The Andy Griffith Museum, featuring the late Emmett Forrest’s monumental collection of Andy Griffith artifacts, is open!
Please note that the Museum has more than just Barney’s Two Rules at The Rock. With North Carolina in a modified Phase 3 of pandemic protocols until at least the end of March, the Museum’s Rules include fewer visitors at a time and everyone still needing to wear a mask (bring your own or come prepared to buy one for $5.35). Also wear gloves if you’re planning to use the Museum’s touch screens, and have a credit/debit card or exact change for payment.
For complete updates on operating hours, safety procedures, or other info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.
* Apr. 21-25: Keith Thibodeaux (Johnny Paul Jason) and Margaret Kerry (Bess Muggins and Helen Scobey) are among the impressive and diverse lineup of special guests for the 15th Annual Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Mo. For the schedule and info about tickets (much of the festival is free), visit www.cherryblossomfest.com.
* May 1: Memories of Mayberry festival in Valley Head, Ala. Allan “Floyd” Newsome is among the entertainers for the full day (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) of fun for the whole family. There will be a cruise-in, food vendors, live entertainment, door prizes, and more. Characters from Mayberry will be featured. All proceeds benefit the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department. The festival takes place in the downtown square of Valley Head. For more info, visit www..visitlookoutmountain.com/event/memories-of-mayberry.
* May 15: Karen Knotts is the special guest for a Mayberry Garden Party, a $125/person fundraiser in Indianapolis in support of the upcoming Mayberry Man movie. For more info, visit www.mayberryonmeridian.com/mlpz.
* July 16-18: 9th Annual Mayberry Meet-Up sponsored by TAGSRWC’s “Two Chairs, No Waiting” podcast gathers in Mount Airy, N.C. For more info, visit this link: 9th Annual Mayberry Meet-Up in Mount Airy.
* Sept. 20-26: 32nd Annual Mayberry Days® in Mount Airy, N.C. Special Guests confirmed so far include Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), Rodney Dillard (guitar-playing Darling boy), and Bettina Linke (wife of Richard O. Linke, associate producer of TAGS and also longtime personal manager of Andy Griffith and many others with Mayberrry connections).
Tickets are already available HERE for some concerts and presentations, including Collin Raye (actually on Sept. 18, the Sat. before Mayberry Days® week), two shows (one as part of the banquet for the Mayberry Days® Golf Tournament) by T. Graham Brown, The Doug Dillard Tribute Show by The Dillards featuring Rodney Dillard, Professor Brower’s Lecture with Neal Brower, Tim White and Troublesome Hollow’s “Tribute to Mayberry,” Allen Leath’s “Mayberry Melodies,” Michael Hoover’s “Memories of Elvis,” and Colonel Tim’s Talent Time.
Other concert highlights during the week include The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, Legacy Motown Revue, The Band of Oz, and James Gregory (“The Funniest Man in America”).
Much more TBA, but for now, other than these first confirmed presentations, just mark your calendar and be sure to check back for updates.
* Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Clint Howard is the special guest for Mayberry Cruise 15, which was postponed with a few tweaks from its original dates in 2020. This cruise aboard Carnival’s Freedom will depart from Miami and travel to the Eastern Caribbean with ports of call in Princess Cays in the Bahamas, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove, the new Carnival-owned village in the Dominican Republic. Rates (including all taxes) start at $625 per person.