Lisa Thomas to perform Native American Concert at Chrystal Opry House

Lisa Thomas to perform Native American Concert at Chrystal Opry House

Sherman Texas | April 14, 2018

Lisa Thomas will perform a Native American Concert at the Chrystal Opry House located at Melody Ranch on April 20, 2018.

Lisa Cheryl Thomas has performed internationally as well as in various venues throughout the United States, including Edmonton, Alberta and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and Cuzco, and Lima, Peru as a 2017 Fulbright Scholar, the Smithsonian NMAI, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  She has earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree and her research and lecture recitals regarding Native American Classical Piano Repertoire have awakened a new enthusiasm and interest in this music.

She is an accomplished performer and has recorded three CDs of the solo piano music of Arthur Farwell on the classical international London label, Toccata Classics.  Her CDs have garnered rave reviews in Fanfare Magazine and International Record Review.  She has a busy performance schedule and also presents many lecture recitals.  She was the center attraction for the Ruidoso, New Mexico Winter Concert Series in December of 2014.  Her unique concerts incorporate Piano, Native American Flute, Drum, Poetry, and Dancing, all I Native buckskin and fancy shawl regalia, with an atmospheric Native artwork and life slide presentation.  We look forward to having perform at the Chrystal Opry House on April 20th.

Chrystal Opry House is located at 1977 White Mound Road, off of Hwy 902 just Southeast of Sherman, Texas between Howe and Tom Bean.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. An authentic Native American meal will be served following the concert.  Advanced tickets must be purchased by April 18th.  Contact Lisa Thomas – or call 214.763.8028 or Contact Bill Hayes at 903.546.6893.  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Austin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Austin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Evening of Chamber Music and JazzThe Austin College Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble together present their spring concert on Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The instrumental ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present two distinct styles of music beginning with the Austin College Chamber Orchestra performing two movements of a Chamber Suite by G.F. Handel for violas and cellos arranged by Duhaime, and a set of Antique Dances and Airs by O. Respighi arranged by Harry Alshin.

The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles, including an arrangement by Duhaime.

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College string and woodwind students, joined this semester by community members from across northeastern Texas. The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and community members from throughout the region.

The April 17 concert will feature jazz soloists James Carter on alto saxophone, Paul Onspaugh on tenor saxophone, Jesse Speer on trombone, Andrew Gregg on trumpet, Phil Pitts on piano, David Moore on guitar, and Richard Burleson on drums. Section features include current Austin College students Shelby Brooks and Mason Byrd on saxophone and Truman Dowdy on trombone. For additional information, contact the Music Department at Austin College at 903-813-2251.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book College’s That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates and inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

6th Annual Fish Cook-Off To Benefit Home Hospice

6th Annual Fish Cook-Off To Benefit Home Hospice

Home Hospice Fish CookoffSherman Texas | April 17, 2017

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke, and Fannin Counties is hosting their Sixth Annual Fish Cook-Off Fundraiser at Loy Lake Park, Texas in Denison in the Mayor’s Arena on April 30th from 12:30-4:00pm.  Teams are competing to win “Best Fish Cook in Texoma,”! There will also be teams cooking side items including hushpuppies, beans, coleslaw, and tartar sauce who will receive “Best Dish” awards. Be sure to bring your appetite!

Live entertainment will be provided all afternoon by Morris McCann, Jason Meadows, Bo Phillips and Katt Daddy “The Oklahoma Noodler”. There will be balloon artists and you can spin the wheel for prizes or a chance in the Landmark Bank Money Machine! There will be numerous silent auction items and several great raffle prizes to win, including a Custom made “Steak Cook-Off” grill, a Samsung 4K SVHD 55” TV that retails for $3995, and a one week stay at Marriot Ocean Villas in Myrtle Beach, SC.  You can buy your raffle tickets at the event or at the Sherman office at 505 W. Center Street. Some of the silent auction items will include fishing gear, original art, jewelry, themed baskets, and landscape and farm supplies. Tickets are $10 per person with children under 12 getting in free.  Parking is also free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at the Home Hospice office at 505 W. Center Street, Sherman, TX.  Call 903-868-9315 for more information.

Proceeds from the 6th Annual FISH COOK-OFF will help Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties continue to provide services to those in our communities who may lack the resources to access quality healthcare. Home Hospice provides support for caregivers and in-home care for patients with chronic, advanced or terminal conditions as well as palliative care through their Pathways Palliative Supportive Care Program. They also offer bereavement services like Camp Dragonfly for children learning to cope with a significant loss. There are many community programs offered by Home Hospice as well as support groups and workshops.

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization founded in 1982 and serving their communities with integrity for 35 years. As the oldest and most trusted local hospice organization their mission is to provide the best care and support enhancing the Quality of Life of the patients and their families. To learn about other community outreach programs offered by Home Hospice, please visit or visit their Facebook page at