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Picking In The Pines and Garden Valley Golf Course !

September 2006

On Friday, we headed out to the pines of east Texas to attend T Roy Miller's Fall Pickin' in the Pines Music Concert. Twice a year T Roy Miller and his family host a music festival on their property which is just east of Hainseville (don't blink as you're driving through or you'll miss it). The fall concert attracts around 500 music loving fans who are out to camp, pick, socialize, and listen to some good music under the pines and stars. What a great place to be on a cool fall evening!

Friday night's line up included a trio of acoustic singer-songwriters taking turns playing their own songs -- Dallas Wayne (whose day job is as a Dallas radio station DJ), Bobby Jennings, and Russel Caldwell. We found Dallas Wayne to be very entertaining and a great singer. Following the song-writers-in-the-round was The Damon Carroll Band who livened things up a bit. The evening concluded with Terry Rasor and his band who were great. After the music ends on the main stage, we always head over to one of the many campfires where a crowd of pickers and singers are jammin' until the wee hours of the morning. You will always hear some unbelievably good music around the campfires.

StageDamon Carroll Band

Saturday we spent the day with some friends who live on Holly Lake which is only 6 miles from the concert. Holly Lake is a great development built among the pines and around three small lakes. Some of the amenities include an 18 hole golf course, boat ramps, condos, rental rooms, tennis courts, club house, hiking and biking trails, and much more. An outstanding community. Nothing better than sitting on their deck under the pines, overlooking the lake, eating eggs benedict, sipping mimosas, and chattin' about the good ole times.

Before heading back to the music, we stopped for dinner in the middle of nowhere but somewhere near Gilmer, Texas for Mexican food at Tele's. This is a true Mexican restaurant with a wide selection of Mexican food that is outstanding. Be careful, when they say something on the menu is spicy hot, they mean it!!!!! Good food and worth a stop if you're in the area. I understand that they have two other locations, one of which is in Winnesboro.

Saturday night was another great night of country music under the stars and pines. The lineup included: The Gypsy Cowgirls, Jay Sims who was making a live recording, Candace Kunz and T Roy, and Max Stalling who was outstanding as usual. Then more music around the campfires. You can read a review and see some additional pictures in the music section of Texas Outside.

Max StallingTent campingCampfire

Sunday, we headed south of the concert to Lindale (30 miles due south) to play Garden Valley Golf Course. What an excellent course -- it is in great shape, each hole is different and very pretty, the terrain is rolling, and the course is challenging. Garden Valley made the Texas Outside Top Ten Favorites with a rating of 8.4. They also have some nice overnight accommodations with stay and play packages. Visit Texas Outside's golfing section to find other nearby courses.

Garden Valley Golf ResortGarden Valley Golf Resort