The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 8, 2011

This Weekend in Stanly County, December 8

By Bridget Huckabee for the CVB
CNHI News Service

Thursday, December 8, 2011 — We’re counting down the days to Christmas and Stanly County is bustling with holiday activities. From winter wine festivals at the local vineyards to a tour of homes decorated for the season, and from a special Christmas play to Santa himself visiting the local newspaper, there’s every reason to enjoy this special time of the year right here in Stanly County.

On Thursday, if you haven’t already checked out the unique gifts at the Falling Rivers Gallery Saggy Frog Craft Show, now is the time. The warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Gallery and its artistic Christmas décor will put you in the right mood to start your weekend.

And to continue that mood, for 3 days, beginning on Friday, Dennis Vineyards hosts its Winter Wine Weekend. Sample their seasonal Christmas wines or munch on cookies served with hot mulled Dennis Vineyards wine or non-alcoholic punch, and all to the sound of seasonal music. And check out the gift shop where you’ll find many unusual items for those special people on your holiday shopping list.

Spread the news. This item hot off the press! Santa Claus is coming to the Stanly News and Press this Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm. Bring the kids, drop off your letters to Santa and have a chat with the big man himself. Feel free to bring your camera to get a shot of your little one with Mr. Claus.

On Friday evening, the Uwharrie Players continue their presentation of Robert Inman’s play, A High Country Christmas. The play, about a miserly curmudgeon reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ Scrooge, is performed at the new Central School Auditorium on Third Street in Albemarle on December 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, December11 at 2:30 pm.

Now it’s time to head over to Badin for some live music from 7 pm to 10 pm as the Badin Inn continues its popular Friday night Pickin’ on the Porch series. This Friday, Eversole and Flame are the featured artists on the cozy winterized porch of the historic Inn.

On Saturday, Rocky River Vineyards holds its Christmas Open House from 1 pm to 6 pm. A select few artists will be selling gift items, children can visit with Santa Claus with cookies and juice, and throughout the day you can listen and participate in Karaoke Christmas Carols and other Christmas songs. It’s a great day to visit the vineyard with friends and family. And don’t forget to bring your camera.

On Sunday, Albemarle Downtown Development presents its Holiday Tour of Homes from 2 pm to 7 pm. Proceeds benefit the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation Design Committee. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the event. Food specials will be offered at Off the Square and Z Pi’s in Albemarle.

Wrap up your weekend with the Singing Americans as they present “Christmas…Then, Now and Forever” on Sunday at 3 pm at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center. If the wonderful music of this great singing choir doesn’t get you in the Christmas Spirit, nothing will.

We’re a rural county with small communities, and perhaps because of this we know how to celebrate the holidays with warmth and joy and fellowship in the true old-fashioned way. Come and join us and share the spirit of the season.