•    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Corpus Christi 3/17   

    On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 113th 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 Friday, March 13, 2015.  Lunch will be $12 per person – CASH ONLY, please.  Please include your lunch selection when you RSVP.
     
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Our day will include a tour of Whataburger Field, a visit to Greater Faith Church (former home of Temple Beth El), educational programs about the Jewish history of Corpus Christi and a dedication ceremony of a Texas Historical Marker honoring Rabbi Sidney Wolf.
     
    Morning Plans
     
    We’ll start our day at Whataburger Field with a welcome and refreshments including a history of Whataburger Field and a “behind the scenes” tour.
     
    Whataburger Field
     
    Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field, completed in 2005 at a cost of $25 million, is home to the Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Houston Astros.
    The ballpark occupies land once dominated by cotton warehouses at the Port of Corpus Christi.  Its architectural attributes, from mammoth wood beams to corrugated siding, pay tribute to the site’s heritage.
    The scoreboard in left-center field is framed by antique cotton presses, one which dates to the 1920s.
    Greater Faith Church (formerly Temple Beth El)
     
    In 1927, the Corpus Christi Jewish population reached 200, and a congregation was organized on September 28, 1928.  Within days, the land for its synagogue, Temple Beth El, was purchased for $875 at the corner of 11th and Craig Streets (site of present-day Greater Faith Church).  In 1932, Rabbi Sidney Wolf was hired as the first full-time rabbi in Corpus Christi.
    The original one-room wooden building was demolished in 1936, and services took place in a downtown dance studio until the new synagogue was dedicated in April 1937, eventually becoming the attractive Moorish-style multi-building complex that you see today.  Rabbi Wolf continued to serve Temple Beth El until his retirement in 1972.
     
    We will spend some time at Greater Faith Church while Helen Wilk, Nueces County Historical Commission member and former president of the Texas Jewish Society, speaks to us about Jewish history in Corpus Christi.
     
    Lunch
     
    From Greater Faith Church, we’ll head to the Jewish Community Center for lunch and an educational program.
    Lunch will be box lunches catered by Jason’s Deli.  Please make one selection and give me your selection when you RSVP.
    Turkey Sandwich
    Veggie Wrap w/cheese
    Tuna Salad Sandwich
    The lunch will also include chips, a dessert and ice tea/water.
    You are asked to have $12 in exact change to cover your lunch.   CASH ONLY, please.
     
    Afternoon plans
     
    Educational Program – History of the Corpus Christi Jewish Business Community – by Mary Lynn Rhodes of Rockport – at the Jewish Community Center
    Historical Marker Dedication honoring Rabbi Sidney Wolf in the Temple Beth El section of Seaside Memorial Park
     
    This event will be coordinated by the Nueces County Historical Commission/Texas Historical Commission under the direction of Anita Eisenhauer, Chairman of the Nueces County Historical Commission.
     
    Special thanks to Helen Wilk, Phil & Elaine Albin and Paulette Kluge for their help in planning this very special day. It could not have been done without them!
    Our hosts for this day in Corpus Christi are Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi CVB, Greater Faith Church, the Jewish Community Center and Seaside Memorial Park
     
    Schedule
     
    9:00 – 9:30 amWelcome & Refreshments – Whataburger Field, Cotton Club (3rd Floor) – 734 E. Port Avenue
    9:30 – 10:30 amHistory of Whataburger Field & Tour – Staff
    10:30 – 10:45 am Travel to Greater Faith Church (once Temple Beth El) – 1315 Craig Street
    10:45- 11:30 amEducational Program – “History of Corpus Christi Jewish Community” by Helen Wilk of Corpus Christi (a member of the Nueces County Historical Commission & past president of the Texas Jewish Historical Society) – Greater Faith Church (former Temple Beth El) – 1315 Craig Street
    11:30 am – 11:50 amTravel to Jewish Community Center – 750 Everhart Road
    12 noon – 1:00 pmLunch – Jewish Community Center
     
    • History of Jewish Community Center – Norma Levens, Executive Director
    • Individual Introductions
    • History of the Corpus Christi Jewish Business Community – Mary Lynn Rhodes of Rockport
    1:00 – 1:15 pmTravel to Seaside Memorial Park – 4357 Ocean Drive
     
    1:30 – 2:30 pm – Texas Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony honoring Rabbi Sidney Wolf – Anita Eisenhauer, Chairman, Nueces County Historical Commission – Temple Beth El section of Seaside Memorial Park
    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Tropical Trail Board Meeting – Main Building of Seaside Memorial Park
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 13.
    There will be no cost to you for this day except for your $12 (CASH ONLY) 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.
    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
  •    You Are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ Sarita 2/17   

    On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 112th monthly Partner Event in Sarita (Kenedy County) and Baffin Bay/Ricardo area (Kleberg 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, February 13.  Lunch will be $10 per person – CASH ONLY, please.
     
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Our day will include a visit to the Kenedy Ranch Museum, Baffin Bay Rod & Gun Club and Bynum’s Big Game Trophy Room plus programs by Father Rocky Grimard, Director of Lebh Shomea, Leo Alarcon, Tourism Director for the City of Kingsville, and Henry Bynum, world-traveler and big game hunter.
     
    Morning Plans
    Kenedy Ranch Museum
     
    The Kenedy Ranch Museum, located 20 miles south of Kingsville, is housed in the beautifully restored building of the Kenedy Pasture Company in Sarita.  The Museum tells the story of rancher and steam boat captain Mifflin Kenedy and his family and how their lives were interwoven with the history of what was the untamed land known as the Wild Horse Desert.
    Mifflin Kenedy and his friend and business partner, Richard King, first found wealth as steamboat captains on the Rio Grande. After the Civil War, they invested in thousands of acres of South Texas land.  For the next 100 years, the Kenedy name would be significantly involved in every aspect of the economic development of South Texas – ranching, railroads, land development and oil as well as philanthropy.
    We will begin our day with a welcome and refreshments, provided by the Kenedy Ranch Museum, in the Carriage House located behind the Museum.  The Museum is located at 200 E. La Parra in Sarita
    Kenedenos
    Following a self-guided tour of the Museum, we’ll return to the Carriage House to enjoy a film about the Kenedy Ranch vaqueros.  Father and son were essential to building the vaquero, or cowboy, tradition.  Ranching skills were passed down from one generation to the next.  The vaqueros were steadfast in their loyalty – to the ranch, to the land and to the patrones or owners of the ranches.  At La Parra, they took great pride in being known as Kenedenos – people of the Kenedy Ranch.
    Lebh Shomea (House of Prayer)
    Lebh Shomea (pronounced in Hebrew “lev show-mae-a”) is a Christian community of men and women under the auspices of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  Their lifestyle is contemplative-eremitical.
    Everyone at Lebh Shomea, guests included, participates in this hermit-type life of the House of Prayer. There are also hermits living in permanent hermitages situated at remote sites on the property.
    Before we leave the Kenedy Ranch Museum, Father Rocky Grimard, Director of Lebh Shomea, will speak to us about the
    House of Prayer retreat located on the grounds of the Kenedy Ranch (east of Sarita) including in the historic home of Sarita Kenedy East, daughter of Mifflin Kenedy.
    Baffin Bay Rod & Gun Club
    A visit to southern Kleberg County would not be complete without a stop to learn about the outstanding fishing and hunting opportunities of Baffin Bay.  When we leave the Kenedy Ranch Museum, we’ll head to Baffin Bay Rod & Gun Club located at 1360 Neubauer Pt Road in Loyola Beach.
    Capt. Sally Black and Capt. Aubrey Black, owners of Baffin Bay Rod & Gun Club, offer fishing, dove hunting and duck hunting packages for their guests and provide personal guide service, lodging and fine dining, too, including ribeye steaks, thick cut pork chops, grilled quail and mango habanero glazed pork tenderloin.
    Lunch
    From Baffin Bay, we’ll head north between Ricardo and Kingsville, to the home of Henry and Joyce Bynum and their Big Game Trophy Room. We’ll begin our visit with lunch, followed by a brief program by Leo Alarcon, Director of Tourism for the City of Kingsville, and then a tour of the Trophy Room including a presentation by the big game hunter himself, Henry Bynum.
    Lunch will be prepared by Joyce Bynum, and the menu will include: Spaghetti, Salad, Bread & Dessert.
    You are asked to provide a CASH donation of $10 to cover your lunch.
     
    Afternoon plans
    Educational Program – Tourism Plans & Vision for the City of Kingsville – Leo Alarcon, Director of Tourism for the City of Kingsville
     
    Tour of Bynum’s Big Game Trophy Room followed by a presentation by Big Game Hunter Henry Bynum.
     
    Special thanks to Marlett Bahn and Homero Vera for their help in planning this very special day. It could not have been done without them!
    Our hosts for this day in Kenedy and Kleberg counties are the Kenedy Ranch Museum, Lebh Shomea, Baffin Bay Rod & Gun Club and Joyce & Henry Bynum and their Big Game Trophy Room.
     
    Schedule
    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – Kenedy Ranch Museum Carriage House – 200 E. La Parra, Sarita
    10:00 – 10:30 amSelf-guided tour of Kenedy Ranch Museum
    10:30 – 10:45 am View “Vaquero” film in Kenedy Ranch Museum Carriage House
    10:45- 11:00 amEducational Program – “Lebh Shomea/House of Prayer” – Father Rocky Grimard, Director of Lebh Shomea
    11:00 am – 11:30 amTravel to Baffin Bay Rod & Gun Club – 1360 Neubauer Pt. Road, Loyola Beach
    11:30 am – 11:45 amPresentation/overview of Baffin Bay Rod & Gun Club – staff
    11:45 am – 12:15 pmTravel to home of Henry & Joyce Bynum – North FM 772/Presbyterian Pan American School Road between Ricardo and Kingsville
     
    12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch- Home of Henry & Joyce Bynum
     
    1:00 pm – Individual Introductions & Community Updates
    1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Educational Program – - Tourism Plans & Vision for the City of Kingsville – Leo Alarcon, Director of Tourism for the City of Kingsville
     
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm - Tour of the Big Game Trophy Room and presentation by Big Game Hunter Henry Bynum
     
    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Tropical Trail Board Meeting – home of Henry & Joyce Bynum
     
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, February 13.
    There will be no cost to you for this day except for the CASH donation of $10 for 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 Kenedy and Kleberg counties…
    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
  •    You are Invited! TTTR Partner Event & Business Meeting~ San Benito 1/20!   

    On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 111th monthly Partner Event in San Benito, Cameron 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, January 16. We will order off the menu at El Gallito Mexican Restaurant in San Benito and prices will vary.

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

    Plans

    All Saints Episcopal Church

    We’ll begin our day at 9:30 am with refreshments at the All Saints Episcopal Church in San Benito, located at 499 N. Reagan Street. All Saints Episcopal is the second oldest Episcopal Church in the Rio Grande Valley, consecrated in 1912. While there, we’ll also enjoy a brief history of the church and a tour.

    Vega Building/San Benito Land & Water Company

    From there, we’ll travel to the Vega Building, originally the home of the San Benito Land & Water Company, located at 216 S. Sam Houston. In the early days of the building, around 1910, the building was one of the busiest places in town conducting operations such as land clearing and subdividing, sale of irrigation water, advertisement and promotion of the development locally and in other parts of the county to arrange and conduct excursions for land seekers from the Midwest for the sale of town lots, farm tracts and the construction and maintenance of laterals and canals.

    The building once housed San Benito’s telephone system in the early 1900s.

    San Benito Veterans Memorial/Museums of San Benito

    Before we tour the Museums of San Benito, we’ll make a stop at the San Benito Veterans Memorial. The San Benito History Museum is a project if the San Benito Historical Society. It is one of three components of the Museums of San Benito. The other two are the Texas Conjunto Hall of Fame and Museum and the Freddy Fender Museum. Location of these museums is 210 E. Heywood Street.

    Before lunch, we’ll visit the Freddy Fender Memorial on State Highway 345.

    Lunch

    El Gallito Mexican Restaurant located at 2480 W. Business Hwy 77

    We will each order from the menu once we arrive at the restaurant and prices will vary according to your selection.

    Afternoon plans

    After lunch we will drive to the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center located at 225 E. Stenger Street for the remainder of our day including the educational programs and business meeting.

    The Cultural Arts Center is an organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and development of the visual arts, music, theater, dance and literary works of the rich cultural heritage of San Benito. Narciso Martinez was known as the father of Texas-Mexican Conjunto music.

    Educational Programs – Rey Avila – Brief History of Conjunto Music including live Conjunto music performances

    Lionel Betancourt – Brief History of Rio Grande Music Company/Ideal Records

    Special thanks to Tootie Madden, Rey Avila and Martha McClain for their help in planning this day. It could not have been done without them!

    Our hosts for this day in San Benito are the Museums of San Benito and the City of San Benito.

    Schedule

    9:30 – 10:00 am – Welcome & Refreshments – All Saints Episcopal Church, 499 N. Reagan Street

    10:00 – 10:10 am – Travel to Vega Building, 216 S. Sam Houston

    10:10 – 10:25 am – Tour of San Benito Land & Water Company Building/Vega Building

    10:25- 10:30 am – Travel to Veterans War Memorial

    10:30 am – 10:45 am– Tour of San Benito Veterans War Memorial

    10:45 am – 10:55 am– Travel to Museums of San Benito, 210 E. Heywood Street

    10:55 am – 11:35 am– Tour Museums of San Benito

    11:35 am – 11:45 am – Travel to Freddy Fender Memorial, State Highway 345

    11:45 am – 12:05 pm – Tour of Freddy Fender Memorial

    12:05 – 12:25 pm – Travel to El Gallito Mexican Restaurant – 2480 W. Business Hwy 77

    12:25 pm – 1:25 pm – Lunch – Order from the menu

    1:25 pm – 1:40 pm – Travel to Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, 225 E. Stenger Street

    1:40 pm – 2:10 pm – Educational Programs

    Rey Avila – Brief History of Conjunto Music including live Conjunto music performances

    Lionel Betancourt – Brief History of Rio Grande Music Company/Ideal Records

    2:15 pm -4:00 pm – Tropical Trail Board Meeting

    RSVP

    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, January 16.

    There will be no cost to you for this day except for 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 San Benito.

    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

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

    Partner Event/Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                     
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 
    First United Methodist Church
    900 S. Shoreline Boulevard
    Corpus Christi, Texas    

    Texas Tropical Trail Region 110th monthly Partner Event

    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – La Retama Central Library – 805 Comanche Street –1st floor La Retama Room

    10:00 – 10:45 amTour and presentations at La Retama Library

    10:45 – 11:00 am Travel to Centennial House (411 N. Upper Broadway) and Corpus Christi Cathedral (509 N. Upper Broadway)

    11:00- 11:45 amConcurrent guided tours of Centennial House or Corpus Christi Cathedral

    11:45 am – 12 noonTravel to First United Methodist Church – 900 S. Shoreline Blvd

    12 noon – 1:00 pmIntroductions and Lunch – First United Methodist Church

    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

    1:00 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – History of First United Methodist Church – Rev. Greg Hackett, Senior Pastor of FUMC

    1:30 – 2:00 pm Educational Program – Corpus Christi Convention/Visitor Bureau’s Role in Regional Tourism – Paulette Kluge, CEO, Corpus Christi CVB

    2:00 – 4:00 pm - business meeting – First United Methodist Church

     

    Business Meeting

    Board Development (Bart Wales Chair)

    Approve Minutes-   November 18 Corpus Chris

    Review and Approve Financial Reports- November 2014

    Executive Directors Report

    McAllen International Travel Show – Jan 7 & 8

    Coastal Bend Travel Fair – Fulton – Jan 29

    Unity Dinner – Austin – February 24

    Texas Downtown Association Regional Round Table- Valerie Bates

    FY 14 Scope of Work Updates

    Implementation of 2014/15 Partner Participation Program – Wanda Greenhill

    Actively participate in the LLC with other Heritage Trail Regions

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

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

    Pursue joint marketing opportunities to increase heritage tourism in the Region

    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)

    January 20 – 111th monthly Partner Event – San Benito (tentative)

    February 17 – 112th monthly Partner Event –

    March17 – 113th monthly Partner Event – 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~ Corpus Christi 12/16   

    On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 110th monthly Partner Event in Corpus Christi, Nueces 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, December 12.  Lunch will be $12 per person. CASH ONLY, please.
     
    If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
     
    Plans
    We’ll begin our day with a welcome and refreshments at the La Retama Central Library located at 805 Comanche in uptown (on the bluff) Corpus Christi overlooking downtown and Shoreline Boulevard.  The Local-History-Genealogy department of La Retama houses four distinct research collections:  Texas and Local History, Genealogy (national and international) and the Hispanic Genealogy collection which is considered one of the most extensive in the state of Texas.  Also housed in this department are historical archive collections related to the history of Corpus Christi and surrounding communities.
    From there, staying in uptown, we’ll head to Centennial House located at 411 N. Upper Broadway and Corpus Christi Cathedral located at 509 N. Upper Broadway (situated next door to each other) for concurrent tours.
    You will have a choice of touring one of these historical venues.  Guided tours of each will be conducted concurrently. Please make your choice before you arrive.
    Corpus Christi Cathedral
    In the early years of Corpus Christi, priests would come down from as far away as Laredo and Victoria to minister to the pastoral needs of the Catholics in the Corpus Christi area.  Because there was no church, Mass was celebrated in private homes.
    The first small adobe church was built in 1855 and, because of the large number of Irish immigrants in the parish, it was called St. Patrick.  Hurricanes and a fire eventually made it necessary to build a larger church and, in 1940, this larger church was renamed Corpus Christi Cathedral.
    Centennial House
    Built in 1849 by Forbes and Rebecca Britton on land acquired from Col. Henry Kinney, the founder of Corpus Christi, Centennial House is the oldest building in Corpus Christi still on its original site.  This site, high on the bluff overlooking Corpus Christi Bay would have afforded the residents a commanding view of the city’s most important commercial pier, Mann’s Wharf (near the site of the present-day Cooper’s Alley L-Head on the Corpus Christi Bayfront).
    From Centennial House and Corpus Christi Cathedral, we’ll head downtown to First United Methodist Church, located at 900 S. Shoreline Blvd) to spend the rest of our day.  The church is located across Shoreline Blvd. from the Emerald Beach Hotel.
    First United Methodist Church
    First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi (CCFUMC) was established in 1846 which makes it the oldest church body in the city.  The first building built for the church to meet in was finished in 1853.
    We will enjoy lunch prepared by the church staff and then have our programs and business meeting there as well.  CCFUMC Senior Pastor Rev. Greg Hackett will join us to tell us more about the history of the church.
    Lunch
    First United Methodist Church – 900 S. Shoreline Blvd
    Green salad
    Chicken Fried Steak w/cream gravy
    Mashed potatoes
    Green Beans
    Rolls
    Dessert and drink
    Cost per person will be $12 including tax and gratuity.  CASH ONLY, please.
    Afternoon plans
    We will enjoy two educational programs after lunch:
    Rev. Greg Hackett of CCFUMC will tell us about the history of the church followed by Paulette Kluge, CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention/Visitor Bureau to tell us about the CVB’s Role in Regional Tourism.
    Special thanks to Kathy Wemer and her husband Mark for all their help in planning this day.  It could not have been done without them!
    Our hosts for this day in Corpus Christi are La Retama Central Library, Centennial House, the Corpus Christi Area Heritage Society, Corpus Christi Cathedral and Corpus Christi First United Methodist Church.
     
    Schedule
     
    9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – La Retama Central Library – 805 Comanche Street –1st floor La Retama Room
    10:00 – 10:45 amTour and presentations at La Retama Library
    10:45 – 11:00 am Travel to Centennial House (411 N. Upper Broadway) and Corpus Christi Cathedral (509 N. Upper Broadway)
    11:00- 11:45 amConcurrent guided tours of Centennial House or Corpus Christi Cathedral
    11:45 am – 12 noonTravel to First United Methodist Church – 900 S. Shoreline Blvd
    12 noon – 1:00 pmIntroductions and Lunch – First United Methodist Church
    12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates
    1:00 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – History of First United Methodist Church – Rev. Greg Hackett, Senior Pastor of FUMC
     
    1:30 – 2:00 pm Educational Program – Corpus Christi Convention/Visitor Bureau’s Role in Regional Tourism – Paulette Kluge, CEO, Corpus Christi CVB
    2:00 – 4:00 pm - business meeting – First United Methodist Church
     
    RSVP
    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, December 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, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to the sites we will visit in Corpus Christi.
    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
  •    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