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
The Humane Society of Harlingen will be hosting a drive-thru kitten shower to prepare for the upcoming kitten season on Sunday, March 7th from 9 a.m. to noon.
With kitten season just around the corner and thousands of furry bundles of joy on the way, HSH is asking for the community's help to ensure that they have all the necessary supplies to give each of them the best quality care before adoption.
Read more: Humane Society hosts kitten shower
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
The Valley Star Awards Show was a hit last week, even after being rescheduled due to the weather on the original date it was scheduled. Originally scheduled for the 17th, the event was held Wednesday, February 24th at Mission Bell Resort in Mission. It was a treat for all of those that attended – and the treat was not just the performers.
Read more: Valley Star Awards Show was a hit
Dean Brown’s favorite golf hole in the Rio Grande Valley is No. 5 at Stuart Place Country Club in Harlingen.
Rightly so, because earlier this week the Hannah, North Dakota native registered the second hole-in-one of his 40-year golfing career on the 165-yard par-3 hole. Facing a 40 mile per hour side wind, Brown said he used his diver to knock in the gem. His other ace came in 2012 on the same course on hole No. 7.
Read more: Mid-Valley is a perfect place to try a new golf course
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
Submitted by Rev. Dr, Jerry Butcher, Mission
Both in our mid 80’s, my wife, Betty, and I had an ‘appointment’ between 3 and 5 p.m. at the RH COVID Vaccination Clinic in Edinburg. It was a disorganized disaster. They funneled second shot people, cancelled out the day before, on to our day and opened the vaccines to a first come, first serve invitation. This left many elderly people, like us, thinking we had a time slot, waiting in freezing temperatures.
Read more: Remembering the kindness of a stranger
Quinta Mazatlán is proud to host Valley native and photographer, Pedro De La Fuente, on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at 600 Sunset Drive, at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch at Quinta Mazatlán. His topic ‘A Walk Around the Valley’ will highlight key locations, animals, local architecture, and a night sky that can be seen--even from your backyard. De la Fuente will take you on a journey showcasing what makes the Valley unique and diverse.
Read more: Quinta Mazatlan presents A Walk Around the Valley