Judy Welhaven, Exalted Queen of the Rio Grande Valley Red Hat Queen’s group, says there are 72 groups of Winter Texan Red Hat ladies active in the various parks in the Rio Grande Valley. Currently there are 72 queens and 18 vice-queens. Queens of each group get together once a month to share ideas and have a good time. Welhaven and Scribe Sharon Newcomer are in charge of the queen bee’s meetings.
The Winter Texan Times attended a Rio Grande Valley Queen’s Council meeting to find out just what types of activities the ladies were planning for the coming year. The ladies, representing groups from Penitas to Brownsville and South Padre Island, were meeting at Joe’s Crab Shack in McAllen to share upcoming events with one another.
One of the most active Red Hat groups in the Upper Valley is located at Greengate Grove in Mission and is led by Queen Joan Wagg.
Sets are constructed, props gathered, costumes tailored, and final rehearsals underway for the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Harlequins Drama Club. In just one week, the curtain will go up on their production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Performances of the musical thriller will take place December 5, 6, 7, and 12, 13, 14 at the VMHS Theater, located at 700 E. Mile 2 Road (at the corner of Mile 2 Road and Mayberry). Advance tickets will be sold Monday-Thursday, beginning on December 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the theater or during traditional office hours at the VMHS front office. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The musical thriller is set in 19th century England and tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd. After being released from prison, the falsely accused man opens a barbershop above the pie shop of Ms. Lovett. The two team up in a plot for revenge against those who have done them wrong and hurt loved ones.
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) High School Thespians are proud to present the first production of their 2013-2014 theatre season, “Once Upon a Wolf” by Steph DeFerie. Come and enjoy this children’s show about a young wolf that is tired of always being “the bad guy” in classic fairy tales. From Little Red Riding Hood and Granny to Androcles and the Lion; from Cinderella and her stepsisters to Jack and the Beanstock, he struggles to be a part of the “in” crowd so that children of all ages will no longer fear him.
Nighttime performances are scheduled for Dec. 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Dec. 8 beginning at 3 p.m. The performances will be at the PSJA High School Performing Arts Centre, located at 805 W. Ridge Road in San Juan.
Tickets are $5 for adults. For more information, call the PSJA High School Drama Department at 956-354-2319. Don’t miss this exciting and fun children’s show, which will have guests laughing at Wolf’s ridiculous antics.
It is time! Retired at last. No more waking up at 5:30 in the morning or facing rush hour traffic. Freedom! Feels good – right? Now what are you going to do? Where are you going to go? Maybe staying put is a good thing but then perhaps, like Ken and Diana Mendenhall experienced, snowstorm after snowstorm piled up. Since Ken had just had a ruptured appendix, the shoveling all fell on Diana’s shoulders.
“I think we need to do something else,” Diana simply said to Ken.
“Our neighborhood was full of younger people with children. We were the only retirees. We began to think of our next step. Where could we go where we have something in common?” Ken explained their thinking process.
Edinburg’s Activity Center was filled to capacity with Winter Texans on Thursday, Nov. 14, with the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce held their annual event welcoming back Winter Texans. Letty Gonzalez, president of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce said a total of 400 tickets were given out to Winter Texans who called early for reservations.
Edinburg merchants held a mini expo to tell Winter Texans of the services the city could offer. Offers varied from the Echo Hotel offering buy one, get one free Sunday brunch tickets to a variety of medical services available in the city. Sam’s Club offered a free one-day admission to Sams. University of Texas-Pan American had a table with the schedules for the Broncs and Lady Broncs upcoming home games.
Those present were served a meal of pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and kool-aid, Mexican hot chocolate or margaritas. Some of the booths were offering popcorn and donut holes or cookies so no one went hungry.
According to Vernon Weckbacher, archivist/curator of the Mission Historical Museum, the museum will be accepting entries for its eighth annual quilt show beginning Dec. 3 and will continue through Saturday, January 4, 2014 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Please use the office entrance on the north side at the museum’s two-story main office building (the Shary Building).
The quilt show will open Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 and run through Saturday, February 8, 2014. The awards reception will take place Friday, January 31.
Six categories of quilted items will be accepted: hand quilted quilts, machine-quilted quilts, mixed media (quilted items which incorporation of non-traditional materials), wall hangings, wearable art and miscellaneous items (decorative or utilitarian items such as table runner and place mats).
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