The eBullet: Volume 15, Issue 2, March 2015

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The eBullet
An Online Newsletter of “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC)
Volume 15, Issue 2
March 2015

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Welcome to our second issue of The eBullet for 2015!   There’s already lots going on in the world of Mayberry this year, and lots more to come.

Welcome Sweet Springtime!   Photo by Bart Boatwright. (Mayberry Cast Reunion in Nashville in 2004.)

Welcome Sweet Springtime!
Photo by Bart Boatwright.
(Mayberry Cast Reunion in Nashville in 2004.)

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 Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board
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Event Calendar

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The Andy Griffith Museum, starring the late Emmett Forrest’s amazing collection of Andy Griffith artifacts and memorabilia, is open daily in Mount Airy, N.C. For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

HelenScobey* Apr. 3-5: Margaret Kerry (Bess Muggins and Helen Scobey) will be at Wondercon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. She’ll be sharing Tinker Bell joy in the Gifts by Small Fry booth.

* Apr. 4: Darling mandolin man Dean Webb and The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band perform as part of the FREE Bluegrass on the Lake concert series in Kimberling City, Mo.  This performance will be in the Ozark Room of the Hillbilly Bowl.  Show time is 7 p.m.

MemoriesofMayberry* Apr. 10 and 11: Rescheduled from March because of a snow storm: Memories from Mayberry Bible study weekend at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.  Doors open on Friday at 5:30 p.m. for dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by watching “Opie the Birdman” and then Bible study. Doors open on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. continental breakfast followed by two TAGS episodes and Bible study, then lunch at Noon followed by one more episode and Bible study.  The entire event is free (come and go for all or part, as you please), but registration for meals is required by Apr. 8 (so Aunt Bee and Clara know how much food to prepare). For info, visit www.vbcmtj.org or call (615) 773-5200.

* Apr. 14-19: Ronnie Schell performs at the Improv Comedy Club at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. For more info, visit www.caesars.com/harrahs-las-vegas.

Photo by Hobart Jones.

Photo by Hobart Jones.

* Apr. 17: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 12:30-3:30 p.m. She will have autographed 8×10 photos available ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

The Mayberry Tribute Artists at the Eagles' Wings fundraiser in 2014. Photo by Alan Thornton..

The Mayberry Tribute Artists at the Eagles’ Wings fundraiser. Photo by Alan Thornton.

* Apr. 23 and 24: Eagles’ Wings fundraiser event in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The golf tourney is on Thurs., and the dinner, silent auction, and entertainment are on Fri. night at the Bryant Conference Center.  David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Allan “Floyd” Newsome, Kenneth “Otis Junkin,” Tim “Goober” Pettigrew, Jeff  “Howard Sprague” Branch, Bob “Briscoe” Mundy, Christie “Andelina Darling” McLendon, Phil “Ernest T.” Fox, and Michael “Gomer” Oliver are among the entertainers with Mayberry connections. More guests and details TBA.  Mark your calendar for this annual event that supports Eagles’ Wings efforts to assist adults with disabilities.  For info, call (205) 345-5484 or visit www.eagleswingsoftuscaloosa.org.

MaggieCherryBlossom* Apr. 23-25: Maggie Peterson is a featured guest for the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield.  For more info, visit www.cherryblossomfest.com.

* Apr. 26: Ronnie Schell headlines two fundraiser performances for the Richmond Museum in Richmond, Calif. “Ronnie Schell & His Funny Friends” will be presented at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Topline Theater, 1402 Marina Way in Richmond.  Tickets are $30.  For tickets and info, call (510) 235-7387.

LeRoyMackStoriesCD* May 1 and 2: Fifth Annual Mayberry Comes to Westminster festival in Westminster, S.C.  Special guest star is Dobro wiz and TAGS alum LeRoy McNees.  In addition there will other Mayberry-related music venues, parades, arts and crafts, food booths, a car and tractor show, trivia and whistling contests, a Bible study, a silent auction and more.  And Mayberry favorites the VW Boys and David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning will present their “Memories of Mayberry” show Saturday afternoon.  For more info, visit www.mayberrywestminster.com or check out Mayberry Comes to Westminster, S.C., on Facebook.

An earnest bass champ of 2014.

An earnest bass champ of 2014.

* May 2: 28th Annual Uncle Jesse Big Bass Classic (founded by Denver Pyle) in Paris, Tex.  For more info, visit: www.unclejessefishing.com.

WestminsterStreet* May 5-8: Memories from Mayberry: Timeless Truths from America’s Hometown offers a fun TAGS experience in another one of America’s hometowns, lovely Clarksville, Tenn. (about an hour north of Nashville). The event features fun-filled Bible studies based on favorite episodes, uplifting preaching and worship, gospel concerts, a visit to Fort Campbell, and more. The all-inclusive price includes three nights, seven meals, and program fee. Contact Frances at frances@clarksville.tn.us for more info.

* May 8: Margaret Kerry will be spreading pixie dust at the Tinker Bell Marathon at Disneyland.

BrowningLincoln* May 9: David “Mayberry Deputy/Honest Abe” Browning performs his one-man From Gettysburg to Mayberry show as a “Song of the Mountains” fundraiser at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va.  Show time is 7 p.m.  Tickets are just 1,500 pennies or three fins. For more info, visit www.thelincoln.org.

MissouriBoatrideNew* May 12 and 13: Dean Webb and The Missouri Boatride perform at the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.  For more info, visit www.silverdollarcity.com.

* May 15: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 12:30-3:30 p.m. She will have autographed 8×10 photos available ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

Maggie and Rodney at Mayberry in the Midwest in May.

Maggie and Rodney will be back at Mayberry in the Midwest in May!

* May 15-17: Mayberry in the Midwest returns to Danville, Ind. Among the festival’s highlights are the parade, the Mayberry Squad Car Nationals, and performances by the Mayberry Tribute Artists. The special guest stars this year are Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling) and her Darling TV brother, Rodney Dillard, and the Dillard Band, who will do a concert on Saturday. Karen Knotts will also perform her “Tied Up in Knotts” show on Sat. and Sun. afternoons  Other details TBA.  Visit www.mayberryinthemidwest.com for more info and updates.

DeanWebbMissourBR* May 16: Darling picker Dean Webb fires up his mandolin with The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band when they perform as part of the FREE Bluegrass on the Lake concert series at the Hillbilly Bowl in Kimberling City, Mo.  Show time is 7 p.m.

* May 23: Dean Webb and his Missouri Boatride buddies perform at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Springfield, Mo.  The concert is free and starts at 6:30 p.m.

Ronnie Schell

Ronnie Schell

* May 23: Ronnie Schell is a special guest star for Altoona Day, which runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., in downtown Altoona, Ala.  Ronnie is among the stars, including Gunilla Hutton (Billie Jo Bradley on “Petticoat Junction” and Nurse Goodbody on “Hee Haw”), who will be greeting fans and signing autographs (for a fee) at this popular festival in eastern Alabama that featuring food, arts & crafts, music, classic cars and much more. For more info, call (205) 589-2311.

* May 23: David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning patrols the 100th Somernites Cruise Car Show in Somerset, Ky. For more info, visit www.somernitescruise.com.

* May 30: David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning navigates the Clinch River Days festival in St. Paul, Va.

* June 5 and 6: David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Allan “Floyd” Newsome, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, and Christie “Andelina Darling” McLendon are back on the truck (or maybe off the wagon in one case) for Mule Days in Gordo, Ala.

* June 13: Darling mandolin man Dean Webb and The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band perform as part of the FREE Bluegrass on the Lake concert series in the parking lot outside the Hillbilly Bowl in Kimberling City, Mo.  Show time is 7 p.m. Bring your own comfortable seating.

BaileysBadBoy2* June 13: Neal Brower, author of Mayberry 101, presents a lecture on the “Bailey’s Bad Boy” episode of TAGS, featuring Bill Bixby, starting at 2 p.m., in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre in Mount Airy, N.C.  Admission is included with an Andy Griffith Museum admission.  For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* June 18-21: Roland White performs as part of a Kentucky Colonels tribute at the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, Calif.  For more info, visit www.fathersdayfestival.com.

Betty Lynn signs a photo for TAGSRWC member Bruce Fisher at the Andy Griffith Museum. Photo by Hobart Jones.

Betty Lynn signs a photo for TAGSRWC member Bruce Fisher at the Andy Griffith Museum. Photo by Hobart Jones.

* June 19: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 12:30-3:30 p.m. She will have autographed 8×10 photos available ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* June 26: It’s darn fun when David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning visits the Salem (Va.) Red Sox baseball game.

* July 4: James Best joins fellow “Dukes of Hazzard” stars and a bunch of country music stars for the Party in the Park at Livingston Fairgrounds in Livingston, La.  For more info, visit www.cajuncountryjam.com.

* July 4: David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning harvests laughs at the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion festival in Denton, N.C.

BriscoeBath* July 11: Neal Brower, author of Mayberry 101, presents a lecture on the “Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee” episode of TAGS, starting at 2 p.m., in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre in Mount Airy, N.C.  Admission is included with an Andy Griffith Museum admission.  For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* July 11: David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning adds Maberry harmony to the Sing II Faith in Action Fundraiser at the Paramount Theatre in Bristol, Tenn.

* July 11 and 12: Roland White Band performs at the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival in Frankfort, Ill.

* July 14: David Mayberry Deputy” Browning sets up Checkpoint Chickie at the International Norton Owners Association Carolina Vintage Motorcycle Rally.

* July 17: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 12:30-3:30 p.m. She will have autographed 8×10 photos available ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

MMICar* July 17-19: Mayberry Meet-Up in Mount Airy, N.C.  Timed in part to coincide with Betty Lynn‘s autograph session on Friday, this informal gathering is being coordinated by Allan “Floyd” Newsome as a chance for fans to gather and enjoy Mount Airy during a quieter time of year than with the wall-to-wall activities  and crowds of Mayberry Days (also not to be missed!) in September.

There’s a light schedule of planned activities that folks can pick and choose from.  It’s mostly just a chance to hang out and relax in Mount Airy with fellow visitors and local friends.  The Mayberry Motor Inn and its gazebo serve as the home base for weekend. Click the highlighted link above for details.

* July 18: Karen Knotts performs her one-woman “Tied Up in Knotts” show at 7:30 p.m. at University High School in her dad’s hometown of Morgantown, W.V.

BOY OF THE HOOD--Dean Webb (on mandolin) and Missouri Boatride

BOY OF THE HOOD–Dean Webb (on mandolin) and The Missouri Boatride.

* July 25: Darling mandolin man Dean Webb and The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band perform as part of the FREE Bluegrass on the Lake concert series in the parking lot outside the Hillbilly Bowl in Kimberling City, Mo.  Show time is 7 p.m. Bring your own comfortable seating.

* Aug. 6-8: David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning is stalks fun at the Tazewell County Fair in Tazewell, Va.

AndyandOpieHousekeepers* Aug. 8: Neal Brower, author of Mayberry 101, presents a lecture on the “Andy and Opie, Housekeepers” episode of TAGS, starting at 2 p.m., in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre in Mount Airy, N.C.  Admission is included with an Andy Griffith Museum admission.  For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

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She’s a Knotts!

* Aug. 12: Karen Knotts performs her “Tied Up in Knotts” show to the Red Skelton Museum in Vincennes, Ind.  David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning also performs.  Show time is 7 p.m., and tickets are $10.  For info, call (812) 888-4184.

* Aug. 14 and 15: Karen Knotts brings “Tied Up in Knotts” at the Kentucky Classic Arts Theatre in Lebanon, Ky.  Comedian Joey I.L.O. also performs on the same bill.  Tickets are $10. For more info or tickets, call (270) 321-0218 or e-mail: kentuckyclassictheatre@mail.com.

* Aug. 21: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 12:30-3:30 p.m. She will have autographed 8×10 photos available ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* Aug. 22: Rodney Dillard and Maggie Peterson are joined by several of the Mayberry tribute artists (including David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Allan “Floyd” Newsome, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, Phil “Ernest T.” Fox,  and Jeff “Howard” Branch) for a concert benefiting the Montgomery County DARE program on Saturday at the James H. Garner Center in Troy, N.C. Tickets for the show are $20 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission.  Tickets for children 6 years-12 years old are $10. For more info, call Jeff Branch at (704) 985-6987, e-mail jbranch205@windstream.net, or visit www.bluegrassintroy.com.

* Aug. 29 and 30: David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning is on track for the 25th Annual Depot Days in Amboy, Ill.

* Sept. 20-23: Life Lessons From Mayberry: It’s All There in Black and White in Ridgecrest, N.C. (just outside Asheville) is a Bible study event drawing on the biblical truths and life applications found in “The Andy Griffith Show.” The event is $300 per person (based on double occupancy), and includes three nights of on-campus lodging, eight meals, Bible study sessions based on favorite TAGS episodes, dynamic preaching, worship, bluegrass concert, and special guest Margaret Kerry (Bess Muggins in “Christmas Story” and Helen Scobey in “Andy Forecloses”). To register, call Ridgecrest Conference Center at (800) 588-7222 or visit www.lifeway.com/mayberry.

RodneyMaggieColor* Sept. 24-27: 26th Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C.  Mayberry Days started in 1990, so this 26th annual festival marks its 25th Anniversary, and also the 55th Anniversary of “The Andy Griffith Show” itself.  The festival already shows signs of being more chock-full of fun than ever before.  If that’s even possible!

James Gregory

James Gregory

Tickets are already available online for key parts of the weekend, including the Mayberry Days Golf Tournament (aka The Emmett) and banquet show; a concert by Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band, with special guest Maggie Peterson;  the comedy show of James Gregory (“the funniest man in America”); the VW Boys Tribute to Mayberry; Neal Brower’s Lecture; Colonel Tim’s Talent Time, and more.

For info, updates and tickets, visit www.surryarts.org .

* Oct. 3: 55th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” on CBS.

* Oct. 3: Dean Webb and The Missouri Boatride perform at The Old Brush Arbor at Keystone Baptist Church in Reeds Spring, Mo.

* Oct. 8: Karen Knotts performs “Tied Up in Knotts” at 2 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio.  Venue and other details TBA.

RonnieSchellFosterLady* Oct. 12-17: Ronnie Schell is the special guest star on the Cruise to Mayberry 10 to the Caribbean aboard Carnival’s Conquest cruise ship.  The cruise departs Ft. Lauderdale for Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and a “Fun Day” at sea.

Activities include a Mayberry trivia contest, whistling contest, Mayberry bible study, variety show, concerts, and entertainment by Tim White of the VW Boys and Mayberry Tribute artists, including  Allan “Floyd” Newsome, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, Ronnie “Barney” Felker, Bob “Briscoe” Mundy, Christie “Andelina” McLendon, Jeff “Howard Sprague” Branch, Elease “Thelma Lou” Felker, Tim “Goober” Pettigrew and Keith “Colonel Harvey” Brown.  “Elvis” tribute artist Wayne Euliss will also be a featured performer.   For more info, visit www.allaboutcruisesnc.net/mayberry.php.

* Dec. 3-5: Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling) is the special guest for A Life Lessons from Mayberry Christmas in Ridgecrest, N.C. (just outside Asheville). This heartwarming weekend will feature Bible studies based on four popular TAGS episodes, inspirational preaching and carols, and a Christmas banquet.  Come celebrate Christmas…Mayberry style! For every member of the family–children’s prices available. To register, call Ridgecrest Conference Center at (800) 588-7222 or visit www.ridgecrestconferencecenter.org/event/mayberrychristmas.

MayberryChristmasPromo* Dec. 18: Maggie Peterson and Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band are joined by David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning for a presentation of their Mayberry Christmas show at 7 p.m. ET at the historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, Ky.

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**** News of Cast & Crew ****

Ron celebrated his 61st birthday with wife Cheryl on March 1.  Ron tweeted this photo.  Follow him on Twitter under the handle @RealRonHoward.

Ron celebrated his 61st birthday with wife Cheryl on March 1. Ron tweeted this photo. Follow him on Twitter under the handle @RealRonHoward.

Ron Howard has been spending a lot of time in Europe in recent weeks (and months) as he prepares to start filming Inferno (starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones) at several locations on the continent in April.  The release date for the film is October 2016.

TWEETIN' SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS-- A picture- perfect meal for Ron earlier this month in Paris.

TWEETIN’ SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS–A picture-perfect meal for Ron earlier this month in Paris.

Ron also is very involved again this year with Canon’s Project Imagination, which this time around is encouraging people to make a movie trailer from their own videos and photos. The winning entry will get to have a short film made based on the trailer.  For info, visit www.imagination.usa.canon.com.

The first day of spring found Betty Lynn  at her monthly meet-and-greet at the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy.  As always, there was a strong turnout of fans who were thrilled to have a chance to have a visit with Betty and to get an autographed photo and their picture taken with her.

FRIENDLY GESTURE-Model for the Don Knotts statue in Morgantown, W.V., by local sculptor Jamie Lester.

FRIENDLY GESTURE–Model for the Don Knotts statue in Morgantown, W.V., by local sculptor Jamie Lester.

A specific site has been selected for the Don Knotts statue in his hometown of Morgantown, W.V. Fundraising for the statue has met its goal (thanks in part to generous donations from TAGSRWC members).  Additional donations received will go toward upkeep of the statue and the surrounding grounds.  Current plans are for a festival and unveiling in the summer of 2016. (There will also be preliminary festivities this July, including Karen Knotts performing her one-woman show in Morgantown.  See Floyd’s bulletin board above.)

FilmFeestBigThe 18th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival was another big success in early March. Despite being held on the heels of one of the big snow/ice storms that hit the region, the festival on the campus of the University of North Alabama (George’s alma mater) in Florence drew good crowds, had several interesting panel discussions (including the keynote panel on music and film with some of Hollywood’s top music supervisors) and selected 30 independent films to show out of the almost 3,000 that were submitted.

ElinorMeTVpromoElinor Donahue participated in a TAGS promo for MeTV that’s currently in rotation on the channel and can also be viewed online at www.metvnetwork.com/videos.  There’s also a bunch of other creative and fun promos for TAGS and other TV shows on the MeTV site.

James Best (Jim Lindsey) has been doing some leisure traveling this month before getting into full swing with his schedule of appearances and performances.  And he continues to create beautiful paintings.  Keep up with James and his art at www.jamesbest.com.

Margaret Kerry (Bess Muggins and Helen Scobey) expects her much anticipated autobiography will be available in May. It should be fascinating, just like her life!

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**** Chapter Update ****

No new chapters have launched since our report in the last eBullet, so we’re holding at 1,428 chapters that have been founded since TAGSRWC started in 1979.  The big questions of the moment is, Where will the first new chapter of 2015 be located and What name will the founders come up with?

Starting a chapter of TAGSRWC is really easy to do.  Just pick a name that hasn’t already been chosen (that’s really the challenging part!), and submit it with a list of your founding members by e-mail (to Goober@imayberry.com) or by U.S. Mail to TAGSRWC’s HQ (118 16th Avenue South, PMB 146, Nashville, TN  37203-3100).  There’s a searchable list of chapter names that are already taken at www.tagsrwc.com.

Whether or not you start or join a local chapter, you can always join our online “Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board?” chapter. (It’s really quick and easy to do. Info is at tagsrwc.com.)

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**** Merchandise Update ****

We’re excited to have four brand new licensed T-shirts to kick off the T-shirt-wearing season!  Check them out below.  But one of the biggest changes at Weaver’s is one you may not at first notice…at least not until you order something from us.

Jan and Allan Newsome (right) with Mayberry nuts Phil Lee (back left) and David Browning at the Mayberry Squad Car Rendezvous..."a few years ago."

MEMORY WEAVERS–Jan and Allan Newsome (right) with Mayberry nuts Phil Lee (back left) and David Browning at the Mayberry Squad Car Rendezvous… “a few years ago.”

That’s because, earlier this month and after 33 years, the retailing and order fulfillment part of Weaver’s (in other words, virtually all of what Weaver’s does) has moved from Nashville, Tenn., to Huntsville, Ala., where Jan and Allan Newsome have taken over the handling of all online orders for Weaver’s.

The biggest thing about the change that will affect some shoppers is that shipments going to Alabama will now need to include payment of Alabama sales tax (drats!), and shipments going to Tennessee will no longer have to include Tennessee sales tax (hooray!).

There will surely be other changes and enhancements to Weaver’s as Jan and Allan get comfortable with the Weaver’s reins.  Weaver’s could not be in better hands going forward.  (Jan has extensive experience in retail, and Allan was already the Weaver’s webmaster, as he also is for the whole family of TAGSRWC and imayberry.com sites, and others.)  Weaver’s is lucky to be able to have this smooth transition to two such capable friends who are already familiar to and respected by so many Mayberry fans.

TAGSRWC’s HQ will continue to be in Nashville. Things such as our printed and online newsletters (including The eBullet) and chapter coordination will still be Goobered out of our Nashville home base.  So, basically the main difference for now is that your Weaver’s shipments will come with a Huntsville postmark.

Anyway, enough about things behind the scenes.  Here are some of the items we’re featuring at Weaver’s this season.  Go ahead and pick out something you like, and help keep Jan and Allan busy!

New T-Shirts!

Mayberry Tree

Mayberry Tree

We’ve added these four great new T-shirt designs to our growing lineup of licensed apparel:

Andy in Black

Andy in Black

Barney's No Jerk

Barney’s No Jerk

 

 

 

 

 

Circle of Trust

Circle of Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All four of the new designs are just $20, as are most of our T-shirts.  (A few designs are $18, and the Lawmen all-over design is $25.)  We also have sweatshirts and hoodies in two designs, as well as caps, Goober beanies, deputy patches and even a bandana.

2015 TAGS Wall Calendar Is Back in Stock!

We had sold out of this 2015 edition the week before Christmas, but we fortunately located a few more of this scarce calendar. The calendar’s now back in stock in our store, and we’re shipping again…for as long as our re-supply lasts.  And best of all it’s now 20% off the original price!

Was $15.00.  Now just $12!

Was $15.00. Now just $12!

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You’ll find these items and much more, including books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, rare collectibles, tin signs, a Barney thermometer, board games, blankets, items for vehicles, etc., all online at www.weaversdepartmentstore.com.  (Or just go to www.imayberry.com and click on one of the  orange and blue Weaver’s buttons at the top.)

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**** Chapter News ****

Mayberry Good Government League (Virginia Beach, Va.), one of our earliest chapters, checked in  after our last issue to report that they’re still active and enjoying watching TAGS every night on MeTV.  Now, that’s good government!

“Damp Under There…Could Be Spiders” (Papillion, Nebr.) wrote to say hey.  That’s all.  They didn’t have any tales to spin about a “Spider Bite!”  But then again, that would be a different chapter (Thomasville, Ga.)  Meanwhile, there’s no recent word from Glencoe, Ala., which is surprising because “If I Was a Spider, That’s Where I’d Go.”  But enough stalling, “Gomer, Get Down There with Them Spiders!”  (Winston-Salem, N.C.).

Barney chapter (Greensboro, N.C.) has started 2015 with its usual schedule of regular monthly meetings.  Chapter leader Neal Brower will also be resuming his monthly lectures at the Andy Griffith Museum in June (see Floyd’s bulletin board for the schedule).

Ditto on the regular monthly meetings by Mayberry chapter (Knoxville, Tenn.).

Several chapters have dropped by our Nashville HQ amid the various winter storms.  Remembering Mayberry (Chillicothe, Ohio) was heading south when they came through town.  Mother Figure (Huntsville, Ala.) arrived with an empty Stevens truck, but left loaded up with Bert Miller’s stand. And Mavis Neff (Durham, N.C.) visited for a couple days while doing some library research.  (We have to admit that Mavis Neff doing actual reading in a library is hard to imagine.)

Chapter Flashback

We were recently looking through some of our old files and found this interesting chapter report.  We thought it would be fun to share it again.  Yes, that’s right–a rerun…from 23 years ago!

PeteLaughrenLetterIf your chapter has news or photos to share, you can write to us the old-fashioned way at TAGSRWC HQ, 118 16th Avenue South, PMB 146, Nashville TN  37203-3100, or by e-mail to Goober@imayberry.com.

In the meantime, we’ll get back  to rummaging around in our archives.  There’s no telling what other gems we might dig up down there among Mrs. Mendelbright’s mushrooms and that old tire-shredder!

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**** Mayberry on the Web ****

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Keith Brown (left) with David Browning at Mayberry Comes to Westminster in 2014.

Keith Brown (right) with David Browning at the Mayberry Comes to Westminster festival in 2014.

The iMayberry Community
This TAGSRWC online group is organized and overseen by webmaster Allan “Floyd” Newsome with able assistance from Keith “Col. Harvey” Brown. You can check it out and sign up for free at: http://imayberrycommunity.com.

The iMayberry Community complements our other online activities, including our main www.imayberry.com page, podcasts, Facebook page, online newsletters (such as The eBullet!), weaversdepartmentstore.com and chat rooms.

Mayberry Podcasts

Two Chairs, No Waiting is our weekly podcast of TAGS news, interviews and pretty much whatever happens to be going on in and around Mayberry. It’s hosted by Allan Newsome. There’s a new episode every Tuesday (and you can watch and listen live during tapings on Monday evenings). Past episodes are in an online Archives in case you want to listen to or view episodes you’ve missed.

There have been an amazing 323 episodes since Allan started the podcasts in 2008.  Allan received “extry good” feedback about his masterfully edited recent four-part series of podcasts featuring Neal Brower’s outstanding 2004 Mayberry Days interview with Maggie Peterson, Doug Dillard, Rodney, Dillard, Mitch Jayne and Dean Webb.

There’s a lot of info and discussions that you simply won’t find anywhere else, including rare interviews (vintage and new) with cast and crew members of TAGS. If you’ve got sound on your computer or have an iPod or similar device, you can easily tune in live or download these podcasts.  And you’ll also find links there to a couple of other outstanding Mayberry-related podcasts.

FacebooklogoTAGSRWC’s official page on Facebook now has more than 126,000 friends! You can find us at www.facebook.com/tagsrwc. If you haven’t already dropped by the page, we hope you’ll check it out sometime when you have the chance. We invite you to become a TAGSRWC Facebook Friend!

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If you ever miss receiving an issue of The eBullet, you can always catch up by reading it in the eBullet Archives in the Newsletters section at imayberry.com. Each issue is usually placed in the Archives at about the same time that it’s distributed to subscribers.

Between issues of The eBullet, keep up with all the happenings in Mayberry with the daily Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board? (aka “WBMUTBB?”) Digest. It’s a free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, newsflashes, and questions and answers from subscribers. You can sign up for that list by going to the Mailing Lists link at tagsrwc.com. “WBMUTBB?” also has its own Archives where you can follow the ongoing stream of messages.

And TAGSRWC publishes Weaver’s Newsletter in alternate months to The eBullet. Like The eBullet, the Weaver’s Newsletter is free. Its focus is tilted a little more to Mayberry merchandise and collectibles and quick newsflashes. To sign up, go to: Weaver’s Newsletter Sign-Up.

The next eBullet is planned for May, and the next Weaver’s Newsletter will be out in April.

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG--Get your flower-making machine cranking for this special occasion.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG–Get your flower-making machine cranking for this special occasion.

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