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.
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.
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.
Get ready for lots of western fun as the 75th annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show takes place March 7 through 16 at the RGV Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes. The annual parade with the theme of “Demin and Diamonds” will celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Livestock Show at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 8. Look for floats, antique cars, marching bands and drill teams, horse riding groups and trail riders to mark this special occasion.
The Men of A-Chord will perform in a combined concert on Friday, Mar. 7 at Trinity Worship Center. Joining them in concert will be the Rio Grande Valley Band, Sweet Adelines and the Senior Ambassadors. Each group will perform for about 20 minutes in this special, one show only “Music for All Ages” concert. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for the combined concert and may be purchased from members of the choral groups and band. However, this is always a sell-out event. So, plan to purchase tickets early.
The third annual benefit for Children’s Haven International, an orphanage in Reynosa that serves 62 children, was once again a huge success. A sit down dinner and show held at Mission West, played to a sell-out crowd. The show featured the talents of Branson performers, John Sager, Jackson Haney, Jeff Gordon and Gordy and Debbie Wensel.
Robert Ferguson, who acted as emcee, told the audience all of the performers donated their time and talents for the benefit of the orphanage.
The first entertainer was John Sager who sang “Believe,” “ Amazing Grace,” his signature song, “Unchained Melody,” “One Pair of Hands,” and “Hallelujah.” Sager was recently named Male Vocalist of the Year at the Valley Star Awards Show held Feb. 15 at Mission Bell Resort. He has also been named “Entertainer of the Year” twice in the Valley Star Awards. Back home in Branson, John can be found performing at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner Sunday through Wednesday from 2 p.m. until closing time. Tuesday through Friday he will be at Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Diner from 2 p.m. until closing.
A world-class, bloodless bullfight is scheduled for the Winter Texan season’s Grand Finale on Sunday, Mar. 2 at the Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria. The Grand Finale will feature Cesar Castañeda and Enrique "El Cuate" Espinosa to determine who is the best in the competition for the Golden Bull Trophy.
Casteñeda is a popular matador who holds all records of triumph in previous fights at Santa Maria Bullring. “El Cuate” is one of the highest paid bullfighters on the circuit. He was seriously injured in Puebla two years ago, but has since recovered and will be making his American debut in Santa Maria Bullring.
“These two world class superstar matadors have both won symbolic ears and tail in previous performances, and when it comes down to the grand finale, the fans will be the jury as to which matador they prefer based on the performance,” said Santa Maria Bullring owner Fred Renk. This is done by applause and awards demanded of the judge. The fans will determine which man will be the grand triumfador of the Winter Texan Season in 2014, Renk said.
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