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March 1: Activity Director Appreciation Day

20190227 Robert n Billie Ferguson 1Activity Directors are the heart of the park. They don’t just keep the calendar, hire entertainers, make sure the Bingo players are happy, and sell ice cream, they provide their residents with a fun-filled winter with new ideas and plans to encourage fellowship and make great memories. While most of us are attending happy hours, swimming, or looking for a new place to eat, they are busy keeping everything on an even keel. They work many, many hours that nobody realizes. March 1 has been designated as a day to show them how much they are appreciated.

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2019 BorderFest features music and entertain

20190227 Borderfest GU6C0A1148South Texas’ largest music, culture and heritage festival, “BorderFest,” kicks off this weekend at the Hidalgo BorderFest Fairgrounds, located next to the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. The three-day festival, held March 1-3, is packed with entertainment, food, vendors and parades.

The festival officially begins at 9 a.m., Friday with the Traditional Abrazo and Square Dance in Reynosa at the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge. This is a free family event offering a Mexican lunch, drinks, souvenirs, mariachi folklore and many other surprises. This event is sponsored by the City of Reynosa and the City of Hidalgo.

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Over 300 attend Red Hat Festival of Tables

20190206 Red Hat Festival of Tables GU 4036The eighth annual Red Hat Society Festival of Tables was a great success with over 300 women attending at Casa del Sol in Donna on Feb. 6. Ladies decorated 38 tables with a variety of themes. While the table hostesses stayed with their table, guests drew a number when they entered the room that assigned them to a table. That placed ladies from all different parks seated together allowing them to visit people they might not have previously met.

One of the tables featured an antique sewing machine in the middle and two sewing machine music boxes at each end. Sue Martin and Grace Tracy were hostesses. Martin said the 1955 portable Singer sewing machine belongs to her and she still uses it when she works in groups quilting. “It’s small enough to transport easily and sews straight seams just as well as it did in 1955.”

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Winter Texan Ambassadors Wanted

If you love coming down to the Rio Grande Valley each winter, you’re invited to become a Winter Texan ambassador. The job is simple: share with your friends all the good times you have in the Valley each winter – away from the snow and ice. In a place where you can play golf almost any winter day. In a place where your MH & RV resort is a community of its own with lots of friends to share in a whole array of fun activities.

You’ll want to tell your friends about the dances in your park, the jam sessions, craft sales, pancake breakfasts, ice cream socials and the wonderful Wintertainers™ performing daily in the resorts. If you like country music, there’s a jam for you and a number of quality bands performing for country-western dances. If your preference is rock-n-roll or bluegrass, you’re not disappointed. There are many talented performers who come to the Rio Grande Valley from Branson, Nashville and other locales during the winter season.

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Pam Liston wins Best of Show at Guild Quilt Show

20190209 Quilt Guild Show GU 6C0A4123 BEST of SHOW“Believe it or not, this is the first time I have entered a quilt show,” says Pam Liston, whose “Halo Medallion Adapted” quilt entered in the large quilt category won first place in the Large Quilt Division and Best of Show at the RGV Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Show held last weekend at South Padre Island.

The quilt was machine-pieced and machine-quilted. It was custom quilted by Renee Darkis of Alamo.

“This quilt is by far the most intricate quilt I have made and the first in medallion style,” Liston said. She has only made about 10 quilts in all, and she chose this pattern because she liked the precision and detail the pattern offered. The flying “V” formations representing geese in flight were done in three different styles. She used a stranger, a zigzag and a curved style of “V”. She felt the curved V’s were the hardest. She also did a “fussy cut” to get the medallions centered where she wanted them.

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Thousands enjoyed Winter Texan Fiesta

20190216 Winter Texan Fiesta JB 1 017Fred Mastellar has driven more than 2.5 million miles for Hart Travel. He said that this most recent trip from Minnesota to South Texas was the most difficult he's endured in all those years.

“It was rough with all the freezing rain and snow and cold,” he said. “There's probably a wet spot under me because I'm still thawing out.”

Mastellar and Ernie Hart were sitting on a set of bleachers enjoying the 80 degree weather at the annual Winter Texan Fiesta, held at the Mission Event Center in Mission. Hart Travel brings a group of people from Minnesota and North Dakota to the Valley each year. They stay at a local hotel and travel to the island and other events. This year they are staying for 16 days and Hart said they were fortunate to be in the Valley during the annual Fiesta that celebrates all things Winter Texan.

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Red Hats taking reservations for 2020 Red Hat cruise

A Caribbean cruise for members of the Rio Grande Red Hat Society has been planned for March 1, 2020. The cruise will go to Roatan, Honduras, Puerto Costa Mayo and Cozumel, Mexico. Go with Jo is the agency planning the cruise that will leave from Galveston. Linda Howard the agent. Phone number for Go with Jo is 1-800-999-1446. Howard has recommended a final cut-off date of Feb. 25, 2019. However, there are only so many rooms reserved in each category so the earlier people register, the more likely they are to receive the type of rooms they need.

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Valley Star Awards Show is Feb. 20

2019 Williamson Branch 1The 2019 Valley Star Awards Show will feature a lineup of six of the top entertainers who are performing this season in the Rio Grande Valley parks and resorts. This year’s show features performances by Rusty Rierson, Helen Russell & Company, Tavie Spivey & Shake Rattle & Roll, Kai, Gene Turner (aka Mr. Pickpocket) and the Williamson Branch. All six performers are nominees for this year’s Valley Star Awards selections.

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Ballet Folklorico Alegría performance is remarkable

20190213 UTRGV 08.55The experience of attending a performance of the UTRGV Ballet Folklorico Alegría is nothing less than spectacular. The beautiful costumes, the stage scenery and the professional sounds of the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan provide the perfect setting for this highly talented cast of dancers to perform their magic on stage at the university’s Performing Arts Complex. This is where audiences go to experience the best of the best in folkloric dance combined with the finest mariachi musicians in South Texas.

Audiences at the UTRGV Ballet Folklórico’s presentation of Alegría, a two-hour exploration into the myths and musical motifs of Mexico, are treated to vibrant visuals that pour over a cast of 34 dancers spinning out in Aztec ritual before shifting into the subtleties of Mexican-styled polka.

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Winter Texan Fiesta features popular entertainers

20190213 WTF Rich Bellert 22Thousands of Winter Texans are looking forward to the great entertainment lineup set to perform at the annual Winter Texan Fiesta in Mission. The celebration of Winter Texans is three events rolled up into one big, two-day “Thank you Winter Texans” celebration.

Shary Municipal Golf Course hosts the “Fiesta on the Golf Course” golf tournament on Friday, Feb. 15, while the Mission Historical Museum hosts the Mexican Artesano Market Days on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16 and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winter Texan Fiesta concert on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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Mission Lions Club Market Days is Saturday

The Mission Lions Club is planning a new outlet for artisans, craftsmen, artists and small businesses to sell their products with very little overhead. The new citywide venue is Mission Lions Market Days.

Mission Lions Market Days will be held on the second Saturday of each month in February, March and April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful, newly renovated Leo Pena Placita Park in downtown Mission. The park is located at Conway Ave. and 9th Street (Business 83). Saturday, Feb. 9 will be the first Market Days event.

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Fiesta on the Greens Winter Texan Golf Tournament

20170330 GOLFERS Miller IMG 9357Polish your golf clubs and join the fun on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Shary Municipal Golf Course. The “Fiesta on the Golf Course” begins at 8 a.m. with a “Six-Person Texas Scramble”. The cost for the 18-hole division is $40, which includes prizes, food and beverage. Golfers are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot, as participation is limited. Payments must be made at sign-up. For more information please call 956-580-8770.

New talent highlights second Entertainers’ Showcase

20190213 sHOWCASE2 9118Country music singer Naomi Bristow “The Yodeling Cowgirl,” took a five-hour flight from Buffalo, N.Y. to arrive in the Valley to perform for nine minutes at the Entertainers’ Showcase held last week at Mission Bell Resort, then spent the rest of her time sightseeing.

The moments that immediately followed those nine minutes of singing, playing guitar and yodeling was worth that plane ticket – and more.

The second of two Winter Texan Entertainer Showcases took place at Mission Bell in front of 200 Winter Texan park activity and entertainment directors looking to book the best talent to perform at their parks for next season and beyond. Some performers, like Bristow, had a line waiting for them and when the whirlwind of negotiations were over, Bristow could announce that she would be introducing herself to the Valley with shows both in 2020 and 2021.

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Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Holes Announced

20181205 Favorite Golf Holes Miller Tierra Santa NoWinter Texan golfers voted for their favorite golf holes in the Rio Grande Valley’s first annual Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Hole contest. We have tallied the votes and here are the results.

It's no surprise that among the Top Ten holes in the Winter Texans' Favorite Golf Holes contest, five of them were closing holes. Three were the true finishing holes – No. 18 at Tierra Santa, Brownsville Golf Center and Los Lagos Golf Club. The other two closers were the secondary closing holes on the respective courses, meaning No. 9 at Llano Grande and Tony Butler Golf Course.

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Bullfight features world-renowned Matadora Rocio Morelli

20190206 Matadora Rocio Morelli origLa Gloria, Texas – Santa Maria Bullring owner Fred Renk is impressed with the down to earth, humble attitude of Matadora Rocio Morelli, of Bogota, Columbia.

“It is special because she is who she is, so quiet and reserved and humble. I asked why are you so quiet and humble. She answered, ‘Don’t ever think you’re better than anyone else who faces death in the ring. The bulls give you fame and in one second can take it away.

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Valley Star Awards deadline nears

Rusty Rierson 2You have just six more days to cast your vote for your favorite entertainers as your votes determine the winners of the Valley Star Awards. The deadline to turn in your ballot is Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Each year we ask Winter Texans to help us choose the top entertainers who perform in the Winter Texan resorts in the Rio Grande Valley.

Now is your chance to decide who will receive the top awards at the annual Valley Star Awards Show, hosted by the Winter Texan Times and Robert and Billie Ferguson.

We will tally your votes and announce the winners at this year’s Valley Star Awards Show. The show will be held Feb. 20, from 1-4 p.m. at Mission Bell Resort.

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Winterfest at Schlitterbahn draws full house crowd

IMG 0005Dance like nobody’s watching.

There was a lot of that taking place at the annual WinterFest celebration at Schlitterbahn Water Park on South Padre Island, where a large turnout of Winter Texans braved the cold, wet day to be entertained, sing, dance, eat and enjoy the camaraderie under the protective covering of the pavilion.

Temperatures in the 50s, a bit of light rain and a lot of clouds couldn’t stop an audience from all over South Texas from attending the event to listen to some of the Winter Texan’s favorite entertainers: Tavie Spivey’s Rock ‘n Roll show, Jeff Gordon, Leslie Blasing, Lobo del Mar, Diego and Jason “The Piano Man” Whor-low. The event was emceed by Gary Crain who, among other celebrities, brings the voice of Gomer Pyle to life with stunning accuracy.

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McAllen Public Utility Warns Customers of Scam Callers

unnamedThe past week, McAllen Public Utility customer service representatives were made aware of several utility customers receiving scam calls. The scam callers threatened the MPU customers of a possible water disconnect if a payment was not made. However, because three of the customers take advantage of the utility’s automatic bank draft service, they became suspicious and knew they were not in danger of being disconnected.

“The McAllen Public Utility does not make phone calls seeking payment and threatening disconnection of service,” said Mark Vega, General Manager for MPU. “While we understand sometimes people may fall behind or forget to make a payment, we follow-up with a letter and ask customers to come or contact us directly to make arrangements. Whoever is making these calls is not a part of the McAllen Public Utility.”

The phone number that appeared to those customers who received the scam calls was 1-800-401-6215. Customers who receive a call from this number should disregard and contact the McAllen Public Utility and the McAllen Police Department.

Barbershop quartets to deliver Singing Valentines

20190130 Singing Valentines 20180214 161216The Men of A-Chord Barbershop Chorus is offering a sweet Valentine’s Day gift that is sure to make that special someone happy – and it isn’t fattening. On Valentine’s Day Barbershop Chorus quartets will be delivering Singing Valentines, a Valentine’s Day serenade in four-part barbershop harmony.

What could be more charming? And the Valentine’s Day Serenade package includes a red rose and chocolates. Well, maybe the chocolates could be a little fattening, but she deserves a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day.

Rich Clark, a member of the Men of A-Chord, says Singing Valentines will be delivered at home, work, a restaurant, or anywhere else throughout the Rio Grande Valley for only $35, on Feb. 14. He says the Valentines are perfect for not only your sweetheart, but also for a parent, child, care provider, employees, support staff or customers.

Part of the proceeds from the Singing Valentines will contribute to a post-secondary RGV music scholarship.

To reserve your Singing Valentine quartet, call Rich at 626-807-0597.

Vendors sought for Mission Lions Market Days

20190123 La Placita Park scene PR 8475The Mission Lions Club is inviting vendors to participate in a new city-wide venue for selling arts and crafts, as well as food and beverages – Mission Lions Market Days. Commercial booths will also be available for local businesses.

Mission Lions Market Days will be held on the second Saturday of each month in February, March and April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful and newly renovated La Placita Park in downtown Mission. The park is located on Conway Ave. and 9th Street (Business 83).

The event will feature food, vendors, bingo games, door prizes and music for a festive, inviting atmosphere. The public is invited and admission is free.

For more information or to register as a vendor or to reserve a commercial booth, contact Mission Lions President Adela Ortega at 956-458-9066.

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