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Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 2 © 2021 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Blankets for Veterans spreads to Valley Get ready for the Annual RGV Birding Festival INDEX “On the road with Jo” p 9 Medical Services p 10 Parks Calendar p 11 WintertainersTM p 11 Taste of the Valley p 15 Events Calendar p 16 Reunions p 16 Business Guide p 16 Classifieds p 17 Rina’s Ramblings See BIRDING pg. 4 See BLANKETS pg. 2 See RAMBLINGS pg. 8 See BUTTERFLY pg. 16 Butterfly festival this weekend WELCOME BACK! We’re Glad You’re Here! Blankets forVeterans, a non-profit organization created by a 17-yrold in Wisconsin, made it to a local Valley Winter Texan Park last season. Autumn Acres resident, Kathy Hanson, is the proud grandmother of Aubree Leitermann, the founder of the organization. Leitermann, who visited Hanson recently, was able to give some of the blankets that were made by Hanson, and others, to Veterans in the park. Leitermann, Hanson says, has always been interested in how people were making big differences doing small, simple good deeds. It didn’t take long for her granddaughter to find out what deed she could do to bring smiling faces to an important group of people. In 2014, Leitermann’s aunt worked for an air medical transport company. Leitermann was told by her aunt how she was helping to transport older Veterans to their homes. Her grandfathers were Veterans that served in the Army, Put the dates of November 10-14 on your calendar for the upcoming Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. And you might want some extra days before or after to continue adding birds to your list, your memory card, or just your memory. The Valley is always full of colorful birds, friendly people, and plenty of birders. Throw in a few tacos here and there, and you have a Fiesta. The festival will offer over 120 field trips for the five days, keynote speakers, afternoon presentations, a rousing trade show (called Birders Purple Gallinule The 25th Butterfly Festival is this weekend, Saturday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to come and see why the City of Mission is a hotspot for butterflies and has gained worldwide recognition for those beautiful fliers. The community day will give attendees the opportunity to make their own banana brew, attend ‘Butterfly U’, enjoy arts and crafts and more. Vendors and exhibits It’s so nice to see the news that we have been receiving. From the looks of things, this is going to be a great year. And I know I have said that before. Museums, concerts and other events that were either cancelled or went virtual last year, are making a comeback this year. Because of the lapse in time from the previous event, organizers are set to make this year’s events even more exciting. Everyone is eager to have Aubree and Darrel Waters

OCTOBER 27, 2021 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES BLANKETS From pg. 1 Navy and Air Force, so she knew the sacrifice these Veterans made and how important they were. She felt even though she was ten she could make a difference in their lives. She took her savings that year and made tie blankets for her aunt to give to the Veterans. Her mom then shared what her daughter did on her Facebook page. Instantly, friends of her mom wanted to donate money so she could keep making more blankets to give to Veterans. The more people heard about what she was doing, the more they wanted to help. In January 2015, the first community blanket making event was held. In just two hours, the people at the event, made 70 blankets. An event is now held every year in her hometown. Money for the blankets is donated by Veteran groups, companies, individuals and even those that have already received blankets. Aubree has received several awards including ones from Wisconsin governor’s wife, Obama, and will be receiving an award from Biden for her numerous hours of service recognizing Veterans. The blankets are fairly simple to make. They are made of two separate pieces of fleece, each one and one-half yards. They are matched up and a 5”X5” piece of each corner is removed, and one-inch slits are cut around the blanket. The matched lengths are tied together around all four sides melding the two together into one blanket. No sewing is required. It takes one person approximately one and onehalf hours to complete a blanket. Due to COVID, this year’s blanket making event on February 28th was done virtually on Zoom allowing her grandmother Kathy Hanson, and Great Aunt Judi Jansen, to attend. Grandma Kathy missed attending the event in person when she became a Winter Texan in 2020. It makes Aubree happy to see the smiles on the Veterans, said Hanson. It makes her feel connected to Veterans that served long before she was born and gives her and others a chance to show their appreciation to those that served. In late March, Autumn Acres allowed Aubree to present Darrel Waters, 91, who served in the Army from 1951-1954, and Darrel Hoffman, also 91, who served as a Marine from 1952-1955 with blankets made by Hanson and Jansen. The ladies hope to gather again next year to make blankets here in Texas when Aubree is hosting her blanket making event in Wisconsin. Each blanket is made special with a tag attached that says, “Thank you for your service to our country. Here is a small token of appreciation for you to enjoy.” The tag is also signed by everyone who helped make that blanket. You can check out Aubree’s Facebook page “Aubree’s Blankets for Veterans” for more information or to donate. Aubree and Darrel Hoffman Judi Jansen and Kathy Hanson

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OCTOBER 27, 2021 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Bazaar), a whopping silent auction, a souvenir booth, and the fabulous art and photographs from local students. Some reunite with birders from across the country – seeing old friends and making new ones. Be sure to plan your trip to arrive on Tuesday to attend the Welcome Reception Tuesday evening. There will be music, noshes, and sips. Watch the website for more information about the event. Online registration is currently open, but closes at the end of the day today, and events are filling up fast. While everyone who participates pays a registration fee, visitors/ participants have the option of purchasing a Kiskadee Pass – an allevent pass that gets you into the talks – during online registration for a savings or buying tickets separately at the door. All field trips are priced according to entry fees/ vehicles used/number of guides allotted. Field trips include Alligators and Sea Turtles, Arroyo Colorado Unit, Audubon Islands of LagunaMadre, Bahia Grande Unit, Battlefields of Brownsville, Bentsen-RGV State Park, Big Day Vans, Bio-Blitz using iNaturalist at West Wildlife Preserve, Bird Banding, Birding for New Birders, Breakfast with the Birds at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Butterflies, and so many more. S p e a k e r s for this year’s event include Christian Hag e n l o c h e r , Kristi Dranginis, Nathan Pieplow, Bill Cark, Mike Stewart, Christine Gurley, and Tim Brush. Topics of talks include ABig Year of Birding on a Budget, Unusual Raptor Plumages, Changing Birdlife of a Tropical Frontier, Birding the World, Instinctive Birding, Identify any Bird Anywhere, and several more. If you have questions, feel free to call the registration office at (209) 227-4823 or visit the website at COVID regulations will be in place including temperature checks, encouragement of face masks during the festival – required when on vans and buses and other areas where social distancing cannot be maintained, and hand sanitizer will be available. BIRDING From pg. 1 Black Bellied Whistling Duck Green Jay Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Crested Caracara Photo by Mary Beth Stowe

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OCTOBER 27, 2021 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES (956)566-1157 RAMBLINGS From pg. 1 VSO announces 2021-2022 schedule The Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2021-22 concert season. After more than a year without full orchestra performances, the VSO will return to the McAllen Performing Arts Center for its 70th anniversary with a five-concert subscription series and other special events, all under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowksi. It has been nearly two years since the entire orchestra has performed together – making this anniversary even more special. This has been the longest the ensemble has ever gone without performing since its founding in 1952. “We know now that we cannot take any of this for granted,” said Maestro Peter Dabrowski. “And knowing this adds another layer of excitement and reverence to the music.” The masterworks concert season begins on November 12 with the presentation of Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, also known as the “New World Symphony.” Dvořák wrote the work to herald the coming of a new era – a most appropriate selection for the beginning of this season. The piece is also known as the New World Symphony, and Dvořák wrote it to herald the coming of a new era, a most appropriate selection for the beginning of this season. “Between this being our 70th year as an ensemble and it also being our return to live performances, the energy is high,” said Katy Coy, executive director. “We are so grateful that the community sustained us so well through last year and also that they are ready to come back out and safely enjoy one of the most beautiful evenings the RGV has to offer.” The November 12 performance is the first of a five-concert masterworks series, which also includes other Valley favorites. On December 10, the VSO will present the annual holiday tradition “A Touch of Frost,” with the return of the Symphony Chorale under the direction of Dr. Sean Taylor. The annual VSO holiday tradition will feature seasonal music from The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, and more. On February 25, “Dances of the Americas” will showcase dance music from across North and South America, featuring selections by Leonard Bernstein, Astor Piazzolla, and Richard Rodgers. The March 25 concert will be a 70th anniversary celebration, as the VSO welcomes returning soloist Daniel Saenz, a lauded cellist who began his music career with the Symphony and now teaches and performs across the country. Finally, the VSO will present the music of Star Wars in an April 29 season finale concert event. Music will also include the Hungarian March from “The Damnation of Faust” and Rahpsody on a Theme of Paganini. Returning subscribers may renew their season tickets through August 25, 2021. New subscriptions are on sale and can be purchased online at or by calling the VSO’s office at (956) 6611615. Single tickets for all concerts will go on sale in early September. Patrons can receive the latest information and sign up for the VSO’s email list at, or by calling the VSO office Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 pm. For more information, visit their website at Their website also includes links to last year’s virtual performances. Valley Symphony Orchestra some fun and get back to the normalcy of it all. I am excited as well. Although I really enjoyed getting into the Valley’s bigger cities last year. Walking their streets. Learning their history. Seeing for myself what makes the Valley special. I also enjoy attending park events, going to the museums, and taking in a concert or two each year. We are really looking forward to being able to see faces again and get out and mingle a little bit more this year. On another note, I can’t believe November is just around the corner. What’s coming up in your neck of the woods? Big things – Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. This is the time of giving as well. We want to know how you are celebrating the holidays. What are you doing for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving? Are there any Veterans in your park that should be recognized? Who are you helping this year? We know so many parks and organizations in the Valley help out their communities they live in. You are a very generous bunch, and we enjoy having you here even more because of that. Let us know what you are doing in your community this year. If you have any story ideas, please send them my way to We look forward to hearing from you.

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11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES OCTOBER 27, 2021 ENTERTAINMENT • 7PM All EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Paula McSpadden, Activity Director 956-585-0703 DANCES EVERY FRIDAY 7-10PM SINGLES ARE WELCOME Nov 5 • Dance Social & Games • FREE Nov 12 • Renaissance Rockers • $10 Nov 19 • Curt James (Glow Stick Dance) • $8 Nov 26 • Diego & Edith • $7 Dec 3 • Time Machine • $8 Dec 10 • Howlers (Day of the Dead) • $8 Dec 17 • The Agency • $10 Tickets On Sale: 11/29/21 Dec 24 • Christmas Eve (NO DANCE) Dec 31 • Hot Rodz (New Years Eve) • $25 Tickets On Sale: 12/3/21 Jan 1 • NO DANCE Jan 8 • Rewind (Rip Roarin’s 20’s) • $10 (Saturday Dance) • Tickets On Sale: 12/17/21 PAY AT DOOR UNLESS NOTED Dec 1 • Lindley Creek Christmas • $10 Jan 1 • Baker Family Show • $9 Jan 5 • Redneck Revival Show • $8 Jan 16 • Nu-Blu Show • 3-5pm • $10 Jan 19 • Rusty Rierson Show • $8 Jan 23 • Winter Texan Orchestra • Pass The Hat 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive Palmview • 956-585-0703 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM DANCES • 7 - 10PM 1415 Aladdin Villas W Mission, TX 78572 956-581-1288 OCT 30 The Lockharts Tickets $8 NOV 6 Regan James Hired Hand Tickets $8 NOV 27 Dance With Diego Tickets $8 Division of Wilder’s Corporation 501 W. Owassa Rd • Pharr, Texas 78577 956-787-6538 FOR INFO/TICKETS DANCES • EVERY FRIDAY 7-10 PM $6 (Unless Noted) Oct. 29 • Bottomline Band (Costume Contest) Nov. 5 • South Texas Ramblers Nov. 12 • Texas Storm Nov. 19 • Bottomline Band Nov. 26 • Steven May & Southern Knights ENTERTAINMENT Dec. 5 • McAllen H.S. Musical Group Razz Ma Tazz • 2pm • $5 (All Proceeds Go To The Group) Dec. 7 • B & C Musical Theater presents Winter Wonderette, Dinner/Show • $13 (Tickets In Advance Only) Dec. 14 • Rusty Rierson, Christmas & More • $9 CREDIT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: Make sure your events are like... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper CALENDAR PARKS See PARKS pg. 12 EDITOR’S NOTE: Items for the Parks Calendar must be open to the public activities in the parks only and must be submitted by park owners, managers or activity directors. Listings must come from the park and are to be submitted on the Winter Texan Times Parks Calendar Submission Form. Request this form from the Winter Texan Times office. Multiple activities may be submitted on the park’s letterhead, provided the same information is provided in the format of the Submission Form. We do not accept listings for reviews, workshops, lessons or dance classes. Submission deadline is Wednesday noon, one week prior to the publication date. Send to: Winter Texan Times, 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission, Texas 78572 or email to or fax to 956-580-7898. Wednesday, October 27 Karaoke - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 1-3pm, In the Chuckwagon Room of the Friendship Hall. Please use parking lot at the south side of the building, enter through the swimming pool doors and take the first door on the right past Coke machine. Mask required when not singing, please. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Curt James, pass the hat. Social Hour Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Soft drinks, popcorn, and nachos available. Pass the hat. Happy Hour - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 4-7pm, Live music by Randy Maine. Free event, open to all. BYOB, food will be available for purchase. Pass the hat, indoor event. Karaoke - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, Golf Course Grill. Friday, October 29 Dance - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 6-9pm, The Howlers, $8pp. 7300 Monroe St. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Bottomline Band, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-9pm, With Ron Moshier. Hynes Event Center, bar available, pass the hat. Saturday, October 30 Park Wide Garage Sale - Citrus Village, La Feria, 8am-2pm, 901 Citrus Dr. Halloween Party - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 5-7pm, Open to all. Food will be available for purchase, costumes optional, BYOB, free ice. $5.00 cover charge. Pleasant Valley Resort Rec Hall. Halloween Dance - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Diego, $5pp. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, Smokin’ Gun, $7pp. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, The Lockharts, $8pp. Sunday, October 31 Halloween Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, With The Fabulous Cruisers, $10pp. Hynes Event Center. Out of park residents may purchase tickets Monday prior to the dance. Monday, November 1 Country Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 5:30pm, After evening meals, meals served 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Come and have a wonderful meal and great entertainment! Tuesday, November 2 Men’s Prayer and Bible Study - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 8am. Women’s Bible Study and Prayer - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 9:30am. Happy Hour - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 3:30-5pm, Diego & Edith. 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OCTOBER 27, 2021 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES When you follow us on Facebook AND Subscribe to our FREE e-Edition newsletter You will be eligible to win great prizes from our advertisers through our drawings held throughout the season 956.580.7800 1217 N CONWAY, MISSION Follow us on wintertexantimes BRING US ALONG, & THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO SEE, MORE TO DO IN PRINT, ONLINE ON ANY DEVICE YOU WILL WANT TO TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEREVERYOUGO PARKS From pg. 11 bucket for donations. Meal - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 4-5:30pm, Pulled pork, coleslaw, beans, and ice cream. $6pp. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, With Wheel Daddies. BS Bar, bar available, pass the hat. Bingo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 6:30-9pm, Open to the public. Wednesday, November 3 Karaoke - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 1-3pm, In the Chuckwagon Room of the Friendship Hall. Please use parking lot at the south side of the building, enter through the swimming pool doors and take the first door on the right past Coke machine. Mask required when not singing, please. Thursday, November 4 Covid 19 Vacc Clinic - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10am-Noon, Harlingen Health Department will administer vaccinations. Anticipated Pfizer, Moderna, J&J available. Call Activities Office 956-425-7448 for sign-up. Social Hour - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 4-7:30pm, Food to purchase 4 to 5:30 pm with music from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Prayer and Praise - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, $0.50 a card; popcorn/soda available. Entertainment - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7pm, Joe Compton Live. Pass the hat, concessions available. 400 N Val Verde Rd. Friday, November 5 Park Wide Patio Sale - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8am-Noon, Open to the public. Country “OPRY” Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Country and gospel like Nashville USED to do with some occasional old-time RockN-Roll. Hosted by Elaine Nelson, National Country Music Hall of Famer. Play a tune, sing a song, tap your feet, sing along...remember when... bring a smile and bring a friend! Y’all come!!! Everyone is welcome! DJ Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, 50’s Dance with Richard Kline. Wear your 50’s outfits! BYOB and snacks. Pass the bucket for donation. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, Social and games, free admission. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, South Texas Ramblers, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. Saturday, November 6 Park Wide Garage Sale - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 8amNoon. Park Wide Patio Sale - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8am-Noon, Open to the public. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7pm, Steven May, $7pp. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Entertainment - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Billy James Show, tickets at the door $6pp. Open to the public. Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Regan James Hired Hand, $8pp. Sunday, November 7 Church - Fiesta Village, Mission, 9am, In the Main Hall. Friendship Hall Church - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10-11:30am. Worship - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 10:30am, Chaplain Dr Larry Windle Gospel Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 5:30pm, After evening meals, meals served 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Come and have a wonderful meal and great entertainment! Worship - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Chaplain Dr Larry Windle Monday, November 8 Country Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 5:30pm, After evening meals, meals served 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Come and have a wonderful meal and great entertainment! Tuesday, November 9 Men’s Prayer and Bible Study - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 8am. Women’s Bible Study and Prayer - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 9:30am. Happy Hour - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 3-5pm, Curt James. BYOB and Snacks; Pass the bucket for donations. Twisted Tuesdays with Garza Produce - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 5:30-7:30pm, Live music or DJ every week, Garza Produce Truck, free event. Food available for purchase, pass the hat. Bring a chair, BYOB. 7320 W. Interstate 2. Bingo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 6:30-9pm, Open to the public. Wednesday, November 10 Karaoke - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 1-3pm, In the Chuckwagon Room of the Friendship Hall. Please use parking lot at the south side of the building, enter through the swimming

13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES OCTOBER 27, 2021 NOWAVAILABLE ONLINE 2021 Park Directory Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Published By: Park Directory RIO GRANDE VALLEY MOBILE HOME & RV 2021-2022 EDITION Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Published By: 2021-2022 Edition 2021 Rio Grande Valley Visitors Guide Wreaths Across America to add Ceremonial Wreath Recently, national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced the addition of the United States Space Force to the set of ceremonial wreaths that are provided to all participating locations nationwide to be used on National Wreaths Across America Day – this year scheduled for Saturday, December 18, 2021. This is the eighth ceremonial wreath with corresponding service flag to be provided by the organization to all registered, participating locations. The ceremonial wreaths represent each branch of the service, and POW/MIA, and are encouraged to be on display as part of each National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony held. The U.S. Space Force, which was established December 20, 2019, with the enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, is the first new military service since the Army Air Forces were reorganized as the U.S. Air Force in 1947. The U.S. Space Force organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. “The U.S. Space Force traces its roots to the beginning of the Cold War, with the first Army Air Forces space programs starting in 1945, and the first major employment of space forces culminated in the Gulf War, where they proved so critical to the U.S.-led coalition,” said Joe Reagan, U.S. Army Veteran and Director of Military & Veteran Outreach, Wreaths Across America. “As an organization whose mission is to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and Teach the next generation the value of freedom, it is imperative that we recognize all those who have stepped up to serve as Guardians and continue to protect those Freedoms all Americans enjoy.” Since its founding as a 501c3 in 2007, WAA has provided seven live, handmade balsam veterans’ wreaths – each with a corresponding service branch flag, including a POW/MIA flag – to each registered participating location to use in that year’s National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony. Moving forward, eight wreaths will be provided along with the U.S. Space Force delta service flag. Each participating location is coordinated by local volunteers who are encouraged to host a ceremony using these wreaths as part of their National Wreaths Across America pool doors and take the first door on the right past Coke machine. Mask required when not singing, please. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Diego, pass the hat. Thursday, November 11 Social Hour - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 4-7:30pm, Food to purchase 4 to 5:30 pm with music from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Prayer and Praise - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, $0.50 a card; popcorn/soda available. Friday, November 12 Craft Fair - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 8am-Noon, No charge for tables November only. Open to public; you must sign up with Activity Director. Indoor and outdoor spaces available. Country “OPRY” Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Country and gospel like Nashville USED to do with some occasional old-time Rock-N-Roll. Hosted by Elaine Nelson, National Country Music Hall of Famer. Play a tune, sing a song, tap your feet, sing along...remember when...bring a smile and bring a friend! Y’all come!!! Everyone is welcome! Fish Fry - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 5:30-6:30pm. DJ Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Western Theme. BYOB and snacks. Pass the bucket for donation Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, Renaissance Rockers, $10pp. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Texas Storm, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. See WREATHS pg. 17