Good friends Taunnie Russell, Ruth Sagehorn, and Dorothy Jensen have become what I have dubbed the Friday Bucket List Ladies. These ladies are not only friends during their time at Winter Haven Park in Pharr, but they also get together during the summer.
I recently met with the ladies, and they couldn’t stop laughing and smiling as they shared all the fun they had trying to stay active during lockdown.
Read more: Ladies get outdoors with Friday Bucket List excursions
This is your last chance for presales for tickets for the Valley Star Awards. This year’s entertainment includes Curt James, Johnathan Len, Justin Terry, Mountain Highway, Rebecca Lawless, and Ron and Jan Easter.
It’s going to be a great show. Be sure to call and reserve your tickets as soon as possible. This is a show you don’t want to miss.
Read more: Last week for presales to VSA
Tim Hadler, a native of Washington State, grew up on a farm with a love of music. He often jokes that his first audience were the cows he milked. Hadler moved to Nashville shortly after graduating to pursue a career in music.
Listening to his music, his voice is reminiscent of the old-time country legends and is only part of the reason why he does a tribute show to Williams. In a news article, Tim said, “It’s America’s music. I love it.” He added that his tribute to Williams has been a ‘learning experience and a good time.’
Read more: Tim Hadler presents Gumi benefit show
Claudette Merriman used the phrase “mind-boggling” to describe the event unfolding in front of her.
The public relations chairman at the Bibleville Conference Grounds in Alamo watched, like the 100 or more of those in attendance, in reverence and honor as veterans took turns carrying a U.S. flag to its retirement. They went, one by one, placed the flag onto the fire created earlier and stoked with each additional flag, saluted it and returned to retire another.
Read more: A time of reverence, remembering the sacrifice
The Valley Red Hatters will be holding their Festival of Tables on Wednesday, February 23. The event, originally slated to be held at Trophy Gardens, is to now be held at Alamo Country Club.
The Red Hatters ask that you get your tickets as soon as possible. The event is by advance sales only and space is limited. Tickets are $18 per person. Non-members must purchase their tickets before February 14th. Red Hat attire is required.
Read more: Festival of Tables location changes
Submitted by Larry Schmitt and Jan Bergman
On January 26, two hundred ten Kansans from various Parks/Resorts throughout the Rio Grande Valley met to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s 161st year admission to the Union, January 29, 1861. It was so great for we Kansans to be together again, and the old-timers enjoyed meeting the thirty-three Kansans attending for the first time…. yay!!! As before, Trophy Gardens RV Resort is a great venue for this size of crowd.
Read more: Valley-Wide Kansas Day celebration held
By Herb Moering
More than 250, mostly Winter Texans, braved drizzly weather Sunday, January 23, to come and worship the Lord that included singing polka melodies of familiar hymns at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McAllen.
The 27th annual Polka Worship Service had melodies like “Beer Barrel Polka” played to the words of the hymn “Come Let Us Worship,” or “The Happy Wanderer” to the hymn “He Lives.” Or how about “The Lichtensteiner Polka” for “Bless the Lord” and “The Blue Skirt Waltz” for the hymn “Faith of Our Fathers.”
Read more: Polka Worship Service celebrates 27 years
The La Floresta Park in Mercedes is filled with artists who bring with them many different talents and skills. One such artist is Harry Seurkamp, a woodcarver from Whitney, TX. Woodcarving is one of the oldest types of art.
Harry has always been into woodworking. After attending a carving show, his wife gave him a knife, a book, and a piece of wood, and signed him up for woodcarving classes. He was making box clocks at that time and thought carving would enhance them. Harry has been carving now for 30 years.
Read more: Wonderful woodcarvings created at La Floresta
Every two years the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and the Winter Texan Times partner to conduct the Winter Texan Survey. The survey serves as a census of the Winter Texan population and gathers data about the attitudes, behaviors and economic impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley.
This week, the Winter Texan Times includes the Winter Texan Survey as an insert in the newspaper and we invite our readers to complete the survey, and in so doing, be entered in a drawing for one of three $200 cash prizes.
Read more: 17th Bi-Annual Winter Texan Survey