Surry County, NC—The Candlelight Christmas in Rockford will be held on December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Rockford Methodist Church in historic Rockford. It features music and holiday snacks. Thursday features the men’s and jazz ensembles of Limestone College along with Gene Anderson and friends. Friday’s highlights include the Surry Community College chorus, flutist Miranda Owens, Ashley Godwin and Devin Matthews, as well as the Marshal Brothers and High Road.
Haunted Reeves Theatre – Come experience the scariest haunted theatre in the Yadkin Valley, located in historic downtown Elkin! This event occurs each Saturday between September 24th and October 22nd, as well four straight days from Friday, October 28th thru Monday, October 31st. For more information click here.
Ghost Tours in Historic Mount Airy – Dearly departing from Old North State Winery in downtown Mount Airy, take a lantern-lit walk through time and experience local ghost stories and legends. Occurs Friday and Saturday nights in October. Click here to learn more.
Hacker House – The Hacker House is a local legend that is only open during the month of October in Pilot Mountain. Thousands who hail from all over North Carolina and Virginia line up to tour “the best haunted house anywhere”. Annually rated as one of the top 25 Halloween attractions in the U.S., this event is held every Saturday and Sunday in October and Monday, October 31st. For more information click here.
Howl-o-Wine Party – On Saturday, October 29th, bring your favorite canine to an event that supports pet-focused local non-profits at beautiful Round Peak Vineyards near Mount Airy! Enjoy hay rides, ghost stories, costume contests (best costume, best dog costume, and best dog and owner themed costume), a bonfire, live music and karaoke. Click here to learn more.
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: www.mayberrydays.org. For lodging availability, go to: www.mayberryhotels.com.
North Carolina really knows its music and bluegrass. Mount Airy, North Carolina is home to the Old Time Dance, an event where country bands come to entertain visitors and teach them some dance steps. This event is a monthly event and in March, it takes place on the 6th at 7:00 pm at the Old Time Music Heritage Hall. This is a fun event that everyone can enjoy, so bring your friends and family and head to the Old Time Music Heritage Hall in March! For a full schedule of events in North Carolina, visit this website.
Ten Yadkin Valley wineries have partnered to offer Chocolate, Wine and Music for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 12-13. Each participating winery will offer a unique chocolate treat. Participating wineries include [more]
Mount Airy, NC is famous for being the inspiration for the fictional community of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show. It is less known for bluegrass music, but bluegrass is equally at home in “Mayberry” as is Andy Griffith. Especially important in Mount Airy and in the bluegrass scene is WPAQ 740 AM, the “Voice of the Blue Ridge,” one of the only truly bluegrass and old-time music radio stations still broadcasting. It is one of the reasons Mount Airy has such a large bluegrass presence; the station helps to bring in fiddlers, pickers, bluegrass bands and jam sessions. The programming includes more than just traditional bluegrass, as it also plays bluegrass gospel music and has a bible hour. If you’re in the area, tune in to 740 AM. WPAQ is truly a cultural gem.
If creativity is what you’re looking for, then head to North Carolina and let the Foothills Arts Council inspire you with art. Located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region, the Foothills Arts Council is home to several cultural groups, such as the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild. The Foothills Arts Council wants to enrich the lives of Yadkin Valley residents through visual and performing arts, and in order to do this the council offers several workshops. Some of these workshops include quilting, nature poetry and painting without brushes. If you’re looking for something fun and different to do while visiting North Carolina, head to the Foothills Arts Council and get creative. For more information, visit this website.