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.

A Duck Derby and much more this Weekend!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Start your weekend Thursday afternoon at the Badin Inn and Golf Club in Badin where the Better Badin Golf Tournament takes place. Proceeds benefit this local non-profit organization as it raises funds to enhance this unique historic town. Whether you are a golfer or a spectator, the venue is a great place to spend a late spring afternoon. Enjoy the views of rolling fairways and manicured greens as you ride a cart, walk the course or relax on the fan-cooled porch overlooking the putting green.

Also on Thursday afternoon, the Locust Farmers Market takes place from noon to 6 pm on the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27. Organized by the City of Locust, the market’s slogan is ‘homegrown and handmade’.

Saturday morning brings us the Stanly County Farmers Market from8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Stalls are filled with fresh locally grown produce, homemade goodies and a variety of plants and crafts. The market has been in operation for 15 years, with many local vendors selling their produce to the people of Stanly County and the surrounding area.

Saturday morning at 10 am is the time for kids to be at Morrow Mountain for the Kids Habitrax. Organized by Friends of Morrow Mountain, this is a way to celebrate KIDS TO PARKS DAY. Bring your children age K-4 and discover how animals share some basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and space by using a map and exploring their surroundings. Meet at the Morrow Mountain State Park, Lower Picnic Area. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, hiking shoes, and use bug spray. Please call 704-982-4402 if you have more questions.

At 11 am on Saturday you are invited to the 7th Annual Rubber Duck Derby at the Stanly County YMCA Park in Albemarle. Organized by Group Homes of Albemarle, this is a great way to support a worthy cause by backing your duck—or ducks—to win. Come join the fun. Everybody loves a rubber duck.

On Saturday afternoon head to Dennis Vineyards to take part in the Dennis Vineyard Twisted Palette event. Everyone knows that wine loosens insecurities and inhibitions… but did you know it makes you an incredibly talented painter? Join a group as they sip and paint their way through the afternoon on Saturday, May 16th. Every painting class comes with guided instruction on various painting techniques, all the necessary painting supplies, light appetizers and a glass of wine of your choice.

Locust Concert Series takes place on Saturday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm on the back porch of the Locust City Hall. On this evening the Hinson Girls open for A Deeper Shade of Blue. Come and enjoy some good music in the friendly setting of the Locust town center.

Enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.

This Weekend in Stanly County, NC!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Get ready for your weekend by visiting the Locust Farmers Market on Thursday between noon and 6 pm. The market is located on the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27. Organized by the City of Locust, the market runs from May through September and the market’s slogan is Homegrown and Handmade.

On Friday through Sunday, the Platinum National Dance Competition takes place at the Agri-Civic Center from 6 pm to 9 pm each night. Dancers will be competing in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

Saturday’s events get off to an early start with the 11th Annual Hospice of Stanly County’s Charity Bass Tournament. The start is 5 am, or safe light, and begins at the Alcoa boat landing on Badin Lake. 1st place is $1,000 guaranteed. All proceeds benefit Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie, a non-profit hospice providing comforting care since 1981.

Also on Saturday but not quite as early, the Uwharrie Running Club is going big for the Beach Blast 5K. The race starts at 8 am and the goal is to have 1,000 runners. This year, cool max shirts will be given 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. Post-race showers are available at Stanly County YMCA. Top 3 Male & Female finishers receive awards of hand-carved gourds by a local artist. After the race, enjoy a world famous 5K Sugar Cookie from Albemarle’s very own Sweet Shop.

On Saturday from 8 am until noon the place to be is Market Station in downtown Albemarle for the Stanly County Farmers Market. The market has been in operation for 15 years with local vendors selling fresh produce, homemade goodies and crafts to the people of Stanly County and the surrounding area.

Another Saturday event is the Southern Piedmont Delta Waterfowl Youth Day. The event is from 10 am until 2 pm at Long Creek Farms on Kendalls Church Road in New London. Children 15 years and under are welcome.

Saturday at 2 pm is the time and Morrow Mountain is the place of an event entitled “The First Peoples of Morrow Mountain.” The Uwharrie Mountains and Yadkin/Pee Dee River System have attracted people to settle here for thousands of years. This area has been referred to as “North Carolina’s Cradle of Civilization” because of its many pre-historic archaeological sites. Morrow Mountain State Park will be offering a Powerpoint presentation on the area’s first peoples and archaeological significance. It will be followed by demonstrations of Native American skills including flint-knapping, fire-making, and the use of an atlatl. Meet at the Park Office. The event is organized by the Friends of Butterfly House.

Talking of Morrow Mountain, canoes and paddle boats are now available at the weekends for very reasonable rental at the Morrow Mountain boat landing. These will be available during the week as well as weekends after Memorial Day. Treat yourself to a gentle float down the Pee Dee River in the company of herons, osprey, bald eagles and other wildlife.

Whichever event you take part in, you will be sure to enjoy your weekend here in Stanly County.

A full weekend of events in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

There’s a full slate of events to enjoy in Stanly County this weekend. Begin on Thursday when the Stanly County Chorale presents An Evening on Broadway. The event takes place at the Agri-Civic Center at 7 pm. Here’s your chance to hear all those wonderful songs from the Broadway shows you love. Admission is free.

On Friday morning treat yourself to breakfast at the Homes of Hope Spring Hearty Breakfast Fundraiser. Food will be served from 6:30 am to 9:30 am at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Albemarle. Good food for a good cause.

Ready for golf? On Friday the Live Again Ministries puts on its 5th annual golf tournament at Red Bridge Golf Club in Locust. Lunch is at noon and the shot gun start is at 12:45 pm.

On Friday and Saturday the place to be is in Big Lick for the truck and tractor pull. The event takes place at Big Lick Festival Park and there’ll be lots of food and lots of fun. Bring a chair to insure comfortable seating.

On Saturday morning you can Run with the Law in their Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. The 2 mile fun run begins and ends in front of the Stanly County Courthouse. Starting time is 8:30 am. The event is organized by the Stanly County Sheriff’s Department.

Also on Saturday morning the Stanly County Humane Society invites you to join them for the 8th Annual Wagfest. The event takes place at Cannon Park across from the YMCA in Albemarle from 9am to 1 pm. Wagfest is a walk-a-thon, where participants are encouraged to raise money for SCHS. It’s a family-oriented event, with lots of activities throughout the morning which include face painting, bounce houses, dog grooming, pony rides, food, bake sale, a variety of vendors and more. Bring your family, your leashed pets, and enjoy the fun.

Come and enjoy First Saturday events in downtown Albemarle, and with the Beach Blast in full swing from 2 pm to 9 pm there’ll be a lot going on. The Kids Zone is from 3pm to 7 pm with games, food, face painting and inflatables. The Sidewalk Chalk Art contest starts at 2pm and judging is at 6 pm The Team Cornhole Tournament starts at 3 pm, Shagging 0n Second is from 5 pm to 9 pm, there’s a rummage sale at 3 pm, Vac and Dash presents Kids Yoga at 4 pm, a Kids Fun Run at 4:30 pm, and the Downtown Mile at 5pm.

The Stanly County Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April through October and every Wednesday and Saturday from June through August from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle.

On Saturday the Stanly Arts Guild is proud to present Glenda (Glenny) Nelson’s pastel paintings at the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle. Named “Forgotten”, the series is a story of forgotten values, dreams, and dedication learned from hardships faced by small town America. The show opens on May 2 and runs through May 15. There is a reception on May 2 at 2pm. The public is welcome.

There’s more golf to enjoy on Saturday at our neighbor across the river, Tillery Tradition Golf Club. The Play for the Cause tournament is a community service project hosted by Gray Stone Day students and golfer Micah Mason to benefit the Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharries. Shot gun start is at 1pm.

There’s also more fun on Saturday for the canine in the family. Bark in the Park takes place at Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park in Locust from noon until 3pm. There’ll be food, vendors, music, contests and more.

And there’s more fun for the golfers on Saturday. Badin Derby Day Golf Tournament and Hat Party takes place at Badin Inn and Golf Club in Badin between 2 pm and 7 pm. Pick your own tee time, pick a horse and receive an extra shot off your score based on the odds on the horse. The hat party and contest is on the veranda at 4 pm. There’ll be southern hors d’oeuvres, mint juleps, sweet tea, beer and wine.

Enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.  

Arbor Day and much more!!!!

This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Norwood’s 22nd Annual Arbor Day Festival runs from Thursday through Saturday. The main stage will be set up behind the Norwood Town Hall and the three-day event will begin Thursday at 7 pm with a performance by the LeFevre Quartet. Friday’s performance will feature the North Tower Band, also at 7 pm, and Saturday will feature music for all ages all day long, ending with a performance by the Swash Tones at 7 pm. A variety of food, craft, and service vendors will be there during the festival.

On Thursday evening at 7:30 pm, the Stanly County Concert Band presents A Disney Extravaganza. The venue is the Agri-Civic Center and the concert is free. This is a volunteer community band of dedicated adult musicians. Their mission is to provide lifelong participation in music and enhance the cultural life of Stanly County and the region through free or low cost performances.

On Friday the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in in downtown Oakboro begins at 5 pm. Come and stroll along Oakboro’s main street and admire the beautifully restored cars and trucks, chat with the owners and enjoy food and music. At 9pm you can experience the first Burn-out of the season.

On Friday evening at 7:30 pm the Uwharrie Players present Almost, Maine. Billed as truly sweet and charming, the play will be performed in Albemarle High School Auditorium on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday morning is the time to grab your market basket and head for the Stanly County Farmer’s Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. From 8am until noon you can browse a variety of stalls and take your pick of fresh locally grown produce, home baked goodies and crafts.

On Saturday Vac and Dash presents yet another of its unique races. This one, called the Running of the Bulls takes place in Norwood at 9 am. Join the fun.

Also on Saturday morning the 17th Annual Kerri D. Efird Memorial Scholarship Bike Run begins at 11 am at West Stanly High School. Registration is at 10 am. Support for the scholarship comes 100% from this event. All scholarships will be awarded to West Stanly High School seniors.

On Saturday from 6pm to 9 pm the On Point regional dance competitions take place at the Agri-Civic Center. Come and watch these budding ballerinas show off their talents.

Saturday evening at 8 pm is the time for the Locust Summer Movie Series. The movie is Up, and is sponsored by Stanly Parents of Twins and Triplets. The venue is the Locust Town Center and the event is free. There will be food and concessions and fun for the whole family.

Sunday morning Vac and Dash presents a Beach Blast practice run. Get a head start with a preview of the Beach Blast course. Runners will be meeting at 7am at the Stanly County Courthouse in Albemarle. The Beach Blast event is on Saturday, May 9 and the aim is to have 1,000 runners pouring through downtown Albemarle.

There are lots of events to choose from in Stanly County this weekend and in the coming weekends as well, so stay tuned. And whatever events you decide to participate in, enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A full weekend of events!

This Weekend in Stanly County

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This weekend from Friday through Sunday the Big Lick Antique Show plans to give the Carolina’s the very best Antique Festival that it has ever seen. They aim to please both customers and dealers by presenting this semi-annual show on a 45 acre farm with a beautiful farm setting at Big Lick Festival Park. The show will feature quality antiques and collectibles from local, regional, national and international dealers. There will be 300 plus dealers from Maine to Florida selling a wide variety of articles that include 18th to 20th century furniture, primitives, vintage tools, toys, clothing, linens, quilts, gas pumps, signs, fishing collectibles, decoys, clocks, pottery and glass, jewelry, advertising and military items. In other words there’ll be antiques and collectibles by the truckloads.

Stanly County Farmers Market is a must for Saturday morning from 8 am until noon. Located in Market Station in downtown Albemarle, the market features stalls filled with produce from vendors selling locally grown fresh produce, homemade goodies and crafts. Bring your market basket and fill it to the brim.

Also on Saturday The Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood presents a North Carolina Shoot from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Saturday afternoon and evening is the time to be in Locust when, from 4 pm onwards the City of Locust presents a Taste of Locust in the Locust Town Center. Kicking off their summer concert series, the town brings local restaurants and businesses together to offer samples or purchases of food. There’ll be bounce houses for the kiddies, a chili cook-off and live performances featuring Valhalla Band, Momentum Academy of Dance, Fireball Taekwondo, and at 6 pm a summer concert with Right Turn Clyde.

Want to run in one of the most unique night running events in the South? The 4th Annual Vac & Dash Moonlight 1/2 Marathon, 5K and Movie starts and finishes at the Badin Road Drive-In in Albemarle, NC on Saturday from 7 pm to 10 pm. The United Way of Stanly County Benefit is one of the most unique runs in North Carolina. The 5K starts at 7:00 pm and is a relatively flat course for the area. The 1/2 Marathon starts at 9:00 pm. You can participate in the Double Feature Run by running in both events. Your support crew of family and friends can watch the movie while you run. The 5K & 1/2 Marathon are both limited to 125 participants in each race. Runners that participate in both events earn a Double Feature Runner Long-Sleeve shirt. Runners in the 5K and 1/2 Marathon get a Gildan Soft-Style Cotton Shirt. There are age group awards for both races and finisher medals for all 1/2 Marathoners. Entry fee includes entry to the movie. Family and friends not running will pay the normal price to get into the movie. At this time, it’s $6.00 per person to get into the drive-in. Runners in the 1/2 Marathon must wear reflective lights, light colored shorts and have as much reflective wear as possible.

On Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Agri-Civic Center, the Stanly County Concert Association presents Grits: Girls Raised in the South…The Musical. Based on the book “Friends are Forevah”, by Deborah Ford, this is a show you won’t want to miss whether you’re a dyed in the wool southerner or from more northern climes.

On Sunday at 3 pm, head out to Dennis Vineyards to participate in the Twisted Palette, a wine and painting party. With a glass of wine in hand, your inhibitions disappear and your inner artist takes over. With the help of an instructor, you will go home with a masterpiece! This month’s class will be painting big, beautiful sunflowers on the background color of your choice.

Whether it’s running, painting, enjoying music, browsing antiques or buying farm-fresh produce, there’s something for everyone here in Stanly County this weekend. .

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.