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In this Booster file photo from 2019, dulcimer players enjoy a good jam session at the Festival of the Arts. The Southeast Texas Dulcimer Friends group are always a welcome presence to the eyes (and ears) of festival attendees. JIM POWERS | TCB In this Booster file photo from 2019, dulcimer players enjoy a good jam session at the Festival of the Arts. The Southeast Texas Dulcimer Friends group are always a welcome presence to the eyes (and ears) of festival attendees. JIM POWERS | TCB

Dinner on the Grounds returns to festivities

From the Dogwood Publicity Committee

The Tyler County Dogwood Festival will kick off three weeks of activities with the Festival of the Arts on March 19-20.  This weekend will give visitors the opportunity to tour Heritage Village, see the Dogwood Festival exhibit, and listen to some live music. The Dogwood Festival exhibit will give visitors a chance to view coronation gowns from former queens and see various memorabilia from Dogwoods past.  Guests will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Clyde Gray House Museum. 

Director Oferia Gazzaway has also scheduled some wonderful exhibits to include a quilt show and a buggy and wagon exhibit.  The gate to Heritage Village opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 and the festivities will go on until 3 p.m.    

The famous Pickett House Restaurant will be cooking a delicious lunch of fried chicken, dumplings, a variety of fresh vegetables and all of the trimmings, served family style. The Pickett House will be open on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Restaurant hours on Sunday, March 20 are from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Sunday, March 20, the Village will close out the Festival of the Arts with a Dinner on the Ground from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age. There will be live entertainment and lots of great food and fun.

Tickets to Festival of the Arts can be obtained from any of the Tyler County Heritage Society board members, or from Sullivan’s Hardware or the Tyler County Booster.

The Dogwood Entertainment Committee invites all the little princesses to a Royal Tea on Sunday, March 20 at the Village Street Bed and Breakfast. The tea will offer a chance for young girls to meet the Royal Court, take photos with the Princesses and Ladies in Waiting, and make their very own sash.  Each little princess will also receive a crown.  Tickets are available at the door for $20. The Village Street Bed and Breakfast is located at 201 N. Village Street in Woodville. 

The Festival of the Arts is a great opportunity to learn about the culture and heritage of Tyler County and East Texas and there will be so much to see and do.  For more information regarding the festival, call the Heritage Village at 409-283-2272.

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