photo by M. Delesantro

It’s another holiday season at Frontera Audubon, and the Fabulous Frontera Bakers are hosting their Second Annual Bake Sale and Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. till 4p.m. at the Frontera Audubon Preserve, 1101 S. Texas Blvd., in Weslaco.

“We are blessed with the most fantastic volunteers and talented local artists and naturalists who bake, paint, clean and lead guided nature walks  to support the livelihood of this little nature park and historic home,” says Cindy Willson, Executive Director at Frontera.  “On Saturday, our volunteers will be reading stories on the patio of the Skaggs House, grilling $1 hot dogs, selling handmade crafts in the old house, and having a bake sale in the Visitors’ Center.  “Guests are invited to explore the Thicket that is home to all kinds of urban creatures and create corn cob treats to take home to the birds in their own backyards.”

In addition to the edible goodies at Frontera on Saturday, a handcrafted nativity will be raffled, and door prizes will be awarded at each storytime sponsored by The Storybook Garden.   Kids’ crafts will be available with face painting by John Thaxter.  Nature-themed items will be featured in the gift shop and a new supply of guide books and coffee table books, such as Jon Dunn’s Illustrated Book of Birds and Seth Patterson’s El Valle, a photographic journey through the Rio Grande Delta Region, will be offered, along with hot apple cider and a chance to buy an entire Christmas tree of Victorian ornaments.

Frontera’s Holiday Open House is a community outreach project with free admission to the property’s 13 acre Thicket and trails.  Typically, the Thicket hosts birders and nature enthusiasts from all over the world who come to observe the birds and butterflies, rare and usual, that migrate through the Valley.   Much of the property was given to Frontera Audubon Society with the Skaggs House, which was designed by noted architect Newell Waters and built in 1927.  On Saturday, donations will be accepted for the renovation of the Texas historic landmark Skaggs House so that future nature and arts programming can be hosted in the building.


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