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RGV Quilt Show featured this weekend

Over 350 quilts and quilted items on display at this year’s Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild Show to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center.

One of the many colorful highlights of last year’s show was the “Amazon Star,” named Best of Show. Gerald Brauer created the huge star featuring concentric rays radiating out from a multi-colored star pattern in the center. This quilt also earned first place in the Large Bed Quilt Division.

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Link Union introduces their new music style

“The Rio Grande Valley is where we learned to be a band,” said Rachel Link at a recent performance at Sleepy Valley Ranch. “When we first came here 12 years ago, we were young and inexperienced and the Valley allowed us to learn to perform. It is good to be back.”

Today the Link Family, now known as Link Union, is all grown up with all five children performing. Rachel is lead vocalist while oldest brother Kyle is lead fiddle player. Now all three of the younger boys, Ben, John and Aaron play, sing and write sons. Mother Becky plays keyboard and sings lead and harmony. Dad, Lance, handles the sound management.

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Winter Texans stick around through winter

It’s been said that you only live once but if you play hockey once is enough. That’s just how members of the Trailer Trash Texas Hockey League feel about the sport they love. These dedicated hockey fans are continuing to play well into their 60s and even 70s.

While Winter Texans are usually associated with leisurely activities such as golf, birding and shuffleboard, there is a group of Winter Texan men who don’t fit the stereotype. Two to three times a week they don their pads, strap on their helmets and lace up their skates and take to the ice playing the fast-paced and sometimes physical sport of ice hockey.

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Bullfight at Santa Maria offers unexpected excitement

Owner Fred Renk is planning another heart-stopping bullfight as Santa Maria Bullring stages its final bullfight of the Winter Texan season on Feb. 22.

At the last bullfight, on Feb. 8, the excitement began even before the event started when the first bull tried to climb out of the chute and knocked the makeshift roof off on one of his many attempts. By the time he was released into the ring, he was furious and charged at each of the matadors and assistants who waved their capes at him as he ran around the ring. Chasing one matador assistant to safety behind a wall, he stood staring at another matador assistant behind the protective wall just daring him to move until another of the matadors attracted his attention.

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Green Gate Grove Quilt Show impressive

The Green Grove Bees held their annual Green Bee Quilt Show on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The show, which normally receives about 500 visitors was filled with quilting ladies “oohing and ahhing” over the quilts and other items on display.

Show chairwoman Annette Sweet said there were approximately 180 items on display including quilts, wearable art, wall hangings, mixed media and other items all made from textiles. There was also a quilt called “Osprey’s Nest” to be awarded at the end of the show.

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CrossStrung provides highly entertaining variety of entertainment

What do you get when you cross a Utah State Fiddle Champion, the Utah Hot Fiddle Champion and a mandolin and guitar champion with Clog America cloggers who have traveled the world? Why, CrossStrung, of course!

CrossStrung performs with precision battling fiddle duals, excellent vocal harmonies, and a variety of music styles including Bluegrass and Gospel to produce a highly enjoyable, high-energy show.

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Winners named in Mission Quilt Show

Mission Historical Museum held an awards ceremony for the winners of the annual Mission Quilt Show on Friday, Feb. 6 at the museum.

The winners of the quilt show competition were announced by Jim Brunson, publisher of the Winter Texan Times.

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Valley Star Awards: Vote for ‘Entertainer of the Year’

The fourth annual Valley Star Awards will present awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top entertainers as selected by Winter Texans casting their votes for their favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Musical Group (not related), Duet Musical Group, Gospel Group, Folk & Bluegrass Group, Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year, Rock & Roll Band, Country Western Band, Individual/Small Band/Variety Act, and Entertainer of the Year.

The Valley Star Awards ballot is located HERE. Ballots must be submitted by the Feb. 17 deadline to be counted in the poll.

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Golden Age Olympics petanque competition begins

Petanque competition for the 35th Annual Golden Age Olympics, sponsored by McAllen Parks and Recreation, opened at Pleasant Valley Ranch on Jan. 20 with a lighted torch carried by Hermel Pelletier. Behind him was a group of men carrying the medals for winners of the competition.

Pentaque, which is a French sport similar to bacche ball, is a very popular sport in Europe. In fact, there was a team from Germany playing in this year’s GAO competition. They came two years ago and won the tournament and returned this year to see if they could do it again.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta announces Winter Texan winners

The Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges would be the same without the participation of the many Winter Texans who get involved in float building and many other aspects of the Fiesta. There were many excellent floats in the parade on Saturday, Jan. 31 rockin’ down Conway Avenue to the theme of “Old Time Rock & Roll.”

In the Golf Cart Division, first place went to Oleander Acres RV & Mobile Park.

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World renown concert pianist Dino presents ‘Amore’

American’s Piano Showman and Ambassador of Good Will, Dino Kartsonakis, will appear on stage at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Dino Live in Concert show will be presented by Vance Greek in his traditional Valentine’s celebration, “Amore.”

Vance will open for Dino, who will perform a concert filled with love songs for Valentines Day.

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Mega Winter Texan Fiesta Planned in Mission

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with with Shary Municipal Golf Course and Mission Historical Museum to introduce a brand new version of the annual Winter Texan Fiesta – the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta.

This year’s Winter Texan Fiesta will become a three-day event that includes a Winter Texan golf tournament at Shary Golf Course of Feb. 13, the traditional Winter Texan Fiesta entertainment at Leo Pena Park on Saturday, Feb. 14, a car show the same day and a Mexican Artisan market at the Mission Historical Museum on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Feb. 13-15.

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Benefit concert set for Texas Lions Camp

Three musical groups will come together for a special concert at Trinity Worship Center in Pharr on Friday, Feb. 6. Rio Grande Valley Concert Band, Swing Street Swing Band and the Senior Ambassadors will perform a benefit concert for the Texas Lions Camp (TLC) for children with physical disabilities. The bands and chorus are donating their services for the children.

TLC is a camp for children with disabilities where counselors are assigned at almost a one-to-one ratio, often matching the specific needs of the campers to the skills of the counselors.

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Popular lady matadora returns to Santa Maria Bullring

Nearly 1200 fans packed the Santa Maria Bullring last Sunday for an exciting bloodless bullfight – at least no bull blood is shed. But Matador Leal Montalvo was fortunate to come out with only bruises after being tossed by one of the bulls three times.

Another exciting bullfight is coming to Santa Maria Bullring on Sunday, Feb. 8. Matadora Karla Santoyo, of the dynasty of Santoyo of Aguascalientes, Mexico, will share the card with the world-ranked matador Cesar Castaneda for the upcoming bullfight. Karla, the 20-year-old matadora, was trained by her matador father and an uncle who were ranked two and three in the world during their tenure as matadors appearing and confirming in Madrid as well as Mexico City, the largest bullring in the world.

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Parade of Oranges in Mission this weekend

One of the biggest and most colorful events in the Rio Grande Valley is the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges. The parade combines with the Fiesta Fun Fair, the Vaquero Cook-off and the Citrus Youth Show for a super Saturday of Citrus Fiesta celebrations on Saturday, Jan. 31 in downtown Mission.

The Fun Fair will be run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Leo Pena Placita Park at the intersection of 9th Street (Business 83) and Conway Avenue (same location as last year).

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  • Palmview High School presents Mariachi and Folklorico concerts

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  • Quilt Show presents ‘Turning of the Quilts’

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