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Mayberry Meet-up 2015 in Mt. Airy, NC 17-19 July 2015 (Schedule)

Hey Mayberry folks!I’m putting together the “schedule” of things we’ll be doing during the Meetup weekend but PLEASE realize that nothing is mandatory and nobody will have hurt feelings if you choose to do things other than those suggest.  I just wanted to let folks know where Jan & I will be and invite you all to join us if it fits your schedule.

Friends…all the below are options/suggestions for things to do in Mt. Airy.  The main events, to me, are getting Betty Lynn’s autograph on Friday and the evening gatherings in the gazebo at the Mayberry Motor Inn to visit & get to know one another.

IMPORTANT: 
I’ve been trying to find a way to communicate better while at the meetup so I’ve created a “Remind” class for the Mayberry Meetup. Remind is normally used for teachers to communicate with their classes but it will work great for this.  If you can get TEXT messages on your phone, this will allow me to text all of you at one time.  No personal information will be collected and you will ONLY get text messages from me related to the Mayberry Meetup.

To receive messages via text about the Mayberry Meetup 2015,

Send a text message to this number: 81010
with the following as the message:  @maymu
(include the “@” symbol)

Jan and I are looking forward to seeing you all in Mayberry!

–Allan Newsome
floyd@iMayberry.com

== Friday Schedule ==

When you wake – 12:00 Noon

— Visit downtown Mt. Airy. Pick and choose

— Snappy Lunch (breakfast, lunch, or both – closes at 1:15 so eat early)

— Drop by Floyd’s City Barber Shop

— Visit shops on Main Street (be sure to visit Mayberry on Main)

— Ice Cream at Barney’s

Mayberry Squad Car Tours starting at Wally’s (30 minute ride)

— Visit Main Oak Emporium (Mayberry Jail & Taylor’s front porch photo locations)

— Visit Pilot Mountain either the town or the park…or both.

12:30 – 3:30 pm

— Andy Griffith Museum to Meet Betty “Thelma Lou” Lynn, and tour the museum/visit with fellow fans.

— Get a photo by the Andy & Opie statue.

4:45 – 7:30 pm

Eat Dinner at “The Depot” in Dobson, NC (Or head out on your own to eat)

— Gather at Mayberry Motor Inn for trip to “The Depot” in Dobson, NC (about a 15-20 minute trip south on 601 out of Mt. Ariy).

— Bring your camera because it’s a sight to behold.  Here’s a link to the web site – http://www.codycreek.net

— I figured we’d head down there a little early because they tend to get busy and to allow more “visiting” time back at the Mayberry Motor Inn after eating

~7:30 – 11:00 pm (or later)

— Gather at the Mayberry Motor Inn in the gazebo area (you don’t have to be staying there to come over and visit).

— Bring sodas, tea, punch and some snacks if you have ’em.

— BRING lawn chairs if you have ’em. (There are some chairs at the gazebo but to be safe, bring your own.)

— Some Mayberry Music by anybody who wants to bring an instrument and play.  Jane is planning something special.

— Watch episodes of The Andy Griffith Show together on a screen under the stars.

— Visit with friends.

— Maybe record some stuff for the podcast episode together.

== Saturday Schedule ==

When you wake – 6 pm

I’m going to call this a “free day” because there are no *big* plans until the Meetup at the Gazebo
— Visit downtown Mt. Airy. Pick and choose

— Snappy Lunch (breakfast, lunch, or both – closes at 1:15 so eat early)

— Drop by Floyd’s City Barber Shop

— Visit shops on Main Street (be sure to visit Mayberry on Main)

— Ice Cream at Barney’s

Mayberry Squad Car Tours starting at Wally’s (30 minute ride)

— Visit Main Oak Emporium (Mayberry Jail & Taylor’s front porch photo locations)

— Go to Pilot Mountain Stat Park for hiking, photo taking, or may even take a picnic lunch.
http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/pimo/main.php

— Free time. Go out with friends/alone doing whatever you might like to do OR head over toward the Mayberry Motor Inn to get ready for the evening of fun.

== FOOD FOR SATURDAY EVENING ==

— The plan for eating is to order sandwiches from Subway in their Platter form *IF* Jan and I can get a good head count of how many people we have attending.   Pizza is also a possibility.

Bring chips if you have any special food you love.
Bring soda or what you’d like to drink.  Otis…not what YOU like to drink. 🙂

6:00 – 11:00 pm (or later)

— Gather at the Mayberry Motor Inn in the gazebo area (you don’t have to be staying there to come over and visit).

— Eat Subs and/or Pizza.

— Share tells about the days adventures in Mayberry.

— Watch episodes of The Andy Griffith Show together on a screen under the stars.

— Bring sodas, tea, punch and some snacks if you have ’em.

— BRING lawn chairs if you have ’em. (There are some chairs at the gazebo but to be safe, bring your own.)

— Visit with friends.

 == Sunday Schedule ==

pre-noon

Option 1: Visit church of your choice.

Option 2 (~10am): If there’s interest, meet at Mayberry Motor Inn gazebo for Mayberry Bible Study. I will be recording the Bible Study for use as an episode of the Mayberry Bible Study Podcast. http://www.mayberrybiblestudypodcast.com/

11:30 – 1:30pm

— Head somewhere to eat either as a group or small groups of us.

3:00 – 6:00pm

— Gather at the Earle for special director-producer commentary (director Gary Nelson and producer Dick Atkins) session starting at 3 p.m. and followed by a rare screening  at pm of Murder in Coweta County (the acclaimed 1983 TV movie starring Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash and Cindi Knight (who was soon to become Mrs. Andy Griffith).   $6 per ticket to attend.

Note: Gary Nelson also directed the “Malcolm at the Crossroads” episode of TAGS, two episodes of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and dozens of hit TV shows, miniseries and TV movies from the 1960s through the 1990s. It promises to be a special afternoon at the Earle.

 6:00 – 7: 30pm
— More eating at your location of choice.  Remember, it’s Sunday so I don’t know what will be open.

8:00 – 11:00pm

— Back to the Gazebo at the Mayberry Motor Inn for visiting and videos under the stars and wrap up the weekend of fellowship.

(ALTERNATIVES things to do while in Mt. Airy)

– World’s Largest Open-Face Granite Quarry
http://www.visitnc.com/listing/world-s-largest-open-face-granite-quarry

– Mount Airy Museum of Regional History (Downtown Mt. Airy) & Donna Fargo Exhibit
http://www.northcarolinamuseum.org/

-J.E.B. Stuart Historical Birthplace
http://www.jebstuart.org

– Andy’s Homeplace-Mount Airy, NC
Located at:  711 E. Haymore St.;  Mount Airy NC

– Other things for you to choose from
http://www.visitmayberry.com/category/attractions/

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