Kristi Collier – In April things slow down a bit, with most parks reverting back to a more relaxed retirement lifestyle that our Converted Texans know and love. Most people assume that once the last Winter Texan heads north, that our office closes up until October rolls around. For us at Welcome Home, RGV – it may slow down, but we never stop working. As we say goodbye to our Winter Texan friends, we roll out the (orange) carpet for our Converted Texans and prepare for the season ahead. For those of you who have decided to call the Rio Grande Valley your permanent home, join us next Tuesday, April 9th at our Converted Texan Corral, where we celebrate the off-season. The event will be held at Palmer Pavilion in McAllen (on Hackberry between McColl & 2nd Street/Colonel Rowe) from 10 am – 12 pm. Vendors will be there with lots of goodies as we celebrate and recognize our Converted Texans. We’ll have entertainment by Cactus Willie, door prizes, food, and fun – with Converted Texan t-shirts for the first 200 people through the door who flash their Texas ID. We’ll ask you to raise your right hand and renounce all things non-Texan and give certificates to hereby recognize you as Converted Texans. There is no cost to attend, and we recommend you car-pool and bring your lawn chairs just in case (last time we had an amazing turnout and fun was had by all!). We’d like to give special thanks to our event sponsors: Dr. Jason Phillips, Phillips Gastroenterology and Heritage Village.
Celebrate the wonders of Planet Earth during the fourth annual VIDA VERDE Earth Day Festival at Quinta Mazatlan! Vida Verde is a family-friendly event aimed to celebrate the Earth by educating, engaging, encouraging, and empowering the Community to lead a more sustainable existence. Live birds of prey and reptile shows. 9 AM – 4 PM
Quinta Mazatlan – McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center
600 Sunset Drive
McAllen, TX USA 78503
This video is from 2011
March 23 and 24, 2013 at the Weslaco City Park - Lots of entertainment and new things to see this year! On Saturday, the festivities will kick off with live music on two stages and the lively “Onion Eating Contests”. The fun will last all day with music performances on the Main Stage, a Kids Zone, two performances by the Dancing Horses, Arts & Crafts, cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Center, and so much more. Viva La Onion! Follow this link
Watch the video below
The “Weather Festival” will be this Saturday March 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM at 20 S. Vermillion Rd. in Brownsville. We will open our doors to the community to learn more about how we collect and analyze data to predict weather for residents and visitors to the Rio Grande Valley, and how we prepare our region for weather hazards such as hurricanes, hailstorms, tornadoes, floods, and drought. Meet and talk with some of our forecasters and other partners who team with us to help keep you safe, including the American Red Cross, City of Brownsville, and more. Activities will include tours, games for the kids, and door prizes. Admission is free; food will be sold on-site. If you’d like more information, call Maria Torres at 956-504-1432 extension 1. Below is a webpage link to the main event:
SENIOR CITIZENS’ DAY (60 & OVER) – GATE ADMISSION $5 BETWEEN 8:00 AM AND 4:00 PM – Wednesday March 13, 2013 – Click here for schedule
The Mission Winter Texan Fiesta will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at Leo Peña Park in downtown Mission. Free meal tickets will be provided for the first 3000 people to pick up a voucher for the meal from the Mission Chamber of Commerce starting Monday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. – Read on
Here’s some video from 2010:
Friday, February 22, Welcome Home RGV is hosting their 3rd annual Happy Hour at the Mercedes Livestock Showgrounds. With entertainment provided by Jeff Gordon, John Sager and Leslie Blasing, how can you go wrong? Bring your lawnchairs and enjoy an afternoon of mixing and mingling and first class entertainment. We’ll have beer, wine and setups available at happy hour prices. We’ll pass the hat so grab your buddies and come see us from 1-4 pm. Feel free to stick around and wander the showgrounds as BBQ teams from across Texas will be checking in for the 10th annual Smokin’ on the Rio BBQ Cookoff which will be held at the Showgrounds on Saturday, February 23.
To print a flyer, follow this link or click the image to the left.
Sharleen Bean – Winter Texan
This is my first mosaic. Five years ago I took a stained glass class in the RV park we stay in during the winter. When we had our yearly yard sale I bought a glass topped patio table to do a glass project on. I had a pattern in my head. So this year I made use of my glass scraps and made this table. I love fairies and wanted to do a night scene. This is the result. My husband installed a solar powered light under the table so it lights up at dark.
Valley residents and visitors alike should mark their calendars for Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day, to be held at the Museum of South Texas History, Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This is our most popular event at the museum,” notes organizer Melissa Tijerina.
“Visitors will be able to tour the museum’s outstanding exhibits and enjoy a full day’s worth of activities. Artisans will demonstrate numerous crafts traditional to South Texas and northeastern Mexico, ranging from horsehair braiding and wood carving to quilting, spinning, weaving or butter churning. Visitors to the event should plan to stay for lunch, too, as vendors will be selling freshly-made food, including such specialties as pan de campo, or camp break cooked outdoors over hot coals, and aguas frescas, or fresh fruit drinks.”
As always, this year’s event will appeal to all ages, with craft demonstrations, musical and dance performances, as well as special activities for children. “Although we have a full slate of activities, we are always looking to feature other crafts that are unique and historic to the region,” suggested Tijerina, who asked that interested artisans contact her at the museum. She added that the event features artisans from both the United States and Mexico.
Admission to the event is included in the regular museum admission fee: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors over 62 or active military with ID; $5 for students 12 and over with ID; $4 for children 4 to 10 years; and free admission for children 3 years and under. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.
Here’s a video from Channel 4 from last year interviewing Martha Elena Peña with the Museum of South Texas History:
Visit 492 BBQ for a true Texas Barbecue experience. This is a favorite Winter Texan destination in Mission, Texas. About 2 miles north of Expressway 83 on Goodwin Rd (Hwy. 492) look for the large, 2-story converted house with brown siding. Now enjoy Fajita, Brisket, Chicken, Pulled Pork and more with your favorite sides! Wash it all down with home made Cherry Lemonade…made in the shade! Watch the video below.