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TwoBitNews Vol. VIII • Issue 1

LLANO GRANDE RESORT

BACK BY AND POPULAR DEM

December 2016


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Llano Grande Resort • Mercedes, Texas • December 2016

From the Desk of Activity Director: Welcome Back to the Rio Grande Valley

IN THIS ISSUE December 2016

It is so nice to see familiar

Activity Director : Welcome Back!................... 2 Advertiser Index............................................ 14 Cafe Grande.................................................. 15 Editor : News from the Office.......................... 8 Golf Course..................................................... 9 Doc Laney : Ride of a Lifetime......................... 6 Golden Opportunity for Wanna-Be Actors....... 7 Llano Grande Quilting Bee............................ 11 Llano Grande Wins Big.................................... 3 Park Wide Patio Sale Upcoming Dates............. 9 Razz-Ma-Tazz Set to Perform....................... 15 Recipe from Lone Star Citrus........................ 15 Renovations Underway!................................... 8 Stay in the Loop.............................................. 3 Thanksgiving Dinner..................................... 12 The Oak Ridge Boys Return............................. 5 Word Search Puzzle...................................... 13

TwoBitNews The Monthly Newsletter for Llano Grande Resort Llano Grande Resort & Country Club 2215 East West Boulevard Mercedes, Texas, 78570-7108 T: 956-565-2638 F: 956-565-0411

faces returning to the valley along with a lot of new faces.

We have a very busy fun filled season planned for you. We have worked all summer long putting together the new website where you can now purchase on line tickets for the upcoming shows. The website address is hyneseventcenter.com. Go to the upcoming shows and proceed with the commands. Pick your tickets up at the info office. Easy As That! We have plenty of exciting entertainment coming this season. Channel 3 has been given a new face lift that we hope that you enjoy.

Lots of fun things have been planned for you.

Linda Anklam Meanwhile, welcome back. Relax and enjoy your season! • Linda Anklam Activity Director

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Information Desk 956-565-2228 Located in Event Center Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Activity Office: 956-565-1506 Activity Office Hours Monday - Friday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sundays: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm VOTED 2016 PARK OF THE YEAR

Monica Myers Ind. Sales Director

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Llano Grande Wins Big

Stay in the Loop! Receive email updates from the Activity Office. You can subscribe to the Llano Grande email list and receive current/important park information and updates. Keep up on upcoming events and news even while you’re away. Or you can unsubscribe at any time and subscribe again when you arrive next year! Go to www.llanogranderesort.com and click on the “Activity” link (lower right hand side of page). Click on the link and complete the brief subscription form. You will receive an email confirmation so you know you have done it successfully! Be sure to Like us on Facebook, too!

at the TRVA Annual Convention Special to Llano Grande Resort

The

Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA) held their annual convention in Austin on August 12-15. For years, one of the highlights of the convention has been the naming of the “Park of the Year” winners for small, medium, and large RV parks throughout the state of Texas. This year, Llano Grande Resort, brought home the “Park of the Year Award” for the Large RV Park category! Congratulations to the managers, staff, and residents of Llano Grande Lake Park Resort & Country Club of Mercedes. This is the second year in a row that Llano Grande brought home the title. The awards are based on 1) Customer Service/Reviews, 2) Association Involvement, 3) Excellence in Operations, 4) Park Promotion, 5) Management Skills and Relationships,

6) Community Service, 7) Park Growth and Innovations, and 8) Visual Appeal of the Park and Upkeep. Thank you to all of our park residents for continuing to help make this resort the best winter destination in Texas. We could not have been recognized or do this without you and we wish to share the celebration with you! •

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The Oak Ridge Boys Returning to Llano Grande Resort Special to Llano Grande Resort

The

Oak Ridge Boys are set to appear at the Llano Grande Resort in Mercedes January 14 - 18, 2017. Their high-energy stage show remains the heart and soul of what they do best. Their performances will feature classic gospel, country, and patriotic music. The Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. Their string of hits includes the pop-charttopper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God for Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot of River, and many others. They’ve scored twelve gold, three platinum, one double-platinum album, and one double-platinum single and have had more than a dozen national number-one singles and over 30 Top-Ten hits. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring three decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oak Ridge Boys have garnered a host of industry and fan accolades including Grammy, Dove, ACM, and CMA awards. In 2008, they were awarded the coveted Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award. The Oaks have garnered a host of additional industry and fan accolades. October 25, 2015, The Oak Ridge Boys were honored with

induction into the esteemed and elite Country Music Hall of Fame. “I feel like I can do what I do on stage just as good now as I could 20 years ago,” said one of the Oaks, Joe Bonsall. “I plan to be rockin’ my tail off out there as long as I’m healthy. The people who come out, who bring their families to see us, deserve everything I’ve got.”

BACK BYMAND R DE A L U P O P Bass singer Richard Sterban added, “I think our stage show is one of the reasons for our continuity. We’re still having fun doing this. We love what we do. Getting on stage and bringing our music to people is

still what we live for.” To purchase tickets please call Llano Grande at 956565-2228 or they can be purchased online at www. hyneseventcenter.com. •

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Doc Laney: Ride of a Lifetime from Wisconsin to Llano Grande Special to Llano Grande Resort

LLano

Grande Resort resident William “Doc” Laney completed a 1,700 mile solo bicycle ride from Wisconsin to his winter home in Mercedes at the Llano Grande Resort and Country Club. A welcome reception was organized by his wife, Marcia, who arrived at the park earlier this month. Doc spent 28 days on the road from Wisconsin, averaging about 70 miles a day. He carried all of his provisions and equipment with him on the bicycle and its attached trailer. His plan included camping 2-3 days in a row, then staying one night in a motel to get refreshed. According to Doc, “Most of the time, in these small towns, people were friendly, and they would encourage me to camp on their lawns and would open their homes to me.” During the trip, Doc experienced only minor mechanical problems, including three flat tires, until

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his bicycle’s derailleur jammed into the spokes of the rear wheel. Stranded on a highway in Oklahoma, Doc called AAA, and the company sent a truck to the rescue. Doc Laney is an avid cyclist, having participated in many one-week excursions over the years. He has ridden across Iowa and throughout the RGV. We are all glad he chose our park as his winter home! •


December 2016 • Llano Grande Resort • Mercedes, Texas

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Llano Pins are

Here! Pick up your 2016-2017 pin in the Activity Office today!

Have Something to Share? Submit your Two Bit News to news@hynesnet.com

Golden Opportunity for Wanna-be Actors Special to Llano Grande Resort

If

you have sometimes wondered if you could be in a play, now is your chance to find out. The Llano Grande play this year is a hilarious comedy about the smallest RV park in Texas: Four Double-wides and a Shed. (Yes, you are already smiling). There are wonderful parts for six gals and three

guys. If you’d like to know more, talk to Ann Collins, or Jayne Wilson or Jo Carnavale at 309255-2202 to gather more information. Opportunities to read a part will be held in mid December, so check this out now! •

Veggie Wagon Special to Llano Grande Resort

Llano Grande Resort hosts a

Veggie Wagon that promotes healthy eating! Get your fresh vegetables from local vendors!

Every Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the fountain!

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News from The Office: December 2016

Special to Llano Grande Resort

The new parking lot for the

Special to Llano Grande Resort

Hynes Event Center at Llano Grande Resort is well underway! We are excited to implement this expansion to our event center to accommodate the parking needs for our exciting future upcoming events such as the Oak Ridge Boys on January

Hi Everyone,

I need someone to confirm that it is Fall, because it sure doesn’t feel like it. We won’t complain though; it sure beats shoveling snow any day! We are just starting the season when most of you start migrating your way from the North to keep from shoveling that white stuff and we are looking forward to a fun filled season this year. Activity Office has planned lots of great shows and music to keep you entertained. Schedules are in print in the Event Center, on Channel 3 and the calendar is on our Llano Grande website. Please call the Activity Office for information on ticket purchases by phone, at the Activity Office or online. Our new Hynes Event Center website will go live this month and you can purchase tickets through that website very soon. Café Grande will open November 1, so come on over and grab lunch and/or breakfast with us. We will also be having Karaoke with the usual meal on Wednesday nights. All you can eat Fish Fry will be on Thursday nights. The Golf Course will also open on November 1, so don’t forget your clubs. Ken and Kay Victory are our new Golf Course Managers and they welcome everyone to go out and meet them. Dick has the greens looking wonderful.

Renovations Underway! 14-18, 2017 and various other performances set to entertain our residents and the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Exciting changes are happening and we will keep you updated as we continue to expand and make our way of living the best yet!

Karen Pike The shuffleboard courts were re-surfaced over the summer, so if you are a shuffleboard fan, you should be happy campers this winter. Construction on a new parking lot for the Hynes Event Center will commence in a couple of weeks. There will be plenty of parking for events for everyone. I’m looking forward to spending the Fall and Winter with you all. Travel safe and get here soon! As always, please call me if you need me. •

Welcome Home,

Karen Pike Mgr. Llano Grande Resort kpike@hynesnet.com 956-532-4827

Margie Minett, D.V.M. 2203 Barcelona Mercedes, TX 78570

815-546-0931 mrmpetdoc@aol.com

FOR NON-EMERGENCY OR MINOR EMERGENCY ONLY. Calls and emails will be returned within 24 hours.

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December 2016 • Llano Grande Resort • Mercedes, Texas

Park Wide Patio Sale Upcoming Dates Special to Llano Grande Resort

Llano Grande Resort hosts Park Wide Patio Sales that reach

out to the public through various sellers that provide a wide array of items that can satisfy the shopping urge within you! Find great deals and treasures so come check it out!

December 10, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

February 11, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Golf Course is NOW OPEN! Special to Llano Grande Resort

Visit Llano’s historic 1928 club house, where our experienced

staff can assist you with all your golfing needs. This peaceful atmosphere is the perfect place to unwind, whether you want to play golf all day on Llano’s challenging championship 18 hole golf course with varied terrain, shop in our pro shop or relax with friends in our restaurant. Pay as you play or become a member – either way leave your worries behind at the Llano Grande Golf Course! Call today for more information at 956-565-3351.

Hours of Operation: Pro Shop

7 days a week • 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Double Bogey Grill

Monday thru Friday • 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bar

Saturdays • 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Llano Grande Resort • Mercedes, Texas • December 2016

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Introducing the

2017 Opportunity Quilt

by the Llano Grande

Quilting Bee

Special to Llano Grande Resort

Bordeaux

Elegance is the name of our Opportunity Quilt and it is Elegant! While Bordeaux may bring visions of French red wine, this quilt derives its name from the Bordeaux Trading Post located near Chadron, Nebraska, by the Bordeaux River. James Bordeaux, a Frenchman from Missouri, was the post manager in 1837. In 1956, the Bordeaux Trading Post was reconstructed on the same location, using the same post holes as the original building, and is now the Museum of the Fur Trade. That may be an unusual story behind the name of the quilt, but the luxurious queen-size quilt has more than a “usual” design. It is created in shades of cream, soft seafoam green and rich browns with an intricate diamond pattern adorning the front and a complimentary pattern featured on the back. Bordeaux Elegance is everything the name personifies!

Bordeaux Trading Post, Nebraska (now Museum of the Fur Trade)

This Quilt can be viewed and tickets bought at the Llano Grande Craft Show on December 3, 2016, at the Llano Grande Quilt Show on January 31, 2017 and at the Spring Llano Grande Craft Show on February 4, 2017. Tickets to win this quilt are available for $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets may be purchased from any Llano Grande Quilting Bee member or contact Monica Myers 319-239-3161. The winner will be drawn at the Llano Grande Show and Tell event, February 26, 2017. You need not to be present to win! •

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Memorable Llano Grande Resort Thanksgiving Dinner Special to Llano Grande Resort

Hynes Event Center was a

host to a perfectly memorable holiday feast for all those who attended and dined with the best that this holiday can offer. We wanted to show our residents how thankful we always are to have you be a part of our resort living. Each one of you bring a special flare to this resort whether you call this place your home away from home or if you decided to make this your home.

This Thanksgiving dinner provided the best of turkey and all the dressings that make our mouths salivate. We look forward to sharing our thanks for this new season with our residents with an exciting season coming up at our new Hynes Event Center. Find out what events are coming up at www.hyneseventcenter.com or by calling the info desk at 956565-2228 and join the fun of a new season. •

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Cafe Grande Season Hours T he Café Grande in Hynes Event Center offers breakfast, lunch and special buffets for our residents and for special events. Special to Llano Grande Resort

Our delicious menu is subject to change but here are the hours that you can expect to satisfy your hunger. Breakfast........... Monday – Friday............7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lunch................. Monday – Friday............11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Evening Buffet.... Wednesday, Thursday.....4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Lunch Buffet....... Friday...........................11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Razz-Ma-Tazz set to perform December 9 Special to Llano Grande Resort

Razz-Ma-Tazz is the show

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choir from James “Nikki” Rowe High School in McAllen. Members of “Razz” are selected by audition from the 250 students in the choir program at Rowe. They perform a variety of music including Swing, Patriotic, Contemporary, and

Broadway. The show will be held in the Hynes Event Center on December 9. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online at www.hyneseventcenter.com or by calling the info desk at 956-565-2228. •

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Recipe

compliments of Compliments of Lone Star Citrus Growers Lone Star Citrus Growers-surprizingly sweet with a hint of zing. Be sure to visit and like their Winter Sweetz Facebook page, where you’ll find more great recipes and lots more! •

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Texas Fiesta Soup

4 servings • 1 Winter Sweetz™ Grapefruit, segmented • 2 Texas oranges, segmented • 1 cup plum tomato, chopped • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped • ¼ cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped • ½ cup tomatillo, chopped • 2 tablespoons purple onion, chopped • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • ½ cup tomato juice • ¼ cup chicken broth • 2 tablespoons lime juice • 1 teaspoon Tabasco • Salt and pepper Coarsely chop grapefruit and orange sections and place in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients; stir, cover, and chill 4 hours before serving. Winter Sweetz™ Grapefruit is “surprizingly sweet with a hint of zing.”

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