This Weekend in Stanly County

This weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

11667430_10153776152931992_910871061663179373_nThis weekend come and join us in Stanly County and indulge in watermelon and corn-on-the-cob from any one of our five local farmers markets. Add some barbecue from one of our renowned local barbecue restaurants. Enjoy a drama. Fish, swim or take a lazy canoe ride on one of our beautiful uncongested lakes. Take in a cruise-in followed by a burn-out. Relax as you listen to some folk music in an open air venue. Wander through a downtown gallery to take in an art show. Chase fireflies on Morrow Mountain. All this is here for your enjoyment in Stanly County this weekend.

Begin on Thursday evening with a visit to Market Station in downtown Albemarle for the weekly free outdoor concert series, Thursdays at the Station. This Thursday enjoy the folk music of the Scott Family. The show starts at 8 pm. The concession stand is open so bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the cool of the evening. The venue is covered so the concert goes on rain or shine.

Drop in to Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle any time during the day. Here you’ll find the Summer Art Explosion in full swing with the work of artists from throughout the region on display. All the work is for sale. While you’re there, check out the work of the other thirty plus artists that have their work on permanent display throughout the gallery.

This Friday evening is the time for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in and Burnout. The cars and trucks are all in place by 5 pm and the Burn-out begins at 9 pm. Come mingle with the crowd and with the proud owners of these unique vehicles.

On Friday, Saturday or Sunday you won’t want to miss the Uwharrie Players presentation of Young Frankenstien. This new musical comedy comes from the creators of the record-breaking show, The Producers and is an adaptation of Mel Brooks’ funny film. Recommended for ages 13 and older, the show is at 7:30 pm nightly at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.

On Saturday morning head to Market Station in downtown Albemarle for the Stanly County Farmers Market. Everything sold here is grown by the farmer or hand made by the vendor. Please talk with the vendors and find out how their products are grown or made. You can stock up on corn, veggies, meat, eggs, berries, breads, soaps, crafts, plants, candles, aprons, stained glass, bird houses and many more artisan crafts. Sign up to receive the weekly emailed newsletter at

The days are already getting shorter so enjoy your summer weekends here in Stanly County.

Hit the Vineyards this Weekend!

This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee


There’s always something going on in Stanly County, even in the quiet winter months after our many holiday events are a memory. Cruise-ins and art shows vie with shopping at the many small shops that grace our small community main streets. Dances at the Senior Center vie with a race to the top of Morrow Mountain, aptly named the Idiots Run. Trips to our local vineyards to taste last year’s vintage are a must after a round of golf on one of the county’s fine courses.

There’s more, but March is here, that nip in the air has softened, birds have changed their tune and days are longer. We’ll soon be busy making choices between festivals, farmer’s markets, tractor pulls, outdoor movies, boating, fishing, and dancing under the stars.

Right now the choice is easy: start your weekend with a special treat. The Uwharrie Players present The Fantasticks on Friday, and Saturday, March 2 and 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. The show will be at Dennis Vineyards on the Endy Road. The Uwharrie Players, Inc., has been the community theater organization of Stanly County for over thirty-five years and has presented over 100 plays. At least 1,200 people have been involved in these shows, and over 57,000 people have paid to watch them. Shows have included favorites like Oklahoma, The Miracle Worker, On Golden Pond, Steel Magnolias, and a High Country Christmas. Don’t miss this fine performance of The Fantasticks by a group of talented locals.

For a change of pace on Saturday, attend some of the Pfeiffer sports events on the Pfeiffer campus. At 12 pm the Pfeiffer Ladies Lacrosse team takes on Grand Valley State. At 2 pm the Pfeiffer Men’s and Ladies Tennis teams take on Erskine. At 2:30 pm, the Pfeiffer Men’s Lacrosse team takes on Florida Southern.

Down at the beautiful Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood, a different event will take place this Saturday. The Fork will host a Shoot for the North Carolina Youth Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to provide and educate 7th – 12th grade youths with an opportunity to learn about and enjoy shooting sports with an emphasis on safety, discipline and respect. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and eye and ear protection is required. Adults are welcome to shoot at the 12-Station sporting clays course while the children shoot.

The first day of Spring is not until March 20, 2012, but we’ll be ready here in Stanly County with lots of fun events and with more to come throughout the summer.