September-October 2019

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Annie Mae’s Coffee Cafe Moves to New Location in Downtown Winnsboro

Annie Mae’s Coffee Cafe has a new location in downtown Winnsboro at 303 North Main Street. They are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday

Wine Garden Debuts at First Monday Trade Days in Canton

The City of Canton teamed up with Sip and Shop Texas to bring a wine garden to the First Monday Trade Days grounds in Canton during the monthly market shows.

Castle Oaks Winery & Vineyard Offers Good Wine and Hospitality

Castle Oaks Winery and Vineyard in Athens stole a “peach” of my heart when they met me and my Sip & Shop Texas tour buddies recently with a tray full of their handmade peach sangria.

Try Cajun Tex in Marshall for Family Dining

Meredith Crawford Delivers In Transit

Chandler-born Meredith Crawford’s new, second solo CD begins with a song she didn’t want to write about a person she didn’t like. The tall, red-haired singer-songwriter with the penetrating voice delivers lyrically meaningful, often wistful originals on “Transit.”

ZZ Top Celebrates Turning Fifty

Texas-based ZZ Top is still going strong with the same members — Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard — and the same timeless hit songs for 50 years now. Known by fans from all over the world for “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and “Tush,” the group has a few projects underway to help celebrate this accomplishment.

Is It Ever Enough

Poetry written by local Upper East Side of Texas Residents.

Announcing Season 1 of Adventure and Romance Airing on Amazon Prime

A new Amazon Prime TV show called “Adventure and Romance Show,” features couple Lee and Alicia DuCote taking viewers on some adventurous “date nights.”

Artist Beth Hubbert Lives, Paints in Full Color

Artist Beth Hubbert creates impasto, textured paintings with numerous bright, happy colors.

Edom Art Festival Welcomes New and Returning Artists

The arrival of young artists and new art establishments in Edom, Texas, over the past year has brought an infusion of excitement to the annual Edom Art Festival. The famous East Texas art festival is now celebrating its 47th anniversary and this time there are 20 first-time participants joining the dozens of returning crafts people and artists.

Artist Pops Color into Nacogdoches History

rtist Dixie Rose Daniels recently completed historical portraits with a modern pop of color on large windows on the side of the Wyatt building in downtown Nacogdoches.

Creative Partners Share Exploding Rainbow Vomit

Father-son duo Jason and Julian Mendez teamed up with entrepreneur Deanna Theis to create Rainbow Vomit this year, an immersive art exhibit and Instagram museum designed to bring to life comic books in a technicolor world of light, sound, and color. Completing the management team is their experience director, “Rainbow” Rob Andrews.

Victor Thall’s Abstract Expressionism is Featured in Longview

The work of Victor Thall is featured in “Discovering Abstract Expressionist” from October 5 through December 21 at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts. Thall abandoned New York in 1950 as the Abstract Expressionist movement rose to fame. This exhibition reveals a retrospective of his body of work and his story.

Noises Off Is Greenville’s Newest Play

“Noises Off” comes to the Greenville Municipal Auditorium September 13 - 15 as Greenville Theatre Works’ third production this year. This three-act play is their most ambitious show yet with a large cast and a two-story set built on a turn-table.

New Arts Center Is Coming to Winnsboro

Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) engages people in the arts through educational opportunities, cultural experiences, and entertainmen, and integrates the arts into community life.

Munster Mansion Recreated in Waxahachie Offers Adventures

On September 24, 1964, The Munsters TV show aired their first episode. The show was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era. The family that lives at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the fictional suburb of Mockingbird Heights in California is still entertaining fans in reruns.

Out of This World Treasure Gets New Start

Residents traveling regularly on State Highway 276 in Royse City, Texas, grew used to seeing an old spaceship-looking structure standing alone in an overgrown field. To many it fired imaginations, bringing to mind a forgotten alien crash site and for others it was a magnet for graffiti and trash.

Jefferson Tours Give Visitors A Look Back in Time

​There are many ways to tour historic Jefferson, Texas, a pre-Civil War town with scenic streets, charming restaurants, quaint bed and breakfasts, historic hotels, and picturesque landscapes. The town was founded in Marion County in the late 1830s to early 1840s and named in honor of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.

Brookshire Brothers Started Grocery Chain in Lufkin

On September 21, 1921, brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire opened the first “Brookshire Brothers” grocery store in Lufkin, Texas.

Charline Arthur’s “Unladylike” Style Was Banned in Nashville

Charline Highsmith Arthur was born in September 2, 1929, in Henrietta, Texas, in a railroad boxcar. Read more about her wild ride of life.

National Coloring Day Encourages Young and Old To Get Out the Crayons

National Coloring Day is September 14, a reminder to get out the crayons and enjoy the experience. Always a great activity for children, adult coloring books became popular the last few years. Studies show that coloring improves overall wellness no matter the age.

New Book Features the Life of Guitar Legend Stevie Ray Vaughan

Guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughn would have turned 65 this year. He died in 1990.

See Books Exhibition at Tyler Museum of Art

The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is embarking on another historic collaboration with a fellow Smith County nonprofit while exploring the printed word as a work of art in its major exhibition, “Books, Books & More Books: Works by MANUAL,” presented in collaboration with Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT). The exhibition runs through November 10.

Visit Winnsboro This Autumn for Cowboys and Culture

There’s not a bad time of year to visit Winnsboro, Texas, but for some the turning of the leaves provides the perfect backdrop for fun activities in this lively rural village in the Upper East Side of Texas.

Jim Willis Keeps the Music Flowing

As a recipient of Winnsboro’s Man of the Year Award, many of Jim Willis’ deeds for the town obviously get noticed. But mostly, he slips quietly in and out of downtown businesses and the Winnsboro Center for the Arts bringing people and ideas together that make a positive difference for the community.

Bob Mauldin Shares His Love of All Things Texas

Bob Mauldin is a familiar face in the Upper East Side of Texas with his syndicated TV show “Expedition Texas,” and a familiar voice from earlier days as a morning personality on Tyler-based KKUS classic country radio. The journey began many years ago.

Christensen Lives Life By Design

Imagine daily life swirling with high fashion, art, runway models, photographers, and bold magazine covers. Now, imagine daily life in a small rural East Texas town surrounded, rolling hills, massive trees, cows, chickens, and occasional herds of wild pigs.