E-mail is filling up. Here’s the cool stuff:
Sip N Doodle, which has been meeting in the McKinney Performing Arts Center announced recently that it will be moving in with Infinity Arts Academy on Tennessee Street (across from Primp Salon, next door to Imaging on the Square). Infinity Arts Academy is becoming quite the powerhouse through these types of partnerships. It already partners with The Art of Dance and I thought that there was at least one other similar partnership … maybe Art Institute of McKinney? Infinity Arts is fast becoming a one-stop shop for classes in dance, acting, visual arts, music and photography. Looks like I need to update the Downtown Activities page again.
Sip N Doodle is also offering classes at other locations that might be of interest to downtown shoppers. They’ll be at Landon’s Winery this Wednesday evening and again on December 15th and Churchill’s British Pub on November 30th and December 28th. They are also looking for a male mascot/model to do live modeling every six to eight weeks and for special parties. Check their web site for more information on both.
More news on holiday activities on and around the square …
Since I’m already on Sip N Doodle, I’ll start there. They will be offering a custom backdrop at Dickens on the Square for people to take holiday photos. For $5, you can use their backdrop and your own phone or camera or for $10 Tony Avila of AvilArt Photography and Graphic Art will take your photo and e-mail a print to you.
Gregory’s Bistro is taking reservations for their special holiday menu. It hasn’t been released yet but it will be posted on their web site soon. For the most current info from them, follow them on Facebook.
Starting this weekend. tickets will be available downtown for the 37th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, the principal fundraiser for Chestnut Square Historic Village. They’ve got a great line up, as usual. Tickets will be available at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, Smitten, The Little Red Hen, The Antique House and Stained Glass of McKinney. The tour is the weekend of December 4th and 5th.
This weekend will also be the final (for 2010) Music Under the Stars out at Wales Manor. (Wales Manor is one of the McKinney wineries represented at Lone Star Wine Cellars on the square). Both Zane Williams and Jon Christopher Davis will be on stage. I’m not sure about this next part but it sounds interesting … Rodrigo Brand and the Show Paso Fino Horses will also be there. According to the Wales Manor advertisement, these appear to be dancing horses from Columbia, South America that will dance to the music close to the audience. Someone really needs to take a video camera to this one. Tickets are $10 a piece plus the wine that you buy there to drink (outside beverages prohibited). Picnic baskets are encouraged, as are lawn chairs if you don’t get there early enough to snag a seat (they are suggesting 6 PM for that).
Lone Star Wine Cellars is holding a 12 Wines of Christmas scavenger hunt from November 26th through December 4th. This is a wine tasting of 12 different vintages for $19.95 and entry into a drawing. Prizes from the drawing will include gifts from participating stores and the grand prize, a case of wine. You have to be 21 to enter the drawing. For more information, see their ad on the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s web site.
Last, but not least, the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary is going to be offering a Trail of Lights on December 18th and 19th. This will be their second year to put on the Trail of Lights which will include a half mile of lights, some synchronized with music, Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a decorated cabin, the North Texas Women’s Barbershop Chorus (on the 17th), the Black Prairie Band (on the 18th) and the McKinney Community Band (on the 19th). This sounds like a big event and I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as we get closer to the actual dates.
Until next time,