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The Music of East TX
Do your toes miss tapping and your feet miss dancing? Attend one of these music events around the area. Also know, live music isn’t only offered on weekends, so don’t just limit your visits to a few days of the week.
Fresh Live Music is Back!
The Music of Ray Charles
On Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center brings us Georgia on My Mind, the Music of Ray Charles. The Georgia native brought us an unforgettable blend of blues, country, jazz and gospel, and his iconic songs won every major music award.
A group of award-winning performers delivers a dazzling performance that will move you at the soul level. Seating for this event is extremely limited. You can purchase tickets through the Cowan Center website.
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
This family-friendly music event happens at Green Acres Baptist Church Conference Center on May 13 at 7 p.m. The award-winning group Denver and the Mile High Orchestra plays jazz, big band music, contemporary pop and hymns in a powerful, fresh way that’s anything but mainstream. Tickets are $10, you can purchase them online here.
Wine and Festivals
10th Annual Piney Woods Wine Festival
Mix fabulous East Texas scenery with some of the area’s finest wines and you’ve got an event you’re guaranteed to enjoy. On Friday and Saturday, May 7 through May 8 the City of Lindale offers the 10th Annual Piney Woods Wine Festival.
Celebrate spring with live music, local artisans with work for sale, mouthwatering local food vendors and a diverse wine selection. The event is free to attend, but you’ll need a wristband to enter the wine garden. Wristbands come with a keepsake glass and a wine tote. Tastings and bottles of wine are available for purchase inside the wine garden. Buy tickets online or get your wristband at the event.
For runners, one of the most painful parts of social distancing might have been the cancellation of all their favorite marathons, half-marathons, 10ks and 5ks. This month offers two opportunities to participate in a running event.
On May 1, participate in the Tyler Azalea Run with a 10k, 5k or virtual option. Whichever route you choose you’ll jog through the famous Azalea Trails around downtown Tyler during one of the most beautiful times of year.
Fresh 15 is a charity event with sponsors dedicated to bringing athletes the ultimate experience while making a positive impact on the community. In years past, participants have said it also offers some of the best swag they’ve ever seen. This year the race takes place on May 15 at Fresh by Brookshires on Old Jacksonville Highway.
Event coordinators prioritized COVID-19 safety with guidelines that include limited registration, staggered start times and a “race-safe” registration kit with information on protocols. Registration is available online.
Art, History and Gems
Head downtown to the Tyler Mainstreet Gallery for the Spring Open Theme exhibit from May 8 to July 6. Make one-of-a-kind discoveries when you view fine art created by area artists.
Step back in time with the Historic Tyler Home Day Tours on Saturday, May 22 or Sunday, May 23. If you’ve ever driven through the Brick Streets National Historic District and wondered what was inside historic homes, now is your chance to find out. Tour places like The Odom House, The Hersey House and the Wadel-Connally Building, with part of the proceeds from your ticket purchase going to preserve Tyler’s Treasures.
Tyler Gem and Mineral Sale
If you or anyone else in your party is a rock hound, this show will make their eyes pop. On May 22 and May 23, stop by the East Texas Fair Grounds for the Tyler Gem and Mineral Sale. Admission is just $5 for adults and $1 for children. Dealers offer jewelry, fossils and gemstones, and they’re also eager to share what they know about gems, rocks and minerals. While you’re there, visit the Rock Food Table – an unbelievable display of rocks and minerals shaped to look like a huge banquet.
Other Upcoming Events
Mother’s Day is May 9th-Don’t forget mom on her day!
If you missed this month’s Canton weekend, you’ll have another opportunity June 3 through 6. Make plans now to come, shop and relax, we’ll pamper you before you leave and provide a place to unwind as you unpack your finds.
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We want you to come to Tyler, but we also want you to enjoy our Inn. We have a lovely courtyard with a fountain and fireplace. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or sparkling water. The cats may join you! Another great place for rest and relaxation is the barn/gameroom or the treehouse. Hope to see you soon. Until then check back with us often.
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