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20190102 Tip o Texas IMG 5837While the hustling and bustling of pre-Christmas preparations were over, activity at Tip ‘O Texas RV Resort in Pharr was going full swing the day after Christmas.

Card games were at near capacity in most of the rooms reserved for those competitions, the pool had a small group of people milling about and the billiards room was at full speed with eight-ball, stipes and solid or other games being played on every table. Even the streets in the RV park had people out enjoying the warm weather walking their dogs or driving around in golf carts.

And in the main ballroom, Steven May and the Southern Knights kept an audience of close to 200 on their feet, dancing the night away to country, waltzes, polkas and little rock-n-roll.

20190102 Tip o Texas IMG 5831“I really didn’t know what to expect,” May said of the holiday crowd, right before someone walked up and introduced himself, telling May that he should compete on “The Voice.” “This is a good crowd. I enjoy coming here.”

May definitely has a following. Annette and John Autry came from Edinburg to dance and listen to the band and said they will follow them whenever they can.

“He has an amazing voice,” Annette said. “And he can really rip it on the guitar.”

Ben and Ada Toubner reside in Val Verde RV Park and were staying for their final night in the Valley for “round one.” They were heading back to their other home in Abilene – but said they would be back in February. They just needed “take care of the other house,” Ben said.
“We love to get out dancing, any chance we get,” Ada said. “We really enjoy all the different entertainment and love hearing them perform. Honestly, we already can’t wait to get back.”

Toward the end of the first set, May announced that they were going to play for that “Waterfall dance.” This dance is mainly for singles; men will line in a single formation line up on one side of the room while ladies will line up on the other. They will meet and dance to the far end of the floor where they will exchange partners and make their way back.

20190102 Tip o Texas IMG 5811“It’s pretty neat,” said Lavon Walters who, along with this wife Jeannice, are on their third stint as activity directors at the park. “There’s no written rule, but the singles will generally sit on one side of the dance floor and the couples will sit on the other side. It makes it easier to meet new people and find people to dance with.”

May and the Southern Knights played through most of the summer at Tip O Texas. “We may have not played all the way through, but we take it up through the point where there’s hardly anybody here,” May said. “We enjoy it. The people are always so nice here – well, whatever parks we go to, but we’re here pretty often and have met so many people.”

The band plays at Tip O Texas every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m. May also plays acoustic on stage from 4 to 5:30 p.m. “It’s just me, bare bones and I can do more stuff I don’t do with the band,” May said. “Elvis is my favorite – we do that as a band but that’s always my favorite.”

The Walters have planned a pretty busy January for entertainment at Tip O Texas. Kody Norris will perform Jan. 8 and 27, Maggie Mae on Jan. 15, the Punches Family on Jan. 22 and Mario Rosales on Jan. 29.

Outside of entertainment, the plethora of card games, and other activities, the park is also working on its new radio control race car track. There’s also a new event added, chair volleyball.

“They use a bigger ball, something more like a beach ball,” Jeannice said, adding that the chair volleyball takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. “And there are six chairs on each side just like volleyball and they just hit it back and forth. They’ve had a great time so far.”

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