By Bridget Huckabee For the CVB
Thursday, December 1, 2011 —
“Christmas is a’coming, The goose is getting fat…” begins an old English rhyme that we’ll finish at the end of this article. We don’t know about fat geese, but judging by the activity in Stanly County this weekend, Christmas is very definitely on its way. From a Christmas candle-light tour in the daytime to a Christmas tour of homes, and from a Santa Social to Christmas parades, there are plenty of fun events to get you in the Christmas spirit. And there’s also shopping, music and a Christmas play.
Let’s begin our weekend with a visit to the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle. The Saggy Frog Holiday Craft Show continues here through December 24, 2011. This is the place to find one-of-a-kind locally made crafts for that unique Christmas gift. The Gallery is also filled with paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry, all by local artists and all for sale at reasonable prices.
On Thursday night, ride out to Oakboro for their annual Christmas Parade. This event draws families from throughout the surrounding area for the special rides, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus.
On Friday, it’s the weekly Pickin’ on the Porch night at the Badin Inn. Every week the Inn presents live music on its porch, winterized for your comfort, from 7 pm to 10 pm. This Friday enjoy the music of Brad Harwood while you wine and dine in this beautiful venue.
Back in Albemarle, the Uwharrie Players present Robert Inman’s A High Country Christmas. The play, about the transformation of a miserly curmudgeon reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ Scrooge, takes place during the Depression in a rural mountain community. The play is performed in the new Central School Auditorium on Third Street on December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm and on Sundays, December 4 and 11 at 2:30 pm.
On Saturday, ride out to Reed Gold Mine for the only Christmas candle-light tour you can take in the daytime. From 10 am until 4 pm the underground mine tunnels will be decorated for the holidays, and special holiday-themed tours will tell how Christmas was celebrated over the years at Reed Gold Mine by John Reed and other miners and their families. The Stamp Mill, circa 1895, will also be open for tours. The celebration continues in the Visitors Center with crafts, historical demonstrations, musical performances and free refreshments.
From 10 am until 8 pm the American Legion Post 76 presents a Santa Social and Craft Fair at the Walter B. Hill American Legion Grounds on Highway 52 Business South. Warm up the fellowship of the season with homemade desserts and hot coffee, cocoa and tea. Santa will be there for pictures. The cost is $2 plus a canned food item to feed veterans for the holidays.
Ready for a little more fun this Saturday? The Badin Inn presents a Goofball Golf Tournament on the Badin golf course starting at 2 pm. Open to members and non-members, this is not your standard golf tournament. Remember why golf is FUN? Badin Inn promises you will after this. It is designed to allow entrants to have fun whether they are scratch golfers or brand new to the game. No one has the advantage on this front 9 level playing field. Entry fee includes dinner, two drinks and a cart fee.
On Sunday, from 2 pm to 4 pm check out the People’s Parade in Palestine. It will begin at the railroad tracks on Airport Road and finish on Mountain View Church Road. Don’t miss this truly local fun parade.
In Norwood, the Community Service League presents the Sunday afternoon Norwood Tour of Homes from 2 pm to 5 pm. It begins at Edwards Flowers and Gifts shop and includes the homes of Kenny and May Horne, Barry and Cathy Page, Meredith S. Hatley, the Fork Farm Bed and Breakfast and the Edgewater Clubhouse. Refreshments will be served at the Edgewater Clubhouse.
And in closing, here’s that old English rhyme we began with:
Christmas is a’coming,
The goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny
In the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny,
A halfpenny will do.
If you haven’t got a halfpenny…
God bless YOU.