By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
How I love a parade! McKinney’s American Idol Hollie Cavanagh is home and it’s time to celebrate. The City of McKinney has declared Saturday, May 26, Hollie Cavanagh Day. The day kicks off with a homecoming parade at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown McKinney and will be immediately followed with a concert on the square. P.S. You’re going to want to be there, as this will be our only chance to catch Hollie at home before she goes on tour this summer with the American Idol Live Tour. Be sure to bring all those cool posters you made for the watch parties too. Let’s show Hollie some love, y’all!
“We are so proud of all she’s accomplished,” says Mayor Brian Loughmiller, “we want to show our appreciation for representing McKinney to the world.”
Hollie was named American Idol’s Season 11 Top 4 Finalist in what has been described as “the most talented group of singers ever to take the American Idol stage.” Following her short homecoming visit, Hollie will return to Los Angeles to prepare for this summer’s 46-city American Idol Live Tour which kicks off July 6th in Detroit and wraps up in Milwaukee on September 11. The tour swings through Dallas on July 29 when it comes to American Airlines Center. Grab your tickets now by clicking here.
If you’re a P1, you probably already know that BAD Radio will be in the house on Friday. For the rest of us, let me translate: Dallas’ Sports Radio station, KTCK, The Ticket will do a remote Friday, May 25, when popular hosts Bob and Dan present their show BAD Radio from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Pub in historic downtown McKinney. Oh the shenanigans that are sure to ensue, I can only imagine. Bob and Dan will be here to kick off the party leading up to McKinney’s 3rd Annual Bike the Bricks.
This year’s Bike The Bricks Criterium Race is once again hosted by McKinney Velo and features a $20,000 purse. More than 500 cyclists will descend on the downtown area to participate in a series of interval races. It is a sight to be seen for sure. There is now way to describe how fast these guys go. I’m pretty sure they can create their own weather system with the powerful draft they make as they whoosh through the streets. Warm-up laps start at 4 p.m. with the races beginning at 4:30 p.m. The fun continues till 11 p.m. with plenty of downtown food and festivities to enjoy as well.
Sunday, May 27 brings nothing but smiles when Grammy nominated David Nail headlines the Smiles Charity Concert and Family Festival at McKinney’s Adriatica outdoor concert venue.
Country’s modern-day gentleman is described in many ways, “Glen Campbell meets Michael Buble, Garth Brooks meets Stevie Wonder, Jim Reeves meets Elton John,” which is code for Dang! This guy is hot and and he can sing!
Nail’s 2009 Top 10 hit Red Light was nominated for Single of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, and his song Turning Home garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. His current album The Sound Of A Million Dreams features chart topper Let It Rain.
The Smiles Charity Concert and Family Festival will also feature fan favorite The Maylee Thomas Band and teen heartthrobs Lantic. In addition to food, drinks, and a happening fun-filled kids area, a flyover featuring WWII era planes will happen, as will a spectacular post concert fireworks show. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and runs till 10 p.m. Admission is free with donations gladly accepted. A $5 donation will get you access to the kids area, and free t-shirts will be given away to the first 2,000 people who give a donation. This year’s beneficiaries are hometown heroes Andrew Litz and Augi Pena, who selflessly served in combat on our behalf. Net proceeds of the concert and festival will go to building mortgage free homes for these most deserving men.
On Monday, McKinney will remember all of our heroes when at 9:30 a.m. we attend the 28th Annual Pecan Grove Cemetery Memorial Day Observance. This year’s ceremony features the McKinney Community Band, the McKinney Fire Dept. Bag Pipers, as well as special guest speakers including Pecan Grove Association president, Harry McKillop, Judge Keith Self, The Rev. Salvador Guzman, Mayor Brian Loughmiller, Congressman Ralph Hall and Congressman Sam Johnson. A flyover featuring WWII aircraft will take place at 11:05 a.m., and Boy Scout Troop 303 will conclude the event with a community picnic and BBQ. To get directions to McKinney’s historic Pecan Grove Cemetery, click here.
Later, at 1 p.m., McKinney’s Ridgeview Memorial Park will conduct their Memorial Day ceremony. Speakers include Jim Nichols, Jim Caserotti, Bill Dvorak, and RD Foster. Taps will be played by Dale Litrell. The ceremony will be hosted by the Collin County Freedom Fighters, McKinney VFW Lone Star Post 2150, and Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from McKinney and Plano will also be in attendance. Ridgeview Memorial Park is located at 2525 Central Expressway North, between McKinney and Allen.
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