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Museum seeks entries for Turning of the Quilts presentation

20160128 Mission Historical Museum Quilt Show THUMBThe Mission Historical Museum is accepting entries for the annual Mission Quilt Show and also for for its “Turning of the Quilts” program to be offered Feb. 16 at the quilt show hosted at the museum.

Antique Quilts

The museum is looking for antique, vintage, or just interesting quilts for this program. The quilts are presented stacked on a bed. As each quilt is shown, it is carefully turned down to reveal the next quilt, until all have been presented. A knowledgeable presenter will talk about each quilt as it is shown.

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Win a Staycation at the McAllen Expo

20180118 Robert n Jorge V Day McAllenTravelShow2018 PHOTOThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce is planning lots of excitement for this year’s Travel, Health & Wellness Expo, which will be held Feb. 13 and 14 at the McAllen Convention Center.

One of the nice perks of attending this year’s show is a whole array of door prizes – including a free Staycation giveaway package. The package includes two tickets to a “Live in McAllen” performance, dinner for two at an upscale McAllen restaurant, a dozen roses and a free night’s stay at Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel in McAllen. Registration for this special prize will take place at the Winter Texan Times booth at the Expo.

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Lone Star Jubilee makes Valley tour

Inspiration, laughter and fun is one description of The Texans in concert.

That alone, should be enough reason to attend the annual Lone Star Jubilee as it makes its way through the Rio Grande Valley from Jan. 21 to Jan. 26 with seven performances along the way.

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Annual Woodcarvers Show set for Friday and Saturday

Rally on the Rio coming next week

20180111 Woodcarvers Show Pic1PHARR - There are 27 categories available for woodcarvers to showcase their skills and projects during the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13 at the Nomad Shrine Club, located at 1044 W. Nolana in Pharr.

Admission is $3 and the show is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

The show will include projects such as birds, fish, flowers, jewelry, mythical characters, canes, spiritual, bowls, gourds and more. There are categories also for instructor-assisted class work, knife carvings, painted wood burning, wooden toys, woodturning and others.

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Getting ready for the Travel, Health & Wellness Expo!

Visitors to this year’s McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo are in for some special treats by way of some very special exhibits from the Texas State Aquarium, San Antonio Bike Tours, Registrar of Imported Vehicles and many, many other exhibitors offering special travel and vacation packages.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Boggus Ford, Winter Texan Times, and McAllen International Airport are planning the 2018 Travel, Health and Wellness Expo. This event will be hosted on February 13 and 14, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the McAllen Convention Center.

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Navy Vet celebrates 100th birthday, goes to Happy Hour

HarryBirthday 003 1U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Ivan Aguilar presents a plaque from the Navy Recruiting District, San Antonio, and Navy Recruiting Station, McAllen honoring Harry R. James for his 100-year birthday and an appreciation certificate commemorating his WWII service aboard submarine chaser PC-569.

U.S. Navy veteran, Harry R. James, celebrated his centennial birthday at Snow to Sun RV Resort in Weslaco on Jan. 2.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Ivan Aguilar, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shauna Allen presented Harry with a memorial plaque and a commemorative certificate of service. Petty Officer Aguilar cited Harry’s service on the submarine chaser PC-569 (USS Petoskey) from 1941 through 1943 and thanked him for his dedicated service.

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The Unusual World of Patty Gregg

20180104 Patty GreggTo label Patty Gregg as an artist would be an understatement. It would be more appropriate to say that she is an extremely creative, artistic and talented individual. Since an early age she has embraced and excelled in so many different forms of art, that it is difficult to mention them all.

Born in Mexico City, she has a natural love for bright colors and she’s not afraid to use them.

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Winter Texans Welcome!

FromthepublisherThe Rio Grande Valley is bustling with activities and special events planned this weekend and every week for the next couple of months.

The All Valley RV & Outdoor Show begins today for a three-day show at the RGV Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes.

The RGV Woodcarvers Show is also happening this weekend, Jan. 12-13, at the Nomad Shrine Club in Pharr.

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McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo coming soon

20180104 TRAVEL SHOW Jan with signThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce has been organizing the annual Travel Show for over 30 years. Formerly known as the McAllen International Travel Show, this year’s show has been expanded to include health and wellness for the body and mind, offering a wider variety of exhibitors at the show. And by combining the two events have now created the bigger and better Travel, Health & Wellness Expo.

This year the Expo will take place on Feb. 13 and 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at McAllen’s state-of-the-art Convention Center located at 700 Convention Center Boulevard, McAllen. Admission to this event is always free.

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Port Isabel Lighthouse reopens

For the first time since October, 2016, the Port Isabel Lighthouse is open to the public.

The lighthouse, located at 421 E. Queen Isabel Blvd, in Lighthouse Square, Port Isabel, was built in 1852 to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. The 72-foot-tall structure is one of 16 lighthouses built along the Texas Gulf Coast but is the only one that is open to the public.

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Winter Texans help ‘poorest of the poor’ in Mexico

20171219 Trade Winds ChristmasGifts JB 1105A group of about 40 Winter Texans from Trade Winds and Mission Bell RV Resorts gather to assemble gift bags of toys and candies for the children who live in some of the poorest areas of Reynosa, Mexico. Seated at front left are Scot and Cynthia Swafford, park managers. Scot is also a pastor for park.

The recreation hall at Trade Winds RV Resort in Mission was filled with tables covered with small toys, such as toy cars for boys and little dolls for girls, along with puzzles, booklets of Bible stories in Spanish, and bowls of candy on Dec. 19. Approximately 40 volunteers – mostly from Trade Winds and Mission Bell RV Resorts – were manning the tables, filling plastic bags with simple dollar store toys and trinkets destined for more than one hundred children living in shacks in the poorest parts of Reynosa, Mexico.

The bags were then delivered by Whitewater Ministries pastor Scot Swafford, his wife Cynthia and some of the Winter Texan volunteers to colonias in Reynosa on Dec. 20. Scot Swafford said the people living in these areas are “the poorest of the poor” and have very little of their own.

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Arguello's the heart of McAllen Jam

20171228 ARGUELLOPat Arguello performs Al Hirt's “Fancy Pants” during the McAllen Mobile Park jam on Saturday.

McAllen Mobile Park's Pat Arguello reminded me of a veteran boxer in the ring, diverting punches directed at her with smooth and graceful movements. A question would be aimed at her or about her, but like the cagey veteran, the response would be skillfully pushed to the side, more often than not to promote the talents of others.

Arguello is humility personified. The entertainment coordinator for McAllen Mobile Park, shared some of her story, but not without putting others in front of her on a regular basis.

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Ladies Christmas Brunch serves others

20171228 CasaDelValle BoxesGifts LANG 6022Because Norma Moe attended a prayer breakfast at Winter Ranch RV park in Alamo, just before Thanksgiving of 2013, dozens of families have benefited during the holidays from the annual Casa Del Valle food drive.

Following that 2013 prayer breakfast, Norma was handed an invitation to an Advent breakfast at a private home in Alamo. Norma and four of her friends attended, and when the breakfast was over they came out filled with excitement and the spirit of Christmas.

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Palm Resaca Park in giving spirit for Brownsville food pantry.

By Alden Moore
Winter Texan from Sundridge, Ontario

20170228 Palm Resaca Velma and Bob Wilson Photos By Darlene JulianVelma and Bob Wilson

The Christmas season is in full swing – not a golf swing, however – at Palm Resaca Park in Brownsville. Even though on Sunday, Dec. 10 there were 20 golf carts lined up – and there more lined up on Sunday, Dec. 23 – it really wasn't for golf.

Both golf cart Christmas parades met with much enthusiasm as dozens of residents decorated their carts.

Residents jumped into the Christmas spirit immediately after the Thanksgiving celebrations and recovery from all the food. Residents began decorating the entire park. The mobile homes are gleefully lit and park Christmas lights are everywhere. The park has been transformed into a bright and joyful wonderland.

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Red Hat Queen’s Council holds Christmas party

The Rio Grande Valley Red Hat Queen’s Council held its Monday, Dec. 11, meeting and Christmas party at Red Lobster in McAllen. The ladies enjoyed the entree of their choice from the menu and then held a short meeting.

Members were reminded of upcoming events such as the Festival of Tables to be held at Trophy Gardens in Alamo on Jan. 29. A group of 40 tables will be set in different styles representing holidays of special themes such as Red Hats, formal settings, beach or summer settings, or other countries such as Scotland or The Netherlands. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for viewing of the tables and lunch will follow at noon. Bill Chrastil, named Winter Texan Entertainer of the Year for 2017, will provide the entertainment.

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Iwo Jima Museum has new exhibit

20171228 Iwo jima head on cropOne of the popular places for Winter Texans, especially veterans, to visit is the Iwo Jima Museum on the grounds of Marine Military Academy in Harlingen. It is located in a small building opposite the drill field where the statue of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima is located.

A collection of Morse code keys, like those used by the Navajo Code talkers in World War II, were given to the museum by the grandfather of a Marine Military cadet, Lorenzo Casso. He used the keys during World War II. The grandfather also used the Morse code keys again during Hurricane Katrina when all other forms of communication were down.

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National Quilt Museum winners on display at Harlingen Museum

20170228 National Quilt Museum 1Starting Jan. 11 through Feb. 18 the geese will be flying at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum when the display of quilts from the National Quilt Museum in Paduca, Kentucky go on display. The theme for this year is “Flying Geese,” a pattern that uses triangles representing the shape of a flock of flying geese in the quilts.

According to Forest Garling, volunteer and gift shop coordinator, the museum has been having this display every year since 2007 and it is one of the most popular exhibits the entire year. This year there are 19 quilts in the exhibit that use the flying geese pattern in some way.

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Texas Trails Christmas Luncheon

FromthepublisherThank you to Pat Julian, Sharon Swanson and all the ladies at Texas Trails for inviting me to the Texas Trails Ladies Christmas Luncheon last week.

In addition to enjoying a wonderful luncheon and visiting with some of the park residents, we got to hear about some of the projects the park residents are doing to help the children of the Rio Grande Valley.

Also attending the luncheon were Pharr Police officers J.C. Aguirre and Daniel Garcia, who spoke to the group about the many different projects the police department conducts to help the community.

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Casa del Valle Ladies Christmas Luncheon helps colonia families

FromthepublisherWhen I received a call from Norma Moe at Casa del Valle RV Resort about a Ladies Christmas Brunch, I wasn’t sure what to expect – or how a male would fit in with a room full of ladies at a brunch. But when she said it was the park’s food drive kick-off event to help the children and families in a local colonia, I said, “I’ll be there Saturday!” And I’m glad I did.

What a treat!

As soon as I walked in the door of the rec hall at Casa del Valle I knew this was going to be really special. The decorations were amazing – all creating the theme “Down Candy Cane Lane.”

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Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony planned at VWMT

20171109 Veterans War Memorial

Korean War
Bronze plaques show actual battles of the Korean War in 9 phases.

“It’s been an amazing journey but in late 2018 or early 2019 the entire Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas will be completed,” stated Col. Frank Plummer (Ret.) US. Army. The journey began in 1988 when a friend told him the veterans of McAllen should place a statue of a World War II veteran in Archer Park to remind residents of their sacrifices.”

While Plummer agreed with the idea of remembrance of the sacrifices made during World War II, he wanted a memorial that would teach school children about the sacrifices of all those who had served to give the United States of America the freedoms that it now enjoys.

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