‘The Little Engine that Could’
coming to Palestine
Special to The Monitor
PALESTINE–The historic Texas State Railroad that has
recently chanted the famous saying “I think I can! I think I can!” is
bringing The Little Engine That Could™ Rail Tour to Texas.
This famous engine is coming to the Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot
Families will enjoy a 30-minute train ride, meet characters from the
book, listen to live musical entertainment, enjoy fun children’s games
and activities, and more.
Parents, grandparents and children will experience a full day of fun
The Little Engine That Could™ is recognized for promoting the power of
positive thought, motivating us to be all we can be and gives us the
courage to try. She sends us a strong, time-honored message: “I think I
can! I think I can!”
The Little Engine That Could™ Rail Tour will be traveling across the
country, greeting boys and girls throughout the United States at
participating railroads, and she is coming to Texas for the first time
This life-size replica locomotive, patterned after the original
illustrations for the classic children’s book by Watty Piper, will chug
along the tracks where you will hear her whistle blow, brass bell
ringing, and steam hissing, all the while repeating her courageous
Tickets are $16 per person (ages 2 and up).
For reservations call the Texas State Railroad at 1-(888)-987-2461, or
for more information visit
Dates and times for train tickets:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9.
Friday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 12:15 pm, 1 p.m., 1:45 pm, 2:30 p.m. and
Saturday, 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30
p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Civic League Appraisal
Fair set for March 8 in Mabank
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Cedar Creek Civic League’s fourth annual Appraisal Fair, set
Saturday, March 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 501 South Third
Street, State Highway 198 in Mabank, will benefit many local entities.
The League supports The Library at Cedar Creek Lake as well as the
Tri-County Library in Mabank.
All area Head Start programs, Special Olympics and area Meals on Wheels
are also recipients of proceeds from this popular fund-raiser.
For a $25 ticket, you will receive a verbal appraisal on two items, as
well as the opportunity to support the above-mentioned programs.
Each ticket holder will be assigned a color-coordinated tag and treated
on first-come, first-served basis.
This is a “new and improved” method of check-in and will allow the
program to proceed in a timely manner.
Also new this year is free admission to those without items to be
appraised who just want to watch and learn.
The doors will open at 9 a.m. for those with items to be appraised.
Appraisals will begin promptly at 10 a.m., so plan to arrive early.
Those whose items are appraised early are welcome to stay to watch the
rest of the appraisals.
Items not accepted are weapons, gemstones, signed photos, stamps or
Don King Cowan and C.L. “Sam” Webb will once again offer the appraisals.
Their knowledge of antiques and collectibles is extensive.
Webb is a Dallas appraiser, antique dealer and estate liquidator
specializing in American and Continental glassware and porcelain of the
19th and 20th centuries.
Cowan, is a Dallas antiques dealer, appraiser and estate liquidator
specializing in American furniture, folk art and decorative accessories
of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as Chinese Export porcelain.
Tickets are limited and are now available from any Civic League member,
at Hydrangea House in Mabank and at Scents N More in Gun Barrel City.
For further information, call Jennifer at (903) 887-7657 or Teddie at
‘Always – Patsy Cline’ musical
set March 15 in Canton
Special to The Monitor
CANTON–If you grew up listening to Patsy Cline and still
love to hear her sing the likes of “Crazy,” “Walking After Midnight,” I
Fall To Pieces” and “Your Cheating Heart,” then you are going to love
“Always – Patsy Cline.”
This musical production is set to play in Canton Saturday, March 15, at
the Larry Davis Auditorium, benefiting Project Graduation.
“Always – Patsy Cline” is based on the true story about Cline and her
relationship with one devoted fan.
It’s an intimate look at the woman behind the legend, an insider’s story
as only a true friend could tell it.
The production features almost 20 of Cline’s popular songs, performed by
one of the two actresses in the play.
“I saw the production recently and I could close my eyes and it felt
like I was hearing Patsy Cline on the radio, just as when I was a little
girl,” describes Michael May, 2008 Project Graduation Coordinator.
The play is based on the friendship of Cline and Houston housewife,
Louise Seger, and is set in Seger’s kitchen.
Seger first heard Cline on the Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957 and became an
immediate and avid fan. She constantly hounded the then one local disc
jockey to play Cline’s records on the radio.
In 1961, when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies
arrived early and by coincidence met Cline, who was traveling alone.
The two women struck up a friendship that led to Cline spending the
night at Seger’s house and a friendship that lasted until Cline’s
untimely death in 1963.
The relationship, which began as fan worship, evolved into one of mutual
Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women chatted about their common
When Cline left for her next job in Dallas, the two women had exchanged
addresses and telephone numbers.
Seger never expected to hear from Cline again, but soon after she left,
Seger received the first of many letters and calls from Cline. The
pen-pal relationship provides much of the plot of the shows.
Seger supplies the narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set
singing the songs that are still favorites 50 years later.
The show is a combination of humor, sadness and reality. The production,
which was written by Ted Swindley, offers fans who remember Cline, a
chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing and
hearing her was like, and what she meant to her fans.
Rob Toups, Canton High School band director, also went to see the
production in Corsicana recently.
He says, “It is hilarious and very authentic. No one is Patsy Cline, but
the actress portraying her does a great job of impersonating her
personality and voice.
“I just loved the performance and would recommend it highly. It will be
a super evening of entertainment and I encourage everyone to attend,”
“Always – Patsy Cline” is licensed by the family and estate of Patsy
Cline and has played across the country in large and small venues.
In fact, most locations sell out and additional performances are added.
Many locations bring the performance back at later dates, due to its
Even though Patsy Cline was tragically killed in an airplane crash in
1963, her music is still played and revered by those of that generation
She was the first woman inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and
her music and gusty voice still grace airways today.
Her popularity remains strong and this production adds to her younger
“I went to the production with my mom and really didn’t have any idea of
who Patsy Cline was or the scope of her popularity. I loved it and
learned a lot about this icon in the country music business,” Canton
senior Shelby May said.
Project Graduation is an event set for graduation night that provides
the senior class with a drug and alcohol free-party.
The parents of the Canton High School Class of 2008 are thrilled to
bring this caliber of entertainment to Canton.
“We appreciate the strong support we receive from our businesses and
residents and while this is a fund-raiser for our event, it is also a
way for us to provide an evening of unique and professional
entertainment to the community,” May said.
May wishes to thank Legacy Dental Group, title sponsor for the event.
“Always – Patsy Cline” is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the
Larry Davis Auditorium on the Canton High School campus.
Tickets are $22 each and group packages are available. Tickets can be
purchased at Brookshire’s, Chamber of Commerce and Legacy Dental in
Canton, as well as from any CHS senior, or by calling (903) 567-6898.
Ticket requests, with checks made payable to Project Graduation and
return address information can also be mailed to Project Graduation, Box
506, Canton, TX 75103.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at