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Try these five local places to stay cool or be cool.
- The Texas Pool
- Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kayak McKinney
- Oak Point Park – Kayaks – GoApe Zipline in Plano
- Adriatica in Stonebridge at McKinney
What is the story behind Adriatica Village in McKinney TX on Virginia Parkway and Stonebridge?
What’s This Croatian Village Doing In Mckinney, Texas? | Money | TIME
Developer Jeff Blackard built a Adriatica, a Croatian-inspired village in McKinney, Texas ‘” #1 among Money’s Best Places to Live. He wants to redefine American communities.
Listen in as Bo Carver and his crew check in with old friend George Fuller on the morning show on 620 AM.
Tune into Part II of the Bo Carver Show interview with George Fuller.
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ADRIATICA Croatian Village in McKinney, Texas, on Virginia Parkway at Stonebridge west of U.S. 75 and east of Custer Road.
This page sponsored by fans of Adriatica in McKinney, Texas.
McKinney Mayoral Candidate George Fuller wants to meet with you and your family starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in The Sanctuary at Adriatica, near Stonebridge at 6633 Virginia Parkway.
Pol. Ad Pd for by George Fuller For Mayor
By Brian Bearden
Sen. Rick Santorum picked up campaign victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on Tuesday then hit the campaign trail again Wednesday morning in McKinney.
Santorum’s campaign has been making up and down progress during the first two months of the year. First he finished eight votes behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Iowa, then a recount gave Santorum the Iowa caucus. … Next, he dipped in polls after falling in New Hampshire and Florida, then rose again last night in three states with victories.
Just as Santorum’s run for the presidency has been making progress despite a few ups and downs, the campaign’s hot air balloon (sans Santorum) had its own ups and downs in McKinney on Wednesday.
The Santorum balloon rose quickly off the ground in McKinney’s Croatian village, then began moving southeast but a little too close to the Bella Donna Chapel in Adriatica before rising above the church and over the lake.
The balloon dipped to one side, and appeared not quite full of air, and the basket started sinking slowly toward Stonebridge Lake. As the flight almost became more interesting than it was supposed to be, the balloon pilot sent flames up and managed to clear the shoreline and sail past the homes on to the next stop for the Santorum for President campaign.
Outside the chapel, Santorum also picked up a following of families, especially a number of mom’s with preschoolers and babies in strollers on the chilly North Texas morning. The former Pennsylvania senator grabbed the attention of area pastors and clergy as he spoke inside Bella Donna Chapel. One pastor told The New York Times he could see Santorum had a heart despite earlier media coverage.
Showing his support of families and the Pro-Life movement, Santorum told the McKinney audience that his daughter Isabella has had her own close calls. Doctors told the Santorum’s that their daughter would be born with a serious genetic disorder. The Santorum’s chose to have the baby despite hearing she may not live more than a few days.
“No matter how long it was going to be, we wanted her to be a part of our family. We brought her home on hospice care. We started celebrating Bella’s birthday every week,” Santorum said. “Then an amazing thing happened – she didn’t die.”
Bella is stilling fighting for her life each week. The Washington Post reported Jan. 30 that his 3-year-old daughter almost died that weekend after a serious bout with pneumonia.
“A simple cold can kill her, and it almost did this weekend. She ended up with pneumonia and a cold,” Santorum said. “But she was able to get great care and really made a great turn around.
“We give her everything we would any child we have, especially our love,” he said in McKinney.
Santorum said that while his daughter Bella has battled to survive, he has tried to be strong for his family.
“I love Bella, and decided what’s best for her and my family is that I had to be the rock we could lean on. … She is such a special girl.”
Santorum champions Pro-Life causes and told the McKinney audience that Conservatives have to battle against the intolerance of the Liberal “Left,” especially when it comes to abortion and traditional marriage. He cited a recent court ruling.
“Where is the tolerance in that?” Santorum asked. “What that says is that the only way you can possibly believe in traditional marriage between one man and woman is if you are a bigot and irrationally full of hatred.
“This is the intolerance of the Left,” Santorum said. “It is a religion unto itself. They fear reason, and they fear dissent. Dissent comes from folks who use reason and common sense. The Left believes that if you hold these views, your voice and you should be obliterated from the public square.”
From McKinney, the campaign moved on to North Dallas’ Northwood Country Club, where WBAP (820-AM) talk show host Mark Davis served as emcee for a fund-raising luncheon hosted by Tait and Joy Cruse.
On Wednesday evening, Santorum has a rally scheduled at 5 p.m. for tea party activists at 5 p.m. in Allen at the Courtyard by Marriott, east of U.S. 75 on Stacy Road. He will be in Plano at 7 p.m. at Fairview Farms (Corral Barn – 3314 North Central Expressway #100 at U.S. 75, just north of Parker Road).
SANTORUM ON MARRIAGE
In response to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on Proposition 8 – the 2008 ballot initiative codifying the traditional definition of marriage as one-man and one-woman, Santorum said: “The decision by the 9th Circuit is another in a long line of radical activist rulings by this rogue circuit – and it is precisely why I have called for that circuit to be abolished and split up. Marriage is defined and has always been defined as ‘one man and one woman.’ We simply cannot allow 50 different definitions of marriage.
“The people of California spoke clearly at the ballot box that they wanted marriage defined in the traditional manner of one man and one woman. And for a court, any court, to usurp the power and will of the people in this manner on an issue this fundamental to the foundation of our society is wrong.
“We need to have a Judicial Branch that acts within its Constitutional bounds. We need to have a President that is willing to stand up to the Judiciary. We need to have a President who will fight to protect marriage once and for all with a federal marriage amendment. I am committed to being that President.”
On Thursday, Craig James of Celina endorsed Santorum. James is running for U.S. Senate.
Colorado — Rick Santorum 40.3 percent, Mitt Romney 34.9, Newt Gingrich 12.8, Ron Paul 11.8.
Minnesota –– Santorum 45.0, Paul 27.1, Romney 16.9, Gingrich 10.8.
Missouri –– Santorum 55.2, Romney 25.3, Paul 12.2.
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By J.B. Blocker
Parents and partners, builders and developers, artist and musicians, civic leaders and humanitarians, they are passionate and vocal about loving life.
George Fuller is the builder of McKinney’s Adriatica and was recently recognized in D Magazine’s Best Builders in Dallas for the fourth time. Adriatica is a Croatian-inspired village being built in the heart of Stonebridge.
Q: How unique is the Adriatica development?
George answers: First, I was enamored by the vision of Jeff Blackard, the developer. His vision was to go beyond the aesthetic appeal and create a true village, which by definition is a more green development. A resident of Adriatica, without getting in their car or crossing a main street, can buy groceries, shop, dine, bank and go to Starbucks. They can swim, play tennis or golf, rent movies, and fish. Doctors, lawyers, dentists, accountants and other neighborhood professional are a walk, bike ride, or golf cart ride away. Additionally, our choices of materials and construction methods in Adriatica are focused on using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient while architecturally building a community that grows in aesthetic appeal with age. Ultimately, Adriatica will be a nice complement to our great Historic Downtown and other communities in our city.
Maylee Thomas Fuller is a well-known local musical talent with a newly produced 6th CD called ‘Raining Grace.’ The Maylee Thomas Band is a DFW favorite and her gutsy, bluesy and soulful sound is a reflection of the artist.
Q: Your newest album is a worship recording. Is that your new direction?
Maylee answers: Really, that’s a journey we’ve always been on. This is just the first time we captured our faith on an entire album. Our next record, called “Texas Home,” will be a collection of songs that reflect our deep Texas soul.
Q: George is a guitarist in your band. How’s does that relationship work?
George answers: Let me answer that! I went to see Maylee perform at the West End [in downtown Dallas], and I knew she was a real talent! My wife and I have a creative connection in music. I’m one of the lucky ones who get to play in her band. How cool is that! I get to play behind my favorite singer!
Q: Your latest endeavor is the Guitar Sanctuary and Music School in McKinney on Virginia Parkway in Adriatica. That must be a dream for a guitar and music family.
George says: It seems we use the word passionate a lot, but passion drives us both. Whether it’s enjoying our family and faith or inspiring next generation musicians. Opening the Guitar Sanctuary was definitely an indulgence. I wanted to create an intimate environment where people could experience both the instrument and instruction in a fulfilling way, specifically, not in a big box retail store. Sharing the world of guitars with our community, and its children, is fulfilling, especially on the teaching side.
Q: George made a strong run for the mayor of McKinney even with a late entry. What do you say about that campaign?
George: First, let me say that I am very proud of Brian Loughmiller who won that election. He is a great mayor for McKinney, and it was his time to lead. He has my confidence and support. I was really humbled by the highly committed support that rallied behind me. We learned from the dedication it takes to offer your voice and take a lead in your community. We have talented leaders in this community and they need to all lend their talents in the present for the benefit of our future.
Q: You are now serving as the vice chair of the McKinney Community Development Corporation, how are you involved?
George: As a builder in McKinney for nearly 20 years with a very active family, I am extremely sensitive to the relationship between McKinney and its residence. We are one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, certainly that is in large part a product of our appeal and roots as a small and family community. Maintaining that integrity is vital, and my involvement in MCDC allows me to be part of that process.
George and Maylee’s oldest son Austin [jersey No. 35] just played in the Orange Bowl as a sophomore starter for Virginia Tech. The youngest, a fourth-grader, Layla Grace is active in theatre and music and wants to be a performer like her mommy. 12-year-old son Raine is an avid reader and adventurous animal lover. He and his horse Jesse make quite a pair.
The newest member of their family is Milyan Hope. The adopted her in Ethiopia. George was on a mission trip to restore damaged orphanages when a young, fragile girl stole his heart. Milyan is now a fifth-grader who also loves music, soccer and life.
Q: Tell us about the Love Life Foundation.
Maylee says: Love Life is our mantra. It had a humble beginning when our band played at a fundraiser for a family in need back in the early 90s. We realized then we could use our music to raise money for other charitable causes and formed “The Love Life Foundation.” Since then, and with the expansion of other endeavors, we have raised close to $2 million dollars to help and support at risk women and children in our community and abroad. Over the holidays, we created the “Love Life Gift Wrapping” that took only donations for the benefit of local shelters and collected care packages for the troops. You should have seen the overwhelming support of our community that made it a huge success! … Even Santa showed up a few days!
J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Historic Downtown McKinney, Texas.