A Summer Weekend in Stanly County

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

After a week at work, weekends are a good time to get out into the fresh air on these long, balmy summer days. Stanly County offers plenty of places for you to do just that. There are picnics in the park, fish to be caught and canoes to be paddled along our serene lakes and rivers. In the evenings there’s music under the stars and there’s dining on fan-cooled porches. Prefer shopping? Downtown Albemarle has a special event for you this weekend and there’s always the joy of shopping a variety of stalls at the local farmer’s market. Like your entertainment in air-conditioned comfort? Then there’s a great theatrical experience waiting for you at Stanly County’s Agri-Civic Center.

Begin your weekend with an outdoor concert. Thursdays at the Station presents country music with Maggie Hamilton. This weekly concert series by the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department begins at 8 pm at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The concession stand is open. Bring your own yard chair and sit back and enjoy the music.

On Friday night the Uwharrie Players present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. Showtime is at 7:30 pm at the Agri-Civic Center. Performances continue on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. You don’t want to miss this great musical presented by talented local performers. Uwharrie Players, Inc., has been the community theater organization of Stanly County for nearly 40 years. The Players were formed in the spring of 1975 as an outgrowth of the Stanly County Arts Council. Thirty-four charter members set out to establish a vehicle that would provide local citizens an opportunity to perform on stage and that would expose Stanly County to quality theatrical entertainment. And the quality has been consistent for all those years.

Every Friday night in Badin there’s music in the air as the weekly Pickin’ on the Porch highlights local musicians for the entertainment of diners on the fan-cooled porch of the Badin Inn. The music begins at 7 pm.

Saturday is the time to visit the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The stalls are open from 8 am until noon. Locally grown fresh produce is at its best in mid-summer so bring your basket and fill it to the brim. And don’t forget those home-made goodies for dessert. Arts and crafts and plants are often available so stroll through the open-air, covered venue to see what unique items you can find while you enjoy your shopping experience. The market is also open on Wednesdays at the same time and the same place.

The first Saturday in every month is designated as First Saturdays in downtown Albemarle. From 1 pm to 5 pm you can stroll through the downtown area and find shops offering specially priced items, great food at Off the Square, delicious coffees at Glory Beans and more, another great way to enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Bark in the Park

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

Beach Bums Poker Run on Lake Tillery

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

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

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

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

A Summer Weekend in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

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

Weekend Fun in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Weekend in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Thursday evening is a great time to begin your weekend. To get in the mood take a trip downtown to the Falling Rivers Gallery and sign up for their unique art event, “Art of the Vine”. This is a monthly event hosted by the Gallery on the third Thursday evening each month from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Targeted for adults, this event is intended to provide creative fun and a way to kick back, relax and let your inner artist out to play. No self-proclaimed artistic ability is required. There is no good or bad, pass or fail. Just come out and have a great time. Led by a professional visual artist you will follow a pre-determined theme or create your own original work of art of your choice. Also, to add to the fun, bring the wine of your choice. This Thursday Lorrie Hatley will help you explore the easy and imaginative activity of beading as you make a bracelet and earring set of your own design. Lorrie brings basic instruction and a supply of beads. Additional beads and embellishments are available for purchase from Lorrie. And check these special offers: Register and pay on line for this event and save $3.00. Pre-order your appetizer and wine at Off The Square and get your bottle of wine for half price. Contact Justin at 704-986-0621. Mention you’re registered for Art of the Vine to get this special deal and they’ll deliver!
While you’re at the Gallery be sure to check out the special exhibit area where the Stanly Art Guild is once again very pleased to host the North Stanly Middle School Student Art Show. The Show runs through Saturday, May 17. Instructor Tammy Palmer has collected some of the finest work created by her students during this school year for this exhibit. You’ll be amazed at the talent of these youngsters.
Saturday is the day for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The stalls are open for business from 8 am until noon. The market will also be open on Wednesday from 8 am until noon starting in June and running through August.
With your market basket filled, head over to the Stanly County Family YMCA Park for the 11am until 2 pm 6th Annual Rubber Duck Derby. The event is organized by GHA Autism. Take a chance on choosing the winning duck, have fun and support a good cause.
Morrow Mountain State Park now has canoes available for rent every weekend at the park boat landing. The price is very reasonable and the scenery is spectacular as you cruise along the Pee Dee River on Lake Tillery in company with heron, bald eagles, osprey and hawks. It’s always cool on the river but bring a hat and some sunscreen. Life jackets and paddles are provided.

Fishing and Running in Stanly County this Weekend

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By Bridget Huckabee

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

A Busy Weekend in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

The Weather will be perfect this Weekend!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Spring is bustin’ out all over and weekend events are cranking up in Stanly County. Horse trials, an art show, dance competitions, a running race, a special downtown event and music at a vineyard, there’s something here for everyone.

Begin your weekend with a visit to Falling Rivers Gallery for the Nature at its Best Art Show. The show ends on Saturday so this is your last chance to see beautiful art work by regional artists depicting nature in all its forms.

Take a ride down to Norwood for the Outdoor Heritage Days at the Fork Farm and Stables. This event in a beautiful setting is something for the whole family to enjoy as the Farm hosts approximately 350 competitors from across this country and around the world. There is no charge for spectators and there are plenty of bleachers and food vendors available as you watch human and animal athletes at this equestrian triathlon as they compete in Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping events. The event runs through Sunday.

From Friday through Sunday, the Starpower Regional Dance Competitions take place at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center from 8 pm to 5 pm each day. Also from Friday through Sunday, Believe Regional Competitions take place at the Agri-Civic Center from 6 pm to 9 pm each evening.

The first Saturday of the month brings the First Saturday event in downtown Albemarle. Festivities begin around 1 pm with music on the square, food vendors and activities all throughout downtown. There is a cornhole tournament in the parking lot beside the square, yoga at the coffee shop, and many more activities. Many businesses will be open later for you to visit.

Also on Saturday from 6:30 pm to 11 pm, Dennis Vineyards presents Music at the Vineyard. The music is by Right Turn Clyde, dinner is by 200 North Family Restaurant and the wine, of course, is by Dennis vineyards.

If outdoor activity is more in your line than wining and dining, then put this event on your calendar. This is when you can run in one of the most unique night running events in the South. The 3rd Annual Vac & Dash Moonlight 1/2 Marathon, 5K and Movie starts and finishes at the Badin Road Drive-In in Albemarle, NC and benefits the United Way of Stanly County.  The 5K starts at 7 pm and is a relatively flat course for the area. The 1/2 Marathon starts at 9 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 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 must wear reflective lights, light colored shorts and have as much reflective wear as possible.

Here’s a heads-up for next week: Saturday, April 12, 2014 is the first Stanly County Farmers’ Market of the season. Hurry on down to Market Station in downtown Albemarle with your market basket between 8 am and noon and enjoy all the locally grown and home-made goodies available at this weekly event. And get ready for some toe-tapping music from Thursday, April 10th through Saturday April 12th as the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival gets underway. More details on this next week so stay tuned.

What a great Weekend to be in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

This last week of March is showing its stuff with a variety of weather that includes rain, snow and frost, and temperatures that range from wintery to summer-like. Bring it on! We have plenty of weekend fun in store for you.

All this week and running through April 5, 2014, the Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show, “Nature at its Best” takes place at Falling Rivers Gallery at 119 West Main Street, Albemarle. Here is where you can enjoy visions of the great outdoors in the comfort of the warm and cozy gallery. Art by artists from around the region includes paintings, stained glass, fiber art, sculpture, pottery and more. Admission is free.

On Friday the Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout takes place in downtown Oakboro. This is always an enjoyable event, but the warmer weather brings out more crowds and more cars to add to the enjoyment. This is the largest downtown Cruise-In in North Carolina and during the height of the season it brings in around 6,000 or so people and over 500 cars depending on the weather. The event technically starts at 5 pm but people normally show up around 3pm 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 is from April through October so this is the first Burnout of the season. It starts at 9 pm and it should be a good one.

On Friday and Saturday, Vac and Dash presents Honor the Fallen, a 24-Hour Run. The event begins at the YMCA Park and goes from 3 pm Friday to 3pm Saturday. Join the runners as they honor our fallen heroes. This is a run that raises money for fallen heroes families. For more information please visit http://www.vacanddash.com

Heads up for next week:

This is not strictly a weekend event but something that is not to be missed: On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 starting at 6:30 pm at the YMCA Park you can join in the fun at the Vac and Dash April Fools’ Day Classic Race. Run through a backyard, have water balloons tossed at you, freezie pops handed to you at the water station and more. This is the race that is full of fun surprises. One lucky early bird registrant will have the race named after him or her. The Jester of the Day will also get a pair of shoes and a new outfit from Vac & Dash. After the race, one runner will have an opportunity to win a $100.00 Bill! New this year, the group with the most runners will get $100.00! You can join an existing group or start your own.

On Wednesday April 2, 2014 through Sunday April 6, 2014, the International Horse Trials take place at the beautiful Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood. Horses and their riders from around the world compete in dressage, cross-country and show jumping in this equestrian triathlon. If you’ve never attended this event this is the year to go. The Fork Farm hosts approximately 350 competitors from across this country and around the world. There will be young riders competing in the lower divisions and International medalists. This is a wonderful opportunity to see these incredible athletes, human and animal, and a truly spectacular event to attend with the entire family

And even more to come next weekend….On Saturday, April 5, 2014 check out the First Saturday events in downtown Albemarle, the Starpower and Believe Regional competitions, the Vac and Dash Moonlight ½ marathon, 5K and Movie event and Dennis Vineyards “Music at the Vineyard.”