By Bridget Huckabee for the SNAP
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 —
Did you ever have the urge to cut loose with pencils, paint and canvas and create a masterpiece? Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in Albemarle gives you the opportunity to do just that. “Art of the Vine” is a monthly event hosted by the gallery on the third Thursday evening each month from 5:30 – 7:30. 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 bring the beverage of your choice (no hard liquor), and join the fun this Thursday. Materials are provided. This event is also available for groups, team building or private parties. Contact the Gallery for pricing and scheduling for your own “Art of the Vine”.
Record breaking warmth, then cold, rain and a touch of frost, Stanly County winter weather is full of surprises. Our weather is mild compared to our northern neighbors, but it’s easy to hole up in winter and let that old cabin fever get to you. But there’s plenty to do outdoors right now and with springtime around the corner it’s time to explore all those outdoor venues.
Stanly County has an incredible 24 parks, including the state’s #7 tourist destination, Morrow Mountain. There are over 10,000 acres of water and over 200 miles of shoreline found in Badin Lake and Lake Tillery. The recreational opportunities are endless.
Morrow Mountain offers family camping, family cabins, hiking, fishing, canoe rental, swimming, equestrian trails and 3 picnic shelters. Views from the peak are spectacular and there is always plenty of wildlife to see including bald eagles, osprey, herons and deer.
Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department maintains 10 park properties within the city limits of Albemarle, and provides year-round recreational programming for youth, adults and seniors. Rock Creek Park offers swimming in season, tennis courts, ball fields, a bocce court, trails, a repelling tower and various obstacles to test your skills. Head over to west Albemarle and check out one of the department’s newer projects, City Lake Park. Here you’ll find fishing, an amphitheater, trails, children’s playgrounds, picnic shelters and a dock.
Locust City Park offers four baseball/softball fields, a football field, tennis courts, soccer fields, children’s playground, basketball court, walking trail and a state of the art playground and facilities.
There are also parks in Badin, Oakboro, Norwood, New London, Stanfield and Richfield, so no matter where you go within Stanly County, there’s a well-maintained park for you to enjoy even if the weather is a bit nippy.