Monday , 23 April 2018

Carpe Diem Y’all: Tick Tock People

I’m the last person on this big, blue planet to wish time away, especially in a column touting the importance of seizing the day.  But geez, this week can’t move fast enough. Tick Tock People.  With so many wonderful weekend events on tap, my level of anticipation ratchets up with each passing minute.

On Friday, I celebrate my sweet Mother’s birthday with the women of the family who are able to make lunch.  Grandmother, aunts, sister, cousins, whoever can make it will be there.  We meet at the restaurant of the birthday girls’ choice, and get on with the task of one-upping each other with the wildly hysterical birthday cards we pass around the table and shower on the honoree.  I love my family, and love, that even with our busy schedules, small traditions such as this, strengthen our bonds as we celebrate each other. 

Then it’s off to McKinney North High School to cover Stephen King’s appearance in town.  I wrote about this last week, but it’s worth another mention.  Let’s put this in perspective: Stephen Freakin’ King will be here in McKinney!  I mentioned this at a gathering of McKinney’s Creative Community, and their response was identical to others I’ve shared this with, “THE Stephen King?” As I confirm, I watch the question marks dance around their heads, then the delight light up their faces.  Conversation resumes as all weigh in on their favorite King novels, movies and stories.  In my book, he is writer royalty, and as the teeny-bopper anticipates the latest teen heart-throb’s concert at the mall, so I anticipate King’s book tour stop in McKinney.

Saturday sees the unveiling and dedication of McKinney’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.  A few years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing RD (Ronnie) Foster, a driving force and the genesis behind this beautiful tribute.  I can only imagine how he must feel, as he witnesses his dream realized.  Thank you to Ronnie, and to all who have dedicated countless man hours and funds over the years to see this through to fruition.  The ceremony is at 11 a.m. and features distinguished speakers, including U.S. Congressmen Sam Johnson and Ralph Hall, and Mayor Brian Loughmiller.  The Veterans Memorial Park is located at 6053 Weiskopf Ave. in Craig Ranch.  Additionally, the Town Square Buzz Foundation encourages attendees to wear red to show they care.  Any red shirt will do, or, you may purchase “I Wear Red Because I Care” t-shirts at Square Burger on the downtown square. All proceeds for t-shirt sales go directly to Community Lifeline to help our military veterans in crisis.

November 12th is 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Downtown McKinney with an added bonus: The MAST tour.  From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., McKinney Artists open their studios to the public.  Tickets are 5.00 per person. This year’s ticket is actually a limited edition piece of artwork created by printmaker Lynn Hubner.  Tickets can be found in downtown McKinney at The Artist’s Loft, 110 E. Louisiana, Dream Artglass at Chestnut Square Farmers Market on Saturday morning, The Garrett Art Gallery, 111 E. Virginia St., Imaging on the Square, 109 S. Tennessee St., Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S. Tennessee St., and at Orison’s Art Gallery, 110 E. Louisiana St.  I’ve done this tour every year, and trust me, it will be well worth your time to take a peek behind the curtains to see where the magic is made.  I’ve also heard through the grapevine, that many of these places will have a surprise or two available for their guests.

Finally, on Sunday, as my personal birthday gift to her, I treat my Mom to her favorite musical, when McKinney Boyd High School presents “Phantom of the Opera”.  The musical actually opens on Friday, November 11th, but, we love Sunday matinees.  My obsession with musicals is something I definitely received from my Mother, so, I am thrilled to introduce her to the young voices of Kayla Perkins and Michael Williams, who blew me away earlier this year during the McKinney Music Mash Up Competition. Williams and Perkins walked away with the win when they brought the house down with their powerful voices during Mash Up, and I have no doubt they will do the same with Phantom.  Tickets are $10 for Students, $15 for Adults and $25 for Gala Night (Nov. 12th).  Showtimes are Nov. 11th 7p, Nov. 12th 7p, Nov 13th 2p, Nov 17th 7p, & Nov 18th 7p.  The Boyd Auditorium is located at 600 Lake Forest Dr.

I have a full weekend in front of me, and, it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s happening this weekend in McKinney.  Be sure to check out the community calendar to see what else is in store.  If you know of an event that isn’t listed, feel free to add it to the mix.

So, that’s what I”ll be up to, if the weekend ever gets here.  Tick Tock People!  How about you?  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele 

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