The eBullet: Volume 11, Issue 5 November 2011

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The eBullet
An Online Newsletter of "The Andy Griffith Show" Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC)
Volume 11, Issue 5
November 2011
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Welcome to our fifth and final issue for 2011! Where has this year gone?! After all the 50th Anniversary excitement in 2010, we sort of expected this to be a quiet year. But it turned out to be far from it.  In fact, 2011 has been one of the busiest years ever for Mayberry events and activities. And 2012 is already shaping up as another year that'll be chock-full of Mayberry fun.  Here's what's coming up in the weeks and months ahead:

Floyd's Barbershop Bulletin Board

"Saaay...look at all the fun stuff goin' on!"

The Andy Griffith Museum, featuring Emmett Forrest's phenomenal collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia, is open daily in Mount Airy, N.C. You'll usually find Emmett himself there on Thursdays (and often other times), and Betty Lynn generally greets fans there during the afternoon of the third Friday each month.  For info, visit the website at http://www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

*  Nov. 25: The Roland White Band performs at The Station Inn, Nashville, Tenn., at 9 p.m.

* Nov. 26: David Browning marches into Unicoi, Tenn., for its holiday parade.

* Dec 3: Roland White and The Station Inn present the 15th Annual Bill Monroe Appreciation Night at The Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn., at 8 p.m.

* Dec. 8: Neal Brower, author of Mayberry 101, makes the second of two special appearances at the Andy Griffith Museum this fall. This installment features the classic "Christmas Story" episode of "The Andy Griffith Show," followed by a detailed lecture and Q&A. The lecture starts in the lower level of the Museum at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. It's a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

* Dec. 6-11: Ronnie Schell performs in Harrah's Comedy Room in Las Vegas. More info at http://www.harrahslasvegas.com.

* Dec. 16: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at visit the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, N.C., from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. She'll have autographed 8x10 photos available ($10 each).

* Dec. 16 and 17: Ronnie Schell performs in the Chinook Casino in Lincoln City, Ore. More info at www.chinookwindscasino.com.

* Dec. 19: David Browning is all aboard for the 25th Annual Morgan Shepherd Christmas Charity Train, starting in Stuart, Va.  For more info, visit www.morganshepherd.com.

* Dec. 30: Ronnie Schell is guest star in an episode of "Jessie" on the Disney Channel.  Check your local listings for times.

 2012

* Feb. 20: David Browning performs "From Gettysburg to Mayberry" (as Abe Lincoln and the Mayberry Deputy), at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va.

* Mar. 1-3: 15th Annual George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival in Florence, Ala. Details TBA. For updates visit http://lindseyfilmfest.com.

* Mar. 10: Neal Brower, author of Mayberry 101, makes the first of two special appearances at the Andy Griffith Museum this spring. Each session will feature an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" followed by a detailed lecture and Q&A. Lectures will take place in the lower level of the Museum at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. The episode featured for this lecture is "Big Fish in a Small Town."  Go ahead....take the bait and get hooked on learning neat stuff!Mayberry 101

* Apr. 14:
Neal Brower, author of Mayberry 101, makes the second of two special appearances at the Andy Griffith Museum this spring. The "Fun Girls" episode will be shown today and will be followed by a detailed lecture and Q&A. Lectures will take place in the lower level of the Museum at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. Neal's lectures are always fun, girls and boys!

* Apr. 20 and 21: Second Annual Mayberry Comes Westminster in Westminster, S.C. Details TBA.

* July 14: Tentative date for the Mayberry Comes to Graysville and 12th Annual Mayberry Squad Car Nationals in Graysville, Ala.  Stars and details TBA.

* Aug. 24 and 25: Rodney Dillard and Maggie Peterson are joined by several of the Mayberry tribute artists (including David "Mayberry Deputy" Browning, Kenneth "Otis" Junkin and Jeff "Howard" Branch) for a Cruise-In on Fri. and then concert benefiting the Montgomery County DARE program on Sat. The evening concert will be at the James H. Garner Center in Troy, N.C. Details TBA. For more info, visit http://www.bluegrassintroy.com/.

* Sept. 27-30: 23rd Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C.  Details TBA.  Tickets are already available to order for several parts of the festival.  For updates, visit www.mayberrydays.org.

* Oct. 6: A Mayberry Afternoon in Salisbury, N.C., featuring Mayberry music and Mayberry tribute artists, including David "Mayberry Deputy" Browning, Allan "Floyd" Newsome, Jeff "Howard" Branch, Tim "Goober" Pettigrew and  Phil "Ernest T." Fox. Details TBA.

 **** News of Cast & Crew ****

Andy Griffith continues to enjoy staying close to home on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina.  As hurricane season finally winds down, he dodged major damage from the major storms this year.

The Don Knotts Legacy Fund is about halfway to its fundraising goal for creating a Memorial Park (including a statue) in Don's hometown of Morgantown.  Here's a website (not fully up to date, but still with some good info) where you can learn more: http://www.donknottsstatuefund.org/donations.php.  A supplemental fundraiser for the Legacy Fund is being offered by Don's friend John Pyles. For a donation of $25 (plus $3 shipping), you can get a CD of 1958 recordings of Mr. Pyles singing 24 Songs You Love (plus four bonus songs). Make checks payable to Don Knotts Legacy Fund c/o John W. Pyles, 2201 Surrey Drive, Morgantown WV 26505.

Ron Howard and his Imagine Films are producers for J. Edgar, in theaters nationwide now and directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  Ron is also producing the re-ignition of Arrested Development with new episodes for TV and a feature film coming to theaters. Ron is expected to continue his role as narrator.  And Ron is also in pre-production (as producer and director) for the feature film Rush about Formula I racing (starring Russell Crowe and Olivia Wilde).  And Ron still has plans and hopes for the ambitious and complex project of bringing Stephen King's Dark Towers to TV and theaters.

When I Find You, a short film based on eight photos Ron selected in a contest called Project Imagin8ion (sponsored by Canon) and written and directed by Ron's oldest daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, had its premiere in New York City this month and will be available to watch on YouTube starting Dec. 16.

"Win one for the ol' Goober!"

George Lindsey is enjoying official retirement, but keeps a full schedule. He was recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of North Alabama in Florence, where he was quarterback "a few years back."  The University is also building a black box theater that will be named in honor of George.  Construction should be complete by early next year and in time for the 15th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in March.  Here's a link to a story about it (with a construction photo): http://www.timesdaily.com/stories/Black-Box-Theater-within-budget,183092.

Doug Dillard and brother Rodney Dillard performed with their respective bands at a big celebration in September marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, at the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Owensboro, Ky.

Rodney and his Dillard Band also have a new gospel CD out (see Merchandise Update below), and the band has a new fan site called DillardGrass at this link: http://rodneydillard.tv/?tcp_product=join-the-fan-club

All of The Original Dillards (Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Dean Webb and the late Mitch Jayne) have been inducted into the Missouri Music Association's Hall of Fame. They're joined by their late pal John Hartford and by Charles Wolfe as the first members of the bluegrass genre in the initial class of Hall inductees.

Maggie Peterson teamed up with TV brother Rodney Dillard for several appearances at Mayberry-themed events this year, including the Mayberry Squad Car Nationals in Graysville, Ala., in July and the annual DARE fundraiser in Troy, N.C., in August.

And Maggie and Betty Lynn headlined a Mayberry-themed musical fundraiser for Alzeheimer's care and research in Roanoke, Va., on Nov. 12.

James and Dorothy Best at Mayberry Days.

James Best is now busy editing Return of the Killer Shrews, a sequel to Attack of the Killer Shrews, the cult classic in which he starred in the 1950s. The film, shot in California last summer, stars John Schneider and also features fellow "Dukes of Hazzard" actor Rick Hurst, as well as Jennifer Lyons, Bruce Davison, Patty Browning and David Browning (not as the "Mayberry Deputy"). To stay current on the latest Shrews news (including sneak peeks from the set), visit www.killershrewsmovie.com.

Meanwhile, James still found time for a successful "Dukes of Hazzard" event in Virginia in August and Mayberry Days in Mount Airy in September.  And he also continues to be an avid painter.  He specializes in barns.  (No, Goober, he's not painting actual barns.  He's doing beautiful renderings of barns and other rural subjects and landscapes in oil on canvas!)

Roland White (one of Mayberry's Country Boys in the "Mayberry on Record" episode) is a recipient of a 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Keep tabs on Roland at www.rolandwhitemusic.com.

Julie Adams (Nurse Mary in "The County Nurse," Episode 56) has published her autobiography, The Lucky Southern Star--Reflections From the Black Lagoon.  For more info about the book and Julie's schedule, check out her website at www.julieadams.biz.

 

[/caption]We're sad to report the passing of actor Sid  Melton, who appeared as press agent Pat Michaels in oneepisode of TAGS, "The Hollywood Party" (Epiosde 168).  He died in Burbank, Calif., from complications from pneumonia.  He was 94.  Here's a link to his obituary in The Hollywood Reporter:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/comic-actor-sid-melton-dies-257760.

Born Sidney Meltzer on May 22, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of five children of Isidor and Fannie Meltzer, Sid Melton is probably best remembered and beloved as handyman Alf Monroe in 26 episodes of "Green Acres."  (His sister Ralph Monroe was played by Mary Grace Canfield, who also played Mayberry's Mary Grace Gossage, Thelma Lou's Cousin.)  His connections to the larger Mayberry family also extend to 49 episodes as Charley Halper in "The Danny Thomas Show" and four episodes as lovable conman Friendly Freddy on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."

Sid Melton as Alf MonroeHe's another of the legendary character actors--so many of whom passed through Mayberry--who were constant presences on TV and in movies for decades.  In Sid's case, six decades.

Sid was one of those people who was always eager to be around other people, whether fellow actors or fans.  Everyone was a friend. Sid was always ready to entertain.  He lived a long and full life, and he has left a body of work that will continue to delight audiences for generations to come.  Our condolences go out to his many friends. No immediate family members survive.

****Mayberry Days Gallery **** 

Much of the recent activity for many of the TAGS cast and crew took place at Mayberry Days in September.  There were several new faces (assistant director Bruce Bilson, Morgan Brittany and George Lindsey Jr.)  Below are a few photos by our staff photographers, including Alan Thornton.

 Elizabeth MacRae (Lou Ann Poovie) joyfully greets fans

Neal Brower and Bruce Bilson...and another familiar face on Neal's shirt get ready for the Mayberry Days parade.
Neal Brower and Bruce Bilson...and another familiar face on Neal's shirt get ready for the Mayberry Days parade.

Maggie Peterson performing with the Doug Dillard Band. (That's Doug at right and Ginger Boatwright at left.) 
 
Karen Knotts--All smiles in the parade. Photo by Alan Thornton.

Parade Grand Marshal Morgan Brittany (Mary Alice Carter). Photo by Alan Thornton. 
 
Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) welcomes Mayberry Days fans. Photo by Alan Thornton.
  George Jr. and "Floyd"Allan "Floyd" Newsome makes sure George Lindsey Jr.'s sideburns are just right before hitting the Mayberry Days parade. Goober says, "Giddyup!

**** Chapter Update ****

We're pleased to welcome three new chapters since our last eBullet:

Barney Parney Pooh and the Thelma Lous  Raleigh, N.C.
"Closer Than Two Fleas in a Dog's Ear"   Williamstown, Ky.
Jase & Jud's Checker Club  Effingham, Ill.

We now have had 1,381 chapters founded since TAGSRWC started 32 years ago. If you're interested in starting a chapter of TAGSRWC, all you need to do is choose a name that hasn't already been picked, and submit it with a list of your founding members to TAGSRWC's HQ in Nashville (see addresses below). The hardest part is simply finding a name that hasn't already been chosen. There's a searchable list of chapter names at www.tagsrwc.com.

Once you successfully choose a name that's "all yours and nobody else's," you'll receive your Official Chapter Charter, fancily inscribed (and "suitable for framing") by Sherry Hyatt, one of our "Compelsion Nuts" in East Tennessee.

What you do as a chapter is entirely up to you. Your group can do as much or as little as you like. The idea is simply to have lots of Mayberry fun with whatever you do.

Or if you're feeling more like a joiner than a starter, you can write to us about how to contact a chapter near you. Our mailing address is TAGSRWC, 9 Music Square South, PMB 146, Nashville TN 37203-3211. Our e-mail address is Goober@iMayberry.com.
Or you can 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.)

Either way, we hope you can enjoy the fun of being part of a TAGSRWC chapter!

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

Mayberry Podcasts

Two Chairs No WaitingTwo Chairs, No Waiting is our weekly podcast of TAGS has news, interviews and pretty much whatever happens to be going on in and around Mayberry. It's hosted by our webmaster, Allan Newsome (aka Floyd). 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 episodes you've missed. (There are over 150 episodes so far!)

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 Mayberry Bible Study Podcastsound on your computer or have an iPod or similar device, you can easily tune in or download these podcasts.

Also, check out the podcast area of our www.imayberry.com site for info about a Mayberry Bible Study Podcast , also hosted by Allan.

Burnke on MayberryAnd there's a Brother Figure podcast to Two Chairs, No Waiting. It's hosted by longtime TAGSRWC member Kevin Burke, who does a great job of describing and discussing individual episodes. It's called Burke on Mayberry. Check it out.

 

Become a Fan of TAGSRWC on FacebookTAGSRWC's official page on Facebook now has more than 7,800 friends. You can find us at www.facebook.com/tagsrwc. There's a variety of comments about Mayberry, and a lively stream of fans' favorite TAGS lines.And our Facebook page is also one of the first places we post announcements and breaking news about TAGS. 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!

 **** Chapter News ****

Two major TAGSRWC awards were presented at our Annual Meeting held at The Earle Theatre in Mount Airy during September's Mayberry Days.  First up was the Mayberry Friendship Award, which TAGSRWC's Kenneth Junkin presented to Dewey Lamb, leader of "Shakedown! Shakedown!" chapter in Laurinburg, N.C.

In addition to his avid involvement with his chapter's regular meetings and activities, Dewey has been very supportive of other Mayberry events and fundraisers, especially in the Carolinas.  He's particularly noted for creating numerous unique Mayberry items for auctions, including the major one by our online "Who's Been Messin' Up the Bulletin Board?" chapter's Silent Auction at Mayberry Days, which raises funds for the Surry Arts Council.  (This year's Mayberry Days auction, spearheaded as always by Jeff Koontz, raised a whopping $4,463.50!) Here's a link to a newspaper story about Dewey's receipt of his award: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/view/full_story/16199824/article-Local-Mayberry-enthusiast-receives-award?instance=secondary_stories_left_column.

The other TAGSRWC award presented at Mayberry Days was the Jim Schwenke Memorial Award.  Jim Schwenke was the beloved founder of Mayberry Texans chapter (Houston).  Jim died in 2002, and the award was started in his memory at Mayberry Days  the following year.  His contributions and friendship to TAGSRWC and Mayberry in general were incalculable.

The 2011 Jim Schwenke Memorial Award winner is Lyle Fales of Mayberry Town Council and Mayberry Founders Day Committee chapters (Stanton, Mich.) Lyle has been a TAGSRWC member for decades and was even fortunate enough to know Jim Schwenke.  Lyle's chapters were key northern outposts for TAGSRWC during our early years.  He was co-organizer of what is to date still the northernmost public Mayberry cast reunion event every held, a 1995 celebration in Grand Rapids.

Lyle Fales (left) receives the Jim Schwenke Memorial Award from Allan Newsome.

Sid Melton as Friendly Freddy (with Jim Nabors).

Lyle's enthusiasm for Mayberry is contagious.  Even when other obligations meant he was unable to attend Mayberry Days and other Mayberry events for several years, he was always there in spirit and maintained close TAGSRWC ties.  We feel sure Jim Schwenke himself would be pleased to know that Lyle has been honored in his memory.

A  second Mayberry Friendship Award was announced at Mayberry Days, but it was "tick a lock" time by everybody there until recipient Al Gandolfi of "There He Goes!" chapter (Cocoa, Fla.) could be presented the award in person by a TAGSRWC contingent who were about to embarking nearby on the Mayberry Cruise just a couple of weeks ago.  Kenneth Junkin made the presentation to Al, who has given generously of his time and talents to Mayberry and TAGSRWC for many years.

Al organized successful Mayberry Comes to Cocoa events several years ago.  (Not counting the annual Mayberry Cruises, those events are the southernmost large-scale TAGSRWC and Mayberry fan events to date.  Al also supports various TAGSRWC fundraisers, and he beautifully redesigned the Jim Schwenke Memorial Award for this year's presentation (he owns Al's Trophy Shops in the Cocoa area).  To know Al is to love him.  He is the definition of Mayberry Friendship.

We congratulate Dewey, Lyle and Al on their richly deserved awards, and thank them all for their contributions to making TAGSRWC better for all of us!

2011 Mayberry Days Trivia Contest winner Mike Haviland. Photo by former champ Dennis Beal.

We also salute Mike Haviland of Lowell, Ind., for his victory in the 2011 Mayberry Days Trivia contest.  Here's a link about Mike and his Mayberry enthusiasm that ran in his local newspaper: Indiana Mayberry Nut.

2011 Mayberry Cruise Gallery

A bunch of TAGSRWC members and other Mayberry fans  have just returned from the annual Mayberry Cruise to the Western Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas. Here are some photos by staff photographer Alan Thornton.

The Fun Girls at sea!

Even better for sailing than Howie Williams' basement!

Jeff "Howard" Branch, Allan "Floyd" Newsome and Kenneth "Otis" Junkin entertain on the Mayberry Cruise. (Rumor has it Kenneth was overheard to say, "Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.")

A thousand words.

 

**** Merchandise Update ****

Ben Weaver

Ol' Ben Weaver is ready to "merry up Christmas."

Ben Weaver has been getting things ready for your Holiday shopping. There are several new items on our online shelves at Weaver's (www.weaversdepartmentstore.com) and some great vintage and rare stuff, plus bunches ("bunches, bunches") of things on sale or at permanently lower prices.

In addition to some new items, we have lots of out-of-production and otherwise rare items.  We have only a small handful of some of these items (as few as just one or two), so browse our online shelves soon and see what you find.  We have lots make great stocking stuffers!

 Mitch Jayne's Old Fish Hawk

Old Fish Hawk Audio Novel by Mitch Jayne on CD

Beloved  Novel Now Available on CD!
$25.00

 Dillards/Darlings bass player Mitch Jayne's Old Fish Hawk is a 4 1/2-hour novel on CD. This engaging novel, written and narrated by Mitch (with musical accompaniment), tells the story and adventures of an Osage Indian and the young boy he befriends and shares his wisdom with. The book is so compelling that the folks in Hollywood even made a movie of it. But hearing Mitch tell the story is even better because nobody could paint a better picture with words than Mitch.

We sadly lost Mitch Jayne August 2, 2010, at the age of 82.  But he left us a tremendous legacy.  To still be able to hear his wonderful storytelling is just one of many blessings he left us.  On a cold winter's day, it's hard to beat driving down the road or better yet sitting in your favorite spot at home, maybe while sipping hot chocolate next to a warm fire, and listening to Mitch tell you a story!

We also have three great books by Mitch that you can read.  But we don't recommend those for reading in the car.  Stick to the cozy fireside chair for reading!

"A Mayberry Christmas" Color Print by Dave Barnhouse
Was $60...Now on Super Holiday Special Sale for Just $25.00!!

"A Mayberry Christmas" Color Print

Released in 2010, this is the third print in the initial release of three prints in the officially licensed series of Mayberry artwork by acclaimed artist Dave Barnhouse.  (The first two in the series are called "Together Forever" and "Mayberry, My Hometown" and are also still available-in fact, they're currently on sale, too!)

Dave Barnhouse has captured the sentiment of the touching Courthouse scene in the "Christmas Story" episode when Ben Weaver generously expresses the spirit of Christmas.  It's one of the all-time classic moments of the series, and one that is sure to instantly cause feelings of holiday joy for anyone who sees it.

The image size of the full-color paper print measures 18 in. x 24 in. (the image itself is 16 in. x 20 in.).  Dave Barnhouse has signed each print in this open-edition work.

Apparently already feeling good with the Christmas spirits, Ol' Ben Weaver has trimmed the price of this outstanding print from $60 to an unbelievable $25.  Yes, that's right...more than half off!  We think Ben's feeling so generous just because he's depicted in the painting, but we'll take whatever price break he gives us!  That 58% savings will definitely "merry up Christmas" for the rest us...all year long!  Thanks, ol' Ben!

So, go ahead...take advantage of Ben's weak moment of kindness and bring a little Mayberry cheer into your home and the homes of friends...even if you don't have a skinny Santa Claus to deliver it!

2010 Mayberry Days DVD
New!!!
$20.00

This brand new documentary of last year's Mayberry Days festival in Mount Airy was filmed and produced by director Gregory Schell, son of Mayberry and Gomer Pyle actor Ronnie Schell.  The 47-minute film captures all the excitement and fun of Mayberry and also includes interviews with all of the TAGS stars and several other participants in the 2010 Mayberry Days, which was extra special because it celebrated the 50th Anniversary of "The Andy Griffith Show."

Only a limited number of these DVDs are being made available.  It's rare that a public Mayberry event receives such extensive and professional documentary coverage.  Whether you're a regular at Mayberry Days or want to get an idea of what it's all about, this DVD is an outstanding keepsake.  And it just so happens...it's a super stocking stuffer, too!  Get 'em while you can.

 

Christmas Is Here Again DVD 
$15.00
Even Scrooge-like Ben Weaver is excited to offer this charming Christmas DVD featuring Andy Griffith as Santa Claus! The all-star cast of voices in this 75-minute animated production includes Ed Asner, Kathy Bates, Shirley Jones, Norm MacDonald and Jay Leno as the narrator.

Enjoy watching the beginning of a new Christmas tradition!

  **** Weaver's Fundraisers for Charities ****

 Donation for Surry Arts Council
"Don't the trees  
 seem nice and full."

With so many dire situations going on in the world, from natural disasters in the U.S., Japan and Haiti (and recently Turkey) to famine in Africa and hard economic times everywhere, TAGSRWC and our Weaver's Dept. Store are trying to do find ways we can relieve some of the suffering and offer a helping hand. We understand that so often life isn't always as serene and happy as Mayberry, but if, through Mayberry, we can help bring a little joy and hope and a little less suffering for those in need, then that's really the Mayberry Way.

Listed below are three of the most recent fundraisers TAGSRWC and Weaver's have established. There are many more online at Weaver's in the Fundraisers for Charities section.

The Bullet & The Pocket Back Issues Fundraiser for The Contributor newspaper
$60.00 $30.00

The BulletThe Pocket

Back Issues Set of at least 30 issues of The Bullet and at least 10 issues of The Pocket. These were the official printed newsletters of "The Andy Griffith Show" Rerun Watchers Club from 1982 through 2004.

The issues of The Bullet that are still available are mainly from the 1990s through March 2001, and The Pocket covers from 2001 through 2004, when our current printed flier, The Button, began.

Issues of The Bullet in particular feature interviews with the cast and crew from the show, plus Professor Brower's Class columns by Neal Brower, lots of trivia, many rare photos, coverage of events, news and trivia.  With this set of back issues, you get well over 400 pages of reading and rare photos.  (It's probably over 500 pages worth, but Ernest T. got tired of counting.)

These vintage Mayberry newsletters are great way to discover (or relive!) some fun moments in recent (and some now not-so-recent) Mayberry history!

As a bonus, we'll also include some issues of The Button (our current printed newsletter) and some issues of The Mayberry Confidential, the official newspaper for Mayberry Days, as part of the same great $30 deal.

And that's not all.  All proceeds from the sale of these back issues go toward TAGSRWC's support of The Contributor, a newspaper in Nashville that's largely produced and exclusively sold by homeless and formerly homeless folks.

While our Mayberry newsletter staff cannot claim to comprehend the full scope of the struggles and difficulties of homelessness, we have witnessed enough and want to give these neighbors and friends a leg up and create awareness for the hard work they're doing to help their lives and contribute to the community through their journalism and sales.

We appreciate the work involved in publishing and distributing a newspaper, so we especially applaud and support The Contributor's efforts.  What they're doing is certainly going way beyond Mayberry to help those in need.  We hope that these sales of our Mayberry newspapers can assist their enterprise and success.

 Trading Card Series 2 Complete Set for Joplin Relief

Trading Card Series 2 Complete Set for Joplin Relief
$20.00 $12.00

This Series 2 Set of 110 "Andy Griffith Show" Trading Cards (#111-220) consists entirely of black-and-white photos, but the photos used depict scenes from all eight seasons of the show.  All proceeds (not just the profits, but all funds) from our sales of these sets go toward ongoing relief efforts for victims of the Joplin Tornado Disaster. We acquired these card sets from Mayberry fan and collector Paul Mulik, who sadly lost his home in the tornado, for the sole purpose of raising funds to help Paul help other victims of the disaster. Much of Paul's Mayberry collection, including these sets of cards, was stored safely away from his home and was undamaged.

Series 2 cards were manufactured in the early 1990s, and have long been out of print and are now scarce.  We think our price for this collectible is still so good that it might even make sense for many collectors to buy two sets-one set to open and enjoy and one set to set back for posterity, when a set likely will be even more rare and potentially valuable.  Sort of like Barney's nest egg he that used to buy his car from Mrs. Lesch, who happens to be among those pictured on a card in this set. This set of cards is full of wonderful Mayberry memories in a nostalgic format...and helping a good cause at the same time.

Goober's Grab-Bag for African Famine Disaster Relief

Goober's Grab-Bag for African Famine Disaster Relief
 $60.00

This Grab-Bag supports the urgent relief efforts for victims and refugees of the ongoing drought and famine in Somaliaand Sudan.  We encourage everyone who can do so to give directly to the Disaster Relief effort of their choice. This Grab-Bag is just an additional way to support the Relief efforts.   All proceeds (not just the profits, but all funds) from our sales of this Grab-Bag are going to two relief organizations: CARE, the well-known international group that is on the ground doing relief work in East Africa; and the lesser known AFRECS (more info at www.afrecs.org), which has TAGSRWC members among its relief workers in Sudan.  Both groups have a very high percentage of their donated funds going directly to actual relief work.

These Grab-Bags often are purchased by customers with the idea of using the items for another fundraiser of their own (raffles and door prizes, etc.) for churches, schools, and other charities, so in the end, the original purchase of these items often helps more than one worthy cause. Here's the scoop on this Grab-Bag, which is identical to one we currently have for the Japan Disaster.  We think we've come up with a fun Grab-Bag of interesting Mayberry items.  Most of the items are no longer in production and are therefore now in the category of "collectible." At a minimum, each Grab-Bag has the following items:

* 1 Officially Licensed T-Shirt with Barney Fife on it (The shirt design included is our choice according to availability, but you'll need to specify in the Comments section of the online order form whether you want Small, Medium, or Large.  (Sorry, but larger sizes not available for this offer, though we do have a 2X Mayberry shirt available without Barney on it, so you can request that instead.)  The default choice if you don't indicate a size is Medium.
* 1 Mayberry-related book with an original retail price of at least $10
* 1 "Andy Griffith Show" logo ornament
* 1 Newspaper with coverage of a major Mayberry event
* 1 Officially-licensed Mayberry license plate
* 1 Vintage Mayberry wall calendar (still in its original shrink wrap)
* 3 Different wooden Mayberry building fronts (Bluebird Diner, All Souls Church, and Mrs. Mendelbright's Boarding House)
* 2 Mayberry bumper stickers
* 1 Mayberry-related audio or video tape (still sealed)
* 1 Pre-owned and very used Jim Nabors album (the vinyl LP variety).  Most will date from the 1970s or '80s.
* 3 Different Mayberry photos (8?--10)
* 2 Different over-sized Mayberry posters
* 1 Barney Sipping Soda Lithograph
* 2 different Mayberry birthday balloons
* 1 10-card wax pack of "Andy Griffith Show" Trading Cards
* Assorted Mayberry event and news publications and materials (fliers, newsletters, fans, magnets, buttons, etc.)

If the items were sold separately, their suggested retail prices would easily total over $120. But Goober is not the best at arithmetic and Ernest T. wasn't around to help us count by stomping his feet, so our price is only $60 for the whole Grab-Bag. We have only a handful to offer with this configuration of items because most of the items are in extremely short supply. Get 'em while you can.

All proceeds (not just the profits, but 100% of the $60 price) are going toward our support of CARE and AFRECS.  So with a Grab-Bag purchase, you get a good deal while also helping folks in desperate need!

Special Offer: When George "Goober" Lindsey heard we were doing these special Grab-Bags for Disaster Relief, he wanted to participate.  So, he signed a few photos that can be added to this Grab-Bag.  You can add one of these autographed photos to your Grab-Bag for an extra $20 (a total of $80).  Just select the option to Goober-Size your purchase. We truly appreciate George for giving his support to our efforts to help the disaster victims.  And we thank all Weaver's visitors for considering a purchase of this Grab-Bag.

 Don't Wait for the Hearse to Take You to Church CD
by Rodney Dillard

$14.00  NEW ITEM!!!

Don't Wait for the Hearse to Take You to Church CD by Rodney Dillard

This CD is brand new this fall from Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band (featuring Beverly Dillard) singing Gospel favorites and some newer songs that are sure to become favorites.

Includes 10 tracks and four Bonus tracks from Rodney's "Mayberry Values" radio show.

TRACKS:
1 The Devil Just Can't Knock Me off My Knees
2 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
3 River of Jordan
4 Somebody Touched Me
5 Gospel Ship
6 Hear Them Thunders Roaring
7 Heaven
8 Softly and Tenderly
9 When My Time Comes to Go
10 Don't Wait for the Hearse to Take You to Church

BONUS MATERIAL
1 New Minister
2 Church Inheritance
3 Man in a Hurry
4 Choirboy Barney

Uplifting music and inspirational words-all for a great price of only $14.00...giving everybody a little extra in their pockets when that offering plate comes around on Sunday!

 Dance 'til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin' CD by The Grascals

The Grascals--Dance 'Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin'$6.00

This exciting new Mayberry-inspired bluegrass CD from the mega-award-winning Grascals features 7 tunes, including 5 from TAGS--"Dooley," "Boil Them Cabbage Down," "Ol' Joe Clark," "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)" and "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"--plus the "Mayberry's Finest Theme" and a song written just for this CD, "Boy, Giraffes Are Selfish."

You can tell The Grascals are not only world-class musicians and performers, but also true Mayberry fans.  This CD is truly a hoot!  And great music to boot.

Attaboy Don Knotts Comic Legends/Tied up with Laughter DVD

Attaboy Don Knotts Comic Legends/Tied up with Laughter DVD
$15.00

Beyond Mayberry's beloved Barney Fife, this Don Knotts: Tied up with Laughter! DVD shows Don in a series of wonderful, hilarious stand-up routines and skits in rare performances from the 1960s and '70s.

In this special hour-long comedy collection released just this spring, Don is joined by singer-actress Joey Heatherton, actress Jane Powell, former Dallas Cowboys player Lance Rentzel, comic (and Mayberry deputy) Jack Burns, Don's Love God movie co-star Maureen Arthur (also wife of "Andy Griffith Show" producer Aaron Ruben), and the legendary Jimmy Durante.

Bonus material includes Don with Lucille Ball and an early look at Don's comedy career and some "never before seen" special features.

This DVD is sure to be a great treat for all fans of our favorite deputy-one of the true, cherished comedy legends of our time...and of all time.  And at a great price.

**** Cool Mayberry Caps for Hip Mayberry Cats ****

Embroidered Show Logo and Security by Fife Caps
Embroidered Show Logo and Security by Fife Caps
$17.00 each

These officially licensed, cool canvas hats (in Mayberry Sheriff Dept. tan!) are finely embroidered with a choice of the official "Andy Griffith Show" logo or Security by Fife.  Or why not get both?  That way you're covered for all occasions, except when you want to be just a Goober!  Adjustable for just the right fit for any occasion.

The Goober Beanie is Back!
Goober Beanie
$9.00

So...you say you wanna be a Goober?  This genuine Goober-Style Beanie Hat fashioned from brown felt has the look any Goober will love.  Best of all, you get to cut your own holes in the top, just as Goober himself would do.  Get your beanie, baby, and say "Yo!"  One size fits most Goobers (and Gooberinas, too).

T-Shirts Galore!!!
$18.00 each

Weaver's has more than two dozen officially licensed Mayberry T-shirt designs.  Some are vintage designs that are no longer in production and hard to find anywhere else.  We also have a handful of shirts of other TV classics and some vintage embroidered Mayberry logo sport shirts and even a few Snappy Lunch sports shirts.

Despite this year's spike in cotton prices, we're holding the line on our T-shirt prices.  All of our heavyweight cotton T-shirts are still just $18.00.  And the sport shirts are nicely priced, too.  Most of the T-shirts are available in Sizes Medium, Large, XL and 2X.  Several also come in small.  (The size selection is not as large for the out-of-production vintage shirts.)

Have fun showing your Mayberry spirit with one of these fun-tastic shirts today!

Mayberry Choppers T-Shirt     Mayberry Quarterly T-ShirtWally's Service Station T-ShirtMayberry Whistlers T-Shirt

Mayberry Union High T-shirtMayberry Trio T-ShirtNew Nip It T-ShirtMen of Mayberry T-Shirt

    Just a few of our many Mayberry T-shirt designs.

 Miss Crump's Mayberry Book Mobile

And T-shirts aren't the only thing that we have dozens of!  We carry most of the Mayberry and Mayberry-related books that have been published.  Some have been out of print for years, but we still have some copies.  Whether your interest is history or trivia, biography or cooking, we've got the Mayberry book for you or a friend.  Here's a sampling of what we have:

 Barney Fife's Guide to Life Love and Self-DefenseMayberry My Hometown (Paperback) Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook  Ron Howard - From Mayberry to the Moon and Beyond

  The Incredible Mr. Don Knotts   The Andy Griffith Show BookThe Way Back to Mayberry   In Search of Mayberry

In the mood to watch Mayberry instead of read about it?  Then we've got your covered there, too!

"The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary--The Best of Mayberry" DVD

The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary--The Best of Mayberry DVD
$25.00 $22.00

This is a really exciting item that was released at the end of last year.  (Ben's not so subtle hint: It was released too close to Christmas last year for a lot of folks to give as gifts, so it can instead be a great gift this year.)  It's an item that we had long been hoping for.  In addition to a bunch of the very best episodes, this 3-disc set includes uncut versions of the "Danny Thomas" pilot for "The Andy Griffith Show" and the 1986 Return to Mayberry movie.  And all at a phenomenally low price, even before Ben Weaver's additional discount.  Here are some of the highlights of what's on it:

* 17 Favorite Episodes:

"Christmas Story"
"The Pickle Story"
"Barney and the Choir"
"Mr. McBeevee"
"Convicts-at-Large"
"Man in a Hurry"
"Class Reunion"
"The Darlings Are Coming"
"Barney's First Car"
"Dogs, Dogs, Dogs"
"Mountain Wedding"
"Opie the Birdman"
"The Sermon for Today"
"Citizen's Arrest"
"Fun Girls"
"Barney's Sidecar"
"Goober and the Art of Love"

* "Danny Meets Andy Griffith" (the "Danny Thomas" pilot for TAGS)
* Clips from Season Premiere nights for the 1962-63 and 1963-64 seasons
* The 1986 Return to Mayberry reunion movie
* Original sponsor commercials featuring cast members

This collection is chockfull of great Mayberry moments.  And the price makes for a truly unbeatable combination of quantity, quality and value.  We think it's a dream come true.

Or why not get the whole Mayberry video shebang all in one package, at a super-Goober price?

All New Box Set of All Eight Seasons of The Andy Griffith Show on DVDAll 249 TAGS episodes on DVD, plus the "Danny Thomas" pilot, Return to Mayberry movie, bunches of original commercials and more-all for only $172!
(Originally $249.00)

 **** Phone Orders ****

In addition to accepting orders online or by mail, our Weaver's Dept. Store has a phone number FOR ORDERS ONLY (615) 604-1298.  The phone number is generally in operation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday.  (They sneak out a lot to go fishin' for carp and pike and such, so if you miss them during business hours, just leave a message with a number where they can call you back.)

Please call this number only for ordering or for inquiring about orders placed by phone.  All inquiries about online orders and mail orders should be made online to weavershop@aol.com.

Special Holiday Shipping Notice

We'll be accepting orders for Christmas delivery as late as Noon CT on Dec. 22.  But by that point, it'll require FedEx overnight delivery to most places, which will be very expensive.  In fact, any orders we receive after Noon CT on Dec. 20 will likely need express delivery of some sort, such as FedEx 2-Day, but maybe not the extreme expense of overnight delivery.

Anyway, it's way cheaper (just our flat-rate $5 to any U.S. address) and less stressful for you and our Goober elves to get your orders in by Noon CT on Dec. 20.  The closer the shipment's delivery address is to Nashville, the more you can squeeze out an extra day or so past that deadline, but why take the chance and push it? 

Tomorrow may be the most perfect day for hobo Dave Browne to trim the Taylors' hedge, but today's the best day for placing your order at Weaver's!

 

**** Miss Crump's Mayberry Quiz ****

Well, it looks as though Miss Crump is once again taking time off from giving us a quiz--this time so she can work on the Watkins Grading Manual. Frankly, we're beginning to wonder if she'll ever get around to putting together another quiz! But stay ready, my friends. Just in case.

**** Post Note ****

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 within about a week of its being distributed to subscribers.

Between issues of The eBullet, keep up with the goings-on 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 more-or-less alternate months to The eBullet. Like The eBullet, the Weaver's Newsletter is free. Its focus is mainly on new Mayberry merchandise and collectibles and quick newsflashes. To sign up, go to: Weaver's Newsletter Sign-Up.

TAGSRWC's other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our website at www.tagsrwc.com (and its sister site www.iMayberry.com). Both sites have extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.

The next issue of The eBullet is scheduled for January with the next Weaver's Newsletter planned for mid-December.

We Wish You Blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays! 

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