Winter Texan Times

Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 36, No. 20 © 2023 Wednesday, March 1, 2023 INDEX Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 Jammin’ in the RGV p 16 Reunions p 17 On the Road with Jo p 18 Events Calendar p 19 On The Lighter Side p 20 Taste of the Valley p 23 Business Guide p 24 Classifieds p 25 Coupon Index p 27 Rina’s Ramblings See RAMBLINGS pg. 20 Most weeks I don’t have a hard time coming up with something to ‘ramble on’ about. I usually talk about the weather, an event that we attended, or things happening in the area. This week is a little unusual for me. I am just not sure what to ramble about, so I am going to reflect on what this season has been so far, and what is yet to come. This season has seen a huge growth in activities, celebrations and more. We have seen activities, dances, concerts and other events pick up throughout the Valley. It’s been a nice welcoming pace to have again. We have missed the activity. We had also missed our Wintertainers™ and the Canadian Winter Texans and have been thrilled to see them return this year. It has been a delight to be able to get out there with our readers, with the parks, and with the Wintertainers™ this year. It has been so much more fun this year. We are looking forward to the remainder of the seaThousands of Winter Texans look forward to the great entertainment that performs at the annual Mission Winter Texan Fiesta each year. The event is held by the Mission Chamber to say “Thank You” to the Winter Texans that make the Valley their home during the winter season. The event features a great lineup of See FIESTA pg. 12 Mission’s Winter Texan Fiesta has outstanding lineup Photo by Doug Young It’s starting to feel like spring, and for us, that means golf – even if you can play it nearly year-round in the South Texas climate. Each spring we ask our readers to vote for their favorite gold courses. The Valley has many courses to choose from, and Winter Texans seem to try to catch them all while visiting the Valley. This year, we wanted to delve into the history of our Valley golf courses. We hope you enjoy this bit of history and See GOLF pg. 14 Rio Grande Valley golf courses steeped in rich history Tony Butler Golf Course Golf ballot Pg. 13

MARCH 1, 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 Seven Oaks honors 50th anniversary couples This year, Seven Oaks Resort in Mission honored six couples who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary some time between April 1st of the previous year and the end of March this year. They hold this event annually for their residents. The program opened with an introduction by the chairperson of the event, Carlene Hemminger, followed by the welcoming of each couple as they walked to the head table. Music was provided by Tommy and Sara Bouland with an opening song of “My Best Friend.” Then the love story of each couple was read by either Hemminger or Charon Blenkin. The information for the love stories was obtained by asking each member of the couples separately several questions – When and how did you meet? What were your first impressions? What are your memories of the marriage, proposal, honeymoon, etc.? Since they were answering separately, the stories are often hilarious. Of course, there were the usual questions too, like how many children, grand and great; significant milestones, trips, bucket list accomplishments, and finally their advice on having successfully accomplished 50 years of marriage. After each love story was presented, each couple cut their own personal cake and shared it with one another. The individual cakes were beautiful decorated by Melissa Hevel. At the conclusion of the love stories, and the cake cuttings, Tommy and Sara sang “Remember When.” All attendees were able to enjoy cake and punch to celebrate their marriage. Couples honored were Allen and Faye Shannon, Jim and Laurel Gray, Mike and Elvia Kalman, Tom and Carol King, and Wayne and Cindy McGinnis. While they honored six couples, only five couples were able to attend the Golden Anniversary event. The husband of one couple was unfortunately recovering from a health issue and could not be in attendance.

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MARCH 1, 2023 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Harlingen Community Theatre 1209 Fair Park Blvd. Friday & Saturday 7:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee 2:30 p.m. Adults $25 • Children $10 Reserve tickets online. Tickets sold at the door. Box Office hours posted on our website. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. $2 processing fee for credit and debit cards. February 24, 25, 26 & March 3, 4, 5, 2023 Music by RICHARD RODGERS Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Book by HOWARD LINDSAY & RUSSEL CROUSE Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp THE SOUND OF MUSIC is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization Winter Texan Ambassadors wanted If you love coming down to the Rio Grande Valley each winter, you’re invited to become a Winter Texan Ambassador. The job is simple: share with your friends all the good times you have in the Valley each winter – away from the snow and ice. In a place where you can play golf almost any winter day. In a place where your MH & RV resort is a community of its own with lots of friends to share in a whole array of fun activities. You’ll want to tell your friends about the dances in your park, the jam sessions, craft sales, pancake breakfasts, ice cream socials, and the wonderful Wintertainers™ performing daily in the resorts. If you like country music, there’s a jam for you and a number of quality bands performing for country-western dances. If your preference is rock-n-roll or bluegrass, you’re not disappointed. There are many talented performers who come to the Rio Grande Valley from Branson, Nashville, and other locales during the winter season. Be sure to tell your friends about the very affordable cost of living in the Rio Grande Valley! Not only do you save a ton of money on heating fuel to keep you warm in the winter, but everything costs less than in most other areas of the country. It’s a great place to make your retirement dollars stretch further, enabling you to enjoy a great lifestyle with all your new friends in Deep South Texas. The Winter Texan Times will be publishing our annual “Take Home Edition” of the paper on March 15 for you to take home with you so you can show your friends up north all the fun times we have here in the Rio Grande Valley. If you can help us spread the word, give us a call today and tell us how many papers you would like to take back north with you to share with others. Most people take 25 to 50 extra copies of the Take Home Edition to share with their friends. We hope you will do the same and invite your friends to come down with you next winter and give us a try. If you are able to take 25 papers or more, give us a call at (956) 580-7800 before close of business on March 10 and we will put you on our list of Winter Texan Ambassadors and make arrangements for you to get the papers you need on March 15. If you are leaving before March 15, take some extra copies of our earlier editions, including today’s paper, to share with the folks back home. IMAS and UTRGV celebrate Latin American piano music UTRGV School of Music returns to the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) in McAllen for a special piano concert in the galleries, Con Pasión: Celebrating Latin American Piano Music on Sunday, March 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. Dr. Brendan M. Kinsella and guest performers from the UTRGV School of Music present a tribute to Latin American piano music, featuring selections fromMexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and others. The community is invited to IMAS for a thrilling afternoon of virtuosity, emotion, and color. The performance is included with regular admission. See IMAS pg. 19

5 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 1, 2023 RIO GRANDE VALLEY LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO MARCH 9-19 IT’S time! RODEO Dale Watson Concert With $10 Admission Wed., March 15 9:30pm FREE Scan here to purchase tickets! The Randy Rogers Band to perform in Edinburg The City of Edinburg and Edinburg Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the Randy Rogers Band and Los Tigres del Norte will be performing at the city’s 54th Annual Fiesta Edinburg. The festival will run from March 2 through March 5 at the Bert Ogden Arena, and is expected to draw thousands of spectators. Set to perform on Friday, March 3rd, is Grammy Award winner, Los Tigres del Norte. This will be the return of the group since their last show in 2018. Texas Country favorite, the Randy Rogers Band will be headlining on Saturday, March 4. Tickets for each concert can be purchased at Attendees can also expect attractions such as the Heart of America Carnival, America’s Got Talent Fearless Flores Family, and Contacto animal and dinosaur exhibits. Additionally, the event will feature the return of the Fiesta Edinburg Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, March 4th at 10 a.m. on Closner Blvd. The chamber asks participants to show their excitement for the festivities with a Fiesta-themed float. Those interested in participating can call (956) 383-4974. Fiesta Edinburg is the Edinburg Chamber’s largest celebration. Besides being a fun quality of life event for the City of Edinburg and the Rio Grande Valley, Fiesta Edinburg also symbolizes an important moment in Edinburg’s history. Fiesta Edinburg is known as a big party that was created to commemorate Edinburg’s County seat. For more information, visit www. or call (956) 383-4974.

MARCH 1, 2023 6 WINTER TEXAN TIMES THE LADY & THE GAMBLER “A NIGHTYOUWON’T SOON FORGET” TWO OF THE FINEST SINGERS THAT EVER STEPPED ON THE BIGGEST STAGE IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY... Tickets $15 Call (956) 790-8445 Llano Grande Resort Event Center “THE LADY” LESLIE BLASING MARCH 19th 7:00 27146 McLelland Road., Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 423-1446 Lower Valley / 956-664-1446 Upper Valley Visit us at for complete itineraries Eagle Pass Gambling (2 Days) Mar. 7, 21, 2023 �����������������������������������������$235pp (Prices are per person, double occupancy) San Miguel De Allende (6 Days) July 1, 2023 �������������������������������������$785pp San Miguel De Allende (6 Days) Nov. 21, 2023 �������������������������������������� $TBA Monterrey Tres (3 Days) Mar. 17, 2023 �����������������������������������������������������$325pp Monterrey Tres (3 Days) July 14; Sept. 2; Nov. 24; Dec. 30, 2023 ���������$TBA Real de Catorce (3 Days) July 7, 2023 �����������������������������������������������������$369pp (Prices are per person, double occupancy) U.S. TOURS ONE DAY BUS TOURS MEXICO BUS TOURS Go...With Jo! Tours & Travel We Take Care of You! King Ranch (1 Day) Mar. 2, 16; Apr. 13, 2023 �����������������������������������������$110pp Farm Tour (1 Day) Mar. 9, 2023������������������������������������������������������������������������� $75pp (Prices are per person) MOSTH to start new book club The Museum of South Texas History invites the community to the first-ever meeting of Pages of the Past book club at 7 p.m., April 5. Participants are encouraged to read the first book selection titled “House Built on Ashes” by José Antonio Rodriguez. During the evening, museum staff and participants will engage in a book discussion and brainstorm about the book club followed by an after-hours tour of the museum. As this is the inaugural meeting, museum staff will ask attendees to provide feedback on how the club should move forward. Questions include: How often should it meet? Should the number of participants be limited? Any suggestions for future titles to read? Book suggestions should be related to the museum’s mission to “preserve and present the borderland heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico for all generations.” If you would like to assist in forming the book club from the ground up, pre-registration is required. Register online at or call (956) 383-6911 by March 31. MOSTH is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. For more information visit, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, or find on YouTube. Golf highlights La Floresta Valentine’s Day activities Submitted by Arleen Bier The wind whips across the golf course as residents of La Floresta tee off. For Valentine’s Day we played a special game of Mixed Scramble— Best Ball. With such strong winds, the ball either flies over the green or stops short, depending on the direction of the wind and the hole you are on. No Hole-In-One today but we got a few birdies. It was donuts and golf on Valentine’s Day, and lots of RED on the golf course. The golf scramble was won by Don Tufnell and Marilyn Walters. Ginger Seurkamp makes a birdie while Wilf Trudeau looks on. Valentine’s Day Golf Tournament Winners were Don Tufnell and Marilyn Walters.

7 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 1, 2023 3201 E. EXP. 83 • DONNA, TX 78537 (956) 464-3378 of Donna ClaytonHomes Doug Fowler THE BONHAM COME DISCOVER THE SPACIOUS FLEXIBILITY BONHAM VISION 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 16x76 1216 sq ft • Bonus Room • Open Floorplan • Split Bedrooms • Kitchen Island • Utility Room • Double Bath Sinks LOW EWINDOWS Low emissive windows filter out UV rays and help keep heat in during the cooler months and keep heat out during the warmer months. R33/R11/R22 INSULATION An Energy Smart 3-1-2 ratio of Ceiling/ Walls/Floor insulation keeps your home well insulated during all seasons. PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT Save additional dollars setting your desired temperature throughout the day; locking in the savings when you’re away from your home. ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS Energy efficient light bulbs typically use 25%-80% less energy and last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs. SEALED DUCT WORK Located either in the ceiling or subfloor, sealed duct work increases heating and cooling efficiency ensuring a comfortable temperature in the home year round. ENERGY EFFICICENT WATER HEATER Thicker sidewalls help our water heaters maintain the water temperatures longer cutting down the amount of energy they use each day. WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE MONEY YOU SAVE? WHAT MAKES THE ENERGY SMART HOME SO SMART? RBI#3356 BONHAM BALANCE 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 18x76 1368 sq ft The Ladies of La Floresta Go To The Movies In February, the ladies enjoyed Mexican cuisine at Arturo’s Bar and Grill in Weslaco, followed by the movie 80 for Brady. The comedy, inspired by a true story, was very entertaining. Submitted by Arleen Bier. Food Bank RGV unveils new Mission Resource Center The Food Bank RGV is proud to announce the opening of its new Mission Resource Center, a partnership with the City of Mission, which will serve as a comprehensive hub for social services, nutrition education, and food assistance for the community. The Center is located at the former Mission Food Pantry and will be open to the public for the first time on Thursday, March 2. The Mission Resource Center is part of the Food Bank RGV’s ongoing efforts to address food insecurity and related issues in the Rio Grande Valley. The Center will provide a variety of services and resources to those in need, including access to an emergency food pantry, nutrition education classes, social services, and a hub for those seeking volunteer opportunities. “We are thrilled to open our new Mission Resource Center, which will provide a range of essential services to those in need, including an emergency food pantry, nutrition education classes, and access to social services team. The Center will also serve as a hub for those looking to volunteer and make a positive impact in our community,” said Libby A. Saenz, CEO of the Food Bank RGV. The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 2, at the Mission Resource Center. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature local dignitaries, community leaders, and supporters of the Food Bank RGV. “We invite the entire community to join us in celebrating the opening of the Mission Resource Center,” said Saenz. “This Center represents a new chapter in the Food Bank RGV’s ongoing efforts to fight hunger and provide support to our neighbors in need.” For more information about the Mission Resource Center, or the Food Bank RGV, please visit the Food Bank RGV website or call (956) 682-8101. City of Mission volunteers place fresh produce into a vehicle during a mobile drive-thru pop-up distribution recently held at the Mission Resource Center.

MARCH 1, 2023 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES DALE & GAYLE (580) 362-5437 Dale & Gayle Variety Shows • Country Oldies Rock&Roll • Gospel • Christmas Now Booking for 2023-24 (Available for New Year’s Eve) Thank You All 2023 VSA Nominee Duet Musical Group of the Year “We Are Truly Honored” 214 E. Chimney Rd • Mission, TX (956) 581-1033 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 ReserveNowForCurrentWeekOnly Additional Tours Added As Needed Private Tours Available Riverside Event Center Sundays 1:30-5:30pm Live Music Mar. 19 & Apr. 2 Steven May & The Southern Knights Mar. 12 & 26 Renaissance Rockers Live Music Saturdays 1:00-5:00pm Mar. 4 & 18 • Robert Austin & Midnight Cowboy Mar. 11 & 25 • Jolly Huntsmen 1 Hour Tours (Down River To Dam) Tues 1:00pm 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 Inside/OutsideSeating Beautiful Patio!! CanadaDay Tuesday,March7 LiveMusic 1-5•RonMoshier Everyone Welcome Door Prizes - Fun!! Mar. 5 • Ron Moshier & Steven May COME SEE JASON WHORLOW “THE PIANO MAN” You must not miss this live, versatile, interactive show! 2017 Valley Star Awards Best Solo Variety Act Mar. 1, 7pm McAllen Mobile, McAllen Mar. 2, 7pm Casa Del Sol, Donna Mar. 3, 7pm Southern Comfort, Weslaco Mar. 4, 7pm Fiesta Village Mar. 5, 3pm Texas Trails Resort Mar. 6, 5pm Louie’s Backyard, SPI Mar. 8, 7pm Winter Ranch, Alamo Mar. 10, 5pm Llano Grande, Mercedes Mar. 11, 7pm Mission Bell, Mission Mar. 12, 7pm Country Sunshine, Weslaco Mar. 14, 7pm Breezelake, Brownsville Mar. 15, 6pm Winter Haven Resort, Brownsville Mar. 17, 7pm Dream Valley Ranch, Mission 515-460-5862 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, March 1 Breakfast - EldoradoAcres 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. Acoustic Jam - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 1:30-3:30pm, Setups available. Everyone welcome. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3pm, Larry’s Little Bros, 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. 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. Spring Revival (Gospel Songs) - 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. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights, $7pp. Concert - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7-9pm, Redneck Revival, $8pp. Entertainment - McAllen Mobile Park, 7pm, Jason Whorlow, $8pp. Entertainment - Countryside RV Park, Donna, 7-9pm, Bill Ward and the Night Ryders, $7pp. Concessions available. 100 N. Valley View Rd. Entertainment - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 7-9pm, Kieran Hunter - A tribute to Texas Songwriters. Pass the hat admission, with proceeds to Mercedes Food Bank. Theme Dance - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Fabulous Cruisers Band. Theme: Grease. For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM CALENDAR PARKS

9 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 1, 2023 Bibleville Conference Grounds Bible Conferences 10:30am Sunday 7pm Nightly He is the Executive Director of IMI/SOS International. He was a Pastor for 45 years. Dr. Rich McCarrell March 5-10, 2023 & 1346 N. Cesar Chavez Rd Alamo, Tx 78516 (956) 787-2024 email: Check Program Schedule Changes Bibleville.Conference.Grounds BIBLEVILLE Conference Grounds 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 BOOKING: 417-239-4248 “THE GAMBLER” SHOWS Mar. 4 • 7-9pm • Orange Grove, Edinburg Mar. 8 • 7-9pm • Leisure Valley Ranch, Mission DANCES Mar. 7 • 3-6pm • Mustang Lounge, Weslaco Mar. 10 • 7-9pm • Lakewood RV, Harlingen Mar. 14 • 3-6pm • Mustang Lounge, Weslaco Mar. 14 • 7-10pm • Paradise Park, Harlingen Mar. 15 • 7-10pm • Restful Valley, Mission Mar. 18 • 7-10pm • Split Rail, Mission Mar. 21 • 7-10pm • Victoria Palms, Donna , , . k , , e V , A e , s For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Jaime G and the Adels, $10pp. Event Center. Thursday, March 2 Breakfast - EldoradoAcres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-8:30am. Breakfast - Lamplighter Park, Palmview, 7:30-9am, Biscuits and gravy. 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, 11:30am-1pm, 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. 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. Happy Hour - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Diego & Edith, pass the hat. BYOB. Pop & water available for sale, free ice. Happy Hour - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 3:30-5pm, Fresh Breath, tips. BYOB. Outside by indoor pool (west side park) weather permitting, or Huddleston Hall. 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, 4pm, Chicken casserole served on a bed of rice, salad, dessert. 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. Karaoke & Music - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 5-7pm, With Blanca, pass the hat. BS Bar. 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, Open to the public. 309-337-8711. 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. Entertainment - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7pm, The Piano Man, $8pp. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-9pm, Ron Moshier, $8pp. Jam Session - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-9pm, Free and open to the public for listening. Entertainment - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 7-9pm, Spittin’ Image. Entertainment - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 7-9pm, Festus Live, $8pp. Entertainment - Chimney Park, Mission, 7pm, Lindley Creek, $12pp. Join us for a fantastic night of entertainment on the beautiful Rio Grande River. Dance - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 7pm, Dave Perryman & Band. Friday, March 3 Breakfast - EldoradoAcres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-8:30am. Craft Show - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 8am-Noon, Craft/vendor fair! Contact Sue McKeehan for further info, 605-519-8191 or sueellenquilts@ Park Wide Patio Sales - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8am-Noon. Lunch/Dinner - Llano Grande Lake See PARKS pg. 10

MARCH 1, 2023 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES ENTERTAINMENT ROCK & ROLL JAM SINGLES ARE WELCOME Mar 3 • Diego & Edith • $8 Mar 10 • Pelican West • $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 Mar 2 • 3:30 - 5pm Happy Hour with Fresh Breath • BYOB Mar 7 • 2 - 4pm Helen Russell & Company • $9 Mar 8 • 4 - 5:30pm Happy Hour with Fresh Breath • BYOB MEALS 956-585-0703 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive • Palmview Paula McSpadden Activity Director ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC CRAFT SHOW Mar 11 • 8am - 12pm El Valle Del Sol Home of The Peppermint Palace 2500 E.Bus Hwy 83 Mission,TX 78572 956-585-5704 10am – Noon Free coffee. Pass The Hat. Thursdays • Country Jam Saturday Morning Breakfast 8am – 9:30am • $6.00 pp. Choice of Pancakes, Sausage Gravy Biscuits, or Egg Bake. Free coffee. Arts & Craft Show Saturday Night Dance 7:30am – 10:30am Saturday March 4th 7pm – 10pm • $7pp March 4th • Sweetwater March 11th • Vintage BIT O HEAVEN RV & MOBILE HOME RESORT 1051W Bus Hwy 83 • Donna,TX 78537 SUSANTHOMAS, ACTIVITY DIRECTOR 603-396-2786 FRIDAYS • DANCES • 7-10PM Mar 3 • Renaissance Rockers • $10 Mar 10 • Steven May & Southern Knights • $8 Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. TUESDAYS • HAPPYHOUR • 3:30-5PM PASS THE HAT Mar 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 BYOB, snacks SUNDAYS • KARAOKE • 5PM THURSDAYS • SOUPSUPPER • 4:30PM $4 All You Can Eat • Dessert for sale Bring your own table service & beverage Mar 10 • Craft Fair Mar 11 • Patio Sales FAIRS&SALES • 8AM-12PM 1900 S. Bridge Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 Contact: Susan 405-812-4401 Concessions open, BYOB Mar. 3, 7-10pm • The Chamberlains • $8 Mar. 24, 7-10pm • Ron Moshier • $8 Concessions open Mar. 5, 7-9pm • Spittin’ Image • $10 Mar. 12, 7-9pm • Michael Laferty • $8 Mar. 26, 7-9pm • Men & Women of A-Chord • $7 Pass The Hat Mar. 17, 3-5pm • Regan James Mar. 31, 3-5pm • Diego Happy Hour Dances Entertainment Patio Sales Free admission Mar. 4, 8am-12pm Playground For Retirees 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. 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, Dave Ellig, pass the hat. Event Center. 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. Country Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, Free. Tradewinds Hall. Open to public and all jammers. 50/50. Dance - Fiesta Village, Mission, 6-9pm, Southern Vibes, $7pp-$10pp. Entertainment - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Brett Marshall & the Disclaimers, $10pp advance, $12pp at the door. Friday Night Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp door. Dance - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 7-10pm, The Chamberlains, $8pp. Concession open, BYOB. Dance - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7-10pm, Dave Perryman & Country Review, $7pp. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Renaissance Rockers, variety, $10pp. Soda, water, popcorn, snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. Dance - Alamo Rose RV and MH Resort, 7-10pm, The Castaways, $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, Bottom Line, $7pp. Dance - Tropic Star RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Fabulous Cruisers, $12pp. Doors open 6:30pm. Concessions available. 1401 S. Cage Blvd., 956-787-5773. Dance - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Steven May and the Southern Knights, $7pp. Was voted the Best Country Western Band. Country & Big Band Jam - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7-9pm, Pizza & dogs available from 4:30-6:30. No outside beverages permitted. Musicians by invitation only. Dance - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-10pm, The Agency, $10pp. Entertainment - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Winnie Brave, $8pp. 50/50. For information, call 816-616-8320 or 815-2890916. 715 N. Westgate Dr. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, Diego & Edith, $8pp. Entertainment - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Jason Whorlow, $8pp. Comedy Show - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Spittin’ Image, $9pp. Entertainment - Lazy Palm Ranch, Edinburg, 7-9pm, Curt James, $8pp. Country/western. BYOB. Dance - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Rewind, $10pp at the door. Setups available, BYOB. Saturday, March 4 Flea Market - Winter Green Estates, Mission, 7am-Noon. Park Rummage Sale - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7am-Noon. Breakfast - EldoradoAcres RV Park, Palmview, 7-9am. Flea Market - Winter Green Estates, Mission, 7am-Noon, Wide variety of PARKS From pg. 9 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM

11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 1, 2023 RV RESORT TEXAS TRAILS Division of Wilder’s Corporation DANCES • EVERY FRIDAY 7-10 PM $7 (Unless Noted) ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS & SALES Mar. 5, 3-5pm • Jason Whorlow • $8 with Special Guests his daughters Amelia and Brianna Mar. 4, 8am-Noon • Craft Show Masks Recommended But Not Required For All Events 501 W. Owassa Rd • Pharr, Texas 78577 956-787-6538 FOR INFO/TICKETS Mar. 3 • Bottom Line Mar. 10 • South Texas Ramblers Mar. 17 • Steven May & Southern Knights Mar. 24 • Curt James Mar. 31 • Route 66 CREDIT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 DANCES Sat. Mar. 4, 11, 18, & 25, 7-10 pm • Texas Wheels • $8 Wed. Mar. 8, 7-10 pm • Retro Rockers • $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 Wed. Mar. 15, 6 pm • Men & Women of A-Chord • $8 CHURCH SERVICE Sundays • 9 am PICKLEBALL MIXER Thursdays • 9 am - Noon • $2 COUNTRY JAM Tuesdays • 7-9 pm Maude Squad is back Jammers by Invitation Only Sloppy Joe • 6 pm • $5 while supplies last, with chips Yard Sale Fridays • 1:30pm R/C Car Races Line Dances Entertainment Bluegrass Jam Sat Mar 4 • 9am-1pm Tuesdays • 1:30-3:30pm Real Beals $7 • Sun Mar 5 • 7pm Jamie Layton $7 • Sun Mar 12 • 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. s - - - , , t , y , , . - e , , , , f items to include vintage jewelry, purses, boutique, appliances, f u r n i t u r e , clothing, outdoor pieces, golf bags & clubs, lawn & garden items, pictures, lamps, electronics & tools. Park Rummage Sale - Sun Valley Village, Harlingen, 7-11am, 15659 Buttercup Ct., Harlingen (Off Exp. 83 & north on Altas Palmas Rd.) Sale inside Clubhouse. Furniture, lamps, kitchen & household items, small appliances, decor, linens, clothing, books, & lots of misc. treasures! Breakfast tacos, desserts, coffee & juice available also. Patio Sale - Winter Haven Park, Pharr, 7-11am, Tools, clothing, and furniture. 1015 W. Sam Houston Blvd. Arts & Craft Show/Sale - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 7:30-10:30am. All Park Garage Sale & White Elephant - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7:30am-12:30pm, Breakfast 7:30 am; lunch 11 am. Bake sale. Parkwide Sales - Palmera Heights Park, La Feria, 7:30am-Noon, 1205 N. Palmera. One block south of expressway on Rabb Road. Clubhouse and individual sales. Flea Market - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 8-11am, Inside and outside sales, bake sale, silent auction, ropa, and more. Breakfast burritos, pastries, and coffee available for purchase. Patio Sales - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 8am-Noon. Community Garage Sale - Southgate, Pharr, 8am-3pm, Dishes, furniture, jewelry, clothing, electronics, household items, lawn and garden, and much more. Breakfast - Paradise Park, McAllen, 8-9am. Saturday Morning Breakfast - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 8-9:30am, Pancakes or sausage gravy or egg bake, $6pp. Free coffee. Patio Sales - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 8-11am, 1341 W. Hwy. 83. Craft Show - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 8am-Noon. Park Wide Sale - Green Acres RV Park, Donna, 8am, Bake sale inside Rec Hall. 208 S. 29th St. Park Wide Patio Sales - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8am-Noon. Breakfast - Alamo Paradise Acres, 8-9:30am, Serving pancakes, omelets, french toast, bacon, and sausage. Yard Sale - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 9am-1pm. 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 - Greengate 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 - Greengate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, Everyone is invited to this jam to either play or listen to country music. Questions call 956-5408463. 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. Craft Fair - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 1-4pm, Set up 8am-12pm. No cost for admission. 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. Entertainment - Fiesta Village, Mission, 7pm, Jason Whorlow, $8pp- $10pp. Entertainment - Mission West RV Park, Palmview, 7pm, Blu Wolf, $8pp. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp. Senior Prom Dance - Canyon Lake RV Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Curt James, $8pp. Snack bar, BYOB. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Gatos Locos, $10pp. Doors open at 6:15pm. Snack bar open. Dance - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7pm, Roland the DJ, $7.50 single, $15 couple. For more informaSee PARKS pg. 21 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM

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This year the event will take place where the Winter Texan Fiesta began many years ago – returning to its home – at the Leo Pena Placita Park in Downtown Mission (803 N. Conway). The event will be held this Friday, March 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. As usual, the event will have free food, but only for the first 1,000 attendees. You do not need to get your tickets ahead of time. This year, you should plan to arrive early so you can pick up a meal ticket on the day of the event. It is a first come, first served. This year’s entertainment will be provided by The Night Howlers, Rick McEwen, Denim and L ce, and Bruce Boudreau. The Night Howlers, a recent nominee for best Rock n Roll Band of the Year in the Valley Star Awards, perform lots of rock music from the different eras of 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; blues; classic country and rock; and even more variety. They perform throughout the Valley parks for dances and entertainment. 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MARCH 1, 2023 14 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Elliott’s Custom Golf 712 N 77 Sunshine Strip #20 Harlingen, TX 78550 (877) 428-5448 • SKYTRACK LAUNCH MONITOR Improve your game and receive instant and real-time 3D shot analysis and ball-flight data. Identify strengths, weaknesses & dispersion • Bag Mapping to select the right clubs on the course • Wedge Matrix to master short game Five Star Customer Ratings - Google Reviews COMPUTERIZED CUSTOM CLUB FITTING learning about the courses you visit and love. For the next three weeks we will feature a different part of the Valley. This week we will feature the Mid Valley golf courses. Tony Butler Tony Butler’s impact on golf in the Rio Grande Valley may be greater than any other golfer in terms of local influence. The Harlingen public golf course bears the name of the man, Tony Butler, who helped bring some of the sport’s greatest athletes to the Rio Grande Valley for professional tournaments during the Great Depression. Butler was born April 18, 1908 and died Dec. 9, 1979 after 49 years of golf. He was known to play entire rounds of golf with just a 4-wood, taking on challengers of all skill levels. He was the city champion in Austin, captain of the Austin High School team and the first golf coach at UT. The public Tony Butler golf course is much like the man, requiring a sharp strategic mind and the ability to play consistent golf. The course’s website says, “His style of play, a consistent short game and accurate putts, came to reflect the character of skills required for success to those pursuing challenges on the Tony Butler Municipal Golf Course.” Butler’s biggest claim to fame came in 1933 when he defeated future hall of famer and National Open champion Gene Sarazen during an exhibition match. After that match he was hired as the Harlingen Country Club pro where he remained until 1937 – but his impact lasted for so much longer. On June 20, 1973 Harlingen municipal course was renamed in his honor. He retired to become a professional emeritus in 1975. He was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Tony Butler Golf Course is located at 2640 South “M” Street in Harlingen. It is a 27-hole course that meanders through the natural South GOLF From pg. 1 Texas terrain and is extremely easy to walk if you so choose. The 18hole course is a championship layout measuring 6,400 yards (par 71). Cottonwood Creek Located at 1001 South Ed Carey in Harlingen, Cottonwood Creek was developed in 1984 and, according to the pro shop, “the course is the same. It hasn’t changed.” A “very nice senior course,” Cottonwood Creek is open to the public. It’s a nine-hole par-3 course and that means golfers can fit it into their busy – or not-so-busy – schedule. The pro shop is open in the mornings and the signature hole is No. 5. It’s 175 yards across water. Make sure you hit enough club because “there are a lot of balls in there.” To walk nine holes is just $13 and to do 18 is just $18 – one of the few joys in life that are still $1 per… even the cheapest of coffees are $1 at best (before taxes). So, enjoy the serenity of this nearly 40-year-old course. Harlingen Country Club Harlingen Country Club first opened its doors in 1949 and its member-owned hacienda style clubhouse and course, which was designed in 1965 by Dave Bennett and Leon Howard, just fits like a glove. It is the epitome of country club living and the course has a personality that is eloquently South Texas. The course has faced major blows, moving to its current location in 1970 on property that previously was Harlingen Airport. Hurricane Dolly then delivered a “crushing blow” to the clubhouse but the membership used it as an opportunity to create more and better, opening their new clubhouse in October 2010. There’s comfort and peace on, off and in the facilities, which include the 18hole course, driving range, putting and chipping greens. The large, majestic trees and layout have class and history written into them. The annual and longstanding Life Begins at 40 match play tournament draws the top golfers and possibly the largest golf gallery of any Valley tournament. The course ranges from 6,541 yards from the black tips to 5,035 from the ladies. The white markers snug in between at 5,625 yards. The course is located at 5500 El Camino Real. Llano Grande Resort and Country Club Located in the historical Delta Area, which includes the small communities of Edcouch, Mercedes, Elsa, La Villa, and Monte Alto – Llano Grande became a busy agricultural center in the Rio Grande Valley during the 1920s when the Southern Pacific Railroad laid train tracks through here. The area was coined the “Magic Valley” in an attempt to draw people to the area, and Northeasterners heeded the call and came to develop the land. The entire part was named the best large park in Texas in 2015 and 2016 by the Texas RV Association and one publication described it as a small town, but its history looms large in the development of the Rio Grande Valley. Nestled quietly in the midst of all this is Llano Grande Golf Course, recently ranked No. 20 on Golf Advisor’s top 25 most improved courses. Reviewers confirm that this course is noticeably getting in better shape on a regular basis. It plays from 6,781 yards from the tips to a comfortable 5,792 and 4,964 from the whites and reds, respectively. It has various levels, something not especially known for in the flat plains-like Valley. Of course, it has Tierra Santa Golf Course