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.

Bark in the Park

Bark in the ParkThe City of Locust is hosting, “Bark in the Park” at the Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park in Locust, NC!  This is a great event for the entire family and a great time for your four legged friend.  There will be plenty of Vendors and ton of different Contest and a lot of Food!  Come out an have a great time!!!

Beach Bums Poker Run on Lake Tillery

Untitled-1[1]Attention all boaters and Lake lovers! The Poker Run on Lake Tillery has been scheduled for Saturday, June 28th, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM, Rain or Shine!

$20 per hand buy-in, play as many hands as you’d like!

Boaters will be given a map of piers at which to stop, where they will get one card per hand. At the end of the run, the player with the best hand wins 1/4 of the total buy-in money. The player with the worst hand will also win 1/4 of the total buy-in, with the remaining 50% going to help fund the Stanly County Arts Council. Money will help to support our Cultural Education (Arts in the Schools) Program for 2014-2015. Please be generous!

Don’t boat? No problem! Meet us at the Lilly’s Bridge Festival afterward for food, drinks, and a Steel Drum band! Come out and support us at this special event!

A Summer Weekend in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

Summer is officially here and Stanly County is getting ready for some weekend fun. Musicians are tuning up, runners are stretching their hamstrings, body builders are flexing their muscles, old cars are being polished, vineyards are pouring wine and Oakboro is all set for its biggest and best yet week-long 4th of July Festival.
Start your weekend with a quiet stroll around Falling Rivers Gallery in downtown Albemarle. The special show this week features the musical artistry of Archie Smith. This local artist makes three types of stringed instruments: the mountain or lap dulcimer, the bowed psaltery, and the plucked psaltery.
Thursday evening brings the weekly series, Thursday at the Station. This week at Market Station in downtown Albemarle, enjoy the gospel music of Crystal River. The concert begins at 8 pm. A concession stand is open during the evening. Bring your own yard chair and sit back and enjoy the music.
This Friday is the time for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in and Burnout. The fun starts at 5 pm and the Burnout begins at 9 pm. Stroll down Oakboro’s main street and have a look at some very unique cars and trucks, chat with the proud owners and then head for the unique entertainment provided by the Burnout.
Saturday is the day to grab your basket and head for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The market is open from 8am until noon and it is now open on Wednesdays, same place, same time.
A special event this Saturday is the Oakboro Freedom Run 5K. Sponsored by Stanly Community College & Stanly Regional Hospital, proceeds go to benefit the Oakboro Fire Department. Awards will be giving for top finishers as well as age group awards. The race starts at 8 am in Oakboro next to the Post Office. For more information please visit www.vacanddash.com.
Saturday’s Bark in the Park is a special event for dogs and their owners. It takes place from noon until 4 pm at Jeff Sheldon Memorial Park in Locust. Participants will have the opportunity to visit and talk with local pet shops, hospitals, vendors, and rescues. They’ll have activities for both humans and pets. Sponsors include West Stanly Animal Clinic and Daisy’s Lazy Daze Pet Sitting. For information about the event, or how to become a vendor or sponsor, contact events@locustnc.com
Saturday evening at 6 pm at the Agri-Civic Center, the NPC Victory Classic gets underway when body building, figure, physique and bikini competitions get underway. To compete, you can register online. Tickets are available at the door, cash only.
On Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm the Uwharrie Vineyards Summer Music Series gets underway. Now that summer is truly here, Uwharrie Vineyards wanted to make the time to relax during the afternoons. They thought what better way than to showcase some live musicians during the day. On their new covered patio, they paired cool air from commercial fans, chilled wine, fresh food and relaxing music. This Saturday Greg Lilley will perform “Acoustic Roots and Contemporary Rock”.
Sunday begins the 56th Annual Oakboro 4th of July Festival. These yearly not-to-be-missed events are now a traditional way to spend the 4th in our county. Included in the festivities are talent shows, beauty pageants, community worship services, Smokey Mountain Amusements and Rides, and lots of entertainment on the Union Power Stage. The events continue all week and end with the big 4th of July Parade on Friday, with BBQ at the Fire Department, an address by Mayor Doug Burgess, more rides and music, and an 11:30 pm Fireworks Show.
This week, push your weekend to include Monday evening in order to catch the program at the Senior Center. From 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm “Adventures of an Albemarle Law Enforcement Agent 1950-1955” features Joe Carter, a retired ATF Special Agent for the US Treasury. You don’t want to miss the many stories of this accomplished author and speaker.
If these events are not enough to fill your weekend, there’s always our beautiful Morrow Mountain State Park for hiking, biking and a lazy paddle in a rented canoe down the Pee Dee River. However you spend it, enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Weekend Fun in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

Summer heat is upon us and it’s not even summer yet. Let’s look for some cool events in Stanly County this weekend. There’s music to be enjoyed in the cool of the evening, a stroll through an air-conditioned gallery to enjoy some special art and an early morning browse through the cool venue of a farmers’ market.

On Thursday evening head downtown in Albemarle to Market Station for the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department’s series, Thursdays at the Station. Playing this week: A Deeper Shade of Blue. This is bluegrass at its best. Now doesn’t that sound cool? The series, now in its fourteenth year, continues to provide weekly free concerts every week from mid-May to August. Showtime is 8:00pm on Thursday nights at Market Station on West Main Street in Albemarle. Shows are held rain or shine, and a concession stand is open during all events. Donations are accepted and go to the performers. Concerts range from pop to choral to bluegrass to gospel, so there’s a style of music everyone will enjoy. Bring your own yard chair and come see us.

From now until this Saturday, June 14, Falling Rivers Gallery is pleased to present the work of Stanly County artist, Roger Thomas. His realistic paintings include lighthouses, local scenes and even some local characters. Drop by anytime from 10 am until 5 pm. And while you’re there, check out the work of the 30 member/artists that exhibit on a regular basis in the gallery. You’ll find one-of-a-kind art work by local artists that includes pottery, jewelry, fiber art, paintings and more. This is the perfect place to enjoy original art, to find that reasonably priced unique item for your décor or to find a gift for someone special.

On Saturday June 14, (Flag Day), the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) present a Flag Retirement Ceremony at 11:30 am at Liberty Gardens in downtown Albemarle.

Also on Saturday is the Stanly County Farmers’ Market. From 8 am until noon you can browse the stalls at Market Station in downtown Albemarle for locally grown fresh produce and home- made goodies. The market is also open now on Wednesdays from 8 am until noon.

Here’s a heads up for a special event by the Stanly County Historical Society and Stanly County Museum. On Monday, June 30 at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center they will present a program by Joe E. Carter titled Adventures of an Albemarle Law Enforcement Agent in the 1950’s. Carter is charismatic and spellbinding, never doing anything halfway. He is truly a legend in his own time. More on this program later, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, stay cool…and to stay really cool take a picnic down to the shores of one of our beautiful lakes. There’s often wildlife to see, scenery to enjoy and a cool breeze coming off the water, just one of the many ways to enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.

This Weekend in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Thursday evening is a great time to begin your weekend. To get in the mood take a trip downtown to the Falling Rivers Gallery and sign up for their unique art event, “Art of the Vine”. This is a monthly event hosted by the Gallery on the third Thursday evening each month from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Targeted for adults, this event 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. Led by a professional visual artist you will follow a pre-determined theme or create your own original work of art of your choice. Also, to add to the fun, bring the wine of your choice. This Thursday Lorrie Hatley will help you explore the easy and imaginative activity of beading as you make a bracelet and earring set of your own design. Lorrie brings basic instruction and a supply of beads. Additional beads and embellishments are available for purchase from Lorrie. And check these special offers: Register and pay on line for this event and save $3.00. Pre-order your appetizer and wine at Off The Square and get your bottle of wine for half price. Contact Justin at 704-986-0621. Mention you’re registered for Art of the Vine to get this special deal and they’ll deliver!
While you’re at the Gallery be sure to check out the special exhibit area where the Stanly Art Guild is once again very pleased to host the North Stanly Middle School Student Art Show. The Show runs through Saturday, May 17. Instructor Tammy Palmer has collected some of the finest work created by her students during this school year for this exhibit. You’ll be amazed at the talent of these youngsters.
Saturday is the day for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The stalls are open for business from 8 am until noon. The market will also be open on Wednesday from 8 am until noon starting in June and running through August.
With your market basket filled, head over to the Stanly County Family YMCA Park for the 11am until 2 pm 6th Annual Rubber Duck Derby. The event is organized by GHA Autism. Take a chance on choosing the winning duck, have fun and support a good cause.
Morrow Mountain State Park now has canoes available for rent every weekend at the park boat landing. The price is very reasonable and the scenery is spectacular as you cruise along the Pee Dee River on Lake Tillery in company with heron, bald eagles, osprey and hawks. It’s always cool on the river but bring a hat and some sunscreen. Life jackets and paddles are provided.

Fishing and Running in Stanly County this Weekend

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By Bridget Huckabee

Stanly County is in full bloom this weekend with lawns greening up for the summer and dogwoods and azaleas giving their last burst of color before donning summer greenery. Flower gardens are filled with irises, dianthus and candytuft and vegetable gardens are sprouting the first signs of summer’s good fresh veggies.
The lakes are beckoning and the bass are biting this Saturday at Badin as the Hospice of Stanly County Fishing Tournament gets underway. Beginning at the Alcoa Boat Landing at Badin at safe light, the tournament goes on until 3 pm. There is nothing better on a cool calm morning than watching those bass boats race down the lake to find their favorite spot…nothing better unless you happen to be in one of those boats. This is a good time for a great cause.
Also on Saturday the Uwharrie Running Club is going big for the Beach Blast 5K. Their goal is to have 1,000 runners. This year there’ll be cool max shirts to all participants in your choice of female or male cut shirts. The Beach Blast 5k takes participants through beautiful downtown Albemarle which is less than 45 minutes from Charlotte, Salisbury, Concord and Rockingham. There are post-race showers available at Stanly County YMCA. The top 3 Male & Female Finishers receive awards of hand-carved gourds by a local artist. The five year age group trophies presented are 3 deep. After the race, enjoy a world famous 5K Sugar Cookie from Albemarle’s very own Sweet Shop. The race is organized by Vac & Dash and takes place from 8am to 10 am. Come and join the fun.
Saturday is the time for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market. Located at Market Station in downtown Albemarle, the market is open from 8 am until noon every Saturday. As spring and summer progress the stalls are filled more and more with an ever greater variety of fruit, vegetables, homemade baked goods, and arts and crafts. Take a stroll through the cool open-sided venue of the market before you make your choice of fresh locally grown produce. The vendors are friendly, fellow shoppers are unhurried, aromas range from earthy to sweet and the end result is a basket full of delights for weekend dining. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Art of the Vine, the Rubber Duck Derby and the Oakboro Cruise-in and burnout are all events to look forward to in the next couple of weekends. Meanwhile, enjoy this one here in Stanly County.

A Busy Weekend in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

This first weekend in May is a busy time here in Stanly County with many fun events to choose from. There are events for art lovers, music lovers, history buffs and more.

Begin your weekend on Thursday with some unique art. The Falling Rivers Gallery at 119 West Main Street in downtown Albemarle is proud to welcome Glenda “Glenny” Nelson and her new “Forgotten Series”. Visitors to this solo exhibit will recognize many of the images as local scenes inspired by her visit to Albemarle and Stanly County. The Show runs through this Saturday, May 3. All work is available for purchase and prints will also be available.

On Thursday the Stanly County Chorale presents Songs of the American Civil War. The event takes place from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Agri-Civic-Center. Admission is free. Don’t miss this unique performance by a talented local group. Enjoy songs like  The Battle Cry of Freedom, Bonnie Blue Flag, Battle Hymn of the Republic and of course, Dixie Land.

Saturday is the day to visit the Stanly County Farmers’ Market. From 8 am until noon Market Station in downtown Albemarle will feature stalls filled with seasonal fresh locally grown produce, homemade goodies, arts and crafts and more.

Also on this first Saturday of the month, the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation presents First Saturdays. Beginning at 1 pm, downtown will be alive with music, food vendors and special store sales. Come and shop, dine and relax in the heart of Albemarle on this and every First Saturday of every month.

Saturday also brings the downtown Albemarle Beach Blast Block Party from 3 pm to 11 pm. Featuring the California Toe Jam Band and organized by Vac and Dash, this is your chance to party in the heart of town.

Also on Saturday is the 7th Annual “Wagfest.”  It will take place at the Cannon Memorial Park (YMCA Park) at 9:30am.  Bring your family and your dog and participate in the fun.

On Saturday evening at the Agri-Civic Center, you can enjoy some great beach music when the Stanly County Concert Association presents The Tams. The event begins at 7:30 pm. The Tams perform legendary Beach Music that helped proclaim the Shag as the Official Dance of the Carolinas. Since the 1960s The Tams hits have landed them on US and UK R & B billboards’ top ratings with favorites like Untie Me, What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am, Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy, I’ve Been Hurt, Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me. The 1989 The Tams joined Jimmy Buffett on the Beach House on the Moon CD that led to a US tour with Buffett. Although Charles Pope is the only living original member, The Tams have brought children and grandchildren on board to preserve the original sound. And yes, they took their name from the famous hats they have worn since the beginning. (Just a tidbit: Charles is married to Dianne Cottle-Pope from China Grove!

Sunday brings a very special program at the Central United Methodist Church at 172 North Second Street in downtown Albemarle. From 2 pm to 4 pm Lewis Bramlett will present The Changing Landscape of Downtown Albemarle: part 2. An optional Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Albemarle will follow the presentation. The program is organized by the Historical Society and Stanly County Museum. Bramlett will tell about numerous milestones in the history of Albemarle. He has collected pictures and documentation that will illustrate the many factors that have played a role in the history of Albemarle. The primary focus of the program will be on the downtown area.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.