Tyler Today — February-March 2015
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From The Editor

One of the perks as editor of TYLER TODAY Magazine is to be ‘in the know’ about so many things going on in Tyler. In this issue you’ll find a variety of Tyler ‘goings on’ ranging from things relatively new, to things looked upon as Tyler Traditions. For instance, the presentation of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, a relatively new event since this marks only the second time it has been presented. At the other end of the spectrum is the 60th Annual Women’s Symphony League Ball, a mainstay local citizens have anticipated yearly for generations, benefiting the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Part of our coverage is a profile of thirteenyear- old cellist Ken Knight, and ETSO Music Director/Conductor Richard Lee’s take on the importance of music education.

Another perk is promoting an upcoming event, for which I serve as co-chair with Suzie Rippy. The 2015 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society is scheduled for June 13th, and it is moving to town, to Harvey Convention Center. In this issue, you can join us as we “Remember the Cause” through Melissa Parker’s inspiring story of survival and her fight against cancer in “Discovering Joy in the Journey,” written by Marty Wiggins.

A tradition in our magazine is the annual Home Improvement Section and Guide. Included is an article from Laura Krantz about enhancing a home’s value by making improvements geared toward enjoyment of outdoor living. Don’t miss the Tyler Area Builders Association Home Products Show at Harvey Convention Center February 27th - March 1st. In the ‘something new’ department, this issue debuts our first Financial Section and Guide. This section includes topics ranging from using a financial advisor for better financial planning, to the article “Death of the Check,” about the impact of E-Commerce on our banking system.

Tyler’s biggest spring tradition is celebrating its 56th anniversary this year, the Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail. This is the time of year when we welcome thousands of visitors to Tyler to enjoy the flowers! We have a complete section with maps, a schedule of events and interesting facts, not just about flowers, but tidbits about Tyler’s history as well. Our Home Style section features the home of Victoria and Jerry Ashworth. Located in the heart of the Azalea District, this home was featured on the 2010 Historic Tyler on Tour, with yours truly serving as a docent.

Historic Tyler on Tour will once again showcase a selection of Tyler homes that are significant for their architecture, heritage and décor. New on the tour are two homes from the Pollard Hill Subdivision. A neighborhood that recently turned fifty-years-old, it now qualifies under Historic Tyler guidelines for recognition as another of Tyler’s Historic Districts. Also new this year, the City of Tyler’s Historical Preservation Board has teamed with Historic Tyler, Inc. for a threeday weekend of educational presentations focusing on historic preservation in Tyler.

So many things going on! I almost forgot about plans to spend Valentine’s Day with Ringo Starr or that my husband, John, and I will celebrate our 14th Wedding Anniversary on March 17th — for that one day, we will be the O’Gastons!

Enjoy this issue of TYLER TODAY Magazine and get out and enjoy all the ‘goings on’ in Tyler!

All the best — today, tomorrow and always,