Blue Sky Songtellers’ Gathering

Blue Sky Songtellers’ Gathering

On September 28, 2018, five of country music’s most notable singers, musicians, and songwriters will take the stage at the historic Kidd-Key Auditorium, in Sherman, Texas.  Proceeds of the event will benefit the Sherman Police and Fire Associations.  Tickets are available at  All seats are reserved, no tickets will be sold at the door.

During an intimate evening experience, these four outstanding country music artists will share their songwriting techniques and motivations as they create songs for some of the top national recording artist in the industry.

Dean DillonDale Dotson, Sony Music/Nashville Historian, calls Dean Dillon “the greatest songwriter in this city”.  Dean Dillon has penned more than 50 songs for George Strait.  He has hits by George Jones, Keith Whitley, and more recently, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith.  His songs include The Chari, Marina del Rey, Different, Miami My Amy and many more.

Scotty EmerickScotty Emerick has written more than 30 songs for Toby Keith.  He has also written songs for Sawyer Brown, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson and more.  His songs include Once Was, Whiskey for My Men, A little Too Late, I’m Just Talking About Tonight and many more.

Chris WallinChris Wallin is a Nashville “A List” Songwriter that has written hits for Lorie Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Sammy Kershaw, Tommy Shane Steiner, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Brian McCommas, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and man more.  His songs include Don’t Blink, Something To Be Proud Of, I’m Trying, Love Me If You Can and many more.

Jason AllenJason Allen opens his heart to you as the listener and he has captured his true style as a recording artist.  He is also an accomplished songwriter that has penned songs for some of the top and the newest artist on the scene including Kevin Fowler, Kyle Park, Jon Wolfe, Mario Flores and Jason Casssidy.  His songs include Still Dancing With Her, Elvis Tonight, It’s Your World, Must Have Been Meant To Be and many more.

Phillip WildmanPhillip Wildman is a talented singer songwriter from Dorchester, Texas, whose musical influences travel from Broadway to Western Swing with a lot of old time country along the way.  Because of his wit and catch melodies, companies have used Wildman and his jingles for advertising and promotion.  Wildman is a two-time top ten finalist in the Texas Troubadour competition and in 2017 he was one of the top three finalist and awarded the People’s Choice Award.

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Blue Sky Gathering is sponsored by Texoma Educators Federal Credit Union, Douglass Distributing, Lone Star Food Store, Orscheln Farm & Home, Plyler construction, Los Hermaos Realty, Hoyte, and Dudes Music.  Proceeds benefit the Sherman Police and Fire Associations.

Austin College and Sherman Public Library Celebrate “Little Women at 150”

Austin College and Sherman Public Library Celebrate “Little Women at 150”

Louisa May Alcott’s Classic 1868 Novel Turns 150

Sherman Texas | Austin College and Sherman Public Library are recognizing the 150th anniversary of publication of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women” with special events at Sherman Public Library September 19 and 20. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Randi TanglenRandi Tanglen, Ph.D., Austin College associate professor of English and director of the Gender Studies program, will offer a lecture, “Top 10 Secrets of Little Women and Louisa May Alcott,” on September 19 at 11:30 a.m. She will moderate a panel discussion, “Reflections on Little Women at 150,” September 20 at 6 p.m. Both will be held in Sherman Public Library Meeting Rooms A & B.

Panelists for the September 20 discussion include Melissa Eason, library services administrator at Sherman Public Library; Lisa Hébert, director of Grayson College Library; Carolyn Montgomery Nicholson, retired educator and community volunteer; Lindsey Manley, owner, CBC Creative; Cece O’Day, first lady of Austin College and former English teacher; and Kate Whitfield, attorney and community volunteer.

“Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women,’ first published in 1868, has become the favorite novel of generations of readers all over the world,” Tanglen said, adding that the novel has never been out of print and has been published in more than 50 languages. “The March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy— have inspired male and female readers alike to live bold and authentic lives.”

Tanglen points out that the book is sometimes taken too lightly. “Although ‘Little Women’ is a popular and beloved novel, it is sometimes underestimated as ‘children’s literature’ or a ‘girls’ book,’” she said. “The novel explores complex issues, such as the limited role of women in society, the hardships of family separation, and the indignities of poverty. The four girls learn how to develop perseverance and courage in spite of these obstacles.”

Organizers believe the book remains significant for today’s readers. “I hope these events will encourage the community to read or re-read “Little Women” and talk with their friends and family about the novel’s universal themes and its relevance today,” Tanglen said.

Costumes from the recent Theatricks production of “Little Women” also will be on display at the library during these presentations.

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 Colleges That Change LivesAustin 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 approximately 1,300 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an 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.

Preston Trail Chapter of DAR presents “That Tattered Old Flag”

Preston Trail Chapter of DAR presents “That Tattered Old Flag”

Denison Texas | August 19, 2018

Preston Trail Chapter NSDAR is proud to present “That Tattered Old Flag” a recitation by Russel Ekstrom at the Denison Public Library (Eisenhower Room) 300 W Gandy, Denison, Texas at 11:00 am Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018. All are encouraged to attend.

A veteran, Mr Ekstrom spent twenty-eight years in service to his country.  Serving in the Army during the Korean War he finished his career as Chief Warrant Officer ( CW 04) in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War. Mr. Ekstrom served in many countries during his time in the two branches of the military.

That Tattered Old FlagThe poem to be recited tells the story of Old Glory and all she has been through. We hope that you will enjoy the program.  While at the library pick up some more information about DAR  in addition to future programs held at the Denison Public Library. For more information contact Vicki McComack, Regent at email: or feel free to contact the Denison Public Library, 300 West Gandy, Denison Texas

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at and