Wednesday , 23 May 2018

Michele Stevens Bernard: Carpe Diem Y’all

Shared experience is at the heart of what it means to be a part of a community.  With the weekend of September 10th and 11th looming large before us, it is indeed time to come together as one to celebrate, to remember, and to respond. 

On Saturday, the much anticipated McKinney Music Mash-Up takes place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.  Come together to celebrate the accomplishment of these fine vocalists. They will entertain and delight us, as they compete for $2,500 in cash prizes and the chance to open for Taylor Hicks on September 17th. The semi-finals begin at 2:00 p.m. with your audience votes narrowing the field to ten. The top 10 will perform before a panel of distinguished judges at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for both rounds are available for purchase. All proceeds benefit our McKinney’s Performing Arts Center.

Between shows, explore downtown.  Soak in all the 2nd Saturday Art Walk has to offer. Chat with artists demonstrating their skills. Browse downtown galleries featuring special exhibits. Stop in at Laura Moore’s Fine Arts Gallery. Get drawn into the compelling scenes depicted by featured artist Greg Holmes. Make your way to Orison’s to say hello to artist Michael McWillie. Feast in the abstract beauty of Jane Stephenson at The Garrett Art Gallery.  

Then, on Sunday, September 11th, lets don our red shirts, and gather together again. The McKinney Fire and Police departments invite us to mark with them, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at 6053 Weiskopf Ave. in Craig Ranch near the site of the Veteran’s Memorial Park. Hear our Police and Fire Chiefs, our Mayor, and our U.S. Congressman speak. Wrap yourself in the experience of key-note speaker, McKinney PD’s Cpl. Thomas Macri, a former NYC police officer on duty in New York during the 9/11 attacks. Absorb the notes of orchestra and choir, and the thunder of the memorial flyover as you stand with your community in remembrance of those lost in our community at-large on that terrible day. Know that prior to the ceremony, beginning at 7:46 a.m., the time the first World Trade Center tower was attacked, over 120 of your neighbors will begin reading the names of the 3,000 plus victims lost on 9/11 while individual flags will be placed in the ground by members of the McKinney High School Criminal Justice Club, in memory of each victim.    

Finally, come together to respond. Salute our military, our veterans, and our rescue workers who respond on our behalf every day. Respond with your time.  Explore to learn more about volunteer opportunities in our community. Respond with your talent. What do you have to offer our community?  Respond with your treasure. Donate to your charity of choice, or to an organization such as the Community Lifeline Center, who works with the veterans who have sacrificed and contributed to our nation’s safety, and who now experience undue hardships as a result of their service to us and to our country.

As we steadily move toward the weekend of September 10th, and 11th, the words of our own Lady Bird Johnson come to mind, “While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it’s even more important now because our neighbors are so many.”

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele.


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