Sunday, August 17, 2014

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 Ok-this time we are going to feature a few-but by no means all-of the fun and interesting things to do in Tyler and the surrounding area.  Also-a couple or three of the recommended restaurants in the area. Your "author" will take a break-so the next blog will not be out until the middle of September.!! Enjoy and check back with us soon and often.
First Monday Trade Days is back!!
Aug 28 through Aug 31 (September 1 is Monday!)
Not ever to be missed!! You should go

 Caldwell Zoo Offers a Full Day of Fun
 Established in 1953 by David King Caldwell, the Caldwell Zoo is a great place in Northeast Texas to Sprawling across 85 acres, the zoo is home to more than 3,400 animals dwelling in six main habitats or exhibits: the African Savanna, North America, South America, African Aquarium, North American Herpetarium, and the Wild Bird Walkabout.
experience diverse wildlife.

As a part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Caldwell strives to conserve endangered species, now serving as a refuge to a dozen of them, including cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, black-footed penguins and black rhinoceros. In addition to a naturally educational atmosphere, Caldwell offers special school, home school and scouting programs. Detailed information is available at

In order to welcome as many guests as possible, Caldwell is closed only three days each year: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. March 1 through Labor Day, the zoo is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Labor Day through February, it is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Parking is free, and there is no admission fee for zoo members and children age 2 and under. Admission for ages 13-54 is $10.50, ages 3-12 pay $7 and senior citizens (age 55 and over) pay $9.25. To contact the Caldwell Zoo, call 903.593.0121 or email

Texas Rose Breed Show
Aug 30 and 31 
 Tyler Breed Show – All Breed Show - Kim Brunson - (817) 683-8284

The JORDAN WORLD CIRCUS, one of North America's premier traveling circuses, is owned and produced by Jody Jordan of Las Vegas, Nevada. Hailing from a long background of aerialists and circus performers, Jordan brings a unique talent to the circus management field. His exciting two hour shows are presented on annual tours from coast to coast and border to border by local Shrine Centers and Clubs, police and fire associations, civic clubs and organizations, merchant associations, local presenters and venues, and fairs, festivals, parks and the like. Coast to coast and border to border by local Shrine Centers and Clubs, police and fire associations, civic clubs and organizations, merchant associations, local presenters and venues, and fairs, festivals, parks and the like.

*Tyler Oil Palace* 
Saturday Aug. 30th * 3:00 & 7:00  
Sunday Aug. 31st * 1:30 & 5:30
Monday Sept. 1st * 1:30 & 5:30 

**TICKETS AVAILABLE** One Hour Before The Show At The Circus Location  

3rd Annual Texas Petapalooza

September 6 at 10AM Bergfeld Park

The Third Annual Texas Petapalooza, Tyler's Largest rescued pet adoption event, just got bigger.                                                                                Texas Petapalooza will be featuring over 15 animal rescues along with their furry foster critters of dogs, cats and horses of all shapes and sizes.        
There will be pet specific vendors of accessories, groomers, food, training demonstrations, and a low cost vaccination clinic.                                           Attractions of a bounce house, face painting, pony rides, for the kids.  There will also be food, raffles, crafters, a multitude other vendors and weenie dog races.        Special featured attractions of a Police k-9 unit, Fire Truck, and the Police Identa-kid bus.                                                                      
So bring the whole family for a fun filled day at Bergfeld Park on Saturday, September 6th.   You just might meet your next FUR-ever friend at TEXAS PETAPALOOZA 2014!
For more information see us on 


Cars are Art 2014

Sept 6 at noon-Tyler Museum of Art

on the TJC Campus
The Tyler Museum of Art is getting in gear once again with the call for entries on its Juried “Cars Are Art” 2014 Competition. Vehicle owners may enter their cars in one of eight competition categories: Pre-1940s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and Post-2000. Cars will be judged on overall presentation and aesthetics, not originality or modifications (all doors and engine hoods will be closed). A jury of art professionals will perform the competition judging. The first-place winner in each category will receive an artistically crafted trophy. The entry chosen as the “Cars Are Art” 2014 Best of Show winner will receive the Grand Prize, which includes a unique trophy and special display in the TMA lobby for two weeks following the competition.Registration deadline is Aug. 31. Entry fee is $100 per vehicle with proceeds benefiting the TMA; price includes lunch and a “Blue-plate Special” party following the awards presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Best of Show Sponsor for Cars Are Art 2014 is Hibbs-Hallmark & Company. Tents Sponsor is James E. Walker. For information, contact special events coordinator Caleb Bell at (903) 595-1001, ext. 208 or

September at 

A Night of Improv Comedy with Card 53 and DCH
Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door
VIP Boxes $125
 Card 53 returns to the stage of Liberty Hall with an all new show of “make-em-ups” featuring Musical Director Austin Day as well as some new faces. 

Opening for Card 53 is Roadside Couch one of the longest running improv troupes atDallas Comedy House who is owned and operated by brother and sister Tyler Natives Amanda and Kyle Austin. 

DCH is quickly becoming a well-known Improvisational Theatre and School around the Country. They host the Dallas Comedy Festival which has brought in Tim Meadows “SNL”, Michael Keegan Key “Key and Peele”, Frank Caeti “MADtv”, the Writers from “Conan” and “Key and Peele” and so many more on multiple occasions. 

A Night of Jazz
Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
Senor Gringo, Anna Grey and Purple Velvet Fox
Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door
VIP Boxes $125
If you are looking for something different, then here it is.....riffs of a Latin guitar and chimes fill the air. A particular vibe and passion of playing is reflected, human metronomes tap their toes to the beat, allowing a bond to form. It is a relationship built on the foundation of the thrill of music. Senor Gringo was formed many years ago and as time has passed Senor Gringo has blended into the rich culture of latin jazz.
 The musicians in the band come from various backgrounds of music. Richard Callahan was inspired through metal bands such as Pantera, Testament, and Metallica. Keyboardist Don Elbert’s music career comes from a soft blues background. Percussionist Elbert Wright began his musicianship with jazz. Alex Blair, the bassist, is a high school orchestra director who had been taught by a diverse blend of instrumentalists from the classical to modern day music.
For drummer Kevin Ewalt, music has taken him around the world, including South America. With the various backgrounds of euphonious influences came the birth of a distinctive sound. Come and check it out!
 Annagrey is a singer/songwriter and passionate stage performer. Her love of life and music flows from her soul and is undeniable on stage and in her studio recordings. Annagrey has a powerful voice that will capture your heart with the truth and depth of her lyrics. She was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, appearing on three episodes ending as a finalist during Oprah's Pop Star Challenge. She has also toured with LeAnn Rimes as a back-up singer and is a career studio singer, with her work in advertisements and radio station identifications heard all over the world. Annagrey has released three full length albums. Her most recent work is self titled and was released in April of 2014.
 Purple Velvet Fox Jazz, is a group of dedicated jazz musicians playing fusion, classic, and experimental jazz. The band aims to play red hot, driving jazz at the highest level. PVF is comprised of a quartet of core musicians. Gary Hatcher on guitar and band leader, Joe Snider percussionist, Jacob Wellman on sax, and Alex Blair on bass. The Fox often invites other accomplished musicians to appear with the group on instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard and vocals. PVF plays fusion and modal jazz along with a large repertoire of classic jazz tunes selected from the deep canon of jazz music.
  Original compositions as well as original arrangements of classic tunes are performed. Works are selected from greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and more. Expect to hear improvisation on R & B, experimental jazz and original compositions by band members.
The exceptional sounds of Fox send you on a musical journey filled with jazzy moods and soundscapes from smooth jazz to rocking fusion and improvisation. The mix of melodies and beats form PVF is sure to engage the listener and get feet tapping. 

Texas Speaker Series presents Dana Bowman
September 18 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20
$15 for students and veterans

Dana Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. He is a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army where he was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. Dana Bowman is a double amputee. He lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Arizona, in 1994.
On February 6,1994, Bowman gained worldwide attention when he and his teammate Sgt. Jose Aguillon collided in midair during the team’s annual training. Bowman and Aguillon were practicing a maneuver known as the Diamond Track. The maneuver calls for the jumpers to streak away from each other for about a mile and then turn 180 degrees and fly back toward each other crisscrossing in the sky. Bowman and Aguillon had demonstrated the Diamond Track more than fifty times without a mistake, but this time was different.
Rather than crisscrossing, the two skydivers slammed into each other at a combined speed of 300 miles per hour. Aguillon died instantly. Bowman’s legs were severed from his body, one above the knee and one below the knee. Bowman’s parachute opened on impact. Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. Bowman re-enlisted in the United States Army airborne style, skydiving with his commander into the ceremony, making his dream a reality. This achievement is just one example of Bowman’s many successes under adverse circumstances. After Dana’s re-enlistment, he became the U.S. Parachute Team’s lead speaker and recruiting commander. Dana has been fortunate to have the opportunity to let his speeches touch so many from the physically challenged to the able-bodied. He strives to show physically challenged people can still work and excel in today’s society and military. Dana emphasizes the words amputee and uselessness are not synonymous.

Dana has given more than 400 speeches in the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, People and many more. There have also been numerous television programs which focused on Dana and his story. Some of the programs include: Dateline, A Current Affair, Real TV, NBC Person of the Week, Day and Date and Extra.
Dana retired from the United States Army in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commercial aviation at the University of North Dakota in May of 2000. Dana spends a great deal of his personal time working with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people. "Dana inspires other amputees to walk again. His future plans are to continue to speak to the public and fly helicopters. 

Tyler Children's Clothing Consignment Sale

Over 1,000 East Texas families selling their gently used items.
Children’s Clothing Consignment Sale
Sept 11-13, 2014 at 9 am each day
Harvey Convention Center Tyler, Texas
Over 1,000 East Texas families gather twice a year to sell their gently used, name brand items. We fill over 30,000 sq. ft. as well as a tent outside in the parking lot. We have it all. Toys, clothes, books, furniture, baby equipment, maternity items as well as household furniture and home decor. Come Join East Texas' Largest Consignment Sale. Visit our website for more details. Where Smart Moms Find Great Deals.

2014 Economic Forecast Summit featuring Stuart

Sept 11 at 7 pm

Join The University of Texas at Tyler, College of Business and Technology, and The Hibbs Institute for Business and  Economic Research as we welcome Stuart Varney for a discussion on current economic issues. Dinner will be served. Sponsorships are currently available.   

Family Fun Fishing Tournament

 Date: September 13, 2014  Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Description:
Bring the whole family out to a morning of fishing and fun. The Texas Wildlife and Fisheries will help conduct a free clinic prior to the event beginning. Prizes will be given to the youth of each family along with a certificate of participation. This is a great event for the entire family.

East Texas Book Fest

September 13- 10 am on the TJC Campus

 Some 60 Texas authors who write in many genres and for all ages will display their books and chat with readers. In addition, professionals will demonstrate and explain various literacy projects for children and adults. Other experts will lead seminars to make reading more meaningful and rewarding to all as well as help writers improve their craft and sales.

 Larry the Cable Guy

September 13- 7:30 pm at The Cowan Center

on the campus of UT Tyler

Let’s “Git-R-Done” folks with LARRY THE CABLE GUY! Larry is finally making the trek to Tyler for his first appearance in our neck of the woods. The lovable LARRY THE CABLE GUY will fit right in here in the heart of East Texas with his down home humor to open our 18th Cowan Center Season. Larry’s road to stardom began with the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” featuring Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall (both of whom have already brought laughs to the Cowan Center). Larry then went on to host numerous specials for Comedy Central including “Tailgate Party” and “The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy,” plus various specials for VH1 and CMT networks. While his standup and hosting chops always provoke uncontrolled hilarity, he is also known as the beloved voice of Mater in the Golden Globe-winning animated feature film Cars and Cars 2 from Disney/Pixar. Current host of “Only in America,” on the History Channel, LARRY THE CABLE GUY visits various sites across the country revealing bits of history while immersing himself in different lifestyles, jobs and hobbies that celebrate the American experience. Larry also started the Git-R-Done Foundation, emphasizing philanthropy for children’s and veteran’s causes. *adult humor and language, not appropriate for children and some adults


Justice Clarence Thomas

September 16 at 7:30 pm 

Supreme Court Associate Justice, CLARENCE THOMAS, was born in the Pin Point
community of Georgia near Savannah, June 23, 1948. Appointed in 1991, Justice Thomas is the second African-American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States after the retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall. His best-selling book, My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir recounts his early childhood in the Deep South and his upbringing by his grandparents, his time in college and law school, and his career in government.


East Texas State Fair

September 19-28 click here for more info


The East Texas State Fair is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes through the operation of an annual event promoting education, entertainment and the spirit of competition.
Each year brings additional attractions for the entire family to enjoy. This season the East Texas State Fair will host Bixby's Rainforest Rescue, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Sandscapes 75-ton sand sculpture, free nightly concerts, great retail and informational vendors and of course, food, food and more food!!!
Gate Tickets
  Child    5 & Under:    Free
  Youth   6-12:            $5.00
  Adult   13 & Up:       $8.00

 Carnival Tickets
      Weekday (M-F) Unlimited Ride Armbands: $25.00
      Sheet of 22 Tickets:                                  $25.00
      Sheet of 50 Tickets:                                  $60.00
      Individual Ticket:                                        $1.25

Check out the Junior Livestock Show and the Open LiveStock Show at the Livestock Pavilions.

Mario's Italian Restaurant

They do not have a website, but this is one of our favorite restaurants!

Mario's is a local Italian restaurant nestled back in a strip center off of broadway/I-69 just south of Heritage (south of Carmike movie theater).  I can never seem to figure out the hours of operation and we have stopped by on multiple occasions when they were closed.  My wife and I visited once for a date night.  The place looks a lot better on the inside than on the outside, it is your typical Italian restaurant with cozy booths and tables with a nice romantic atmosphere.  They also have live music on Fridays and Saturdays.The spread:  This place has apparently been in operation since 1977, so it is old school Italian-American.  The
appetizers range from bruschetta, fried mozzarella, fried zucchini, fried calamari, etc.  They also serve pizzas with all the regular toppings.  The entrees range from chicken/shrimp primavera, blackened snapper, venetian chicken/veal, chicken/veal marsala/piccata/milanese, etc.  We tried the bruschetta, fried ravioli, pizza, chicken piccata, fettuccine alfredo.The verdict:  I really liked the atmosphere of this place.  It is old school Italian with Frank Sinatra playing in the background.  The waiter was young, but attentive
and provided good service.  The food was also very good, some of the best pizza in town.  My wife and I really liked the fried ravioli.  The pasta were good as well.  Overall, the place had good food, plenty of it and a nice atmosphere.  It isn't cutting edge real Italian cooking, but it is good, reasonable priced stick to your ribs food.  What's not to like?
This blog turned out longer than I thought!!  Look for us again toward the end of September!! Wow it will be FALL then****
                                          And we will be burning fires nightly again
So until next time
Innkeeper Becca signing off!!


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