Airpower History Tour and 5 more things to do in McKinney in April and May

AirPower History Tour (Courtesy Commemorative Air Force B29-B24 Squadron)
AirPower History Tour (Courtesy Commemorative Air Force B29-B24 Squadron)

AirPower History Tour (Courtesy Commemorative Air Force B29-B24 Squadron)

April 22 | Virtual community awards celebration

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce, the city of McKinney and other area organizations will present awards celebrating businesses’ contributions to the community. Ticket packages include wine and a food box of locally sourced charcuterie items from Zin Zen as well as a mask contest with a grand prize giveaway for a night out in downtown McKinney. 4-6 p.m. $50 (individual), $80 (couple), $500 (VIP package for eight). Virtual event. www.mckinneychamber.com/2021communityawards
April 24 | Party on the Patio

The McKinney Parks and Recreation Department presents an open-air music series at The Recreation Center at Towne Lake. Patrons can bring their own wine or beer to drink al fresco while enjoying live music by folk string band The Bodarks. Capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. 7-9 p.m. Free. The Recreation Center at Towne Lake, 2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney. 972-547-2690. https://fb.me/e/d8FOP2YWe


April 24 | AirPower History Tour

The volunteer-run Commemorative Air Force is touring the country as “the world’s largest flying museum.” History buffs will be able to tour, learn about and ride on World War II-era aircraft such as the Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” and L-26B Commander “Ike’s Bird,” which served as Air Force One for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 (adults), $10 (ages 11-17), free (age 10 and under), aircraft rides start at $225. McKinney Air Center, 1500 E. Industrial Blvd., McKinney. 972-387-2924. www.airpowersquadron.org/mckinney-texas

May 1 | Derby Day Whiskey & Wine Walk

Fans of the Kentucky Derby can celebrate the day of the “the greatest two minutes in sports” by dressing up and spending the day exploring Historic Downtown McKinney while sampling whiskey cocktails and wine at various restaurants and shops. Patrons will receive a passport for 12 samples of wine at shops and will then have the chance to win prizes. Live entertainment will be provided by country and rock duo David & Rose at Lone Star Wine Cellars. Noon-6 p.m. $30.48 (wine only), $41.97 (wine and whiskey). Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-547-9463. www.derbydaywalk.eventbrite.com

May 1 | Mental health fair

Over 15 organizations will be present at this event to help community members get connected to mental health services along with music, food trucks and giveaways. Noon-4 p.m. Free. The Hope Clinic of McKinney, 103 E. Lamar St., McKinney. www.hopeclinicmckinney.org/about/fair

May 7-8, May 14-15 | ‘Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode’

In this homage to radio dramas that were popular in the 1930s before the rise of television, the McKinney Repertory Theatre troupe will bring two original, suspenseful tales to life with music and ads from the era. 8-10 p.m. Ticket price TBA. McKinney Performing Arts Center Courtroom Theater, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 214-544-4630. www.mckinneyrep.org
By Kasey Salisbury
After growing up in the Sugar Land, Texas, area, Kasey Salisbury graduated with a degree in journalism in 2018 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the copy chief at the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. She joined the Community Impact Newspaper team as a copy editor in October 2018.