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
3900 University Blvd.Tyler, Texas 75701
The Jordan World Circus 2014
TYLER * OIL PALACE
At the Liberty Theater
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.
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.
March 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door
VIP box seats are $125 (seat 4)
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
be seen opening for nationally touring act like Maz Jobrani and Anjelah
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: www.eyeopenerlive.com
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
And Tyler’s Own
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
February 26 – March 1
All performances @
Todd (a musical thriller)
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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! www.godspell.com
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Texas 75701
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
(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-
HISTORY OF THE DRUNKARD
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
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.
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
Mrs. Lee loved the land that her husband purchased so much that she
adjoining land until the ranch amassed over 1,000 acres. She took
raw land and transformed it into a budding paradise; converting the
pits into a 5-acre lake and a 3-acre pond. Both of these were stocked
bass, perch, and catfish, while surrounded by abundant wildlife of all
some of which were deer, wild turkey, all
types of birds, snakes, and bobcats. Mrs. Lee purchased an
boxcar load of daffodil bulbs from Holland and they were all planted
approximately 40 workers, including Mrs. Carolyn Owens Johnson’s
grandparents, Mamie and Nathaniel Scott, whom worked for Mrs. Lee from
Johnson is the current manager of Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Gardens.
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.
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