Spring is early this year – Deep East Texas is The Place to be!!

Excuse Me

Hey there folks and friends of La Paz Bed and Breakfast! I’m sorry I’m just a little late with my update here – but I’m told that’s better than never! Right?  Both of my precious parents were born in 1923 (a long time ago) and still live in my town – still walking and talking and feeding themselves. 2016 got off to a bit of a rocky start, though, with both of them having some health issues. Anne and I, along with my sisters and spouses have been spending more time making sure they get what they need and that is my excuse for being a little tardy with this blog. We’re certainly blessed to still have them so I’m certainly not complaining – in fact I’m  thanking them for the excuse!

My sister, Lucy, with Rutledge and Jane Smith

My sister, Lucy, with Rutledge and Jane Smith

Onward and forward –

Before it’s too late – In Jasper, tonight through Saturday night (Feb 18 – 20 and 25 – 27) our Community Theatre is presenting Driving Miss Daisy. Anne and I are going tonight. You can go here link to get your tickets before it’s too late.

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next month, also in Jasper, is the Azealia Festival celebrating Spring and our local natural beauty. Our county courthouse square will be the center of the attractions featuring local artists, crafts, baked goods and food vendors. March 19 is the date and you can go here for more info.

In nearby Woodville, the last two weekends in March and the First Weekend in April will be Tyler County’s Annual Dogwood Festival. Begun in 1938 to celebrate the completion of US Highway 190 this event has been taking place every year except 1942-1945 during WWII. Growing up in Jasper, this was a family outing for our family back in the day. Go here for more information about these fun family events.

Just down the road in Buna is the 44th Annual Redbud Festival – March 10–12. Anticipated to be the most spectacular Redbud Fest since its inception 43 years ago! Salute springtime at Buna’s annual celebration with a parade, arts & crafts booths, musical entertainment, carnival rides & great food. For more info call (409) 994-5586 – Office hours 9am to noon.

Replacing last year’s Big Nac music festival will be the Nacogdoches Music Festival March 3-6 in, you guessed it, Nacogdoches. For this year’s fantastic line-up go to NacogdochesMusic.com

On a sad note for me…

RIP Bradley Earl “Brad” Attaway 1954-2016  My close friend and confident

Brad Attaway passed away this week leaving behind many beautiful and creative, original works of art, many on the walls of historic buildings throughout northeast Texas and in Austin. A prolific muralist, he was mostly (and amazingly) unknown outside his native Cass County.

I first met Brad when we were both freshmen at the University of Houston. We were instant friends having both been raised in East Texas by Baptist schoolteacher moms and scientist/engineer dads. We had a lot in common including art and music. It was Brad who first introduced me to country music that was as much rock ‘n roll as it was country. He also taught me the fine art of flipping a bottle cap between my thumb and middle finger. We’ve always stayed in touch since 1973. Brad, the smartest person and the most talented graphic artist I’ve ever known, was an innovator, a thinker and a dreamer. I miss him already. I love you Brad.  Below are some examples of Brad’s work.

Music City Texas mural Linden, Texas

Concert Poster for Music City Texas

Concert Poster for Music City Texas

Jefferson, Texas

Jefferson, Texas

Linden, Texas

Linden, Texas

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