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Twilight in the Road Ahead

SUNDAY December 24, 2023

“We may never pass this way again.”

Bill Anderson, Performed by Seals and Crofts

May gratitude for meaningful traditions and love — past or present, near or far — from family, friends, and community, be a gift you hold close these next few days of 2023. Many people have this last week of the year off from work, school, or other responsibilities, giving them time to roam. Our Upper East Side of Texas small towns and cultural districts and surrounding areas offer welcoming opportunities for thoughtful meandering and creating warm memories. Find a few ideas here. — P.A. Geddie

For more stories about lifestyle, entertainment, and cultural events in the region visit the County Line eMagazine. Check out the November/December 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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“Fly By,” by Cindi Holt. See more of her work at Tyler Museum of Art through March 10.
Mural on the side of MPrints in downtown Mineola pays tribute to the Musgraves family.

Making Memories the Last Week of the Year

Many are immersed in long-standing traditions that take place in homes this week, others spend their time in different meaningful ways. There are people with no family close by, and some with lots of family that need a change of scenery amongst loud festivities from time to time. Travelers are looking to blend in with the local culture for a few days, and those who just aren’t into cooking look for restaurants and other things to do. People off work and school for the week are also looking for good ways to spend their time.

While most of the business world around us is “holiday closed” December 24 and 25, there are a few places worthy of an outing on those days and plenty of things to do during the rest of the last week of 2024. READ MORE


Celebrating the Kimbells of Whiteright, Texas

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth easily ranks as one of the top visual art venues in Texas, but few may know that its origin is tied to an art-loving couple who themselves originated from rural Upper East Side of Texas.

Kay and Velma Kimbell donated their art collection and some of their personal fortune to create the museum. Born in 1886, Kay attended school in Whiteright, Texas, where he met his future wife, Velma Fuller, born in Whiteright in July 1887. They married December 24, 1910. After a visit to see paintings on display at the Fort Worth Public Library in 1931, both were committed to collecting art as well as making art available to the general public somehow, someday. By 1936, they had established the Kimbell Art Foundation along with her sister and her husband, Dr. and Mrs. Coleman Carter. READ MORE


Try Black Eyed Peas Tanglewood Style

Guests at Tanglewood Resort on the shores of Lake Texoma are ringing in the New Year with a “Once Upon an Enchanted New Year” party from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. December 31. The dining experience includes a dinner buffet of Caprese salad, arugula salad, smoked beef tenderloin medallions, pan-seared chicken with citrus butter sauce, roasted rainbow carrots, blister Peruvian potatoes, a charcuterie graze table, dinner rolls, and assorted desserts. After dancing the night away with DJ Chris Weatherspoon guests enjoy a midnight snack of black-eyed peas, cornbread, and cabbage at midnight. For those who can’t make it to Tanglewood, head chef Tina Bible shares her recipe for black-eyed peas. RECIPE


The Story of Art in America Comes to Texas

The Story of Art in America is a docuseries on Prime Video exploring the role of art in American society and its diverse communities, from large cities to small rural towns. Each season has 10 episodes, each one featuring one city or county. Season one began with 10 episodes in California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Washington, and Arizona.

Season two has eight episodes showing in 2023 where they venture southeast into Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.

Season three is all about the arts in Texas and includes Corsicana, Denison, Dallas, and Texarkana in the Upper East Side of Texas as well as Canyon, Salado, Georgetown, Odessa, and Alpine elsewhere in the state. READ MORE


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