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“Four Pedals of the Rose:” Fresh Air & Free Swag

With warm weather arriving in Tyler, outdoors is a destination for enthusiasts who want to bike, hike, and walk on local trails.

And now, more than ever, being outside is a safe fun place to be – breathing the fresh clean air and seeing the beauty of #tylertx.

The Tyler Parks and Recreation department and the Tyler Bicycle Club continue the “Ride the Four Pedals” initiative, encouraging all ages to ride, run, or walk all four of the designated trails and be a part of nature.

The “Four Pedals of the Rose” is a series of four trails that stretch more than 33 miles and showcase both the city’s urban landscape and its natural beauty. Trails in Faulkner Park, Tyler State Park, the University of Texas at Tyler, and Lindsey Park attract locals and visitors alike. The 10-mile Lindsey Park trail, designed by professional cyclist Nevada Thompson, was completed in 2013 as the newest addition to the network, and was developed as a joint project between the city and many volunteers.

The four designated trails (Lindsey Park Trail, Faulkner Park Trail, The Tyler State Park Trail and the UT Tyler Trail) are designed for runners, walkers, and bicyclists of all ability levels, and each one is different. Beginners can ride parts of each trail and work their way up to the more challenging sections. Lindsey has more open spaces, and Faulkner has more twists and turns, Tyler State Park offers many challenging elevation changes and has been called one of the best trails in Texas. The UT Tyler trail is a shorter option but still offers a fun time.

People who ride, run, or walk all four trails are encouraged to fill out a form online, and will receive an “I Rode the Four Pedals of the Rose” decal from Tyler’s Parks and Recreation Department proclaiming their accomplishment.  

Trail maps are available at

Here is the Ride the Four Pedals Submission Form.

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Looking Arty: Murals Around Downtown Tyler

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There is a lot going on in the art community around Tyler, TX. Here are some of the beautiful murals that are located in #downtowntyler. Take your photo with one (or all) of them and tag #HaveFunMakeaDifference.

“Eyes of Tyler”

Located at the corner of Elm Street and Broadway Avenue just south of the Downtown Square, #tylertx alongside the Lindsey Building. Painted by Dace Lucia Kidd in 2017, Dace said, “My image, ‘Eyes of Tyler,’ is inspired by the concept of shared beauty. It is intended to communicate that there is beauty within all of us if you just look. My goal is to encourage everyone to create what is next in their life, to search for what is beautiful within everyone, while being aware of the beauty in Tyler, and particularly in the downtown area.”

“Wings of Tyler: Welcome!”

 

Wings of Tyler is a project by local artists Cassie Edmonds and Dace Kidd.

Wings of Tyler is a mural on the exterior wall of a building leased by Edward Jones Investments on the southeast corner of Broadway Avenue and Erwin Street. The art faces west, which is Broadway Ave., just a few feet south of the downtown square.

According to the artists’ rendition, there is five sets of wings painted at various heights and lengths along the wall, allowing individual or group photo opportunities. The wings are finished in Venetian mirror-glass.

The idea is to make the wall “the most photographed” spot in all of East Texas, Dace Kidd explained. “Somebody can bring their pet, their kid, somebody disabled, groups of photos; two groups of people will be able to pose in front of the wings,” said Kidd.

“Be Happy”

The “Be Happy” mural is an effort to help people ‘be happy’!  The 70 feet X 20 feet mural is located on the back brick wall of the ETX Brewing Company, 221 S. Broadway, Off the Square in downtown Tyler. It faces South College Avenue.

Tyler native Lindsay Boone led the project. She says there are at least eighteen different East Texas native wildflowers on the wall because she wanted people to “see something that looks familiar.” In addition to the flowers, “Be Happy” is inscribed in the center.

Annie Gilstrap with the ETX Brewing Company says the tag line for ETX Brewing company is ‘Beer Happy,’ so it was an easy decision to shorten the line to ‘Be Happy.’ “You can’t look at the wildflowers and not be happy, they just bring a smile to your face because they’re just joyful and bright,” said Gilstrap.

The 13 artists involved include Lindsay Boone, Mikayla Willis, David Maldonado, Kate Googins, Tyler Shelton, Justin Fasulo, Rady Randall, Becky Martin, Maddi Travis, Jennifer Vaughn, Julianna Wynn and Chasity Erbaugh. The artists ask that if you take photos with or of the mural, that you use #ETXWildflower when sharing on social media.

“Peace Mural”

How do East Texans celebrate Peace? With art, film, poetry, conversation, joyful gatherings, worship, photography, meals, dance, shopping, community service, children’s activities, and peace pole installations….and at the Peace Mural, located at 308 N. Broadway next to Discovery Science Place in #downtowntyler. Find out more at tylerpeace.com.

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While at Discovery Science Place, check out the other unique murals located on the outside walls, located at 308 N. Broadway in #downtowntyler.

“Spread a Little Kindness…And Cake”

This cool mural is located on the east wall of Janie’s Cakes, 308 E. Front St., Tyler.

“At Janie’s Cakes, we make an old-fashioned pound cake. And the tagline that we use on a regular basis is that we want you to spread a little kindness one cake at a time. So it was a natural thing for us to paint this on a wall of our building,” said Janie Clapp, owner.

“Like all good Southern girls, Janie learned baking and meal making from her great-grandmother. ‘Papu,’ as Janie called her, made every lick of her baked goods from scratch using plenty of real cream, real butter and real cane sugar. That little slip of a girl grew up to be quite a cook in her own right. After honing her skills at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Janie returned to Tyler, Texas, where she opened Janie’s Cakes in 1987. Today, Janie makes every pound cake the same way she made her very first: from all-natural ingredients, farm-fresh eggs, real creamery butter and with a huge dollop of her great-grandmother’s abiding love.”

They make 26,000 pound cakes a year, in a variety of sizes with different fillings, enjoying busy seasons like the holidays and Mother’s Day. Check out their unique story HERE.

“Three Music Legends from East Texas”

Located 119 University Place, the mural features three local music legends: Van Cliburn of Kilgore, George Jones of Saratoga, and Freddie King of Gilmer. The mural was created and painted by Holt Creative Group of Tyler.

To list more murals here, contact EGuide at eguidemagazine@gmail.com.

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Tyler Museum of Art Permanent Collection Online

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The Tyler Museum of Art has over 1600 works in its permanent collection. And images of nearly all of them are available online.

The collection not only contains work by influential East Texas artists like David Bates, William Montgomery, and James Surls, but also includes pieces by renown artists like Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer, and Dale Chihuly.

Having access to so many paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures means that artwork related to TEKS requirements for almost any subject can always be found.

If you need any help locating something that applies to a specific requirement, please feel free to contact TMA and they will be glad to help you.

You can access images of the permanent collection at https://tylermuseum.pastperfectonline.com/randomimages .

Tyler Museum of Art is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., Tyler, Texas 75701. For more info call (903) 595-1001, info@tylermuseum.org. The TMA is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
and Sunday 1-5pm, and closed Mondays.

 

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Fantastic “Staycation” Rates for ET Residents

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By Holli (Conley) Fourniquet

Several area accommodations are offering special rates to residents through the end of summer.

Vacations are great, but “staycations” can be just as rewarding. This year, with the growing concern over COVID-19, many people are foregoing the large family vacations in favor of sticking closer to home.

Staycations are often less stressful, more affordable, and can help residents experience the culture of the region that is sometimes missed in everyday life. Not to mention, staycations allow residents the opportunity to support local businesses during this tough season when many businesses are facing hardships.

“Tourism is a major economic driver for Tyler,” Shari Lee, President of Visit Tyler said. “With these special rates, residents are able to feel safe, have a weekend getaway, and put money back into their own community.”

Lodging locations offering special rates are:

  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort: Save up to 20% at this lakefront resort that offers an indoor waterpark, spacious villas, and a full-service marina that offers rentals such as kayaks, paddles boats, pontoon boats, motorboats, fishing poles, and more.
  • High Hill Farm: Get one night in a king bungalow with dinner for two and a hot breakfast in bed at this luxury resort. This intimate vacation retreat combines laid-back luxury with outdoor activities and offers an infinity pool overlooking the vineyard.
  • Rosevine Inn: Get up to 10% off of your stay at Rosevine Inn. This quaint bed and breakfast feature all kinds of outdoor and indoor games on the property. The “Barn” and “Treehouse” are popular areas to spend an evening with board or card games or just relaxing.

During this time, area accommodations have implemented extra safety precautions to keep guests safe during their stay. While each business has their own safety protocols, some of the procedures you can expect include “contactless” payments, requiring staff and guests to wear masks, screening employees for symptoms, enhanced cleaning practices, and minimizing guest contact in elevators, lobbies, etc.

Tyler also offers a wide variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. The City of Tyler offers more than 1,000 acres of public parkland comprised of 27 parks housing playgrounds, athletic fields, walking and biking trails, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, splash pads, and more.

And that doesn’t even count the Tyler State Park, one of the most popular State Parks in Texas. This 985-acre state park is located right outside of Tyler and is perfect for bird watching, hiking, camping, and more. Get your day passes here, they must be purchased in advance.

Other attractions include Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, and a selection of museums that offer scientific, artistic, cultural, and historical significance to the area.

Visit Tyler recently launched a digital passport tour, Thirsty Pines Tour. This mobile drinking tour is a great way to explore the area. It features the region’s best craft beverages including coffee, juices, wine, beer, and alcohol. Participants who visit a designated number of locations will receive an exclusive “Go East Texas” stone coaster set. Download the free pass at GoEastTexas.com.

More staycation rates are being added every week. For the latest list of “staycation” rates available, go to VisitTyler.com/Staycation.

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, many venues have added safety precautions, different operating hours, and other protocols to keep staff and guests safe. Please check individual websites and social media for the latest updates.

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