By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
Music and May and McKinney form the trifecta of fun for the weekend ahead. Live music takes center stage as numerous award winning musicians hit town. Enjoying the stylings of the super talented singer/songwriter/musicians bringing their special brand of country, folk-rock or classical guitar to the stage make up three of my favorite five fun things to do this weekend. And that’s only three, folks. This weekend sees McKinney swaying to the rhythm of live music in venues throughout the city. After you check out the Fave Five, be sure to check out the Live Music section at the bottom of the article to see who else is in town.
1. High Noon On The Courthouse Square presents Austin Cunningham, Friday, Noon-1 p.m.: I don’t know about you, but I look forward to telling my friends that yeah, I had lunch with Austin Cunningham on Friday. And, thanks to the McKinney Performing Arts Center, we can all do so May 17 when this award-winning singer/songwriter honors us with his talent as the rest of us nosh. Cunningham’s songs have been recorded by legions of Nashville luminaries including Hank Williams, Jr. Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, and Wynonna just to name a few. His songs have also been featured in films such as Ashley Judd’s Where The Heart Is, and, the Richard Gere/Wynona Ryder film Autumn In New York. And, yes, we get to have lunch with him Friday. We bring the sandwiches, he’ll bring the songs.
2. Indigo Girls, Friday, 8 p.m., McKinney Performing Arts Center: If you happen to have your tickets to see this Grammy-winning folk-rock duo in your hands, you are in luck, because, as I write, the concert is sold out. Even so, for those without tickets in hand, I mention this as a Fave Five thing to do this weekend, because, life happens, seats open up. Maybe, just maybe luck will be on your side. Check with the ticket office directly to just to be on the safe side. The worse thing that can happen is instead of seeing the Indigo Girls, you get to go see any number of fabulous live music performances happening Friday night in McKinney. Which is fine, because, I promise you will be entertained. Besides, didn’t you just have lunch with Austin Cunningham? Be sure to stay tuned to TownSquareBuzz.com for our concert review.
3. Chunk Your Junk, Saturday, 8 a.m. -noon: According to the calendar, it’s still spring, so you know what that means – spring cleaning. I don’t know about you, but I have a garage bay just bursting in anticipation for this event. This coming Saturday morning, McKinney citizens can Chunk Junk by filling the dumpsters that will be located behind the McKinney Cotton Mill at 610 Elm St. at Fowler St. and Burrus St. Recyclables and yard waste/brush will need to be sorted and you’ll need to leave your household hazardous waste behind. So by now, you’re wondering, wow Michele why is this fun? Easy, because you need to make room for all the treasures you’re about to find when you do the next fun thing on the list:
3.2 Third Monday Trade Days, Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: As the oldest and largest continually running flea market in north Texas, if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you can’t find it. Located on Hwy. 380 west of Hwy. 75, Trade Day (or as the old-timers say trades day) features hundreds of vendors, concessions and all the people watching, treasure hunting you can stand. Be sure to remember that parking is $5. For maximum comfort, you’re going to want to wear comfy walking shoes and dress appropriate to the outdoor weather.
4. McKinney Guitar Studio presents Mark Cruz In Concert, Saturday, 8 p.m.: OK, here’s the deal. Any concert John Wynn of McKinney Guitar Studio brings us is guaranteed to do a few things. First, it will up your cool factor exponentially. Second, attending will impress your family and friends – not to mention your date. And finally, John’s concerts will expose you to some of the best finger-style guitarists we will ever hope to have the honor of experiencing live. And all this from the intimate venue located upstairs above Sharla’s on the north side of the downtown square at 109 ½ E. Virginia St. This my friends, is this week’s hidden gem.
Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Mark Cruz serves as Professor of Guitar at Texas State University in San Marcos. As a performer, he has won numerous awards and been featured with many orchestras and ensembles including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
Call 972-832-1646 for ticket information. For you guitar players out there, you might also want to know that Cruz will be facilitating a composition class at 2 p.m. on Sunday. John can hook you up with tickets to this, as well.
5. Sunday Brunch, Sunday morning-ish: Have you noticed all the fun Sunday brunch happenings around town? We have. Be sure to check a few of our faves listed below. Seriously, doesn’t Rick’s Chophouse Sunday Champagne Brunch just sound yummy? You can’t go wrong with Spoons Café either. We also like Louisiana Street Grill, and pretty much every other restaurant open for brunch on Sunday for that matter. Save yourself some Sunday mid-morning stress and check with your favorite restaurant to see if they require reservations. There is just something so refreshing to lingering over a late breakfast/early lunch after church or following a Sunday morning walk in the neighborhood. Pair that with your favorite Sunday companions and enjoy all that is great about a weekend in McKinney.
So those are my Fave Five fun things to do this weekend, but keep reading to see what else is happening around town:
Thursday May 16
Preschool Nature Explorers 9:30 a.m. at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Preschool Story Time 10:15 a.m. at John and Judy Gay Library
‘Syntagma’ exhibit at Laura Moore Studios 11 a.m.at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios
Guided Tours of Chestnut Square 11 a.m. at Chestnut Square Visitors Center
Historic Heard- Craig House Tours 2 p.m. at Heard-Craig House
Farmers Market Adriactica 3 p.m.
“Pieces of the Past” Historic Quilt Exhibit 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Collin County Historical Society
Saturday May 18
Lone Star 4H Horse Club – 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Show Barn at Myers Park
Farm Museum Open House – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Farm Museum at Myers Park
Brewery Tour & Tastings – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 495 McKinney Pkwy.
5th Annual McKinney Flag Retirement Ceremony – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. St. Gabriel’s Church Meeting Hall
Farmers Market at Chestnut Square 8 a.m.
Teacher appreciation Day at Heard Museum 9 a.m.
Guided Tours of Chestnut Square 11 a.m.
Chestnut Square Gets Spooky at Night 8 p.m. at Chestnut Square Historic Village (Wilmeth Schoolhouse)
Sunday May 19
Smooth Jazz Brunch 9:30 a.m. Churchill’s British Restaurant and Pub
Sunday Brunch – 10 a.m. – Landon Winery
Sunday Champagne Brunch – Ricks Chophouse 11 a.m.
McKinney HS Sandstorm Volleyball Tournament 12 p.m. – The Beach at Craig Ranch
Live Music This Weekend
MPAC: High Noon: Austin Cunningham 12PM -1 PM (Fri.); Indigo Girls: 8PM- 10PM (Fri.)
McKinney Guitar Studio: Mark Cruz 8 p.m. (Sat.)
Hanks: Rich O’toole pictured (Thurs); Dustin Perkins feat. Ryan Ready (Fri.); The Dirty Pesos (Sat.)
Cadillac Pizza: Open Mic Night Feat Mark Sena 8PM (May 16); AlphaDogs 9PM (May 17); The Zydeco Stingrays 9PM (May 18)
Spoons Café: Poor Kings (Fri.)
Landons Winery: Daniel Chrysler (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
Rick’s/Grand: Nick Kerns (Thurs.); Melissa Medlock (Fri.); Jones Trio (Sat.)
Grotto: Moving Colors: Dallas Wedding Band Dance Band (Fri.); John Griffin and His Blues Band (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Elizabeth Riley (Thurs.); Crystal Yates (Fri.);John Griffith (Sat.)
To make sure all your bases are covered, be sure to check out the TownSquareBuzz.com community calendar, and check in with our friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau too.