Kiepersol Vineyard, Winery, and Distillery is a food and wine destination in East Texas. Award-winning, estate-grown artisan wines and spirits are finely crafted to be comfortable to drink, pairing everyday life with the abundance of the earth. It's a beautiful destination to visit in the area, but also has an interesting history. Completely family owned and operated since the beginning and opening in a dry county, Kiepersol is the definition of a grass roots, locally owned business that forever changed the culture of the area, and was on the cutting edge of beginning the wine industry in East Texas. Take a peek behind the curtain in this episode of Rambling Roses as we talk to Kelly Doherty, Founding Brand Manager of Kiepersol, about Kiepersol's history.
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With summer here, it's time for a road trip! Tyler is the perfect spot for your next getaway. In this episode, the Rambling Roses talk about all of the fun things to see and do in Tyler as well as the importance of tourism to the economy. This summer, don't let your vacation time go to waste! Take a summer road trip to the Rose Capital of America.
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In East Texas, football is king. Tyler has turned out many football legends over the years. In this episode, Cindy & Holli catch up with Terrence Murphy, a local and national football star. Terrence was born and raised in Tyler, Texas, and this summer he's bringing a free camp to his hometown to give back to the community. The camp will focus on three aspects that shaped his future: football, finances, and faith. Terrence graduated from Chapel Hill High School. He then went on to play at Texas A&M and was drafted in the second round (58th) pick of the 2005 NFL draft to the Green Bay Packers. Today, Terrence lives in College Station, Texas where he owns several businesses.
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Tyler is known for its history, in particular its historic district. Visitors and residents alike enjoy visiting the historic districts throughout the year to see the beauty of the seasons along with the historic homes. In this episode, Cindy and Holli catch up with Ashley Washmon, Executive Director of Historic Tyler Inc., which hosts the popular Historic Tyler on Tour each year. This is the only event of the year to view the inside of some of these homes. Even though, this event normally takes place during the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail, this year the event will take place in May. Tour up to 6 historic homes and buildings in the area and learn a little about their history and importance to Tyler's story. Ashley shares with us the importance of historic preservation as well as some of the mysteries she's learned while working with historic home owners right here in Tyler.
To see the featured homes and buy tickets to Historic Tyler on Tour, visit Historic Tyler Inc.'s website: HistoricTyler.org
Or they can be purchased at the Downtown Visitor's Center located at 110 N. College Ave.
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Tyler is known for its history, and one of the most popular places to visit to see some of Tyler's famous historic homes is the historic Azalea District. Each spring this district comes alive with colors during the annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail. On this episode, the Roses catch up with a couple of the homeowners who live along the Trail. They discuss what it's like living in this popular area of town, and even some mysteries they have uncovered in their historic homes. For more information on the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail visit our website at TylerAzaleaTrail.com.
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In this episode the Rambling Roses talk with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulturist Greg Grant the recent severe winter storm that hit Tyler and all of Texas. Spring is a beautiful time to visit Tyler, but the storm has left many wondering what will be blooming this year. Greg shines some light on what we can expect to see this spring as well as gardening tips if you are worried about your own plants.
For more information on how to care for your plants after a freeze, check out these Facebook pages:
Smith Count Master Gardeners
Neil Sperry's Gardens
For the most up-to-date information on the Azalea Trail as well as a progress of the blooms check out our website www.TylerAzaleaTrail.com or follow @VisitTyler on social media.
In this episode, Cindy and Holli chat with The Tyler Rose himself, Earl Campbell. Earl Campbell was nicknamed "The Tyler Rose" during is football career because he was raised and got his start in Tyler. He college he played for the Texas Longhorns earning him the Heisman Trophy. He was drafted first by the Oilers in 1978 and went on to have a legendary football career. On and off the field, Earl has made his hometown proud. Learn more about Earl's childhood, his old stomping grounds, and how he really feels about growing up in Tyler, Texas.
Recently, Earl began the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and scholarship awarded at a banquet held in Tyler each year. The award is given to one of the nation's top college offensive player of the year who meets the award's criteria and encourages student athletes to succeed on and off the field while having the drive and the tenacity to persist and overcome adversity and injury in the pursuit of reaching their goals.
The Rambling Roses also catch up with last year's Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner, J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins is currently the running back for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. Cindy and Holli catch up with him on all of the successes he has seen over the past year and get his words of wisdom for young athletes.
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Now more than ever, it's important to shop local and keep those dollars in the community. Cindy and Holli interview three local store owners about how different the shopping experience is when you shop local versus a big box store. Learn about each of their unique shopping experiences, and this holiday season, shop local, shop Tyler!
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You’ve seen the Azalea Trail District during the spring, now experience one of Tyler’s most beautiful neighborhoods lit for the holiday season in an event we’re calling the Azalea District Trail of Lights.
On this episode of Rambling Roses, Cindy and Holli catch up with Susan Travis at Visit Tyler about one of Tyler's newest events: the Azalea District Trail of Lights.
Throughout December, take a self-guided tour through this historic district and see the homes in all of their holiday glory.
Share your photos of the Trail and vote for your favorite homes on the Azalea District Trail of Light Facebook group!
If you live in the Azalea District, you are encouraged to participate by decorating your home for the holidays. There will be a Homeowner’s decorating contest with a chance to win prizes. You must register your house in order to participate in the competition.
For more information on this event go to VisitTyler.com/RoseCityChristmas
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Tyler, Texas is known for its roses. More than 80 years ago, Tyler hosted its first Texas Rose Festival to celebrate the roses and rose growers. The festival, typically happening the 3rd weekend each October, celebrates the season with a parade, pageantry, elegance, and of course, roses. On this month's episode, Cindy and Holli interview Liz Ballard, Executive Director of the Texas Rose Festival. Take a peak behind the curtain, and see what it takes to put together one of Texas' largest festivals. Learn what goes into the planning the event and what goes into making the intricate dresses each year.
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In East Texas, football is king. In this episode, Cindy & Holli explore how this game can not only influence the culture of an area, but also change the trajectory of these high school kids' careers. We'll meet two NFL players who got their start here in East Texas. They will tell us about how football helped them be successful both on and off the field.
Aaron Ross, John Tyler High School, University of Texas, and NFL player and Super Bowl Champion joins us on this episode and shares his story from his time in Tyler through his NFL career. Ross shares his Ups and downs and life lessons and how all of it helped shape the man he is today.
Fred Coleman, proud Tyler native and local sports hero, also talks with Holli and Cindy. Hear how growing up in Tyler and playing football helped mold Fred in more ways than just athletic talent.
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We're Holli and Cindy, and we’re the rambling roses, coming to you from the Rose Capital of America, Tyler, Texas. Each month, we’ll have a discussion on some of the little known facts and fun (sometimes quirky) stories that make Tyler a fun place to live, work, and play. This is the first episode, where we'll give you a little background into our history and why we chose Tyler.
If you have any stories you would like for the roses to look into or have a question, email firstname.lastname@example.org.