Tejas Fest ‘spied’ on horizon
Espionage, mystery join for Burton
Fred Burton (below, left) embarked on a 37-year quest to solve the 1973 murder of Col. Joseph Alon, shown above at left with Israeli war hero Moshe Dayan, who went on to become a political leader. The result was Burton’s mega best seller “Chasing Shadows.” Burton, who lives in Austin, will appear at the 2012 Tejas Fest. The “headliner” at this year’s Rockdale Tejas Fest, set for March 2-3, is something out of the ordinary.
Fred Burton was a counterterrorism agent for the Diplomatic Security Service.
After his retirement Burton turned author and penned the riveting best seller “Chasing Shadows,” which tracks his quest to find justice in a 1973 murder with enough international implications to fill five James Bond movies.
Tejas Fest will feature numerous authors, artists, a dramatic reading and will be held in conjunction with an auto show.
Most of Tejas Fest will be downtown on Saturday, March 3 but some authors and artist will visit local school campuses on Friday, March 2. A reading from the play “Photographs of a Cheating Wife” will be March 3 at the intermediate school.
A special section with times and events will be published in The Reporter March 1. Artist Rita Kirkman, who painted this landscape, returns with a two-day workshop.
Mother and daughter Dr. Fannie Lovelady Spain and Melody Dawson have co- authored a textbook for leaders in education.
Above, Rockdale artist D.K. Nichols’ abstract painting ‘Running in Circles.’ At left, Lorraine Drake (L) and Lee Ida Hairston check out last year’s plant exchange. It will be a part of the festivities again this year.
The 2012 Auto and Cycle Show sponsored by the Rockdale Downtown Association will once again coincide with the Tejas Art & Book Festival.