The weekend weather in Grayson County is supposed to be good for these five activities. From a play at the Finley to a jazz festival and an art, wine and music festival and a cancer walk, this weekend in Grayson County will be filled with events that the weather will not cancel. And this weekend, the monthly program at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge welcomes all to learn about raccoons. Here are five events to fill this weekend.
1. Military drama
The courtroom military drama, “A Few Good Men” is still showing at the Finley Cultural Center in Sherman. Patrons can catch a performance Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at 500 N. Elm St., Sherman. This is a Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay that sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. To purchase a ticket, call 903-893-8525.
2. American music
The Sherman Jazz Festival is finally here. The festival begins with a performance by the 3 River Jazz band featuring Victoria Cook from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Old Iron Post, 101 N. Travis St., Sherman. Admission is free. Then on Saturday, Doc Severinsen and UNT Director Alan Baylock will host a workshop and meet and greet from 3-4 p.m. at the Sherman Jazz Museum, 201 E. Lamar St., Sherman. Admission to this event is also free. Also Saturday, Severinsen and Baylock will perform a concert at Kidd Key Auditorium, 400 N. Elm St., Sherman. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 at shermanjazz.com. Senior and student discounts are available.
3. More than wine and music
The Red River Art, Wine and Music Fest in Bonham will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Arts Center, 200 W. Fifth St., in Bonham. This all day festival features a long music lineup and entertainment all day, children’s art activities all day, a silent auction that closes at 4 p.m., adult art classes throughout the day, artist vendors, wine tasting, an art walk and more. Concessions will be available on site. Admission is free.
4. Masked bandits
The second Saturday program at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is going to be all about raccoons, the masked bandits. “Are You Smarter Than a Raccoon?” will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman. Learn more from Austin College Assistant Professor Jessica Healy at this free nature program. No reservation is required to attend and the program is suitable for anyone ages 10 years and older.
5. Cancer walk
Back for the 14th year, Grayson County Relay for Life will be held this weekend at Scott Middle School in Denison. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. A survivor lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday’s relay will include a dodge ball tournament. Teams can participate for $20 and individuals can compete for $5. Also, there will be a free kid zone with bounce house, $1 drawings, vendors, food trucks, zumba and karaoke. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Kolton Hall and returning performer American Idol Season 13 finalist Jessica Meuse.