Omg. Where to even begin??
It is absolutely beautiful weather in downtown McKinney this weekend. If I weren’t breathing, I’d be pretty sure I was in heaven this weekend. Everything is blooming and the square itself was bustling!
My husband and I walked down to the square today to watch the Confederates re-take Chestnut Square after having lost it yesterday, take a peek at the 46th Annual County Art Show in the Courthouse and enjoy the square on a perfect Spring Day. There were so many people about and so many shops open! I’ll give a quick run-down on the square first.
Rick’s Chophouse had a sandwich board up to tell people that their lounge is open on Sundays. I don’t know if it has always been open on Sundays but I know that it is now. If you haven’t been in there, it is a beautiful bar and has live music in the evenings. It’s so dark, it’s hard to take a picture of but I took this picture last November.
Many shops that I thought were normally closed on Sundays were open. Smitten was open and I finally got to see 120‘s new space in there. It’s fantastic! I actually like it better than when she was all by herself in her own storefront. The Gallery was open and was seeing a bit of traffic in and out. There were people coming in and out of And The Party Never Ends but they were connected to the store. It is not open yet. I asked one of the young girls and she said this week or next. By the way, Patina Green Home & Market has announced on their blog that they will be open June 26th. The big news is that My Swanky Boutique is now open on Sundays!!!! I believe the hours are 1 to 5 PM. We swang by Patsy’s and they are still closed on Sundays. We stopped in at Loco Cowpoke and bought a jar of marinated mushrooms that we’ve almost already finished. They are so good! Again, no change over at Square Burger or Paciugo.
There is a sign up where Chick Charm is coming in directing shoppers to http://www.treasuredtrinketts.com/. Workers were inside sanding the walls, preparing surfaces to be repainted for the coming shop. Looks like I was right on about this being a kid’s fashion store. Cool!
I made a mental note of something else on the square but I can’t remember what it was (I really should know better than to try to do that). I will remember in the middle of the night some time. So, we started our walk off by stopping by Coffee N Cream and getting a refreshing beverage. My husband had an Italian Ice and I got a Java Chiller. Starbucks and Borders fans really should try the Java Chillers here.
Then it was on to Chestnut Square for Living History Days.
Stage Coach rides were available at $4 a rider.
The Union troops put up a valiant fight but, since they won yesterday, it was only fair that the Confederates won the village back today.
The skirmish was well played and afterwards they lined up and fired into the air to clear the rifles. Then they moved to the Dulaney Cottage and kids could fire the muskets themselves for 50 cents. The place was thronged as we left to go check out the Art Show in MPAC. By the way, I got a lot of good shots from the skirmish. I’ve already posted them to my share site at Shutterfly, http://onthesquare.shutterfly.com/. They came out pretty well.
I didn’t take many shots at the Art Show. Art work was honey-combed throughout the Courthouse in the basement and on the first floor. There may have been some on the second floor too. I was soon lost in the building taking in the artwork.
I pretty much just took pictures of my favorites. I wasn’t the only one to like this one.
I think this one (below) was my absolute favorite. (Update 4/23 – The artist is Pete Quaid. Check out his website at http://petesimpressions.com/)
But then I have this thing for birds … (As I’ve mentioned before) This one was already sold. I took a picture of the artist’s name to remember it but it was too blurry to read. I want to say it was Claudia Chiffon but that sounds like it has a mnemonic memory trick embedded in it. (Update 4/22 – The artist’s name is Claudia Caudill. She has a website at http://claudiacaudill.com).
I wish that this last one had not come out sort of blurry. It really was phenomenal. Absolutely perfectly executed. I can’t believe it only got Honorable Mention.
So, that was my Sunday on the square. I hope you had as much fun as I did!
Until next time,