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Leslie Blasing hosts WinterFest and Expo next week

IMG 7022 webLeslie Blasing will be hosting the WinterFest and Expo next week on Monday, February 13th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, February 14th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the South Padre Island Convention Center.

There is no entrance fee to the event, but Blasing is highlighting the local food pantries by collecting canned foods. Donation is not required, but greatly appreciated.
The Event honors an era – 1964 to 1973. There will be a special salute and musical tribute to Vietnam Veterans. There will also be guest speakers from the era. As last year, Blasing said the speakers are incredible, have some connection to Vietnam, and great things to share.

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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

19881202 Downtown Mission Conway at 10th St webThe Way We Were

Now… although it was written 35 years ago, I think there might still be some that can relate to what will be shared here this week. We think about all the changes that have happened in the past 35 years with the paper, but as we get older, we also know things change all around us. I do think I need to find a more updated version in the next few years.

Like in a previous throwback when we talked about computers. Things are ever evolving around us. We can’t stop it, but sometimes we do wish for those simpler times.

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MHM’s 17th Quilt Show is success

20230208 MHM Quilt Show DSCF2679 webAccording to Vernon Weckbacher, Mission Historical Museum’s archivist, the 17th annual MHM’s Quilt Show was a success. Although there were fewer quilts than in past years, they each had a distinctive character with none resembling the others.

During the annual “Turning of the Quilts,” presented by Nancy Lenz, a local quilting expert, most of the quilts presented were antiques.

First, she presented a hand-stitched quilt bought at a rummage sale for $15.

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VSA lineup includes Ron Moshier

RonMoshier webRon Moshier has been quite a hit in the Rio Grande Valley. When we asked the activity directors for nominees on the VSA Ballot, Ron Moshier’s name came to many as we asked for feedback. To the delight of Winter Texans throughout the Valley, he will be performing at the 2023 Valley Star Awards on Wednesday, February 15.

He performs dances and shows throughout the RGV. He performs 60’s to current country, classic country, classic rock and he also does polka and waltzes.

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Nu-Blu joins VSA lineup

2023 Nu Blu tight group shot webNu-Blu has been visiting the Valley for a few years now, but this year, they are celebrating their 20th year entertaining. During their 20 years, they have released several Top Ten Billboard albums, have destination tours, and have moved into the role of bringing the roots of Americana music to the masses.

North-Carolina based Nu-Blu has quickly established themselves as one of the top acoustic acts in the music industry, delivering a set of songs that range from the melancholy to the exuberant, and at every step they prove they’ve got a knack for finding their way in the deeper parts of you.

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Spaghetti dinner tradition continues

20230208 La Floresta RodgerVanderville Morris Haverland Darla Strait Spaghetti Dinner 1 webAfter 10 years of serving a Spaghetti Dinner to the residents of La Floresta Park in Mercedes, Jean and Rodger Vanderville (Manistique, MI), decided to call it quits. Through the years, they have served from 75-115 dinners each time, with the help of a crew of seven. Good food. Fun. Laughter.

Jean and Rodger also are involved in a variety of events in the park and will focus their time and attention on golf and other activities. Meanwhile, Darla Strait (Sanborn, IA), Debbie Tufnell (Manistique, MI), and Bonnie Kadell (Jerseyville, IL) have offered to take over the Spaghetti Dinner next year.

We have some of the kindest people you will ever meet in our small park in Mercedes.

Tribute dedicated to Birger Olson – RGV Bass Player extraordinaire

20230208 Birger Olson TOzark 5194 1 webResidents at McAllen Mobile Park, a senior community, honored one of its residents, Birger Olson, on February 2nd, by paying tribute to his lifelong passion and dedication of entertaining others with his bass guitar music. The tribute was presented in the form of a book of resident signatures and memories from those who attended a dance featuring the Blue Wolf Band. That evening, Birger played bass alongside Steven Kelley (drums), Shirley Mauch-Spanhanks (guitar/vocals) and Jerry Spanhanks (guitar/pedal steel guitar/fiddle/mandolin/banjo/vocals).

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Heritage and History Day returns to MOSTH

20230208 Heritage and History IMG 9560 2 webThe Museum of South Texas History presents Heritage and History Day scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 11.

The community event highlights the culture of South Texas peoples through regional folkway demonstrations ranging from hands-on activities to live performances.
Museum staff will host several hands-on activities such as embroidery using yarn and plastic needlepoints. Another activity includes a role-playing voting booth that assigns participants with a character card, determining whether they can or cannot vote. Attendees are welcome to watch or participate in butter churning, an essential chore practiced when modern equipment was not available. Other living history demonstrations include knitting, leather crafts, rope making and roping.

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STC hosts Life and Death on the Border exhibit

The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, History Department and the Center for Mexican American Studies proudly present “Life and Death on the Border: 1910-1920,” a panel exhibit that includes photographs, postcards, court documents and rare artifacts that tell the story of daily life and re-examines Texas historical events of the early 1900s in the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas.

STC History Professor and co-founder of the Refusing to Forget project Trinidad Gonzales, Ph.D., worked alongside colleagues throughout the state and nation to help research and put together this exhibit and event series. These histories inspired Tejano literature, art and music and influenced the creation of the Mexican American civil rights movement.

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