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.