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Vendor Applications Being Accepted for Rose City Artisans & Flower Market

Vendor applications are now available for the Rose City Artisans & Flower Market at the Goodman. This upscale, open-air market is slated for March 30th-31st coinciding with the Azalea and Spring Flower Trails.

Artisans and vendors can sell everything from fine art, garden décor, hand-made items and specialty food items, to bedding plants, herbs, produce, wine and more.  Several artists will be demonstrating their artistic talents on site.  There will be live entertainment, as well as tours of the historic 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum.

There will be two mini Easter egg hunts on Friday, March 30th. The first at 11am and the second at 1pm. Volunteers and Azalea Belles will be there for photos with the Easter bunny. Free baskets will be available for the first 50 children to each hunt.

Vendor forms are available for download by visiting the Goodman-LeGrand Museum website at www.GoodmanMuseum.com and clicking Rose City Artisans & Flower Market from the menu selection.

The Rose City Artisans & Flower Market at the Goodman will be held from 10am to 4pm Friday and Saturday at the Goodman-LeGrand Museum located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

For more information, please contact Mary Foster, museum curator at(903)531-1286, or by email at mefoster@tylertexas.com.

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About the Goodman LeGrand Museum

The Goodman LeGrand home was originally built in 1859 as a one-story, four-room house, and it was established on a nine-acre wooded parcel of land.in 1940, Sallie Goodman donated the home to the City of Tyler, with instructions to maintain it as a museum. A Texas Historic Landmark since 1964, the well-manicured grounds cover almost an entire city block. It was the first property in Smith County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2010, it was designated a Historic Site by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  To learn more, visit the Goodman LeGrand webpage at www.TylerParksandRec.org.

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2018 Festival Guide

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2018 Festival Go-Getters Guide

East Texas is a great place for all kinds of festivals – from family fun to wine festivals, rodeos and food specialties. Plan now for these future festivals.

  • January 18th – B2B Expo, Tyler
  • February 16th-18th – East Texas Auto & Cycle Show, Tyler
  • February 23rd-24th – The 4th Annual Mockingbird Conference, Tyler
  • February 28th – TJC Jazz Festival, Tyler
  • March – ATV Mud Nationals, Jacksonville
  • March 23rd-25th – Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, Palestine
  • March 16th-18th, March 23rd-25th, and March 30th-April 1st – Azalea & Spring Flower Festival, Tyler
  • March 23rd-24th – 37th Annual Tyler Quilt Show, Tyler
  • April 14th – Praise Fest, Downtown Tyler
  • April 21st-22nd – April in Edom, Edom
  • April 21st-22nd – East Texas Gusher Days, Gladewater
  • May 5th – Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, Downtown Tyler
  • May – Tops in Texas Rodeo, Jacksonville
  • May 11th-12th – Piney Woods Wine Trail Festival, Lindale
  • June – Big Pines Blues Festival, Longview
  • June – Roundup Rodeo, Gladewater
  • June – Texas Blueberry Festival, Nacogdoches
  • June 8th-9th – Tomato Fest, Jacksonville
  • July 27th-29th – Great Texas Balloon Race, Longview
  • September – Art of Peace Festival, Tyler
  • September – Downtown Tyler Film Festival, Downtown Tyler
  • September – Big Texas Fest, Lindale
  • September 21st-30th – East Texas State Fair, Tyler
  • October – Lindale CountryFest & Harvest Hustle 5K, Lindale
  • October – Dogtoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Animal Adoption Event, Tyler
  • October 18th-21st – Texas Rose Festival, Tyler
  • October – Hoptoberfest at True Vine Brewing Company, Tyler
  • October – Feral Hog Festival, Ben Wheeler
  • October – East Texas Rose Comic Con, Tyler
  • November-December – Rose City Christmas, Tyler
  • November – Red, White & Blue Festival, Bullard
  • November – 3rd Annual Caring for Kids Benefit Festival, Tyler
  • November – Mistletoe & Magic, Tyler
  • November – Heritage Syrup Festival, Henderson
  • November – Reel East Texas Film Festival, Kilgore
  • December 8th – Blue Santa Pub Crawl, Downtown Tyler

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2018 Azalea Belle Application Deadline Approaching

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High School Girls can Apply to be an Azalea & Spring Flower Trail Representative

The application deadline to apply to be an Azalea Belle at the 59th Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail is quickly approaching. Applications are due by 5pm January 23, 2018 and can be found online at www.visittyler.com/azaleatrail, at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, or at local high school counselor’s offices.

This year’s Azalea & Spring Flower Trail will take place in the Downtown Azalea district, March 16th–April 1st.

Azalea Belles are the ambassadors of the Trail, who wear antebellum dresses throughout this three-weekend event, and are needed to promote Tyler, greet tourists, and pose for photographs.

The opportunity is open to freshman and sophomore high school girls residing in Smith County who will be available for the event times and enjoy working with people. The girls must be academically eligible and are required to attend certain events and trainings.

Visit Tyler will provide the dresses. A typical schedule involves working 3 ½ hours on Saturday mornings or afternoons as well as Sunday afternoons, and there will be at least two Belles at each location.

Throughout the three weekends of the Trail, the Belles will be outside of houses, wearing beautiful antebellum gowns. They are always happy to welcome and visit with guests, showing the hospitality of Tyler.

The Belles have been a part of the Trail since 1964, when the Chamber decided guests needed to be welcomed in true southern style. Since then, the Belles have been a much loved and anticipated tradition of the Trail.

If you or someone you know would like to be part of this long standing Tyler tradition, applications can be returned to:

Azalea Trail Committee/Azalea Belles

Tyler Chamber of Commerce

315 N. Broadway

Tyler, TX  75702

Attn: Susan Travis

For more info, contact Susan Travis at stravis@tylertexas.com or call (903)592-6978.

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Dory’s Garden: Inspiration Awaits Beyond the Lavender Gate…Literally!

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By Barbara King

It’s literally a cornucopia for the gardener’s imagination, and it’s right off the Brick Streets of Tyler.

What was originally a hobby for landscape architect, Dory Hersey, has bloomed into a flourishing “backyard oasis,” meant specifically for stop and smell the flowers moments.

Garden artist Dory is celebrating the one year move from the Brick Streets to her current home and garden location and loving every minute of sharing and inspiring others to visit and enjoy the park-like setting. Driving up to the corner of Augusta and Rusk Streets, guests are immediately made welcome by the outside porch entrance to the “Garden Fancy” boutique shop, which is literally in Dory’s front parlor. Here you will find everything garden from colorful clothing and Seattle spiced tea to candles to succulents. It’s a warm, inviting cozy space where you will want to wander and discover scents and images. Dory has also created her own unique cards and calendars featuring her striking floral photos.

Dory’s passion for people and plants as living art is apparent around every corner in the outdoor space. Your entrance to the “secret garden” begins by entering under the lavender gate as Dory’s personal mantra becomes apparent: “Inspiration Awaits Beyond the Lavender Gate.” Following the gate is a colorful Morse code walkway leading to a ½ acre visual plethora of pots, plants, and garden paraphernalia. Signs throughout the garden tell the story, “Smell the Roses,” “Perennial Picks,” and “Under the Sea-dum.”

It’s a peaceful, lush space designed for sitting, walking, and gazing, complete with tables and chairs, where guests are encouraged to “bring their lunch and coffee and stay and enjoy the outdoors,” said Dory. The garden is the perfect tactile experience, as Dory says, “I wants my guests to touch and feel the flowers, pots, and plants and imagine how they would look in their own home.”

Dory’s Gardens was created for the exchange of ideas and inspirations, and Dory is the conduit for your gardening dream to become a reality. Dory’s personality looms large in the garden, and visitors are greeted with warmth as the conversation turns into a one-on-one tour of the garden. Dory inspires networking and sharing, so once a month she hosts a “stalk exchange” on the second Saturday of the month, and the garden transforms into a plant swap meet. Refreshments are served while you roam around to find new flowers, and gardeners are encouraged to bring extra starts and bulbs to trade.

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Mother and daughter duo Morgan Chaney and Karen Nelson, who live in the neighborhood, love the “peaceful spirit” of the garden and Dory’s knowledge of “what works and what doesn’t in a garage apartment space,” said Morgan. They have also taken advantage of Dory’s unique workshops, held on the fourth Saturday of the month, recently finishing a colorful terrarium, utilizing different varieties of plants that look great in the apartment, according to Karen. The classes change monthly, usually ranging from $15-$20 with all material supplied, and you walk away with a floral treasure for your home. Private classes are also available with a minimum of four guests.

Bring your own container or buy a pot at the garden, and Dory will help pick out the perfect arrangement of plants suited to your lifestyle. The first Friday of every month, Dory picks featured flowers in their prime, so choice is great for new blooms to add to your beds.

The garden is the perfect destination for a family outing too, with hands-on play areas including a maze for kids and the very kid-friendly pond with the opportunity to feed the goldfish in the fountain. The garden has tons of seating areas to relax, but it’s not too spread out that you can’t keep an eye on the kids.

Dory promotes her love of the community by featuring ceramics, jewelry, birdhouses, and other items by local artisans. The garden is chock full of unique plants, herbs, shrubs, garden décor, outdoor furniture, tools, pots, and vibrant color as far as the eye can see.

Troy and Hillary McFarland, who were touring Tyler on a day trip from Dallas, did a Google search on “flowers” and found Dory. They brought their coffee and took a leisurely stroll around the garden, even though Hillary said, “We kill all of our plants and definitely don’t have green thumbs.” The couple said they were “amazed that this garden existed in an established neighborhood like this; what a great surprise! We were so thrilled that Dory spent the time to visit with us and explain the gardens,” said Hillary. The Dallas couple left happy with succulents and church window art for their home.

You can plan a private party in the garden or a dress-up birthday tea party with crumpets for kids with Dory’s guidance and creativity for a memory that will never be forgotten.

“Guests who visit become my new friends, and most come back and will sit and read, knit, enjoy a hot drink, or sit under the trees to feed birds and squirrels,” Dory said.

Visit Dory’s Gardens, and let your imagination soar! Dory’s Gardens is located at 600 W. Rusk St. (at Augusta). Dory’s Gardens is open Thursday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. For more info call (903)330-4663, dorysgardens.com, or look for Dory’s Gardens on Facebook.

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