By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
With Memorial Day right around the corner, this weekend is a fine time to begin preparing our hearts and minds for the weekend to come. On Saturday, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution will host their 4th Annual Flag Retirement and Honor Our Veterans Ceremony at Game Nesbitt Community Park. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. This event features representatives from each branch of our armed services, veterans, and patriotic music, as well as the official Flag Retirement Ceremony. Gabe Nesbitt Community Park is located at 7100 W. Eldorado Parkway.
Speaking of patriotic music, the don’t miss event for Saturday night happens at the McKinney Performing Arts Center when an Armed Forces Salute is hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society. Nationally known theater organist, Dave Wickerham will present a performance of both patriotic and popular music, along with organist/composer Danny Wesley Ray, the Sorta Sisters and the Frisco Jazz Band. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children are $5 in advance or $6 at the door and Veterans, Active Duty or Reserves are free. To get your tickets now, click here.
It’s the perfect weekend in McKinney to get your shopping on, as Farmers Market at Chestnut Square runs 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and Third Monday Trade Days starts Friday and runs through Sunday. While the Farmers Market features tons of fresh good and good for you food, you’ll also want to check out the numerous McKinney artists who display and sell their amazing creations each week. Likewise at Trade Days. Farmers Market at Chestnut Square is located at 315 S. Chestnut St., and Third Monday Trade Days can be found 2 miles west of Hwy. 75 Exit 41 on Hwy. 380.
Many of our favorite musicians are taking stages at many of our favorite places. Zane Williams kicks the party off Friday night at Hank’s Texas Grill, with John David Kent following suit on Saturday. Cadillac Pizza Pub welcomes the Quentin Hope Band on Friday, followed by Broken Code on Saturday, while the Grand Bar plays host to Melissa Medlock Friday night, and Buzz Andrews on Saturday.
Meanwhile, down the road a bit, Concert by the Creek presents Maylee Thomas. Located at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm at 970 Garden Park Dr. in Allen, the concert begins at 7 p.m. (weather permitting) and is free to the public. Lawn chairs and coolers are not permitted, so grab a blanket and enjoy a night with Maylee.
And that’s just the half of it. There’s way more night life and music to be had, not to mention, Art Exhibits, and other fun stuff to fill the weekend with family and friends. Courtesy of our friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, check out what else is in store:
NIGHTLIFE AND MUSIC:
Grotto Live: Missing 3 (Fri.); Soma Lab (Sat.)
Landon Winery: Carolyn Jones (Fri.); Duane Bates (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Elizabeth Riley (Fri.); Daniel Whittington (Sat.)
The Garret Gallery: Junanne Peck; 111 E. Virginia; 972-548-9361
Imaging On The Square: Local artists, 109 S. Tennessee; 972-548-7575
Laura Moore Fine Art: Waleed Arshad, 107 S. Tennessee, 214-914-3630
Orisons Art and Framing: Joe Sambataro, 110 E. Louisiana, 972-529-1441
The Artist’s Loft: McKinney North High School Artists, 110 E. Louisiana St., 972-345-6311
Animal Superheroes Heard Natural Science Museum, 972-562-5566
“Unique By Nature” Juried Art Show MPAC 111 N. Tennessee. 9 a.m. – 6 p..m.
McKinney Spring Classic Soccer Tournament Craig Ranch Soccer Complex 972-569-6808
FRI.-SAT. MAY 18-19
Art of Postcards Exhibit: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. German, English, WWI Era French postcards and local cards from early 20th century to 1960s. 300 E. Virginia; $3-7
SATURDAY MAY 19
Weekly Group Bike Ride: Leaves Cadence Cyclery in downtown McKinney at 7:20 a.m. on Saturdays
Drum Circle 10 a.m., Old Settlers Rec. Center, 1201 E. Louisiana. 214-641-0782
Franconia Brewing Tour 11 a.m., $5 per person for tour/tastings. 495 McKinney Pkwy. 972-542-0705
Lone Star 4H Horses Myers Park, 7117 CR 166; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 972-658-5201
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