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A Lock, A Key & A Symbol of Love

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A Lover’s Tradition at a Rose Rudman Trail Bridge:

February is the month of romance and Tyler has a unique offering for those who want a symbol of their love at the Rose Rudman Trails.

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, monument, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically, the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love.

Tyler offers lovebirds a place to place a symbol of their love at Rose Rudman Trails.

In the section behind Woodcreek Club, follow the path south to the huge bridge. There you will find a fun display of locks of all kinds and sizes. Some have words, names, even photos. Others are simple displays with only initials or colors. All represent someone’s love to another.

From one end to the other, locks line the rail. More than one hundred locks are clipped to the bars. Each one has its own story and symbolize love and devotion. Keys tossed in the river are devoured by the water, love locked forever.

Although it is arguable where and when the tradition started, the most famous bridge of locks was in Paris at the Pont des Arts. The padlocks were symbolically fastened to the French capital’s main bridges by loved-up couples. Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts, then throwing the key into the River Seine beneath was a tourist tradition. The padlocks that weigh heavily on the sides of the Pont des Arts tell stories dear to the lovers who affixed them to the celebrated bridge’s iron grillwork. The weight of that love took a toll in Paris, where about eight feet of protective fencing on part of the bridge collapsed. The locks have since been removed due to their enormous weigh that was destroying the bridge.

Paris is perhaps the most-famous spot, but now locks can be found on bridges all across the world.

Rose Rudman Trails are free and are easily accessible with a number of entry points. The picturesque trails wind through south Tyler and are perfect for walking, biking, skating, or jogging. They are enjoyable for the entire family and all fitness levels. There is lots of playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, park benches, and water fountains scattered along the way. The trail is well-maintained and always clean. They are patrolled by Tyler Police on bicycles. Rose Rudman Trails even remembered the doggies with scattered dog bowls attached to the water fountains.

Rudman Trail is comprised of 4 individual paths is paved, double wide trail that winds through South Tyler. Rudman Loop is 1.2 miles, Southside Trail is .5 miles, Creekside Trial is .75 miles and the Grande Trail 1.7 miles. Several of the trails end/begin at parks. The trails offer a challenge in both distance and in elevation.

On the northeast segment of the trail is the Tyler Cancer Bell and Pavilion, a place of honor and remembrance for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.

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Koe Wetzel, Flatland Cavalry, Parker McCollum in Concert

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Upcoming Concerts

February 2nd (8pm) – Zane Williams with Push Water will be at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets are available at outhousetickets.com. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $32 VIP.

February 3rd (7:30pm) – Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer will be in concert. Combining forces for the first time, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview,  (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com.

February 9th (8pm) – Max Stallings will be at Coach’s & Cowboys. Tickets are available at wildtexastickets.com.

February 16th (8pm) – Koe Wetzel will be at Coach’s & Cowboys. Tickets are availableatwildtexastickets.com.

February 17th (8:30pm) – Curtis Grimes will be at Moore’s Store in Ben Wheeler. Tickets are available at the door.

February 23rd (8pm) – Flatland Cavalry will be at Coach’s & Cowboys. Tickets are available at wildtexastickets.com.

February 24th (8pm) – Monte Montgomery in Concert – One of East Texas favorite artists, Liberty is thrilled to have back Monte Montgomery in concert. He has recently released his new album “Dragonfly” and is currently touring. Tickets start at $15. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. Tickets are available at libertytyler.com.

March 3rd (8pm) – Broken Valor w/ Panik Device, Victims Of Sanity will be in concert at Click’s Live. Tickets are available at the door with proper ID.

March 10th (8pm) – Shooter Jennings – Shooter Jennings is an American singer-songwriter active mainly in the outlaw country music and Southern rock genres. He is the son of country music legend Waylon Jennings. Tickets range from $35 -$45. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. Tickets are available at libertytyler.com.

March 16th (8pm) – Parker McCollum will be at Coach’s & Cowboys. Tickets are available at wildtexastickets.com.

March 24th (8pm) – Bibeau Record Release Party & Concert – will be held at Click’s Live. Tickets are available at the door with proper ID.

April 21st – Bowling For Soup at Clicks Live (8pm) – American pop-punk band Bowling For Soup emerged in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994, but have since relocated to Denton Texas. Tickets are on sale at the door for $19, and may be purchased in advanced online for $15 at etix.com.

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Feb. 17th: Birding Tour & Hike at Tyler State Park

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Tyler State Park Offers Outdoor Winter Fun

At Tyler State Park, you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, bird watch and study nature. It is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily, and children 12 years and under are free. For more info go to tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler or call (903)597-5338. Tyler State Park offers several events this month.

February 3rd (10-11:30am) – Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot – The simple black pot tells the story of America. Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron! Warning: you will be hooked!

February 3rd (2-4pm) – Backcountry Hike Series – Escape into the forest with a backcountry hike for a 2.5 mile moderate hike.

February 10th (10-11am) – Woodpeckers! – Take a walk through the forest and find as many of Tyler State Park’s seven woodpecker species as possible.

February 10th (2-4pm) – CCC Lakeshore Hike – Join in for a 2-mile hike and experience the legacy of Tyler State Park. Learn the story of the young men, the Civilian Conservation Corps, that built the park and become a part of their legacy. Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store.

February 17th (8-10:30am) – Tyler State Park Birding Tour – Travel into the park to find birds, observe them in the wild, and add them to your lists. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

February 17th (10:30-11:30am) – Birding 101: Introduction to Birding – Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound for a ½ mile walk. Recommended for all ages.

February 17th (2-3pm) Backyard Birding – Learn how to attract birds and other wildlife by wildscaping, feeding, and providing homes for our feathered friends.

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Lucille O’Neal, February 28th

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Keynote Speaker at 2018 Transforming Lives

The Inaugural Transforming Lives Luncheon, benefiting East Texas Cornerstone Assistance Network, will feature keynote speaker Lucille O’Neal, who will lead a message of “Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go: Reclaiming Courage & Direction in Life.”

The event starts at 11:30am and will conclude after the luncheon at 1pm. Lucille is the mother of Shaquille O’Neal. She may be the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time but Lucille O’Neal is much more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.” Acquainted early in life with turmoil, O’Neal’s circumstances shaped her perspective, strengthening her to overcome the challenges she would later encounter. She has endured poverty, rejection, abuse, addiction, and the illness of a child, yet today her faith and compassion for others is stronger than ever.

Proceeds benefit Cornerstone Assistance Network, which  partners, in Christian love, with churches, businesses, and non-profits to assist people in poverty with life transformation.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at classy.org/tyler/events/transforming-lives-luncheon/e147226, or by emailing megan@etcornerstone.org. This will be held at Green Acres Crosswalk Center, 1607 Troup Hwy., Tyler.

 

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