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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.


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



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.


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



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 for more information about the fiddlers convention as well as competitor information.

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


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.


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: For lodging info, go to:

Media Contact: Craig Distl, 704-466-3744, [email protected]

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.



Check out the website at 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 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 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.


Surry Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts all Ages March 27-28

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

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:
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Blue Ridge and Beyond Music Series in Mount Airy, NC

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

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 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 or by calling 336-786-7998.
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