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Friends, laughs, good times highlight USA vs Canada softball

20180315 US Canada Senior Softball MILLER IMG 5279Larry Boggs stood up, dressed in his patriotic red, white and blue shirt and shorts, held the megaphone (more like a miniphone) to his mouth and made one of several announcements.”

“Today’s official attendance is 10,682,” said Boggs, whose goatee resembled that of Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs – but there was no relation, Larry Boggs said. “Thank you all for your attendance.”

Obviously, Boggs, who lives in Branson, Mo., but stays at Chimney Park in Mission during the winter, was being a bit optimistic – just overestimating by a little more than 10,200 – but that wasn’t the point. The crowd laughed – and that was the point of the entire day during the annual US-Canada Senior Softball games held at Westside Park in McAllen on March 8.

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Rio Grande Valley has first class entertainment

20180315 Faith Family Freedom JB IMG 1281The Rio Grande Valley's Winter Texan scene isn't the quiet, gem in the rough secret that it once was.

For the winter visitors, that's a good thing – especially when it comes to entertainment.

More and more Wintertainers™ – as they are affectionately called – are coming to the Valley to entertain Winter Texans. The growth can be attributed to entertainers like Gordy and Debbie who came to the Valley 10 years ago and were an immediate hit. When they returned home, they spread the word and brought some friends down.

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The Valley is perfect for year-round golf

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Howling TrailsAround most of the country, golf takes some time off during the wintertime. When those months reach the Rio Grande Valley, however, golf is in full swing.
Golf is a year-round sport in the Rio Grande Valley, and Winter Texans are finding plenty of time to enjoy the links.

“I love being able to play golf all year round – that and softball,” said David Clark, from Manitoba, Canada. “It especially beats the alternative – shoveling snow and staying indoors all the time.”

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Where can first-time visitors stay?

20180315 ENCORE Sunshine RV Swimming PoolMany Winter Texans come to the Rio Grande Valley because they've been here before and love the weather, the chance to get outdoors in the winter to play golf, cycle, play shuffleboard and even take a swim in the pool. Some come down because they've visited friends or family before and decided the Valley is a great place to enjoy retirement living.

Still others have come down just to check it out to see what the Valley is like and what it has to offer. But where does one stay when visiting the Valley for the first time? Not to worry, there are about 300 RV and mobile home resorts and subdivisions that cater to Winter Texans spread all across the Rio Grande Valley, from Mission to South Padre Island. And every resort and park has something to offer.

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Schlitterbahn ‘Black and White’ Style Show was glamorous affair

20180308 Red Hats Ladies Luncheon KODSC 0082Hat Lady
Shirley Hawkins of the Dazzling Dolphins, who is known among the Red Hat Ladies for her gorgeous hats, models one of her Kentucky Derby hats.

Black and White was the theme of this year’s Red Hat Style Show, held annually at the Schlitterbahn Resort the last Tuesday in February. Sponsored by the Dazzling Dolphin Red Hat Group from South Padre Island, it is an event open to all Red Hat ladies across the Rio Grande Valley. This year’s event attracted 85 ladies from different Red Hat groups spread from Mission to South Padre Island and Brownsville.

Everyone wore black and white clothing. Styles ranged from elegant dress to casual wear. Some ladies also selected black and white hats, while others chose to wear the traditional red hat.

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Indian Pow Wow planned Saturday

20180308 Indian Pow Wow dy 037The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas will hold the 48th Annual Dak' ee si Pow Wow Saturday, March 10, at the Lark Library & Community Center in McAllen.

The Pow Wow will highlight the American Indian culture and history with drumming, singing and dancing by native Americans – many of whom will be wearing their colorful tribal regalia. Everyone is invited for a day of celebration and excitement.

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Texas Independence Celebration is March 10 in San Benito

20180308 Texas Independence Day 035Learn about the early days of Texas through historical reenactments at the Texas Independence Celebration that takes place in San Benito March 10 at the San Benito Fair Grounds on FM 510 and Cesar Gonzalez Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The celebration kicks off on March 10-11 with an IBCA Sanctioned Cook-Off, where brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken and desserts will be prepared. Judging will take place Saturday afternoon.

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