out this was something you wanted to do as more than just a hobby? David: A good friend of mine (Darin Justice) was taking some guitar lessons and asked me if I wanted to start a band with him. I said yes and either I could play the bass or the drums. I couldn’t afford a $1200 drum set, so I bought a used bass for $150. Johnny: Who were some of your early musical influences? David: I was a huge Kiss fan, we both were! He had introduced me to Kiss and from there I was a “hair band” fan. It wasn’t until I graduated and started dating a barrel racer that I started listening to country music. She introduced me to Sawyer Brown and from there I fell in love with the “story”

and meanings of the country music. Johnny: At what point did you decide to start writing your own material and where do you draw your inspiration from? David: When I finally got an acoustic guitar and started learning chords, I started writing songs. I just thought that was what a musician was supposed to do. So I learned to play “C, F, G” chords first. I must have written 20 songs with those three notes. Forward, backwards, sideways. When I got bored, I would learn a new key. I am still learning today to play progressions, and I will write three or more songs to every new chord I learn. Johnny: Your music definitely has a component of the old “outlaw” country of the late 70’s early 80’s and one can definitely pick up threads of “Willie, Waylon, and the boys.” How would you describe your sound? David: I’m embarrassed to say that I am new to the Waylon sound. That being said, I think he was the greatest writer, singer, and survivor of Nashville. I discovered Waylon about four years ago and he has become my greatest influence. There is an honesty and energy in every song he sang. Johnny: Where did the nickname “The Drifting Outlaw” come from? David: From Waylon’s “Outlaw” movement together with his mentor Hank Williams, who in my opinion was the first to change Nashville and move them into a more honest direction. Hank’s “Drifting” Cowboy Band. Johnny: What would you say your percentage of originals to covers are in one of your shows? Or does it depend on the crowd? David: It depends hugely on the crowd. The bigger the crowd, the more covers. Maybe I’m doing it backwards, but my original songs are so personal that I will do a lot more of them in an acoustic setting than with the full band behind me. Johnny: What is the current lineup of your stage band and do you primarily play with a full band or do you do some solo shows as well? David: Both, and I love both in their own way. The acoustic is personal and I will talk a lot more and do many of my originals. Mostly, we are a full band, and I love the band I have now and I like

TheTheOld Firehouse Presents Two Concerts this Month Old Firehouse in Edom hosts great acoustic concerts in the only “listening room” in the

area. The Old Firehouse is an intimate, smoke-free, and alcohol-free “coffeehouse” music room. Admission is $18 at the door. Advance admission is $15 until 3pm Friday before the concert. For tickets, go to or call (903)852-ART1 (2781). The Old Firehouse is located at 8241 FM 279 in Edom. Doors open at 6:30pm with “Schmooze Hour,” and the music begins at 7:30pm. March 10th: Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990’s. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville, and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. They have been very well reviewed in online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates’ songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada, and the US. Since coming to the US in 2006, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards. He averages 120 live shows every year, in acoustic venues in every state in America, Canada, and Europe. He was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home and is the only artist on the entire CIYH database to have been honored with this title twice. Find more info at March 24th: Sofia Talvik

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer, she has six full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles, and tours behind her. Growing up in Sweden, her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers. She’s been noted in media all over the world for her impeccable live performances and captivating stage presence. Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through her heartfelt and personal performances, she got to experience the USA in a way few people do. The people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs. But the new album, “Big Sky Country” is not a diary from her tour, it’s more of a storybook of emotions, new and old in which everyone can find their own place. “It’s not often that an album takes your breath away, and I hate to sound hyperbolic, but ‘Florida’ actually has several ‘Oh my God!’ moments of sheer beauty.” – CD Baby For more info go to One last concert remains this season: • April 14th - Ryanhood

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them to show off! My lead guitarist, Jimmy Piatt, is the best I’ve ever played with - professional, modest, and always prepared. On bass I just lost the Rockabilly Hall of Famer Neil Sheckles for a better offer as a house band leader, but I have Super Dave Visniski now and we are as powerful as ever. Last, but certainly not least is my drummer Mark Wynn, who I’ve known for almost 40 years. I learn something from all of them every time we play. They are all great men and fantastic musicians. Johnny: You’ve been playing music in this area for a while now, do you have a favorite memory so far? David: A couple. Not sure if I should name the venue, but one night a drunk feller was dancing with my wife and decided to pick her up to spin her. He underestimated his strength and she is small, but all muscle. So about half way up they fell backward, he hit his head on the corner of the stage step and started to bleed pretty good. I start my show now with “We are the band that doesn’t stop playing till there is blood on the floor!” A few songs later another, more sober, young man asked her to dance and as they crossed in front of the stage I yelled down to him, “You’re taking your life into your own hands.” I was speaking about the accident earlier but it scared him pretty badly because he thought I meant he shouldn’t be dancing with my wife. The second memory was more ironic. I had just finished a Waylon tribute show and as I was packing up, five police came busting through the door and arrested me! Made me feel like I was in Nashville recording with Waylon. Johnny: Any shows coming up that stick out

as “must see” events? David: Anything with the full band. Everybody is surprised at how good the show is the first time they come. We are consistent with every show. The more people, the higher the energy on stage and in the audience. Johnny: What’s on the horizon for The Drifting Outlaw through the rest of the year? David: I really want to finish my album. This is my second, but really the first because I didn’t like some of the sound on the first and wouldn’t release it. Johnny: What can a first timer expect to see at a David Allen show? David: You will be surprised! We are the best country band in East Texas! You will get a four hour show of honest country music. For more information on David Allen, visit him on the web at or DavidAllenOutlaw.

March 17th (8pm-1am) - St. Patrick’s Day Metal Massacre will March 2nd (8pm) - Texas Indetake place at Click’s Live, 1946 pendence Day with Tejas Brothers ESE Loop 323, Tyler. The St. Patand Shea Abshier and the Nightrick’s Day Metal Massacre features owls will be at Love & War in LinEdge of Misery, No Due Respect, dale. Tickets are available at outand LowLife. There will be a cover Tickets are $15 charge at the door. Doors open at for general admission. 8pm. March 2nd (8pm) - David Allen March 22nd (7-10pm) - Zach Texas Sunday & The Drifting Outlaws return Winters and Jason Barrows will to rock at Click’s Live. Tickets are Returns to Love & War perform at The Foundry Coffee available at the door with proper Concerts start at 4pm. House, 202 S. Broadway, DownID. The Drifting Outlaws will also town Tyler. They will be performperform at Circle M Crawfish in Big Tickets are available at ing songs from their new albums Sandy March 16th. and bringing brotherly love to March 4th March 3rd (8pm) - Broken Valor every performance. Early bird tickJesse Dayton, $12 with Panik Device, Victims Of ets are $10. At the door tickets Sanity will be at Click’s Live. TickMarch 11th are $15. Doors at 7pm and music ets are available at the door. The Statesboro Revue, starts at 7:30pm. This show is $10 expected to sell out. For more info March 9th (8pm) Jason Hergo to or jasonrin will be at Moore’s Store in Ben March 18th Wheeler. Tickets are available at Curtis Grimes, $12 the door. Cover is $7. March 24th (8pm) - Bibeau March 25th Record Release Party & Concert March 10th (8pm) - Shooter JenBrandon Rhyder, $15 will be held at Click’s Live. Tickets nings - Shooter Jennings is an April 8th are available at the door. American singer-songwriter, active Jason Boland mainly in the outlaw country April 7th (7pm) - Sam Riggs will & The Stragglers, $20 music and Southern rock genres. be at Coach’s & Cowboys. Tickets He is the son of country music April 15th are $15-$20 and available at wildlegend Waylon Jennings. Tickets Chris Knight, $20 range from $35 -$45. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. April 21st (8pm) - Mouse & The Tickets are available at Traps - Formed in Tyler, Texas in 1965, Mouse, March 10th (8pm) - Dirty River Boys with Push- Nardo, Dave & Larry continue to give the public just what they want - great rock and roll. water will be at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets are available at Tickets are Whether you remember “Public Execution,” “Hit the Bricks,” or not, Mouse & The Traps has some$15 for general admission. thing for everyone. Tickets are $20-$25. March 16th (8pm) - Parker McCollum will be at Coach’s & Cowboys. Tickets are available at wild- April 21st - Bowling For Soup at Clicks Live (8pm) - American pop-punk band Bowling For Singer, songwriter and multiSoup emerged in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994, instrumentalist Parker McCollum’s new album “Probably Wrong” follows the Austin-based per- but have since relocated to Denton Texas. Tickets former’s ultimate goal is to reinvent himself with are on sale at the door for $19, and may be pureach record he makes. Tickets are $13-$20. chased in advanced online for $15 at

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playing to this day. We managed to get a word in with Chris recently to find out more about The Blacksmiths Johnny: What is the current lineup of the band? Any changes over the lifespan of the band? Chris: The current lineup consists of myself on lead guitar and vocals, Joshua Stewart on drums, Angelo Lopez on bass/rhythm guitar/ vocals, and Ben Carter on bass and vocals. Angelo and Ben have both been filling the shoes of bass player when available, but recently we decided to shake it up a bit and go with a 4 piece instead of 3 with Angelo on guitar as our busy schedules finally allowed. The lineup has changed immensely over the years. I haphazardly started this project about 6 years ago with a couple of friends just messing around in my kitchen,,,which was the only place we had to set up all the equipment at the time...typical broke musicians haha. We eventually gained a keyboard and rhythm player and were a 5 piece band by the time we started playing shows. We decided to go back to a 3 piece after about a year for convenience and scheduling issues. Our drummer at the time had to move for work but introduced me to Joshua before doing so. Joshua had played with Angelo before with “Something Blue” and I met Ben after watching him play for “King Richard and the Bayou Boys” ...and as they say, the rest was By Johnny Griffith history. Johnny: Who were some of your early musical Bob Seger has a well known hit from the early influences? 80’s called “Old Time Rock And Roll.” This song Chris: My parents were very into music and laments the lack of soul in the contemporary had a plethora of vinyl records to dig through. music of that time period and declares his intent to I was turned on to The Doors, The Who, The keep playing classic rock as a solution. I’ve never Allman Bros, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, gotten the chance to meet Mr. Seger, but the closest The Beatles, Black Sabbath, CCR, Pink Floyd, Jimi thing we have here in East Texas is Chris Austin Hendrix, SRV, David Bowie...but most importantly of the local classic rock band, The Blacksmiths. A Led Zeppelin. When I was 12 I received a cheap native of Chapel Hill, Chris played drums on the electric guitar and Led Zeppelin IV on cassette tape drumline at Chapel Hill High School and went for Christmas and that changed everything.. on to graduate from the Dallas Sound Lab with Johnny: At what point was the decision made a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Techto be a primarily classic rock band? Have to say niques. Blessed with parents that loved music and you guys are a bit younger than most of the other supported him in his endeavors early and often, ones in the area. Chris: That’s really the stuff I always enjoyed Austin developed a love for classic rock through playing the most and felt most comfortable with, the sounds he heard coming from his parents’ collections and eventually started a band and is still because those tunes were ingrained in me from a

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young age. When we first started, we tried a lot of 90’s stuff and some 80’s Metallica and Misfits which we were pretty decent at but learned pretty quickly what we had more fun with. Even though we’re a bit younger, I feel we were all entranced by that era of music growing up. We were very lucky to have Miss Robin Griffith from XLN on 5th street give us the chance to really explore our potential. We played every Sunday there for quite a while as the house band which gave us a lot of quick feedback from the crowd...and from the venue owner haha. Johnny: Is there any specific period of classic rock you guys gravitate towards over others? Chris: Not really, I’ve just personally loved the 70’s era most, but we cover the 60’s and 80’s as well. We do seem to cover a lot of Creedence Clearwater and The Doors though, if that says anything. Johnny: Where did the band name come from? Chris: The guys from the original lineup and I were hanging out after practice having a beer or two and trying to come up with something, After a length of time and much pondering, we looked around the room and noticed the main theme of what we were looking at...which was old, broken down, second hand, very junky equipment that I had been hoarding and frankensteining together with duct tape and zip ties for years. I’m really not sure how we didn’t shock or hurt ourselves but I remember us saying…”well, we sure know how to make something out of a dang ole’ blacksmith” (speaking of the ramshackle but playable equipment). And just like that, it stuck. Johnny: do you guys do any originals at this point or is it primarily covers? Chris: I’ve had a couple of blues tunes in the works for a while but we’ve honestly been so busy playing shows and working full time day jobs or careers it’s been tough to find time, but I think this is our year to shine. Johnny: You’ve been playing music in this area for a while now, do you have a favorite memory so far? Chris: I’ve had a lot of really cool experiences along the way getting to play with some amazing musicians. I was the guitar player in a band with Jonathan Scott from Resident Hero for a while and grew up with the singer Ryan White. I also toured a bit as guitar player for Stewart Mann and

the Statesboro Revue out of Austin. I’d have to say though, my favorite memory thus far is a recent one. Joshua and I were both taught drums by Nardo and I learned guitar from Larry Stanley. We had the opportunity to open for Mouse and the Traps for the New Years Eve party at Love and War in Lindale and man was it an experience! We got to open for the guys who taught us everything in a packed room. Too cool Johnny: Where can people get their Blacksmiths fix over the next couple of months? Chris: Our next scheduled gig is March 31st at Club 155 on Frankston least for the public. We do a lot of private parties, bike rallies, and events as well. But always keep an eye out for us at XLN on 5th street...that’s our main stomping ground Johnny: What do The Blacksmiths have on the radar through the rest of the year? Chris: We have a lot of new stuff planned for this year. A whole new set of songs, some killer merchandise and a new demo ep. Also, I’m told that you might see us opening for Mouse and the Traps again in the near keep your eyes peeled Johnny: What can a new listener expect to see at a Blacksmiths show? Chris: A good ole’ Rock show with lots of classic favorite tunes played by guys that do the best they can to respect and represent the music for what it is….life and love.

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Meredith Crawford: Don’t Say She Won’t By Johnny Griffith There have been plenty of reasons for Meredith Crawford to not be where she is right now. With the challenges and responsibilities that come with work, family, and just life in general, the fact she has time to sit down and write at all is a minor miracle some days. However, once you get to know Meredith, you realize it would be hard to keep her off stage if you tried and that writing music is not only a hobby but also good therapy for the soul. Born in Chandler, Meredith graduated from Brownsboro High School back in 2008, and after a brief move to Missouri was back in East Texas by 2009 and has been here ever since. Though raising two children as a young mother took up some of her stage time, Crawford never stopped writing and now had even more material to draw from along the way. Balance music with the non-stop responsibilities of adulthood, Meredith has managed to continue to

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build her musical catalog while working and going piano in literally every Sunday School room. After to school, writing some amazing songs, and putting everyone would get done pairing up to play “Heart and Soul,” I would sit down and try to pick out on some great shows. We got to visit this month and learn a little more melodies by ear, especially church hymns. I started about the singer/songwriter and see what makes her taking piano lessons when I was 12 and used that skill to play in my High School Youth band. My tick: Johnny: When do you first remember taking an mother also started taking me and my sister around to the local East Texas interest in music? Opries to sing Loretta Meredith: I Whenever I leave shows, I mostly feel Lynn, Patsy Cline, and remember at a young inspired. Inspired to write a song, juice up the Judds covers when age being fascinated my stage acts, try out a new lick...if someone we early teenagers. I by the 60s-70s hits leaves a show feeling inspired, that’s the started playing guitar on the Forrest Gump when I was 13. I got soundtrack that my best feeling in the world for me. enough tip money mom and dad would from my first show at listen to during the the Gladewater Opry to buy a cheap pawn shop summer or when we would go camping. I knew guitar. I would read chords and some good friends at a young age that music could be easily tied to would give me some pointers later on into high emotion. Johnny: What were some of the things you did school to make things easier as far as playing guitar. Johnny: Who would you say your biggest early early to foster that interest? musical influences were? Meredith: I started out really just like a lot of Meredith: Biggest early musical influences others. In choir. From 5th-7th grade, I was heavily would be Gordon Lightfoot, Sheryl Crow, The Dixie involved in my church choir and did a few solos. Chicks, The Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, In the church we went to there was always an old Carole King, Norah Jones, Tanya Tucker, and so many more. Johnny: When did you realize you had a knack for songwriting? Meredith: I don’t think I ever really truly felt that way about my writing until someone said, “Hey, that was a pretty good song. You write it?” Exposing my songwriting was like exposing my diary. But I loved to do it. If I created something I was really passionate about, then I’d be more willing to share. Johnny: What do you typically draw from for material in your originals? Meredith: A lot of my songwriting I draw from my own emotions or the emotions of others, but also the stories of others, particularly in East Texas. We never can fully understand the feelings of another person’s shoes, but I like to get as close as possible, and I feel like most songwriters are that way. Sometimes I can be inspired to write a song about a movie I watched, but really love to write about people and stories that cultivate in East Texas. Regardless of the subject material, the biggest booster for songwriting is allowing yourself to get emotionally involved, like in a relationship. That’s the only way you’re going to get hurt, but in the context of songwriting, that’s the only way you’re going to make your listeners feel. You can’t just scratch the surface. You have to be emotionally explorative. Johnny: What are some of the biggest challenges for a singer/songwriter in this area since many of the stages are dominated by full country or rock bands? Meredith: When you’re a singer-songwriter, you’ve got yourself, your guitar, your heart and soul, and your lyrics, and that’s all you’ve got to capture the attention of the audience. The lack of sound I think gets to me the most. I hear drums and bass and guitar parts that could swim around the songs, but it’s just me and the guitar so I’m led to create a lot of musical content that makes up for that. There’s also the challenge of venues. It’s really important to get to know your venues and understand the crowds that flock to them; that way you’ll know if your sound is suited for that scene. Johnny: How would you describe your sound at this point and how has that evolved over the years? Meredith: This is one of the hardest questions to answer, but I will gladly do my best. I started out more country than a corn cob pipe, but I have evolved. I have always been heavily influenced by 60’s-70’s folk music, and I think those influences have the heaviest weight in my music. I don’t consider myself strictly country anymore, but I don’t think I’m strictly only rock or blues either. Honestly, I think there’s a little bit of something to serve every ear in my music and, quite frankly, I think that’s where a lot of artists are heading. I can tell you where it’s heading and where it’s loosely been, which is more in the realm of Folk/Americana. Johnny: What do you have in the works? Meredith: I’ve got a full-length album in the works coming up in 2018. Hopefully a music video, and working on getting a full band together. I graduate college in the Fall of 2018 and once I’m done there, I plan on hitting the road a little. Johnny: What experience do you hope a firsttime listener will leave one of your shows with? Meredith: I hope it’s just enjoyable for them. Whenever I leave shows, I mostly feel inspired. Inspired to write a song, juice up my stage acts, try out a new lick, or the more expensive inspirations… buy new gear. If someone leaves a show feeling inspired, that’s the best feeling in the world for me. For more info, GigGuide Stop tearing out this page... 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EGuide Tyler Thursday, March 1st 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ryan Matthews, 7-10 Clicks Live – DJ Cicero & DJ Anders, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tanner Sparks, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Market Junction, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ Hammersley & Friends, 6:30-9:30 Friday, March 2nd 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Todd Freeman & Bullet Proof, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Low D Jam, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Clicks Live – David Allen, 9-12 Cowboy’s – Read Southhall Band, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Dustin Becker, 7-10 Eagles Bluff – Gary Patrick, 6-9 ETX Brewery – Sam Balltzglier , 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Steve Idlett, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Grove – Live Music, 7-10 Kawa’s – Tyler Dudley , 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Tejas Brothers, Shea Abshier & The Nightowlers, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Karaoke, 9-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Sabrina Toole, 8-12 Rick’s – Ashmore , 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Graham Wilkinson, 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-1 Yamato – DJ Hogan, 9-12 Saturday, March 3rd 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Alan Fox Band, 9-1 Belcher Center, Longview – Cameron Carpenter, 7pm The Central Station, Gladewater – Sexton City All-Stars, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Heather Harper, 7-11 Clicks Live – Panik Device, Victims Of Sanity, Broken Valor, Post Profit, 8-12 Club 155 – Black Ice, 9-12 Dakotas Chop House – Matt Raker & The Nearly Brothers, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Spectra Vamp, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Peyton Stilling, 7-10 FRESH – The Magills, 6-9 Kawa’s – Meredith Crawford, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Blindpursuit, Patrick Lissner, 8-1 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Wesley Pruitt, 8-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Darrin Morris Band, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-12 Rick’s – Trajikly White, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Stefan Cotter, 6:30-9:30 Stone Country, Lindale – Relentless, 8-12 Strada Caffe, Owen Tiner, 11am-2 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 XLN – White Trash Wannabees, 9-1 Yamato – Live Music, 9-12 Sunday, March 4th 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 – Jesse Dayton, Tanner Sparks, 8-12 Monday, March 5th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, March 6th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Cowan Center – Motown The Musical,7:30pm F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 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, March 7th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Paco Estrada, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 6:30-9:30 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 Thursday, March 8th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – LaDarius Daniels, 7-10 Clicks Live – DJ Cicero & DJ Anders, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Brian Lambert, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ Mike Hill, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Chad Cooke Band, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6:30-9:30 Friday, March 9th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Fun Pianos, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Jason Crabtree, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Clicks Live – Nicnos, 9-12 Dakotas Chop House – Chad Cooke Band, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Owen Tiner, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Jackie Darlene, 7-10 FRESH – 6 Miles To Mixon, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Grove – Gary Patrick, 9-12 Kawa’s – The Tuxedo Cats, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Jake Worthington, The Foreman Brothers, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6 -10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Jason Herrin Band, 8-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Professor D & The Playschool, 9-1 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – The Accidentals,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, 9-12 Saturday, March 10th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Adam Brown & The Triple Crown Band, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Lee Mathis , 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Darrin Morris Band, 7-11 Clicks Live – Tyler Dudley Band, 8-12 Dakota’s – Gary Patrick Band, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Nickel Draft, 8-10 FRESH – Tuxedo Cats, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Junior Clark, Guthrie Kennard, 8-12 Garage Bar – Teazur, 8-12

The Grove – Live Music, 9-1 Kawa’s – Levi Kitchen, 7-10 Liberty Hall – Shooter Jennings, 7pm Love & War, Lindale – Dirty River Boys, Pushwater, 8-1 M6 Winery, Bullard – Lacy Carpenter, 3:30-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – East Texas Jazz Orchestra, 9-12 The Oil Palace – Jamey Johnson, 7pm The Old Firehouse, Edom – Rupert Waters, 6-9 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Landry & Company, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Big Hotel, 8-12 Rick’s – Big Daddy Band, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Matt Raker & The Nearly Brothers, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – Blues Boyz, 8-11 Sunday, March 11th Click’s Live – Heather Harper, 9-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Love & War, Lindale – The Statesboro Revue, Kolby Cooper, 8-12 Monday, March 12th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, March 13th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Kirbys, 7-10 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Clint Alford, 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, March 14th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Jen Ford, 7-10 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Luqman Rashada, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 6:30-9:30 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 Thursday, March 15th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Dale Sullivan, 7-10 Clicks Live – DJ Cicero & DJ Anders, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Heather Harper,Owen Tiner, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Saints Eleven, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6:30-9:30 Friday, March 16th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Dale Sullivan Band, 8-12 Circle M Crawfish – David Allen “The Drifting Outlaw”, 7-11 Cowboy’s – Parker McCollum, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Jonah Gonzales, 7-10 ETX Brewery – JT Wilkinson, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Big Gus & The Swampadelic, 7-10 FRESH – Casey Martin, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 The Grove – Live Music, 9-12 Kawa’s – Matt Raker, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Jason Elmore, Sabrina Toole, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Lee Mathis, 9-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Billie Jo Sewell, 8-12

Rick’s – Time Machine, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Clover The Girl, 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 Juice, 9-12 Saturday, March 17th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Lady Chazz & The Tramps, 9-1 Big Sandy Music Hall – Meredith Crawford, Heather Little, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Cool Heat Band, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Dagnabbit, 7-11 Clicks Live – Edge Of Misery, No Due Respect, Lowlife, 9-1 Club 155 – Elijah Cane, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Paul Shafer, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Metrograde, Old Omen, 8-10 FRESH – Big Hotel, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Travis Bolt, Whiskey Prophets 7-10 Garage Bar – Blacktop Mojo, 9-1 Kawa’s – Gernation Tammy, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Steve Carpenter, Anthony Riley, 8-12 M6 Winery, Bullard – Heather Harper, 3:30-6:30 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tiffani Watkins, 9-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Tyler Joe James, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 8-12 Rick’s – Trajikly White, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Sabrina Toole, 6:30-9:30 Stone Country, Lindale – Casey Martin, 9-1 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 – Levi Kitchen, 9-12 Sunday, March 18th 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 Monday, March 19th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, March 20th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Erick Fayard, 7-10 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 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, March 21st The Back Porch, Kilgore – Clint Alford, 7-10 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakota’s – Darrin Morris, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 6:30-9:30 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 Thursday, March 22nd 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Chris Colston, 8-12 Clicks Live – DJ Cicero & DJ Anders, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Van Darien, 7-10 The Foundry – Zach Winters, Jason Barrows, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ Mike Hill, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Hannah Cook, 8-12 Razzoo’s – Brian Chance Band, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12

Stanley’s BBQ – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6:30-9:30 Friday, March 23rd 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – BlakBox, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Jenn Ford, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Clicks Live – Kaleider, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Clint Alford, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Lucas Kelm, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Sabrina Nicole, 7-10 FRESH – Purple Velvet Fox, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 The Grove – The Haggerts, 8-11 Kawa’s – Quentin Moore, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Bradley Banning, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Mariah Keltner, 9-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Rick’s – Haywire, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Wood & Wire, Wide Open, 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 Cash, 9-12 Saturday, March 24th The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Dagnabbit Band, 9-1 Belcher Center, Longview – Casting Crowns, 7-10 Big Sandy Music Hall – Amy Holden, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Alan Fox Band, 7-10 Clicks Live – Deathrow Bodeen, Bibeau, Mean Dean, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Maryah McHam & Martyn Popey, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Ashley Plumlee Duo, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Dave Martinez, 7-10 FRESH – David Allen & The Drifting Outlaw, 6-9 Garage Bar – Blues Boyz, 9-1 Hollytree Country Club – Gary Patrick, 6-9 Kawa’s – Clint Alford, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Chris Colston, 8-12 M6 Winery, Bullard – Eric Moseley, 3:30-6:30 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 9-12 The Old Firehouse, Edom – Sofia Talvik, 6-9 Rick’s – Haywire, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Matt Coats, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 XLN – OTIS, 9-1 Yamato – DJ, 8-12 Sunday, March 25th 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 – Brandon Rhyder, Left Arm Tan, 8-12 Monday, March 26th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ian Power & Friends, 6:30-9:30 Tuesday, March 27th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Anonymous, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Dakota Drummond, 7-10 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Company, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Wednesday, March 28th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Lee Mathis, 7-10 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 6:30-9:30 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 Thursday, March 29th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Sheila Clark, 8-12 Clicks Live – DJ Cicero & DJ Anders, 8-12 ETX Brewery – Family Reunion Songwriter Contest, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tanner Sparks, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Anna Stockdale, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6:30-9:30 Friday, March 30th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Lee Mathis, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Blues Boyz, 7-11 Clicks Live – Sleep Juliet, Autumn Stay, Tap, Dead Sinner, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Patrick James, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Majic Girl, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tanner Usrey, 7-10 FRESH – The Leftovers, 6-9 Kawa’s – Levi Kitchen, 7-10 Liberty Hall – Deana Carter, 8-10 Love & War, Lindale – Tanner Sparks, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Chris Colston, 9-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Tyler Dudley, 8-12 Rick’s – ChinaTown, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Jonathan Terrell, The New Offenders, 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, 9-12 Saturday, March 31st The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris Band, 9-1 The Central Station, Gladewater – Double Barrel Band, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Natalie Rose Band, 7-10 ETX Brewery – The Haggertys, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Mark Gorman, 7-10 FRESH – Blaine Hart Band,6-9 Garage Bar – Lee Mathis, 9-1 Kawa’s – Blue Louie, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Brian Chance Band, Brent Querry, 8-12 M6 Winery, Bullard – Tommijo Harris, 3:30-6:30 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Ben Lowery, 9-12 Republic Icehouse – Blues Boyz, 8-12 Rick’s – Live 5, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donny, 12-3, Open Mic, 7:30-11:30 Stone Country, Lindale – Adam Brown & The Triple Crown Band, 9-1 Strada Caffe – Heather Harper, 8-10 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 True Vine Brewing – The Rocketboys, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 XLN – The Unofficial Double Shot Band, 9-1 Yamato – DJ, 8-12 • 19


“The Lucky O’Learys” Opens at Tyler Civic Theatre March 9th-11th, 15th-18th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm)

This delightful new comedy by the author of “Cooking with Gus,” will open on stage March 9th-18th at Tyler Civic Theatre. The story is about a woman who needs some ready cash right away because her apartment is about to be “condoed” - the hot new verb of the 80’s. As she believes she is going to win the big lottery, she withdraws her life savings to buy tickets. Meanwhile her husband, who left her three years before, arrives back home on her birthday, the day of the lottery drawing.

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March 3rd (7:30pm) - “Cameron Carpenter” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music – all the while generating worldwide acclaim. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the most diverse of any organist. He regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras and signed in 2013 an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Sony Classical. Cameron launched his International Touring Organ – a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world – with two Lincoln Center concerts on March 9th, the release of the Sony album “If You Could Read My Mind” on March 3rd, and a 31-concert tour to Europe, the USA, and the UK. This will be held at Belcher Performance Center, located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info or tickets call (903)2333080 or go to April 3rd-4th (9am), April 5th8th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm) - “Screwtape” Screwtape, a senior devil from hell, has delegated some authority to a junior fiend, Wormwood, whose assignment is to seize the soul of a very human and lovable young man. This might be called a devilish dramatic contest with high-level meaning thrashed out in terms of brilliant low-level comedy. The rather charming Wormwood is being critically supervised in this, his first case, by that extraordinary devil, Screwtape. Advice from this old hand from hell is devastatingly perceptive of human foibles and, despite the love of a wonderful young girl, our young man is in terrible danger. It’s really a close decision and, in a dazzling resolution, the audience learns something important about hell, heaven, religion, and humanity. 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 April 9th (7:30pm) - East Texas Symphonic Band will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)2333080 or go to April 12th-14th (7:30pm nightly, Saturday

The woman’s sister has also bought a lot of tickets. The husband has bought one for her and one for him. The women think the husband has won with his tickets, but it turns out, the reason he is flush is that he is now financially successful. Actually, one of the women just may have the winning ticket! This funny play will make you laugh and wonder as the farce unfolds. “The Lucky O’Learys” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre, located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info or tickets call (903)592-0561 or

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Matinee 2:30pm) - “1776 - The Musical” will be presented at Pollard Theater Center. “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. Pollard Theater Center is located on the campus of Pollard UMC, 3030 Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info go to pollardtheatercenter. April 13th-15th and 20th-22nd (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee 2pm) - “Love, Loss & What I Wore” - This is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects: mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we only wear black. It is based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Lindale, April 14th (7:30pm) - “The Passing Zone Saves the World” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. The Passing Zone has been wowing audiences for decades with hilarious, award-winning performances. They have been finalists on America’s Got Talent; they have performed at the White House, and they hold five Guinness World Records. Their combination of comedy, dexterity, danger, and hilarity has audiences on their feet all across the globe. Imagine a show without hatred, ignorance, and bigotry! Are they superheroes? Or are they just a couple of talented guys who will make you forget your troubles and laugh ‘til your face hurts? Either way, the world becomes a better place while these guys are on stage. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to May 19th (6pm) - “50th Anniversary Gala” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale. For more info go to or tylercivicchorale. Tickets are available through TCC members and at the door. April 21st (7:30pm) - “All That Jazz” featuring Ning An on piano will be presented by the Longview Symphony Orchestra at The Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University, located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or

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Family Three Days of Making, Creating and Learning at Discovery Science Place Discovery Science Place is located at

308 N. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. DSP is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and closed on Mondays. 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

Caldwell Zoo for assisting on this “Wild” camp day. March 15th (10am-4pm) - Art & Science Camp - Art and science collide as campers discover that science can be beautiful. Campers will create art and jewelry using the power of the sun, as well as Spring Break Camps learn about natural pigments that can be used to Spring Break Camps at Discovery Science Place are planned for March 12th-16th. Each day paint with. Guest artist Lisa Horlander will visit to assist us. has a different theme, and campers are divided into two age groups based on school grade: K-3rd March 16th (10am-4pm) - Kitchen Chemisand 4th-6th. Sign up for just one day, or up to all try Camp - A Favorite theme of campers! Slime, five. Camps are from 10am-4pm each day, and Oobleck, Carbon Dioxide rockets and more! The extended care is available from 7:30am-5:30pm. best part of this camp is that all activities can be Cost is $30 per day per camper and $25 for each repeated at home with parental help. additional child (same family). Other Events March 12th (10am-4pm) - Make: Structure 7th (10am-5pm) - 25th Anniversary Camp - Campers will focus their energy into con- April Spring Celebration Day - Join us as we celebrate struction in this day long camp. How strong can the 25 Years of Discovery! More information to you make your spaghetti tower and how well can you defend your fort against attack via flying come about this day-long celebration. April 28th (9am-5pm) - Tyler Maker Faire - The boulders? Come find out. Mini-Maker Faire has been attracting makMarch 13th (10am-4pm) - Space Quest Camp- Tyler ers, inventors, techies, artisans, hackers, and more Blast off into a universe of exciting activities. to the Discovery Science Place for a fun-filled Rockets will launch, planets will be discovered, day of making and hands-on exploration since and habitats will be constructed. 2013. Each year the faire attracts well over a thouMarch 14th (10am-4pm) - Wild About Animals sand makers, performers, and visitors to a familyCamp - The Discovery Science Place goes to the friendly, educational, and entertaining day called birds (and other creatures) with cool crafts and by Make Magazine “the greatest show and tell on awesome animal displays. Special thanks to the Earth!”

Spring Programs at the Library


March 3rd (11:30am-1:30pm) - Tips and Tricks The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. Colfor Dog Owners - Pick up tips and tricks for hanlege Ave., Tyler. Most events are free. For more info dling your dog from Certified American Kennel call (903)593-7323 or go to Club Evaluator, Judy Parson. No pets in the Library. March 7th (12 noon) - Great Decisions is a forChildren eign policy lecture series. Books are available for All storytimes will be in Taylor Auditorium. Sto$22 at the circulation desk. The March topic and rytimes will not meet the week of Spring Break, speaker is “China and American: The New GeopoMarch 12th-16th. litical Equation,” Dr. Robert Sterken. • Leeme un Cuento/Read to Me Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Mondays at 10:30am March 9th (11:30am) - “Raised Bed Gardening • Lap & Play Time (babies up to 18 months) on a Hillside” with Wayne Elliot will be presented features stories, songs, and playtime with devel- as part of the Smith County Master Gardener opmental toys at 9:30am every Wednesday Series. Free to attend. • Toddler Explore Storytime (children under age March 15th (5pm) - Reel Talk - This event is like a 3) is on Wednesdays at 10:30am • Read Aloud Crowd Storytime (children 3-6 years book-club, but for movies! Free to attend. old), Thursdays at 10:30am March 23rd (3-5:30pm) - Meet Local Author Alma Ravenell and discuss her book “Our Baby.” March 3rd (2-4pm) - LEGO® Block Party - Children ages 3 and up, bring your imagination for an March 2nd and 16th (1-3pm) - Veteran’s Movie afternoon of building and playing! LEGO® and Join this biweekly screening of movies presented Duplo Blocks are provided. especially for veterans. This free event is held the first and third Friday every month. March 10th and 24th (2-4pm) - Makerspace This continuing STEM education for children March 27th (10am) - Club Read - Join the Club and teens will feature March 10th, Multiplication group in discussing this month’s read, “ManBingo; and March 24th, Cardboard Challenge. This Read hattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. will be held in the Library Treehouse. Every Tuesday (10am-1pm) - Quilting Class Spring Break: March 12th-March 16th (10:30am) Learn the art of quilting at the Library. Fabric and - Spring Break Movie Matinees - Families are quilt patterns will be provided. Participants are invited to watch a fun feature length films in the asked to provide their own sewing machines, if library’s auditorium. A different movie will be you have them, plus scissors, and neutral or white shown each day. Pillows, blankets, and carpet thread. For details and a complete list of supplies friendly snacks welcome. please contact the Library’s information desk. Teens Every Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm) - Evening MeditaEvery Tuesday (4:30-5:30pm) - Teen Tuesdays - If tion - Learn the practice of Heartfulness Meditation you are in Middle School or High School you're in! with Gayathri Kambhampati. The Library will have games, activities, and fun just Every Wednesday (5:30pm) - Gentle Yoga - This for teens. Earn volunteer hours completing special projects. Descriptions for weekly activities can gentle yoga class will be taught by Meagan Vrba be found at who is certified in yoga, CPR, and first aid. Events are: Every Saturday (11am-12 noon) - Crochet • March 6th: Silent Library Games Classes will be held in the 3rd floor Internet Cen• March 13th: Movie ter Workroom. These are free classes. Learn to cro• March 20th: Whose Line? Improv Games chet with Library staff and volunteers. All materials are provided. All experience levels are welcome. • March 27th: “And Scene!” Reader’s Theater


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Inside the Artist’s Studio:

Jessica Sanders

My Life has Been a Tapestry By Derrick White “My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue. An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view. A wondrous, woven magic in bits of blue and gold. A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold,” these lyrics come from American singer-songwriter Carole King’s song “Tapestry” from the album of the same name. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time. It received four Grammys in 1972, including album of the year. I mention this because when one first experiences the amazing artwork of local artist Jessica Sanders, it is so incredibly beautiful that you will actually feel the earth move under your feet. If you would like to experience this visceral sensation for yourself, visit “Shape and Form,” a two woman exhibition featuring Cierra McGuckie and Jessica Sanders on view through May 31st at the Martin Walker Law Firm (121 N. Spring Ave., Downtown Tyler). The gallery space is the historic, former Arcadia Theater. Displayed are large-scale

female face oil paintings by Cierra McGuckie, and ceramic, porcelain, tapestry wall mounted sculptures by Jessica Sanders. Cierra’s work creates a kind of psychological acumen with powerful, emotional intensity. They are visually entrancing and one’s mind begins to create narratives and starts to piece together genealogies while unable to look away from haunting stares. Jessica’s sculptures are painstakingly assembled (or sewn) small, handcrafted, fired and glazed, geometrically shaped porcelain tiles. Her creations are hung on the wall and seem sinuous, soft, and organic. The undersized individual pieces transcend their uniqueness and become a complete form which is much greater than the sum of its parts. After you get over the initial fascination with the amount of labor devoted to creating each one of these pieces, you will start to see the immense exquisiteness of configuration and texture and a transformation of small and geometric into monumental and environmental. It is magical. It is truly a next level art experience. This show is curated by local, visual arts juggernaut Dace Lucia Kidd. Also, if you really hurry, you can view Jessica’s work in a three person exhibition titled “Transitions” (works by Sanders, John Miranda, and Lisa Horlander) in the Fine Arts Complex Gallery at UTTyler, up through March 2nd. “I love the intellectual side of art and the idea of the contemporary conversation going on. Art for me has been an exploration for truth, for beauty, and understanding. The fact there is always more for me to explore is really exciting. The most unexpected things can be the most beautiful,” states Jessica Sanders. “My work is comprised of small ceramic pieces attached together to make a larger piece. The pieces are very flexible and often compared to fabric, this idea of taking something solid and hard and making it fluid is very intriguing to me,” affirms Sanders, adding, “I’ve dabbled in all kinds of media, painting, fibers, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture. But right now I am focusing on ceramics. If someone had told me three years ago I would be working on a Master’s degree focusing on ceramics I would have laughed. When I was at TJC I was strictly a two dimensional artist. Once I got to UTTyler, the only advanced studio

open was ceramics and the idea of taking advanced ceramics was terrifying! My first semester was pretty rough, I had no idea what I was doing, but in the last few weeks I found a pretty cool direction and ended up signing up for the next semester, and then the next. I’ve been interested in installation art for a while and have found ways to meld this with my ceramics, which has been a very exciting development for me.” Jessica continues, “I come from a very artsy family. My mother was a drama and English teacher with a love of literature, so I grew up watching a lot of musicals and theater. I was exposed to things other kids my age weren’t seeing. My Dad is also an artist. I was very influenced by him growing up. He is a great draftsman and does really nice work with colored pencil, but my favorite things are his sketchbooks. They are goofy and zany and I’ve always loved watching him draw up jokes. When my brother and I were younger, Dad would take us to zoos and we would sketch animals. I loved doing it so much and I was inspired by how good my dad and brother were.” Jessica is also influenced by artists such as Sam Gilliam (color field painter and expressive abstractionist working on draped canvas adding sculptural, 3-D elements). “He creates beautiful drapes and folds with his un-stretched canvas and his color palettes are to die for! The Dallas Museum of Art has one of his works on view titled “leaf,” it’s a must see,” exclaims the artist. “It just sort of happened, I had started a needlepoint tapestry a few months before we did the album, and I happened to write a song called ‘Tapestry,’ not even connecting the two up in my mind. I was just thinking about some other kind

This Month at Tyler Museum of Art:

Altman received both her bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Alabama, as well as her master of fine arts from the University of North Texas. Her work has been widely exhibited and is featured in numerous public collections, including the Art Museum of South East Texas, The Grace Museum in Abilene, The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at 1300 S. Mahon and Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA Support for “Sticks and Stones” is provided by Collectors’ Circle hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. The Platinum Sponsor The Byars Foundation. Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum Special events in connection with the exhibition include: Free is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of First Friday tours at 11am April 6th, May 4th and June 1st; and Tyler. For more info call the museum at (903)595-1001, tylermuFamily Days from 2-4pm Saturday, April 14th and May 12th., or email “Best Friends II: The Dog

“Sticks & Stones: Works by Helen Altman”

“Sticks and Stones: Works by Helen Altman”

as Subject in Fine Art Photography”

Tyler Museum of Art celebrates On exhibit through March the arrival of springtime with a 25th, and presented in collaboraquarter-century survey in the career tion with SPCA of East Texas, this of one of the most diverse and prolific exhibition presents “man’s best contemporary Texas artists. “Sticks friend” as captured by 31 fine art and Stones: Works by Helen Altman” photographers. opens March 11th and continues Organized by and on loan from through June 3rd in the museum’s The Grace Museum in Abilene, the Bell Gallery. Admission is free. show features close to 30 accomThe exhibition, organized by plished photographers including the TMA and curated by Caleb Elliott Erwitt and William Bell, features more than 40 pieces Wegman, each sharing their unique spanning a dynamic body of work take on the ongoing fascination by Altman, a Fort Worth-based artist with the relationship of dogs and their owners in everyday life. noted for her ability to move between various series across an eclectic The exhibition originally includes prints from its extensive Alice array of media. and Bill Wright Photography Collection. “Alice and Bill Wright began “Sticks and Stones” focuses on her fascination with flora and collecting dog pictures early in their careers,” says information from fauna, which “have been a much-appreciated constant in my life,” the Grace Museum. “As dog lovers and professional photographers, artist said. “They have been a constant source of joy and also a source they found the combination of technical merit and subject matter of coping.” irresistible.” Altman’s specific choices of media Some captured images of dogs in the throughout her career — blankets, wire tradition of documentary photography To cap off the festivities, the SPCA will birds, egg editions, and torch drawings, while others are carefully composed shots host “Adoption Day” on the TMA front to name just a few — also reflect a of dogs (sometimes with their humans) in lawn on the Tyler Junior College pronounced emphasis on exploring the studio settings. unique in the everyday. Exhibition admission is on a “pay what campus to close out the exhibition. “Many of my works use commonyou can” basis with proceeds benefiting place materials and objects. I respond to ready-made objects that are the TMA and SPCA of East Texas equally. Special events in connection with “Best Friends II” include: Free often discards or flawed in some obvious way,” she said. “Alterations First Friday tours at 11am March 2nd; and Family Days from 2-4pm in these familiar things elevate them and draw parallels to our own Saturday, March 10th. Admission to both exhibitions is free all day. human predicament.” 22 •

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of tapestry, the kind that hangs and is all woven, or something and I wrote that song,” a quote by Carole King. Jessica’s artwork will be included in the prestigious NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts) Juried Show in Pittsburgh, PA March 9th – April 22nd at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Sanders earned her Associate’s degree in art from Tyler Junior College, a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is currently working towards her M.F.A. at University of Texas at Tyler. You can find more information about Jessica Sanders and her work at “Once amid the soft silver sadness in the sky, every life, seemingly slow and dull, is in reality bursting with color. Matching a woven story on a tapestry, each life explodes with action, love, drama, sorrow, and more. Everyone experiences this same rich and intriguing story.”* *Tapestry annotation by Gavin Matthews.

“Elephant in the Room” Opening at Gallery Main Street Gallery Main Street features a new exhibit of original art approximately every eight weeks. Each exhibit opens with a Saturday evening reception that features music, an opportunity to meet the artists, refreshments, and more. The Opening Receptions are free and open to the public. “Elephant in the Room” is opening March 10th. This exhibit is inspired by this definition: “Be inspired to create artwork that defines a very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it’s something that no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole. Sometimes [the] pink elephant in the room.” Other Upcoming Exhibits

Gallery Main Street Gallery is offering several shows this year, both to participate in and view. Upcoming shows are: • Solo Show #1 -Deadline April 22nd, opening May 12th • “6x6x10” - Deadline June 1st, opening June 6th • Solo Show #2 - Deadline June 17th, opening July 14th • “Assemblies” - Deadline July 29th, opening August 11th • “Alternate Perspective” - Deadline September 30th, opening October 13th • Holiday Market - Deadline November 25th, opening December 8th You can enter your art at For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to

Call for Artist: “Unfettered” Exhibit April 7th Attention artists! We are now accepting submission for the Art Show “Unfettered” to be held Saturday, April 7th (7-11pm) at Wagner Auto Group, Tyler. This one night curated art show will be an exciting evening to peruse original art, watch live art demos, and check out some extremely talented art vendors. They are looking for a variety of art with the theme of “Unfettered.” To be unfettered is to come undone, to let go or to become free without ties. Any artwork, no matter of size, that carries this theme in any loose fashion will be considered. For more info contact Kerian Massey at keriansartshows@ or call (903)714-7414.


A Time for Reminiscing By Gini Rainey “Letters to My Grandchildren – Living an Intentional Legacy” by Sharon Stone

If you’re searching for something to believe in, this book will deliver. While this is not a book that you would normally find on a bestseller list, this is definitely a must-read. Ms. Stone, having reached her 60’s without landing on a spirituality that really “felt right” to her, had explored nearly every ideology and philosophy available to help give her that feel-good spiritual connectivity. Faced with an uncertain future due to several debilitating health issues, she became aware that a choice on her faith would have to be made. She came to the realization that “…the Christian faith was a story of unconditional love with God the Father; Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit….It did not say that suffering was a continuous condition…It spoke real truths to me about everlasting concepts and an eternity of love.” Written in a very clean cut, easy to understand style, this book is a short read that can have longlasting effects on the reader’s life. It’s a book for anyone who is searching for their spiritual identity and is open to a refreshing new way of looking for and realizing just what their inner-most desires are for the rest of their life. Not only is this a book that I would recommend to my fellow soul-searchers, but it truly is a heartfelt gift for Ms. Stone’s children and grandchildren. I am so thankful that she took the time to verbalize her search for her spiritual identity, as she passed away on January 16th of this year, in Conroe, Texas. I shall truly miss her frank and honest way of looking at life. Rating: 5 of 5 Copyright 2012 – Book Baby

“Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller

Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book FairThe

“The community looks forward to our sales and anticipates all the great ‘deals’ and wonderful books they can purchase. We enjoy greeting our seasoned shoppers and meeting new ones as they What a treasure I line up early Thursday morning in anticipation to discovered while searching opening,” said Kelly Michaels, current President for something new to read! Smith County of SCMSA. Always a fan of the “Little Medical Now, shoppers have a nicer shopping experiHouse” books, this novel, Society ence with more room to roam and more books to authorized by Little House Alliance Book choose from. There are books for everyone! There Heritage Trust, tells the Fair will be are children’s books, collector’s books, cookbooks, story of the Ingalls family held at 2004 new releases, coffee table books, fiction, nonfrom the mother’s point of view. Broussard fiction, hobbies and “How To” books, autobiogBeginning with their move from the little house St., Tyler. The raphy and biography, sports, religion, self-help, in the big woods of Wisconsin, for a new life in romance, travel, children's, gardening, history, Kansas’ Indian Territory, Ms. Miller brings an adult book fair will be held April 5th-7th, 8am-6pm. Only cash and checks are accepted. and much more. perspective to the child Laura’s stories. Faithful to The annual Book Fair, the primary fundraiser, If you would like to donate books, please the flavor of the original books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book could be thought of either as an began in 1968. A spring and fall sale event, each drop them off at the book shelves outside in the consisting of a three day sale, gives 75% of net extension or companion to those books. front of the building. Donations can be made any proceeds funds to health career scholarships at This book will draw you right in from the day, at any time. beginning and keep you immersed to the end Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas For additional information visit scmsalliance. with the revisited exploits of the Ingalls family. com or call Book Fair at (903)561-1353. at Tyler. Filled with Caroline’s internal reactions, the reader will find themselves immersed in the The sale areas will be adventures, hardships, and dangers of the pioneer open Wednesday-Thursday life. As one reviewer said, “If you’re a big fan of 10am-6:30pm, Friday the Little House books, you don’t need to read 10am-5:30pm, Saturday any reviews; you’ll just get it!” The Tyler Public Library 10am-4:30pm, and Sunday Rating: 5 of 5 Copyright will host its Spring Book Sale 1-3pm. As stock will be 2017 – William Morrow in the lobby and first-floor replenished over the sale Book Nook March 14th-18th. days, new items may be “We are selling adult found daily. Please note that and children’s fiction and there are no previews of sale items or early sales. non-fiction books, as well as audio books, music These free book clubs are held Wednesday-Saturday, adult hardback books cassettes, and videotapes,” said City Librarian at the Tyler Public Library, are priced at $1, while all paperbacks, children’s Mary Vernau. “Most items are priced at $1 or less. located at 201 S. College Ave., books, audio books, and videotapes will be 50¢. We will have a huge selection of varying topics, Tyler. Most events hosted by Club Reads are DVD’s and CD’s will be available for $1. There including history, biography, and geneology.” free. For more info call (903)593-7323 Items for sale include donations which do not may be other miscellaneous items as well. or go to Sunday is the Library’s special pricing event. meet the Library’s current needs as well as gentlyCardboard boxes will be provided and can be March 23rd (3-5:30pm) - Meet Local used resources that have been withdrawn from circulation. Library staff and volunteers have been filled with books for $7 per box. Paper grocery Author Alma Ravenell and discuss bags can be filled for $4 per bag. sorting and preparing sale items for months. her book “Our Baby.” The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. “All proceeds from this sale will fund this College Ave. in Downtown Tyler. More inforMarch 27th (10am) - Join the Club Read summer’s reading program and multiple events in the summer,” said Vernau. “We expect to have mation about the sale can be found on the group in discussing this month’s read, Library website at or by calling thousands of items on hand, nearly all of them “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. new to this sale.” (903)593-7323.

Tyler Public Library to Host Spring Book Sale

Book Clubs


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