This Weekend in Stanly CountyBy Bridget Huckabee
Stanly County is ablaze with fall color. Take a ride up Morrow Mountain and along the park’s byways for a fall foliage getaway. Get out of the car and take a hike. There are short trails and long trails and plenty of trails in between. This is a great time of the year to get outside and enjoy our county’s beauty.
There’s also plenty of indoor fun to be had and Friday evening is a good time to begin with a trip to the theater. Stanly County’s own excellent community theater group, the Uwharrie Players, presents Pump Boys and Dinettes. The play takes place at the Agri-Civic Center at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8 and again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November, 13 to 15, also at 7:30 pm. There is a Sunday matinee on November 9th only at 3 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Starnes Jewelers or B and D Bookstore in Albemarle.
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 8:45am to 3pm The Upper Pee Dee Farm and Food Council is sponsoring the UPFFC Farm and Food Fest at the renowned Lucky Clays Farm located near Norwood, in southern Stanly County. UPFFC serves Anson, Montgomery, and Stanly counties and anticipates that this event will draw people interested in local farms, local food and local economies from its representative counties. The schedule is as follows:
8:45am -9:15am Parking, check-in, and coffee
9:15am -12:30pm Workshops*
12:30-1:30 Local food fest
1:30- 3:00 Plenary session, speakers and networking
*Choice of two of these workshops, NOTE: Once you have purchased your event pass online, under “PASS MANAGEMENT” you will have the option to select one of the three workshops listed below for the 9:15-10:45am session and select a second workshop for the 11:00am-12:30pm session. Each session workshop is limited to 50 registrants.
- “Aquaponics/Hydroponics” Led by Bradley Todd, Greenhouse Manager and staff, learn how they are producing tilapia, prawns, lettuces, herbs and edible flowers for the Charlotte market.
- “Alternative Energy for Farm and Home” Joel Olsen, o2 Energies; Sean Hackett, Entropy Solar Integrators; and a representative from USDA Renewable Energy for America will share the newest options and benefits of solar and wind.
- “Marketing for the Small Farm: Connecting Producers with Consumers,”
Smithson Mills, Asheville businessman; Rebecca Dunning, NCSU’s “NC Growing Together;” and Debbie Hamrick, NC Farm Bureau, will discuss the latest on how connecting producers and consumers of healthy local food can build our farm and food system
On Saturday morning, Trinity Place in Albemarle will be hosting its Second Annual Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk. Come out and enjoy a run through the streets of beautiful downtown Albemarle to benefit a local non-profit organization, the Community Adult Respite Experience (CARE) Café. The CARE Café provides short-term, scheduled relief to those who are caring for a family member at home. Race day registration and bib pick-up will begin at 7:00 am with the race beginning at 8:00 am. There will be an early packet pick-up on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 10 am until 6 pm at Trinity Place at 24724 S. Business 52. Prizes and awards will be given to those that place in the race, and all race proceeds will go to the CARE Café.
Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.