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Texas Highways Magazine December 2014

Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, encourages recreational travel within Texas and tells the Texas story to readers around the world. Renowned for its photography, statewide events coverage, top weekend excursions, off-the-beaten path discoveries, and scenic destinations, Texas Highways helps readers discover the treasures of the Lone Star State.

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3 min.
marshall sparkles

TRAVEL IN THE NORTHEAST TEXAS TOWN OF Marshall—where I’m closer to the borders of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma than the state capital of Austin—strangers call me “darlin’” and “honey,” and sometimes even “sugar.” And I like it. “Can I get you some more lemonade, darlin’?” (Why yes, thank you!) You looking for the courthouse, hon’? (Yes, I am, thank you!) Did you save room for some of our bread pudding, shug?” (I sure did, thank you!) And so it goes in this extraordinarily friendly city of 25,000 people, whose dining scene is kept fresh by students at its four colleges and universities, tourists making the rounds to nearby Caddo Lake and historic Jefferson, and a steady stream of patent attorneys who like the Harrison County seat for its history of sympathetic juries. This…

4 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? CHUCK LEE, banjo maker pictured on the cover of the November issue Playing for Keeps In October 1976 while on the way home to Wichita Falls, we stopped in Nocona at the Nokona baseball glove factory [November]. While there, we purchased a baseball glove for Paul, our 10-year-old son. Over the years, he used the glove for Little League, Pony League, and Babe Ruth leagues. He used the glove during high school, college intramural, church, and independent league softball play. During these times, the lacing was changed several times as well as the padding, but overall, a large percentage of the glove is original. Paul still uses the glove when playing toss with his children, nieces, and nephews as he always carries it in the trunk of his car.…

12 min.
december’s travel spotlights:

WANT MORE? GO TO THE EVENTS CALENDAR AT www.texashighways.com. PRAIRIES AND LAKES > Washington Frontier Holiday See the holidays from a pioneer perspective at Washingtonon-the-Brazos State Historic Site’s Christmas on the Brazos celebration December 13. Located at the site where Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836, the park will offer Christmas stories, “make-and-take” period crafts, music, and food. The day culminates with the Candlelight Christmas at Barrington Living History Farm. Guided tours of the working farm include a historic home decorated in 1850s style, a band of rowdy Texian revelers, and a barn dance. www.wheretexasbecametexas.org. GULF COAST > Galveston: Icy Galveston Outdoor ice skating in Galveston? You got it. The skating rink is just the tip of the iceberg at the 13th annual Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. The event, which runs November 15 to…

9 min.
portals of power

When the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (or “Bush 43,” as it is called colloquially) opened on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas last year, it made Texas home to not one, but three presidential libraries. The first, Austin’s LBJ Presidential Library, opened on The University of Texas campus in 1971 and has recently undergone a major renovation; the second, College Station’s George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, opened at Texas A&M University in 1997. And because these museums chronicle not just the presidencies but also American history during those decades, I realized that a tour of these three sites could illuminate the ribbon of history that ties together most of my life. As a weekend road trip sort of planned itself, I set aside any partisan agenda…

3 min.
kerrville’s living room

GRAPE JUICE is at 623 Water St. in Kerrville; closed Sunday and Monday. Call 830/792-9463;www.grapejuiceonline.com. IT’S A TYPICAL THURSDAY EVENING IN laid-back downtown Kerrville. From our bistro table in a niche between the wine shelves and bar, my wife and I watch the eclectic mix of locals and out-of-towners making themselves at home at Grape Juice. Some sip libations at the bar, while couples and small groups chat in the lounges tucked along one wall. Although it’s not quite 6 p.m., the restaurant and outdoor patio are humming with activity. Welcome to “Kerrville’s living room.” In 2009, owners Patrick and Keri Wilt, who had built a following in nearby Ingram with their Grape Juice Wine Shop, moved downriver to Kerrville to play a part in the downtown historic district’s revitalization efforts. They…

8 min.
borderland yuletide

parishioners spill out of the heavy wooden doors of San Elizario presidio chapel and into the village plaza. The December night is cold and blustery, but twinkling lights, glowing luminarias, and tinseled Christmas trees warm the atmosphere. So do spicy bowls of menudo and steaming cups of champurrado, a hot cocoa-and-cinnamon drink thickened with corn masa. Their devotional duties accomplished for the evening, the revelers congregate among San Elizario’s historic adobe buildings, celebrating the holiday spirit and taking pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. When the pounding of drums sounds across the plaza, a crowd gathers around a group of dancers in Native American dress adorned with rattling bamboo fringe. The performers of a Danza Matachin group launch into a centuries-old dance honoring Christianity, stomping and spinning with passion. Welcome to the…