By Kathy Olivarez
The annual Festival of Tables held at Trophy Gardens in Alamo was a huge success as members of Red Hat Society groups from Winter Texan parks and local groups joined together to see the table décor and visit with old friends or meet new friends. This is the one event held annually that brings Red Hatters Valley-wide together.
Once the hostesses had decorated their tables, the rest of the ladies were allowed to make a line and move through the 30 different table settings on display. The tables had different themes and styles. The ladies expressed their excitement as they found settings that were particularly pleasing to them.
Read more: Red Hatters Valley-wide gather at Festival of Tables
By Herb Moering
A Sherlock Holmes mystery was this season’s radio show produced in the Victoria Palms ballroom on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22 by the Palm Players, a cast of all park residents.
“The Misadventure of the Psychic Detective” was a two-act play that was set in England at Greystone Manor, a house filled with dark secrets, drawing a group of psychics, hypochondriacs and other oddball characters - in which it seems an insane killer is at work.
Read more: The Misadventure of the Psychic Detective
Activity directors were treated to a show and lunch on Monday to show how much they are appreciated for all the work they do for the Rio Grande Valley RV and MH parks. Here at the Winter Texan Times we know that without them, we wouldn’t have much of a paper. We are all so very thankful for what you do for the community.
Mission Bell hosted the event where they served lunch and activity directors were entertained by Leslie Blasing, Helen Russell and Company, Rick McEwen and Brenda Coin and Sheila and Denny. There were several vendors on hand as well, including Winter Texan Times, Go With Jo, Sky Med, Beach Park, Ron Hoover and Pickpocket Gene.
Read more: Activity Directors treated to a show and lunch
Alamo Rose Quilt-A-Bees will host their quilt show on March 4 from noon to 3 p.m. at 938 South Alamo Road in Alamo. An Opportunity Quilt will be given away at the end of the show.
A raffle will be held for the quilt drawing. Raffle tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. Admission to the quilt show is $2. There will be other door prizes and an attendance appreciation gift.
Read more: Alamo Rose to host quilt show
Robert and Billie Ferguson accepted a Proclamation from the City of Mission this week in recognition of the Rio Grande Valley Activity Directors Association. The proclamation says, “We the City Council of the City of Mission proclaim March 1, 2020 as Activity Directors Appreciation Day.” The proclamation also lists why the city is thankful for the activity directors, saying they enhance and promote unity among the directors of the retirement parks of the Rio Grande valley by promoting networking, information, resources and support; the demands of the job; that residents and management realize the importance of the activity director to the atmosphere of the park; and what the activity director’s responsibilities are – organizing activities, encouraging residents to socialize, etc. Robert shared his thankfulness with the city council pointing out there are 119 active parks represented in the association and that 35 of those are in the City of Mission.
It’s time to show your activity director some love. March 1 each year has been designated as Activity Appreciation Day, but this year we will celebrate on Monday, March 2.
The Rio Grande Valley Activity Directors Association (RGVADA) will host an Appreciation Party for area activity directors at Mission Bell ballroom beginning at 11 a.m. on March 2. Lunch will be provided along with door prizes and entertainment.
Read more: Activity Director Appreciation Day is coming
By Herb Moering
It was a dog lovers paradise with obedience demonstrations, races, potential adoptions and fundraising all wrapped up in the 2nd Annual Pet Fun Match Dog Show held Feb. 11 at the Sunshine RV Resort in Harlingen.
The two-hour free event, organized by resort resident Sharon Battocletti, is aimed at benefitting the Humane Society of Harlingen (HSH). The society operates a non-profit shelter and adoption center, which annually provides care to 6,000 homeless animals turned over by municipal control officers or given up by local residents.
The show was as big a hit this time as last year, again drawing about 200 spectators and dog owners from the resort and a few nearby RV parks.
Read more: Annual pet show raises money for HSH
Tip O Texas sewing group will have their Wedding Gowns of the Decades Style Show and Luncheon next week on Friday, February 21 from 12 to 3 p.m. The event is $8 per person and must be purchased in advance. Monies raised go to their Sewing Room Charities group.
Tip O Texas has a large endeavor with their sewing room charities organization.
On Thursday’s the group has a charity sew where they make blankets for children in different places. On the second Thursday of every month, they make comforters for Ronald McDonald patients at Edinburg Children’s Hospital. Marcia Albers from Iowa and Jackie Hood from MI are in charge of that group.
Read more: Tip O Texas Fundraiser Feb. 21
By Arleen Bier
Tommie Brixey, owner of LaFloresta Park in Mercedes, reported that the first annual La Floresta Derby was held the first Saturday in February at La Floresta Downs. It drew quite a crowd as Winter Texans arrived in large, extravagant hats; had Mint Julep jello shots; and cheered as the horses “raced” by.
Excitement mounted during the weeks preceding the race, as teams were created to decorate the horses and choose a jockey. The six horses, among the best of the best, were all first-time participants at La Floresta Downs. The jockeys were Winter Texans who came from all over the United States and Canada to participate in this prestigious race in the Rio Grande Valley.
Read more: La Floresta Derby Held in Mercedes
Sunshine RV Resort is thrilled to announce their 2nd Annual Pet Fun Match Dog Show to be held Tuesday, February 11, at 12 to 2:30 p.m., at the resorts Friendship Hall. The event is free and open to the public with donations encouraged. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Harlingen, which relies primarily on donations from the public to fund their life saving efforts for community pets.
Pet Fun Match is an interactive dog show with demonstrations by renowned trainers Jenisa Myers, Marty Vielma and Brittany Vielma, in conjunction with the RGV Training Center and K9s on Patrol Jamie Benitex of the K9 conultants, and Caz Richard of PetSmart. Residents of Sunshine Resort are encouraged to take part in the show’s compeitions, including a look-a-like contest.
The goal of the event is to show animal lovers that through obedience and agility training, you can find a solution to many behavioral problems and develop an unbreakable bond along the way.
Read more: Sunshine RV Resort announces 2nd Annual Pet Show
We can’t believe it has been three years since our last “Creative Quilting Showcase” at Alamo Palms RV and MH Park, in Alamo. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, January 29, from 12 – 3 p.m.
Not only will you be able to view the beautiful quilts and quilted items made by the talented Alamo Palms quilters, but you can also enjoy the refreshments in the Tea Room. (Men, you will enjoy the treats, too.)
Do your scissors or knives need sharpening? Ray’s Scissor Sharpening can help you. Bring them along and have them sharpened for $3 a pair or just $1 per knife and of course, shop at the many vendors. Vendors include: “Angelics” from right here in the Valley, “Quilters This & Thant” from Mercedes, “Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop” from Orangeville, IL, Seabrook Farm Fabric from Edinburg and R&A Creations.
Read more: Alamo Palms holds quilt showcase
Leisure Valley Ranch will host a fundraiser on Thursday, January 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be an evening of music and entertainment provided by Barry & Linda Burton (High Country Band), Bob and Lea Price (Big River Band), Son’s of Calvary, and Regan James (from Hired Hands).
The event being held is to raise funds for a food drive meal packing event that will be held in late February benefiting Kids Against Hunger. Sign up sheets to help with the packing events will be at the event. The meal packages to be packed will benefit numerous food pantries and churches from Penitas to McAllen areas.
The event itself is free – But they are taking any type of financial donations to help purchase the food. Any checks should be made out to Kid’s Against Hunger, St. Mark’s Lutheran.
A separate event will be held on February 6 at John Knox Village Dining Room, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This event is a freewill offering and will include entertainment by Juan de Leon, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. John Knox Village residents can sign up at the front desk. Nonresidents attending, call (956) 968-4575 to reserve a seat.
The packing event will be held on February 29 at John Knox Village Rec Hall, starting at 9 a.m. They will need 75 to 100 volunteers to help package the meals. Volunteers can volunteer for one-hour blocks or more.
Welcome to the Rio Grande Valley, home of what seems to be the new NASCAR world of remote-control racing.
Possibly the hottest thing to come to the hottest part of the nation in years, RC racing has done more than taken the Winter Texan world by storm. It has consumed it.
The latest and newest development of the craze was celebrated last week as Ranchero Village in Weslaco as the park cut the ribbon on the Valley's first cement racetrack.
Just as in NASCAR, where there are shot tracks, flat tracks, high-banked tracks and more, with the addition of cement to its repertoire of track choices, RC drivers can do more than just go race.
Now they can learn how to set up their cars to maneuver the varying tracks, banks and surfaces.
Read more: New track at Ranchero Village officially opens