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Weather or Not

SUNDAY January 21, 2024

“It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us;

in joy we face the storm and defy it.”

Amelia Barr

Henderson County artist Celene Terry’s watercolor titled “Weathered” caught my eye and takes center stage for our lead photo this week. It reminds me of the snow we had here in the region last week as well as the the beauty of winter bare trees and weathered old buildings.

Photographer Hank O’Neal’s eye often goes to worn and abandoned things like that when looking for beauty in the Upper East Side of Texas as well.

I’ve always been drawn to those things too. I want to know their stories. What were they like in their “heyday” and what might they have endured, yet keep on standing?

 

Nostalgia and melancholy balance well with shiny and new which you’ll also find in this issue as we learn about celebrity Chef Cassy Jones’ new restaurant and lots of colorful art filling galleries around the region. — P.A. Geddie

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“Weathered,” by Celene Terry. See watercolor paintings by Celene and many others in the Star Harbor Watercolor Society’s Art Show from 1-4 p.m. February 11 at Star Harbor City Hall on Cedar Creek Lake.
FEATURE

The World According to Hank O’Neal

Hank O’Neal is a music producer, author, and photographer. Named for his father, Harold L. O’Neal Jr. was born June 5, 1940, in Kilgore, Texas. Although the family moved away from East Texas when he was a boy, his deep roots, memories, and many return trips as an adult, make it one of the most special places in the world to him. READ MORE.

THIS TIME OF YEAR

Bessie Coleman’s Story Continues to Inspire

The year is 1925. Imagine the wind is at an easy three knots. Above the dusty runway, there is little cloud cover. Visibility is high. Conditions for achieving uncommon dreams are optimal. The yoke of the familiar Jenny airplane is comfortably well-worn beneath the palms of one driven, determined woman from little Atlanta, Texas, who became the first licensed African-American pilot in the world. Bessie Coleman was born January 26, 1892. READ MORE to learn how she made her dreams come true and how she continues to inspire little girls around the world.

FOOD & DRINK

Chef Cassy Opens Restaurant in Eustace

Celebrity Chef Cassy Jones is opening her first brick-and-mortar restaurant this month in Eustace, Texas, near Cedar Creek Lake. Jones creates traditional Southern dishes with a modern twist, blending her country roots with urban influences. Her Fried Collard Greens are a big hit every year at the State Fair of Texas. Jones recently appeared on the A&E show Deep Fried Dynasty as well as The Kelly Clarkson Show. READ MORE

ART & CULTURE

Find Fun and Meaningful Art Throughout the Region

Finding visual art in the Upper East Side of Texas when County Line Magazine began almost 25 years ago was a challenge. Today, there are more than a hundred galleries sprinkled throughout the region that share the beauty of art with visitors and residents alike. Here are a few exhibitions to note this first quarter of 2024. Explore the region’s gift shops and galleries to find beautiful art by local and other artists. Pictured is “Dutches of the Rose Festival,” by Stephanie Nickel’s. See more of her work in an exhibition called Lean In at Gallery Main Street in downtown Tyler through March 6.

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EXTRA

• Casablanca’s Dooley Wilson

• Loving You

• Public Libraries Grant Opportunity

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