Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board & Event Calendar

The Andy Griffith Museum, featuring the late Emmett Forrest’s amazing collection of Andy Griffith artifacts, is a must-see attraction for any visit to Mount Airy, N.C. For complete updates on operating hours and other info, visit the website at AndyGriffithMuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.

Here are upcoming events that folks have posted on Floyd’s bulletin board:

* May 30: The “Mayberry Man” TV series has premiered on the Up Faith & Family streaming service (subscription required) on May 30. There are five episodes for starters and the possibility of more. Written and directed by Stark Howell, son of Hoke Howell (Dud Wash) and produced by Cort Howell (also Hoke’s son) and Greg Schell (son of Ronnie Schell, who also appears in the series), “Mayberry Man: The Series” continues the story and has many familiar faces (including Allan Newsome in a featured role) from the recent Mayberry Man movie. Learn more at www.upfaithandfamily.com.


* June 21-23: After the roaring success of their 2023 festival, the second edition of Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg will be held in Scottsburg, Ind., this weekend. Scheduled to attend are: Rodney Dillard (guitar-playing Darling boy) and his Dillards band; Dennis Rush (Opie’s friend “Howie”); Keith Thibodeaux (Opie’s buddy Johnny Paul Jason) with Christian rock band David and the Giants (Keith is the band’s drummer); Ronnie Schell (two episodes and Duke Slater on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”); Karen Knotts (Don’s daughter); Dixie Griffith (Andy’s daughter); Dreama Denver (wife of Dud Wash #2, Bob Denver); and Dick Atkins (producer of Murder in Coweta County).

Mayberry Comes to Scottsburg

There will also be a full slate of Mayberry tribute artists attending and performing throughout the weekend. For updates, a more complete list of performers, and the schedule, visit the festival website at www.mayberrycomestoscottsburg.com and check out their page on Facebook. Mark your calendar!


* July 11: Karen Knotts presents her one-woman “Tied Up in Knotts!” show at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Star Theater in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Full details TBA. For more info, visit www.dhgroup.com/theaters/the-ohio-star-theater.


NIGHTTIME WATCH PARTY–Mayberry MeetUppers gather around the gazebo at the Mayberry Motor Inn to watch.
Photo by Jan Newsome.

* July 19 & 20:  12th Annual Mayberry Meetup, sponsored by TAGSRWC’s Two Chairs, No Waiting podcast, gathers in Mount Airy, N.C. Details and registration info can be found here. Registration is not required but it will allow you to get updates about schedules for the weekend.


* July 19-21: Karen Knotts performs at part of the “Clean Comedy Challenge” at Stardome Comedy Club in Birmingham, Ala. For info, visit www.stardome.com.


Peggy-back

* July 20: Timed to coincide with the Mayberry Meetup, Neal Brower, author of The Essential Mayberry, presents the second installment of his summer lecture series about TAGS, starting at 2 p.m., in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre in Mount Airy, N.C. Today’s lecture features “Andy’s Rich Girlfriend.” Lecture admission is included with Andy Griffith Museum admission ($8 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under). Visit  www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.


Party Time!

* July 21: A Don Knotts 100th Birthday Celebration Event at the Royal Theater in Macon, Mo. This afternoon event, sponsored by Carousel Productions and hosted by Blood Brothers chapter of TAGSRWC, features Sean Dietrich (aka Sean of the South), musical guest Keota, and an audio-visual presentation by Randy Turner. Details TBA, but for now just mark your calendar. For more info, contact Johnna at edukater6330@gmail.com.


Helen and Andy on the lamb

* Aug. 17: Mayberry author Neal Brower concludes his summer lecture series about TAGS, starting at 2 p.m., in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre in Mount Airy, N.C. Today’s lecture features “A Wife for Andy.”  Lecture admission is included with Andy Griffith Museum admission ($8 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under). Visit www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.


Rodney Dillard
Photo by Robbie Curlee.

* Sept. 24-29: 35th Annual Mayberry Days® in Mount Airy, N.C. Full details TBA, but advance tickets to some portions of the weekend–including for The Emmett Golf Tournament (followed by the Mayberry Days® Dinner with Entertainment, available with or without participating in the golf), a concert by The Dillards featuring Rodney Dillard, a concert by The Bellamy Brothers, and a new presentation called “Make America Funny Again ” by Karen Knotts (daughter of Don)–are available to order now.

Also confirmed are the popular “Memories of Elvis” show with Michael Hoover, perennial favorite bluegrass and comedy by Tim White & Troublesome Hollow, and the Mayberry Melodies show, plus a screening of Murder in Coweta County (starring Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash) hosted by producer Dick Atkins, lectures by Neal Brower and Randy Turner, and the comedy of John Floyd (aka The Mouth of Mayberry). For tickets and more info, visit www.mayberrydays.org.


Howie float!

* Oct. 26-Oct. 31: Cruise to Mayberry 17 sets sail for five days from Charleston, S.C., with ports of call at Princess Cays and Nassau, Bahamas, aboard Carnival’s Sunshine. The cruise’s Special Guest will be Dennis Rush (Howie Pruitt ).

Also on board will be a full crew of Mayberry tribute artists, including Dixie Griffith (Andy’s daughter) as Mt. Pilot Fun Girl Skippy. For more info and to book, call All About Cruises (336)538-4926.

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