Winter Texan Times Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:40:23 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us Mission Historical Museum presents Artesano Market Days

MISSION – Mission Historical Museum presents the Second Annual Artesano Market Days highlighting a cultural awareness for hand-crafted artisan work. Inspired by history and tradition, both domestic and foreign, the festivities take place on Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, located at 900 Doherty. Admission is free and open to the public.

With 60 artisans representing various states in Mexico, such as Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Distrito Federal, Veracruz and Guanajuato and others, the unique products will highlight handcrafted textiles, artwork, jewelry, chaquira beadwork, decorative candles, candies and more.


]]> (Carina Brunson) Featured News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:33:20 +0000
Winter Texans show creativity building floats for citrus parade

Winter Texans often enjoy participating in local celebrations held in various cities all across the Rio Grande Valley. In Mission, Winter Texan residents of several RV resort parks have taken “participation” up a notch or two by building competitive floats to enter the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges competition.

It was obvious at Saturday’s parade our Winter Texans had fun with this year’s Citrus Fiesta theme, Citrus, Cartoons & Comic Book Characters,” as their creativity transformed common, everyday materials into delightful cartoon characters. Making the task of float building more challenging, these float craftsmen earned extra points added to their scores for using citrus and other Valley agricultural products to decorate their floats.


]]> (Carina Brunson) Featured News Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:32:24 +0000
Senior Ambassadors: Diverse group makes beautiful harmony

“Rio Grande Valley” has been the lead song for the Senior Ambassadors in all of the 24 years Esther Hewitt has been accompanying the chorus on the piano. As her favorite song, it leaps to mind every year she comes back to the Valley from Michigan.

She and her husband, George, first came to the Valley in 1989, and just kept coming back. George smiled as he explained, “The kids couldn’t understand why we liked it so well until they came to visit.” The Senior Ambassadors became a large part of their reasons for coming back to the Valley in 1992, when a fellow member of their church choir invited George to join. George said he only began singing after he met his wife. “She was a singer and a musician, and the kids were too, so I had to protect myself. I learned all my singing from my wife.”


]]> (Brittany Asbury) Featured News Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:30:49 +0000
Golden Age Olympics: Just having fun

"Some of our Winter Texans want to compete and win, but most of our contestants just want to have fun," says Leslie Holland, director of the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department, which holds the Golden Age Olympics each winter. Holland goes on to say "We have more than 30 events taking place over two-and-a half-months, and all are geared towards our northern visitors."


]]> (Doug Young) Featured News Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:29:09 +0000
RGV Quilt Guild Show moves to SPI this year

Many people think of the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild as a group of ladies who get together once a year to display the quilts they have made. But, while they do put on a fabulous annual quilt show, there is so much more to the quilt guild than that. The guild is active all year long. With over 250 members in eight sewing bees across the Valley, many of the ladies (and some men) get together to sew, exchange patterns and ideas and do charitable work throughout the year.

In the winter season, the number of people in each group grows to include quilters from 25 different states and three Canadian provinces. Only 40 percent of the members are full time residents of the Valley and some of them are former Winter Texans who decided to make Texas a permanent home.


]]> (Kathy Olivarez) Featured News Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:23:43 +0000
Mission celebrates Winter Texans with two-day Fiesta

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will celebrate and recognize Winter Texans during the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta during a two-day event, Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13.

It kicks off Friday at 8 a.m. at the Shary Municipal Golf Course, 2201 N. Mayberry St., with a “Fiesta on the Golf Course.”   The six-person Texas Scramble, for an 18-hole division, is $40, including food and beverage. Payments must be made at the time of sign-up, which begins Monday, Feb. 8. All Shary Golf Course and GoMission Deal card members will receive a discount. For more information about the tournament, call 580-8770.


]]> (Carina Brunson) Featured News Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:16:29 +0000
Valley Star Awards: Vote for ‘Entertainer of the Year’

The fifth annual Valley Star Awards will present awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top entertainers as selected by Winter Texans casting their votes for their favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Musical Group of the Year, Musical Group of the Year (not related), Duet Musical Group, Gospel Group, Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year, Rock & Roll Band, Country Western Band, Individual/Small Band/Variety Act, and Entertainer of the Year.

The Valley Star Awards ballot is located HERE. To cast your vote, fill out the paper ballot printed in the Feb. 4 edition of the Winter Texan Times, or submit your vote online at Ballots must be submitted by the Feb. 16 deadline to be counted in the poll.


]]> (Carina Brunson) Featured News Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:41:07 +0000
Weslaco Museum offers ‘Orphan Train’ presentation

A popular presentation about the Orphan Train Riders will be held at the Weslaco Museum on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 2 and 4, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Author Dorothy Lund Nelson will present the program on “Orphan Train Riders.”

“Many people who missed her program last year have asked us to present it again, and Dorothy has agreed to do the two each day on February 2nd and 4th,” said Wade Marcum, director of the Weslaco Museum.


]]> (Carina Brunson) Featured News Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:33:39 +0000
Mission Quilt Show ends soon

The Feb. 3 deadline is fast approaching to visit Mission Historical Museum’s annual Quilt Show to vote for your favorite quilt and determine the Viewer’s Choice award. The quilt show display is in the Mission Historical Museum Annex building, located at 200 E. Tom Landry.

When the Winter Texan Times visited the quilt show, Patty Redlin, a volunteering Winter Texan from Indiana who works at the annex two days a week, gave a tour. A quilt lover, Redlin pointed out several outstanding quilts.


]]> (Carina Brunson) Featured News Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:31:54 +0000
Harlingen Winter Texan Appreciation Day was fun

The Harlingen Winter Texan Appreciation Day was a busy event. With entertainment both at Casa de Amistad and the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Winter Texans had plenty of choices. There were bands and folkloric dancers providing entertainment at Casa De Amistad.

Many Winter Texans gathered around the stage area to watch and children of all elementary ages performed folkloric dances.

“The kids are my favorite. We love to watch the little children perform,” Alan and Marlene Meeker said. It was their favorite part of the festival.


]]> (Kathy Olivarez) Featured News Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:04:15 +0000
Tickets still available for Red Hat Festival of Tables

Jan Bergman still has a few tickets left for the Red Hat Society’s’ popular Festival of Tables, a Valley-wide event to be held Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana Loop, in Pharr. This special event includes 40 tables all set with different settings. Some tables may be set with beachware while other might be western, Indian, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or a host of other different themes. Each table setting is being hosted by a different Red Hat Society in the Rio Grande Valley.

The ladies who come will be seated at tables with ladies from all over the area so they can learn what types of activities are going on in different Red Hat groups. Since many of the ladies who attend are Winter Texans who come from many different Red Hat Groups in many different states, the ladies who attend can get ideas for their groups from all over the nation.


]]> (Carina Brunson) Featured News Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:02:59 +0000