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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 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!

Art & Nature Festival Scheduled for Saturday, June 11

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention and Free Workshops and Jams

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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.

 

Downtown Mount Airy Eatery, Down Home Restaurant, Joins the Surry Sonker Trail

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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

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.

 

Fly Fish Mayberry – Fishing Guide and Instruction Service

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

Welcome to Fly Fish Mayberry, headquartered in picturesque Surry County, North Carolina near historic Downtown Mt. Airy and just 25 minutes from Winston-Salem.

  • Fly Fishing Instruction and Education (Group and individual fly fishing lessons, clinics and seminars).
  • At Fly Fish Mayberry, we offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in the Northwest corner of North Carolina. From the Ararat River in downtown Mount Airy, to the wildest blue line headwaters along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we strive to custom design your trip based on current conditions, time of year and what you hope to get out of a day on the water.
  • Custom Rods & Handcrafted Tackle (We create personalized Tenkara rods and hand tie our own flies.)

Specializing in Tenkara fishing, a type of fly fishing that is easy to learn, relaxing and fun for the whole family to serious anglers, we also offer Western fly fishing and all fly fishing instruction, custom rods and handcrafted tackle.

Your customized fishing trip is based on current conditions, time of year, weather and productive areas. Within a short drive, we fish some of the most prolific trout waters in the Northwest Corner of the state: these are some of the most beautiful and untouched river systems in the world. Guided fishing charters to Virginia, Tennessee and internationally are also available with US Coast Guard Master Licensed Captain Kevin Merritt.

Private and group lessons are available for beginning and advanced anglers to brush up on skills or learn new techniques. Even if you’ve never held a fly rod, this is the fast track to getting on the water. Master classes and fishing trips also available.

To book a lesson, fishing charter or order a custom rod or tackle, call 239-821-0239 or email us at kevinmerritt68@gmail.com.

Visit the website at www.flyfishcarolina.com for more information and photos!

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.

 

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

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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

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.