By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
Music and springtime in Texas just go together like peanut butter and jelly. This week, why not enjoy both? The McKinney events that make up my favorite five fun things to do this weekend have you enjoying some of the finest music to be found, as well as enjoying the beauty of a Lone Star day/evening in April. Read on to see which events make the cut:
Michele’s Favorite Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend:
1. Heard/Craig Music In The Garden –My number one pick for this week also happens to beMichele’s Hidden Gem. Tuckedneatly behind manicured gardens and shrubbery next to the two story yellow Heard-Craig house just north of McKinney’s downtown square sits a carpet of green just perfect for sitting and listening to music alfresco. Known as Katie’s Garden, this lawn bursts with color year round, and is the place to be on a beautiful Thursday evening in spring when the Heard-Craig Center for The Arts hosts the popular Music in the Garden Series. Free to the public, this week’s performance features the McKinney Community Band. So pack a picnic (leave the alcohol behind) and grab some friends. It’s a most pleasant way to ease into the weekend. The Heard-Craig house is located at 205 W. Hunt St. The fun starts at 7 p.m.
2. High Noon On the Courthouse Lawn – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. I have a feeling that High Noon on the Courthouse Lawn might turn out be one of my favorite five things through the month of May. So far, the lunch bunch have brought us wonderful music and mechanical bull riding. This week they bring us hula hoops! What? Greatness! What a genius way to have a little bit of fun as we all collectively sigh and sing TGIF. To join my new favorite lunch buddies, report to the grassy areas surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the middle of the downtown square.
3.Bob Schneider at MPAC This is going to be fun y’all. Bob Schneider brings all that is righteous about live music in Austin, Texas to our very own McKinney stage. If you don’t have a ticket in your hot little hand click here to take care of that issue.For those of us who already know what’s up, we’ll just enjoy the embedded video below while you secure your seats.Meanwhile, if you missed it, click here to read my interview with Bob. During our conversation, Bob said something about how he believes it is his job to entertain in such a way that the people who come to his show are able to “lose themselves” and forget about their every day concerns. I don’t know about you, but after last week’s breaking news-a-palooza filled with all sorts of carnage and heart-ache, I think we are all due for a night of respite filled lose-yourself-entertainment. The fun starts at 8 p.m.If you are 18 years of age or older, be there.
4.RelayFor Life – Friday, April26, 7 p.m. – Saturday, April 27, 7 a.m.If you haven’t already signed up to participate, it’s not too late to trot on over to the Ballfields at Craig Ranch tobe a part of this amazing event.The Relay for Life was first brought to myattention many years ago from ayoung girl in the church youth group Iled. She came to me one day and asked ifit would be okay for her to put together a team from our church. Of course I was on board.I was impressed that ather young age, she had already been an activeparticipant with the event for some time, and, as a childhood leukemia survivor, it was certainly a cause thatwas near and dear to her heart. Today, I am happy to report after a quick search,according to this young woman’s facebook page, she is a member of the University of Texas at Dallas Class of 2012. And, according to the manygrinning pics of her wearing rock climbing gear, sitting in boats pre-white water rafting, and hugging friends face-to-face for the obligatory smiley BFF pics, she is doing well and living andenjoyinglife to the fullest. Click here to learn moreor to be a part of this fabulous event.
5. Bonnie Wenk Dog Park Located at 3050 Virginia Parkway at the northeast corner of Hardin and Virginia sits my new favorite park in town. I just wish it were my dog Karma’s favorite park in town. Bless her heart, she fears the dogs, but, that’s another story for another time. There is something truly beautiful about watching people and their pets have a good time. Pets bring out the best in the crustiest of souls, don’t you think? And, the city has done a wonderful job of creating a beautiful space for both man and his best friend to unwind and enjoy nature. The dog park, which is open daily to 11 p.m. is phase 1 of a multi-phased park project. When complete, the park will also feature paved trails and an amphitheater. Go. Enjoy.If you see, me, come say hello. I’ll be the one with the white fluffy dog hiding behind my knees. Click here to see what TownSquareBuzz.com publisher, Angie Bado had to say about the park’s grand opening.
That’s it for this week’s Five Favorite Fun Things to do this weekend. Keep reading to see what else is happening in and around town.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
Farmers Market at Adriatica – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Poker Night at Jack’s Pub – 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
High Noon On The Courthouse Lawn – Hula-hoop; 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Relay For Life – 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Farmers Market at Chestnut Square – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Antique/Classic Car Meet-up – La Madeline’s at Eldorado and Hwy. 75; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
LIVE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND
Hanks: Lincoln Durham – Guthrie Kennard Opens (Thurs.); Metal Shop (Fri.); Rick Trevino (Sat.)
Grotto: Missing 3 (Fri.); 3 Drunk Monkey (Sat.)
Ricks/Grand: Linda Cadena (Thurs.); Jason Michaels Trio (Fri.); Tyla Taylor (Sat.)
Landon’s: Joel Clarke (Fri.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Elizabeth Riley (Thurs.); Aaron Burten (Fri.); Lenno Summers and Big Bob (Sat.)
Cafe Malaga: Phil Cole Band (Fri.); Shane Frame (Sat.)
Spoons: Open mic (Thurs.); Kyle Brooks (Fri.); Katie Lamb (Sat.)
Dawgs-n-Hawgs: Hard Country (Sat.)
Cadillac Pub: Open mic with Buzz Andrews (Thurs.); Buster Brown Band (Fri.); Big Gus & Swampadelic (Sat.)
Heard/Craig: Music In The Garden featuring the McKinney Community Band (Thurs.)
If you’re still looking for fun to be had, be sure to check out the TownSquareBuzz.com Community Calendar, and don’t forget to check in with our wonderful friends at the McKinney Convention And Visitors Bureau.
Until next week, Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele