Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tyler, Texas Bed and Breakfast-The Rosevine Inn-The Best in East Texas

Innkeeper Rose Vine Inn Bed & Breakfast 
Well Valentines Day is upon us. Hope you are staying with us at The Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast!

Want to let you know what the happenings are in the area.Check out the previous blog for some great venues starting on February 13 through 15** including  The Million Dollar Quartet, Casablanca at The Liberty Theater, An Evening with Cole Porter presented by The Tyler Civic Chorale and a not to be missed show-Marcia Ball!!  Let's explore some other happenings!!

The Official Blues Brothers Revue Feb20@7:30PM

This live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie, and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. Jake, Elwood and the band hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem. Upbeat and uplifting, THE BLUES BROTHERS™ REVUE is fun for all ages. Featuring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood, the show includes all the classics such as such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide,” “Gimme Some Lovin’” and more! The Blues Brothers™ is a registered trademark of Applied Action Research Corp. and Judith Belushi Pisano. All Rights Reserved.

 Cowan Center
3900 University Blvd.Tyler, Texas 75701   

For questions...
903 566-7424


The Jordan World Circus 2014


SATURDAY FEB. 22ND * 3:00 & 7:00PM  
SUNDAY FEB. 23RD * 1:00 & 5:00 PM 


***Free child ticket available on our web page***

FaceBook: TheJordanWorldCircus

**For special promotion in your area... Visit our facebook fan page**

Buy advance tickets on our web page and get $2 dollars off on each ticket you purchase!!!

Adults $18.99 & Children $14.99

 At the Liberty Theater 

 Mary Poppins (1964)
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $6

Love This Movie!!

A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. Starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

"I Am Jack" presented by Monkey Baa Theater
Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10
VIP boxes are $100
For children 8 - 14

 This excellent one man show explores the often overlooked insidious taunting and teasing that bullies are so adept at inflicting on their victims. Based on Susanne Gervay’s inspiring novel, I am Jack explores the journey of a smart, funny, 11 year old boy. Jack is being bullied at school and it is not long before the emotional pressure begins to build inside him. What starts as an off-the-cuff joke during a handball competition soon turns into a set of circumstances whereby Jack is no longer safe in the school yard? As much as he wants to tell his Mom he can’t, for at home there is conflict of a different kind. Jack’s Mom’s
boyfriend Rob is about to move in and Jack’s place in the household is about to be usurped. But help is on its way! With the use of self-expression through photography, Jack begins to make sense of his world, of his relationships with others, and most importantly, with himself.
The work’s charm and humor has succeeded in delighting and informing young audiences. Jack takes us on a touching and sometimes comical journey as he moves from victim to victor. One actor plays eleven characters, moving with ease between each one. I am Jack is based on the true story of author Susanne Gervay’s son, who at the age of 11 experienced being bullied. What is unique about this bullying themed show is that the character of Jack is just a normal, fun kid, not an outsider. The show explores how peer pressure can grow rapidly and intensively and peer pressure can take over.

Four Funny Guys Comedy Show
March 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door
VIP box seats are $125 (seat 4)

Comedy Central has called Aaron Aryanpur “likable, well-written and fresh.” Funniest Comic in Texas 2012
Winner, Aaron has appeared in comedy clubs, theaters, colleges, festivals, bars and boardrooms across the country. Votem one of Maxim Magazine Bud Light’s “Real Men of Comedy” and a recent Semi-Finalist in
NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity,” Aaron could also be seen opening for nationally touring act like Maz Jobrani and Anjelah Johnson.Drawing on his experiences as a husband, father, corporate employee and having lived a lifetime of being tragically uncool, Aaron delivers laughs show after show with his unique perspective and likeable deliver
Jason James is a writer and cast member of the syndicated
morning show Eye Opener:  Eye Opener can be seen Mon-Fri in Dallas, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Portland and even, yes, Ft. Smith, Arkansas. For the past year he has been writing for the wildly successful radio show; Kidd Kraddick in the Morning and it's now televised version of the show, Dish Nation. When not writing he performs stand-up in clubs across the country.
Tyler Elliot

Brandon Davidson
 And Tyler's Own

Take 2 in Concert
Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door
VIP boxes are $150

Take 2 is a six member band from Tyler that pays true homage to the genre of Classic Rock in an impressive musical journey taking you back in time like no other band.  Members: Greg Murphy, Paul 'Turk' Henry, Jack Harris, Phil Rumbley, Tony Marsh and Tom McGowan, along with guest musician Eli Love,  will bring the best of Classic Rock hits that have stood the test of time.  Returning to Liberty Hall after a sold-out concert in 2012,  this show promises to once again rock the audience with amazing quality sound and entertainment.  Founding member and guitarist Greg Murphy says:   " We take pride in doing these tunes the way they were originally written".  Anyone who lived the '60s, '70s and even the '80s will appreciate Take 2's ability and talent to showcase their beloved Classic Rock roots.  With influences like The Rolling Stones,  ZZ Top, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Santana, and so many more, Take 2's forte is a concert setting,  and set against the retro-renovated Liberty Hall, this show is a must-see.

TJC Presents Sweeney Todd

 Wise Auditorium February 26 – March 1 All performances  @ 7:30pm

 Sweeney Todd (a musical thriller) (The demon barber of Fleet Street)
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and libretto by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by TJC faculty member Rebecca Faulds Musical Direction by Andrea Trent
Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter In the Movie!

Winning the 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical, Stephen Sondheim's “thrilling and brilliant, exquisite and beautiful” masterpiece of murderous "barber-ism" and culinary crime is set in 19th-century London and tells the twisted, terrifying tale of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after being banished for 15 years on false charges. Now he's ready to exact revenge on those who wronged him. *May not be appropriate for our younger patrons

 TJC box office opens Wednesday, February 19
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors

 Walk 4 Water                                                March 1, 9 am Southside Park

Walk 4 Water is a four-mile fundraising walk to bring clean water to people all around the world.  Every day in developing countries, women and children walk an average of four miles to collect the
water their family needs for the day.  Not only is this chore keeping the children from school, but the dirty water they are bringing home is killing them at an alarming rate. This is why thousands of concerned people choose to "walk so they don't have to!" Please come and walk with us to help fill this need.  Register online and receive a t-shirt the day of the event.  Donations are also accepted online. Contact

 After the walk*********

Rose City Chili Cookoff

Rose City Chili Pod will be hosting the 33rd Ever Rose City Chili Cookoff Tyler Texas March 1, 2014, at Gander Mountain on Hwy 69 South.

Gates open at 11:00, $5 donation includes tasting cup, spoon and a ballot to vote for People's Choice chili.             Registration for cooks begins at 8:45 AM Saturday.  Goody bags to first 50 registered cooks.

**CASI sanctioned cookoff - $20 entry fee, turn in at 2:00 PM. Other competitions include a Bean cookoff, $10 entry, turn-in at 12 noon, 50/30/20 payback; Junior division chili for ages 7-17, $10
entry fee, turn-in at 1:00 PM. Cooks meeting to be held at 10:00.**         This event is open to the public, anyone can come cook in any of the competitions.  Showmanship, which is judged on Theme, Costume, Booth Decoration, Action and Audience Participation will begin approx. 11:00. Chili will be judged on Aroma, Red Color, Consistency, Taste and Aftertaste,according to the rules of CASI.                                                                                                                                        Proceeds to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.
For information contact Blu Monday-Daniels at 903-372-2818 or


Historical Marker Dedication

Ceremony for Tyler Commercial College       March 1@2pm

Historical Marker ceremony to dedicate the marker for Tyler Commercial
College sponsored by Smith County Historical Society
125 S. College
Tyler, TX 75702
For questions...
903-595-4877           (903)-592-5993

  So much going on and Canton Trades Day, Too

 February 27 through March 2

 Godspell           March 3 at 7:30 P.M.

Prepare ye for GODSPELL, the beloved musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and
Academy Award®'-winning composer of Wicked. Enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time in a brand new intimate, one-of-a-kind production. Raise your spirit with the Tony®-nominated score filled with the popular hits "Day By Day," "Light of the World," and "Turn Back, O Man." This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world – and now you can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of bright young stars stirs your soul, raises your spirit and lifts you right out of your seat. So come sing about love at GODSPELL!

Cowan Center
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Texas 75701

For questions...
903 566-7424            903-566-7424

Our local Civic Theatre does such a great Job on Productions-You need to try to catch a Play!

Fri, Mar 7 at 7:30pmSat, Mar 8 at 7:30pmSun, Mar 9 at 2:30pmThu, Mar 13 at 7:30pmFri, Mar 14 at 7:30pmSat, Mar 15 at 7:30pmSun, Mar 16 at 2:30pm  
Tyler Civic Theatre Center
400 Rose Park Drive
Tyler, TX 75702
For questions...
(903)-592-0561        Adapted by Bro Herrod.

Music and Lyrics by Barry Manilow.  Based on the world - famous melodrama by W.H.S. Smith.
Here is a hilarious version of the immortal story of the Drunkard-the most famous melodrama ever written and the foundation for the hundreds of melodramas that have followed.  Audiences are captivated by this classic as love battles liquor for the life and soul of the upstanding hero, Edward Middleton.  On the side of love are sweet, innocent Mary and her ever-loving, ever-whining mamma, Mrs. Wilson.  Plying the liquor with dastardly intent are cruel, scheming Lawyer Cribbs and his cringing crony, Stickler.  In the end, of course, the hero wins out over demon rum and true love triumphs over all.
Ticket Price:  $15.00 - $18.00
This is so interesting-

THE DRUNKARD or THE FALLEN SAVED was first presented in 1844 at the Boston Museum, which was anxious to capitalize on the rising popularity of the Temperance Movement. The production met with instant success ~ played for 14U performances and was soon being toured by various troupes.
When Boston audiences began to dwindle, P. T. Barnum latched onto THE DRUNKARD and brought it to
New York and staged it in the Moral Lecture Room of his American ^ Museum. In true Barnum style he began the Ballyhoo by himself publicly taking the "pledge" and during the entire run of 150 performances he personally appeared between acts to lecture for Temperance and encourage the audience to take the "pledge" — with provisions arranged for so doing at the box office.
It was soon noted that many of the nightly audience of two thousand would laugh in the wrong places. Worse yet, many males between acts checked out for a fast belt to fortify themselves for the denouement. The women, however, absorbed every nuance of the melodrama and wept and sobbed throughout each performance. Barnum did a slight land-office business on the side by selling handkerchiefs. He finally decided to close THE DRUNKARD when he found the crass Yorkers applauding the villain, encouraging the hero to drink and vilely cursing the reformers.
THE DRUNKARD had regular revivals as the Temperance Movement flowed high and waned low down through the following decades - hitting its second peak in the '90s and was still going strong leading in the Prohibition Era. In 1933 the play was vividly revived in Los Angeles and enjoyed the longest run in the history of legitimate theatre, Playing to packed houses of hissing and booing audiences until it_ finally closed in 1962. In 1964 Bro Herrod decided to have a go with THE DRUNKARD and thought this time around it should be given the full musical treatment. The musical version with music and lyrics by Barry Manilow opened at the 13th Street Theatre in New York and ran continuously for six years. Encouraged by audience approval, Herrod and Manilow experimented with new staging and injected new music , a revised version opened in 1970, which ran another two years

Don't Forget!!  Helen Lee's Garden!!  It will open sometime in February-We have had such a cold snap that the flowers are late to arrive! You may call 903-845-5780  to get updates and to learn if the garden is open.

How all of this beauty came about exemplifies the classic rags to riches story.  Mr. T. W. Lee and his wife Helen had very little to their names when they were married.  However, with an entrepreneur's spirit and determination, he found his way into the oil business during the East Texas oil boom.  The couple became wealthy and purchased land outside of Gladewater. They planned on using it for its gravel content in order to pave the roads, airport runway, and rodeo parking lot in Gladewater. Mr. Lee also established the town's first newspaper and radio station. Mr. Lee died in 1954 leaving his wife as his only namesake.  
Mrs. Lee loved the land that her husband purchased so much that she bought  adjoining land until the ranch  amassed over 1,000 acres. She took this raw land and transformed it into a budding paradise; converting the gravel pits into a 5-acre lake and a 3-acre pond. Both of these were stocked with bass, perch, and catfish, while surrounded by abundant wildlife of all kinds, some of which were deer, wild turkey, all types of birds, snakes, and bobcats.  Mrs. Lee purchased an entire boxcar load of daffodil bulbs from Holland and they were all planted with approximately 40 workers, including Mrs. Carolyn Owens Johnson's grandparents, Mamie and Nathaniel Scott, whom worked for Mrs. Lee from 1952-1984.  Mrs. Johnson is the current manager of Mrs. Lee's Daffodil Gardens.

To add to the setting, Mrs. Lee had a one room pioneer log cabin replica constructed in 1954. It rests overlooking the 3-acre pond named Lake Josephine, after her mother. This is where she enjoyed spending quiet time with her flowers and nature.  Mrs. Lee survived her husband by thirty years and died in July of 1984. At her request the garden was opened to the public in the spring, following her death.  Since the garden officially opened, there have been thousands of visitors from all over the state, country and even the world to visit the garden.  Such countries represented have been Bolivia, Brazil, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland, to name a few.  Approximately 2,500-6,000 visitors are expected on an annual basis within the 2-month period that the gardens are open to the public.
The Next time we will have a really lot of things to tell you about. The annual Azalea Trails start here the third weekend of March-so get ready!

In the mean time plan now for your visit to Tyler and you stay at The Rosevine Inn B&B where fires burn nightly and breakfast is served daily!

Until next time                                                                                                                           Innkeeper Becca signing off



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