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

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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

[email protected]

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

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

Luna’s Trail Farm, Event Center, and Lodging

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Luna’s Trail Farm & Event Center & Lodging

Located in the foothills of North Carolina, with gorgeous views of Pilot Mountain, Luna’s Trail is the perfect venue for a wedding, a relaxing weekend getaway, a business meeting, or a fun family reunion! It’s also a great place to buy fresh produce. Only minutes from Mount Airy and Winston-Salem!

Lodging

The Red Cabin

Located on 248 acres of farmland, this beautiful 3-bedroom cabin gives its renters access to 7-plus miles of hiking, a lake, creek, stand-up paddle board, canoe, excellent views of Pilot, Sauratown, and Hanging Rock Mountains. Great for viewing wildlife and perfect for bird watching! Also enjoy looking at the llamas, goats, cattle, hogs, and pasture raised chickens. Located about 300 yards from the wedding venue, this is an excellent place for people to prepare for their event.

This lodge sleeps eight in three private rooms, each with their own bathroom and shower. Our largest room sleeps up to 5 guests and has a king bed, small sitting area, and 2 twin beds with a trundle. The second bedroom has a queen bed with excellent views of the lake, and the third bedroom offers a king-sized bed with views of the surrounding meadow and lake. Each bedroom has satellite television. The facility has heat and air conditioning, as well as wireless internet access.

The Green Cabin

During most of our wedding venue tours, the brides usually lay claim to the Red Cabin, which is the original cabin down by the lake.  After that, there is an awkward pause during which there is a token effort to plan where the groomsmen will be able to get ready.  In an effort to make things flow more smoothly, we’ve made an area to accommodate the groomsmen, complete with pool table and large screen TV!  It’s called the Watch House, mostly because it’s located right at the entrance of the same property so you can see who’s coming in.   It’s got a large parking area, and the view of Hanging Rock is fantastic.  The main indoor attraction is probably the game room, which contains the above pool table and television.  There are also 2.5 baths, a wood stove, a full kitchen, and beds for 6 (queen, queen, twins) – plenty of amenities to get ready in a relaxed, comfortable environment. It’s also right in the middle of the blueberries and blackberries, which could make for some tasty pickings, in addition to frequent deer visits!

Hanging Rock Cabin, coming soon!

Event facilities

Set on the bank of a lake and also overlooking one of our favorite views of a meadow and creek on the property, the Big Barn is the main wedding venue at Luna’s Trail. Originally built as a pole barn, the venue has the rustic feel which fits in with the rest of the farm. However, it is equipped with heating, air conditioning, audio visual equipment, a portable stage, portable dance floor, 4 bathrooms and 3 separate fireplaces, including a large fire pit on the back patio. Fans and space heaters are available as needed. The venue offers a brand new caterer’s kitchen, with top of the line equipment to accommodate your caterer’s needs. There are smaller areas for more intimate gatherings, but there is enough space to accommodate 300 people. The richness of the warm, wooden indoor area, along with the uniqueness of the tin ceiling within the covered patio, create a venue with an elegant, vintage appeal.

Luna’s Trail Farm is located at 1155 Wilson Farm Road in Westfield, NC. Visit their website at www.lunastrail.com.

Call 336-351-2052 for more information and/or reservations.

 

Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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!

Black Violin to Appear at the Historic Earle Theatre

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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 Parkway Announces Spring Opening Dates for Facilities and Services

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments
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
6
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.

 

Dew Drop Inn Mayberry

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

The Dew Drop Inn Mayberry is a non-smoking two bedroom, two bathroom, living room, dining room and fully equipped kitchen 1200 sq ft home in Andy Griffith’s home town of Mount Airy, NC, known as Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show.

Conveniently located just one mile from the North Carolina Granite Quarry. We are close to many Yadkin Valley vineyards, including Black Wolf Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards, Elk Run Vineyards and Old North State Winery. The Blue Ridge Parkway is just 10 miles away. Mount Airy is the birthplace of Andy Griffith. A stroll down Main Street in the Friendly City will remind people of the town of Mayberry. Fans of The Andy Griffith Show can visit Floyd’s City Barber Shop, Old Mayberry Jail, Andy Griffith Museum, Snappy Lunch and Andy’s childhood home.

Don’t want to cook? Enjoy some of the best eats around with local restaurants just minutes away. Riverside park and walking trail within walking distance. Relax in the living room with electric fireplace, large flat screen TV, or prop your feet up on the trunk and enjoy an afternoon nap after touring the town, shopping, taking in the brewery or wine tastings, WiFi and all your favorite Channels, flat screen TV’s in both bedrooms.  Sink up in comfortable queen sized beds with excellent linens and pillows. Heat pump and central air, ceiling fans in bedrooms keeps you comfortable year round. Outside patio for grilling and games.

Whether you are looking for a short get-away, extended stay or business, the Dew Drop Inn promises not to disappoint. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special event so we can make your stay extra special.

Be sure to visit the Facebook page for more photos, events and monthly specials. Visit the website at www.dewdropinnmayberry.com for reservations and more information!

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

“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 to Order Soma, 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 to deliver Ambien online website. For a complete schedule and details, call (336) 786-7998, or go to: www.mayberrydays.com.

Chase and Charli Restaurant

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Chase and Charli Restaurant serves a variety of American cuisine, including peel & eat shrimp, burgers, steak, chicken, seafood, daily specials, homemade desserts, and MUCH MORE! The restaurant is known for good food, good friends, and good times! Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant features an outdoor patio overlooking the Ararat River and the Greenway Trail.

Visit the website at www.chaseandcharli.weebly.com/index.html.

Check out the Facebook page for daily specials, food photos, menu links, and a great “taste” of their homemade desserts.