Tis the weekend to say I love you. Or, I love chocolate. And wine. And flowers. And bling. Also hand-holding. And spooning. Oh the list could go on and on, but let’s keep it to five. Happy Valentine’s weekend Darlings. Perfect timing sees this special holiday falling on Friday this year. If you haven’t made date night reservations at your favorite McKinney eatery yet, call now. I will stop typing and cross my fingers for you. While you’re on hold, check out my Fave Five ways to enjoy the romantic days ahead.
1. Spoon – Sons of Fathers – Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m. at Spoon’s Cafe- About a year ago, I wrote an article, “So You Missed Sons Of Father At Spoons? Man, Did You Ever Miss Out.” Guess what? They are back. Redeem yourself. Buy tickets here. Seating is limited, but that’s okay. You will actually appreciate the opportunity for an intimate evening with the singer/songwriters eMusic named to it’s Top 12 Hot New Acts To Watch.
Since last years’s visit to McKinney, this critically acclaimed Lone Star duo has criss-crossed the country adding legions of fans to an already burgeoning fan base. Like me, fans can’t help but fall in love with their music, a Texas-dipped Americana that refuses confinement to conventional genre. With their airtight harmonies, one can certainly hear, and almost see guitarist Paul Cauthen, and upright bassist David Beck tipping well-worn hats to musical influences such as Robert Earl Keen, Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, just to name a few. One quote I agree with states, “The music of Sons of Fathers is not only timeless, but a timely reminder of how great music can be.” Which is why both of the Sons of Fathers CDs have earned permanent slots in my Lone Star Road Trip rotation. Here is a sample to tide you over till Thursday night.
2. Spoon Some More – 121 North – Friday, February 14 at 8:30 p.m. at Spoon’s Cafe – Who isn’t head over heels in love with the 121 North Band? Whats not to love? They are talented, good-looking McKinney boys making a big name for themselves on the Texas alt/country scene. But lets be clear. We loved them first, and they love us back. Which is why 121 North plans to spend Valentine’s evening at Spoon’s Cafe. Fans know them as a great country band with an edge of Southern rock who never disappoint their crowd. Click here for the need to know info for this special date night treat.
3. Hold Hands In A Theater – “Taming Of The Shrew” at McKinney Performing Arts Center – Join the McKinney Young Actors Guild as they bring new life to Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes with a wild west twist. Directed by Lisa Martin and produced by Jacob Correll, showtimes are Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 p.m. The McKinney Performing Arts Center is located in the center of the historic downtown square at 111 N. Tennessee St. For tickets, click here.
4. Whisper Those Three Little Words: Flowers, Wine, Chocolate. As couples pair up for the weekend, some of our favorite downtown merchants are doing the same . Such is the case with my favorite new flower shop Stalk Market, and chocolate heaven, Goodies, Texas. According to the Stalk Market Facebook Page, this new relationship is not complicated: “Send fresh flowers and get the best locally made chocolate to go with it.” The Stalk Market is owned and operated by McKinney native, Lindsey Crump, and is located at 305 W. Louisiana St. Click here to grab her contact info.
Also sharing the love this weekend, is McKinney Wine Merchant and Fair and Square Imports. According to McKinney Wine Merchant owner, Andy Doyle, Fair and Square Imports carries a couple of dozen different chocolate offerings, a few of which he happens to keep on hand. McKinneyFoodie.com recently reached out to Doyle to find out which wine pairs best with chocolate. His recommendation?
“Korbel Rouge Sparkling Wine from Sonoma County,” says Doyle, “What makes it unique is it is a dark red sparkling wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. The wine makers have been having fun with this one for decades. It’s pretty cool. You can grab it for 18.99.”
From a culinary standpoint, Doyle’s Valentine Day suggestions also include Reckless Love, a fun California red blend with a glow in the dark mustache label, or Pasion de Bobal, a spanish red as beautiful as it’s heart-inspired label. Reckless Love sells for 23.99 and Pasion de Bobal is 15.99. The McKinney Wine Merchant is located at 120 W. Virginia St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
5. Bling. Lots and Lots of Bling. – Thank you Cupid for a Valentine’s Day on a third Monday weekend, a most special time indeed. Third Monday Trade Days begins Friday, February 14 and runs through Sunday, February 16. Each day, this massive flea market featuring over 450 venders opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Billed as the largest and oldest trade days in North Texas, one is sure to find the perfect token of affection whether it be sporting goods, home and garden goods or vintage bling, there is truly something for everyone.
Another sweet shopping spree can be found at The Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market located at 600 E. Louisiana St. in McKinney’s Flour Mill District. Also known as ORLY Market, the treasure hunt happens Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It seems like every time I visit, there are more and more vendors to choose from, which in turn, translates to more and more unique vintage finds.
Whether you choose one or all of my Fave Five ways to celebrate in the days to come, here’s to a marvelous McKinney weekend, Sweethearts. May it be filled love. And/or chocolate.