Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 36, No. 8 © 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com Wednesday, December 7, 2022 INDEX Reunions p 4 Events Calendar p 6 Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 Taste of the Valley p 13 “On the road with Jo” p 15 Business Guide p 20 Coupon Index p 21 Classifieds p 21 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 21 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 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 Health Fair this weekend 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. See NATIVITY pg. 20 Nativity scene collection on exhibit at MOSTH See HEALTH pg. 20 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. See LIGHTHOUSE pg. 17 Happy Holidays!

DECEMBER 7, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years 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. These Wintertainers™ come from a myriad of places, including many local, but a lot of them are well known entertainers in places like Branson and Silver Dollar City. Somehow along the way they found the Rio Grande Valley and you. A majority of them don’t get here until after the holidays, after their busy schedules at other concert halls, or stop by while traveling to other destinations through the U.S. They come here to do one thing – to entertain, and they do it well. Some popular Wintertainers™ from the past include Royce Deaver and The Drifters, Texas Pioneers, See LOOKING BACK pg. 24 the Frankie James Band, Terry Martin the Ozark Gambler, and Chet Short and his Texas Swing Band. Other names have been the Winter Texan Dance Band, Music Masters, the Country Notables, and the Leonard Reyman Band. The list goes on and on with names and faces we don’t see any more for one reason or another. More familiar names from the not so recent past are Redhead Express, Gordy and Debbie, Auntie Kreamsaugen, Vance Greek, Star Fire Family Show, John Rex Reeves, Bernie and Red, James Marvell, David Church, Cowboy Poet Richard Bellert, and Bill Brooks. Today’s list includes the talent of Jason Whorlow, Nu-Blu, Steven May, Carlos Canas, The Chamberlins and Southern Express, Dave and Daphne, Dale and Gayle, Rusty Rierson, Curt James, Rick McEwen, Bill Chrastil, Ralph Kuster, Leslie Blasing, Bottomline Band, Lindley Creek, Helen Russell and Co., Mountain Highway, and soooo many more. These and more can be found on our website under Wintertainers™. These entertainers are full of talent. They come to the Valley every year to entertain you and have a good time with you as well. We know this group of people has a blast while here. They enjoy the atmosphere at their events and getting to know their audience personally. This is one reason why we have the Valley Star Awards. This award show gives you the opportunity to select your favorites from severDave and Daphne Helen Russell & Co.

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DECEMBER 7, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Model Rail Roading & Railroaders Model Rail Roading & Railroaders have started getting together. Anyone interested in joining the group can join them Monday through Friday at the Hidalgo Pumphouse. Call Red at (313) 532-8549 for more information. RGVWoodcarvers The Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers have begun their seasonal meetings. The woodcarvers are meeting at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana Blvd., in Pharr. The Carvers meet weekly on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through March. Everyone is welcome to come and visit and join the club. After a third visit, you will be asked to become a member with annual dues. More information can be found online at www.rgvwoodcarvers.org. Get ready to build/carve for the Woodcarvers Show in January. Senior Ambassadors The Senior Ambassadors is looking for singers to join their chorus. Senior Ambassadors is composed of men from the Valley and Winter Texan community. They perform choral music from sacred and semi classical, to pop and country. Practice sessions are held each Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bentsen Grove Resort (1645 S. Bentsen Rd.) in Mission. They perform 10 to 12 times each season at various venues in the RGV. For more information, call Paul Hunter (956) 310-9515. Annual Fayette County, IA Reunion Fayette County, Iowa residents will meet Thursday, January 19 at Mr. Gatti’s, 4100 N. 2nd St., McAllen, at 11 a.m. For more information, call Violet (319) 230-2746. Reunions are a great time to catch up with friends, old and new. Here we will feature reunions and meetings that are happening throughout the Valley. We hope that if you are having such a meeting, you will send the information to us so we can help you spread the word. If you have a great photo from your reunion or meeting, we would love to see that too. We love seeing photos of Red Hatter groups and others as they gather at local restaurants to catch up and share what’s new. You can send your information to news@wintertexantimes.com. Keep McAllen Beautiful to host Posada Keep McAllen Beautiful is hosting a Christmas Posada at Archer Park, located at 101 N. Main St. on Saturday, December 10, starting at 7 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will feature the traditional posada procession that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging. The procession culminates at a nativity scene, with shepherds and the Three Wise Men. The posada will be accompanied by traditional singing during the procession and will conclude with Christmas songs performed by choirs from Our Lady of Sorrows Church and The Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints church and missionaries. “Come and experience the joy of Christmas with the story of the baby Jesus’ birth and by singing along to festive Christmas carols,” said Chris Lash, program manager for Keep McAllen Beautiful. “The event is free and open to everyone in the community.” Keep McAllen Beautiful is an educational, non-profit organization that develops and expands the awareness of McAllen’s citizens and visitors about littering and proper disposal of waste and promotes the preservation and enhancement of McAllen’s natural beauty and environment.

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The amphitheater is located at 53550 Dolphin Cove. December 7 – Join the Valley Symphony at the Basilica of Our Lady San Juan del Valle for a very special holiday event. First, the brass will perform seasonal favorites, then the chorale will perform both with the brass as well as a capella. The event will be held at 8 p.m. The Basilica is located at 400 Virgen de San Juan Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at https://valleyorchestra.org/event/ merry-and-bright/. December 7 – Give yourself an early Christmas present by attending the RGV Concert Band’s “A Christmas Celebration” at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1107 Fern in McAllen. Attendees will be treated to one hour of traditional Christmas music that includes both contemporary and religious selections. December 7 – The South Texas Ecotourism Center (STEC) Laguna Vista speaker series will be a screening of “Deep in the Heart.” The film is a visually stunning celebration of Texas’ diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife found nowhere else. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are free. STEC is located at 501 W. State Hwy. 100 in Laguna Vista. Speaker series is held every first and third Wednesday. December 7 – The City of McAllen will be hosting their 10th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd., at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The event is slated to set the record for the tallest digital Christmas Tree in America at 113 feet. Enjoy holiday performances right before the official lighting ceremony of the tree and the lights associated with the South Pole Illuminated Festival. Admission for the tree lighting is free and includes entrance into the South Pole. Attendees are urged to arrive early. December 8 – The South Texas Ecotourism Center (STEC) Laguna Vista will hold a Christmas celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature Santa, food and craft vendors, and holiday performances. Admission to the event is free. STEC is located at 501 W. State Hwy. 100 in Laguna Vista. December 8 – Join McAllen Public Library for a writing workshop on Power Words, focusing on word meaning and imagery in writing. The session will be led by the 2022 McAllen Poet Laureate, Victoria Lopez, and would benefit any level writer. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A Q&A panel will follow with local poets and authors. Registration required. Call (956) 681-3000. The library is located at 4001 N. 23rd St. December 8-9 – The Annual Mission Community Health Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. both days at the Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Rd. Appointments for tests requiring fasting can be made by calling (956) 585-2727. December 9 – Join the Valley Symphony for Deck the Palms at the Cameron County Amphitheatre in South Padre Island for a very special holiday event. First, the brass will perform seasonal favorites, then the chorale will perform both with the brass as well as a capella. The event will be held at 8 p.m. The Amphitheatre is located at 53550 Dolphin Cove. Tickets can be purchased at https://valleyorchestra.org/concerts/. December 9 – the City ofAlamo will host their annual Christmas Lighted Parade. The parade will begin at the intersection of Frontage/Alamo Rd. and head down Alamo Rd. toward Alamo Downtown Central Park. The tree lighting will be held after the parade at the park. There will be entertainment, food, and more. Festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. December 8-10 – The Veterans Memorial high School Harlequin Drama Club presents “School of RockThe Musical.” The performances will be at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets will be sold at the door, starting at 6:30, for $10. 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7 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com DECEMBER 7, 2022 Upper Valley Art League holds Christmas Market 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. The Market had an opening reception on December 3 and will remain open until December 17. The Christmas Market will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. UVAL is a nonprofit organization of artist volunteers. The Mission venue provides studios where artists meet socially, sharing ideas, learning, and creating art, as well as a gallery where artists display and sell their artwork. Exhibits are changed every month to provide artists with opportunities to showcase individual talents and mediums. Exhibits are always free and open to the public. UVAL is located at 921 East 12th Street, Mission, next to Speer Memorial Library. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone number is (956) 591-0282. Courtesy Photo the town hall. There will be a posada, tamales, music and more. Contests will be held for the best decorated cart, bike, and home. December 10 – The South Texas Ecotourism Center (STEC) Laguna Vista speaker series will feature Texas Master Naturalist and SPI Birding Center Educator Javier Gonzalez presenting Christmas Bird Count. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are free. STEC is located at 501 W. State Hwy. 100 in Laguna Vista. Speaker series is held every first and third Wednesday. December 10 – Weslaco will host their lighted Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. downtown on Texas Blvd. from Pike St. to 6th St. A Santa Dash will be held just before the parade at 4 p.m. Parking spaces are available along the parade route. December 10 – Keep McAllen Beautiful will host a Christmas Posada at Archer Park, 101 N. Main St., starting at 7 p.m. The free event will feature the traditional posada procession that reenacts Mary and Jospeh’s search for lodging. December 11 – The Cameron County Amphitheater and Isla Blanca Park will host a Holiday Paw Parade. Bring your pets and holiday costumes to join the fun for the first Annual Holiday Paw Parade on South Padre Island. Prizes and photos will be provided. The amphitheater is located at 53550 Dolphin Cove. December 12 – Broadway McAllen presents On Your Feet at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. You can order tickets, and season tickets, at LiveinMcAllen.com. For more information visit the website or call (956) 450-1929. December 13 – The Brownsville Society for the Performing arts presents Messiah and More Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. at the TSC Performing Arts Center, 90 Taylor Ave. in Brownsville. The event features Alium Spiritum along with Diane Walters, Lara Alami, Ricardo Diaz-Garcia, Sean Taylor conducting, UTRGV Master Chorale, Brownsville Festival Chorus and Orchestra, area high schools, and the Chorus of the Rio Grande Valley. Admission is free. For more information, visit brosoperformingarts.org.

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WEDNESDAYS Jam Lunch • 12pm Menu and price varies Jam Session • 1-3pm All welcome, BYOB SHOW 7 PM • Dec 7 • Razz Ma Tazz • $5 No Karaoke Dec 11 BYOB, snacks SUNDAYS • KARAOKE • 5PM THURSDAYS • SOUPSUPPER • 4:30PM $4 All You Can Eat • Dessert for sale Bring your own table service & beverage RV RESORT TEXAS TRAILS Division of Wilder’s Corporation DANCES • EVERY FRIDAY 7-10 PM $7 (Unless Noted) ENTERTAINMENT Dec. 13, 7pm • Razz Ma Tazz • $5 Dec. 14, 7pm • Fiesta Night (Dinner/Show) Edinburg N.H.S. Mariachi Group • $13 Dec. 18, 3pm • Tiny Hill Orchestra • Pass the hat Masks Recommended But Not Required For All Events 501 W. Owassa Rd • Pharr, Texas 78577 956-787-6538 FOR INFO/TICKETS Dec. 9 • Route 66 Dec. 16 • Southern Vibes Dec. 23 • Ron Moshier Dec. 31 • Jealous Heart • $16 CREDIT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED 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 Friday noon, the week prior to the publication date. Send to: Winter Texan Times, 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission, Texas 78572 or email to parkscal@wintertexantimes.com or fax to 956-580-7898. Wednesday, December 7 Homemade Cake Donuts - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-8:30am, Call to preorder. Fall Craft and Patio Sale - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 8am-1pm, Craft sale and a quilt raffle. Coffee and donuts served for a minimal fee. Contact: Marie, 905-960-1408. 802 S. International Blvd. Craft Sale - Canyon Lake RV Resort, Mission, 8am-Noon, Lunch at 11am. Dominos - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 10am. Improver Line Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 10am. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Jam Session Lunch - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, Noon, Menu and price varies. Music Jam - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 12:30-2:30pm, Gate is open, lunch is available for purchase 11:30 am - 2:00 pm. Musicians and listeners welcome! Rec Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. Jam Session - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 1-3pm, Come and play, sing or just listen. All welcome. BYOB. Big Band Jam - Valley View Estates, Mission, 1-3pm, Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music. To play in the band is by invitation only. 2100 Vernon 319-521-6095. Acoustic Jam - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 1:30-3:30pm, Setups available. Happy Hour - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 4-6pm, Rotating schedule of live entertainment, pass the hat. Handmade pizza available from 5-7. Various food items available from 5-6. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Happy Hour - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 4-6pm. Happy Hour - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 4-6pm, Regan James, pass the hat. Swing Dancing Lessons - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 4-5:30pm, Donations accepted, no partner necessary. Supper - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 4:30-6pm, Serving all you care to eat pancakes, sausage gravy & biscuits, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and coffee. $7pp. Meal - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 5-6pm. Music/Dance - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, Jocelyne. Welcome Back Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:30pm, Pre Rounds 6:30pm, Squares 7-9pm. Ron & Jan Betzelberger, $5pp. Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Rock & Roll Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Free. Best Rock & Roll Jam in the RGV. Entertainment - Bit-O-Heaven RV For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM CALENDAR PARKS

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Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 SATURDAY DANCES Texas Wheels • 7 - 10 pm • $8 New Years with Texas Wheels Tickets on sale now • $20 LINE, ROUND, & SQUARE DANCES Mon., 10 am • Beginners Line Dance Tues., 10 am - Noon • Round Dance Wed., 10 am • Improver Line Dance Thurs., 10 am • Line Dance Boot Camp Fri., 10 am - Noon • Square Dance With Joel Saltel ENTERTAINMENT Fri. Dec. 9, 7 - 10 pm The Howlers • $8 Fri. Dec. 16, 2 - 4 pm Curt James • Pass the hat CHURCH SERVICE Sundays • 9 am PICKLEBALL MIXER Thursdays • 9 am - Noon • $2 Shows & Sales Free Admission Jan. 2, 8am-12pm • Woodcarver’s 1900 S. Bridge Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 Contact: Susan 405-812-4401 Playground For Retirees Concessions open, BYOB Dec. 9, 7pm • Rustic Rose • $8 Dec. 20, 7pm • Rewind • $10 Dec. 31, 8pm • Sweetwater • $15 Concessions open Dec. 15, 7pm • Razz Ma Tazz • $5 Pass The Hat Dec. 16, 3pm • Helen Russell & Company Happy Hour Dances Entertainment Park, Donna, 7pm, Razz Ma Tazz, high school dance/singing group, $5pp. Soda, water, popcorn, snacks for sale, free ice/cups, ice cream bars for sale. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights, $7pp. Dance - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Route 66, $7pp. Entertainment - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, “Tribute to Texas Songwriters”, pass the hat. Singer songwriter does a musical tour of Texas via its songwriters. Doors open at 6pm. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Hot Rodz, $10pp. Rec Hall. Thursday, December 8 Breakfast - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 7:30-9am, Biscuits & gravy. Yard Sale - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 8am-Noon. Bluegrass Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 9am. Craft Show - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am-1pm, Interested vendors call Brinda 605-216-6703. All You Can Eat Pancakes - The Grove Subdivision, San Juan, 9-11am, Pancakes, eggs, sausage, waffles, and endless cups of coffee. Bring your own table service. 83rd & Stewart Rd., 605 E. 7th St. Country Jam - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 10am-Noon, Free coffee. Line Dance Boot Camp - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 10am. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Lunch & Jam - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, Noon, $8pp. Jam Session - Dixieland MH Park, Harlingen, 1-3pm, Free admission. Happy Hour - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Diego & Edith, pass the hat. BYOB. Pop & water available for sale, free ice. Bible Study - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 3:30pm. Dance - Tropic Star RV Resort, Pharr, 4-6pm, Lockhart’s, pass the hat. Concessions available. 1401 S. Cage Blvd., 956-787-5773. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Loteria (Mexican Bingo) - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 6-8pm. Acoustic Jam - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 6-8pm, Fiesta Hall, free admission. 50/50 drawing and refreshments by donation. 3401 W. Bus. 83. Game Nite - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 6pm. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30-9pm, Soda and water available. Complimentary popcorn. Over 40,000 different songs available to sing. Big Band Jam - La Hacienda Estates, Alamo, 6:30-8:30pm, 309-3378711. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels Band, $8pp. 50/50. Dinner available 6pm, BYOB. Advance tickets and table reservations call 956-585-4833 ext. 1062. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm. Dance - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Curt James, $8pp. Dance - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 7pm, Smoking Guns, $7pp at door. Friday, December 9 Craft Fair - Paradise Park, McAllen, 9am-Noon. Yard Sale - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 9am-1pm. Square Dance with Joel Saltel - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 10am-Noon. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Garza Produce - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 11:30am, Outside Club House. Country “Opry” Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Free, hosted by National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Elaine Nelson. Great country music like Nashville USED to do! Listen, sing, clap your hands, tap your toes, smile a smile and remember when! Snacks and drinks. Life’s a song...sing it! Jam - Casa del Sol, Donna, 1-3pm. Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM See PARKS pg. 10

DECEMBER 7, 2022 www.wintertexantimes.com 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Fiesta Night Dinner & Show Wednesday Dec. 14th Dinner 6-7pm • Music 7-8pm Doors open at 5:30pm Dinner Menu: Tacos, Charro Bean Soup, & Dessert Texas Trails RV Resort • 501 W. Owassa Rd. • Pharr, TX 78577 • 956-787-6538 Tickets $13 In Advance Only (Before Dec. 8th) Edinburg North HS Mariachi RV RESORT TEXAS TRAILS For more information call: 956-580-7800 email: ads@wintertexantimes.com Make sure your events are like... THIS!! HOW? Advertise in the Valley’s #1 Winter Texan Paper TicketsGoOnSaleJanuary2023 FEB. 15 • 1 - 4 PM Lunch Available 12 - 1 PM Mission Bell Resort 1711 E. Bus. 83 - Mission BringingYou Six Great WintertainersTM SAVE THEDATE Valley Star AWARDSSHOW 11thAnnual F E B 15 2023 Mission, 1-3pm, Come play along or just come to listen and visit. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Fish Fry - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 4:30-5:30pm, Fish, slaw, & french fries. Steak Nite - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 5pm, RSVP required. Karaoke with Bobby Jack - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 5:309pm, Karaoke following supper. Menu varies from week to week, $8pp. Fish fry, $9pp. Country Music Jam - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm, All welcome. Jean Closson, 717-877-8375. Fish Fry - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 5:30-6:30pm, Fish Fry $13, Choice of Baked or Fried Fish, Choice of French Fries or Baked Potato, Cole Slaw, Roll, Beverage (1 beer per ticket). Advanced ticket purchase required. Tickets available in Activities Office. Rec Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. Entertainment - Winter Green Estates, Mission, 6:30pm, Ralph Kuster Christmas Variety Show, $7pp. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7pm, Poison Ivey, $10pp. Dance - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Rewind, $10pp advance, $12pp at the door. Dance - Ranchero Village, Weslaco 7-10pm, Rustic Rose, $8pp. Concession open, BYOB. Friday Night Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp door. Dance - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7-10pm, South Texas Ramblers, $7pp. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Smokin’ Gun, country, $8pp. Soda, water, popcorn, snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. Dance - Alamo Rose RV and MH Resort, 7-10pm, Southern Harmony, $7pp. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please no bills larger than $20. Ice and setups available. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Route 66, $7pp. Dance - Golf View Estates, Mission, 7pm, Steven May & Leon Mann, $8pp. 7424 Couples Circle, 573-8735545. Entertainment - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7pm, Redneck Revival, voted Branson “Show of the Year” country singing comedy duo, $7pp. For more information call 956423-3137. Dance - Winter Ranch RV Resort, Alamo, 7-10pm, Curt James, $8pp. Country & Big Band Jam - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7pm, Musicians by invitation only. Dance - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-10pm, The Agency, $10pp. Entertainment - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, No. 151 Band, $8pp. Christmas Show - Quiet Village II, Donna, 7-9pm, The Chamberlin’s and Southern Express, $8pp at the door. Concessions available. Entertainment - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, The Howlers, $8pp. Dance - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Bruce Boudreau Duo, $9pp. Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 7-10pm, It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere - Diego & Edith, $8pp. DJ Dance - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 7-10pm, $3pp. Requests accepted, setups available. Saturday, December 10 Craft Show - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 8am-Noon, Breakfast & lunch served. Patio Sale - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 8am-Noon. Breakfast - Paradise Park, McAllen, 8-9am. Parkwide Patio Sales - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and CounPARKS From pg. 9 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at www.wintertexantimes.com www.wintertexantimes.com tainers Winter TM

11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES www.wintertexantimes.com DECEMBER 7, 2022 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley Visit us at www.gowithjo.com for complete itineraries Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) Dec. 13, 2022, Jan. 10 & 24, 2023 ���������$225 Transportation for Leslie’s Cruise (2 Days) Feb. 26, 2023 ��������������� $299 (Includes: Round trip, Hotel, Hors d’oerves, 3 well drinks, breakfast) (Prices are per person, double occupancy) U.S. TOURS ONE DAY BUS TOURS Go...With Jo! Tours & Travel Holiday Tours! King Ranch (1 Day) Dec. 29, 2022 incl. BBQ Lunch �����������������������������$110pp HidalgoFestivalofLights (1Day) Dec.16,2022 incl.Dinner&TrolleyRide ����������$69pp (Prices are per person) FINANCING AVAILABLE SENIOR DISCOUNT Mobile Home Roofover Systems Since 1983 Steel Mobile Home Roofing Leaks? High energy bill? Roof rumble? 800-633-8689 roofover.com try Club, Mercedes, 8am-Noon, Event Center. Saturday Morning Breakfast - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 8-9:30am, Pancakes or sausage gravy or egg bake, $5pp. Free coffee. Patio Sale - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 8am-Noon. Breakfast - Alamo Paradise Acres, 8-9:30am, 1513 West Crockett. Patio Sale - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon, Gates open. 1900 Grace Ave. Park Yard Sale - Acacia RV Park, Alamo, 8am-Noon, Several lots will have sales. Clothes, tools, new weed eater, new power washer, propane grill, and many miscellaneous items too numerous to list. Craft Sale - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 9am-Noon. Flea Market/Craft Sale - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 9am-Noon, Light refreshments available. Coffee Clutch - AmeriCana RV Park, Palmview, 9am. Yard Sale - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 9am-1pm. Yahoo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 10am. Pet Pictures With Santa Claus - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 10am-1pm, Come to Rio Valley Estates Friendship Hall to have your pets pictures taken with Santa Claus. For more information, contact Marylyn Mason at 816-616-8320. Open to other parks. Country Jam Lunch - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 11:10am-Noon, We will be serving lunches before the Country Jam. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, Everyone is invited to this jam to either play or listen to country music. Questions call 956540-8463. 2135 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Jam - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 12:30pm, Curly Klaphake, donation. Everyone welcome. Rock & Roll/Big Band Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 2-4pm, Come get your rock and roll or big band fix. Jams are Saturdays from 2-4 thru December. Musicians and vocalists are by invitation only. There will be room for dancing and a great dessert table. See you there. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Bingo - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 6:30-9:30pm, Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. No outside food or beverages. Dinner is served 5-6pm. Menu varies weekly and you must sign up prior at Pharr South. Dance - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-9:30pm, Southern Vibes, $8pp. BYOB. Setups, ice & popcorn available. Entertainment - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Regan James, $6pp. Advance tickets call 956-5854833 ext. 1062. Concessions available. Entertainment - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7pm, Winnie Brave, $8pp. Dance - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Route 66, $8pp. Handmade pizza available from 5-7pm. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, TheAgency, $10pp advance tickets. Doors open at 6:15pm. Snack bar open. Dance - Hidden Valley Ranch RV& MH Park, Mission, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, $8pp. Jo Herndon, 816-863-5639. Dance - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Rewind Band. Friendship Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. Gate and doors open at 6:30 pm. Sunday, December 11 Worship Service - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8:15am, Non-denominational. Church Services - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8:30am, Fellowship: 8:30am. Service: 9am. Cowboy Church - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 8:30-9:30am. Church Service - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 9am, Chaplain David Squire, South Hall. Non-denominational service. Communion 1st Sunday of each month. For more information call 956-423-3137. Church Service - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 9am, Chaplin Doug Schmitt. Non-denominational. Communion served first Sunday of each month. Please join us for worship service. Church Service - Fiesta Village, Mission, 9am, 205 S. Stewart Rd. Church Service - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 9-10:30am, Main Hall. Church Service - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9am. Church Service - Alamo Rec-Veh See PARKS pg. 18

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