SUNDAY September 20, 2020
It has become abundantly clear in the last few weeks that sometimes we must focus our intentions hard on seeing the joy in the world. Thankfully there are many acts of kindness to behold and people who think beyond themselves. Those who open their hearts to others are the gifts we receive when we choose to look for them. Find a few in this issue and in every meaningful corner as you explore the Upper East Side of Texas.
“The Gift” by Judith Smothers. Read more about this artist.
The Historic Select Theater in Mineola — the oldest continuously operating theater in Texas — is 100 years old this year. It opened as a movie house in 1920, and has operated as such since then. Watch "The Pride of Mineola" video above and read more in this County Line article.
Taste of the Fair
The 2020 East Texas State Fair presents Taste of the Fair — an event created for fair food fans all over East Texas. Visitors can take home all of the fair food
classics like turkey legs, funnel cakes, candied apples, and jumbo corn dogs, as well as local favorites like the tamale slammer, the wonderstick, peach puppies, volcano fries, and more.

Fair food concessions are set up in a come-and-go fashion and all food is served and packaged to take to-go. The event takes place Thursday through Sunday of two consecutive weeks. September 24th through the 27th, and again October 1st through the 4th.

Food vendors are open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food stands are setup along Fair Park Drive at the East Texas State Fairgrounds. The grounds are equipped with hand sanitizing stations and staff to ensure that visitors are adhering to
social distancing standards. All staff, concessionaires, and visitors are required to wear masks. Seating is not available, as food is served to-go only.

For more information, contact the East Texas State Fair office at 903-597-2501 or email
The Vanishing Texana Museum in Jacksonville contains a display of artifacts representing the history of Texas and Cherokee County. Included in the display are Native American relics, farm equipment, photographs, guns, dolls, typewriters, and many other items of interest. They are currently open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Learn more in this article from the County Line archives.
It was September 21, 1921, when brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire opened the first "Brookshire Brothers" grocery store in Lufkin, Texas, then grew to operating 33 stores in East Texas. Two other family members broke off in 1929 to form what is now the Brookshire Grocery Company and the rest is history. Read more about it in this County Line archive article.
Please Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB) of Dallas features "Past and Present: Photographs by Earlie Hudnall, Jr." online through September 30 and in its gallery by appointment, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, September 15 through October 31. Hudnall is receiving much attention this year with images featured in TIME Magazine and the New York Times.
Covering the Arts Across the Upper East Side of Texas
Take a break from fast foods and pizza delivery and learn to enjoy the cooking process for a better you. Preparing meals at home allows an opportunity to put a healthy spin on favorite foods, and also provides full knowledge of all the ingredients. Eating in doesn’t mean giving up the most enjoyable foods, only preparing them differently. Swapping just a few ingredients turns an unhealthy meal into a more nutritious, and more delicious, choice.
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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