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Matadora Rocio Morelli to perform at Santa Maria

20190130 Santa Ma Rocio pic2 blendLa Gloria, Texas – Rocio Morelli will be the star matadora performing at the next bloodless bullfight to be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria.

Morelli, the youngest of four active female matadors worldwide, has appeared in Spain, South America and Mexico. Now she makes her debut in the U.S.A. heading the card in La Gloria's Plaza de Toros Santa Maria. She has triumphed in Madrid and many other Spanish plazas as well as all the South American capitals where bullfighting is highly popular, said Fred Renk, owner of the Santa Maria Bullring.

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Favorite Golf Course voting deadline nears

20170209 GOLF PHOTOS SOUTH PADRE ISLANDYou could win free prizes just by voting

As the voting deadline approaches in the Winter Texan Times annual golf competition, this week we’ll highlight some of the Lower Valley golf courses for our readers to consider as they vote in the Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course competition. This year, we’ve added more prizes to make it more fun for our Winter Texan golfers. We’ll have more winners too. You’ll have the chance to win free rounds of golf, cash or other great prizes like dining certificates and discounts. How? Just fill out the ballot in this issue and get it to us before 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. That’s this Friday, so don’t put this aside for later.

If you use a computer, it’s quicker and easier. Just go online to our website at and click on the banner at the very top of the home page (above the Winter Texan Times logo) and the online ballot form will load up. You’ll probably have to scroll down to see the form after giving it a minute to load.

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First Winter Texan Showdown RC race a smashing success

Randy Rutger had a new driver for his race car and needed some time getting the driver and the car acquainted.

Being a former oval track and drag racing driver, the Kalamazoo native knew how important it was that the two have the perfect feel for one another; that the car was set up to not only the driver but to the track. Every driver, every car and every track is different, from the high banks of Daytona to the egg-shaped oval of Darlington.

The driver, however, in this case, was a new remote control he purchased just the night before. The car was his remote control race car, that he skillfully sped around the dirt oval track at Bit-O-Heaven RV Park for the first Bit-O-Heaven Winter Texan Showdown RC Races.

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Party on the Boulevard this weekend

The party everyone has been waiting for finally arrives this weekend.

Party on the Boulevard will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at the RGV Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is free, except for parking, and Winter Texans get $3 off parking with the coupon in today’s issue of the Winter Texan Times.

Event planner Cheryl Palacios has been working on putting the festival together for months.

“We began working on this early last summer,” Palacios said, “and the result is that we are having a hugely successful event that Winter Texans especially will enjoy.”

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Dale & Gayle bring music, entertainment to RV parks

20190123 Dale Gayle 003There's something comforting about sitting and talking with Dale and Gayle Eisenhauer, known as Dale & Gayle on the entertainment circuit. Maybe it’s the friendliness they exude. That may come from teaching children for 30 years. It could also partly be from Dale’s role as a pastor.

Now in their ninth year entertaining in the Valley, Dale says they re-invent their shows every season to bring something new to their audiences.

The two are from the little town of Newkirk in northern Oklahoma. They are on their 10th year as full-time entertainers, traveling and spreading their love of music to everyone they meet. Since their retirement, they have visited and entertained in 38 states and performed nearly 1,000 shows.

Dale has played guitar and sung with a country dance band since 1970 in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. He has performed with many country legends such as Hank Thompson, Kitty Wells, Helen Cornelius, Barbara Fairchild, Cal Smith, David Frizzell, Johnny Lee, and many more.

“Each of these wonderful legends was a special moment for me as I looked up and saw 'me' on stage playing music with them. I never dreamed I would ever be so fortunate,” he said. “It was a dream come true to sing and play with some of my all-time country music heroes.”

One of Dale’s biggest thrills in his music career was to travel to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with his daughter Kathy and stand in the “magic circle” on stage and perform several songs during an event there. “It truly is like they say, a magical feeling to stand where so many greats have stood and hear your voice in the mother church of country music.” he said.

Gayle was a trained pianist, taking many lessons in her childhood years. She only played and sang in church and never dreamed that someday she would be a full time entertainer, traveling the country with her husband.

Dale & Gayle do not play or sing to track music. They prefer to play everything live and spontaneous. Dale plays acoustic guitar and sings; Gayle plays a split keyboard and is the bass player with her left hand, and piano player with her right, plus she sings. They like playing live so that even in the middle of a song, they can stop and interact with the audience, tell a joke that pops into Dale’s head or comment on something that just happened in the audience.

One of the most popular parts of their show has been a comedy skit with Ms. Crabapple. The skit is called “Let Me Speak To The Manager” and is a hilarious situation in which Ms. Crabapple calls the park manager and is always complaining about common problems that all parks face, except she really knows how to “explain” it to the manager.
Many people come to Dale & Gayle shows just to see Ms. Crabapple.

“We enjoy what we do and are blessed to have been here for so many years,” Gayle said. “We love what we do together.”

Following is Dale and Gayle's upcoming schedule. You can also find Dale & Gayle on most Monday nights from 5-8 p.m. playing at Ace’s BBQ in Mission, Thursday nights at Ace’s BBQ in Weslaco from 4:30-7:30 p.m, and Tuesday night at Brick Fire Pizza in Mission from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Dale & Gayle Show Schedule

Jan 27: Big Valley Park, Donna, Country Show 7-9 p.m.
Jan 30: Country Side Park, Donna, Country Show 7-9 p.m.
Feb 14:Alamo Paradise Acres, Alamo, Valentine’s Dance 7-9:30 p.m.
Feb 22: Circle T Park, Mission, Country Show, 7-9 p.m.
TBA: Cottonwood Park, Mission, Country Show, 7-9 p.m.
TBA: Leisure World Park, Weslaco, Dance 7-10 p.m.

TCF Parade of Oranges is Saturday

20190123 TCF Parade of Oranges 1 GU IMG 4272The Texas Citrus Fiesta – and seemingly half the residents of Mission – are busily preparing for the annual Parade of Oranges on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m.

Tito Santana, a hometown boy who made it to the top of the wrestling world, will serve as parade marshal.

Parade Chairman Bill Filut said last week 110 entries were already registered to participate in this year’s parade and more were expected before the deadline. Along with Tito as parade marshal, delegates from Sister Cities in Mexico and local political officials will be at the head of the parade.

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Swing Street Big Band creates moments to remember

20190123 IMG 9472It didn't really matter what song the Swing Street Big Band performed, the sound was incredible and each piece was performed to perfection.

As the name of the band suggests, they performed music from the ‘big band” era, but they did so much more, playing an extremely wide selection from several decades.

“Blueberry Hill,” “In the Mood,” “Moments to Remember” or “Celebration.” were just a morsel of what they delectable sounds could conjure. Whatever tune or style – Latin dances, waltzes, tangos, merengues – either Silvia and Bill Robinson, Vernon and Kathleen Carlson or Randy and Diane VanNorstrand would be in their element on the dance floor, dressed to the nines with glitter and class, at Fun N Sun Resort Prom Night in San Benito with the Swing Street Big Band.

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Schlitterbahn’s WinterFest music festival is Jan. 30

20190123 AbbaFab WHP AbbaFab13Winter Texans know a good deal.

That's one of the main reasons they return to the Rio Grande Valley every year.

They also love the weather and the entertainment.

So, what better event than WinterFest at Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island. This year’s WinterFest Music Festival will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Schlitterbahn-South Padre Island. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, which includes no only the fabulous entertainment lineup, but also a delicious meal at the Shrimp Haus Restaurant.

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The Wheelhouse of The Winter Texan

20190116 AllValleyRV 03Visitors to the 2019 All Valley RV and Outdoor Show got a glimpse of much more than posh park models and travel trailers. The three day event, held at the Mercedes Livestock Showgrounds, was a window to the recreational adventures of the RGV’s Winter Texan community.

Marie A. Howard, who manages Magic Valley RV Park in Weslaco, notes that many of the attendees showed up specifically for the vending tables, which this year included gourmet cookware as well as therapeutic jewelry, and even information on pinhole dentistry. “They do shop, and they do look at the new RVs,” says Howard, explaining that “we have vendors with all kinds of supplies and things and information on lots of parks from all over the Valley.”

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Rock n roll Jam at Green Gate Grove

20190116 GreenGate IMG 6017Danny & The Juniors boldly proclaimed, in their musical hit in 1960. that “Rock n Roll is here to stay.”

In the 70s, the John Travolta and Olivia Newton John confirmed that prognostication in the movie “Grease.”

Now, another 40-plus years later, Winter Texan parks and resorts across the Rio Grande Valley are enjoying rock n roll more than ever and making sure it’s here to stay. Green Gate Grove is one of the latest parks to add a rock 'n roll jam to its list of weekly events. The park ended the year on a rockin' note with a dozen different performers with songs ranging from George Bowers performing “Johnny B. Good” to Bob and Lily Weibe with Elvis' “Don't be Cruel” and Mark Schwendner with an exciting and fun version of “Wooly Bully.”

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WT volunteers are key to Children’s Haven ministry

20190116 CHI Thrift Volunteers 1038“It’s all about the kids,” is the reason given by volunteers working in the thrift store at Children’s Haven International (CHI), located at 400 East Minnesota Road in Pharr.

“We give our time here to support the ministry in Reynosa [Mexico],” said Pastor Garland Hudson, who with his wife, Marilyn, are full-time residents at Pharr South Park. “It is a fantastic ministry there.”

The pastor, who doesn’t look 95 years old, was referring to CHI’s operation of a community school and seven group homes for 60 children in Reynosa. And the thrift store sales are an important aspect to support the children’s home, and at the same time provide low-cost items to many shoppers from the community. The shop helps other ministries on both sides of the border.

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Shuffleboard remains popular with Winter Texans at GAO

20190116 GAO Shuffleboard 1126“Taking the right shot is the most important strategy in shuffleboard competition,” says Ed Yauchzee, the coordinator for the Golden Age Olympics events on Casa Del Sol MH/RV Park’s 20 courts in Donna.

“But first you have to practice what you are shooting at on the shuffleboard court,” he added. That is what many have done in getting ready for the competition that began with the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department’s singles event on Jan. 7. The singles contest continues until Jan. 18.

Yauchzee and his wife, Joanne, have been helping with the tournament for amateur and expert shufflers at Casa Del Sol for the past 10 years. He pointed out they receive a lot of help from park residents in rewaxing the discs to make for easy sliding on the court. Almost all shufflers bring their own sticks for pushing the discs, much like golfers have a favorite putter.

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Great talent performs at Entertainers Showcase No. 1.

20190116 Showcase IMG 7635Kody Norris was fascinated – he used the word “mesmerized” – with the performers he saw on the Grand Ole Opry when he was a child. Not only was he drawn in by the music, but also by the bright, bold colors that the performers wore; and the bling – the shiny rhinestones that peppered so many of the outfits, from Glen Campbell to Dolly Parton.
The influence was quite clear as the Kody Norris Band was one of about 35 bands, groups and individuals to perform at the Entertainers Showcase last week at Park Place Estates in Harlingen, organized and run by Robert and Billie Ferguson.

While bull riders are given just seven seconds to impress the judges, showcase entertainers are given nine minutes – with similar pressure attached – to show park activity directors what they can do in hopes of getting booked for shows the following year.

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Fearless Matador Undaunted by Close Call

20190116 Bullfight IMG 8014Just about the same time that the movie “Field of Dreams” coined the phrase “Build it and they will come,” Fred Renk was putting that theory to the test. After 19 years of unofficial study one would tend to think Renk agrees with the sentiment.

Nineteen years ago, Renk opened the Santa Maria Bullring on Farm-to-Market Road 1017 in La Gloria, Texas. Today, there is nothing for miles on the desolate road, just a lot of ranch land, high and low fences and the bullring, the “only bullring used for bullfighting in the United States,” said the former matador.

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Product Costume Show will be held at Mission Community Center on Jan. 12

20190109 TCF Product Costume Show jmb 0070This weekend the Texas Citrus Fiesta is hosting three competitions all rolled into one big event where the winners will be announced. The Product Costume Show is the main event, and those attending the show will see all of this year’s costumes as they are presented to the judges.

The Shoebox Float Competition winners will also be announced and all of the miniature floats will be on display.

And, finally, the entries in the Ultimate Grapefruit Pie Baking Showdown will also be judged and the winners announced at the event.

The big day is Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Mission Community Center.

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Mission Historical tour date changed

20190109 Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 2014 jmb 0005Mission Historical Museum is scheduling a limited number of tours of local historical sites in and around Mission. The tours are being led by local historian, artist and architect Manuel Hinojosa. Due to a scheduling conflict, the date of the next tour has been changed to Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those joining the tour will have the opportunity to learn about some of Mission’s landmarks and historically significant buildings such as the Border Theater, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and La Lomita Mission, the city’s namesake. Meet local historian and the Tom Landry mural artist, Manuel Hinojosa. The tour fee is $10 and includes breakfast and a Mission T-shirt. To sign up for this tour call the museum office at 956-580-8646. Space is limited.

Mission Community joins forces for free health fair

Mission, TX – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the City of Mission and Mission Regional Medical Center to host the 24th Annual Mission Community Health & Wellness Fair. The event will be held at the Mission Event Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will provide free screenings, awareness, and education.

Mission Regional Medical Center’s laboratory team will provide a free master blood test to the first 500 people, for which a 12-hour fast is required before the test. Free health screenings will be provided as well and will include some of the following services: flu vaccines, complete blood count, total cholesterol, comprehensive metabolic panel, pulmonary function, and bone density.

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RGV Woodcarving Show is Jan. 11-12

The 2019 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, at the Nomad Shrine Club, located at 1044 W. Nolana, Pharr.

If you can imagine it, they can probably carve it. Hundreds of exhibits in approximately 27 show categories will be on display during this popular two-day event.

Categories include carvings of animals, mythical creatures, jewelry, carousel animals, knife carvings, wooden toys, spoons, gourds, bowls and wood burning. Most categories also include sub categories.

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Williamson Branch making musical achievement

2019 Williamson Branch 1As the Williamson Branch, the bluegrass family band with the rich sound, soaring vocals and prolific harmonies, departed the Rio Grande Valley following a great beginning to 2018, they couldn’t have mapped out a much better, or busier, remainder the year.

And that hustle and bustle continues into 2019 as the group returns for a full slate of shows over the next two months in the Rio Grande Valley.

“We are always excited to come back to the Valley,” said Kevin Williamson. “We meet new people every year, get to see others that we have made friends with and just have a lot of fun.”

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Famous matadors to perform at Santa Maria Saturday

20190109 Bull Michelito Lagravere 1567Bullfight dedicated to David Renk

As Santa Maria Bullring, the only bullring in the United States, marks its 19th year, this weekend’s bullfight is being dedicated to the passing of American icon David Renk, “El Texano,” who left an impressive mark on the bullfighting world, performing triumphantly at the biggest bullrings in the world in Mexico and Spain before being injured, forcing his retirement.

Co-star of this weekend’s bloodless bullfight at the Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria, Texas is Michelito Lagravere. He will perform along with the famous matador Manolo Martinez and Leal Montalvo, who won the Golden Bull Award last year at Santa Maria, and was also awarded symbolic ears and tail on two occasions in 2018.

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