Mayberry Days — a weeklong festival celebrating all things Andy Griffith — kicks off today.
Located in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, ~40 minutes northwest of Winston-Salem, the festival brings together hundreds of fans of the 1960s hit series The Andy Griffith Show.
So in honor of Andy Griffith, here’s a guide of things you won’t want to miss this week.
Start with the visitor center located on Main Street. Get all the information you need from city staff + get tickets to featured attractions.
Andy Griffith Museum | 218 Rockford St. | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $8 | The museum features hundreds of items from Andy’s life throughout his career and includes a collection of props he used on the show.
Mayberry Squad Car Tours | 625 S. Main St. | 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. | $50 per carload for a party of 5 or less | Don’t worry, you’re not a trouble. Cruise over Mayberry attractions in town, while the tour guide goes over Andy’s history and main sights.
Mayberry Day movies | Through Sunday, Sept. 24 | Historic Earle Theatre, 142 N. Main St. | Time varies| $8 | Catch up on featured movies: “No Time for Sergeants” and “Lucky Louie.”
Get autographs | Thursday, Sept. 21-Saturday, Sept. 23 | Location varies | Price varies| Don’t miss out on your opportunity to grab autographs, photos with special guests, and memorabilia sales during the festival.
Mayberry Days Parade | Saturday, Sept. 23 | Main Street/Rockford Street from Truist Bank (Independence Blvd.) to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
Concerts + comedy shows | Through Sunday, Sept. 23 | Various locations | time varies | $10- $80 | Enjoy live music from various artists and comedians throughout the week.
Got a competitive spirits? Take part of Mayberry Days contests ranging from golf tournaments, pickle toss, trivia, pie eating contest and more. Show ‘em what you’re made of.
Tommy Stinson’s | Monday, Sept. 18 | 6:30-10:30 p.m. | Heyday Guitars, 414 Brookstown Ave. SW, Winston-Salem | $25-$100 | Tommy Stinson, Chip Roberts and Chops Laconte are hitting the road to play some new songs from their debut album “Wronger.”
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Wake Forest Men’s Soccer vs Liberty | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7-9 p.m. | Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Rd, Winston-Salem | $5- $15 | Demon Deacons take on Sparky the Eagle at the Spry Soccer Stadium.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Book Lovers Soiree | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Winston-Salem Historic Inns, 434 Summit St., Winston-Salem | $40 | Take part in a conversation with Sarah McCoy while enjoying drinks. Pro tip: Bring your favorite book to swap with other guests.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Speaking of Art: “Inspire and Discuss” | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Free entry | Liberty Plaza - Culture, 102 W. 3rd St., 9th Floor | Join the conversation with Professor Kimberly Varnadoe and share your art with fellow participants.
Wanna help make Winston-Salem more beautiful and enjoyable to the community? The city council is searching for two volunteers to help take this project on. Interested candidates should contact the city clerk’s office or email Jayme. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 29.
The Rotary Club of Winston-Salem announced its upcoming slate of officers for 2023-2024. Throughout the year, the club distributed over $26,000 to 22 local organizations. The club meets each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center at 301 West Fifth Street.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools students have until Wednesday, Sept. 27 to get their state-required immunization. Clinics will be held at Wiley Magnet Middle School and R.J. Reynolds High School tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 19. (WFDD)
The Shallow Ford Foundation launched The Bingham Arts Series, featuring free outdoor concerts, reception and awards ceremonies, to attract artists + bring people together. The first concert is Sunday, Oct. 8, from 3–5:30 p.m. at The Dock at Historic Broyhill. (The Clemmons Courier)
You can vote for The Piedmont Triad International Airport to be nominated as the best small airport by USA TODAY. The online poll is open until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2. (WXII)
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Enjoy the fun flavors of a cocktail when you try a mocktail instead. | Photo via Pexels
Now more than ever, data shows that consumers are experimenting with what it means to be “sober curious.” The result has been a spike in sales of non-alcoholic beverages and a declining interest in alcoholic drinks.
Here are a few stand-out stats:
Total dollar sales of non-alcoholic beverages grew by 20.6% between August 2021 and 2022. Non-alcoholic beer accounted for 85.3% of those sales.
36% of US consumers reported to have “lost interest in drinking alcohol in general” while 13% reported to be “interested in alternative non-alcoholic beverages.”
Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine, and spirits rose from 0.22% of total alcohol sales in the US in 2018 to 0.47% in 2022.
Global Market Share predicts that the non-alcoholic drinks market will grow to $30 billion by 2025.
Wanna know where you can enjoy a mocktail in Winston-Salem? Check out the link below.
I noticed temperatures are now cooler in the morning and I didn’t expect fall to come so quickly. I’m really looking forward to seeing leaves change color and getting to go on hikes even more during this time on year.
What is your favorite fall activity? Hit reply to let me know!