Posts Tagged ‘Mount Airy NC’

Christmas Tour of Homes – Dec. 6 & 7

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

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.


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

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

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!


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 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 for the full line-up!


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

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!


Hutton Vineyards

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Less than a mile from Historic Rockford, close to the banks of the Yadkin River, lies Hutton Vineyards, in the bustling Yadkin Valley wine region of North Carolina. With 45 acres of grapes and 30 acres of pasture, it is truly a breathtaking experience. Visit the Hutton Vineyards website to purchase wine online. The winery is open Monday through Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.

Beechnut Family Campground

Posted on: July 6th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Beechnut Family Campground is located just a few minutes from downtown Mount Airy off of Interstate 75 and four miles from Interstate 77. Beechnut Family Campground has water and electric hook-ups along with tenting areas for tent campers. The campground has three fishing ponds and a volleyball court. There are three swimming pools along with the Hurricane Hazel water slide. Overnight and day passes are available.

Reeves Community Center

Posted on: July 6th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

The Reeves Community Center has both an indoor and outdoor pool. Open swim is available every Monday through Friday, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., Saturdays, from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Sundays, from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Monday and Wednesdays, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Family night swims are available every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Ararat River Greenway Trail

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

The Ararat River Greenway is a paved 2.2-mile paved Greenway Trail from Riverside Park to Tharrington Park )beside Tharrington Elementary School). This section of the Ararat River has been restored and is a great area for wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing, and trout fishing. The entire length of the Greenway Trail is stocked with trout. There are multiple canoe/kayak/tube launch stations along the trail as well as multiple areas for sitting by the river. A restroom is available halfway down the trail, off on a side trail to the environmental park. Restrooms are also available at Riverside Park.
When exploring, look for TRACK (Trails Ridges and Active Caring Kids) Trail Adventure guides along the trail or online at Created by the Blue Ridge Foundation, the guides offer educational opportunities for children.

Fisher River Park

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

Fisher River Park features three baseball and softball fields, one regulation soccer field, and one peewee soccer field. Also located in the park are volleyball courts, basketball courts and horseshoe pits. There is a ¾-mile paved walking trail along with a challenging mountain biking trail. There are two playgrounds for children along with picnic shelters and grilling stations for groups.

Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tours

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

Carolina Ziplines is a 30-minute drive from downtown Mount Airy and features two different courses. Each tour consists of 8 to 10 cables. Carolina Ziplines also offers a low-ropes course for team building and school groups. Lantern tours are available for groups of two or more. More information about rates and reservations.

Creekside Cinema

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

Creekside Cinema is a ten-screen complex with stadium seating, digital surround sound, and a full-service concessions. A private party room is also available for rent.

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.