This weekend has a lot going on for McKinney folks who love the farm life, even if your idea of farm life is relaxing under a shady tree while a farmhand brings you a glass of wine. So let’s get started.
Heritage Day at the Heard
If farm life makes you think of Ma and Pa Ingalls, you seriously need to head over to McKinney’s Heard Museum this weekend. Heritage Day will run form 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and celebrate the history of the Blackland Prairie. Demonstrations, entertainment, educational programs, and vendors who look like they came straight out of a Little House book will keep you occupied all day. Music by Madison Whitehead, Elizabeth and Felipe, and Texoma Highway will keep it lively.
Heritage Day will also be celebrating the grand opening of the Heard’s Pioneer Village:
…the Heard’s new Pioneer Village [is] comprised of eight buildings in playhouse scale that emulate structures typical of prairie settlements in the late 1800s. Kids will be invited to go back in time and have fun playing in and exploring these buildings including a miniature school house, grocery store and settler’s cabins!
Through the Pioneer Village exhibit, the Heard hopes to continue to connect visitors to the history of the prairie and also its ecological significance. Less than 1% of the Blackland Prairie remains, making the tallgrass prairie the most-endangered large ecosystem in North America.
Admission is free for Heard Museum members and city of McKinney residents with a valid drivers license! Woot! Otherwise general admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors.
McKinney’s Tour D’Coop
I already told you about McKinney’s Tour D’Coop this weekend. I hear that one of the chicken coops actually has chandeliers on the ceiling and china hanging on the walls. Cuh-razy. I cannot wait to see the coops.
Saturday morning brings another weekend of the Chestnut Square Farmer’s Market. Head out for fresh veggies, free range eggs, grass fed meat, and all sorts of fantastic farm-made goods. Entertainment will be provided on the front porch of the Taylor Inn by Texas Wildfire, and Matt Hamilton from Local Yocal will be demonstrating the best way to prepare your grass fed steak.
Didn’t you say something about wine, shade and farmhands* in the opening paragraph?
Yes, I did. If dirt, animals and spinning your own yarn don’t really float your boat, then you might want to hit the Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail this weekend. With stops at seven fabulous wineries in North Texas, including McKinney’s own Landon Winery and Lone Star Wine Cellars, it’s practically a cattle drive on the Chisholm Trail.
Here’s the deal. Purchase your tickets ($35 in advance or $45 on the day of at any stop on the trail) and print out a map. Pick a starting winery and GO! At each stop you’ll enjoy three wine samples and food. You can do it in all in one day or spread it out over two.
This sounds like so much fun to me! The Wine Trail is open from 12-6 on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the event website for more details, and please, drink responsibly.
*I made up the bit about the farmhands. But the wine is real.
Have a great weekend everyone!