Monday, July 25, 2011

East Texas Bed and Breakfast-The Rosevine Inn-August is Back to School Time

Innkeeper Rose Vine Inn Bed & Breakfast
Wow it is already August. Has it been hot enough for you? Well, things are cool at The Rosevine Inn!! Come rest and relax with us before school starts. We will let you know what is going on in the area. In this blog we will feature museums and some of our regions great parks so you can plan your time here.

2011 East Texas Pumpjacks Season gets underway.

Grandstand (General Admission) $5.00
Grandstand - Child/Senior $4.00
Upper Box Seat $8.00
Lower Box Seat $10.00
07/28/2011 7:05 PM Brazos Valley Bombers

07/29/2011 7:05 PM Coppell Copperheads
07/30/2011 7:05 PM Coppell Copperheads
08/03/2011 7:05 PM Acadiana Cane Cutters
 08/04/2011 7:05 PM Acadian
08/08/2011 7:05 PM Brazos Valley Bomber
                                                       08/09/2011 7:05 PM Brazos Valley Bombers
COOL OFF DURING THE DAYTyler Public Swimming Pools
The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the beginning of summer and opening Woldert Pool and Sprayground and Fun Forest Pool.

Both pools will be open now through Aug. 13 and will have trained lifeguards on duty. Before they are allowed to enter the pool, all children under the age of 18 must be registered with the pool manager by their parent or legal guardian.
Fun Forest Pool is located at 900 N. Glenwood Blvd. Admission is free

34th Annual Great Texas Balloon Race
•Friday, July 29th, 2011 @ 8:00am

•Saturday, July 30th, 2011 @ 8:00am
•Sunday, July 31st, 2011 @ 8:00am
It’s a world class event attracting the very best competitive pilots from across the United States and the world.
Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. One of the most popular things to do at the event as the public is able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate.

Live Concerts in the afternoon and evening both Friday and Saturday always feature an entertaining band as the headliner. Local and regional bands play during the day.
July 28 thru August 1, 2011
Dress cool and shop til you drop at Canton Trade Days !!!

Frankie Beverly & Maze with Fantasia

•Sunday, August 7th, 2011 @ 6:00pm - 11:00pm

A Night to Remember
Featuring the Legendary Frankie Beverly & Maze & American Idol winner Fantasia!
The Oil Palace - Tyler, Tx
Sunday August 7, 2011 @ 6:00pm
Ticket Prices:   $37.00 -$100.00

Black Tie Bingo Gala   What a great Fundraiser--Join us
•Saturday, August 13th, 2011 @ 6:30pm

Heart of Tyler’s Third Annual Black Tie Bingo Gala!
Social hour: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bingo games begin promptly at 7:45 p.m.
Enjoy great "high stakes" bingo games, fellowship, spirits, hors d’oeuvres and great laughs in a circus atmosphere!
All proceeds benefit Heart of Tyler, Inc. Tyler’s only non-profit organization completely devoted to downtown revitalization.
Tickets: $100 per person
Please RSVP to: bingo
Purchase online at:
or call at (903) 593-5905

Tyler and Area Museums

Rose Museum. Tyler. Tyler is known to many as the “Rose Capital of America.” This museum covers the history of how that came to be. Exhibits include artifacts from the Tyler Rose Festival back to 1935 and a look at the rose industry and its continued growth in the area. More than 500 varieties of roses bloom in season. 420 Rose Park, 903.597.3130,

Smith County Historical Society’s Museum & Archives. Tyler. Included in the National Register of Historic Places, the 1904 Carnegie Library building today serves as the society’s museum and archives. Exhibits feature artifacts reflecting Smith County’s historic, social, and economic culture including the Indian, Republic of Texas, Civil War, and 20th Century eras. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Archives open 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday. 125 S. College, 903.592.5993.

Tyler Museum of Art. Tyler. Contains more than 600 pieces in its permanent collection, concentrating on local artists from the 19th and 20th century. Also works from Dutch painters from the 16th and 17th centuries, and a regularly changing series of traveling exhibits. 1300 S. Mahon, 903.595.1001

Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store. More than 250 mounted examples of wildlife and a replica 1920s grocery store. Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. 1600 WSW Loop 323, 903.534.2169.

Cherokee Chief Bowles Battle of the Neches. Site of the last battle between the Cherokee Indians and the Texas military. Chief Bowles was killed along with hundreds of others in the Battle of the Neches in 1839. Marker 3 miles north of Redland off SH 64.

East Texas Oil Museum. Kilgore. Authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Relive the East Texas oil boom days in the life-size Boom Town USA exhibit.. Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m. U.S. Hwy. 259 at Ross St. at Kilgore College. 903.983.8295, ,

Goodman Museum. Tyler. Brings the past to life with original furnishings, photographs, and memorabilia dating from the mid 1800s. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m. 624 N. Broadway, 903.597.5304,

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum. Tyler. Dedicated to the preservation of aviation history dating from the early 1800's to today's jet age. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Outside the museum on the airport ramp, one can walk around 10 airplanes that have been restored for static display. Four additional airplanes are under restoration at the hanger facilities on Dixie Dr. The museum is run by volunteers and donations from supporters. Visitors will be delighted with the history within the museum and the knowledge of the volunteer docents. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for active military, $3 for teens 13-17 years, and children 12 and under are free. Groups are welcome, but will need to call for reservations. Located in the old north airport terminal building at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, 150 Airport Dr. 903-526-1945,

Roseland Plantation. Ben Wheeler. Registered Texas State Historical Landmark includes chapel, ballroom, and bed and breakfast made available for weddings and parties. Grand antebellum home built in 1854 for a cotton plantation. Tours, available daily by reservation, include five plantation buildings and takes approximately one hour. 2601 Hwy 64, 903.849.5553,

Cotton Belt Depot. Tyler. Built in 1905 and began serving passengers on the Cotton Belt Line in 1907. In addition to touring this historic building, visitors can see The Bragg Model Train Collection on permanent display at the depot. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 210 E. Oakwood, 903.533.8057,

Camp Ford. Tyler. Largest Confederate prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Now a public park managed by the Smith County Historical Society, features a kiosk with extensive graphics detailing the history of the camp, a walking trail with interpretive signage, a reconstruction of a POW cabin, and picnic facilities. Open daily dawn to dusk. Hwy 271, 903.592.5993,

Lake Hawkins. Hawkins. 776-acre lake with largemouth bass, black and white crappie as predominant species. On Little Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, in Wood County 4 miles northwest of Hawkins. 903.857.2311,   There is also a really good Italian restaurant on this lake--

Lake Palestine. Fishing, boat ramps. Off Texas State Route 31.

Tyler State Park. Tyler. Camping, boating, swimming, hiking, canoe and paddleboat rental. 985-acre park around a spring-fed lake. 789 Park Road 16, 903.597.5338,


So that is the news for August. Come visit us at The Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast and enjoy any  or all of the great things to do in our area. Stay cool,
Until next time    Innkeeper Becca signing off!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

East Texas Bed and Breakfast-The Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast-July Summer Fun

Innkeeper Rose Vine Inn Bed & Breakfast
Well the verdict is in-we had the Hottest June on record!! Amazing-but we lived through it and are here to talk about it. July will be warm also, but it is the good old summertime. There is so much to enjoy and do in the area. We are going to feature the Tyler Museum of Art this time and then just mention a few fun things to do this month. Of course, the most fun can be had right here, at The Rosevine Inn. We have a great game room and many outdoor activities, including horseshoes, badminton, volleyball, croquet and ping-pong.
Lets get going-------------------

Experience the diverse and exciting programs offered by the Tyler Museum of Art. Plan a visit to the Museum, reserve your seat at one of our lectures, or sign your kids up for an artful adventure.

Join us on the first Friday of every month for a delightful way to wrap up your week. Meet at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum lobby for an introduction to a special exhibition. Then spend up to an hour touring the exhibition with a staff member or specially trained docent who will guide you through the gallery. Bring your friends or fellow club members for a memorable group event–ideal for senior groups. First Friday Tours are free, however, advanced registration is required, and exhibition admission fees apply. To register, please call 903-595-1001.
After the tour, have lunch in the Museum Café, where Chef Lourdes Unzuetta prepares a special homemade menu selection every first Friday. You wont want to miss delicious favorites like Tamale Casserole, Chicken Spaghetti, and much more! Groups are welcome, but space is limited. If you plan on eating with a group, let the front desk know, so that we can accommodate your needs.
Family Day

Children will enjoy free art activities and the exhibition Remember When: Marvels & Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark. Art activities offered from 2-4pm.

Rickey Smiley and Friends

Funnyman Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh. As a much loved comedian, television host, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality, Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering audience pleasing performances onstage or off. With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and skillfully create comedic gold, Smiley is a standout in the entertainment world.

The Oil Palace - Tyler, Tx

Saturday July 16, 2011 @ 8:00pm
Doors open @ 6:00PM and show starts @ 8:00PM
Ticket Prices:      $48 All Seats Reserved

East Texas Wedding Extravaganza

•Sunday, July 17th, 2011 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm

East Texas Wedding Extravaganza Annual SUMMER Bridal Show!
The East Texas Wedding Extravaganza is the Bridal Event of East Texas not to be missed! We offer brides what they are looking for, innovative ideas, creative alternatives and the classic traditional styles.
Our fashion shows are always fun and high energy. We are offering a new concept to how the "traditional" fashion is done. You will find no other bridal fashion show like it in East Texas. We will put you in direct contact with the wedding specialists you are looking for and vendors you never even thought of!
Our event offers you a showcase of amazing ideas, fabulous prizes and a wonderful experience. We invite you attend, have fun, be inspired and find all that will make that special day your personal special day.

Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Fair

The City of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend at the Rose Garden Center. The Fair will feature 53 vendors offering unique, fun, artsy and just plain cute items for sale.

The free event will be held indoors, in the air conditioned comfort of the Rose Garden Center at 420 Rose Park Drive. Hours are:
• Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department will be selling raffle tickets to help support the many programs they offer the residents of Tyler; purchase a ticket for $5 for a chance to win great prizes.
During the event, the Rose Garden also will be open and is free to visit. The Garden features the largest public collection of roses in the United States with 32,000 bushes and 600 cultivators.
For questions, please call (903) 531-1370 or (903) 531-1212.

Longview, TX to Host 2012-2014 Nationals

East Texas Balloon Festival
July 30 - August 1 will bring the return of the Great Texas Balloon race to the East Texas Regional Airport and marks 32 years of hot–air balloon racing in Longview. Packed with events from dawn to dusk, the GTBR is a weekend festival with something for everyone.

Events like sport and special shapes balloon competitions and the now famous “Balloon Glow” which was the brainchild of original race organizer, Dr. Bill Bussey in 1981 are the cornerstones of the weekend. But when the balloons aren’t in the air, exciting aircraft flights and static exhibits, skydivers, great musical entertainment, an expansive “Kids Land” and fabulous food and craft vendors round out the event for the whole family.
This year’s racing gets underway at 6:30am on Friday with the “Sport and Special Shape Balloon Competition over Longview. At 4pm the gates open at the East Texas Regional Airport for Kid’s Land, arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks. Friday’s activities include the “Opening Ceremonies” and Sport and Special Stapes Balloon Glow” at around 8:15pm.
Saturday starts with “Sport and Special Shape Controlled Navigational Trajectory Event”, better known as “The Key Grab”. The “Balloon Glow is again at 8:15 Saturday.
The race wraps up on Sunday at 6:30am with the final “key grab” competition and the “Pilot’s Award Presentation” at 9:30am.
Admission prices are $15 for Friday, $15 for Saturday and Sunday is free. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Active military members are free with military ID.
Known as the longest running hot-air balloon event in Texas, The Great Texas Balloon Race began in 1978. From it’s original venue at Longview Mall, the race moved to the former Stroh’s Brewery site (1985-1986) and then to its current home at the East Texas Regional Airport.

2011 promises to be a fantastic Silver Anniversary Season with Shakespeare's Hamlet, and The Taming of the Shrew, George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem , Lee Pockriss and Anne Croswell combine to give us Ernest In Love, and Joel Ebarb's A play based on Aesop's Fables.
."...indisputably the best Shakespeare festival in Texas." Austin American Statesman
Canton Trades day wraps up the end of the month and gets us into August. Mark your Calender now for  Friday July 29th thru Monday August 1. Follow the blog to find out everything!!
The Rosevine Inn the definitely THE place to stay for any o these event or any other you and your family may have going on.
Contact us anytime--can't wait  to meet you.
Until next time-Innkeeper Becca signing off_