|Greenville's Art Deco Municipal Auditorium|
Greenville has several claims to fame - Audie Murphy, black soil, cotton history, and most recently L-3 Communications, formerly E-Systems. For years, I was only familiar with the I-30 corridor and the football stadium for high school soccer games. But upon closer inspection, Greenville has some charming places to shop and dine.
|Outside patio at Landon's Winery|
Also downtown is the Art Deco Municipal Auditorium which I drove past before recognizing. In this 1938 building, the Dallas Orchestra performs three times a year, its only location outside of the Metroplex. The 1700 seat space is also home to the Kenneth Threadgill series. And it boasts of a performance by Elvis Presley when the jail was actually below the auditorium and prisoners could be heard cheering him on. Don’t be misled by the City offices which are also housed here. The performance hall is upstairs and towards the rear.
|Sit, Relax, Gossip|
|Audie Murphy's WWII medals|
On the Audie Murphy side of the museum, the most decorated veteran of World War II is honored as well as veterans from the Civil War to the Iraq conflict. Murphy, a Hunt County native, was fearless in war as well as in his later movie star days. The museum still gets international visitors from towns Murphy liberated in WWII. It’s a great history lesson for kids and adults.
|Naot Shoes atThe Calico Cat|
|Colorful socks at The Calico Cat|
A true hidden gem is Casa Vieja, opened in 1996 by Raul Campos, a chef trained at The Mansion in Dallas, who fuses his Jalisco, Mexico heritage with Southwest cuisine. In this very modest house, one can enjoy Red Snapper a la Veracrusana, Shrimp a la Diablo and even Sea Bass or Steak Ranchero. The chips are served with three sauces - black bean, tomato and tomatillo - and a mango, raspberry creme brulee awaits your dessert order. What a nice fusion surprise.
|16 foot Calcutta Cane Pole|