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Dorsey in Lake Corpus Christi
Camping Life

Is Buying an RV Worth the Hype?

Posted  June 3, 2020  by  Tapia - Gonzales

Several articles are lauding the camping travel experience as the ideal way to practice social distancing while enjoying a wonderful vacation in the great outdoors. Recreational Vehicle rentals have increased 1,000% and sales are expected to rise. Ahead of the Memorial Day holiday and National RV Day held on June 7th, the RV rental site […]

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Mayors Mendez and Lopez
La Vida Valle

Brownsville and Matamoros Mayors Meet Before the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted  May 29, 2020  by  Tapia - Gonzales

NOTE FROM 5/30/2020 – It was inspiring to see the friendly and professional relationship between these two elected officials and the respect they have for each other. I know they will work together to combat the COVID-19 crisis on both sides of the border and wish them well sending positive energy their way.  This past […]

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Civil War Brownsville
The Arts

Central Brownsville Now a National Historic District

Posted  May 29, 2020  by  Tapia - Gonzales

It was long overdue, for Brownsville’s downtown is one of the most historic sites in Texas. The downtown has an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century architectural jewels. This newly designated historic district encompasses 76.5 acres – about 30 blocks – where 349 historically significant buildings are found. Of the 349, 240 are contributing […]

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Winner of the Conjunto 17 and Under Prize at the 2019 Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Competition.
Music

Conjunto Music Legacy

Posted  May 29, 2020  by  Tapia - Gonzales

What is Conjunto music? It is nothing like Norteño or Tejano music and has deep roots among the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Conjunto means ensemble. The music has been a witness to the joys and sorrows of the Valley’s Mexican working-class community since the 1930s. It is the music heard at quinceañeras, weddings, […]

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The Rio Grande River as seen from the Progreso bridge. The border wall can be seen in the distance.
La Vida Valle

Nuevo Progreso; Our Mexican Valley Town

Posted  December 4, 2019  by  Tapia - Gonzales

A day trip to Nuevo Progreso Mexico never gets old. Just a short walk across the Progreso bridge south of Weslaco disconnects me from routine. My husband and I prefer to visit during the week to avoid the crowds, but with December come “Winter Texans” (retirees seeking out warm weather during the winter months) and […]

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