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. But the good news is that, as of March 26, North Carolina’s pandemic protocols now allow for 100% of visitor capacity in museums! However, everyone must still wear a mask (bring your own or come prepared to buy one for $5.35).
For complete updates on operating hours, safety procedures, or other info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.
* May 1-28: The Mammoth Month of Mayberry on MeTV.
All month long, MeTV is highlighting TAGS, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and “Mayberry R.F.D.” as well as “Matlock” and other TV shows that feature Mayberry actors. (“Matlock” episodes in May will focus on episodes that include Don Knotts and other Mayberry folks, such as Aneta Corsaut, Jack Dodson, and writer Everett Greenbaum as Judge Katz.) The Mayberry celebration wraps up on May 28 with Return to Mayberry, the 1986 reunion movie.
There are character theme weeks and much more. For more info, visit this MeTV Month of Mayberry link.
* 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.
* June 4-5: Annual Mule Days & Chicken Fest in Gordo, Ala., celebrates the 60th Anniversary of “The Andy Griffith Show” with special guest Dixie Griffith (daughter of Andy). Also featured will be tribute artists Allan “Floyd” Newsome and Kenneth “Otis” Junkin and other favorites from Mayberry. And for good measure, tribute artist Mark Staggs will be on hand as Festus from “Gunsmoke.”
Sponsored by the Gordo Area Chamber of Commerce, festivities kick off in downtown Gordo with entertainment by the tribute artists at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by live music. Entertainment by tribute artists and bands resumes at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Three different parades–Classic Cars, Classic Tractors and Mules & Wagons–will start around Noon. Arts and crafts and food vendors will be set up throughout the festival. It’s all-around Mayberry-style fun for the whole family. Y’all come!
* 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.
* 33rd Annual Uncle Jesse Big Bass Classic (founded by Denver Pyle) at Pat Mayse Lake in Paris, Tex. The event helps raise funds for Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities, which remains very active in the Paris community. For info, visit the event’s page on Facebook.
* 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.