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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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Mayberry Meetup in Mt. Airy, NC 17-19 July 2015
at the Mayberry Motor Inn
(http://www.MayberryMotorInn.com)

Hey Folks,

I wanted to invite anyone who would like to make plans to visit Mt. Airy, NC the weekend of 17-19 (Friday-Sunday) July 2015.

Jan and I are, for the third year in a row, heading to Mt. Airy for a weekend of Mayberry fun!

There’s nothing “BIG” planned other than on Friday the 17th Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) will greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 12:30-3:30 p.m (ET).  She will have autographed 8×10 photos available ($10). For more information about what’s required to get Betty’s autograph, visit the museum website at http://www.andygriffithmuseum.org/ or call (336) 786-1604.  There is $3 fee for touring the museum/getting access to Betty (I believe).

We will schedule times for folks to get together and visit with one another during the weekend at the Mayberry Motor Inn gazebo on both Friday and Saturday. (I’ve already checked in with Alma and Michael about doing this again this year) for some good visiting time…maybe some pizza (food for sure)…..and watching episodes of The Andy Griffith Show together.

If you’re interested, go ahead and make reservations at the Mayberry Motor Inn – Phone 336-786-4109 – (they have rooms if you hurry).  If it gets full, there are other places to stay nearby in Mt. Airy. You can still come to the gazebo for fun and fellowship even if you can’t stay at the Motor Inn but they dig you so you be nice and dig them back.

The last two years have been a lot of fun for me, getting to visit with folks and enjoy good conversation.

If you’re interested, go ahead and make reservations at the Mayberry Motor Inn – Phone 336-786-4109.

I’ll come up with a schedule of things folks can do as we get closer but things I’m pretty sure we’ll do:

* Visit the Andy Griffith Museum on 17th to get Betty’s autograph and look around.
* Eat Dinner at “The Depot” in Dobson, NC (Or head out on your own to eat)
— Bring your camera because it’s a sight to behold.  Here’s a link to the web site – http://www.codycreek.net

I’m sure we’ll find more to fill our time and I’ll send out info as we get closer to the date.

If you’re going to try and make it, please e-mail me directly (Floyd@iMayberry.com) so I can have some type of head count.

I hope you’ll considering making the trip and we’ll have our own Mayberry sized version of a Mayberry weekend in Mt. Airy!   It’s FUN!

–Alllan

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I’m putting together a “schedule” of things we’ll be doing but PLEASE realize that nothing is mandatory and nobody will have hurt feelings if you choose to do other things during the times.  I’m just letting folks know where I will be and inviting you all to join me 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 the gatherings at the gazebo to visit and get to know one another and Professor Brower’s class on Saturday.  I hope as many as possible will find time to drop by and grow our Mayberry friendships.

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

–Allan Newsome
floyd@iMayberry.com

== Friday Schedule ==

When you wake – 4:30 pm

— 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.

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.)

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

— Visit with friends.

— Maybe record a podcast episode together.  Think about a good quote about what Mayberry means to you and I’ll record you guys telling us one at time.

== Saturday Schedule ==

When you wake – 12:30 pm

— 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)

12:30 – 4:00 pm

— Andy Griffith Museum for a tour of the museum and  2pm Professor Brower’s Lecture on TAGS episode “Back to Nature”.

— Get a group photos by the Andy & Opie statue at some point.

4:00 – 6:00 pm

— 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.  Each platter serves 5-9.   Pizza is also a possibility if we run out of subs.  Bring chips if you have any special ones you love.

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.

— Maybe record most stuff for the podcast episode together.

== 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 would be glad to run the Bible Study and could record it for an episode of The Mayberry Study Podcast.

11:30 – 12:30pm

— Pack up and head back to the real world with great memories!

(ALTERNATIVES things to do while in Mt. Airy)

– World’s Largest Open-Face Granite Quarry http://www.visitmayberry.com/Worlds_Largest_Open-Face_Granite_Quarry.aspx

– Mount Airy Museum of Regional History (Downtown Mt. Airy) & Donna Fargo Exhibit
http://www.visitmayberry.com/13_brMount_Airy_Museum_of_Regional_History.aspx
http://www.visitmayberry.com/Donna_Fargo_Exhibit_.aspx

-J.E.B. Stuart Historical Birthplace
http://www.visitmayberry.com/JEB_Stuart_Historical_Birthplace.aspx

– Andy’s Homeplace-Mount Airy, NC
http://www.visitmayberry.com/Andys_Homeplace-Mount_Airy_NC.aspx

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

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Hey Folks,

I wanted to invite everyone who’s able to make plans to visit Mt. Airy, NC the weekend of 11-13 (Friday-Sunday) July 2014.

Jan and I are, once again, heading to Mt. Airy for a weekend of Mayberry fun!

There’s nothing “BIG” planned other than on Saturday the 12th at 2pm we’ll have the chance to attend “Professor Brower’s Lecture Series” at The Andy Griffith Museum. Professor Neal Brower will be covering The Andy Griffith Show episode “Back to Nature.”  For any that don’t know, Neal Brower is the author of Mayberry 101 and taught “The Andy Griffith Show: An In-depth Study” at Community Colleges throughout North Carolina for many years.  There’s no charge for the class if you’ve paid the fee for touring the museum.  For more info, visit the website at http://www.andygriffithmuseum.org/ or call (336) 786-1604.

I *DO* plan to set up times for folks to get together and visit with one another during the weekend but I haven’t set exact times yet for that.

The main thing I want to do is get together over at the Mayberry Motor Inn gazebo on Friday and Saturday evenings (I’ve already checked in with Alma about doing this again this year) for some good visiting time..maybe some pizza…..and watching episodes of The Andy Griffith Show together.

If you’re interested, go ahead and make reservations at the Mayberry Motor Inn – Phone 336-786-4109 – (they have rooms if you hurry).  If it gets full, there are other places to stay nearby in Mt. Airy. You can still come to the gazebo for fun and fellowship even if you can’t stay at the Motor Inn but they dig you so you be nice and dig them back.

So far Kenneth “Otis” Junkin has confirmed he’s is planning on being there along with a few other folks from the Two Chairs No Waiting podcast listeners.  Hopefully we’ll be joined by WBMUTBB Digest folks and we’ll have a Mayberry time of things!

If you’re going to try and make it, please e-mail me directly (Floyd@iMayberry.com) so I can have some type of head count.

I hope you’ll considering making the trip and we’ll have our own small version of a Mayberry weekend in Mt. Airy.

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Hey Mayberry,

WOW….let me just say that we had a wonderful time in Mt. Airy, NC this past weekend!

We had 29 Mayberry fans join us for the Mayberry Meetup (listed below)!  They came from *all* over but I think Ohio was the well represented (4),  Tennessee (4),  Alabama (3),  Georgia (2), and the most folks were from North Carolina (16) as it should be since we were in their back yard. 🙂

Friday started of great with a visit to the Andy Griffith Museum and autographs from “Thelma Lou” herself, Ms. Betty Lynn!  Folks stood in line for hours to meet Betty, get an autograph and none were disappointed.  She posed for photos and chatted with every person in line bringing smiles and tears to each along the way.

Friday and Saturday nights were highlight of the weekend for me, just behind visiting with Betty, because those able to do so gathered in the gazebo at the Mayberry Motor Inn  (thanks Alma!) to watch episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, select video clips from Mayberry & beyond, and visit!   Just like sitting on the Taylor’s front porch, we gathered to talk and get to know one another better.  What a wonderful time we had.

During the day on Saturday, 6 car loads of the Mayberry crew headed first up to the “Old Mayberry Trading Post” to see the area where the name “Mayberry” originated.  We looked through the Trading Post and some folks found treasures there that they made their own.  We then traveled the 4 or so miles over to Maybry Mill for photos and some good ole American history on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We didn’t pass up a trip to the Maybry Mill Restaurant before we left for more time to visit another and tell lies to one another while we ate.

Sunday morning, the 12 of us remaining in town once again gathered at the gazebo for a session of the Mayberry Bible Study.  Following the study, those that didn’t have to head right back home went to break bread ones last time before departing.  The Bible study and eating were a fitting and wonderful way to wrap up this Mayberry Meetup weekend.

You can check out photos of the weekend by visiting the Facebook album (you do NOT have to sign up to Facebook to see the photos) at the following link:
http://on.fb.me/13Fyz0U

Thank you to all who were able to attend and hopefully many of you may be able to join us if we do this again.

“Everything’s OKAY…in Mayberry!”

–Allan

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Wow, this is going to be fun time in Mt. Airy!  I never expected to be able to meetup with so many of you next weekend (19-21 July 2013).

I’ll list at the bottom of the e-mail all those I have been told are planning to be in Mt. Airy with us so you will know who’s attending.   If you know of others that I’ve somehow missed, PLEASE let me know!

I’m putting out a “schedule” of things to do but PLEASE realize that nothing is mandatory and nobody will have hurt feelings if you choose to do other things during the times.  I’m just trying to let folks know where I will be and inviting you all to join me if it fits your schedule.

 == Friday Schedule ==

12:30 – 4:00 pm
— Andy Griffith Museum to Meet Thelma Lou, Betty Lynn, and tour the museum/visit with fans.
— Get a group photo by the Andy & Opie statue at some point.

4:00 – 8:30 pm
— Free time. Go out with friends or alone to get something to eat or whatever you might like to do.

8:30 – 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.)
— Watch episodes of The Andy Griffith Show together on a screen under the stars.
— Visit with friends.
— Maybe record a podcast episode together.  Think about a good quote about what Mayberry means to you and I’ll record you guys telling us one at time.

————

 == Saturday Schedule ==

When you wake – 12:30 pm

— 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)

1:00 pm

— Gather at Mayberry Motor Inn for trip to the Old Mayberry Trading Post & Mabry Mill in Meadows of Dan, VA (about a 50 minute trip north of Mt. Ariy on the Blue Ridge Parkway).
— I think we’ll visit both for an hour or so each. (more or less as needed)
— We’ll pass over Mayberry Creek on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Hopefully we’ll spot the sign and can stop for a photo at the sigh.

~5:00 pm

— Start back to Mt. Airy or maybe we could eat at the Mabry Mills Resturant. We’ll decide on the fly.  (http://www.mabrymillrestaurant.com/menu.shtml)

(ALTERNATIVES for those not wanting to visit VA)

– World’s Largest Open-Face Granite Quarry http://www.visitmayberry.com/Worlds_Largest_Open-Face_Granite_Quarry.aspx

– Mount Airy Museum of Regional History (Downtown Mt. Airy) & Donna Fargo Exhibit
http://www.visitmayberry.com/13_brMount_Airy_Museum_of_Regional_History.aspx
http://www.visitmayberry.com/Donna_Fargo_Exhibit_.aspx

-J.E.B. Stuart Historical Birthplace
http://www.visitmayberry.com/JEB_Stuart_Historical_Birthplace.aspx

– Andy’s Homeplace-Mount Airy, NC
http://www.visitmayberry.com/Andys_Homeplace-Mount_Airy_NC.aspx

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

8:30 – 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).
— 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.
— Maybe record most stuff for the podcast episode together.

 == 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 would be glad to run the Bible Study and could record it for an episode of The Mayberry Study Podcast.

11:30 – 12:30pm
— Break bread together at to be determined restaurant

~1:00 pm

— Visit downtown Mt. Airy. Pick up those items you wish you got on Saturday
— Visit shops on Main Street
Mayberry on Main (open 10 to 6pm on Sunday)
— 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)

8:00 – 11:00
— Back to the Gazebo at the Mayberry Motor Inn for visiting and videos under the stars.

————

Friends…all the above are options/suggestions for things to do in Mt. Airy.  The main events, to me, are the gatherings at the gazebo to visit and get to know one another.  I hope as many as possible will find time to drop by and grow our Mayberry friendships.

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

–Allan Newsome

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