Tuesday , 20 March 2018

Michele Stevens Bernard: Carpe Diem Y’all

McKinney’s entertainment scene is seriously COOL, which matters, with freakishly scalding August temps, and the internal combustion that I, being a woman of a certain age, experience from time to time.  In the past few weeks, within our city limits, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a Broadway worthy musical, dance to live music brought to me by Grammy award-winning musicians (at a winery, no less!), hobnob with singer/songwriters, artists, writers, photographers and musicians, gather with friends to sample a myriad of treats offered by the downtown eateries and pubs, and brave the heat to trolley about the neighborhood in celebration of National Night Out.

As a McKinney native, I still marvel at the number of choices I have in the “Things to Do” category.  I vividly recall how short that list used to be.  It wasn’t that long ago that riding up and down the street to see who else was riding up and down the street was what we did for fun.  If we desired even more fun, it required a southbound road trip to meet our entertainment needs.  The fact that I can now enjoy fine dining, fine arts, and live entertainment within blocks of my home, well, it just makes me giddy.  The only entertainment issue I have now, is the process of narrowing down just how much fun I want to have in a week.

Here’s a short list of what I’ll be doing for fun this week:  Starting today, is the AABC 16U Mickey Mantle World Series.  This is some seriously fun baseball, featuring some of the best players from around the country.  Tomorrow night, it’s pizza and music, as Buzz Andrews will be hosting Open Mic Night at the Cadillac Pub.  On Friday, I’ll put on my favorite red t-shirt and head down to Square Burger, where they too will be Painting the Town Red.  Saturday morning, I’ll hit the Farmer’s Market at Chestnut Square to pick out just the right ingredients for a special date night I have planned with the hubby – we’ll need it after all the work we’ll be doing in order to take advantage of the First Saturday Citizen Trash Drop-off Day!  I’ll be saving the best for last, though, as nothing puts the perfect final touches on a great weekend for me as attending a matinee performance does.  On Sunday, it’s all about McKinney Repertory’s presentation of Into the Woods on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

So, no matter how high Mother Nature chooses to crank up the heat this week, for me, McKinney’s cool factor will temper things quite nicely.

How will you be keeping it cool this week?  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

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