The thing I am really excited about coming up next weekend is the Beatle’s tribute band, Ticket to Ride, which will be performing at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. I went to their web site and found the video (below) and several others. This really looks like fun.
This is going to be an especially good weekend to plan some time downtown because there is so much going on all weekend, starting with Chestnut Square’s Oktoberfest warm up on Friday and ending with the Taste of Collin County (just down the road) on Monday night. There’s lots of stuff catering to the kiddos too.
Chestnut Square hosts the reservations only Oktoberfest Warm-up. Cafe Malaga caters and there will live German dancers and Franconia beer. See their web site to get tickets.
Stan Crader is having a book signing at Landon’s Winery on Friday, 7 to 10 PM. “The Bridge”, his debut coming-of-age novel, appears to have been well-received on Amazon where it has garnered a number of 5-star reviews.
The Farmer’s Market will be going on from 8 to 12 at The Chestnut Square. Live entertainment should be Mark Wallace on guitar. Following farmer’s market, Chestnut Square will be having Living History Days at 1:00 featuring old fashioned toys and games.
The North Texas History Center is sponsoring a blood drive at 10 AM. Their exhibit, Pioneering Roots, is open to the public until December. I had thought I had seen something about Hank the Cowdog, a children’s storyteller, being around sometime in September but I can’t confirm if that is this coming weekend at the moment. Their web site appears to be down momentarily.
McKinney Performing Arts Center will have The North Texas Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society and the American Public Media’s Pipedreams will be playing an afternoon matinée for the kids at 1:00.
The Beatles tribute band mentioned above, Ticket To Ride, will be performing at the McKinney Performing Arts Center at 8 PM.
This Saturday is the Second Saturday so many shops will be open late (from 7 to 10PM), art galleries will be opening new exhibits and hosting artist’s receptions, and live music will be all over the square.
Scheduled live music on the square:
Rick’s Chophouse – Jon Griffin
Cadillac Pizza Pub – T-Richard and The Zydeco Stingrays
Spoon’s Cafe – Eric Erickson
Cafe Malaga – Tania Cordobes
Aparicio’s – Shane Frame
La Misha Bistro – Kate and Tom
Coffee N Cream – Steve Duncan
Landon Winery – J. R. Boyd, Blues Doctors
Lone Star Wine Cellars – McCrain & Reynolds
Walls of Clay will be staying open late for a “Drop and Shop/Dine”. Drop off the kiddos for a fun evening painting their choice of a Halloween candy bowl with ghost and pumpkin add-ons or a Happy Everything plate with 3 large holiday add-ons.
Laura Moore Fine Art Studio will be collecting donations of new and gently used shoes during this Second Saturday. She will be building a show labyrinth on the street outside her studio during Oktoberfest. Afterwards, the shoes will be donated to the Samaritan Inn.
Garret Art Gallery – Japanese artist, Ken Toki Toki, oil paintings and monotype prints. Exhibit will be open through October 6th.
Orisons Art & Framing – Local photographer Karen Sambatrao, photography; local artist Susie Holamon, reverse acrylic paintings.
Somewhere on the square, local write/photographer Michele Bernard will be presenting a hands-on collaborative outdoor art memorial for September 11th. Visitors can draw, paint or write their sentiments and express appreciation for first responders.
Taste of Collin County benefits Habitat for Humanity and will feature food from over 40 different restaurants. It will be held from 5 to 9PM at the Collin County Regional Airport which is just down the road from downtown, not far from Pecan Grove Memorial Cemetery. For more information, see the official website at http://www.tasteofcollincounty.com/.
That’s it for now, but, if I hear of anything else, I’ll be sure to post it.
Until next time,