Memorial Day Done, Ready For Ice Cream? Crank Off June 11th

In the process of finding out about the Memorial Day Service this past Monday, I found out about a really neat program I’d never heard of before.  Maybe everyone else knows about this service.  Sometimes I wonder.

The program is a flag lease by the Sunrise Rotary in McKinney.  Homeowners sign a one year lease with the Rotary to come out and put up American flags in their yard on five holidays.  When the holiday is over, the Rotary comes by and picks them up and stores them until the next holiday.   The holidays are Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.  They install a small PVC pipe near the curb in your front yard that the flag fits into. The pipe is discreet and doesn’t stick up out of the ground.

Now that I know about the program, I’ve seen several of their flags in the Historic District.  I don’t know how I never noticed them before.  For more information, check out the Sunrise Rotary’s website.

McKinney Rotary Flag

McKinney Rotary Flag

We’ve been busy this holiday preparing for visiting family but we made it to Bike the Bricks. I know I may sound like a broken record but, man, I love living in McKinney.  We walked down to the square to take in the sights. I always get the name of this house wrong.  I think it is the Moses-Crouch home.  Whatever the name, they had a private party going on in their front yard that could have been a photo spread in Better Homes & Gardens.

Bike the Bricks

Bike the Bricks

We arrived on the square just as a race was starting. There was great energy at the starting line and music was playing on the square.  I saw Juan Carlos of Entertainment photos virtually flying down the sidewalk between his office on the square and the race.  He has photos from each race on his website (http://entertainmentphotos.net/). Just click on the Bike the Bricks logo in the upper left-hand corner of his site.

Second Annual Bike the Bricks

Second Annual Bike the Bricks

The young Alex Dowidchuk Band was absolutely fantastic.  Even my husband (who can be a really harsh critic sometimes) said that one of the boys sounded a lot like Stevie Ray Vaughn. The streets on the north and west sides of the courthouse were cordoned off for the beer garden, the race course passing by the east and south sides of the courthouse.  It was setup a lot like Oktoberfest.

Second Annual Bike the Bricks

Second Annual Bike the Bricks

The sidewalk seating at all of the square restaurants was popular.  There was live music over at Landon Winery too. According to Landon’s event calendar, Aaron Burton was playing.

Live Music at Landon Winery

Live Music at Landon Winery

I really liked the way it was set up this year.  It seemed like there was more room and the atmosphere was more casual and festive. At the same time, the course seemed more vigorously defined and the crossing better patrolled.  Even though bicyclists were almost always en route, we rarely had to wait to cross the street if we needed to.

Second Annual Bike the Bricks

Second Annual Bike the Bricks

We didn’t stay very long.  We heard the end of the first band and walked around the square, popping into Local Yocal where we got “fixin’s” for sandwiches and walked back home. Local Yocal was hopping.  Very busy.

Organic Produce at Local Yocal

Organic Produce at Local Yocal

I didn’t make it to the memorial service this past Monday but Town Square Buzz has a great write-up on it.  It looks like it was a fantastic turnout.

It’s boat time again and we have family arriving in from out-of-state so our attention has been a little scattered to say the least.

Lake Time!

Lake Time!

The next big thing is the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank Off.  I’ve gotten an e-mail from Mr. Slater and he and his wife will be there with hand made wooden kitchen ware.  They were at the Bois d’Arc Crafters event a few weeks back and had the gorgeous lamps with the hand-blown glass shades.  I’ve checked my calendar and, luckily, I’ll be there too. By the way, it turns out that Orgath, the dog on their web site, has a site of his own linked to theirs, http://www.auldooly.com/. Click on his picture to access it.

If you haven’t been to the Crank Off before, get there early.  They have the judging in the morning and all the ice creams are handed out in small samples until it is all gone.  You buy a single paper bracelet that gives you access to all the sample lines.  Last year, they had given it all out within about 45 minutes.  I fell madly in love with the winning flavor of the “You Made What?” category, “Maple.Bacon.Waffle” made by Creamy Bastard. We even ended up having a tasting at my work as a result.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

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