Eryn Reddell Wingert is the newest member of the Welcome Home RGV team. Eryn’s parents met while attending the University of Texas-Pan American (now the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley). They transferred to the University of Texas in Austin, and Eryn was born in our capital city. Eryn and her parents later returned to the Valley.
Years later, in their mid-thirties, Eryn and her husband, Stephan, moved to California with their son, where they lived for eight years. “We enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the Valley,” Eryn said, “and we couldn’t wait to get back to Texas.” It’s true what they say; home really is sweet home. Eryn and her family returned to the RGV.
“I love the friendly people, the endless sunny days, the food you really can’t find anywhere else, and the blend of cultures unique to this region,” Eryn said. “But I choose to live here simply because it’s home.”
Eryn is providing content for, and managing, the WHRGV social-media platforms. This content includes photos, videos, and other digital information, not only for WHRGV events, sponsors, and partners but also as a means of showcasing all the Valley has to offer.
Eryn has two favorite books, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Harry Bliss. Her favorite quotation is from Maya Angelou: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
Choosing one spot in the Valley to call her favorite isn’t possible for Eryn, but she can narrow her choices down to watching the sunset from Laguna Bob’s over the Laguna Madre, spotting chachalacas on the trails at Quinta Mazatlan, and the drive-thru at Taco Palenque as she waits for her order of Matamoros tacos.
Eryn has no problem naming one spot in the Valley she has never visited but wants to. “Guerrero Viejo,” she said. “The town flooded due to the creation of Falcon Lake in the 1950s. After years of drought, in the 1990s, the old buildings began to emerge. I find the story of relocating an entire town, its streets flooding, and its reemergence fascinating. Technically, Old Guerrero is located in Mexico, but it is one place, regionally, that I’ve always wanted to visit.”
For curious minds who want to know one funny/strange/interesting fact about Eryn, she keeps a tambourine in her car and has for decades. Next time you see her, be sure to ask about it.
Eryn has a message for all of you: “Send me your photos and videos of places and events that showcase why we choose to live here and why others should visit---or better yet, stay!”