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Sombrero Fest is Feb. 23-25

20170223 sombrero festivalThe annual Sombrero Festival, part of Charro Days in Brownsville, will be held Feb. 23-25 in Washington Park (7th Street and Madison Street) in downtown Brownsville. Tickets are $10 a day; the first three hours have free admission.

On Thursday the gates open at noon.  From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a Home Depot Crafts Workshop.  Other activities include a chalupa, musical chairs, pin the mustache on the charro, a 2-man board game, toss-across tic tac toe and a ladder ball games.

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VSO and Chorale present ‘Dvorak with Opera’

20170223 WEB VSO OrchestraEnjoy the classic works of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak during the Valley Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Dvorak with Opera,” on Thursday, March 2, at the McAllen Performing Arts Center located at 801 Convention Center Blvd in McAllen.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

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Alamo Rose Quilt Show is March 8

20170223 WEB Alamo Rose Quilt A Bees 2016The Alamo Rose Quilt-A-Bees will hold their third annual Alamo Rose Quilt Show on Mar. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. In addition to the quilts on display, Country Creek Peddlers will be on hand with quilting fabrics, patterns and other quilting supplies. There will also be a Second Hand Rose table.

There will be a drawing for their appreciation quilt at the end of the show. Admission to the show is $2. Alamo Rose RV Park is located at 938 S Alamo Road in Alamo.  

For information about the show or the group contact Marilyn Kimmel (812) 344-9879.

Recital features American composers and poets

BROWNSVILLE—Soprano Catherine Compton and pianist Allan Armstrong present a recital of American composers and poets entitled My People: Songs and stories of American lives at the TSC Arts Center Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring gripping photographs and artwork, the concert will explore artists and their contributions to shaping and reflecting the American experience. Compton and Armstrong will offer insight into how each composer’s family immigrated to America, helping to create a great nation of diverse voices.

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Southern Anthem gets better each year

20170223 Southern Anthem stageWith a child prodigy fiddle player in 11-year-old Logan, members of Southern Anthem quipped they feared they would soon be known as the Logan Pausewang Back-up Band. Logan improves every year he plays. Taking lessons from Wade Landry has not hurt either. He plays many good fiddling songs but his trio of “Folsum Prison Blues,” “A-Train” and “Orange Blossom Special” produced a robust burst of applause from an obviously pleased audience, nodding their heads approvingly at the amount of talent he was displaying during one of their recent shows in the RGV.

But there is no need for Southern Anthem to fear. Mikaela, 16, has a very strong lead voice on all songs she sings, and Derek’s voice is maturing at 17. He does a great job on the “Auctioneer” song. Mom, Wendy, makes great harmony with Mikaela and also sings lead. She plays several musical instruments. With 4-year-old Miranda making her debut on stage this year, the band has a bright future.

They won Inspirational Group of the Year at the Gatesville Music Festival and also received the Texas Star Award. They appeared in Branson last year and plan to return again this summer.

For more information about their show schedule or for bookings, call Wendy Pausewang at (254) 718-8505.

Winter Texan entertainment planned for BorderFest

20170223 Kelli MarieA number of Winter Texan entertainers will be performing at BorderFest in Hidalgo on Saturday, March 4 beginning at noon with Vance Greek. Vance has been a favorite in the Valley for many years. 

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Showcase II also has popular performers

There were many talented entertainers performing at the second Entertainers’ Showcase held in January. The showcases are held for activity directors so they can hear the newer performers audition as they make decisions on who to book for next season’s entertainment at the parks.

Polling the activity directors in an informal survey, Winter Texan Times editor Kathy Olivarez found that the top four groups were so close in the polling that they all fell within a three-point range.

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