Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Return to Mayberry

             Well, Barn, do you wish you could return to those slow-moving summer days fishing at the creek with a bottle of pop and a baloney sandwich? Do I hear whistling as you make your way to the water’s edge, fishing pole over your shoulder?
            You don’t have to relegate your desire for an easier time in the old South to just watching “The Andy Griffith Show,” you can actually live them at Mayberry Days this week (Sept. 26-29, 2013) in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, “where Mayberry comes to life.”
            There’ll be local bands playing those old songs Andy and Aunt Bee loved, a parade through town, a silent auction, “The Emmett” golf tournament, championship barbecue cook-off, Colonel Tim’s Talent Time Matinee and the “Hometown Tribute to Emmett Forrest” Sunday at the Blackmon Amphitheatre, among so much more. (Forrest was a lifelong friend of Griffith and a collector of memorabilia spanning Grffith's career).
            Best of all, Gomer, there’ll be “special guests,” actors from the long-running (eight full seasons) TV show, appearing at the festival, plus Roland White, who played with The Country Boys in two episodes.
            If you can’t make it this weekend, be sure and come back to visit The Andy Griffith Museum, featuring the hundreds of items from the life and career of Andy Griffith collected by Emmett Forrest.

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