Winter Texan Times

FEBRUARY 1, 2023 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES 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 VSA lineup includes Redneck Revival Be ready to have some laughs at this year’s Valley Star Awards set for Wednesday, February 15th. This year’s show will include Redneck Revival – a duo that is bound to bring some bustling laughter to the crowd. Redneck Revival – also known as Bob and Alta Courtney – are often said to bring their own supply of oxygen to their shows, just in case someone might need some breaths of fresh air. Alta is an established gospel performer and after 38 years as a PRCA rodeo clown, a retired Bob was ready for a change of pace. Originally, he was just going to drive Alta around, but being trained as rodeo clown, he still managed to find ways to make people laugh outside of the rodeo arena. “I started as a rodeo clown, traveled all over the world for years and did the comedy for that since I was 20,” Bob said. “When I retired and all I wanted to do was drive the bus; I started telling jokes and it turned into something we didn’t expect.” This gig of theirs has gotten them named as five-time Comedian of the Year among other accolades. They were once nominated for the County Music Awards for Comedian of the Year. They have a knack for turning oldies into goodies again. They have recorded songs like “Wal-Mart Greeter,” “Ghost Chickens (in the Sky),” and “I Am My Own Grandpa.” Their one-liners pop in and out throughout the show. They share stories about themselves and others and have a bag full of impersonations. In any one of their shows, you might have a chance to see Minnie Pearl, Kermit the Frog, an Indian tribal member, or hear Louis Armstrong or Ann Margaret. Be sure to come out and see them at this year’s Valley Star Awards. You can buy tickets online at www., come by the Winter Texan Times office at 1217 N. Conway in Mission, or at the Mission Bell/Trade Winds activities office off 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. Paradise Park in Harlingen has spirit of giving Submitted by Sharon Bargel For the third year, Paradise Park RV Resort in Harlingen has been overwhelmingly generous in giving to the Harlingen CISD’s Clothing Closet, operated as part of the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program to assist school district families in need. In winter 2020 the Clothing Closet was selected to be the beneficiary of the park’s spirit of giving holiday project when resident Sharon Bargel heard about the Clothing Closet and their need for warm coats and cold weather clothing on a local news station. That year, despite COVID restraints and fewer Winter Texans, they delivered 578 items of new clothing and new shoes to the Closet. In 2021, Sharon Bargel and Jan Walter co-chaired the project, and 1,259 new items were delivered to the Closet. When the delivery was made in January 2022, they learned that the Closet had no socks or undergarments on hand, so the items were very much needed. They also learned that underwear and socks are always needed, as well as personal hygiene products especially shampoo, deodorant, bath soap, etc. The decision to make this a year-round Paradise Park Community Project was made, and Dee Rigdon came on board as co-chair with Sharon (both are year-round residents). Totes were placed in the Activities Office, and in the driveways of Sharon and Dee to collect items. Cash donations are used to purchase items on the (l-r) Patsy Sanchez, Sylvia Gonzalez, April Vallejo, Sharon Bargel, Dee Rigdon, Mary Ellen Sanok. See GIVING pg. 22 Courtesy Photo