Historic Kron House at Morrow Mountain State Park

Morrow Mountain State Park

Historic Kron House!

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What a Weekend Stanly County has in store!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Stanly County is a busy place this weekend with a variety of events to choose from. But don’t worry. You can create your own pace and simply enjoy the peace and quiet of our beautiful lakes and parks and our glorious fall weather. The choice is yours.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Esther House is sponsoring two programs for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday. On Wednesday shoes will be displayed on the Stanly County Courthouse steps from 8:30 am until 5 pm to represent domestic violence victims. On Thursday, a Candlelight Remembrance Service will be held at First Street Methodist Church from 6 pm to 7 pm.

On Thursday the Stanly County Concert Band presents its Fall Concert at 7:30 pm at the Agri-Civic Center. The concert, sponsored by Uwharrie Bank, is free. The Band is a volunteer community band of dedicated adult musicians.

Friday brings us Oktoberfest at Pfeiffer University sponsored by the Student Accounting Society. From 4:30 pm to 9 pm at the Gibson Lake House, there’ll be food, drink and music. Come and network with Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Business Professionals.

Friday evening is the time for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in. From 5 pm until 11 pm you can enjoy food, music and beautifully restored old cars and trucks on show along Oakboro’s main streets.

On Saturday join in the Tutu Trot 5K at the YMCA starting at 7:30 am. Participants are encouraged to wear their most fun & creative tutu or dance attire. The race will start across the street from the Albemarle YMCA at the YMCA Park. Awards will be given for top runners in each age group and for best costume.

Saturday is the last day of the Stanly County Farmers’ Market for this season. To celebrate, they are putting on an Arts and Crafts Fair at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. A variety of vendors join with the regular stalls to present a host of unique items for sale at affordable prices. There’ll be gifts, clothing accessories, jewelry, home décor, pottery, and more.

On Saturday from 10 am until 1 pm you can journey to Oakboro to meet the Naked Pig. At the Cambridgeshire Farm on Williams Drive in Oakboro, you can climb on a tractor, feed the pigs, see the cows, take a hay ride, pin the wheel on the tractor, get coupons for yummy meat and have fun. This business recently won the Small Business of the Year Award for Stanly County.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Be sure to check out other fun things to do and don’t miss the scary Maze of Terror.

On Saturday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm you can enjoy dinner and entertainment to benefit Esther House. The event takes place at Prospect Baptist Church on Prospect Church Road.

Also on Saturday evening The Talent Company presents “A Year with Frog and Toad.” The event takes place from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm at Albemarle High School and again at a matinee on Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm. The Talent Company is a non-profit musical theater organization with casts composed of elementary, middle and high school students of Stanly County.

Saturday evening also brings Locust’s Movies in the Park event when from 8 pm to 10 pm you can watch the movie Monsters, Inc. Locust’s Movies in Town Center are free, family friendly events open to the public. Movies are scheduled for the last Saturday in April, May, September, and October.

Sunday brings a very special event. The Run For Their K-9 Lives 5K takes participants through downtown Albemarle. The purpose of the race is to raise funds to provide Albemarle Police Department’s new K-9 police dog with a protective vest. All proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of the vest which will be donated to the new K-9 unit. Organized by Vac and Dash, the event is at 3 pm to 5 pm and starts at the YMCA.

Stretch your weekend to Monday for the History and Ghost Walk starting at Central Methodist Church in downtown Albemarle. Hot dog supper begins at 5:30 pm and the Ghost Walk with Uwharrie Storytellers begins at 6:30 pm. Make your reservations now at 704-986-3755 or online at historicstanly.org.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Weekend Fun in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Fall weekend activities are cranking up in Stanly County and there’ll be lots of fun events scheduled for Halloween. Stay tuned. Meanwhile there are art events to enjoy, antiques to look for, a farmers’ market to browse, BBQ to savor, movies in the park to watch, a delightful orchestra to listen to and a chance to get lost in a corn maze.

Begin your weekend on Thursday with “Art of the Vine”, a monthly event hosted by the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers). The event takes place on the third Thursday evening each month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Targeted for adults, it is intended to provide creative fun and a way to kick back, relax and let your inner artist out to play. No self-proclaimed artistic ability is required. There is no good or bad, pass or fail. Just come out and have a great time! And visit the Gallery or check the Falling Rivers Gallery website, www.fallingriversgallery.com for information on the Children’s Art Classes being offered by the Stanly County Art Guild.

Friday brings the Big Lick Farm Days Festival Antiques and Gun Show. This will include antique dealers from around the area plus gun and knife dealers. Hours are 8:00 am to 6 pm on Friday through Sunday. Come and browse through Antiques, Antique tractors, Home & Garden items, Yard Sale & Flea market items, Plants, Tools, Glassware & Collectibles, Yard art, and Arts & Crafts. Admission is $2.00. Parking is free and there is great food available.

Saturday is the day for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. From 8 am until noon you can browse stalls filled with end of summer veggies, home-made baked goods and more. And mark your calendar for next Saturday, October 25th when the Stanly County Farmers’ Market Arts and Craft Fair joins the regular stalls to present a variety of unique items for sale at affordable prices. There’ll be gifts, clothing accessories, jewelry, home décor, pottery, and more.

Saturday is also the time for the Booger Hollar 5K Run. This event is part of the Saint Martin’s Hot Off The Grill BBQ. The run, organized by Vac and Dash will start at 9:00 am. The race and BBQ festival will be held at Saint Martin’s Lutheran Church, 16595 St. Martin Rd., Albemarle, NC 28001.

On Saturday evening you and the whole family can enjoy the Oakboro Parks and Recreation Movies at the Park. Located at the Oakboro District Park Amphitheater, the 7 pm movie is the baseball classic, Angels in the Outfield. The event is presented by Oakboro Tractor and Equipment.

Also on Saturday evening, the Moondance Orchestra presented by the Stanly County Concert Association will perform at the Agri-Civic Center at 7:30 pm. The Moondance Orchestra was established in 2012 and performs a mix of popular favorites. The band is comprised of accomplished musicians that have spent decades honing their craft. The versatile vocals, razor sharp rhythm and powerful horn sections allow the band to play an extremely varied selection of arrangements.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Also included in the fun are Jumpy Pillow, sunflower patch, corn hole game, pumpkin patch, straw maze, sling shot, picnic shelter, playground area, corn pit, and farm animals. Watch for the Maze of Terror coming soon.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

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This Weekend in Stanly County, NC!!!!

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By Bridget Huckabee

There’s a nip in the morning air now, but welcome warmth in the afternoon. Here in Stanly County the pumpkins are fattening and leaves are beginning to show their fall colors. Children are dreaming up their costumes for Halloween and local ghosts are warming up their acts for the big night. There will be a lot of weird and wonderful activity here at the end of the month, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, take time this Saturday to visit the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. From 8 am until noon you can browse stalls filled with end of summer veggies, home-made baked goods and more. And mark your calendar for October 25th when the Stanly County Farmers’ Market Arts and Craft Fair joins the regular stalls to present a variety of unique items for sale at affordable prices. There’ll be gifts, clothing accessories, jewelry, home décor, pottery, and more. This could be the start of your Christmas shopping, so get busy, make a list and check it twice. The holiday season is right around the corner.

The Stanly Arts Guild will hold its Annual Members Show from October 7 through November 6 at Falling Rivers Gallery located on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers). The show is expected to bring out the best work from the Stanly Arts Guild’s creative and diverse artists. Categories will include paintings, photography, sculpture, wood, metal, pottery and other approved dimensional pieces. Check out the rest of the Gallery after you visit the show. There are 30+ artists exhibited in this unique downtown facility. All items are by local artists, are one-of-a-kind and are for sale at reasonable prices. Another stop with that Christmas shopping list in hand?

On Saturday morning, Stanly Regional Medical Center, now part of the Carolinas Healthcare System is sponsoring a 5K and a Fun Run Health Wave. The Fun Run starts at 7:45 am and the 5K starts at 8 am. These runs are to encourage individuals to embrace their own health and wellness and work towards becoming healthier through physical activity. Each participant’s entry will be donated to the local charity of their choice in Stanly County. So lace up those running shoes and enjoy a run in the cool morning air.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Also included in the fun are Jumpy Pillow, sunflower patch, corn hole game, pumpkin patch, straw maze, sling shot, picnic shelter, playground area, corn pit, and farm animals. Watch for the Maze of Terror coming soon.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A Message from Stanly Regional Medical Center

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Early Prevention – Stanly Regional

October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with over 220,000 new cases of breast cancer occurring in women in the United States every year, there’s no better time than now for people to know about the signs and importance of early detection of this disease.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Treatment often works best when it is started early. That’s why it’s important to get screening tests regularly. These tests are designed to spot small cancers before they cause symptoms, which is when treatment may be most effective. Although advances in science and technology have significantly improved the ability to care for and treat breast cancer patients, early detection through regular screenings remains essential. Diagnosis and treating the disease early on is often the key to survival.

The radiologists, surgeons, technologists and navigators at The Breast Center at Stanly Regional Medical Center understand the importance of early detection and provide patients with the healthcare resources needed.

A mammogram is the best tool to detect breast cancer early. Many people may not realize that when detected early, the 10-year survival rate for breast cancer is more than 80 percent. A mammogram is an x-ray that examines the breast for any suspicious areas and helps find lumps in the breast before they can be felt. They also can help spot calcium deposits called micro-calcifications, which can indicate cancer. A mammogram, combined with a clinical breast exam done by a medical provider and monthly breast self-exams, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early.

Starting at age 40, it is recommended that all women have a mammogram every year. For women at higher-than-normal risk for breast cancer, it may be best to start at a younger age. Early diagnosis of breast cancer gives patients more treatment options, including reducing the need for surgery.

Stanly Regional Medical Center, through its affiliation with Carolinas HealthCare System, is now a charter member of Levine Cancer Institute, which brings additional expertise and research offerings close to home for our patients, while delivering world-class, compassionate and innovative cancer care. The development of the Institute means more communities can benefit from the expertise of cancer specialists at Stanly and across the system. Patients in Stanly County are able to benefit from possible life-saving services and support thanks to the many access points for cancer care throughout the Carolinas.

For more information, visit StanlyBreastCenter.org.

It’s Fall in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

It’s official. Fall is here and fall weekends in Stanly County are made for fun and relaxation. This weekend you can choose from a list of events that include something for everyone, including the family dog.

Begin on Thursday at the Agri-Civic Center where from 1pm to 5 pm you can learn about and participate in craft workshops that include soap making, crochet, holiday ornaments, paper box cards, 3D paper teapot and pillowcases. Space is limited so registration is required.

On Friday, the ever-popular monthly Oakboro Cruise-in and Burn-out takes place in downtown Oakboro. The event starts at 5 pm and the Burn-out begins at 9 pm. Come and see these impressive cars and trucks and enjoy the unique entertainment of the Burn-out.

On Saturday the Stanly County Farmers’ Market takes place at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. Fresh produce locally grown is piled high on rows of stalls. Baked goods, plants, arts and crafts are also on sale. Come and browse, chat with the local farmers and fill your basket with good healthy food for your weekend feasting.

On Saturday at 10 am in West Badin, Teens Making a Difference are honoring veterans. There will be a parade followed by a ceremony. The Teens are asking all veterans to please come and participate in this special event.

From 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, Cottonville Baptist Church presents the first annual “The Masters Wheels”. Admission is free for this car, truck, tractor and bike show.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Also included in the fun are Jumpy Pillow, sunflower patch, corn hole game, pumpkin patch, straw maze, sling shot, picnic shelter, playground area, corn pit, and farm animals. Watch for the Maze of Terror coming soon.

We promised something for the family dog and here it is: On Saturday Locust Presbyterian Church will host a 5K race and 1-mile Dog Walk to help animal rescue groups. After the race, visit the Locust Town Center to watch the movie, All Dogs Go To Heaven. The 5K race starts at 5 pm and the dog walk starts at 5:15 pm. The movie starts at dusk.

As we noted above, this week’s Locust Movies in the Park features All Dogs Go to Heaven (Dog Days, owners can bring their dogs). The event is sponsored by Morton & Griffin. Locust’s Movies in the Town Center are free, family friendly events open to the public. Movies are scheduled for the last Saturday in April, May, September, and October.

Sunday at the Agri-Civic Center from 3 pm to 5 pm the Stanly County Concert Association features The Annie Moses Band. This multi-talented family group weaves a fusion of bluegrass, jazz, Christian, classical, original and pop tunes. Critics and audiences acclaim their electrifying instrumental virtuosity on cello, violin, harp, keyboard, mandolin, banjo, base and shimmering layered vocals.

Fall brings hiking weather to Stanly County. Come and enjoy the miles of hiking trails at Morrow Mountain State Park. Bring a picnic and settle down on one of the park’s many picnic tables and enjoy the view from the summit or the beautiful river scenery at the boat landing. Whatever your pleasure, there’s activity and relaxation to be found here on a Stanly County weekend.

An eventful Weekend in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

There’s a lot going on in Stanly County this weekend. Begin with a truck and tractor pull out at Big Lick then join in a 5K run through downtown Albemarle. Explore the county’s byways and highways on a bicycle tour then enjoy an outdoor concert in the park. Over at the Agri-Civic Center there’s a day-long celebration of our agricultural heritage. Downtown Albemarle hosts its weekly Farmers’ Market and Locust provides a summer concert. On Sunday head for Dennis Vineyards and a Garden Wedding Gala. Want more? There’s Thursdays at the Station in Albemarle, Pickin’ on the Porch in Badin and canoeing at Morrow Mountain.

Begin on Friday by heading west to Big Lick for a two-day—Friday and Saturday—Truck and Tractor Pull. This exciting event brings crowds of enthusiasts to Stanly County to enjoy the fun. The event is from 5 pm to 11 pm on both days.

Also on Friday, runners in the Tour De Elvis 5K Run will enjoy an evening run through the streets of historic Albemarle. Registration tent will open at 6 pm, with the race beginning at 7:30 pm at Don Montgomery Park, 500 US 52 North in Albemarle. Age group and overall awards will be given to top finishers, with all race proceeds going to the Roger F. Snyder Greenway Fund. All runners will receive a tee shirt and other goodies.

The Tour De Elvis continues on Saturday at 8 am with a bicycle tour. All routes are ride-at-your-own-pace and will explore the back roads and small towns that make Stanly County a great place to live, work, and visit. Rest stops will be set up every 15 to 20 miles, and SAG support will be provided along the route. For safety, all riders must wear an ANSI approved helmet, and are to obey all traffic laws and rules of the road. The check-in tent will open at 7 am, and all riders will depart from City Lake Park, 815 Concord Road in Albemarle at 8:00 am. All riders will also receive a tee shirt as well as other goodies.

 

The Tour De Elvis 5k and Cycle Tour are only two activities of “Elvis Weekend” in Albemarle.

At 7 pm Saturday head to City Lake Park for the Elvis Tribute Concert featuring The E-ssentials. Other activities include: Elvis Memorabilia and Souvenirs and Elvis Impersonators Contest

 

Saturday morning from 8 am until noon is the time to head for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Bring a basket to fill with fresh locally grown produce and browse the stalls for more goodies and arts and crafts.

Saturday also brings the annual Stanly Agri-Civic Day at the Agri-Civic Center from 9 am until 3 pm. There’ll be agricultural and arts exhibits, balloon animals, food vendors, prizes, children’s activities and more. There’s a livestock show, a goat show, cloggers, a mule jump, retriever dog demo and plenty of musical entertainment on the main stage. Demonstrations include flint napping, liquor still, pottery, blacksmith and more. Bring a lawn chair as seating is limited. Admission is free.

Saturday night at 6 pm on the “back porch” of Locust City hall you can enjoy the Locust Summer Concert Series featuring Wayward Reason.

From 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday drop in on the Dennis Vineyards Garden Wedding Gala. Planning a wedding or know someone who is? Stop by the boutique showcase of some of the area’s very best vendors. Explore this beautiful wedding venue, sample wedding cakes and catered foods, browse wedding invitations and gorgeous bridal photos, listen to the sounds of DJ’s and find your design inspiration so you can truly have a marvelous wedding and reception that is unique to you.

Stanly County is the place to be for fun summer weekends.

This Weekend in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Stanly County may have a laid-back feel to it with its hazy blue hills and the calm waters of its rivers and lakes. We certainly offer tranquility in abundance, but those lakes also offer water skiing, kayaking and fishing. Those hills are crisscrossed with hiking trails, bridle trails and campsites. Visit the county’s small communities, vineyards and parks and you’ll find antique shops, music, movies and art.

Take a trip down Albemarle’s West Main Street and drop in at the Falling Rivers Gallery for the last two days (Thursday and Friday) of the Summer Art Explosion. Artists from around the region display wall art, pottery, wood carving and more at this unique exhibition.

Thursday evening pack your lawn chair and drive on down to Market Station in downtown Albemarle for the free concert series, Thursdays at the Station. This week features the folk music of Alan Gilbert. The concession stand is open and the music starts at 8 pm.

Friday brings the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department’s “dive-in” movie at Rock Creek Park Swimming Pool. The movie is Despicable Me 2. Starting time is 8:30 pm. The regular pool admission of $3 will be charged. Don your swim suit and dive in.

Friday evening also brings Pickin’ on the Porch at Badin Inn. Local artists perform on the fan-cooled porch at Badin’s historic Inn. Sit back and enjoy a cool drink, a view of the golf course and some good music.

On Saturday morning, head for Market Station again, this time for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market. From 8 am until noon, stalls are filled with fresh local produce ready for your weekend dining enjoyment.

Saturday afternoon is the time for the Uwharrie Vineyards Summer Music Concert Series. From 3 pm until 6 pm relax on a fan-cooled covered patio, sip a little chilled wine and some fresh food and enjoy the music of Jimmy and Darlene. Jimmy‘s unique vocal styling and musical talents placed him in high demand throughout the 60’s and 70’s. He has performed with many renowned artists and was a writer & arranger for Motown Record. Darlene has been surrounded by gospel music her entire life. She first entered a recording studio at the age of 14 at the Arthur Smith, now StudioEast Recording.

Sunday is a good day to explore Morrow Mountain. Visit the Kron homestead, check out the museum, take a trip to the summit for a great view of the surrounding countryside (on a clear day you can see the towers of Charlotte) and rent a canoe from the boathouse for a lazy paddle down the Pee Dee or the Uwharrie River.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A Summer Weekend in Stanly County

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By 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.