•    You’re Invited – Oct 21 – Laredo – Texas Tropical Trail’s 109th monthly Partner Event   

    On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 109th monthly Partner Event in Laredo, Webb County, Texas, 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, October 17.  Lunch will be $15 per person.
     
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Plans
     
    We’ll begin our day at the Laredo TXDOT Travel Information Center (956 417-4128) located on I-35N four miles north of the Laredo city limits.  There we’ll enjoy refreshments provided by the Laredo CVB, take a tour of the facility and hear presentations from the Travel Information Center staff and the Laredo CVB staff.
    From there we’ll drive to the San Agustin de Laredo Historic District near the La Posada Hotel to the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum located at 810 Zaragoza Street.  While there, we’ll take a walking tour, “Ghost Walk”, near San Agustin Plaza.  We’ll also have time to visit the “Haunted Heritage” exhibit at Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum.
    Our next stop will be La India Packing Company, a family-owned business since 1924 specializing in herbs, spices, tea bags and chocolate, located at 1520 Marcella Avenue.  Their spices and seasonings include Tejano seasoning, orange pepper, pineapple pepper, roasted garlic pepper, fajita lemon, pica rico seasoning and more. Other products are cookbooks, herb books, molcajetes (small bowl to grind spices or for salsa/guacamole), tea infusers and potpourri.
     
    We’ll not only enjoy lunch at La India but also have the opportunity for some shopping as well. 
    Lunch
     
    La India Packing Company in the Tea Room – 1520 Marcella Avenue
    La India Tapiquena Plate –
    Tostado de Pollo (chalupa w/beans, chicken, lettuce, tomato, fresh cheese and avocado), Enmolada (corn tortilla w/fresh white cheese topped with mole sauce), beef fajita, rice & beans
    Dessert – Sofia’s Flax Seed Cloud and Drink
    Cost per person will be $15 including tax and gratuity.
    After lunch, we will have the option of browsing/shopping their products.
    Afternoon plans
     
    The visit to La India Packing Company will conclude our Partner Event in Laredo.
    Our hosts for this day in Laredo will be the TXDOT Travel Information Center, the Laredo CVB, Webb County Heritage Foundation, Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum and Laredo Center for the Arts.
     
    Schedule
     
    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – Laredo TXDOT Travel Information Center – 4 miles north of Laredo city limits on I-35N (Mile Marker 18)
    10:00 – 10:30 amTour and presentations by Travel Information Center staff and Laredo CVB staff
    10:30 – 11:00 am Travel to Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum – 800 Zaragoza Street
    11:00- 12:10 pmWalking “Ghost Tour” of San Agustin de Laredo Historic District led by Webb County Heritage Foundation Staff – begins at Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum
    Tour “Haunted Heritage” exhibit at Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum
     
    12:10 – 12:30 pmTravel to La India Packing Company – 1520 Marcella Avenue
    12:30 – 2:00 pmIntroductions, Lunch and Browsing/Shopping
    1:00 pm – Individual introductions and community updates
    Conclusion of Laredo Partner Event
    2:00 – 4:00 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Laredo Center for the Arts – 500 San Agustin Avenue
     
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, October 17.
    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, colleagues and community leaders but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
     
    Upon receipt of your RSVP, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to the sites we will visit in Laredo.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes for the walking “Ghost Tour” at San Agustin Plaza.
    Thank you.
    Nancy
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
     

    Nancy Deviney

    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
    nancydeviney@yahoo.com
    home/office – 361 547-8033
    cell – 361 701-0555
    fax – 361 394-5672
  •    Online Registration for the 2014 South Texas Eco-Tourism Summit 10/29   

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    Online Registration is OPEN: https://2014-south-texas-eco-tourism-summit.eventbrite.com

    On October 29, the Texas Tropical Trail Region, City of Port Isabel, Raymondville Chamber of Commerce and Raymondville EDC are partnering to present/sponsor an Economic Development/Tourism Summit in Raymondville.

    The summit is to illustrate the importance of the partnership between economic development and tourism (TRAVEL MEANS JOBS!) and to connect south Texas communities with state and regional resources.

    Speakers will include representatives from the State Comptrollers Office, TxDOT, Texas Historical Commission, TTIA, City of Hidalgo, State Rep. Ryan Guillen, Texas AgriLife/Texas A&M and more.

    The event is free and includes lunch but RSVPs are required in order to have adequate seating and food.

    For more information email: info@texastropicaltrail.com.

    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/331917520319139/

  •    Agenda September 16, 2014 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Partner Event & Directors Meeting
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    First National Bank of Hebbronville
    305 N. Smith / Highw2ay 16
    Hebbronville, Texas

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 108th monthly Partner Event

    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery – 1104 S. Smith/Highway 16

    10:00 – 10:30 amTour and tasting – Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery

    10:30 – 10:45 am Drive to historic Old Jim Hogg County Jail – 212 E. Santa Clara Street

    10:45- 11:05 amTour Old Jail

    Walk across to Jim Hogg County Courthouse

    11:15 – 11:40 amTour Jim Hogg County Courthouse

    11:45 – 12 noonDrive to Frank’s Café – 502 E. Galbraith Street via Historic District on E. Santa Clara Street

    12 noon – 1:00 pmIntroductions, Lunch and View Documentary

    12:00 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    12:15 – Lunch and view “Vaquero – the Forgotten Cowboy” – Frank’s Café

    1:00 – 1:20 pm Visit The New York Store – 308 E. Galbraith Street

    1:20 – 1:30 pmDrive to First National Bank of Hebbronville Community Room – 305 N. Smith/Highway 16

    1:30 – 1:45 pmVaquero Festival Presentation – Vaquero Festival Committee – FNBH Community Room

    1:45 – 2:00 pm Special Dessert and Farewell – Bill Hellen, former Texas Tropical Trail Region Board Chair, Jim Hogg County resident and First National Bank of Hebbronville stockholder will end our official day – FNBH Community Room

    2:00 pm Optional Tour - You will also have the option to tour historic First National Bank of Hebbronville

    2:00 – 4:00 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – FNBH Community Room

     

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- August 19 Corpus Christi Meeting

    Review and Approve August 2014 Financial Reports

    Executive Director’s Report

    THTP Statewide Conference Cal (September 11) Recap

    TTIA Summit/LLC Meeting – September 28 – October 1 – Galveston Island

    THC/HT Statewide Meeting – November 12 & 13 – Round Rock

    Executive Director 90-day Evaluation

    Map Books Fulfillment – What’s the Best Way?

    Story of Texas Workshop

    Texas House of Representatives Recreation, Culture & Tourism Committee Hearing – September 24 at San Jacinto Monument and Museum near La Porte TX

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill

    Manage & Acknowledge Financial and In-Kind Resources – Wanda Greenhill

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

    Collaboration with other Heritage Trails and pursue a joint venture project to sustain the Texas Tropical Trail Region and the Texas Heritage Trails program (LLC Update)- Rick Stryker / Bart Wales/Nancy Deviney

    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)

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

    110th Partner Event – November 18 – Corpus Christi

    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.

    Promotions / Marketing – Valerie Bates

    -          High priority on website, travelogue and social media for Executive Director.

    -          Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials promoting the Region and the Byways.

    -          Collaborate with CVBs, Visitor Centers, and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as Hotels, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations.

    Other Business:

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Hebbronville 9/16   

    On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 108th monthly Partner Event in Hebbronville, Jim Hogg County, Texas, 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, September 12.  Lunch will be $12 per person; please plan to pay CASH.  Please state your lunch choice when you RSVP (see choices below).

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

    Plans

    Vaquero Capital of Texas and the U.S.A.

    Hebbronville is known as the Vaquero Capital of Texas and the U.S.A.  Our focus, while in Hebbronville, will be on the Vaquero – the Forgotten Cowboy.

    We’ll begin our day at the Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery, 1104 S. Smith Avenue/Highway 16 on the south end of town (between the Border Patrol checkpoint and the city limits). Come hungry because we’ll get to sample some hot flour tortillas, baked goods and tamales!  (If you’d like to take home some fresh tamales and/or tortillas, you may want to call ahead and place your order letting them know that you will be with the Tropical Trail group that morning – September 16 – 361 527-4505.)

    From there we’ll drive into town to the historical Old County Jail (1914 – 2014) next door to the County Courthouse. The jail is located at 212 E. Santa Clara St.  Currently the old jail is being made into a museum.  We’ll enjoy a brief history, tour and learn about their plans for the future.

    We’ll then walk next door to tour the Jim Hogg County Courthouse built in 1914 by San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps.  It was originally built in the Texas Renaissance Style but later remodeled in the Classic Revival Style and covered with stucco.  Mr. Phelps also designed the jail.

    We’ll leave the Courthouse and drive to lunch via the Historic District on E. Santa Clara Street.

    Lunch

    We’ll have lunch at Frank’s Café (aka Paco’s) at 502 E. Galbraith St.

    You will have a choice of one of four lunches.  Each lunch will include fideo and beans.  Panchos and guacamole will also be provided along with ice tea or water.

    Please choose one:

    Mexican Plate – two enchiladas, taco and chalupa

    Three Beef Tacos

    Three Enchiladas

    Three Envueltos (corn tortilla filled with meat filling, rolled and fried)

    Cost per person will be $12 including tax and gratuity.  CASH only pleaseA special dessert will be provided later in the afternoon.

    During lunch we will watch the video documentary, “Vaquero – The Forgotten Cowboy”, by Hector Galan of San Angelo.

    To honor the vaqueros of Jim Hogg County, a special preview of the critically acclaimed Vaquero Documentary Series will be presented.  This 45-minute preview will include segments filmed in Spain, Mexico and South Texas.

    It celebrates the vaquero, the proud horseman whose expertise and bravery formed the foundation for the Texas Cowboy. The preview takes you to Spain where the blending of Moorish and Spanish horse cultures laid the groundwork for the bridle horse that was the hallmark of these superb reinsmen…

    …to Mexico where the underpinnings for roping and handling cattle on the open range evolved.  And to Texas where the cattle evolved into the famous longhorns providing the foundation for the Texas cattle industry.

    Afternoon plans

    After lunch, we’ll visit The New York Store at 308 E. Galbraith Street, a prominent department store in Hebbronville since 1909.

    We’ll then drive to First National Bank of Hebbronville (1913 – 2013) at 305 N. Smith/Highway 16 where we’ll spend the rest of our day for the educational programs, a special dessert and the business meeting. While there, we’ll also enjoy a presentation about the history of the Hebbronville Vaquero Festival, held each year in November.

    Our hosts for this day in Hebbronville will be the Hebbronville Museum Foundation, the Jim Hogg County Historical Commission, First National Bank of Hebbronville, Frank’s Café, Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery, the Vaquero Festival Committee and The New York Store.

    Schedule

    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery – 1104 S. Smith/Highway 16

    10:00 – 10:30 amTour and tasting – Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery

    10:30 – 10:45 am Drive to historic Old Jim Hogg County Jail – 212 E. Santa Clara Street

    10:45- 11:05 amTour Old Jail

    Walk across to Jim Hogg County Courthouse

    11:15 – 11:40 amTour Jim Hogg County Courthouse

    11:45 – 12 noonDrive to Frank’s Café – 502 E. Galbraith Street via Historic District on E. Santa Clara Street

    12 noon – 1:00 pmIntroductions, Lunch and View Documentary

    12:00 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    12:15 – Lunch and view “Vaquero – the Forgotten Cowboy” – Frank’s Cafe

    1:00 – 1:20 pm Visit The New York Store – 308 E. Galbraith Street

    1:20 – 1:30 pmDrive to First National Bank of Hebbronville Community Room – 305 N. Smith/Highway 16

    1:30 – 1:45 pmVaquero Festival Presentation – Vaquero Festival Committee – FNBH Community Room

    1:45 – 2:00 pm Special Dessert and Farewell – Bill Hellen, former Texas Tropical Trail Region Board Chair, Jim Hogg County resident and First National Bank of Hebbronville stockholder will end our official day – FNBH Community Room

    2:00 pm Optional Tour - You will also have the option to tour historic First National Bank of Hebbronville

    2:00 – 4:00 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – FNBH Community Room

    RSVP

    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, September 12.

    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $12 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, colleagues and community leaders but please let them know that an RSVP is required.

    Upon receipt of your RSVP and lunch choices, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to Hebbronville.

    Thank you.

    Nancy

     

    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region

  •    Save the Date! 9/16 Hebbronville! Tropical Trail’s 108th Partner Event   

    20090616_hebbronville-34Plans are now complete for the Tropical Trail Region’s 108th monthly Partner Event – September 16 – Hebbronville Focus – “Vaquero: the Forgotten Cowboy”

    Join us and enjoy the “Vaquero” film produced by Hector Galan of San Angelo – Learn about the annual Vaquero Festival held in Hebbronville each November.

    We’ll also tour the Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery, the Jim Hogg County Courthouse and the Old Jail (currently being transformed into a museum).

    Don’t miss this fun day in the “Vaquero Capital of Texas”!

    Details will be sent to you soon.
    Thanks, Nancy
  •    SAVE THE DATE! 2014 SOUTH TEXAS Nature~Heritage~Culture~Eco~Agri TOURISM SUMMIT!   

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    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Miles Phillips (Asst. Professor & Extension Specialist – Nature Tourism, Texas AgriLIFE Extension)

    PARTNERS & AGENCIES: Texas Travel Industry Association, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Historical Commission, Texas Heritage Trails Program, Texas Parks & Wildlife Deparment

    COLLABORATING COMMITTEE: Texas Tropical Trail Region, Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, Raymondville EDC, Texas Tropical Trail Region, City of Port Isabel

    2014 SOUTH TEXAS Nature~Heritage~Culture~Eco~Agri TOURISM SUMMIT
    TRAVEL MEANS JOBS!

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Corpus Christi 8/19   

    On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 107th monthly Partner Event in Corpus Christi, Nueces 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 NOON Friday, August 15.  Lunch will be $14 per person; please plan to pay CASH.  Please state your lunch choice when you RSVP (see choices below).

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

    Plans

    Moravian Club of Nueces County…

    We’ll begin our day at Moravian Hall located at 5601 Kostoryz Road.

    The Moravian Club of Nueces County was established in 1923 with a goal of building and maintaining a social meeting venue for the then blossoming community of Czech immigrants that were settling in the farm lands southwest of Corpus Christi called the Bohemian Colony Lands.

    The Bohemian Colony Lands were created when Stanley Kostoryz, a Czech immigrant from Nebraska, moved to Corpus Christi in 1904.  He purchased 10,000 acres of land southwest of Corpus Christi and subdivided it into farm tracts eventually sold to a close-knit community of farming families of Czech descent.  For a while this community was known as Kostoryz.

    Shares were sold to the charter members of the Moravian Club of Nueces County, and, with these funds, the Club built the first Moravian Hall which provided a facility for the local Czech community to hold dances, wedding and funeral receptions and fraternal organization meetings.  The current facility is the third structure to bear the name Moravian Hall and continues to provide the entire Corpus Christi area with the services for which it was originally created.

    When we visit Moravian Hall, we’ll enjoy these educational programs:

    -          History of Moravian Club of Nueces Club and Moravian Hall – Sam Morris & other Moravian Club board members

    -          History of Sokol and the local Sokol Hall – Jerry Sijansky, President

    -          Czech Heritage Society – Randy Sykora, President

    We will leave Moravian Hall at 11:00 am and head to the South Texas Botanical Gardens at 8545 S. Staples Street where we’ll spend the rest of our day.

    South Texas Botanical Gardens…

    The Corpus Christi Botanical Society, formed in 1983, was a grass-roots effort by a small group of horticulturally inclined citizens. Opening in 1987, the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens included a preliminary one-acre “cottage” garden, small farmhouse Information Center and a nature trail – through 1995.

    In early 1996, the Botanical Gardens officially opened its 180-acre permanent site at 8545 S. Staples, rich with preserved natural wetlands and pristine natural habitat along Oso Creek.  Later that year, the Don Larkin Memorial Orchid Greenhouse was built and now houses nearly 2,000 orchids, curated and maintained by the South Texas Orchid Society.

    The screened live Butterfly House & Butterfly Garden opened in 2010.  A major year of growth was 2013 which brought the 2,000 sq ft Education Station (Building) and 1,000 sq ft administration building. These two new buildings allowed the original Visitors Center to be expanded and remolded to include the Joan Batman Nature Boutique (gift shop) and Resident Reptiles exhibit.  If you haven’t been to the Botanical Gardens in the last couple of years, you will be in for a treat!

    Lunch

    Small Planet Deli & Bakery (Lamar Park location) will cater our lunch.

    You will have a choice of one of four sandwich box lunches.  Each sandwich box will include a sandwich of your choice, pickle spear, chips and dessert.

    Please choose one:

    Belmont Croissant – Napa chicken salad, lettuce, tomato served on a croissant

    Planet Club – Oven gold turkey, bacon, sweet ham, white cheddar and swiss cheese & tomato on whole wheat bread or croissant

    The Retro Wrap – Oven gold turkey, American cheese, lettuce, tomato with pesto cream cheese spread.  Served on lahvash flatbread

    California Turkey & Avocado – Oven gold turkey, provolone cheese, tomato, sprouts, lettuce & avocado spread.  Served on whole wheat bread

    Drinks available – bottled water, sweet tea, unsweet tea or lemonade

    Cost per person will be $14 including tax and gratuity.  CASH only please.

    Our hosts for this day in Corpus Christi will be Moravian Club of Nueces County, Moravian Hall, Czech Heritage Society of Corpus Christi and the South Texas Botanical Gardens.

    Schedule

    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – Moravian Hall – 5601 Kostoryz Road

    10:00 – 11:00 amPrograms and Tour of Moravian Hall

    -          History of Moravian Club of Nueces Club and Moravian Hall – Sam Morris & other Moravian Club board members

    -          History of Sokol and the local Sokol Hall – Jerry Sijansky, President

    -          Czech Heritage Society – Randy Sykora, President

    11:00- 11:30 amTravel to South Texas Botanical Gardens – 8545 S. Staples Street

    11:30 amMeet in Education Building

    11:40 – 12 noonTour Butterfly House

    12 noon – 12:45 pmlunch – Education Building

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    12:45 – 1:15 pm – Tour Orchid House

    1:15 – 1:45 pmBook review of “The Maltby Brothers’ Civil War”, a true story of three brothers during the Civil War (one Union officer and two outspoken secessionists who operated Confederate newspapers in Corpus Christi and Brownsville) by the author Dr. Norman Delaney, local historian – Education Building

    1:45 – 2:00 pm- Overview and Update on South Texas Botanical Gardens – Michael Womack, Executive Director – Education Building

    2:00 pm Optional Tour - You will also be given the option, after these programs, to tour the Gift Shop and adjacent Reptile House plus the grounds.  These optional tours will run concurrently with our business meeting.

    2:00 – 3:30 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Education Building

    RSVP

    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than NOON Friday, August 15.

    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $14 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.

    If you choose the optional tour of the Botanical Gardens grounds, please wear appropriate clothing for an outdoor tour including walking shoes, cool clothes, hat and sunglasses.

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

    Upon receipt of your RSVP and lunch choices, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to Moravian Hall and the South Texas Botanical Gardens.

    Thank you.

    Nancy
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region

  •    Tropical Visits Raymondville!   

    The Boot Company Bar & Grill in Raymondville. Owners Sonia & Cruz Tijerina. Shop in Sonia’s “Boot Company Boutique”! 205 E Hidalgo Ave, Raymondville, TX 78580


    Grace Heritage Ranch…
    The Ranch was founded in August 2010 by Brian Schalk with his dream of a self-sustaining homestead for his family.  Brian wanted to have a source of healthy organic food, become more self-reliant and instill in his children the wisdom and perseverance of past generations.
     
    The Schalk family (with a daughter and five sons) downsized their home and upsized their land inviting the public to come and tour their Ranch filled with endangered heritage breeds of animals and heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables.
     
    Tilling service at the Ranch is provided by their pet, pot-bellied pigs and soil amendments are courtesy of the compost bin and the animals.  They raise Nigerian Dwarf goats, a French Angora rabbit, and Embden geese among others. Brian hopes to increase awareness of the forgotten qualities and characteristics of these unique breeds and be influential in their rediscovery.

    Bethel Lutheran Church (8233 Park Ave., Lyford, TX 78569) 100 year old place of worship with ties to the south Texas Swedish community.

    PRESENTATIONS:
    Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail project presented by Roseann Bacha-Garza, UT-Pan American University Edinburg CHAPS Program Project Manager. CHAPS (Community Historical Archeology Project with Schools) will create a “virtual” Civil War Trail, from Brownsville to Laredo, to guide visitors through a series of key locations in the Rio Grande Valley that played significant roles in the U.S. Civil War history of this region.
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    Book review of David Vassberg’s book, “Stockholm on the Rio Grande”, by the author’s brother, Stephen Vassberg.  The book tells the story of the Swedish farming colony of Stockholm on the mesquite frontier of southernmost Texas from 1912-1985.
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    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS FOR THE DAY!
    Raymondville Chamber of Commerce
    The Boot Company Bar & Grille
    Grace Heritage Ranch
    Bethel Lutheran Church

     

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

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

    The Boot Company Bar & Grill
    205 E. Hidalgo Avenue
    Raymondville, Texas                      ________________________________________________________________________________________

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 106th monthly Partner Event

    9:00 – 9:45 am – Welcome & Refreshments – The Boot Company Restaurant – 205 E. Hidalgo Ave, Raymondville

    9:45 – 10:15 am – travel to Grace Heritage Ranch by caravan

    10:15 – 11:00 am – Tour Grace Heritage Ranch

    11:00 – 11:30 am – travel to Bethel Lutheran Church by caravan - 8233 Park Ave, Lyford

    11:30 am -12 noon – Tour and history of Bethel Lutheran Church

    12 noon – 1:00 pm – lunch- Bethel Lutheran Church

    Tucker’s Barbecue of Lyford will cater our lunch.

    Please note that your first choice will be your meat:

    Brisket or chicken?  If you choose chicken, do you prefer white or dark meat?

    Your lunch will also include pinto beans and potato salad and banana pudding for dessert.

    You have another choice to make –

    Iced tea – sweet or unsweet?

    Cost per person will be $15 including tax and gratuity.  CASH only please.

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 – 1:30 pm - RGV Civil War Trail program - BethelLutheranChurch

    1:30 – 2:00 pm – Review of David Vassberg’s book, “Stockholm on the Rio Grande 1912 – 1985″

    2:00 – 4:30 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Bethel LutheranbChurch

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- May 20 Kingsville Meeting

                                    June 17 Rockport-Fulton Meeting

     Review and Approve May Financial Reports

                                         June Financial Reports

     Executive Director’s Report

    THTP Statewide Meeting – June 11 and 12 – Round Rock

    Use Agreement for Photographs

    Upcoming Workshops- FY 15 Scope of Work/Budget Workshop – July 21 in Lyford

    Board Members and Officers- Elections

    Proposed THC/HT Partnership Agreement

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2013/14 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill 

    Manage & Acknowledge Financial and In-Kind Resources – Wanda Greenhill

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

    Collaboration with other Heritage Trails and pursue a joint venture project to sustain the Texas Tropical Trail Region and the Texas Heritage Trails program (LLC Update)- Rick Stryker / Bart Wales/Nancy Deviney

    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)

    107th Partner Event – August 19 – Corpus Christi

    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 in Mission – June 20

    -         THC Historical Marker Workshop in Corpus Christi – July 9

    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

    -          High priority on website, travelogue and social media for Executive Director.

    -          Distribute marketing pieces and collateral materials promoting the Region and the Byways.

    -          Collaborate with CVBs, VisitorCenters, and Chambers of Commerce that do tourism marketing as well as Hotels, RV parks, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hospitality Organizations.

    Other Business:

    Adjourn

  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Raymondville/Lyford 7/15   

    On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 106th monthly Partner Event in Raymondville and Lyford, Willacy 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, July 11.  Lunch will be $15 per person; please plan to pay CASH.  Please state your lunch choices (3) when you RSVP (see choices below).
     
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Plans
    We’ll begin our day at The Boot Company Bar & Grill in Raymondville with a welcome by restaurant owners Sonia & Cruz Tijerina and refreshments provided by the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce. Plan your arrival to allow time to shop in Sonia’s “Boot Company Boutique” – you probably won’t find any boots, but she has lots of other bling!
    We will leave The Boot Company at 9:45 to travel, caravan-style, to Grace Heritage Ranch, located near Santa Monica TX.
    Grace Heritage Ranch…
    The Ranch was founded in August 2010 by Brian Schalk with his dream of a self-sustaining homestead for his family.  Brian wanted to have a source of healthy organic food, become more self-reliant and instill in his children the wisdom and perseverance of past generations.
    The Schalk family (with a daughter and five sons) downsized their home and upsized their land inviting the public to come and tour their Ranch filled with endangered heritage breeds of animals and heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables.
    Tilling service at the Ranch is provided by their pet, pot-bellied pigs and soil amendments are courtesy of the compost bin and the animals.  They raise Nigerian Dwarf goats, a French Angora rabbit, and Embden geese among others. Brian hopes to increase awareness of the forgotten qualities and characteristics of these unique breeds and be influential in their rediscovery.
    We’ll, again, drive caravan-style when we leave the ranch to Bethel Lutheran Church in Lyford.  The rest of our day, including educational programs, lunch and the business meeting will be spent at the church.
    Bethel Lutheran Church…
    Upon arrival at the church, we’ll take a tour and hear a history of this nearly 100 year old place of worship.  Following the tour, we’ll enjoy a barbecue brisket or chicken lunch (see complete menu options below).
    Our first program after lunch will be an update on the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail project presented by Roseann Bacha-Garza, UT-Pan American University Edinburg CHAPS Program Project Manager.
    CHAPS (Community Historical Archeology Project with Schools) will create a “virtual” Civil War Trail, from Brownsville to Laredo, to guide visitors through a series of key locations in the Rio Grande Valley that played significant roles in the U.S. Civil War history of this region.
    Our next program will be a book review of David Vassberg’s book, “Stockholm on the Rio Grande”, by the author’s brother, Stephen Vassberg.  The book tells the story of the Swedish farming colony of Stockholm on the mesquite frontier of southernmost Texas from 1912-1985.
    Lunch
     
    Tucker’s Barbecue of Lyford will cater our lunch.
    Please note that your first choice will be your meat:
    Brisket or chicken?  If you choose chicken, do you prefer white or dark meat?
    Your lunch will also include pinto beans and potato salad and banana pudding for dessert.
    You have another choice to make –
    Iced tea – sweet or unsweet?
    Cost per person will be $15 including tax and gratuity.  CASH only please.
    Our hosts for this day in Willacy County are The Boot Company Bar & Grill, Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, Grace Heritage Ranch and Bethel Lutheran Church.
     
    Schedule
     
    9:00 – 9:45 am – Welcome & Refreshments – The Boot Company Restaurant – 205 E. Hidalgo Ave, Raymondville
    9:45 – 10:15 am – travel to Grace Heritage Ranch by caravan
    10:15 – 11:00 am – Tour Grace Heritage Ranch
    11:00 – 11:30 am – travel to Bethel Lutheran Church by caravan - 8233 Park Ave, Lyford
    11:30 am -12 noon – Tour and history of Bethel Lutheran Church
    12 noon – 1:00 pm – lunch- Bethel Lutheran Church
    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates
    1:00 – 1:30 pm - RGV Civil War Trail program - Bethel Lutheran Church
    1:30 – 2:00 pm – Review of David Vassberg’s book, “Stockholm on the Rio Grande 1912 – 1985″
    2:00 – 4:30 pm - business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Bethel Lutheran Church
     
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, July 11.
    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.
    For the tour of Grace Heritage Ranch, please wear appropriate clothing for an outdoor/barn tour including closed-toed shoes, cool clothes, hat and sunglasses.
    You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
     
    Upon receipt of your RSVP and lunch choices, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to The Boot Company Bar & Grill in Raymondville.
    Thank you.
    Nancy
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
    Nancy Deviney
    Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
    nancydeviney@yahoo.com
    home/office – 361 547-8033
    cell – 361 701-0555
    fax – 361 394-5672