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Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 36, No. 15 © 2023 Wednesday, January 25, 2023 INDEX Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 Jammin’ in the RGV p 18 From the Cheap Seats p 20 On the road with Jo p 22 On The Lighter Side p 24 Reunions p 26 Events Calendar p 27 Taste of the Valley p 29 Business Guide p 33 Classifieds p 33 Coupon Index p 34 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 28 Wow! Has it been busy! We have had an amazing week. We went to some entertainment, and we were at the Ron Hoover Open House last week. The Ron Hoover event was packed. We were overwhelmed and so blessed with all of the feedback and visitors to our table. With the amount of people that came through, we ran out of almost all of the handouts and freebies we had on hand. We loved being able to chat with our Winter Texans that came through. It was tons of fun! We even met someone that has been reading our paper since the very first issue. He remembered reading the first issue that was published in 1987. He said he had missed some here and there when he wasn’t able to travel but has enjoyed the paper since its beginning. We also gave out several sets of tickets to the Valley Star Awards coming up next month. The winners were Karol Jensen, Mario Lefebvre, Sharon Hansen, Roger Hoverson, and Pam Steffens. We hope they enjoy the great entertainThe 12th Annual Valley Star Awards is just around the corner. The event will be held at Mission Bell Resort on Wednesday, February 15th. The show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. with an intermission. Mission Bell will have lunch See VSA pg. 28 12th Valley Star Awards Show coming February 15th The 6th Annual Children’s Haven Benefit Concert will be held on Friday, February 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Rio Grande Bible Ministries Friesen Building, 4300 S. US Hwy. 281, in Edinburg. Winter Texan favorites Dale and Gayle and Ambassadors of Grace will be performing. A love offering will be received during the concert, with 100 percent of the proceeds given to Children’s Haven. See BENEFIT pg. 28 6th Annual Children’s Haven Benefit Concert is February 3 Tickets Selling Fast, Order Yours Now! See Page 36 Courtesy Photo Photo by Doug Young

JANUARY 25, 2023 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MOBILE HOME INSURANCE HIDALGO COUNTY We Also Insure PARK MODELS • TRAVEL TRAILERS MOTORHOMES • GOLF CARTS • “CASITAS” 5TH WHEELS • AUTOS • MOTORCYCLES Galvan Insurance Agency, Inc. 1101 East Business 83 Donna, TX 1 1/2 milesWest of Don-Wes Flea Market *Premium subject to carrier underwriting. Rate subject to change. *$271.00per year. Conditions Apply. As Low as Plan Covers: Fire, Lightning, Explosion, Smoke, Wind (Hurricane, Tornadoes), Hail, Riot & Civil Commotion, Land & Air Vehicles... Also Includes $100,000 Liability Coverage. Flood Coverage Available Call or Come See Us 956-464-2886 Clubs, groups and organizations Winter Texans have been known to hang out together. They usually find like-minded individuals, as we all do, and make a thing of it. According to a Winter Texan Times article in January 1988, back in the early 1940’s a small group of Winter Texans were instrumental in forming a tourist club in Edinburg. “They had such an enjoyable time during the winter in the warm Southland away from the ice and snow, and wrote such glowing letters home that more and more friends and family members flocked to the Valley, too,” says the article written by Elsie Fetters. This club was just a group getting together wherever possible to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, or sing or eat together. Much later on, the club got organized and developed by laws and regular officers and designated volunteers. They started meeting at the Chamber of Commerce until they outgrew that and then had to find a school, church, the Echo Motel and eventually the Edinburg Boys Club Complex to hold their meetings. By 1969, the membership of this club was over 300. That is when the City of Edinburg decided to build the activity center. While this club may not be around anymore, plenty have taken their place. Today, there are clubs with main interests. There is the woodcarver’s group, the Red Hatters, rock clubs, bicycling groups, and more. There are groups within parks, and there are groups within cities. Many of these groups get together weekly, or at least monthly. You can read about some when you see the reunions and meetings in our paper. We often get submissions from these clubs after they have a meeting. These groups get together to have fun, to share hobbies, stories of their summer homes, to learn new skills, to polish old skills, and more. If you have a group or club that gets together regularly, be sure to send us the information, or send us a photo and let us know what you are doing. You can send items to news@ w i n t e r t e x a n - Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years Photo by Herb Moering Photo by Greg Uhrbrock

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JANUARY 25, 2023 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Critically acclaimed actor/singer and Broadway star, Chester Gregory, is bringing Jackie Wilson’s biggest hits to life in a live concert at Christian Fellowship Church, 901 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, on Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit the association’s website at or call (956) 392-9757. Chester Gregory is an award-winning actor and singer. He made his Broadway debut in Hairspray, performing in many more productions including the leading role of Berry Gordy in the hit show, Motown the Musical. He became a full-time actor and performer after landing the lead Chester Gregory to perform in Harlingen Leslie Blasing is always a hit with Winter Texans By Kathy Olivarez “What Kind of music do you like?” asked Leslie Blasing as she started her show at Hidden Valley Ranch on Monday, January 23. “I sing all sort of music from 10 decades of songs in genres such as country, pop, swing, rock and roll, and patriotic. “But I don’t do rap!” she told her audience. “My favorite music is from the big swing band music in the World War II era.” She started her concert with two upbeat happy pop songs. “My Girl,” a song about sunshine on a cloudy day, was followed by, “My Guy,” a song that warned the audience they could say nothing to make the singer give up “her guy.” Leslie switched to country with a Conway Twitty, song, “It’s only Make Believe.” This was a followed by a 1950’s Elvis Presley song, “Blue Suede Shoes.” For the Canadians in the audience, she sang Anne Murray’s, “Snowbird.” Leslie said she had been traveling to Canada during the summers to sing at the request of Canadian Winter Texans. For the last two years she has done a two-day benefit in Manitoba to aid a Royal Legion group in danger of losing their building after covid. She plans to return this summer. The music is usually patriotic music. She then sang several patriotic songs beginning with the World War II era song, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in Company B,” and Duke Ellington’s, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Moving to the Korean War, often referred to as “the forgotten war,” she sang Jo Stafford’s, “You Belong to Me,” a song about a young couple parting due to his upcoming military assignment. The young lady reminds him no matter where in the world he goes, or what sights he sees, she will be waiting for him to return. Courtesy Photo Photo by Greg Uhrbrock

5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES JANUARY 25, 2023 400 E. Minnesota Rd. • Pharr, TX 78577 • (956) 787-7378 FB: Children’s Haven International: Official Facebook Page “PROVIDING LOVING CHRISTIAN CARE TO NEEDY CHILDREN SINCE 1973” • Volunteer opportunities on both sides of the border: construction, clerical, woodworking, sewing, baking, cleaning, sales, etc. • Donations of material items: to be used for our children, sold in the thrift store to create added revenue or to be shared with sister organizations in the Rio Grande Valley and in the “Colonias” - the poorest communities on both sides of the border. • Participation in Fundraising Events – visit our website or Facebook page for scheduled activities • Invitations to speak at park meetings, church services & civic clubs • CHI provides home and refuge to 90+ Mexican children from broken, abusive or impoverished families. Currently, our children range in ages from 1 year old to college age. “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” (Mt. 18:5) Children’s Haven International Share Your Love & Become Part Of Our Family As A “Child Sponsor” Become a “Child Sponsor” for as little as $25 a month. Contact our office for more details. BECOME A SPONSOR Visit & Tour Our Beautiful 14-Acre Facility Tours can be arranged upon request with pick-up at a set location of your choice (for groups) or at our office (for individuals). EVERYONE WELCOME Colegio Refugio International Sharing The Love of Christ with an additional 100 Pre-K - 6th grade students from surrounding neighborhoods. PROVIDING EDUCATION For 5 decades, Children’s Haven International has run one of Reynosa, Mexico’s oldest, largest and most reputable Children’s Home around. Friends from across the border have always played a key role in the Home’s development and continued support through: 6TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HAVEN BENEFIT CONCERT February 3rd • 2:00 - 4:00 pm Rio Grande Bible Ministries Friesen Building 4300 S. US Hwy 281 • Edinburg, TX 78539 Dale & Gayle Ambassadors of Grace *Love Offering will be collected during the concert. 100% Of Proceeds Go To Children’s Haven* FREE CONCERT FREE CONCERT C.H.I. Charity Thrift Shop Located In Main Building Hours: Tues. – Fri. 9am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 3pm •New Items Daily •Great Bargains •Low Prices Clothing, Toys, Household Items, Electronics, Furniture, Craft Supplies & More... All Proceeds Benefit Children’s Haven DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS NEEDED! (tax deductible) 50th ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER February 25th • 5-8pm 5-6pm: Dinner & Silent Auction, Raffles, Bake Sale. Meal will be catered by: Q’in It Up - Chicken Salad or Brisket Sandwich with all the fixins, drink & dessert $10pp -- by Feb. 23 $12pp -- at the door Tickets available at CHI Office. (Limited To First 200 people) 6-8pm: Program & Live Auction p 0 e r . y g y y s y e r d role in the critically acclaimed stage play The Jackie Wilson Story, which enjoyed a three-year run of sold-out shows. Chester continues to tell Jackie Wilson’s story today in his own stage show. Joined by a jaw-dropping rhythm section, Chester performs a high- caliber tribute to Jackie Wilson and the artists he influenced. This energetic show will have you dancing and singing to recognizable hits all night long! The Harlingen Concert Association has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists to the community since the 1930s. This all-volunteer, nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of the Harlingen area through live performances. Thanks to loyal season ticketholders and sponsors, these concerts can be offered at affordable, family-friendly prices. Paying tribute to several long-time music legends who died in 2022, Blasing called Loretta Lynn, “A feisty singer” who sang songs like “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man.” Lynn’s heart-felt, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” touched people’s hearts everywhere. Another music icon who died in 2022 was Olivia Newton John, who sang, “Let Me Be There.” Blasing paid tribute to male singers like Mickey Gilley, who sang many popular country songs such as “That’s All that Matters to Me.” Blasing clowned around on an imaginary piano as she mimicked Jerry Lee Lewis’s antics while Blasing started the second half with Broadway hit show themes such as the 1927 classic, “Ol’ Man River,” from Showboat. She also sang the themes from “Pretty Girl” and “Jersey Boys,” singing “Great Balls of Fire!” She added a humorous skit on “Seven Spanish Angels” sung by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles. She had her hair in pig tails and had a bread clip on her nose to imitate Willie Nelson’s sound. She then switched to sunglasses and swayed at a pretend piano while doing Ray Charles’ voice. Other singers included in the show were Patty Loveless, Celine Dion, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and Credence Clearwater Revival. With 10 decades of music to choose from and all genres except rap, there is something for everyone at Blasing’s concerts. In addition to her park See LESLIE pg. 26

JANUARY 25, 2023 6 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Alamo Rec-Veh Park 1320 W. Frontage Rd., Alamo Presents Twenty-Second Annual Quilt & Hobby Show Thursday, February 2, 2023 9am to 1pm Door prizes, Raffles, Vendors Including Knife & Scissor Sharpening $2 admission donation All proceeds benefit the Helping Hands Quilting Group Valley in Bloom Regan James has been in the Rio Grande Valley for about 11 years and is attracting attention at different venues with his high energy, great entertainment and music. Regan James (Swedeen) lives in Minnesota with his wife Char in the summer months and has made his home in the Valley since 2013 in the wintertime. James has previously been awarded the Best Country Band at the Valley Star Awards twice under Regan James and Hired Hand Band, and for Ohio’s David Church’s very popular Hank Williams show in the Valley. James has also appeared with David Church on RFD-TV’s Midwest Country Show, as well as Connie Lee and Friends radio and TV show at Tennessee Roadhouse, Alexandria, MN. In Minneapolis, Regan James plays bass and sings vocals in the popular band Country Doctors, named Best Country Show 2022 in City Pages publication. Members of Country Doctors have been playing together for 16 years. During the winter months, Country Doctors bring in a sub bass player for Regan, but is welcomed back every summer after returning from the Valley. Regan James has performed in shows with such national stars as Ray Regan James performing at Valley Star Awards Armed with two guitars and an old suitcase drum, to say this Americana duo is greater than the sum of their parts would be a vast understatement. Winnie Brave has been hailed as one of Alberta’s best kept secrets. Known for their dynamic and energetic shows, Winnie Brave is a sonic force to be reckoned with. This husband and wife team, Brad and Amy, have carved out a family business from their shared love of the game. Drawing inspiration from their extensive travels throughout Canada and the USA, their songs reflect on small town life and the interesting folks who happen to cross their paths. Winnie Brave has been performing for 10 years. In 2012, the couple decided they wanted a new way of life. In 2013, they recorded their self-titled debut album. Featuring a collection of songs inspired by their recent journey, it would become the foundation for a new direction. By Winnie Brave joins Valley Star Awards lineup See JAMES pg. 7 See BRAVE pg. 7 Courtesy Photo Courtesy Photo

7 WINTER TEXAN TIMES JANUARY 25, 2023 Price, and has played bass guitar for Lynn Anderson, Tommy Cash, Marvin Rainwater, Sherwin Linton, David Church, and Connie Lee. James prides himself in hist ability to sing all genres of music including classic country, newer country, and 50’s through 80’s rock music. Regan James believes the most important thing is entertaining the crowd and learning and playing to their requests. James is booking dances and show in the Valley; no venue is too big or too small. In 2011 James completed his “Livin’ the Dream” CD (14 songs). He has received positive feedback on it and it is available for sale at his shows. Be sure to check out Regan James; you won’t be disappointed. Regan James will be one of six performers at the Valley Star Awards on Wednesday, February 15. You can buy tickets online at, come by the Winter Texan Times office at 1217 N. Conway in Mission, or at the Mission Bell/Trade Winds activities office off of Stewart Rd. and Business 83 in Mission. And don’t forget to vote for your favorites online or using a ballot found in the Winter Texan Times. 2016 they were travelling all over the US and Canada in their 1976 Winnebago – from which they took their name. They have been performing in the RGV for a little over a year, but have performed at SPI for three years. Although they call Cardston, Alberta, Canada home, they are in the RGV January through March to provide entertainment to the Winter Texan parks. You can find out more about Winnie Brave on their website at www. Winnie Brave will be one of six performers at the Valley Star Awards on Wednesday, February 15. You can buy tickets online at, come by theWinter Texan Times office at 1217 N. Conway in Mission, or at the Mission Bell/Trade Winds activities office off of Stewart Rd. and Business 83 in Mission. And don’t forget to vote for your favorites online or using a ballot found in the Winter Texan Times. JAMES From pg. 6 BRAVE From pg. 6

JANUARY 25, 2023 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES • 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX Come Try Our TEXAS Size Pork Tenderloin Tues 11am-8pm Wed 11am-8pm Thurs 11am-8pm Fri 11am-8pm Sat 11am-8pm Sun 11am-8pm OPEN • • • • • • Seniors - $12 • Adults - $14 Child - $10 Cash Only, Price Incl. Tax Covered Cushion Seating Enclosed Windows & Heating RIVERSIDE DREAMER River Tours Call (956) 581-4477 Reservations Suggested Additional Tours Added As Needed Private Tours Available Riverside Event Center Sundays 1:30-5:30pm Live Music Jan. 29 & Feb. 12 Steven May & The Southern Knights Feb. 5 & 19 Renaissance Rockers Live Music Saturdays 1:00-5:00pm Jan. 28 & Feb. 11 • Jolly Huntsmen Feb. 4 & Feb. 18 • Robert Austin & Midnight Cowboy 1 Hour Tours (Down River To Dam) Wed 1:00pm Thurs 1:00pm Fri 1:00pm Sat 1:00pm • • • • 2 Hour Tours (Up River Only) Tues • 10:30am Wed • 10:30am Seniors - $22 • Adults - $26 Child - $18 (956) 581-1033 Riverside In-MissionTx Inside/OutsideSeating Beautiful Patio!! CanadaDay Tuesday,March7 LiveMusic 1-5•RonMoshier Everyone Welcome Door Prizes - Fun!! General Admission Doors Open at 3 PM Advance Tickets Recommended Available at the Tipsy Monkey Or call/text Sharon Kenaston at 402�936�0638 3700 E Expressway Weslaco TX 78599 (956) 355�2917 AS SEEN ON 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, January 25 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-8:30am. Breakfast - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7:30-9am. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Burger Fry - Chimney Park, Mission, 11:30am, $6pp. Open Jam follows at 1:00 pm, all jammers and audience are welcome! 4224 S. Conway Ave. 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. Country Music Jam - Heritage Square, Mission, 1-3:30pm, Food is served from 11 to 12:30 before the Jam. Entertainment - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 2-4pm, Helen Russell & Company. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3pm, Larry’s Little Bros, pass the hat. Social Hour Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco 3-4:30pm, Diego & Edith, pass the hat. 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. 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. Pre-Rounds with the Baldwins - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:30-7pm, Ron & Jan Betzelberger, $5pp. Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Dr. Richard Schmidt. Entertainment - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 7-9pm, The Baker Family, $10pp. Concession open. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights, $7pp. MS & Plus Square Dance With Rounds - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7-9pm, Ron & Jan Betzelberger, $5pp. Casual attire. Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Entertainment - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Naomi Bristow, $8pp. A country artist from Beeton, Canada. Country, western, & gospel. Doors open at 6pm. Entertainment - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-9pm, Deer Camp - An Off Broadway Musical, $9pp. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Encore Show - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, One Of These Nights - Tribute to The Eagles. Reserved assigned seating. Tickets are $17, $18, For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM CALENDAR PARKS

9 WINTER TEXAN TIMES JANUARY 25, 2023 Booking Now For Christmas & 2024 (417) 230-8198 • (613) 922-1941 Ralph Kuster “Intimately Powerful” Visual Presentation For Every Song In Shows A Musical Tribute To Neil Diamond Feb 1st • Wednesday • 7 pm Paradise Resort Estates - Pharr Feb 4th • Sat • 7 pm Fiesta Village Mission Feb 10th • Fri • 7-10 pm Park Place Estates Harlingen Feb 14th • Wed • 7-10 pm Ranchero Village Weslaco Valentine’s Day Dance Tribute To Elvis, Neil & Friends Friday Night Dance 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 DANCES Wed. Jan. 25, 7-10 pm • Rewind • $10 Fri. Jan. 27, 7-10 pm • Gatos Locos • $10 Sat. Jan. 28, 7-10 pm • Texas Wheels • $8 Wed. Feb. 22, 7-10 pm • The Fabulous Cruisers • $10 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 Sun. Feb. 5, 6:30-9 pm • Dave Perryman Tribute Show • $7 Wed. Feb. 8, 7-9 pm • Gid R Done Fundraiser for St. Jude's Children Hospital Fri. Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm • Rusty Rierson • $8 CHURCH SERVICE Sun. Jan. 29 • 9 am Sun. Feb. 5 • 9 am PICKLEBALL MIXER Thursdays • 9 am - Noon • $2 COUNTRY JAM Tuesdays • 7-9 pm Maude Squad is back Jammers by Invitation Only Walking Tacos • 6 pm • $6 while they last, includes soda CRAFT SHOW Mon. Feb. 13 • 9 am - Noon QUILT SHOW Tues. Feb. 21 • 11 am - 3 pm VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE Tickets On Sale Now Tues. Feb 14 • Dinner • 6-7pm Texas Wheels • 7-10 • $20 Silver Dollar City - Branson Performers $21. Tickets on sale in advance in Activities Office. Gate and doors open at 6:30 pm. Friendship Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. Entertainment - San Juan Gardens, 7-9pm, Redneck Revival, $8pp. Open to the public, doors open at 6:30. Entertainment - McAllen Mobile Park, 7pm, Goldwing Express, $10pp. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Rewind, $10pp. Dance - Countryside RV Park, Donna, 7-9pm, Diego & Edith, $7pp at the door. Concessions available. 100 N. Valley View Rd. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Renaissance Rockers, $10pp. Event Center. Thursday, January 26 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-8:30am. Breakfast - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 7:30-9am, Biscuits & gravy. Craft Show & Sale - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 8am-Noon, Free admission. Breakfast sandwiches 8 a.m. (219) 363-5330 to reserve a table. 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. Hwy 83 & Stewart Rd., 605 E. 7th St. Pickleball Mixer - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 9am-Noon, $2. Bluegrass Jam - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 9-11am. Country Jam - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 10am-Noon, Free coffee. Lunch - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 11am-12:30pm. Country Jam & Lunch - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 11:30am-3pm, Join us before Jams for lunch served 11:30am12:30pm. Sandwiches, snacks, and beverages available for purchase. Jams start at 12:30 (free admission). Public Meal Country Jam Lunch - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 11:30am1pm, Full meal available prior to our Country Jam which follows at 1pm. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Jam Lunch - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 11:30am-1pm, $8pp. Rock N Roll Jam - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 12:30-2:30pm. Country Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 1-3pm, Free. Open to public and jammers. Lunch available at 11:30. 50/50. Jam Session - Dixieland MH Park, Harlingen, 1-3pm, Free admission. Jam - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 1-3pm. Acoustic Bluegrass Jam - VIP La Feria RV Park West, La Feria, 1:303:30pm, Come join us players and listeners. Happy Hour - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 4-5:30pm, Diego & Edith, donation. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Dinner - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 4-6pm, Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, cucumber salad, bun, double chocolate cake. Soup Supper - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 4:30pm, All you can eat, $4pp. Dessert for sale. Bring your own table service and beverage. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5-7pm, Ted and Gary, pass the hat. BS Bar. Happy Hour - Canyon Lake RV Resort, Mission, 5:30-7pm, Steven May, pass the hat. 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. 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, 309-337-8711. Entertainment - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Mountain Highway, $9pp advance, $11pp at the door. Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Dr. Richard Schmidt. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, $8pp. Their new Rock & Roll format! 50/50. Dinner available 6pm, BYOB. Advance tickets and table reservations call 956585-4833 ext. 1062. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm. For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM See PARKS pg. 10

JANUARY 25, 2023 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES ENTERTAINMENT • 7PM ROCK & ROLL JAM SINGLES ARE WELCOME Jan 27 • The Fabulous Cruisers • $12 Sat Feb 4 • Hot Rodz • $10 DANCES EVERY FRIDAY 7-10PM Every Thursday • 12:30pm - 2:30pm Wednesday Breakfasts each week • 7:30am - 9am Thursday Lunches - Burgers & More • 11am - 12:30pm Monday Night Meals • 4:30pm - 6pm PAY AT DOOR UNLESS NOTED Feb 1 • Justin Terry • $8 Feb 7 • Rusty Rierson • $9 MEALS 956-585-0703 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive • Palmview Paula McSpadden Activity Director ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Feb 4 • 8am - 12pm Breakfast and lunch available ROCK CLUB SHOW BIT O HEAVEN RV & MOBILE HOME RESORT 1051W Bus Hwy 83 • Donna,TX 78537 SUSANTHOMAS, ACTIVITY DIRECTOR 603-396-2786 FRIDAYS • DANCES • 7-10PM Jan 27 • The Rovers • $8pp Feb 3 • The Castaways • $8pp Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. TUESDAYS • HAPPYHOUR • 3-5PM PASS THE HAT Jan 31 • Bruce Boudreau Feb 7 • Diego Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, BYOB, 50/50 door prizes. WEDNESDAYS Jam Lunch • 12pm Menu and price varies Jam Session • 1-3pm All welcome, BYOB No Wednesday Show Jan 25 BYOB, snacks SUNDAYS • KARAOKE • 5PM THURSDAYS • SOUPSUPPER • 4:30PM $4 All You Can Eat • Dessert for sale Bring your own table service & beverage Craft Fair • Feb 10 Patio Sales • Feb 11 FAIRS&SALES • 8AM- 12PM Fridays • 1:30pm R/C Car Races Line Dances Entertainment Bluegrass Jam Tuesdays • 1:30-3:30pm Michael Laferty $7 • Sun Jan 29 • 7pm Roger Wayne Illusionist $8 • Fri Feb 10 • 7pm Mondays • 1-2pm 1201 N. Main Street La Feria, TX 956-797-1851 Cynthia Cavazos - Activity Director Kenwood Rv Resort . Enjoy Life. Enjoy it here. 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 Dance - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco 7-10pm, Night Ryders, $8pp. BYOB. Pop & water available for sale, free ice. Jam Session - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-9pm, Free and open to the public for listening. Dance - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 7pm, Rick McEwen, $8pp at door. Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Leslie Blasing, $7pp. Entertainment - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 7-9pm, Dave Perryman and the Country Revue. Entertainment - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 7-9:30pm, Goldwing Express, $10pp. Friday, January 27 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-8:30am. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 11:30am-7pm, Menu available at Cafe Grande, meal price varies. Country Jam - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 12:30-2:30pm. Country/Variety Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Come to listen or jam. Dessert table and 50/50. Jam - Casa del Sol, Donna, 1-3pm. Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Come play along or just come to listen and visit. Clog Dancing - San Juan Gardens, 1-3pm, Beginners at 12:30. Come and learn to clog dance, it’s great exercise. $3 fee. R/C Car Races - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 1:30pm. Happy Hour - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Curt James, pass the hat. Concession open, BYOB. 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. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5-7pm, Mike Ptak, pass the hat. BS Bar. 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. Country Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, Free. Tradewinds Hall. Open to public and all jammers. 50/50. Dance - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Pelican West $10pp advance, $12pp at the door. Conference - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Dr. Richard Schmidt. Friday Night Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp door. Dance - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7-10pm, Castaways, $8pp. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, The Rovers, rock n roll, $8pp. Soda, water, popcorn, snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. Dance - Alamo Rose RV and MH Resort, 7-10pm, Rick McEwen, $7pp. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please no bills larger than $20. Ice and set-ups available. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Ron Moshier, $7pp. Dance - Tropic Star RVResort, Pharr, 7-9pm, Rusty Rierson, $9pp. Doors open 6:30pm. Concessions available. 1401 S. Cage Blvd., 956-787-5773. Show/Dance - Bluebonnet RV Park, Mission, 7-9pm, Curt James, $8pp. Entertainment - Valley View Estates, Mission, 7-9pm, Bill Chrastill. 2100 Vernon, 319-521-6095. Entertainment - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7pm, Winnie Brave, energetic classic country & Americana music duo from Alberta, Canada, $8pp. For more information call 956-4233137. Dance - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Star Fire - John and Susie, $7pp. Country & Big Band Jam - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7-9pm, PARKS From pg. 9 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM

11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES JANUARY 25, 2023 2300 E. Bus Hwy 83, Weslaco, TX Jan 27 – Renaissance Rockers – $10 Feb 3 – Steven May & The Southern Knights – $8 Feb 10 – The Agency – $10 Feb 24 – Can Am – $8 Popcorn, pop and ice available. BYOB. Friday • Dances • 7-10pm Jan 29 – Castaway – $8 Feb 5 – Justin Terry – $8 Feb 19 – Winnie Brave – $8 Sunday • Entertainment • 7pm Tickets Available At The Door Info: Rick 204-808-6156 Magic Valley Resort Bibleville Conference Grounds 1346 N. Cesar Chavez Rd Alamo, Tx 78516 (956) 787-2024 email: The Inspirationals Quartet Saturday Concert 2pm & 7pm Check Program Schedule Changes Bibleville.Conference.Grounds The Inspirationals Quartet come to us from Fort Worth, TX. The group started in 1958 with “BobWills & The Inspirationals”. Bob has retired and his sons Ron, Don and Bobby Lee carry on the group, with John Rulapaugh, & Ralph Green. John said he is excited to be with these exceptional human beings and true men of God. Concert •January 28, 2023 BIBLEVILLE Conference Grounds Pizza & dogs available from 4:30-6:30. No outside beverages permitted. Musicians by invitation only. Dance - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-10pm, Rewind, $10pp. Entertainment - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Lindley Creek, $10pp. Entertainment - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Johnathan Len, $8pp. 50/50. For information, call 816-616-8320 or 815-2890916. 715 N. Westgate Dr. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, The Fabulous Cruisers, $12pp. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Gatos Locos, $10pp. Dance - Magic Valley Park, Weslaco 7-10pm, Renaissance Rockers, $10pp. Popcorn, pop and ice available. BYOB. 2300 E. Bus. 83. Dance - Paradise South RV Park, Mercedes, 7-10pm, J. Michael Laferty, $8pp. Entertainment - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Jason Whorlow ‘The Piano Man’, $9pp. Entertainment/Dance - Lazy Palm Ranch, Edinburg, 7-9pm, Justin Terry $8pp. Country western. BYOB. snack bar, 50/25/25 raffle. Entertainment - Quiet Village II, Donna, 7-10pm, Kenaston’s and High Country Band, $7pp. Saturday, January 28 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 7-9am. Garage Sale - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7am-3pm, Open to public. 1501 Aladdin Villas Blvd. West. Basket Auction - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7:30-9am. Breakfast - Paradise Park, McAllen, 8-9am. Saturday Morning Breakfast - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 8-9:30am, Pancakes or sausage gravy or egg bake, $5pp. Free coffee. Pancake Breakfast - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 8-9:30am, $8pp. Breakfast - Alamo Paradise Acres, 8-9:30am, $3pp biscuits and gravy. Craft Sale - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 9am-Noon. Concert - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 10am, Blackwood Quartet. Plus Square Dance Lessons & Review - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 10am-Noon, Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Yahoo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 10am. 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. Big Band/Rock & Roll Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1-3pm, Great music from Big Band era and lots of room for dancing. Come for the music, stay for the food. Musicians and singers are by invitation only. Concert - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 2pm, Blackwood Quartet. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Happy Hour - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5-7pm, Rick McEwen, pass the hat. BS Bar. 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. Concert - Bibleville Conference Grounds, Alamo, 7pm, Blackwood Quartet. Entertainment - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Leslie Blasing, $8pp. Advance tickets call 956-585-4833 ext. 1062. Concessions available. Entertainment - Fiesta Village, Mission, 7pm, Ron & Jan Easter, $8pp- $10pp. Encore Show - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, One Of These Nights - Eagles Tribute. Presale $21pp/$19pSee PARKS pg. 12 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM

JANUARY 25, 2023 12 WINTER TEXAN TIMES ARVP BUSINESS & HEALTH EXPO 1320 W. Frontage Rd., Alamo, TX 78516 (Close to Flea Market) • (956) 787-8221 Willie’s BBQ, Nana’s Taqueria, Milano’s Italian Restaurant, Manjar Bakery, and more! SAT., FEB. 4FROM 10:00 a.m. TO 1:00 p.m. FREE ADMISSION • DRAWINGS (worth $1000+) • FOOD • GRAND PRIZE for your park just because you attended!* • BEST BUSINESSES AND MEDICAL EXPERTS in the Valley (All chosen and invited for their expertise and quality service!) • DRAWINGS worth over $1000! Sign up to win (no strings, no future contact) • FREE ONSITE DIAGNOSING of computers • INFORMATION on Medical Research Trials • DOG TOENAIL CLIPPING ONSITE at discount price (No dogs allowed in Rec Hall) JOIN US FOR LUNCH ... 4 VALLEY LOCATIONS WHY COME TO THE EXPO? ... HELP YOUR RV PARK ... WIN A GRAND PRIZE BY HAVING THE MOST ATTENDEES (Based on PERCENTAGES)* CHOOSE THE CAR AT RIGHT OR RECEIVE A $200.00 CREDIT TOWARD RC CAR OF YOUR CHOICE FROM NEW SUN RACING. 4 VALLEY LOCATIONS 1320 W. FRONTAGE RD., ALAMO, TX 78516 • 956-787-8221 ALAMO REC-VEH PARK For All Winter Texans ... U T R G V B A L L E T F O L K L Ó R I C O 2 0 2 3 T I CKETs : Contact : | (956) 665-2230 ADULTS SENIOR CITIZENS STUDENTS CHILDREN $15 $10 $10 $5 PUBLIC CONCERT T I CKET PRI CES 90 Taylor Ave, Brownsville, TX 78520 TSC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER + 1201 W. University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539 UTRGV PERFORMING ARTS CENTER + PERFORMANCES p/$18pp, door $19pp. Dance - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Renaissance Rockers, $10pp. Handmade pizza available from 5-7pm. Entertainment - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 7pm, Lindley Creek, $10pp. Entertainment - Seven Oaks RV Park, Mission, 7-9pm, Bill Chrastil, $8pp. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Poison Ivey, $10pp. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, The Fabulous Cruisers, $10pp advance tickets. Doors open at 6:15pm. Snack bar open. Dance - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7pm, The Larry & Mona Beers, $7.50 single, $15 couple. For more information call 956-423-3137. Dance - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Hot Rodz, $10pp. Dance - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 7-10pm, Vintage, $7pp. BYOB. Dance - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Vinyl Spin, $10pp. Dance - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, In Six Days Band. Friendship Hall, 1900 Grace Ave. Gate and doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets in advance in Activities Office. Dance - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Curt James, $8pp. Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7pm, The Agency, $10pp. Sunday, January 29 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 - San Juan Gardens, 8:40-9:40am, Non-denominational service. Everyone welcome. 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 - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 9am. Church Service - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am, Sunday School following. Worship Service - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 9am, Pastor Steve St. Clair leads services, non-denominational, all welcome. 715 N. Westgate Dr. Worship Service - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 9:30-10:30am, All are welcome to our Interdenominational Service. Fellowship follows service. Church - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 9:30am, With Chaplain Bill Wade, in Mission Bell hall. Everyone is welcome! 1711 E. Bus. Hwy. 83. Church Services - Quiet Village II, Donna, 9:30am, Non-denominational service. Coffee served at 9am. Pastor Mary Chamberlin presiding. Communion, last Sunday of the month. All welcome. Church - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 10am, Pastor Mark McDonald. Church Services - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 10-11am, Non-denominational services. Worship Service - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 10-11am, Non-denominational. Pastors Chuck & Bev Wolff. Fellowship and refreshments following. Worship Service - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 10-11am, Non-denominational. Church Services - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 10-11am, Friendship Hall. Gate is open. 1900 Grace Ave. Non Denominational Church Service - River Ranch Resort, Rio Hondo, 1011am. Church - Oleander Acres, Mission, 10am. Church Service - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 10:30-11:30am, Traditional Lutheran Service, all welcome. Jam - Fiesta Village, Mission, 1-3pm. Ladies Day-Men’s Club - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco 2-8pm. Entertainment - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 3-5pm, Justin Terry, $9pp. Entertainment - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 3-4:30pm, RGV Orchestra, free will offering. 1501 Aladdin Villas Blvd. Dance & Show - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 3:15-5:15pm, Tiny Hill Orchestra, donation. Church Service - Bluebonnet RV Park, Mission, 4pm, Chaplains: Greg & Suzie York. Bluebonnet Hall, 3366 N. PARKS From pg. 11 See PARKS pg. 30

13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES JANUARY 25, 2023 2023Valley Star Awards Ballot Vote for your favorite WintertainersTM The Winter Texan Times is once again bringing you this year’s Valley Star Awards. Listed below are the top nominees for 8 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, and write in your favorite for Entertainer of the Year. Ballot Deadline: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 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 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 8, 2023 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 Diego Rick McEwen Rusty Rierson Male Vocalist of the Year Country Band of the Year Baker Family Goldwing Express Lindley Creek Steven May & Southern Knights Ambassadors of Grace Men of A Chord Razz Ma Tazz Senior Ambassadors Vocal Group or Choir of the Year (not related) Cruisers Night Howlers Renaissance Rockers Rte 66 Rock N Roll Band of the Year Brenda Coin Elaine Nelson Show Naomi Bristow Ruthi Female Vocalist of the Year Dale & Gayle Diego & Edith Maggie May & Steve Ray Spittin’ Image Duet Musical Group of the Year Castaway Festus Lives Comedy Show Pat Davison & Tess Redneck Revival Novelty, Comedy, or Variety Act of the Year Helen Russell & Co. Jason Whorlow Kai Ron Moshier Individual or Small Band Act of the Year

JANUARY 25, 2023 14 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Supply &Hardware Mobile Home Special Orders Available Ask about our daily Manager Specials! PETECO, INC. 2911 N. Cesar Chavez Rd. San Juan, TX 78589 956-787-2847 We Do Tie-Down Certification SAVE 10% OFF Your Entire Purchase When You Bring In This Ad *Conditions apply, see store for details. Offer expires March 31, 2023. TRANSPORT • Sales & Installations • Vinyl Skirting & Tie Downs • Custom Steps made of Wood & Metal • Door & Windows • Plumbing & Electric • Used Mobile Homes Sales Financing Available Ph: (956) 787-2847 or (956) 787-0413 We Buy Mobile Homes 2911 N Cesar Chavez Rd. San Juan, TX 78589 Family Owned & Operated Over 30 Years The greatest car show in South Texas is back at the McAllen Convention Center. McAllen International Carfest has over two-hundred vehicles representing ninety-six different categories of dream cars - see rare muscle cars, classics, imports, concept cars, hot rods, racecars, and more. Guests of all ages will experience a fun-filled weekend featuring Lego Racing Derby, Greenpower USARacing, R/C Drag Racing, photo opportunities with celebrity cars, meet and greet with superheroes, food trucks, local market, live music, Swap Meet: Sell, Buy, Swap!, and Texas Tops Showcase. Throughout the 13 years, McAllen Carfest has been able to raise over $100,000 for nonprofit organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation and Capable Kids. Carfest’s philanthropical efforts are rooted in the City of McAllen’s purpose of providing a high quality of life to all who live, work, and visit the City of McAllen. The car show is set to begin Friday, Feb. 3rd and run through Sunday, Feb. 5th. McAllen Carfest welcomes children twelve and under for free. Twelve-dollar admission for students age thirteen through eighteen, seniors over sixty, and military/first responders with valid ID. Reserve adult admission for fifteen dollars now available on or at McAllen Convention Center Box Office. Please visit for more information and full schedule or call (956) 681-3800. McAllen Carfest next week Hidalgo Watercolor Society’s annual watercolor exhibit “It’s a Colorful World in Watercolor,” opens with an artist’s reception on the evening of Saturday, February 4th, from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to view the artwork of area artists as well as Winter Texan artists and meet the artists that evening. The Hidalgo Watercolor Society watercolor exhibit is hosted by the Upper Valley Art League (UVAL) gallery, located at 921 E. 12th St., in Mission. It is located right next to the Speer Memorial Library. This exhibit is free, open to the public and runs from February 4th through February 25th. Gallery hours for this exhibit will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Hidalgo Watercolor Society member artists meet on Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. January through March to paint at the Upper Valley Art League Annex. It is a welcoming group for watercolorists looking for a group to paint with as well as those interested in learning the watercolor medium. Hidalgo Watercolor Society offers a workshop to its members each January. UVAL offers other classes and workshops in other mediums throughout the year. For more information about UVAL, call (956) 591-0282, or visit their website at You can find information about the Hidalgo Watercolor Society on the UVAL page or find both on Facebook. Hidalgo Watercolor Society holds annual exhibit 2022 Best of Show “Sew What” by Dennis Grover Photo by Anastasia Brunson

15 WINTER TEXAN TIMES JANUARY 25, 2023 n e h s 6 . o e r o d t t n y By Herb Moering There is no getting around it, but it is the pleasant weather that brings visitors to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). A typical example was the many Winter Texans attending the twoday 16th annual open house at Ron Hoover’s RV & Marine Center in Donna, January 19 and 20. Of course, it’s nice too when Dustin Hoover emphasizes freebees like admission, parking, T-shirts, food, drinks and fun. A scavenger hunt was in the works as well, along with lots of other games and five tents filled with vendors, plus music by the Rustic Rose Band from Mercedes. Amajor enticement was the chance to win a main prize each day with choices between a cargo trailer, a four-wheeler or a zero turn mower. This year’s winners were Leticia Castillo fromWeslaco who chose the four wheeler and Esther Schwabe from Geneva, WI. The Schwabe’s chose the cargo trailer, saying they would use it to help their local church. Of course, the open house allowed visitors to take a look at the latest in RV trailers and boats. Sheldon and Jacqueline Crozier, from Nova Scotia, Canada, are spending their first winter in the valley, staying at Citrus Mobile & RV Park in Edinburg. They were considering upgrading to a bigger motor home from their 24-foot-long vehicle. They are staying in a park model now. Jacqueline, a retired teacher, said they had come to the RGV three years ago to stay a couple of weeks as her mother and two sisters had become Winter Texans. Sheldon, who is 34year air force veteran that included three tours of duty in Afghanistan and a few other places in the Middle East, said, “I’m lucky to be retired and can do this every year now.” Sheldon brought his Harley motorcycle and a couple of bicycles to help learn the area, Jacqueline added. She naturally mentioned the warm weather and also how friendly the people are in their park. Sheldon said “There’s lots to do, like going dancing.” It’s nice their kids don’t have to depend Ron Hoover open house has large showing on them with a son in the navy, another son is an electrician, and a daughter is a registered nurse. Terry and Carolyn Barbee, from Lazy Palms Ranch in Edinburg, also were looking at upgrading from the travel trailer that they have pulled to 32 states since they hit the road in 2016 after his retirement and her quitting a job. The couple, who live not far from the Mother Road, Route 66, near Litchfield, IL, headed south looking for a warmer climate. They stayed in seven different RV parks. “We worked our way down until we found a place that was warm,” Carolyn said. “We pick a direction for lunch and go until we find a place to eat,” Terry said. Carolyn likes to visit small towns and to look for historic buildings. But there is lots to do in their park also, like bingo, cards and Mexican train dominoes. In addition, there’s the pool table for Terry, although he claims he’s not very good. See HOOVER pg. 17 Esther Schwabe and her husband chose the cargo trailer as their grand prize.