SUNDAY May 2, 2021
"I prefer living in color."
David Hockney
Here we go into the merry, colorful month of May! Nature in our rural part of the world wraps us up in the mysterious language of color this time of year making us want to get out and soak up more of what's good for the soul.

As we continue to safely distance, mask as needed, and wash our hands, it's not hard to find the fun in the wide open spaces of the Upper East Side of Texas.

The farmers markets are now happening in our partner towns and I invite you to go enjoy all the beautiful colors you'll find on tables filled with locally-grown fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods and other products and a marketplace filled with all kinds of happy faces enjoying the day. The freshness of the produce makes our meals SO MUCH BETTER. This is my first year to buy lettuce direct from a farmer and it will not be my last time while it's in season — undeniable difference in taste from produce trucked from across the country.

Our new May/June eEdition came out this past week. If you haven't had a chance to see it, the cover link at the end of this issue gets you there. A couple of the stories are featured here and you can read the rest in the eEdition or simple go to the website to read individual articles. You'll find lots of people, places, and things to do to help you keep living in full color! — P.A. Geddie
"Sonoma Vineyards" is by Sherman, Texas, artist Beth Hubbert who creates impasto, textured paintings with numerous bright, happy colors. Read more about her in the County Line archives.
The talented trio of (l-r) Townes Van Zandt and Susanna and Guy Clark wrote many songs together and played hosts to the outlaw Texas-Tennessee songwriters in the 1970s and beyond. Photo by Al Clayton, 1972.
Susanna Talley was born March 11, 1939, in Atlanta, Texas, a small town between Marshall and Texarkana in the Upper East Side of Texas. Hickory Street in her hometown was her favorite place in the whole world. So much so that after a long life devoted to the arts and the power of words — a life she shared with some of Texas' famous songwriters — her family took her ashes back to the place that held her heart. Read so much more about this vibrant small town girl with a big impact on songs that live forever.
Living and playing in the Upper East Side of Texas for about six months of the year means easy access to fresh, locally grown produce. Rural folks and small town leaders know how to make a party out of anything and their markets are no exception.

Find delicious ingredients for really tasty meals, local wines, breads, preserves, and more, and enjoy some live music and demonstrations while you’re at it. Each market offers their own unique twist to the day.

Find the County Line Regional Partner Farmers’ Markets in GreenvilleHendersonLongviewMarshallMineolaMount VernonPalestineParisRockwallSulphur Springs, and Winnsboro.
Happy Birthday Mr. Eilenberger
Born May 7, 1878, F.H. Eilenberger was a German immigrant who established a successful — and still operating — bakery in Palestine, Texas. He worked at bakeries in Galveston and Fort Worth before starting this company in 1898. Originally located on the corner of John and Oak streets, the operation was moved to the current site at 512 N. John Street in 1918. Eilenberger also lived there for several years. Thanks to continued management of the operations by his sons, his baked goods continue to delight consumers all over the world. Today the bakery is noted for fruit and pecan cakes, which are produced from a family recipe.
Since 2005, Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) has held a juried competition for senior-level art students throughout the region. This gives the students their first opportunity for a full museum exhibition.

This year the museum has works by 75 students from 13 high schools and eight counties. The exhibit runs through May 16. Four outstanding works were selected by the jurors, including an overall Best in Show, as well as three Honorable Mentions. Guests are invited to stop by and place a vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award.

Winning Best of Show is Alex Rodriguez of Sulphur Springs with “Class of 2020.” (above) Click the headline link to see other winning pieces and get more details about a visit to the museum.
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