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EDITOR’S LETTER

It takes a family to create a world champion

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ife was good for Jonathan and Robert Likarish. Jonathan had a successful career and a family and Robert would be graduating from law school at St. Louis University in one more semester. During Christmas dinner, Robert, then 24, told his parents, John and Marcia, he had other plans. “We had visited a small distillery as part of a family reunion in 2008 and my dad was joking that when my brother and I retire, this is what we should do,” Robert said. “Fast forward to that Christmas dinner and I announced to the family, ‘I don’t want to be a lawyer, I want to be a distiller. Can I start it now?’ I did it on that day because Christmas dinner is the least confrontational place you can have dinner.” Jonathan, then 28, a biomedical engineer, said “if he’s doing it, I’m doing it.” Robert may have had some second thoughts after graduation, but those doubts literally went up in smoke. He graduated on June 6 and had extended his apartment lease a month. He did not extend the insurance. When he returned from a celebration dinner with his parents, his apartment had burned down. “That was the easiest moving job ever,” he can joke about today. The brothers took off across the country to learn the craft of distilling. During those two years, they had to purchase a still, go after financing, find a building and get the proper permits. Marcia, who is called “The Mother of Texas Whiskey” got the brothers on a list to purchase a Scottish still, usually a five year wait. They got it in two years. ETX View took a team of reporters, videographers and photographers to Denison because this small distillery

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made history. At the Whiskey World Championships, for the first time ever, a distillery from Kentucky or Tennessee did not win. Instead, it was Texas. Ironroot Republic’s Harbinger Straight Bourbon Whiskey was the winner. The family explained the name Ironroot pays tribute to viticulturist and Denison native T.V. Munson’s hardy “iron” roots that helped save the French wine industry from total destruction. Munson’s efforts resulted in Denison and Cognac ultimately becoming sister cities. The brothers found inspiration in adapting the French distilling techniques, especially the process of elévage, to tame the intense climate of Texas rather than imitate traditional flavor profiles. They’ve been open since 2014 and because they are so small, local liquor stores usually only carry six bottles at a time. During our travels in East Texas and to Denison for stories in this magazine, each brewery, winery or distillery not only had wonderful flavors, but incredible stories. As fun as it was to learn about pairings and flavors, we equally enjoyed learning and telling the stories of how families started these local destinations. And who knows, the next sip you take might be the best in the world.

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CONTENTS 8 The grain escape

You’ve noticed the breweries popping up in East Texas. Take an inside look at the flavors, food and fun each one has to offer.

36 Women in Business

Susan Campbell is not a veteran. But what she is doing full-time as a volunteer for East Texas veterans will astonish you.

40 Peters Autosports Travel

A short drive will get you to some great spots to visit this summer in Texas. To make it easier, we made the drive for you and highlight Lake Texoma, Denison and Sherman.

62 Devotion to Serve

For close to three decades, things have changed at the Longview Mall, but the consistent is customers coming in to Merle Norman Cosmetics to see Judy Kennemer and receive that personal care.

68 Peters Fashion

Our models showcase the latest fashion trends at a local vineyard that offers retro glamping.

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Wineries in East Texas are becoming a destination. Learn more about the offerings taking place right in your backyard.

26 A unique way to give back

When the World’s Best Bourbon was announced, for the first time ever, Kentucky and Tennessee did not win. Instead, it was a small distillery in Texas. We take you there.

58 A peaceful healing

Renew your mind, restore your body, refresh your soul at Tyler’s holistic healing and wellness center.

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Learn from the experts how to pair wine and food. It’s easier and more fun than you think!

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76 The Art of Food & Wine

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Courtney Esteen grew up in poverty. Today, he owns a successful business and is making headlines with the way he gives back to the community.

Imagine driving down the road and getting a text or people trying to pull you over because of your business? The inspiring story of Wendy Wilborn-Shelton.

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Previews of events in Tyler, Longview and Kilgore.

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A listing of events in East Texas during July and August.


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BREWERIES

A tour of Tyler & Longview area breweries

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raft breweries often come with great stories, a relaxed atmosphere that’s family friendly and top quality, artisan brew. At Oil Horse Brewing Co. in downtown Longview, a casual conversation with owner John Oglesbee will reveal that Oglesbee got into the craft brewery business after finding that he could produce quality, gluten-free beer. For those who are gluten intolerant, Oil Horse offers an opportunity to have a glass of top notch beer. At ETX Brewing Co. in Tyler, owners Matt, Brian and Annie Gilstrap have created a relaxed atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating options. The family friendly and pet friendly brewery encourages casual conversations among its patrons and has become a mainstay just off the downtown square in Tyler. At Gilmer Brewing Co. in downtown Gilmer, Drew and Ruthy Emory and Matt and Jacqueline Collier make certain to use a reverse osmosis system for their water to help produce quality brews. Their beers pay tribute to Gilmer and Upshur County heritage with their names, helping patrons learn a bit about the history of their community while enjoying a drink. And you’ve probably heard of True

Vine Brewing Co., one of the longest serving breweries in East Texas. True Vine, which has had exponential growth since making its debut years ago, started a trend in the area that has sparked a desire for more craft breweries in the community. If you’ve never visited a local brewery in East Texas, there are countless reasons to consider trying craft beer. Produced by small, local, independent brewers, craft beer comes with a better taste and greater variety than massproduced products. Breweries typically use better ingredients which can lead to improved health benefits. The breweries themselves often become community hubs, creating opportunities for better conversations among patrons and drawing people together with a shared interest. Visit a craft brewery and it’s likely that you’ll not only leave with more satisfied taste buds, you may even have sparked some new friendships. As the trend continues toward supporting local businesses, more craft breweries are continuing to appear across East Texas. Though this is not a conclusive list of all East Texas breweries, here are a few of our favorites in the Longview and Tyler area that are guaranteed to delight your taste buds.

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OIL HORSE BREWING CO.

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ive years ago, John Oglesbee first opened the doors of Longview’s downtown brewery and sold out of his product in a single day.

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Since that day in 2016, Oil Horse Brewing Co. has become a landmark in downtown Longview where people come for more than just a beer. They come for community. “Our big push has and always will be community,” Oglesbee said. “We’ve tried to open up to be a place where people can come and just comfortably enjoy themselves.” Brewing started as a hobby for Oglesbee. When he learned he had a form of gluten intolerance, he sought to create a gluten-free beer. A certain enzyme that helps remove gluten from beer made it safe for him to drink but he also found that it tasted good – better than most gluten-free beers. “I would brew frequently with my business partner and we would say, it’d always be fun if we opened a business. It was kind of just a joke in the background at the time but then we started looking at it really seriously a couple of years later,” Oglesbee recalled. 10

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After a few initial meetings and securing funding, the dream turned into a reality and Oil Horse opened in May of 2016. Since then, much has changed for the brewery from when it initially brewed on a small pallet system to the large production system it uses now. The brewery has started canning and has grown its outside sales distribution. Today, Oil Horse beers can be found around Longview but also across East Texas. Among the brewery’s most popular beers is the 1877, an Irish red that’s smooth and malty. Another fan favorite is the Loblolly Double IPA. With slightly higher alcohol content, Loblolly features notes of caramel but finishes with a strong citrus and pine character. Oil Horse’s beer names pay tribute to Longview and its history. For example, 1877 is named after a downtown fire that year that destroyed many buildings in Longview; however, the building where Oil Horse is located was among the few to remain. That building has become a community hub today, thanks to the brewery. A relaxed community atmosphere, where anyone can come, continues to be Oil Horse’s focus. “We’ve always been proud of ourselves here for having a really strong community atmosphere, really pushing for having the ability to come in, sit and talk. It’s one of the reasons we don’t have TVs,” Oglesbee said. “We have a little bit of music in the background. Sometimes we’ll have live music here and there. We just like the space that we have.” To learn more about Oil Horse or to plan a visit, find more information online at www.oilhorsebrewing.com.


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hen brothers Matt and Brian Gilstrap started home brewing in college, they didn’t know their small batch beers would one day lead to a brewery that’s become an integral part of Tyler.

“This is the new Tyler.” Some of the brewery’s most popular beers are the Park Ranger, an orange creamsicle milkshake IPA, and the Brickstreet Blonde, a classic American blond ale that’s light and crisp. The 1846 IPA, which is named after the year Tyler was founded, also is extremely popular. As it’s grown in popularity, so has ETX Brewing’s distribution. The brewery’s products can be found all across East Texas from Texarkana in the north to North Houston in the

Today, ETX Brewing Co. is a community hub located just off the square in Tyler. Not only does the brewery produce some of the most popular craft beers in East Texas, its owners are committed to giving back and supporting the community that has shown so much love to them over the years. “We love being a part of the Tyler community and supporting it in any way, shape or form that we can,” said Annie Gilstrap, Brian’s wife who co-owns ETX Brewing with her husband and his brother. The Gilstraps purchased the property for their brewery in May 2016 and opened Jan. 4, 2017. “We started with just the taproom, because we intended to be just a small taproom. We didn’t think we’d need much seating,” Annie Gilstrap recalled. “On opening weekend in cold January Texas, we realized we were not big enough. So we expanded to add the restaurant with a food component. Things have just grown from there.” The community has shown overwhelming support to the brewery since it opened. Today, ETX Brewing has a sizeable production area, indoor seating and an outdoor patio. “The vibe is just a relaxed, chill atmosphere. So many people have told me they just love the atmosphere and it gives them an Austin vibe. It makes them feel like they’re in another city,” she said.

south and from the Louisiana border in the east to Rockwall in the west. Matt Gilstrap said the brewery wants to continue expanding its footprint in the future, hopefully working its products into the Dallas and central Houston. While it continues to grow, giving back remains a focus for ETX Brewing. Each year, the brewery partners with PATH, a social service agency, for its Mardi Gras Celebration. Additionally, each month ETX Brewing hosts Pints & Pups in conjunction with the SPCA of East Texas. During Pints & Pups, held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, ETX Brewing gives back a percentage of its sales to the SPCA and hosts pet friendly vendors. To learn more about ETX Brewing or to plan a visit, find more information online at etxbrew.com.

Matt Gilstrap, Annie Gilstrap, and Brian Gilstrap

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GILMER BREWING CO.

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hough one of the newest craft breweries in the area, Gilmer Brewing Co. already has made an impact on its city.

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Gilmer Brewing Co. opened in November 2018 as a business co-owned by two couples, Drew and Ruthy Emory and Matt and Jacqueline Collier. Drew Emory is a Gilmer native while Matt Collier grew up in nearby White Oak. Emory and Collier began brewing together around 2017. As they and their wives became more interested in the craft brew scene, they thought it would be fun if Gilmer had a craft brewery. In 2018, they began renovating a space downtown that served for decades as Hadden’s Sandwich Shop, a formerly beloved Gilmer restaurant. Since opening, it’s quickly grown. It has helped attract a younger crowd to Gilmer and helped spark a revitalization of the downtown area that’s proven beneficial for the entire city. “Gilmer’s a really cool town. There’s so much community and taking care of your community here,” Ruthy Emory said. “People 12

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take care of each other and support each other. It’s really been great.” What helps set Gilmer Brewing apart is the use of its reverse osmosis water system, Ruthy Emory said. “We basically take everything out of the water and then we add back in the elements, the minerals, the ions – everything that you need to make a drink stick in your mouth,” she said. “We focus on making sure that everything is pure and just has a good taste in your mouth.” Names of the craft beers pay tribute to Gilmer and Upshur County history. For example, the Buckeye Blonde, which tends to be the brewery’s most popular beer, pays tribute to the school’s football team. The Peacemaker, a pilsner, recalls a cannon named Peacemaker that was being tested by Abel Upshur and Thomas Gilmer when they were on the USS Princeton. The test didn’t go well and both men, along with many others onboard, died in the explosion. That explosion created much shrapnel, from which the brewery derived the name for its Shrapnel IPA. “We were mindful of our brew names. We wanted to have an overall cohesiveness and we learned a lot about Gilmer in the process,” Emory said. Gilmer Brewing Co. recently acquired its self-distribution license and is hoping to expand in the near future. Emory said they’d like to start getting on tap at local restaurants and perhaps begin selling cans in stores soon. With live music and a children’s corner, the brewery is family friendly and relaxed. It’s a place where the owners and staff know the names of their loyal patrons and make everyone feel welcome. To learn more about Gilmer Brewing Co. or to plan a visit, find more information online at gilmerbrewing.com.


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ince 2014, True Vine Brewing Co. has been a mainstay in the East Texas craft brew scene and with a new location combined with fresh products, it’s on track to continue being a force for years to come.

location in March 2018. With live music and weekly events, ample space for production, and indoor and outdoor seating, the Earl Campbell location has quickly become a community hub where people visit to enjoy a quality drink and conversation with friends. The Earl Campbell location also provided adequate space for the brewery to grow its distribution and today True Vine products can be found on store shelves across East Texas.

Owners Ryan and Traci Dixon began home brewing years prior. What started as a hobby in Dixon’s garage grew to 10-gallon batches of beer and developing some of the first recipes that would go on to become part of True Vine’s mainstay lineup of beers. The Dixons partnered with friends to officially launch True Vine in 2014, marking Tyler’s first craft brewery. True Vine first opened in a microwarehouse on Englewood Avenue, but quickly outgrew the space. In 2017, the brewery acquired its current property on Earl Campbell Parkway that would become its flagship location. True Vine opened the doors to the Earl Campbell

In February 2020, the brewery again expanded and opened an additional location. A taproom and wine bar on the square in downtown Tyler now attracts even more patrons. As True Vine’s reach has grown, so have its beer offerings. However, some of its most popular remain some of its oldest. The Daddy’s Juice Box is a double IPA that’s juicy and hoppy. Meanwhile, Mermaids & Unicorns is a blonde ale with a hoppy finish. To learn more about True Vine Brewing Co. or to plan a visit, find more information online at www. truevinebrewing.com. July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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WINERIES

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ou can drink wine just about anywhere, but there’s something special about sipping on it right where it’s made. In East Texas, there are more than two dozen wineries that serve everything from strong and bold Texas

reds to crisp and clean Texas whites. Though not a conclusive list of all East Texas wineries, here are a few of our favorites in the Tyler and Longview area that are guaranteed to offer you a sipping good time with their selection of extraordinary wines.

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KIEPERSOL

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hen Pierre de Wet left his native South Africa in 1984, he didn’t know at the time that he would go on to transform East Texas into a winery destination and also inspire countless others to pursue their own passions.

1998. Pierre de Wet left South Africa in 1984 after the death of his wife. After careful prayer and a pact with God, he brought his two daughters, Marnelle and Velmay, to the United States. A 16th generation farmer in his family, de Wet embarked on a career in the agricultural industry of America. He worked in the rose business in Tyler, saving up money to purchase land south of the city. As his daughters decided they wanted to continue the family legacy in agriculture, they began considering what to grow on their

Winemaker Alex Lee But that’s exactly what he did when he opened Kiepersol, which today is the oldest winery in the TyerLongview area. Each year, Kiepersol draws thousands of visitors through its doors and to East Texas as they come to experience wine, food and spirits. Today, sisters Marnelle Durrett and Velmay Power oversee the winery that their father started in 16

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property. In 1998 and 1999, de Wet and his two daughters planted their first grapevines on 13 acres of land at the property. The vineyard was named Kiepersol after a place in South Africa in de Wet’s homeland. The name “Kiepersol” means “keep us all,” and Storyteller Mike Roth said the family hopes that others find hope and comfort when they visit the vineyard.


“The point of Kiepersol was to have a farm that his two daughters could learn and grow on and where everybody got to execute and use their God given talents,” Roth said. “That’s really what we try to do here is build people up. Our hope is that if people come and work here, when they leave hopefully they’re leaving a step up, they’re going somewhere better. That’s our goal with everybody – with our customers, with our guests that come and stay with us.”

neither too sweet nor too dry, and the Cabernet Sauvignon, a delicate yet robust red wine. “What’s interesting about our style is that our wines are delicate and approachable. They have a low bitterness and very fruit forward characteristics,” Roth said. “All of our wines and our spirits are going to be as smooth as possible, really approachable and really delicate.” In addition to the vineyard and tasting room called The Grand Room, Kiepersol also features a fine dining restaurant that serves

notable people in the winery’s history. For example, the vodka is named Dirk’s after de Wet’s father who, Roth described, embodied the “Texas spirit.” The bourbon is named Jimmy’s after Jimmy Hines, grandfather of Kiepersol’s distiller Jim Durrett. The rum is named after Pierre himself, who enjoyed islandstyle rums. De Wet passed away in 2016, but his daughters have remained committed to continuing his legacy. In 2020, the family added an infusion room where liqueurs, mixers and everything needed to craft cocktails

Storyteller Michael Roth Since its early beginnings, Kiepersol has expanded to grow 16 varietals of grapes on its property and produces 33 different wines, Roth said. The vineyard now encompasses 63 acres on the land and it is one of the few wineries in Texas that makes 100% of its wines with estate-grown grapes. Among the most popular wines are the Vit, a white wine that’s

delectable food that’s made fresh each day. Additionally, Kiepersol expanded in 2014 to add a distillery. In an effort not to have any waste, de Wet had an idea at that time to use excess grapes and distill them down. Today, Kiepersol’s distillery produces bourbon, rum, vodka, gin and an agave spirit called Texuila. The spirits are named after

is created onsite. Over time, Kiepersol has become more than just a place to enjoy a glass of wine or a spirit. With a bed and breakfast and RV park, it’s become a destination where people visit to enjoy a weekend getaway in the heart of East Texas. To learn more about Kiepersol or plan a visit, find more information online at www.kiepersol.com. July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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or 17 years, Enoch’s Stomp has served some of the Longview area’s favorite wine, and the vineyard is quickly growing with the soon-tobe-completed addition of cottages to transform it into a destination.

bit of a market for Texas wines and really in East Texas there was pretty much just Kiepersol,” said Kral’s son, Jonah, who serves as the wine director for Enoch’s Stomp. When the winery started, the original idea was to grow grapes, make wine and offer a retreat center, but that dream grew and those plans changed. Today, Enoch’s Stomp has about 12 acres of vineyards on its 90-acre property that was once a horse ranch in Harleton, just outside of Longview.

Now, Enoch’s Stomp is once again being expanded to include cottages, which will be called the Vineyard Villas. When finished, those will be able to be rented out for overnight stays or wedding parties. The Vineyard Villas will help Enoch’s Stomp achieve its original goal of being a retreat center in addition to a winery. The vineyard also has recently started a farm to table program by planting a garden on the property with crops that will used by the

Enoch’s Stomp was founded in 2004 by Altus Koegelenberg and Jon Kral. Koegelenberg is a fifth generation grape grower from South Africa who moved his family to America in 2003. Kral is an ER doctor who had a passion for making wine. Koegelenberg and Kral met in church on a Sunday all those years ago and began dreaming of what they could do together. “When they started the vineyard, there was just starting to be a little

The family manages another 10 acres of grapes off-site in East Texas. Enoch’s Stomp has a casual, laid back tasting room and a fine dining restaurant, Corks. About six years ago, the location added an event center that can be reserved for special occasions, and about a year-and-a-half ago, the winery added a coffee shop and wine cellar in Jefferson that has been well received by the community, Kral said.

restaurant to craft dishes. As for the winery itself, Enoch’s Stomp grows six varietals of grapes onsite and brings in grapes from other areas to craft some of its wines. The wine list features more than 40 wines. Of those, Kral said the most popular wine is Potter’s Hand, a sweet, red wine. “In East Texas, we like sweet beverages and that trend continues with wine. It’s by far our biggest seller,” Kral said.

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The winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon also is popular. Among white wines, the Blanc du Bois, an off-dry that Enoch’s has made for about 15 years, is popular. However, the goal for the winery is to find a wine from its offerings tailored to each individual. “We’re fortunate to have a team of wine ambassadors, people who know Enoch’s wines and who also know the wines of the sommeliers. When I get asked that question by somebody at the counter and when they get asked that question,

offer,” Kral said. “So, we bring those people together and we do things.” Wine club members agree to purchase at least three bottles of wine every three months. Enoch’s offers a themed pickup party quarterly for patrons to collect their wine. At a recent event, Enoch’s built the party around the theme “Bacon in the Sun” and featured bacon dishes. Wine club members also receive access to the latest wines, a discount off food and wine, and

Wine Director Jonah Kral the idea is to be able to match that person with what’s best for them,” Kral said. In addition to matching people to a wine, a goal for Enoch’s Stomp is simply to bring people together. Enoch’s wine club allows it to do just that. “The idea is to get a group of people together who like wine and who like the beauty we have here in East Texas and everything that we

the opportunity to go on trips as a group. As Enoch’s prepares to harvest its grapes (typically in July for white grapes and in August for reds), patrons should be on the lookout for a potential stomp party when Enoch’s invites the public to pick grapes and make their own wine. To learn more about Enoch’s Stomp or plan a visit, find more information online at www. enochsstomp.com. July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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LOS PINOS

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or 20 years, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and Winery has given East Texans a place to enjoy a glass of wine while relaxing and having fun.

various growers in the Texas High Plains. Grapes are used to produce about 24 wines. Of those about half are sweet and half are dry, Wilson said. Los Pinos wines are distributed across Texas and in the nation. In addition to wine tastings, Los Pinos also offers a selection of foods, such as a variety of burgers and

The Pittsburg winery acquired its land in 1999, planted its first grapes in 2000 and opened its tasting room to the public in 2001. “That was 20 years ago. It’s built out little by little over time,” said owner Perry Wilson, who purchased the winery in 2009 from the original owner. In 2011, a major addition was added to the winery’s production area and two years ago, Los Pinos opened a second location in Fredericksburg, which is a major wine tourism destination in Texas. The vineyards encompass about 17 acres of land at the Pittsburg property. Additionally, the winery has about 50 acres under contract with

pizzas as well as fine dining options, such as steaks. With a cabin and a tiny house on the property, Los Pinos also makes a great weekend escape. “It’s a great weekend getaway,” Wilson said. As Los Pinos continues to grow, Wilson said he enjoys meeting the people who choose to make the winery a destination. “Everybody seems to have a great time,” Wilson said. “We’ve met a lot of interesting people here.” To learn more about Los Pinos or plan a visit, find more information online at lospinosranchvineyards. com.

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PELLE LEGNA

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ith rolling green hills and acres of beautiful grape vines, Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is an ideal place to relax and enjoy sipping a glass of vino.

can’t.’ He was right, and everything’s fine. So here we are,” she said. Pelle Legna makes more than a dozen wines, including a few Cabernets, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato and others, with grapes grown on the property. Pelle Legna also makes a couple of rosés. Primarily a fan of red wines, Leatherwood said she has grown to appreciate all of the wines she makes at Pelle Legna.

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The winery is the passion of Dawn Leatherwood. She and her husband, Harry Leatherwood, own Rio Neches Ranch. When Dawn expressed to her husband her desire to plant grapes and start a vineyard, he supported her dream. So the couple fenced in 20 acres of land at the ranch and began planting their first grapes at the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007. Dawn Leatherwood recalled speaking with Kiepersol owner Pierre de Wet for advice as she started her journey. “He said, ‘Just plant what you like to drink because you can make it work. Just don’t listen to anybody else because they’ll tell you that you

“I enjoy making the wine. I thought that the only part I was going to like was being in the lab doing all the chemistry, checking and testing and looking at the numbers and all that,” Leatherwood said. “But what I’ve found that I like the most is making it — the process of tasting it in all of the stages and seeing how it changes. The art behind the science.” Tastings at Pelle Legna are by appointment only, but the winery hosts a get together once a month, typically on the third Saturday of the month, for people to visit and taste the wines. To learn more about Pelle Legna or plan a visit, find more information online at www.pellelegna.com. July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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ust north of Tyler in Garden Valley, Don Clark invites the community to visit his winey, Valle della Pace, and experience the “valley of the peace.”

The first vines were planted in 2011 and Valle della Pace had its first harvest in 2013-2014. After winning a gold medal in a wine competition with the winery’s first batch, Clark said he knew he was onto something. Today, Valle della Pace makes about a dozen wines. Though many of its wines are fan favorites, Clark

In 2011, Clark started the winery on his land after feeling called by the Lord to start a vineyard. He’d previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry but left that profession to go into mission work. Winemaking was a natural fit for Clark’s background in chemistry as there is a lot of science that goes into the process of perfecting wine. “Winemaking is both science and taste. If you don’t get the chemistry right, the flavors are going to be off and your wine’s going to go bad. But it also has a lot to do with taste, so you’ve got to balance, for example, pH and sugar and all these things,” he said.

said the most popular is Peaches which adds a touch of peach flavor to the winery’s Blanc du Bois. Last year, the winery built an outdoor pavilion and Clark said he hopes to offer food in the future. For now, he’s happy to continue using his chemistry background to keep experimenting with wines. Valle della Pace plans to add some new wines, including red and white ports, a rose and a merlot reserve, to its lineup soon. To learn more about Valle della Pace or plan a visit, find more information online at valledellapace. com.

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“Hopefully, I can be the anchor for this little part of downtown Bullard and can support other businesses nearby,” he said. M6 makes a variety of wines, primarily with vitis vinifera or Americana grape varietals. Wines include a Malbec, Cabernet, Viognier and Riesling.

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Moody opened the doors to M6 Winery on April 1, 2016. The winery is named after the Moody family of six, which include Moody, his wife and their four children. Though there are now grandchildren and in-laws, the family started as a family of six, hence the name M6. Located in downtown Bullard, M6 doesn’t have space for its own vineyards but it receives grapes from other locations, primarily in the Hill Country region. The tasting room and winery has doubled in size in the past year from 1,300 square feet to 2,600 square feet to accommodate growth. While there is some space for production in house, it’s limited so M6 partners with another nearby winery for production space. Moody said he likes the winery being a “boutique-style, niche winery.”

With western décor in the winery, Moody likes to stick to a Texas theme for the names of his wines, too. For example, the Bluebonnet is an off-dry white blend and the Treaty Oak is a nice, deep red. As M6 continues to attract new fans, Moody said it’s the people who make his efforts worthwhile. “I do like the hands-on work that this affords, but there was a windfall that I never expected when we did our pro formas and decided to get into this type of business,” he said. “I never even considered the relationships that we would establish by opening our doors. We have made a lot of friends that we may not have ever had the chance to meet otherwise.” To learn more about M6 or plan a visit, find more information online at www.m6winery.com. July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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“When you’re going to school and you see other kids dress better and are cleaner than you are, then you understand that something is different in their home versus mine. “When you realize that those opportunities aren’t there for you, that’s when you also need to realize how to generate those opportunities.” Those experiences became the motivation that shaped him into the man he is today. In high school, Esteen began his career at Winn-Dixie where he learned how to work for the things he wanted and where he worked around successful people he wanted to be like. After graduating high school, he skipped college, saying it wasn’t for him. Instead he began working in the food industry, first as a dishwasher then moving his way up to cook. After working on Bourbon Street for a while, he went into catering then returned to cooking again. While he worked in the food industry, Esteen said he recalled a childhood dream to become a police officer. So, he did. He served as a police officer from 2003 to 2005, including during Hurricane Katrina. He had his first child with his wife about eight months before Katrina hit and said he had to make a decision about whether to prioritize the residents of New Orleans or his wife and child. Naturally, he chose to focus on his family. After his two-year stint as a police officer, he moved to Texas and returned to the food industry where his heart was. “In the end, it’s not about being rich, but it’s about being accomplished,” he said. Esteen met his future operations manager, Ashford Norwood, who would trust in his vision. Before that though, he went into corporate sales, which opened doors into what he would be doing next. He traveled across East Texas and learned customer service skills and how things work behind purchasing systems. Esteen saved money | CONT. ON PG. 28

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| CONT. FROM PG. 27 and decided run with his main dream — to have his own establishment. In 2019, Esteen’s dream came true when he established Flavors Daiquiri Café in Tyler. “Being from New Orleans, food and drink is what we do,” he said. Since opening, Esteen has led many community efforts that he wished to see as a child. For example, in August 2019, he held a backpack drive for children of lower income families. Through the effort, he distributed 225 backpacks containing school supplies, such as pencils and notebooks, to families. Additionally, the event provided haircuts to more than 50

children, had a DJ playing music and children enjoyed hotdogs and chips. As things continue to open back up, Esteen is excited to hold more events. “Again, I was at school before and didn’t have something, so I know how it feels and if I can help that next kid get that feeling, because it stuck with me so I know it’ll stick with them as well, so if I could do something to help them overcome that,” Esteen said. He said his establishment is not all about adults having fun with alcohol and music. It’s about a family environment and children also having a good time by enjoying free movies. The family-friendly

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environment also offers cornhole, darts and karaoke. Another event Esteen led featured a network mixer for business professionals of Tyler to meet and collaborate. He said it was especially important for minority-owned businesses. “For me it’s all about building relationships and relationships can build a business,” Esteen said. “And I’m 100% focused on giving back. Anytime we can give back.” More good work is on the horizon for Esteen, along with a new business venture. When he first opened Flavors Daiquiri Cafe, Esteen also got an office in Tyler’s Plaza Tower to conduct business.


For me it’s all about building relationships and relationships can build a business. And I’m 100% focused on giving back. Anytime we can give back.”

“That was done with my vision of growing as a company,” he said. Esteen has been studying real estate and has now completed every class. He will be taking the exam to receive his real estate license in a few months. He also plans to attend Tyler Junior College in the near future to take business administration classes to learn more about the industry and how to manage his businesses more effectively. “I don’t want to stay stagnant,” he said. “If I want to get better, I have to educate myself to have the knowledge to get better and be better. It’s wrapping up real estate school and jumping into TJC.” Not only will Esteen be taking on a new career, he also is signing a lease for a new restaurant where he will serve wings. Esteen said he’s excited for the new venture because it will provide more jobs in Tyler. The new restaurant will feature 14 types of flavored wings, three types of wedge salads and a happy environment. In the fall, Flavors Daiquiri Cafe will be hosting “Taste of New Orleans,” where visitors can experience an authentic jazz fest and can learn about Flavors. “Who knows what the future may hold. We want to grow our food service side and get more community people involved and feed the homeless, but we’re one small business,” Esteen said. “We can try to do what we can but we can’t do it all.” He hopes the events he hosts are an opportunity to inspire others to do the same. “The day that I close my eyes,” he said, “I hope to leave behind a memory of, ‘That guy changed my life,’ or ‘He helped consult me with my business.’ … That’s through treating my employees well, give back through promotions for the community or give back by hosting events.”

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endy Wilborn-Shelton attracts attention when she’s headed down the road with part of her business in tow. One of the services she offers through Good and Proper Events in Longview is a mobile bar built in a horse trailer. The fully stocked bar is visible to the outside. She also has a second mobile bar inside a camper, but it’s not as obvious. “When I’m transporting (the horse trailer), I get a lot of phone calls when I’m pulling it down the street,” she said, adding that her thought is, “I’m not pulling it over to sell you alcohol.” She was a bartender while in college to pay bills, but she herself doesn’t drink at all. “I went to bartending school to figure it out, because I hate alcohol. I don’t even drink wine,” Wilborn-Shelton said. She likes mixing drinks, though, and the atmosphere of being in a bar. She also realized that alcohol is served at most events. Her mobile bars allow her to provide that service. Wilborn-Shelton lives in White Oak, where she graduated from high school, but her business is located in Longview at 105 E. Loop 281, Suite 8, in the shopping center behind Chili’s and next door to McAlister’s Deli. She studied health care administration in college, attending Louisiana Tech and the University of Texas at Austin. She married her husband, Chris, in Houston, where she had worked in healthcare administration at Houston Methodist Hospital. She had moved back to East Texas to help her mother in her business operating homes for people with developmental disabilities. That’s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Good and Proper Events was born out of a need she had, and at a time when she was recovering from treatment for Stage III breast cancer. She was trying to plan her now 4-year-old son Christopher’s birthday party. She couldn’t find anyone to help, and that gave birth to her event planning and party business. “I was at home and needed something to do,” she said, adding, “I like kids’ parties.” Good and Proper Events offers tent and teepee parties for children and teens, balloon decorations,

table and chair rentals, backyard movie rentals, vinyl and T-shirt supplies and a photo booth, in addition to the mobile bars. A variety of packages are available with the mobile bars, a beer and wine package, for instance, and a signature cocktail can be created for special events. In addition to weddings and parties, WilbornShelton’s event planning services recently had her helping with the White Oak ISD Education Foundation’s scholarship banquet, and she stayed busy with graduation events in May. “We just purchased this new, white bounce house (like one Khloé Kardashian had at her birthday party that looks like a castle). It’s gone viral ... It’s booked through July,” Wilborn-Shelton said. Her business was based at her house at first, but she outgrew the space. “I did have to build it up. It really took off when I got a brick and mortar store, because I was visible to the community. It was easier that way,” she said. Event planning came naturally to her so she attended classes in Houston and Atlanta to learn how to make the elaborate balloon creations often featured at her events. She appreciates that owning her own business allows her to set her hours and determine how busy she wants to be. She can attend T-ball games without worrying about punching a clock. “It really was good when I was taking treatment that I didn’t have to go to work,” Wilborn-Shelton said. Her son frequently goes with her to the store during the day. Her husband, Chris, is part of her “wonderful support system,” along with her parents. Still, there are challenges to owning a business. “You do have to have tough skin in this profession as a woman, as an African-American woman,” she said. Wilborn-Shelton has six employees who are as good as she is, she said, describing them as part of her support team, too. “I think you just have to stay true to your craft and what you know,” she said. “I’m a lover of people, and I think you just have to treat people right. Do the right things for people and the right things will always fall in line for you.” July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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“It’s unacceptable. Veterans can go defend us, then they return and kill themselves. Why? They didn’t have support? They didn’t find help? If we can help one person, we did our job.”

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bond they want to continue after leaving the service.” The Smith County Women’s Fund donated $100,000 and the Women’s Medical Alliance donated books for a library in the new house. There is a relaxation area, a place for support groups, the library and meditation. Snow is a retired lieutenant colonel who served in Vietnam, but Campbell explains “he has never stopped serving” and points out he established the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Veterans Committee and the monthly veterans roundtable discussion. Campbell’s husband, Kit Campbell, is a Navy veteran who was a supply officer on nuclear submarines. They know the silent struggles veterans face. “My heart is part of the Vietnam era. It was such an ugly war. I had two friends who committed suicide when they returned. Even to this day, it’s hard to talk about,” Susan Campbell said. “It’s unacceptable. Veterans can go defend us, then they return and kill themselves. Why? They didn’t have support? They didn’t find help? If we can help one person, we did our job.” Campbell and Snow praise the resources available for veterans in all East Texas counties. CampV is trying to fill in the blanks and become a one-stop shop to help veterans find all services in a serene atmosphere. The events on the calendar at campvtyler.org are staggering, from barbecue’s to social outings and group meetings. The Rose City Air Show on July 4 weekend brings in 10,000 visitors and supports CampV. They have a ceremony honoring all East Texas Purple Heart veterans. The stories flow and so does the fellowship and support. “Eventually, we want to provide a neighborhood where they can rent a house, get education or training, all the support groups they need and the mental health wellness so they will have a better transition,” she said. “The majority of suicides happen the first year of getting out of the military. The second most is seven years later for some reason.” As Campbell finishes her thought, two veterans get up from a table where they were talking and start walking outside to enjoy the land. The goal to help just one veteran doubled. July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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n a warm, sunny day, Kaitlyn Morris and Megan Eidson enjoyed spending an afternoon reading books on the shoreline of Lake Texoma. “We love coming here. I think it’s the prettiest camping location around and probably the best place to go hiking, too,” Eidson said.

S T O RY B Y C H R I S T I N A C AVA Z O S P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y M I C H A E L C AVA Z O S With more than 1,200 miles of shoreline, the lake offers an ideal place to relax, take a dip in its swimming areas, camp in seclusion, hike unique trails, and explore Texas and Oklahoma by boat. A man-made lake protected by the Denison Dam, the lake was created in 1944 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Spanning more than 89,000 surface acres, it is the largest surface lake in Texas. It also crosses the Red River and spans into Oklahoma. The twelfth largest lake in the United States and one of the most popular federal recreation facilities in the country, Lake Texoma entertains more than 6 million visitors annually, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Visitors enjoy the lake’s scenery, camping opportunities, hiking trails, public swimming spaces and wildlife refuges. Those who visit the lake also often enjoy taking in the nearby North Texas cities of Sherman and Denison, which feature unique shopping opportunities, attractions, local restaurants and award-winning breweries, wineries and distilleries. With a little something for everyone to have fun, it’s no surprise that the Lake Texoma area is referred to as the “Playground of the Southwest.” About a twoand-a-half hour drive from Tyler and Longview, Lake Texoma and the surrounding area is an ideal place for a daytrip or a weekend getaway.

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EXPLORING LAKE TEXOMA To start exploring Lake Texoma, a visit to Eisenhower State Park is a must. Named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born in Denison, the state park offers opportunities for adventure. From exploring trails along the park’s high bluffs to splashing around at the swimming cove or fishing for striped bass, the park is a quiet place to connect with nature and enjoy the lake’s beauty. “We like the view from the Texas side,” Eidson said. “The Oklahoma side is pretty flat, but here you get all the cliffs. It’s really pretty.” The state park features more than four miles of trails, two fishing piers and several campsites. Campsites range from basic tent


Visitors enjoy the lake’s scenery, camping opportunities, hiking trails, public swimming spaces and wildlife refuges.

sites to pull-through sites for large RVs. There also are some screened shelters and one cabin, known as “Ike’s Cabin.” For those looking to take in the area’s natural wildlife, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge protects and manages 11,320 acres of habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. Habitats at Hagerman include 2,600 acres of wetlands, 8,000 acres of uplands and 400 acres of croplands. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the lands are managed to support more than 338 species of birds, 34 species of mammals, 65 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 62 species of fish. “I used to live in this area and | CONT. ON PG. 44

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| CONT. FROM PG. 43 I’d come up here regularly. I love it,” said James Tomlinson, who hails from England but now resides in Los Angeles, Calif. Tomlinson visited Hagerman recently to record birds in the field. Over time, the studies help determine changes in bird populations, he said. “It’s fun. It’s an excuse to get out and it’s a wonderful place,” he said. Nearby Grandpappy Point Resort and Marina features a marina with 35 boathouses, 800 boat slips and a variety of amenities. Cabins at Grandpappy Point Marina offer quick access to the lake. There also are RV and tent campsites available at Grandpappy Park. On a recent weekend, Larry Crosby camped at Grandpappy with his son Garrett Crosby, sonin-law Chas Walters and his twin grandsons, Donovan and Landyn

Walters. Ten-year-old Donovan said they were having a “guy’s trip.” As the family roasted marshmallows, Larry Crosby said they planned to go fishing with a guide the next day and hoped to catch more than 100 striper (or striped bass, for which the lake is known). Lake Texoma is home to more than 100 fishing guides who offer expertise in fishing at the lake. “We’re looking forward to the catching,” Crosby said. While some campers prefer to cook at their campsites, the lake also is home to many popular restaurants. From The Island in Pottsboro and Pelican’s Landing in Gordonville to Sneaky Tiki Restaurant and Brewery in Mead, Okla., there are many restaurants and bars where diners can enjoy a meal or a drink and take in the lake’s views. Among Lake Texoma’s most popular eateries is The Point

Restaurant, which is located at Grandpappy Point Resort and Marina. For years, the restaurant was an icon synonymous with Lake Texoma. But after years of ownership changes, flooding and for other reasons, The Point closed its doors in 2005. Then, in 2018, an idea was born to revitalize the iconic restaurant by mixing classic dishes with new, modern favorites. The Point Restaurant reopened in March 2019. With indoor or outdoor seating, the lake’s views from The Point can’t be beat. An outdoor patio has a stage that often features live music. Meanwhile, its welcoming staff combined with quality foods delight visitors. For an entrée, consider the restaurant’s most popular meal, the fried catfish dinner. The meal features catfish fillets delicately battered and fried. It’s served with | CONT. ON PG. 48

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| CONT. FROM PG. 45 hushpuppy sticks, potato wedges and coleslaw. EXPLORING DENISON Just a few minutes’ drive from the lake’s shores, the city of Denison is revitalizing by paying tribute to its history while offering modern amenities. Known as the birthplace of the first president to hail from Texas, statues and locations proudly paying tribute to President Dwight D. Eisenhower are throughout Denison. That’s why a quick way to start off a day in Denison is by visiting Eisenhower’s birthplace, which is now designated as a state historic site by the Texas Historical Commission. Located in the heart of Denison, antique furnishings fill the frame house to show the working-class life of the

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Eisenhowers. Exhibits showcase Eisenhower’s accomplishments as president and as a war hero. After visiting Eisenhower’s birthplace for a quick tour, head to downtown Denison where there are many boutiques featuring a variety of items from clothing to home goods to art. Visit such shops as The Hangin’ T, Serendipidee Boutique and Salty Lime Boutique for clothing, The Book Rack for books and Vintage Mercantile for home goods. Coffee shop and mercantile, 410 Collective + Coffee, offers a selection of java to drink while browsing a selection of goods from artisans. For lunch, stop by Café Blackbird for a sandwich and dessert. The café has operated in Denison since August 2020 but has actually been open for four years. It operated in a different city

between 2017 and August 2020. At the café, everything is made fresh daily. Everything from baked goods to salad dressings is made in house and veggies are chopped fresh, owner Carli Dunham said. The atmosphere is trendy, modern and inviting. “I wanted a place where the atmosphere’s great, the food’s great, and the customer service is good,” Dunham said. “That’s what we wanted to do.” Many of the restaurant’s items are popular, but Lila’s Chicken Sandwich – made with a recipe from Dunham’s aunt – is among the top-selling items. Top off lunch with one of the restaurant’s walnut chocolate chip cookies, which weigh a quarter-pound. After lunch, check out more shops in the revitalized downtown area, then top off a visit by going to Ironroot Republic Distillery to


sample award-winning bourbon or go to Hidden Hanger to sample wine. Located in a former airport hangar that was once home to barnstorming planes, Hidden Hangar Vineyard was established in the 1990s in Denison. In addition to tastings, Hidden Hangar offers tours of its winery and its 38-acre estate vineyard. With a vast selection of estategrown wines, Hidden Hangar features a variety of reds, whites and rosès. The winery’s V.F.R. (Very Fine Riesling), a crisp, mediumbodied white wine, and its 2018 Cabernet Franc, a medium-bodied red, have each won awards and received accolades. EXPLORING SHERMAN About 30 minutes north of Lake Texoma, the city of Sherman offers family attractions, unique shopping

and dining opportunities. Start by visiting Harber Wildlife Museum, a small natural history museum that’s ideal for children. The 11,500-square-foot museum features dioramas recreating more than 100 exotic animals in their natural habitats. Combined with lighting and special effects, the exhibits allow children and their parents to get an up-close glimpse into the animal world. After touring the museum, consider visiting downtown Sherman for a variety of unique shopping opportunities. The historic Kelly Square offers unique shopping as well as dining at Fulbelli’s Restaurant located inside. For something off the beaten path, try lunch at MG’s Restaurant. A popular hamburger spot that’s often voted the Best of Texoma, MG’s is a 1950s-themed restaurant that serves juicy burgers named

after classic cars. The Chevy features mustard and all the veggies; the Mercedes features Swiss cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce; the Studebaker is served on a sourdough bun; the Hot Rod Ford features a hot barbecue sauce and jalapeño; and the list goes on and on. Pro tip: order the fried zucchini as an appetizer and you’ll be pleased. After lunch, head over to 903 Brewers which has served up its award-winning beers to the Texoma area and beyond since 2013. Owners Jeremy and Natalie Roberts started as home brewers who, while traveling the country, would often find themselves visiting locally owned breweries. “As home brewers, we thought, wouldn’t it be cool if Sherman | CONT. ON PG. 50

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Brewers releases two new flavors in the slushy series. “Those are our most popular and they’re always different,” Roberts said. Each week features a dark fruit and a light fruit release, he said. To craft the brew, Roberts uses real fruit sourced from around the country based on what is in season at the time. His personal favorite slushy is the Dreamsicle, made with tangerine, orange and vanilla. A 6.42% alcoholic beverage, it tastes like Dreamsicle ice cream. The brewery’s popularity has outgrown its existing space and Roberts said there are plans to break ground soon on a new facility that will see more room for the taproom as well as production. 903 Brewers products can be found throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas as well as in Arizona, California and Washington with more growth on the horizon.

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“Last year, we produced just a little under 5,000 barrels. Probably in the next three years, we’ll be producing 20,000 barrels of beer a year,” Roberts said. “We could do that now because there’s the demand for it. We just don’t have the space and the equipment right now.” The brewery’s selections can be found in East Texas; however, some – such as many in the popular slushy series – are taproom only releases. The taproom itself is historic. Originally built in 1897, it was first used by Burlington Industries to store cotton to make fabric. “This building has got a lot of history and character to it. I think that’s what people like about it, and we want to draw people to our taproom,” Roberts said. “Our food’s amazing and our staff is friendly.”


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| CONT. FROM PG. 52 so we can pay attention to every barrel in our warehouse,” Robert Likarish said. “We taste each barrel every four months. And we make adjustments to those barrels. If one barrel is getting a little spicy, we might add water to it, we might move it to a different part of the warehouse. There are a lot of different things we can do to help that barrel mature and become its best version of itself.” With a laugh he adds, “If you have hundreds of thousands of barrels, you can’t taste through those barrels because cirrhosis would claim you before anything else.” The Whiskey World Championships were held in New York City. The black tie affair is like the Oscars of whiskey. “It’s the most prestigious of all because bourbon is ‘the’ American spirit. It’s super humbling for a small, tiny distillery,” Robert Likarish said. “The thing that is most exciting to me is the explosion of small distilleries across the country and you are starting to see these regional styles develop. Again, not to knock anything the Kentucky guys are doing, but they do it a certain way and a very certain style. We are showing American whiskey has way more breadth, way more complexity than anyone thought could be done. Each region of the country has developed very different flavor profiles.” When you attend a tour or tasting, they explain how to taste the fruits and oak. Another taste with a drop of water and you taste the bed of dark sugars, corn and rye. While Ironroot is sold in 41 states and most liquor stores in Texas, they can only get six bottles at a time to each place and they are sold out in hours. It may take four months for the next delivery. With the award, the demand is even greater. “It shocked us, first and foremost, but it really did put a shock in the world. We’ve had calls from literally all over the world trying to get our whiskey and trying to get our product,” Robert said. “We always try to have two whiskies in stock at all times.” As Robert’s father talks to a group who flew in from Lubbock for a tour, | CONT. ON PG. 56

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| CONT. FROM PG. 55 Marcia is opening a barrel to check quality as a group from Norway waits. “I think it’s something about mom,” Robert jokes about the popular tours. “We have tours you can book in advance. You go through the entire process. You hear our story, all the crazy grains that we use, we talk about how we make the product, how we mature it and then ultimately you get to taste everything that we make.” Ironroot Republic (ironrootrepublic.com) is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3111 Loy Lake Road in Denison. If you do not get a tour, Robert said, “You can always come in and taste everything we have in stock and we will still talk to you about what we have.” On cue, Marcia takes two people to see more of the distilling process. Robert smiles and admits, “And we may take you on a tour around.”

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Sam Witt wears a Southern Marsh polo with Duck Head shorts as Kylie Hess wears a River Belles dress with a Louis Vuitton lock necklace and River Belles earrings, all from River Outfitters in Longview, at Rowdy Creek Ranch in Gilmer.

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Sam Witt wears a Patagonia shirt, Patagonia shorts and Birkenstock sandals as Kylie Hess wears a River Belles shirt and white jeans paired with a Louis Vuitton lock necklace and River Belles earrings, all from River Outfitters in Longview, at Rowdy Creek Ranch in Gilmer.

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Sam Witt wears a Vuori top, Vuori shorts and Birkenstock sandals as Kylie Hess wears a Vuori tank top and Vuori shorts paired with Teva sandals, all from River Outfitters in Longview, at Rowdy Creek Ranch in Gilmer.

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The All Y’all Texas dry red wine and the Chambourcin paired with Enoch’s Charcuterie board consisting of an assortment of cured meats, artisan cheeses, fresh fruit, crackers & accompaniments at Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery.

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Cabernet with your steak. If you like a sweet wine, drink a sweet wine with your steak,” said Mike Roth, storyteller for Kiepersol. With enough salt and acidity, nearly any wine can be paired with nearly any type of food, Roth added. For those who want to delve a bit deeper into the art of food and wine pairing though, there are some good guidelines to consider. There are typically two main rules of thumb to follow, according to Jonah Kral, wine director at Enoch’s Stomp. “So No. 1 is what grows together goes together; the second is you want to match your intensities,” Kral said. At Enoch’s Stomp, Kral and Hamilton demonstrated pairing two wines with two different pizzas and two | CONT. ON PG. 79

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| CONT. FROM PG. 77 other wines with meals at the winery’s fine dining restaurant, Corks. A pepperoni pizza, available at Enoch’s tasting room, was paired with the winery’s All Y’all wine, which is a blend made with six varietals of Texas grown grapes. “This wine is very approachable but it also has a little bit of that spiciness to it as well,” Kral said. “It’ll go really great with the pepperoni.” Meanwhile, the Bear Creek Smokehouse pizza was paired with the Chambourcin. The Bear Creek Smokehouse pizza is made with brisket and sweetfire pickles that come from nearby Bear Creek Smokehouse; it also features garlic butter, mozzarella, Gouda and southwest sauce. The Chambourcin at Enoch’s is made with grapes grown on the property. It’s a medium-bodied wine. “We don’t want to have a wine that overpowers the pizza and we don’t want to have a pizza that overpowers the wine,” Kral said. “This is a pizza that has pickles on it and it has a bunch of smokiness, so it’s going to have a lot of flavor. We need a wine that’s somewhat intense, so we picked a dry red. This wine also matches that smokiness.” From Corks fine dining restaurant at Enoch’s Stomp, Hamilton prepared Crab Pasta, which features angel hair pasta bathed in a white wine reduction topped with seasoned crab and basil pesto drizzle. He also prepared the Prime Filet of Beef, made with 44 Farms meat; the filet was paired with bacon Brussels sprout leaves and garlic mashed po| CONT. ON PG. 80 July/August 2021 | etxview.com

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The Crab Pasta paired with the Blanc Du Bois Off Dry and the 44 Farms Angus Strip paired with the Hubris at Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery.


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CALENDAR & CULTURE S T O RY B Y C H R I S T I N A C AVA Z O S PHOTOGRAPHY BY LES HASSELL

to soothe the soul! Guitarist Ben Theiring believes in the power of music to bring smiles to people’s faces and soothe the soul. It’s part of the reason he plays gigs across East Texas. “If they ask me to play a song and it’s something I’m able to play, I like to do it for them. Just to put a little joy in somebody’s day,” Theiring said. A Whitehouse native who now resides in Bullard, Theiring has been playing guitar for much of his life. He started out as a child plucking the strings on an old guitar at his grandfather and grandmother’s house. He took a more serious interest at 15 when a co-worker of his father’s showed up at the house one day and “handed me the most beat up electric guitar you’ve ever seen.” Theiring used that guitar as he began teaching himself to play. He watched a VHS tape called “Rock Guitar” as he started learning. “As many guitarists do, I learned to play ‘Smoke on the Water’ first,” he said. When the music director of his home church in Whitehouse learned he could play guitar, Theiring was recruited to play with the Methodist church band. “My music director, Mr. Larry, he was this old rocker; he’d get me up there and we’d play music. I was | CONT. ON PG. 86

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Bullard musician draws inspiration from country roots | CONT. FROM PG. 84 playing hymnal music on the electric guitar,” Theiring recalled. “That was a fun time. I grew a lot in terms of my music.” The guitarist went on to take lessons in Tyler and enrolled in college courses on classical guitar at Tyler Junior College. He met his wife, Bethany, and the couple began attending Cornerstone Church in Tyler. At Cornerstone Church, Theiring also gave of his musical talents by playing there and traveling with the youth band. A personal fan of Texas country music, red dirt and classic rock, he’s been influenced throughout his life by such musicians as Jason Boland, Randy Rogers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and, of course, Led Zeppelin. Along the way, Theiring began singing and started dabbling in writing his own music. In 2020, he decided to take his talents to a wider audience and began playing shows around the area. A frequent performer at such places as Dog Tags Restaurant & Taproom and ETX Brewing Co., Theiring can be found playing tunes throughout the region. “It really opened my eyes to how big the music scene is in East Texas,” he said. “There is no shortage of places to play.” When he performs for live audiences, he plays a mixture of cover songs as well as his own personal music. Theiring has recorded pieces of various songs that he’s written. Some are country inspired while others fall more into the rock genre. A song he wrote called “Missin’” makes listeners recall things from their family homes and childhood days as the lyrics reference ’90s country music and home cooking. “It ties in with whatever view brings you back home,” Theiring said. For Theiring, the view that brings him back home is life in the country where he can watch the sunset with his family. On many nights, Theiring and his wife can often be found on their porch with their three children, Carson, Olivia and Caraline. Theiring plays music on the porch while his children listen and dance. They inspire him and his music. “It’s nice to be able to be able to share this with my kids and hopefully inspire them to enjoy music,” he said. “Whether you play music or simply enjoy music, I really think it does a little something for everybody. Music brings people so much joy.” 86

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s a x e East T y l i m a f e h t r o f Across East Texas, people are dancing to live music, going to theaters for live performances, and event organizers are preparing to make the upcoming festival season the best it’s ever been.

“It’s nice to be able to do something you really like again,” Longview Main Street Coordinator Melida Heien said. “I think there are a lot of things over the last year that we normally really like to do that we didn’t get to do. Now, we can do them again and it’s really exciting.” From summer Fourth of July festivities across the region to fall traditions, such as Tyler’s Rose Festival, event season is in full swing. | CONT. ON PG. 90

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“There are a lot of events starting back up again . . . a lot of events, especially outdoor events, are kind of returning. This year we just wanted to focus on the concert and the fireworks.” Shawn Hara, spokesman City of Longview

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Longview In Longview, quarterly ArtWalks and the weekly Downtown Live concert series in the spring and the fall are among key events in the downtown area. When spring rolled around, those events drew giant crowds as people came to mingle, listen to music, look at art and celebrate the community. Those events were the first among many planned events to come this summer and fall. In Longview, the Fireworks and Freedom Celebration will return on the Fourth of July. Country music singer Mark Chesnutt will headline the free outdoor concert July 4 with country musician Jon Stork as the opening act. City of Longview spokesman Shawn Hara said the concert will be outdoors, and admission and parking are free. Food and beverage vendors will be available, and fireworks will follow the concert. The annual fireworks show draws more than 12,000 people to the Longview Convention Complex and thousands more watch the show from surrounding areas. “There are a lot of events starting back up again,” Hara said. “A lot of events, especially outdoor events, are kind of returning. This year we just wanted to focus on the concert and the fireworks.” 90

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Other events coming in Longview include the annual Longview Kennel Club AKC Dog Show in July, the Drive to Remember Car Show in August, the Gregg County Fair and Craftoberfest in September and the Harvest Festival and Livestock Show in October. Meanwhile, the Belcher Center in Longview has scheduled its 15th season to begin in the fall. The 2021-2022 Performance Series includes The 40th Anniversary Official Blues Brothers Revue; A Christmas Carol; The Music of Sam Cooke; One Night in Memphis; and Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience. “If you’re looking to see the whole season or if you just want to see some single shows, we just want people to come back out and enjoy our performances,” Belcher Center Senior Director Cody Bowen said.

Kilgore In Kilgore, the Texas Shakespeare Festival returns in July with a full lineup of plays, including two classic plays by the Bard. Between July 1 and Aug. 1, the Texas Shakespeare Festival will feature multiple performances of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by William Shakespeare, “The Book of Will” by Lauren Gunderson, “Romeo and Juliet” by Shakespeare, and a musical version of | CONT. ON PG. 92


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Upcoming events in Kilgore include the monthly Bluegrass and BlueBell Acoustic Jam and the monthly car show downtown as well as the acclaimed East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-off in November.

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Celebration of the rose “Our mission statement is pretty simple, to promote the local rose industry, celebrate community volunteerism, instill community pride and attract visitors to our incredible community.” Bruce Faulkner, president Texas Rose Festival

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y l i m a f e h t r o f | CONT. FROM PG. 90 “The Bridges of Madison County” by Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. The festival has been working on the productions since 2019, and Artistic Director Meagan Simpson said the company of artists and patrons has been waiting patiently for the upcoming season. “We are bringing Shakespeare back to East Texas this summer,” Simpson said. Other upcoming events in Kilgore include the monthly Bluegrass and BlueBell Acoustic Jam and the monthly car show downtown as well as the acclaimed East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-off in November. At the annual chili cook-off, oilfield workers from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas gather for a cook-off in Kilgore in which about 100 teams compete and thousands of spectators enjoy partaking in the spicy goodness. The chili cook-off serves as a fundraiser for the East Texas Treatment Center in Kilgore.

Tyler In Tyler, Rose Sunday in May served as a preview of the city’s hallmark event, the Texas Rose Festival, which will return in October. The 88th Texas Rose Festival returns Oct. 14-17 with the theme of “Secrets of the Garden.” Anna Grace 92

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Hallmark, who attends the University of Mississippi, will serve as Queen of this year’s festival. Elizabeth Reid Walker will serve as the Rose Princess, and Emily Ann Milton will be the Duchess of the Rose Growers. The court also includes 14 ladies-in-waiting and nine attendants to the queen. The Texas Rose Festival is a celebration of the rose industry that thrives in Tyler, which is known as the Rose Capital of America. The first festival in 1933 was organized by Tyler Garden Club members, local rose growers and the Chamber of Commerce to showcase the importance of the rose industry to Tyler. It was such a success that the tradition has continued since. “Our mission statement is pretty simple, to promote the local rose industry, celebrate community volunteerism, instill community pride and attract visitors to our incredible community,” Tyler Rose Festival President Bruce Faulkner said. Highlights of the rose festival include the queen’s coronation Oct. 15 and the annual parade on Oct. 16. Also in Tyler, the UT Tyler Cowan Center is expected to announce its 2021-2022 season this summer and the East Texas State Fair will return Sept. 24 through Oct. 3 with family activities and entertainment. The annual fair includes concerts, carnival rides and games, and exhibits such as photography, arts, horticulture and more.


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CALENDAR events

JULY/AUGUST Items on the calendar are subject to change because of COVID-19 considerations. Verify activities with event organizers.

CANTON FIRST MONDAY TRADE DAYS JULY 2-4 AND JULY 29-AUG. 1 First Monday Grounds 800 First Monday Lane www.firstmondaycanton.com

East Texas Yamboree Fireworks Show

DOWNTOWN CANTON FARMERS MARKET 8 A.M. TO 12 P.M. SATURDAYS Downtown Canton www.cantonmainstreet.org/ farmers-market FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION 5 P.M. TO 10 P.M. JULY 4 Downtown Canton www.cantontexaschamber. com TAILWIND REGIONAL BALLOON FEST JULY 9-10 First Monday Grounds 800 Flea Market Road balloonfestcanton.com ROOSTER FEST AUG. 6-7 Silver Spur Resort 13785 Texas 19 www.thesilverspurresort.com

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EAST TEXAS YAMBOREE FIREWORK SHOW 8 P.M. JULY 3 East Texas Yamboree Event Center 181 Bob Glaze Drive

EAST TEXAS GUSHER DAYS JULY 9-10 Downtown Gladewater www.gusher-days.com


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JEFFERSON SALUTES AMERICA 5 P.M. TO 10 P.M. JULY 4 Otstott Park Downtown Jefferson visitjeffersontexas.com

FUN IN THE PARK + FIREWORKS 5 P.M. TO 11 P.M. JULY 4 Downtown Henderson www.visithendersontx.com EAST TEXAS SOUL, BLUES & ZYDECO FESTIVAL 5 P.M. JULY 10 Booker’s Dude Ranch 5062 U.S. 259 bit.ly/34mFtx4 EAST TEXAS SACRED HARP SINGING CONVENTION AUG. 7-8 Henderson Civic Center 1500 Lake Forest Parkway www.texasfasola.org

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CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM AUG. 6-7 Jefferson Convention and Visitor Center 305 E. Austin St. visitjeffersontexas.com

KILGORE TEXAS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL THROUGH JULY 31 TSF Performance Venue 1200 Henderson Blvd. www.texasshakespeare.com

BLUEGRASS & BLUE BELL ACOUSTIC JAM JULY 10 AND AUG. 14 Downtown Kilgore kilgoremercantile.com ST. STEPHEN’S DAY CELEBRATION AUG. 20-21 Brigitta’s Hungarian Restaurant 202 Texas 31 brigittashungarianrestaurant. com KILGORE CRUISE NIGHT JULY 31 AND AUG. 28 Downtown Kilgore kilgoremercantile.com

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LONGVIEW HISTORIC LONGVIEW FARMERS MARKET 7:30-11:30 A.M. SATURDAYS Downtown Longview www.historiclongview farmersmarket.com FIREWORKS AND FREEDOM 4 P.M. TO 10 P.M. JULY 4 Longview Convention Complex 100 Grand Blvd. www.longviewtexas. gov/2708/Maude-CobbConvention-Center LONGVIEW JAYCEES TRADE DAYS JULY 10-11 AND AUG. 14-15 Longview Exhibit Center 1123 Jaycee Drive greggcountyfair.com CLASSIC ARMS PRODUCTIONS GUN & KNIFE SHOW JULY 17-18 AND AUG. 28-29 Longview Exhibit Center 1123 Jaycee Drive capgunshows.com ARK-LA-TEX TATTOO AND ART EXPO JULY 23-25 Maude Cobb Convention Center 100 Grand Blvd. vanishla.com/expo/ BAGS & BLING BINGO 6 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M. JULY 27 Maude Cobb Convention Center 100 Grand Blvd. netxhabitat.org LONGVIEW KENNEL CLUB AKC DOG SHOW JULY 30-31 Maude Cobb Convention Center 100 Grand Blvd. www.longviewkennelclub.org 96

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ROSE CITY AIR FEST AIR SHOW 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. JULY 2 Historic Aviation Memorial Museum 150 Airport Blvd. ccveteransfoundation.org/ rose-city-airfest/

SPA & SWIM BLOWOUT EXPO AUG. 6-8 Longview Exhibit Center 1123 Jaycee Drive GREATER LONGVIEW DELTA WATERFOWL BANQUET 5 P.M. TO 11 P.M. AUG. 7 Maude Cobb Convention Center 100 Grand Blvd. DeltaWaterfowl.org LONGVIEW SYMPHONY’S THE MAGIC OF HARRY POTTER 6 P.M. AUG. 14 Belcher Center 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. www.longviewsymphony.org DRIVE TO REMEMBER CAR SHOW 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. AUG. 21 Maude Cobb Convention Center 100 Grand Blvd. drive2remember.org/events

MARSHALL MARKET ON THE SQUARE SATURDAYS Downtown Marshall SECOND SATURDAY CAR SHOW JULY 10 AND AUG. 14 Downtown Marshall

WORKS BY LINDA RIDGWAY THROUGH AUG. 29 Tyler Museum of Art 1300 S. Mahon tylermuseum.org

GALLERY MAIN STREET SPRING ART EXHIBITION THROUGH JULY 6 Gallery Main Street 110 N. College Ave. downtown-tyler.squarespace. com ROSE CITY FARMERS MARKET 8 A.M. TO 12 P.M. SATURDAYS THROUGH NOVEMBER ETX Brewing Co. 221 S. Broadway Ave. THE MAGNIFICENT WARBIRD EXPO JULY 2-5 Historic Aviation Memorial Museum at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport 150 Airport Drive FREEDOM FIGHTER 5K AND KIDS DASH 7:30 A.M. TO 11 A.M. JULY 3 Bergfeld Park 1510 S. College Ave. TYLER YOUNG PROFESSIONAL NETWORK – AFTER HOURS 5:30-7:300 P.M. JULY 15 Tyler Innovation Pipeline 217 E. Oakwood St. www.tylerypn.com


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EAST TEXAS BRIDAL EXPO 11:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. JULY 31 UT Tyler Ornelas Center 3402 Old Omen Road www.easttexaswedding extravaganza.com

TYLER YOUNG PROFESSIONAL NETWORK – AFTER HOURS 5:30-7:30 P.M. AUG. 12 True Vine Brewing Co. 2453 Earl Campbell Pkwy. www.tylerypn.com

TYLER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 5-7 P.M. JULY 22 Christus Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute Corner of Cumberland Road and South Broadway Avenue www.tylertexas.com/events/

15TH ANNUAL EAST TEXAS KICK-OFF LUNCHEON 11:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M. AUG. 5 Green Acres Crosswalk Conference Center 1607 Troup Highway etxkickoff.eventbrite.com

TYLER COIN SHOW 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. AUG. 13-14 UT Tyler Ornelas Center 3402 Old Omen Road www.tylercoinclub.org

TYLER YOUNG PROFESSIONAL NETWORK – LUNCHEON 11:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M. JULY 23 Altra Federal Credit Union 5523 Troup Highway www.tylerypn.com

CONLIVE: TOYS AND COLLECTIBLE EXPO 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. AUG. 7 Sharon Shriners 10027 Texas 31 con-live.com

74TH ANNUAL LIFE WILL TAKE ON NEW MEANING TYLER AA ANNIVERSARY JULY 16-18 UT Tyler Patriot Center 3900 University Blvd. www.tyleranniversary.com

TYLER YOUNG PROFESSIONAL NETWORK – LUNCHEON 11:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M. AUG. 20 Courtyard by Marriott 7424 S. Broadway Ave. www.tylerypn.com

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