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Fall Is Here – and With It, Autumn Festivals

Talented craftsmanship isn’t the only thing that draws in people to Kiepersol Vineyard this time of year. Photo: Brandon Noble

Fresh food, live music, wines tasting, and the annual grape stomping event also bring in people from miles away.
The festival sits next to a freshly harvested vineyard over looking vibrant Bullard, Texas.

There’s a group of paintings everyone is taking a second glance at. The detail is too hard to distinguish from a picture.

An artist sits quietly in her fold-out chair as people admire her paintings that look strikingly like a photo.
She explains how important detail is to her and even on a picture of her favorite dog; she likes to get everything even the nose just right.
Her paintings sit among homemade jewelry, lotions, watercolor and acrylic paintings at the Kiepersol Vineyard’s Harvest Festival Oct. 20.

Lisa Horlander has been a skilled artist for as long as she can remember.

“My favorite thing to paint is elderly people. There’s just so much character and story in their faces,” said Horlander, as she shows off a new painting of an Indian man wearing high top Converse shoes that she remembers from her childhood in Arizona.

This season, Tyler is bringing in fall and holidays with festivals and activities for all ages. The 79th annual Rose Festival was filled with events for most of the week and the traditional parade on Oct. 20. The Apache Belles, Apache Band, and other TJC organizations marched in the parade early Saturday morning. Previous to the parade the Rose Queen’s coronation took place where the Apache Belles also had an “Indochine” themed performance.

Tyler has other festivals coming up this semester for students to enjoy.

This year the newly renovated Liberty Hall will be hosting the second annual “Show us Your Shorts” film fest. Several entrees have come in this year from many locations worldwide and many different genres including comedy, action, dramas, science fiction, and horror. The event will take place at 6p.m on Oct. 24-27, in downtown Tyler off of East Erwin Street.

There are a few different ways to obtain tickets for the event. Buy tickets online at or buy tickets at the door for $7. Seating is limited, students should go online to order tickets or pick them up at the theatre prior to the event.

Students can also visit the Tyler Film Fest Facebook page to try to win free tickets.

The directors of the festival have hidden pairs of shorts in Tyler at various locations. If you find one of the shorts, be the first to post a picture on their Facebook page and win two free tickets to the film festival.

To visit the website or view previous year’s winning films go to

Delaney Bentley
Staff Writer

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