Thursday, September 1, 2011

Anniversary #26 Celebrated in Mayberry :)

Twenty Six years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend.

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We decided to celebrate the day by exploring Mayberry Smile After all, we were already here, so why not?

Main St. in Mount Airy/Mayberry is set up to loosely resemble Mayberry in the days of “The Andy Griffith Show”.

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We parked in the free municipal parking lot and started walking the street. This building had a mural painted on the entire side.

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Floyd’s Barber Shop.

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Snappy Lunch, the oldest eating establishment in Mount Airy. Andy Griffith ate here as a boy growing up in Mount Airy. The school children all ate lunch here as the school had no cafeteria. It was mentioned on the Andy Griffith Show and claims to be world famous for it’s pork chop sandwich.

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Barney’s Cafe

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Blue Bird Diner

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Opie’s Candy Store

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This shop had a wonderful selection of bulk, old time candy. Unfortunately, it was 93° outside so we were afraid any purchases would melt before we got home.

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Of course, that didn’t stop us from having a nice cold ice cream cone! We weren’t too afraid of that melting Smile

 

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We ran into Sheriff Taylor and his squad car further down the street.

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Next up, the old jail house.

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This was actually the old Mount Airy Municipal Building housing city offices and the Mount Airy Police Dept. When they moved to their new building, this area was changed into a re-creation of the old courthouse from the show. I didn’t think it resembled it much at all Sad smile There were several cells, all small and containing 4 bunks, 1 chair and a commode.

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Wonder what this fellow is in for??? He looked a little cramped in there and he was the only prisoner. Otis had much more luxurious surroundings.

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Andy’s desk with other memorabilia from the show.

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The entire town is devoted to Andy Griffith and his TV show.

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Andy, however, is not the only famous Mount Airy resident. Country singer Donna Fargo is also from here and Betty Lynn, the actress who portrayed Thelma Lou, moved to Mount Airy from Hollywood several years ago. It is said she still lives there.

All in all, it was a cute, nostalgic afternoon. It’s set up to attract tourists and it succeeds in that. We saw very few locals while on Main St. (We later found them all at Walmart!) It was fun and I’m glad we did it, but I doubt we’d do it again.

We finished off the day with an anniversary dinner at Chili’s. We tried one of their $20 specials where you get an appetizer to share and 2 entrees. It was very good and there was way too much food!

Our appetizer

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Rick’s Entrée

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My Entrée.

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We certainly didn’t leave hungry Smile

Tomorrow we plan to meet up with new friends and see what else we can get into. Until then, thanks for stopping by. Turtle

10 comments:

  1. What a cute little place. We only saw the western part of NC, and I have a friend in Booneville, but the part we saw sure is lovely. I love the big hardwood trees and the small town atmospheres

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  2. I think all Mt. Airy needs is for everyone who loved Andy Griffith to come there once and it will keep the businesses thriving. You've done your part now!

    That guy in the slammer definitely looks suspicious. Glad you were able to spring him and take him out to dinner. :-)

    Happy Anniversary to you both!!

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  3. Great tour, we really enjoyed that place. Hope you got to study all the pictures posted in Floyd's Barbershop.

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  4. Mom, I just realized/remembered you were younger than I am now when you married Rick! Wow! I still remember that pretty dress you wore. Love you both :)

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  5. Happy anniversary, and very best wishes for many more years of happiness together!! That's a great wedding picture of you two.

    What a fun day spent with Andy and the gang! Awful shady looking character you came across locked up in the big house. ;-)

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  6. Congratulations on your 26 years of togetherness, and here's to celebrating many, many more.

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  7. Love your UNC Tar Heels shirt! Fellow Tar Heel here, been following your blog for the past year. We hope to be fulltimers one day too.

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  8. Glad you were able to bail Rick out in time for your anniversary dinner. :c)

    It wouldn't have been too much fun to eat all that food by yourself...

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  9. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary:o))

    Happy Anniversary and here's to many, many more!!

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