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.