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.