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Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration

Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration

Palestine, Texas

This long-time celebration takes place the last two weekends in March and first weekend in April. Enjoy the delicate beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood Park and the surrounding area. Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the Celebration. Don't miss the Piney Woods Excursion Train at the Texas State Railroad, the Main Street Farm & Flower Market, a play at the historic Texas Theatre & much more.

Official Dogwood Bloom Watch: 2022

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Mother Nature is always in charge! As of March 13, 2022 the buds are still tight but plentiful within Davy Dogwood Park and throughout the city. The Redbuds are in bloom and thus starts the countdown for the dogwood bloom.

The Dogwood bloom lasts 21 days typically. This weeks warm weather should begin the process, which is later than usual. We anticipate the weekend of April 1-3 to be the best show for the 2022 Dogwood blooming season in Palestine, Texas.

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March 24-27, 2022 Events And Activities

March 18- March 20, 2022 Events and Activities

2022 Events & Activities

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Dogwood Lunch Train:
March 19 & 26 | 1:00 PM
Passengers aboard Texas State Railroad Dogwood Lunch Train will savor the flavor and the sights, of East Texas. Expand all of your senses with a delicious meal and a front row seat to the Dogwood Days springtime show during your journey. Departing Saturday March 19th and 26th from the Palestine depot at 1:00pm. For more details visit texasstaterailroad.net

Piney Woods Express Diesel- Texas State Railroad:
March 18, 24, 25, 31
April 1 & 2 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. A diesel locomotive is the muscle that pulls the cars representing a bygone form of notable travel. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This four-hour round-trip train adventure departing from Palestine, with an hour layover at the Rusk depot, takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded travelers a century ago. The trip includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century. Most cars are climate-controlled, have restrooms, access a concession car stocked with snacks and kid-friendly and adult beverages. All seats have views along the Piney Woods route, and narration and music highlight the trip. Five different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: Caboose, Presidential, Observation Dome, First Class, and Open-Air Coach. ADA coaches are available. 855-632 7729

Tahwahkaro Whiskey Dinner:
April 2 | Reservations required 6:00 PM
Enjoy a whiskey paired dinner at Queen Street Grille featuring 3 of the Tahwahkaro blends: Four Grain Bourbon, Texas Malt Whiskey & Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Whiskey discussions and drawings with each course. Advance Tickets available. $99 plus tax and gratuity. All guests must be 21 years or older.
903-723-2404

Historic Redlands Tour:
March 19, 26 & April 2 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Guided Tour of the Redlands Hotel - The Redlands Hotel was built in 1914 by a group of citizens to provide housing for the visitors to the City from the railroad. Built as a fine hotel with an up date restaurant, ice machine, orchestra and ballroom, it was in high demand until 1918 when WW I caused economy problems. Imagine debarking from a long train ride to walk into the Redlands Hotel’s dining room and an elegant dinner. For special group tours call 903-729-2345

Fairy Garden Trails:
March 18 - May 31 | Dawn to Dusk
There is so much to explore in Davey Dogwood Park this spring! We know that the 5.5 miles of driving trails make for some amazing views, but park the car and step onto the trails and see how many of our hidden fairy gardens you can find!

Railroad Heritage Center:
9:30 AM -4:30 PM | Open Mon-Sat
Relish the romance of the rails as depicted by the 37' X 17' Domis HO scale Model RR and enjoy the various exhibits that illustrate many facets of railroading.

Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival:
March 24 - 26 | A festival with a laid back attitude and really great music! Some of the best dulcimer and old time music artists from around the country serve as headliners for the concerts and lead the workshops. Friday and Saturday are filled with live performances, jamming sessions, concerts & workshops. For more information call 936-222-1892. First Baptist Church 5700 N Loop 256 Find out more at oldpalmusic.com

Home Grill Steak House- Comedy Night:
March 18 | 8:00 PM
Jim Holder and Andy Huggins
223 W Crawford St

The Historic Bower Mansion Ghost Hunt:
March 18 & 19 | 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Over 140 years old, the Historic Bowers Mansion is a stunning location and one of Palestine’s most beautiful historic homes. However, beneath that eye-pleasing façade, the home hides a dark secret – it was the scene of a murder-suicide in the ’50s, and there’ve been numerous suspicious deaths in the home over the years. The mansion is quickly growing a reputation for being one of the most haunted locations in the country! Join Haunted Rooms America as we try and communicate with the spirits that are waiting to share their story with you! You’ll learn the history, learn the techniques we use, get detailed info on the ghosts that haunt here, and you’ll have a great time investigating with us in this huge and very haunted location! Get tickets here.
Dogwood Jamboree- "Golden Country":
March 19 | 7:00 PM
Classic Country Music and Comedy. Palestine High School Auditorium. Hwy 287 South and Loop 256
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00.
All adult Tickets are $18.00.
Visit website at www.dogwoodjamboree.org or call 903-729-7080 for information or tickets. Call for special hotel rates 903-729-6070 or 903-724-2556.

Ransom Brothers at Railyard Customs & Collision
April 1 | 8:00 PM
First Fridays – Live music at Railyard Customs & Collision
705 E Newman St
903-723-3086
The Ransom Brothers on stage at 8pm
FREE Crawfish while supplies last
FREE Jack & Coke slushies

Goat Lucky Yoga & Painting
March 19th | 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
As part of Dogwood Trails celebration we are having a St. Patrick's day paint class at 2 p.m. with Art on Fire and goat yoga afterwards at 4 p.m. As always, we will have a few complimentary refreshments or you can BYOB.


Master Gardener Tree & Plant Sale
March 19 | 8:00AM - 4:00 PM
Annual Master Gardener Tree & Plant Sale
Trees, shrubs, roses, native plants, butterfly garden & a variety of locally grown plants. Federal Building parking lot 101 W. Oak St. For more information or presales, call 903 391-0190 or 903-764-0073

LC Rocks Hambone's Cajun Grill
March 19 | 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
LC Rocks Hambone's Cajun Grill in Palestine, TX! Enjoy live music and classic Cajun cuisine with the best flavor in town! Outdoor stage with food and drink specials. We'll be playing all your favorite 80s rock hits and more!

Farm & Flower Market:
March 26, April 2 | 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Shop a wide selection of flowers, plants, herbs, produce, local honey, meat and eggs, homemade soaps, handmade items, jewelry, art & more. 815 W Spring St.,

Central America 5K:
March 26 | 9:00 AM
Welcome to our Annual 5K Walk/Run Event! All proceeds are Benefitting our Central America Missions Outreach 2022.
TO REGISTER.. TEXT (5K)
TO: 903-218-3538 & Complete the form
Registration and packet pick up for runners and walkers will begin at 8:00 AM on the day of the event under the pavilion at Dogwood Park. Children 10 and under are FREE !
Medical Waivers will be signed upon packet pick up.
This year we will have a slightly different route ,you are sure to Love!
T-shirts will be included for those that pre-register. Awards Ceremony to follow.
Proceeds benefit 2022 Mission Trips
Contact Evangelistic Temple for details or to register 903 729-2863

Grazing Workshop:
April 1-2 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Regen Ranch
How to manage your livestock to improve your land and increase profitability!
Led by Holistic Management International Interim Executive Director, Wayne Knight, you will learn about the importance of ecosystem health, determine optimal plant recovery for your land, identify, manage, and monitor key indicators for animal production and financial considerations and decisions for healthy profits
For more details and to register, https://bit.ly/359xpUp

Gourd Easter Chick & Eggs Class: March 26th |
Let’s make something fun and cute just in time for your Easter decor…an Easter chick and some eggs. Out of what? An ‘egg gourd’ of course! These are adorable and grow in this natural egg shape.
We will make FOUR ornaments in this class! All materials are included and no previous art skills or experience are needed!
Class fee is just $25 per person. Call Old Town Vintage and More at 903-221-6233 to sign up and reserve your spot. We will only have 8 seats available for this class. Please bring a smock or wear a shirt you can get paint on. Any of our classes can also be booked for your private event or party!
Please follow Katy’s Gourd Wagon on Facebook to learn more about gourds. https://www.facebook.com/GourdFarm/

Texas Vineyard & Smokehaus: March 18-20th, 25th-27, April 1st, 3rd | 12:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Wine Tasting in the new tasting room and Wine Garden. Serving German Sausage and Burger and Hot Dog platters.
2442 Anderson County RD 2133

Market By The Creek: March 19th | 10: 00 AM - 6:00 PM
Market By The Creek
Vintage Items, Furniture, Handmade Crafts, Food Trucks,
Old Tools, Art and Eclectic Things.
Wells Creek Crossing
903 724-1220


Installation of Texas Historical Marker: March 26th | 1:00PM
Anderson County Historial Commission is pleased to announce the installation of an official Texas Historical Marker honoring Captain Steven Logan Bennett, Medal of Honor Recipient (Posthumous).
Veterans Memorial Park, West Spring Street, Palestine, TX. Official ceremony.
Informal reception, Friday, March 25, 2022, 5:30 -7:30 PM in The Redlands Hotel Lobby, 400 N Queen St..

St Philip's Dogwood Activities: March 19th | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Stop by for a Bake Sale benefitting local outreach from 8 am to noon. Step into the church for a tour, request prayer, and receive a free bottle of water from the Daughters of the King from 10 am to 2 pm. Enjoy "Classical Guitar Around the World" by Rafael Scarfullery at 3 pm, free admission.

Dogwood Happenings at The Gin:
Date: Mar 19, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Live Music – Kenny McCann, at Shelton Gin @ 12pm
Live Music – Kade Callaway & Travis Bennett, at Shelton Gin @ 9pm & Darrin Morris Band @ 10pm

The Gallery at Redland's Anniversary Celebration:
March 19th | 7:00 PM
The one-year anniversary of David Tripp & Sandi Jones's ownership of the Gallery at Redlands Hotel will be celebrated following the Dogwood Art & Music Festival events on Saturday, March 19th. The Gallery will honor sculptor Jeffie Brewer, offering wine & refreshments. Gallery artists will be present to meet the public as well.


March 18 - April 3, 2022

Farmers Market:
9:00 AM -2:00 PM | Every Saturday starting March 26
You never know what goodies you will find! The Palestine Farmers Market brings the community together while showcasing local unique, crafty, and gardening talent. 813 W. Spring Street

Art Walk:
April 2 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Art Walk Palestine
First Saturday of each month from 10:00AM to 3:00PM downtown Palestine
Various participating businesses & artists
400 N Queen St
VIP Art Reception and Sneak Peek:
March 18 | 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Enjoy live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, & exquisite art. Featured Artist William E. Young will be showcased and East Texas artist Jeffie Brewer will be present. Art will be available for purchase. ArtTracks sculpture awards will be announced. Tickets $20 available at the door or at www.palestinechamber.org. Redlands Hotel Parking | Lot 300 W Oak Street

Dogwood Festival:
March 19 | 9:00 AM -4:00 PM | Downtown
Join us in Palestine's historic Main Street District for Arts & Craft vendors, food, live street performances, kid's activity zone, photo ops & more. $1.00 entrance fee

Artist Tent:
March 19 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Redlands Hotel Parking Lot. Artists from across Texas come together to showcase their work. Select pieces will be available for purchase. Corner of John and Oak St.
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Art Tracks Trolley Tour
March 19 | 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Hop on a trolley for an up close and personal tour of Palestine native Jeffie Brewer's sculptures. The tour will take you through the Main Street District in Palestine and give you insight into the ideas, planning process and final stages of these amazing pieces.

Tickets are $100 per person
Art Tracks Trolley Tours | Buy Tickets in Palestine | Ticketbud


Steel Magnolias:
March 25-26 | 7:30 PM
March 27 | 2:00 PM
April 1-2 | 7:30 PM
April 3 | 2:00PM
Historic Texas Theatre Palestine, Texas
The play is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana.
213 W Crawford St.


Dogwood Fly in Fair:
March 25 - 27 | 9:00 AM- 5: 00 PM
Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Admission $5 per car load
Free Parking
Chili and 3 meat BBQ cookoffs & Cornhole tournament. Arts, crafts, gun show, antiques, militaria, and collectibles.
For more information, contact:
Charles Montgomery 817-929-1816
Whipp.events@gmail.com Whippfarmproductions.com

Stained Glass Tours

Sacred Heart Catholic Church:
March 19 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
March 26 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
April 2 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stunning stained glass, incredible detailing and beautiful architecture are just of few of the features that will have you in awe of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Open every Saturday during the Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration.
503 N Queen St.

First Christian Church:
March 19 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The First Christian Church in Palestine is one of the oldest congregations in the area. Steps were set in motion which resulted in its establishment in Palestine in 1847. After outgrowing several smaller buildings, in 1905 the brick building at 113 Crawford Street was constructed. The church had grown and could now afford to have an imposing building with a pipe organ. This building served until 1955 when the present sanctuary was completed directly to the east. Over the next several years the 1905 structure was transformed into an educational building. The chapel in the educational building is the pride of the entire membership with its beautiful memorial windows. It is with great pride that we are including these windows on our strained glass tour during this years dogwood celebration.
113 E Crawford St

St. Phillips Episcopal Church
March 19 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
It all started in 1859, when about a dozen Palestine families gathered and organized a religious body under the name St. Philip's Episcopal Church. On Dec. 11, 1874,the corner stone for the church was laid. However, in 1903, the church moved to its current location at 106 E. Crawford St. After a fire destroyed the building in 1982, the current church was built in 1983. The baptismal font, as well as a few other religious relics, were saved. They're still used today. The same company that installed the original stained glass windows replaced them after being lost in the fire.

First Presbyterian Church
March 19 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church is a historic church in Palestine that was organized in 1849, a year after Palestine was founded. The Gothic Revival church building is the oldest church in Palestine continuously serving a congregation. On March 7, 1887, the church bought a lot on Avenue A, and the cornerstone for the sanctuary was laid on July 12, 1888. The builder made the bricks from clay excavated from a pit that later became Spring Park Lake. The sanctuary is of Gothic design, and contains beautiful leaded stained glass and Tiffany memorial windows. The ceiling was hand painted by an itinerant German craftsman, and has not been retouched since it was originally done by the artist. The lovely silver spire was added in 1890.The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Boston Memorial Bull Riding
March 19 | 7:00 PM
Tickets will be available at Cavender's $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 6 & under are free

Boston’s Buckaroos Kid Rodeo
March 19 | 1:00 PM
Mutton Busting, Stick Horse Barrel Races, Goat Scramble, Hay Hauling, Chuck Wagon Races & More. $8 general admission. Register kids at Dogwood Trails Festival from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM for the event.


Palestine Area Plant Swap
April 2 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Davey Dogwood Park
Hosted by members of ETPS-East Texas Plant Swap.
Setup no earlier than 8:30am.
Patio Dining at Sabor A Pasion

Specialty Dining Events at Sabor A Pasion:
March 18, 25 & April 1 |
Pizza! Pasta! & Pavlova! Chef Simon Webster serves pizza from his acclaimed wood-fired pizza oven. Meal is served family-style and includes gourmet salad, wood-fired pizza, handmade pasta & his signature New Zealand Pavlova. Reservations Required 903-729-9500 | 110 ACR 406 | BYOB

March 19, 26 & April 2 |
Bistro Dining at Restaurant Aubergine: 3 course prix fixe menu. Choose from a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts featuring seasonal & local menu items inspired by Chef Webster's global influence. Reservations required. 903-729-9500 | 110 ACR 406 | BYOB

March 20 & 27 & April 3 | Dogwood Brunch Plated gourmet breakfast with complimentary Mimosa.
Seating available from 9:30AM to 12:00 PM. Reservations required. 903-729-9500 | 110 ACR 406 | BYOB

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