My Northeast Texas

Architecture, Athens, Ben Wheeler, Canton, Mineola

These photos are part of my photography book, My Northeast Texas, published in 2012.  They are now available at the Art Gallery 211 in Athens, Tx, print size 8×10″, frame 11×14″.  All photos in the book are available for individual printing.

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A Moon Pie and RC Cola mural, painted by Brent Hale, in downtown Ben Wheeler, Tx, recently voted as one of The Coolest Small Towns in Texas by magazine, Texas Highways.

Ben Wheeler Mural IBurke S

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Dog Town in Dog Alley, First Monday Trade Day in Canton, Tx.Dog Town IBurke S

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An old vending machine in front of a burger joint in downtown Mineola, a Main Street City, Tx.Drink Coca Cola IBurke S

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Texan, used to be a theater building, in downtown Athens, Tx.Texan Athens IBurke S

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Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

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The 82nd Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion 2013

Athens, Festivals, Old Downtown, Photography, Spring, Upper East Texas

June 1st, 2013 – Athens, Texas

The state’s longest running contest was held at the square of old downtown Athens, Texas, on the last day of May and first day of June, this year.

I don’t know enough about fiddlers and fiddling, but I can feel the old Texas atmosphere around the square by listening to the tunes played and sung.

The tunes date back older than the reunion itself, I heard.

Young and seniors fiddled in harmony. Ladies played bingo. Spouse guarded the instruments. Toddler watched in the shade of a big ol’ oak tree.

The youth, 18 years and under, practiced, waited, watched, competed.

Concession booths stood by.

Apple Blossom. Brilliancy.

The spectators swayed.

Kids played puddle. Teens wandered around.

© Photographs by Ine Burke / Inegaleri.com 2013

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Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion 2012

Athens, Black and White, Festivals, Old Downtown, Photography, Spring, Upper East Texas, Way of Life

“East Texas was noted for fiddlers from the time of Sam Houston and Dave Crockett.  Every house raising, log rolling, quilting bee and corn husking was followed by a night of dancing, the square, waltz and the schottische till dawn.  Fiddlers were in demand and plentiful.  Every young swain had to learn to play for the popularity and a small amount of cash.” – Excerpted from Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion’s website.

The 81st edition of Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion was held on May 25th, 2012. It took place all day at Henderson County Courthouse yard in downtown Athens. A fairground was also set up across the courthouse.

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Ms. Pearl Cantrell, playing her ukulele, accompanied by daughter, Malia Cantrell, from Seven Points, Tx. Ms. Pearl Cantrell has brought Hawaiian music programs as a visiting instructor to Kemp Primary students two years in a row.

Tara’s Seating

Athens, Black and White, Countryscape, Photography

Our recent trip to Athens brought us to Tara Vineyard and Winery, not too far from downtown Athens. Sitting on the foreground of the vineyard is the historic Murchison home, built in 1880; and the winery is seated high on a hill overlooking the whole scene.

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Tara Vineyard & Winery website, click here.