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Event Calendar

“Whoo-eee! You’re right, Floyd. There is a lot goin’ on in Mayberry this year!”

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

The following information is from The eBullet”: Official E-mail Newsletter of “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC).

2020

 * Feb. 27: Karen Knotts brings her Tied Up in Knotts stage show to the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Calif., for the second of three performances at the venue in February and March. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21.99 (including all fees). For more info, visit Brown Paper Tickets.

* Mar. 5-7: 23rd Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, Ala. George Lindsey Jr. will again co-host the Awards Show on Sat. night.

Mayberry-related highlights this year include a screening (2:30 p.m. on Sat., followed by a Q&A session) of Chris Hudson’s documentary The Mayberry Effect, which is a finalist in the Professional Documentary  category.

There will also be a special tour of the George Lindsey Collection at the Collier Library on Sat. at 10:00 a.m. The collection includes not only most of George’s scripts from throughout his career, but also lots of George’s personal artifacts and eclectic  memorabilia.

For more info, including the full screening schedule, visit either www.lindseyfilmfest.com or the festival’s page on filmfreeway.com

SWEET MOMENT–Any visit with Betty Lynn is sure to leave everybody smiling!

* Mar. 20: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 1:00-3:00 p.m. She will have 8 x 10 photos available for autographing ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* Mar. 20: Karen Knotts brings her Tied Up in Knotts stage show to the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Calif., for the final of three performances at the venue in February and March. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21.99 (including all fees). For more info, visit Brown Paper Tickets.

* Mar. 27: Roland White and his band perform at 9 p.m. at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. Cover charge of $15.

* Mar. 28: LeRoy “Mack” McNees and Roland White will be on hand for a star-studded Induction Celebration at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Ky., to toast them (as members of The Kentucky Colonels) and their fellow honorees who last September were inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. For more info, visit www.bluegrass.org.

* Apr. 17: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 1:00-3:00 p.m. She will have 8 x 10 photos available for autographing ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

SALVE THE DATE–Keith Thibodeaux (seen as Opie’s pal Johnny Paul Jason here) will be pulling double duty in Granville by also representing “I Love Lucy” for his portrayal of Little Ricky.

* Apr. 18: Rodney Dillard and Keith Thibodeaux are special guests for the grand opening of the Mayberry-“I Love Lucy” Museum in historic Granville, Tenn. (Talk about a museum made for Keith in particular!)

BACK ON THE TRUCK–Rodney Dillard

In presentations throughout the day, Rodney and Keith will separately share stories, greet fans, and perform music. Festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and include a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 a.m., guided tours of historic Sutton Home, a genealogy festival, vintage car cruise-in, tribute artists, Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibit (alert Warren and Goober!), Pioneer Village with “craftsmen of yesteryear,” Mayberry-style music (in addition to featured star performances by Rodney Dillard at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and by Keith Thibodeaux at Noon and 2 p.m.), and assorted down-home eating options, including the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, which includes two options for a dinner seating (5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) and a show (the Rodney and Beverly Dillard concert at 6:00 p.m. or Fredonia Bluegrass Band at 7:00.) Call 1-931–653-4151 for dinner/show reservations.

Check the Historic Granville website at www.granvilletn.com for additional info and updates.

* Apr. 23-25: Maggie Peterson Mancuso (Charlene Darling) and newlywed Margaret Kerry (Bess Muggins and Helen Scobey) are  among the guest stars for the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Mo. Dreama Denver (wife of the late Bob “Dud Wash #2” Denver) is also a scheduled guest this year. More details are TBA. For info, visit www.missouricherryblossomfest.com/WordPress.

* May 2: 33rd Annual Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic in Paris, Tex. This annual fishing tournament benefits Denver Pyle‘s Children Charities. Check out the Uncle Jesse’s Fishing Tournament page on Facebook for more details TBA soon.

* May 2: Memories of Mayberry Festival in Valley Head, Ala., featuring Allan “Floyd” Newsome and other Mayberry tribute artists, along with lots of music, food vendors, assorted contests, a cruise-in, and more. From 9.am. till mid-afternoon.

* May 9: Roland White and his band perform at 9 p.m. at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. Cover charge of $15.

* May 15: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 1:00-3:00 p.m. She will have 8 x 10 photos available for autographing ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

May means Mayberry in the Midwest!

* May 15-17: Seventh Annual Mayberry in the Midwest festival in Danville, Ind. Special guests confirmed so far include Maggie Peterson Mancuso (Charlene Darling), Ronnie Schell (two TAGS roles and Duke Slater on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”) “LeRoy Mack” McNees (one of the Country Boys in two TAGS episodes), Dixie Griffith (daughter of Andy), and George Lindsey Jr. A full slate of Mayberry tribute artists (at least a dozen) will also be on hand.

Other highlights include the Meet & Greet Dinner (Friday), a parade (Saturday), and the Mayberry Squad Car Nationals at the Robert Shelby Memorial Obstacle Course. Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, the reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year, will perform a free concert on Sat. night.

And there’s always plenty of musical entertainment, assorted contests, and great eats, including at the landmark Mayberry Cafe. For more info, visit www.mayberryinthemidwest.com.

* May 27-30: Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band perform at the 10th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Ind. The schedule is TBA. For info, visit www.hartfordfest.com.

Dixie Griffith
(aka Fun Girl Skippy)

* June 5 and 6: Dixie Griffith (Andy’s daughter) and a large contingent of Mayberry tribute artists (as well as tributeers for Doc and Festus of “Gunsmoke”) are among the attractions for the Annual Mule Day and Chickenfest in Gordo, Ala.

Also performing will be bluegrass-comedy favorites the VW Boys and raucous country band Confederate Railroad, whose hits include 1994’s “Elvis and Andy,” (which was also the basis for a hugely popular  music video featuring David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning). The festival also includes three parades (antique tractors, classic cars, and wagons & mules), arts and crafts, and lots of food vendors. For more info, visit www.gordoareachamber.com.

* June 19: Roland White and his band perform at 9 p.m. at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. Cover charge of $15.

* June 20: Karen Knotts brings her “Tied Up in Knotts” stage show to the Blue Gate Music Hall in Shipshewana, Ind., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37.95 for dinner and show and $19.95 for show only. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner service is at 7:00 p.m., and the show is at 8:00 p.m. For tickets and info, visit www.thebluegate.com.

* July 11 and 12: Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band headline the the IBMA -award-winning Frankfort Bluegrass Festival in Frankfort, Ill. The official schedule for the weekend is TBA. For info, visit www.frankfortbluegrassfest.com.

Meet Mayberry’s Sweetheart

* June 19: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 1:00-3:00 p.m. She will have 8 x 10 photos available for autographing ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* June 19: Roland White and his band perform at 9 p.m. at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tenn. Cover charge of $15.

* July 17: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 1:00-3:00 p.m. She will have 8 x 10 photos available for autographing ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* July 17-19: 8th Annual Mayberry Meet-Up in Mount Airy, N.C. This gathering is a great chance to visit with fellow Mayberry fans and enjoy Mount Airy during a less hectic time than September’s Mayberry Days® festival. You’ll have plenty of time to tour the Andy Griffith Museum at your leisure, have a shorter wait in line at the Snappy Lunch, and browse the shops on Main Street without the big crowds.

The event is timed to coincide with Betty Lynn’s July meet-and-greet at the Andy Griffith Museum on Friday and Neal Brower’s lecture at the museum on Saturday. As always, the grounds at Mayberry Motor Inn serve as the gathering place in the evening, but folks are encouraged to tour the town on their own during the day.

There’s an online registration form, which helps organizers plan for how many folks to expect, but registered or not, everyone is welcome, even to drop byjust  on a whim. Y’all come!

“BEEP-BEEP! OUTTA THE WAY, SUNDAY DRIVER!”–You may not learn much about driving a car, but you will learn a lot about “The Andy Griffith Show” at Neal Brower’s lecture.

* July 18: Mayberry 101 author Neal Brower presents the first of two summertime Professor Brower’s Lectures about “The Andy Griffith Show” with a discussion of the “Hot Rod Otis” episode, starting at 2 p.m., in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre in Mount Airy, N.C. Admission is included with Andy Griffith Museum admission ($8 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under). Visit www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

GOOD BET–You’ll be right on the “knows” if you book a visit to Neal Brower’s lecture.

* Aug. 15: Mayberry 101 author Neal Brower presents this summer’s final Professor Brower’s Lecture about “The Andy Griffith Show” with a discussion of the “The Bookie Barber” episode, starting at 2 p.m., in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre in Mount Airy, N.C. Admission is included with Andy Griffith Museum admission ($8 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under). Visit www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* Aug. 21: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 1:00-3:00 p.m. She will have 8 x 10 photos available for autographing ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

* Sept. 18: Beat the Mayberry Days® rush and see Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) as she greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 1:00-3:00 p.m. She will have 8 x 10 photos available for autographing ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

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Rodney Dillard

* Sept. 21-27: 31st Annual Mayberry Days® in Mount Airy, N.C. Celebrating the 60th Anniversary  of “The Andy Griffith Show.”  Special guests  already confirmed include Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), Darling boy Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band, Ronnie Schell (two Mayberry roles and Duke Slater on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”), and Karen Knotts (daughter of Don Knotts).

GRINS SUIT GOOBER TO A” T.”–George Lindsey on the “Hee Haw” set with his country-blues-gospel-singing pal T. Graham Brown in the late 1980s. “His T-ness,” who is also founder of the venerable Bullet Maintenance chapter of TAGSRWC, brings his musical mastery to the Earle Theatre for a show on Fri. night during Mayberry Days.

There’s also the Mayberry Days Golf Tournament (aka The Emmett), the popular Professor Brower’s Lecture, Michael Hoover’s “Memories of Elvis” and performances by T. Graham Brown, Collin Raye,  James Gregory (“the funniest man in America”), The Embers, Motown Revue, Band of Oz, and John Floyd (“the Mouth of Mayberry.”) More stars and concerts and presentations TBA. Get your tickets early for the best seats to what promises to be a banner year for Mayberry Days! (And much of the festival is free and doesn’t require a ticket.)

Also, don’t delay in reserving your hotel rooms either.  Most local hotels should now be ready to take reservations for Mayberry Days®. Or at least they will be ready to do so very soon.)

A-B-C…EASY AS 1-2-3–Mount Airy is ready to celebrate 2020’s 60th Anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show until Otis’s cow comes home during Mayberry Days®. Photo by Hobart Jones.

Tickets for Mayberry Days® are available online for several of the festival’s events at  www.mayberrydays.org. More than ever, this is one Mayberry celebration no Mayberry fan wants to miss!

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* Oct. 3: 60th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.

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MAKE THAT A SUBMARINE SAMMICH?–Clint Howard’s Leon ready to sail with Mayberry!

* Nov. 1-7: Clint Howard is the Special Guest for Cruise to Mayberry 15 to the Eastern Caribbean aboard Carnival’s Breeze. Also including a boatload of popular Mayberry tribute artists and even an Elvis.

The  cruise departs from of Ft. Lauderdale and makes stops in Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk and has two fun days at sea. For info, contact Sharon Euliss of  All About Cruises at PWESJE@aol.com or call her at (336) 538-4926.

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