April is THE Month for Heard Craig Center For the Arts


First off, mark your calendars for the annual Ladies’ Night Out coming up Thursday, April 18th.  This event draws hundreds of ladies each year for the food, fashion, and fun and will be held from 6 to 9 pm in the Heard Craig Hall at 306 N. Church Street, across the street from First United Methodist Church and just north of the beautiful yellow Heard Craig house that faces onto Hunt Street.


Guests will be served delicious hors d’oeurves and desserts while shopping some of the most unique and elegant retailers in the area and listening to music provided by pianist Tom Sullinger. Fabulous door prizes will be given out and raffle items from Warthan Dermatology, Griffin’s Jewelry, Tomes Auto Group and more will be available.

Tickets are still available:

Tomes Auto Group will provide coupons for a nitrogen tire fill up OR a mini detail to everyone who purchases a ticket to the event.

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.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the preservation of the historic Heard-Craig House and Carriage House.

Restaurants, caterers and retailers (at press time) who will provide food and shopping opportunities:A Touch of Italy, Annie Royer Art, Blu Rayne, Blue Mesa Grill, Bobitt’s Advertising, Carter’s Creativity, Celebrity Spa & Slimgenetic, Creative Memories, Crump’s Garden, Confetti Monkey, Cynthia Elliot Boutique, Dee’s Dish Catering, Design Ten, Diggin’ It, Edward’s Floral Design, Fair and Square Imports, Funky Junky, Heard-Craig Gifts, Kiss & Make-Up Boutique, Griffin Jewelry, It Works!, Judy’s Personalized Interiors – Judy Showalter, Just Piddlin’, Lasting Impressions Apparel, LC Tobey of Dream Artglass, Market Street Dish, Market Street Catering, M. Cole Adornment, McKinney Wine Merchant, MNY Designs, Nan Lee Jewelry, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Origami Owl, Orison’s Boutique, Park Lane Jewelry, Pastry by Christine, Pavitra Organics, Premier Designs Jewelry, Nothing Bundt Cakes, RaceTrac, Rick’s Chophouse/Sauce, Scarves by Theresa, Sharla’s, Snug on the Square, Stella & Dot, Succulent Cuisine, Sugar Monkey, Three Hands Cross Creations, Warthan Dermatology Center, and Whole Foods Market.

Sponsors of the event are Adriatica Women’s Health, Donna & Dennis Baker, Bank of Texas, Brandon Industries – Jan & Brian Hall, Debbie & Mark Denissen, Ann Dowdy, Guaranty Insurance, Terry Turrentine Irby, Geralyn & Mark Kever, LegacyTexas Bank, Sherri & Jerry Long, Patty & Stan McWilliams, Sandra & Erich Reins, Daryl & Johnnie Sorrells, Joan & Bill Taylor, Tomes Auto Group – Ford – Subaru, Patricia & Brad Wysong, and Warthan Dermatology Center.


The “Music in the Garden” series returns on April 11th & 25th at 7 PM in the area known as Katie’s Garden, the manicured east lawn of the Heard Craig.  Guests are invited to bring family, friends, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy the free concerts by McKinney’s E-Flat Porch Band (on the 11th) and the McKinney Community Band on the 25th.

The Heard-Craig garden is located at 205 W. Hunt Street in McKinney’s historic district. For more information about Music in the Garden, call 972-569-6909.


In this annual competition for high school pianists, talented young musicians will be competing against each other for cash prizes while nurturing and showcasing their skills in master classes and receptions over a three-day weekend April 12th – 14th.

Dr. Spencer Myer will attend at the Guest Artist/Adjudicator and will start the weekend with a solo recital Friday night at 7:30 in which he will perform works of Haydn, Schubert, Albeniz, and Stravinsky.

Tickets to the Friday evening concert can be purchased online through the McKinney Performing Arts Center or at the door. Adults: $20, Seniors: $17, Students: $5 (free if accompanied by a parent who has purchased a ticket).

For more information on this program, see the McKinney Musical Arts Society.


April 24th – 12 to 1 PM –  The continuing “Texas Writers and Words Series” will host guest speaker Sharon Hudgins, food editor of European Traveler website and the food columnist for German Life magazine (US). Her food and travel articles have appeared in Saveur, Gastronomica, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Fiery Foods & BBQ. She is the author of four non-fiction books including a cookbook about the regional cuisines of Spain.

April 26th & 27th – 3 shows – “Beauty and The Beast, Jr.” by McKinney Area Christian Home School Department

April 28th – Women’s brunch benefiting Shiloh Place

April 26th – Look for an evening of dance in Katie’s Garden to be performed by Elledanceworks.  The performance will be free and the date is currently TBA. (Updated on April 4th with date.  Thanks to Silky Hart for the info!)

And don’t forget that this weekend, April 5th through 7th, will be the 49th Annual Adult Art Show in Heard Craig Hall. For full information, see the Art Club of McKinney website.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

7 Responses to “April is THE Month for Heard Craig Center For the Arts”

    • Beth

      Oops! I knew that I was forgetting something! 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.

  1. Barbara Johnson

    Beth – Thank you so much for the post about all of our events at the Heard-Craig this month. We hope to see all of our neighbors from the historic district & throughout McKinney and beyond! – Barbara Johnson


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