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The Music Man

I took piano lessons from the ages of five-years-old to 16-years-old. I learned about all the classical composers. I was taught music theory, and I became skilled enough to sight read just about any piece of sheet music put in front of me. Impressive, right? Wrong. At the time, I absolutely loathed the piano and really wanted nothing to do with any of it. There were a few problems that hindered my musical education; all brought about by me. First, I was not much on practicing.

16th Annual Edge of Texas Golf Tournament

CASA for Children held their 16th Annual Edge of Texas Golf Tournament on September 27, 20201 at Northridge Country Club. Thirty four teams enjoyed a day of golf while supporting a great cause. All proceeds from the tournament went to benefit CASA and the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center.


Touchdowns and Tastings

Opportunities, Inc. will hold a brewery benefit on October 17, 2021, to support its programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. … The benefit, “Touchdowns & Tastings,” is Opportunities’ third annual brewery benefit. The “Angels of Opportunities Guild,” a group of women dedicated to volunteering, serving, and raising awareness for Opportunities, sponsors the event in partnership with Pecan Point Gastropub and Brewery. This event will allow people to enjoy craft beer and delicious food while watching the New England Patriots vs.

We’re All In This Together

PHOTO BY Matt Cornelius/Submitted Rendering
Over the past year, it has become normal for “COVID talk” to creep its way into everyday conversations. Whether it’s with someone who is venting their vaccine opinion, or with another whose loved one is struggling on a vent in the Intensive Care Unit, it has become normal to accept that COVID-19 has crept in and decided to stay awhile.

City Of Texarkana, Texas Mayoral Candidates Q&A

photos by Matt Cornelius
November 2, it will once again be time to cast our ballots. Texarkana residents will have the opportunity to vote in the 2021 mayoral election and select between two incredible, highly qualified candidates. … Bob Bruggeman is the city’s incumbent mayor and has served Texarkana since May 2012. Previously, he served as city council member for Ward 4 from 2005-2012. … Dr. Brian Matthews is an assistant professor of management at Texas A&M University-Texarkana and served as a city council member for Ward 4 … from 2012 to 2017. … Make sure you get out to vote on November 2!

Caroline Cotten Grenier

Texarkana native, Caroline Cotton has been leaving her fingerprint in the fashion world for the last seven years. She worked three years for Marc Jacobs as an Atelier Assistant, and then moved on to become a Materials Development Associate for brands like Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. In June, she and her family moved to Los Angeles for her new role as Fabric Developer at Alo, sourcing new materials for design consideration and working to develop new materials for quality yoga products. … What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

John Henry, Cassy and George Meisenheimer
This is a season I look forward to every year because it comes with a break from the heat, and yes, my friends, football season is finally here in full force. I know I am not alone in saying the seven long months between Super Bowl Sunday in February and the beginning of September without football are like spending time on the dark side of the moon. I truly think I function at full capacity during football season. … Football season is a way of life at our house. We love flag, fantasy, college, professional and any other kind of football equally.


The Monthly Mix

Halloween Soirée Style

It’s time for spooky, scary ghouls and ghosts! Halloween is a fun time to dress up and throw a party. One of my favorite things to do each season is decorate my home and bar cart accordingly. October is especially a favorite since it is a Halloween themed one! I’m sharing some ideas to spook up your home for a soiree.


My Drift

photo by Matt Cornelius
Go Pink or Go Home … I generally try to keep things light in this space. You won’t often come across anything of real consequence here; my goal is to make you chuckle or roll your eyes. This month is an exception. I need your close attention because this is important. … October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I always try to use the month to heighten awareness, which is why I wear my breast cancer awareness bracelets every day.

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