•    Agenda April 15, 2014 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Marcello’s Italian Restaurant
    110 N. Tarnava Street
    Port Isabel, Texas                                

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 103rd monthly Partner Event

    9:00 – 9:15 am – Meet at Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC for refreshments – Brownsville Shrimp Basin

    9:15 – 9:30 amPresentation by the Texas Shrimp Association Executive Director Andrea Hance – a nonprofit association with a mission to promote the importance of protecting and growing wild caught Texas Gulf Shrimp.  Texas Gulf Shrimping is a way of life for many families and is a vital part of our Texas heritage.

    9:30 – 10:30 amShrimp Boil & Tour.  Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC, showcases the Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp as we learn about the Gulf Shrimp industry.

    10:30 – 11:00 am – Travel to Port Isabel – As you drive Highway 48 to Port Isabel, you will drive parallel to the Brownsville Ship Channel (to the right) and see the Bahia Grande on the left.  The Bahia Grande is the largest wetlands restoration project in the world.  When Highway 48 was constructed, it was called Airline Highway as it connected Port Isabel to the Brownsville airport.

    11:00 – 11:35 amTour Sea Life Center – Captain Scarlet Colley will host the tour

    11:45 am – 12 noon – Travel to Marcello’s Italian Restaurant, 110 N. Tarnava St on the Lighthouse Square

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch will be a buffet and will feature Beef Lasagna, Shrimp Carbonara (yes, they are Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp), Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Fruit, Tiramisu, Bread & Ice Tea, Water or Soda.  Cost per person:  $15 per person including tax & gratuity

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 – 1:30 pmEducational Program by Greg/Chris Londrie, Texas Gulf Trawler, LLC – “The Transition from the Shrimping Industry to Shrimping & Tourism” – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant

    1:30 – 2:00 pmEducational Program by Edward Meza, Port Isabel City Manager – “Port Isabel and the Texas Tropical Trail Region – a partnership”

    2:00 pmOptional – Tickets will be provided to attendees to the Port Isabel Lighthouse, Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum located within a block of Marcello’s Italian Restaurant.  You may tour the museums or return at a later date.  Tickets will not expire.

    2:00 – 4:00 pm – Tropical Trail Region monthly business meeting – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant – (optional) – All are welcome to attend

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- March 18 Refugio Meeting

    Review and Approve March 2014 Financial Reports

    Posting for a new Executive Director

    THTP Statewide Meeting

    National Tourism Week Luncheon – May 8 – Corpus Christi, sponsored by Corpus Christi CVB – Purchase a Table

    THTP Single Brochure

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill

    Actively participate in the LLC with other Heritage Trails – Rick Stryker/Bart Wales

    Advocate for Legislative and Corporate Support of the Texas Heritage Trails Program – Bart Wales

    Manage and acknowledge the financial and in-kind resources – Wanda Greenhill

    Plan Diverse and Dynamic Monthly Meetings – Nancy Deviney (Develop National / Cross Trail projects relating to the Nationally Designated El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Chisholm / Western Cattle Trails)

    104th Partner Event – May 20 – Kingsville

    105th Partner Event – June 17

    106th Partner Event – July 15

    107th Partner Event – August 19

    108th Partner Event – September 16

    109th Partner Event – October 21 – Laredo (tentative)

    Provide Logistical Assistance for Workshops Developed and Presented by THC and Other Agencies as Appropriate.  THC/TAM Interpretive Writing Workshop scheduled in Mission – June 20

    Offer a Regional Scholarship Program. Assist Partners with Funding for Furthering their Education in Various Heritage and Cultural Tourism Education Fields.

    Update on CTA Scholarships -

    Promotions/Marketing – Valerie Bates

    April 10 – meet with Corpus Christi CVB CEO & staff – Bart Wales, Rick Stryker, Valerie Bates and Nancy Deviney plus Ann Neese, ED of Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council

    April 16 & 17 TTIA Texas Travel Fair/Travel Counselors Conference (South Padre Island) – Valerie and Wanda

    April 24-28 Texas Time Travel Sweepstakes trip – destinations chosen by winner – Kingsville/King Ranch, Harlingen, Brownsville and Rio GrandeCity (also possibly Roma)

    Social Media and Website Development -

    Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials –

    Collaborate with CVBs and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as hotels, visitor centers, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations –

    Solicit potential vendors is our region for the LLC Travel & Trade Show -

    Other Business:

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Port Isabel 4/15   

    On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 103rd monthly Partner Event in Port Isabel and CameronCounty, and we invite you to join us.

    If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, April 11.  Lunch will be $15 per person; please plan to pay for your lunch at the restaurant.

    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 

    Port Isabel Shrimp Industry

    In the 1950s, Port Isabel proudly flew the banner of “Shrimp Capital of the World”.  During the peak season, boats from as far away as Houston and Louisiana would join in with the Port Isabel fleets, numbering over 150.  Support businesses employed locals in building and repair of boats and nets and engines with an estimated 1200 to 1400 jobs.

    1940s view of a shrimp catch in Port Isabel!

    1940s view of a shrimp catch in Port Isabel!

    Shrimp was processed in houses along the South Shore Road area in Port Isabel where it was packed and shipped all over the world. Port Isabel’s close proximity to the Gulf meant that vessels had quick access to the Gulf waters and abundant shrimp.  By 1958, Port Isabel had 10 processing plants and 173 shrimp boats operating from local docks.

    A 1968 article, titled, “They Farm the Sea”, boasts that Port Isabel had the largest tonnage of shrimp in the United States with an annual harvest of 20 million pounds!  In 1967, the industry was valued at over $100 million, exceeding tuna and salmon.  Restaurants proclaimed, “The shrimp you eat here slept in the Gulf of Mexico last night”.

    This month’s Partner Event in Port Isabel pays homage to Port Isabel’s roots in the Shrimping Industry and with the tour of the SeaLifeCenter also features local marine life, its preservation and role in tourism.

    Plans

    Shrimp boat on the way to the Brownsville Shrimp Basin.

    Shrimp boat on the way to the Brownsville Shrimp Basin.

    We will begin our day at 9 am with refreshments at the Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC (behind Zimco Marine) at 1430 Everglades Road in the BrownsvilleShrimpBasin located on Highway 48.

    While at the ShrimpBasin, we will enjoy a presentation by the Executive Director of the Texas Shrimp Association and then a Shrimp Boil and Tour of a working shrimp boat (and the boat will be docked the entire time). Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC showcases the Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp known as Texas Gold.  We will learn about the Gulf shrimp industry from a family who has been in the business since 1950.

    We’ll see the operation and how the industry works and learn the difference between Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp and imported farm raised shrimp as we visit one of the largest shrimp operations on the Gulf.

    A portion of the tour will be conducted on an actual working shrimp boat dockside.  There will be an opportunity to purchase Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp (fresh frozen), so bring your ice chests. Ice will also be available for purchase; please leave your ice chests in your vehicle until needed.

    Next, we’ll travel to the SeaLifeCenter in Port Isabel located at 110 N. Garcia Street on the Lighthouse Square. Touch tanks and aquariums and exhibits highlight the abundant marine life found in the LagunaMadreBay just off the shoreline of Port Isabel and South Padre Island.  We will enjoy a guided tour and learn the unique history of the local dolphin tribe.

    Lunch

    We will enjoy lunch at Marcello’s Italian Restaurant across the street from the Lighthouse as well as our educational programs and business meeting.

    Lunch will be a buffet and will feature Beef Lasagna, Shrimp Carbonara (yes, they are Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp), Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Fruit, Tiramisu, Bread & Ice Tea, Water or Soda.  Cost per person:  $15 per person including tax & gratuity.

    Our hosts for this day are City of Port Isabel, Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC, Texas Shrimp Association, Sea Life Center and the Museums of Port Isabel.

    Schedule

    9:00 – 9:15 am – Meet at Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC for refreshments

    9:15 – 9:30 am – Presentation by the Texas Shrimp Association Executive Director Andrea Hance – a nonprofit association with a mission to promote the importance of protecting and growing wild caught Texas Gulf Shrimp.  Texas Gulf Shrimping is a way of life for many families and is a vital part of our Texas heritage.

    9:30 – 10:30 am – Shrimp Boil & Tour.  Texas Gulf Trawling, LLC, showcases the Domestic Wild Caught Shrimp as we learn about the Gulf Shrimp industry.

    10:30 – 11:00 am – Travel to Port Isabel – As you drive Highway 48 to Port Isabel, you will drive parallel to the Brownsville Ship Channel (to the right) and see the Bahia Grande on the left.  The Bahia Grande is the largest wetlands restoration project in the world.  When Highway 48 was constructed, it was called Airline Highway as it connected Port Isabel to the Brownsville airport.

    11:00 – 11:35 am – TourSeaLifeCenter – Captain Scarlet Colley will host the tour

    11:45 am – 12 noon – Travel to Marcello’s Italian Restaurant, 110 N. Tarnava St on the Lighthouse Square

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch will be a buffet and will feature Beef Lasagna, Shrimp Carbonara (yes, they are Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp), Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Fruit, Tiramisu, Bread & Ice Tea, Water or Soda.  Cost per person:  $15 per person including tax & gratuity

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 – 1:30 pm – Educational Program by Greg/Chris Londrie, Texas Gulf Trawler, LLC – “The Transition from the Shrimping Industry to Shrimping & Tourism” – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant

    1:30 – 2:00 pmEducational Program by Edward Meza, Port Isabel City Manager – “Port Isabel and the Texas Tropical Trail Region – A Partnership.”

    2:00 pm – Optional – Tickets will be provided to attendees to the Port Isabel Lighthouse, Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum located within a block of Marcello’s Italian Restaurant.  You may tour the museums or return at a later date.  Tickets will not expire.

    2:00 – 4:00 pm – Tropical Trail Region monthly business meeting – Marcello’s Italian Restaurant – (optional) – All are welcome to attend

    RSVP

    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, April 11.

    Please wear comfortable, walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen as necessary.

    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $15 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.

    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required. Directions to the tour sites will be sent to you once you RSVP.

    Thank you.

    Nancy

    Nancy Deviney
    Board Member, Texas Tropical Trail Region

  •    OAKVILLE featured in Welcome Home RGV’s “Finding Your Way Home”   

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    THANKS WELCOME HOME RGV! https://www.facebook.com/whrgv
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  •    REFUGIO featured in Welcome Home RGV’s “Finding Your Way Home”   

    2014-03-14_1338THANKS WELCOME HOME RGV! https://www.facebook.com/whrgv 
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  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Refugio 3/18   

    On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 102nd monthly Partner Event in Refugio County, and we invite you to join us.
    If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, March 14.  Lunch will be $10 per person (CASH only); please plan to pay for your lunch once you arrive.
     
    Plans
     
    We will begin our day with refreshments at the Refugio County Museum (102 W. West St just past the corner of Hwy 77 and West St) at 9 am.  We will have complimentary transportation (vans or a charter bus) available at 9:30 am to take us to two historical ranches in Refugio County and to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
    Our first stop will be the O’Connor Ranch on the San Antonio River where we will take a guided tour of the St. Dennis Chapel.  Thomas O’Connor emigrated from Ireland in 1834 with the Power-Hewetson Colony that settled in Refugio County.
    Next, we will stop at the Fagan Ranch where we will enjoy a guided tour of the Fagan Plantation and have an opportunity to visit the Peter Fagan Mausoleum & Cemetery next door to the Plantation.  The Mausoleum is built of while carrara marble.
     
    Lunch
    We will enjoy a chuckwagon lunch ($10 per person) at the Fred Fagan Ranch before heading to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell where we will, hopefully, catch a glimpse of an endangered whooping crane.
    Our hosts for this day in Refugio County are the Refugio County Museum. the Refugio County Chamber of Commerce, the Refugio County Community Development Foundation, the O’Connor family, the Fagan family and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
     
    Schedule
    9:00 am – Meet at Refugio County Museum (102 W. West Street in Refugio) for refreshments
    9:30 am – Transportation departs Refugio County Museum
    10 – 10:30 am – Guided tour of St. Dennis Chapel on the O’Connor Ranch
    10:45 – 11:30 am – Guided tour of Fagan Plantation and Peter Fagan Mausoleum on the Fagan Ranch
    11:45 am – Chuckwagon lunch at the Fred Fagan Ranch house ($10 per person) including introductions & community updates
    12:30 pm – Educational Program by Seneca McAdams, Executive Director of the Texas Independence Trail Region – “Highlights & Attractions of the Texas Independence Trail Region”
    12:45 pmEducational Program and historical re-enactment by a member of the Fagan family
    1 – 2:00 pm – Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell – Visitor Center
    2:00 pm – Bus departs for return to Refugio
    2:30 pm – Arrive Refugio
    2:45 – 4:00 pm – Tropical Trail Region monthly business meeting – Refugio County Community Development Foundation board room – (optional) – All are welcome to attend
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 14.
    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $10 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.
    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
    Thank you.
    Nancy
    Nancy Deviney
    Board Member, Texas Tropical Trail Region
  •    Agenda February 18, 2014 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    Texas Travel Information Center
    2021 W. Harrison Avenue
    Harlingen, TX  78552

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 101st  Partner Event & Business Meeting

    Please RSVP to Tamie Bulow at the Texas Tropical Trail office, 361-592-4603 or texastropicaltrail@yahoo.com , by February 14th.

    9:00 – 9:30 AM – Welcome and refreshments – Texas Travel Information Center, 2021 W. Harrison Avenue, Harlingen.  Ample parking and clean restrooms available.  Refreshments provided by Harlingen Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    9:30 – 10:15 AM – Welcome by Joey Sermino, Supervisor, Valley Travel Information Center, Cheryl LaBerge, Downtown Harlingen Manager, and Eduardo Figueroa, Executive Director, Harlingen CVB.  Watch the video on the “History of Harlingen”.

    10:15 – 11:15 AM – Travel to Hugh Ramsey Nature Park/World Birding Center, 1001 S. Loop 499, Harlingen for short nature walk with Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society leader Norma Friedrich.

    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM – Travel to Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood, Harlingen for the Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Exhibit in the museum.

    12:15 – 1:30 PM – Travel across the street for Mardi Gras luncheon at the Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts School, 1902 N. Loop 499, Harlingen.  Carpooling advised, as parking limited on campus.  Lunch is $15 all inclusive (cash or check) per person.  While we are being served, Department Chair Carl Eads will talk about the Culinary School (Educational Program).  Attendee introductions and community updates during this time.

    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Educational Program: “What Birding Means to the Rio Grande Valley” by Norma Friedrich of the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society.

    2:05 PM – 4:00 PM – Texas Tropical Trail Region Board of Directors meeting (open to Partners) – same building, room to be assigned. 


    Business Meeting Agenda

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- December, Hidalgo Meeting

    Review and Approve December 2013 and January 2014 Financial Reports

    Executive Directors Report- Tamie Bulow

    Map Project- Valerie Bates

    Final Report on Partner Event #100-January 21, 2014 – Nancy Deviney

     Up Date: Statewide Meeting: Austin Area, Dec. 4-5, LLC Dec. 5

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill

    Actively participate in the LLC with other Heritage Trails – Rick Stryker/Bart Wales

    Advocate for Legislative and Corporate Support of the Texas Heritage Trails Program – Bart Wales

    Manage and acknowledge the financial and in-kind resources –

    Partner to implement traveling exhibit(s) program –

    Plan Diverse and ynamic Monthly Meetings – Nancy Deviney
    (Develop National / Cross Trail projects relating to the Nationally Designated El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Chisholm / Western Cattle Trails)

    101st Partner Event – February 18 2014 – Harlingen

    102nd Partner Event – March 18, 2014 – RefugioCounty

    103 Partner Event-

    Provide Logistical Assistance for Workshops Developed and Presented by THC and Other Agencies as Appropriate.

    Offer a Regional Scholarship Program. Assist Partners with Funding for Furthering their Education in Various Heritage and Cultural Tourism Education Fields.

    Update on CTA Scholarships – Marlett Bahn and Tamie Bulow.

    Promotions/Marketing – Valerie Bates

    Follow the TTTR Marketing Plan –

    Social Media and Website Development -

    Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials –

    Collaborate with CVBs and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as hotels, visitor centers, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations –

    Solicit potential vendors is our region for the LLC Travel & Trade Show -

    Other Business:

    Executive Session to discuss personnel- Bart Wales

    Executive Session according to Local Government Code Section 551.074, Personnel; To deliberate;   Employment, Evaluation, Duties, Discipline or Dismissal of an employee.

    Any Action from Executive Session

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Harlingen 2/18   

    ***Join us for our February Partner Event in Harlingen, 2/18/2014***

    In 1904, founding father Lon C. Hill envisioned the Arroyo Colorado as a commercial waterway. He named the town he founded on the north bank after the Dutch town of Harlingen, in the Netherlands.  That same year, the town’s post office was established; the first school opened with fifteen pupils the following year near the Hill home, the first residence built in Harlingen.  As serene as its beginning sounds, the town also had the nickname of Six Shooter Junction.

    Join us in touching some history of this unique town, taking a stroll near the banks of the Arroyo Colorado, a visit to the city’s museum for photos of old Harlingen and Lon C. Hill’s homestead (plus a fantastic national quilt exhibit), and a preview of Mardi Gras with cuisine from the TSTC Culinary Arts School.

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA9:00 – 9:30 AM - Discover the Valley Travel Information Center, 2021 W. Harrison Avenue, Harlingen, with all their brochures and literature from across the state, as we gather in this beautiful Welcome Center.  Ample parking and clean restrooms available.

    9:30 AM – Welcome by Joey Sermino, Supervisor, Valley Travel Information Center.  Watch the video on the “History of Harlingen”.  Optional short stroll of the newly planted bird-and-butterfly-friendly gardens.

    00210:15 – 11:15 AM – Travel to Hugh Ramsey Nature Park/World Birding Center, 1001 S. Loop 499, Harlingen; short nature walk through the Texas Ebony woodland with Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society leader Norma Friedrich for some natural history.

    00711:15 AM - 12:15 PM – Travel to Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood, Harlingen; enjoy the national Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Exhibit in the museum, and historic buildings on the museum property, including Lon C. Hill’s original home.

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    12:15 – 1:30 PM – Travel across the street for luncheon at the Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts School, prepared by budding chefs and under the direction of Executive Chef, Patrick Bauer.  The luncheon will have a Mardi Gras theme, and will be $15 all inclusive (cash or check) per person.  While we are being served, Department Chair Carl Eads will talk about the Culinary School.

    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Norma Friedrich of the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society will make a presentation, “What Birding Means to the Rio Grande Valley”, following the luncheon.

    2:10 PM – 4:00 PM – Texas Tropical Trail Region Board of Directors meeting (open to Partners) – same building, different room.

    Please RSVP to Tamie Bulow at the Texas Tropical Trail office, 361-592-4603 or texastropicaltrail@yahoo.com , by February 12th.

     

  •    Last Call for the 100th Adventure on the Tropical Trail! 1/21   

    A Time Travel Adventure in the South Texas Brush Country
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    Mission Sin Caja, an 18th century Spanish adventure!

    Deep in the brush country between San Antonio and Corpus Christi are two living history sites, one representing an 18th century Spanish mission and the other an Old West town similar to Lonesome Dove village made famous in Larry McMurtry’s novel of the same name.

    Both sites have been permanently recreated, with meticulous attention to detail, by the landowners with the intention of making these unique venues available for family reunions, weddings, special events, corporate retreats and as lodging for hunters.  One is Mission Sin Caja in Live Oak County and the other is LonesomeDoveVillage in McMullen County.

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    Lonesome Dove Village will bring the old west alive!

    On January 21, the Texas Tropical Trail Region heritage tourism program will offer a real time travel experience event, complete with historical re-enactors, at these sites to celebrate the program’s 100th monthly history & culture event, and the public is invited.

    Real stories will come alive at the mission just west of Three Rivers and at LonesomeDoveVillage just north of Tilden.  At Mission Sin Caja, you will be able to “meet” the late J. Frank Dobie plus some of the characters from his 1930 book, “Coronado’s Children”, including the builder of the 18th century Fort/Mission Ramirez, Don Jose Antonio Ramirez.

    Later in the day at Lonesome Dove Village, you will also “meet” some of the folks buried at Boot Hill Cemetery in Dogtown (present-day Tilden).

    Two charter buses will transport the time travelers to these living history events; also included will be refreshments and a hot lunch.  Cost per person will be only $20 for lunch and includes special commemorative keepsakes. Bus transportation is free, and all attendees must ride the buses.

    One bus will leave the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum in Harlingen at 6:00 am and return to the Museum at 7:00 pm.  The second bus will leave Three Rivers at 9:00 am and return at 4:00 pm.

    Payments and reservations must be received by Friday, January 3.  Make your $20 check payable to Texas Tropical Trail and mail to 295 Lakeshore Drive, SandiaTX78363.

    Contact Nancy Deviney, Event Chair, at 361 547-8033 or nancydeviney@yahoo.com for more information.

  •    Agenda December 17, 2013 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    State Farm Arena
    2600 N. 10th Street
    Hidalgo, Texas

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 99th monthly Partner Event

    10:00 – 10:30 am – Welcome and Refreshments – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th Street/Hwy 336, Hidalgo

    10:30 – 11:00 am – Overview of Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, including history and a brief video – Kay Wolf, Hidalgo City Manager – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    11:00 – 12 noon – Behind-the-scenes trolley tour of “Festival of Lights”

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – Complimentary lunch – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    Attendee introductions and community updates will be made at approximately 12:30 pm.

    1:00 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – “The Impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley” by Kristi Collier, President/CEO of Welcome Home, Rio Grande Valley – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    1:30 – 2:00 pmEducational Program – “Why Special Events are Important to Your Community” by Kay Wolf, Assistant City Manager of Hidalgo – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    2:00 – 3:30 pm – Texas Tropical Trail Region board of directors meeting (the public is welcome to attend) – VIP Room/Lounge at State Farm Arena

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- November 19 Weslaco Meeting 

    Review and Approve November 2013 Financial Reports

    TCBRTC Travel Fair Booth, Baskets

    Invoice for Booth set up $440.00, our part $44.00, McAllen Show

    Executive Directors Report- Tamie Bulow

    Report on credit card sales.-Tamie Bulow

    Update on Map Project- Valerie Bates

    Update on Partner Event #100-January 21, 2014 – Nancy Deviney

    Up Date: Statewide Meeting: Austin Area, Dec. 4-5, LLC Dec. 5

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill

    Actively participate in the LLC with other Heritage Trails – Rick Stryker/Bart Wales

    Advocate for Legislative and Corporate Support of the Texas Heritage Trails Program – Bart Wales

    Manage and acknowledge the financial and in-kind resources –

    Partner to implement traveling exhibit(s) program –

    Plan Diverse and Dynamic Monthly Meetings – Nancy Deviney/Tamie Bulow (Develop National / Cross Trail projects relating to the Nationally Designated El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Chisholm / Western Cattle Trails)

    100th Partner Event – January 21, 2014 – Mission Sin Caja, Live Oak County & Lonesome Dove Village, McMullen County (Nancy)

    101st Partner Event – February 18 2014 – tba  (Tamie)

    102nd Partner Event – March 18, 2014 – Refugio County  (Tamie)

    Provide Logistical Assistance for Workshops Developed and Presented by THC and Other Agencies as Appropriate.

    Offer a Regional Scholarship Program. Assist Partners with Funding for Furthering their Education in Various Heritage and Cultural Tourism Education Fields.

    Update on CTA Scholarships – Marlett Bahn and Tamie Bulow.

    Promotions/Marketing – Valerie Bates

    Follow the TTTR Marketing Plan –

    Social Media and Website Development -

    Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials –

    Collaborate with CVBs and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as hotels, visitor centers, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations –

    Solicit potential vendors is our region for the LLC Travel & Trade Show -

    Other Business:

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Hidalgo 12/17   

    On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 99th monthly Partner Event in Hidalgo, Hidalgo County, Texas, and you are invited to join us.

    The majority of our day in Hidalgo will be devoted to the holiday season and Hidalgo’s annual “Festival of Lights” celebration. We’ll also learn about the importance of Winter Texans to the Valley economy.

    If you are interested in joining us, you must RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, December 13, and specify if you will be having lunch with us. 

    Festival of Lights

    Twenty years ago, the City of Hidalgo community leaders came together at a Chamber of Commerce Retreat to discuss their vision and mission for the community.  The discussion focused on finding a way to stand out from the larger nearby cities in the Valley and to give people a reason to come to Hidalgo. The community wanted to give vehicles traveling through Hidalgo a reason to stop, visit, shop and enjoy.

    Over the years, Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights has grown into a spectacular holiday festival with more than 3 million lights and over 500 custom designed displays and an attendance of more than 780,000.

    Kristi Collier/Welcome Home Rio Grande Valley

    Kristi Collier, a McAllen native, founded Welcome Home, Rio Grande Valley in February 2008.  This unique tourism marketing organization is the go-to source for information, events, resources and more to the 140,000+ Winter Texans that call the Rio Grande Valley their home away from home.

    Retirees, or more specifically Winter Texans, have learned to count on Welcome Home RGV to connect them with their Welcome Home RGV’s members’ products and services not simply through their directory, website, e-newsletters and seasonal monthly magazine but also through the many events and networking opportunities facilitated by Welcome Home RGV.

     Morning Plans

    The day will begin at 10 am with refreshments and a welcome at the State Farm Arena located at 2600 N. 10th Street/Hwy 336 in Hidalgo.  We will be in the VIP Room/Lounge of the Arena.

    After a short program on the history of Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, we’ll board the trolley in front of the State Farm Arena to take us on a “behind the scenes” tour of the festival event.

    The trolley will return us to the Arena for lunch, our educational programs and business meeting.

    Lunch

    To celebrate the holiday season, we will enjoy a complimentary lunch at the Arena provided by our sponsors.

    Afternoon Plans

    Educational Programs will include presentations on “The Impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley” by Kristi Collier, President/CEO of Welcome Home, Rio Grande Valley and “Why Special Events are Important to Your Community” by Kay Wolf, Assistant City Manager of Hidalgo.

    Special thanks to Kay Wolf for her help in planning this day.

    Our hosts/sponsors for this day in Hidalgo are the City of Hidalgo, Hidalgo Festival of Lights, Borderfest and the State Farm Arena.

    Schedule

    10:00 – 10:30 am – Welcome and Refreshments – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th Street/Hwy 336, Hidalgo

    10:30 – 11:00 am – Overview of Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, including history and a brief video – Kay Wolf, Hidalgo City Manager – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    11:00 – 12 noon – Behind-the-scenes trolley tour of “Festival of Lights”

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – Complimentary lunch – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    Attendee introductions and community updates will be made at approximately 12:30 pm.

    1:00 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – “The Impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley” by Kristi Collier, President/CEO of Welcome Home, Rio Grande Valley – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    1:30 – 2:00 pmEducational Program – “Why Special Events are Important to Your Community” by Kay Wolf, Assistant City Manager of Hidalgo – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena

    2:00 – 3:30 pm – Texas Tropical Trail Region board of directors meeting (the public is welcome to attend) – VIP Room/Lounge at State Farm Arena

    RSVP

    You must RSVP if you plan to attend this event.

    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, December 13.  Please specify if you will be having lunch with us.

    There is no fee or membership required to participate in this event.

    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.

    A map and directions to State Farm Arena will be sent to you when you RSVP.

    Thank you.

    Nancy

    Nancy Deviney

    Board Secretary, Texas Tropical Trail Region