By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
April in North Texas brings with her a handful of blue sky days just right for enjoying every conceivable form of entertainment outdoors. Parks fill with families, outdoor patios fill with foodies and music lovers, and backyards throughout the city come alive with activity as folks emerge from their homes and turn their attention to budding trees and all that grows in the ground.
The activities and entertainment options that made this week’s Fave Five combine all sorts of things that are fun on their own, but are made even more so when done under blue skies or a blanket of stars. So go dig out the sunscreen, grab your walking shoes and lets get started:
1.Jon Christopher Davis at High Noon on the Courthouse Lawn (Friday, April 19, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) To kick off my weekend, my Friday plan is to pack a box lunch and hightail it over to the McKinney Performing Arts Center to grab a seat in the grassy area outside. Each Friday through May, High Noon on the Courthouse Square will bring all sorts of fun entertainment to those who like to lunch alfresco.
This week’s entertainment is one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Jon Christopher Davis. Davis is truly one of McKinney’s favorite and most talented sons. Any chance you get to hear him play, trust me and just do it. If you aren’t already a fan, you will be. And fret not. If your Friday schedule doesn’t allow you to join us for lunch, you can catch Davis Saturday night at Grotto Live at 7 p.m. Whether you choose Friday lunch, or Saturday night, my advise is get there early. You’re going to want a good seat!
2. MHS Marquettes Spring Show “Once Upon A Time” (Friday-Saturday, April 19-20, 7:30 p.m.) Okay, so you have to go indoors for this one, but you won’t be sorry. This Fave Five pick is also Michele’s Hidden Gem for the week. With all of the wonderful performances happening on the professional stages throughout our city, it might be easy to overlook the super talented kids right under our very noses. Such is the case with this year’s McKinney High School Marquette drill team. Did you know that this group of dancers have taken both the Grand Champion and National Champion titles at recent competitions?
The Marquette Spring Show has a long and proud tradition of excellence going back to 19-mumble-something when yours truly enjoyed her day in the spotlight. I can tell you, with each passing year, the dancer’s barre is set higher, and the level of talent just keeps getting better and more impressive. This year’s show will feature both group and solo performances on the stage at the McKinney High School Auditorium. At the door, ticket prices are $7 student and $15 general admission.
3. MHNA 1st Annual Chicken Coop & Victory Garden Tour (Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ) Why did the chicken cross the road? To get home of course, which is what I witnessed first-hand the other day while driving through McKinney’s Historic District.
Are y’all aware of this trend? Many of my neighbors are outfitting their yards with some of the cutest chicken coops in town, and lining their property with row after row of good and good-for-you veggies. As a McKinney native, I can attest to the fact that this isn’t exactly a new trend, but more perhaps a return to the way things used to be. As a child, I literally grew up playing in the tilled rows of my family’s backyard garden. And that memory isn’t unique, as most of my peers can attest to having similar memories of their own.
I had the pleasure a couple of weeks ago to get up close and personal with a few of the new chicks in the hood. They proved to be quite fun to hang out with and wanted me to let you know that they’re looking forward to meeting you soon too. Check out my story about Yvonne Evans and her House of Ladybirds here.
The tour starts at 11 a.m. at D&L AgMart (Feed Store) at 210 W. University. You can pick up your map there, and even free breakfast if you’re early enough. The tour is free, kid friendly, and even features some cool specials like free ice tea from Patina Green, and tastes from Local Yokel with the show of your ticket.
4. McKinney Skate Park Opening (Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.) I have been looking forward to this opening since Steve Brainerd so graciously took me on a sneek-peek tour of McKinney’s newest recreation area a few weeks ago. I need to see for myself how skaters plan to scale the walls of the various bowls and concrete obstacles that make up this 30,000 square foot complex. Skaters who really know their stuff will be on hand demonstrating their talents. You’ll find me sitting in the amphitheater-style seating area enjoying the scene. Saturday’s opening will also feature music, prizes, and the works. The Skate Park at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park is located at 7001 Eldorado Parkway.
5. Kyle Brooks and The Rhythm and Beards (Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) Cafe Malaga has one of the best patios in town for enjoying outdoor drinks, dining and entertainment. This Saturday night, they will feature my new favorite band, Kyle Brooks and The Rhythm and Beards. Seriously, y’all, these guys know how to rock. They have that perfect blend of singer/songwriter, indie, R&B, funk, you name it. And, they have that perfect synergy that happens when a band finds their place in the sun. Or, in the case of Saturday night, under the stars.
Check them out for yourselves by watching my recent In The Studio interview with them. Then, do yourself a favor and check out the full performance video. Then times that by electric, because that was just an acoustic set. Yep. See you at Cafe Malaga Saturday night.
So that’s my Fave Five fun things to do this weekend, but that my friends is only the tip of the entertainment iceberg. Keep reading to find even more fun things to do in and around town:
Thursday April 18, 2013
• Chestnut Square Pioneer Days 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
• Farmers Market at Adriatica – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
• Ladies Night Out at Heard Craig – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 306 N. Church $25 members; $30 non-members at the door
• Ducks Unlimited Dinner & Banquet – 6 p.m. 11:30 p.m. Myers Park Event Center; Adv. Tickets $50; $100 couple; $30 youth. Online ticket sales end Apr. 17; Steak dinner, free drink, live/silent auction. Click here for more information
Friday April 19, 2013
• Shake Rattle & Roll & The Country Comedy Tour – McKinney Performing Arts Center; 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday April 20, 2013
• Zombie Fun Run – Stonebridge United Methodist Church youth group 7:15 a.m. $15 or $20 Zombie. For mor info see http://mysumc.org/youth-upcoming-events
• Farmers Market and Civil War Days at Chestnut Square – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Click here for full itinerary.
• Color Me Cooper – 9 a.m. Off road 5k-10k starts at Lowe’s parking lot 121 at Custer and goes through fields between Lowes and TPC Craig Ranch Golf Course $30 5K – $45 10 K $20 Kids run
• Hearts of Hope Fashion Show and Tea – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eldorado CCC benefiting Samaratin Inn $50 adult; $25 children in advance or $75 at the door
• “On their Toes” – 7:30 p.m. – MPAC Music and Dance
• WAM Crawfish Boil – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Stonebridge CC; Dennis Cavalier Zydeco Band; Kids corner; Cajun Crawfish Co. Gumbo Cook Off
Sunday April 21, 2013
• Civil War Days at Chestnut Square – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Click here for full itinerary of fun
LIVE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND
Cadillac Pub: Open mic feat. Mark Sena (Thurs.); The Zydeco Stingrays (Fri.); The Buzz Andrews Band (Sat.)
Landon’s: Carolyn Lee Jones (Fri.); Daniel Chrysler (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Steve Rose (Thurs.); Steve Rose (Fri.); Daniel Whittington (Sat.)
Grotto Live: Prophets and Outlaws (Fri.); Jon Christopher Davis (Sat.)
Rick’s Lounge: Daniel Chrysler (Thurs.); Melissa Medlock (Fri.); Jones Band (Sat.)
Spoon’s: Open mic (Thurs.); Buzz Andrews (Fri.); Duane Bates (Sat.)
Dawgs-n-Hawgs: Long Sword Spectacular (Fri.); JR’s Roadhouse Allstars (Sat.)
Hanks: Jolie Holliday (Thurs.); Red Leather (Fri.); Ray Wylie Hubbard (pictured)(Sat.)