A Mysterious Weekend in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Here’s an important heads-up: Spring begins the weekend after next. Whew! Meanwhile there is plenty to do indoors in Stanly County this weekend.

Begin on Thursday at 6:30 pm at Eli’s Reception and Meeting Hall at 152 West Main Street in downtown Albemarle. The program is called Local Movies with Director James Cotton and you can join this local filmmaker as you watch two of his newest films, One Man’s Poison and The Tell-Tale Heart, both produced here in Albemarle. You can then hear him talk about where they were filmed and how he used the locations. One Man’s Poison is a 1930’s film noir style detective story and The Tell-Tale Heart is Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story of murder and revenge from beyond the grave. The program is presented by The Stanly County Museum and the Stanly County Historical Society.

Calling all local history buffs: Are you interested in knowing more about Stanly County’s heritage? Then this event, rescheduled due to weather, is for you. On Saturday, the 2015 Stanly County Heritage Workshop takes place from 9 am until 3 pm at the First Baptist Church on North Second Street in downtown Albemarle. The workshop is free. Speakers will cover a variety of interesting and informative topics. Lunch will be provided ($5 donation). Topics include basic genealogy, Crossing the Rivers, Museum website and online help, geology, genealogy and volcanoes, and Who were the Hessians?

Also on Saturday, Dennis Vineyards Presents Murder Mystery Dinner Theater—Code Word: Murder. The event takes place from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Dennis Vineyards. Dinner will be provided by 200 North Restaurant of Locust. Here’s a little of what you need to know: “It is 1965 and North Carolina is a hotbed for international espionage and intrigue. You may need code words and phrases to get Villainous Underground Louses, Thugs and Rogues to talk. Memorize these well and don’t let this vital information fall into enemy hands! The bird flies by day and the bat by night. 1 + 1 is 2, but I don’t know the square root of 2,585. The ship sails at midnight, the plane lands at dawn. Roses are red, I am so blue. Can’t you tell, I miss you? Be on the lookout for nefarious characters. Your life could depend on it.”

If this weekend’s events seem heavy on murder and mayhem, believe me, Stanly County is a very safe and welcoming place, but we sure do like to have fun. Come and join us.

Here’s a heads up for next week: beginning on Tuesday, Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle presents the Seventh Annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show, Nature at its Best. The show runs through April 11 and is open to all artists and features work showing paintings, photographs and 3-D art related to nature.

Wine Festival this Weekend

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Morrow Mountain State Park is open again after a brief closure due to fallen trees and icy roads. Do yourself a favor, take a break from the daily routine and ride up to the summit of the mountain or down to the river. The views are spectacular at this time of the year and you’re sure to see heron, deer and maybe even bald eagles right here in Stanly County’s back yard.

On Thursday, Habitat for Humanity puts on a Barbeque Chicken Fundraiser featuring BBQ chicken, slaw, chips, roll and dessert at Prospect Baptist Church from 11 am to 7 pm. Take your pick from Drive thru, Take-out, Delivery and Dine-in options. Come and enjoy a great meal for a good cause.

From Friday to Sunday, Believe, a national talent competition takes place at the Agri-Civic Center. The event is from 7 am until 5 pm each day. Competitors in this regional competition qualify for any Star Dance Alliance Championship. Watch these talented youngsters show off in a variety of dance moves that include ballet, tap and jazz.

This Friday is the time for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in. Head for this small community’s main street and enjoy browsing along the beautiful displays of unique cars and trucks as you chat with the proud owners. The event starts at 5 pm. Beginning in April the Burn-out event will add to the fun.

On Saturday at 8 am you can race for a good cause. The event is to raise money for Tiny Rays of Sunshine Foundation who help families that cannot conceive because of a disease or illness. These families have to use a gestational carrier and TRS is there for support, research and funding. Please come out and support and have fun. This will be a timed race with the fastest female/male trophies given and every participant receives a t-shirt. The cost is $25.00.

Also on Saturday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, head to the beautiful Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood for the first Circuit Shoot of the season. The event is organized by the Fork Farm.

If you haven’t attended the annual Stanly County Winter Wine Festival, you’ve missed a treat. On Saturday from noon until 5 pm in downtown Albemarle’s Market Station you can browse the rows of vineyard displays, taste a variety of local wines and choose your favorite brand to take home. There are also a variety of wares for sale including wine accessories.

Always wanted to be an artist? Now is your chance. On Saturday from 10 am until noon at Falling Rivers Gallery you can take a beginners watercolor class from talented local artist, Susan Lackey.

On Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm the At Last Bridal Show takes place at the Stanly County Senior Center on North Third Street in downtown Albemarle. The event is organized by the Stanly News and Press and includes samples of wedding related wares, a fashion show, door prizes and a grand prize of a 3 day 2 night vacation to the destination of your choice. Admission is free.

Here’s a heads up for next weekend: the 2015 Stanly County Heritage Workshop takes places on Saturday, March 7 from 9 am until 3 pm at the First Baptist Church on North Second Street in downtown Albemarle. Are you interested in knowing more about Stanly County’s heritage? The workshop is free. Speakers will cover a variety of interesting and informative topics. Lunch will be provided ($5 donation). Topics include basic genealogy, Crossing the Rivers, Museum website and online help, Geology, genealogy and volcanoes, and Who were the Hessians.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A Wonderful weekend of events in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Spring will be here soon, we promise, but meantime enjoy some indoor activity this weekend in Stanly County.

Valentine’s Day is over but there’s still some “bling” to choose from at Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle. Their jewelry and accessories show, “All About That Bling” runs through this Saturday. Check out the jewelry, scarves, purses and more, all one-of-a-kind items by local artisans. And check out the rest of the Gallery while you’re there. Here, local artists display their talent with paintings, pottery, woodwork, fabric art, stained glass and much more.

On Thursday Falling Rivers Gallery presents “Art of the Vine” from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This month’s instructor, Karen Lowder will lead you through one of the easiest abstract painting projects ever, “Make it Rain.” The “Art of the Vine” event was created two years ago in an effort to provide an entertaining artistic activity for adults.  It is held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Just bring the beverage of your choice (wine is the popular choice but no hard liquor, please), and join the fun. This event is also available for groups, team building or private parties.  Contact the Gallery for pricing and scheduling for your own “Art of the Vine.”

On Saturday the Stanly County Concert Association presents “Close to You: the Music of the Carpenters.” The event takes place at the Agri-Civic Center from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Karen Carpenter brought unforgettable classics “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and “Close to You” to the 1970’s music scene. Singer Lisa Rock along with her six-piece band brings a concert of memories of the Carpenters and their truly unique music style. The production hails from Chicago and the ensemble has played to rave revues across the United States.

Also on Saturday, Dennis Vineyards on Endy Road presents its 2nd Annual Charity Ball. The event is from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm and will benefit Stanly Community Christian Ministry. Music is by DJ Lamb and there will be complimentary coffee, tea and dessert bar. Enjoy a pleasant evening of dancing, wine and desserts. The dress code is formal.

On Sunday head back out to Dennis Vineyards again, this time for their Bridal Show at “A Place in the Vineyard.” The event is from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and admission is free. Here among acres of vines, rustic barns and open fields you can plan the wedding of your dreams. Check out the latest in bridal gowns and tuxedos, beauty ideas, bridal consultants, jewelry, event planners and designers, invitations, wedding cakes and caterers, harpists and disc jockey’s, wedding photographers, videographers, wedding accessories, favors and much more.

Heads up for next weekend: The Oakboro Cruise-in, the largest cruise-in in North Carolina, begins at 5 pm in downtown Oakboro. And the ever popular Stanly County Winter Wine Festival takes place on February 28 from noon until 5 pm at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The event is organized by the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Valentines Weekend in Stanly County!!!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Valentine’s Day is Saturday and Falling Rivers Gallery is ready with their special “All About That Bling” Jewelry and Accessories Show. Jewelry will be the big item, but there will also be scarves, purses and much more as vendors fill the rear of the Gallery with their attractive wares and even more attractive prices. The show runs through February 21. Falling Rivers Gallery is located on West Main Street next door to Starnes Jewelers. And check out the rest of the Gallery. Local artists display their talent with paintings, pottery, woodwork, fabric art, stained glass and much more.

February 13 to 15 StarSystems National Talent Competition takes place at the Agri-Civic Center at 6 pm each day. Talented youngsters from all forms of dance show their moves in this competition to see who goes upwards and onwards.

On Saturday from 1 pm to 7 pm head to Rocky River Vineyards for their Annual Valentine’s Day Event. The invitation reads: “Cabernet is red, Chocolates are sweet, Come to Rocky River Vineyards for a Valentine’s treat!” There’ll be a special Valentine’s Day wine tasting with favorite wines paired with sweets and treats from Dot Box Cakes by Rhonda Nash. There is limited availability so reservations are recommended. Groups are welcome.

Also on Saturday, Uwharrie Vineyards presents a Romantic Dinner Evening at the vineyard. The event is from 6 pm to 9 pm with live music by Greg Lilley.

On Sunday, from 4pm to 6 pm head to Oakboro for their Oakboro Centennial Celebration: Decades of Oakboro. At 4 pm a One Hundred Year Time Capsule will be buried on the grounds of the Oakboro Regional Museum. At 5 pm, a program entitled Come on Along: Oakboro 1915-2015 will be presented at the Oakboro First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

This is not strictly a weekend event but of interest to locals and to all movie enthusiasts: The Stanly County Museum and Stanly County Historical Society present: Local Movies: One Man’s Poison. Local filmmaker, James Cotton talks about films produced and filmed in Stanly County and how he used those locations. The event takes place at Eli’s Reception and Meeting Hall on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 17.

Here’s a heads up for a fun event on February 19 at Falling Rivers Gallery: This month’s “Art of the Vine” instructor, Karen Lowder will lead you through one of the easiest abstract painting projects ever, “Make it Rain.” The “Art of the Vine” event was created two years ago in an effort to provide an entertaining artistic activity for adults.  It is held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30pm. No self-proclaimed artistic ability is required.  There is no good or bad, pass or fail.  Just bring the beverage of your choice (wine is the popular choice but no hard liquor, please), and join the fun. This event is also available for groups, team building or private parties.  Contact the Gallery for pricing and scheduling for your own “Art of the Vine.”

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A hypnotizing Weekend in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, on February 14 to be exact, and Falling Rivers Gallery is ready with their special “All About That Bling” Jewelry and Accessories Show. Jewelry will be the big item, but there will also be scarves, purses and much more as vendors fill the rear of the Gallery with their attractive wares and even more attractive prices. The show runs from February 3 through February 21. Falling Rivers Gallery is located on West Main Street next door to Starnes Jewelers. And check out the rest of the Gallery. Local artists display their talent with paintings, pottery, woodwork, fabric art, stained glass and much more.

This Friday is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about women’s heart disease and help save women’s lives. So put on your best red outfit and join the cause.

Check out the Badin Inn this weekend. Badin Inn Restaurant is open to the public. You do NOT require a membership to enjoy their food. They also feature live music on Friday nights during their ‘Pickin’ on the Porch”. Music selections range from bluegrass to beach and rock. They’ve also recently done some redecorating and re-launched the restaurant. Their mission is: The food you love, locally sourced, and prepared. “We believe that simple foods, prepared with care and locally sourced are more flavorful and we know they are better for you. Our process is simple: buy fresh products so that we don’t use frozen ingredients; make everything by hand. You’ll feel better and it tastes like real food!”

On Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm at West Stanly High School Auditorium you can enjoy a performance by Herb McCandless, hypnotist, comedian and entertainer. Herb’s amazing stage presence produces the most hilarious and unforgettable hypnotic stage show around. He performs from the Bahamas to Las Vegas and always gears his performances to the age and demographics of his audiences. The event is sponsored by the West Stanly Athletic Booster Club.

Sunday is the day to rise early, lace up those running shoes and run from one local Waffle House to the other. Yes, you can have breakfast when you’re through. The 10K run begins at 6:45 am at the Waffle House on Highway 52 and ends at the Waffle House on Highway 740. For those who want to run a 5K (3 plus miles instead of 6 plus miles) you can turn around at a designated point on Ridge Street. Enjoy those waffles! This event is free.

Here’s a heads up for some coming events:

This is not strictly a weekend event but of interest to locals and to all movie enthusiasts: The Stanly County Museum and Stanly County Historical Society present: Local Movies: One Man’s Poison. Local filmmaker, James Cotton talks about films produced and filmed in Stanly County and how he used those locations. The event takes place at Eli’s Reception and Meeting Hall on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 17.

It’s wine time on February 28 when the popular Winter Wine Festival takes place from noon until 5 pm at Market Station in downtown Albemarle.

And don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Outdoorsman’s Bonanza with its fabulous prizes. The event is on Saturday March 28.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A Fun Weekend in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

This weekend in Stanly County come and explore your inner artist. On Saturday morning from 10 am until 1 pm you can take part in a unique workshop under the guidance of local artist Anita Ammerman. The event takes place at the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street (next door to Starnes Jewelers). During the workshop you can create two beautiful copper Repousse works.  This medium is a form of metal relief using original designs, then antiqued and shadow-box framed.  Bring your own ideas for simple designs, logos or symbols, along with a pencil.  All supplies are included and a custom cut 8? X 10? mat will be provided and your piece of copper mounted and ready to frame at home.

Here’s something for the teenager in your family this weekend in Stanly County. On Saturday a ‘Spartan’ event takes place at the Agri-Civic Center from 9 am until 12 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am and seating is limited. This is a situational awareness seminar for teens presented by Joseph Teti, Co-star of Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival. There will be door prizes, autograph signing and pictures. Spartan stands for Situational Preparedness, Awareness, Readiness, Training And kNowledge.

Low humidity and crisp temperatures provide perfect weather for walking. This weekend check out the Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Albemarle. You can enjoy a one mile walk of downtown while learning the history of the buildings from a brochure you can download on the Internet or pick up from the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation at 144 North Second Street in downtown Albemarle.

Another interesting walking tour is available in the historic town of Badin. Download a map from www.visitbadin.com or pick up a brochure from the Badin Town Hall on Falls Road (Badin’s main street). The tour includes the former hospital, museums and row houses built by the French company that started the town in 1913.

You can also spend a little time this weekend creating your own private wine trail, from Rocky River Vineyards on the western edge of Stanly County, to Dennis Vineyards and Uwharrie Vineyards in the rolling hills of west Stanly County, to the aptly named Stony Hill Vineyards on the high hills of the Uwharrie Mountains overlooking the Pee Dee River Valley. All these vineyards have wine tastings, wine sales and gift shops.

Stay tuned for up-coming events at the Agri-Civic Center that include Star Systems in February from the 13th to the 15th. On Saturday February 21st, the Stanly Concert Association presents ‘Close to You’, a program featuring the music of the Carpenters. February 24th brings us the 4th Grade Choir in Concert and from February 27 to March 1 the National Talent Competition ‘Believe’ comes to town.

A Festive Weekend in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

Santa has a busy schedule this weekend visiting the small communities of our county. You’ll catch him riding in parades, posing for photos with the children and accepting letters with lists of Christmas wishes.

Wednesday may be a little early for your weekend to start, but it’s never too early for Santa. At 5 pm he’ll be in Norwood for the parade. Later there’ll be the tree lighting and he and Mrs. Claus will be handing out small gifts to the children. Don’t forget to stop by after the parade and get a bag of popcorn courtesy of the Norwood Business Association.

On Thursday, catch Santa in Oakboro at 7 pm Christmas Parade after the 6:15 pm tree lighting ceremony at Oakboro Memorial Park. There’ll be food, train rides and a chance to visit with him and Mrs. Claus.

On Friday, Santa will be at the Stanly News and Press from 1 pm to 6 pm, so bring your camera and the children, drop off your letters to Santa and have a chat with the big man himself. The local newspaper staff will look forward to seeing you.

On Saturday, Santa will be in downtown Albemarle for a Charles Dickens Christmas, an evening of Christmas delight. From 4 pm to 9 pm there’ll be entertainment and music, face painting, carriage rides, a food court, children’s crafts and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Sunday will see Santa in Palestine for the parade at 2 pm riding behind floats and marching bands, elves and reindeer.

Santa never minds stretching his weekend to help everyone celebrate the spirit of the holidays so on Monday he’ll be in downtown Albemarle for the annual Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm. There’ll be floats, bands, marchers and more for the children to enjoy as the parade winds its way through the beautifully lighted downtown streets.

From now until Christmas Eve between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm each day you can enjoy a spectacular sight at Stanly County Commons. This is the annual Festival of Trees sponsored by area businesses, churches and schools throughout Stanly County. Be sure to look at the Hospice Angels and to vote for your favorite tree.

From now until December 31, Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers) presents its annual holiday craft show, “From our Hands”. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind locally made arts and craft items perfect for gifts. The Gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday every week.

The holiday is never complete without a performance of the Nutcracker ballet. On Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm the City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Agri-Civic Center. This local company strives to encourage, educate and entertain through the City Youth Ballet and the Playtime Children’s Theater. They believe everyone should be given the opportunity to enjoy the ballet; therefore, all Stanly County School Children in grades K-8 will receive a free ticket to the Nutcracker public performances.

On Saturday, Rocky River Vineyards present their Christmas Open House from 1 pm to 6 pm. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa. There’ll be face painting, food and refreshments from Liberettos’ Pizzeria, cookies and juice for children and wine and mulled wine for adults. There’ll be gift baskets and unique gifts from local artists and vendors. Don’t miss this holiday treat.

Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm enjoy an Albemarle Downtown Development Holiday Tour of Homes. Maps and tickets are available on site or in advance from the ADDC office, Glory Beans, Lah T Dah and Starnes Jewelers and online at www.albemarledowntown.com. You may begin the tour at any site.

This weekend Stanly County is in full swing with the spirit of the holidays. Come join us.

This Wonderful Weekend in Stanly County, NC!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By 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.

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  3. “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.

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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.