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Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 36, No. 22 © 2023 Wednesday, March 15, 2023 INDEX Events Calendar p 7 Reunions p 7 Parks Calendar p 8 WintertainersTM p 8 Jammin’ in the RGV p 18 Taste of the Valley p 19 On the Road with Jo p 20 On The Lighter Side p 21 Business Guide p 24 Classifieds p 25 Coupon Index p 26 Rina’s Ramblings It’s mid-March, so for us that means it’s time for our Take Home Edition. Our Take Home Edition this year features an eight-page section in the middle of the paper. We have all our stories about why Winter Texans come to the Valley, what they do while here, and other important things we think you should share with your friends that don’t yet know about the Valley. You know what makes this Valley such a special place, so here is your chance to share it with others. We love that the USA versus Canada game happens just in time for this issue. It shows your camaraderie and how much fun you have while visiting this great Valley. Also, we feature a great article on what the residents at Alamo Palms do for their community, just a sampling of what the Winter Texans do for the communities they live in while here. As always, we love having you here with us. You truly make life special by being part of the Valley community, even if it is only for a short time. Ed Martens stood there in the middle of a group of people, never getting a moment alone -- and all was right with the world. That made the 20th annual Winter Texan softball rivalry games between Canada and the United States a super celebratory event with plenty of fun, laughter – and competition. There were USA and Canada memorabilia being carSee SOFTBALL pg. 20 Canada wins annual rivalry game Photo Courtesy of City of McAllen By Barb Zanetti Photos by Dennis Zanetti Editor’s Note: This article was edited for space. For the full version of the story, read it online at While modeling his beige Union Suit and widebrimmed, felt, brown hat, Rip Van Winkle (Brad Mallow) seemed to awaken. He paused. Turned. And See SCHOLARSHIP pg. 2 IT’S WINTER TEXANS … ‘JUST WANTING TO HAVE FUN’ Alamo Palms’ Scholarship Committee donates $22,000 PSJA Memorial ECHS Seniors. Courtesy Photo TAKE HOME EDITION Seepages11-18

MARCH 15, 2023 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES RIO GRANDE VALLEY LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO MARCH 9-19 IT’S time! RODEO RODEO Thur. March 16 - Sat. March19 $10 General Admision $15 Reserved Tommie Brixey Memorial Tournament held Submitted by Arleen Bier The Tommie Brixey Memorial Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society was held March 7, at La Floresta RV Park in Mercedes. Tommie Brixey owned and operated the La Floresta RV Park and Golf Course for 30 years. She passed away in 2021 after a long fight with cancer. The whole park was involved in the 27th Annual American Cancer Society Golf Tournament. There were over 90 participants in the golf outing, from beginners to those with advanced skills. Each team had an honorary captain who was a cancer survivor. Other La Floresta cancer survivors were recognized at the luncheon that followed and presented with a survivor gift from the American Cancer Society. We congratulate all the survivors! Team Gladys won the tournament with eight under, for a score of 46. The team consisted of Honorary Team Captain Gladys Millar, David Millar, Marilyn Walters, Dickie Hlady, Arleen Bier, Ron McNeill, Lorraine Trudeau, Noreen Woods, and Brian Laxton. The event was organized by Karlene Weiland, and she said Rodger Vanderville was invaluable. She was also assisted by Darla Strait, Sissi Griffith, Carol and Stan Heintz, Vickie Cox, and Debra Tufnell; Jerry Bier and Bob Kinash grilled the hamburgers; and Tim Christopher printed the cloth signs for the honorary captains. We all know someone who is or has been affected by cancer. The purpose of this event was to raise funds and awareness of cancer. Through golf fees and other miscellaneous donations, $2,262 was raised this year. That brings us to a total of over $54,000 raised by the La Floresta family during the past 27 years. We pray our donation will help speed up a cure. Honorary Captain Gladys Millar. Courtesy Photo then scooted back down the runway to steal an unexpected kiss from Miss Havisham (Beverly Bailey), who was gripping her wilted bouquet. Surprised laughter erupted from the audience at this year’s Alamo Palms’ Ropa Style Show held recently. Rip Van Winkle and Miss Havisham joined 28 other runway models featured in the “What a NOVEL idea” theme. The show was one of the park’s fundraising events held to benefit Alamo High School seniors. This year 22 PSJAMemorial Early College High School [ECHS] seniors were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Alamo Palms Scholarship Fund. “This fundraising is something that residents feel passionate about,” Nancy Nielsen, Scholarship Committee co-chairperson, said. “That’s unique among retirees, especially since this isn’t their home. This isn’t where they grew up. But they embrace this fundraising effort. I think that sets them apart from other SCHOLARSHIP From pg. 1 See SCHOLARSHIP pg. 22


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Playwright Jo Roybal-Izay and author of the novel El Mochito Sephardim, spent over twenty years translating the ancient alabados/chants and orations of the Penitentes, of northern NM, and has written many articles and has lectured the subject at colleges and universities. “Members of Los Penitent s re men of Spanish origin. They keep the passion of Christ ever present through prayer, chant, and meditation. Greatly exaggerated stories have circulated over the last 200 years. Secrecy among members is sacrosanct and a powerful hindrance for the scholars who study their religion. Their main objective is to live their lives as close to Christ’s life as possible, so that they can gain eternal salvation. They perform charitable acts as well. Don Miguel Archibeque, the late Hermano Supremo Arzobisbal told me: ‘When a man enters the brotherhood, he vows to help the needy. But unlike other charitable organizations, a Penitente nev r reveals his good deeds. It is betwee him and his creator.’Miguel was a z a ot when it came to guarding promises made to God,” said Roybal-Izay. “The story spans 60 years and is well-worth telling,” said Pedro Garcia, Pharr Community Theater (PCT) artistic director, co-founder and co-producer. “I’ve worked this play about four times now in my now 36year career in theater. I guess I like telling it.” The one-act play, in English, directed by Seres Jaime Magaña, from McAllen, has a cast of nearly 10 local performers, including newcomer Dr. Juan M. Ortiz, a Pulmonologist & Critical Care Doctor fromMcAllen; he’s playing the role of the elder Patricio Pinto. “I appreciate that the story presents a view of the Hispanic heritage so important and prevalent in the whole play and its relationship with the American culture… also its history around love and the priorities of human beings that transcend love and family. Patricio decided to just go for the ‘whole enchilada’ like he says in the play…later regretting every sing e bit i his life …and at the same time the love never disappeared. His horizons were a bit blurry when the power and the money were in front of him,” said Dr. Ortiz. Others in the cast include Gina West-Kiern, from McAllen, as Mama Regina, Jaime Torres, from Edinburg, as Blas, Ashley Madel Cantu, from Pharr, as Rosana, Irma Farfá Cirlos, from McAllen, as Tia Perf cta, Mario Alberto Leal as Mr. Allison and Eli Martinez, from Weslaco, as a young Penitente. Priscilla Lozano from Edinburg is the Stage Manager. The first five shows, March 15 to 19, will be held at PCT theater, 213 W. Newcombe (Park) Ave., Pharr (50 seats per show). Showtimes there are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The final three perform c s from March 24 to 26 will be held at the Development Research Center, 850 W. Dicker Rd., Pharr (140 seats per show). Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for all shows are on sale in advance for $8 on PCT’s Eventbrite page or accessible through the PCT website at Tickets will also be available at the door, for $10 starting one hour before curtain, upon availability. For more info. Please visit the Pharr Community Thea er FB page, the website at, or send a text to (956) 655-9308. Dr. Ortiz. Courtesy Photo

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MARCH 15, 2023 8 WINTER TEXAN TIMES 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. 26 Renaissance Rockers Live Music Saturdays 1:00-5:00pm Mar. 18 • Robert Austin & Midnight Cowboy Mar. 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/Outside Seating Beautiful Patio!! Safe Travels & Thank You For A Great Season! - Johnny & Jennifer Hart Ask About Our Summer Hours! BOOKING: 417-239-4248 DANCES Mar. 15 • 7-10pm Restful Valley, Mission Mar. 18 • 7-10pm Split Rail, Mission Last Dance of the Season Mar. 21 • 7-10pm Victoria Palms, Donna 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 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 15 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. 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. 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, Free admission. Food served before the Jam from 11 - 12:30 and after 4 - 5:30. Join us to play an instrument or sing or just to enjoy the music every Wednesday throughout the year. Acoustic Jam - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 1:30-3:30pm, Setups available. Everyone welcome. Happy Hour - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 3pm, Diego, 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. Entertainment - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 6pm, Men & Women of A-Chord, $8pp. 1048 N. Alamo Rd. Farewell Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 6:30pm, Pre Rounds 6:30pm, Squares 7-9pm. Ron & Jan Betzelberger, $5pp. Tampico Hall. Hearing enhancement available. Subject to change without notice. Rock & Roll Jam - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Free. Best Rock & Roll Jam in the RGV. Dance - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Steven May & Southern Knights, $7pp. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Canyon Lake RV Resort, Mission, 7-9pm, Diego & Edith, $9pp. Snack bar, BYOB. Dance - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Rick McEwen, $9pp. Entertainment - McAllen Mobile Park, 7pm, Rewind Band, $10pp at the door. Entertainment - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, The Real Beals, $7pp. Gate is open. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, The Cruisers, $12pp. Event Center. Dance - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, The Chamberlin’s with Southern Express, $8pp. Thursday, March 16 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-8:30am. Craft Sale - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 8am-Noon, Contact Gloria Jacobson 218-252-6616 for tables or more information. 1501 Aladdin Villas Blvd. West. All You Can Eat Pancakes - The Grove Subdivision, San Juan, 9-11am, Pancakes, eggs, sausage, waffles, and For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM CALENDAR PARKS

9 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 15, 2023 LAST ROCK & ROLL JAM SINGLES ARE WELCOME Mar 17 • Time Machine • $8 Mar 24 • The Fabulous Cruisers • $12 FRIDAY DANCES 7-10PM Mar 17 • 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 MEALS 956-585-0703 1645 S Bentsen Palm Drive • Palmview Paula McSpadden Activity Director ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC If You’re Looking For A Great & Friendly Park Come Check Us Out! BIT O HEAVEN RV & MOBILE HOME RESORT 1051W Bus Hwy 83 • Donna,TX 78537 SUSANTHOMAS, ACTIVITY DIRECTOR 603-396-2786 FRIDAYS • DANCES • 7-10PM Mar17•St.Patrick’sDay-TheRovers•$10 Mar 24 • Sweetwater • $8 Mar 31 • Rewind • $8 Apr 7 • Night Ryders • $8 Apr 14 • The Howlers • $8 Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. TUESDAYS • HAPPYHOUR • 3-5PM PASS THE HAT March 21 • Regan James March 28 • CanAm April 4 • The DuOver April 11 • CanAm April 18 • Denim & Lace April 25 • Carlos Canas Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, BYOB, 50/50 door prizes. BYOB, snacks SUNDAYS • KARAOKE • 5PM THURSDAYS • DANCES • 7-10PM April 13•SimplyGoldDuo•$8 April 20 • Curt James • $8 April 27 • Ron Moshier • $8 Soda, water, popcorn, and snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. Fridays • 1:30pm R/C Car Races Bluegrass Jam Thank you! See you next season. Tuesdays • 1:30-3:30pm 1201 N. Main Street La Feria, TX 956-797-1851 Cynthia Cavazos - Activity Director Kenwood Rv Resort . Enjoy Life. Enjoy it here. 1900 S. Bridge Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 Contact: Susan 405-812-4401 Concessions open, BYOB Mar. 24, 7-10pm • Ron Moshier • $8 Concessions open 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 Playground For Retirees Entertainment , n n o e e , . k , t , s , , n e For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM 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. Country Jam - El Valle Del Sol, Mission, 10am-Noon, Free coffee. Lunch - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 11am-12:30pm. 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. 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, Fish and french fries, coleslaw, dessert. 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. Entertainment - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Spittin Image, $9pp advance, $11pp at the door. Dance - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Route 66 Band, $8pp. 50/50. Dinner available 6pm, BYOB. Advance tickets and table reservations call 956585-4833 ext. 1062. Jam Session - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-9pm, Free and open to the public for listening. Dance - Palm Shadows RV/MH Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Jealous Heart. Reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Friday, March 17 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 6:30-8:30am. Park Sale - Monte Cristo RV Community Park, Edinburg, 8am-2pm, Clubhouse. 3730 Dante Drive. Free admission. Individual park owners may display items for sale. 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. Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, Come play along or just come to listen and visit. Last jam for the season. 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. Entertainment - Palmera Heights Park, La Feria, 2pm, Spittin’ Image, $10pp. 1205 N. Palmera. Call Kay Falk for more info, 956-277-0316. St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour - Ranchero Village, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Regan 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. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 5-6:30pm, Reuben casserole, salad, and mint ice cream. 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, 717-8778375. 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, Night Riders, $7pp-$10pp. St Patrick’s Dance - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Rewind, $9pp advance, $11pp at the door. Friday Night Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp door. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Casa del Sol, Donna, 7-10pm, The Castaways, $8pp. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Bit-OHeaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, The See PARKS pg. 10

MARCH 15, 2023 10 WINTER TEXAN TIMES (956)566-1157 1048 N. Alamo Rd. • Alamo, TX 78516 • Office: 956-783-5008 DANCES Sat. Mar. 18, & 25, 7-10 pm • Texas Wheels • $8 ENTERTAINMENT Wed. Mar. 15, 6 pm • Men & Women of A-Chord • $8 CHURCH SERVICE Sundays • 9 am PICKLEBALL MIXER Thursdays • 9 am - Noon • $2 Thank you all for making this a great season! Rovers, variety, $10pp. Soda, water, popcorn, snacks for sale, free ice/cups, 50/50 door prizes. Dance - Alamo Rose RV and MH Resort, 7-10pm, Poison Ivey, $10pp. 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, Steven May & Southern Knights, $7pp. Dance - Greengate Grove, Palmview, 7-10pm, Vinyl Spin. Reservations required. 2135 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. Dance - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7-10pm, Ron Moshier, $8pp. 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 Fabulous Cruisers, $10pp. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Palmview, 7-10pm, Time Machine, $8pp. St. Patrick’s Dance - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, $7pp. Entertainment - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm, Jason Whorlow The Piano Man. Dance - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 7-9:30pm, Leslie Blasing, $7pp. Setups available, BYOB. Dance - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 7-10pm, Rustic Rose, $10pp. Event Center. Saturday, March 18 Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 7-9am. Craft & Patio Sales - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8amNoon, Refreshments and lunch available. Interested vendors can call 956-580-4477 between 8am and 11am Monday-Friday or chairperson at 918-742-0177. 7600 Long Dr. Craft Show - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 8am-Noon. 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. Craft Fair - Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon, Gates open, in Friendship Hall. Biscuits and gravy breakfast available for purchase in Rec Hall from 7:00 - 10:00 am. 1900 Grace Ave. Breakfast - Alamo Paradise Acres, 8-9:30am, Last breakfast of the season. Serving pancakes, omelets, french toast, bacon, and sausage. Park Sale - Monte Cristo RV Community Park, Edinburg, 8am-2pm, Clubhouse. 3730 Dante Drive. Free admission. Individual park owners may display items for sale. Rummage Sale - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 8am-Noon. Yahoo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 10am. Car Show - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 10am-1pm, Open to everyone. Just off Stewart Rd. Gilbert 320-221-1596. 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. BS Bar Open - Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club, Mercedes, 4-9pm, Serving beer, wine, soft drinks. Bingo - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 6:309:30pm, 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/Entertainment - Lemon Tree Estates, Mission, 6:30-9:30pm, $8pp. Door prizes every 30 minutes. BYOB. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $8pp. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Retro Rockers, $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 information call 956-423-3137. Dance - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 7-10pm, The Castaways, $8pp. Jo Herndon, 816-863-5639. Dance - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 7pm, Curt James, $8pp. Sock Hop - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, The Fabulous Cruisers, $12pp. 262-751-4978 for tickets. Sunday, March 19 Park Wide Sale - Mission Bell Resort, Mission, 8am-Noon. Worship Service - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 8:15am, Non-denominational. PARKS From pg. 9 See PARKS pg. 23 For more information, photos and tour schedules visit Wintertainers TM at tainers Winter TM

11 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 15, 2023 NOWAVAILABLE ONLINE Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Published By: Park a Directory RIO GRANDE VALLEY L MOBILE HOME & RV I O 2022-2023 EDITION Winter Texan TIMES Serving Winter Texans FromMission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Published By: 2022-2023 Edition 2022 Rio Grande Valley Visitors Guide 2022 Park Directory Uncovering a Hidden Gem Our readers already know what over 100,000 Winter visitors already know – that the Valley is a great place to be. We invite you to find out for yourself and come visit the great Rio Grande Valley. I had a Winter Texan tell me recently that he attributes his activity level and longevity to the fact that he spends the winter months in the Valley. He believes the extra Vitamin D, and activities he attends, in the Valley helps boost his health compared to those that stay in the north during the winter months – spending time in snow and ice, and inside their homes for much of the winter. The sun isn’t the only thing that keeps our Winter Texans coming back, or encourages newcomers to visit the area. In this Take Home Edition, like we do every year, we highlight the specialness of the Valley. Why do so many people call the Valley a hidden gem? Winter Texans talk about the weather, the activities they can do, and the places they can go. We often hear that they can’t get enough golf in or enough of the culture. The culture, they say, is one of the big things that keeps them coming back. The Valley’s friendliness and charm keep Winter Texans coming back year after year. Not to mention the affordability and the appreciativeWhy do they choose the Rio Grande Valley? Just like some people say art speaks to them, the same can be said for how the Valley is to our winter visitors. Once you get here, you always make plans to come again – and usually for a longer period of time. Some Winter Texans are here for three months, some for six months, or even longer. And there are a lot of them that choose to make the Valley their permanent home once they decide its time to settle down in one spot. There are many reasons Winter Texans love to call the Rio Grande Valley their winter home. But the reasons that top the list are the climate, the friendly people, the activities, entertainment, and the low cost of living. It’s the Warm Weather Being cooped up indoors for four to six months of the year because icicles are hanging from the rooftop, which is covered with a foot of snow, is not the way many people want to live. When the main activity for the day is shoveling snow, it can be downright depressing. Welcome to the Rio Grande Valley, where the average high between December and February runs from 70 to 74 degrees and the average lows during those months are between 49 and 54 degrees, much higher than the highs for the season in most of the Winter Texans’ northern homes. Winter Texans enjoy coming to the Valley to get away from the cold weather. Many seem to take pleasure in calling family and friends back home when they know the weather is bad to tell them it’s a sunny 70 degrees today in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Because of the climate, Winter Texans that enjoy golf don’t have to miss a day golfing with their friends. The climate is important for other reasons as well. A Winter Texan a few years ago said he had a heart and vascular disease and in the Valley, the weather is good enough that he can walk almost every day. The land is also flat enough, he mentioned, that he does not have to climb while he Palm trees and warm weather in the Rio Grande Valley. Courtesy Photo See WHY pg. 16 See GEM pg. 17


13 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 15, 2023 Great social life and activities during the season Winter Texans are known for having fun. The Valley provides tons of it too. Peruse through the Parks Calendar in any January or February edition of the Winter Texan Times – see it online at By the end of March, the season is coming to a close and the park activities have tapered down – but there is still plenty to do. The list is seemingly never-ending. What’s more impressive is that there are more and more activities and social events being added on a regular basis as activity directors and park managers realize that the hobbies of Winter Texans are different than those of yesterday, so they look to accommodate all – and they’ve done a great job at it. Some of the activities gaining popularity include pickleball, remote-control race car competitions (even some big competitions among parks), the Canadian game pétanque, and cycling. There are still large groups of shuffleboard players – even an association that has weekly games and tournaments – as well as the ageless favorites like cards, bingo, quilt making, woodcarving, aerobics, yoga, and so much more. Golf, of course, is huge with long-standing tournaments played at several courses throughout the Valley. It’s the perfect sport that can be played year-round, especially when the weather is in the 70s. There’s also an annual popular event known as the Golden Age Olympics which offers dozens of active and not so active events that seniors – Winter Texans and locals – can compete in. There’s a smorgasbord of craft shows and craft fairs where people can find all sorts of knick-knacks, souvenirs, and uniquely inexpensive items for themselves or as gifts. Adding to the social aspect of the Winter Texan lifestyle is the park community of friends and neighbors who participate in many activities together. Many parks have ladies groups, supper nights, Red Hatters, luncheons, and other small gatherings where lifetime friendships can be made. None of that even includes the entertainment. Live Entertainment Providing that live entertainment are many excellent performers who come to the Valley during their “off season” in Branson, Nashville, Las Vegas, and other parts of the country to perform their shows in the RV resorts and other local venues. The cost is typically in the $7 to $10 range while the same show in Florida or Arizona will cost $10-$15 and in Branson the cost could be $30-$50 or more for the same show. When you go to 30 or more shows or dances per season, those savings add up. Also, if you are really lucky, you can catch a show with more than one entertainer performing. The Wintertainers™ as we have dubbed them, have developed such camaraderie among themselves, that they enjoy performing together quite often. So, you might find a show where three or more are performing together, still at that great price too. Dancing the Night Away Of course, Winter Texans aren’t kids anymore – but they can certainly handle their own when it comes to dancing. Whether it’s line dancing, square dancing, waltzes, cha-chas, or anything else, these visitors know how to make a dance floor come alive. The events in the Parks Calendar are activities that are open to the outof-park guests, so your buffet of things to do is limitless. And then none of that includes any of the activities that are going on outside the parks. South Texas is known for birding and butterflying and South Padre Island and world-class fishing and professional basketball and …. Just so much more. Oh, the places you have to go While the parks and resorts Winter Texans stay in have plenty of activities to keep them busy during their stay in the Valley, the Rio Grande Valley also has a lot to offer to our winter visitors. If you are into nature, there are several nature centers to visit. Locations are throughout the Valley, so wherever you are, it’s not going to be a long drive. Weslaco and McAllen are just a couple of the cities that have nature centers. There are also a couple of wildlife refuges to visit as well. If you like birding the Rio Grande Valley has the World Birding Centers. The parks span from Roma to South Padre Island. The World Birding Centers consist of nine parks, including its hub, that offer different environments found in the Valley. You have your beach, swamp-like environments down at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, wetlands at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, to the thorn forest at Estero Llano Grande, the woodlands of Resaca de la Palma, or the tropical landscape of Quinta Mazatlán. At these parks you will not only have the chance to see some of the more than 500 species of birds that call the Valley home (even if for a short time), but some of them have an abundance of history such as the Hidalgo Pumphouse and Quinta Mazatlán. The entire list of World Birding Centers, and what they are all about, can be found in our Visitors Guide online or at their website at The Valley is also home to a worldclass zoo. The Gladys Porter Zoo, located in Brownsville, is one of the nation’s top zoos. They have memberships, Winter Texan Days, and other discount days to encourage visitors to visit the zoo. You won’t be disappointed on any visit you decide to make. They have special events throughout the year as well. If you are into the history, the Valley is rich in it. You can find out about the wars that have been fought in the Valley when you visit Fort Brown or Palo Alto Battlefield. The museums in the area also highlight how the Valley was developed from a dusty subtropical region to what it is today. In Mission, you will find the Mission Historical Museum that shows the history of the citrus industry and what it represents to the Valley’s economy. Also in Mission, you will find the La Lomita Mission where missionaries first visited the area to preach to the locals. The Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg also shows in great detail how the Valley came to life. Besides museums, birding and nature centers, the Valley is full of other places to see. You can find SpaceX or river tours, join a boat ride to see dolphins, fish at the pier in Port Isabel, and so much more. You can find a lot more to do and see in our Rio Grande Valley Visitors Guide that is available online at www. You can also find it at Travel Information Centers (there is one in Harlingen) and chambers near you. Common Pauraque at Estero Llano Grande. Courtesy Photo Festus & Bob Courtney. Photo by Greg Uhrbrock