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 now in Phase 2.5 of pandemic protocols until around October 2, the Museum’s Rules include: Only about 35 visitors at a time, everyone must wear a mask (bring your own or come prepared to buy one for $5.35), 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.
* Sept. 21-27: 31st Annual Mayberry Days® in Mount Airy, N.C., celebrating the 60th Anniversary of “The Andy Griffith Show.” The festival is still scheduled, but it is being adjusted in ways to comply with statewide pandemic restrictions.
The exact scope of the festival’s various components is being finalized now that N.C. Governor Roy Cooper has issued new Phase 2.5 guidelines for COVID-19. In any case, this year’s Mayberry Days® won’t be the expansive 60th Anniversary celebration originally planned by the Surry Arts Council or hoped for by fans.
But the folks in Mount Airy have shown both great creativity and resolve to put on the best and safest festival possible given the circumstances. Fans lucky enough to be able to attend Mayberry Days® this year will surely be able to appreciate the results of that dedication and hard work throughout the weekend.
Because of safety concerns with traveling and social distancing, the Special Guests list this year begins and ends with Mount Airy’s own Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou). Betty will be in town, because, well, she’s already there! Even so, it’s not expected that she’ll be able to make any in-person appearances during the festival.
Highlights of the festival include the Mayberry Days® Golf Tournament (aka The Emmett), two sessions of the popular Professor Brower’s Lecture (screening and discussing “Hot Rod Otis”), a performance of Tim White & Troublesome Hollow–A Tribute to Mayberry, and multiple shows each of Michael Hoover’s “Memories of Elvis,” “Mayberry Melodies” (a musical revue of tunes from TAGS), Joy in the Journey Gospel Favorites with Allen Leath, John Floyd (“the Mouth of Mayberry”), and free gospel concerts by the Lisemby Family.
Tickets for Mayberry Days® are available online at www.mayberrydays.org. And much of the festival is free and doesn’t require a ticket, including the Mayor’s Proclamation and trivia, checkers, and various other contests, as well as the TAGSRWC Annual Meeting, which has shifted to the Blackmon Amphitheatre at 4:30 p.m. on Sat. the 26th (no ticket required).
This year may not have the biggest Mayberry Days® ever, but it’s destined to be one filled with gratitude just for happening!
Sept. 30-Oct. 3: 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.
* Oct. 3: 60th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.”
* RESCHEDULED FOR 2021 (see listing below):
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.
* 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 Fort Lauderdale 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.