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Spooktacular Halloween Fun in East Texas

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By Gini Rainey Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into…

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October 21st: Dana Cooper at The Old Firehouse in Edom

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The Old Firehouse In Edom Announces Blockbuster Acoustic Music Season Along With Pre-Concert “Schmooze Hour” Nine seasons and still going strong! This new schedule starts with a bang as The Old Firehouse announces the return of three blockbuster musicians to Edom for acoustic concerts in the only “listening room” in the area. “Because of the intimate setting, we've noticed that many people in our audience enjoy meeting and “schmoozing” with like minded listeners over a cup of coffee and dessert. So we are introducing “Schmooze Hour” beginning at 6:30pm before each concert where folks can do just that,”…

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October Concerts: Cody Jinks, Foghat, Chris Tomlin, Theory of a Deadman

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Upcoming Concerts October 13th (8pm) - Cody Jinks will be in concert at Coach’s & Cowboy’s, Tyler. Tickets are $10 in advance at Tickets start at $27. October 20th-21st (All day) - Rockers, Riders, & Ribs Festival will feature Foghat, Kentucky Headhunters, Lance Lopez, Louisiana Swamp Donky, Brandon Giles, Hootz, White Trash Wannabees, and more. Come out to the biggest party East Texas has ever seen! “The Longview News-Journal’s” Rockers Riders & Ribs will also feature biker events and a BBQ cook off. For tickets and more info go to October 26th (7pm) - Chris Tomlin…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events

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October, Everything is Turning Up Pink Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, with more than 200,000 women in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. With that in mind, October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it provides a chance to raise awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer when it’s easier to treat. For more info…

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October 7th: Foraging with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen

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Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to foraging workshop with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen. Mark writes the Foraging Texas Blog, and is a practiced forager and teacher. Mark's book and Idiot's Guide to Foraging was published April 2016. Make sure to bring your copy or pick one up at our gift shop to have Mark sign while you are here! These exciting workshops are sponsored by the Friends of Caddo Mounds, Inc. There is a $50.00 charge for the program, and the fee includes a tour of the Caddo Mounds Site. Space is limited, and the…

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Fun Events Happening this Month: Blocktoberfest, Scottish Festival, and Hog Festival

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Ongoing Events Second Saturday of each month (October 14th, 12 noon-10pm) - Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday Downtown Tyler - Get out and about on and off the square where Downtown businesses offer fun all day long. Free parking. Rain or shine, Downtown will be the place to be every second Saturday! In October, Hit the Bricks teams up with Turn Tyler Pink for a day of fun while also raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. For more info and a full list of events go to or search for Hit the Bricks on Facebook. October…

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Radney Foster Comes to Love & War

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Radney Foster is coming to Lindale to Love & War in Texas on June 2nd! Considered an elder statesman of Texas singer-songwriters, Radney Foster has been a friend and mentor to many younger artists on the Texas scene. He's written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban, Sara Evans, and the Dixie Chicks. Radney Foster will be playing 12 shows throughout Texas in June, with full dates listed below. More about Radney Foster…

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Claw Daddy’s: Spicing Things Up In Mineola

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By Johnny Griffith Springtime, more than any other season, brings memories of my younger days flooding back. I’ve always had chronic spring fever and was more prone to skipping class, taking off on road trips, and just generally doing anything where I could soak up the sun waking from its winter slumber. Some of the most memorable of those memories center around crawfish season back in my home state of Louisiana. Spring is synonymous with the rainy season, which in turn meant the Dugdemona would swell and escape its banks bringing with it the promise of pounds upon…

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Hiking and More: East Texas Shows Its Best Colors This Fall

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By Holli Fourniquet If there’s one thing Tyler is known for, it’s for the area’s natural beauty. Nestled serenely in the piney woods of East Texas, the area offers some pretty great landscapes for the outdoorsy types. According to a recent study, most of us are spending half as much time outside as compared to only 20 years ago. It claims that doing outside activities such as hiking is good for the mind, body, and soul. The research showed that hiking clears your head, makes you more creative, boosts your focus, and recharges your mind’s battery. With temperatures…

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Keipersol Distillery Tour

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Distillery Tours Go behind the scenes at the new distillery at Keipersol Estates! We now have public tours every Saturday at the distillery $8 per person at noon, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. This tour shows you the process of making Dirk's Vodka and you get a behind the scenes sample of our upcoming rum and bourbon products. When friends and family and a lot of special people get together for an event like the premiere of Dirk's Vodka at The Distillery at Kiepersol, it amazes me how many people go out of their way to be supportive, kind…

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The City of Edom, An Oasis for Artisans

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By Barbara King Just a scant 20 miles outside of Tyler lies a quaint, flourishing artisan community where you will find an eclectic mix of modern funky design and old-time Southern hospitality. Edom, a one-stoplight town, is chock full of things to see and makes a great getaway just a stone’s throw from everywhere. The one main street is lined with shops and restaurants, in quaint, old refurbished stores that encourage you to amble around, take your time, and browse a myriad of wares from antiques to pottery to apple pies. Coming around the bend into Edom, the…

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