By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
Mother’s Day weekend is upon us in McKinney and lucky for Mom, there are plenty of fun activities slated for her special weekend. McKinney boasts some of North Texas’ best restaurants and shopping venues, so, it goes without saying that finding the perfect meal and gift will be easy. The greatest gift any of us can share is time. So, whether Mom is an active outdoorsy kind of girl, or more into the performing and visual arts, there are a multitude of activities to choose from this weekend.
Making this week’s Fave Five, are some of the activities that make Second Saturday’s in McKinney such a red letter day in our fair city. It’s even conceivable to make a full day of it, and enjoy every single one of my Fave Five picks. Just mix in a meal and a little live music or theater and tie it up with a bow. Mom will love it. So give her a call, set your alarms, grab your walking shoes and check it out:
1. Second Saturday Bird Walk – Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary – 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. My husband is one of those folks who during walks through the neighborhood is able to identify our flying friends by sight and sound. I am not one of those folks, which is why this nature stroll would be a great way to spend an early Saturday morning. According to the Heard’s website, the Second Saturday Bird Walk is intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. The walk takes participants through the prairie, woodland and wetland habitats. One thing you need to know – be sure to be there ready to go promptly at 8 a.m. The walk is included in the price of admission to the museum which is located at 1 Nature Place in McKinney.
2. McKinney Historic District Trolley Tour – Saturday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – True story. I live in the historic district, but I promise you have never seen my house. Nor will you, or should you. My house, or more to the point, my front yard is where one stands to look at, photograph or otherwise render drawings or paintings of the fabulous homes surrounding mine. I am thrilled when I step out onto my front porch during the golden hour, only to find artists, brushes or pencils in hand bent to their craft. And, I love it when either the trolley stops at my corner, knowing that those within are learning more about the history, architecture, and people who like so many of us decided to call McKinney home. The tour leaves every second and fourth Saturday of the month from in front of The Dulaney House at Chestnut Square. Reservations are required and space is limited, so click here to grab your tickets. $10 adults; $7 students, seniors, and military.
3. Cultural Music Series featuring Lara Latin Jazz Band – Saturday 6 p.m. – Towne Lake Park – Who says a good time has to cost a lot of money? Here is a wonderful family friendly way to start your Saturday evening, and it is absolutely free. The City of McKinney Parks, Recreation and Open Space group continues their Cultural Music Series with this offering. Go ahead and mark your calendar for June 8 and June 15, as these guys will continue to bring free outdoor concerts that celebrate cultural music through these dates. Grab a blanket, make a picnic (leave the alcohol at home) or find your favorite lawn chairs and kick off your Saturday night at Towne Lake.
4. Second Saturday Art Walk – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Post concert, head to downtown McKinney. The next item on a most fabulous way to spend the day, includes Second Saturday visits to the Laura Moore Fine Arts Studio, The Garret Art Gallery and Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery.
As most of you know, Second Saturday in downtown McKinney is the night when the downtown art galleries unveil their new exhibits, and host meet the artist opening receptions. This weekend sees several of my personal favorite artists being featured, such as Pernie Fallon and Guy Giersch. The works of this husband and wife duo will be featured when Laura Moore opens “Syntagma,” a showing of Fallon’s beautiful pastels and Giersch’s fantastic photography. Both will be on hand to meet during the opening reception that starts at 7 p.m. Laura Moore’s Fine Arts Studio is located at 107 S. Tennessee St.
On the north side of the square, The Garret Art Gallery is slated to feature the inspirational work of local artist Trudy Whitney. Whitney, a student Garret Art Gallery co-owner Clara Stoval for the past 10 years, “picked up her brushes and loosened her style” during and after successfully beating breast cancer. Whitney’s opening reception and show begins at 7 p.m. The Garret Art Gallery is located at 111 E. Virginia St.
On the south side of the square, be sure to check out Orisons Fine Arts and Framing Gallery where the works of Cindy Gray will be featured. Her paintings are “marked by layers of texture, word and image.” After viewing Gray’s offerings, be sure to go upstairs and check out the North Texas Printmaker’s Guild group exhibit which also opens Saturday. Several artists will be on hand to meet at the Orison’s opening reception slated for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5. Election Night on The Square – Saturday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – While you’re out art-walking, undoubtedly you will notice the old-timey chalk board set up on the lawn of the historic courthouse now known as the McKinney Performing Arts Center located in the middle of the downtown square. This is the place where I interrupt this story to remind you to go vote. Early voting ended on Tuesday, so Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. is your last opportunity to cast your ballot in the local election. (For voting locations, click here.)
Back to the story: The Honorable Paul Raleeh, JP Pct. 1, will host this family friendly event that features food, drinks and activities for the kids. Throughout the evening he will keep us apprised of election results. In addition to Raleeh, Election Night on The Square is brought to us by city council member Don Day, Rick’s Chophouse, the Grand Hotel and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. TownSquareBuzz.com will be covering the event as well, so be sure to stay tuned to for full election results.
Those are my Fave Five fun things to do this weekend, but like every weekend in McKinney, there are so many other things to do. Here’s what else is happening this weekend:
Thursday, May 9
• Ballet Ollimpaxqui presents McKinney Folklorico Festival 2013 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Also May 10. Click here for more details.
• Chestnut Square Guided Tours – 11 a.m. –
• Farmers Market at Adriatica – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
• Games For Good Community Lifeline Center – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – The Flour Mill; 407 E. Louisiana St.; Attendees must be 21 years of age; $40 or table of 8 $350; includes light dinner buffet, soft and adult beverages
Friday, May 10
• High Noon on the Courthouse Lawn – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Ping Pong with DFW Table Tennis Association
• Les Miserables, School Edition – 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. – MYT @ Heard Craig Hall
• MRT Presents Lend Me A Tenor – MPAC – 8 p.m. (also May 12 at 2 p.m.) – Comedy, Grande Opera with mistaken identities, plot twists and more!
Saturday, May 11
• 2nd Saturday Bird Walk – Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary – 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
• Farmers Market at Chestnut Square – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Why Would Anyone Wear That? Fascinating Fashion Fact Book Signing – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Diggin’ It; 507 N. Tennessee St. Written by Celia E. Stall-Meadows and Illustrated by her sister (and McKinney resident) Leslie Stall-Widener this event is this week’s Hidden Treasure. Author presentation at 3:30 p.m. P.S. Pattie Shaw of Pink Tree Confectionery is providing homemade macaroons!
• McKinney Historic District Trolley Tour – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Leaves from 315 S. Chestnut at Chestnut Square; Reservations Required; $10 adults; $7 students, seniors and military
• Cultural Music Series – Lara Latin Jazz Band – 6 p.m. Towne Lake park – 1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy – free and presented by the McKinney Parks, Recreation and Open Space department
• Collin County Master Gardeners Garden Tours– 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 7117 CR 166 – free
• MYT presents Don’t County Your Chickens Before They Cry Wolf – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Heard Craig 306 N Church Street; General Admission $8 in advance or $10 at the door; front row $18
• Main Street Magic and Fun Company features magician Doc Grimes and Friends. 2 shows; $10; 214-274-7802 for show times and to reserve seats.
Art Gallery Exhibit Openings And Artist Receptions
Garret Art Gallery: Trudy Whitney – Opening reception and Meet the Artist 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Laura Moore Fine Arts Studios: “Syntagma” pastel paintings by Pernie Fallon and photographs by Guy Giersch. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery: featuring paintings of Cindy Gray. Upstairs: group exhibit featuring North Texas Printmaker’s Guild.
Hanks: Kyle Thompson (Thurs.); Trent Willmon (Fri.); Granger Smith (Feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.)(Sat.)
Cadillac Pub: Open Mic Jam! With Buzz Andrews (Thurs.); Buddy Whittington (Fri.); Chris Watson (Sat.)
Spoons: Open mic (Thurs.); Kyle Brooks and the Rhythym and Beards (Fri.); Katie Lamb (Sat.)
Grotto Live: Maylee Thomas Band (Fri.); Sweater Puppies-pictured(Sat.)
Landons Winery: Larry Johnson (Fri.); Tu-Tones (Sat.)
McKinney Guitar Studio: Jam Session 7 p.m. (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Tommy Williams (Thurs.); Daniel Whittington (Fri.); Mike Allyn (Sat.)
Ricks/Grand: Plus One Jazz Group (Thurs.); Holland K. Smith Band (Fri.); Jon Griffin (Sat.)
To be completely in the loop, be sure to check out the TownSquareBuzz.com community calendar, or, check in with our friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau
Photos courtesy of photo stock, ChestnutSquare.org, Photo of Laura Moore by Don Simmons, photo os Sweater Puppies band as found on Sweater Puppies Facebook fan page