Rich Bellert, well known for his humorous cowboy poetry, will once again act as emcee. Bellert stated the show would start with a pre-show featuring the Our Lady of Guadalupe School choir at 12:30 p.m.
Bellert has lined up four acts of Winter Texan entertainers to perform. In between performances Bellert will recite poetry and members of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will give away door prizes. Refreshments will be served but there is no meal at the fall event.
Mission Historical Museum is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Mission Quilt Show, sponsored by the Winter Texan Times. Entries will be accepted through Saturday, Jan. 4, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please use the office entrance on the north side at the museum’s two-story main office building (the Shary Building).
The quilt show will open Saturday, Jan. 11, and run through Saturday, Feb. 8. The awards reception will take place Friday, Jan. 31.
Six categories of quilted items will be accepted: hand quilted quilts, machine-quilted quilts, mixed media (quilted items which incorporate non-traditional materials), wall hangings, wearable art and miscellaneous items (decorative or utilitarian items such as table runners and place mats.
Throughout the Rio Grande Valley the Christmas spirit abounds and the colder weather experienced this year makes it seem a bit more like a traditional Christmas. Still, there are many outdoor activities to keep people busy and perhaps the very best is in that little Valley town of Hidalgo that loves celebrating Christmas so much there is something happening every night in December.
The Hidalgo Festival of Lights, now featuring displays with three million lights can be seen through Dec. 31. People are able to drive through the city’s streets and enjoy the displays in their own vehicles free of charge. However, if they prefer a narrated trolley tour or carriage ride, those will be available until Dec. 19, with the exception of Dec. 18, which is the annual La Posada in Hidalgo.
Gaining each year in popularity is Brownsville’s Holiday Village, featuring small houses or cabins with Christmas displays. Located in Dean Porter Park across from the Gladys Porter Zoo, this Christmas display is open until 10 p.m. weeknights and 11 p.m. weekends. Each of the houses has a Christmas display that is either fun or highlights a bit of Brownsville’s history in a Christmas setting. The display will be open through Jan. 1. Lights turn on at dusk but the park is open from 7 a.m. for those who do not wish to drive at night. Admission is free.
Lindley Creek, composed of John, Kathie, Jase and Katie Greer of Missouri, are performing a series of Christmas concerts in Winter Texan resorts across the Rio Grande Valley this year. While their normal style is bluegrass, the Christmas concert is made up of a variety of old favorites, carols and popular songs of yesteryear.
Kathie Greer plays rhythm guitar and clarinet, and sings both lead and harmony. John is bass fiddle player and sings lead and harmony.
Jase, 18-year-old son, is fiddler and sings lead and harmony. He has taken up the saxophone in the last year and adds a new dimension to the sound of this talented group with this new talent.
For those who love the melodic baritone voice of Ralph Kuster, who just finished his 2013 Branson Christmas Show at the God and Country Theatre, he will be returning to the Valley in time to do a few Christmas shows here. Look for shows filled with traditional and country Christmas songs and a few surprises as well.
Kuster has been performing in the Valley for four years and was nominated for 2012 Male Vocalist of the Year in the 16th Annual FAME Awards and the first annual Star Valley Awards Show. He was also nominated as one of the favorite Valley Entertainers in the 2012 Winter Texan Favorites Survey.
Catch Ralph’s Christmas show Dec. 14 at Texas Trails, Pharr; Dec. 16, Lemon Tree Resort, Mission; Dec. 18, Country Side RV Park, Donna; Dec. 21, Winter Haven Resort, Pharr; Dec. 22, Enchanted Valley, (2 p.m.), Mission; and Dec. 31, Palmdale Resort, San Benito (8:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party).
A couple of weeks ago the Winter Texan Times ran a story about the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program designed to provide new Christmas gifts, clothing, coats and shoes for 1700 needy children. Friday, Winter Texan Times Editor Kathy Olivarez delivered a box full of gifts and a bicycle for the little girl whose name was selected from the Angel Tree.
There is still time to adopt an angel for Christmas. There is an Angel Tree in La Plaza Mall near the central information booth and other commercial locations around the city. For those who do not want to do the shopping for a child, the Salvation Army recommends a check for $40 to purchase a toy or clothing for a needy child. Mail checks to the Salvation Army, 1600 N. 23rd Street, McAllen 78501. For those who adopted an angel from one of the trees, this is the drop off location in McAllen.
Pictured in the accompanying photo are Kathy Olivarez, editor, Winter Texan Times; Estela Rodriguez, who works with the bell ringers and Angel Tree program; and Laura and Captain Luis Melendez, directors of the McAllen branch of Salvation Army.
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