By Anastasia Brunson
As I set out Saturday, I had made sure to check my weather app and bring an extra jacket, memories of last year’s KiteFest had me over-preparing as I’m not quite built for cold weather combined with the island wind. Luckily the cold front we had received was alleviating and I was greeted with a pleasant high in the 70’s. The wind was also more light and breezy than previously felt. Grateful for the positive change in the ever-changing Texas weather I left my extra jacket in the backseat and started to peruse the outdoor setup.
Read more: KiteFest breezy and bright
Submitted by Duane Yurek, Silver Lake, MN
This one started the summer of 2002 on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes near Richmond, MN.
My adult son, Dallas, was leaving the family cabin by boat to go to an island to set up an overnight camp out with some of his friends. Being young adults, they wanted to be fairly comfortable, so they had quite a lot of camping gear and supplies. So, he made a first run by boat to deliver firewood, tenting equipment, and some of the other gear. The second run was for the food, refreshments, and friends.
Read more: Everyone has a fishing story
By Kathy Olivarez
After being told by friends in the entertainment business that “he looked a little bit like Kenny Rogers” and “sounded a little bit like Kenny Rogers,” Branson entertainer Rick McEwen decided to develop a tribute show to the famous singer. Thus, “The Gambler”’ show was born, honoring one of Rogers’ most famous songs.
The act has served him well. He was nominated for top vocalist of the year by the Branson Terry Awards, which he now helps produce.
Read more: Rick McEwen's Kenny Rogers Tribute Show is a treat
Submitted by Arleen Bier
Each year, an auction is held at La Floresta Park in Mercedes. Some parks have Park Sales to get rid of unwanted stuff—we have an auction. Throughout the year, residents collect items to donate to the auction. We have really good stuff. The sale includes furniture, electrical appliances, printers, decorative pieces, dishes, golf clubs, golf balls, and more. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
Read more: Auction fans enjoy lively event at La Floresta
By Anastasia Brunson
I’ve been to a few car shows here and there, but cannot recall having attended an indoor one so this was a first for me. The actual car show was inside the convention center, but there was also an outdoor area with live music, multiple sections for RC cars complete with ramps and obstacles, and food trucks along with a bar. I wandered around for a bit, enjoying the music and watching the RC cars controlled by patrons speed up the pavement and onto the ramp attempting to remain upright on the landing.
Read more: CarFest a shining success
Leslie Blasing will be hosting the WinterFest and Expo next week on Monday, February 13th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, February 14th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the South Padre Island Convention Center.
There is no entrance fee to the event, but Blasing is highlighting the local food pantries by collecting canned foods. Donation is not required, but greatly appreciated.
The Event honors an era – 1964 to 1973. There will be a special salute and musical tribute to Vietnam Veterans. There will also be guest speakers from the era. As last year, Blasing said the speakers are incredible, have some connection to Vietnam, and great things to share.
Read more: Leslie Blasing hosts WinterFest and Expo next week
The Way We Were
Now… although it was written 35 years ago, I think there might still be some that can relate to what will be shared here this week. We think about all the changes that have happened in the past 35 years with the paper, but as we get older, we also know things change all around us. I do think I need to find a more updated version in the next few years.
Like in a previous throwback when we talked about computers. Things are ever evolving around us. We can’t stop it, but sometimes we do wish for those simpler times.
Read more: Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years
According to Vernon Weckbacher, Mission Historical Museum’s archivist, the 17th annual MHM’s Quilt Show was a success. Although there were fewer quilts than in past years, they each had a distinctive character with none resembling the others.
During the annual “Turning of the Quilts,” presented by Nancy Lenz, a local quilting expert, most of the quilts presented were antiques.
First, she presented a hand-stitched quilt bought at a rummage sale for $15.
Read more: MHM’s 17th Quilt Show is success