This Weekend in Stanly CountyBy Bridget Huckabee
After a week at work, weekends are a good time to get out into the fresh air on these long, balmy summer days. Stanly County offers plenty of places for you to do just that. There are picnics in the park, fish to be caught and canoes to be paddled along our serene lakes and rivers. In the evenings there’s music under the stars and there’s dining on fan-cooled porches. Prefer shopping? Downtown Albemarle has a special event for you this weekend and there’s always the joy of shopping a variety of stalls at the local farmer’s market. Like your entertainment in air-conditioned comfort? Then there’s a great theatrical experience waiting for you at Stanly County’s Agri-Civic Center.
Begin your weekend with an outdoor concert. Thursdays at the Station presents country music with Maggie Hamilton. This weekly concert series by the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department begins at 8 pm at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The concession stand is open. Bring your own yard chair and sit back and enjoy the music.
On Friday night the Uwharrie Players present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. Showtime is at 7:30 pm at the Agri-Civic Center. Performances continue on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. You don’t want to miss this great musical presented by talented local performers. Uwharrie Players, Inc., has been the community theater organization of Stanly County for nearly 40 years. The Players were formed in the spring of 1975 as an outgrowth of the Stanly County Arts Council. Thirty-four charter members set out to establish a vehicle that would provide local citizens an opportunity to perform on stage and that would expose Stanly County to quality theatrical entertainment. And the quality has been consistent for all those years.
Every Friday night in Badin there’s music in the air as the weekly Pickin’ on the Porch highlights local musicians for the entertainment of diners on the fan-cooled porch of the Badin Inn. The music begins at 7 pm.
Saturday is the time to visit the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The stalls are open from 8 am until noon. Locally grown fresh produce is at its best in mid-summer so bring your basket and fill it to the brim. And don’t forget those home-made goodies for dessert. Arts and crafts and plants are often available so stroll through the open-air, covered venue to see what unique items you can find while you enjoy your shopping experience. The market is also open on Wednesdays at the same time and the same place.
The first Saturday in every month is designated as First Saturdays in downtown Albemarle. From 1 pm to 5 pm you can stroll through the downtown area and find shops offering specially priced items, great food at Off the Square, delicious coffees at Glory Beans and more, another great way to enjoy your Stanly County weekend.