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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: What to do in Tyler on a Cold Winter’s Day


By: Holli Fourniquet

There’s a saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Texas just wait a few hours.” That has certainly been true of our winter so far this year. So it’s understandable if you haven’t exactly prepared for cold weather when it hits. Not to worry; here is a quick guide to fun things you can do in Tyler even in cold weather if you happen to find yourself unprepared.

As self-proclaimed foodaholics, our first thought when a cold front hits is where to find some comfort food to warm our bellies. Chili is typically a good go-to meal for when cold weather hits, and here in Tyler, you can get chili in a couple different forms. There is the traditional bowl of chili. One of our favorites is found at Rick’s on the Square located in Downtown Tyler. This chili will give you the answer to that age-old question: should chili have beans or not? At Rick’s, that answer is definitely yes! The recipe is also a little on the spicier side, which makes this the perfect bowl of chili to warm you up!

Or if you’re tired of the same ole’ bowl of chili, why limit yourself to a bowl when you can have it on top of a hot dog! At The Stand, located at 16700 FM 2493, you can choose from regular to jumbo sized 100% beef hot dogs or choose from a delicious list of sausages including andouille, bratwurst, spicy boudin, and more; then just add chili to the top to complete your cold-weather meal. If you’re feeling particularly inventive, you can even add Fritos and cheese to make it a Frito pie hot dog.

Another great comfort food during cold weather is gumbo. Try some of the best gumbo this side of Louisiana at The Catch, located at 1714 S. Beckham Ave., or Bud Jones Bayou located at 500 E. Erwin St. Both restaurants serve up this heavenly Cajun creation to satisfy your every craving.

Some people just like to stay in when it’s cold, and that’s ok. Stop by FRESH by Brookshire’s to pick up your cold-weather comfort food, made fresh by a chef and ready for you to heat and eat at home. Here you will find seasonal soups, chili, casseroles, and family packs of tamales. Everything you need to warm your belly from the comfort of your own home sitting in front of the fire.

Speaking of staying in on a cold day; you’re going to need a good book to keep you company. Head over to the Tyler Public Library where you will find books and more. The Tyler Public Library is not your typical library. Of course, you will always be able to check out that best seller you have been meaning to read, but you can also check out movies or participate in one of their many events. The Tyler Public Library offers everything from Family Movie Nights and Lego Block Parties to various classes such as sewing and career training to author meet and greets. It’s definitely a place you might want to get familiar with this winter.

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To get your blood circulating on a cold day, you might go shopping. Whether you’re looking for a great bargain or something more high-end, Tyler has all the shopping you could want. Plus, if you stay in Tyler to shop, you won’t have to fight the traffic of a bigger city in this cold winter weather.

The typical retail therapy shopping, however, is not all Tyler has to offer if you are looking for some interesting cold-weather recreation. One of Tyler’s newest fun shops is El Guapo Records located at 257 S. Broadway Ave. in Downtown Tyler. El Guapo Records specializes in vintage and new vinyl as well as the occasional live entertainment. After that head right next door to Moon Rivers Naturals. Here you will find body products like soaps and essential oils using local, organic, and real ingredients. Or since you have a cold day and nothing to do, search through some of Tyler’s best antique, junk, and consignment shops to find your next treasure at Ye Olde City Antique Warehouse.

A cold day might be the perfect day to try out one of Tyler’s microbreweries: True Vine Brewing Company or the newly opened ETX Brewing Co. located at 221 S. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. Before you protest that the weather is way too cold to sit outside and drink a beer, hear me out. Research has shown that beer can combat stress, boost your memory, makes skin more beautiful, and can even be used as a cold remedy. In addition to the health benefits, True Vine Brewing also points out, “Because it’s cold outside, your beer will maintain the same temperature it was poured at until it’s consumed.” Both microbreweries have semi-enclosed to enclosed spaces as well as heaters for the cold days. Plus, at True Vine Brewing, anytime the weather dips below 40 degrees, beers are only $4. So get out there and drink a local craft beer!

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stay in. If there’s one thing Tyler is known for, it’s for the area’s natural beauty year-round. Bundle up and take a hike to explore the nature in the area. Tyler State Park is a great place for a hike. Tyler State Park’s trails vary from easy to challenging, but each trail promises beautiful scenery amongst some of the largest pines in East Texas. The Trails cross several different forest types and offer amazing views you can’t see anywhere else. This is also the perfect place for bird watching as you hike along the trails, with more than 200 species of birds identified at the park, and it is home to a number of East Texas animals including white-tailed deer, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, reptiles, armadillos, opossums, and more.

There is plenty to do in Tyler on a cold day; these are just a few of our favorites. Warm up in some of the best ways possible this winter. Soon you will be singing along with Elsa from Frozen, “The cold never bothered me anyway.”

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2018 Azalea & Spring Flower Trails March 16th-April 1st

We welcome you to the 59th Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, featuring mile after mile of blooming azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers. 

This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise.  

Enjoy springtime in Tyler…stroll the beautiful gardens, join one of the many community events, and visit our offering of fine and performing arts.

Historic Homes Tours

The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House

Azalea Trail Tour Hours: March 23rd-24th and March 30th-31st (10am-4pm)

Tours of the historic McClendon house built in 1878 include information about the house and family. Admission is $7 per person. The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House is located at 806 W. Houston St. For more info call (903)592-3533 or go to

Historic Tyler on Tour 2018

Friday, March 23rd: Candlelight Party (7–9pm) — Home Tours: Saturday, March 24th (10am-5pm) and Sunday, March 25th (1-5pm)

Stroll through these elegant neighborhoods and grand lawns, soaking up the beauty of East Texas in bloom, as you tour private residences in Tyler’s Historic Districts listed in the National Historic Register. Candlelight Party tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Home Tours tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more info call (903)595-1960, or go to

Roseland Plantation Historic Tour & Afternoon Tea

Monday, March 26th, Wednesday, March 28th, and Friday, March 30th (2pm each day)

This is a four-course Afternoon Tea and Historic Plantation Tour. Tea and Tour are $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Tours only are $10 per person. Reservations are required for both. Roseland Plantation is located at 2591 State Hwy. 64 W., 6 miles west of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. For more info call (903)849-0205 or go to

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Gallery Main Street Juried Art Exhibit: “Elephant in the Room”

March 10th-April 14th (Open Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 12 noon-4pm)

Gallery Main Street features juried art exhibits of original art created in a variety of media by regional artists. Admission is free. Gallery Main Street is located at 110 W. Erwin St. For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to

Tours of Tyler

Fridays and Saturdays, March 23rd-24th and March 30th-31st

Come experience the beauty of the Azalea Trails from the comfort of an air-conditioned touring van. Admission is $10 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (214)621-6071 or go to

McC Rider’s Shuttle Service

Fridays-Sundays, March 23rd-25th and March 30th-April 1st (10am-5pm)

Let someone else do the driving through the Azalea Trails in an open-air touring shuttle. Tours will depart from Broadway and Dobbs St. Tickets are $10 per person, children 5 and under are free. The shuttle leaves every hour. For more info call (903)330-8262.

“Playhouses on the Plaza”

March 16th-22nd (7am-11pm daily) – Preview of the Playhouses — Thursday, March 22nd (6pm) – Dinner and Live Auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse

T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza will become a magical mini-community with up to eight life-sized custom playhouses – promising hours of imaginative playing –  displayed on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in Downtown Tyler and features an online auction. The display is open to public viewing at no charge. The event will culminate in a ticketed dinner and live auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse, 102 N. College Ave. All proceeds benefit Smith County Habitat for Humanity. This is sponsored by Invest In Tyler & Strada Caffe. Smith County Habitat’s mission is to build and repair houses for people in need of decent, affordable housing. For more info call Habitat for Humanity of Smith County at (903)595-6630 or go to

“Spring Through the Eyes of a Child”

Through March 23rd (Daily 9am-6pm and Sunday 2-4:30pm)

Walk through a wonderful “garden” of children’s hand-made art provided by Stepping Stone Preschool and Tyler Classical Academy. You can also tour through lovely arts and crafts created by Prestige’s residents such as quilts, paintings, crochet, Christmas items, doll collections and more. You can also retreat to the “Secret Garden” and sip tropical tea while enjoying azaleas and spring flowers. This is open to the public. Admission is free. This will be held at Prestige Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, 6928 Paluxy Dr. For more info call (903)561-6102 or go to

Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour 

Daily Through April 1st (8am to sunset each day)

Take a self-guided vehicle tour or enjoy one of the many trails at Tyler State Park to see beautiful blooming Dogwoods and other Spring Flowers. Saturdays, you can also enjoy fun Ranger Programs. Admission is $6 per person 13 and older, 12 and under are free. Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Rd. 16. For more info call (903)597-5338.

13th Annual Life in Tyler Photography Contest

Daily through March 31st (Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm)

This fun contest features photos depicting life in Tyler including youth, adult, and professional categories. It is open to anyone – information and registration online at Cost is $3 per entry. Admission is free. Entries will be on exhibit at Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr. Call (903)531- 1214 or go to


Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour

Saturday, March 24th (8am)

More than 500 cyclists will journey “Behind the Pine Curtain” to enjoy the beauty of East Texas while conquering the final climb up “The Beast.” Registration fee is $35. For more info go to

2018 Apache Belle Spring Show

Thursday-Friday, March 22nd-23rd (7:30pm) and Saturday, March 24th (2pm and 7:30pm)

This annual production is an evening of fun and entertainment featuring the internationally Famous Apache Belles celebrating their 70th Anniversary with the show title of “Lone Star State of Mind.” The Apache Belles will perform this customized show, which will include all styles and genres of dance and center around a theme that will capture the imagination of all audience members. Admission is $8 for Thursday night or Saturday matinee and $13 for Friday or Saturday night performances. Tickets may be purchased online at Group rates available for 20 or more. This will be held at Wise Auditorium on the Tyler Jr. College campus, 1400 E. Fifth St. For more info call (903)920-3773 or go to

East Texas Embroiderers Guild 23rd Biennial Needleart Show

Friday, March 23rd (10am-5pm) and Saturday, March 24th (10am-4pm)

This is a display of different types of hand embroidery products including needlepoint, goldwork, stumpwork, needle painting, crewel, hardanger, silk ribbon, beading, and more. Boutique items will be available for sale. Admission is $3 at the door. This will be held at Tyler Rose Garden Center in the Camelia Room, 420 Rose Park Dr. For more info call (903)952-0488.

Tyler Quilt Show

Friday-Saturday, March 23rd-24th (10am–5pm)

This annual Quilt Show features local and national quilt artists and hundreds of beautiful quilts on display as well as many vendors. Admission is $7 per person, $6 for children 6-12 and seniors 65 and older, 5 years and younger are free. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. For more info call (903)279-3484 or go to

Bergfeld Spring Fling “Azaleas Bloom in Bergfeld”

Friday, March 23rd (10am-7pm) and Saturday, March 24th (10am-4pm)

This historic art and wine event is where shops will be open throughout the shopping center with many great discounts available. Bergfeld Center is located on South Broadway at 8th St. For more info call (903)312-8707 or go to

Tyler Azalea 5k & 10k

Saturday, March 24th (8am)

Join the fun at this annual running event to benefit The Children’s Village. Race entry fee is $20-$50. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave. For more info find them on Facebook.

Smith Co. Art & History Show and Sale

Saturday, March 24th (12 noon-4pm)

View local artists displaying their Tyler and Smith County related work with the historical context for each piece. Some art will be available for sale. Admission is free, donations appreciated. This will be held at the Payne Auditorium at the Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College Ave. For more info call (903)592-5993 or go to

“The Spirits of Oakwood”

Saturday, March 24th (Gates open 1pm and tours are every 10 minutes with the last tour at 4:30pm)

This is a guided walking tour through Historic Oakwood Cemetery. Historians are dressed in period clothing that portrays notable Tyler and Smith County citizens that are buried in the historic cemetery. They will be telling their individual stories. Cost is $10 per person, children 12 and under are admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult. The Oakwood Cemetery is located on the corner of Palace and Oakwood St. For more info call (903)316-2201 or go to

Azalea Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, March 24th (9am-5pm) and Sunday, March 25th (11am-5pm)

There will be more than 80 vendors with handmade art, jewelry, wood crafts, metal, sewing, and much more. Entertainment will be held both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. There will be a Kids Zone and concessions for a fee. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave. For more info call (903)531-1214 or go to

Northern Texas PGA Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic

Saturday-Sunday, March 24th-25th (8am-6pm both days)

The Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic plays host to some of the most talented junior golfers in Northern Texas. This event is nationally ranked and offers exemptions to other prestigious tournaments throughout the region. Admission is free for spectators. Registration fee is $215 to participate. Contact the NTPGA for registration. This will be held at Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Dr. For more info call (214)420-7421 or go to

ETSO Concert: “Time for Three”

Saturday, March 24th (7:30pm)

The Dynamic trio “Time for Three” returns to perform with Richard Lee and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. These multi-talented musicians perform everything from classical favorites to Katy Perry and Charlie Daniels, creating their own unique mashups and improvisations along the way. Admission is $16-$62. This will be held at UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd. on the UTTyler campus. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to

Seniors Celebrating Life

Wednesday, March 28th (8:30am-2pm)

his features a variety of educational classes geared toward seniors, such as health and wellness, scams against seniors, hobbies, and much more. Admission is free and there will be door prizes. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. For more info call (903)592-1661 or go to

Tyler Obedience Training Club Dog Agility Show

Friday-Sunday, March 30th-April 1st (8am-5pm)

Dog Agility is a competitive sport that tests a person’s skills in training and handling of dogs over a timed obstacle course. Competitors race against the clock as they direct their dogs to jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, traverse a see-saw, and weave through a line of poles in an obstacle course configuration designed to challenge a handler’s competitive and training skills. Admission is free. This is hosted in the large Indoor Arena at Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 State Hwy. 110 N. For more info call (903)882-8696 or go to

Mini Easter Egg Hunt at the Goodman

Friday, March 30th (11am and 1pm)

This year on Good Friday, the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures and there will be two Mini-Easter Egg Hunts. The first hunt will be at 11am and the second hunt will be at 1pm. Baskets will be provided for the first 50 children at each Egg Hunt. Admission is free. The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. For more info call (903)531-1286 or go to

Rose City Artisans & Flower Market at the Goodman

Friday-Saturday, March 30th-31st (10am-4pm)

This exciting annual open-air market is sure to inspire and entertain the entire family. Purchase an original oil on canvas, a wooden toy, or a beautiful ceramic vase. Plan out your flower garden for the year with roses, daylilies, and orchids, as well as purchase a sculpture or two. There will be live entertainment and concessions available during this two-day event. Tours of the Goodman Museum will be available. Admission is free. The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. For more info call (903)531-1286 or go to

Camp Ford Living History

Saturday, March 31st (9am-4pm)

Camp Ford features historical presentation of living history of the 1800’s. There will be a demonstration firing of a cannon, rifle shooting, presentation of flags during that period, actors in period dress, and a display of toys children played with at that time. Admission is free, donations accepted. Camp Ford is located at 6540 US Hwy. 271 N., 1/2 mile north of Loop 323. For more info call (903)522-1904.

Texas Rose Horse Park Spring Horse Trails-Cross Country Event

Saturday, March 31st (8am-5pm) and Sunday, April 1st (8am-3pm)

This is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This is free for spectators. Texas Rose Horse Park is located at 14078 State Hwy. 110 N. For more info call (903)882-8696 or go to

Easter Eggstravaganza

Sunday, April 1st (9:30-11am)

All are welcome to fellowship and celebrate Easter with a church-wide brunch on the lawn. Admission is free. This will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to

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March 30th: Deana Carter in Concert at Liberty Hall


We are ready for spring! Here are whats coming to Liberty Hall.

On Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m., we grab our bottle of strawberry wine and welcome the multi-platinum international artists, Deana Carter. She took the industry and fans by storm with her wildly successful debut “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” She then showed her own blend of country and retro-rock with the hit “Strawberry Wine.” For interviews with Deana Carter, contact Jules Wortman (615) 260-9985.

The month of April is full of Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll! We kick off on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. with the legendary Johnny Rodriguez. Another Texas Country Music Hall of Famer, Johnny Rodriguez, has had fifteen top-ten singles and 6 number-one hits since 1973. Some of his classic hits include: “Pass Me By”, “You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)”, and “Riding My Thumb to Mexico.”

Then, on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m., we welcome one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the business! Al Joslin has won first place at the 2016 Ultimate Orlando, finished in the top 5 in the world at the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis and recently won first place at the Elvis Fantasy Festival in Portage, IN. Come see the Ultimate Elvis Country, Gospel, and #1 Hits! For interviews, contact Sheryl Jackson (214) 336-1104.

Next, on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.mBill Anderson, pays Liberty Hall a special visit. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1961, visits us Bill is one of the most popular, most enduring entertainers of our time. He is known, in fact as “Whispering Bill,” a nickname hung on him years ago as a result of his breathy voice and his warm, soft approach to singing a country song.

The very next day, Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m., after more than 50 years together, we welcome Mouse & the Traps come back to the Liberty Hall stage! They continue to be one of the best examples of “Texas Rock & Roll”! This acclaimed group was formed right here in Tyler, Texas and they serve up a good helpin’ of original material and Classic Rock favorites. For interviews, contact Ken Nardo (903) 714-2284.

On Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m., we have the honor to hear the music of the grandchildren of Twitty Conway & Loretta Lynn in concert. Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty are remarkable young talents that would make their famous grandparents proud!

June 27th (7pm) – Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith – In 1964, Connie Smith recorded the Bill Anderson-written “Once a Day.” Issued as her first single, it spent eight weeks at #1. She also cut darkly personal songs, including “Ribbon of Darkness” and “The Last Letter.” For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $40.

July 20th (7pm) – “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute” is a show based out of Nashville, TN, that focuses on performing songs by America’s Band, The Beach Boys, to sheer perfection. The show includes over 30 well-known hits. Members of Sail On have performed with Brian Wilson’s band, The Zombies, Earth Wind and Fire, Cheap Trick, Mark Lindsay. Tickets are $20.

August 11th (8pm) – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will visit Liberty once again! They are a modern bluegrass band that plays and sings the songs of The Beatles. Performing some of the very best music composed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, beloved songs are presented with instruments you normally wouldn’t expect to hear. Tickets are $20.

August 16th (7pm) – The Bellamy Brothers – Best-known for the easy rolling, ‘70s Southern soft rock classic “Let Your Love Flow,” the Bellamy Brothers are the most successful duo in country music history, consistently climbing into the upper reaches of the Billboard country charts during the ‘80s, including “Redneck Girl,” “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,” ‘“You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” and “Dancin’ Cowboys.” For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $40.

To top it all off, we will host student movie nights every first Thursday of each month. Students get a $2 discount off their ticket price with a valid student I.D. Be sure to visit for more information and tickets and “Like” Liberty Hall on Facebook for daily updates.

Liberty Hall is a department of the City of Tyler and is located on the historic Downtown Tyler Square. The mission of Liberty Hall is to create exciting art and entertainment experience that will integrate the arts into the downtown’s social, economic and community fabric by providing diverse opportunities for entertainment, through film, theater, comedy, and music.


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4 Legged Fun: Tyler Museum of Art Adoption Day March 25th

Some Great 4-Legged Fun:

Pooches on the Patio Returns

Join the fun with your four legged friend this month – have some fun and bond with your best friend!

The SPCA of East Texas rescues, fosters, rehabilitates and adopts homeless pets from the community. The SPCA is located at 4517 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler, (903)596-7722,

Scheduled events are:

March 11th (10am-12 noon) – Hounds & Grounds will be held at Roost, 3314 Troup Hwy., Tyler. Join the fun on the patio for brunch and coffee and bring your furry friends.

March 15th (6-8pm) Pooches on the Patio will be at Grub Burger Bar. Bring your furry friends and enjoy a great evening. Grub Burger is located at 6421 S. Broadway, Tyler.

March 25th (1-5pm) – Tyler Museum of Art Adoption Event – Come close out Tyler Museum of Art’s “Best Friends II Exhibit” with an SPCA Adoption Event. Come meet our adoptables! Tyler Museum of Art is located at 1300 S. Mahon on the Tyler Jr. College campus.


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