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Harlingen plans Winter Texan Appreciation Fiesta

The sixth annual Harlingen Winter Texan Appreciation Fiesta will be the kick-off to the City of Harlingen's Centennial Celebration. The event, planned for Jan. 18, will begin a year-long celebration to commemorate Harlingen's 100th anniversary.

Opening ceremonies, held at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd., will begin at 11 a.m. with the color guard marching to the front of the stage.

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Magic Valley Men-of-A-Chord concerts announced

The "Magic Valley Men-of-A-Chord," who perform barbershop harmony, will be performing concerts throughout the Valley during the winter season. This group is composed of around 60 men from all over the United States and Canada, who sing barbershop style, a cappella.

For the past 10 years, the Men-of-A-Chord have presented a series of 10 to 12 concerts in parks throughout the Rio Grande Valley. This year is no exception. Though some of the faces change, the music still remains a favorite among Winter Texans. Men with an interest in joining the group should call Dennis Bush at (956) 994-9419 for information.

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Rodeo Grounds hosts Los Fresnos Music Festival

elvis"Elvis is in the building!" That's right. The stage has been set and the rodeo grounds are ready to host the third annual Los Fresnos Music Festival.

What began as a local celebration of Elvis' birthday hosted by local icon and certified Elvis "super fan" Simon Vega at his "Little Graceland" museum property is now a two-day event attracting thousands of people from South Texas.

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Lone Star Jubilee returns for new season

jubileeThe Lone Star Jubilee will return to the Valley Jan. 13, 14 and 15 to perform Southern gospel, traditional gospel, bluegrass gospel and contemporary gospel music teamed with the hilarious Christian comedy of special guest John Walter Morrison.

Joining the well-known gospel group The Texans will be Paul's Journey (formerly The Relations) and The Baileys.

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All Valley RV Show starts Jan. 14

rvshowThe 27th annual All Valley RV Show will be held Jan. 14 through Jan. 16 at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes.

The show, sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA), allows member RV dealers to be among the first in the nation to introduce the newest recreational vehicles to thousands of Winter Texans and local RV enthusiasts.

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Santa Maria Bullring celebrates

The Santa Maria Bullring, located in La Gloria, Texas, will celebrate its 10th year of bloodless bullfights on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 4 p.m. with a grand world-class bloodless bullfight.

bullfighterThe only bullring in 49 of these 50 states will open with a powerhouse of talent, starring Lupita Lopez, the Mayan princess from the Yucatan of Mexico. She will be in a mano a mano performance with Mexico's cyclone, Enrique Delgado, and the big bulls of Don Manuel Costa.

The grand corrida will be dedicated to Winter Texans, who are already making reservations for what promises to be the best bullfight ever presented in the Santa Maria bullring.

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History of Ft. Brown Pt. 2

Editor's Note: This is the second of a two-part series on the colorful history of Fort Brown, in Brownsville. The first part of this series was a brief account of the history of Fort Brown, as told by Carl Chilton, author of the new book: "Fort Brown: The First Border Post."

Following author Carl Chilton's presentation on the history of Fort Brown and a book signing, Jim Mills, professor of history at the University of Texas-Brownsville/South Texas College, led a walking tour of Fort Brown, which is today a part of the college campus.

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Colorful quilts at the Mission Historical Museum

Every color of the rainbow can be found this month at the Mission Historical Museum. The fourth annual Winter Texan Times Quilt Show is now showing at the museum through Feb. 5.

These quilts can be appreciated on many levels. Perhaps most striking are the color and textural harmonies. The quilters have used carefully coordinated colors and prints to achieve a variety of interesting effects. One can also appreciate the geometrical precision with which the quilts have been pieced. Another thing to take note of when viewing the quilts is the "quilting" itself. This is the process by which the quilt "sandwich" is sewn together. The pattern of stitching can reflect the design of the quilt top, or can be quite independent, following its own intricate design.

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Killer Bees and Winter Texans: A perfect match

killer_beesIn one scene of the classic hockey movies SlapShot, with the team on the brink of folding due to the local steel mill shutting down, a glimmer of hope appears. An article in the paper, written by Dickie Dunn (Dickie Dunn!), claims the Johnstown Chiefs are being sold to an investment group in Florida.

The players get excited. Warm weather. Knowledgeable fans. The Chiefs go on to win the championship of the Federal League.

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An evening with the Vipers

vipersMany years ago, while my children were small, I supplemented by income by doing features for the local newspaper. I once got an assignment to talk to Winter Texans and see what they thought of the Rio Grande Valley. My favorite of all time was the guy who said he hated the Valley and would not come back unless he was dead and his wife brought him back to bury him. With an attitude like his I wondered if she might be tempted to do so.

I guess he sensed my hesitation and explained that he lived in Los Angeles and enjoyed going to theater and loved the professional sports. That was many years ago, and the only sports available in the Valley then were high school sports and one college teams.

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International Travel Show will start Jan. 8

TravelShowLooking for a great ocean cruise? How about a vacation in Mexico or some other exotic location? Or maybe it's just a fishing trip off South Padre Island that has the most appeal. Whatever it is, the answer may be found at the International Travel Show.

The 22nd McAllen International Travel Show will be held Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9, at the McAllen Convention Centre on Ware Road. The show will feature over 100 exhibitors from around the world. There will be continuous entertainment and special presentations during the two-day show. While a variety of entertainment is planned, "Sipe and the Country Playboys" are the featured entertainers.

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History of Ft. Brown

Carl Chilton, author of a new book "Fort Brown: The First Border Post," was recently a special guest at the Brownsville Heritage Complex/Stillman House Museum, where he talked about his book and signed autographs.

Chilton told the audience that when he retired he realized no one had written a comprehensive book about the impact Fort Brown had on Brownsville and on Texas. So, he decided to research the history and write a book that would detail Fort Brown's history himself.

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McAllen readies for 2010 New Year’s Eve Bash & Ball Drop

McALLEN — City leaders are preparing for their second New Year's Eve celebration with visitors from all over south Texas and northern Mexico at the Heart of the City's 2010 New Year's Eve Bash and Ball Drop.

The event, similar to the New Year's Eve Ball Drop in New York's Times Square, is being coordinated by Heart of the City, a committee charged with revitalizing the historic downtown area. The celebration is set for Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Senior Texan Softball now in 16th year

"You don't quit playing when you grow old, you grow old when you quit playing." That is the motto of Senior Texan Softball League, a sport that will begin its 16th year on Thursday, Jan. 7.

The league started with only nine players at Bentsen Grove Resort with Ed Martens as founder of the league. Quickly Martens realized they would have to open the league up to other players from throughout the Valley. While many of the players still live in Bentsen Grove, other players come from 27 different parks throughout the western end of the Valley. Three come from as far away as Harlingen.

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New baby animals on display at zoo

Several new baby animals are now on display at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville just in time for holiday visits for Winter Texans. Many of these new additions are newborn animals, which can now be seen on exhibit at the zoo. These babies include one mandrill, one serval cat, two bongos, two Western gray kangaroos, two golden-handed tamarin, four Nigerian dwarf goats and one meerkat.

Most of the new babies were born in October or November but have been off-exhibit receiving their initial veterinary check-ups or bonding with their parents. All of the zoo's new babies are now out on public exhibit and available for viewing during regular hours. During inclement weather, most of the new babies will be moved off-exhibit.

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Top News

  • San Juan Gardens keeps residents active

    2018401 Shorts San Juan Gardens Ladies LuncheonSan Juan Gardens had many activities to celebrate the Winter Texan season, including a new event called Tape Measure Racing where races are held in double-elimination heats, and everyone is eligible to participate. The park also holds 30-minute low-impact exercise time every weekday for all ages, including a 90-year-old who gets… Read More +

  • Paradise Resort Estates raises money for charities

    20180401 Shorts Paradise Estates1Paradise Resort Estates in Pharr, held its annual Spaghetti Supper and Charity Auction on Friday, Feb. 16th.

    The resort’s Community Outreach Committee sponsored the event and proceeds are donated to local charities. This year’s proceeds totaled $7,000. Some of the items for auction included wood carvings and a… Read More +

  • Split Rail Party

    20180401 Shorts Split Rail Party1At the end of each season, the Split Rail Association at Split Rail RV Park in Mission throws a thank you party for its residents, filled with good food and entertainment. In mid-March, residents enjoyed a delicious catered lunch of grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and all the fixins and dessert.… Read More +

  • Southern Comfort RV Park hosts Bocce tournaments

    20180401 Shorts Southern Comfort Bocce JPGSouthern Comfort RV Park, located at 1501 S Airport Dr. in Weslaco has been running bocce ball tournaments for the past couple of years. What started as one bocce tournament in the park is now up to three and signs are that the growth is going to continue.

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  • Winter Texans volunteer at Lutheran church

    20180322 El Buen Pastor IMG 5095For nearly a decade, Stan Kirschbaum and Bill White of Hidden Valley Ranch, and Ralph Freudenberg of Mission West RV Park have spearheaded projects at El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church.

    The congregation from Westminster Lutheran Fellowship at Pleasant Valley Ranch have collected money and, most recently,… Read More +

  • La Floresta holds tournament championship golf event

    20180315 LaFloresta Golf GAIL CATRON MENS CHAMPIONGail Catron, Men’s Champion

    La Floresta Park and Golf Course held its version of the PGA Championship March 5-8 with 32 men and 24 ladies competing in the annual event. La Floresta is located at 4140 La Floresta Road in Mercedes.

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  • The Power of One

    20180308 Palm Resaca Single Ladiesbest2The vitality of any Winter Texan Park is the result of the positive efforts and friendly interactions of its residents. A small core of single women in Palm Resaca Park have made a tremendous effect on helping to make the park run smoothly.

    Single women account for more than 10 percent of park residents. These women have involved themselves in leadership… Read More +

  • Mexican Whistling Ducks enjoy Palm Resaca Park

    20180301 Whistling Ducks mexicanducks2Marching single file, seemingly with purpose. They are not soldiers mustering on the parade grounds or cows heading home at feeding time. They are black-bellied whistling ducks.

    As a Winter Texan from Canada, I find the birds of Southern Texas fascinating. Dozens of Whistlers dwell along the Resaca de la Guerra that flows past our mobile home at Palm Resaca Park in… Read More +

  • Canada Day celebrated at Riverside Club

    20180306 CanadaDay Riverside GU 1889Hundreds of Canadians showed up at the Riverside Club in Mission on Tuesday, March 6 to join in the fun of the annual Canada Day celebration. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the music provided by the Riverside Club Band led by Randy Dupuis and enjoying drinks and food. They were a number of… Read More +

  • Encore brings tribute concerts to RGV resorts

    20180329 Encore Abba Fab 2676The 2017-18 Winter Texan season is fast coming to a close – and Encore is quickly giving Winter Texans some great reasons to look forward to next year.

    The management group that oversees more than 200 RV resorts in 21 states has announced five tribute bands coming… Read More +

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