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FromthepublisherWelcome to our Take Home Edition of the Winter Texan Times. In this edition we want to share some of the reasons more and more retirees are choosing the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as their winter home. As they seek a warmer climate, they also enjoy the warm, friendly people who make their winters much more fun and enjoyable. We have invited those who currently spend their winters in the Rio Grande Valley – we affectionately call them “Winter Texans” – to take a few copies of this edition to share with their friends back home.

If you are retired, or are planning your retirement, we invite you to take a look at the Rio Grande Valley as your winter escape from the cold winters up north. Come to South Texas where the warm, subtropical climate, the friendly people, and the low cost of living come together for a wonderful lifestyle that enables you to truly enjoy your retirement. You’ll quickly find that you look forward to those winter months as you discover how easily you make dozens of new friends as soon as you arrive at one of our many Winter Texan mobile home and RV resorts.

You’ll enjoy the resort amenities, such as swimming pools, pickleball courts, and large recreation halls where the resort activity directors plan a wide range of activities for the resort residents. Our Winter Texan friends keep coming back every year to enjoy playing golf, RC racing, pickleball, shuffleboard, petanque, bocce ball, cards, pool, softball, quilting and crafts. Did I mention dancing and music? Whether your preference is country, rock ‘n roll or bluegrass, we have many great entertainers who come from Branson and Nashville to perform at the resorts and parks in South Texas during the winter – and the prices here are a real bargain, averaging $7-$8 per show.

Concerned about safety? I know you may have concerns with all the news about the border wall and immigration, but I assure you South Texas is certainly as safe as, or safer than, just about anyplace in the U.S.A. We have a very strong presence of law enforcement that greatly deters crime, much more so than any other area I know. We feel very safe. Just ask your friends who spend their winters here and they will allay any concerns you may have. Many, many Winter Texans love to go to Nuevo Progreso, Mexico to shop, dine, buy prescription drugs at very low prices, and get their dental work done for a fraction of the U.S. prices. Mexico is still a big draw for many of our visitors.

Come check out the Rio Grande Valley and find out for yourself what keeps bringing folks back to Texas year after year. We love our Winter Texans! Welcome to Texas!

Top News

  • Museum exhibit features Mexican dresses

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    A new exhibit opens this week at Mission Historical Museum. The special exhibit, “The Traditions and Culture of Mexican Textiles & Designs,” incorporates seven beautiful Mexican dresses, each representing a different region in Mexico. The dresses are part of a cultural exchange… Read More +

  • Paradise Park Quilters honor veterans

    20190320 Veterans Quilts Paradise Park DSC02286In honor of the veterans of Paradise Park in McAllen, the Paradise Quilters hosted a veterans’ quilt presentation on January 26. Fifteen quilts were presented to veterans in the park during a program that included a dedication thank you poem by Barb and Greg Foster, singing of “God Bless America” by Ginger Engels accompanied… Read More +

  • Harlingen Flower Show marks 50th anniversary

    HARLINGEN–The Harlingen Flower Show has been showcasing beauty for 50 years with an annual show open to the public.
    March 23 and 24 is the weekend for this year’s show which will be at the Harlingen Cultural Arts Center, 576 ’76 Drive, next to the Harlingen Public Library.

    Exceptional horticulture specimens will be judged and… Read More +

  • Bentsen Grove Resort Line Dancers Hold Marathon

    20190320 Bentsen Grove Dance A Thon PeggyCreach 1403Line Dancers at Bentsen Grove Resort recently held a charity marathon to benefit the Cinderella Pet Rescue located in Palmview.

    Intermediate and advanced dancers took to the floor at 9 a.m. under the direction of their instructor, Mary Lou Lane. They were quickly joined by beginning… Read More +

  • Canada vs USA All-Star games close out season

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    It was only fitting that the sun came out at Westside Park during the annual Senior Texan Softball All-Star Games.

    Not only did it shine, but it seemed to shine even a little brighter around Ed Martens.… Read More +

  • McAllen Wind Ensemble season finale is March 29

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    The McAllen Wind Ensemble’s season finale, “A Gatsby Gala,” will be a celebration of music from the Roaring ‘20s. Under the baton of director Roger Olivarez, the band will perform the music of Gershwin, Holst, Grainger, Cole Porter, and more. This concert will… Read More +

  • Spittin’ Image combines comedy and music for great entertainment

    20190320 Spittin Image IMG 4566Ron Kriesel had no clue what was about to happen.

    Sitting in the back row against the wall in McAllen Mobile Park's dance hall, Kriesel was picked out by identical twins Blain and Brian Swabb, known as “Spittin' Image,” and brought on stage along with two other “volunteers” to… Read More +

  • Monarch Festival at Quinta Mazatlan

    20190320 Monarch IMG 4693Carmen and Tim Connaughty had been driving past Quinta Mazatlan, located at 600 Sunset Dr. in McAllen, but never knew what it was.

    “We would drive to the market or to the mall and see it. I mean, we knew it was there – you can’t miss it,” Tim said.… Read More +

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