Tuesday, October 18, 2011 — By Bridget Huckabee For the CVB
There’s a nip in the morning air and welcome warmth in the afternoons. For the intrepid fun seeker in Stanly County all this signals that grapes are ready for stomping, pumpkins ready to be transformed into Jack-o-lanterns and Galloping Ghosts ready to run through the streets.
Thursday is a good time to begin your weekend with a visit to Falling Rivers Gallery on Main Street in downtown Albemarle. The current Stanly Arts Guild Member Show gives a good overview of local artistic talent. On display and for sale until the show ends on October 28, 2011 are outstanding photographs, paintings, pottery, jewelry, gourds and sculpture, all by local artists.
Free and open to the public is an event that will appeal to the many caregivers among us. The 9th annual caregiver CareFest takes place at the Stanly County Senior Center, North Third Street, Albemarle on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Vendors from local agencies will be available to explain services. There is a choice of two workshops on care giving issues. Keynote speaker Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW Director of Duke Family Support Program will speak on “Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty (CARE)”.
Friday at the Fork Farm and Stables will see the 2nd annual Thurston Arthritis Research Center “Taking Aim at Arthritis” Competition Sporting Clay Shoot. This is a Lewis style competition with three categories to be assigned on site. Awards will be given to the top three teams in each category. Proceeds benefit UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center to directly support its mission to investigate causes, consequences and treatments of arthritis and autoimmune diseases.
It’s the third Friday of the month and time for the Locust Cruise-in. Starting at 5 pm and ending at 9 pm, the event takes place in the Locust Center City with vendors from local restaurants ready to serve you.
As the evening shadows draw in, take your courage in hand and wander through the Maze of Terror at the Get Lost Corn Maze on Highway 73. This guided walk on a haunted trail is just the thing to get you in the mood for the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween.
For a calmer evening, try Pickin’ on the Porch at the Badin Inn. You’ll find good music and good food and drink in the beautiful atmosphere of this wide porch overlooking the rolling fairways of the Badin golf course. This Friday, the live music of “Loose Change” entertains from 7 pm to 10 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday begins bright and early with a trip to the Stanly County Farmers’ Market. They’re nearing the end of their season now so hurry down to purchase some of that good local produce, homemade goodies and local crafts.
Galloping Ghosts will be about early on this fall morning. This 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30 am and finishes at 12:30 pm. The run starts at Locust Park Tennis Courts and ends at Stanly Medical Services. The event is followed by a Family Fun Day and there’ll be free flu shots for the first 100 guests. There’ll also be healthcare screenings and emergency medical vehicle viewing that includes the helicopter from Carolinas Healthcare System.
Back in Albemarle there’s more fun to be had at the Smith Splash! Free Concert in the Park from 11:45 am to 5 pm at the YMCA Park (rain day location is Market Station). Performers include Uwharrie Sound, The Talent Company, Pine Grove UMC Movement Group, Jacobs Creek, Trey Calloway and the Stoney Creek Boys, Joy Almond, Absolute Zero, Audioholics, Shawn Dykes and Spirit of Praise, Smith Family, and Clay Pigeons. Bring the kids, bring a chair, bring your appetite and get ready for a great time with proceeds going to support the Smith William Snuggs Endowment Fund.
Down the road at Don Montgomery Park, the Stanly Community College Men’s Baseball Team takes on Florence-Darlington at 1 pm. Come and support those Eagles.
The fish are biting and Russell’s Bass Fishing Tournament Series will be ready to go after them on Tuckertown starting at the Flat Creek Boat Landing.
Greet the Harvest at Rocky River Vineyards with a Grape Stomping Dinner. This Saturday evening festivity begins at 6 pm and ends at 10 pm and includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner catered by 200 North Family Restaurant, grape stomping and musical entertainment provided by the Salisbury Swing Band.
Sunday might be time for a little winding down after all this weekend’s activities and Stanly County is the place to do it. Take a gentle hike on Morrow Mountain or a lazy cruise on Badin Lake. Ride along our scenic byways and enjoy the changing colors of autumn. Whittle away at that pumpkin as you get ready to gear up for next weekend with its ghosts and ghouls and goblins.