It’s Labor Day Weekend; enjoy a glass!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Labor Day marks the end of summer and it’s time to enjoy a change of seasons. Here in Stanly County autumn brings cooler temperatures and glorious fall foliage. The harvest is in and this is a great time to enjoy its bounty as Farmers Markets abound with locally grown produce.

Agriculture is a big part of our economy here in Stanly County and a thriving part of that economy is in viticulture. Our vineyards produce a great variety of excellent wines and the wineries include gift shops, wine tastings and facilities for social gatherings. This Labor Day weekend would be a fine time to hit the wine trail. Enjoy a ride along the scenic byways that link the vineyards, treat yourself to a wine tasting and buy a bottle of your favorite wine to take home and enjoy with a meal of good old Stanly County veggies and home raised meat from our local Farmers Market.

Begin in western Stanly County with a visit to Uwharrie Vineyards and Winery, a place with “serious wine for non-serious people”. Sample some of their award winning wines, tour the operation, walk the grounds and enjoy views of the 75 acres of beautiful grape vines. The facility offers a visitors center, a gift shop and a large tasting bar. You can also enjoy snacks, salsa chips, chocolate and food items while you relax in a rocking chair under the large covered patio.

Dennis Vineyards is also in western Stanly County. This family owned and operated winery was one of the first in the area and continues to grow and flourish every year. The large patio overlooking acres of lush grapevines makes the perfect location for sipping on wine slushies, enjoying a relaxing glass of wine or indulging in a packed picnic lunch. Wine tastings are offered daily and with over 30 unique and tasty varieties to choose from, you’ll see why this place has become a favorite among NC wineries. Check out their Sunday Wine and Painting parties called The Twisted Palette and their Halloween Grape Stomp coming up in October.

Rocky River Vineyards are not within Stanly County’s borders but their land borders ours so we consider them one of our own. Their 45 acres are snuggled into the gently rolling hills of eastern Cabarrus County, with Big Meadow Creek flowing through the property toward Rocky River, which is how the name was born. During your visit you can find unique gifts, keep an eye out for wild turkeys and deer as you wind through the woods and over the creek along the walking trail, and enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Throughout the year, Rocky River Vineyards hosts events including spring and fall festivals, summer parties, grape stomping, a holiday open house and more. This is also a beautiful place to hold weddings and private events.

Last but not least is a visit to Stony Mountain Vineyards in the Uwharrie Mountains of north eastern Stanly County. As you wind steadily upwards between great boulders strewn among thickly forested slopes, you’ll feel you are truly in an ancient land. Geologists tell us that the Uwharrie Mountains formed over 500 million years ago as an island chain and are probably the oldest land mass in North America. The very best wines come from hillsides with high mineral content and very ancient soils and the wines produced at Stony Mountain Vineyards prove that point. This small boutique winery is family owned and sits atop Stony Mountain with a spectacular panoramic view of the lower Yadkin Valley. Grab a glass of your favorite wine and relax out on the deck as you take in the view. Winery tours are available by appointment and wine tastings are available during normal business hours. The winery is currently expanding its event facilities.

Cheers! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend in Stanly County.

A Wonderful Weekend ahead in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

It wouldn’t be summer in Stanly County without a truck and tractor pull so this weekend head to Big Lick Festival Park. For two nights, Friday and Saturday, from 5 pm to 10 pm each night, you can enjoy the Big Lick Truck and Tractor Pull. You’ll find great fun in this country setting with fierce competitions, good food and a variety of concession stands. Bring a lawn chair for bleacher seating is limited. Better yet, put your chairs in your pick-up truck and back it up to the track for a first class view of the action.

The Fork Summer Shoot at Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood will be held on Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm. Sporting Clay shooting is a timeless sport perfect for friends and family and an excellent option for business entertaining. The courses are set on 1,600 wooded acres at the confluence of the Pee Dee and Rocky Rivers. The country is rolling piedmont, which affords challenging hillside shooting with shots both above and below the shooter. With minimal coaching, even someone who has never shot before can participate in a round of Sporting Clays while also enjoying the pristine natural surroundings of The Fork. Sporting clay events and competitions of all levels are staged throughout the year. Ladies and young shooters are encouraged to participate.

On Saturday evening from 6 pm to 10 pm the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction at the Stanly Regional Medical Family and Education Center. Ticket sales are limited so big prizes are in store for those who attend. Good food and good fun are always high on the list of pleasures at this event. This is the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds helping support events and activities for businesses throughout the county.

Saturday evening also brings us the Locust Summer Movie Series. Showing this week is The Box Trolls. Beginning at sunset this is a movie for the whole family to enjoy. Locust’s Movie Nights are free, family friendly events open to the public. Movies are shown on a large inflatable screen in the ‘back yard’ of Locust’s City Hall. All movies start at sundown, so not all start times are the same. Food and concession stands are on site. Coming up in September: Planes—Fires and Rescue.

This summer, throughout the week and at the weekends, Stanly County’s five Farmers Markets are in full swing in Albemarle, Locust and Oakboro. Fresh locally grown produce, homemade goodies and arts and crafts are all available. Bring your market basket and fill it to the brim with good healthy food.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Agri Civic Day is this Weekend

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By Bridget Huckabee

Summer is flying by. This weekend pack a picnic and head for the refreshing cool of our lakes and rivers, or take a refreshing dip in one of our many park swimming pools. Our five weekly Farmers Markets provide plenty of choices for that picnic hamper.

On Friday and Saturday the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department brings its popular Tour De Elvis event to town. The fun starts at 7:30 pm with a 5K run that starts and finishes at Don Montgomery Park and includes sections of the Roger Snyder Greenway. All registrants receive a tee shirt and other goodies. Awards are given for the best in age group and best Elvis costume so don the glitter and sign up. On Saturday, the Tour De Elvis Bicycle Tour begins at 8 am with a start and finish at City Lake Park. Three routes are available: 25, 45 and 65 miles. All routes have rest stops and SAG support and all registrants will receive a tee shirt and other goodies. Lunch is provided at the end of the ride. So Viva Elvis and away you go.

Saturday brings an event for the whole family that is not to be missed. From 9 am until 3 pm the Stanly County Agri-Civic Day takes place in the grounds of the Agri-Civic Center. Admission is free. There will be agricultural and arts exhibits, balloon animals, entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, historical demonstrations, livestock show featuring cows and goats, and much more. Throughout the day the Main Stage will feature The Hatley Family, Music on Main, and the Fox Branch Boys. Bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.

On Saturday night at 6 pm head to Locust for the Summer Concert Series. Featured this week is the Folsom Prison Gang. Come and enjoy some lively music in the cool of the evening on the back porch of the Locust City Hall.

On Sunday afternoon from 3 pm to 5 pm head to Dennis Vineyards for the Twisted Palette Wine and Painting Party. Bring your friends, grab your free glass of wine and get ready to be inspired by our local artists who will guide you step-by-step through a featured painting. At the end of the afternoon you will leave with your very own masterpiece. This month’s class will be painting a beautiful beach scene. Come and surprise yourself with your artistic ability.

Tuesday is not normally part of the weekend agenda but this is a program that may make you want to stretch it a little. At 6:30 pm on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Misenheimer, the Historical Society and Stanly County Museum present: Like Rats in a Trap–the Barringer Mine Disaster by Gabriel Seth Koch and Richard Cosgrove.

Stay tuned for next weekend’s events here in Stanly County.

This Weekend in Stanly County

This weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

11667430_10153776152931992_910871061663179373_nThis weekend come and join us in Stanly County and indulge in watermelon and corn-on-the-cob from any one of our five local farmers markets. Add some barbecue from one of our renowned local barbecue restaurants. Enjoy a drama. Fish, swim or take a lazy canoe ride on one of our beautiful uncongested lakes. Take in a cruise-in followed by a burn-out. Relax as you listen to some folk music in an open air venue. Wander through a downtown gallery to take in an art show. Chase fireflies on Morrow Mountain. All this is here for your enjoyment in Stanly County this weekend.

Begin on Thursday evening with a visit to Market Station in downtown Albemarle for the weekly free outdoor concert series, Thursdays at the Station. This Thursday enjoy the folk music of the Scott Family. The show starts at 8 pm. The concession stand is open so bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the cool of the evening. The venue is covered so the concert goes on rain or shine.

Drop in to Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle any time during the day. Here you’ll find the Summer Art Explosion in full swing with the work of artists from throughout the region on display. All the work is for sale. While you’re there, check out the work of the other thirty plus artists that have their work on permanent display throughout the gallery.

This Friday evening is the time for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in and Burnout. The cars and trucks are all in place by 5 pm and the Burn-out begins at 9 pm. Come mingle with the crowd and with the proud owners of these unique vehicles.

On Friday, Saturday or Sunday you won’t want to miss the Uwharrie Players presentation of Young Frankenstien. This new musical comedy comes from the creators of the record-breaking show, The Producers and is an adaptation of Mel Brooks’ funny film. Recommended for ages 13 and older, the show is at 7:30 pm nightly at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.

On Saturday morning head to Market Station in downtown Albemarle for the Stanly County Farmers Market. Everything sold here is grown by the farmer or hand made by the vendor. Please talk with the vendors and find out how their products are grown or made. You can stock up on corn, veggies, meat, eggs, berries, breads, soaps, crafts, plants, candles, aprons, stained glass, bird houses and many more artisan crafts. Sign up to receive the weekly emailed newsletter at albemarledowntown.com.

The days are already getting shorter so enjoy your summer weekends here in Stanly County.

A Summer Weekend in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Stanly County this weekend: Two concerts in the cool of the evening, a special boating event on Lake Tillery, a mud race to watch and five farmers markets where you can choose local produce for your weekend dining.

Begin your weekend in air conditioned comfort with a visit to Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers). The Stanly Art Guild and the Stanly News and Press present the annual Summer Art Explosion. Here you’ll find a wonderful array of art by regional artists featuring paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel. Pottery and Jewelry are also featured. All items are for sale. The show continues through August 7, 2015. While you’re in the Gallery, check out the variety of items created by the Gallery’s artist/members, all for sale and all one-of-a-kind.

On Thursday from 9 am until 5 pm a group of local boat owners will provide water sport opportunities for abandoned, neglected and abused children, the handicapped and our wounded warriors. The event is called Wake the World and takes place on Lake Tillery.

On Thursday evening head for Market Station in downtown Albemarle where, in the cool of the evening you can relax to some cool music as Union Road plays bluegrass and gospel for your enjoyment. Showtime is 8 pm. The concession stand is open. Bring your own lawn chair. Donations go to the musicians and are much appreciated.

Are you ready for some unique entertainment? Then ride out to Big Lick Festival Park to watch the Big Lick Mud Race. You’ll find all the fun of a fair ground with concession stands open, bleachers to sit on and an enthusiastic crowd pulling for their favorite contestants. Better bring your own lawn chair to insure a seat, then sit back and enjoy the fun.

Saturday at 6 pm is the time for the Locust Summer Concert series. This week the featured artist is the Mason Lovette Band. The concert is free and takes place on the back porch of the city hall from 6 pm to 9 pm. Food and drinks are available at the concession stands. Bring the whole family for a fun evening’s entertainment.

On Sunday at 2 pm at the New London Fire Station the Historical Society and Stanly County Museum present The Whitney Story: The Development of Whitney Dam. Learn how the first but never completed dam came to be planned and started across the Yadkin River. Seating is limited so be sure to register at the Stanly County Library or online at historicstanly.org and click on event registration.

Whether you choose indoor or outdoor activities, stay cool and enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July! (Stanly County Style)

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By Bridget Huckabee

In Stanly County the big Fourth of July event takes place in the small town of Oakboro. And this year the town celebrates its centennial with extra fireworks on Friday July 3 as well as on Saturday July 4. There will be special centennial honors in the July 4 parade as well as the traditional floats featuring veterans, beauty contestants, bands, church groups and much more. The rides open at 6 pm on the midway starting on Tuesday and continuing through the Fourth. There will be entertainment every night throughout the week on the Union Power stage featuring a variety of music. And of course there will be fun activities all day on Saturday the Fourth starting at 9 am with the big parade followed by the opening ceremonies, BBQ lunch at the Fire Department, Miss Stanly County Fire Queen Pageant and more. The celebration ends at dusk with fireworks. This is a traditional small town celebration of the nation’s birthday in its purest form, an event not to be missed.

You can never have too many fireworks to celebrate the Fourth and Woodrun in Montgomery County across the Pee Dee River will have its own display on Friday July 3 at dusk. Morrow Mountain State Park is open until 10 pm and what better place to view the fun than from the summit. Go a little early, pack a picnic and enjoy the view as the lights come on across the county.

Talking of picnics, this is the time of year to enjoy picnics in our many beautiful parks and along our lakes and rivers. Visit our county’s Farmers Markets for your picnic supplies. You’ll find fresh locally grown fruit and veggies, and plenty of homemade goodies to pack into that picnic basket. Stanly County Farmers Market opens twice a week: on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Locust Farmers Market is on Thursdays from noon until 6 pm in front of Locust school. Oakboro Farmers Market is open from 8 am until noon on Saturdays at the Oakboro Train depot. And Stanly Commons Farmers Market is on Mondays from 8 am until noon.

On Saturday, begin America’s birthday celebration by joining in the Watermelon Run at Morrow Mountain. The event begins at 7 am and is organized by Vac and Dash.

Enjoy this holiday weekend in Stanly County whether it’s taking part in the traditional fun events or creating your own with a picnic in the park, fishing on the lake or grilling hot dogs in the back yard. This is a place where you set your own pace away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Happy Fourth!

A Festive Weekend in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

There’s lots of fun to be had in Stanly County this weekend from races in the cool of the morning to concerts in the cool of the evening. There is a cruise-in for vintage car buffs, a competition for muscle builders, a tractor pull for those who love outdoor fun, and farmers markets for everyone who loves fresh locally grown food. And to add to the excitement, on Sunday Oakboro begins its annual week long July Fourth celebrations.

On Thursday from noon until 6 pm visit the Locust Farmers Market located in front of Locust school. Everything is home grown and handmade so bring your basket and fill it to the brim.

On Thursday evening from 6 pm until 7:30 pm head to Norwood for the Memorial Baptist Church Youth Dash and Splash 5K/Fun Run. Run a race and then take a dip in the pool.  This unique run will be held at Edgewater on Randall’s Church Road just outside of Norwood. It’s a pretty flat course for this area, with a scenic view of Lake Tillery. Awards go to the top ten male and female finishers. All proceeds to benefit the Memorial Baptist Church Youth.

Thursday evening is also the time to enjoy a free outdoor concert courtesy of the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department. Market Station in downtown Albemarle is the place and 8 pm is show time. This week the Scott Family provides folk music for your enjoyment. The concert goes on come rain or come shine in this covered venue. Bring a lawn chair, visit the concession stand and get set to relax in the cool of the evening while you listen to some good music.

Friday and Saturday from 5 pm until 10 pm is the time to head for Big Lick Festival Park where the Big Lick Truck and Tractor Pull takes place in a fun-filled fairground atmosphere. There are always lots of folks, lots of concession stands with a variety of food and drink, and lots of excitement. Join in with the crowd as they cheer on their favorite machine as it pulls its load down the runway. There’s plenty of shade under the trees and bleachers to sit on, but bring a lawn chair for added comfort.

Friday evening also brings the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in and Burnout. The event starts at 5 pm and the Burnout is at 9 pm. Stroll the main street and chat with the proud owners of these unique cars and trucks and then enjoy the Burnout’s one-of-a-kind entertainment.

Saturday morning brings us the weekly Stanly County Farmers Market from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Here you will find all the fresh locally grown produce you’re looking for plus homemade goodies, plants and more. And you’ll also find all of this from 8 am until noon at the Oakboro Farmers Market located at the Oakboro Train Depot.

Also on Saturday morning you can catch the Oakboro Freedom Run. This 5K event benefits the Oakboro Fire Department and is sponsored by Stanly Community College & Stanly Regional Hospital. Awards will be given for top finishers as well as age group awards. The race starts at 8 am in Oakboro next to the Post Office.

Down in Norwood, it’s Fork Ladies Day at the Fork Farm and Stables. This sporting clays event is from 9 am until 5 pm and includes a light breakfast, lunch, a wine and cheese social from 4 pm to 5 pm and complimentary group instruction. The sporting Clays Courses will be open to the public during the event and husbands and guests are welcome to attend and shoot on their own.

Saturday evening the NPC Victory Classic will take place at the Agri-Civic Center. Pre-judging for this Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini Competition takes place at 10 am. The night show begins at 6 pm.

Sunday begins the week long 57th Annual Oakboro 4th of July Celebration. Rides, pageants and music event begin on Tuesday and continue all week. Check out the schedule of events at www.oakboro4th.com. We’ll have more details in this space next week.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A great weekend in ahead in Stanly County!!!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Planning to cook a good healthy feast this weekend? You can now shop for it early here in Stanly County. The Stanly County Farmers Market opens on Wednesday at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. On Thursday you can shop at the Locust Farmers Market in front of Locust school from noon until 6 pm. And if you miss all these opportunities to fill your basket full of goodies for the weekend, there is the regular Stanly County Farmers Market at Market Station on Saturday morning from 8 am until noon. All these markets serve a variety of fresh locally grown produce and home baked goodies, and you may find eggs, meat, honey and more. You’ll also find a variety of crafts and plants for sale. Enjoy the summer bounty of Stanly County farms and gardens.

Thursday evening brings us the weekly Thursdays at the Station, a free open air concert at Market Station courtesy of the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department. This week features Knee High playing some delightful bluegrass music. Showtime is 8 pm come rain or shine (the venue is covered), the concession stand is open and bring a lawn chair. Donations go to the performers and are very welcome. Come and enjoy the music.

Head to Badin on Saturday morning to watch…or take part in…the Tri to Make a Difference Badin Lake Triathlon. Presented by Alcoa and organized by the YMCA, the event takes place at 8 am at Badin Lake. This is a fun event to watch as dozens of swimmers hit the waters of Badin Lake, dry off and hit the road on their racing bikes, and finish with a running race ending in downtown Badin. Come and cheer on these athletes as they race to the finish.

On Saturday morning you can Fish for Fun at City Lake Park from 10 am until noon. Organized by the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department and cosponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the event is free to participants. Loaner rods are available and a door prize drawing will be conducted. Bring the whole family to enjoy this unique experience in the calm waters and beautiful setting of the lake.

Take a ride up Morrow Mountain over the weekend. The view from the summit is spectacular. The pool is open with a concession stand in business. The boathouse also has a concession stand and a variety of watercraft for rent. The museum is well worth a visit with its exhibits on natural and cultural resources. The Kron House is an historical recreation of the home place of Dr. Francis Kron. Bring your horse or step into your hiking boots to enjoy the 30 miles of hiking and bridle trails. Or pack your tent and settle in to one of the 106 family campsites. There are also 6 family vacation cabins available for rent. The Lodge, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s is available for weddings, family gatherings, meetings and educational events. In 2014, 457,160 visitors from a wide area came to the park to enjoy its many facilities. Come and enjoy this jewel in the crown of Stanly County.

A Wonderful Weekend in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Memorial Day has come and gone. Now begins the season to enjoy summer fun and the many outdoor activities available in and around our beautiful county.

It’s also the season for farmers markets to fill their stalls with fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stanly County boasts three farmers markets: Stanly Commons on Mondays from 9am until 1 pm, Locust on Thursdays at the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27 in front of Locust school from noon until 6 pm, and Saturdays at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. These markets also often sell meats, eggs, honey, homemade goodies, crafts and garden plants. And on a drive around the scenic highways and byways that bisect our local farms, you’ll often discover small roadside stalls filled with freshly harvested produce.

For a change of pace, drop in at the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle. The gallery is currently showing the paintings of Patti Duncan featuring work in acrylics, oil, pastel, and alcohol ink. On Saturday a reception for the artist is from noon until 3 pm. The public is welcome. While you’re in the gallery, check out the work of the 25 plus regional artists whose work is on permanent display. The gallery is open weekly from Tuesday through Saturday.

Thursdays at the Station is a weekly outdoor concert at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Organized by the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department the show begins at 8 pm come rain or come shine (the venue is covered). Music ranges from bluegrass to gospel and from folk to rock. The concert is free but donations are welcome and go to the performers. A concession stand is open so bring a lawn chair and come and enjoy the music.

On Friday for more music and fun outdoors head to Dennis Vineyards. From 6pm to 10 pm you can enjoy Music at the Vineyard with a performance by DJ Dean Scott. Here you’ll find music, wine and dancing to a mix of danceable tunes. Bring a lawn chair to rest between dances and enjoy an early summer evening under the stars.

Head to Badin Lake early enough on Saturday morning and you can catch sight of those bass boats racing down Badin Lake to their favorite fishing spot. It’s the Second Annual Historic Badin Bass Tournament and gets under way at the Alcoa boat landing at 6 am. First place guaranteed prize is $1,500. The event is sponsored by Gill’s Tackle Shop at 38 Falls Road Badin and Better Badin, Inc.

Saturday evening brings more outdoor entertainment. Locust Movie Night takes place at Locust Town Center beginning at sunset. Saturday’s movie is Frozen, one you won’t want to miss. The movie is shown on a large inflatable screen at the back of the Locust Town Hall. The movie is free and family friendly and is open to the public. There will be food and concessions so bring the whole family and come and enjoy entertainment in the open air.

There are lots more summer events for Stanly County weekends lined up for your enjoyment so stay tuned.

This Weekend in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

The weather is heating up and so are weekend events in Stanly County. There are a lot of fun things to do in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

On Thursday shop for your weekend feast in Locust at the Farmers Market. Located on the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27 in front of Locust School, the market is open from noon until 6 pm. Organized by the City of Locust, everything here is homegrown and handmade.

From now until Saturday May 30, Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle presents a show of paintings by Patti Duncan. Patti embraces and invents new techniques to create depth of texture. Subject matter in her portfolio ranges from fully representational to non-representational art. Although acrylics are her favorite medium, she is comfortable with oils, pastels, alcohol inks, encaustics and digital artwork. This mix of mediums and subject matter provides a wide range of artwork for the viewer’s enjoyment. There is a reception at the Gallery on May 30 from noon to 3 pm and the public is invited.

While you’re in the Gallery browse the work of 25 other regional artists whose work is on permanent display. All work is original one-of-a-kind and includes pottery, painting, jewelry, fiber art, and many other beautiful works of art, all for sale at very reasonable prices.

Thursdays at the Station is back at Market Station in downtown Albemarle weekly from now until August. This week features the gospel music of 4Ever4Given. Now in its fourteenth year, the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Departments concert series continues this year with music that ranges from bluegrass to gospel and from folk to rock and pop. Showtime is 8 pm and shows are held come rain or come shine. A concession stand is open and donations which go the performers are gratefully accepted. Bring your own yard chair and come and enjoy the music.

Friday is going to be an amazing day at Tillery Tradition Country Club as they host the Second Annual Bull’s Classic (powered by Carolina CAT) Long Drive and Pro-Am Invitational. The public is welcome to come out and watch 28 of the longest hitters in the world compete against each other!

Friday is the time to head to Oakboro for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout. Billed as the largest Downtown Cruise-In in North Carolina, this Stanly County event brings in around 6,000 or so people and over 500 cars depending on the weather. The event technically starts at 5pm but people normally show up around 3 pm to socialize before and during the event. It’s a great time to see some very unique cars and trucks. The Cruise-In is always on the 4th Friday of every month and the burnout starts at 9 pm. Don’t miss this unique event.

Saturday brings another chance to stock up on fresh locally grown produce for your good healthy summer feasting. The Stanly County Farmers’ Market is open from 8am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The market has been in operation for over 15 years. Here you will find many local vendors selling their produce, homemade goodies, and crafts to the citizens of Stanly County and surrounding areas.

Enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.