By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
Hello Spring and welcome to McKinney. The weekend ahead is blooming with all sorts of fun to be had. With the promise of blue skies and friendly temps, it’s the perfect weekend to get out and about to explore all McKinney has to offer her fans.
Read on to learn more about the events that make up my Fave Five things to do in McKinney this weekend:
• Emily Elbert Concert At McKinney Guitar Studio So check it out: fresh off her Southeast Asia Tour where this soulful singer/songwriter enthralled Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, Emily Elbert is making a visit to our very own McKinney Guitar Studio for a meet and greet, followed by an intimate evening of music for those lucky enough to score a ticket.How did we score such a musical coup? Because McKinney is lucky enough to be home to finger-style guitarist John Wynn, who just happens to be tight with Emily’s dad. John’s place is only one of the over 500 venues world-wide Emily is rocking these days. It is well worth your time to make a point to get into this event. $18 at the door – first come first serve, so grab your favorite beverage and get there early. Meet and greet happens at 7 p.m. with concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Click the videos below for an exclusive interview in the TSB studio:
• Farmer’s Market: Saturday morning marks opening day of the historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square. Nothing says Good Morning Weekend like heading out the door to enjoy the early morning bounty and community created by the farmers, artisans and neighbors who frequent Chestnut Square throughout the growing seasons. To kick things off, there are a variety of fun additions to this particular Saturday morning jaunt including, music by Bud Rager, the Singing Son-of-A-Gun, stagecoach rides, kid-friendly activities and educational opportunities for gardening fans.
• 49th Annual Collin County Art Show (Fri.-Sun.) One of the things that make McKinney such a desirable place to be is the amazing community of artists who live and work amongst us. This annual event, brought to us by the Art Club of McKinney, takes place at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts with adult entries on the lower level, and student entries on the upper level. Located just one block north of the downtown square at 306 N. Church St., you are going to want to make a point to swing by to take in a tremendous sampling of the visual arts talent and beauty found in our fair city.
• Celebrate Nature (Saturday) The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary brings us a spring festival. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. guests can enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities including canoeing, raptor demos, music and more. As an added bonus note that this is the weekend of the awesome plant sale they do each year. Adult admission is $10 with senior citizens and children getting in at $7 for the event. Members and up to 4 members per McKinney resident household with valid ID can enjoy the event for free.
• MEGA Reunion – This annual event is held each year for all McKinney alums from all McKinney High Schools. Sponsored by the McKinney Ex-Student Association, this year’s event takes place at Burks Elementary (aka West Ward for those exes of a certain age). Located at 1801 Hill St. the fun happens between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Drop in for a few minutes or for the afternoon. Catching up with former classmates is always a fun way to enjoy the day.
So those are my top five, but that my friends is only a fraction of what’s happening around town. Keep reading to find out what else is buzz worthy this weekend:
• 8th Annual Special Olympics Track Meet (Friday) Ron Poe Stadium is the place to be to witness students from all over North Texas participate in this wonderful event. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Get there early to cheer on the athletes who make up the McKinney Mavericks team. For more information check out my colleague Ben Lane’s article here.
• The 21st Annual Collin College Jazz Fest 2013 (Fri.-Sat.) Jaztet One, Collin College’s award-winning combo kicks the festival off at 8 p.m. at the John Anthony Theatre featuring guest performers Denis DiBlasio, Stockton Helbing, and the Texas Instruments Jazz Band. Ticket are $10 at the door. The John Anthony Theatre is located at 2800 Spring Creek, Plano. Click here to check out everything this festival has to offer.
• MRT’S MCKINNEY HAS TALENT! (Fri.-Sat., April 13-14) The McKinney Reparatory Theater once again hosts this talent showcase at the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the Courtroom Theater. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Go ahead and mark your calendars to see the semi-finals April 12 and the finals April 13. First prize winner takes home $500 with 2nd looking at $300 and 3rd with $200.
For those who like to get a jump on the weekend, here’s what’s happening Thursday, April 4th:
• Churchill’s Singles Night
• Dawgs-n-Hawgs Local Yoakum
• Lone Star Cellars Damon Miller
• Spoons Open Mic
• Grotto Open Mic
•Cadillac Pub Open Mic with Mark Sena
TGIF Anyone? Check out what fun is to be had on Friday, April 5th:
• High Noon On The Courthouse Square – from noon to 1 p.m. Every Friday through May, make plans to do lunch on the lawn surrounding MPAC. This week’s alfresco treat features a box lunch provided by a downtown eatery and smooth groove jazz. Future Friday’s will feature some of McKinney’s hottest performers and other noontime shenanigans. Did someone say mechanical bull riding and hula-hoops?
• Hanks: No Justice
• Grotto: Maylee Thomas
•Dawgs-n-Hawgs: Hard Country
•Lone Star Wine Cellars: Dove Creek Duo
• Spoons: Poor Kings
•Cadillac Pub: Christian Brooks Band
•Landon’s Winery: Dueling Mikes
Saturday April 6th:
Downtown Art Exhibits:
The Garrett Gallery Featured Artist Katie Rifkin; 111 E. Virginia
Imaging On The Square: Local Artists; 109 S. Tennessee
Laura Moore Fine Art: Featured artist Jeffrey Cortland Jones; 107 S. Tennessee
Orisons Art: Dallas artists Melissa Ellis and Julia Pappas; 110 E. Louisiana
Hanks: Brandon Bush Band
Grotto: Missing 3
Dawgs-n-Hawgs: Long Sword Spectacular
Lone Star Cellars: Steve Rose
Spoons: Eric Erickson
Cadillac Pub: Tommy Katona Band
Have a great weekend!