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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 www.wttrgv.com, 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 www.wttrgv.com. 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.

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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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Golden Age Olympics: Just having fun

"Some of our Winter Texans want to compete and win, but most of our contestants just want to have fun," says Leslie Holland, director of the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department, which holds the Golden Age Olympics each winter. Holland goes on to say "We have more than 30 events taking place over two-and-a half-months, and all are geared towards our northern visitors."

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RGV Quilt Guild Show moves to SPI this year

Many people think of the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild as a group of ladies who get together once a year to display the quilts they have made. But, while they do put on a fabulous annual quilt show, there is so much more to the quilt guild than that. The guild is active all year long. With over 250 members in eight sewing bees across the Valley, many of the ladies (and some men) get together to sew, exchange patterns and ideas and do charitable work throughout the year.

In the winter season, the number of people in each group grows to include quilters from 25 different states and three Canadian provinces. Only 40 percent of the members are full time residents of the Valley and some of them are former Winter Texans who decided to make Texas a permanent home.

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Mission celebrates Winter Texans with two-day Fiesta

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will celebrate and recognize Winter Texans during the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta during a two-day event, Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13.

It kicks off Friday at 8 a.m. at the Shary Municipal Golf Course, 2201 N. Mayberry St., with a “Fiesta on the Golf Course.”   The six-person Texas Scramble, for an 18-hole division, is $40, including food and beverage. Payments must be made at the time of sign-up, which begins Monday, Feb. 8. All Shary Golf Course and GoMission Deal card members will receive a discount. For more information about the tournament, call 580-8770.

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Valley Star Awards: Vote for ‘Entertainer of the Year’

The fifth annual Valley Star Awards will present awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top entertainers as selected by Winter Texans casting their votes for their favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Musical Group of the Year, Musical Group of the Year (not related), Duet Musical Group, Gospel Group, Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year, Rock & Roll Band, Country Western Band, Individual/Small Band/Variety Act, and Entertainer of the Year.

The Valley Star Awards ballot is located HERE. To cast your vote, fill out the paper ballot printed in the Feb. 4 edition of the Winter Texan Times, or submit your vote online at www.wttrgv.com. Ballots must be submitted by the Feb. 16 deadline to be counted in the poll.

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Weslaco Museum offers ‘Orphan Train’ presentation

A popular presentation about the Orphan Train Riders will be held at the Weslaco Museum on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 2 and 4, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Author Dorothy Lund Nelson will present the program on “Orphan Train Riders.”

“Many people who missed her program last year have asked us to present it again, and Dorothy has agreed to do the two each day on February 2nd and 4th,” said Wade Marcum, director of the Weslaco Museum.

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Mission Quilt Show ends soon

The Feb. 3 deadline is fast approaching to visit Mission Historical Museum’s annual Quilt Show to vote for your favorite quilt and determine the Viewer’s Choice award. The quilt show display is in the Mission Historical Museum Annex building, located at 200 E. Tom Landry.

When the Winter Texan Times visited the quilt show, Patty Redlin, a volunteering Winter Texan from Indiana who works at the annex two days a week, gave a tour. A quilt lover, Redlin pointed out several outstanding quilts.

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Harlingen Winter Texan Appreciation Day was fun

The Harlingen Winter Texan Appreciation Day was a busy event. With entertainment both at Casa de Amistad and the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Winter Texans had plenty of choices. There were bands and folkloric dancers providing entertainment at Casa De Amistad.

Many Winter Texans gathered around the stage area to watch and children of all elementary ages performed folkloric dances.

“The kids are my favorite. We love to watch the little children perform,” Alan and Marlene Meeker said. It was their favorite part of the festival.

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Tickets still available for Red Hat Festival of Tables

Jan Bergman still has a few tickets left for the Red Hat Society’s’ popular Festival of Tables, a Valley-wide event to be held Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana Loop, in Pharr. This special event includes 40 tables all set with different settings. Some tables may be set with beachware while other might be western, Indian, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or a host of other different themes. Each table setting is being hosted by a different Red Hat Society in the Rio Grande Valley.

The ladies who come will be seated at tables with ladies from all over the area so they can learn what types of activities are going on in different Red Hat groups. Since many of the ladies who attend are Winter Texans who come from many different Red Hat Groups in many different states, the ladies who attend can get ideas for their groups from all over the nation.

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Kite Fest returns to SPI, Feb. 5-7

B&S Kites on South Padre Island, owned by Bill, Susie and John Doan, will host the 2016 SPI Kite Fest Feb. 5, 6 and 7. Events begin with an indoor kite exhibition on Friday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the South Padre Island Convention Center. Skilled flyers from all over the U.S will be showing their kiteflying skills with choreographed performances to music. This is a must see part of the SPI Kite Fest.Admission to the indoor exhibition is $6, with advance tickets required. Seating is limited. Tickets are available only at B&S Kites (956) 761-1248. There will be demonstrations of assembling kits and getting them in the air.

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7, there will be a free outdoor kite exhibition. Kites will be flown on the flats north of the SPI Convention Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair and sit and watch as professional kite flyers put enormous colorful kites in the air. There will be kite stunts, displays and performances during the day. Food concessions will be available.

Read more: Kite Fest returns to SPI, Feb. 5-7

Golden Age Olympics Continues

The 36th annual Golden Age Olympics is ongoing in McAllen through Mar. 11. With long popular events like bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming, card games and others there are a lot of events to for “athletes” and “other seniors” to choose from. Newer events such as pickleball, petanque, and others have joined these old favorites to keep everyone happily engaged in fun activities they enjoy.

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