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The Junk Hippy’s & Tons More Fun Come to Downtown Tyler

Making His Own Way: Jonathon Allen

Art is What You Can Get Away With: Nic Trent

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2214 S. Southwest Loop 323 Tyler, (903)534-1754 Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:30am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday 10:30am-11:00pm

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2500 E. Fifth St., Tyler, (903)597-2573 3040 W. Gentry Parkway, Tyler, (903)405-3378 3201 S. Main, Lindale, (903)881-0434 Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm

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September 1, 2019 • Issue 9, Volume 7 Contents

5 To Do

���������“Uniquely Cool & Fun: Boards and Bites Cafe” by Barbara Greenbauer ���������Hit the Bricks September 14th: The Junk Hippy Comes to Downtown Tyler ���������At ETX Brewing Co.: Oktoberfest, Jazz Jam. and Pints & Pups ���������At Goodman Le-Grand Museum: September Novel Ideas Book Club & Craft & Trade Show ���������At Liberty Hall: A One-Night History Of Country Music & More ���������“Bringing The Vintage Experience to You:” Vintage Market Days of East Texas September 20th-22nd ���������The Annual Project Daffodil Bulb Sale in Tyler ���������Casey Edmonds Mosaics Classes: A Few Fun Artsy Classes to Help You Express Your Creative Side ���������First Race September 29th At Pollard Park: Healthy Kids Running Series Tyler Announces Fall Series ���������August 31st: Intro Classes to Tai Chi with Tim Sherwood ���������Run for a Cause: 5K’s, Fun Runs & More ���������September 28th: Beers, Bands & Blades at Moore’s Store ���������September 7th: National Night Out Kick Off Celebration ���������Pints & Pups plus Pooches on the Patio...All in the Name of our Beloved Pups ���������Master Gardeners Lecture Series & First Tuesday in the Garden ���������Come Out And See The Enthusiasm: The Edom Art Festival ���������At True Vine Brewing: Watch Wrestling, Drink Beer, Help The Hungry ���������At Cowan Center: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in Concert, Diavolo: Architecture in Motion, Laura Ingraham, Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue, Jersey Boys, and Martina McBride ���������At Tyler State Park: Hikes, Survival Classes & A Cool Hawk Watch ���������Fun and Animals at Ranch of Dreams ���������CityFest East Texas with Andrew Palau & The Newsboys this Fall

14 Music

���������“Making His Own Way: Jonathon Allen” by Johnny Griffith ���������“Tunes at Noon” in Downtown Tyler ���������“A Unified Musical Assault: We Divide” by Johnny Griffith ���������At Old Firehouse: New Season & New Performers of Concerts ���������“Just The Way She Is: Elfin Paige” by Johnny Griffith ���������East Texas State Fair Hosts Aaron Watson & Bret Michaels ���������Live Music Gig Guide for all of East Texas

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���������“Rose to Table” Longtable Dinner at Tyler Rose Gardens and Cooking Classes: Enjoy Late Summer Farm Goods ���������Rose City Farmers Market, Downtown Tyler ���������September 14th: “Thank a Veteran” Tea Party ���������Foodie Events & Things to Do

20 Family

���������At Tyler Public Library: Wrapping Up a Fun Summer ���������Barnes & Noble Booksellers Story Times: One Millionth Free Storytime with Dr. Seuss & “Hey Grandude” ���������At Discovery Science Place: FREE Museum Day ���������‘Nutcracker’ auditions to be held September 7th at TJC ���������At CESSE this Month: Fall Brings A New Exhibit, “Outreach to Space” & Rock ‘n Roll Party plus Star Gazing ���������CCC Annual Fall Sale ���������At Caldwell Zoo This Month: Fall Nights at The Zoo

22 Theatre: Live on a Stages Near You 23 Art

���������Inside the Artist’s Studio: Art is What You Can Get Away With ���������2019 Art of Peace Celebrates Peace: “Living Peace” at The 2019 Art of Peace, Tyler ���������This Month at Tyler Museum of Art: “Books, Books & More Books: Works by MANUAL”


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Boards and Bites Cafe

Best Seafood in East Texas!

By Barbara Greenbauer There’s a new game in town, a place where you are encouraged to put your cell phone down and have a few hours of face-to-face fun and communication. What a novel idea, and for over a year folks have been hanging out and playing games at Boards and Bites. Matthew and Brittany Gayetsky are the innovative, energetic couple with the big idea; a café featuring board games of every variety, where you can run by and have a quick game, or linger for hours to strategize and game to your heart’s content. Are you seeking to relive childhood memories of endless hours of Monopoly or Clue, or are you a geek at heart looking to play some more advanced heavyweight games with complex strategies and hours of development? “The concept for the café is to bring folks together to communicate and have fun,” explains Matthew. “We are offering an alternative to spending infinite hours on social media, and computer screen time responding to emails. Our goal is to offer a café/social club where community is built through games, conversation, and food.” Matthew, the self-professed geek of the pair, is a passionate gamester who wants to share his love for gaming with the East Texas community. Don’t be daunted by the over 700 different games that line the walls; the staff will point you in the right direction after some discussion and pointed questions. The neat thing about the game setup is that all games are categorized and the staff will help you choose games driven by your timeframe, degree of difficulty, and number of players. The games are all color coded and labeled with degrees of difficulty, and staff will walk you through rules and instructions before you go out on your own. Games are rated: “Games Anyone Can Play,” “May take a little time to learn but offer depth and a rewarding experience,” “Our most complex offerings,” “Good for two Players,” and “Breadstick Games that can be played in 30 minutes or less.” Where else in town can you pay $5 and get unending play? The game library is extensive and growing and kids six and under can play for free! “It’s the greatest feeling to see folks gathered together in community,” said Brittany. “Gaming is a great equalizer that removes social barriers and allows people to work towards a common goal. The record for play so far is a group that came in at 10am and got so involved that they stayed until closing at 10pm,” laughs Matthew. You will find games ranging from the classics like Battleship, Clue, and Jenga to games that involve elements to test dexterity, social deduction, and trivia skills. Take a stroll around the game alcove and you will see shelves of games with listings like “Light Strategy,” “First Time Favorites,” “Party/Trivia,” and “Heavy Strategy.” You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the café has even more to offer at The Bites! The café is bright and airy, with plenty of room to grab a game and spread out to play. The Gayetskys want to share not only their passion for games, but the delicious items they have sampled throughout their travels.

Let’s start with some pretty unique appetizers. Brittany is the queen of pierogies and makes them by hand, an incredible mix of mashed potatoes in a flour dumpling. Other treats include chips and salsa, quesadillas, and hummus with toasted pita and fresh vegetables. Sandwiches are the café specialty, including the “Pittsburgher,” capicola with provolone cheese, served hot with coleslaw and hashbrowns on the sandwich, just like they serve it in Pittsburgh. The “Cuban” is pulled pork in mojo sauce on white Italian bread. The “Clevelander” is corned beef with muenster cheese on rye bread, served with Russian dressing. The “Herbivore” is hummus with sautéed jalapenos, red onion, and mushroom, with your choice of bread and cheese. There’s even a “Tylerite,” a freedom-loving sandwich, a mix and match of any bread, meat and cheese you pick. What’s better to pair with a great board game than a great beverage? Right inside the front door is the coffee bar, and the selection is pretty spectacular. You’ll want to indulge in a fantastic coffee with added flavors like pumpkin spice, vanilla/hazelnut, toffee, cinnamon, caramel, or toasted marshmallow. Hot, loose leaf teas, are available too including blueberry, raspberry, peach, citrus green, watermelon-peachmango, and herbal (chamomile, raspberry hibiscus chai, huckleberry). Back to the boards. This is not your standard sit, eat, and leave venue. The atmosphere at this café is welcoming and warm, with no rush and no tables to be flipped for new customers. The Gayetskys want you to stay and play, become acquainted with something new, or revisit a game you played years ago. There’s all kinds of special events happening at the café, including open game nights, trivia nights, and college game nights. It’s a great place to take a first date, host a corporate team-building event or even a bachelorette party. The Gayetskys have hosted open mic poetry nights, pop up art shows, and live music at the café, so it’s a good idea to check out their Facebook page on a regular basis to see what’s coming up. Come out to Boards and Bites and enjoy some quality face time with your family and friends, and be part of a new community of folks gathered for the love of the game. Boards and Bites is located in the Green Acres Shopping Center at 1851 Troup Highway in Tyler, and can be reached at (903)630-5341. Their Facebook page is boardsandbites and website is The café’s hours are Tuesday-Thursday 10am10pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-11pm, and Sunday 11am-10pm. They are closed on Monday.

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Download the FREE app EGuide Tyler TX and click “Hit the Bricks” for a complete list of everything going on! Hit the Bricks September 14th:

The Junk Hippy Comes to Downtown Tyler

On the second Saturday of every month, people from all over converge on Downtown Tyler for Hit the Bricks. Downtown Tyler will be bursting with family fun, entertainment, music, food, history tours, art, and of course, the chance to check out a great locally-owned restaurant, bar, or retail establishment. The Junk Hippy returns to downtown, held all day, on and around the square. This month’s events are: • 7am-3pm: Cafe 1948 will be featuring “shave” ice and freshly squeezed lemonade • 8am-12 noon: Rose City Farmer’s Market brings all that’s fresh straight to you including veggies, bread, herbs, pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey, free-range/ non GMO eggs, goat cheeses, and tons more. • 9-11am: Saturday Morning Cars & Tacos at ETX Brewing Co. • 10am-2pm: Jeweled Mosaic Workshop with Cassie Edmonds Mosaics - This one-day class offers an opportunity to create an amazing jeweled mosaic art piece, with much detailing and no grouting. You will be provided with the frames, prepared velvet lined boards and patterns necessary for you to go home with your own finished masterpiece. Sign up at facebook. com/events/430024404304107. • 10am-4pm: “Community Park Day” and Craft and Trade Show featuring handmade and unique, used items plus a Family Scavenger Hunt at the Goodman Museum • 10am-5pm: Treasure Hunt at Ye Olde City Antique Mall - Find gift certificates hidden around the store. • 12 noon-4pm: Smith County Historical Society - An exhibit with works from local artist A. C. Gentry, Jr. is showing. Known for his beautiful watercolor paintings, SCHS have a variety of his artwork on display, including some caricatures which he drew. Admission is free. • 1-5:30pm: Sip & Shop Tour - Departing from the Downtown Square at 1pm and touring the East Texas area. Tickets are $99 and sell out fast. • 1-4pm: Celebration featuring Lee Greenwood at Church Under the Bridge, 215 W. Valentine St. Free admission. • 2-4pm: Makerspace at the Tyler Public Library - Learn about the science of robotics and make your own robotic arm out of cardboard. Registration is required. This program is recommended for kids ages 8-18. • 4-6:30pm: Thank A Veteran Afternoon Tea Party at Woldert-Spence Manor Bed & Breakfast;

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tickets are $22. Enjoy a proper Afternoon Tea with the Colonel and his queen at the WoldertSpence Manor. Socialize and relax in style with friends, both old and new. • 5:30-8pm: Portraits of Inspiration Exhibit opening at Gallery Main Street - This free event will feature the opportunity to meet many of the artists and be among the first to see and purchase pieces from this new exhibit. This is presented with Community Partner Texas Rose Festival Association. • 6-11:45pm: Fall Fiesta at ETX Brewing - Kick off celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. • Anytime: The self-guided walking tour of the Half Mile of History is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the square that commemorates significant people, places, and events in Tyler. A digital brochure is at *Note: Liberty Hall and Discovery Science Place will be closed for renovations and updates. Live Entertainment • 9am-12 noon: Live music at the Rose City Farmers Market. No cover, all ages are welcome. • 8:30-10:30pm: Live music at ETX Brewing Co. No cover and all ages are welcome. • 9pm-1am: Live music at The Garage Bar - No one under 21 after 8pm. There is a cover charge. • 9pm-1am: Rick’s on the Square. 21 and older only after 9pm. There is a cover charge. Shopping Fun While you’re enjoying one of these special events, be sure to check out some of the Downtown businesses. These stores offer unique items that can only be found in Downtown Tyler. • 903 Handmade, located at 253 S. Broadway, has unique handmade collections from quality artisans - locals, artists from around Texas, and craftspeople from around the country. • Artfix Cultured Studios offers a place to view and purchase items from a variety of local artists as well as take art classes. • Backbone Hair + Beauty, located at 235 S. Broadway, is open 9am-5pm. Get a stylish new hairdo along with experiencing a downtown jibe

in this hip new hair salon. They also sell a line of cool t-shirts and hair products. • Moss: Where Flowers are Fair features local and fairly traded fresh flowers, plantings, locally-made apothecaries, and vintage finds. • Ridiculously Good Branding and Thread Co. offers a design studio and retail store specializing in branding, print materials, and social media. Their shirts are printed in-house using ecofriendly inks on fair trade shirts with a lot of love. • The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, located at 723 N. Broadway, offers the bargain hunter tons of gently used stuff plus a load of bargains. They feature everything from furniture to clothing and kitchen gadgets to electronics. • Ye Olde City Antique Mall, 302 E. Locust St., offers treasures, antiques, and memories. Eating Your Heart Out For lunch and dinner sink your teeth into one of the local Downtown eateries. These are open on Saturdays: • Culture ETX, located at 118 W. Erwin St., Tyler, is now open! • Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 113 E. Erwin St., is open 12 noon-10pm. • Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse, located at 102 N. College Ave., is open 5-10pm. • Cafe 1948, located at 110 N. College (in the lobby of the Plaza Tower), is open 7am-5pm. • Black Pearl, located at 106 W. Erwin St., is open 4pm-12 midnight. • The Foundry Coffee House, located at 202 S. Broadway, is open at 7am-11pm. • Garage Bar, located at 418 E. Erwin St., is open 4pm-1am. • Mi Mexico Lindo, located at 405 W. Front St., is open 6am-10pm. • The Porch at ETX Brewery, located at 221 S. Broadway, is open 7:30am-12 midnight. It is petfriendly outside on the patio. • Rhea’s Hot Links, located at 204 S. Fannin Ave., is open Saturdays 9am-5:30pm. • Rick’s on the Square, located at 104 W. Erwin St., is open 4pm-1am. • SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin St., is open at 3pm-1am. • Strada Caffè, located at 302 E. Front St., is open 8am-10pm. • Taqueria El Lugar, located at 111 W. Ferguson, is open 10am-8pm. • Tapatio’s, located at 614 E. Valentine St., is open 6am-10pm. There are usually a few food trucks hanging around Downtown as well so there’s no excuse to leave hungry. Hit the Bricks is held rain or shine, cold or hotthere is always something to do Downtown on the second Saturday of every month. For more information go to HitTheBricks, find the event on Facebook, or download the FREE app “EGuide Tyler TX.”

At ETX Brewing Co.:

Oktoberfest, Jazz Jam, & Pints & Pups

There’s a lot going on at the Brewery Downtown. ETX Brewing Co. is located at 221 S. Broadway, Downtown Tyler,, ETXBrew, (903)630-7720. ETX Brewery offers onsite quality craft beers. Alongside it, The Porch at ETX offers wonderful food and a relaxed atmosphere. They are open Monday-Tuesday 11am2pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday 11am-11pm and Saturday 11am-12am. This month’s events are: Every Wednesday (7-8pm): Opinionation Trivia - If you guess all the top answers to Family Feud, then you’ll love playing Opinionation at ETX! This family-friendly trivia is always lively and super fun. It is free to play and all ages are welcome! Kids eat FREE this day, too. September 5th (6-9pm): Pints & Pups - Benefiting the SPCA of East Texas, on the 1st Thursday of each month, bring your dog for this fun party on the patio. The Porch will offer free chips and salsa to those who bring a supply to donate. September 12 (7-10pm): Jazz Jam - Come enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz with members from The University of Texas at Tyler Jazz. This free event is great for the whole family. September 12th, October 10th (6:30pm): Swing Dancing & Jazz Night - Let’s Swing! Swing Dancing with Tyler Swing Thing will be held the 2nd Thursday each month along with the Jazz Jam at ETX. There are free Swing Dancing lessons at 6:30pm, then dance to the jazz until 10pm. Everyone is welcome. September 14th (9am): Saturday Morning Cars & Tacos - Come and see some really cool classic cars and delicious breakfast tacos one Saturday each month. September 14th (6-11:30pm): Fall Fiesta - Come out and kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month! September 19th (7-9pm): Painting with Pinot’s Palette - Discover the artist in you! Register at September 19th (7-8pm): Bingo Night with Dr. Factenstein - This ain’t your grandma’s bingo! Between each round of bingo, they will have a round of trivia that increases your odds of winning. You’ll need brains AND luck to walk away a winner. September 28th (12 noon-11:30pm): Oktoberfest at ETX Brewing - It’s back! Oktoberfest will feature all-day fun, German beer, German food, live music, Stein Hoist Contest, live Firkin Tapping, and more. Come dressed in your favorite German costume!

At Goodman Le-Grand Museum:

September Novel Ideas Book Club & Craft & Trade Show

The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway, Downtown Tyler. For more information contact, call (903)531-1286, or go to parksandrec.cityoftyler. org. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am4pm. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is free; there is a $2 donation suggested. Goodman-LeGrand Museum will host these events this month: Novel Ideas Book Club Novel Ideas Book Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 7pm. The goal of Novel Ideas is to get a group of people interested in reading young adult fiction (no matter your age) to discuss the books in a safe and unique space. Books scheduled to be discussed are: • September 5th: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green • October 3rd: “Blood and Salt” by Kim Liggett • November 7th: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie • December 5th: “My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories” by Stephanie Perkins (Editor/ Contributor), Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Jim Tierney (Illustrator) Hit the Bricks Second Saturday Fun Held 10am-4pm the second Saturday every month, Goodman Museum offers free fun for everyone. This is free to participate. Events are: • September 14th: “Community Park Day” and Craft and Trade Show featuring both handmade and unique, used items. Vendor booths are available by contacting (903)921-8335. At Liberty Hall This Month:

A One-Night History Of Country Music

Liberty Hall is hosting a variety of upcoming events. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. Tickets are available online at September 21st (8pm): Card 53 Comedy You never know what will happen at a Card 53 show. They don’t either! The laughs are all made up on the spot, plus free beer and wine! Card 53 Comedy brings their unique style of improv “makemups” back to the stage of Liberty Hall. They are excited to create for you an experience like none other in Tyler, made up entirely on the spot based on your suggestions. Disclaimer: Card 53 strives to make each show to be what they consider “clean-ish;” however, due to the unpredictable nature of improv, they risk embarrassing their wives, girlfriends, dogs, employers, and total strangers with their unique style of improv “makemups.” Tickets are $15 at or at the door. These events sell out regularly. September 25th (7pm): The History of Country Music with Jake Penrod - Award-winning Texas singer/musician Jake Penrod highlights the country music genre from its 1920’s hillbilly start, through the bluegrass, honky-tonk, and western swing eras. He meanders into the 70’s and 80’s where we were introduced to outlaw country, then on to the present. Penrod doesn’t simply talk the talk, he definitely walks the walk and his passion for this genre of music is obvious in this incredible showcase. Jake attracted national attention as a featured guest on RFD-TV’s TruCountry and was a regular cast member on RuralTV’s Texas Pickin’ Party, where he not only sang but was also the program’s pedal steel guitarist. This is a public rental. Liberty Hall is not in charge of ticketing. For tickets please call (866) 710-8942. Tickets are $30.

• October 12th: “Mirror Image- Period Costume Party” • November 9th: “Hand Turkeys” • December 14th: “Making Classic Ornaments” Other Upcoming Events • September 28th (6-8:30pm): Murder Mystery Fundraiser - SALT and the Goodman Museum are partnering on this fundraiser murder mystery dinner. “A Study in Poison” is a Sherlock Holmes Inspired Mystery Dinner. Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase starting September 7th. If you’d like to purchase a ticket, please call (903)531-1286 during operating hours. There will also be a book swap at this event, so bring a banned book or mystery to swap. We also highly encourage you to dress up as your favorite version of Sherlock (or a Sherlockian character). The funds raised will be split. • October 19th (10am-4pm): Rose Season Open House - “Battle of the Roses” Recounting Tyler’s First Rose Parade • October 26th (8pm-8am): A Haunted Evening with the Goodmans - This night will host a cemetery stroll, night scavenger hunt, entertainment, and lock-in! • November 16th (6-8:30pm): Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser - “Bonnie and Clyde” • December 12th (4-8pm): Open House “Home for the Holidays” September 27th (7pm): “The Greatest Showman” Sing Along - Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Tickets are $6 at the door. October 2nd (7pm): Jimmy Fortune - Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. Fortune quickly lived up to his name. He wrote the group’s second No. 1 hit, “Elizabeth,” on their 1983 album Today, and followed that with two more No. 1 hits – “My Only Love” (from 1984’s Atlanta Blue) and “Too Much On My Heart” (from 1985’s Pardners in Rhyme). Fortune also wrote the top-10 hit “Forever” from 1986’s Four for the Show, and co-wrote the top-10 hit “More Than a Name on the Wall” from 1988’s The Greatest Hits. After the Statler Brothers retired on October 26, 2002, Jimmy seized the opportunity to launch a solo career to share new music with his fans. His first solo CD, “When One Door Closes,” was released August 2003 on Audium/Koch. He released a gospel album, “I Believe,” in June 2005; a Christmas CD, “Feels Like Christmas,” in 2006; a live concert DVD in 2007; a country CD, “Windows” in 2009; “Lessons” in 2012; and “Hits and Hymns” CD and DVD through Spring House Productions in 2015. This is a public rental. Liberty Hall is not in charge of ticketing. For ticket assistance please call (866) 710-8942. Tickets are $35-$45. December 12th (8pm): Silver Belles & Diamonds - Silver Bells and Diamonds combines the best of The Diamonds - In Concert with sparkling holiday favorites everyone will enjoy. The show opens with a “Jingle Bells” medley, followed by the first half which features hit songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Then, in the second half, The Diamonds use their signature harmony-filled vocals and always-entertaining stage presence to get the audience into the Christmas spirit with a fast-paced ride through holiday favorites. This is a public rental. Liberty Hall is not in charge of ticketing. For ticket assistance please call (866)710-8942.


Card 53 Comedy


The History of Country Music with Jake Penrod SEPTEMBER 27TH (7PM)

“The Greatest Showman” Sing Along OCTOBER 2ND (7PM)

Jimmy Fortune in Concert DECEMBER 12TH (8PM)

Silver Belles & Diamonds TICKETS:

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“Bringing The Vintage Experience to You:”

First Race September 29th At Pollard Park:

Vintage Market Days is an upscale, open-air Vintage & Vintage-inspired event which has operated several successful events in the surrounding states. Vintage Market Days owners Amanda Wilkinson and Jared Wilkinson are pleased to announce the Vintage Market Days® of East Texas event “Take Me Away” to be held at the Pickers Pavilion in Lindale. The three day event will take place September 20th-22nd. Vintage Market Days® of East Texas is excited to bring the Vintage experience to the State of Texas. It is so more than a show said Amanda, “We love adding special touches to make it an event.” The Pickers Pavilion is located at 205 E. North Street in Lindale. It is the perfect venue for a vintage event. It has incredible vintage potential to provide a charming get-a-way for customers so they can come and leave stress behind and just enjoy being in a fun environment with some of the most creative people around. The atmosphere and charm really help to set the tone for what our event is about - a vintage ‘experience,’ not just a sale,” said Amanda. “We want our customers to walk away feeling like they were a part of something really special. We have been receiving great response from vendors and the community. The Vintage Market Days vendors are some of the best in the country. We also would like to thank the City of Lindale for going above and beyond to support our Vintage Market Days Event. We have no doubt in our mind that Lindale is the perfect location for our future events.” Vintage Market Days is an upscale Vintage & Vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more. Vintage Market Days® also has the opportunity to give back at each event. “We are honored this event to give back to the TJC North College in Lindale. We will be donating to their Veterinary Scholarship Fund. We are excited to help support the local area.” In addition to the Texas area, Vintage Market Days® has events in Vermont, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. As of early 2014, Vintage Market Days®, LLC is a franchise and offers opportunities for entrepreneurs to “bring the Vintage experience” to their communities. For more information, please visit

Registration is now open for the five-week Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) Tyler at! HKRS is a national, community-based nonprofit which provides a fun, five-week running program for ages 2-14 that gets kids active, feel accomplished and lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. HKRS is seeking participants for its program in Tyler. The first of five consecutive Sunday afternoon races begins on Sunday, September 29th at 3pm at Pollard Park, 710 E. Amherst Dr. Tyler. Each Healthy Kids Running Series takes place once a week and offers age-appropriate race distances. Kids compete each week for a chance to earn points, and at the end of the series, the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division, earn a trophy. All participants receive a finishers medal, race bag and Healthy Kids Running Series tech shirt for their achievements courtesy of Healthy Kids Running Series. Healthy Kids Running Series teaches its participants to live an active lifestyle through goal setting and dedication. “Healthy Kids Running Series is designed to combat the increasing rates of child obesity in America,” said Jeff Long, Healthy Kids Running Series Founder. “My goal is to motivate and inform kids to be healthy and active. We are providing a fun environment to improve their self-esteem and inspire them to adopt a ‘Get Up and Go’ attitude. The support and growth of our series have confirmed our value and mission.” “The Healthy Kids Running Series is about having fun and encouraging our kids to remain active,” said Tamara Conan, National Director, Healthy Kids Running Series. “Our goal is to provide a fun and positive experience for every participant and see them improve over the five weeks.” Over 44,000 kids participate in more than 200 Healthy Kids Running Series nationwide. HKRS is a five-week, nonprofit youth running program where kids can be competitive in their age bracket. The divisions and race distances are as follows: • Pre-Kindergarten 2 and 3 year olds: 50 Yard Dash • Pre-Kindergarten 4 and 5 year olds: 75 Yard Dash • Kindergarten and 1st Grades : ¼ mile • 2nd and 3rd Grades: 1/2 mile • 4th and 5th Grades: 1/2 mile • Middle School: 1 mile To register a child, volunteer or become a sponsor, please visit our website at

Project Daffodil Bulb Sale

Take an Intro Class to Tai Chi with Tim Sherwood

Vintage Market Days of East Texas September 20th-22nd

Project Daffodil is a beautification project hosted by Keep Tyler Beautiful. This daffodil bulb sale promotes the planting of daffodil bulbs in our community and raises funds for future beautification projects. Daffodil bulbs are the bulb of choice for Keep Tyler Beautiful because they can be planted one year and come back multiple years after. Daffodil bulbs are very resilient to the winter freezes and bloom just in time for a beautiful spring surprise. Each bag of daffodil bulbs contains 50 bulbs of Carlton yellow daffodils. Purchase your bulbs at for $20 each. For more info contact Keep Tyler Beautiful at (903)595-7217 or email

Casey Edmonds Mosaics Classes:

A Few Fun, Artsy Classes to Help You Express Your Creative Side Located at FM 2493 (Old Jacksonville Hwy) Off Loop 49 Inside in Tyler, Texas

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903.592.POOL (7665)

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Casey Edmonds Mosaics, located at 124 S. College St., Tyler, specializes in high quality bespoke glass mosaic floor rugs, wall murals, and other installations and artwork. Applying many combined years of experience, the studio’s team patiently researches your needs, deeply considers your situation, pursues a creative solution, and expertly makes it real. This month, the studio will be offering some great and fun classes. To secure your spot in any of these classes email cassieedmondsdidit@ September 14th (10am-2pm): Jeweled Mosaic Workshop - This one-day class offers an opportunity to create an amazing jeweled mosaic art piece, with much detailing and no grouting. Learn about the world of mosaics, tools, adhesives, and materials. You will be provided with the frames, prepared velvet lined boards, and patterns necessary for you to go home with your own finished masterpiece! You can bring your own jewelry pieces too; they can be personal pieces, broken or damaged, single earrings, buttons, chains and anything else you want

Healthy Kids Running Series Tyler Announces Fall Series

August 31st (1-2pm):

The public is welcome to take this class. Tai Chi is an art embracing the mind, body and spirit – originating in ancient China, tai chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey. Join Timothy Sherwood at BeFree Yoga Tyler, 212 Old Grande Blvd., Tyler. Non-member cost is $5. For more info go to events/380433485911091/. to incorporate. Cost is $95 which includes frame, use of tools and adhesives, plus a light lunch. September 21st (10am-3pm): Dia De Los Muertos Jeweled Skull Workshop - Come out and create a great piece for Halloween or Day of the Dead. This one-day class offers an opportunity to create an amazing jeweled mosaic art piece, with much detailing and no grouting. Learn about the world of mosaics, tools, adhesives, and materials. You will be provided with a prepped Styrofoam skull and base along with instructions necessary for you to go home with your own finished masterpiece. Cost is $125 which includes skull with base, use of tools and adhesives, plus a light lunch. Upcoming classes are: • October 12th & 13th: Framed Jeweled Mosaic Workshop • October 26th & 27th: Jeweled and Trimmed Christmas Tree Cone Workshop • November 16th & 17th: Framed Jeweled Christmas Tree Workshop

Run for a Cause:

5K’s, Fun Runs & More

To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to It is always free to list any event. September 7th: Walk to End Epilepsy - You are invited to be a part of this family-friendly walk bringing together children and adults living with epilepsy, their families, friends, and supporters. You will walk in celebration of Sam Watkins, a Kilgore student who passed away after experiencing a seizure. There will be a DJ, face painting, a bounce house, and more. Participants receive a t-shirt after raising $35 or more (registration fee included). You can support this event by registering as a participant, by creating a team to encourage your friends and family to participate, donating to your favorite team, or by donating to the Epilepsy Foundation Texas. No donation is too small. For more info go to This will be held at Rose Rudman Park in Tyler. September 14th: MDA Tyler Muscle Walk Join MDA Muscle Walk and walk or ride to help transform the lives of people affected by neuromuscular diseases. After you register, you’ll have access to your own fundraising webpage. Customize your page with photos, share your inspiration for walking, and set your fundraising goal. Share your fundraising webpage with friends and family and ask them to give. Be sure to share why you’re walking and thank your donors for their generosity. Register at September 15th: Rose City Tri - CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System has partnered with East Texas Triathletes to present the Rose City Triathlon. The annual sprint triathlon (650-meter open water swim, 13-mile bike, 3.1 mile run) will take place at a specially designed Lake Tyler course. This event is known for its beautiful course around Lake Tyler and its trend of attracting new participants from across East Texas and beyond each year. In fact, each year members of USA Triathlon Association vote on their favorite small, medium, and large triathlon. For more info email or go to rosecitytri. com. September 21st: Tyler Gold Run 5K - Join the run with a cause - to end childhood cancer! This year, they have added a 14K Gold distance in addition to the chip-timed 5K and untimed Family Fun Run! This will begin at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and The Tyler Gold Run 5K is a family event. Run or walk for a great cause: to raise money for and awareness of Childhood Cancer. All proceeds will benefit Childhood Cancer Families, both locally and in the form of research. Register at September 21st-22nd: Piney Woods Ultra - Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines for this 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K, and 100K. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trail. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. As home to the forest race in this eco series, you won’t want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. To register go to ultraexpeditions. com/thepineywoodsultra. September 28th: Great Strides Walk - Starting at 8am, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Northeast Texas Tyler Chapter will present Great Strides Walk at Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway, Tyler. Join for a fun morning benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. No advance registration is needed. More info can be found at events/408915239907845.

September 28th (9am-12 noon): Out of the Darkness Tyler Walk - Suicide Prevention, Postvention, and Awareness: The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park, 450 Shiloh Rd., Tyler. It is free to participate. For more info go to October 12th: 2019 Corkscrew Wine Run Registration is now open and ready for you to snag your spot to run a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon at Kiepersol Winery! Runners will receive a participant shirt, finisher medal, and quite the after party featuring Kiepersol’s best! A percentage of the race proceeds will benefit Pierre’s Mane Mission, which supports Tyler’s Breckenridge Village. For more info go to events/2103389469683714.

October 12th: Harvest Hustle 5K Lindale - The annual event is always fun for all ages. A portion of proceeds will benefit David Powell Food Pantry, LISD Foundation, Lindale Fire Department, and Lindale Library. For more info go to lindalechamber. org or October 26th: Adventum™ Mindfulness Triathlon - Come join for the 2nd annual ADVENTUM™ Mindfulness Triathlon at True Vine Brewing, 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler. ADVENTUM™ offers a stigma-free experience that builds community and connects people with local resources to elevate mental health. The Adventum™ Mindfulness Triathlon aims to remove barriers for those hurting in our community. This triathlon starts with a 2-mile walk/run and transitions to a 45-minute mindfulness yoga session led by beFree Yoga. After the yoga session, Scott Martin from East Texas Stress Reduction Clinic will lead you through a 20-minute guided meditation. After the triathlon, grab yourself a True Vine beer and check out all of the local sponsors and resources. This year, a Kids Mindfulness Triathlon event has been added to highlight children’s mental health. The Kids event will start

at 11:15am with a 100-yard run/walk, a 20-minute yoga session by beFree yoga and a 10-minute mindfulness session at the end. Register at events/1103850256451927/. October 26th: 2019 Tyler Walk to End Alzheimer’s - This will be held starting at 8am at Southside Park, 450 Shiloh Rd., Tyler. There will be a ceremony at 9am with the walk beginning at 9:30am. This is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. For more info go to events/621888488263762. • November 16th: 2019 Tyler Heart & Stroke Walk • November 28th: 2019 Turkey Trot • November 28th: Lindale Turkey Trot • December 1st: 2019 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K • December: Remembering Pearl Harbor 5K • December 7th: 2019 CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, Jacksonville Jingle Jog 5K and Fun Run • January 1st: Kettle Krush 5K More runs are at! • 9

Master Gardeners Beers, Bands & Blades Lecture Series & First at Moore’s Store Tuesday in the Garden September 28th (1-8pm):

This will be held at Moore’s Store, 1535 FM 279 in Downtown Ben Wheeler. Believe it or not, 2019 is Moore’s Store’s 10 Year Anniversary! In celebration of this monumental occasion, Moore’s has gotten together with its Downtown neighbor, The Blade Bar, and created an awesome event! On September 28th, starting at 1pm, Moore’s Store and The Blade Bar will be hosting local bands, have samplings of Texas beer, and be showcasing incredible knives. Just picture bands rocking on Moore’s stage all day long, beer tents pitched outside with Texas craft beers for sampling, and if that isn’t cool enough there will be live forging demonstrations by custom knife makers from all over Texas happening right alongside the party! After this, there will be even “Moore” music on the legendary Moore’s Store Stage! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for announcements on bands, drinks, and appetizer specials! You can’t miss this epic celebration! More info can be found at events/2352516825023123. September 7th (11am-2pm)

National Night Out Kick Off Celebration

Join the Tyler Police Department, Tyler Fire Department and other community partners for our annual National Night Out kick off celebration at Bergfeld Park! Get more information on National Night Out at NationalNightOut.aspx.

Pints & Pups plus Pooches on the Patio... All in the Name of our Beloved Pups

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Every year the Master Gardeners lecture series is presented. Events are: August 24th (8:30-11:30am): Stitching an Heirloom Garden and Quilt Show - Greg Grant, Smith County Horticulturist, will present “Stitching An Heirloom Garden...Learning Landscaping from my Grannies’ Old Quilts,” and Jo Helen McGee will present “Quilt Preservation.” Also there will be an inaugural showing of Greg Grant’s heirloom family quilt collection. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more info call (903)590-2980. Registration begins at 8:30am and the program starts at 9am. Also, as part of this program, a presentation will be made called “Learning Landscaping from my Grandmother’s Quilts.”

First Tuesday in the Garden Lectures will be held at the IDEA Garden in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., in Tyler. These are FREE and open to the public. Topics are: • September 3rd (12 noon-1pm): “Wildlife in the Fall and Winter” Garden • October 1st (12 noon-1pm): “Summer Bulbs” • November 5th (12 noon-1pm): “Shade Gardening and a tour of the new Rose Center Shade Garden” If inclement weather, this program will be held in Tyler Rose Center. October 12th (8:30am-2pm): Smith County Master Gardener “From Bulbs to Blooms” Conference and Sale - Greg Grant, Smith Co. Horticulturist, will present “Bulbs for the South” followed by a bulb and plant sale held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

wipes, laundry detergent, paper towels, and Clorox bleach. The Porch at ETX Brewing Co. will offer free chips and salsa to those who bring a supply to donate. ETX Brewing is located at 221 S. Broadway, Downtown Tyler. September 21st (9am-6pm): Axes Fur Animals - Come join for the first ever Axes Fur Animals at Pumpjaxe, located at 15902 CR 165, Ste. C, Tyler. They will be having a tournament The SPCA of East Texas and there will be a lane for welcomes you to Tyler’s largest practicing as well. Pumpjaxe public dog park with acres of will donate 50% of the prorolling hills and trees to share ceeds to the SPCA of East with your family and your fourTexas! Also, all those that legged best friends. Open daily bring a donation such as from dawn to dusk, Bossart food, blankets, or toys will Bark Park allows pet owners the be entered to win a $50 opportunity to enjoy the outPumpjaxe gift card. Get your doors with their pets. Convetickets for the tournament niently located off Grande Bouonline before they’re sold levard between Highway 155 out! To sign up for the tourand Old Jacksonville in Tyler, nament, go to the park offers both a small and September 26th (6-8pm): Pooches on the Patio large dog area for visitor safety, pet-friendly water fountains, comfortable bench seating for pet owners will be held at Fuzzy’s Taco, 6361 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. Bring your furry friends and enjoy a to supervise their pets while playing, and plenty of pawsitively great evening. A portion of the proceeds parking. benefit the SPCA of East Texas. And you can support this wonderful park by purchasing a commemorative engraved paver. You October 19th (11am-7pm): Dogtoberfest 2019 can give the gift of a lasting memory because these - Dogtoberfest is a family-friendly celebration, personal pavers pay tribute to park lovers and their featuring many wonderful local animal rescues friends, families, and dogs. Pavers are $100 (4x8) and shelters, craft breweries, fantastic live music, or $200 (8x8). The purchase of an engraved paver vendors, and food trucks. The ultimate goal of the also provides the support needed to maintain and day is finding forever homes for as many homeless operate this beautiful park for all to enjoy. Purchases, pets as possible, while giving the community an as well as donations, can be made at amazing experience. This year is going to be even donorsite/spcaeasttx. bigger and better! Join the SPCA on the Downtown Upcoming events are: Square in Tyler. For more information go to September 5th (6-8pm): Pints & Pups to benefit the SPCA at ETX Brewing - ETX Brewing Co. Pints & Pups to benefit the SPCA of East Texas About the SPCA occurs on the first Thursday of each month AprilWeekly adoptions are held Saturdays October. Bring your dog for this fun party on the 10am-4pm at the Adoption Center, 4517 Old patio. They are requesting a donation of a supply Bullard Rd., Tyler. Please come and meet the item needed for the care of the cats and dogs at the adorable adoptables! Adoption applications are SPCA. Needed items include: puppy pads, IAMS available at The mission of the SPCA Smart puppy food, Tidy Cat instant action cat litter, of East Texas is to improve the lives of animals, collars of all sizes, leashes, towels, blankets, dog alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. beds, toys, treats, cleaning supplies such as Clorox

Come Out And See The Enthusiasm:

Festival. She did and was accepted. Photographer Steve Riley was encouraged to apply after meeting jewelers Zeke and Marty at a Wimberley Art Fair. He too was accepted. Jeweler Mary Geisler considers Zeke and Marty mentors, and so with their encouragement, she also applied and made it. The acceptance process is by jury, and the festival is run by artists. It is one of the few in the state that can boast that. Leadership has kept the festival vital and tries to make the experience as rewarding Saturday-Sunday, for the participants as possible. Multi-dimensional artist Gail Delger finds the October 12th-13th, 10am-5pm, the annual Edom Art Festival will take festival atmosphere more conducive to sales. For place throughout the small artist community known years she owned a gallery on the square in McKinney and still participates in a large artist co-op there, but as Edom, Texas. The festival is free, as is parking. over the years found that when the art was placed on The arrival of young artists and new art estabthe sidewalk more people bought. “The sales were lishments in Edom, Texas over the past year have out front, not in the gallery,” she says. So now that brought an infusion of excitement to the town and she has more time, she is planning on traveling to to the annual Edom Art Festival. The famous East the art fairs. Texas art festival is now celebrating its 47th anniRegionalism plays a part of the artist’s success, versary, and this time there are 20 first-time particieither because the artist feels more comfortable, or pants joining the dozens of returning craftspeople the area attracts buyers who are enthusiastic about and artists. their work. A rural setting brings in the people For this festival, the hamlet town will swell who gravitate to Sandy Shiroma’s paintings on bird with thousands of visitors who make the regular feathers. She meets many hunters with whom she pilgrimage. Regular visitors are sure to notice all barters for feathers. “Hunters and birders like what the new faces and activity. On the town’s main I do,” she says. The feathers speak to her: “They tell thoroughfare, visitors will find the new Edom Art Emporium, a four-person art collective. Across the you what will look good. Their shape and size do not limit me to a rectangular canvas.” street, artist Kelli Holmes and her husband Don Photographer Kimberly Clark, who is new to Hendrickson have opened The Experience, a large the art circuit, found that the art fair scrum in Dallas’ building that is currently housing a restaurant, a Deep Ellum neighborhood was not a venue where gallery, shops, and a yoga studio. The Experience’s she felt comfortable. “While it was successful, people central location with outdoor gardens and perforwere there for other things. It was stressful being in mance studio is a magnet for locals to lounge and a downtown atmosphere. While I appreciated all the watch the day’s parade. These entrepreneurs join customers, I probably won’t go back,” she says. jewelers Zeke and Marty and Potters Brown, the One thing they all seem to enjoy is watching Edom pioneer artists who have been mainstays for visitors respond to their work. “It’s immediate almost 50 years. feedback,” says Clark. “You can’t get that anywhere All this activity and the annual Edom Art Feselse. It’s feeding why I do this. Getting immediate tival will make even regular visitors notice the connection is really fulfilling.” enthusiasm that has come to town. Food and wine vendors will be there as well The first time participants found the Edom Fesas continual musical entertainment. Families are tival through the artist’s grapevine. Weatherfordencouraged to come, as there is an art program for based ceramicist Cathy Crain heard about it from children. ceramicist Mike Grafa. He’s a regular at Edom, and Edom is located 20 miles west of Tyler at the when Cathy voiced her appreciation for shows in crossroads of FM 314 and FM 279. For more info remote locations that have turned out to be her favorites, he suggested she apply to the Edom call (903)852-6473 or go to

The Edom Art Festival

At True Vine Brewing This Month:

Watch Wrestling, Drink Beer, Help The Hungry

True Vine Brewing is located at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler. True Vine is a local brewery built and inspired by: Integrity. Community. Love. True Vine is all about putting their neighbors before themselves and crafting brews that reflect the same, bringing people together and building community. For more info go to or truevinebrewing. True Vine is open MondayWednesday 4-9pm, Thursday 4-11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm. Events this month are: September 1st (12 noon-12 midnight): “Beer to Go” Celebration - Starting Sunday, September 1st, True Vine will legally be allowed to sell growlers and cans to-go from the taproom! Join the brewery for a day of celebration as they raise a glass to victory! As True Vine sells growlers and cans of beer to go, The Porch Food Truck will be slinging their ridiculously delicious burgers, hotdogs, and tacos too! September 14th, October 12th (10-11am): Yoga and Beer at True Vine - Every second Saturday of the month, a beautiful yoga practice is held under the pavilion. Afterward, you can enjoy a beer. Class and one beer are included in the price of admission. Tickets are available at the door for $10. September 14th: Brawl at the Brewery benefiting East Texas Food Bank - Free Live Pro Wrestling at True Vine! Drop by for a fundraising event unlike any other! The month of September is Hunger Action Month and True Vine Brewing Co. is tagteaming with the East Texas Food Bank to raise awareness and resources. True Vine will be setting up a full-sized wrestling ring under the pavilion

where pro wrestlers will be duking it out in one-onone, tag-team, and battle royal matches! As part of the effort to “fight hunger,” a portion of the night’s beer sales will go towards the incredible work the East Texas Food Bank does for Tyler and the surrounding area. The East Texas Food Bank will be on site throughout the evening for further info and donation opportunities. Stay after the matches end and enjoy a beer with the wrestlers and be sure to grab a photo! This is a FREE event. True Vine asks that all guests bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the food bank. Upcoming events: • October 12th: Hoptober Fest 2019 • October 26th: Adventum™ Mindfulness Triathlon September 26th (11:30am-1pm):

Monarchs & Memories: Butterfly Hope Luncheon The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County is excited to announce that on Thursday, September 26th, they will be hosting special guest Joan Lunden at the Green Acres CrossWalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, for their annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon. This year’s theme is “Monarchs & Memories,” and will be chaired by Jennifer Gaston. This annual event benefits the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, which is the only local independent nonprofit serving families living with an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. General admission tickets are now on sale for $100 through the Alliance website at alzalliance/ events/ Tickets are also available through the Alzheimer’s Alliance office (211 Winchester), Julie Langford with Roseman Wealth Advisors (3304 S. Broadway Ave, Suite 202), and Claire Lamar of Visiting Angels Tyler (419 W. Houston Street). For more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease, Alliance programs, and services, or for volunteer opportunities, please visit Doors open at 11am with the program starting at 11:30am. For more info contact the Alliance office at (903)509-8323. • 11

At Cowan Center This Month:

s fa l l v i s i t i h t

a r t di s t r ic t Art Galleries & Shops Gardens, Wineries, Music & Restaurants Cabins & Retreats

come for the day or stay the weekend, there's always something going on in edom! corner of fm 279 & fm 314

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in Concert

Fall is here and the season begins at Cowan Center in Tyler. Eighteen live events are planned ranging from Broadway musicals and acrobatics to concerts and guest speakers, and will take place between September 2019 and April 2020. Season tickets and individual tickets can be purchased by calling the Cowan Center box office at (903)566-7424 or visiting in person 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. You can also purchase tickets online at All events are performed in the Cowan Center located on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Boulevard – FAC 1120, Tyler. More information about the new season can be found at The upcoming season’s acts are: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Tuesday, September 10th (7:30pm) Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo have been making music together for four decades. Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer, and songwriter forged a unique sound responsible for some of rock’s most memorable hits, including “We Belong,” “Invincible,” and “Love Is A Battlefield.” The duo has created two multi-platinum, five platinum and three gold albums, as well as nineteen Top 40 hits. They have sold over thirty million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy® awards. This summer, the duo will embark on a tour for their 40th anniversary. Diavolo: Architecture in Motion Thursday, September 26th (12:30pm for grades 5-12; 7:30pm for the public) For more than 25 years, DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® has been applauded for its ability to display surprising movement against a backdrop of elaborately designed space, all while entertaining audiences with what is, in fact, a new art form. The company has captivated audiences in 250 cities and 14 countries and has performed to sold out venues throughout the U.S. and internationally. In 2017, DIAVOLO enjoyed an extraordinary season, highlighted by the group’s stint on season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.” One of the Top 10 contestants to reach the show’s finale, the company was seen by over 90 million television viewers! Laura Ingraham Thursday, October 10th (7pm) Laura Ingraham is the most listened-to woman in political talk radio in the United States. The Laura Ingraham Show is heard on hundreds of stations nationwide and has been addicting legions of At Tyler State Park This Month:

Hikes, Survival Classes & A Cool Hawk Watch


At Tyler State Park you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, bird watch, and study nature. Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with a fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily and children 12 years and under are free. For more info go to tpwd., call (903)597-5338. This month’s events are: September 7th 10-11:30am: Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot - Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron! 2-3pm: Adventure Games - Can you come out and play? Try out some of the games and discover they really did know how to have fun! September 14th 10-11:30am: Birding 101: Introduction to Birding - Everybody’s a Birder! Learn the basics of birding and then take a walk around parts of the lake trial to see how many bird species you can find. Bring binoculars, if you have them.

listeners since its launch in 2001. She is the editorin-chief and co-founder of the political news site LifeZette, which launched in 2015. Always smart and entertaining, she is the host of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News. She is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of five books. A former litigator, Ingraham clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Ingraham is an avid supporter of our troops and a variety of military organizations. Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue Tuesday, October 22nd, (7:30pm) Taj Express follows the journey of a young composer as he struggles with his music, and it’s only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol, A.R. Rahman, that he discovers his path to success. This spectacular production reveals the secrets of the world’s most prolific film industry and the people behind the screen who make the magic in India’s factory of dreams. Rhythmically blending explosive dance with the hits of India’s most iconic composers and set to an unforgettable soundtrack by Oscar® winner A.R. Rahman, Taj Express is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians performing live on stage! Jersey Boys Monday, October 28th (7:30pm) They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. Martina McBride Tuesday, December 3rd (8pm) With multiple Grammy® nominations, country icon Martina McBride’s incomparable vocals have garnered six No. 1 hits and twenty top ten singles (“Independence Day,” “This One’s For The Girls,” “A Broken Wing”). With her, more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, McBride has sold more than 18 million albums to date and has earned multiple Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum, and Triple Platinum certifications. This winter, the celebrated singer takes to the stage with an unforgettable Martina McBride concert experience you’ll never forget. 2-3pm: Does This Stream Look Sick? Amphibians and Insects as Indicators - Discover how indicator species of some amphibians and insects help us determine the quality of our environment. September 21st 3-4pm: The Big Clock, Daytime Sky - Discover the Big Clock in the Sky! Learn about our Sun and Moon and how they interact with the Earth to make life possible. Discover the moon phases, see the Earth’s rotation, and more. 7:30-9pm: The Big Clock: Planets and Constellations - Look to the skies and learn about the stars, planets, and constellations that mark our calendar and were studied by ancient civilizations. Learn the stories the stars tell. Bring a chair and or a blanket. September 28th 9-11am: Hawk Watch - Look to the skies during peak hawk migration! A little cooperation from the weather can mean large numbers of hawks and other birds of prey flying over Tyler State Park. Come to the park for the peak of Fall Hawk Migration. 3-4pm: Wildflowers, Pollinators, and Predators - Life and death on the Savannah! Discover the explosion of color in the Post oak savannah as prairie and woodland wildflowers bloom. You will also see colorful pollinators and the equally colorful predators that hunt them.

Fun and Animals at Ranch of Dreams

The Fund for Animals is the largest and most diverse network of animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers in the country. Now you have the opportunity to schedule a tour at the flagship sanctuary, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, right here in East Texas. Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is located at 12526 CR 3806 Murchison, TX 75778. Regular tour individual adult tickets are $49, student/active military tickets are $39. Additional under 18 tickets are $20. Family packages (two adults and four children) are $150. Children under 3 are free. Tickets are available at or call (903)469-3811. Tours this month are: September 7th, 21st, October 12th, 26th (9am and 1pm): Ranch of Dreams Tour - You’ll go on an inspirational journey through 1,400 acres of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to see and hear about more than 800 domestic and exotic animals that have been saved from lives of neglect and abuse. This bus tour will take you past dynamic enclosures and rolling pasture. Your guide will share a video presentation, and you’ll learn why many of the animals needed to be rescued and came to be at the ranch. While we can’t guarantee sightings of specific residents, you may see Penelope, a pot-bellied pig found wandering down a street after being abandoned; or Midge, a male chimp previously used in hepatitis research. September 28th (8am-4pm): Women’s Texas Animal Sanctuary Experience - Join Explorer Chick for an Exclusive and Private Women-Only Texas Animal Sanctuary Experience! Not only do you get to spend time around these animals, but you also get to help make their life a little better. Your day will kick off learning about the Ranch and include an Instructional Safety Briefing. Attendees will then split into groups where they will be assigned to multiple areas of the Sanctuary. Tickets are available at for $99.

Artist Lineup Announced for CityFest East Texas with Andrew Palau this Fall

The team behind CityFest East Texas with Andrew Palau – the large, multicultural music festival scheduled for October 5th-6th – has announced the artist lineup for this year’s muchanticipated event. The festival will include performances by top Christian recording artists Blanca, Marisol Park, Ryan Stevenson, The Newsboys, Pat Barrett, and Lecrae. Additionally, award-winning country artist Josh Turner will perform during the final night of CityFest East Texas. More than 300 local area churches are producing the FREE event with the support of the Oregon-based Luis Palau Association. It’s a result of years of prayer and planning by hundreds of leaders from the faith, business, and civic communities in East Texas. The vision is to bring the Christian community together in greater unity, service, and proclamation – setting aside their differences to bless and serve East Texas. Focused on encouraging unity and collaboration across all communities, denominations, and ethnicities, CityFest East Texas hopes to celebrate and accelerate the good work of the Church over the long term, helping further influence culture, change lives, and meet critical needs. The hope is that this campaign will also inspire similar efforts in other cities throughout Texas. CityFest East Texas is completely free. In addition to great music, the two-day festival will feature world-class action sports demonstrations, activities for people of all ages, and a message of hope from evangelist Andrew Palau. The festival will kick off with a Family Fun Zone and Actions Sports zone. The Family Fun Zone will have inflatables, face painting, Gospel bracelets, and a Kid’s Stage. On the Kid’s Stage will be a variety of entertainment – from dancing to magicians. Action Sports will have both FMX and BMX

demonstrations by The Stunt Dudes. Halfway through their program, a biker will give his testimony with a chance to respond to the Gospel. Surrounding events are also being planned for the area, including Spanishspeaking events for Latinos, a buckout and BBQ, a gathering for business and civic leaders, and a luncheon for women. This festival is part of a larger, global effort by the Palau Association to support and encourage churches as they serve their city and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. September 26th, 6:30pm, a Prayer Gathering will be held at The Square, Downtown Tyler. These prayer gatherings are a time of worship, prayer, and scripture. Everybody in East Texas is welcome! September 28th, 7pm, Fiesta Latina will be held at Green Acres Baptist Church - Crosswalk Center, 1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler. Join the Latino community of East Texas to rally together in a purely Spanishspeaking event. There will be top Latin artists along with a message of hope from Andrew Palau. October 2nd, 12 noon, a Ladies Luncheon featuring Wendy Palau will be held. October 3rd, 12 noon, a Men’s Luncheon will be held featuring Andrew Palau. Both of these will be at Harvey Hall in Tyler. For tickets, go to October 2nd, 7pm, CityFest BuckOut will be at 7pm at Cross Brand Cowboy Arena, 11915 FM2015, Tyler. The Rodeo will be a high energy event with bucking bulls, spirited horses, and plenty of food! A popular Country Christian artist with a message of hope from Andrew Palau. To learn more about CityFest East Texas with Andrew Palau in Tyler, Texas, including a full schedule of events, visit About Andrew Palau For more than 24 years Andrew Palau has played a key role in the ministry of the Luis Palau Association. He has been instrumental in building the LPA model for citywide outreach as an

evangelist, director, and key team leader. He has guided campaigns, led church relations efforts, trained thousands of believers in friendship evangelism, and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ in person to hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world through evangelistic campaigns. Andrew’s festivals have brought him and the Palau Association in partnership with thousands of churches in cities throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean, and the United States of America. In addition to his father, evangelist Luis Palau, Andrew’s own weekly radio broadcasts are heard by millions of people on thousands of radio outlets around the world. He is also the author of multiple books, including Secret Life of a Fool, a retelling of his personal journey to faith in Christ, and What is Christmas?, a groundbreaking evangelistic book.

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Music Making His Own Way:

Jonathon Allen By Johnny Griffith Life isn’t exactly fair, and it certainly is full of challenges, pitfalls, and plenty of circumstances that can be used as excuses for failure or opportunities to rise above those challenges and use them as stepping stones to where you want to be. Local East Texas singer/songwriter Jonathon Allen has certainly had plenty of those challenges along the way, and has decided to use those moments as inspiration for songs he hopes will provide others the same opportunity. With raw, passionate, honest music that is a mirror reflection of his personality, Allen pulls no punches, makes no apologies for being that way, and bares his soul through the lyrics and soulful delivery of his songs on stages around the area. He stopped and gave us a chance to get to know him better this month: Johnny: Where are you from originally? Jonathon: I grew up moving between Gladewater, Texas and a small town in northern Michigan called Cheboygan. My dad’s from here and my mom’s family is from Cheboygan but I call East Texas home these days. Johnny: What got you started in music? Jonathon: Well, I grew up in a drug-ridden area and almost everyone I was related to was doing meth or heroin and they would never listen to the kids, you know. I had noticed when a good song came on they would always be like “listen to the words, listen to the meaning,” so I thought to myself “that’s how I can get through to them.” When I was 14 I wrote a song called “My Demons” about my parents’ drug abuse. I walk in their room and tell them I wrote this song, and it’s the usual “Shut up get out.” Well, I said fine don’t listen to it, but it’s about your drug habit, and at that time they thought I didn’t know about their habits. My dad came and listened to it and went and got my step mom who came and listened to it, and a few weeks after that they were off drugs and stayed clean for 6 years. At a point I thought to myself, “If I can help someone

that far into addiction with music then imagine how many other people I could help get through it,” and that’s a big reason why music is my passion. Johnny: Who were your early influences musically? Jonathon: Definitely Pantera because that was the band that I always gravitated towards. Eventually I started to get more into Tool and Pink Floyd because of the lyrics. I was infatuated with the structure of the lyrics and how they could explain what message they were trying to get across in the most efficient way so it would make the biggest impact on the listener. Johnny: When was the moment you felt that you could do this as more than just a hobby? Jonathon: I always wanted to. When I started it was my goal to support myself with music only, and try to make it as far as I can possibly go. Johnny: You tend to do more rock than country during your shows. Was that just where you gravitated due to your personal preference in music or was it more of a conscious choice? Jonathon: Yeah I’m more of a rock, heavy metal and blues guy. I like outlaw country but most of those country covers are the songs people wanna hear, and I’m a man of the people. Johnny: What have been some of the biggest personal challenges in pursuing this as a career? Jonathon: Honestly just building my name up. I lived in the woods for a while and started playing in front of Hastings in Longview and got myself out of the gutter by doing that, and shortly after Hastings shut down I met Donnie from the White Trash Wannabees and he helped me get my start in the local bar scene. Johnny: What show has stuck out to you from what you’ve done so far? Jonathon: Probably the show when I opened for Post Profit, They Were Giants, and To Whom It May. It was a pretty awesome show and the crowd was just awesome that night. Johnny: Are you typically a one-man show or do you pair up with other musicians during live sets? Jonathon: Most of the time it’s just me. Every once in a while someone will come up and jam with me but for the most part it’s just me, my voice, and a guitar. Johnny: How many originals do you have? Do you have a favorite cover song you like to include in

your sets? Jonathon: I have about 13 originals that I still play. I have a lot more in the archives that I plan to reanimate. As far as covers go, I love playing “She Talks To Angels” by The Black Crowes. It’s just a fun song to play and people love it. Johnny: If you could share the stage with any living artist, who would it be? Jonathon: As of right now I would love to share the stage with A Perfect Circle, or Chevelle. I’ve been listening to those guys a lot lately and I love their sound . Johnny: What kind of experience do you want people seeing your set live for the first time to go away with? Jonathon: Well I love it when people don’t know who I am because my style is bluesy soul. I’m a powerhouse vocalist and it always catches their ears. I love when they aren’t paying attention and when I hit that right note they turn around and become a fan. Then they start listening to my originals, and they listen to the message because it’s important to me that people understand why I do this, and I think that’s what I want them to take away from it. Johnny: Who do you listen to when you’re not learning a new cover or writing an original? Jonathon: That’s a long list, but to shorten it: A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Thy Art Is Murder, White Chapel, Otis Redding, Al Green, Sam Cooke and many more. I listen to a lot of different music. It just depends on what kind of day it is. Keep track of upcoming Jonathon Allen shows at

“Tunes at Noon” in Downtown Tyler

Each Thursday, Tunes at Noon will host different local musical acts, food trucks, and chairs and umbrellas; and give people a time to mingle with others that work in Downtown Tyler. This is held weekly on the Square, 11:30am-1:30pm, so come out and bring your lunch, or grab lunch at the food truck or Downtown spots. This is free to attend. The music schedule is: • September 5th: Kevin Tinney and Chase Glover • September 12th: Elfin Paige • September 19th: Ryan Paul Davis • September 26th Josh Farrer For more info go to tunesatnoontyler.



A Unified Musical Assault:

We Divide By Johnny Griffith

It’s an easy assumption to make, based on what tends to get the most stage time around this area, that the East Texas music scene is pretty homogenous. In addition to being an easy assumption, it would be an incorrect assumption as East Texas boasts a diverse group of musicians catering to an equally diverse group of music lovers in the region. For those out there who are fans of metal and metalcore, you have a new source to get your sonic fix: We Divide. Formed in 2017, We Divide brings a heavy punch to the metalcore arena with musical precision and vocal pyrotechnics. The five piece band masquerades as normal nine to fivers while walking around town, but once they take the stage no one mistakes them for anything other than a bunch of talented musicians that can compete with anyone in the genre. They took some time to give us some more background on the band this month: Johnny: So what is the current lineup of We Divide? We Divide: Jacob Pyle - Vocals; Kelby Youngblood - Guitar; Michael Wooddell - Guitar; Jerod Blue - Bass Guitar; and Jordan Blue - Drums. Johnny: Give us a brief synopsis of your individual musical backgrounds? We Divide: Michael was heavily influenced by blues and classic rock such as Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan; later on thrash and groove metal, but metalcore bands such as Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Bullet For My Valentine had the biggest influence on his writing style, with more recent influences being progressive bands such as After the Burial and Novelists. Kelby was inspired early on by hair metal bands such as Motley Crue, Ratt, and Winger and is heavily influenced by virtuosos, melodic death metal, and metalcore. A lot of his lead work is inspired by guys like Steve Vai and Jeff Loomis. Writing influence comes heavily from Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, After the Burial, and Novelists. Jacob is a huge metalcore/progressive metalcore fan as well. Phil Labonte (All That Remains), Garrett Russell (Silent Planet, and Anthony Notarmaso (After the Burial) are among his top vocal influences. Garrett Russell has been a big inspiration lately, especially in lyric writing. Jordan gets a lot of musical inspiration from Lamb of God, Slayer, and Shadows Fall. His favorite drummers include Chris Adler (LoG), Gene Hoglan (Testament and Strapping Young Lad), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer). Jerod’s influences come from a range of punk and alternative to metalcore. Tool and Norma Jean are his favorite bands. He is also inspired a lot by bands such as August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, and Lamb of God Johnny: How did you guys all meet and when did the idea of the band begin to take shape? We Divide: Michael and Kelby grew up together and have founded/ been involved with different projects from cover bands to rock, and most recently have settled into the true metalcore sound as We Divide. Michael and Jacob went to college together where Jacob was recruited for a rock project in 2014 because of his ability with harsh vocals as well as good cleans. After a few member changes, including Jacob leaving and returning to the band, Jordan was added to the lineup in late 2017 as the drummer, finalizing the transition into metalcore and the establishment of We Divide. Our most recent addition was

Jordan’s brother, Jerod, on bass. Although Jerod is a guitarist first, he’s been helping with the band for a while, so when the spot came open he bought a bass and jumped in! Johnny: When and where was the first gig as We Divide? What do you remember from that gig that has stuck with you? We Divide: Our first show as We Divide was at Phil Brady’s in Baton Rouge, LA in August of 2017. Our music was still evolving some at the time, and we had just brought back Jacob and added Jordan to drums a couple weeks before, and had just recently come up with the name. We were the only metalcore band on the lineup, headlining after a “garage rock” band and a “psychedelic country rock” band. We had a really small set at the time and as an out of town band had no intention of headlining, but that’s where they put us. In fact, we played so late that the bartender tried getting us off the stage like halfway through the set. I (Michael) remember looking at her, saying “okay,” then just finishing the set. We didn’t make any money and it was a bizarre lineup but we had fun, got a good reaction, and we realized that we had something really cool going. Johnny: What’s the story behind the name? We Divide: We were trying to find a solid name that wasn’t too long or hard to remember and someone just said “We Divide” sounds cool. It’s concise and can be interpreted however, so we ran with it. Johnny: So you guys have a style that is most easily described as melodic metalcore with some apparent influences from bands such as As I Lay Dying, Demon Hunter, and Killswitch Engage to name a few. Was the choice to pursue that style conscious or was it the love of that genre what brought you together in the first place? We Divide: All of us are huge metalcore fans of groups such as KSE and AILD and have been since we were teenagers. Kelby is definitely the more advanced guitarist, and as Michael was playing catch up in different techniques and scales, we realized that melodic metalcore was the best platform to hone our ability and also challenge one another to improve and innovate. We are always searching for a way to become heavier but also more technical and melodic. We came to a point in early 2018 that we had to have “a sound,” and narrowing our focus helped us a lot. After releasing our first EP, we have been thinking about ways to evolve, and have even started writing with 7 strings for our full length album that we’re working on. We think this second studio project will offer some new sounds and styles that we just didn’t have in our arsenal on the EP. Johnny: There aren’t just a ton of venues in the area that will give real estate to a metalcore band. What have been some of the challenges you guys have encountered finding gigs in the area, and what’s the farthest you’ve had to travel for a gig so far? We Divide: Our hotspot in East Texas has definitely been Clicks in Tyler. They accommodate all kinds of rock and metal which is really cool. It’s hard to find metal/metalcore lineups anywhere else so we have to go out of town. We’ve driven as far as Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houston for shows. We love to travel and meet new people though, so we have a lot of fun. We plan on playing in DFW soon and look forward to some new opportunities coming to Longview. Johnny: So I have to admit, the picture you guys present on stage and the sound that comes from the stage when you start performing is a little unexpected at first. Do you enjoy seeing the look on people’s faces when you’re at a new venue, or when you spot new people at venues you’ve previously played? We Divide: We actually get that a lot: “Whoa! I didn’t expect you guys to sound like that!” I guess we’re pretty average looking guys, so it’s always funny

when we hear that and we just take it as a compliment. We don’t plan on going out of our way to look “more metal” so I guess we’ll continue to bring that surprise. We just let our sound speak for itself and we have a lot of fun talking to people after the show. Johnny: About how many shows are you guys playing a month now? We Divide: We’re all pretty busy working full time, but we are trying to play at least one show a month. We’ve also been working on an album which is recorded in Fort Worth, as well as working with some different local radio shows/stations to get our sound out there. Johnny: You’ve done some studio work in the past and have some material out that sounds pretty phenomenal, both production-wise AND execution. Anything you took away from that experience that has served you well moving forward, and about how many originals do you currently have in the arsenal? We Divide: Even though we played our first set in August of 2017 as We Divide, we actually kind of reset after dropping our first single in April 2018. We had some songs that didn’t really fit where we were heading. We realized this once we started working in the studio. The experience just molded our view and made us want to focus on music that was great. We didn’t want filler songs or music that didn’t represent who We Divide was going to be. Since then we have tracked a few more songs but we don’t add them to the set until they’re released. We’ve released and added one single after the EP, and will be adding a couple more this year before the album drops (early 2020). Right now we have a 6 song set lined up plus some intros and occasionally a breakdown encore to finish a set. We hope to add a cover song in the future but we focus on original music. Johnny: Speaking of moving forward, what is coming up on the horizon that you guys are looking forward to? We Divide: We are dropping a single and accompanying music video on September 6th. It’s our first music video so we are really excited about it. We have some more tracking to do, but we are working hard to have a full album release in early 2020. Our sound is definitely evolving so we look forward to improving our set and bringing something fresh to our listeners. Johnny: Individually, what’s your favorite original that you perform? We Divide: Michael - Antitype; Kelby - Antitype; Jacob - Buried; Jordan - Solidarity; Jerod - Buried or Solidarity. Johnny: Okay, try to describe for someone coming to their first WD show what they’re in for? We Divide: We are a melodic metalcore band, so definitely expect a lot of heavy vocals, good melodies, harmonized guitars, pretty singing, and of course big breakdowns. We think our music is pretty high energy and a lot of fun, so even people who don’t listen to much metal can enjoy it. Lyrics and stage presence are clean so our music is safe for all ages. We have fun, we don’t take things too seriously, and we try to put on a good show. Find We Divide at

At Old Firehouse This Month:

New Season & New Performers of Concerts

This season is going to be exciting! Along with some of your old favorites, Old Firehouse in Edom has sprinkled in some names and genres that will be new to everyone. Of course, Old Firehouse will continue to bring Folk/Americana music to their stage, but they also will be presenting “orchestral folk music” with classically trained string musicians, traditional folk music, and a little mountain folk music as well. It’s going to be an exciting year! Season tickets are available for all concerts. By purchasing this season ticket, you will receive: • Admission for one person to all nine Acoustic Music Concerts • A reserved seat of your choice that will remain yours throughout the season • One “bottomless” cup of coffee at each concert • Freedom from having to remember to buy concert tickets month-to-month • The advance ticket price for all concerts • 20% Discount on Concert Series merchandise (hats, t-shirts, tote bags, bumper stickers). Season tickets may be purchased below or at The Old Firehouse. The cost per ticket is $108. Once the season begins, these will no longer be available. Checks may be sent to The Old Firehouse, 8241 FM 279, Edom, TX 75754. You can also buy online at Old Firehouse is a “listening room.” This is a place where, aside from the artistry taking place on the stage, you can hear a pin drop. Individual admission are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Events begin at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. More info is at theoldfirehouse. net, along with links to samples of the music. Scheduled concerts are: • October 19th: John Batdorf • November 2nd: Neal Katz, Tim Chauvin, Bill Nash • November 23rd: Pierce Pettis • December 7th: American Dreamer • January 18th, 2020: The Rough and Tumble • February 1st, 2020: Rupert Wates • February 22nd, 2020: Jeff Black • March 7th, 2020: Friction Farm • April 4th, 2020: Adler & Hearne • 15

Just The Way She Is:

Elfin Paige By Johnny Griffith

Some people are just blessed with what seems like an endless well of creativity, and there are the rest of us who have to work to get the ideas flowing. From the moment you meet Elfin Paige, you get this calm, laid-back evening breeze vibe that belies the creative hurricane going on inside her head, and for good reason ... this single mom wears a lot of hats. She is a part time photographer and a writer, publishing two books already, with a third on the way in September, oh, and she’s a really good singer/songwriter who has found her way to many stages in the East Texas area already. I ran across her recently while she was getting ready to play a show, and sat down to get to know her a little better. Johnny: You’re not originally from this area. Where were you born and what brought you out this way? Elfin: I was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton, California, but I grew up mostly in and around San Diego until my early teens, when my family moved to East Texas. Mom and dad decided to move back to Lindale when I was 13. So on Thanksgiving Day, 1994, we unloaded the U-Haul into that first rental house on FM 16. Mom and dad had been in a ministry called The Agape Force here in the 1970’s. At that time they were close friends with Keith Green, Winkie Pratney, and many other well known people in the local ministry circuit. They moved back to serve with Winkie in his ongoing ministry. Johnny: What do you feel was the biggest cultural adjustment when you came out this way? Elfin: People burning things in their front yards and strangers waving from their cars. Johnny: What is your earliest memory of music? Elfin: My parents are singer-songwriters, so all my life. There was never much money, but I grew up with mom and dad’s gold and platinum records hanging on our trailer house walls. I was in the recording studio for the first time at age 6.

Johnny: At what point did you take more than a passing interest and whom do you credit for fostering that spark? Elfin: It was never NOT a thing. Like I mentioned, it was my family culture. At family get togethers you get together and sing Beach Boys songs with all the harmonies for fun. Johnny: When did you feel the desire to begin writing your own music as opposed to just playing other people’s stories? Elfin:Well, I am, first and foremost, a writer. I was 8 years old the first time I wrote a song that was actually recorded and used for a kids project my parents were working on at the time. Johnny: What do you enjoy writing about the most, or do the songs just take a life of their own? Elfin: I can do either/both. Sometimes I write out of necessity, as a way to process pain and emotion. But other times I’ve had a friend call me and ask, “Can you give me two songs for this children’s project about such and such,” and the next day I’m like, “Actually, here’s three.” Johnny: You’re also creative in other outlets besides music. Do you find the different mediums influencing each other or blending together at times? Elfin: Certainly it’s all intertwined. I am, I guess, what they would call “a creative.” So I can transition very easily from one medium to another. It’s less about being good at X, Y or Z, more about the way my brain works, I think. I am also very tenacious, so if I don’t do something creative excellently right at first, well we can’t have that, give me just a minute. Johnny: A big part of your outlet as a writer was inspired by your son. Can you tell us a little about that part of your life? Elfin: My second to youngest of my 5 children, Trey, was born with severe health problems, and I spent the 3 years he was with us either in the hospital with him, or caring for him at home, while also doing all-the-things. When he passed, I started doing photography part time, and nannying a special needs little girl and her brother for several years. I also served as the children’s pastor, and one of the worship leaders at Bethesda Church, in Lindale. In 2017 my autobiographical book, “From Ashes,” about our many adventures, and life with (and then without) Trey, was released. That same year the first children’s book I co-authored with my friend, best selling thriller novelist Jennifer Jaynes,

September 20th-29th:

East Texas State Fair Hosts Aaron Watson & Bret Michaels

The fairgrounds explode with excitement for the 104th annual East Texas State Fair - the largest and longest running event in East Texas. Fairgoers will experience a wide variety of attractions and shows, fantastic food, thrilling carnival rides, live music, live animals, and so much more! Legendary rock icon Bret Michaels and Texas country superstar Aaron Watson are headlining the 104th annual East Texas State Fair! Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets to these shows are $30 (including Fair admission) and are available online only. You will not be able to purchase tickets at the gate for these concerts. All tickets are general admission. This is a festival-style stage with standing room only. The Stonewater Roofing Stage is an all-new unique concert venue providing an extraordinary concert experience. Concertgoers will feel more connected to the artist with the help of a large catwalk extending into the crowd, large video walls, and unprecedented special effects.

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was also released. It’s called “I Care About Me.” Jennifer and I have been working together on a second kids book entitled “Just The Way I Am.” It’s set to drop in September. Additionally, I have been collecting interviews for a documentary project over the last few years. It’s about parents, and the aftermath of abortion. Johnny: What do you remember about the first show you ever played? Elfin: So I’ve been singing all my life and I don’t really have a memory of the first time I did that publicly. Probably a play at church as a small child. I have zero nerves singing in public. But the first time I started playing my guitar publicly I was already in my thirties, and my palms would sweat every dang time for a solid year! Johnny: Do you typically play solo or do you ever collaborate with others on stage? Elfin: Both. I have spent the bulk of my time as a singer backing up other people, singing harmonies, or being part of group acts. I am pretty adept at hearing what’s already there and knowing how to complement that without overpowering it or taking over. However, I’m a pretty strong lead vocalist, and I think I’ve become a little restless always being everybody’s backup girl. So I’m playing more on my own now. Johnny: Who would you say had the biggest impact musically on you? Elfin: Being raised by creatives and songwriters has to count for something. But beyond that, I had a very eclectic set of music I was exposed to. As a kid I would pull CD’s from my dad’s collection and listen to The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Todd Rundgren, The Zombies, you name it. Mostly stuff that was before my time. But then I also listened to current stuff as I was growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. I’d take my boom box, lock myself in the bathroom, and practice hitting notes with Celine Dion and Mariah Carrey for hours on end when I was 12. As a teenager, my best friend loved country music, so I was introduced to that whole scene, but my favorites were the ones who were sort of mocked for not being “country enough,” like Faith Hill and Shania Twain. I don’t know if there are very many Shania songs I wouldn’t know every word to if you put them on. Johnny: So that being said, how would you

In addition to The Stonewater Roofing Stage, there will be free nightly concerts on the Community Stage located in The Summit, an upbeat club atmosphere with drinks, dining, and live entertainment. Concerts on the Community Stage are FREE with fair admission and do not require a special concert ticket. The music schedule is: Stonewater Roofing Stage: • September 21st (8pm): Aaron Watson with Chris Colston* • September 28th (8pm): Bret Michaels with Ashmore* • September 29th (4pm): La Invasora Conjunto Fest featuring La Fiera de Ojinaga Oncor Community Stage: • September 20th (9pm): Mike & The Moonpies • September 21st (9pm): Sabrina Toole • September 22nd (9pm): The Tuxedo Cats • September 23rdh (9pm): The Bluez Boyz • September 24th (9pm): Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensemble • September 25th (9pm): Darrin Morris Band • September 26th (9pm): UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble • September 27th (9pm): Holly Tucker • September 28th (9pm): Billie Jo • September 29th (3:30pm, 5pm, 6:30pm): David Beck’s Tejano Weekend

describe your sound/style? Elfin: That’s a good question, which I have asked myself on numerous occasions. I never quite know how to answer me, but I’ve begun saying Americana/Folk, for lack of a better description. Johnny: About how many shows do try to play a month? Elfin: As many as I can manage right now, since I don’t have a regular job to pay the bills. Johnny: What’s coming up during the rest of the year that has you excited? Elfin: It’s very cool the locals in the music scene have nominated me for best female vocalist in the upcoming ETX Music Awards in September. “Just The Way I Am” releasing the same month is also exciting! Beyond that I’m just sort of flying by the seat of my pants, waiting to see what the Lord will do, trusting, moving when I feel I’m supposed to, being still and trying not to panic when it doesn’t feel like things are happening like I’d hoped or thought they would. Follow Elfin at

• September 20th-28th (12:15pm, 5pm, 6:30pm): Rock Bottom Boys • September 20th-28th (1pm, 5:45pm, 7:15pm): Duelly Noted The award-winning East Texas State Fair brings 250,000 visitors each year to experience all the festivities and entertainment. Don’t miss out on all the fun! The East Texas Fairgrounds is located at 2112 W. Front St., Tyler. For more information or to buy tickets visit *requires concert ticket

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The Back Porch, Kilgore – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Brewster’s – Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakota’s – Live Music, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 8-11 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – Open Mic, 7-10

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Live Music Gig Guide Sunday, September 1st Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Moore’s Store – Wesley Pruitt, 3-5 Poke In The Eye BBQ – Open Jam, 3-6

Tuesday, September 3rd 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Eric George, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Wednesday, September 4th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Gary Swinard, 7-10 Brewster’s – Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakota’s Chophouse – Darrin Morris, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Heather Little, 7-10 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 8-11 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill – Karaoke, 7-10

Thursday, September 5th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Kelsi Kee & Reese Malone, 7-10 Cantina Laredo – Owen Tiner, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Open Mic, 7-10 Click’s – DJ, 8-12 Dakota’s Chophouse – Jonathan Webster, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music , 7-10 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Razzoo’s -Aaron Copland, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Naron, 6-8 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – The Piano Guys, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Logan K. Strong, 7-10 Tunes at Noon - Kevin Tinney & Chase Glover, 11:30-1:30

Friday, September 6th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – What The Funk, 9-1 The Central Station, Gladewater – Owen Tiner & Jopi Drew, 6-9 Clicks Live – We Have Your Dog, 8-12 Dakota’s Chophouse – Gary Patrick, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Elfin Paige, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 FRESH – 6 Miles To Mixon, 6-9 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12

Lola’s Sandwich Shop – Otis Naron, 6-8 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store – Lee Mathis, 8-12 Rick’s – Mo Jiles Band, 9-1 South Tyler Speakeasy – The Blacksmiths, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Gary Patrick Trio, 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Larry Hooper, 7-10 Time Square - Clint Alford, 8-11 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 8-11

Saturday, September 7th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Captain Joe Band, 9-1 Brisket Love BBQ – 6 Miles To Mixon, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Jenn Ford, 7-10 Clicks Live - Tombstone Wasteland, 9-1 Dakota’s Chophouse – Gary Patrick, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Clutch Cargo, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 FRESH – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6-9 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 9-1 Lola’s Sandwich Shop – Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm M6 Winery –Michael Freiley, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – Backyard Badgers, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – The Efftinays, 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – South Austin Moonlighters, 7-10 Time Square - Dustin Becker, 8-11 XLN – Bluez Boyz, 9-1 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12

Sunday, September 8th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Moore’s Store – Wesley Pruitt, 3-5 Poke In The Eye BBQ – Open Jam, 3-6

Tuesday, September 10th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9 Cowan Center, Pat Benatar, 7:30pm FRESH – Das lst Lustig, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Cody Wayne, 8-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Blake Sullivan, 7-10 The Central Station, Gladewater – Karaoke, 6-9 Click’s – DJ, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Jeremy Parsons, 7-10 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Naron, 6-8 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – The Piano Guys, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Lee Mathis, 8-12 Tunes at Noon - Elfin Paige, 11:30-1:30

Friday, September 13th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Noon Day, 9-1 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale - Lee Mathis, 8-12 Circle M Crawfish - The Caddokats, 8-11 Cantina Laredo – DJ Mixtape Monster, 9-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Post Profit, 7-10 Clicks Live – Rainchild, Alloy, 8-12 Dakota’s Chophouse – Live Music, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Anna Kendrick, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Jason Herrin, 7-10 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop – Otis Naron, 6-8 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Lost Immigrants, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Hotel Drifters, 7-10 True Vine Brewing - Young Simon & The Groove Slaves, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – Jennings & Bartman, 9-12

Saturday, September 14th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Salvation From Sundown, 9-1 The Central Station, Gladewater – Mike Freiley, 7-10 Clicks Live - Two Ton, We Divide,All Is Taken, Cremated Remains, 9-1 Club 155 - BlackIce, 9-1 Dakota’s Chophouse – Live Music, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – J. D. Cobb, 7-10 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 9-1 Garage Bar - Kid Icarus, 9-1 M6 Winery – Neva Kelly, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store – Max Stalling, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ - Josh Weathers, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Adrian Johnston Band, 8-11 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Mo Robson, 7-10 Time Square - Matt Raker, 8-11 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 XLN - Clutch Cargo, 9-1

Yamato – Owen Tiner & Stefan Cotter, 8-12

Sunday, September 15th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Poke In The Eye BBQ – Open Jam, 3-6

Tuesday, September 17th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Billie Jo, 8-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Wednesday, September 18th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Tyler Dudley, 7-10 Brewster’s – Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Live Music, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – Open Mic, 7-10

Thursday, September 19th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Jenn Ford, 7-10 Cantina Laredo – Owen & Jopi, 7-10 Click’s – DJ, 8-12 Dakota’s Chophouse – Guitar & Fiddle, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Moore’s Store – Wesley Pruitt, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Naron, 6-8 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – The Piano Guys, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Clint Alford, 7-10 Tunes at Noon - Ryan Paul Davis, 11:30-1:30

Friday, September 20th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Tuxedo Cats, 9-1 Brisket Love, Lindale – Bluez Boyz, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Reid Burns, 7-10 Clicks Live - Hyro The Hero, Madame Mayhem, 9-1 East Texas State Fair - Mike & The Moonpies, 9-11 ETX Brewery – Cody Norman, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 FRESH – Jake & The Jammers, 6-9 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Lola’s Sandwich Shop – Otis Naron, 6-8 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store – Justin Kemp, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 South Tyler Speakeasy – The Blacksmiths, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – John Baumann, 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Wesley Pruitt, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12

Saturday, September 21st The Back Porch, Kilgore – Teazur, 9-1 The Central Station, Gladewater – Low D, 7-10 Click’s Live – Nonpoint, Hydro The Hero, Madame Mayhem, Zero Theorem, This Day Forth, 7-11 ETX Brewery – Bluez Boyz, 8-10 East Texas State Fair - Aaron Watson, Chris • 17

Colston, 8-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 FRESH – Jake & The Jammers, 6-9 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 9-1 Lola’s Sandwich Shop – Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm M6 Winery – Michael Jesch, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store – Ben Lowery, 8-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Riley Redding, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Red Clay Strays, 8-11 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Michael Carubelli, 7-10 Time Square - Paul Shafer, 8-11 True Vine Brewing - Purple Velvet Fox, 6-9

Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12

Sunday, September 22nd Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Cowboy’s – Brian Chance, 8-12 East Texas State Fair - Tuxedo Cats, 9-11 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Poke In The Eye BBQ – Open Jam, 3-6 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, 8-12

Monday, September 23rd East Texas State Fair - Bluez Boyz, 9-11

Tuesday, September 24th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9

East Texas State Fair - TJC Jazz, 9-11 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Wednesday, September 25th The Back Porch, Kilgore – BlakBox, 7-10 Brewster’s – Cowboy Troy Kar-E-Okie-Dokie, 8-11 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 East Texas State Fair - Darrin Morris Band, 9-11 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 8-11 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – Open Mic, 7-10

Thursday, September 26th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Click’s – DJ, 8-12

East Texas State Fair - UT Tyler Jazz, 9-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Moore’s Store – Wesley Pruitt, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Naron, 6-8 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – The Piano Guys, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Bo Brumble, 8-12 Tunes at Noon -Josh Farrer, 11:30-1:30

Friday, September 27th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Dennis Ross & The Axberg Brothers, 8-12 Big Sandy Music hall – Floyd Void, 7-10 Brisket Love, Lindale – 6 Miles To Mixon, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater – Danny Reichie, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – The Caddo Cats, 7-10 Clicks Live - Tyler Dudley Band, 9-12 Cowboys - Roger Creager, 9-1 Dakota’s Chophouse – Live Music, 7-10 East Texas State Fair - Holly Tucker, 9-11 ETX Brewery – Owen Tiner, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – 8 Ball Aitken, 7-10 FRESH – Purple Velvet Fox, 6-9 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 8-12 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Grove - The Haggertys, 7:30-10:30 Kawa’s – Live Music, 7-10 Lola’s Sandwich Shop – Otis Naron, 6-8 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store – Tyler & The Tribe, 8-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 South Tyler Speakeasy – The Blacksmiths, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Riley Redding, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Bluez Boyz, 7-10 Time Square - Tuxedo Cats, 8-11 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 7-10

Saturday, September 28th The Central Station, Gladewater – Gracie & Trinity, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – CaddoKats, 8-11 Clicks Live – As Above So Below, 8-12 East Texas State Fair - Bret Michaels, Ashmore, 8-11 ETX Brewing - Bobby O & The Mojo, 8-10 The Experience, Edom – Sharon Walker, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Eric Hisaw, 7-10 Fuzion Bar – DJ, 9-1 Lola’s Sandwich Shop – Ramoth Gilead, 11am-1pm M6 Winery – Eric Moseley, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store – Wesley Pruitt Band, 8-12 Red Rooster Icehouse - Owen Tiner, 8-12 Rick’s – Electric Circus, 9-1 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Ray Wylie Hubbard, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Heather Little, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12

Sunday, September 29th

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Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Poke In The Eye BBQ – Open Jam, 3-6 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, 8-12


“Rose to Table” Long Table Dinner at the Beautiful Tyler Rose Gardens

Come celebrate this special night in the Rose Garden in October! October 11th (5:30-9:30pm), “Rose to Table” Longtable Dinner will be held in the Garden at the Tyler Rose Garden. Enjoy an evening under the stars with a four-course family-style dinner on a long table prepared by five local chefs using locally grown produce and meats from area farms and ranches. Listen to live entertainment by Gary Freeman and view local artists’ work, all the while experiencing the beautiful Rose Garden. Tickets are $75 per person. This event is a fundraiser for the Parks Department’s programs and events. Sponsorship packages are available. Tickets are available at or contact Debbie Isham at (903)531-1214. Cooking Classes Cooking classes are available to anyone who wants to both learn to cook and increase their culinary skills. All classes are held at the Harvey Convention Center in Hall 3 from 6-8pm. Pre-registration is required for all classes. These classes include a cooking demonstration and recipes; plus you can enjoy a great meal. These classes are for adults. The cost is $15 per person per class. Registration can be made by calling (903)531-1214 or register for classes at parksandrec. Dates, topics, and guest chef information are: • November 12th: “Tropical Thanksgiving” with Chef Rojo Tellez, owner of C Rojo Cuisine • December 10th: “Not Your Typical Texas Holiday” with Chef Jon Mendoza, GM at Rudy’s BBQ and Country Store

Enjoy Late Summer Farm Goods

Summer is wrapping up and fall is upon us in East Texas. Be sure to check one of these out for all kinds of goodies. Farmer’s Markets around the area are: Rose City Farmers Market, Downtown Tyler Saturday mornings, 8am-12 noon, the Rose City Farmers Market is a neat, unique experience for the whole family and even your furry fourlegged friends. Located just a block from the Square, in the Unclaimed Furniture parking lot in Tyler (236 S. Broadway), the market brings all that’s fresh straight to you: fruits, vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey, freerange/non GMO eggs, goat cheeses, fresh bread, flowers, coffee, jams and jellies, baked goods, Texas olive oil, handcrafted art, and Texas fruit wines on hand. Visit them on Facebook, and Tyler Farmers Market Tyler Farmers Market has moved to a new location at 2700 WSW Loop 323, Tyler, adjacent to Peltier Chevrolet. The Tyler Farmers Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 7am-2pm. They feature seasonal items under a big white tent. You can visit them online at East Texas State Fair Farmers Market East Texas State Fair Farmers Market, located at the Fairgrounds, 2112 W. Front Street, Tyler, is closed for the season. September 14th (4-6:30pm):

“Thank a Veteran” Tea Party

Enjoy a proper Afternoon Tea with the Colonel and his queen at the Woldert-Spence Manor. Socialize and relax in style with friends, both old and new. Feel your cares slip away as you nibble a bit, sip some tea, and surrender to the background melodies and chatter. You are in for a treat! The proceeds of your ticket donation goes towards celebrating our patriotic men and women who have sacrificed through their military service. Woldert-Spence Manor opens its Bed and Breakfast for free each year on or around Veterans Day to host and serve as many veterans as possible. Your Tea Time will include a selection of savory sandwiches, fresh fruit, scones, cakes, accompaniments, and freshly brewed teas. Seating is limited and begins at 4pm with the last seating at 6pm. Tickets may be available at the door, but there may be a wait and sales will close when seating is full. Guests are welcome to enjoy the porches and garden during their visit. Ample street parking is available. This will be held at Woldert-Spence Manor Bed & Breakfast, 611 W. Woldert St., Tyler. Tickets are $22 and available at

Foodie Events

September 10th (6-8:30pm): Fall Friendship Dinner - The First Annual Fall Friendship Dinner has specifically been planned with YOU in mind. This is a great opportunity for you to connect with other women and also invite women from your community to come. You will enjoy a delicious dinner (served by GABC’s Deacons), an inspiring message by LeeAnn Kirkindoll, and a very unique musical guest! Tables will be decorated with items that will bless 4 ministries: Green Acres Food Pantry, Embrace Grace (baby items), Refuge of Light (women’s needs), and Gospel Village (school supplies). This night will be filled with love, laughter, and genuine friendship – you will find your people (your tribe) here at Green Acres Women’s Ministry! No childcare will be provided and unfortunately no refunds. This will be held at Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center, Tyler. Tickets are available at September 18th (7-10pm): Vintner’s Dinner - Vintner’s Dinners are fun events where you get to try wine and eat some of the best food from the Restaurant at Kiepersol! Each dinner event happens at a large table with all the attendees. This dinner includes 4 courses, each course paired with a Kiepersol Wine or Spirit. Dinner is served promptly at 7pm. You’re welcome to come early and visit the bar or you can visit the Winery and Distillery at Kiepersol. For questions or concerns, please call at (903)894-3300. Kiepersol is located at 2155A Merlot Lane, Bullard, The next Vintner’s Dinner is November 20th. These sell out fast - sign up quickly! September 18th (6-8pm): Charcuterie Class at the Tasting Room - This is a fun class where you get to learn how to make a meat and cheese spread board based on what style of wine or event you wish to prepare for. Enjoy learning, eating, and drinking wine all at the same time! Each participant will receive three wine tastings to understand balance, taste, and flavor while constructing a Charcuterie Board. Once you decide which wine you like best, you will get a full glass of that chosen wine to enjoy while you consume your Charcuterie Board! After the class is finished, you’re invited to hang out until closing and enjoy indoor or outdoor seating at the Winery Tasting Room of Kiepersol. For questions or concerns, please call at (903)894-3300. Kiepersol is located at 2155A Merlot Lane, Bullard, September 24th (5-9pm): Bishop Gorman Night at Chipotle Come out and dine at Chipotle Mexican Grill at 4751 S. Broadway in Tyler this evening. Part of the proceeds will go to Bishop Gorman Catholic School. For more info go to events/2360140047397726. September 28th (10am-2pm): Chili & Ice Cream Cook-Off - Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Mending Fences with the whole family. This is free to attend and $10 to enter the contests. This will be held at Cross Brand Cowboy Church, 11915 FM 2015, Tyler. For more info email September 28th (12 noon-9pm) : Avalon Oktoberfest 2019 - Come out and enjoy this family-friendly festival with music, vendors, games, contests, and bounce houses. There will be full concessions serving German food, soft drinks, mead, and beer. This will be held at Avalon Faire, 1076 FM 1252 W., Kilgore. For more info go to events/437889223473303. September 28th (12 noon11:30pm): Oktoberfest at ETX Brewing - It’s back! Oktoberfest will feature all-day fun, German beer, German food, live music, Stein Hoist Contest, live Firkin Tapping, and more. ETX Brewing Co. is located at 221 S. Broadway in Downtown Tyler. For more info go to ETXBrew. October 5th (1-9pm): Kilgore Oktoberfest 2019 - Make plans now for Kilgore Oktoberfest, in Historic Downtown Kilgore! This family-friendly event is the authentic German experience in East Texas with German food, music, drinks, and family-friendly activities. Come dressed for the occasion in a dirndl or lederhosen and enter the Best Dressed competition, or if that’s not your style, purchase one of the Kilgore Oktoberfest event shirts. Stay tuned for more details on their Facebook page. October 12th (5-12 midnight): Hoptoberfest at True Vine Brewing Co. - The date has been announced and the fun is starting to be planned. Mark your calendar for this super fun day featuring live music, stein holding contest, food, and tons more. Watch facebook. com/truevinebrewing for more details. October 25th-26th: Fall Feral Hog Festival, Ben Wheeler - Get your cookers ready - the annual Feral Hog Festival is now seeking chefs for their Cookoff. If you’re a vendor, a cooker, a parade participant, an outdoorsman, a music lover, have an amazing talent, or are just a lover of piggies, then this is the place to be. More details to come at


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One Millionth Free Storytime with Dr. Seuss & “Hey Grandude”

At Tyler Public Library This Month:

Wrapping Up a Fun Summer at Tyler Public Library

The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to Most of the events are free unless noted.

Children Story Times Come bring your children to one of the Library’s many story times! Programs are available for families with children as old as 5 years old, and as young as infants. Events for toddlers are registration only; contact the library for more information. Other story times are walk-in programs, all in the Library’s auditorium: • Mondays at 10:30am: Léeme Un Cuento, our Spanish preschool story time • Wednesdays at 9:30am: Lap & Play time for Babies • Thursdays at 10:30am: Read Aloud Crowd for Preschoolers • Toddlers Time - Registration required at, this storytime is geared toward toddlers age 18-35 months. Register for 4-week sessions on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Every Thursday (2-4pm): Lego® Block Party - Come create and build with Lego® and Duplo blocks. This is a come and go event. Thursday, September 5th (4pm): Kid Buzz - Kids in K-4th grade can engineer a Mars rover cart using cookies, graham crackers, and more. Saturday, September 7th (2-4pm): Lego® Block Party - Families and children are invited to build Lego® creations at this come and go event. Use wheels, building plates, doors, windows, and more to make your imagination a reality brick by brick, and while you are at it, check out a Lego® person to play with in your one-of-a-kind Lego® build.


These events are for youth 5th to 7th grades. Tuesday, September 3rd & 17th (5pm): Tweens Tuesdays can put their engineering skills to the test to assemble an edible Mars rover cart that not only rolls but tastes good too! Tuesday, September 17th (5pm), Tweens will be challenged to survive an ultimate game of The Floor is Lava. Every Wednesday through December 18th (12 noon-2pm): Writer’s Club - The Memoir Writing Group and Tyler Public Library are working together to bring our community a new Writer’s Club for all to join. No matter what you write or your skill level, you are invited to join in at the Makerspace to share your work, learn from others, and connect with fellow writers. Thursday, September 5th (7pm): Novel Ideas The Tyler Public Library and Goodman Le-Grande Museum continue their book club, Novel Ideas. This book club is open to everyone interested in reading young adult books. Novel Ideas will meet at the Goodman Museum. In celebration of Banned Books Week, they will be discussing “Looking For Alaska” by John Green. Saturday, September 14th (2-4pm): Maker Space - Make a Robotic Hand out of Cardboard - For the first Maker space since summer, kids can learn about the science of robotics and make their own robotic arm out of cardboard. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants, ages 10-18. Saturday, September 28th (2-4pm): Creative Writing - Kids are invited to experience the fun of creative writing. An instructor will show you fun ways to spark your creativity that you can use to write your own story. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants, ages 10 - 18. Saturday, September 21st (2pm): Teens Game Day is held for 8th-12th grade and will teens can have their agility and problem-solving skills tested as 20 •

they compete in a game of The Floor is Lava. September 21st (10:30am): Family Movie Matinee - Families and children can come to the library to catch Pikachu in live action while watching “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” in the Taylor Auditorium. Carpet-friendly snacks, blankets, and pillows are allowed while watching the movie. September 28th (10am-12 noon): Mario Kart Tournament - The Tyler Public Library will be hosting a Mario Kart Tournament in the Taylor Auditorium. Sixteen adult (18 or older) players will compete on the big screen to decide who is the best racer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Sign up will be on the website soon, so look out! Spots are limited!

Adults Banned Books Week Every year, the American Library Association urges libraries and patrons to combat censorship and support the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week during the last week of September. The Tyler Public Library will have many opportunities to do so, offering coloring materials, information, displays, and other means of learning about this annual event. The Library is also excited to be hosting a photo competition with the East Texas Camera Club in celebration of Banned Books Week. Make sure to stop by the Library’s Bulletin Board and vote for your favorite photo! September 7th, 21st, October 5th, 19th, November 2nd, 16th, December 7th, 21st (2pm): Ham Radio Classes - Ham Radio is an age-old pastime that many enjoy, so why not take the plunge and learn how to use one, too? The Tyler Public Library will be hosting Ham Radio Classes the first and third Saturday of each month in the Makerspace Room on the third floor. This class is for anyone interested, from greenhorns to veterans. Monday, September 16th (10am-2pm): Blood Drive - The Tyler Public Library will be hosting Carter Blood Care for a Blood Drive in the parking lot. In the past months, our community blood banks have been increasingly low. This drive provides our wonderful community the chance to put their best foot forward. Patrons are urged to Give Blood, Save Lives! Sign up now! Thursday, September 26th (5:30pm): Financial Literacy Classes will be hosted with local Edward Jones representative Bryan White. He will be teaching about the foundations of investing. This program will be held in the 3rd-floor Makerspace. This class is limited to 20 participants. Saturday, September 28th (2pm): Paying Yourself First -Join Capital One in the Taylor Auditorium for a class on Paying Yourself First. Get tips, tricks, and advice for saving money. This program is held in the Taylor Auditorium. Ongoing Classes • First Saturday of every month (10am): East Side Fiber Artists • Every Saturdays (11am-1pm): Crochet Classes • Second Saturday of every month (2-3pm): East Texas Genealogical Society Meetings • Mondays & Wednesdays (5:30pm): Yoga Class • Tuesdays (10am): Quilting Class • Tuesdays (5:30pm): Evening Meditation • Last Tuesday of the month (10am): Club Read • First Thursday of the month (7pm): Novel Ideas Book Club • Second Thursday of each month (5:30-6:30pm): Talking Tales • Third Thursday of every month (7pm): Reel Talk • Last Thursday of each month (7pm): Brews & Boards

Every month Barnes & Noble (B&N) has a variety of events. All events are free to attend. B&N Booksellers is located at 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler. For more info on this and other events call (903)5343996 or go to September 7th (11am): Celebrate Our One Millionth Storytime With Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum - Celebrate B&N’s one-millionth Storytime this weekend! Come by to read a never-before-released Dr. Seuss book about creating and looking at art, plus stay for activities and giveaways including free crayons (while supplies last). September 8th (11am): Celebrate Our One Millionth Storytime With “Hey Grandude” - Come by to read Sir Paul McCartney’s first picture book about the fun that grandparents and grandkids can have together, plus enjoy fun activities and a Confetti Cupcake for $1.50 with any Café purchase. September 12th (7pm): YA Book Club Featuring “I’m Not Dying with You Tonight” - The YA Book Club continues the second Thursday of every month. Join this club to discuss “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” a timely, page-turning novel about two classmates who must lean on each other when violence erupts at their high school football game. September 14th (11am): Storytime and Activities Featuring “Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party” - Pete the Cat makes his perfect pizza - pepperoni! Will it be ruined when his friends come over and add their own toppings or will Pete learn that the best kind of pizza is the one you share with your friends? Activities to follow. September 15th (11am): Baby & Me Storytime Featuring “Moo, Baa, La La La” - Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join as you read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. At Discovery Science Place:

FREE Museum Day

Discovery Science Place (DSP) is located at 308 N. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. DSP returns to it’s normal school year hours September 2nd, open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and closed on Mondays. For more info go to Also, it’s time for the annual DSP fall shutdown! They will be closed to the public September 9th-20th for cleaning, maintenance, and renovations. September 21st: Museum Day DSP will reopen on Saturday, September 21st for Museum Day! This national single-day event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine allows for FREE entry to the DSP with a certificate you can obtain online at smithsonianmag. com/museumday/ museum-day-2019. You must have your certificate to have your admission waived. Kona Ice will also be on-hand in the front courtyard to help celebrate the end of another great summer. The New Discovery Dome Brings Stars To You Up Close and Personal The Discovery Science Place recently received a generous grant from the Women’s Fund of Smith County, allowing DSP to purchase a state-of-the-art digital planetarium system and portable dome. This new system will allow the museum to increase educational outreach programming to Smith County schools as well as museum visitors. The dome can seat 25-35 students at a time and allows for a fully immersive educational experience in topics ranging from astronomy, to weather, to biology, and more. The curriculum also allows for shows to be tailored to the audience - from kindergarten level through adults. For more info email

September 21st (11am): Storytime and Activities Featuring Batman 5-Minute Stories - Celebrate Batman Day with this special Storytime! Kids of all ages will love this collection of tales featuring Batman and the other DC superheroes in action. Activities to follow. September 21st (2pm): Batman Day Event - It’s Batman Day! Join us to celebrate 80 years of Gotham City’s greatest defender with a photo standee, memory game, and activities. September 22nd (11am): Baby & Me Storytime Featuring “Silly Lullaby” - Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join as you read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. September 28th (11am): Storytime and Activities Featuring “How I Met My Monster” - Ethan is sure his parents are playing a prank on him when he finds a note under his bed calling for a monster meeting. Soon, five colorful monsters are competing to become his favorite, but which one can win his affection by making him fall asleep the fastest? Activities to follow. September 28th (2pm): Demigod Day Event Calling all Rick Riordan fans! Celebrate your favorite book series with activities featuring a scavenger hunt, a secret code postcard, and more! Plus, get a giveaway poster (while supplies last). September 29th (11am): Baby & Me Storytime Featuring “Dinosaur Dance” - Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join as you read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones.

‘Nutcracker’ auditions September 7th at TJC

The Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance’s 31st annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, “The Nutcracker,” is fast approaching. Auditions will be held Saturday, September 7th, at the TJC dance studio (Room 125) in the Ornelas Health and Physical Education Center, located at the corner of Apache Pass and Palmer Avenue on the TJC main campus. Audition times are: ages 6-8 (10-11am); ages 9-11 (11:15am12:30pm); and ages 12 and up (12:30-2:30pm). Dancers are invited to audition for the role of Clara at 3-3:30pm; Adults and actors that are interested in the party scene will audition at 4-4:30pm. “Audition day is always exciting because it gives us a chance to see the wealth of dancing and acting talent that exists right here in East Texas,” TJC Academy of Dance Director Carolyn Hanna said. Showtimes are December 6th (7pm), December 7th (2pm and 7pm), and December 8th (2pm and 6pm). All performances will be held in Caldwell Auditorium in Downtown Tyler. TJC’s annual “Nutcracker” is a large-scale production with more than 100 roles to fill. Roles are available for performers ages 6 through adult. Performers must be able to rehearse every Friday or Saturday and perform in each show. Those auditioning should arrive 30 minutes before their audition time. For more information, contact Carolyn Hanna at (903)510-2483 or by email at

At CESSE this Month:

At Caldwell Zoo This Month:

As the summer winds down, it’s the perfect time to pay a visit to the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. Most shows offer tickets for $7, with students, children, and seniors admitted for $5. Tickets for All Day passes are $12 for adults and $9 for students, children, and senior citizens. Exhibit-only tickets are $3. Tickets can be purchased at CESSE is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, and Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm. CESSE is located on the Tyler Junior College campus at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler. New Exhibit Coming September 10th CESSE will be closed August 27th-September 7th for an exhibit switch out and will reopen September 10th featuring the new “Outreach to Space,” which provides cutting-edge space exploration content presented through 11 fun and engaging exhibits. Families can explore together to learn about the concepts of outer space: what is out there, how we get to outer space, what life is like in space, and what the future of space exploration holds. Dome Shows Dome shows are shown daily for all ages. • 10am (Tuesday-Friday): Children’s Show • 11am: “Journey Through Space” • 12 noon: “Black Holes” • 1pm: “Secret Ocean” • 2pm: “Space Next” • 3pm: “East Texas Live Sky” • 4pm: “Cosmic Journey” $1 Tuesdays Back by popular request, CESSE continues $1 Tuesdays this fall. For just $1 per person per show on Tuesdays, you can check out the new planetarium lineup and exhibit. Rock ‘n Roll Saturday September 21st, Rock ‘n Roll Saturdays will be held featuring two productions: “SpacePark360” (7pm) and “Rock on Demand” (8pm) every month. Tickets are $5 for each show. “SpacePark360” is seen from the rider’s perspective, and takes the audiences on a wild, immersive ride through the solar system, recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides roller coasters, pendulums, inverters, and more to create a heart-pounding experience. “Rock on Demand” fills the entire 40-foot domed theater with vibrant graphics, completely enveloping visitors in a 360-degree view while the 16,000-watt, digital surround sound system plays rock hits ranging from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to The Doors and Aerosmith. This is a great experience for all ages. Star Party Saturday September 7th (ongoing the first Saturday of each month), you can see a Star Party in a live presentation in CESSE’s 40-foot planetarium dome. This is a unique opportunity for families to view the beautiful heavens of east Texas. Best of all, it is completely free! CESSE will be having three live shows in the planetarium detailing what is currently visible in our sky at 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm. Telescopes will be set up as well (weather permitting).

The Caldwell Zoo is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler. For more info call (903)593-0121 or email info@ Caldwell Zoo is open March-Labor Day, 9am-5pm and 9am-4pm September-February. Events this fall are: Daily (2pm): Feed the Penguins - Come out and understand life from the perspective of a penguin and get the opportunity to have a close-up encounter with one of the penguin ambassadors. Daily (10-11:45am and 1:15-3pm): Giraffe Feeding - Stop by the African Overlook for a chance to feed lettuce leaves to the giraffes. The giraffe feeding deck is open daily, weather permitting. Every Other Wednesday (9:30-10:30am): Caldwell Cub Club - Enjoy learning and playtime with every member of your pride by joining the Caldwell Cub Club. It is designed to spark curiosity and appreciation for the natural world in preschool-aged (3-5) children. This program is meant to be enjoyed with an accompanying adult who willfully participates in all of the fun and engaging activities. Each class includes art, circle time, a story, and a live animal encounter. Zoo members price is $60 and non-members are $80. Prices include admission for child and one grown-up and scheduled programming for 4 sessions. Meeting dates are Session A: September 4th, September 18th, October 2nd, and October 16th. Session B is October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th, and December 4th. Limited spots are available. September 2nd (12:30-3:30pm): Homeschool Happenings - Join for the 2019-2020 Homeschool Happenings season. Do you have a school-aged (4-18-year-old) student who is hooked on nature and animals? Dive into a world of adventure and learn all about the animals that share the world around us. Each class will include age-appropriate exploration of the topic, time on zoo grounds, and an opportunity to make lasting friendships. Sessions start on September 2nd and feature multiple start dates. Sessions meet once a month, for six months, for 3 hours. Cost is $100 for six sessions for Zoo Members, $115 for non members. For more information, dates and more, visit: homeschool-happenings. September 13th (6-9pm): Sunset Safari Myths and Legends of the Animal Kingdom - Send your little explorer to experience the zoo after hours. Enjoy a parent’s night out on select Friday nights, while the zoo strives to create a sense of wonder about the wildlife around us. Sign up your camper (6-13 year old) for an adventure they’ll never stop talking about. Registration includes a snack, activities, and crafts. Cost is $35 per student. Register at September 20th (6-9pm): Night Hike at the Zoo: Sense of Adventure - Put away your screens for the evening, and get out exploring nature. Join the Education Staff on select evenings, as you enjoy the Caldwell Zoo after hours with all of your friends and family ages 6 and up. You will walk away excited about nature and inspired to take action to protect all things wild. They must have at least 15 participants, so encourage your friends to sign up with you. The evening includes an evening hike around the zoo, a snack, activities, and crafts. Cost is $35 per student. Register at night-hikes.

Fall Brings A New Exhibit, “Outreach to Space”

Fall Nights at The Zoo

September 12th-14th

CCC Annual Fall Sale

The CCC Annual Fall Sale will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. CCC has been recycling East Texas since 2002. The CCC Sale is where over 1,000 East Texas families come together and sell their gently used, no longer needed items. Clothes, toys, books, furniture, home decor, outdoor play equipment, and bikes are just a few of the things you will find at the CCC Sale. At 50-90% of retail, it’s the best way to save money and make money as you clothe your family. Admission is FREE and the doors open at 9am daily. Visit or for more information. • 21


Events & Plays

September 20th-22nd; 27th-29th (7:30pm Friday and Saturday; 2:30pm Sunday): “The Women of Lockerbie” will be on the stage at Lake Country Playhouse. A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. “The Women of Lockerbie” is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Lake Country Playhouse is located at 114 North Johnson St., Mineola. For more info call (903)569-2300 or go to September 19th-28th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm): “White Christmas” will be on the stage at Henderson County Performing Arts Center. Based on the 1954 movie of the same name, this is the story of Second World War veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who become partners in a songand-dance act after the war. Looking for love, the two follow a pair of beautiful singing sisters who have a Christmas gig at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by their former Army commander, General Waverly. Henderson County Performing Arts Center is located at 400 Gibson Road in Athens. For info and tickets call (903)675-3908 or go to September 20th-29th (Thursday-Saturday at

7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm): “Southern Hospitality” will be presented on the stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. This is a laugh-out-loud farce and a stand-alone play in its own right. It’s the third play in the trilogy that begins with “Dearly Beloved” and continues with “Christmas Belles.” Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info and tickets call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre. com. September 26th (7:30pm): “Hillsong Young & Free III Tour” will be at the Belcher Performance Center. III is the third album from GRAMMY® nominated worship collective Hillsong Young & Free; the youth worship team at Hillsong Church. The release is the first studio album from the band and features 17 tracks brimming with Y&F’s signature blend of pop and EDM influences with powerful worship anthems. Vocalist Laura Toggs describes the collection as “personal... written and expressed out of profound devotion and the experience of genuine challenge.” III reflects the maturing and deepening that the Y&F team has experienced in the three years since their last release, “Youth Revival” (2016). Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info and tickets call (903)233-3080 or go to September 26th (7:30pm): “Diavolo: Architecture in Motion” will be on the stage at the The Cowan Center. For more than 25 years, DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion® has been applauded for its ability to display surprising movement against a backdrop of elaborately designed space, all while entertaining audiences with what is, in fact, a new art form. The company has captivated audiences in 250 cities and 14 countries and has performed to sold out venues internationally and throughout the U.S. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to

September 26th-29th (Thursday-Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday-Sunday at 2:30pm): “The Foreigner” will be presented by Pollard Theater Center in the Parlor. This will be a theater in the round. Taking place in a rural fishing lodge in Georgia, Froggy LeSueur, a British demolitions expert who sometimes runs training sessions at a nearby military installation, is trying to put his friend, Charlie Baker at ease. Charlie, a science fiction editor whose wife finds him boring, has come along for a much needed getaway. The problem is he is pathologically shy and is terrified at the prospect of having to converse with strangers at the lodge for three days. Seating is limited. The Pollard Parlor is located at 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info or tickets go to or call (903)730-1056. September 27th-29th; October 4th-6th (FridaySaturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Frankenstein” - Told from the Creature’s point of view, Nick Dear’s reinterpretation of Frankenstein made its debut at the Royal National Theatre in 2011. It will be presented on the stage at Henderson Civic Theatre located at 122 E. Main St., Henderson. The Theatre is located on Heritage Square in Downtown Henderson, a National Register Historic District, in the original Opera House which was built in 1885. For info or tickets call (903)657-2968 or hendersoncivictheatre. org. October 10th (7pm): “Laura Ingraham” will be on the stage at the Cowan Center. Laura Ingraham is the host of “The Ingraham Angle” on “Fox News,” and an author of five best-selling books, including her most recent page-turner “Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump.” Her new three-times a week podcast is available on PodCastOne or iTunes. As a mother of three, a former litigator and Supreme Court law clerk, she brings a unique and incisive perspective to the political and cultural issues of the day. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the

box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to October 17th-20th (Time TBA): “International Country Music Awards” will be held in Jefferson. The four-day event will feature Sabine from the UK, Stiaan Reyniers from South Africa, Country Sisters from the Czech Republic, Royal South from the UK, Cleopatra Methula from Swaziland, InBlauck from Spain, Marina Jay from Spain, Regan Tucker from New Zealand, Mikoi Frachey from Italy, The Wild Horses from Spain, Susan Santos from Spain to name just a few of this international line-up. Venue is located at 119 W. Austin Street in Jefferson. For more info and tickets go to October 18th-20th & 25th-27th (7:30pm Friday and Saturday; 2:30pm Sunday): “Blithe Spirit” will be performed by The Palestine Community Theatre. Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The Palestine Community Theatre is located at 213 W. Crawford, Palestine. For tickets go to October 22nd (7:30pm): “Taj Express” will be on the stage at the Cowan Center. Taj Express follows the journey of a young composer as he struggles with his music, and it’s only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol, A.R. Rahman, that he discovers his path to success. This spectacular production reveals the secrets of the world’s most prolific film industry, and the people behind the screen who make the magic in India’s factory of dreams. Rhythmically explosive dance blends with the hits of India’s most iconic composers and is set to an unforgettable soundtrack by Oscar® winner A.R. Rahman. Taj Express is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians performing live on stage! The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to For even more plays & musicals, go to:

2019-2020 Season at Tyler Civic Theatre The People’s Choice

August 29-September 1 (Auditions July 18-19)

TYLER CIVIC THEATRE 400 Rose Park Dr., (Next to Tyler Rose Garden Center) Tyler, TX 75702 For tickets: Box Office: (903) 592-0561 or Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday 10am-1pm & 2-5pm

Season Tickets available at

Southern Hospitality

September 20-22 and 26-29 (Auditions August 13-14)

And Then There Were None

October 25-27 and October 31-November 3 (Auditions October1-2)

Little Women

November 21-24 with morning school shows November 19-20 (Auditions September 30-October 1)

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe December 6-8 and 12-16 (Auditions October 15-16)

An Encore by George & Anita Faber: A Soulful Christmas 2.0, A Vocal & Instrumental Concert One weekend only - December 20-22


February 14-16 and 20-23 (Auditions December 16-17)

The Mark Twain Show

March 20-22 and 26-29 (Auditions January 27-28)

Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories

April 2-5 with morning school shows March 31-April 1 (Auditions February 17-18)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

May 8-10 and 14-17 (Auditions March 23-24) Enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch during Breakfast at Tiffany’s on May 10. Please reserve by April 23rd. 22 •


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2019 Art of Peace Celebrates Peace:

“Living Peace” at The 2019 Art of Peace, Tyler

Inside the Artist’s Studio:

Art is What You Can Get Away With: Nic Trent Derrick White “Making art is a necessary therapeutic experience. As a graphic designer at Encore Multimedia, I spend all day solving problems of how businesses can reach their target demographics. Creating art is when I can express myself and satisfy my own aesthetic instead of someone else’s,” states local artist Nic Trent. Nic makes colorful and sharp pop art images, typically on wood panels. His work has the unique ability to trigger both a familiar nostalgia and a captivating freshness simultaneously. The works are bright and playful in their form yet slightly subversive in content. They are eye candy and brain food. Nic explains, “Art is a powerful language. No matter the medium, it portrays and also influences the culture and ideas of those who experience it, even if only subconsciously.” Nic Trent recounts his journey to becoming an artist: “I was an awkward kid who constantly doodled and had no idea what I wanted to do with my future. I would draw on school papers, church bulletins, or whatever was in front of me. It was an older woman in church who encouraged me to pursue a career using my creativity. She saw me drawing during church service and suggested I check out a nearby technical school for an art related program called graphic design. It seemed like a decent way to make a living as an artist so I attended Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology for graphic design without really knowing what graphic design was. However, design school was an invaluable experience where I learned how to create aesthetically while expressing ideas.” “Some of the best things I learned were from my peers. I befriended two graffiti writers from Tulsa, Darshan Phillips and Aaron Whisner, who made gallery art. They built their own surfaces out of wood because it is cheap and designed their compositions on computers. This is the same process I still use today.” He continues, “My first art show was when a friend hosted an event in his loft and told me I was going to be one of the artists. I had never made any art before, but he already put my name on the flyer, so I had to. The experience was terrifying but also exhilarating. Afterwards, I was officially addicted to art.” Nic Trent explains, “I’m excited to see interactive and digital media have more of a presence in local galleries. The Longview Museum of Fine Arts currently has an exhibit by Liz Hickok where you can hold an iPad up to the art and watch the art being created right in front of you. I can’t wait to see more video screens made available by local galleries for artists to utilize.” Writer’s note: Intimate Immensity with Liz Hickok is on view until September 21st. With glowing colors and shifts in scale, Hickok’s work calls into question what is real and what is imagined. She uses ephemeral materials such as liquid crystal solutions and constructs colorful, glowing architectural sculptures changing over time, morphing into fantastical worlds. She documents her processes with photography and

video to catch fleeting moments in the continuously evolving scenes. Nic Trent is also inspired and influenced by artists like Andy Warhol (pop art’s leading figure, painter, printmaker, director). Nic states, “Andy Warhol challenged the art world club. Warhol’s art paved the way for new voices of expression from Jean-Michel Basquiat (a graffiti/urban art sensation) and Keith Haring (pop art and graffiti artist) to Barbara Kruger (seditious conceptual artist) and innumerable other artists. Warhol also started as a graphic artist which, to me, makes it seem like the modern everyday man can achieve artistic success.” “Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol. Nic has been around the local art scene for some time. I encountered his work in pop-up shows a decade ago. There have been previous attempts to get the regional art scene up and running at full force, but there is something different happening now not found in the efforts of the past, a new sense of collaboration and commitment. “One of my favorite things about art is community. I love trading work with other artists and learning about their processes. This is the reason why local illustrator, Jasey Beddingfield, and I created ArtParty ( ArtParty is a hand-made zine (self-published minimagazine), featuring East Texas artists. We do our best to make the zine a nicely crafted collectible by creating a limited number of 60, choosing nice paper, and screen-printing the covers,” explains Trent. He adds, “ArtParty gives local artists an opportunity to get their work out in a different way. Our latest issue featured a 16-year-old’s work alongside a well-known tattoo artist with thousands of followers and I love that. My favorite thing about this project is it might bring someone’s work to a whole new audience.”   Nic states, “I feel lucky to be included in one of the recent shows organized by the local art collective, etxcreatives. The quality of work in the exhibits they organize is extremely impressive. I had no idea this caliber of art existed here in East Texas and I can’t wait to see what they do in the future. They are raising the bar for the quality of work in our area.” Speaking of raising quality, Nic advises, “Presentation is everything. There are so many great local artists who could do a much better job of presenting their work. I hope the recent uptick in the local art community will challenge more artists to learn from each other and step up their game. The biggest faux pas I see is really incredible work on paper with a cheap frame or no frame at all. Investing time in building a frame or buying a gallery style frame will transcend the art to a new level.” Trent concludes, “There are plenty of opportunities for artists to get involved locally, but I’m not so sure about the supporters. For all the people reading this who drive to Dallas to buy art or even worse, shop at big box stores and behemoth hobby shops, please support your local artists. Just think about how much better a conversation piece an artwork by a local artist could be. It seems to be a rare individual who realizes the contribution they are making by supporting the local art community.” 

Welcome to the 9th Annual Art of Peace. In just a short time, this program has grown from an afternoon of programs to a week-long series of peace activities and programs throughout the city of Tyler. With community-wide participation in creative expressions of peace, Art of Peace celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace (officially September 21st) and Peace One Day. The aim of the Art of Peace is to promote a spirit of creativity, compassion , and community through partnerships, fellowship, dialogue, social action, music, poetry, and art. Peace begins in our own backyard. Let it begin at any of these events. “Art of Peace – Tyler 2019 theme is ‘Living Peace,’” said Anne McCrady, cofounder and co-director of the peace event. Events are: • September 14th (10am-2pm): Day for Kids will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College St., Tyler. • September 15th-22nd: Living Peace Visual Art Show - The visual art show will be presented as a juried exhibit in the Education Classroom at the Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. The exhibit will be open to the public and admission is free. • September 17th (5-6pm): Peace Meditation at Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College St., Downtown Tyler. Free to attend. Explore inner peace with a peace-focused session of Heartfulness Meditation led by UT Tyler instructor and meditation trainer Gayathri Kambhampati. This event is free to attend. • September 20th (12 noon): Honk for Peace will be held Downtown Tyler on the Square. • September 20th (7-8:30pm): Peace Open Mic This night will be held at Discovery Science Place, Downtown Tyler with Spoken Word Artist, Actor and Poetry Promoter Michael Guinn hosting. Peace poets, spoken word artists, musicians, and storytellers can sign up by email to There will be a 3-minute limit. This event is co-sponsored by InSpiritry. • September 21st (12 noon-12:30pm): Peace Pole This Month at Tyler Museum of Art:

“Books, Books & More Books: Works by MANUAL”

The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays. For more info call the museum at (903)595-1001,, or email “Books, Books & More Books: Works by MANUAL” The Tyler Museum of Art is embarking on another historic collaboration with a fellow Smith County nonprofit while exploring the printed word as a work of art in its next major exhibition, “Books, Books & More Books: Works by MANUAL,” presented in collaboration with Literacy Council of Tyler. The exhibition runs through November 10th in the Museum’s Bell Gallery. Organized by the TMA and curated by Caleb Bell, “Books, Books & More Books” spotlights a series of photographic works from the ongoing “Book Project by MANUAL,” the artistic collaboration of Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill that began in 1974. The photographs from this series spotlight a wide variety of books in dynamic compositions, “visually exploring their importance in our lives,” Caleb Bell said. Though created within the classic genre of still life, the artistic duo sees its work in the “Book Project” more as “staging discrete dramas on a very small stage,” they wrote. “What we may be doing in this extended project is just a different form of ‘romance’ with the book than is reading and

Dedication - This will be placed at Golden Road Park, 2300 McDonald St., Tyler. Visit the Art of Peace booth at the annual Boys & Girls Club of East Texas Day for Kids held at Bergfeld Park. Enjoy peace art projects and join in encouraging kids to be peacemakers. • September 21st (6-8pm): Peace Meal and Pete Seeger Tribute Concert - Held at Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Rd., Tyler. This will feature a community meal, conversations on peace, uplifting music by local singer-songwriters celebrating peace legend Pete Seeger, and recognition of peacemakers in Tyler. The catered dinner will cost $15 per adult and $5 for college students and youngsters. Space is limited. Online reservations and ticket purchases are required at • September 22nd (3-4:30pm): Living Peace Visual Art Show Artist Reception with a program starting at 3:30pm will be held. Living Peace Visual Art Show is a juried exhibit in the Education Classroom at the Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. • Anytime: Tyler Peace Self Guided Tour - Enjoy a self-guided tour of Tyler’s Art of Peace installation art— Peace Poles and Murals. Check out the Tyler Peace Pole map and go see all of the Peace Poles throughout Tyler. Locations are available at For more information about Art of Peace – Tyler events, visit For questions about the art exhibition, e-mail or call Ms. McCrady at (903)658-5645. researching.” The idea of an exhibition celebrating the physical, bound book as a work of art in and of itself – and as a gateway to the imagination – attracted not only the TMA staff but the LCOT leadership, and seemed a natural fit for the occasion of two organizations that share complementary educational missions to collaborate for the first time. “Many of our students, like others in Tyler, have never had the chance to interact with visual art in a museum setting, and to be able to introduce them to this world through the medium of books is a uniquely approachable and relatable opportunity,” said LCOT Executive Director Nancy Crawford. “I think this exhibition reveals the true nature of books as works of art, from the standpoint of the content inside, the cover art, and even the tactile experience of holding a book and turning its pages. We think the exhibition will show our students that reading is truly an artful experience that they can begin to enjoy and appreciate on so many new levels as they pursue their educations at Literacy Council of Tyler.” Support for “Books, Books & More Books” is provided by Collectors’ Circle-Platinum Sponsor The Byars Foundation and Media Sponsor Tyler Today Magazine, with special thanks to Moody Gallery, Houston. Special Days & Tours Special events in connection with current exhibitions include a free First Friday tour. The first Friday of each month, 11am-12:30pm, the TMA offers a full day of free admission plus guided tours of its spotlight exhibitions. Family Days will be from 2-4pm the second Saturday of each month. Free admission, interactive art projects, light snacks, and a festive atmosphere for all ages are on the menu for the second Saturday of each month with the Tyler Museum of Art’s Family Day. • 23

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EGuide Magazine Tyler TX SEPT 2019 edition  

Events and things to do in Tyler TX

EGuide Magazine Tyler TX SEPT 2019 edition  

Events and things to do in Tyler TX