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Mayberry Days, Sept. 22-25

Mayberry Days

Mayberry Days

Mount Airy, NC–Visitors from across the country will flock to Mount Airy this September for a four-day celebration of yesteryear known as the Mayberry Days. It allows fans of The Andy Griffith Show to enjoy a glimpse of life in that nostalgic place known as “Mayberry,” while tracing the footsteps of Mount Airy’s most famous son. Several actors from the show will make appearances. The list includes Betty Lynn, who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend “Thelma Lou,” as well as Doug Dillard and Maggie Peterson, who held the roles of “Doug Darling” and “Charlene Darling.” James Best (“Jim Lindsey”) will also be on hand.  For info on the 22nd annual Mayberry Days Festival, call (336) 786-7998 or go to: For lodging availability, go to:

What Would Andy Taylor Think?

By Bruce Heye, The Wine Guy

In October 1960 a new TV show premiered called the “Andy Griffith Show,” which ran for 7 years and brought small-town North Carolina to America. The show, a spin-off of the Danny Thomas program called “Make Room for Daddy,” produced two spin-offs of its own: Gomer Pyle, USMC and Mayberry RFD. In the original, Andy Griffith played the town sheriff Andy Taylor with a wonderful cast of supporting characters ,including Barney Fife, Opie, Aunt Bee and Floyd the Barber. 

The town they lived in, Mayberry, was a dry town as most in North Carolina were in those days. No one on the show drank any alcohol beverages except for Otis Campbell. Andy would sometimes have a beer when he was in Raleigh where it was legal. Also Aunt Bee once did imbibe when she met Colonel Harvey and he sold her the special Indian Elixir, but that was an exception. 

What relevance does this show have to the area of North Carolina and Virginia known as the Cascade Highlands? First, the town of Mayberry was modeled after Andy’s home town of Mt. Airy in Surry County, North Carolina. But more importantly, in the 50 years since we first learned about Mayberry, we have entered an era where wine has become an important product to our local economy and the number of wineries and vineyards has increased dramatically. 

North Carolina and Virginia are the dominate wine-growing regions in the East with more than 270 wineries in both states. This confluence of wineries leads to wine tourism which greatly boosts the economy in our area. People enjoy visiting wineries and sampling their products, a benefit that tobacco farms never provided. Wine tourism, an economic engine for the region, appeals to both local residents and people traveling through the area. 

Some years ago I sat down with a visitors’ book at one of our local wineries and counted where the visitors lived. Remarkably over 20% were from out-of-state. These are the people that spend their dollars in our area at restaurants, gas stations, hotels and other tourist attractions. 

As our wine industry continues to expand, we become even more attractive to the tourists who will attend the various festivals and special events planned by individual or groups of wineries. All of these activities benefit all of the citizens of North Carolina and Virginia by stimulating the economy while creating full and part-time jobs. 

Bruce Heye, with 40+ years of wine experience, teaches wine appreciation classes at Salem College and writes about wine in various publications. You can find out more about Bruce at

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Mount Airy Music Lessons in Bluegrass Instruments

Guitar & Mandolin Lessons:

Learn to play the guitar or mandolin at the Andy Griffith Playhouse each Tuesday and Wednesday night. Lessons are taught y Josh Picket, who has toured with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike along with winning several awards at numerous bluegrass music competitions. To schedule a lesson, call Josh at (276) 733-7199 or the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or 1-800-286-6193.

Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar and Bass Lessons:

Jim Vipperman or “Vip,” as he is called,” teaches at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and with area schools with the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. He’s also great at repairing instruments. He’s a noted bluegrass musician, winning first place at the Galax Fiddlers’ Convention for the bluegrass fiddle category and winning first place nine times in several categories at the Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention. For music lessons, contact Vip at

For more information on bluegrass music lesions or old-time dance lessons, call the Surry Arts Council at 800-286-6193 or visit

Mt. Airy Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Show during Mayberry Days

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All things Mayberry are celebrated this week in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy during the Mayberry Days Festival. This year’s festival celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the television show, and will feature special guests and actors from the show. Activities include a festival parade, performances, checkers tournament, golf tournament, trivia contests, pie-eating contest, music by the Band of Oz and Rafe Hollister Band, and screenings of episodes. For complete details on Mayberry Days, visit

Lodging Details for Mayberry Days

Welcome to the Mayberry Days lodging page for Mount Airy, NC. We’ve done our very best to compile all the most up-to-date lodging details in the area for September 23-26, 2010. We will check these details at least once each week up to the event.

Latest Check: Sept. 22, 2010

Hillsville, Va. Lodging (22.1mi/31 minutes from Mount Airy)

Hotel Name Contact Info Vacancy/No Vacancy
Best Western Four Seasons 276-728-4136 Vacancy
Hampton Inn Hillsville 276-728-2345 Vacancy
Comfort Inn and Suites 276-728-9100 Vacancy
Holiday Inn Express 276-728-9100 No Vacancy

Jonesville, NC Lodging (28.1 mi/34 minutes from Mount Airy)

Hotel Name Contact Info Vacancy/No Vacancy
Comfort Inn 336-835-9400 Vacancy
Days Inn 336-526-6777 Vacancy (very few left)
Hampton Inn 336-835-1994 No Vacancy
Holiday Inn Express 336-835-6000 Vacancy

 Elkin, NC Lodging (25.5 mi/34 minutes from Mount Airy)

Hotel Name Contact Info Vacancy/No Vacancy
Homecoming Bed & Breakfast Vacancy on Sept. 23 or 26
Elk Inn 336-835-7780 Vacancy
Fairfield Inn & Suites 336-353-2008 No rooms; except for Sept. 23 & 26

Galax, Va. Lodging (28.5mi/40 minutes from Mount Airy)

Hotel Name Contact Info Vacancy/No Vacancy
Doctor’s Inn No Vacancy
Hampton Inn Galax 276-238-4605 Vacancy
New River Trail Cabins Vacancy
Knights Inn Motel 276-236-5117 Vacancy
Fiddlers Roost Cabins 276-236-1212 Vacancy (But no rooms on Sept. 24)
New River Trail Cabins 276-236-4022 Vacancy
Galax Cabin Rentals 276-233-4338 Vacancy only for Sept. 23 & 26. 
Cabin at Mill Pond 276-266-1446 Vacancy

Mount Airy Lodging

Hotel Name Contact Info Vacancy/No Vacancy
Dr. Flippin’s Bed and Breakfast (336) 368-1183 No Vacancy
Holiday Inn Express 336-719-1731 No Vacancy
Hampton Inn (336) 789-5999 No Vacancy
Best Western (336) 352-3400 Vacancy for Sept. 24 & 25
Hollows Motel (336) 789-6868 No Vacancy
Knights Inn Mayberry (336) 786-8387 No Vacancy
Veterans Memorial Park Campsites (336) 345-7388 Vacancy
Microtell Inn & Suites (336) 719-0537 No Vacancy
Quality Inn (336) 366-3000 No Vacancy
Maxwell House Bed & Breakfast (336) 786-2174 No Vacancy
Pilot Knob Inn Bed & Breakfast (336) 325-2502 Vacancy for Sept. 25 only
Rockford Inn Bed & Breakfast (800) 561-6652 Vacancy on Sept. 25 & 26 only
Sobotta House Bed & Breakfast (336) 786-2777 No Vacancy, except on Sept. 26
Lazy K Cabins (336) 786-2223 No Vacancy, except vacancy on Sept. 26 

Fancy Gap, Va. Lodging (14.1mi/20 minutes from Mount Airy)

Hotel Name Contact Info Vacancy/No Vacancy
Days Inn 276-728-5101 No Vacancy
Inn and Cottages at Orchard Gap 276-398-3206   No Vacancy
Willow Glen Bed and Breakfast 276-755-4900 No Vacancy

Dobson, NC & Nearby Lodging (18-35 minutes from Mount Airy)

Hotel Name Contact Info Vacancy/No Vacancy
Hampton Inn and Suites  in Dobson 336-353-9400 No Vacancy
Surry Inn in Dobson (336) 366-3000 No Vacancy
Quality Inn & Suites in Pilot Mountain (336) 368-2237 No Vacancy




Griffith Museum Unveils Items From ‘Goober’ on Aug. 27

Andy Grifith and GooberMOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Items donated by actor George Lindsey will be unveiled in a public ceremony at Mount Airy’s Andy Griffith Museum on Friday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. 

Lindsey, who played the lovably bumbling mechanic Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and on Mayberry R.F.D., has donated several key wardrobe items from his famous role.

 “It’s an honor for me both to have my stuff on display and also that people want to see it,” Lindsey said. “Of course, this ‘stuff’ was on TV a long time – and still is. Generations of TV watchers continue to love Mayberry and all its characters. I’m proud to have portrayed one of those characters. The love is mutual.”

Lindsey, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., is unable to attend the unveiling, but has asked fellow Nashvillian Jim Clark, “Presiding Goober” of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club, to provide a Goober-esque presence at the ceremony.

 In addition to Clark, others expected on hand for the unveiling include Mount Airy resident Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show.

 Museum director Jessica Morris is thrilled to receive such memorable artifacts from The Andy Griffith Show, which turns 50 years old in October and is still widely available in re-runs.

 “We appreciate George Lindsey’s generosity and are pleased he selected our museum as the permanent home for these important items,” said Morris.

 Lindsey’s donation comes less than a month before Mount Airy’s 21st annual Mayberry Days festival, Sept. 23-26. Tens of thousands of Mayberry fans, and at least 10 actors from The Andy Griffith Show, are expected for this year’s festival. Organizers predict it will be the largest yet, especially since Oct. 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic show.

 Located at 218 Rockford Street, the museum is home to the world’s largest collection of artifacts and memorabilia of native son Andy Griffith. Much of the collection has been compiled over the last quarter century by local resident Emmett Forrest, Griffith’s friend since childhood. Forrest will be on hand to officially unveil the items donated by Lindsey.

 Since Goober always provided free water and air at Wally’s Service Station, admission to the museum will be waived for the unveiling. For info about the unveiling, museum or Mayberry Days, call the Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998 or go to:


NC Barbecue Championship Comes to Mayberry Days

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – The annual North Carolina State Championship Barbecue Cookoff takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, during Mount Airy’s Mayberry Days festival. 

The cookoff is sponsored by the North Carolina Pork Council, in conjunction with the Surry Arts Council, and showcases the best barbecue in the Old North State. Twenty-four chefs have entered, and fans are invited to witness the judging and taste the barbecue for themselves.

The winning chef takes home $2,000 from a total purse of $4,900 in this 26th annual event, which rotates locations each year. The Pork Council chose Mount Airy to coincide with a milestone year for Mayberry Days. The three-day festival (Sept. 23-26) celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show’s debut in 1960.

“What could be a more genuine North Carolina experience than mixing pork barbecue with Andy, Opie and Barney?” said Tanya Jones, director of Mayberry Days. “And we’ll have actors from the show presenting trophies, including Elinor Donahue, who played Miss Ellie.”

Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded in two divisions: culinary and showmanship. All competitors earned a spot in the state championship by placing in a sanctioned barbecue contest held in North Carolina.

The main contest is Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Andy Griffith Playhouse on Rockford Street. Judging will be done by a panel of certified and celebrity judges. It begins at 8:00 a.m., with prizes awarded at 11:45 a.m. There’s also a showmanship contest on Friday, the day before the main contest, at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffith Playhouse parking lot.

There’s no cost to attend the cookoff, and fans can purchase barbecue sandwiches from the chefs beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

 For info, call the Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998 or visit:

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