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Memberships Available for CCT’s 2018-19 Season

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If you love the theatre, does the Cherokee Civic Theatre have a deal for you! The Cherokee Civic Theatre’s (CCT) annual membership drive is open, and theater patrons are invited to cash in on the deals, steals, perks, and privileges that come with being a CCT member.

“With the price of movie tickets and concessions on the rise, becoming a member of the Theatre really is the best bang for your entertainment buck,” CCT Vice President of Membership, Carol Dilliard said.

CCT audiences are treated to a traditional season of four full-length live-theater productions including at least one musical and a Christmas show which runs from October through April.

“The show would not go on without our patrons, members, and volunteers,” longtime theater volunteer and board member Jerry Parker said. “We appreciate so much the support of all our members and patrons – you’re why we do this in the first place.”

The First Night membership package starts at $50 and includes one ticket to every show, reserved seating, mailed reminders of upcoming productions, recognition in every show’s program, discounts on additional tickets, and voting privileges at the theater’s annual meeting. Student memberships and junior memberships are also available for $25 and $10, respectively. Contact the CCT Box Office at (903)683-2131 or visit to become a CCT Patron member.

This season’s line up of plays begins this fall with the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” set for October 6th-7th and 12th-14th.

The annual Christmas play, “Scrooge of the West,” hits the stage December 7th-9th and features a holiday classic with an old West twist, written by longtime CCT alum and Rusk resident Sheilah O’Heaney.

The spring production, set for February 23rd-24th and March 1st-2nd, showcases the world premiere of “A.M WWJG,” penned by another local writer, Minette Bryant, of Jacksonville.

The final show of the 2018-19 season is “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig, set for May 4th-5th and 10th-11th.

Proceeds from shows, season ticket memberships, and donations help keep the theater moving forward.

The all-volunteer, non-profit organization has dedicated more than 45 years to bringing the dramatic arts to the greater East Texas area.

According to the CCT’s website, the group’s mission is “to afford opportunities for cultural and artistic enrichment in East Texas by providing a venue for local talent to produce live theater for the entertainment of diverse audiences. Our goal is to educate both youth and adults in all aspects of the theater and to encourage volunteers to learn and showcase their skills both on and off the stage.”

Get Involved

Adults can get in on the fun during Cherokee Civic Theatre’s regular season, both in front of and behind the curtain.

“You can get involved by being cast in a show or by volunteering for backstage positions like stage manager, set or sound design, lighting and costume design,” CCT board member Lisa Pierce said. “There is no experience required, just show up on the audition day. There is no shortage of ways to get involved here.”

The Cherokee Civic Theatre is located at 157 W. Fifth St., just off the square in Downtown Rusk. Tickets are available for the entire season or for individually for  at




Upcoming 10th Anniversary Season at Old Firehouse Announced


The Old Firehouse is an intimate, smoke-free and alcohol-free “coffeehouse” that has made a name for itself by bringing national folk musicians and their all-original music to Edom’s unique listening room and stage. Info can be found at or by calling (903)852-2781.

Concerts are typically scheduled each month from October through April and can be found at, along with links to samples of the music.

For the 2018-19 season, Old Firehouse will once again be offering Season Tickets for all nine Acoustic Music Concerts. By purchasing this season ticket, you will receive: admission for one person to all nine Acoustic Music Concerts, reserved seating of your choice that will remain yours throughout the season, one “bottomless” cup of coffee at each concert, freedom from having to remember to buy concert tickets month-to-month, advance ticket price for all concerts, and 20% discount on concert series merchandise (hats, t-shirts, tote bags, bumper stickers).

The cost per ticket is $111 (includes sales tax). Once the season begins, these tickets may no longer be available. Checks may be made out to “The Old Firehouse” and mailed to: The Old Firehouse, 8241 FM 279, Edom, TX 75754.

If you do not want to purchase season tickets, admission prices for concerts are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and events are on Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30pm with doors opening early so the audience can enjoy coffee and desserts that are always available.

Scheduled this season is:

  • October 20th: Tony Ramey
  • November 10th: BrownRandy & Friends (Neal Katz & Connie Mims)
  • November 24th: Beth Wood
  • December 8th: Terri Hendrix
  • January 19th: Andy Gullahorn
  • February 2nd: Beyond the Pale
  • February 23rd: Tom Kimmel
  • March 23rd: Jacob Johnson
  • April 6th: Edie Carey

If you would like to sponsor any of these concerts, please contact

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Around East Texas

Green Goat Winery and Vineyard

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“Wine is Sunlight Held Together by Water”

By Barbara Greenbauer

Nestled in the countryside outside of Edom is an oasis that is a totally unexpected treat to the senses.  Green Goat Winery and Vineyard, established in 2015, is the passion and dream of Rip and Cindy Cunningham, the husband and wife team that envisioned a vineyard oasis.

On their 22 acre property, the rows and rows of gleaming grapes catch your eye as you turn up the road onto the property.  Six acres of land are given over to the succulent fruit, shimmering in the sun in hues of purples, golds, and greens.

Farther up the country road is the winery and tasting room, a testament to the fact that production is a local, hands-on affair, from harvest to bottle, and a labor of love for the couple.

Both Rip and Cindy have “full time” jobs, but spend all their spare time out in the fields, netting, irrigating and tending to the grapes.  Wine production from grapes is a five-step, time-intensive process: harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermenting, clarification (removing solids such as tannins and proteins), racking (transfer to oak barrels or steel tanks), corking, and bottling.

Green Goat wines are made right on the premises, and a behind the scenes tour showcases the gleaming tanks and corking machinery and thousands of bottles ready to be filled and labelled.  

“In 2016, we ended up with about 4,000 bottles of wine, and this year we are anticipating about 6,000,” explained Rip. The above ground wine cellar is full of glistening reds and whites, topped off with the distinctive Green Goat Winery logo.

The winery is currently offering six different varieties of wine, and the varied assortment is sure to please everyone’s palette.  “We are constantly testing throughout the entire process and making changes to make sure our wine is up to our own expectations,” said Rip.

The tasting room is a treasure in itself, with a rough-hewn bar, high bistro and trestle tables, with plenty of room to move around and socialize.  The real bonus is the view; from anywhere in the tasting room you have a perfect look out onto the vineyard itself. If you want to really be a part of the experience, the tasting room also features a wrap-around porch, with huge wooden rocking chairs and plenty of ceiling fans for the Texas heat. It’s also the perfect spot for date night on Friday and Saturday nights with live performances by local musicians.

Rip and Cindy are the perfect hosts, warmly greeting each guest and guiding them through the wine selections.  You can tell that the vineyard is their passion, and they want everyone to feel right at home.

Start with a tasting of six different wines for $8, or nine different tastes for $10.  You can also enjoy Green Goat wine by the bottle or glass, and it is the hope of the Cunninghams that you will love the wine so much you will want to share it and take a some home. Bottles of the unique wines are very reasonably priced between $18.50 and $24.

Pair your pours with meat and cheese plates for a delectable combination. Three different plates are available including meat and cheese mix, a “stinky” mix (cranberry goat feta and apricot crumble), Italia plate (provolone, asiago, and fontino cheeses) or a regular (port wine, derby, smoked gouda, and swiss).

The winery boasts a great selection of both whites and reds including: Blanc du Bois, a semi-dry light white citrus with undertones of peach and apricot; Lamanto, a semi-dry Texas red, silky smooth to the palate with a lingering aroma; and Lenoir, another Texas red, well-rounded with a burst of flavor.

Their extraordinary Texas fruit wines are made from 100% fresh local berries from nearby farms and include Blackberry (aged in French oak), Blueberry (with strong notes of vanilla) and Strawberry (with hints of elder flower).  Also featured are a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay blended at the vineyard.

Lenell Lambright from Athens and Jim Hartung from McKinney were enjoying a glass and the classy yet comfortable ambience of the tasting room.  “The wines have a very distinctive aroma and flavor,” said Jim. “We love the beautiful setting and the great relaxed atmosphere,” added Lenell.

“We take great pride in every bottle made,” said Cindy.  As hands-on owners, the Cunninghams do everything from hand harvesting the grapes to working behind the bar as a large group celebrating a birthday walk through the door on a Saturday afternoon.

The Cunninghams encourage guests to walk among the grapes and take an up close and personal view, along with your glass of wine.  On this Saturday evening, Rip invited us to climb on the mule and took us on a personal tour of the vineyard, along with the opportunity to sample a cluster of the sweet, delicious grapes.

In the Tasting room, a sign with a perfect quote summarizes the winery by Galileo, “Wine is sunlight held together by water.”

The Green Goat Winery and Vineyard is open Friday and Saturday 12 noon-8pm and is located at 11384 FM 279 in Chandler.  They can be reached at (903)360-0448 or (903)360-1952 or at  Find them on FB @greengoatwinery.  They are located about 25 minutes from Tyler. (Edom and Chandler area).

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Texas Music Sunday at Love & War in Lindale

Texas Music Sunday’s will be held at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets prices vary and are available at All concerts start at 4pm. The following concerts are scheduled:

  • August 19th: Ben Haggard with Lee Mathis
  • August 26th: Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights with Tanner Miller
  • September 2nd: Mark McKinney with Porter Union
  • September 9th: The Statesboro Revue with The Briars


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