Well, Art Walk is done for the year and I think it did quite well. I expected to do more in the evening but I went with friends and we got through a lot of the square between 2 and 5. I was surprised that it seemed that things started to die down about 5 o’clock but I’m sure it picked up again when the dinner crowd started making their way down.
The sidewalks were pretty crowded. They didn’t close off Louisiana or Virginia but they did close off part of Tennessee where Laura Moore’s massive outdoor gallery was staged. There were tons and tons of artists. I didn’t take many shots. I feel weird taking pictures of someone’s artwork, for one thing, and stopping on the crowded sidewalks meant impeding traffic flow for another. My favorite this time was an artist by the name of David Hobson. There can be no doubt that talent like his is indeed a gift.
My friends and I made pretty much a full circuit around the square but, with three women, we were pretty easily distracted from the artwork by some of the shops like Swanky Boutique and Sharla’s. We also went into Lifestyles Nutrition and got a couple of shakes. That was a first for me and I will probably go again now that I’ve had a try. Their shakes are 16 oz and thick. I was afraid they might taste “healthy” or “non-fattening” but mine (strawberry-banana) was actually really good.
So, that was Art Walk and I’m looking ahead for the next two weeks, the build up to Easter. Last year there were no signs up anywhere but I don’t think any of the shops were open Easter Sunday. The restaurants and churches are another matter.
Heard-Craig Center for The Arts has their Ladies Night Out Fundraiser on Thursday, April 14th.
Next weekend, Palm Sunday weekend, Old Red Lumberyard will be having their monthly sale. They are going to open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you go on Saturday, you can catch House of Hargrove’s April Barn Sale from 10 to 2.
The same weekend, Chestnut Square is going to be having Civil War re-enactors performing both Saturday and Sunday. If you haven’t been to this, this is a really cool event. Generally, one side “takes” the Chestnut Square one day and the other side “takes” it back the next. They will have skirmishes on Saturday at 1:00 and 3:00 and on Sunday at 1:00. Bring a dollar for your kid to fire a musket between 2 and 3 each day and they will have “Campfire Civil War Ghost Stories” at 8 pm on Saturday. A $5 donation is requested for the camp fire.
If history isn’t your bag or you aren’t looking forward to explaining to your kids the moral entanglements of war, particularly civil war, and even more particularly that civil war, you can wait a week and Chestnut Square is having a free old-fashioned Egg Hunt.
Sponsored by the Milstead Team of Keller Williams Realty, children’s activities will start at 10 am. There will be a free magic show at the Wilmeth Schoolhouse in Chestnut Square. For $5, the kids can make an Easter bonnet or hat and there will be an Easter Bonnet parade at 12:30, with prizes. I’m assuming the hats can enter the parade too but Easter Headware Parade just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Plus, traditionally, it’s been sort of difficult for a man’s hat to “outdo” a woman’s bonnet. Not saying it can’t be done but that’s going to be a great picture to explain once he’s in his twenties and dating. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 1:00. Wells Fargo Advisors is sponsoring free stage coach rides throughout the event, from 9:00 until 1:00, when the hunt begins.
Don’t forget that Easter weekend is also the fourth weekend of the month for April so Chestnut will also be running the Historic District Trolley Tour on Saturday at 11:00. The tour takes about an hour and a quarter and I highly recommend it.
The First United Methodist Church will be having a sunrise service at 6:30 am Easter Sunday in Mitchell Park. They will be having traditional services in their sanctuary at 8:00, 9:00, 10:05 and 11:10. Wellspring worship and praise is offered in Dyer Hall at 10:05 and 11:10. Check out their web site for more info.
The First Baptist Church (FBC) on Louisiana will be having a sunrise service in the parking lot near the baseball fields behind the church at 6:00 and 7:00 am. They have services listed for 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 but you’ll want to check their web site to see which service is for you. They have one series designated as “New Community” and I’m not sure what that means.
The Vintage Church, which meets in the McKinney Performing Arts Center, will be honoring Easter with two services, one at 9:30 and one at 11:00.
As for Easter dinner, I’ve only seen two ads so far:
Gather – is offering a family Sunday buffet from 10 to 3. Main dishes are honey glazed ham and sliced turkey with homemade dressing. Assorted breakfast and brunch items, like eggs benedict and waffle bar, will also be available.
The Pantry Restaurant – is offering a special Easter lunch. Menu includes orange-glazed ham, BBQ brisket (with homemade BBQ sauce) and lemon & herb chicken. Not sure on the hours but assuming that they are keeping their normal hours of 11 to 2:30.
So, go and enjoy …
Oh, and completely unrelated to Easter, the City’s Planning Department is going to have an open meeting at the public library just off the square Wednesday, April 20th from 6 to 7 pm to discuss the recent Brownfields grant from the EPA. This grant will allow the City to “help properties begin to overcome any perceived and/or real environmental complications by offering site assessments and cleanup planning activities, all at no cost to the property owner”. This has to do with the downtown square and Highway 5 revitalization initiative connected with the Town Center Study and will cover the goals of the program and how we (residents) can be involved.
Until next time,