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LuRosa Atkins Manor Tour Home

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Tour LuRosa Atkins Manor a historic home built over 160 years ago. This Victorian farm house was originally built by the Jones’ family local residents of Surry County. Ed and April Atkins purchased the home in 2002. They began renovations immediately while at the same time maintaining the Victorian Era in every room including the original flooring in several rooms, the staircase, the parlor which was added in 1929, and the front foyer. After completing the renovations the Atkins’ decided to share their home with the public, by giving tours. Attractions include the doll room with over 55 dolls, an African Art room, a Western room containing John Wayne relics and Calvary swords. The antiques in the home have been collected over the past 30 years. These antiques include tea sets, glassware, furniture, 18th century tableware, and numerous collectibles. Also, there is an Oriental room with Nippon tea sets, oriental paintings from Japan and China and a carved ornate settee.

Mr. Atkins has been a stained glass artist for over 60 years. He has designed, built and installed 10 stained glass windows and the entire surface of the kitchen counter tops. One example is a hand-painted, three-dimensional, 7 ft by 4 ft stained glass window of the Canterbury Tales.

As Ed and April open their home and hearts to you, experience the feeling of stepping back into another time and place.

Tour Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

Closed: December 20th-First Wednesday in April

Admission is $8 per person (Groups of 6 or more: $5 per person. Children ages 6 and under: Free admission)

Call 336-786-9122 for more information.
Directions:
Traveling south on Hwy 601/Rockford Street: Turn right on Forrest Drive. Go to Stop Sign and take a RIGHT. Home is 3rd house on left.
Traveling on West Pine Street/Hwy 89 – Turn at Hardee’s onto South Franklin Road. Home will be on the right, about 2 miles. If you reach Forrest Drive, you have gone too far.

Barbara Eden will pop in for Mayberry Days, Sept. 24-27 in Mount Airy, NC

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Barbara Eden Will Pop In For Mayberry Days, Sept. 24-27

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Barbara Eden and Clint Howard will make guest appearances at the 26th annual Mayberry Days festival, Sept. 24-27 in Andy Griffith’s hometown.

Both actors are visiting Mount Airy for the first time. Eden played the role of Mayberry’s first manicurist in a well-known episode, while Howard appeared in several episodes as Leon, a cowboy-hat wearing youngster who always had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in his pocket.

“Barbara’s episode is among the most memorable and popular of all time. We’ve gotten a bunch of calls from fans,” said festival organizer Tanya Jones of the Surry Arts Council. “Clint is Ron Howard’s brother and was in several episodes, as well as many of his brother’s movies.”

The multi-day festival, which draws tens of thousands from across the U.S., pays tribute to Mount Airy’s role as inspiration for the idyllic town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show.

Joining Eden and Howard this year is Bruce Bilson, assistant director of The Andy Griffith Show. Bilson also directed Eden in the movie Chattanooga Choo Choo. He will talk about that movie before a screening at the Earle Theatre, and will also appear at Professor Brower’s lecture about The Andy Griffith Show and share his memories of working with Griffith, Ron, Howard, Don Knotts and all the wonderful people associated with the classic sitcom.

Hometown sweetheart Betty Lynn, who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend Thelma Lou, will make several appearances, along with Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling); Morgan Brittany (Opie’s girlfriend Mary Alice Carter); Ronnie Schell (two different characters); George Lindsey Jr. (son of George “Goober” Lindsey), and several other actors from the show.

Rodney Dillard, one of the Darling Boys, will play a bluegrass concert, and Karen Knotts will perform “Tied Up in Knotts,” a one-person stage show she wrote in tribute to her late father.

Other activities include a golf tournament, Colonel Tim’s Talent Time, trivia contests, a barbecue cook-off, and the Mayberry Days Parade. Fans also enjoy meeting tribute artists like Mayberry Deputy David Browning, and attending the annual meeting of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC).

“Mayberry Days has grown in popularity every year. We feel it’s because the show is timeless and people are searching for a simpler, more wholesome time,” Jones said.

Mayberry Days is comprised of free and ticketed events spread over four days. For a complete schedule and details, call (336) 786-7998, or go to: www.mayberrydays.com.