The Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) will feature the “Bishop Emeritus Raymundo Peña Nativity Scene Collection,” a spotlight exhibit displaying 120 nativity scenes.
Born in 1934 and ordained as a Catholic priest in 1957, Father Raymundo Peña was named Bishop in 1976. On his passing in September 2021, the Bishop willed his collection of nativity scenes to MOSTH and to the Historic Brownsville Museum.
Read more: Nativity scene collection on exhibit at MOSTH
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site will commemorate the first official lighting of the historic lighthouse in 117 years at 6:30 p.m. on December 9.
The THC funded and coordinated the reproduction of a 3rd Order Fresnel Lens to be fitted into the lantern room at the top of the lighthouse. The new installation will offer visitors a glimpse into the working past of the lighthouse and the service it provided to the Gulf Coast.
Read more: THC celebrates relighting of Port Isabel Lighthouse
The Mission Chamber of Commerce is still making appointments for their upcoming Community Health and Wellness Fair taking place on December 8th and 9th, at the Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Rd. from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Appointments are for blood work only. A 12-hour fast is required by the date and time of your appointment. There are other tests being done that do not require an appointment or fast.
Appointments are made by phone call only. Call the chamber office at (956) 585-2727, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to schedule your appointment.
There will be vendors and other health related screenings available at the event. The event is free and open to the public. Spread the word and join the chamber in its efforts in keeping the community healthy, safe, and informed.
I can’t believe it is already December. Time is flying by. Good thing is it keeps us busy here at the Winter Texan Times. Wintertainers™ are arriving and in full force. Now we get to have some fun and visit parks to enjoy them and spend time with y’all.
This past week I was able to go out to Golf View Estates and listen to Leslie Blasing. There is no doubt why she has won Female Entertainer of the Year and a Heritage Award from the Valley Star Awards. She has an amazing voice and can entertain the whole room.
Read more: December 7, 2022 - Rina's Ramblings
Entertainment fills Valley parks
The Winter Texan Times has highlighted entertainers, or as we now lovingly call them Wintertainers™, throughout its 35 years. This is something that has been constant among Winter Texan parks.
As a line from a movie states, “You build it, they will come.” If you live in a Winter Texan Park, you are bound to see at least a handful of Wintertainers™ throughout the season. They are here to provide music and entertainment for dances, happy hours, special events, and entertainment nights at the parks.
Read more: Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years
The Mission Historical Museum will soon be accepting entries for its Seventeenth Annual Quilt Show. Entries will be accepted in three categories: Hand-quilted Bed Quilts, Machine-quilted Bed Quilts, and Wall Hangings. The show is open to all quilters, both Winter Texans and year-round residents.
Read more: Mission Quilt Show accepting entries
The Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) is excited to announce the opening of their 2022 Christmas Market. The market features original art for sale, created by local artists offering a great variety of unique gifts for the holiday season. The Christmas theme will showcase paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more.
Read more: UVAL holds Christmas Market
The International Food Festival hosted by St. George Orthodox Church will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 704 W. Sam Houston, in Pharr. The event features the sale of a variety of homestyle foods and beverages from many parts of the world, including Greece, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, and Eastern Europe. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Read more: International Food Festival event to be held
With the holiday season upon us, Quinta Mazatlan Illumina Fest is back for five nights from December 13th to 17th, with timed entrances from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Over 3,000 Luminarias will light the forest trails, a southern tradition dating back to the 1500s.
Thanks to Spaw Glass, guests will enjoy Fire and LED performances by Danta Colmenares and Aerialists by Sam’s Personal Studio. DJ Queen Killah Bee will welcome you to the fun and festive event outdoors—dress for the weather.
Read more: Illumina Fest lights up the holiday season
The Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) is excited to announce the opening of their 2022 Christmas Market with a reception December 3. The market features original art for sale, created by local artists offering a great variety of unique gifts for the holiday season. The Christmas theme will showcase paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more.
The public is invited to enjoy the Holiday theme of the Christmas Market opening reception Saturday, December 3 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Read more: UVAL holds Christmas Market