•    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
  •    Tropical Visits Rockport!   

    Rockport Chamber of Commerce.

    Rockport Chamber of Commerce.


    Rockport-Fulton History

    Aransas County was formed from Refugio County in 1871.  Its county seat is Rockport.  The area is commonly referred to as Rockport-Fulton since there are two separate communities in close proximity.

    Aransas County is one of the smallest counties in Texas.  It is located on the western side of the Gulf of Mexico yet is separated from the Gulf by barrier islands that form the intracoastal canal.  While the county covers more than 326 square miles, much of the county is under water.  The county is composed of peninsulas, islands and bays.

    Aransas and Copano Bays were first documented in 1519 by Captain Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, the first European to sail the Gulf of Mexico.  The earliest known inhabitants were the Karankawa Indians, documented by Cabeza de Vaca in 1528.  In the 1700s, missions were established in the area by Spain.  After the war between Spain and Mexico, the area was claimed by Mexico.

    In 1826 James Hewetson and James Power applied for an empresario grant on Aransas Bay. Colonists were recruited from Ireland to settle in the area.  The town of Rockport was founded in 1867.  George Fulton completed his mansion in 1877 (today’s Fulton Mansion State Historic Site) in the community now known as Fulton, next to Rockport.

    History Center for Aransas County. 801 E. Cedar St. at N. Church St., Rockport, Texas.

    Texas Maritime Museum near Rockport Harbor.  Gulf coast history from pirates to fishing to oil drilling is told through exhibits and artifacts.  This is the “Official Maritime Museum of Texas”. 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, Texas.

    Eleanor’s General Store (3316 Highway 35 N. Fulton, TX 7835) features a showroom filled with old-fashioned candy, collectibles and homemade products including baked goods and honey.  And their showroom also includes a collection of “muscle” cars that gives the impression of being in a car museum.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    Book review by Diane Probst, CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, of her book, “Chamberology”, filled with tips on how to run a successful and award-winning Chamber of Commerce.

    Book review by Diane Probst, CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, of her book, “Chamberology”, filled with tips on how to run a successful and award-winning Chamber of Commerce.

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    Update on the restoration of the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site presented by Site Manager Marsha Hendrix.

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
    Rockport Chamber of Commerce
    Eleanor’s General Store
    Texas Maritime Museum
    History Center for Aransas County
    Fulton Mansion

  •    Agenda June 17, 2014 Texas Tropical Trail Region Partner Event/Business Meeting   

    Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
    319 Broadway Street
    Rockport, Texas  

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting
    Tuesday, June 17, 2014                          

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 105th monthly Partner Event

    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome and Refreshments – Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway Street, Rockport

    10:00 – 10:10 am - Travel to HistoryCenter for AransasCounty, 801 E. Cedar, Rockport

    10:10 – 10:30 amTour of History Center for Aransas County

    10:30 – 10:45 amTravel to Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Blvd, Rockport

    10:45 – 11:45 amTourTexas Maritime Museum

    11:45 am – 12 noon - Travel to Eleanor’s General Store, 3316 N. Highway 35, Fulton

    12 noon – 1:00 pmLunch- Eleanor’s General Store (with a little extra time for shopping)

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 -1:15 pmTravel to Fulton Mansion State Historic Site Education and History Center located directly behind the Fulton Mansion on the corner of Henderson and Nancy Ann Streets

    1:15 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – Book Review by Diane Probst, CEO of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce – “Chamberology – by Diane Probst” – Find out what it takes to be a Chamberologist – Fulton Mansion Education and HistoryCenter

    1:30 – 2:00 pm – Educational Program – “Update on FultonMansion Historic Site Restorations” by Marsha Hendrix, Site Manager – FultonMansion Education and History Center

    Optional 2:00 pm – optional tour of Fulton Mansion Exhibit and Gift Shop area (adjacent to the Education and HistoryCenter)

    2:00 – 3:30 pm Business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes- May 20 Kingsville Meeting

    Review and Approve May Financial Reports

    New Executive Director

    Executive Director’s Report

    THTP Statewide Meeting – June 11 and 12 – Round Rock – Bart Wales

    -         Proposed THC/HT Partnership Agreement

    FY 15 Scope of Work/Budget Workshop – July 21 – Raymondville (tentative date and site)

    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)

    106th Partner Event – July 15 – Raymondville

    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 in Mission – June 20

    -         THC Historical Marker Workshop in Corpus Christi – July 10

    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