Oktoberfest This Weekend! I Want a Chicken Hat!

 I was looking at Main Street’s web site advertising this weekend’s Oktoberfest when I saw it.

The quintessential wardrobe accessory that is definitely going to be on everyone’s short list …

CHICKEN HATS! 

(http://www.chickenhats.com/)

I have got to have a chicken hat. 

Really. I’m serious.

I can’t wait for Oktoberfest.  The food line up looks great.  I think Kuckuck’s Nest is a vendor that’s shown up in my hometown’s Polka Festival in the year’s I’ve been. If it the same Kuckuck’s Nest that I think it is, http://www.kuckucks-nest.com/ , they have a great selection of very well-made German themed clothing. 

I’ll be out of town until Saturday, so here’s my heads up for things I plan to be checking out:

Bier Barrel Races – I have no idea what these are but I’ll be looking for them.  Look for the Collin County Young Lawyers Association.

The Infinity Arts Academy will be offering free polka lessons Friday night at 8 pm and Saturday at 5 and 8 pm. They’ll also be offering some workshops for the kids so that the parents can get a little time on their own on Friday at 5 and 7 pm and on Saturday at 1, 4 and 7 pm.

Speaking of kids, the Goddard School of McKinney will be hosting a plethora of free kinder activities both nights until 9 pm and Main Street Magic & Fun Company will have their train running for kids and adults for $1 a person.  The depot is in front of the Magic shop.  

The McKinney Art House will have painting, pottery and clay stations open for the public. This is my first year as a student at the McKinney Art House and I’ve volunteered to help out.  I can’t wait to see how that goes.  I told my instructor, while I’m glad to help, I’m so new to the wheel about all I could do is keep people from eating the paint.  That’s not entirely true but it won’t hurt my feelings if she has me helping kids paint pumpkins. 

Walls of Clay will be offering $5 Christmas ornaments for you to paint. They’ll supply the paints and kiln (if a kiln is necessary). I definitely plan on picking up one of those.

Antique vendors will spill out of the The Antique Company Mall into the street to form the Munich Antique Fair. 

Laura Moore Fine Art Studio will be building a shoe labyrinth out in front of her studio.  She’ll still be accepting donations of gently used or new shoes to be added to the labyrinth.  They will be donated to The Samaritan Inn after the festival.

The official beers of this year’s Oktoberfest are McKinney’s own Franconia and a Belgium Warsteiner.  If you are a wuss (like me) and you just want a Bud Light or some such, don’t forget all the great watering holes around the square:  Aparicio’s, Churchill’s British Pub, Dawgs & Hawgs, El Juarez, Cadillac Pizza Pub, Rick’s Lounge, La Misha, Square Burger (30 beer tap) and The Pub McKinney(phenomenal beer selection). Cafe Malaga also has a bar, although that’s not its focus. 

I read that Cadillac Pizza Pub will also be having $2 Root Beer Floats but I’m not sure if they are just for kids.

There will be two sound stages on the square with constant entertainment provided.  There’s a great list on Main Street’s web site of everyone who is playing. Bands play from 4 to 11 on Friday and 10 am to 11 pm on Saturday.

There will still be live music scheduled in your favorite downtown bars and restaurants:

Cadillac Pizza Pub – The Quinten Hope Trio (Friday), Broken Code (Saturday)

Spoons Cafe – Michael Anderson & Soul Vacation (Friday), Eric Erickson (Saturday)

Landon’s Winery – Aaron Burton (Friday), Jack Grimm (Saturday)

Lone Star Wine Cellars – Brent Burwell (Friday), Steve Brumett (Saturday)

Cafe Malaga – Jeremy Enmeret Duo (Friday),  Aaron Burton (Saturday)

There’s usually live music at Coffee N Cream and Aparicio’s but neither list their schedules on line, so I don’t know who’s playing there.

I hope you come down and enjoy Oktoberfest on the square this weekend.  It’s free to attend.  Free music.  Free fun.  Beer’s gonna cost you. But, have you read this page???  Where can you go to get this much fun anywhere?  Surely, it’s worth a beer.  Maybe one of those root beer floats over at Cadillac’s…   

And, if beer’s not your bag, don’t forget the fru-fru drinks offered by Coffee N Cream and Spoons Garage Cafe.

For the official  information on Oktoberfest, see the McKinney Main Street web site!!!

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