The Museum of South Texas History will host the Sunday Speaker Series Online panel discussion, “Conjunto and Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze in the Rio Grande Valley” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, on Facebook Live.
This presentation will feature researcher and historian Evaliza Fuentes, musician and Los Fresnos High School Conjunto director Juan Longoria and Texas Folklife Program Director Sarah Rucker.
Read more: The history of the Big Squeeze competition presented at MOSTH
Since the Gladys Porter Zoo opened in 1971, it has never been the home to nurse sharks, which can grow up to 13 feet. The Zoo is excited to announce that they have added two males to their collection last month. These two male nurse sharks were brought from the Mississippi Aquarium and are now living in the 30,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico tank found in the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center. The sharks are about five feet long and are definitely larger than any other species the zoo has ever housed.
Read more: Zoo welcomes sharks to exhibit
By Herb Moering
Running a business, especially a large operation, is not without complications in these times. Bob and Dana Huck’s Tropical Star Nursery in Alamo is just one example.
The couple was slated to be recognized at a City of Alamo Museum reception on Feb. 25 for the donation of vintage women’s dresses from the era of the 1900s to the 1920s. Wouldn’t you know it, a business emergency cropped up requiring the Hucks to transport 15,500 seedlings of watermelon, tomatoes, and cabbage to Houston truck farmers when their normal hauler couldn’t guarantee delivery due to the huge backlog caused by the winter storm.
Read more: Purchase of Model T leads to museum donation
Quinta Mazatlán is celebrating Irish Heritage Month by hosting Champion Irish Dancer and Director of McAllen Irish Arts, Angelika Eleni Ruiz on Thursday, March 18th, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch at Quinta Mazatlán—located at 600 Sunset Drive. Angelika will discuss the history of Irish dancing, the different styles of dance, and will conclude with a cultural dance lesson.
With over 25 years of experience in competitive dancing, Angelika Ruiz is as spirited as the music she so passionately dances to. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ruiz had the opportunity live in Dublin, Ireland to finish her postgraduate studies at Trinity College before moving to Florianopolis, Brazil. Ruiz now calls McAllen, Texas home and has launched ‘McAllen Irish Arts’ out of the Creative Incubator.
Read more: Celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month at Quinta Mazatlán
An exhibition of photographs by members of the Upper Valley Art League will open on Friday, March 12, at the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center Gallery.
After a hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s exhibition will showcase various styles of photography ranging from traditional, digital, and mobile created by UVAL members.
Read more: UVAL members photography exhibition opens
The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first Spring Member Market. The outdoor event will happen Friday, March 12, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Edinburg Chamber Depot located at 602 W. University Dr.
The chamber’s Spring Member Market will allow attendees to discover new products and services from different Edinburg Chamber vendors and creators.
Read more: Edinburg Chamber to host market
I hope you have taken the time to enjoy the outdoors. The weather has been great to be outside. After the winter storm, it is welcoming to see the sun come out and warm the air again.
Read more: March 10, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings
By Herb Moering
The look was different for the Ron Hoover RV & Marine Center Boat Show this past weekend in Donna. Masks were the order of the day in the huge showroom and on the grounds where some 50 plus business vendors set up shop under huge tents along with displays of boats, travel and camper trailers, motor coaches and golf carts.
Read more: Boats, trailers, fishing tips and more at Boat Expo
By Anastasia Brunson
The 11th Annual McAllen International CarFest was held this past Saturday, February 27th, at the McAllen Convention Center. On arrival, the senses were greeted by live music that echoed through the venue and the smells of funnel cakes and spiropapas. An area was gated off with marked entry and exit points making it easy for people to navigate and walk around the circular enclosure that had multiple lines of cars, as well as various vendors selling both refreshments and handmade items. Gratefully the weather was pleasantly cloudy and breezy, making this outdoor event a comfortable one.
Read more: McAllen CarFest a success
The historic Port Isabel Lighthouse has reopened to the public.
Weather permitting, hours of operation will be Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. Tickets may only be purchased at the Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center with a credit or debit card. COVID-19 restrictions apply.
Tours of the Lighthouse will be self-guided and will be limited to 15 minutes. Groups no larger than six persons may tour at one time. Masks required. Hand sanitizer will be available at the Lighthouse and all ticket holders are advised to sanitize their hands before and after the tour.
The park at the Lighthouse is open to the public. The Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Read more: Lighthouse is open
I seem to always say how busy things are, but last week was a busy one. As we were recouping from the cold weather and enjoying the warmth that the new week brought, there were also places to go to. We had the Valley Star Awards, a boat expo, a car show, and an R/C open house.
I am happy to say that we got them all covered by someone. It doesn’t happen that way very often though.
This week does not seem too busy, but some events are the Independence Day parade in Alamo, the Alamo Museum rummage sale, and the Ocelot Festival. There is also something in Edinburg, at Quinta Mazatlan, and McAllen’s Arbor Day celebration.
Read more: March 3, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings
Pharr native Romeo Rosales Jr. will present a Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Pharr: A Concise History,” at 2 p.m. on February 28 on the Museum of South Texas History’s Facebook page.
Pioneers come in many forms—sometimes as entire communities with a unique founding story. The All-America City of Pharr, which was incorporated in 1916, is a central community at the heart of the historic Rio Grande Valley. Sugarcane grower Henry Newton Pharr, who was also an engineer and manufacturer, along with his partner John C. Kelly, founded the city of Pharr for their interest in establishing a sugarcane empire.
Rosales Jr., the author of “Images of America: Pharr,” will share Pharr’s foundation and incorporation, stories on the National Guardsmen in the 1910s, agriculture history, and law and order. Copies of Rosales’ 2014 publication of “Images of America: Pharr” are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Read more: MOSTH presents Pioneers of the City of Pharr