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25th Mayberry Days is coming soon – September 25-28!

 

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Mount Airy, North Carolina is the hometown of Andy Griffith, known for the beloved “Andy Griffith Show.” We are honored to be known as Mayberry, and each year we celebrate Mayberry Days during the last weekend of September. You can travel to “Mayberry” any time you visit our city, but a visit during Mayberry Days is extra special!

parade13091483The Mayberry Days Parade is on the Saturday of the festival, September 27th, starting at 9 a.m. in Downtown Mount Airy! Arrive early for a good spot!

This is a wonderful festival with fun for the entire family! Fans of the show will love traveling back in time – to the days when life was simple and the sheriff did not have to carry a gun. Special guests include Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou, Joy Ellison who played Effie Muggins and more, James Best who played Jim Lindsey, George Spence who played Frank the Fiance, Elizabeth McRae who played Betty Parker, Maggie Peterson who played Charlene Darling, Karen Knotts who is Don Knotts’ daughter, George Lindsey Jr. who is George “Goober” Lindsey’s son, Rodney Dillard from The Darling Boys, and MORE!

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Free shuttle service will run on a loop all day on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27, to the following locations:

– Virginia Street parking lot (Downtown Mount Airy, off of N. Main St.)

– City Hall Street, to serve the adjacent parking lot (Downtown Mount Airy, off of Moore Ave.)

– Surry Arts Council/Andy Griffith Playhouse/Andy Griffith Museum/Blackmon Amphitheatre

– Mayberry Campground, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn, Knights Inn, and Mayberry Motor Inn

– Downtown Mount Airy at the Mount Airy Visitors Center

There are multiple events, shows, contests, and PLENTY of good times! Here is a sampling of the events at Mayberry Days, but it is not a complete list – visit www.mayberrydays.com for a complete line-up!

– Mayberry Days Parade on Saturday, September 27th at 9 a.m. in Downtown Mount Airy

– Aunt Bee’s Bake Sale on Friday at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse

– Mrs. Wiley’s Tea Party at the Mount Airy Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. (corner of N. Main St. and Moore Ave.) (free)

BBQ Cook-Off with the BBQ sold on Saturday at Surry Arts Council/Andy Griffith Playhouse

Family Entertainment on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre (free)

– Karen Knotts “Tied up in Knotts” One-Woman Show on Friday, Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the Historic Earle Theatre in Downtown Mount Airy; Tickets $15 and limited seating available – call 336-786-7998 for tickets.

– “Mayberry Minute Men” Youth TAGS Trivia Contest on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and the adult TAGS trivia contest on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Blackmon Amphitheatre (across from the Andy Griffith Playhouse/Museum)

– “Chester Jones” Checkers Tournament on Saturday beginning at 12 Noon at the Photo Gallery Room in the Andy Griffith Playhouse

– Horseshoes from Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horseshoe Pit behind the Andy Griffith Playhouse

– Pork Chop Sandwich Eating Contest on Friday, 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch hours) at Snappy Lunch in Downtown Mount Airy

– Mayberry “Idle” on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre (across from Andy Griffith Playhouse/Museum)

– THE EMBERS Beach Music Concert on Thursday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre; Tickets $15 each

– AND SO MUCH MORE – go to www.mayberrydays.com for the full line-up!

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For a full line-up of events and more information about Mayberry Days, visit the official website at www.mayberrydays.com.

Make your reservations for accommodations as soon as possible and for assistance with reservations during Mayberry Days, call the Mount Airy Visitors Center at 336-786-6116 or 800-948-0949.

It’s going to be a big weekend, so please visit and join in the fun and festivities!

 


46th Annual Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

 

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It’s time for the 46th Annual Mount Airy Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention! 

The Old-Time music tradition born in Surry County and the sounds of sweet music will carry throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains from local, national and international musicians at the Annual Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Always held the first weekend in June, this family friendly event brings together musicians and fans for two full days of competition, jam sessions, dancing, singing, education, and family entertainment . This popular festival, established in 1972, is dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music, as well as dance. The Fiddlers Convention features solo and band competitions whose winners are awarded cash prizes.

The Bluegrass & Old-Time Convention takes place rain or shine at the Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Emcee for this year’s event is Lew Bode. Sound System by Brown Communication.

Bring a lawn chair and encourage a sunny weekend. The contests will be held outside if weather permits.

Be sure to come visit Mount Airy during other times of the year as well. Learn more about Surry County Music and take in a show at the Historic Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. Also, the Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week and the Surry Arts Council has events going on throughout the year, so there are plenty of reasons to return!

The Mount Airy TDA & Veterans Memorial Park Inc. is providing FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE May 31st-June 3 from Veterans Park to Downtown Mount AiryWednesday 12-5 ~ Thursday 9-8 ~ Friday 9-6 ~ Saturday 9-6
The shuttle service will run continuously and will leave Veterans Park just inside the Main Gate with stops at the Visitors Center on Main Street and the Andy Griffith Museum. Enjoy Local Restaurants, Shopping, Visitors Center, Guitar Crawl, Museum of Regional History, Andy Griffith Museum, Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre, Movies (Monday and Wednesday 7 pm 336-786-2222), a free jam session at 7pm on Thursday at the Earle & much more. www.visitmayberry.com

Camping is available at the park. For further information and to make camping reservations, please call Gary Willard 336.345.7388. You may also call Veterans Park at 336.786.2236 and leave message or contact them by email at ddanley@triad.rr.com. The campground is open the whole week before the festival – come early for jamming every night!

 Schedule

Friday, June 2nd

7:00 p.m. – All Bands Perform

Saturday, June 3rd

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Folk Song in Grandstand
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Bluegrass & Old-Time Banjos and Fiddles
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   –  Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Dulcimer, Autoharp
5:45 p.m. – Youth Dance and Awards
6:00 p.m. – All bands perform

Adult dance after the completion of the band competition

Contests

There are two band and twelve individual contests at the Convention, which includes adults and youth competitions. Registration is now online.

Band Contests will be held for:

  • Old-Time Band
  • Bluegrass Band

Bands must consist of at least three different string instruments, one being a fiddle or a banjo. Separate contests are held for Youth bands in each category.

Individual Contests will be held for:

  • Bluegrass fiddle
  • Old-time fiddle
  • Bluegrass banjo
  • Old-time banjo (clawhammer)
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Bass
  • Dobro
  • Dulcimer
  • Autoharp
  • Folk Song
  • Dance

Any individual may register with only one band and may enter dance contest, folk song, and one other instrument contest.

For more information, visit the festival website.


An All-American SUMMER Celebration in Mayberry – Fourth of July, Motorcycles, and More

 

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Spend an All-American Fourth of July in Mount Airy, NC! We have many events and festivities planned all weekend, as well as on the 4th of July, and plenty of great places to stay, including hotels, bed & breakfasts, camping, cabins, vacation rental homes, and more!

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND CELEBRATION
July 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. Declaration of Independence (Museum Courtyard)
11:00 a.m. Parade Immediately Following Annual Pie Eating Contest (Franklin Street)

6:30 p.m. Live Music and Food Vendors at Veteran’s Park on West Lebanon Street in Mount Airy
9:00 p.m. Fireworks at Veteran’s Park on West Lebanon Street in Mount Airy
Call 336.786.6116 or coordinator@mountairydowntown.org for more information and/or to participate.

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PIE EATING CONTEST
Whether you love fresh-baked apple pies or chocolate cream pies, you can get your face full of them July 4 at the 4th Annual Pie Eating Contest for Charity sponsored by Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Downtown Mount Airy.

“This is our 4th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better said Angela Shur, owner of Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies. “It is a fun event for the whole family! It’s good old clean fun. We have kids from 1to 92 eating pies, laughing, enjoying the moment and helping out a great cause.”
The event will be held July 4 immediately following the Mount Airy Fourth of July parade. Tentative start time for the contest is 12 noon.

The contest will have five age divisions – ages 1 to 4; ages 5 to 7; ages 8 to 12; ages 13 to 17 and ages 18 and older. The youngest division will eat a turnover of their choice and will be allowed to use their hands. In the 5 to 7 age group, contestants will eat a larger turnover and the 8 to 12 will eat a smaller pie hands free. The top age group will devour full-sized nine-inch deep-dish pies of their choosing hands free.

“This is going to be such a fun event,” said Mary Boyles, executive director for The Shepherd’s House, the charity which will benefit from the event. “To see people of all ages putting their faces into pies is sure to bring laughs and smiles. It is a great Fourth of July celebration!”
This year we will welcome Lanie Pope, chief meteorologist at WXII, and her family to this event. She will also be our grand marshal for this year’s July 4th parade.

The cost for entry is $5.00 for the 1 to 4 age group and also for the 5 to 7 age group; and $10.00 for the remaining age groups. There will be trophies for first, second and third place in each division, as well as gift cards for the top winners.

No one ever goes home empty handed when it comes to an event with Miss Angel involved. There will be gift certificates from Miss Angels and gift bags for all participants.

Registration for the event is open now at Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies or the Shepherds House.
Last year, the event raised almost $10,000.00 for charity. Shur hopes this year will do even better. The contest will be held on Franklin Street where there will also be hot dogs, chips, drinks and popcorn for the crowd to enjoy. Never forget there is always live music by B-Dazzle Productions.
The Shepherds House will also be holding a raffle for a $1,000.00 Shopping spree and a gun package which includes a Double Tap 9mm pistol, Maverick 88 12guage shotgun and Ruger American 17HMR Bolt Action Rifle. Tickets for these two raffles are $20.00 each. You can get those tickets now by calling the Shepherds House.

What a better way to celebrate an American Tradition with your family than eating a pie that is just plain Heavenly.

For more information about the pie-eating contest or the raffle, call Miss Angels at 336-786-1537, or the Shepherds House at 336-786-1420.

Get Your Motor Running
The following rides all start at the parking lot for the Andy Griffith Playhouse/And Griffith Museum, at 218 Rockford Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030.

ORCHARD GAP RIDE
Turn left out of the parking lot of the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Turn on the 1st road to the left past the Playhouse. At the 1st stoplight, turn right onto Pine Street/Highway 89. Go to the 3rd stoplight and turn left. Travel the twisty road until it dead ends onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway traveling south. Exit at the Highway 52 south exit and travel back to Mount Airy. At the Highway 52/601 intersection, turn left onto Highway 601/Rockford Street and travel back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

SCENIC BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RIDE (approximately 50 miles)
Turn right out of the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot. Travel to the intersection of Highway 601/52. Turn right onto 52 North to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel south on the Parkway to the Highway 89 intersection. Turn onto Highway 89 toward Mount Airy. Travel Highway 89 back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot on your left.

PILOT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK RIDE (approximately 35 miles)
Turn right out of the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot. Travel to the intersection of Highway 601 and Highway 52. Turn left onto Highway 52 South to the exit for the Pilot Mountain State Park. Travel up the twisty road tot he top for scenery second to none! Travel back to Mount Airy on Highway 52 North and take a right at the Highway 52/89 intersection onto Highway 89/Rockford Street and head back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

LOVER’S LEAP RIDE (approximately 75 miles)
Turn left out of the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot. Turn left at the first street, Graves Street. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Pine Street. Continue on this road past the Virginia state like to the stop sign (several miles). Turn left at the stop sign toward Stuart, Virginia. Go straight under the stoplight in Stuart to the next stop sign. Turn left onto Highway 58. Stay on Highway 58 for several miles. You will pass Lover’s Leap. Continue to the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection. Travel south on the parkway to the Highway 52 intersection to Mount Airy. Travel Highway 52 South to the 52/601 intersection. Take a left onto Highway 601/Rockford Street back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

MAYBERRY RIDE
This 50-mile route is one of the most popular rides to take a step back to a simpler time and enjoy a variety of roads, scenery and stops along the way.

Stop 1 – The Andy Griffith Playhouse
Directions to Stop 2 – Leaving the Andy Griffith Playhouse, take a right out of the parking lot on to South Rockford Street, travel 0.9 miles to Highway 52. Take a left onto Highway 52 South and go 10.5 miles to Exit 134 (Highway 268). Neighbors/Citgo will be on the right at Exit 134. Get yourself a bottle of pop and gas up!
– Distance to Stop 2: 11.4 miles

Stop 2 – Neighbors/Citgo (Pilot Mountain)
Directions to Stop 3 – Leaving Neighbors/Citgo, take a right on Highway 268 in front of Neighbors traveling 9.7 miles to Copeland School Road. Take a left on Copeland School Road traveling 2.8 miles to Old Rockford Road. Travel 3.2 miles on Rockford Road to the stop sign. Rockford General Store will be located across the street from the stop sign. Step inside and speak to Paul and Carolyn. Drink a root beer or Nehi Peach and enjoy a variety of old timey candies as well as their new grill.
– Distance to Stop 3: 15.7 miles

Stop 3 – Rockford General Store
Directions to Stop 4 – Leaving Rockford General Store, travel north on Rockford Road 5.7 miles to stop sign. Go straight through stop sign 3.4 miles to Highway 601. Take a right on Highway 601 traveling 9.1 miles to stop light at Highway 52. Take a left at the light onto Highway 52 North and travel 1.8 miles to Goobers-52 located on the right just past Mayberry Mall.

Stop 4 – Aunt Bea’s
Directions to Stop 5 (Final Destination) – Leaving Aunt Bea’s Restaurant, take a right Onto Hwy 52 North traveling 0.8 miles to Starlite Road. Take a right onto Starlite Road 0.2 miles to stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign onto West Lebanon Street traveling 1 mile to stop light. Take a right at the stop light onto North Main Street traveling 0.2 miles bearing right onto North Main Street. Continue traveling 0.5 miles through downtown until you see the Municipal Building on the right. Take a right into the driveway just past the Municipal Building to enter the parking lot located behind the Municipal Building.

Distance to Stop 5 is 2.9 Miles

 

BEAT THE HEAT

Summer is great, but some days are just too hot. Never fear. There are some great ways to eat the heat in and around Mount Airy.

– Check out the Greenway trail, which follows the Ararat River and Lovill’s Creek, with the new expansion opening soon. River access all along the trails, and a great place for nature viewing, bird watching, walking, jogging, riding bikes, kayaking, tubing, wading, fishing, or just sitting and enjoying the beautiful riverside scenery! Riverside Park is a great place to start this trail and they have restrooms, picnic shelters, a playground, and a skateboard park!

– Cool off with some delicious ice-cream. We have several great options depending on where you are when your sweet tooth strikes. Try Scoops Ice Cream and Such, with a stroll in the sculpture garden/nature walk in the woods after you get your ice cream. Aunt Bea’s has great ice cream as well. Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Downtown Mount Airy has an ice cream parlor next door with 21+ ice cream case featuring ice cream made with local moonshine and whiskey, including an ice cream made with their own peaches from their orchard and Mayberry Spirits Moonshine!

– Make a splash! Many local hotels have great pools, including indoor pools at Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn Express, and outdoor pools at Quality Inn, Knight’s Inn, and Mayberry Motor Inn. We also have the Homeplace Pool just outside of Mount Airy with a large waterslide, a sloped entry for children, a HUGE pool, rope swing, diving area, arcade, and snack bar as well as camping and miniature golf on Friday and Saturday nights. Beechnut Park just outside of Mount Airy has a large pool and camping. Reeves Community Center, just a couple of blocks away from downtown, has an outdoor and indoor pool and welcomes visitors.

Get out there and have some summer fun!


Art & Nature Festival Scheduled for Saturday, June 11

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Local Phone: 336-786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

The Surry Arts Council, Minglewood Nature Preserve, and the Mount Airy Photography Club are joining  to provide free art and nature experiences for all ages on Saturday and Sunday June 11th.

Headlining the festival will be award winning nature photographer. Photographing in the Smokies since 1975 has afforded him limitless opportunities to observe and record the flora, fauna, and scenery of the region. More than 7,000 of his photos have been published. His work has appeared in Audubon Society Calendars, BBC Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, and many others. He had three front covers in a row on Field & Stream which was a first in Field & Stream’s history. He also authored Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Portfolio, and co-authored Great Smoky Mountains Wonder & Light and Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography.

Events at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford Street, will begin at 10:00 am when beekeeper and storyteller Vicky Town will present a program and craft, Bee’s Knees, for families and children of all ages in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre. At the same time, Kayla Ellis will lead a Critter Painting class in the Photo Gallery on the lower level of the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Another painting class will follow this one at noon. Both classes are limited in size and are on a first come first serve basis . The music tent will be located in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Jim Vipperman will offer hands on experiences with guitars and fiddles from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. At 1:00 pm, Peter Holland will take over the tent with interactive music and storytelling for all ages. At 1:30 pm on the lawn of the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Heather Elliott will gather children and adults for a yoga and nature experience. No prior knowledge of yoga is required. At 1:30 pm also, guests of all ages may gather under the portico of the Andy Griffith Playhouse to begin a garden tour of the grounds with master gardener, Ginny Adams. At 2:00 pm, The Andy Griffith Show fans can gather in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre for a presentation by author and professor, Neal Brower. Professor Brower’s presentation will feature the episode The Big House. John Floyd, author and comedian, will be in the Andy Griffith Museum throughout the day with his new children’s book The Flower Lady.

The Sweet Basil food truck will be on hand at the Andy Griffith Playhouse on Saturday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

At 3:30 pm at the Historic Earle Theatre, 142 North Main Street, the Mount Airy Photography Club will host award winning nature photographer, Bill Lea. His presentation The Wonder & Art of the Black Bear is free of charge and open to all ages. This presentation is followed by a Nature Photography Workshop at 5:00 pm for photographers of all levels.

At 7:00 pm, the Disney movie A Bug’s Life, rated G, will be shown free of charge at the Historic Earle Theatre.

Minglewood Nature Preserve, 238 Minglewood Road, Westfield, is an outdoor learning center whose mission is to educate the community about sustainable food production and proper environmental stewardship. Minglewood is hosting free events on Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Events include art and nature crafts and nature walks. Designated areas at Minglewood will offer children opportunities to create artwork from nature.

On Sunday, June 12, from 1:00-4:00 pm, Minglewood Nature Preserve will offer free art and nature events including a scavenger hunt. During the scavenger hunt, families will hike in the woods while using cell phone photography to collect items spied from the list. At 5:00 pm on Sunday, a Sunday Supper with chef Chris Wishart will be held (reservations required, call 336-351-2945, $75 per person). Visit the website www.minglewoodpreserve.org to find out more about arts activities, educational opportunities, and farm to table suppers, year round.

On Sunday, the Disney movie, A Bug’s Life, rated G, will be shown free of charge at the Historic Earle Theatre at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

For more information, call Melissa Sumner at the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or Margie Imus at Minglewood Nature Preserve at 336-351-2945.

The Surry Arts Council Art and Nature Festival is funded in part by the Cindi and Andy Griffith Endowment and a grant from the Mount Airy Rotary Club. The photography presentation and workshop and the activities at Minglewood Nature Preserve are funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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

 

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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:

 

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Don’t forget about our list of accommodations at www.visitmayberry.com as well as our section for special, seasonal travel packages: www.visitmayberry.com/travel-packages/

 LOCAL ORCHARDS

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

www.ayersorchards.com

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 debbe@windyhillorchards.com or jay@windyhillorchards.com. 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. www.leveringorchard.com

 

***Don’t forget about our list of accommodations at www.visitmayberry.com as well as our section for special, seasonal travel packages: www.visitmayberry.com/travel-packages/

STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO OF OUR “WE LOVE FALL” blog!


Autumn Leaves Festival – October 9-11 in Downtown Mount Airy
Downtown Mount Airy - N. Main Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-786-6116

Fall has arrived, and here in Mount Airy, NC we celebrate the changing of the leaves with our annual Autumn Leaves Festival, now in its 49th year! The festival showcases our rich heritage, with food for the soul, music for the heart, and heritage crafts and demonstrations. Admission to the festival is free! The hours of the festival are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The entire downtown area is filled to the brim with arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and plenty of local music, including a main bandstand on Independence Blvd featuring gospel, bluegrass, and old-time music, as well old-time musicians jamming under a tent on N. Main Street.

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The unique arts & crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations. There is plenty of “Food for the Soul” – ham biscuits, collard green sandwiches & cornbread, barbecue, hamburgers, ground steak sandwiches, donuts, hot dogs, baked goods, homemade apple butter, candy apples, funnel cakes, and MUCH more, served with hospitality by our local civic and other community groups.

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Check out the website at autumnleavesfestival.com for the full bandstand schedule! We have a lot of great bands in the lineup, including The Nunn Brothers, Snow Creek Old Time Band, Mountain Park Old Time Band, The South Carolina Broadcasters, The Country Boys, The Buckstankle Boys, Slate Mountain Ramblers, Marshall Brothers & Highroad, The Zephyr Lightning Bolts, Rich in Tradition, Crossroad, Highway 52, and many more!

The Autumn Leaves Festival™ has been consistently ranked as one of the “Top 20 Events” in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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! Through the years, hundreds of thousands of visitors (nearly 200,000 people will frequent the streets of Mount Airy over the three-day weekend) have enjoyed the true flavor of rural America and its distinctive character, rich heritage and scenic beauty.  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!!

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Autumn Leaves Festival weekend is the PERFECT time to start your holiday season shopping! Vendors will have a vast array of handmade and unique items for purchase including handwoven baskets, quilts, floral displays, textiles, vintage re-purposed items, holiday decorations, jewelry, pottery, woodcarving, oil paintings, photography, children’s toys, handmade decorations, unique and one-of-a-kind items, and so much more!

Don’t forget out about Downtown Mount Airy businesses and restaurants while you are here! Stop by the Mount Airy Visitor Center at 200 N. Main Street for advice on the best things to see and do while you are in the area and pick up a map with the Mayberry attractions, including Andy Griffith Museum and Wally’s Service Station. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is also located in Downtown Mount Airy! Autumn Leaves Festival weekend is the PERFECT time to start your holiday season shopping!

Please take a look at our photo album and don’t forget to visit the website at autumnleavesfestival.com. Interested in becoming a vendor? Apply using the online form early next year before spots fill up!

**Please remember that ALL PETS are strictly prohibited inside of the festival boundaries.

Need lodging for Autumn Leaves Festival Weekend? Go to visitmayberry.com for a full list of accommodations. If you are having trouble finding lodging during this busy weekend, please call the Mount Airy Visitor Center for assistance – 336-786-6116.

 


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

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-786-6116

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
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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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AUTUMN LEAVES FESTIVAL BANDSTAND SCHEDULE

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 www.autumnleavesfestival.com 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 www.visitmayberry.com!


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

 

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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.


Black Violin to Appear at the Historic Earle Theatre
142 N. Main Street

Mount Airy North Carolina

Local Phone: 336-786-7998

Will Baptiste and Kev Marcus, the duo who make up Black Violin, saw their major-label debut, Stereotypes, debut at peak positions on the Billboard charts (including #1 on the Classical and Classical Crossover charts), have sold out their last 10 consecutive shows, and are preparing to embark on their first European tour.  In the past year they have been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, The Wendy Williams Show, and Ellen.  And on Friday, April 15, they will be in Mount Airy, NC, at the Historic Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall (142 North Main Street, Mt. Airy, NC) at 7:30 pm.

Baptiste and Marcus first met in Ft. Lauderdale and played together in the orchestra at the Dillard High School of the Performing Arts.  Classically trained by day, they faithfully put on their headphones and listened to the hottest rap records each night.  They went to different colleges but reconvened afterwards.  They developed an act covering hip-hop songs on their violins, which became popular in local clubs.  Two years after sending in a tape to Showtime at the Apollo, they were invited to appear on the show – which they won.

The pair created a distinctive, peerless sound.  “A hard-hitting beat with lush string sounds,” says Baptiste, “something you can listen to if you don’t listen to hip-hop, or if you don’t listen to classical music – we bridge that gap.”

Friday, April 15, Black Violin will perform for over 425 5th grade students from Surry County Schools and Mount Airy City Schools.  That evening, at 7:30, is the public performance.  Tickets can be purchased from the Surry Arts Council office (218 Rockford Street, Mt. Airy, NC, 336-786-7998) or online at surryarts.org.  Reserved orchestra seats are $25 and balcony seats (general admission) are $15.

The residency is funded in part with a grant from South Arts.


Blue Ridge and Beyond Music Series in Mount Airy, NC

Mount Airy North Carolina

Local Phone: 336-786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

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 www.surryarts.org 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 www.surryarts.org or by calling 336-786-7998.
Accommodations & more – www.visitmayberry.com.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Spring Opening Dates for Facilities and Services

 

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NC/VA – Blue Ridge Parkway managers are pleased to announce the spring 2016 opening dates for facilities and visitor services along the scenic, 469-mile route. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, Parkway staff, volunteers, concession operators, and other partners are making plans for a robust season.  
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest designed landscapes in the country, providing visitors with a wide variety of opportunities to make meaningful connections to the nature, history, and culture of the southern Appalachian mountain region.  “During the NPS Centennial, we want to encourage Parkway visitors to explore this special park in new and different ways,” said Mark Woods, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “We want visitors to celebrate their own personal connections with this park and consider how this place will be available for future generations of visitors.”
Parkway visitors are also reminded to take time to carefully plan their visit. Considering its unique design, the Parkway drive is different than most and this can mean taking extra care to ensure a safe visit. Information is available to help plan a memorable and safe Parkway experience on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/blri, the real time road map site at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures/, in any Parkway visitor center, and by following Parkway social media sites with the handle @BlueRidgeNPS.
2016 Blue Ridge Parkway Spring Season Opening Schedule 
Milepost
Facility
Open Date
Notes:
CAMPGROUNDS (Open first come, first served with self-registration through May 14; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 15)
60.8
Otter Creek Campground
6-May
Full services available.
85.6
Peaks of Otter Campground
6-May
Full services available.
167.1
Rocky Knob Campground
6-May
Full services available.
239.2
Doughton Park Campground
6-May
RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
296.9
Price Park Campground
1-Apr
Self registration and Loop A only open April 1 – May. 5. After May 5, full services available.
316.4
Linville Falls Campground
1-Apr
Self registration until May 14. Full services available. Trout waters open 7:00 a.m. April 2.
339.5
Crabtree Falls Campground
6-May
RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
408.8
Mt. Pisgah Campground
6-May
Full services available.
CONCESSION FACILITIES
85.6
Peaks of Otter Lodge
 
Full services available; Sharp Top bus service begins May 7; and Peaks Country Store open April 9; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
176.2
Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop
29-Apr
Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7
Northwest Trading Post
16-Apr
Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information
294
Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor
15-Mar
Visit craftguild.org for more information. 
296.9
Price Park Boat Rental
1-Apr
Open Fri.-Sun. only through May 27; Open daily beginningMay 27. Visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.
382.2
Folk Art Center
Open Year Round
Visit craftguild.org for more information. 
408.8
Pisgah Inn & Restaurant
1-Apr
Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
PICNIC AREAS (Open Daily until sunset; Restrooms available at picnic areas)
8.5
Humpback Rocks Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
63.6
James River Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
85.6
Peaks of Otter Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
154.5
Smart View Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
120.4
Roanoke Mtn Picnic Area
15-Apr
Sunday Mtn. Music programs begin May 29, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
169
Rocky Knob Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
188.8
Groundhog Picnic Area 
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
217.5
Cumberland Knob Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
241.1
Doughton Park Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
271.9
Jeffress Park Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
296.4
Price Park Picnic Area
Open Year Round
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
316.4
Linville Falls Picnic Area
3-Apr
April 2 (12noon) – May 5, 2016 one loop open with comfort station; Full services for entire area available beginning May 5
340.2
Crabtree Falls Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
367.6
Craggy Gardens Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
407.8
Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST
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Humpback Rocks Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6
Humpback Rocks Farm
13-May
Cabins open daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.; Weekend farmlife demonstrations
63.6
James River Visitor Center
6-May
Open Wed. – Sun. 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. weekdays; 9:00-5:00pm on weekends
85.6
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
6-May
Open daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
85.6
Nature Center
13-May
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ( with 1 hour closure at 12:00 p.m.)
85.6
Johnson Farm
13-May
Open Thu. – Mon., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
169
Rocky Knob Visitor Center
7-May
Open Sat.-Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
176.2
Mabry Mill Cultural Site
7-May
Open 10am-4pm Sat.-Sun. only through May 22; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 29
213
Blue Ridge Music Center
7-May
Open 10am-5pm Thurs. – Mon. through May 23, with Mid-day Mountain Music available daily from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Open daily beginning May 26; Concert Season begins May 21, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5
Brinegar Cabin 
7-May
Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. (including holidays); Special request programs may be available during the week by  calling 540-745-9680
294
Moses Cone Manor House
15-Apr
Open Fri-Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; open daily beginning 4/29/2016.
304.4
Linn Cove Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
316.4
Linville Falls Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
330.9
North Carolina Museum of Minerals 
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
364.5
Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
15-Apr
Open 10am-4pm Fri. – Sun. through May 1; open daily beginning May 2; beginning May 22 open until 5:00pm
382.2
Folk Art Center, Visitor Information & Bookstore
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.
384.5
Asheville Visitor Center
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
451.2
Waterrock Knob Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 


Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival

 

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The 2016 Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in beautiful Downtown Mount Airy, NC. The festival features top North Carolina wineries and craft beer producers, wonderful food, and great music.

Festival packages are available which include: General admission, local accommodations and transportation, as well as a complementary bottle of wine! Rotary proceeds will benefit numerous local and international charity organizations. Please visit the website at www.budbreakfestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets in advance for a discounted price!

Come visit our tent pavilion as we pair talented local musicians with delicious local food. Join us as we celebrate Music, Food, and Spirits…Budbreak style! 13 Bones will once again be providing some outstanding food to accompany the wine.

While at the Festival please take advantage of our Downtown Business Associations “Sidewalk Sale.” Also try these local eateries on Main Street: Barney’s Cafe, Old North State Winery, The Loaded Goat (Located in the Main Oak Emporium or accessible off of Oak Street), Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies, Leon’s Burger Express, Nana’s Kitchen, Down Home Restaurant, Snappy Lunch, and Walker’s Soda Fountain.

Bring your dancing shoes, as we share in a common love of music, food, wine, and friends. A good time for one and all featuring some of our regions best local acts, featuring Time Sawyer and Phatt City Band this year!

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Time Sawyer

11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Time Sawyer is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s just what the listener finds in their music – a sense of realness. Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high-energy, entertaining show.

The folk rock band’s name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that the four band members, who all hail from the rolling foothills of Elkin, North Carolina, share. Time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences, giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.

The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops. Time Sawyer continues to develop a loyal and growing fan base. Whether they’re playing in an intimate coffee shop or a large outdoor festival, their goal is to forge a face-to-face connection with the audience so that they become friends who happen to be fans.

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Phatt City

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Phatt City is the name of a band originally founded in 1972, by a group of regional band directors. The name came from a saying that describes a big, “fat” sound. The spelling was a play on words that was common in that era. Phatt City’s original influences came from groups like Chicago and Earth, Wind, & Fire. In addition to Rhythm and Blues, Phatt City has an extensive beach music catalog. The band consists of 10 members, including a full horn section of Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Trombone, and Bari-Sax. Along with a rhythm section, there are four lead singers in the group, with one being female. Phatt City is probably best know as having a great rapport withit’s audiences. Having fun is contagious, and we love to spread it around!

Festival Package

Come and stay a while. Hampton Inn Mt. Airy is offering admission for two, with transportation to and from the event. Stay overnight with a standard king or double queen room, along with the following amenities:

  • Free breakfast from 6:00 am – 10:00 am in our breakfast area.
  • Complimentary bottle of wine!
  • Rates Starting at $169.00 + Tax with other options available.

Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival date to avoid charges. For information contact General manager Lenise Lynch – Hampton Inn at 336-783-6282 or 1-800-565-5249 and one of their guest services representatives will be happy to help you.

Visit them online @ Hampton Inn Mt. Airy


2016 Wineries and Breweries

The Budbreak Festival is a celebration of wine, craft beer, and its makers. Won’t you join us as we come together to taste the story each of our talented vendors has to share.


Chatham Hill Winery

Cary, NC

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Chestnut Trail Vineyards

Mocksville, NC

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Childress Vineyards

Lexington, NC

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Elkin Creek Vineyard

Elkin, NC

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Fiddlers Vineyards

Cherryville, NC

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Foothills Brewing Company

Winston-Salem, NC

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Gibb’s Hundred Brewing

Greensboro, NC

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Ginger Creek Vineyards

Taylorsville, NC

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Herrera Vineyards

Dobson, NC

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Lake James Cellars

Glen Alpine, NC

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Lake Norman Brewing

Mooresville, NC

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Native Vines

Lexington, NC

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Old North State Winery

Mount Airy, NC

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Round Peak Winery

Mount Airy, NC

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Skull Camp Brewing

Mount Airy, NC

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Slightly Askew Winery

Elkin, NC

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Southern Charm Winery

Lincolnton, NC

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St. Paul Mountain Vineyards

Hendersonville, NC

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Surry Cellars

Dobson, NC

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Thistle Meadow Winery

Laurel Springs, NC

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Waldensian Heritage Winery

Valdese, NC

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NOTE: A valid ID showing proof of age (over 21) will be required at the gate for festival entry as well as for all wine tasting.

Food and non-wine beverages will be available for purchase from selected vendors. For your convenience, you may purchase and check your wine (multiple bottle packs and cases) at our wine-check area and have it held securely until you are ready to leave the festival.

  1. Wristbands and wineglasses will NOT be available prior to the 12:00 p.m. opening of the Festival.
  2. To comply with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement regulations, ALL ATTENDEES who will be tasting, drinking, or purchasing alcohol on the Festival grounds MUST be 21 years of age and MUST have a tasting wristband. Positive photographic identification MUST be shown at the Ticket Booth to obtain your individual tasting wristband and commemorative wine glass.
  3. For insurance, health and safety reasons NO PETS OR COOLERS will be permitted on the Festival grounds!

Christmas Lights: A Holiday Tradition

 

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From elaborate walk-through and drive-through displays, to families decorating their homes with thousands of lights set to music, to our beautifully decorated downtowns and Main Streets, this area is known for our Christmas lights! Save this blog post, because we will update it with more Christmas light displays as we find out about them! Have you spotted any impressive lights? Send us any tips, including directions and details, to jjohnson@visitmayberry.com and we will add it to the list!
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When looking for something to do this holiday season, check out what’s going on in the Yadkin Valley and take time to see the Christmas light displays in the surrounding area!

Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park near Winston-Salem
One of the largest drive-through light displays in the southeast with thousands of lights and scenes, a holiday gift village (at the red barn, halfway through) with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, wood workings, gifts, craftspeople, and more! Open Nov. 21 – Jan 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays are very popular, so expect extremely long lines and wait times. Mondays through Wednesdays experience lower visitation. Horse-drawn carriage rides and hayrides available at an extra cost. $15 for cars, vans, and trucks; $30 for commercial vans, limos, and mini-buses; $100 for motor coaches and large buses. Call for more information – 336-703-6400 or visit www.forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/fol
Tanglewood Park
4061 Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC

High Country Lights at Felts Park in Galax, VA
Award-winning animated light show featuring thousands of LED lights choreographed to Christmas tunes. Free and open to the public. Nightly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thanksgiving through Jan. 2. Tune in to 96.5 FM while there to enjoy the music.
601 S. Main Street
Galax, Virginia

 

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The Brady Family Lights
Dozens of acres on a family farm in Pinnacle, creating a drive-through display with 500,000 lights, 150 inflatables, and 50 Christmas trees, as well as a cabin and barn.
View-able nightly. Free admission; donations accepted.
1778 Bradley Road
Pinnacle, NC

The Christmas Family Lights
25-foot tall Z-tree using 120 channels of LOR and 45,000 lights, 8 leaping arches, icicle lights, snowmen, reindeer, sleigh, nativity, and much more! Broadcast on 89.7 FM. Donations go to Mineral Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. Fill the Fire Truck Toy and Food Drive.
3420 Shiloah Church Road
Winston-Salem, NC

Tatum Family Christmas Lights
A synchronized Christmas light display operating on a FM transmitter to allow visitors to stop and listen to the music while watching the lights move.
3939 Ayers Orchard Road
Stuart, Virginia

Light Show
324 Old Westfield Road
Pilot Mountain, NC

Drive-Through Light Display
123 Birchwood Drive
Mount Airy, NC

Lights on Beasley
3406 Beasley School Road
Sandy Ridge, NC

Also, visit our beautiful downtowns and Main Streets in Surry County, including Historic Downtown Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, Elkin, and Dobson!


Christmas Tour of Homes – Dec. 6 & 7

 

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The Mount Airy Restoration Foundation presents the Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. The homes may be visited in any order, on either day or both days.
Tickets are $15 each and are available at the Mount Airy Visitors Center, located at 200 N. Main Street in Downtown Mount Airy (on the corner of Moore Ave. and N. Main St, with the antique clock on the corner of our granite building). Tickets must be presented at each home on the tour.

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Downtown Mount Airy Eatery, Down Home Restaurant, Joins the Surry Sonker Trail
243 N. Main Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-783-0007

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – The Surry Sonker Trail has a new member as the Down Home Restaurant came on board in March. Down Home opened in the location formerly occupied by Granite City BBQ and replaced it on this confectionary trail in Surry County.

Sandra Johnson and Bonnie Reynolds run the casual eatery on Main Street in Mount Airy. Both grew up in the area and learned to make sonker from family recipes. Reynolds is the primary sonker maker and Johnson bakes the cakes. But they trade off.

“We’ve made sonker all of our lives at home,” Johnson says. “It’s just a traditional, quick dessert here.”

Similar to cobbler, sonker consists of cooked fruit and a crust. Some have a liquid batter poured on top of the fruit, others have a rolled dough for their crust, and others are prepared on the stove top with a dropped-dumpling crust. Each recipe depends upon family tradition.

Down Home Restaurant makes its sonker by cooking fruit — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apples or peaches — on the stove, transferring it to a pan, adding a crust made from a liquid batter and baking it.

“I took one bite of the Down Home Restaurant sonker and almost cried because it brought back so many memories of my granny’s sonker,” says Jessica Johnson, assistant marketing director at the Mount Airy Visitors Center.

The region’s sonker dates to the early 1800s. The dessert was a product of frugal home cooks who didn’t want to waste any over-ripe fruit.

In addition to Down Home Restaurant in Mount Airy, the Surry Sonker Trail includes The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy, Rockford General Store in Dobson and Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin.

The trail was created in January 2015 by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County. Each of the seven stops on the Surry Sonker Trail offers a different style of the dessert.

“Trying the food is part of learning about the place where you’re living or visiting,” Sandra Johnson says. “Sonker is native to this region.”

To receive a Surry Sonker Trail brochure map, which has all the info needed to enjoy a day or two along the trail, call (800) 948-0949, or go online at: www.SonkerTrail.org


Enjoy Holiday Light Displays In and Around Mayberry

 

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Start a new holiday tradition this Christmas season by loading up the car and visiting Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. You’ll get a chance to see a different side of Mayberry, one that’s all aglow with holiday lights.

Below are holiday light displays in the area with a description of what can be seen and how far it is from the Mount Airy Visitors Center on Main Street in Mount Airy.

# 1: Holiday in the Park – The local American Legion post transforms Veterans Park (691 W. Lebanon Street, Mount Airy) into a holiday walking trail of lights. Churches, businesses and organizations will have their own holiday scenes for people to see. Admission to the park is free but donations are accepted. The park will be open with these displays from Dec. 2-24. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 6-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Dec. 2, local elementary school students will sing holiday songs, and on Dec. 15 there will be a catered supper, live DJ and dance, plus gifts for with disabilities and special needs. For information, contact Curtis Munday at 336-648-7500. (Located about 1.5 miles from Mount Airy Visitor Center)

#2: France Family Christmas Lights – 123 Birchwood Dr, Mount Airy – The France family puts up their Christmas light display each year and invites visitors to drive through and see their display. (Located about 1.5 miles from the Mount Airy Visitor Center)

#3: Bowman Family Christmas Lights – 1288 Slate Mountain Rd, Mount Airy – A family Christmas light display. (Located about 10 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center)

#4: Brady Family Christmas Lights – Over near Pilot Mountain in the Pinnacle community, Ricky and Nancy Brady have put up Christmas lights and decorations since 1989 at the 1700 block of Bradley Road, Pinnacle. They have more than 500,000 lights covering about 30 acres of land. The display includes two homes and a log cabin. It is open to the public to walk or drive through daily. (Located about 20 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center)

#5: Winter Wonderland of Lights – Adam and Eva Dalton at 139 Charlie Davis Lane in Dobson present an annually display of lights. Visitors are encouraged to park, tune their radio to 93.5 FM and watch as the Christmas lights dance to the tempo of the music. Open nightly from 5-9 pm. through New Year’s Eve. (Located about 30 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center)

#6: The Christmas Family Lights – Down in the big city of Winston-Salem, folks come from near and far to see the Christmas Family Lights at 3420 Shiloh Church Road, Winston-Salem, 27105. This is a computer animated light show featuring 240 channels of computer animation using Light-O-Rama. It also features 45,000 lights. The center point of the display is a 24-foot-tall, 24,000-light mega tree, which uses 128 channels of animation. Other displays include RGB LED North Poles, leaping arches, snowflakes, Santa and all nine reindeer, and more. Be sure to tune to 89.7 FM while watching the lights. (Located about 40 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center)

#7: Tatum Family Christmas Lights – Across the state line in Virginia, the Tatum Family Christmas Lights are a synchronized display at 3930 Ayers Orchard Road in Stuart, VA. The lights are synched to an FM transmitter to allow visitors to stop and listen to the music while watching the lights. Tune your radio to 101.3 FM. Open Sunday through Thursday from 6-11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Located about 40 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center)

#8: High Country Lights – Just over the Virginia border in Galax, the High Country Lights provide a holiday spectacular at Felts Park (601 S. Main Street, Galax, VA). It’s an animated display where 100,000 lights are choreographed to Christmas music. Tune the radio to 95.9 FM and relax in the comfort of your vehicle or hike around the walking trail and listen to the music. The show operates nightly from 6-11 p.m. from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, with the exception of during inclement weather. Admission is free. For information visit www.highcountrylights.com (Located about 40 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center.

#9: Lights on Beasley – 3406 Beasley School Rd, Sandy Ridge – Christmas Display season runs from Dec. 1st to Jan. 6th. Something special for people of all ages. Make Lights On Beasley Christmas Display a part of your annual Christmas Tradition.Many different Christmas themed scenes and animated lights. Open Sunday through Thursday from 6:30pm until 11pm. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 6:30pm until midnight. (Located about 50 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center.)

#10: Tanglewood Festival of Lights – Tanglewood Park (4061 Clemmons Rd, Clemmons) – Tanglewood Park’s rolling countryside will be transformed into a winter wonderland of giant, twinkling snowflakes and whimsical scenes! There are now over one million individual lights, all of which are LED, that complete the Festival of Lights. On average, over 250,000 visitors attend this yearly event. Open nightly from 6pm until 11pm through January 1st. Admission is charged per vehicle and is based on size of vehicle (cash or credit card only). Family (cars, vans, trucks): $15, Commercial (vans, limos, mini-buses): $35 and Motorcoaches and Buses: $100. For more information, visit http://www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/ (Located about 50 minutes from the Mount Airy Visitor Center.)


Fall and Halloween Activities in Mount Airy and the Yadkin Valley NC!

 

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UPCOMING FALL FESTIVALS 

October 1, 2016-Surry Sonker Festival at the Edwards Franklin House-1pm-5pm. The Sonker Festival is a Surry County tradition, presented each year by the Surry County Historical Society. It is held the first Saturday in October at the Edwards-Franklin House west of Mount Airy. Festival attendees sample sonker made from a variety of family recipes passed down through generations. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for sonker and beverages. For More info please call 336-786-6116 or visit www.sonkertrail.org

Hot Nights Hot Cars Cruise In-Downtown Pilot MountainSaturday October 1, 2016-Last one of the Season! in downtown Pilot Mountain. Admission is Always Free! 1st Saturday May-October, 3:00-9:30. Live Beach Music and 5:30-9:30. Located in beautiful downtown Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, The Hot Nights Hot Cars Cruise-In’s are family oriented events offering an open street cruise-in, live beach music, and plenty of food and beverage vendors. Local vineyards will be serving some great wines at each event. Each Cruise In begins at 3pm and ends at 9:30pm.

Halloween Events 

Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours-(Remainder of Sept 2016 and the Month of October 2016) Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm. Join the Museum for an exciting 90 minute, lantern-lit walking tour through Mount Airy’s streets and it’s historic past. You will hear about 13 of our “less mortal” friends and some of Mount Airy’s resting places. Tours begin at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, 301 N. Main Street. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera and umbrella, if needed. Tickets are $13 (tax included) and pre-paid reservations are required!

The Hacker House-September 30 and Every Friday and Saturday in October and October 30 and 31, 2016 The Hacker House (8pm-11pm Each Night) Admission Fee. Not Recommended for children. www.hackerhouse.com

Low Gap House of Horrors-October 1, 2016 and Every Friday and Saturday in October-Low Gap House of Horrors-Open 8pm-11pm at the Low Gap Community Center. Cash only $10.00 Admission. Not recommended for children. Groups of 10 or more are $8.00 for Admission. www.lowgaphouseofhorrors.com

October 29-5K Zombie Run in downtown Mount Airy will be held in downtown Mount Airy. Escape the zombies trying to take your life as you run along the 5K race course! At the start of the race, all humans will be given a race “life” belt with 3 Velcro flags attached. Zombies along the course will try to take the human flags, or “lives.” The Boo Bash will be held at Old North State Winery. For more info please visit www.downtownmountairy.org

October 29-Boo Bash Halloween Party at Old North State Winery 8 – 11pm details TBA. www.oldnorthstatewinery.com or www.downtownmountairy.org or http://www.northcarolinamuseum.org/

October 31, 2016-Downtown Halloween Celebrationin downtown Mount Airy For more info please visit www.downtownmountairy.org

REMAINDER FALL FESTIVALS  IN THE AREA! 

Autumn Leaves Festival Oct 14-16, 2016  Fall has arrived, and here in Surry County located in the Yadkin Valley, NC we celebrate the changing of the leaves with many festivals, one in its 50th year, the annual Autumn Leaves Festival, in Downtown Mount Airy! The festival showcases our rich heritage, with food for the soul, music for the heart, and heritage crafts and demonstrations. Admission to the festival is free! The hours of the festival are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.The entire downtown area is filled to the brim with arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and plenty of local music, including a main bandstand on Independence Blvd featuring gospel, bluegrass, and old-time music, as well old-time musicians jamming under a tent on N. Main Street.

The unique arts & crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations. There is plenty of “Food for the Soul” – country ham biscuits, collard green sandwiches & cornbread, barbecue, hamburgers, ground steak sandwiches, donuts, hot dogs, baked goods, homemade apple butter, candy apples, funnel cakes, and MUCH more, all served with hospitality by our local civic and other community groups.

Check out the website at autumnleavesfestival.com for the full bandstand schedule!

Need lodging for Autumn Leaves Festival Weekend or any other upcoming events please go to visitmayberry.com for a full list of accommodations. If you are having trouble finding lodging during this busy weekend, please call the Mount Airy Visitor Center for assistance – 336-786-6116.

Saturday October 15, 2016-Cornshucking Frolic at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm-A traditional rural frolic featuring the harvesting, shucking, shelling, and grinding of corn. Cider making, quilting, cooking, woodworking, wagon rides, and traditional music featured, as well as numerous craft demonstrations. Wonderful products and gifts available at our Country Store. Adults – $8.00, Children 6-12 – $5.00. Children 5 and under – Free. Fee also charged for food, drinks, and some craft activities. No pets allowed.

Oct 15-16, 2016 Shelton Vineyards 11th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, October 16, 2016 Noon – 6 pm

Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. We will have something for everyone to enjoy! Stroll through the grounds and visit vendors with hand crafted items and locally grown produce. Kids can enjoy face painting and the whole family can take a hayride through the vineyard. Relax and listen to the live music Saturday and Sunday while sipping on your favorite Shelton Vineyards wine.Will Jones Band will be performing Saturday, October 15, 2016 ~ 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Southern Express Band will be performing Sunday, October 16, 2016 ~ 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Food will be available for purchase from the Harvest Grill Express to enjoy outside on the grounds or you may dine-in with us at the Harvest Grill. Reservations are strongly recommended for both lunch and dinner. Please call 336-366-3590 or email harvestgrill@sheltonvineyards.com

today to book your reservations.FREE regular winery tours and tastings will also be offered Saturday & Sunday during festival hours. Reserve Tastings will be available with reservations.

Harvest Grill Express Hours: Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Interested in being one of our artisans outside, please contact Sommer McHone at smchone@sheltonvineyards.com

 


Halloween activities in and around Mount Airy, NC

 

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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 jjohnson@visitmayberry.com.

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 www.northcarolinamuseum.org 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 www.hackerhouse.com. 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 lowgap_horrors13@yahoo.com 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 harvestgrill@sheltonvineyards.com for more information.

 

 

 


Herbal Medicine Weekends Offered at Wellspring Mountain, as well as special events and primitive camping

Lowgap NC

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LOWGAP, N.C. – Wellspring Mountain Retreat and Educational Center, home of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, will host three herbal weekend intensives this summer.

Each weekend intensive is designed to educate members of the general public about a key component of the herbal medicine field. The sessions are: Plant Medicine Making (June 11-12); Wilderness Herbal First Aid (July 29-31); and Medicinal Mushrooms (Sept. 23-25).

“Our goal is to offer quality education and life skills in order to help people become closer to their natural surroundings,” said director of operations Terrie Easley.

Terrie Easley and her husband, Thomas Easley, a clinical herbalist, opened Wellspring Mountain last summer on the 497-acre site of the former E-Mun-Talee Eckerd Youth Alternatives camp. The retreat is located halfway up Saddle Mountain, a 3,300-foot peak about 20 miles west of Mount Airy.

Terrie Easley worked at the Eckerd camp in 2003-2004, and returned last year with her husband to secure the land for Wellspring Mountain with help from Piedmont Land Conservancy.

Thomas Easley will teach the June 11-12 weekend that focuses on making medicines from plants. He is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and has seen more than 10,000 clients during his 12 years in the herbal medicine field.

Sam Coffman, author of The Herbal Medic, will lead the July 29-31 weekend. It focuses on herbal first aid in the wilderness and includes a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification, along with eight hours of herbal first aid training.

The Sept. 23-25 weekend focuses on medicinal mushrooms and will be led by Robert Rogers. Rogers has more than 40 years experience as an herbalist and teaches at Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Enrollment for weekend intensives, which includes camping privileges, is $150 for the plant medicine session, $250 for the first aid session, and $175 for the medicinal mushroom session.

Wellspring Mountain also offers a community potluck and free herbal class the second Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m., and primitive camping with bathhouse facility is available to the public year-round.

For information, call (336) 352-3323, or visit: www.wellspringmountain.com.


Herrera Vineyards Opens in the Heart of the Yadkin Valley
231 Vineyard Lane

Dobson NC

Local Phone: 866-313-8008

DOBSON, N.C. – The Yadkin Valley’s newest winery is also one of its nicest.
Herrera Vineyards opened May 28 amidst rolling hills just a mile outside the town of Dobson. The Herrera family went to great lengths to ensure the winery would be a destination worthy of its location in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region.
Sisters Monica Herrera-Rangel and Carolina Herrera-Ochoa purchased the 54-acre former Black Wolf Vineyards in 2010. A year later, Herrera Vineyards began selling wines from grapes grown at family-owned vineyards in southern Surry County.
Even though Herrera’s wines came to market in 2011, the plan all along was to take time to properly renovate and upgrade the Black Wolf facilities. A lot of effort also went into the vineyards and landscaping, including a waterfall and two 75-foot wide terraces.
The result is a striking tasting room/restaurant with a Southwestern villa exterior and a warm, inviting interior combining rich wood textures with hand-made iron fixtures and accents.
“We were a little nervous at opening because when you work on something for four years, you’ve got to impress,” said assistant manager Manny Perez. “However, it has been very well received. It’s such a beautiful setting. As soon as you drive up, you get the feeling of being transported someplace very nice.”
The main building houses a tasting room in one wing, a gift shop and overflow tasting room in the other wing, and a 22-seat restaurant in between. Additional dining for up to 24 is available on the main terrace.
The tasting room and restaurant overlook the vineyards, with a winery and guest cabin located on a lower portion of the property.
Herrera Vineyards offers a dozen wines crafted by winemaker Kevin Childers, a graduate of the enology and viticulture program at Surry Community College. Of the wines, eight are red and four are white. According to Perez, five are dry wines, five are semi-sweet and two are sweet.
Three of the most popular wines are the Dry Riesling, Solera and Tannat.
“Our grape varietals are different from what consumers are used to. We have Malbec and Tannat, which are red varietals often found in South America,” Perez says. “We don’t have some of the traditional wines people are familiar with, which I think is a good thing. It allows us to
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offer something unique. It’s a draw.”
Herrera’s Dry Riesling was named the best overall white wine at the 2014 North Carolina State Fair Wine Competition, while the Rosé and sweeter Riesling earned silver medals in their categories.
Operating hours for visitors are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Lunch is available Tuesday to Sunday and dinner is available Friday and Saturday nights. The winery is closed Mondays.
“From where we are located, you can hit 20-25 different wineries in about a half-hour drive,” says Perez. “We couldn’t ask for a much better position. Being so central to the whole Yadkin Valley is a big plus.”
For info on Herrera Vineyards, call 866-313-8008 or go to: www.HerreraVineyards.com.


Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies July 4th Pie Eating Contest for Charity

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-786-1420

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Whether you love fresh-baked apple pies or chocolate cream pies, you can get your face full of them July 4 at the 4th Annual Pie Eating Contest for Charity sponsored by Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Downtown Mount Airy.

“This is our 4th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better said Angela Shur, owner of Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies. “It is a fun event for the whole family! It’s good old clean fun. We have kids from 1to 92 eating pies, laughing, enjoying the moment and helping out a great cause.”

The event will be held July 4 immediately following the Mount Airy Fourth of July parade. Tentative start time for the contest is 12 noon.

The contest will have five age divisions – ages 1 to 4; ages 5 to 7; ages 8 to 12; ages 13 to 17 and ages 18 and older. The youngest division will eat a turnover of their choice and will be allowed to use their hands. In the 5 to 7 age group, contestants will eat a larger turnover and the 8 to 12 will eat a smaller pie hands free. The top age group will devour full-sized nine-inch deep-dish pies of their choosing hands free.

“This is going to be such a fun event,” said Mary Boyles, executive director for The Shepherd’s House, the charity which will benefit from the event. “To see people of all ages putting their faces into pies is sure to bring laughs and smiles. It is a great Fourth of July celebration!”

This year we will welcome Lanie Pope, chief meteorologist at WXII, and her family to this event. She will also be our grand marshal for this year’s July 4th parade.

The cost for entry is $5.00 for the 1 to 4 age group and also for the 5 to 7 age group; and $10.00 for the remaining age groups. There will be trophies for first, second and third place in each division, as well as gift cards for the top winners.

No one ever goes home empty-handed when it comes to an event with Miss Angel involved. There will be gift certificates from Miss Angels and gift bags for all participants.

Registration for the event is open now at Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies or the Shepherds House.

Last year, the event raised almost $10,000.00 for charity. Shur hopes this year will do even better. The contest will be held on Franklin Street where there will also be hot dogs, chips, drinks and popcorn for the crowd to enjoy. Never forget there is always live music by B-Dazzle Productions.

The Shepherds House will also be holding a raffle for a $1,000.00 Shopping spree and a gun package which includes a Double Tap 9mm pistol, Maverick 88 12guage shotgun and Ruger American 17HMR Bolt Action Rifle. Tickets for these two raffles are $20.00 each. You can get those tickets now by calling the Shepherds House.

What a better way to celebrate an American Tradition with your family than eating a pie that is just plain Heavenly?

For more information about the pie-eating contest or the raffle, call Miss Angels at 336-786-1537, or the Shepherds House at 336-786-1420.

Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event:

BB&T Insurance

Leonard’s Buildings

Workforce Unlimited

Old North State

F’Rees

Renfro

 

CONTACT:   Mary L. Boyles

336-786-1420

director@shepherdshousema.org


Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention and Free Workshops and Jams
691 W. Lebanon Street

Mount Airy NC

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It’s time for the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention! Don’t miss the free workshops, demonstrations, and jams on Friday! See below for the full schedule!

The Mount Airy TDA & Veterans Memorial Park Inc. is providing FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE June 1st-4th from Veterans Park to Downtown Mount AiryWednesday 12-5 ~ Thursday 9-8 ~ Friday 9-6 ~ Saturday 9-6
The shuttle service will run continuously and will leave Veterans Park just inside the Main Gate with stops at the Visitors Center on Main Street and the Andy Griffith Museum. Enjoy Local Restaurants, Shopping, Visitors Center, Fiddle & Banjo Crawl, Museum of Regional History, Andy Griffith Museum, Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre, Movies (Monday and Wednesday 7 pm 336-786-2222), a free jam session at 7 on Thursday at the Earle & much moreore. www.visitmayberry.com

 

FREE WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS, JAMS on FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2016 at the Indoor Grandstand at Veterans Memorial Park on W. Lebanon Street in Mount Airy

FRIDAY 11:00 AM – BANJO WORKSHOP – ANDY EDMONDS

 FRIDAY 12:00 NOON – SURRY COUNTY OLD-TIME MUSIC DEMONSTRATION

Jim “Vip” Vipperman will facilitate a demonstration featuring NC Folk Heritage Award Winner Verlen Clifton with Wes Clifton, Andy Edmonds, Chester McMillian, Jacob Bowen, Richard Bowman, Barbara Bowman, Marsha Todd, Frank Bode and others.

FRIDAY 1:00 PM – FLAT FOOTIN’/TRADITIONAL DANCE WORKSHOP – AARON RATCLIFFE

Aaron Ratcliffe, award winning dancer, will lead the workshop. Richard and Barbara Bowman and others will accompany.

 FRIDAY 2:00 PM – SURRY COUNTY OLD-TIME FIDDLE WORKSHOP – RICHARD BOWMAN

FRIDAY 3:00 PM – SURRY COUNTY OLD-TIME FROLIC – ANDY EDMONDS

Jam, dance and enjoy old-time music. Come prepared to play and dance. Andy Edmonds will lead the Surry County good times. All musicians welcome!

This project receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.             Visit the website at www.mountairyfiddlersconvention.com for more information about the fiddlers convention as well as competitor information.

On-site camping is available – arrive early for the best spots!

SCHEDULE FOR COMPETITION AND PERFORMANCES

Admission is $10 per person for the competition/performances on Friday and Saturday. Children ages 6 and under are free.

Friday, June 3rd

7:00 p.m.  –  All Bands Perform

Saturday, June 4th

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  –  Folk Song in Grandstand
9:30 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.   –  Bluegrass & Old-Time Banjos
Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddles
2:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.   –  Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Dulcimer, Autoharp

5:45 p.m.  –  Youth Dance and Awards
6:00 p.m.  –  All bands perform
Adult dance after the completion of the band competition

Photos courtesy of Surry Arts Council and Photographer Hobart Jones.

 


Ring in the New Year with Us!

 

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From wine tasting, music and dancing to champagne toasts at the stroke of midnight, we’ve got events everyone will love. There’s even an event for the kids to celebrate the New Year early!

New Year’s Eve at JOLO – 11:30am-3:30pm, JOLO Winery & Vineyard – Celebrate New Year’s Eve early with JOLO wine tastings and special holiday tapas offerings. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (336)614-0030 or reservations@jolovineyards.com

New Year’s Eve Celebration – 5:30pm-until, Harvest Grill at Shelton Vineyards and The Barn at Heritage Farm – Dress to impress and celebrate New Year’s in style at Shelton Vineyards. Enjoy the special menu Chef Paul has prepared for the evening and then head over to The Barn at Heritage Farm to dance the night away. Doors open at 9:30pm for the dance party. There will be a shuttle running to and from The Barn at Heritage Farm. Tickets for the dance available, packages with dinner, dancing and lodging also available. Tickets and packages available by calling 336-366-4724 ext 114.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza – 6pm, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and Old North State Winery – Ring in 2018 at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and Old North State Winery! This year, there will be 2 options to choose from when deciding how to celebrate the New Year.
Dinner and Event Package: Three course dinner at Old North State Winery, Choice of 6pm seating or 8:30pm seating. $75 per person, includes free admission to Kids New Year or 21+ museum event. Reserve seats at Old North State Winery or call 336-789-9463
Kids New Year (6pm-8pm): We’ll entertain the kids (age 4+) with crafts, games, snacks, and an early New Year’s celebration while you enjoy dinner at ONS! $25 per child (without dinner package purchase)
21+ New Years at the Museum (9pm-Midnight): Live music with Brian Gray and Raven Drums, cash bar, trivia, and other NYE activities. Champagne toast at midnight! $25 per person (without dinner package purchase)
Purchase individual Museum event tickets at http://northcarolinamuseum.org/ or call 336-786-4478.

New Year’s Eve Raise the Roof and Drop the Ball – 6pm-12:30pm, Cross Creek Country Club – The Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity presents the first annual Raise the Roof and Drop the Ball Celebration on New Year’s Eve. Come celebrate the completion of our 50th Habitat Home with an evening of dinner and dancing. The cost is $50 per person includes dinner, entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. A cash bar will also be available.
Doors open at 6 pm. A buffet dinner featuring chicken, beef, and pork will be served from 7 pm to 9 pm. The live music from the 12 piece band Sleeping Booty will begin at 8:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the ReStore located at 217 S. South Street, Mount Airy, NC beginning on Thursday, November 16th or online here.

New Year’s Eve 2018 Celebration – 7pm, Lowgap Grocery & Grill (8773 W Pine St, Lowgap, NC) – Ring in the New Year at Lowgap Grocery & Grill with live entertainment by Blue Eve. Free party hats, buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. $5 per person, $8 per couple.

New Year’s Eve Party – 8pm-12:30am, Cedarbrook Grille (Cedarbrook Country Club, 225 Country Club Dr, State Road, NC) – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Cedarbrook! Ticket includes hor d’oeuvres buffet, champagne toast at midnight, cash bar and Beach, Dance & Rock ‘n Roll Music by Phatt City. Tickets are $85 per couple or $45 per single. Limited number of tickets available. Reservations required. Call 336-835-2320 ext 102.

New Year’s Eve Party – 9pm, Happy Hours (972 N. Andy Griffith Pkwy, Mount Airy) – Come ring in 2018 at Happy Hours. Billy Creason and the DAM-FI-NO band will be performing and DJ A-Vegas will be spinning in the breaks. Champagne toast at midnight! NYE coverage on the TVs. Tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple.

New Year’s Eve Celebration – 9:30pm-12:30am, Reeves Theater (Downtown Elkin) – Ring in the New Year at the newly renovated Reeves Theater with live music by the Reeves House Band. Admission is $10 per person, or $15 per person with champagne toast at midnight.

Mayberry Sheriff Badge Raising – 11pm, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History – Countdown to the New Year with the Annual Mayberry Sheriff Badge Raising and free family-friendly entertainment in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History courtyard just before midnight. Music from Going Dutch will start at 11pm.


Scoops Ice Cream & Such
5091 W. Pine Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-352-3113

Scoops Ice Cream & Such is a hidden gem in a rural area of Surry County, yet located close to I-77, just off of Hwy 89 (W. Pine Street). Scoops is home to a unique ice cream parlor in a converted camper van, with plenty of seating on multiple levels of patio, decorated with beautiful metal sculptures created by artist and Scoops’ owner Chazz Elstone. Grab a sundae or ice cream cone and take a stroll through the sculpture garden in the trees, located across the yard from the ice cream parlor. You will be delighted at the unique and symbolic art located on the nature path that meanders through the forest, complete with a beautiful forest chapel!

Scoops is open seasonally, April through September on Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m.

Located on Rt. 89, just west of I- 74 (exit 6) and I-77 (exit 100) in Mount Airy, NC! Serving 20+ flavors of Mayfield Premium ice cream in funky setting!


Soap-Making Workshop at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm
308 Horne Creek Road

Pinnacle NC

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PINNACLE, N.C. — Handmade soaps make wonderful gifts and add a touch of luxury to your bath. People who want to learn the basics to begin crafting their own natural soaps can get a crash course on the subject at Horne Creek Farm’s Soap-Making Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 28.
The course will be taught by Mary Colman, goat farmer and soap maker at Pinnacle Hills Goat Farm. She and her husband Brian started their farm almost eight years ago, with two Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goat doe kids and a Great Pyrenees puppy. She started making goat milk soap about a year later because she had many skin issues, particularly itching.
Colman’s very first batch was oatmeal honey goat milk soap, hand stirred for at least an hour. She explained, “It actually turned out really nice and from that first bar of soap I learned how good goat milk was for my skin. Did you know that goat’s milk has over 50 nutrients, minerals, acids and enzymes? Vitamins A, C, B1, B12 and E? Goat milk has a pH level similar to that of human skin. It is gentle and soothing and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.”
Since that day, Colman has made thousands of bars of soap which she and her husband sell from their farm website www.pinnaclehillsgoatfarm.com. You can also find her and information on her products on Facebook.
She is active with the Surry County Farmers Market, serves on the market’s board and is a well-known vendor at the farmers markets in Elkin, Dobson and Mount Airy. Colman is also a fixture at events at Horne Creek Living Historical farm, often bringing along a goat or two to showcase their role in her products. Her soaps can be found for sale in the Horne Creek Farm gift shop year-round.
Making an easy two-vegetable oil soap the old-fashioned cold process way using distilled water, lye, and ingredients found in the grocery store, will be demonstrated in the workshop. At the end of class, all participants will take home a bar of soap and handouts on soap making. Class size limited to 10 people. Participants must be 16 and older and costs $20 per person, plus 7% sales tax ($21.40). Pre-registration is required. The class will be held in the visitor center at Horne Creek Farm 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For additional information and to enroll, please call (336) 325-2298. Horne Creek Farm is located at 308 Horne Creek Farm Rd., Pinnacle, N.C. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
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Special Guests Headline 28th Mayberry Day

 

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Special Guests Headline 28th Mayberry Days, Sept. 18-24

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Eight actors who appeared on The Andy Griffith Show will be joined by three other special guests to headline Mount Airy’s 28th annual Mayberry Days.

Photo Credit: Hobart Jones

The festival, which takes place Sept. 18-24, celebrates all things Mayberry in the hometown of Andy Griffith. This year’s list of actors includes Betty Lynn, Maggie Peterson, Clint Howard, Rodney Dillard, Ronnie Schell, Margaret Kerry, LeRoy McNees and Joy Ellison.

Lynn played the role of Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on the famed show and has resided in Mount Airy since 2007. Peterson played Charlene Darling, and Dillard was one of her brothers. Howard, the younger brother of Ron Howard, played Leon, a cowboy hat wearing kid.

All actors will make appearances and sign autographs throughout Mayberry Days, while Schell, Kerry, Dillard and McNees will perform ticketed shows.

Joining in the fun is Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, aka Deputy Barney Fife. She will perform two shows in tribute of her father: “A Deputy’s Daughter” and “Tied Up in Knotts.”

Other notables include George Lindsey Jr., son of the actor who played Goober, and Bettina Linke, wife of associate producer Richard O. Linke.

Once again handling the master of ceremonies role throughout the festival will be David Browning, better known as the Mayberry Deputy.

Mayberry Days starts two days earlier this year, with activities on Monday and Tuesday anchored by shows from nationally-known comedian John Floyd, aka The Mouth of Mayberry. The earlier part of the week will also be a good time for fans to tour the remodeled Andy Griffith Museum, which re-opened in late June after a half-million-dollar renovation.

As always, bluegrass and country music will play a big part of Mayberry Days. Rodney Dillard, a member of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame, will play a concert honoring his late brother, Doug. Balsam Range, winner of two IMBA Entertainer of the Year awards, will perform, as will the popular Malpass Brothers, known for their traditional country sound.

The most-attended event is always Saturday morning’s Mayberry Days parade. It features all the special guests, along with many planned and unplanned Mayberry-themed floats and cars.

“In addition to the special events, many folks come to take a step back in time and enjoy a slower pace of life,” says festival organizer Tanya Jones of the Surry Arts Council. “They play checkers, eat barbecue, drink a bottle of pop and have a reunion with fans of the show.”

For Mayberry Days info, call 336-786-7998 or visit www.MayberryDays.com.


Summer Fun in Mount Airy, NC – “Mountains, Music, Mayberry, Merlot”

 

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There is plenty of summer fun for the entire family in Mount Airy, North Carolina. This is also a perfect place for girlfriend getaways, family reunions, and romantic vacations!
There are many outdoor recreation opportunities in the cooler forests, our beautiful mountain streams & rivers, local swimming pools and parks, unique shopping, farmers markets, and so much more, you will always find something to do in this area!
Grab a picnic from one of our local markets, produce stands, or delis, and get ready for a summertime adventure in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Swimming
Reeves Community Center: Reeves Community Center is Surry County’s largest recreation center, located at 113 S. Renfro Street in Mount Airy. The facility offers day passes or week passes for visitors, who will receive full use of the facility, including the indoor and outdoor pools, state of the art gym/exercise equipment, and a variety of fitness classes. www.mountairy.org/138/Reeves-Community-Center

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Homeplace Recreational Park: Homeplace, located at 258 Homeplace Park Road in Ararat, NC, features Surry County’s largest pool, as well as a waterslide, separate diving area, a rope swing, and a sloped and carpeted child’s entry area. There is also a snack bar, a campground, miniature golf, picnic shelters, and more. www.homeplacepark.com

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Beechnut Park: Beechnut, located at 315 Beechnut Lane in Mount Airy, NC, offers a family campground, several pools, a zipline, a fishing pond, a snack bar, and more! The campground offers day passes. www.beechnutcampground.com

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Hanging Rock State Park: Hanging Rock State Park, located about 30 minutes away from Mount Airy in nearby Stokes County at 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road in Danbury, NC, features a swimming lake with lifeguards, as well as paddle boat and row boat rentals. The park also offers a campground, rental cabins, many trails, waterfalls, a cave, and more. www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/main.php

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Fishing

With 4 rivers in Surry County, water recreation is part of life here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Pack up your fishing gear and a variety of fishing opportunities – stocked trout streams as well as stocked fishing ponds! If you forgot your fishing gear, don’t worry, we have several options, including Robby’s in Downtown Mount Airy!

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For river fishing, try the Ararat River Greenway Trail/Riverside Park in Mount Airy, only a few blocks away from downtown! The NC Wildlife Commission stocks it with trout and it is known as one of the best trout-fishing spots in the entire area. Also try fishing at Fisher River Park and on the Yadkin River in the Western part of Surry County. For pond fishing, check out Tumbling Rock Reservoir at Westwood Park in Mount Airy, which is stocked with catfish, bass, and more! Also, check out Big Elkin Creek in Elkin, NC. For more information about fishing opportunities, call 336-786-6116.

Canoeing/Kayaking

Surry County has 4 rivers running through our beautiful countryside, and all offer opportunities for fishing and canoeing. We are blessed with pristine streams and rivers nestled in rural settings, protected from development. These waterways run straight off of the Blue Ridge Mountains and feature pristine water conditions!  The Yadkin River, Surry’s largest, flows along the county’s southern border, while the Mitchell River meanders through western Surry, each offering spectacular unspoiled natural beauty. The Ararat River flows through Mount Airy, with an entry point at Riverside Park and a take-out at Tharrington Park. Paddling opportunities are ever-expanding, thanks due to ongoing stream-preservation and reclamation efforts. Call 336.401.8390 for more information.

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Swimming and tubing is recommended only for adults and children with adult supervision who are strong swimmers – river swimming is at your own risk!

Ararat River Greenway Trail at Riverside Park with multiple access points
850 Riverside Drive, Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-786-8313
Greenway Trail information – www.mountairy.org/142/Parks-Fields-Greenways

Kapps Mill Kayak Trips
690 Devotion Road
Thurmond, NC 28683
336-366-2509
rrgallimore@yahoo.com

Yadkin Valley River Adventures
Full-service outfitter with canoe, kayak, and fishing trips. Shuttle service and overnight trips available
Located across from Rockford General Store.
104 Old Rockford Road, Dobson, NC 27017 (call for directions or visit website..do not use GPS)
336-374-5318
www.yadkinriveradventures.com
paddle@yadkinriveradventures.com

Picnics

The sky is the limit with picnic options in this area – from your own homemade packed lunches, featuring local produce from our farmers markets or local produce stands, or call ahead for a box lunch prepared from a local deli! Take advantage of the grills offered at several rental shelters for large gatherings, or simply order take out from your favorite local restaurant and dine in the great outdoors at one of our many parks! Be sure to check out Mill Creek General Store, located at 541 W. Pine Street in Mount airy, who offer take-out or dine-in deli sandwiches and a wide variety of specialty foods and local items. The Mount Airy Farmers Market is held in the parking lot of Mill Creek General Store from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday, from May through October.

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After you pack your picnic basket, head to a local park, such as Pilot Mountain State Park, Riverside Park in Mount Airy, Westwood Park in Mount Airy, Fisher River Park and Dobson Square Park in Dobson, Stone Mountain State Park in the Elkin area, or drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, only 15-20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy!

Country Drives
Take a drive out to Rockford General Store in the Dobson area, located on 574 Rockford Road. Don’t depend on GPS though – instead visit Rockford General Store’s website for specific directions! www.rockfordgeneralstore.com

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Rockford General Store opened in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in our former county seat of Rockford. They feature great food inside as well as antiques, hoop cheese, glass bottle drinks, old-fashioned candy, and more! Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns are baked FRESH every single day! They are also the site of the yearly Sweet Potato Festival and the Civil War Living History Weekend.

Surry Sonker Trail

“Sonker” is a delicious deep dish pie-style dessert that is unique to this area! Local historians can trace its roots back to the pioneer days when this area was first settled, and it may have Scottish or Irish origins. Until recently, this type of dessert was only found at family meals, church suppers, and grandma’s table, but now we have 7 restaurants/bakeries in Surry County serving up sonker on a daily basis! Take a trip on our country roads that connect our communities and eat dessert all along the way! Check out the website at www.sonkertrail.org for more information!

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More ideas for country drives:

Take a trip up the mountain on one of our scenic, winding “gap roads” with most ending either on or in the vicinity of the Blue Ridge Parkway! These roads include Piper’s Gap Road, Orchard Gap Road, and more!

Travel on 268 W from Pilot Mountain, through Dobson, to Elkin, for a nice drive through the countryside!

Take the scenic drive to Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County by driving on Hwy 89 E from Mount Airy’s Bannertown community, instead of traveling the main roads!

And don’t forget the ICE CREAM!!!

Here in Downtown Mount Airy, we have multiple locations for delicious ice cream and ice cream treats, such as Hillbilly Ice Cream Parlor (next to Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies); Walker’s Soda Fountain for your favorite shakes, old-fashioned malts, and sundaes; Opie’s Candy Store; and more!

Also, don’t miss Scoops Ice Cream & Such off of Hwy 89 in the Lowgap/Beulah community just outside of Mount Airy. Scoops is a unique ice cream parlor in a refurbished camper van, owned by a metal artist who’s workshop is behind the parlor. There is a three-level deck system with water wheels and sculptures, as well as a sculpture garden and nature path in the forest next door! It is a lovely, hidden treasure in Surry County!

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For more information on Mount Airy, North Carolina, please visit our website at www.visitmayberry.com .

For more information on Surry County, North Carolina, including the cities of Mount Airy, Elkin, Pilot Mountain, and Dobson, visit the website at www.yadkinvalleync.com


Surry Community College to host Southeastern United Grape & Wine Symposium, Nov. 5-6
630 S. Main Street

Dobson NC

Local Phone: 336-386-8121

bowerd@surry.edu

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 http://symposium.surry.edu.

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Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts Top Talent, April 1-2
630 S. Main Street

Dobson NC

Local Phone: 336-786-6116

Old Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts Top Talent, April 1-2

DOBSON, N.C. – The seventh annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention brings together some of the area’s best musicians in the old time music genre, April 1-2 in Dobson.
The event takes place at Surry Community College. Its goal is to preserve the region’s traditional stringed-instrument music that has been passed down for generations.
The convention kicks off with a square dance Friday night featuring two well-known bands from the area, while Saturday’s lineup includes youth and adult competitions in multiple categories, workshops led by renowned musicians, jam sessions and more.
Mountain Park Old Time Band and New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters headline Friday evening’s festivities. Cakewalks are also a favorite Friday activity, where winners receive homemade confections.
“Friday night’s dance has a certain kind of energy and community feeling,” says Buck Buckner of the convention committee. “That’s what we’re trying to achieve – that old time community feeling.”
Saturday’s lineup includes daylong competitions – youth and adult – in instrument, band and dance, while four old time music experts will lead free one-hour workshops.
Paul Brown will give instructions on fiddle. Brown is known as both a musician and host of the popular “Across the Blue Ridge” radio show on WFDD (88.5 FM) in Winston-Salem.
Steve Lewis, a native of Todd and award-winning musician, will offer insight on guitar. Banjo virtuoso Adam Hurt will share his picking talent, and Rodney Sutton, known for his expertise in traditional mountain dance, will help attendees with their footwork.
“Every year we have a stellar lineup of people,” Buckner says. “They appreciate what we’re doing to foster the area’s musical heritage, and they’re willing to support it and share in it.”
Workshops, luthier displays and jam sessions take place throughout the day Saturday. Mount Airy radio station WPAQ (740 AM) broadcasts live from the convention.
Admission is $5 daily, with children 12 and younger admitted at no charge. Contestants get in free Saturday. Hours for Friday night’s dance are 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, registration for contest participants begins at 10 a.m., and activities continue throughout the day and evening.
For info on the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, call (336) 526-1111 or visit: www.SurryOldTime.com. For lodging info, go to: www.YadkinValleyNC.com.

Media Contact: Craig Distl, 704-466-3744, CraigD411@gmail.com


Surry Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts all Ages March 27-28
630 S. Main Street

Dobson NC

Local Phone: 877- 999-8390

DOBSON, N.C. – Whether young or old, all it takes is a love of heritage music to enjoy the sixth annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, March 27-28 in Dobson.
The event is held at Surry Community College and celebrates Surry County’s stature as a center of the old time musical genre.
Convention highlights include a Friday night dance with three bands, a Saturday full of jam sessions, individual competitions on stringed instruments (youth and adult), and band competitions (youth and adults), plus multiple workshops Saturday led by expert artists renowned in the world of old time music.
One of the most interesting aspects is the amount of youngsters who excel at this time-honored way of playing music.
“When we began the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, the desire was to make sure we were documenting and sharing this style of music,” says Buck Buckner of the convention committee. “What’s great is how many young people have embraced it. They’re coming out and showing an interest so that it will continue in the future.”
Buckner is fond of Friday night’s dance because it replicates the traditional way in which folks in the region gather for music, dancing and fellowship. This year’s Friday bands are: Round Peak Ramblers, Slate Mountain Ramblers and the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters.
Cake walks are a popular aspect of Friday’s festivities. Entry fee is $1 and participants walk around a circle of numbers. When the music stops, a number is drawn and the person standing on the winning number receives a home-made cake.
Youth and adult competitions fill the day Saturday, along with the workshops. This year’s workshops will be led by the following experts: Steve Kilby of Independence, Va. (guitar workshop); Debbie Gitlin of Winston-Salem (fiddle workshop); Mac Traynham of Willis, Va. (banjo workshop); and Samantha Wilhelmi of Mount Airy (traditional dance workshop).
Saturday’s activities also include a youth dance competition and luthier displays.
Admission is $5 daily, with children 12 and under admitted at no charge. Saturday’s contestants also get in free. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday. For info on the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, call 877- 999-8390 or visit: www.surryoldtime.com.
For lodging info, go to: www.YadkinValleyNC.com.


Surry Sonker Trail Showcases a Tasty Confection

 

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Just Desserts: Surry Sonker Trail Showcases a Tasty Confection

North Carolina’s newest culinary trail showcases a heritage food passed down from generation to generation in Surry County.
The Surry Sonker Trail leads visitors to several places that serve sonker – a cobbler-esque dessert unique to the county. Seven trail stops offer this sweet confection on their regular menu. An additional stop is a pottery studio selling sonker baking dishes and sonker cookbooks.
So, what exactly is this authentic Southern delicacy?
Sonker is similar to a pot pie or cobbler. It comes about by blending fruit and unshaped dough that is sweetened with sugar, molasses, or other secret ingredients. Sonker is also similar to snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike.
“Everyone has their own recipe,” says Carolyn Carter of the Rockford General Store, “and I’ve never had a bad one.”
Sonker’s origins in the county date to the early 1800s. A common belief is it was made to stretch the usage of fruit in tough times, or as a way to utilize fruit toward the end of its ripeness.
A lot of places on the trail, including Rockford General Store, feature sonker that is baked; however, Loretta Flack of Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin has a different philosophy. Her grandmother taught her to cook a dumpling-style sonker in a pot on the stove.
“The dumplings sit on top of the fruit,” says Flack. “When you cut into the dumplings they are like a biscuit inside – fluffy and soft with the flavor of the fruit.”
Not far from Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin is Heaven’s Scent, a hometown bistro featuring a recipe handed down from Linda Darnell, mother of co-owner Jones Darnell.
“Our sonkers are all baked. They have a crust on top, and no crust on bottom,” says Heaven’s Scent co-owner Jeff Taylor. “We do not use a glaze. The butter itself gives it a bit of a glaze. Most people like our sweet potato sonker. That seems to be everyone’s favorite.”
In addition to Heaven’s Scent, Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery and Rockford General Store, there are four other eateries on the trail. They are: The Living Room Coffeehouse in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Trio Restaurant in Mount Airy, and Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy.
Another trail stop is Mayberry Pottery in Mount Airy, where visitors can purchase baking dishes and sonker cookbooks.
The most unusual sonker on the trail belongs to Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies. Owners Angela and Randy Shur are natives of Long Island, NY, and have bestowed a northern flavor on this tasty treat. They utilize a crumb-based crust, and drizzle a moonshine glaze over the crust.
“They tease us for being from the North, so I don’t call it a sonker,” says Angela Shur. “I call it a zonker because when you eat ours with moonshine, you go zonkers.”
The trail was created in early January by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County. It aims to spotlight a heritage food at a time when culinary trails are gaining in popularity.
“People travel now to find good food and this ties in nicely,” says Jessica Roberts of the tourism partnership. “We have visitors who have picked up the brochure and said, ‘Oh wow, that reminds me of what my grandmother baked,’ or ‘That reminds me of what my mother made for me when I was growing up.’ We’re getting a lot of good feedback from the trail already.”
That sentiment is echoed at the state level by Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit NC.
“These unique trails bring the history and culture of the state to life through food,” Tuttell explains. “They showcase the diverse landscape of North Carolina by highlighting the customs and local foods that make a visit to our state so special.”
A brochure map has been created by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County to guide folks along the trail. It includes all the key info to enjoy a day or two along the trail.
The brochure map is available at no charge by calling (800) 948-0949, or by requesting a map online at: www.SonkerTrail.org. Also, you can “like” the Surry Sonker Trail on Facebook!

From left to right – Peach “Zonka” at Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Downtown Mount Airy, followed by Blackberry Sonker at Rockford General Store.

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From left to right – Peach Sonker (a stove-top version) from Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin, followed by Sweet Potato Sonker with Ice Cream from Putter’s in Dobson

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Thirsty Souls Brewery Builds Community Through Craft Beer

 

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Thirsty Souls Brewery Builds Community Through Craft Beer

Since opening this past August, Thirsty Souls Community Brewing has become a gathering spot in downtown Mount Airy. The large garage door that opens onto Market Street reveals a spacious, welcoming taproom and invites patrons inside to sample the beers and take a tour of the brewhouse.

Thirsty Souls produces 12 beers. White Ghost hefeweizen, the flagship, was supposed to be a summer-only beer but became so popular it earned a year-round tap. The brewery’s name and several of the beer names, such as Hoppy Souls IPA and R.I.P.A., pay tribute to the location’s former tenant Moody Funeral Service.
“People love coming in because we have really good beer, but also because it’s such a friendly and open environment,” says Scott Hauck, bar manager and assistant brewmaster.

Many brewery customers also spend time shopping along Market Street. This past fall, Thirsty Souls and White Elephant Beer Company, located across the street, teamed up for an Oktoberfest celebration, and they plan to do more joint events in the coming year.

Hauck and owners Jan and Maria Kriska all work full-time jobs away from the brewery, so they tag team the hours and appreciate the support of local residents. Hauck is a firefighter for Mount Airy Fire Department, Jan is a sleep medicine doctor with Blue Ridge Medical Group and Maria teaches anatomy and physiology at Surry Community College.

The logo for Thirsty Souls — the silhouette of a hiker scaling a mountain with a keg on his back — came from the Kriskas’ European heritage. Natives of Slovakia, they both had summer jobs trekking goods into remote areas that could only be serviced by foot or helicopter.

“The most rewarding part is the customers who want to be a part of what’s going on,” Hauck says. “We have regulars who just want to get involved in any way they can. They call and ask if I’m brewing and then stop by and pick my brain about the process.”

Live music takes place on Friday and Saturday nights, and a pizza food truck called Hungry Souls is in the works.
Thirsty Souls Community Brewing is open Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit www.ThirstySoulsCommunityBrewing.com.


Vine and Dine Gala brings Wine, Dinner & Dancing to Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem NC

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The third annual Vine & Dine Gala, hosted by the Surry Wineries, takes place this Saturday at BB&T Ballpark in downtown
Winston-Salem.

The event will be held indoors at the ballpark’s club level, providing an elegant, climate-controlled space. Admission includes dinner, tastings from 11 Yadkin Valley wineries, and dancing to live music provided by Karon Click & The Hot Licks.

Participating wineries are: Adagio, Brushy Mountain, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Herrera, Olde Mill, Round Peak, Skull Camp, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll.

“A special thing about the Yadkin Valley is its variety of wines,” says event organizer Louis Jeroslow, winemaker at Elkin Creek Vineyard. “I think people will really enjoy the evening and be pleasantly surprised with the wines they discover.”

Legends Hospitality at BB&T Ballpark will provide the small-plate menu, while Karon Click & The Hot Licks will perform an eclectic lineup of jump swing, upbeat blues and cool jazz. Dancing is encouraged.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and four raffles will take place hourly. The first three prizes are passports for complimentary tastings at all participating wineries. The final prize is an “instant Yadkin Valley wine cellar,” a selection of wines from the 11 vineyards at the gala.

Tickets prices for this special event are $65 per person or $120 per couple. Tickets are available online at: www.SurryWineries.com.


Vintage Rose Wedding Estate and Inn
203 W. Main St.

Pilot Mountain NC

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Vintage Rose Wedding Estate and Inn is situated in downtown Pilot Mountain, 20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy. This is the former Dr. Flippen’s Bed and Breakfast, with the same owners and many updates.

The Vintage Rose Inn offers five spacious suites to accommodate the wedding party, family members, or out-of-town guests in a warm but elegant atmosphere featuring heart pine floors, large Victorian sofas, heirloom rugs and primitive artwork. There is also a private cottage. Spacious air-conditioned suites offer hand carved mahogany beds, fine linens, breathtaking crystal chandeliers, and private baths with dressing areas. A gourmet breakfast is included, served in the dining room.

Vintage Rose offers a Grand Parlour built in 1907, with a private bridal suite and groom’s study. Original hardwood floors, bead board ceilings, ornate crown moldings and 8 original fireplaces exude elegant Victorian charm. The Grand Parlour offers indoor seating for 75 and is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids’ luncheons, a wedding brunch, and bridal or baby showers.

Built in the foothills area of North Carolina in 1896, the 100-seat Chapel is refurbished with an emphasis on maintaining the unique character and integrity of the era.
The Grand Parlour offers indoor seating for 75 and is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids’ luncheons, a wedding brunch, and bridal or baby showers.

The rose garden, featuring 150 heirloom roses, is the perfect setting for bridal portraits or engagement photos.


Yadkin Valley Winter Wine Passport Program Adds Breweries

 

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. – For the eighth straight winter, wine passports allow folks to sample their way through the Yadkin Valley at Surry County wineries. And for the first time, local craft breweries are included in the mix.

The newly renamed Winter Wine and Beer Passport is on sale now. It provides tastings at eight wineries and two craft breweries between Nov. 24, 2017, and March 18, 2018.

“There are so many couples where one drinks wine but the other drinks beer, so it’s nice to have something they can enjoy as a couple,” says organizer Pat Colwell of Carolina Heritage Vineyards in Elkin.

In addition to wine and beer tastings, passport holders receive a keepsake cork magnet at each location featuring the logo of that particular winery or brewery. The tastings also come with complimentary food pairings on three designated Saturdays – Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 3.

Another perk of the passport is special discounts at local merchants, restaurants and hotels.
“People love the passport. Many come back year after year, and they give it as a gift to family and friends,” Colwell says. “It’s really just the idea of having something fun that people can do at their leisure for one weekend in winter or spread it across several winter weekends.”

This year’s participating wineries are: Adagio Vineyards, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Roaring River, Round Peak, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll. The breweries are Angry Troll and Skull Camp.

“The fun part is we have such a diverse set of wineries in Surry County,” Colwell says. “People ask about our signature offering, and I say our signature offering is our variety, not just one type of wine. You name it, and we probably have it here.”

People should consider buying passports early for two reasons. Early bird pricing makes the good deal even better, and all passports sold out last year and will likely do so again.

Through Nov. 23, individual passports are $54, while couples’ passports are $89. Starting Nov. 24, those prices increase to $64 and $99. Estimated value of each passport is $225.

For information on the Winter Wine and Beer Passport, or to purchase online, go to: www.YadkinValleyNC.com. Details are also available by calling 336-366-3301.






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