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Events in Canton TX: What Makes Great Texas Music?

Events in Canton TXTexas has a style all its own. Whether you’re eating the incomparable Tex-Mex, buying high-fashion cowboy boots, or admiring a home built with dazzling Austin stone, you always recognize the Texas “style stamp” of approval. In much the same way, the music of Texas–played in Texas or played by Texans at events in Canton TX–has an unmistakable air of Texan authenticity. Also much like the visual arts, pinning down exactly what makes it unique to Texas takes some work. Like most musical genres, however, the Texas style has had various influences over time:

  • Country–Because most of the folks who originally settled in Texas were from other Southern states, they naturally brought their country music with them. They also brought stringed instruments, some of which–notably the banjo and fiddle–had African roots.
  • Fiddles–Ironically, it was the band Alabama who noted, “If you wanna play in Texas, you’ve gotta have a fiddle in the band.” Perhaps some things are clearer from a distance? Fiddles in the Texas music genre are characteristically slower, although it wasn’t a hard and fast rule because of the region’s love of dancing to fiddle music, too.
  • Western swing–As a response to the love of dancing, bands incorporated more instruments and added a jazzier tempo. Early purveyors of the Western swing were known to enjoy black musicians and tried to fuse that style into pieces that their audiences could dance to.
  • Outlaw music–Even as the relatively genteel Western swing orchestras entertained dance houses across the state, smaller bands of musicians put forth a rougher strain of country music for their patrons in honky-tonks. By this time in the 1970s, musicians were able to access musical styles beyond the former geographic constraints. Rock music came to Texan ears by way of radio and TV and musicians eagerly blended it into the country style they had grown up hearing and playing.
  • Tejano–as with most of the arts in Texas, no list would be complete without mentioning the significant influence of Mexican artists. From Mariachi bands to horn- and voice-driven musical groups, Tejano music has been both a style of its own as well as an influence on more traditional Texas musicians.

Naturally, in a state as big and diverse as Texas, no one style of music can lay claim to being more authentic. Nonetheless, musicians continue to consider their sound “authentically Texan,” as does their audience. In most cases, those musicians have been heavily influenced by some or all of the historically Texas sounds. Throughout Texas, and specifically at events in Canton TX, the music that speaks to the traditionally Texan soul of the state gets played to great acclaim.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort proudly showcases authentic Texas music every Friday night at The Creek. Whether you’re a dedicated music aficionado or simply looking for truly enjoyable events in Canton TX, a concert in a spectacular lodge-like setting overlooking the gorgeous infinity pool at The Creek sounds like a winner. To answer the question about what makes Texas music great, Mill Creek Ranch Resort responds: Texan musicians, great food and drink, and an enthusiastic audience. To find out who’s playing on a given Friday night, call us at 877-927-3439.

Events in Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Events Canton TX: Big Fun Year Round in East Texas

Events Canton TXWhile Canton, Texas, is virtually synonymous with First Monday Trade Days, the city has plenty to offer the rest of the time, too. The Civic Center holds many different events throughout the year, including car shows, chili cook-offs, gun shows, and even beauty pageants. In addition to these niche events, Canton, TX, also boasts other exciting events. Some events are seasonal, others occur throughout the year. No matter the season, though, Canton always has something interesting to see or do.

  • Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest, May 13 & 14,2016–Located at First Monday grounds, the balloon fest includes not only the magnificent hot-air balloons but also a 5K Glow Run, Car Show, and Battle of the Bands. Additionally, they have food, craft, and merchandise vendors, a kid’s fun zone, petting zoo, and pony rides. The spectacular balloon glow on Friday and Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m is a must-see.
  • First Monday–The classic event of Canton, TX, the world’s largest flea market is held the weekend preceding the first Monday of each month. For an experience like no other, make plans to see at least a portion of this extravaganza…then come back next month to see more!
  • Splash Kingdom–open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a family-friendly water park to cool you off in the Texas heat.
  • Yesterland Farms–Open in the fall for seasonal fun, including a pumpkin patch and Christmas Tree farm. Family-owned and family-friendly!
  • The Creek at Mill Creek Ranch Resort–See authentic local Texas musicians performing live every Friday night. The Creek makes a fun Friday night out easy to find!
  • Blackwell House Museum–situated in Canton’s oldest home; open by appointment and worth the call.
  • Canton Plaza Museum–housing one of the state’s largest bell collections, First Monday memorabilia, and Native American Artifacts.
  • Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History–research your family history or local history…or both!
  • If you’re willing to travel a short distance outside of Canton, make sure to head to Athens, TX, and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center or the East Texas Arboretum. Both venues give you a taste of the natural beauty and diversity of East Texas.

For more up to date events in Canton, TX, check out the “Canton TX Events” page thoughtfully provided by Mill Creek Ranch Resort. You can find current information about fun programs such as local plays, car shows, rodeos, etc.

Once you find the perfect events in Canton, TX, make sure and book your cabin or RV spot at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. The Resort’s location makes it the perfect spot to launch your Canton, TX, adventures. The resort activities available to Mill Creek Ranch Resort guests also make it the perfect spot to unwind between forays. Call the Resort at 877-927-3439 to secure the perfect spot for your Canton vacation!

Events Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Things To Do Canton TX: Making the Best Family Spring Break

Things To Do Canton TXAs any school-aged child can tell you: spring break is almost here! As any parent of a school-aged child knows: planning a spring break with the kids can be hard! Before deciding on specific things to do Canton, TX, consider a few ideas to help your family prioritize and make the most out of your spring break time together.

  • Relax.  No, really! Just as one family member’s stress can rub off on the rest of the group, one person’s commitment to letting go of day-to-day anxiety calms the group. Your family has packed and traveled and arrived, so now…take a moment to breathe in deeply and savor the moment. Smile. Laugh. Exhale.
  • Keep it simple.  Limited time away tempts you to jam pack every day with as many activities as possible because no one wants to miss “the good stuff.” Consider your pace, however, and make time for relaxation and down time, too. An hour long game of cards in your cabin may yield just as many fun family memories as a stressful day at an amusement park. Consider your family’s energy level, and pace yourself accordingly.
  • Take Pictures of everyone! That means you, too.  Don’t hide behind the camera. Most passersby love to help you get everyone in your family picture, so let them help. When your children look at the pictures years from now, they’ll want to see all the faces smiling back at them. With all the fun things to do Canton TX, you’ll want pictures to document all your experiences. Bonus: spring is wildflower time in East Texas. With such abundant natural beauty as a backdrop, everyone in the family will look fantastic!
  • Be ready to make a game-time decision or punt.  Not every plan comes to fruition, especially when the plans involve the great outdoors. Three straight days of rain may keep your family from swimming or playing disc golf or hiking, but it can’t keep you from spending time together. You can cook together if you’re staying at a fully-equipped cabin, or read, or catch a classic movie, or work a puzzle, or play a game, or any of the many other things that often get pushed aside for “a rainy day.”
  • Be the adult, but don’t forget to be a kid, too.  Vacations provide the perfect opportunity to play with your kids. Challenge them to a game of horseshoes, a race to the turn in the hiking trail, or a paddle boat race. Don’t worry about getting dirty; concentrate on laughing and learning and playing together.
  • Let everyone choose an activity.  Imagine how proud your youngest child will be when the whole family enjoys the s’mores cookout and beggs to do it again the next night!
With all the fun things to do Canton TX, a fun family vacation can easily be planned. Mill Creek Ranch Resort can be a big part of your spring break experience. Our professional event planner has crafts, family games, contests, day trips, movie nights, and, even more, events ready to round out your family’s own plans to swim and hike and fish and play and…don’t forget to pace yourself. You can always come back in the summer and do even more.

Things To Do Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Spring Break Special Events in Canton, TX

canton texas special eventsMill Creek Ranch Resort is excited to welcome our East Texas cottage and RV guests to Canton for Spring Break!  We have many indoor and outdoor activities to entertain your family during their Spring Break vacation.

Some of those activities include:

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • A trip to Gator Farm
  • Fishing Derby
  • Tie Dye
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Wii Sports Extravaganza

Can’t wait to see all of our friends for these special events over Spring Break!  Don’t forget to bring your s’mores supplies!

Contact us for more information about our special events.  Like us on Facebook to stay caught up on the latest news at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX and to get a special Spring Break Coupon!

Special Events Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States