Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment
Mission Tejas State Park Kicks Off Summer with New Trail System
WECHES- Mission Tejas State Park is getting ready to kick off the summer with a bang! June 1st will be the grand opening of the park’s new trail system and guided hike. These trails will be “foot traffic” only, however, the park hopes to be able to open equestrian trails in the future. The new trails provide five additional miles of trail to the existing trail system. Continue reading
Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce Seeking Shutterbugs for 2nd Annual Photo Contest
PALESTINE- The Chamber is looking for individuals in the community to enter into a photo contest that portrays a variety of structures, landmarks and memorable locations in the Palestine/ Anderson County area. Help us showcase the quality of life in our community. We’re interested in photos that illustrate all the reasons you love our area. Choose your own favorite landmarks, icons, places, people, and things that best illustrate Palestine.
Liberty Hall Presents “Bernie”
Special Guests, Carthage’s District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson, and Kay Baby Epperson, a Carthage Citizen Who Appears in the Film Will Be Present
TYLER- This Thursday, May 23 Liberty Hall in Tyler will show the East Texas inspired movie “Bernie,” directed by Richard Linklater. In the film Bernie Tiede, played by Jack Black, a chubby undertaker, is someone who takes pride in his work. In a series of interviews with townspeople, mixed with flashbacks, follow Bernie as he moves to the small East Texas town of Carthage, where old ladies adore him. There he befriends a wealthy, yet mean-spirited widow named Marjorie Nugent, played by Shirley MacLaine. The two become close companions in both daily routines and expensive vacations. As time goes by Marjorie changes from sour and alone to happy with Bernie; then she gets extremely possessive. What will sweet Bernie do? Continue reading
77th Annual World Championship Fiddlers Festival
CROCKETT- The 77th Annual World Championship Fiddlers Festival is on Saturday, June 8th at the Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston in Crockett, Texas. Crockett’s most traditional event, The Fiddlers Festival, began in 1936 on the courthouse square in downtown Crockett, later moving to the city park, and finally to the Crockett Civic Center. Enjoy world champion fiddlers at all age levels compete for the 77th title. Entry into the fiddler’s competition is FREE this year. Continue reading
Port Jefferson River Project
Photo by Paula Youngblood
JEFFERSON- The City of Jefferson is working with Stephen F Austin State University’s Center for Regional Heritage Research on the Port Jefferson riverfront project. Currently Dr. Kelley Snowden, Professor of Historical Geography, Tourism Director Jeff Campbell and Gary Endsley of the Collins Academy are developing the interpretive panels that will be placed throughout the park. Continue reading
“Puttin’ on the Ritz!” with Houston County Talent
Crockett — Piney Woods Fine Arts Association is presenting The Houston County Youth Talent Showcase sponsored by Coca-Cola of Crockett, May 18th at the Crockett Civic Center. This annual showcase event of some of the best and brightest talent from all over Houston County is in rehearsals and getting ready for a stellar performance! The theme of this year’s show is “Puttin’ on the Ritz!” and is dedicated to longtime Crockett resident and esteemed community member, Bill Schulman. Continue reading
Jefferson Train Days
JEFFERSON- The Jefferson Historical Society and Museum will celebrate the one year anniversary of constructing a replica early 1900′s T & P Railroad depot on the Museum property to house the R.D. Moses T & P Model Railroad. Construction of the depot building began in late January 2012 and was completed in early May 2012. The inaugural Jefferson Train Days event on May19-20, 2012 celebrated the Grand Opening of the R.D. Moses T & P Model Railroad at the Museum.
Summer Heats Up With Piney Woods Events
Crockett- Piney Woods Fine Arts has a lot going on and the summer is going to get hot in Crockett with all the events coming up!! PWFAA will be offering lots of entertainment options for the whole family, with free concerts in the park, summer arts workshops and a children’s theatre workshops and performances….this summer is sure to be fun for everyone!
59th Performance of the Diamond Bessie Murder Trial a Success
JEFFERSON- This year marked the 59th year of the performance Diamond Bessie Murder Trial written by Mrs. Lawton Riley. Over the weekend locals performed the trial re-enactment at the Historic Jefferson Playhouse. Every year most of the same citizens of Jefferson perform in the murder trial, with some having performed in the trial for over 20 years.
Marshall Dog Show Could Be Next Step to New York Competition
MARSHALL- More than 120 dog breeds will be center stage at the Marshall City Arena during the Caddo Kennel Club’s 4th annual AKC sanctioned dog show this weekend. The 2013 show boasts more than 650 entries; one hundred more entries than the 2012 dog show. Continue reading
Farm to Table Cooking Demonstration at the Hitch Lot
NACOGDOCHES- The City of Nacogdoches Main Street Program, the Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market and Memorial Cooking Innovations are excited to present a Farm to Table cooking demonstration on Saturday, May 11th, 2013. The demonstration will take place on site at the Farmer’s Market, located at 107 W. Pearl Street near the north end of the market at approximately 10 a.m. Continue reading
Jefferson’s Civil War History
By Jeff Campbell/Jeff In Jefferson
JEFFERSON- In the Steamboat days, when Jefferson was a trading partner with New Orleans and Shreveport, Jefferson was a strategic outpost during the Civil War. On Big Cypress Bayou, just east of downtown, the Confederate Army established an ordnance works. The ordnance works consisted of three powder magazines (only one is still standing), barracks, a warehouse and other out buildings.
Ammunition that was manufactured in Marshall and other Texas cities was brought to Jefferson, stored at the ordnance works and then transferred east to be used in battle. The ordnance works was built away from downtown in case there were any accidental explosions. Continue reading
Auditions Scheduled for “Annie” at the Historic Texas Theatre
PALESTINE- If you have ever wanted to be on stage your next opportunity is just around the corner! Palestine Community Theatre (PCT) will hold auditions for their upcoming summer musical production of “Annie” on May 18, at 10a.m. at the Texas Theatre in Historic Downtown Palestine. Continue reading
28th Annual PRCA Stampede Rodeo Kicks Off Tonight
Photo By Jessica Grote Romrell
ATHENS- Saddle up and head to Athens to get in on the fun! Hosted by the Athens Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Elder Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, the 28th Annual PRCA Stampede Rodeo promises to be one of the most exciting yet! Continue reading
Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 4 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS—The Athens community will celebrate the joint heritage of Texas and Mexico with a day of dance, food and fishing at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on Saturday, May 4.
Living History of Oak Grove Cemetery
NACOGDOCHES- On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc. and the City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department will host the 1st annual Living History of Oak Grove Cemetery Tour. Oak Grove Cemetery was first established circa 1837, and it was later designated as a Historic Texas Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission. Among those buried there are soldiers, four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a number of local citizens, all of whom helped shape East Texas. Continue reading
Free Stunt Shows and Concerts This Weekend
For Marshall, Texas Bike Rally
MARSHALL- Motorcycle bike stunt shows will add to the center stage activities of family entertainment for the public and rally attendees during the April 26 -28 Marshall Bike Rally. Hundreds of bikers and large audiences are expected during the event that is to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital – Shreveport. Continue reading
Slocum FFA Bi-Annual All Animal Shot and Rabies Clinic
SLOCUM- Wild things in East Texas are on the move, which is just one good reason to have your pets vaccinated. Slocum FFA is hosting their “Bi-annual, All animal Shot and Rabies Clinic” this Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Slocum ISD Ag Department. Bring your dogs, cats, and horses in for their rabies, puppy shots, yearly shots, wormer, flea meds, coggins…etc. Continue reading
Anderson County Champions for Children 2013 Radio Comedy Broadcast
“War of the Hoses”
PALESTINE- Meet Rocky, the world’s most precarious Black Labrador puppy on April 27, during a live broadcast to benefit Anderson County Champions for Children (ACCC). Join ACCC as they put on a hilarious comedy about the struggle between a man and his dog for domination of the backyard. Continue reading
Texas Forest Trail Region Begins Fan Favorite Voting For Its “WE PINE FOR EAST TEXAS” Photo Competition
NACOGDOCHES, Texas –– Beginning Thursday, April 18, in a seven-day competition, the general public can vote daily on-line for the best-liked photograph among the qualified 300+ images submitted to the Texas Forest Trail Region’s 2013 Photo Contest. The photographer of the Fan Favorite winner receives a cash prize ($100) and the distinction of being the 2013 Fan Favorite.
Get ready for the 16th Annual Neches River Rendezvous
LUFKIN- Get your canoes ready and your life jackets on! The Neches River Rendezvous is Saturday, June 1 at International Paper’s North Boggy Slough Wildlife Management Area. This scenic 10-mile canoe trip has something for everyone. Whether you’re a bird watcher, or just need a relaxing day out of the house, the Neches River Rendezvous is for you! This nature tourism event is designed to promote outdoor wilderness adventure in East Texas by framing a day of paddling with the panoramic Neches River and surrounding forests. The event is scheduled for an 8:00am start, with free shuttle service available to and from the river. Continue reading
The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid
JEFFERSON- The Historic Jefferson Railway captures the spirit of the Civil War during Pilgrimage & Civil War Weekend in Jefferson, May 4 and 5, 2013, by telling the story of the Great Locomotive Chase and reenacting the event with soldiers from the North and South. The living history camps along the Big Cypress Bayou come alive as the cannons fire and the battle rages to gain possession of the train. The gripping tale of The Andrews Raid is the Civil War’s most fascinating railroad story.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens Hooks a Top Spot on the “Best of Texas” List
The popular Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas is on the latest “Best of Texas” list compiled by Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.
Many young anglers catch their first fish at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, making it the best place to play catch in Texas. Photo by Larry D. Hodge, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS, TX – For years, the City of Athens, Texas has attracted fishing enthusiasts to its many freshwater fishing sites. Now Athens is being recognized by Texas Parks and Wildlife for its Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. The magazine calls the center the best place in Texas to “play catch”.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center maintains a 1.2 acre stocked fishing pond where children are taught how to bait a hook and cast a line. As Texas Parks and Wildlife says, “Many young anglers catch their first fish at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.” Bait and tackle are furnished for visitors and no fishing license is required.
Hall of Fame Motocross Legends & Lacie Carpenter Headline Diamond Don’s 11th Annual Vintage National Motocross
JEFFERSON- Diamond Don’s 11th Annual AHRMA Vintage National Motocross will be held April 18-21, 2013 at Diamond Don RV Park (Cypress Bayou RV Park) located one mile from Jefferson, Texas. Over 800 entries are expected for this event which includes Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, Cross Country and Trials on Friday, Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday. Continue reading
The 66th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage
JEFFERSON- May 2-5, The 66th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage will get undeway. Jefferson is located on Big Cypress Bayou in northeast Texas and is rich with historic preservation, antique and gift shops, bed and breakfast inns, fine restaurants, museums, a new incredible model railroad located within its own recently built building, historic Oakwood Cemetery, beautiful old churches, steam train ride, riverboat rides and tours, horse-drawn carriages, mule-drawn wagons, Jay Gould’s impressive private rail car, and the Excelsior House Hotel which has been in continuous operation since 1858. You will enjoy attractions which are located wit in a compact historical district ideally suited for walking if so inclined. Continue reading