July-August 2019

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Aromatherapy Offers Uplifting Properties

Most people are probably familiar with the word aromatherapy, but, what does it mean? Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant materials (essential oils) to improve overall wellbeing.

Healing Pedicures Use Natural Products

Wellness means taking care of every part of the body all the way down to the toes. Often the most over-looked and over-worked part of the body needs the most attention.

Infrared Sauna Therapy Has Many Benefits

One of the services provided at Yama Yoga Studios in Canton to help clients achieve their wellness goals is infrared sauna. The unit they use is by Sunlighten, which promises to "take you away from the daily stresses of life."

Energy Healing May Reduce Stress

Reiki is a stress reduction and relaxation technique that emerged in Japan in the late 1800s. Since then practitioners all over the world rely upon this energy healing to help others.

Eight Things to Consider When​ Choosing Land for a New Home

Looking to build your dream home in the wide open spaces of Texas? Finding the right piece of land requires a great deal of research so be sure to do your homework. Here are some important things to keep in mind.

Feed My Sheep Cookbook Offers Summer Salad Recipes

The Dinner Bell cooks are part of First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs and along with serving meals every Wednesday to those who need a hot meal, they produced a cookbook, Feed My Sheep, a few years ago under the direction of Chef Lyndsay Caldwell.

Hatch Green Chile Fest Returns to Paris

Hatch Chile Fest returns to the Market Square in Paris, Texas, on Saturday August 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roasted chile peppers from New Mexico, mariachi music, kids games, and burger sliders are all part of the festivities.

Justin Kemp Is Writing Songs and Touring Texas

“The thing I like most about being a songwriter is the ability to create. I like performing because it gives me a chance to hone-in on my songs — the ability to see which parts people react to the most. This helps in my writing process.”

Carlos Santana and The Doobie Brothers Perform in Dallas

Santana’s successful pop gamble of a comeback album Supernatural is turning 20 this year and he’s celebrating the milestone with a tour across America. It’s been a full 50 years since his band wowed Woodstock crowds and gained fans across the globe. Though the occasion is a look back, Santana assures that he has new material for his die-hards to vibe on.

Sunday Afternoon Classical Series Celebrates Fourth Season at Winnsboro Center for the Arts

Winnsboro Center for the Arts presents its 2019-2020 Sunday Afternoon Classical Series lineup beginning September 1 with the return of Mount Vernon Music’s Orchard Ensemble.

Country Music’s Kathy Mattea Comes to Lufkin

Tickets are on sale now for “An Evening with Kathy Mattea” presented by The Pines Theater and the Angelina Arts Alliance at 7 p.m. November 22 at the historic Pines Theater.

Play It Forward With Music City Texas

When Play it Forward first started about nine years ago, the organization was presenting guitars just about every month. They intend to kick the program back off in the fall when the kids return from their summer break, and the plan is to make presentations every two or three months.



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For My Wife, On No Special Occasion

Hunting Hydrangeas

Reading Program Bonds Children With Incarcerated Mothers

Women’s Storybook Project of Texas connects incarcerated mothers with their children through the power of reading. The organization’s volunteers visit women’s prisons in Texas once a month to record eligible mothers reading books aloud to their children, as well as short, personalized messages. The volunteers then mail a copy of the book with the recording to the children.

Summer Musicals Feature Fun for Audiences Young and Old

The hills are alive with the sound of music in the Upper East Side of Texas this summer. Stages in Greenville, Mineola, Athens, Tyler, Longview, Nacogdoches, Palestine, and Henderson are bringing great entertainment to audiences of all ages with some classic and favorites.

Captured Art of Summer 2019

A series of photographs that have captured the eyes of the residents of the Upper East Side of Texas.

Erwin Smith Captured the Cowboy Way in Early Northeast Texas

Smith grew up in Bonham, exhibiting an intense artistic interest as well as an abiding desire to dress like a real cowboy. Recognizing the cowboy lifestyle was fading away and after studying art in Chicago and Boston, he left for West Texas to try to capture the images with canvas and paintbrush.

Take a Summer Art Class From Best of 2018 Artist

County Line Magazine’s 2018 Best Artist winner Maureen Killaby teaches a variety of art classes from her Lindale studio.

Artist Creates Mother and Child and Other Art Series

Judith A. Smothers has pursued her love of drawing and painting since she was a young girl. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and education from Eastern New Mexico University.

Plan a Stay in the Van Zandt Arts & Cultural District

For those looking for a four-day getaway in the Upper East Side of Texas, try the Van Zandt Arts & Cultural District. Located in the southeast corner of Van Zandt County, Texas, (between Dallas and Shreveport) visitors find a unique district with three culturally active small towns — Edom, Van, and Ben Wheeler — and beautiful surrounding countryside. There’s plenty to experience in a four-day weekend.

Davy, Davy Crockett — King of the Wild Frontier

On July 11, 1835, a Texas saying was born: "They might go to hell, and I would go to Texas." The Upper East Side of Texas played a part in the humorous quote from legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett, Tennessean by birth, but Texan by virtue of his fateful journey to the Republic of Texas and his death at the Alamo.

Moon Day

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College is hosting Moon Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20.

A Wink to Neal McCoy

Jacksonville native Neal McCoy was born July 30, 1958. Besides his success as a world-class country music singer, his charity, East Texas Angel Network (ETAN), is committed to the enhancement of the lives of children who are living with terminal or life-threatening diseases.

Happy Birthday To These Dynamic Women

Check out these celebrities from the Upper East Side of Texas with birthdays this summer. Read their stories in the County Line archives.

Lake Jacksonville Open to Visitors for July 4 and Throughout the Year


With Love’s Lookout Park, downtown shopping and dining, interesting attractions, and a popular lake, Jacksonville is a good place to visit for summer fun.

Discover America in the Upper East Side of Texas

The Upper East Side of Texas boasts four local towns with the names of more famous big-city counterparts (plus see article on Jacksonville). What they might lack in size, they make up for in beautiful scenery, quiet country back roads with rolling hills and tree-lined highways, and great local shopping, food, and history.

The Fredonia Hotel

When Richard and Barbara DeWitt spent $18 million renovating the old Fredonia Hotel in downtown Nacogdoches a couple of years ago they knew they were bringing it back more hip and haute than ever. Inside and out, the six-story midcentury modern building is a beacon for people from many generations who are drawn to its 1950s vibe with all the present day amenities.