Thursday & Saturday Night Jam Sessions at the Earle Theatre

Every Thursday and Saturday, the Surry Arts Council hosts jam sessions at the Earle Theatre in Downtown Mount Airy.  Local bands and individual musicians play on the stage and in the mezzanine. Musicians can be found jamming outside the Earle when the weather permits. Musicians take turns playing, singing, and backing up others. Many come just to sit in the auditorium and listen and tap their feet – or dance on the wooden floor in front of the stage.

Thursday jam sessions take place at 7:00 p.m. and are free.  The Saturday jam session occurs from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., just before the live radio broadcast of WPAQ’s Merry-Go-Round. Admission is $5 on Saturdays, which includes admission to the Merry-Go-Round and the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall.


MOUNT AIRY MUSEUM OF REGIONAL HISTORY Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Focuses on Sports

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The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will host the traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” beginning this February.  The traveling exhibit is a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide. It marks the beginning of a year-long tour throughout North Carolina. The exhibit will be at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History from Feb. 28 to April 11.


“This project’s goal is to provide high quality exhibits to rural communities across our state,” said Museum Executive Director Matthew Edwards. “We were the inaugural site in 2010 with the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Music exhibit which inspired our own traveling luthier’s exhibit.” According to Edwards, this marks the first year the exhibit will have traveled.  Edwards explained the Hometown Teams exhibit’s sports emphasis will allow the museum to tie in other sports, such as racing and the early racing heritage of Surry County. He noted that at one time, Mount Airy was a well-known horse racing venue. He said talks are under way to create a local exhibits of sports heritage and said the museum is also looking at a way to host local hall of fame inductee events.


“We are a history museum but we want to be reaching out to be relevant to everyone’s lives,” Edwards said. “The exhibit is another unique way to reach out to different groups.”  He said parts of the popular White Liquor and Dirt Tracks program will be returning with its racer’s round table featuring those familiar with the early days of the sport.  “With Hometown Teams, our state will uniquely engage the many themes of sports as they relate to our society and culture,” said Humanities Council’s Donovan McKnight, program officer. “North Carolina has a central place in the unfolding history of sports, dating back to ancient Cherokee Indians with anetso, the ancestor of modern day lacrosse. The colonial era in North Carolina introduced the traditional sports of horse racing, fishing, hunting, cockfighting, and footraces which tested skills considered valuable in North Carolina’s early agrarian society.”


The modern era of sports in North Carolina also brings with it professional sports teams like the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, and the Charlotte Hornets. These professional teams bring not only social entertainment, but economic impact and international attention to North Carolina. Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress. Persons may learn more at and

Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours and The Darker Side of Mayberry Tour

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 60’s. 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.

Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours held Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm, May through the end of October, Join us for an exciting 90 minute, lantern-lit walking tour through Mount Airy’s streets and it’s historic past. You will hear about 13 of our “less mortal friends” and some of Mount Airy’s resting places. Tours begin and end at the Old North State Winery, 308 N. Main Street. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera and umbrella, if needed. Tickets are $10.00 and pre-paid reservations are required. For more information contact the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 336-786-4478.

What’s the buzz at White Sulphur Springs?

The Cabins

 We love seeing all of our summer visitors to White Sulphur Springs, and the Cabins have been full of guests looking for a relaxing and enjoyable “back to nature” getaway!  Want the buzz, directly from our guests? Check it out below, and visit TripAdvisor and read our “excellent” five star ratings and reviews!

Mary and Family, Fayetteville, NC:“I cannot say enough about how cozy & comfortable the cabins were.    You have everything so well provided & that makes things so much easier for your guests – we really appreciated that.   I really enjoyed the views from the windows, I felt like I was in a tree house & when I pointed that out to our family they all agreed & loved the idea.    All of us commented that we had never slept so soundly in a new setting & now we all want to go out & buy new “cabin soft” mattresses!   We loved sitting on the porch listening to the morning & evening sounds & then watching the fireflies at night — just beautiful.   Walking around the property was something we all enjoyed doing together or on our own & your setting for peaceful walks to the river was so relaxing.  You really have a beautiful area there & all the history surrounding White Sulphur  Springs interested me especially.   I could daydream about being back in time & seeing all the activities that must have taken place there.

We have already recommended your cabins to many of our friends & would recommend them without any hesitation to anyone else.  We had such a wonderful time at White Sulphur & we’re all looking forward to a return trip in the future.    Your beautiful setting, the comfort & well appointed cabins you offer, & the helpfulness & friendliness of your staff make for a perfect vacation — we can’t thank you enough!”

Ron and Family, New Smyrna Beach, Florida:

“We just arrived home about two hours ago after leaving “our” cabin #5 around 7:30 this morning heading back to NSB, Florida!  I say “our” cabin because we felt so at home there and truly did not want to leave!  We knew from your website reviews and pictures that we had a treat in store for us, but the actuality far exceeded even our high expectations!   When we first walked through the door last Tuesday, we were struck by the spaciousness of the cabin along with the beautiful, upscale décor.  The design of the cabin itself is awesome, and obviously well thought out!  Of course we loved the special touches of the luxurious monogrammed towels, the gorgeous bedding (not to mention the comfortable bed), the upscale kitchen appliances, the comfortable quality furniture,  the great vanity area with such a roomy closet, the bath tub with rain shower head,  the rocking chairs on both the front porch and the back deck, and the windows on every side of the cabin with gorgeous woodland views!  I could go on and on…….I haven’t even mentioned the manicured grounds with all the amenities there!  We enjoyed hiking up into what will be Phase 2 and exploring all the areas of WSS!  One of the greatest pleasures was sitting on the back deck with our coffee early each morning and again every evening with our glass of wine.  We also used the front porch rockers during the day. “


Summer Concert featuring The Swingin Medallions at Shelton Vineyards

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014

Swingin Medallions

5 pm to 8 pm

Party Band of the South – The Swingin’ Medallions!

SEASON PASS $75.00 FOR ALL 5 CONCERTS! For each season pass purchase receive 5 FREE Tours and Tastings!

Day of concert all tickets will be $30.00 at the gate. Tickets purchased in advance receive $5 off ticket price. Wine Club Members Advance Ticket Price $20 ~ Limit Four Advance Tickets per Member, per Concert.

Hospitality Tents are available for the 2014 concerts!  Perfect for office parties, reunions or just getting a few friends together at our Shelton at Sunset Concerts!


  • No outside alcoholic beverages allowed on the grounds.
  • Coolers/containers will be checked.
  • Anyone found to be intoxicated or consuming outside alcoholic beverages will be asked to leave the premises with an appropriate driver.
  • All visitors will be “carded” and only persons of legal drinking age may purchase and consume wine.
  • Food and wine are not included in the ticket price.
  • Food will be available for sale, or you may bring your own.
  • No pets allowed on concert days.
  • No personal tents. Call for Tent Rental details.
  • Each advance ticket purchaser must present their ticket when entering gate.
  • If you call for tickets after the date that we can mail we will take the tickets to the Hampton Inn & Suites at Shelton Vineyards frontdesk for pick up.
  • Holder releases management and owner from all liability in the event of accident, damage, theft or any other occurrence while on premises.
  • Concerts will be held rain or shine.
  • No refunds, rain dates or ticket exchanges.

For more information about The The Swingin’ Medallions, please visit their website.

Mayberry Days September 25-28, 2014


Mayberry Days is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans who long for the days when life was simple and the sheriff didn’t carry a gun. Enjoy a bottle of pop while playing checkers, relax to music from many local bands playing the same songs that Andy grew up with and performed on The Andy Griffith Show.

Only one word to describe Mayberry Days – BIG ! From the first swing at the “The Emmett” golf tournament on Thursday morning to eating a barbecue sandwich to singing the last song at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Sunday morning, it’s big! The Surry Arts Council and City of Mount Airy welcomes fans of all ages and from all around the world to Mayberry Days. Make plans now to attend this family friendly festival and enjoy four full days of Mayberry spirit.

There is so much to do during the festival with all types of shows, a parade, Special Guests, contests, a Silent Auction, food, and games. Something for the entire family! Enjoy it all, but remember to to take time to slow down and enjoy what Mayberry means to you.

Mayberry Days events take place in locations around Mount Airy, with the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre being the hubs of activity. Most everything is within walking distance, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes (the festival goes on, rain or shine). There is free parking in the numerous municipal lots downtown. Events are scheduled for minimal overlap where you can enjoy nearly everything.

Be sure to come visit Mount Airy during other times of the year as well. The Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week and theSurry Arts Council has events going on throughout the year, so there are plenty of reasons to return.

For more information:

Fiddle Riddle Opens Downtown

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A new activity in downtown Mount Airy is designed to connect families, and especially young people, with the art, history and culture of the area. The…

Summer is here, school is out and Mount Airy Downtown Inc. has announced a new, family friendly activity for local residents and visitors to enjoy. The Downtown Fiddle Riddle activity is intended to be a fun way to experience the downtown Mount Airy community with the whole family.
According to Main Street Coordinator Lizzie Morrison, each of the 12 fiddles from the First Annual Public Art Fiddle Crawl have their own riddle and question to be answered. The riddles were a collaborative effort between local author Laura Wharton and the Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Promotions Committee.
“The fiddle riddle activity is a wonderfully creative way to have fun with the whole family. This is also a cool approach to introduce public art to the community, especially to children,” said Morrison said. “We hope to teach children to take a closer look at art and our local cultural heritage. The riddles get people of all ages to stop and engage with the art in a fun way.”
The Fiddle Riddle Activity includes a riddle and a question for each of the fiddles. Participants can solve the riddles on the front of their activity sheet, and may design their own fiddle on the back of the sheet. Fiddle Riddle activity sheets can be turned back in to the Visitor’s Center and or mailed to Mount Airy Downtown Inc. at P.O. Box 535, Mount Airy, NC 27030. The entries will be featured on the downtown website and Facebook page.
Participants are encouraged to take their picture with the fiddles and ad the hash tag #downtownmountairy #fiddlecrawl to share their photos on social media. Morrison said voters can make sure their choice of favorite fiddle can be cast at any of the three voting stations located downtown at Old North State Winery, Mayberry Antique Mall, and the Visitor Center, paying $1 per vote..
Votes may also be mailed in to Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Voting proceeds will benefit local artists as well as small businesses within the Municipal Services District for downtown economic development projects.
Fiddle riddle activity sheets are available at the voting booth locations, downtown restaurants, and many downtown businesses. They can also be downloaded at The fiddle riddle activity will be available until October, when 9 of the 12 fiddles will be auctioned off at Old North State Winery on Oct. 24.
For more information on the Public Art Fiddle Crawl, persons may contact: Lizzie Morrison, Mount Airy Downtown Inc. 336.786.4511 or 


Mount Airy Named One of NC’s Top Small Cities

Great news about Mount Airy! Our town has just been named as one of North Carolina’s top small cities by Cities Journal magazine. Read the article here and chime in with your thoughts about what makes Mount Airy so great.

Cities Journal speaks about Mount Airy’s “claim to fames”, including Bluegrass music, Andy Griffith and our granite, but there’s even more to this town!  White Sulphur Springs is the spot where a lot of great moments in history took place, including the era of the famed White Sulphur Springs hotel.  People visited White Sulphur Springs from all over the area and all over the world and would spend weeks or even months at this relaxing getaway retreat.

Building off our history is one of our greatest motivators at White Sulphur Springs. We hope to create a similar feeling of community, comfort and relaxation. With this season of spring upon us, maybe it’s time that you thought about new beginnings in your life, whether it’s a relaxing getaway at our Cabins or whether you want to join us and stay for awhile. Let us help you build your dream home here, either for permanent year-round living or for a second home for you and your family. Have you gotten a taste of what we are creating at White Sulphur Springs?

Contact us to learn more.  We can’t wait to see you at White Sulphur Springs and in Mount Airy, one of North Carolina’s best small cities!

Snowpocalypse 2014!

Many of you know that we have just had a LOT of snow in Mount Airy!  About 17 inches of beautiful snow fell last week at White Sulphur Springs.  It was beautiful and enjoyable.  We were able to easily scrape the roads in so that our guests at The Cabins were able to enjoy their Valentine’s and Presidents Day  weekend.  We had folks in from New York, Kentucky and North Carolina!  It is always so nice to have visitors to “our part of the world” and we hope that you’ll come back.

White Sulphur Springs has it all, regardless of the season.  Winter is especially quiet and you can almost hear the snow falling.  Our guests were taking full advantage of the fireplaces at The Cabins!  It won’t be long before we start thinking about spring.  We have had some warm days this week, so our snow from last week is quickly disappearing.  What do you think – will we get another dash of winter in North Carolina or are spring days ahead?

Regardless of what’s to come, White Sulphur Springs is a great place to experience it all.  Come Taste the Simpler Life – schedule a tour or a weekend getaway today!