Music In The Garden Starting Up, Ladies’ Night Out This Month

As a good segue from Easter, let me introduce you to Miss Bart. You may have seen her as you were walking around by the Heard-Craig Center For The Arts.  She is not a lost pet left over from Easter or a stray wild critter.  She is a much-loved resident of the Heard-Craig and sometimes visits other gardens.  No doubt she may be making herself scarce this coming month because April is going to be busy one for her garden, as well as for  the rest of the Center.

Photo Courtesy of Heard-Craig Center For The Arts

Photo Courtesy of Heard-Craig Center For The Arts


The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts will launch its popular “Music in the Garden” series this month on April 5th. The musical programs are free of charge and will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.  Events will be held either in Katie’s Garden just outside the Heard Craig house or in the Heard Craig Hall across the street.  For events in Katie’s Garden, bring a picnic basket, your favorite non-alcoholic beverage a blanket to sit on, lawn chairs, family & friends.

April 5th ~ Katie’s Garden ~ McKinney High School & McKinney Boyd Jazz Choirs

April 12 ~ Katie’s Garden ~ The E-Flat Porch Band

April 13th, 14th, & 15th ~ Heard-Craig Hall  ~ Young Artists Piano Competition

April 16th ~ Heard-Craig Hall ~ McKinney ISD Orchestra Honors Recital

April 19 – Katie’s Garden ~ The McKinney Community Band

And a word to the wise … if anyone out there is looking for a good event for “popping the question”, I’m not sure that you could get much more romantic than this. (Don’t forget to leave the bubbly at home though – no alcohol is allowed.) Katie’s Garden is also a popular spot for weddings.

Katie's Garden

Katie's Garden

Katie's Garden

Katie's Garden

Katie's Garden

Katie's Garden

Heard-Craig Center For The Arts

Heard-Craig Center For The Arts


April 20th, 21st, and 22nd ~ Heard-Craig Hall  ~ 48th Annual Collin County Art Show.  The entry form and fee must be received by April 12th and exhibits must be delivered by April 18th.  Prizes will be awarded on April 20th in the following categories: drawing, oil or acrylic painting, painting using other medium (i.e. watercolor), photography & digital art, mixed media, and 3D/Sculpture. Artists must be 18 years old or older and resident of Collin County or associated with a visual arts association in Collin County.  The exhibits are open to the public free of charge on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd.  The Annual Collin County Art Show is sponsored by the Art Club of McKinney and funded in part by the City of McKinney through the City of McKinney Arts Commission.

Heard-Craig Hall

Heard-Craig Hall


The big annual fundraiser, Ladies’ Night Out, will be April 26th in the Heard-Craig Hall from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, memorable music and appreciate the good fortune of being able to shop at some of the most unique and elegant retailers in the area all in one location. “Ladies Night Out” is an evening designed to celebrate the spirit of friendship with best buddies, favorite confidants or new acquaintances you’ve been wanting to get to know better.

Tickets for the event are $20 for Heard-Craig League members if purchased in advance, $25 for non-members in advance or $25 for Heard-Craig League members at the door or $30 for non-members at the door.

Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early for pre-event savings and space is limited. Tickets are available at the Heard-Craig House, Cynthia Elliot Boutique in downtown McKinney or by phone with credit card. For additional information on “Ladies Night Out” or to purchase tickets call the Heard-Craig House at 972.569-6909.

Heard Craig Center For The Arts

Heard Craig Center For The Arts

The Heard-Craig offers guided public tours Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 and on Saturdays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00.  Those tours are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and are very informative.  This is definitely one of the more memorable home tours I’ve been on.  If you ever made it to the tour of Ashton Villa in Galveston (back when they were doing tours), I’d put it on a par with that.

The “Art History Brown Bag Series” is a free art lecture held the first Wednesday of every month in the Heard-Craig Hall.  Held during lunch time, all lectures include a slideshow presentation and are timed to fit within a lunch hour.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, hence the “Brown Bag” in the name of the series.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

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