SUNDAY September 6, 2020
Tomorrow is the 250th day of the year — just a little more than 100 days to go in this most bizarre year that we'll never forget. It's also Labor Day, a holiday honoring American workers and it marks the unofficial end of summer. With the cooler weather this week, the joys of autumn grow near.

Time is filled with the sweetest of pleasures when we work for it.

Check out this issue and our website for fun ideas and enjoy a safe and happy holiday.
Tyler native and photographer Robert Langham often captures distinct personalities in his work. See more of his photos on his Facebook page.
Twelve year old Katy Power of Elkhart, Texas, grows and creates decorative gourds to sell at farmers' markets, Palestine shops, and mail order. Read more in this article by Lisa Tang.
Four exceptionally tall Shields brothers from Greenville, Texas, toured with a circus for a time. Get to know them and read more about their lives in this article and see artifacts in person at the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum.
A small town getaway is all the more enticing with a place to stay like The Emma Grace in downtown Cooper, Texas. Read about this gem that's a destination all its own or enjoy a variety of activities in the town and surrounding area.
Father of Austin Music Still Honored in Greenville
The video above features rare footage of the "father of Austin music" Kenneth Threadgill singing three songs. Known more for his support of live music and his famous namesake venue, Threadgill's Tavern, than his singing, he's credited with starting the Austin music scene with performers like Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin. He was born September 12, 1909, in Peniel, Texas (now annexed into Greenville in Hunt County). The iconic Threadgill’s Tavern closed down for good amid the pandemic this summer. His hometown Greenville folks plan to keep his legacy alive with an ongoing concert series. Read more in this County Line archive article.
As the demand for jigsaw puzzles continues to surge during the pandemic, it’s nothing new to Al Souza. The artist takes them to a whole new level as he gets sections of completed puzzles and reconfigures them with others sometimes four or five layers thick.

Now on exhibition through October 18 at the Tyler Museum of Art, “Bits and Pieces: Works by Al Souza” features a variety of mixed media collages and assemblages from 2000 – 2010.
Covering the Arts Across the Upper East Side of Texas
People from all around the Upper East Side of Texas enjoy the vibe at Art Foster’s first restaurant, Foster’s Place Restaurant & Pub in Pickton, Texas, since it opened in 2010. With good food, live music, and its middle-of-nowhere “getaway” location, it’s a popular dining destination for many.

Regulars from the larger town of nearby Sulphur Springs — about one-third of the original Foster’s clientele — urged him over the years to open a restaurant in the Hopkins County seat. He recently opened his second location there near the downtown square.
Two Big Music Festivals Offer Virtual Experiences
Ruthie Foster performs at CT Folk on September 9-12. Wednesday-Friday shows are 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday is 4-9 p.m. Other artists include Keller Williams, Don Flemons, Buffalo Rose, Among the Acres, Golden Oak, Monica Rizzio, Diana Alvarez, John John Brown, and Bumper Jacksons. Suggested donation of $10 per day. Find the line up schedule and follow the live stream from the event's Facebook page.

Another event this week is Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance on September 10-12. An annual favorite for many Texas musicians and fans, this year the line up includes Michael Hearne, Balsam Range, Beat Root Revival, Bill Hearne Trio, Chuck Cannon, Bob Livingston, Gary Nicholson, Gary P. Nunn, Honey House, James McMurtry, Jed Zimmerman, Jimmy Davis, John Fullbright, Johnny Nicholas, Kelley Mickwee, Kimmie Rhodes, Michael Martin Murphey, Red Dirt Rangers, Rick Trevino, The Rifters, Robbie Fulks, Shake Russell, Shawn Camp, Shinyribs, South by Southwest, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Mains, Tom Faulkner, Trout Fishing in America, Walt and Tina Wilkins, and Wood & Wire.

It’s free to tune in via their YouTube and Facebook live feeds, but they appreciate donations to help the musicians out. Go to and their Facebook page @BigBarnDance for more information.

Check out many other events this week and coming soon on the County Line CALENDAR and more fun THINGS TO DO on our website.
Feel free to send story ideas, poems, letters, and beautiful photography from the region to Let us know what you enjoy most about this area.
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