Palestine Magazine October 2018 - Page 7

FROM THE PUBLISHER It’s that time of year again L ike everyone in East Texas, we at the Herald-Press step a little lighter as the holidays approach, smile a little more often, and make an extra effort to extend kindness and a helping hand to our neighbors, custom- ers, and readers. and cookies serve as the perfect culinary complement to this delightful children’s classic. As always, we try to highlight local activities and attractions in the latest edition of Palestine Magazine, with profiles penned by the talented writers at the Herald-Press. Putting together the fall edition was a labor a love for all of us, covering and celebrating such diverse topics as the return of Judge Jim Parsons to the judicial bench, the fifth anniversary of Wine Swirl, and Palestine’s own hard-rock band Blacktop Mojo. This high- voltage group exemplifies Palestine’s emergence as a cultural center, offering a variety of music, art, and entertainment. This issue also features holiday recipes, a deep dive into seasonal craft beers, and a look at reclaiming the true spirit of Christmas. The holidays are also, of course, a time for spending money. Let’s not forget to patronize the local businesses that help sustain this community in so many ways. As 2018 ends, let’s renew our commitment to stay, eat, and shop local. On that note, a special thank-you to our advertisers and to you, our readers, who make this magazine and your home-town newspaper possible. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time of magic that always manages to bring out the best in all of us. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time of magic that always manages to bring out the best in all of us. In East Texas, where the holiday virtues of friendship and communion are celebrated, really, year-round, this season is even more special. Christ’s command to “love your neighbor” becomes more than an edict, but a spiritual commitment from the bottom of our hearts. Together, with family and friends, there’s plenty to do for those of us blessed enough to live here. For holiday fun, it’s hard to beat the annual Palestine Main Street Wine Swirl. Walk, shop, and sip your way through Historic Downtown Palestine. The Texas State Railroad’s Polar Express service to the North Pole has become a holiday staple, not only for Palestine residents but also visitors around the state and nation. Anything is possible once the train departs from the Palestine Depot. Hot chocolate Je Mik Publisher, Palestine Herald-Press, Palestine Magazine OCTOBER 2018 7