Two-time Grammy Award–winner Rita Coolidge brandishes her dulcet tones and musical pedigree to celebrate the Wonderland of Lights Festival's 25th anniversary with a collaborative holiday-music performance. Under the direction of Stephen L. Hayes, Assistant Professor and Director of Music at Wiley College, the school's a cappella choir blends its melodious harmonies with Rita Coolidge's lead vocalizations as they collectively croon Christmas standards, holiday classics, and famous ballads penned by prodigious reindeer. Marshall Visual Art Center welcomes up to 350 concert-goers in the venue's large, open room with twinkle lights dotting the ceiling at night and unemployed flashlights during eclipses.
At Bayou Aviation, professional pilots employ decades of experience and certifications to help flightless fledglings disobey the rules set in place by gravity. After 20 minutes of pre-flight briefing, ostrich sympathizers will board one of Bayou Aviation's training aircraft for 40 minutes of airplane-license-plate bingo with instructor Jim Whitesell. With an Airline Transport Pilot license for multi-engine aircraft, Whitesell helps to ease ground-evading greenhorns toward their own private, commercial, flight-instructor, or ATP licenses.
Cuisine Type: Soul food
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Braised pork loin with cheddar grits
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Braised pork loin served with homemade cheddar grits and pan gravy.
Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?
I strive to buy local approved goods when available. I try to stay involved with the locals to be able to provide what they are looking for.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am a restaurant veteran that has been studying the trade for 15 years. My dream has always been to open a restaurant, and I love to make people happy. What makes people happier than soul food?
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our menu will bring you the best of southern soul food prepared fresh here in my kitchen.
Clint Mace Sr.'s design of the The Challenge at Cypress Hills' golf course has earned its fair share of praise. Texas Outside called the 6,762-yard, par 71 course "clearly one of the best layouts in East Texas." The article highlights the designer's use of the local terrain to add additional difficulty to the holes. That's particularly true on the back nine, where each hole presents a unique challenge, be it up-hill blind shots, big ponds that bisect the fairway, or sharp dog legs that require precise drives.