2015 Summer Season at the Blackmon Amphitheatre

 

The Blackmon Amphitheatre is hosting another great line up of live music and entertainment starting April 30, 2015 and throughout the summer. On Beach Music nights, Shelton Vineyards provides great Yakin Valley wine and the Dairy Center has hot dogs. People are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to spread out on the grass with friends and family. Be sure to bring your best shoes for dancing!

Tickets for individual shows are $11 at the gate except for the special Mayberry Days concerts. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Children under 12 are admitted free at Blackmon Amphitheatre events when accompanied by guardians with tickets or Season Pass.

The new 2014-15 Season Pass is now available online or by phone at 336.786.7998. The cost is only $100 and is good for all summer series shows at the Blackmon Amphitheatre.

 

Day

Date

Performance

Friday

April 24

TIM ELLIOTT AND CCB (country)
Thursday

April 30

THE EMBERS featuring CRAIG WOOLARD
Friday

May 1

THE MAGNIFICENTS BAND
Saturday

May 2

THE ENVISION BAND
Thursday

May 7

THE LIQUID PLEASURE BAND
Friday

May 8

GARY LOWDER & SMOKIN’ HOT BAND
Saturday

May 9

PHATT CITY BAND
Friday

May 15

THE CATALINAS
Saturday

May 16

THE WILL JONES BAND (Country)
Thursday

May 21

JIM QUICK AND COASTLINE
Friday

May 22

TIM CLARK BAND
Saturday

May 23

THE MARK ROBERTS BAND
Friday

May 29

TOO MUCH SYLVIA
Saturday

May 30

TIM ELLIOTT & CCB (Country)
Friday

June 5

THE ATTRACTIONS BAND
Thursday

June 11

THE EMBERS featuring CRAIG WOOLARD
Friday

June 12

SPECIAL OCCASION BAND
Saturday

June 13

THE CASTAWAYS
Friday

June 19

SPARE CHANGE BAND
Thursday

June 25

BAND OF OZ
Friday

June 26

THE TAMS
Wednesday

July  1

STEVE OWENS and SUMMERTIME
Thursday

July  2

JIM QUICK & COASTLINE
Friday

July 3

THE ENVISION BAND
Thursday

July 9

THE ENTERTAINERS
Friday

July 10

JIMMY LOWRY TRIBUTE with Steve Jarrell
Saturday

July 11

RICK STRICKLAND BAND
Friday

July 17

FANTASY BAND
Friday

July 24

FANTASTIC SHAKERS
Saturday

July 25

THE MAIN EVENT BAND
Friday

July 31

HOLIDAY BAND
Thursday

August 6

LEGACY MOTOWN TRIBUTE
Friday

August 7

THE MAGNIFICENTS BAND
Friday

August 14

PHATT CITY BAND
Saturday

August 15

THE WILL JONES BAND (Country)
Friday

August 21

THE ENTERTAINERS
Saturday

August 22

POCKET CHANGE BAND
Wednesday

August 26

LIQUID PLEASURE BAND
Thursday

August 27

NORTH TOWER
Friday

August 28

THE EMBERS featuring CRAIG WOOLARD
Saturday

August 29

THE MARK ROBERTS BAND
Friday

September 4

SUMMER DAZE BAND
Saturday

September 5

WILL JONES BAND (Country)
Friday

September 11

THE ENVISION BAND
Wednesday

September 23

BAND OF OZ
Mayberry Days Concert ($16 or Season Pass)
Thursday

September 24

THE EMBERS featuring CRAIG WOOLARD
Mayberry Days Concert ($16 or Season Pass)
Friday

September 25

THE MAGNIFICENTS
Mayberry Days Concert ($11 or Season Pass)

Visit The Cabins at White Sulphur Springs this Spring!

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White Sulphur Springs offers an escape from the relentless pace and noisy life of the city. It is an invitation to recapture the feeling of that soul-stirring age when time was measured not by the harsh tick of a clock but the gentle fall of a leaf.  We recognize and appreciate the history and unique natural attributes found here at the footsteps of the Appalachian Mountains. The banks of the Ararat River are protected and will remain undeveloped. Residents and guests at White Sulphur Springs will have complete access to the river to fish, canoe or just watch the river gently flow. Feel free to sample our famous mineral-rich water that has flowed for decades from a spring beside the river. An octagon-shaped, hewn granite enclosure protects the well and provides safe and easy access to passers by. Our mineral springs are prominently listed onwww.findaspring.com/category/usa/north-carolina/

 

Beloved in Mayberry as Jim Lindsey – James Best 1926-2015

James Best Obituary

Obituary for
JAMES BEST

Beloved in Mayberry as Jim Lindsey and Everywhere as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard”

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HICKORY, N.C., April 6, 2015—James Best, the actor best known for his portrayal of bumbling yet endearing Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died Monday night after a brief illness and complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

Jimmie and Andy--A job well done.

The youngest of eight brothers and a sister, James was born Jewel Franklin Guy in hardscrabble Powderly, Ky., on July 26, 1926, to parents Lena Mae Everly Guy (sister of Ike Everly, who was father of musical legends Don and Phil) and Larkin Jasper Guy. After spending a short time in an orphanage following his mother’s death in 1929, the young boy was adopted by Essa and Armen Best and moved with them to their home in Corydon, Ind.

When his adoptive parents asked what name he wanted to be called, young Jewel said, “Jimmie,” likely a toddler’s recollection of the name of one of his older brothers. Jimmie’s adoptive father taught him boxing skills, marksmanship with assorted firearms and a lifelong passion for fishing and the outdoors. During his youth, Jimmie also sacked groceries at the local Kroger with a future governor of Indiana (Frank O’Bannon), was a Boy Scout and acted in his first play, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Jimmie’s experiences and observations as a boy growing up in the Great Depression would later be inspiration for his writing the play Hell-Bent for Good Times, which he also produced, directed and starred in with leading lady Peggy Stewart to rave reviews from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Jimmie also adapted the play for the screen and had even filmed some sample scenes for his Best Friend Films production company.

Jimmie starring in 1959's  "Verboten!" in front of what soon would be transformed into the Mayberry Courthouse.

While ideas for future creative works percolated, Jimmie, fresh out of high school in 1944, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps with dreams of being a pilot. But the Air Corps at that point needed gunners and radio operators more than pilots, so Jimmie trained for those duties instead. Once most of the enemy’s aircraft were out of commission and there was less need for him to be fighting in the sky, Jimmie was transferred to the military police to help handle dangerous problems on the ground in Germany. Many of Jimmie’s experiences as an MP contending with theWerwolf resistance in Germany during the war were incorporated into Samuel Fuller’s acclaimed 1959 film Verboten! in which Jimmie starred as Sergeant David Brent.

It was during his real wartime on the ground in Germany that Sergeant Best became enlightened about how servicemen who entertained the troops as part of Special Services were given better food and living quarters and, most important, got to travel and socialize with the pretty actresses in those units. And he noticed that the folks in Special Services also generally didn’t have people shooting at them.

Jimmie used his stellar record with the military police as leverage to join the military theatrical company. His first role was playing a drunk in director Arthur Penn’s production in Germany of My Sister Eileen. Jimmie’s show business career was now officially locked and loaded.

After the war, Jimmie had stars in his eyes and headed to New York City with visions of Broadway. He ended up honing his acting skills in winter stock and summer stock productions. He also did some fashion modeling, which got him noticed by an influential Hollywood casting director. That led to Jimmie’s leap to Hollywood as a contract player for Universal Studios, where Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Shelley Winters and war hero Audie Murphy were among the group of budding contract players with Jimmie at the time.

Jimmie with James Stewart in the TV series "Hawkins."

Jimmie stayed busy in lots of films, including classic westerns with movie legends who would become friends, such as James Stewart (four films together, including Winchester ’73) and Paul Newman (two films, including The Left-Handed Gun, which was also a nice reunion for Jimmie with director Arthur Penn). Mr. Stewart, as Jimmie always referred to him, was Jimmie’s icon and mentor. They became great friends. Jimmie’s prize possession was the framed sketch that Mr. Stewart drew for him of Harvey the rabbit. Jimmie called it his Oscar. Farther from Oscar, Jimmie also starred in purely popular fare during this period, including a Ma and Pa Kettle film, as well as one with Francis the Talking Mule.

Jimmie in "The Jar," a 1964 episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour with George Lindsey (right) and Collin Wilcox.

Jimmie himself could be mule-like—that is, hard-kicking, ornery and stubborn. Jimmie’s storied reputation as a renegade eventually led to his essentially being prematurely turned out to pasture at Universal, while also being considered too hot to handle by other studios, with one key exception. Gene Autry gave Jimmie good work when he needed it most. Jimmie was soon back working steadily, first on Autry’s TV show and then for many others. He performed in hundreds of episodes for TV, including iconic roles in multiple installments of hits such as “The Twilight Zone,” “Alfred Hitchcock” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Jimmie’s work with Jerry Lewis on a 1965 episode of TV’s “Ben Casey” led to more work with Lewis (including Three on a Couch) and a long friendship filled with laughs, not a little tomfoolery and some fishing. Likewise, Jimmie first worked with Burt Reynolds in a 1963 episode of “Gunsmoke.” Their friendship and appreciation of each other’s work led to later collaboration on film (including Hooper) and theater projects and many legendary adventures.

Jimmie’s natural curiosity and creative energy were qualities that always made him an interesting person to work with and just to be around. He was a prolific and respected painter of oils and watercolors. He was a black belt in karate. He also founded a highly regarded school of motion-picture technique for actors, which he operated in various forms and locations for more than 25 years. (Students included Lindsay Wagner, Roger Miller, Glen Campbell, Quentin Tarantino and Regis Philbin.) His expertise not only in writing, directing and performing in plays and films but also in teaching acting technique led to his being named artist in residence at the University of Mississippi during an “escape” from Hollywood in the early 1970s. He also taught acting and film technique at the University of Central Florida.

He returned to Hollywood in the 1970s to work on camera and behind the scenes on a string of hit films, including Best Picture nominee Sounder, Ode to Billy Joe and three with Burt Reynolds. But what happened next was as unexpected as it was stupendously successful. Lured both by the prospect of filming a TV series in prime fishing country in Georgia and by the chance to work with old pal Denver Pyle, Jimmie agreed to work on a mid-season replacement series for CBS called “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and Rosco chase those Duke boys.

If there were ever any question that the cool, dashing and sometimes rough-edged actor of dozens of gritty westerns and war films could be believable in a comedy, the answer came in 1979 in the person of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, which would become the signature role of Jimmie’s long Hollywood career. In many ways, it was an ironic yet natural fit for Jimmie, the fabled Hollywood rebel, to comically portray a character who is a blundering fool at trying to enforce laws and outwit rural rule-benders like “those Duke boys.”

Throughout the decades that followed its seven-season run and two reunion movies, “Dukes” continued to keep Jimmie busy with reunions and personal appearances at festivals and fan gatherings. Through the enormous viewership of “Dukes” reruns, the popularity of the show has now spanned several generations of fans.

Jimmie recently with one of his beloved dogs, Sparkles.

Keenly devoted to dogs and an advocate for their humane treatment, Jimmie was always especially thrilled to meet fans who, as homage to Rosco’s beloved basset hound Flash, brought their own basset hounds to meet Jimmie, who kept some “doggie num nums” handy to offer as treats.

BestPaintingJimmie reveled in the enthusiasm for the show that was displayed by fans of all ages, many of whom were also among the ardent admirers of his paintings, most of which depict the great outdoors and rustic subjects, including, in recent years, some inspired by “Dukes.”

Jimmie at a 2008 Reunion of friends from Hitchcock's "The Jar" in Florence, Ala. Reunion moderator Terry Pace is at left with George Lindsey and director Norman Lloyd.  Photo by Anita Pace.

Even while happily satisfying the huge public demand to see and meet Rosco, Jimmie continued with his passion for writing (including songs, poems, plays and screenplays), producing, directing and performing for stage and screen. His skills and taste ranged from solemn to silly and from heartfelt to campy. The common denominators were his passion, talent, true grit, genuine wit and boundless work ethic.

KillerShrewsDVDThere is perhaps no better example of his persistence than his dream pet project of producing a sequel to The Killer Shrews, the 1959 cult horror classic in which Jimmie starred. Jimmie’s dream came true with the 2012 release of the nightmarish Return of the Killer Shews, with Jimmie not only reprising his original role, but also helping to develop and write the film over a period of years. It is a movie that never would have been made without Jimmie and wife Dorothy’s sheer force of will that it simply must be done. It was just too obvious of a chance for some great fun for everybody involved.

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Once again showing his wide range, Jimmie’s last completed film was 2013’s The Sweeter Side of Life, a tender movie for Hallmark that was written and produced by daughter Janeen Damian and her husband, Michael, who also directed. And back on stage, James won a Best Actor award for a 2014 production of On Golden Pond. At the time of his death, he also was scheduled to star in Old Soldiers, a feature film about World War II veterans that was set to begin filming this year. And he was hard at work on co-writing a screenplay about the Civil War.

BestCoverJimmie was always totally present in whatever he was doing. He was also always eager to see what interesting experiences he could get into next. He had the perspective and wisdom that comes with a long life lived to the fullest. As he wrote in his 2009 autobiography, Best in Hollywood: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful, “The only thing that makes me sad about having so little time left is leaving the people I love and those who love me. There are also films and other projects that I want to get done, and there are always fish that need catching.”

Realizing full well that he had lived a charmed life and that he was blessed to have been able to follow his rainbow, Jimmie looked forward to still more opportunities to embrace life with his legendary gusto. As he stated at the end of his autobiography: “God be willing, maybe I will touch my rainbow one more time before He takes my hand and leads me to eternity.”

Jimmie and Dorothy

As full and accomplished as Jimmie’s professional career was, family and friends made his life complete. In 1986, he married actress Dorothy Collier, the love of his life and partner in all things for several years before their marriage and his beloved wife for the next 29 years, until his passing. He is also survived by son Gary Allen Best and wife Angela Best, daughter JoJami Best Tyler and husband Eric Tyler, and daughter Janeen Damian and husband Michael Damian; and by grandchildren Lauren Best, Cameron Tyler and Tessa Tyler.

Private arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local humane society of choice.

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Best Moment--Jimmie Best (far right) at the TV Land Statue dedication at Mayberry Days 2004, with (l-r) George Spence, Andy Griffith, Betty Lynn and LeRoy McNees. Photo by Hobart Jones.

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Statement from Tom Wopat, costar as Luke Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard”:

“The work he did with Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) probably defined our show as much as the car chases. He was a fine actor, director and mentor, and an even better friend. He will be greatly missed.”

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Statement from John Schneider, costar as Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard”:

“Jimmie Best—of course, I laughed. But I learned more about acting in front of a camera from Jimmie Best in an afternoon than from anyone else in a year. When asked to cry on camera, he would say, ‘Sure thing…which eye?’ I’m forever thankful to have cut my teeth in the company of such a fine man.”

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Statement from Sonny Shroyer costar as Enos Strate on “The Dukes of Hazzard”:

“James Best will go down as one of the greatest actors that ever lived—a great friend and the only sheriff I ever really loved. I will always miss him calling me “dipstick.” I know he loved me and I loved him.”

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Statement from Rick Hurst, costar as Cletus Hogg on “The Dukes of Hazzard”:

“Jimmie’s love of creativity and the arts was surpassed only by his love of family—and maybe fishing. He was fiercely loyal to those around him, sometimes using a firebrand element of his nature for the common good. I will always love Jimmie for his kindness to me, remembering him for his sparkling, piercing wit, and envying him for his full head of hair. Here’s to a life well and fully lived.”

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Statement from Ben Jones, costar as Cooter Davenport on “The Dukes of Hazzard”:

“Jimmie Best was the most constantly creative person I have ever known. Every minute of his long life was spent acting, writing, producing, painting, teaching, fishing, or involved in another of his life’s many passions. As an actor, he could play it tough or gentle or hilariously and outrageously funny. He wrote plays and screenplays and poems. His oils and watercolors were wistful and they perfectly captured the rural life in which he had grown up and which he loved. As a teacher, he influenced a generation of actors. He was a world-class fisherman, an extraordinary raconteur, and a devoted friend, husband and father. That creative energy and zest for life were there until the end. He will be greatly missed, but his work will last for generations to come. He was one of a kind, and it was one of the blessings of my life to have worked with him for all these years. Alma and I are thinking of Dorothy and the family right now. Rest in peace, old friend.”—Ben Jones and wife Alma Viator

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Statement from Corey Eubanks, stuntman on “The Dukes of Hazzard”:

“The greatest pleasures in life are to love and to laugh. And I have met no man who has given more love or made more people laugh than James Best. To say the world is a better place because of him would be a ridiculous understatement. And to call him my friend is truly an honor.”

Rockford Civil War Living History Weekend

10th Annual Civil War Battle & Living History Weekend in Rockford at The Historic Village of Rockford on March 7 & 8. Re-enactors will take you back in time to experience the life of a Civil War soldier at this living history weekend. There will be events all day, but the battle reenactments are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday is a civilwar10:30 a.m. outdoor church service at the amphitheater. Homemade country ham biscuits, chicken stew, pintos, cornbread, fried apple pies & more are available at the Rockford General Store which is open all weekend. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rockford General Store at 336-374-5317. This event is open to the public and family-friendly. Call for directions – do not use GPS.

Date/Time
Date(s) – 03/07/2015 – 03/08/2015
All Day

Location
Rockford General Store

Admission : free – food and drinks available for purchase

Contact Person :

Phone : 336-374-5317

Email : storemail@rockfordgeneralstore.com

Contact Person :

Website www.rockfordgeneralstore.com

WPAQ Merry-Go-Round Live Radio Broadcast February 14, 2015

bluegrassHistoric Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall

Weekly WPAQ Merry-Go-Round live radio broadcast, featuring local bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and/or country bands – every Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Historic Earle Theatre in Downtown Mount Airy at 11 a.m., followed by a bluegrass/old-time jam session. The cost is $5 per person. This is the second-longest-running live radio broadcast in the entire nation, next to the Grand Old Opry.

142 N. Main Street – Mount Airy
Date/Time

Date(s) – 02/14/2015
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location
Historic Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall

Admission : $5

Contact Person :

Phone : 336-786-7998

Email : arts@surryarts.org

Contact Person :

Website www.surryarts.org

Events Happening this weekend in Mt. Airy!

In the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Surry County Continues the Dream

Date/Time
Date(s) – 01/17/2015
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

Admission : free

Contact Person :

Phone : 336-786-4478

Email :

Contact Person :

Website www.northcarolinamuseum.org
Free program at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History – “In the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Surry County Continues the Dream” on January 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This program will focus on the sacrifices, love, learning, service, perseverance, and hope of the African-American community in Surry County. Light refreshments will follow the program. Free admission; donations accepted. Co-Directors are Mrs. Cheryl Yellow Fawn Scott and Mrs. LaDonna McCarther. The event will take place on the third floor of the museum, which is located in Downtown Moutn Airy at 301 N. Main Street.

Merry-Go-Round Concert and Live Radio Broadcast

 Date/Time

Date(s) – 01/17/2015
11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location
Historic Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall

Admission : $5

Contact Person :

Phone : 336-786-7998

Email :

Contact Person :

Website
Weekly WPAQ Merry-Go-Round live radio broadcast, featuring local bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and/or country bands – every Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Historic Earle Theatre in Downtown Mount Airy at 11 a.m., followed by a bluegrass/old-time jam session. The cost is $5 per person. This is the second-longest-running live radio broadcast in the entire nation, next to the Grand Old Opry.

Get Away to the Simpler Life

The Cabins at White Sulphur Springs are located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 3 miles from historic downtown Mount Airy, and 8 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. DIRECTIONS. Our property is the site of the former historic White Sulphur Springs Hotel “Circa 1910″. The 7.5-acre Front Lawn sits adjacent to the Ararat River.

Rent our quaint and comfortable cabins and enjoy some of the same benefits guests did at the turn of the last century. Enjoy the same views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the clean fresh air. Enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, horse shoes, croquet, hammock swinging and porch sitting.

Darker Side of Mayberry Tours almost over!

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
301 N. Main Street – Mount Airy
Details

Date/Time

Date(s) – 10/24/2014 – 10/26/2014
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

Admission : $11

Contact Person : Karen Nealis

Phone : 336-786-4478

Email : kznealis@northcarolinamuseum.org

Contact Person : Karen Nealis

Website www.northcarolinamuseum.org

Now it can be told! Mount Airy’s history as “Little Chicago” has been swept under the rug a long time ago as the city turned to cleaning up its image in the 60s. Can you handle the truth? This 90 minute walking tour of our downtown area is handicapped-accessible and will take you to the areas some folks around here would still rather not talk about. Murder, mayhem, and moonshine are just some of the things you’ll hear about from one of our trained guides as you go behind the scenes of our famous squeaky-clean image. NO names have been changed to protect anyone!

Tours are held June through October at 3pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are $11 per person. Make your reservation by calling the Museum at 336-786-4478

It’s Corn Maze Time!

Corn Maze

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Date(s) – 09/06/2014
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Location
Riverside Family Farm

Admission : $8 for ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under

Contact Person :

Phone : 336-719-0499

Email :

Contact Person :

Website www.riversidefamilyfarm.com

Field of fun and adventure corn maze! Riverside Family Farm is offering a professionally designed corn maze with educational word games as well as hayrides, corn kernel “sand box”, horse shoes, corn hole and more! You can also pick out a pumpkin. Groups welcome!

Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m., through the end of October.

Handicap accessible.
Bring your own flashlight of purchase one at the farm for $3.00. Concessions available for purchase.