Lots of Activities Coming Up in September

Just in time for the nice weather, downtown McKinney is really rolling out the welcome wagon.  Every day,  more emails come into my inbox with something new.  As always, the best place to look for a full schedule is the City’s CVB page but here are some highlights that I’ve noticed:

Friday, September 9th –

Churchill’s Pub – At 6:30, the Brewmaster from Franconia Brewery will be tapping a 150 year old wooden cask of his Oktoberfest beer.  Franconia is a local brewery, not far from the downtown square, that also offers tours on Saturdays at 11 am.

The Pantry Restaurant – From 6:30 to 9:30 PM,  the Pantry, Chestnut Square and Franconia will be having the Oktoberfest Warmup, featuring German food, German dance by Vorstrand des Texanischen Schuhplattler Vereins, accordion music by Bob Cantin, and Franconia’s German beer.  Tickets are $35 a piece ($30 for Chestnut Square members).  Check with Chestnut Square for availability.

Saturday, September 10th –

McKinney MashUp at McKinney Performing Arts Center – The voting is done and there will two rounds of competition in the Mashup on the 10th.  At 2:00, the top 20 solo vocalists will compete and, at 8:00, all groups will compete.  The winner, determined by the audience, opens for Taylor Hicks on September 17th.

Sunday, September 11th –

The Amazing Acro-cats  are performing at McKinney’s Performing Arts Center at 3:00. This is one of four performing cat troupes in the U.S. and have been on The Tonight Show and National Geographic. Looks cute.  Nice diversion for a Sunday afternoon.

Monday, September 12th –

Chase Hall will be having an open house from 5 till 9 to show off what they’ve brought back from Europe. (They’ll be closed the 11th and 12th beforehand to get ready for the open house).

Tuesday, September 13th –

Helen Hall Library, 6:30 pm – there is a preliminary planning meeting to discuss options for a Community Garden.   The City of McKinney has tentatively offered a plot of land near the Senior Center on College St. at Wilson Creek Parkway. The site is over an acre and receives plenty of sun. They are still in a planning phase, assessing interest and logistics.

Next Weekend

Friday, September 16th – The McKinney Community Band will be performing a FREE concert at McKinney Performing Arts Center.  The show, “Showstoppers”, will be performing favorites from Broadway, movies and television.  The show starts at 7:30 pm and goes till 10?

Saturday, September 17th – TAYLOR HICKS (the groovy gray-haired guy from American Idol) will be performing at McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Friday & Saturday, 16th & 17th – The Old Red Lumberyard will be having a sale back in it’s normal location (in the shadow of the Historic Flour Mill on Louisiana, east of Highway 5).  They’ve posted tons of photos of items that will be available for that sale.  (Glad to have you folks back!)  If you think you might make it, don’t forget to also look at Fringe -The Event across the street, also having their sale that weekend.

The House of Hargrove normally has a sale that coincides with the Old Red Lumberyard and Fringe but this month they are having their sale on Saturday, 24th from 10 to 1.  Their red barn is next to the Old Red Lumberyard.

The North Texas Photography Club will be going to take pictures at the Plano Balloon Festival on Saturday the 17th.  The Club has monthly meetings downtown and is sponsored by, among others, Mendior Photography. Plano’s Balloon Festival spans Friday, Saturday and Sunday with balloon launches each day, live music, food & family activities, and a 5k on Sunday.

The Weekend after That

Friday & Saturday, 23rd & 24th – Oktoberfest on the square.  You don’t want to miss this and there’s a lot of buzz going on about it, mostly on Facebook. More info on Oktoberfest is available on the McKinney Main Street Page.

Check out this video for information about the complimentary pancakes Spoons will be serving up Saturday morning. I love the sound of “Franconia-braised pork shoulder” at Patina Green Home & Market. Yum.

Favorite sound bite: Camera man says, “That’s not German.”  Chef says, “No …. that’s just good.”

I am not sure what audience this video about prepping for the event is intended for but it’s a cool video.  Tell me if you giggle at the end.

Out of Town

For those that might be considering making a little jaunt sometime this month, you can go cheer on downtown McKinney’s Landon Winery as they compete in wine festivals, first in historic downtown Montgomery on September 17th and then in the Houston Wine Festival on September 24th and 25th.  For more details, see this article in yourConroeNews.com.

Sheez.  If you don’t have some fun this month, you weren’t trying.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

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