Help a Hero

9 Aug

McKinney loves our heroes, be they our public safety personnel who protect us here in our own community or our uniformed men and women who fight for our safety and freedom here and abroad. You can help a hero this weekend by attending Music Under the Stars at McKinney’s Wales Manor Vineyard and Winery on Saturday, Aug. 13 starting at 7:30 p.m. Yes, it’ll be hot Saturday evening, but Wales Manor sits atop one of McKinney’s higher points and the stage area sits amongst the trees – a quite picturesque and relaxing setting.

John Wales, owner of the winery and a veteran himself, frequently hosts events geared toward helping our Armed Forces and at Saturday night’s event is no exception. Proceeds from the event will benefit “Heroes on the Water,” an organization that helps disabled vets heal and relax physically and mentally, rehabilitating them and reintegrating them in society through a special therapy of sorts  – on the water in kayaks, fishing and communing with the outdoors. Learn more on their website:

“We may think it is hot right now in Texas. I promise you it is hotter for our men and women overseas– daily sleeping in tents, carrying 60 lb. rucksacks, while dodging bullets and  IEDs,” John Wales said. “Being TEXAN is more than a name or word. It is a lifestyle and a choice involving honor, hard work, truth and integrity. Help honor and support those in need who have sacrificed for our great nation!”

To thank you for helping our soldiers, you’ll be treated to an evening of outstanding music. Hometown favorite songwriter Zane Williams opens the show (7:30-7:45 p.m.), followed by Charlie Faye & Band. The gate opens by 7 p.m. Get there early for a better seat selection and bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. And John loves to have people bring cameras and post their pictures on Facebook! Or even videos on YouTube.

  • Admission is $10 per person; kids 16 and under are free.
  • They’ll also be selling wine, margaritas (they DO check IDs), water and sodas, too, plus you can bring a picnic basket of snacks.
  • Tip: load up on fresh fruit and veggies, and refrigerate it before you come! But please leave outside beverages at home.)

Here are the details for getting there:

DIRECTIONS: Go to  OR- From Hwy 380/Hwy 5 intersection in McKinney, Go 2.0 miles east (towards Princeton) on Hwy 380. Left FM 1827 (New Hope). Go 1.9 miles on FM 1827. Right on County Road 408 (improved dirt road) 1 mile. The winery is on right. 4488 County Road 408, McKinney, TX 75071

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