Monday, August 19, 2019
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FromthepublisherIt’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already. We have had so much fun covering many of the activities and events for Winter Texans. Whether it’s Bean Bag Baseball at Country Sunshine, Donut Day at Bentsen Grove or the Rock ‘n Roll Jam at Green Gate Grove – and so many other activities held in the resorts – we’ve had a great time meeting you and covering some of your fun activities.

We’ve seen you at community events and festivals like the McAllen Holiday Parade, The Festival of Lights in Hidalgo, and the Texas Citrus Fiesta in in Mission. We’ve been right there with you when you enjoyed some great entertainment by the Wintertainers™ performing in your parks. Some of these included the Mollie B Show and Squeezebox Band, The Redhead Express, Rusty Rierson (Male Vocalist of the Year), Helen Russell & Company (Small Band of the Year), Spittin’ Image, Dave & Daphne (Entertainers of the Year) and many more.

We are happy that so many of you came out to the Valley Star Awards Show this year to see not only the awards being presented to the best of the best Wintertainers™ performing in the RGV this year, but to see live performance by many of your favorites and mine, including Rusty Rierson, Helen Russell & Co., Tavie Spivey and Shake, Rattle & Roll, Kai, Gene Turner (Mr. Pickpocket, Novelty Act of the Year) and the Williamson Branch. I’ve received many, many great comments from you, as you shared with me how much you enjoyed the show.

We are glad to see you are enjoying more new activities such as pickleball, RC (remote control car) racing and rock ‘n roll music in your parks. As some of you have told me, you’ll never be bored because there is always something going on in the parks – and in the community.

Thank you for choosing the Rio Grande Valley as your winter home. We know you chose us while there were certainly other options. It is so refreshing to hear how friendly the Valley people are – still, after all these years. I hope we never lose that.

Hopefully, you know how much you are appreciated when you come to Texas for the winter. Many of the cities here put on Winter Texan appreciation events, such as the Winter Texan Fiestas in Mission, Harlingen and Edinburg. You are important not only to our merchants and businesses, but you are a blessing to so many organizations through your community service and support. Many of you ladies make quilts and blankets for our hospitals, homeless shelters and our veterans. Just about every RV park has at least one park-wide charity fundraiser, helping out organizations like the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, the Vannie Cook Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Haven International. We hear about so many different toy drives, meals, parties and other activities for the children during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that we can’t keep up with them all.

That is what I appreciate most about Winter Texans. It’s who you are – the values you bring and your caring for others. You folks are simply good people. You bring such good things to the Valley and we would not be the same without you.
As this season closes and we look forward to you returning in the fall, we hope you will invite your friends and neighbors back home to come down and see what the Valley is all about. We want to thank all of you who have answered the call to become Winter Texan Ambassadors this year, sharing the good news with your friends and family.

With all the “bad news” about the violence in Mexico, some folks up north are afraid to come to South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. But, as you obviously know, it is very safe here in the Valley. In fact, with thousands of additional law enforcement and Border Patrol personnel now assigned to the Rio Grande Valley area, officials say it’s safer than ever before.

So, we hope you’ll share the message with everyone back home. Tell them what a great time you had here this season, how wonderful the warm weather is and how affordable it is to stay in the Rio Grande Valley.

Ambassadors Wanted

Getting out and doing all the interesting things you can do in the “winter” in the RGV is always more fun when you do it with friends. So, we invite you to become a Winter Texan Ambassador and help bring more people down to enjoy our South Texas hospitality.

If you haven’t already “enlisted” in the cause, just pick up some extra copies of the Winter Texan Times so you can share them with your friends up north.

Thanks again for coming! We will surely miss you this summer and look forward to your return. Have a wonderful summer with your family and friends.

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