“A tree is a wondrous thing that shelters, feeds, and protects all living things.
It even offers shade to the axmen who destroy it.”
The dreary weather of the last few weeks makes most of us want to hibernate — isn’t that the natural order of things? For those who need to keep getting out and about in the world no matter how cold it is, we just have to bundle up and do it! Thankfully, a slew of fun in the sunless days in the Upper East Side of Texas is not hard to find and nature always provides the most amazing things to divert our attention from the cold.
Coffeeshops are especially inviting this time of year and a great place to connect with others in the community as are restaurants that seem to know just what we need on a cold, dreary day like chili, beef stew, soups, and chicken and dumplings! Art exhibitions are held in warm places offering meaningful and colorful brief “getaways” for all ages. Mardi Gras is coming up next weekend with several parades and activities taking place in the region. Find more ideas in the article below and in the County Line calendar. — P.A. Geddie
One might think this is a scene along a coastal region but in fact, it is on Lake Fork in the Upper East Side of Texas. Photographer Lisa Hilbers captured these white pelicans with ring-billed gulls and cormorants there as they migrated through the area one winter. See more of her “snowbirds” in this County Line ARTICLE.
The Great American Eclipse is Coming
The wide open spaces of the Upper East Side of Texas offer prime viewing for the Great American Eclipse on April 8 and provide a beautiful backdrop for a good tourism destination any time of the year. Several eclipse-watching activities are planned in rural small towns and the surrounding areas but mostly guests are invited to come and enjoy the region with its usual charm as space allows. As places to stay and viewing areas fill up, travelers from all over the country are at least learning more about the region and making plans for trips later in the year. READ MORE.
THIS TIME OF YEAR
Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Every February since 1998, thousands of people across the nation and the world participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), an annual four-day event using data collected by ordinary people to document wild bird counts and movement. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the GBBC asks participants to count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the four-day event, and then report their sightings online. The designated days this year are February 16-19. LEARN MORE
FOOD & DRINK
No Rest Here for the Winter Weary
While things slow down a bit in the winter months in the region, there are plenty of lively things to do. From dinosaurs, Mardi Gras, and a “World Famous” flea market, to the Freeze Your Fanny bike ride, folks get a bit creative with keeping things moving in a good direction. Here are a few quick picks and more are added to the County Line calendar every week. READ MORE
ART & CULTURE
PDNB Gallery Presents Authors and Their Art
Current exhibitions at PDNB Gallery in Dallas include Keith Carter: Ghostlight and Michael Kenna: Trees on display through February 10. In addition to their intriguing photography, both artists recently released books.
Keith Carter is known for his regional images of Texas, especially around his hometown of Beaumont, and throughout East Texas. Although he has traveled the world to create poetic images of interesting people, animals, and nature, he spent several years before and during the pandemic, walking through the nearby swamp land and forest of the Big Thicket in Texas. The exhibition, as well as his new book Ghostlight, features photographs taken in that area.
Michael Kenna is from Lancashire, England, and his show coincides with the release of his book, Trees. Kenna is a master at documenting beauty in nature and industrial design. His photographs of French gardens brought him recognition in the Western world. Then the industrial design of the River Rouge Plant in Detroit and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York gained his respect and off he went to photograph the world, using the perfect light, long exposures, and tremendous reverence for his subject. READ MORE