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SUNDAY October 8, 2023

“The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”

W.E.B. Du Bois

There’s an annular solar eclipse happening across the Upper East Side of Texas this coming Saturday. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. This week’s eclipse is expected to show an 80 percent partial phase. Check with City and Main Street offices in the region to see what’s planned.

Many are using this partial as a trial run for what’s to come when a total solar eclipse becomes a BIG deal for the region April 8, 2024. Our part of the world is deemed one of the best spots to view the phases of the moon crossing the sun for about an hour and 20 minutes and experience a darkened sky in the middle of the day for more than four minutes in the duration of totality.

If celestial observation is not your cup of cocoa, try some activities noted in this issue, and for more ideas check the County Line eMagazine. However you spend your time, I hope your adventures include people who make your earthly journey memorable.  — P..A. Geddie

For more stories about lifestyle, entertainment, and cultural events in the region visit the County Line eMagazine. Check out the September/October eEdition for stories and features and visit our calendar and Live Music sections. It’s all online in County Line Magazine.


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“The Beginning is Near,” by The Imaginary Foundation.

East Texas Fantasy Writers Bring Books To Life

In a sweet little home tucked away in Alba, Texas, a husband and wife practice sword fighting in the backyard. Two dwarf Nigerian goats, Spyro and Daruk, watch with wide eyes from behind their fence. Occasionally, the couple’s black cat Yuna will interrupt the clash of steel to demand attention with an arched back and expectant green eyes. Their two dogs, Watson and Rosie, prefer the air conditioning. Around the couple, cicadas buzz in the heat of a Texan summer, but in their minds, they are in an entirely different world — one where a queen is embarking on her first adventure.

Beyond the eyes of their home-based critters, Rayleigh and Joshua Setser take their sword-fighting escapades to much larger audiences through the books they create together. Their choreographed fight scenes make their way into a medieval fantasy series they are creating called The Tunockian Chronicles. READ MORE


Happy Birthday Gene Watson

Authentic crooner Gene Watson turns 80 this year on October 11 and shows no signs of slowing down. He’ll be at Southern Junction in Royse City on December 2 and at Liberty Hall in Tyler on December 14. Get tickets on his WEBSITE and read more about his legacy in the County Line ARCHIVES.


Sip Mexican Hot Cocoa

Chocolate was originally described as “the drink of the gods” by ancient Aztecs and Mayans and has a long history in Central American culture. For more than 4,000 years, cacao plants have been harvested for their delicious, bitter components that are a key ingredient in many chocolate products we enjoy today. Many historians agree that the first hot chocolate recipe originated in Mexico as a mixture of ground and roasted cacao beans, boiled water, and chilies. Enjoy this modern-day Latin-inspired hot cocoa RECIPE submitted by Lauren Wacaser of “Let’s Eat Well.”


Bras for the Cause Scheduled in Greenville

Celebrating its 15th year, Bras for the Cause transforms downtown Greenville into an art exhibit of wild and wacky elaborately decorated bras from 6 to 9 p.m. October 12. Guests find more than 100 bras displayed along a three-block area where they are invited to pay a dollar and register their votes.

“It Just Makes Cents” was the big winner at last year’s “Bibbety Bratty Boo” Disney-themed event. This year’s theme is Bra Voyage celebrating destinations around the world.

Winners are announced at the end of the evening at the Texan Theater. Pink glitter-covered Barbie dolls, or “BRAbies” serve as awards. This annual fundraiser benefits cancer patients in Hunt County, helping to pay for services and life-saving screenings. For more information visit

• Fundraiser Set for SFA School of Art

• New McKinney Visitor Center Opens



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