By Bridget Huckabee
The weather is heating up and so are weekend events in Stanly County. There are a lot of fun things to do in the coming weeks so stay tuned.
On Thursday shop for your weekend feast in Locust at the Farmers Market. Located on the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27 in front of Locust School, the market is open from noon until 6 pm. Organized by the City of Locust, everything here is homegrown and handmade.
From now until Saturday May 30, Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle presents a show of paintings by Patti Duncan. Patti embraces and invents new techniques to create depth of texture. Subject matter in her portfolio ranges from fully representational to non-representational art. Although acrylics are her favorite medium, she is comfortable with oils, pastels, alcohol inks, encaustics and digital artwork. This mix of mediums and subject matter provides a wide range of artwork for the viewer’s enjoyment. There is a reception at the Gallery on May 30 from noon to 3 pm and the public is invited.
While you’re in the Gallery browse the work of 25 other regional artists whose work is on permanent display. All work is original one-of-a-kind and includes pottery, painting, jewelry, fiber art, and many other beautiful works of art, all for sale at very reasonable prices.
Thursdays at the Station is back at Market Station in downtown Albemarle weekly from now until August. This week features the gospel music of 4Ever4Given. Now in its fourteenth year, the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Departments concert series continues this year with music that ranges from bluegrass to gospel and from folk to rock and pop. Showtime is 8 pm and shows are held come rain or come shine. A concession stand is open and donations which go the performers are gratefully accepted. Bring your own yard chair and come and enjoy the music.
Friday is going to be an amazing day at Tillery Tradition Country Club as they host the Second Annual Bull’s Classic (powered by Carolina CAT) Long Drive and Pro-Am Invitational. The public is welcome to come out and watch 28 of the longest hitters in the world compete against each other!
Friday is the time to head to Oakboro for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout. Billed as the largest Downtown Cruise-In in North Carolina, this Stanly County event brings in around 6,000 or so people and over 500 cars depending on the weather. The event technically starts at 5pm but people normally show up around 3 pm to socialize before and during the event. It’s a great time to see some very unique cars and trucks. The Cruise-In is always on the 4th Friday of every month and the burnout starts at 9 pm. Don’t miss this unique event.
Saturday brings another chance to stock up on fresh locally grown produce for your good healthy summer feasting. The Stanly County Farmers’ Market is open from 8am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The market has been in operation for over 15 years. Here you will find many local vendors selling their produce, homemade goodies, and crafts to the citizens of Stanly County and surrounding areas.
Enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.