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farmers market

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Local growers still have plant starters to share as well as meat, eggs, crafts, jams and pickles. There will be another acoustic jam session, so grab your instrument and head to the Palestine Farmers Market, 815 W Spring Street.

Railway Heritage Center

A 37ft x 17ft HO scale train display and exhibit that illustrates the many facets of the railroad. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Lake Creek Blueberry Farm

7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open daily

Join us at Lake Creek Blueberry Farm in Montalba, TX for the best fruit, service and family experience! This year we will be offering pre-pick and self-pick options. Please email us at [email protected] or call 903-386-8200 if you have any questions. See you at the farm!

Open every day

Curious summer camping

from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from June 13 to June 24

Have fun at the Curious Summer day camp. Reduced camper fee is $50. Register with full camper fees by June 1. The camp must have a minimum of eight to go. To register, go to https://thecuriousmuseum.org/camps/. Questions? Email us at [email protected]l.com.

Decommissioned American Flag Disposal Ceremony

The American Legion Post 85 invites Anderson County to participate in the “Disposal of Unserviceable American Flags Ceremony” at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at Reagan Park. This ceremony is an integral part of the American Legion and has been a ritual since 1937. If you have any faded, tattered, or torn American flags, please bring them from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 to American Legion Station 85 at 927 Gardner Street or you can bring them from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 18 at Reagan Park, before the ceremony.

Celebration of June 16 in Palestine

The annual parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 from Calhoun Park to the Anderson County Courthouse, followed by a short program. A vendor fair will also be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at By God’s Grace Ministries, 119 Kickapoo St.

The Healing Music Concert Tour

Jamie Jorge will be in concert, with his healing music concert tour, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 at Elkhart Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2253 E. Hwy 294.

Piney Wood Express Steam Engine

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 16 to June 30

A historic steam locomotive is the muscle that pulls the group of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel. From the moment you step aboard a vintage 1920s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This four-hour round-trip train adventure from Palestine, with a one-hour stopover at Rusk Depot, takes passengers on a journey through the awe-inspiring Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Casual seating, thoughtful decor, and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambience of the scenic journey offered by travelers a century ago. The four-hour journey includes comfortable seating, adult food and drink service, and historical narration on a train journey that takes you back to another century. Most cars are air-conditioned, have restrooms, access to a concession car stocked with snacks and drinks suitable for children and adults. All seats offer a view of the Piney Woods road and the narration and music enhance the journey. Five different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: Caboose, Presidential, Observation Dome, First Class, Open-Air Coach and ADA Coaches are available.

For more information or tickets, call 855-632-7729 or log on to www.TexasStateRailroad.net.

Online Auction at Ye Olde Auction House

7 p.m. on June 17

Take a first look as we add hundreds of awesome items over the next few days. For more information, log on to www.yeoldeauctionhouse.net.

Dogwood Jamboree

7 p.m. Saturday June 18

A live classic country music and comedy show at the Palestine High School Auditorium, Highway 287 South and Loop 256. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. All adult tickets are $18. For more information or tickets, call 903-729-7080. Call for special hotel rates 903-729-6070 or 903-724-2556.

The Speakeasy Special

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24

Attention all of you Bootleggers, Flappers, Raccoon Coats, Bathtub Gin Bathers, Flagpole Sitters and Marathon Dancers! Join us as we travel back in time 100 years to an era of prosperity, indulgence and carefree living on “The Speakeasy Special”. Dress to impress in your favorite 1920s outfit. Our adventure begins at the Palestine Depot on June 24, where we will quickly board the train at 5 p.m. We’ll cross the tracks to our Rusk, Depot while enjoying freshly made appetizers and listening to the sounds of 1920’s tunes. We’ll disembark at our Rusk Depot and enjoy a live jazz band and dinner 1920s themed by the lake and under the stars. Several price and seating options are available. Prices for this event include a champagne or cider toast, freshly prepared entrees, dinner and dessert with iced tea or water, and a commemorative gift for your visit to “The Speakeasy Special”. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase on the train and at the depot. This is an adults-only event. ADA compliant coaches are available. This is an out and back excursion. To reserve tickets, please visit our website at Texasstaterailroad.net and check our reservation calendar on June 24. You can also contact our reservations office directly at 855-632-7729. Reserve your tickets now as this event will be sold out.

Ghost Hunting at Historic Bower Mansion

8 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 29, July 30

Over 140 years old, the Historic Bowers Mansion is a beautiful place, one of the finest historic mansions in Palestine. However, beneath this attractive facade, the house hides a dark secret – it was the scene of a murder-suicide in the 1950s, and there have been many suspicious deaths in the house over the years. The historic Bowers Mansion in the small town of Palestine, East Texas has quickly earned a reputation as one of the most haunted places in the country. A bit of a local legend, until recently no other paranormal group has been able to investigate this historic Texas landmark. Join Haunted Rooms America as we try to connect with the spirits who are waiting to share their story with you. Tickets are selling out quickly. Reserve your tickets at www.hauntedrooms.com.

Wines in the Pines

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from May 13 to Sept. 9.

Join us for our 2022 “Wines in the Pines” train. We will depart Palestine Railroad Depot at 6:00 p.m. and travel through the Piney Woods of East Texas while tasting fine wines from Red 55 Winery, located in Lindale. Red 55 wines are the Texas State Railroad’s signature wine. Wine tastings will be accompanied by appetizers that appropriately complement each wine. We’ll head to Rusk Railroad Depot, guided by moonlight, where we’ll stop and have dinner. The menu will be announced closer to the event date. All wines tasted as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options will be available for purchase. Each ticket holder will also receive a Texas State Railroad wine glass as a souvenir of your evening with us! Our first Wine Train of the season is scheduled for May 13, 2022. This is a popular event, so book early by logging on to texasstaterailroad.net or calling 855-632-7729.

Quiz night at the pint

Monday evening

7 p.m.

Test your Pint and Barrel knowledge at a quiz night. Teams of up to five people. The cost is $10 per team. Pint and Barrel Drafthouse, 302 E. Crawford St. in Palestine.

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