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Christmas Lights: A Holiday Tradition

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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 [email protected] 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!

Autumn Leaves Festival – October 9-11 in Downtown Mount Airy

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

 

Bee’s Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Bee’s Bed and Breakfast is located in a historic Victorian home within walking distance of Downtown Mount Airy and the Mayberry attractions. Breakfast is included.
Circa 1880’s home with two rooms available; one room has adjoining room with twin beds for extra fee. Contact host for more information.
About the hosts:
“My husband, Charles, and I seem to be of the “Earthmother” variety. We have raised 3 boys, and survived. We bought an old Victorian house in downtown “Mayberry”. We very much enjoyed renovating and bringing this 1887 house back to life. We enjoy kayaking, biking & hiking along with getting together with the boys at our river property. Charles works in physical therapy and I have had a catering business for 15 years. We both love animals and have dogs and cats. (cats are outside). We also raise bees, hence the name, “Bee’s B&B.” We love to entertain and meet new people. We often spend evenings on the deck listening to bands that play at the local amphitheater, which luckily is right up the street.
We are happy to entertain guests, however, we are just as happy to make ourselves scarce if you prefer your privacy. Breakfast will be provided if you wish!”

Heart & Soul Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments
Heart n Soul Bed and Breakfast, built in 1901, is formally known as the William E. Merritt House.  It features 5 suites: Pleasant Valley, Coventry, Stafford, Crystal Coast and Mount Airy. Each room represents the places the innkeepers have called home.  Heart and Soul Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Mount Airy’s Historic district. The home is walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants, and shows. The Bed and Breakfast is open year round. The home is also available for weddings, receptions, and other special events.
The home is considered a reflection of the colonial revival era. This two-story home has a brick exterior with 18-inch thick walls, supplied by Mr. Merritt’s brickyard. It has a two and half story bay in the front, with a wrap-around porch. The house features granite string courses and window trim from the North Carolina Granite Corporation in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The house is 4500 square feet and features original hardwood floors and built in wood furnishings.
Romantic and Special Occasions packages available. Call for details.

The Blue Rabbit Art Gallery & Studio

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

The Blue Rabbit Art Gallery & Studio is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Mount Airy. We carry contemporary and traditional art from local artists and teach painting classes to all ages.

Bring your little artist to a K-5 class, bring the whole family on family painting nights, and/or treat yourself to a night out or an afternoon off for our adult “Art & Wine” classes.
Create an unforgettable birthday or special occasion with a private painting party event – custom painting requests are taken!
We are open Tuesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and we have extended hours for classes and special events.
Shop small ya’ll!
The Blue Rabbit Art Gallery & Studio
415 North Main Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-648-8199
www.bluerabbitgallery.com
www.facebook.com/BlueRabbitGallery
@bluerabbitgallery on Instagram

Cousin Emma’s Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Cousin Emma’s Bed and Breakfast in Mount Airy (Mayberry) North Carolina is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, residence in town.  It recently was purchased by Mount Airy native Emma Suzanne Lewis Brown, who after some forty years has returned to her roots to lovingly restore a pre-Civil War historic home right on “Main” Street.  Providing all the modern conveniences, it still retains its unique yesteryear appeal.

You will LOVE Cousin Emma’s – comfortable, convenient, clean, and overflowing with charm. Rarely is it quiet  due to the laughter and stories being told by both locals and travelers.

We are currently open all year round and are available to host a variety of small celebrations, pot lucks, local art shows, or other events. Just call ahead or stop by (even with short notice) and we can provide you with a great hometown experience.

Cousin Emma’s hosts high tea, which includes a historic house tour and some fabulous tales for only $10 per person. There is also an on-going Reiki group that meets regularly and if you are staying with us and interested in relaxing at a nearby spa, Cousin Emma’s has discount coupons available. Contact us for more information and reservations.

Wally’s Service Station and Mayberry Courthouse

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Wally’s Service Station is an original service station built in 1937 and operated as a Gulf Station and then later operated as a Standard Oil Station or Esso. The Fruit Basket now operates inside of Wally’s Service Station and they offer a wide variety of souvenirs and collectibles. Mayberry Squad Car Tours also leave from the station and return to the same location.  On site is the Mayberry Courthouse and Otis’ Jail Cell and other replicas of the set of the show. Also on-site is The Mayberry Hotel replica/gift shop.

The service station is open year-round, with hours that depend on the season. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For special requests and reservations year-round, please call 336-786-6066 and leave a message. For Squad Car Tours (reservations suggested) call 336-789-6743.

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

The museum’s collections include a history of the Saura Indians of the 1600s, the story of the world’s largest open-face granite quarry, the Yadkin River, the original Siamese Twins, Andy Griffith, Tommy Jarrell, transportation, and the history of Mount Airy and surrounding communities. A new exhibit shows the luthier art form – instrument making. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m in the late fall/winter and will be open in spring and summer 7 days per week. Please call ahead for exact hours and visit the website for more information. Groups should call ahead to arrange for a guided tour.