Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 35, No. 16 © 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Although there will be a little bit everything to see and do, a special salute and musical tribute to Vietnam Veterans will be the feature at the WinterFest and Expo being held at the South Padre Island Convention Center on Monday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 8. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. There is no entrance fee to the event, but Blasing is highlighting the local food pantries. She said any donations of canned foods would be much appreciated. Also at the event will be guest speakers from the era, vendors, “The All Valley K a r a o k e Contest Final,” a fashion show, mini museum, concessions, dancing, corn hole and mini golfing c o m p e t i - tions, and so much more. Admission is free and door prizes will be givINDEX Parks Calendar p 9 WintertainersTM p 9 “On the road with Jo” p 16 Taste of the Valley p 17 Reunions & Meetings p 19 Events Calendar p 20 Medical Services p 23 Business Guide p 27 Classifieds p 29 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 16 See WINTERFEST pg. 18 Survey response could win you $200 February is a very busy month for Winter Texan activities throughout the Valley and in the parks. The Island will be the location of several events during these first two weeks. You don’t want to miss these amazing events. SPI Kite Fest starts on Wednesday, and although it is supposed to be a little cooler, and maybe some showers here and there, the weather looks pretty good to go fly 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. We invite our readers to complete the survey, and in so doing, be entered in a drawing for one of three $200 cash prizes. Last week, the survey was available as an inSee SURVEY pg. 16 Leslie Blasing hosts WinterFest and Expo Final week to submit your VSA ballot Make sure your voice is heard and vote for your favorite Wintertainer™. This year’s categories include Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Vocal Group of the Year, Musical Group of the Year, Duet Musical Group of the Year, Rock n Roll Band of the Year, Country Western Band of the Year, Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year, and Individual/Small Band/Variety Act of the Year. As always, you have a write-in option for your favorite Entertainer or Group of the Year. We also have a great lineup for this year’s events, so don’t forget to get your ticket. By being at the event, you will know who the winners are before we go to press. Valley Star AWARDS SHOW 11TH Annual Brought to you by See the story on Page 1 Complete the ballot on Page 13 Find show ticket outlets on Page 32 See VSA pg. 18 Robert Ferguson presented Dave and Daphne with an award in 2020
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The service was moved into the church sanctuary a few years ago when fewer Winter Texans were coming, along with the benefits of better acoustics. The way the story goes about the history of the polka service is a former member, Esther Olson, suggested the idea after seeing a story about a Catholic priest who visited bars in his town playing polka melodies to the words of various hymns, according to Pastor Herzberg. She convinced the church to do it, with the first service held in 1995. The three-piece band, acquired from a couple of RV parks, was composed of Dennis Schwiebert on the tuba, who has played in all the polka services since he came to the “Valley a decade ago.” He comes from Mission as did Mike Windelic on the drums. It was Windelic’s first time as it was for John Kodja on the accordion, from Weslaco. Backing the polka band was a worship team of church members Sally Askins, Vicky Drews, Dayle Haaland, and visitor Pat Acklie-Roth. Askins has been singing at the polka services for 17 years, ever since coming to take care of her mother, who had moved to the “Valley with her husband in 1971.” Askins and her husband, David, who is head usher at Our Savior, became converted Texans. She said they found good friends in the church and at Paradise Resort Estates in Pharr where they live. The couple does get away for about six weeks in the summer to see their kids and grandkids up north. One of the reasons Askins likes doing the service is her liking of polkas. That stems from her recalling Polka Worship Service celebrates 27 years See POLKA pg. 21 The polka band, composed of Dennis Schwiebert on tuba, Mike Windelic on drums and John Kodja on accordion played, backed by the worship team of (from right) Pat Acklie-Roth, Sally Askins, Vicky Drews and Dayle Haaland.
5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com FEBRUARY 2, 2022 Alamo Rec-Veh Park holds Annual Quilt and Hobby Show Alamo Rec-Veh Park will hold their 21st Annual Quilt and Hobby Show on Thursday, February 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be raffle items and door prizes throughout the day. Alamo Rec-Veh Park is located at 1320 W. Frontage Road in Alamo. Winter Texans invited to Discount Day at Zoo The Gladys Porter Zoo will host its annual Winter Texan Discount Day on Wednesday, February 2nd. On this day, Winter Texans will receive a special discounted admission rate of only $4.50 with proof of out-ofstate residence. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Gladys Porter Zoo will not be hosting an indoor expo for Winter Texan Discount Day. However, the Zoo will still be inviting various entities from the community to promote their organization—their tables will be set up throughout Zoo grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this event, the Zoo will be giving all Winter Texans a coupon to redeem a hot cup of coffee from The Oasis, one of the Zoo’s concession stands. Additionally, the Zoo’s Docent Council will be conducting train tours throughout the day. The schedule will be as follows if weather permits: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on these great opportunities at the Gladys Porter Zoo. To receive the discounted admission rate for Winter Texan Discount Day, guests must show proof of out-ofstate residence, such as a driver’s license or a passport. For more information about Winter Texan Discount Day, contact the Gladys Porter Zoo at (956) 546-7187. Courtesy photo from Gladys Porter Zoo
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7 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com FEBRUARY 2, 2022 Playground For Retirees • 14,000 Sq. Ft. Rec Hall • Free Cable and Internet • Exercise Room • 24 Shuffle Board Courts • 30’ Wide Streets • Gated Community • Ceramic Studio • Stained Glass Studio • Billiards, Cards, Crafts • Wood Carving Studio • Swimming Pool & Oversized Spa • R/C Race Track • Free Lot Rent – (For One Year!) • Free Concrete Drive • Free Skirting & Carport • Free Storage Shed • 1 Free Spectrum Cable TV box • 1 Free Internet Modem • Free Smart TV • Free Washer & Dryer Amenities include Free!!! With Purchase of a New Model Home Homes by Ranchero Sales, License #MHDRET00001830 Website: www.RancheroVillageTX.com RancheroVillage@outlook.com Ranchero Village (956) 968-6223 1900 S. Bridge Ave, Weslaco, TX 78596 (Sister Park to Rio Valley Estates) Also Visit Our Sister Park Rio Valley Estates Amenities include: • Wide, Well Lit, Paved Streets • Spacious Concrete Sites • Full Hookups Available • Cleanest Bathhouse in the RGV • Modern Laundry Facilities • Convenient Dog Park • Gated Senior Community • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub • Shuffleboard Courts • Recreation Hall & Dance Floor • Game Room with Billiards • Craft Room and Library • Great Park Activities Booking RV Park Site Reservations New& Included with all RV Pad Sites FREE Spectrum WiFi Internet FREE Spectrum Cable TV SHUFFLEBOARD Rio Valley Estates 956-968-2708 715 N. Westgate Dr., Weslaco 78596 (Sister Park to Ranchero Village) Homes by Ranchero Sales, License #MHDRET0035769 Website: www.RioValleyEstates.com RioValleyEstates@gmail.com POOL & SPA RV PAD SITES Wonderful woodcarvings created at La Floresta The La Floresta Park in Mercedes is filled with artists who bring with them many d i f f e r e n t 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 woodw o r k i n g . 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. Harry also enjoys teaching woodcarving and willingly lends his tools to those who want to try their hand at it. He is currently teaching a class at La Floresta. “The whole idea is to promote woodcarving. It is becoming a lost art.” La Floresta hosts an annual auction fundraiser, and this year Harry donated one of his pieces: “The Golfer Cowboy.” He said, “That was one of my earliest pieces, created in the 1990’s. It was time to share it.” Harry draws out patterns, enlarges them on his computer, and then using his band saw, cuts a piece of wood to fit his design. He has donated pieces to raise money for golfing events, Al zhe ime r s , and other charities. He has entered many compet i t ions and normally teaches classes at shows. This year he entered a competition coming up in Kerrville, TX, where he will attend a few classes and set up a table to display his items, some of which will be for sale. You can see more of this artist’s woodworking at his website: outofthewoodwork.net. Pictured is Harry Seurkamp with his current project, using cottonwood bark, and carving a spirit face, feather, and house. He calls it the “Spirit Man Birdhouse.” Pictured is Roger Goertzen from Mt. Lake, Minnesota, one of the students at La Floresta. Roger had never carved before but took the class from Harry Seurkamp two years ago. He started out carving small, holiday decorations and has advanced to larger and more intricate projects. Here is the cardinal he is currently working on. He said he has about twelve hours into this project.
FEBRUARY 2, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES te Mucho Audubon Society, bird watchers will have the opportunity to deepen their avian knowledge of South Texas and explore areas along Laredo’s river front, creek systems and nature trails. Carefully s e l e c t - ed public green s p a c - es and p r i v a t e ranchland will provide visitors the chance to visit sites that have never been birded before, while an afternoon trip to St. Peter’s Plaza is where birders will have the chance to catch Laredo’ local green parakeets in action. Romey Swanson, Director of Conservation for Audubon Texas, will be the festival’s guest speaker and deliver a presentation on “Celebrating Texas’Bird Diversity and the Role of Stewardship in Bird Conservation.” With over 650 species, Texas supports an incredible amount of bird diversity and although there is an abundance of stressors to many bird populations, there are an equal number of people and organizations t a k i n g on these challenges. This talk will highlight the role of habitat s tewardship in affecting meaningful conservation while also providing an overview of the unique combination of conditions that make Texas such a special place for bird enthusiasts. Festival favorites such as “Bird ‘til you drop” in Zapata County and Webb County will be held, as well as two different kayaking trips. For more information or to register, please visit www.laredobirdingfestival.org. Courtesy photos Wildlife Expo starts next week The Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo is back. After a hiatus last year, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Alligator Rescue is once again offering five days’ worth of seminars, presentations, and field trips that celebrate nature in the RGV. The events will offer different aspects of nature that are found around the area. The event begins on February 8 with a presentation by Robin Gelston which will alert attendees to the dangers to brown pelicans with Save Our Pelicans. Thomas Bainter will tell of Sea Beans and other Treasures of the Beach. Dr. Amy Bonka will talk of Sea Turtle conservation on SPI. Also available will be a tour to Bahia Grande at 7:30 a.m. and a bay boat riding tour #1 at 8 a.m. Dr. Hudson DeYoe will present about What’s Under the Water in Laguna Madre on Wednesday, February 9. Other speakers include Stephanie Biladeau on The Birds of Boca Chica, and the Port Isabel Junior Leadership students will offer an objective report on local waters. Wednesday’s tour will be on native plants and a hisLaredo Birding Festival this weekend Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system with its location nestled along the Rio Grande, Laredo, is home to hundreds of species of both local and migratory birds and is considered part of the “birdiest” corridors in North America. Laredo offers birders unprecedented access to view many rare avian beauties and is described by birding enthusiasts as the only place in the U.S. to have boasted four different species of Kingfisher: Ringed, Belted, Green and Amazon. Prized birds also include the Morelet’s Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Gray Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck, R e d - B i l l e d Pigeon and Cl ay -Co l o r ed Thrush, among many others. The event, being held February 2-5, is perfect for fans of our flying feathered friends, the Laredo Birding Festival is a three-day event that offers birders a variety of full-day scenic trips to take part in. Planned by The Rio Grande International Study Center and escorted by professional field guides and members of the local MonSee EXPO pg. 22
9 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com FEBRUARY 2, 2022 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 956-580-7898. Wednesday, February 2 Bluegrass Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 9-11am, 50/50, coffee, homemade goodies. New jammers welcome. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Lunch & Jam - Chimney Park, Mission, 11:30am-3pm, 11:30 - Burgers & Fries. 1:00 - Jam. Free admission. 4224 S. Conway. Weekly Jam - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 12:30-3pm, 1900 Grace Ave, food $. Open Jam - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 1-3pm, BYOB, come sing, play or just listen. All welcome. Big Band Jam - Valley View Estates, Mission, 2-4pm, Musicians by invitation only. Arts & Craft Show - River Ranch Resort, Rio Hondo, 2pm, Mostly a show & tell, a few items will be for sale. Public Meal - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 4:30pm, All you care to eat: sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, applesauce and coffee. Bring own table service. Karaoke - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5:30pm, Hynes Event Center. Music Jam - Heritage Square, Mission, 5:30pm, Hosted by Don McGhghy. Food available 4 to 5:15 pm. 300 S. Bryan Rd. For info: 563-340-6493. Singles Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 6-7pm, BYOB. Jam - Circle T RV Park, Mission, 6pm, Cookies and coffee at intermission. Pre-Rounds - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:30-7pm, In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Entertainment - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7pm, Justin Terry - country guitarist/singer. $8pp. BYOB/ ice cream bars for sale. Entertainment - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7pm, Abundance Quartet Show, $8pp. Bible Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Dr Martin Marriot. Entertainment - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Shake Rattle and Roll - Tribute to the 50’s & 60’s, $8pp at the door. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Entertainment - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-9pm, Lindley Creek, $10pp. MS/Plus Square Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7-9pm, With Ron Betzelberger. In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $7pp. See PARKS pg. 10 CALENDAR PARKS www.ontheriver.net • 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX Sundays 1:30-5:30pm Live Music Feb. 13 & 27, Mar. 13 & 27 Steven May & The Southern Knights Tues • 11am-8pm Wed • 11am-8pm Thurs • 11am-8pm Fri • 11am-8pm Sat • 11am-8pm Sun • 11am-8pm Open (956) 581-1033 Riverside In-MissionTx Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 20 Renaissance Rockers RIVERSIDE DREAMER River Tours Call (956) 581-4477 Reservations Suggested 1 Hour River Tours (Down River to Dam) Seniors $12 Tues • 1:00pm Wed • 1:00pm Thurs • 1:00pm Fri • 1:00pm Sat • 1:00pm 2 Hour River Tours (Up River Only) Seniors $22 Tues • 2:00pm Thurs • 2:00pm Additional Boat Rides Added As Needed No Outside Beverages/Food (Cash Only - Tax Included) Famous Come Try Our TEXAS Size Pork Tenderloin Jolly Huntsmen Polka Band February 26th • 1-5pm Relax & Enjoy On Our Covered Deck & Patio e e d g s r e , e e a e r t r Admission, $15 at the Door, or $10 in Advance Thursday, February 10th 1:00pm - 3:00pm Louie’s Backyard A love offeringwill be available for giving to help our homeless and jobless Veterans StarringNashville recording artist and award-winning Branson entertainer TimHadler Playingwith Timwill be “Texas Country Review” Starring: VanceMonday on steel guitar RickWeaver on drums Ron Ford on bass Dave Perryman on rythymguitar and vocals Live Auction 50/50Drawing Friday, February 11th • 7pm • $8 East Gate RV Park • Harlingen Award Winning Branson Entertainer
FEBRUARY 2, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM BYOB. Entertainment - Countryside RV Park, Donna, 7-9pm, Diego and Edith. Concessions available. Entertainment - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 7-9pm, Mike Walker - Lasting Impressions. Soft drinks, popcorn and nachos available. For information, call 425-501-6773. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, $7pp. Rock & Roll Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-9pm. Thursday, February 3 Craft Show - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon. Craft Sale - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 8am-Noon, 715 N. Westgate Dr. All handmade items. Lunch with pie served. For more information, contact Arieta at 405-596-6582 or Vicki at 402-8850582. Quilt Show & Craft Sale - Orange Grove RV Park, Edinburg, 8am-12:30pm, Caramel Rolls 8-10, Lunch 11-12:30, Bed Turning 9, 10, 11. Bucket Drawing & 50/50. More info, call 715-764-2611. 5005 E. State Hwy. 107. Pickleball Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9am-Noon, $2pp. All You Can Eat Pancakes - The Grove Subdivision, San Juan, 9-11:30am, Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and endless coffee. Bring you own table service. Quilt Show - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am-1pm, $2 donation at the door. Fabric vendor will have scissor and knife sharpening. Country Jam - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 10am-Noon. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Thursday Lunch - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 11am-12:30pm, Burgers and more. Lunch & Jam - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 11:30am-3pm, Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jam from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome. For more information call 956-532-4649. Country Jam&Lunch - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 11:30am-3pm, Lunch starts at 11:30 am, Jams are 12:30-3 pm. Lunch features our famous sloppy joes and more. Full band returning including a fiddler. Musician sign up begins at 11:30 am. All musicians and singers welcome. Country Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 1-3pm, Lunch available 11:30 am - 1 pm. Homemade goodies at break. Mission Bell Ballroom. Jam Session - Dixieland MH Park, Harlingen, 1-3pm, Dessert & coffee served. Dulcimer Jam - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 1-3pm. Acoustic Bluegrass Jam - VIP La Feria RV Park West, La Feria, 1:303:30pm, 300 E. Expressway 83. Questions, contact Carol and Dan Ratliff and Janice and Rick High. Look forward to seeing you. Ladies’ Tea and Luncheon - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 2pm. Dance - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Curt James, pass the hat. Doors open at 2:30 pm. BYOB, ice, pop and popcorn available. Door prizes. Meal - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 4pm, Meatloaf dinner, baked potato and french onion soup, includes dessert, $8pp. Soup Supper - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 4:30pm, $4pp. Homemade, various varieties. BYOB/TS (Bring Your Own Bowl/Table Service). Drinks and dessert for sales. All You Can Eat Fish Fry - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4:30-6:30pm, Hynes Event Center, $12pp. Acoustic Jam - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 6-8:30pm, Bring your own instrument to our Acoustic Jam (no instrument amplifiers). Show your talent or just sit and listen. PARKS From pg. 9 511 E Loop 374 - Palmview, TX 78572 (956) 585-5551 Visit Us At: www.missionwestrv.com Entertainment RV PARK Feb. 5 • Shake, Rattle & Roll • $9 • 7PM Feb. 12 • DANCE TheNight Ryders • $8 • 7PM Feb. 19 •MountainHighway • $9 • 7PM Feb. 26 • Justin Terry • $8 • 7PM ALL DINNERS 4:30-5:30PM Every Monday • Burgers Every Friday • Fish Fry For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: email@example.com Make sure your events are like... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 VALENTINE'S DANCE Mon. Feb. 14 Texas Wheels • 7-10pm • $7 COUNTRY & ROCK-N-ROLL JAM Tues. Feb. 8 • Maude Squad Back • 7-9pm Pizza • $8 • 5:30-6:30pm DANCES Wed. Feb. 2 & Sat. Feb. 5 Texas Wheels • 7-9pm • $7 BYOB Singles Mixer • 6-7pm PICKLEBALL MIXER Thurs. Feb. 3 • 9am-12pm • $2 LIVE MUSIC Dave Perryman & The Texas Coutnry Revue Sun. Feb. 6 • 4-6pm • $7
11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com FEBRUARY 2, 2022 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM King’s Open Mic - Acacia RV Park, Alamo, 6-9pm, BYOB. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30-8:30pm, Doors open 6:00 pm. Snack bar open. Singers should arrive early so songs may be downloaded to computer. Entertainment - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 6:30-8:30pm, Spittin Image, $8pp. Gate opens at 5:30pm. 1320 West Frontage Road. Prayer and Praise - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm. Bible Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Dr Martin Marriot. Dance - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7pm, Shake Rattle and Roll, $8pp. Get out your poodle skirt and your bobby socks. This is a sock hop! Be entertained by the popular Shake Rattle and Roll and/or kick up your heels to some great rock and roll music. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, $0.50 a card; popcorn/soda available. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $7pp. Concessions available, Mission Bell Ballroom. Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7pm, Renaissance Rockers, $10pp. 1341 West Highway 83. Dance - McAllen Mobile Park, 7-10pm. Entertainment - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Pickpocket Gene, $8pp. Unique blend of magic, humor, and outrageous pickpocket exploits. Doors open at 6pm. Entertainment - Oleander Acres, Mission, 7pm, Senior Ambassadors. Entertainment - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 7pm, Mariache Nueva Tradicion, $7pp. Lively, talented, energetic. Great music. Friday, February 4 Huge Indoor Garage Sale - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 7am-4pm, Sale is in the Rec Hall at 1018 El Paseo Dr. Entrance is on South Tower Rd., 1 mile south of Business 83 in Alamo. Plus pancake breakfast and pie sale! Breakfast Buffet - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7:30-10:30am, Cafe Grande, $8pp. Park Wide Sales - Lemon Tree Estates, Mission, 8am, Weather permitting. Lunch - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11am-2:30pm, Cafe Grande. Menu available @ Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Friday Lunch - Casa del Sol, Donna, 11:30am-12:30pm. 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! Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Homemade goodies and beverage provided, 50/50, great music. Country Jam - Split Rail RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Come enjoy great music with friendly Winter Texans. There will be singing and dancing. Or you’re welcome to just listen. Regardless, a good time will be had by all. We’ve made homemade cookies! Don’t miss it. Bluegrass Acoustic Jam - Trail’s End RV Park, Weslaco, 1-3pm, Invitation only. Audience welcome. Contact Ray Martin at 618-499-4813. 2201 S. Texas Blvd. RC Track - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 1:30pm. Dance - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Steven May, pass the hat. Singing the very best of country music. Popcorn and soda available for purchase. Masks optional. Friday Night Fish Fry - Mission West RV Park, 4:30-5:30pm, Full order (3 pieces) with french fries, coleslaw, tea/coffee for $9pp. We also have half orders (2 pieces) for $7pp and extra fish for $2 each. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5pm, Jaime G & The Adels, See PARKS pg. 12 ENTERTAINMENT • 7PM ROCK & ROLL JAM All EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Paula McSpadden, Activity Director 956-585-0703 DANCES EVERY FRIDAY 7-10PM SINGLES ARE WELCOME Feb 4 • The Renaissance Rockers • $10 Feb 11 • Rewind Valentine’s Dinner & Dance • $25 Every Thursday • 12:30pm - 2:30pm HOMEMADE CAKE DONUTS Feb 9 & 23 • Order Ahead (956) 585-0703 Plain, Chocolate, Or Blueberry With Choice Of Vanilla Or Cinnamon Glaze $1 Each, $1.50 for 2, $4 for 6, $7 for 12 Monday Night Meals • 4:30pm - 6pm Thursday Lunches - Burgers & More • 11am - 12:30pm PAY AT DOOR UNLESS NOTED Feb 9 • Mollie B Show • $14 adv/$16 at the door Feb 16 • William Florian Show • $8 Feb 22 • Roger Wayne Show • $8 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive Palmview • 956-585-0703 MEALS EVENTS Feb 5 • Rock Club Show • 8am - Noon Feb 12 • Craft Show • 8am - Noon Feb 19 • Woodcarvers Show • 8am - Noon DANCES • 7 - 10PM MEAL EVENTS ENTERTAINMENT • 7 - 9PM 1415 Aladdin Villas W • Mission, TX 78572 (956) 581-1288 CRAFT/GARAGE SALE Breakfast Brunch • 8 - 9:30am • $6 Feb 5, Mar 12 Taco Meal • 4 - 6pm • $7 Feb 15 Hamburger Meal • 4 - 6pm • $7 Feb 22 Feb 17 • Craft Sale • 8am - 12pm Feb 5 • Justin Terry • $8 Feb 14 • Tom Worth Dinner & Dance Tickets: $20 dinner & dance $13 dance advanced/$15 dance at the door Dinner 6pm • No meals sold at the door Feb 19 • Dixon Company • $TBD Feb 26 • Smokin Guns • $8 Feb 7 • Rusty Rierson • $8 Feb 21 • Shake Rattle & Roll • $8 Feb 28 • Dave & Daphne • $10 Entertainment Pass Reserved Tickets: $88 • General Admission: $85 For Dance/Entertainment Ticket Questions Call Lori (320) 492-6415 Concert • February 5, 2022 Saturday Concert 2pm & 7pm Bibleville Conference Grounds 1346 N. Cesar Chavez Rd Alamo, Tx 78516 (956) 787-2024 email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Craguns The Cragun Family is absolutely committed to effectively ministering the Gospel through their songs. Check Program Schedule Changes Bibleville.Conference.Grounds riogrande.edu BIBLEVILLE Conference Grounds CASA DEL SOL Craig&Karyl Ruhde, Activities Directors 400N. Val Verde Rd. - Donna, TX78537 956-464-9024 LUNCH EVERY FRIDAY 11:30am-12:30pm DANCES VALENTINE’S DAY SHOW Entertainment by Johnathan Len Feb. 14, 7pm - $8 at the Door ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 10, 7pm Monroe Sun - $8 Feb. 21, 7pm Redneck Revival - $7 Feb. 24, 7pm Justin Terry - $8 Feb. 3, 7pm Shake, Rattle & Roll - $8 Feb. 17, 7pm Smokin’ Gun - $7
FEBRUARY 2, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Rec Hall. Pass the hat. Country Jam - HiddenValley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm. Dance - Fiesta Village, Mission, 6-9pm, The Sundowners. In the parking lot or Main Hall. $7pp. Country Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6pm, All are welcome. 1005 N. Stewart Rd. Entertainment - Winter Green Estates, Mission, 6:30pm, Mountain Highway, $6pp. Entertainment - 1015 RV Park, Weslaco, 6:30-8:30pm, The Chamberlin’s & Southern Express, $8pp. Entertainment - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Shake Rattle & Roll, $8pp advance, $10pp at the door. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Dixon Company Band - country. $8pp. BYOB and snacks. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, The Renaissance Rockers, tickets on sale starting 1/14/22, $10pp. Bible Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Dr Martin Marriot. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, $6pp. Mask recommended but not required. Entertainment - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Festus Comedy Show, $7pp. Open to the public. Dance - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 7pm, Rewind, $10pp. Big Band/Classic Country Jam - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7-9pm, Musicians by invitation only. Lounge open 3-9 pm serving pizza, hot dogs, chili dogs, and chili corn dogs. Dance - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 7pm, Kenastons & High Country Band with Mike Hughes, $8pp. Everyone welcome. Entertainment - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Spittin Image, $8pp. Identical twins, they will have you singing, laughing and rocking. Entertainment - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Justin Terry, $8pp. Dance - Alamo Rose RV and MH Resort, 7-10pm, Regan James, $7pp. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Ice and setups available. Entertainment - Winter Haven Park, Pharr, 7pm, Jamie Layton. Dance - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7:30-10pm, Time Machine, $9pp. Saturday, February 5 Parkwide Patio Sale - Winter Haven Park, Pharr, 7-11am, 1015 W. Sam Houston Blvd. Huge Indoor Garage Sale - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 7-11am, Sale is in the Rec Hall at 1018 El Paseo Dr. Entrance is on South Tower Rd., 1 mile south of Business 83 in Alamo. Plus pancake breakfast and pie sale! Breakfast - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7:30-8:45am. Yard Sale - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 8am-Noon, Lunch 11:30 am. Yard Sale - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 8am-Noon. Breakfast Brunch - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 8-9:30am, Pancakes, eggs, sausage or biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice, water. $6pp. Breakfast & Jam - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 8-10am, Free coffee. Biscuits & sausage gravy or pancakes, sausage/ham patties & applesauce, $5pp. Indoor Garage Sale - Long Island Village, Port Isabel, 8am-Noon, Quilt show, bake sale, golf items & etc. 33772 South Garcia. Rock Club Show - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 8am-Noon, Breakfast pizza served; lunch served. Patio Sales - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 8-11am, 1341 W. Business Hwy. 83. Park Wide Sales - Lemon Tree Estates, Mission, 8am, Weather permitting. Dance/Workshop - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 9-11am, PH 2-3 RD dance/workshop. In Tampico Hall. Bring snacks to share. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Craft Fair - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 9am-1pm, Homemade and purchased crafts, free admission. Annual Garage Sale - Fig Tree RV Resort, Harlingen, 9am-1pm. Meal - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 11:30am, Smoked sausage in sauerkraut, green beans and bread dinner, includes dessert, $8pp. Ladies Luncheon - Valley View EsPARKS From pg. 11 See PARKS pg. 22 18-HOLE GREEN FEE with CART, $33.00 (includes tax) Book Online Thru App or Website www.golf.pharr-tx.gov email@example.com (956) 402-4545 700 E. Hall Acres Pharr, TX 78577 • Includes 18-hole green fee with 1/2 cart. • Must present this coupon to redeem offer. • Two days in advance teetime reservation. • Valid Anytime Mon-Fri and after 10am on weekends and holidays • Not valid for League or Tournament Play • Offer expires 4/1/2022. NO REFUNDS OR RAINCHECKS ONCE PLAY BEGINS! Download App For Online Offers & Our Loyalty Program Download Our App: TDS GOLF No Coupon Copies Allowed No Coupon Copies Allowed
13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com FEBRUARY 2, 2022 2022Valley Star Awards Ballot Vote for your favorite WintertainersTM The Winter Texan Times is teaming up once again with Robert and Billie Ferguson to bring you this year’s Valley Star Awards. Listed below are the top nominees for 9 different entertainment categories as well as the write-in category for Entertainer or Group of the Year. Now, it’s up to you to choose the winners. Vote for your favorite WintertainersTM, choosing only one per category. Ballot Deadline: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 4 pm. Your Name:___________________________________________________Phone:____________________________________ Signature:____________________________ City:_______________________ RV Park Name:_________________________ Home State:____________________________________________ Email:__________________________________________ Check here if you would like to receive the FREE Winter Texan Times e-Edition How to Submit Your Ballot Mail: Mail completed ballot to: Winter Texan Times • 1217 N. Conway Ave. • Mission, TX 78572, or Online: Fill out the ballot form online at www.wintertexantimes.com Ballot Rules: Complete the ballot in full, or complete the online ballot. No copies permitted. Ballot must be completed using the official ballot printed in the Winter Texan Times, or the online form. All ballots must be received at the Winter Texan Times office located at 1217 N Conway Ave., Mission, TX 78572 by Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 4 pm. Limit one entry per person. Multiple submissions WILL NOT be accepted or tabulated in the final results. Write in your choice for Entertainer or Group of the Year Entertainer/Group of the Year:_________________________________________________ Curt James Kai Rick McEwen Rusty Rierson Male Vocalist of the Year Country Western Band of the Year Jealous Heart Regan James & Hired Hand Stephen May & Southern Knights Sweetwater Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel Nu Blu Senior Ambassadors Shake, Rattle & Roll Musical Group of the Year (not related) Baker Family Lindley Creek Mountain Highway Williamson Branch Family Vocal Group of the Year Diego & Edith Helen Russell & Co. Jason Whorlow Ron Moshier Individual/Small Band/Variety Act of the Year Agency Cruisers Renaissance Rockers Rte 66 Rock N Roll Band of the Year Naomi Bristow Brenda Coin Ruthi Betty Rydell Female Vocalist of the Year Dave & Daphne Maggie Mae & Stevie Ray Ron & Jan Easter - Star Lite Spittin’ Image Duet Musical Group of the Year Castaway Festus Lives On Pickpocket Gene Redneck Revival Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year
FEBRUARY 2, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 14 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Lic# TACLB00114391E 10 Year Parts and Labor Warranty Mobile Home Installations 2022 Winter Promotion A/C Replacement 2 Ton - $3,500 3 Ton - $3,800 4 Ton - $4,500 5 Ton - $4,700 Free Installation Rio Grande Valley Call 830-399-0177 Text 956-304-8110 Four Seasons RV Park’s Veterans in the spotlight RV Parks and resorts offer many amenities and activities – even racing wooden turtles on a string can be a huge hit, like at Four Seasons RV Park in Brownsville. But each and every park’s identity comes heavily from the people who live there. Four seasons has a wide range of personalities – including the dozens who not just compete, but also watch, those turtle races and all the other activities. The park also is honored to be home to military veterans such as Bob Hughes, Noel Tow and Zane Dawson. Below is a snapshot of who these people are. Bob Hughes Bob Hughes was born in Colorado, but his family moved to Oklahoma before he learned how to hit the ski slopes. Now he’s lived in Texas longer than he did in Oklahoma. But when the Red River Rivalry game takes place between Texas and Oklahoma on the football field every year, he’s still rooting for those Sooners. Hughes was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1952. He went to boot camp in San Diego before being sent to radio school for six months – not the disc jockey version of radio school, but to learn Morse Code. “It was a 16-week training course,” said Hughes, who has lived at Four Seasons since 1994, now as a permanent resident. “They taught me basic electronics and a lot of dots and dashes.” After learning code, Hughes was sent to Quantico, VA, at the Marine Air Station and then spent 11 months in Japan. After that, he went back into the private sector. “I worked for a while in a lumber yard and then worked as a roughneck on a drilling rig – doing just about anything,” he said. “I did it all but when you have to raise the drill bit and replace it, that’s the working part there.” Hughes said he used to spend a lot of time at Four Seasons playing pool and competing in tournaments, until he wasn’t able to anymore. Still, he “especially loves the weather” and, if you see him out to eat, he’ll be the one with the Mexican plate in front of him. “A little bit of everything,” he said. “It’s good.” Noel Tow Noel Tow was born in Kentucky, moved with his family to Indiana and, after the military he eventually found his way to Michigan. There, he settled down, drove trucks, and raised a family along with his wife Scarlett. They started coming to the Valley in the winters in 2005. Noel entered the First Marine Division of the military in 1943. He was 17 years old, his dad left home and he had quit school to go to work. “But the military sounded like it would pay me more money than I was making at 30 cents an hour,” he said. He spent two-and-a-half years in the military, driving trucks part time and “digging fox holes,” where he said the b i g g e s t thing was to hide. “We would dig really deep,” he said. Sometimes “we’d have caves, so we didn’t have to dig.” He left the military and d r o v e trucks and “worked at r e t i r i ng . ” He drove for a meat packer for 17 years and then for Van Camps for another 17 years, driving to all 48 states, oftentimes with Scarlett by his side. The couple had three boys and three girls, then adopted one boy and one girl, raising eight children. Noel joked that he thought at times that maybe he should have stayed in the military. “With a bunch of kids, I thought maybe I should have waited and retired from the military,” he joked. “But it was a bunch of very good memories.” A huge NASCAR fan, especially of Dale Earnhardt, Tow said he liked the way “The Intimidator” would go about doing his work on the track. It’s similar to what he was taught in the military. “The military teaches you how to work with people and how to take orders,” he said. “Somebody tells you to do something, you do it and you don’t say anything. My boss once said that one of the trucks were turned over and he needed some help. I asked him if he was paying me like always and he said yeah. “I said, ‘I’ll do whatever as long as you’re paying me’.”