January 18 to 28/2012
It has been a busy 10 days. We enjoyed a Dinner Theatre on the 20th that was put on by the talented McAllen High School Choir students (20 of them). Their program was called "I Walk with Music" - a tribute to the music of Hoagy Carmicheal ( a Jazz musician/songwriter born in 1899). Some of Hoagy's hits were "Georgia On My Mind" and "Star Dust". The dinner and show took place in a church hall which was decorated in the school colors of purple and gold - including satin chair covers and gold presentation plates. The catered chicken dinner was served by students. The choir boys wore tuxedos and the choir girls wore an assortment of fancy formal purple gowns.
On Sunday the 20th I took 2 lovely older widow ladies from the park out for lunch and then to the South Texas Museum in Edinburg to listen to an author who wrote a book of short stories on the famous King Ranch of Texas. She wasn't very interesting but a generous patron of that Museum is a granddaughter (over 80 years old) of the original King and she was there and told a few stories too that made the event worthwhile. Later that afternoon, Don and I attended the house (mobile home) blessing of our friends Rick and Brenda Watts. That evening I attended a concert in our park hall of John Sager and Mario - entertainers from Branson Missouri. They both had great voices for the music Frank Sinatra and other crooners.
On Monday the 21, we had a potluck dinner for all the Canadians in this park - over 70 came out to enjoy being together. After the potluck, I was fortunate to be given a ticket to attend another High School program - Nikki Rowe High School Choir's production of "Mame". The Musical Synopsis is "Mame Dennis's eccentric, bohemian lifestyle if interrupted when her late brother's son is entrusted to her care. But rather than adapt to any societal standards about child rearing,
money-making and romance - Mame does everything with her own dramatic flair." The students were fantastic!
This was a week of Health Fairs. Don and I attended a valley wide one in McAllen and had blood tests for kidney health and ears checked. We attended another one in our partner park here too. Maureen won a lovely gift basket as a door prize.
That evening I saw the McAllen High School Steel Drum Band play at the same park.
Another Highlight of the week was our Friday night dinner theatre "Murder Among the Mateys" in Pharr. This was a mystery dinner theatre and we had roles to play. Brenda and I went to a Ropa (warehouse where you sort through used clothing in giant piles) to get costumes for the 10 of us who attended. Then we shopped at Dollar stores for props. We had a fun evening at the Salty Sea Dog.
Our group was Thumbless Jack - Crewman (John), Cutthroat McPherson - Powder Monkey (Rick), Gurglin' Uma Scarr - Galley Wench (Bonnie), Governor Napier (Rollie), Juliana Napier - Governor's Wife (Nancy), Antonia Napier - Govenor's Daughter (Me), Breathless Betty Napier-Governor's Daughter (Maureen), Commodore Clearing (Don), Buccaneer Bradshaw-Privateer (Don Thompson), Mad Rose - Serving Wench (Brenda). Don Thompson was awarded the best actor of the night, Mad Rose was the best dressed.
On Saturday morning Maureen and I went birdwatching at the Edinburg Birding Park. There were lots of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks around.


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