Tuesday, November 20, 2012 —
It’s Thanksgiving and Stanly County has much to be thankful for. An oasis of calm among North Carolina’s busy urban centers, untouched by sprawl, we are a land of rural beauty with scenic byways, lakes and streams and ancient mountain tops worn into softly contoured hills. This is the time of year when our small communities gather to host holiday parades, craft shows and cruise-ins, when our children dance the story of the Nutcracker, and when our local choirs sing Noel.
On Friday, when the turkey is a memory and the pumpkin pie is no more, begin your weekend in Norwood at the Norwood Museum to catch the last few days of the special exhibit called Antique Quilts and King Cotton. The ten quilts are on loan from the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NC State University. The exhibit includes black and white photography of early cotton farming, an old steam whistle and a skein reel used for winding cotton. The exhibit runs through Sunday, November 25, 2012.
Begin your Christmas shopping Friday with a visit to the holiday craft show at Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers).The theme of the show is “From our Hands to your House”, and it will run through December 22. Here you’ll find booths offering unique one-of-a-kind objects perfect for gifts for your friends and relatives, or perhaps a gift just for yourself. Items include jewelry, holiday décor, cards, needlework, goat milk soap and beeswax candles, hand-painted scarves and pillows, functional pottery and much more. The Gallery itself is filled with art by local artists, so when you’ve checked out the Holiday Show take time to browse the permanent Gallery exhibit.
On Friday evening head to Oakboro for the Oakboro Cruise-in, the largest downtown Cruise-in in North Carolina. The event brings thousands of people and hundreds of cars to Oakboro’s main street, and if the crowds are thinner due to the season and the weather, this gives the visitor more opportunity to see the lovingly restored old cars and trucks. The show starts at 5 pm, but come early to do a little socializing with your fellow fans. The Cruise-In takes place on the fourth Friday of every month and starting in April, the Burnout adds an extra dimension to the festivities.
Saturday from 10 am until 11:30 am, and billed as an event for ladies and gentlemen 4 years and older, the City Youth Ballet present, “Clara’s Tea Party.” The performance takes place at the Agri-Civic Center. The City Youth Ballet is part of the Uwharrie Youth Arts, a non-profit organization that strives to educate and entertain through the art of dance throughout the Uwharrie Lakes region of North Carolina.
At 3 pm on Saturday afternoon, it’s time for the Locust Christmas Parade and Festivities. The event has grown along with the city, getting bigger and better every year. This year’s parade will start at the intersection at Food Lion and will end at Locust City Park. After the parade there will be Christmas festivities for all ages at the Town Center and the grand finale will be, of course, the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
This weekend, Stanly County is sure to put you in the spirit of the season.