Several years ago, while he was single, he dated a woman whose mother quilted. They teased him and dared him to try making a quilt. Brauer took the dare and found out he liked it – and he was good at it.
His first quilt was made with a Canadian Maple Leaf pattern in shades of blue. He made it and forgot about quilting for a while. Then one day he found a calendar-quilting book, “Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar,” that had a different pattern for every day of the year. He decided to give it a try and for a month and a half he made a quilt block every day.
“It was harder than it seemed because I had to size them so they would all fit on the same quilt. The measurements used in the book produced several different sizes of blocks.
Each year, BorderFest selects a different country to spotlight as the theme for the annual festival in Hidalgo. Argentina, one of the largest countries in South America has been selected as the theme of BorderFest-2014, which starts March 6 and runs through March 9.
On March 6 the annual Square Dance Jubilee will take place in Reynosa where Winter Texans can earn their international pins. Over 400 dancers are expected to attend. There will be fun, food, music and dancing during the afternoon.
On March 7-9 the Action 4 Illuminated Night Parades will take place at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 8, a Bike Parade with over 500 motorcycles will start at 9:45 a.m. just before the Budweiser BorderFest Grand Parade, which features flags, bands, floats, motorcycles, dignitaries, BorderFest royalty, and lots of other entertainment.
Kenny Hess is a popular entertainer who will be in the Rio Grande Valley for several more weeks, offering a great show. A deep bass to tenor voice with a beautiful vibrato, he sings many old favorite Country Western songs and tells stories about growing up in Canada in a family of nine children in Saskatchewan where his father was a pastor and a farmer.
Hess has been working as an entertainer full time since 1977 when he was 14 years old. It was then that Charlie Pride heard him and invited him to go on the road with him.
In a recent performance at Valley View Estates in Mission he sang, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” in honor of his years with Charlie.
Hess invited the audience to sing along saying, “My dad always said music was meant for everyone.” Encouraging a quiet Valley View Estates audience to sing, he continued, “ “If you know just eight words of the song, join in.” He chose an old favorite, “You Are My Sunshine,” to encourage their participation.
Some call it better than the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup and World Series all wrapped into one. On Thursday, March 6, at 9 a.m. they will come. Over 300 Winter Texans and local residents will come out to Westside Park on Ware Road in McAllen for the annual Canada vs. USA Senior Texan Softball League games.
Fans will have flags and noisemakers to cheer their favorite team. To encourage the good-natured rivalry, players and their spouses will be passing out flags, representative of their respective teams.
These Canada vs. USA softball games have been going on for 17 years between Winter Texans (and a few locals). The first game, starting at 9 a.m., will be between teams in the Competitive Division. At 10 a.m. the second game will be for teams in the Recreational Division. At 11 a.m. the Leisure Division will take the field. This division has a number of players in their 80s and one who is 90 years old. This year, there are three “gals” who have also joined in on the fun.
A new edition of the Golden Oldies Show, featuring Branson performers Susan Hudson Carman, John Sager, Gary & Patsy Crain and Jackson Haney, will be performed twice this season. The first show will be held March 1 at Country Sunshine RV Resort in Weslaco at 2 p.m. and the second show is March 4, at Texas Trails at 7 p.m.
Susan Hudson Carman is best known for her guest performances on the television show, “Hee Haw.” As a young woman she traveled with the USO troops in England, Scotland, Germany and The Netherlands.
Afterwards, she worked with Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Don Williams, Sammy Smith and the Wilburn Brothers.
Winter Texans are invited to the annual Nde Daa Spring Pow Wow to be held on Saturday, Mar. 1, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street (old McAllen Library building).
In addition to the ceremonial Indian dances in full regalia, there will be cakewalks, raffles, Native American jewelry, dream catchers and arts and crafts. Jewelry making supplies will be also available for purchase.
See Indian dancers, from tiny tots to seniors, perform in full regalia. For those who want to dance with the Indians, some dances will be open to audience participation. Dancing exhibition performances will be held by dance groups throughout the Pow Wow.
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