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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.


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.


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.


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


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 Deviney

Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region


Nancy Deviney

Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region


home/office – 361 547-8033

cell – 361 701-0555

fax – 361 394-5672