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Bit O’ Heaven has Mardi Gras costume dance

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, residents of Bit O’ Heaven RV Park in Donna celebrated Fat Tuesday with a costumed dance. Many residents were dressed up in costumes, from traditional Mardi Gras clown or jester costumes to other colorful characters.

There were costumes from the Colonial era, leprechauns, kings and queens, waitresses serving drinks, and ladies looking like genies just released from their bottles, and other colorful garb. Many residents had fancy masks or colorful bow ties or other items that go with Mardi Gras celebrations. Gold, green and purple beads were passed out to party participants.

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Bicycle club, quilters honor WWII Veterans

As flag after flag was retired by flame, as tradition goes, tenants at the W & I Resort stood proudly and looked on as new flags fluttered in the wind.

Saturday, Feb. 26, the W & I Resort’s Bicycle Club had its flag retirement ceremony for the second year in a row. The ceremony this year honored the resort’s retired World War II veterans, Cecil Massie, Willis Boynton, Barnie Mossburg and Bob Schawb, who sat in the front row with their wives and were saluted by the many other veterans living in the community.

Garry Davidson, a 77-year-old from Miami, Oklahoma, who spent eight years in the Army Reserves, organized the event both this year and last.

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Livestock Show offers many adventures for Winter Texans

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show is always filled with fun things to do and many Winter Texans go year after year. But this year when the Winter Texan Times visited, many of the Winter Texans interviewed had never been to the livestock show before. To them it was a new experience that they were enjoying immensely.

The first stop the I made was to the antique farm equipment barn. There Dennis Duke, a blacksmith from Jamaica, Iowa, had a setup where he was heating metal and making what appeared to be metal parts for a wagon or buggy. He was attracting many visitors who watched him form the hot metal into pieces that could possible be used on some of the antique farm equipment. Another live display included rope making.

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Painted Cup farewell party is fun

In a recent meeting my publisher and I were looking at the Parks Calendar to see what activities were still going on in the parks. He saw the Painted Cup Farewell Party listed at Pharr South. “Hmm, painting cups. Sounds interesting. Why don’t you go out there and see what that’s all about.”

I agreed and put it on my list of things to do.

Surprise! They were not painting cups! They were having a farewell party sponsored by the residents of Painted Cup Street! This is the 28th year Painted Cup has sponsored the last block party of the year.

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Theatrical performances coming to RV parks

Bob and Mary Watson of Otsego, Minnesota have helped bring theatrical performances to Winter Texan parks in the Pharr area with plans to offer them to other parks and resorts in the Valley.

The Watsons have been very active in the Pharr Community Theater, and since they enjoy theater so much, they feel many other Winter Texans might enjoy the opportunity to see plays performed in the parks where they live. They have volunteered their time with the Pharr Community Theater that does performances several times a season. But the theater is quite small and only holds about 40 people, so they are unable to accommodate large audiences.

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Resaca de la Palma State Park offers educational trolley rides

Resaca De la Palma State Park in Brownsville was the site selected by the Red Hat Society Queens to visit for their monthly outing on March 9. The ladies met at the headquarters and were given a little information about the park before departing on a trolley tour.

Resaca de la Palma State Park is one of the newest state parks in Texas, opening in 2007. It is one of the nine satellites of the World Birding Center as well as a state park. Soon it will celebrate its 10th anniversary and special events will mark the occasion according to Park Administrator Lauren Acevedo.

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