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Autumn in Mount Airy, North Carolina: We Love Fall!

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Mount Airy, with the splendor of the beautiful leaf colors, local apples and produce, weather that’s warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, but also cool enough to enjoy sitting around campfires and fire pits. From campgrounds to hotels, from cabins to vacation rental homes, we have a wide variety of accommodations available – you can even stay in Andy Griffith’s home place (available through Hampton Inn). This is the first of three “Autumn in Mount Airy, NC: We Love Fall” blogs!

While planning your vacation, consider the following activities and excursions:

Local Produce and Apple Orchards

Be sure to visit our local stores for produce and other locally-grown and produced products. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a picnic in one of our beautiful parks, complete with local produce.  Be sure to buy a bushel of apples to share with family and friends!

Mike Jones Produce

Located across Highway 52 from Mayberry Mall, at 804 Merita Street in Mount Airy, Mike Jones Produce is well-known across the region for providing excellent produce and wonderful customer service. “From Apples to Zucchini, we have it all” is their slogan and they are open six days per week, with prices that will make your jaw drop! They also carry local honey, apple butter, cheese, country hams, and much more! They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The apple prices are unbelievable – check out the photos below! They even have old-fashioned pie pumpkins, grown locally! Perfect for Thanksgiving!

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A Walk in the Woods – Enjoy the outdoors during all four seasons in Mount Airy, NC!

Mount Airy, NC is lucky to have multiple parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy the beauty of all four seasons. We have two Greenway Trails in town – the Emily B. Taylor Greenway at Lovill’s Creek and the Ararat River Greenway Trail, which runs along the river between Riverside Park on Riverside Drive and Tharrington School Park on Bluff Street. They Greenway Trails are flat and perfect for walking, jogging, riding bikes, kayaking, and/or just enjoying the day. There are plenty of spots along the way to picnic, fish, or just sit by the river and watch the water roll by! The Ararat River is stocked with trout every year, so it’s a great spot for fishing!
Riverside Park is also a favorite spot for locals and visitors, with two picnic shelters, a huge playground, basketball court, outdoor skateboard park, and public restrooms. Riverside Park is located very close to Downtown Mount Airy!

Scenes from Riverside Park:



Don’t forget about our list of accommodations at as well as our section for special, seasonal travel packages:


We have many local orchards, within a 30 minute drive of Mount Airy, and some offer pick-your-own apples! Check out the list below:

Ayers Orchards

72 McAyers Road

Cana, VA 24317

Carroll County

Phone: (276) 755-4126

Open: May 30 – November 1; 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday, Saturday hours vary. Call for times

Directions: —
From Mount Airy – Take Renfro Street and go straight. This will turn into Wards Gap Road in Virginia. Turn left on Timber Road, then turn left on McAyers Road.
From Wytheville Virginia: Interstate 77 to Exit #2 – Fancy Gap. At the stop sign turn left. Take Highway 52 South for 8 miles. Turn left on State Road 686, Epworth Road. Go to stop sign, turn left on State Road 679, Wards Gap Road. Continue on Wards Gap Rd.

Description: The orchards are located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Hiking and picnicking are encouraged. All ages are welcome. Restroom at the checkout station. Call for availability of fruit. Pick-your-own, fresh picked, or picked to order. For your convenience, we will pick your order for you if you call ahead of time and place your order. Cherry trees are small this makes them easier to reach. Call mid-May for Cherry picking season starting dates. Early picking is the easiest ground picking. Call mid-June for Apple and Peach harvesting dates.

Apples: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Lodi, Ginger Gold, Summer Rambo, Summer Champion, Wolf River, Gala, McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, Ozark Gold, Staymen Winsap, Red Winesap, York, Arkansas Black, King Lush, Ms. Boyd’s Special (Staymen type), Limber Twig, Albermarle Pippin, Rome Beauty, Blushing Gold, Mutsu, Lowery, Summer Molly Red, Virginia Beauty, Rome, Stayman, Fuji, Magna Bonum, Granny Smith.

Other Fruit: Peaches: Jersey Land, Topaz, Bellaire, Majestic, Lorring, Red Globe, Contender, Sun Bright, White Hale, Yellow Hale, Red Haven, Red Skins, J.H. Hale, Indian Cling, Monroe, Jersey Queen, Flaming Prince, Legend, Big Red, Belles of Georgia. Cherries: Lapins, Bing, Blackheart, Queen Anne, Sams, Black Giant, Emperor Francis, Hale Finger, Kristin

Berrier Farms, Inc.

230 Valentine Leonard Road

Cana, VA 24317

Carroll County

Phone: (276) 755-4959

Open: 8:00 am until Monday thru Saturday in season

Directions: From Mount Airy – Take Highway 52 N into Virginia and turn left on Flower Gap Road. Then turn right on Rt. 919/Valentine Leonard Road. Pass 3 houses on the right and continue to the end of the road. Packhouse is at the end.
From I77 – Take I-77 to exit 1 (Virginia). Take a right off the ramp. Go 1/2 mile and take a left on Flower Gap Road. Go 1 mile and take a left on Rt. 919 (Valentine Leonard Road). Pass 3 houses on the right and continue to the end of the road. Packhouse is at the end.

Description: We are located 1 mile off of I-77. We have been a continuous family operation since 1853. We have apples picked fresh daily from June until November, peaches from July 15 until Labor Day, blackberries from June 15 until August 15, cherries from late May until the middle of June, and various garden vegetables. We are open Monday-Saturday. Check us out on Facebook; just look for Berrier Farms, Inc.

Apples: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Jonagold, McIntosh, Stayman, Ginger Gold, Lodi, Summer Rambo, Virginia Beauty, Pink Lady, Limbertwig, Magnum Bonum, Rome

Other Fruit: Sweet Cherries, Peaches (Flamin’ Fury, Stellar, and many old favorites), White Peaches, Yellow and White Nectarines, Blackberries

Windy Hill Orchards

176 Windy Hill Lane

Ararat, Va. 24053

Phone: (276) 692-8156

Family-owned and operated century farm. Open year-round, but call ahead for fruit availability. Do not try to find with GPS – either call or use directions below.

Pick-your-own from May through mid-October. Bring a picnic if you want!

Products available: ALWAYS CALL AHEAD to guarantee availability – Cherries during the first of June, Peaches the third week of June, and apples starting in July. Also, blackberries and grapes.

Fresh cider made every Thursday starting in September; jams and butters year-round; dried apples during apple season; apple cider vinegar all year.

Apples – Galas, Early Auvil Fugi, Braburn, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Mutsu, early Stayman, Empire, WHO’s Finest, and Swiss Gourmet.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact Jay at 276-692-8156 and Debbie at 276-692-8157. Email is [email protected] or [email protected] Also, the home phone is 276-251-5222.

Directions from Hwy 52 in NC: Go 52N (towards Mt. Airy) to 52 Bus N; go to E. Pine St. (light at Hwy 103); turn right; go to stoplight and turn left (Riverside Dr.); Turn left on Willis Gap Rd; follow 5 or 6 mi into Va; turn right onto Friends Mission Rd (Rte 675); follow to bottom of hill & to the top of the next hill; turn right onto Farmers Rd (Rte 674); 1/8 mi to Windy Hill Lane; turn right & go past son’s home on right to shed.

Levering Orchard

163 Levring Lane

Ararat, VA 24053

 Directions – From Mount Airy – Take Renfro Street North and go straight and cross Virginia line. Look for Levering Orchard signs.

(276) 755-3593 – Packhouse number – Call for more information about available apple varieties – Fruit hotline number is 336-786-4316.

Fall Apple Season hours – Monday through Saturday 8:30 – 5:30

No pick-your-own apples.


***Don’t forget about our list of accommodations at as well as our section for special, seasonal travel packages:


Halloween activities in and around Mount Airy, NC

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Halloween has arrived, and there are many opportunities in and around Mount Airy, NC to get in the spirit of Halloween with spooky ghost tours, haunted houses, a Halloween Carnival downtown on Oct. 31, and more!

Halloween Carnival – Nightmare on Market Street on Halloween – Friday, Oct. 31, 3-7 p.m.

Join us in Downtown Mount Airy for our first Halloween Carnival – Nightmare on Market Street, which will take place on Market St., which is between Franklin and Oak Streets. The carnival will feature a bounce house (small fee), pumpkin painting (small fee), free carnival games, wagon rides with spooky storytellers, witches singing spooky songs, a costume contest at 5 p.m., and a pumpkin painting/carving contest (bring your own carved or painted pumpkins, or choose to paint a pumpkin for a small fee at our Blue Rabbit Art Gallery painting booth. Many downtown businesses will also hand out candy from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information about the carnival, email [email protected]

Old North State Winery Boo Bash on Halloween – Friday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Boo Bash will include music by The Groovin’ Band and dancing, as well as costume contests with prizes. Tickets are $11 in advance or $16 at the door. Proceeds go to the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Call the museum at 336-786-4478 to purchase tickets in advance. Old North State Winery is in Downtown Mount Airy at 308 N. Main Street.

Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History conducts Historic Mount Airy Downtown Ghost Tours every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. through the end of October. The tour is a 90-minute, lantern-lit walking tour through Downtown Mount Airy, with tales about 12 “less than mortal” friends. Tours are $11 per person and reservations must be made through the museum. Call 336-786-4478  or visit for more information and to make reservations.
*This is a walking tour, but all areas are handicapped-accessible.  It is not recommended for extremely young children, or those who need to use a walker.

Hacker House in Pilot Mountain, NC

The Hacker House in Pilot Mountain is one of the top 25 haunted attractions, according to Haunted Attraction Magazine. Hacker House is an assault on the senses, and from entry to exit you will be startled, stalked, tricked, and teased
Open from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through November 1st. Call the Hacker House FrightLine at 336-351-DARK for the latest information and visit the website at Tickets are $15 per person. Hacker House is located at 162 Hacker House Trail in Pilot Mountain, NC.

Lowgap House of Horror’s presents Contagion

With proceeds going to the Lowgap Community Center, this haunted house is a great opportunity to support a good cause. The Contagion theme features a zombie outbreak with plenty of scary moments in the Old Lowgap School, which is now the Lowgap Community Center. The haunted house is open October 24, October 25, October 20, October 31, and November 1 from 8 to 11 p.mThe . Admission is $10 per person, and groups of 10 or more are $8 per person. Tickets are available at the door. The Lowgap Community Center is located at 9070 W. Pine Street in Lowgap, about 15 minutes west from Mount Airy on Highway 89. Visit the Lowgap House of Horrors Facebook page and/or email [email protected] for more information.

Murder Mystery Dinner at Harvest Grill, at Shelton Vineyards on Saturday, Nov. 1st at 6 p.m.

November 1 at 6 p.m. – A night of  suspense, accompanied by a meal prepared by Chef Paul. Help solve the murder mystery! The night begins with a glass of wine, then everyone will move inside for dinner. The menu features a cranberry and walnut salad with Riesling-soaked onions, sage derby cheese, sweet potato chips, and Riesling vinaigrette; a main course duo of cinnamon-dusted salmon with pumpkin vinaigrette AND  cider-braised pork belly with smoked apple butter and rosemary whipped potatoes along with roasted carrots; and dessert is a sweet potato funnel cake with maple drizzle and cinnamon ice cream. The cost is $70 per person, plus tax and a 20 % service charge. Price includes one glass of wine per person. Call 336-366-3590 or email [email protected] for more information.




Blue Ridge and Beyond Music Series in Mount Airy, NC

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

We are so excited about Surry Arts Council’s Blue Ridge and Beyond Music Series in Mount Airy, NC!
Buy tickets now to see the great musicians  – tickets are limited, with a chance to be up close and personal with these great musicians in a wonderful concert venue – The Historic Earle Theatre & Old-Time Music Heritage Hall in Downtown Mount Airy!

~~~**Tickets at or 336-786-7998

The series began on October 10 with Mipso performing!

Nov. 8 – Larry Sparks – $20, general admission
Nov. 15 – Voice of the Blue Ridge – Mickey Galleon and Cullen’s Bridge, $7, general admission
Nov. 19 – The Malpass Brothers – $10, gen. admission
Dec. 6 – Old-Time Dance with The Slate Mountain Ramblers – free
Dec. 20 – The Embers Christmas Concert – $15, reserved seats; concert at the the Andy Griffith Playhouse
Dec. 27 – Breaking Up Christmas, old-time dance and concert, featuring The Buckstankle Boys, free
Jan. 3 – Breaking Up Christmas, old-time dance and concert, featuring The Slate Mountain Ranblers & The Buckstankle Boys, free
Jan. 31 – Balsam Range – reserved $20; balcony gen. admission $15
Feb. 26 – David Holt – Mentors and Friends: A photography and music presentation, free! Followed by a jam, so bring your instruments!
Feb. 27 – Tommy Jarrell Birthday Celebration, featuring Back-Step, The Buckstankle Boys, and The Slate Mountain Ramblers – $10, general admission – a full day of music with free youth competition at 5:30 prior to the concert and earlier in the day 9:30 workshops + 11 a.m. Merry-Go-Round live radio & jam session for $6
Feb. 28 – Pokey LaFarge – reserved $30; balcony gen. adm. $20
March 14 – Rhonda Vincent & the Rage – reserved $45; balcony gen. admission $35
March 25 – Elliot Engel presents “The Mystery of Robert E. Lee” at Trio Restaurant – dinner, followed by presentation $60 per person, limited to 60 people
April 2 – The Savoy Family Cajun Band – Free
June 27 – RedHead Express – $11, general admission
July 11 – Voice of the Blue Ridge – Jack Holt & Amity Drive – $7, general admission

EVERY WEEK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR – Thursday night free jam sessions at 7 p.m. & every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. WPAQ’s live radio show – Merry-go-Round, the second longest live radio broadcast in the nation! This is followed by a jam session!

Tickets available at or by calling 336-786-7998.
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Surry Community College to host Southeastern United Grape & Wine Symposium, Nov. 5-6

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments
Dobson, NC – Internationally renowned experts in Viticulture and Enology will be featured during the Third Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium to be held Nov. 5-6 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the campus of Surry Community College.

“This event will be a wonderful educational opportunity consisting of lectures and workshops to help winemakers and grape growers increase their knowledge base,” said David Bower, SCC Enology Instructor. “Our symposium, educational program and our partnership with VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) focuses its efforts on a technical education and training experience for those interested in the fields of Viticulture and Enology. Our symposium specifically targets the entire Southeastern United States with hopes of bringing regionally specific technical topics to light for those in our area. This year we have included a new marketing track in our program that will focus on direct-to-consumer concepts, wine business, and brand building in the Southeast.”

The symposium is being coordinated by SCC and sponsored by VESTA along with media partner, Wines & Vines magazine, the North American wine industry’s oldest and largest publication and industry directory, which merged with Practical Winery Vineyard, the publisher of technical journals. VESTA is a partnership of 17 colleges and universities nationwide that deliver groundbreaking distance educational opportunities for the grape and wine industry. Other event sponsors are Wright of Thomasville, Enartis- Vinquiry, Hanna Instruments, Scott Laboratories, Nomacorc, Bucher Vaslin, Carolina Wine Supply, Vintage Nurseries, Orchard Valley Supply, and Knights Grapevine Nursery.

The two-day symposium will feature a variety of wine experts including: Katy Rogers, director of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing, Presqu’ile Wine; Karen Barnes, owner of Wine Direct Marketing Services; Elizabeth “E” Slater, marketing savant, In Short Direct Marketing; Ray Johnson, director of Sonoma State University, Wine Business Institute; Dr. Michelle Moyer, state viticulturist and assistant professor, Washington State; Dr. Alan Lasko, professor of viticulture, Cornell University, Geneva Station.

Also, Dr. Andrew Reynolds, professor of viticulture, Brock University; Dr. Sara E. Spayd, state viticulturist and professor of horticulture at North Carolina State University; Dr. Mizuho Nita, research/extension grape pathologist, Virginia Tech; Dr. James Osborne, associate professor and enology extension specialist for Oregon State University; Scott Frost, Ph.D. candidate, University of California at Davis; Dr. Barry Gump, professor of beverage management, Florida International University; Tom Payette, winemaking consultant, Payette Consulting; John McClain, president, McClain Ozone; and Scott Wallace, managing director, Bucher-Vaslin North America.

The event will include a Tour of North Carolina Wines Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 5, featuring wines of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley along with a Lunch and Learn about food and wine pairing on Thursday, Nov. 6.

The Grand Wine Tasting on Wednesday night (Nov.5) at 5:30 will highlight wines of the Southeast complemented by heavy hors d’oeuvres and is open to the public for a non-conference rate of $25. The registration cost is $100 until Oct. 18 and $125 after the early bird deadline. The registration deadline is Oct. 26. Participants can choose to register for the entire conference, which includes all meals and the Grand Wine Tasting. Tickets to Lunch and Learn or the Grand Wine Tasting may be purchased separately.

Three workshops are being held at Surry Community College in conjunction with the symposium. VESTA Instructor Barry Gump is teaching a Wine Analysis Workshop on Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with an Introductory Brewing Workshop, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This brewing workshop will cover the science and history of brewing, and participants will complete an extract-based beer and a mini-mash. The Wine Analysis Workshop is $150, and Introductory Brewing is $100.

VESTA Instructor Melba Allen is leading a Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop on Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This workshop will benefit winemakers, cellar workers, winery staff, and wine enthusiasts who seek a deeper understanding of sensory evaluation topics and their impact on a winery’s success. In addition, workshop attendees will be guided through sensory test methods to access perceived differences and preferences in wine. A certificate will be awarded from VESTA after the completion of this workshop. The workshop cost is $150.

Participants can register for these events on the symposium’s website. To register for the symposium or for more information, go to


Autumn Leaves Festival in Downtown Mount Airy – Oct. 10-12

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

It’s festival season, and we had a great time at Mayberry Days last weekend! Now it is time for our big fall festival, the Autumn Leaves Festival, with over 200 Arts and Crafts Vendors, delicious local food vendors, business displays, bluegrass/old-time jam sessions, and a large bandstand featuring our rich musical heritage, with local bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music! It’s a toe-tapping, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, kind of weekend!
This year is the 48th anniversary of one of North Carolina’s longest-running and most successful festivals! The Autumn Leaves Festival is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 festivals in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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The Arts and Crafts vendors will feature a wide variety of products, and many will demonstrate their crafts!
There is plenty of food for the soul with the infamous collard green sandwiches (it’s worth the wait in line for this uniquely southern food), Surry County’s own unique ground steak sandwiches, roasted corn on the cob, homemade apple butter made on the street, country ham biscuits, hamburgers and hotdogs, pinto beans, bologna sandwiches, bbq, ribs, Amish donuts, funnel cakes, homemade desserts, kettle corn, fried apple pies, bloomin’ onions, and SO MUCH MORE! Food vendors feature local civic and service organizations.
For a list of specific food and arts/crafts vendors, click here: Link to list of vendors
10644919_888774371135041_7845598100624381434_nThe Collard Green Sandwiches are always popular each year at the Autumn Leaves Festival!

The festival began as a celebration of the end of the tobacco and apple harvesting season, over 45 years ago. Now, we celebrate the breathtaking fall season that is upon us, with the leaves beginning to display their brilliant colors.

Visit the Autumn Leaves Festival and enjoy the flavor of rural America and its distinctive character, rich heritage and scenic beauty. The area is particularly beautiful at this time of year when there’s still a chance to catch some warm sunshine and the leaves start taking on their brilliant colors. This is where shadows last a little longer, doors open a little wider, conversation lasts a little longer and the spirit of our community has a captivating quality on everyone who visits. This great community once again puts out the “WELCOME” mat and invites one and all to come and experience the true spirit of America’s Hometown!

ALL PETS are strictly prohibited inside of the festival boundaries. Admission is free to the festival. The hours of the festival are 9-9 on Friday and Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday. A free shuttle will run from the north and south end of the festival and will also be on-call for select hotels in Mount Airy. Please call 336-786-6116 for more information about the shuttle and the Autumn Leaves Festival in general.

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Friday, Oct. 10
11:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
11:50-12:35 – The Foothills Band (bluegrass)
12:35 – 1:20 – Crossriver (gospel)
1:20 – 2:05 – Over the Hill Bluegrass Band
2:05 – 2:50 – The Mountain Ivy Band (old-time)
2:50 – 3:35 – Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys
3:35 – 4:20 – The Hard Times Band (bluegrass)
4:20 – 5:05 – Snow Creek Old Time Band
5:05 – 5:50 – 2 Young 2 Old (bluegrass)
5:50 – 6:35 – The Old Time Buddies
6:35 – 7:20 – Mountain Park Old Time Band
7:20 – 8:05 – The South Carolina Broadcasters (old time)
8:05 – 9:00 – Trish Fore & The Old Time Pals

Saturday, Oct. 11
9:15 – 10:00 – The Mainline Gravy Soppers (old time)
10:00 – 10:40 – Plank Road Bluegrass
10:40 – 11:20 – Farmington Bluegrass
11:20 – 12:00 – Bluegrass & Beyond
12:00 – 12:45 – Dixie Moon (bluegrass)
12:45 – 1:30 – Fisher’s Peak Timber Rattlers (old time)
1:30 – 2:15 – The Dewey Murphy Band (bluegrass)
2:15 – 3:00 – Possum Hollow Old-Time String Band
3:00 – 3:45 – Narrow Road (gospel)
3:45 – 4:30 – The Country Boys (bluegrass)
4:30 – 5:15 – The Buckstankle Boys (bluegrass)
5:15 – 6:00 – Slate Mountain Boys (old time)
6:00 – 6:45 – The Woodchuckers (old time)
6:45 – 7:30 – The Marshall Brothers & Highroad (bluegrass)
7:30 – 8:15 – The Zephyr Lightning Bolts (old time)
8:15 – 9:00 – The Nunn Brothers (bluegrass)

Sunday, Oct. 12
1:00 – 2:00 – Cranford Creek Bluegrass
2:00 – 3:00 – Crossroad (bluegrass)
3:00 – 4:00 – Rich in Tradition (bluegrass)
4:00 – 5:00 – Highway 52 (bluegrass)

For more information about the Autumn Leaves Festival, visit and/or call 336-786-6116.
Don’t forget – add the hashtag #AutumnLeaves to your photos and we may share them on Twitter and Facebook!
Also, for a list of local accommodations, go to!