Civil War Brownsville

Central Brownsville Now a National Historic District

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 enco...
by Tapia - Gonzales
 

 
 
Set of Aida

New York’s Opera in the Valley

Yes, I know, I’ve heard it a million times; you don’t like opera. I often wonder how many have actually experienced the opera? The opera in a world-renowned stage like  New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Hou...
by Tapia - Gonzales
 

 
 
House of Mo-Rose

Like no Other Packing Plant in the World

Ultra-Modern Gift Fruit Packing Plant Opening, read a headline in the San Benito News on January 1st, 1962. J. L. Brett, Valley cotton broker turned citrus marketer, announces opening of ultra-modern gift fruit packaging plant ...
by Tapia - Gonzales
 

 

 
Tex-Mex Food

It’s not Mexican Food. It’s Tex-Mex

For some complicated reason, I find myself attempting to describe the difference between authentic Mexican food and what is served here in the Rio Grande Valley at local establishments as Mexican food. Because I am not a food c...
by Tapia - Gonzales
 

 
 
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Harlingen’s New Art Night

Friday January 31st  2014, marked a new beginning for downtown Harlingen.  A small group of local artists and art enthusiasts decided it was time to showcase Harlingen for what it is: an artsy, hip community with abundant tal...
by Tapia - Gonzales