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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.
Guitar players now have a sanctuary
By J.B. Blocker, Viewpoint
You don’t have to die to go to Guitar Heaven!
In the heart of Collin County lies Adriatica, a 45-acre Mediterranean village reproduction. Go to West Virginia and Stonebridge on the west side of McKinney.
Music from above
If you happen to be strolling around the stonework streets of Adriatica, while you are admiring the architecture and landscape of the inner urban community, you might hear the sounds of a guitar coming from the bell tower. That would be George Fuller the builder/contractor up there trying out some of his newest guitar discoveries.
When he is not building or participating in community development, George answers to a higher power. He plays lead guitar for a band named for his wife, the Maylee Thomas Band. The higher power is a devotion to God, Family, and Guitars.
There are guitar prodigies all over the world. There might be one under your roof. I’ve known people who can pick up just about any musical instrument and instantly make a connection. Don’t be surprised if it’s your son or daughter who is just waiting for the opportunity and inspiration to become the next Taylor Swift or even John Lennon.
But it takes more than talent to make it as a musician. The difference in instruments can change everything! The way it fits your body, your hands, and your personality all come together when you sit down with the right guitar. Knowing equipment and accessories is a must, and associating with better musicians is the catalyst to improving your art.
The first time I visited the Guitar Sanctuary, I was greeted by an old acquaintance Quinten Hope. He’s the kind of guitar player that makes my fingers ache. If you are a guitar player, and you watch somebody really good, you automatically try to air guitar along. When their talent is out of your league, your fingers get tangled in knots trying to copy the riffs and make the transitions.
Guys like Quinten, George and a host of other local guitar talent work, hang around, and teach at the Sanctuary. They can show you how to play that chord that has the 5 spots arranged in some ridiculous pattern on the guitar tablature.
The tablature is music copy with those little boxes with black spots that appear above the lines of sheet music and show chord transitions and how to make that chord. The problem for beginners is figuring out how you make five fingers move around the neck and cover those black spots. And if you don’t have the tablature for the music, how do you transition from a Bb7 to an Eb7sus. How do you even make an Eb7sus?
The really talented and seasoned pros had someone to teach them the tricks along the way. For the lucky beginners who have access to the pros, the learning curve changes dramatically.
Kiss the Girls
Two things have to happen to turn the tide for a budding guitarist.
First of all, finding the instrument that fits you is like finding a lover. To find that connection, you really need to play the field. You know, kiss a lot of girls! It will be worth it.
When you find that guitar and take her home with you, you will fall asleep with her in your lap. You will have her strategically resting within arms length of your favorite chair. You will talk to her with your fingers, and she will magically talk back with sounds that started somewhere between your head and your heart. Those sounds are finally spoken from the hollow depths of wood and electronics.
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I walked in to the Guitar Sanctuary and behold! Beautiful variations of a woman’s form in a full range of colors and embellishments cover the walls. I am looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars hanging on Georges custom made racks like wall flowers at a debutants ball.
I greet Quinten who is the store manager, and I instantly know I have a new guitar resource always at the ready. He can’t run, he can’t hide, he works there!
I haven’t had a real Guitar haven since the days of Earl Swinford’s studio/guitar shop in Lubbock, Texas.
It was a place where the elite of Lubbock’s guitar world hung out. It was my entry into the world of 6 strings. Oh, I was already playing little steak house gigs for tuition, but I didn’t have much range past Neil Diamond, Gordon Lightfoot, and others noted for easy 3 chord progressions. I couldn’t transpose and I stumbled mightily with the chord complexities of many of the Beatles, John Denver, and the Eagles songs that were in my vocal wheel house.
I can thank a dozen or more players who showed me the way while I was discovering new guitar models and new electronic gizmos.
I can’t abide the big super music stores. Piano players are selling flutes and guitars they have never played. The chance of someone knowing how to use different effects boxes is slim and bad information is as rampant as lack of knowledge. They sell Wal-mart versions and knock off accessories because sales are more important than customer satisfaction.
If you were to find a competent sales associate, they probably wouldn’t still be working there the next time you stop by. I quit stopping by those big boxes years ago.
As George Fuller promises, “Everything in here is here for a reason, and we know the reasons. Every new guitar and effect gets played with because we can’t help it! It is our own candy store.”
Guitarist like Quinten and George love to share their knowledge and will happily strap you in and turn you on to the world of guitars and effects.
I spied a Martin acoustic and strapped in. Behind me, a Takamini much like my own kept staring at me until I had to change partners. Next to the Takamini was a Collins special edition flirting with me. I am so fickle!
But while I’m playing the Collins, two ladies kept winking at me from across the room. They were Paul Reed Smith custom acoustics. Beautiful works of art with details of fine rare woods, intricate inlays, and custom hardware. I shyly put away the Collins with her clean clear tones, and I tentatively reached for one of the PRSmith girls.
Once she was safely in my embrace, she began to talk back to me! With tones that were astonishingly deep and rich! She sang a new song. One that I had heard in my head but it was music that had gotten lost in the translation through my own guitar.
Uh oh! My love for my Takamini just changed. I instantly realize that I might have been dating the wrong girl. No wonder my music seemed flat and lifeless.
I looked up at Quinten and his always sheepish grin. I held the PR Smith sister away from me and said to Quinten, “I’m not sure I’m worthy!” He looked back and knowingly responded, “I know what you mean!”
This is Guitar Heaven!
There is a lot more to this story but I said there were 2 things a guitar player needs. First, you need a guitar that you can dance with like a seasoned partner, and secondly, you need continuous knowledge and inspiration like flowers need rain! Knowledge is inspirational!
Get Some! at a sanctuary for the guitarist at heart. Bring your prodigy and meet some of Collin Counties Guit Arch Angels.
You might even get some autographs when you are there! You never know who might be there. You might be seeing them on the big stages.
They had better not be dancing with my girl! I’m saving for the engagement ring that is engraved JB loves PR Smith!
J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Historic Downtown McKinney.