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Aztec Princess to appear in Santa Maria Grande Finale

The Aztec Princess Karla Santoyo, from Aguascalientes, will appear in the Winter Texan Grand Finale Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Santa Maria Bullring.

Karla dominated the 2015 season with her graceful style, executing sweeping classical passes to her bulls.

Karla is of the Santoyo dynasty of matadors. Her grandfather, her father, and her uncle were top ranked matadors during the 50’s through the early 90’s. Appearing in bullrings all over the world, Karla can take a bull from one side of the ring to the other in a style that appeals to all the fans, and when she turns her back on the bull she walks away without looking back.

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Celebrate Pioneer and Ranching Craft Days

The Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory) invites the community to celebrate Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. This family-friendly event was created 26 years ago and continues to provide an environment that illustrates the pioneer and ranching heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico.

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Country Pickin’ new in the Valley

Leland Jones and his band Country Pickin’ are moving around the Valley playing for dances and pleasing new audiences in Texas. The band is composed of professional musicians who love to perform for shows and dances. It is a five-piece band consisting of a rhythm guitar, bass guitar, lead guitar steel guitar and drums.

The band consists of Leland Jones, who has been performing since he was 12 years old. He owns and operates his own country music opry show in Richmond, Missouri. He is the lead singer and emcee and he also plays acoustic guitar.

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Great entertainment planned for Valley Star Awards

Winter Texans have been mailing their Valley Star Award ballots and using the online ballot at to vote for their favorite entertainers. The ballots have been coming in at a stead rate, and are being counted now as the cut-off date was Tuesday.

Saturday night a large crowd is expected to gather at Mission Bell Resort where the winners will be announced. But in addition to announcing the winners, there will be some great entertainment from new entertainers to the Valley and from some entertainers who have previously won the honors. It promises to be a great event.

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Music is for All Ages

Music is a lifetime passion to be enjoyed by all ages. From a child playing a toy xylophone, to a musician in her 90s playing beautiful songs on a clarinet, talented individuals keep creating music. The members of the Rio Grande Valley Concert Band, Winter Texans and Texans alike, have taken this to heart as they come together every year to perform concert band music in the Valley.

The very first concert of the RGV Concert Band was on Feb. 15, 1998, and the band still has three charter members from that very first showing: Glen Johnson, Em Laskey, and Gary Meidt.

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CAF Museum dedicated to preserving WWII artifacts

BROWNSVILLE – Among the many unique sites the Rio Grande Valley has to offer, one offers a glimpse into the history of flight and its impact on preserving the freedom United States citizens enjoy today.

“The Brownsville Commemorative Air Force Wing Museum…is dedicated to preserving the artifacts of World War II to educate people about the cost of freedom,” explained Tom Santos, volunteer and tour guide. The museum is located at 955 S. Minnesota Ave. near the Brownsville-South Padre Island Airport.

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Illusionist Roger Wayne brings Rio Grande Valley magic

Illusionist Roger Wayne is doing his 2017 performances in the RGV. His past show was Roger and Lee Anne’s Grand Illusion Magic Show.

Wayne said, “It was the largest traveling illusion show with over 10,000 pounds of equipment in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Having performed for thousands of people over the past 25 years, grossing over $10 million, we were very successful performers.”

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‘Good Vibrations’ tribute coming to Llano Grande

Sun, surf and California girls. Those were the days! Celebrate the music of the Beach Boys with the “Good Vibrations” tribute concert at Llano Grande Resort on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Good Vibrations is the ultimate, exciting tribute to the music and spirit of the Beach Boys. Audiences across the country have been mesmerized by the amazing group and their faithful renditions of the Beach Boys classic hits including “California Girls,” “Surfin’ USA,” “I Get Around,” “Help me Rhonda,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and the group’s namesake hit, “Good Vibrations.”

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Moe Bandy, Janie Fricke & TG Sheppard come to Riverside Club

Lovers of country music will want to make plans to see three stars from the classic country music scene when the Riverside Club brings Moe Bandy, Janie Fricke and TG Sheppard in a Classic Country Concert. The concert will be held will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Boggus Ford Event Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd, in Pharr. Doors open 6 p.m. Tickets as available from Riverside Club, at the Boggus Box office and through Ticketmaster; call 1-800-745-3000.

With 10 number one hits, 40 Top Ten Hits, and Five Gold Albums, Moe Bandy is one of the all-time leading classic country music performers. Hits like “Bandy, the Rodeo Clown,” “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” and “It’s a Cheatin’ Situation,” propelled him to the top of the country music industry.

Originally from San Antonio, Bandy rode bulls and worked as a sheet metal worker while playing in honky-tonks at night. In 1972 he met record producer Ray Baker who agreed to produce Moe if he paid for the recording session. Moe’s first hit, “I Started Hating Cheatin’ Songs Today,” came out of that session. He followed with “It Was Always So Easy” (to find an unhappy woman). Although the style of music was changing, Moe continued to succeed with his classic Texas Honky-Tonk style of music.

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Mega Winter Texan Fiesta this weekend

Winter Texans, get ready for a fun-filled weekend in Mission as the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce honors Winter Texans during the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta to be held Friday and Saturday Feb. 12-13. The two-day celebration includes a golf tournament, a Mexican Artesans’ Market and the ever-popular live entertainment by some of the Valley’s best Wintertainers™ on Saturday.

 The fiesta kicks off Friday at 8 a.m. with a special event for golfers to be held at the Shary Municipal Golf Course. “Fiesta on the Greens” includes a six-person Texas Scramble. For an 18-hole division, the cost is $40, which includes food and beverage. Payments must be made at the time of sign-up. All Shary Golf Course and GoMission Deal card members will receive a discount. For more information about the tournament, call 956-580-8770.

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CrossStrung performs their last season in RGV

CrossStrung, one of the hottest groups to perform in recent years in the Rio Grande Valley, will be returning this year for a limited engagement. They were named best Bluegrass Band in the RGV in 2014, and have been nominated for the 2016 Valley Star Awards Family Musical Group of the Year. They were also winners of a National Family Talent Search.

Leah Cluff, now 21 years old, started playing violin at age 7 and discovered Celtic music at age 14.

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Chisholm Trail Festival pays tribute to important part of RGV History

The fourth annual Chisholm Trail Festival created by the City of Donna honors Chisholm Trail rider Col. Pete Preston Ackley, an Illinois native who lived in Donna from 1858 to 1940. The two-day event will kick off with a Chisholm Trail Round-up Dinner and Dance on Friday, Feb. 12 followed by a full day of events Saturday. A 5K Run begins the Saturday, Feb. 13 line-up of events, followed by the Chisholm Trail Cook-off, a parade, gunfighter performances, food vendors and free live entertainment all afternoon and evening.

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Museum announces winners of quilt show

Winners of the annual Mission Quilt Show held in January by the Mission Historical Museum were announced at an awards ceremony held Friday, Feb. 5 along with a special “Turning of the Quilts” program.

In the Wall Hanging Division first place was awarded to Gerald Brauer’s “Star Burst.” Second place went to Jane Pronovost’s “Joel’s Quilt.” Pronovost said the information stating she went to a graphic artist to make the pattern was wrong. The quilt was made from a design for the band “Weems” and it was their leader who went to the graphic artist to create the design. Pronovost simply blew up the design and made it larger to use on the quilt.

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Winter Texans’ favorite golf courses named

Golf is a favorite pastime for many Winter Texans while wintering in the Rio Grande Valley. With dozens of golf courses all across the Valley, Winter Texans have a wide array of courses to enjoy, and each course has its challenges and beauty. Most courses offer beautiful tropical scenes of lush green fairways lined with palm trees, as well as special features designed to enhance the beauty of a particular hole or water element. Of course, one of the things Winter Texans enjoy most is the mild winter weather that allows duffers to play all winter long.

The Winter Texan Times recently completed the second annual poll of Winter Texan golfers, allowing them to vote for their favorite golf courses. A ballot listing the top golf courses in the Upper Valley, Mid-Valley and Lower Valley was published in the Winter Texan Times as well as online at, allowing our readers to pick their favorites. And the winners are….

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Vote for 2016 Valley Star Awards

It is time again to select Winter Texans’ favorite entertainers for the 2016 Valley Star Awards. This year’s ballot is in this week’s edition of the Winter Texan Times on page 8. Choose to use the ballot in today’s paper and mail it to 1217 N. Conway, Mission TX 78572, or, vote online at Ballots must be received by Feb. 16 to be counted.

Nominees for Male Vocalist of the Year are John Sager, Mario, Bill Chrastil and J.C. Harrisson. Female Vocalist of the Year nominees are Susan Hudson Carman, Leslie Blasing, Ruthi and Maggie Mae.

Family Musical Group nominees are Lindley Creek, CrossStrung, Southern Anthem and Goldwing Express. Non-related Musical Group of the Year nominees include Razz Ma Tazz, Men of A-Chord, Sweet Adelines and Senior Ambassadors.

Read more: Vote for 2016 Valley Star Awards

Toughest bulls of the season coming to Santa Maria

LA GLORIA – Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria will present bulls from Rancho Viejo, in Txcala, Mexico for the third Winter Texan season world class bloodless bullfight on Sunday, Feb. 14.  

Promising to be the fight of the season, never in the bullfight history of Santa Maria have the bulls been this size.

The danger is always present when a matador faces big bulls that are armed like these five-year-old bulls will be. Mexico’s top-ranking matador, Guillermo Ibarra, was tossed and nearly wounded by the bull in a recent bullfight at Santa Maria. He suffered an exterior non-entry horn wound that will require surgery to repair the damage to his thigh.

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Ballet Folklórico UTRGV presents Alegría 2016

The Ballet Folklórico University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will present its annual concert series, Alegría 2016, with six shows on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses.

The opening night show will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Center in Edinburg. Tickets will be available at the PAC Box Office one hour prior to the event. For advance ticket information, contact the Dance Program office at (956) 665-2230.Public concerts continue on Feb. 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and with matinees Feb. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

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Mission Historical Museum presents Artesano Market Days

MISSION – Mission Historical Museum presents the Second Annual Artesano Market Days highlighting a cultural awareness for hand-crafted artisan work. Inspired by history and tradition, both domestic and foreign, the festivities take place on Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, located at 900 Doherty. Admission is free and open to the public.

With 60 artisans representing various states in Mexico, such as Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Distrito Federal, Veracruz and Guanajuato and others, the unique products will highlight handcrafted textiles, artwork, jewelry, chaquira beadwork, decorative candles, candies and more.

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Winter Texans show creativity building floats for citrus parade

Winter Texans often enjoy participating in local celebrations held in various cities all across the Rio Grande Valley. In Mission, Winter Texan residents of several RV resort parks have taken “participation” up a notch or two by building competitive floats to enter the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges competition.

It was obvious at Saturday’s parade our Winter Texans had fun with this year’s Citrus Fiesta theme, Citrus, Cartoons & Comic Book Characters,” as their creativity transformed common, everyday materials into delightful cartoon characters. Making the task of float building more challenging, these float craftsmen earned extra points added to their scores for using citrus and other Valley agricultural products to decorate their floats.

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Senior Ambassadors: Diverse group makes beautiful harmony

“Rio Grande Valley” has been the lead song for the Senior Ambassadors in all of the 24 years Esther Hewitt has been accompanying the chorus on the piano. As her favorite song, it leaps to mind every year she comes back to the Valley from Michigan.

She and her husband, George, first came to the Valley in 1989, and just kept coming back. George smiled as he explained, “The kids couldn’t understand why we liked it so well until they came to visit.” The Senior Ambassadors became a large part of their reasons for coming back to the Valley in 1992, when a fellow member of their church choir invited George to join. George said he only began singing after he met his wife. “She was a singer and a musician, and the kids were too, so I had to protect myself. I learned all my singing from my wife.”

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