Five Family Events in Wild Wylie

Two lane road on rainy day in Wylie

A Wet Day in Wylie, Texas

When I started my research about Wylie, Texas to share its attributes as a destination, I faced the challenge of too much information. I needed to focus. History? Shopping? Awards? What would my readers want to know, especially the local readers, who visited Wylie before it blossomed?

Wylie gained over 8000 new residents between 2008 and 2016 with its population moving towards 50,000. Located east of Plano, Texas, a city numbering almost 300,000, the residential and business market attract people who appreciate the small-town atmosphere.

Wylie’s western theme creates atmosphere for events that cover “something for everyone.”  Grab your 2018 calendar to consider five or more dates for family fun. Whether you like music or shopping, eating or art, visiting Wylie is easy to reach by car. You won’t want to miss any of the fun.

Events on Ballard Street

The Ballard Street Merchants Association, along with other civic groups, organizes events throughout the year. Ballard Street is two lanes with quaint and clever retail stores and restaurants.

Upcoming events include:

April 30, 2018

Taste of Wylie-$10-$12 tickets with more than 20 restaurants participating

May 6, 2018

Pedal Car Races-for children ages 2-5, $10 entrance fee the day of the race. Be sure to see the online photos.

June 30, 2018

Bluegrass on Ballard-arts, crafts, car show, music-music-music with people in lawn chairs in the middle of the street by the stage, food trucks, and fun for all to start your Fourth of July fun.

October 25, 2018

Boo on Ballard-kids in costumes visit the stores in hopes of treats. A safe place for parents and kids to increase dentists’ income. No charge, except what you pay for the bargains in the unique retails stores. Four authors from the Sachse/Wylie Authors Group at the Wylie Art Gallery presented a special program for writers.

December 2, 2018

Art Shop and Christmas Tree Lighting-Many arts and crafts vendors at Baptist Community Center with programs for adults and kids at the Wylie Art Gallery across the street. Holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting in the evening. Great fun! Another special program by members of the Sachse/Wylie Authors Group.


  1. Follow George Bush Highway to Highway 78 north of Garland. You’ll pass Firewheel Mall on your right. Drive through
    Wylie Art Gallery

    Wylie Art Gallery
                        Wylie, Texas


  2. Five more miles north turn left onto Ballard Street.
  3. Find a good parking place and grab a bite to eat.
  4. Investigate the cool shops. You can find everything from fine jewelry to antiques to coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops, and clothing.

I had the pleasure of participating in the two events in 2017, both at the Wylie Art Gallery, a must-see venue with enormous variety of mediums.

Pick an event and y’all come! Wylie is growing and fast becoming a prime venue for entertainment.


Tools for Finding Peace

Jack worries about finances.  Susan is concerned about her mother’s health.  “The Little Drummer Boy” pounds on your head from allergies and stress.  You need to find peace for your chaos.  Many already know stress-reducing practices, but may need a reminder that peace comes from a variety of “tools.”

Quiet time is important

Quiet time helps you find peace.

Quiet Time

Find a little quiet time every day, even if you must hide in the bathroom temporarily.  Meditate on the good things in your life.  Concentrate on creating new traditions, especially if the old ones are, well…old!  Find quiet time for prayer.  Others may find respite with reflection.  Maybe a 20-minute nap will bring new peace to chaos.


Music helps soothe emotions.  If you are a jazz enthusiast, make sure you have a CD in the car to provide a little peace on the way to the shopping center.  If you like the classics, attend a concert.  Plenty of places have free or low cost programs.  Sing in the choir.  Whistle in the shower.

Power of the Pen

Journaling daily can help you express your feelings.  Write a long email to a friend in another part of the country.  Set a time to send e-cards to old friends or one of encouragement to someone with a serious ailment.  “I’m too busy” is not an option.  Make appointments with yourself to complete tasks.


Take the dog for a walk or go to the gym.  Deep breathing provides a short-term solution with immediate benefits.  Stop procrastinating about shopping with the massive crowds. Shopping can be invigorating and will bring peace when you find the “perfect” gift.  How about playing  a quick game of basketball with the kids, if you have a hoop nearby?  The kids need for you to be calm.  A little physical exercise produces endorphins to help you cope.


The holiday season is not about you and your chaos.  It’s about helping others, whether for family or community involvement.

If you can’t think of any local agencies in the immediate area, look at, a Plano organization you can help on Saturday mornings, especially if you have a truck and a strong back.  Are you purchasing some new bedroom furniture?  Doug Nickols and his group need your old bed for people who are sleeping on the floor.  Check their website for additional information.

I asked Doug his definition of peace, knowing how difficult his life must be, as he works full time at Thermal Edge, yet finds time to manage Bedstart.  Think about what he means:

“When generously invited in, one can only say “Peace to this house” if your peace exists from the material distractions, social stratification and tedious formalities of this world.

The Soupmobile helps feed the homeless on a daily basis in downtown Dallas.  At Christmas, they provide a warm bed, food, gifts and love to 500 homeless men, women and children at the Omni Hotel.  You will find a new sense of peace if you volunteer time and energy helping Lon Ricker, who coordinates the event for those who have no place to go on Christmas Eve.  Please read more about the Soupmobile’s amazing achievements.  Lon is the Director of Development.

Here is Lon’s method of creating peace with his seasonal chaos:

“Give it all to God, ’cause worrying about it isn’t going to help,” —paraphrased

from Phillippians 4:6-7 

Don’t let chaos control your Christmas season.  Use your own “tools” to inner peace and the world around you will be far less chaotic.