|Fountain at Creative Arts Center, Bonham, Texas|
The Creative Arts Center has become just that - a place for the arts to be enjoyed. Executive Director, Lisa Aviles, led us through the front gallery with its display of fine paintings and pottery into the classroom and out to the garden area that most recently hosted a performance of Peter Pan. Children theater classes, art seminars, lecture series, poetry readings and changing art shows keep this place busy. A very nice discovery was the gift shop with small works by local artists, hand made chocolates, and more. Creative Arts Center
At the registry of National Historic Landmark Sam Rayburn’s House, guests from Maine, New York, Illinois and California had signed in that week, an indication of Rayburn’s continuing fame. When he was first elected to Congress in 1916, Mr. Sam and his brother bought this home and 200 acres for their family. During the 48 years he served in the House of Representatives, he returned on Congressional breaks to visit with constituents. The interior is so perfectly maintained as Mr. Sam left it, you expect him to walk out to greet you. His close relationship with LBJ was obvious. By the phone downstairs is a pop-up phone directory opened to HIJ. Listed are Hotels in Washington and below it, “Lyndon - WO6-7273". Our guide, supplied small details of Mr. Sam’s life - he admired Robert E. Lee under whom his father served, he smoked filterless Camels, drank bourbon and branch water, was frugal, loved to ride horses, hated TV, and was a passionate Washington Senators fan, listening to games on the radio. With its first renovation in 37 years, the house and grounds are well worth a visit. Sam Rayburn House Museum
|Buffet at Cappy's Cafe|
|Softly lighted interior of Luna Azul Cafe|
|Dennis Sweeney Art Studio|
Last stop was the Sam Rayburn Library, the closest most North Texans will ever come to real power. As the longest serving speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (17 years), Mr. Sam knew the rules and used them. Yet, he was known for his honesty, often saying that you’ll never get mixed up if you tell the truth and you won’t forget what you said.
House of Representatives
|Bust of Sam Rayburn|
Bonham and environs had more offerings such as the historical museum, Bonham State Park, and two wineries but we’ll wait for the next sunny day to explore those.