The Museum of South Texas History’s Sunday Speaker Series will be a presentation on “World War I History in the Rio Grande Valley” featuring Charles Vincent Waite and Michael Faubion. The event will be held October 13 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Waite and Faubion will present how military reforms at the turn of the 20th century influenced the development of the National Guard. They will also discuss units deployed in the Rio Grande Valley, the local influences and overall impact on South Texas.
Faubion received a bachelor’s of arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a master’s of arts and doctorate’s degree in history from Texas Tech University. Faubion began teaching at the former University of Texas Pan American in 1990 where he served as History Department chair, and is currently serving as interim Director of Creative Writing Program and as a member of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley history faculty.
Waite earned a bachelor’s in history from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in history from Texas State University and a doctorate’s from Texas Tech University. Waite began teaching in 1992 as an Instructor at Texas State University, and then as a visiting assistant professor at Texas Tech University. Since 2004, Waite has been a lecturer, assistant professor and associate professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The museum is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg. For more information call (956) 383-6911 or visit their web page at https://mosthistory.org/
Christine Ten Eyck will be sharing her passion for human and ecological wellbeing as she presents “Return of the Natives,” as keynote speaker at Quinta Mazatlán’s 2019 Planta Nativa on Thursday, October 17. Planta Nativa is an annual Texas Native Plant Celebration with all-inclusive happenings such as live music, art, food, adult beverages and education. The Majestic Mesquite is this year’s theme.
“We are both honored and thrilled to have Christine Ten Eyck, advisor to the State Department, empowering us at Planta Nativa this year,” said Lisa Ramirez, Recreation Supervisor at Quinta Mazatlán. “Christine’s designs respond to context, celebrate native ecologies and connect people with each other.”
Christine Ten Eyck, is a renowned Landscape Architect known for her ability to connect native plants, local culture, water conservation, and sustainable resources in a way that is both beautiful and practical. Awards recognizing Christine’s contributions to landscape architecture as an advocate for sustainability and landscape authenticity include the United States Senate Congressional Commendation for Historic Preservation, National Trust for Historic Preservation Landscape Architecture Award, Cities Alive Green Roof & Wall Award of Excellence, Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Award of Excellence, in addition to numerous national and state chapter awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Planta Nativa takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlán located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen. Tickets are $15 and are all-inclusive. Advance ticket purchase is required via Ticketmaster.com (search: “Planta Nativa”). Space is limited. For more information visit www.quintamazatlan.com or www.facebook.com/McAllenQuintaMazatlan.
The City of South Padre Island and Sandcastle Days founders Walter McDonald and Lucinda Wierenga are hosting 32nd annual Sandcastle Days October 2 through October 6. Admission is free and boasts live music, art booths, great food, and exciting evenings.
Lucinda says they are very excited for this year’s event that includes 12 master sculptors. These sculptors come from as far away as Netherlands and Canada.
“There will be music, tasty treats from Island restaurants, a silent auction for some wonderful items, and you can get a closeup look at the sculptures while mingling with the artists who created them,” added Lucinda.
Today’s festivities start with an event where visitors can watch the Masters of Sand carve as a group.
On Wednesday, October 3, the official Master of Sands competition will begin with individuals working their magic on their own sculptures. Friday, October 4, sand sculpting will continue and registration for an amateur competition will open at 9 a.m. Children, family, groups and singles are invited to participate in the competition from 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, SandCamp, a free sandcastle lesson, will begin at 8 a.m. Another amateur competition will open for registration at 8 a.m. with the sandcastle building beginning at 9 a.m. The Unlitter Campaign’s 10th Annual Trashion Show, themed Star Wars, will begin at 4 p.m. Judging of the amateur and master sand builders will take place with awards given at 4:30 p.m.
SandCamp will be held again on Sunday, October 6, at 10 a.m. People’s Choice awards will be awarded at 3 p.m.
The Sandcastle Days Mercado is open each day from 10 a.m. to closing. The event will also feature live music at Clayton’s, waters slides, bull riding, vendors, things for kids to play, and more for all ages.
Master Sand sculptors McDonald (aka Amazin Walter) and Wierenga (aka Sandy Feet) are South Padre Island residents and 32 years ago started Sandcastle Days to demonstrate the magical sculpting qualities of South Padre Island sand and the critical importance of protecting our beautiful coastal shores. Over the years this free family-fun event has grown from a local celebration to a qualifying event for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting where over 30,000 fans come to watch the sand come alive.
The event will be held at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill at 6900 Padre Blvd. on South Padre Island. For more information and the full calendar, visit, http://sandcastledays.com/.
Editor’s Note: Virginia was a valued member of the Winter Texan Times for 13 years. We express our condolences to Virginia’s family. She will be missed by us and the Winter Texan community.
Virginia Sunderman, 95, of Lake Katrine, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at her home. A native of Huntington, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Forrest and Effie Couch Lamb.
She was employed at Indiana Bell Telephone Company, Huntington, Indiana, for 25 years, retiring in 1976 as service representative. After retirement, she and her late husband, Glenn, spent winters in Texas where she was editor and feature writer for the Winter Texan Times, Mission, Texas, for 13 seasons. She also tutored at Mission Junior High School.
Virginia was president of Oleander Acres Club in Oleander Acres Park during the couple’s stay in Texas, and she served as emcee for many jam sessions in the Mission area. She was a Winter Texan member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission.
Virginia is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Langston and her husband Sid Leavitt of Lake Katrine; two grandchildren, Brett Langston and partner Janani Ramprasad of Ravena and Todd Langston and partner Donna Brunig of Clifton Park; two sisters, Patricia Maddox of Wilmore, Kentucky, and Dorothea Lineback of Cypress, California.
Virginia is also survived by a former foreign exchange student who came to live for a year with her and Glenn 50 years ago, Hans Werner Jany, a native of Germany.
In addition to her parents, Virginia was predeceased by her son, Roger Lee Sunderman who died in 1970, as well as brothers-in-law Ed Lineback and Dr. Paul Maddox.
Visitation will be at Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home in Kingston, NY on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Online condolences may be left at www.SimpsonGaus.com.
Mission makes history by earning its first ever All-America City title
Mission, TX- It was a mission accomplished. For the first time ever, the City of Mission was named an All-America City on June 23, 2019 at the 70th annual All-America City awards in Denver.
“I have always known Mission is a city with endless possibilities,” Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña said. “Being named a 2019 All-America City just emphasizes our place among the great cities of our nation. This is one of the goals I wanted to achieve for our community, and thanks to our civic engagement, our devoted delegation and our great projects we did it!”
The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for exceptional civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate civic engagement, innovation, inclusiveness and collaboration by describing effective efforts to address pressing local challenges. The finalist cities traveled to Denver to make presentations before a jury panel to demonstrate why their community deserved the All-America City designation. The presentations from each city included skits, music, impassioned speeches and testimonials from community members.
This is the first year the City of Mission applied for the award, and they were named a top 20 finalist. Their theme was: Mission Possible, a play off the American action spy films starring Tom Cruise. Part of Mission’s skit included Cristina Garza, the Director of Social Impact at the Mission Economic Development Corporation. Garza dressed up as “Ruby the Grapefruit,” the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s celebrated mascot.
“As soon as I saw the costume, I knew I wanted that to be my role,” Garza said. “I got the job by simply telling people individually that I was going to be the grapefruit, that it was decided. No one contested it or even questioned my assertion. Success is about creating opportunities for oneself.”
For this year’s award, the National Civic League placed an emphasis on creating healthy communities through inclusive civic engagement. Mission’s presentation highlighted the city’s pet adoption program — Mission Pawsible, the expansion of the local food pantry and the addition of outdoor food blessing boxes for families in need after closing hours, along with their tennis program for the visually impaired. The honor came at a time of deep sadness for the city following the death of a Mission police officer.
“A lot of people in the delegation didn't lose a city employee, they lost their personal friend. For many, it was hard to stay focused when their hearts were back in Mission, but their commitment to the competition mirrored their commitment to the city,” Garza said. “More than ever, the delegation wanted to show a united front and to share with everyone the closeness of our community in the face of adversity and pain. The delegation made sure to publicly uphold and celebrate the worth of the community Corporal Espericueta lived to protect and serve.”
Cpl. Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericueta was killed responding to a call of an armed man. The ensuing exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the responding officers resulted in the deaths of both Espericueta and the suspect.
“Our Mission delegation worked tremendously hard for this award. We arrived in Denver only to deal with the devastating news of the loss of our Mission police officer,” City Manager Randy Perez said. “I boarded a plane early the next morning and left even though I was part of the presentation. It was heartbreaking for our community. Our delegation rallied and they represented the best Mission has to offer and proved what a wonderful place Mission is to live, in memory of Speedy.”
The All-America City Award shines a spotlight on the incredible work taking place in communities across the country. The city dedicated its award to Espericueta.
“We did this for Speedy. Our community came together and honored his memory with this historic win,” Mayor O’Caña said. “We lost our friend and hero in the line of duty as he was protecting our community. The way our city responded with heart and soul shows why we are an All-America City.”
It was an anxious awards presentation for the Mission delegation of 27. Mission was the last city announced as a winner. Garza said the nationwide recognition was well earned.
“Mission won because our values can be measured in the quantity and quality of programs that engage our residents. We had a very strong application that highlighted our inclusive community programs, a great presentation coordinated by Roxanne Lerma and Aida Lerma, and an unmatched delegation of committed Mission residents that passionately represented our city.”
The City of Mission – where anything and everything is possible!
The McAllen Performing Arts Center and the McAllen Society for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Broadway in McAllen season. This exciting season will feature Cats, Blue Man Group, Finding Neverland, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Rent.
The McAllen Live! Series will bring musical classics, family shows, and star attractions of all types, including We Will Rock You, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Jersey Boys, The Illusionists – Live from Broadway, and Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles.
You won’t want to miss a moment of the action! Beginning May 9, current Season Ticket Holders will be able to renew their Season Packages, and lock in the seats they had last season for another great year of entertainment at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.
Dates for some of the Broadway in McAllen line up are Cats, Friday October 18, 2019; Blue Man Group, Monday December 2, 2019; Finding Neverland, Tuesday January 28, 2020; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Sunday March 15, 2020; and Rent, Tuesday April 28, 2020.
Dates for shows in the Live McAllen! Series are We Will Rock You, Saturday October 26, 2019; A Charlie Brown Christmas, Monday December 9, 2019; Jersey Boys, Tuesday March 3, 2020; The Illusionists, Sunday March 8, 2020; and Rain, Friday May 1, 2020.
The McAllen Performing Arts Center serves as a premiere venue for the performing arts in the Rio Grande Valley. Enhancing the range, quality and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public and promulgate arts education that contribute to the cultural life of McAllen, the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas and Northern Mexico.
“We believe the MPAC has dramatically enhanced our quality of life and offers new opportunities for cultural enrichment. The MPAC also allows us to raise the caliber of art education throughout the Rio Grande Valley, and in so doing stimulating the creative energy of our citizens, especially our children. To sum it up, I think we can say that in the city of McAllen, we believe that an investment in the arts is an investment in our future.” Yajaira Flores, Director of McAllen Convention Center Facilities.
This fiscal year the McAllen Performing Arts Center and Convention Center has generated $33.2 in million economic impact, hosting 221 events that brought over 287,000 attendees to the facilities.
The McAllen Performing Arts Center has five resident series including Valley Symphony Orchestra, McAllen Wind Ensemble and McAllen Community Concerts.
To learn more about all the exciting programming the McAllen Performing Arts Center has to offer please visit mcallenconventioncenter.net or visit www.facebook.com/McAllenPAC/.