According to my extended forecast, Saturday is expected to be sunny and clear and in the mid sixties. This is the kind of day that calls for fun in the sun. Lucky for us, with a point to any corner of McKinney, you will find fun outdoor activity in progress.
Here are my Fave Five ways McKinney does Saturday right this weekend:
Chestnut Square Farmer’s Market – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Corner of Anthony and McDonald St. – I suggest you begin your day in the middle of McKinney at the Chestnut Square Farmer’s Market. Get there bright and early to get the best deals at this, the last winter market of the season.
“This has been a long winter for everyone, especially the farmers,” said Cindy Johnson, Executive Director of Chestnut Square and Market Manager, in an email sent earlier this week. “We’d like to invite everyone out in the 70 degree weather this Saturday to officially bid the winter good-bye!”
“Enjoy a bottomless cup of coffee and shop for local goodies, then, go home and pray for rain so that we can have a great 2014 season!”
The Chestnut Square winter market features local meats, eggs, honey and early spring crops. Bud Rager, The Singin’ Son-Of-A-Gun is slated to entertain.
ORLY Market – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 600 E. Louisiana St. – Next, head east to the Old Red Lumberyard for some early morning treasure hunting. Located in the Flour Mill District, this flea market continues growing in popularity, not to mention all manner of funky, fresh finds and merchandise. Retro and vintage fans might want to bring a trailer.
Before our next adventure, fuel up at the Louisiana Street Grill, conveniently located right around the block from ORLY at 350 E. Louisiana. Family owned and operated, the doors to this casual upscale east-side gem open at 11 a.m. Sit outside at one of the little high-tops fronting the restaurant, or enter to enjoy the ambience within. For lunch, I like the Spinach Salad, with its fresh strawberries, candied pecans and grilled chicken, it hits the spot.
With tummies full continue your outdoor adventure with one of the following:
Go south to Canoe the Wetland Trails at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – 1 Nature Place – I featured this eco-adventure in last week’s Fave Five spring break activities, and it is cool enough to earn a top spot in this week’s list as well. Learn to safely canoe from the Heard’s experienced guides, and then enjoy learning more about the ins and outs of wetland ecology during a guided tour of the wetland trail. Finally, have fun exploring on your own as you round out the afternoon with free paddle time. Cost for this activity is $32 for members and $42 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.
Go north to Bike, Hike, or Fly A Kite at Erwin Park – 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. – 4300 County Road 1006 – This 212-acre park is truly one of McKinney’s hidden gems. If you don’t believe me, click here to get directions. Located northwest of town, the park features plenty of wooded area, a fishing area, playgrounds, and plenty of open space. There are three reservation-required picnic pavilions. Overnight camping is also allowed with a reservation and small fee. But perhaps one of the coolest features this wooded park is known for is the 8.8 miles of mountain bike trails.Maintained by the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association, you can click here to learn more about it.
Go west to enjoy Third Monday Trade Days. – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 4550 W. University Dr. – Located two miles west of US Highway 75, this ginormous flea market is billed as the oldest and longest running market of it’s kind in north Texas. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the third Monday, McKinney welcomes and joins the thousands of shoppers hunting and gathering west of town. With over 450 vendors peddling their wares, whatever specific treasure you’re looking for, chances are, you just might find it there.
Finally, fret not if you run out of time on Saturday. All of the places listed in this week’s Fave Five have something in store for you on Sunday too.
Here’s to a wonderful weekend friends! Enjoy!
Writer Michele Stevens Bernard is a foodie, music-lover, baseball-junkie and unashamed homer. As owner of MSB Media Content Source, nothing pleases her more than to shine a light on the people, places and things that make her hometown McKinney, Texas unique, amusing and tasty by nature. Check out her contributions on TSB and her blog at McKinneyFoodie.com.