This Weekend in Stanly County
By Bridget Huckabee
Stanly County loves the sporting life and as participants and spectators they find plenty to satisfy that love. But being the well-rounded folks that they are, they also love cultural events. And they love to share their enthusiasm for both these activities with visitors.
Let’s start with sports participation. We have the Uwharrie Running Club that puts on more running events than anywhere else in the region. The Uwharrie Wheelmen is for all those that share a passion for cycling whether recreational or competitive. The Uwharrie Hikers provide opportunities for regular hikes and outings for those who love the outdoors. Our lakes provide boating, water sports and fishing, and the visitor can even borrow rods and reels from the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department. Our parks provide opportunities for camping and hiking, and did we mention the area golf courses?
We also love spectator sports and this weekend provides several opportunities. On Thursday, the Pfeiffer Women’s Basketball team takes on the women’s team from St. Andrews at 5:30 pm on the Pfeiffer University campus. At 7:30 pm, the Pfeiffer Men’s Basketball team takes on the men’s team from St. Andrews. Take a trip to Misenheimer to support the home teams.
On Sunday, the Stanly Community College’s Men’s Baseball team will take on USC Lancaster at 1 pm. The game will be played at Don Montgomery Park. Come on out and support those Eagles.
Now for those cultural treats. On Friday head for downtown Albemarle when the Falling Rivers Gallery begins its two-week Jewelry Show and Sale, From the Heart. In a Stanly News and Press readers’ choice survey in 2011, the Gallery was chosen as having the most artistic jewelry. Many of these local artists will have their jewelry on display during this show and sale. The items are varied, beautiful and one-of-a-kind.
The Falling Rivers Gallery is a cooperative sales venue of the Stanly Arts Guild and is staffed and managed by volunteers who show and sell their creations that include paintings, textiles, wood, bronze, jewelry, pottery and much more.
The Stanly Arts Guild also sponsors month-long shows in the lobby of the Agri-Civic Center. Throughout February the work of nature photographer Dan Wray will be on display. Dan’s first love is nature photography, but he has worked as a self-employed photographer, and is represented by The Image Works in Woodstock, New York. He has published photographs for commercial, advertising and wedding venues. His interest in photography began with film cameras, but now he works with digital including small format cameras. Dan makes his home on the family farm in Mount Gilead, North Carolina where he now specializes in finding a wealth of subjects to photograph close to home. Drop by and see his show.
Sports, culture, friendly folks, beautiful scenery, pristine lakes, Stanly County offers it all. Enjoy!