Rock Band University for kids at Guitars Etc.

Guitar lessons

Guitars Etc. press release

Rock Band University, a part of the music education program at Guitars Etc., is dedicated to teaching young people how to perform in a band and live on stage. We provide the necessary tools and instruction to match musicians into bands, provide their musical parts, broaden their musical horizons, get them to play together on time, and to overall strengthen their skills in their instrument of choice.

“Our spring break camp was a huge success and our students got a chance to shine on stage and perform. The audience absolutely loved it too. Great musicianship and showmanship for such young musicians,” said Will Burgin, owner of Guitars Etc.

They accept performers from ages 10-18 who meet certain playing ability. The performers create their own band name, learn about stage presence, further their musical learning, and of course how to rock and roll. Continue reading “Rock Band University for kids at Guitars Etc.”

ACPA raises money with paintball


ACPA press release

Athens Christian Preparatory Academy recently completed its annual paintball fundraiser.

ACPA faculty member Brian West, who organized the event, said, “We are very grateful to the businesses who helped us sponsor the event this year. Scuba Steve’s of Tyler donated all the compressed air tanks and inspections this year, and Wes Chaney of Athens helped with gear. Beverly Duke, Marsi and Morgan Jones, Kim Hardin, and Melissa Bush donated paint for the players.”

Teams played four rounds each. Players were either sponsored by individuals, or collected pledges that paid every time their player sent another player to the elimination tent. Parents organized concessions of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.

The event earned approximately $4,500 for the school. Proceeds will be used to help the school move to its new property this summer.

It is National Tourism Week in Athens

Tourism Week 2013_Proclamation

Mayor Jerry Don Vaught signs the proclamation declaring Tourism Week May 4-12. The travel industry is one of Texas’ largest industries with visitor spending generating $63.2 billion and directly supporting 545,000 jobs with earnings of $17.6 billion. Henderson County generated $110.1 million in visitor spending and supported 480 jobs with earnings of $17.6 million. National Tourism Week is annually recognized the first full week in May, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Pictured from left to right are Tracie Lyda, America’s Best Value Inn; Sherri Skeeters, Tourism Coordinator; Mayor Jerry Don Vaught; Pam Burton, City Administrator. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Athens Farmers Market Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon

Photo courtesy Athens Farmers Market Facebook Page.
Photo courtesy Athens Farmers Market Facebook Page.

Farmers Market press release

We are growing, growing, growing, not only in produce, but in size!

Visit historic downtown Athens for a fun day of community support. This weekend we will be featuring the Humane Society and the Texas Swing Festival. You may purchase tickets for their fundraiser on May 11 complete with the live music of Ruby Jane, great food and lots of fun!

The North 19 Volunteer Fire Department returns with their near famous homemade breakfast taco in which sales each weekend help keep gas in their trucks. Summer is on its way and they need our support!

Drink sales will benefit the Girl & Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls.

We have everything from baked goods (breads, cookies, sweetbreads and pies), tamales, jams and jellies including: strawberry pineapple, peach, blackberry, blueberry, wild plum, pickled vegetables, salsas, relishes and soups. Don’t forget about free-range eggs, fresh grown herbs, local raw honey, granolas and sugar scrubs. We also feature local artisans’ handcrafted items such as etched glassware, screen printed t-shirts, Texas crafts and handcrafted natural gemstone jewelry.

Local produce includes but is not limited to naturally grown carrots, greens, kohlrabi, mixed lettuces, purple and green okra, cabbages, onions, frozen shelled peas (black eyed, red ripper, and zipper cream).

If you would like to know more about the market or becoming a vendor please visit us at Also be our fan on Facebook@

Leftover from the rodeo: Get’away Gal turns 80


Going through the notebook and still have this leftover tidbit from last weekend’s Athens Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo …

Remember all those women dressed as rodeo clowns who attended Saturday night’s show? Well, they were all members of the Get’away Gals, a group of women who just like to have fun.

Saturday night, they were celebrating the birthday of one of their own. Zola Hilton (center, in the cool glasses) turned 80. Zola has a long history of being in the arena. In 1951 she was the Fort Worth Stock Show Queen! …. Happy belated birthday, Zola!