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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Did the groundhog see his shadow? There were a lot of runners out there checking as they ran 2.2 miles in the Vac and Dash Groundhog Day Classic on Tuesday. And if the groundhog didn’t see his shadow we can look forward to an early spring. Did we get that right? Or is it the other way around? One thing we can get right is to announce that spring is on the way, and Stanly County in springtime is THE place to be. Daffodils, azaleas and dogwoods will soon be bustin’ out all over, but first we have a little more winter to endure.

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up this weekend, but first you can enjoy an afternoon of great music at the Agri-Civic Center. At 3 pm this Sunday, the Stanly County Concert Association presents Thomas Pandolfi in “One Singular Night: the music of Gershwin and Hamlisch.” Pandolfi is trained in classical music. He began studying piano at 4, played publically at 10 and entered Juilliard School at 17. Although he usually plays works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Chopin, he feels drawn to the works of Gershwin and Hamlisch.

The month of February will bring plenty of fun events to Stanly County. The Uwharrie Players present The Curious Savage on the weekends of February 19 and 26, Dennis Vineyards presents its popular Bridal Show on the 21st and the Stanly County Wine Festival, one of the most popular early spring events in the region, is on the 27th. The Friends of Morrow Mountain State Park will bring music to the mountain at 2pm on the 21st when Mac Johnson will play the music of John Denver. On the 29th our county continues to celebrate its 175th birthday with “Memories of our Beginning: why and how Albemarle became the county seat of Stanly County.” More celebratory events will follow throughout the year.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekends.