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Thousands enjoy Progreso Tourist Appreciation Day

20170321 TOURIST DAY Progreso Moering IMG 6637Smiles, laughter and some final souvenir gathering were apparent throughout the Winter Tourist Appreciation Day March 21 in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico.

With sunny, balmy weather, organizers were thinking the 41st annual event might have drawn as many as 50,000 Winter Texans from across the border, which was also marked by a parade and abrazo (hug) ceremony at the center of the international bridge by officials from both sides of the border. The ceremony was intended to call attention to the bilateral international interests that exist between the border cities.

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Rio Grande Valley has first class entertainment

Winter Texans love to be entertained and there are enough entertainment venues that one could go to a different event every day of the month.

Today, many of the entertainers come from Branson and Nashville. This movement started many years ago but has gained momentum in recent years when Branson entertainers like Gordy and Debbie learned about the Rio Grande Valley. Since the winter months are the off season for Branson, these professional quality entertainers come here to perform in the RV resorts.

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Martin & Monroe entertain the Valley

For two years in a row the Martin & Monroe show won the National Rising Star Award for the best Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin Tribute Band. The show sold out everywhere including the Sinatra Showroom at Lake Tahoe’s Cal-Nevada Resort.

Bob Caudie and his wife, Sherri-Lynn, who in her own right is a premier Marilyn tribute artist, have recently moved to McAllen and are available for shows. Bob performs songs like “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” and Sherri-Lynn does Marilyn’s famous “I Wanna Be Loved by You” as part of their show.

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McAllen Symphonic Band plans classical concert

The McAllen Symphonic Band will present its last concert of the season on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cooper Center Auditorium at South Texas College, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

It will be a presentation of classical music. The first piece will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 K 361, the so-called “Gran Partita.” This piece was featured in the movie “Amadeus.” The second piece will be an early work of Richard Strass, “Suite for Winds Op. 4.”

The concert will be under the direction of Bo Shirah, choir director at Fossum Middle School.

Why the Rio Grande Valley?

welcome partyClimate, friendly people, social activities appeal to Winter Texans

In local Hispanic lore there is a saying to the effect that, “Once you drink the water of the Rio Grande, you can leave, but you will always come back again!” This seems to be true for many Winter Texans who return to the Rio Grande Valley every year. Some even choose to make this their permanent home.

The Winter Texan Survey conducted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reveals the top reasons Winter Texans come to the Valley include the climate, friendly people, social activities and the low cost of living.

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Edinburg World Birding Center announces April programs

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center (EWBC) is offering a variety of programs for families and adults this April. The month kicks off with several fun and educational activities introducing the Purple Martin. There are also educational presentations on how to identify animals from their droppings. 

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UVAL plans UTRGV juried art exhibition

The Upper Valley Art League is hosting the 11th Annual UTRGV School of Art Juried Exhibition. It will open with a reception on Saturday, April 8 from 7-9 p.m. at the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 921 E. 12th St. in Mission. The exhibition will feature the work of students from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.   

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