Newsletter April/May. 2009
**** Merchandise Update ****
* Four New T-shirt Designs for 2009!
We have four new T-shirt designs in the Apparel Section of Weaver’s. All are available in adult sizes Small to 2X-Large. They’re proving to be some of our most popular offerings in a while. They’re $17 each and made of sturdy 100% preshrunk cotton. We think they add good fun to our lineup of licensed Mayberry T-shirts!
Here’s a quick look at the four new designs:
Floyd’s Barbershop Re-Elect Deputy Barney Fife
Mayberry Trio Mayberry Whistlers
And the Apparel Section of Weaver’s has sweatshirts, Goober beanies, and more than 20 designs of T-shirts (most available in Adult sizes Medium through 2X, and several also available in Small).
* The Incredible Mr. Don
Available at a Really Nice Discount!
This oversized 320-page hardcover book (coffee-table style) is compiled by Steve Cox and Kevin Marhanka. The thoroughly researched book has lots of interviews with people who worked with Don Knotts and has more than 200 photos, including a 16-page section of color photos.
It’s a great gift for any Barney Fife and Don Knotts fan to give or receive. And best of all, we’ve got it for $5.00 off the cover price right out of the gate!
As Barney himself said, “Aw, big ain’t the word for it!”
* And Weaver’s also has nice deals on these great DVDs of favorite Don Knotts movies—the ideal accompaniment to this fascinating book about Don’s film career:
* 2009 Andy Griffith Show Wall Calendar $14.00
This 2009 edition of “The Andy Griffith Show” Wall Calendar turns back the clock and has all black-and-white photos, all of which are also from the black-and-white seasons (1960-65).
There’s a nice variety of Mayberry characters in this calendar. In addition to Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, Opie, and Gomer, there are photos of Goober, Floyd, Fun Girl Daphne, and even Mr. McBeevee. Several of these photos have never before been published. We have just a few left this year.
Also, if you haven’t gotten your “highly collectible” 2008 Wall Calendar, we still have some left, including in a special combo offer with this 2009 calendar for only $22.00.
Classic Barney Necktie $25.00
Many graduations—not to mention Father’s Day—are just around the corner. This tie is out of production, so it’s now even more of a collectible. We unexpectedly received one last small shipment from the licensed manufacturer. We’ve got just those few left, and then that’ll be it for this popular fashion statement.
This silk necktie features Barney in black and white (it therefore coordinates with any outfit). Anyone who wears this tie is guaranteed to look suave and worldly. Wear it with the old salt and pepper and it’ll be just right for the dips. Made with fine silk from the Orient.
**** First One Thing and Then Another ****
Whether you’re looking for a Mayberry T-shirt (or for winter, maybe a sweatshirt), a felt Goober beanie for your noggin, something Mayberry for your car, decorative wooden building fronts, Mayberry-related DVDs and CDs, artwork (including some autographed pieces), books, board games and even Barney Fife thermometers and light switch covers, we’ve got most things Mayberry online at Weaver’s. Drop by and have a look around. (We probably even have that special Mayberry item that Santa might not have remembered to put on his sleigh this year.)
Ol’ Ben Weaver heard that Stevens’ Department Store over in Mount Pilot is accepting these three credit cards, so, following Bert Miller’s gentle advice, Ben has grudgingly agreed to accept these for his customer’s purchases, too.
**** Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board & Event Calendar ****
* May 6-TBA: Ronnie Schell stars in Don't Leave It All to the Children--The Musical at the Actors' Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street in New York City. Performance times are 3 p.m. Wed., Sat., and Sun. and 8 p.m. on Sat. Visit http://www.telecharge.com for tickets and more info.
13: It's going to be BIG when
David Browning patrols the Small Business Expo in
* May 29: Get ready to rumble when David Browning rolls
into the Salem Avalanche baseball game in
* May 30: Relax and enjoy yourself while David Browning is on
patrol at the Clinch River Festival in
* June 3: Don't dare miss David Browning at the DARE
* June 6: Yoo-hoo! Do you know who should see David Browning at the Jane Lew Celebration in Jane Lew, W.V.? You, that's who!
* June 25: We don't know whether he'll be a pinch hitter or whether he'll be crawling the bases, but David Browning will be at the Blue Crabs baseball game today in Waldorf, Md.
* July 8-12: Ronnie
Schell headlines at Budd Friedman's
Comedy Improv Room at
* July 11: 9th Annual
Mayberry Squad Car Nationals and
5th Annual "Mayberry Comes to Graysville" festival in
* July 18 and 19: Smoky Mountain Fan Fest
featuring James Best and other members of the “Dukes of
Hazzard” cast, at Smokies Stadium in
* Aug. 8: Maggie Peterson Mancuso joins two of her TV brothers, Doug Dillard
and Rodney Dillard, and their band for a performance at the Third
Annual Mayberry in Troy, a fundraiser for the Montgomery County DARE program
* Sept. 24-27: 20th Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C. Guests confirmed so far include Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Betty Lynn, James Best, LeRoy McNees, Jackie Joseph, George Spence, and Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, in her Mayberry Days debut. Additional stars and further details TBA, but tickets are already available online now for certain parts of the festival at http://www.surryarts.org.
* Oct. 12-17: A Cruise to Mayberry 4 This year's cruise is a 5-day version and it's a relaxing, fun time for all. Being on the cruise is a bit like sitting on Andy's front porch and watching the traffic on the road--only there's no road and no traffic, just the waves and a breeze Visit the website for information and links to photos from previous Mayberry cruises.
**** News of Cast & Crew ****
Play the Game, Andy
Griffith's latest movie, was released in a limited number of
theaters in February. It's starting to get some wider release, but it remains to
be seen how many theaters eventually show it, especially with the crowded
schedule of summer blockbusters around the corner. But that was the same story
for Waitress, Andy's 2007
independent film that followed a similar release schedule and went on to become
a critical and box-office success against big-budget
The cast of Play the Game also includes Doris Roberts
(Raymond's mom on "Everybody Loves Raymond"), Liz Sheridan (Jerry's mom on
"Seinfeld") and Rance
Howard and Clint
Howard, so the film has several talented people who should stir
some interest with audiences.
And "Waitin' on a Woman," the Brad
Paisley song featuring Andy, has won another award, this time for Music Video of
the Year by the
Ron Howard was in the audience at the Academy Awards in February. His Frost/Nixon film had several nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), but didn’t pick up any statues. Angels & Demons, Ron’s next release as director will be in theaters May 15.
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard on the set of Angels & Demons
Rance Howard and George Lindsey enjoy a laugh together during George’s film festival at the University of North Alabama in March.
Photo by Dennis Beal.
It’s déjà vu for Rance Howard as he poses with Opie tribute artist Jamie Sullivan at the George Lindsey/ UNA Film Festival.
Photo by Tammy Sullivan
Look for Clint Howard on duty in another big May film, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which is coming out on May 22. In other Howard family news, Paige Howard, daughter of Ron, has her first major credited role in a movie that has been in theaters this spring. She plays Sue O’Malley in Adventureland.
Rance Howard has also been busy. He’s in several movies that are in various stages of production. And he was in a poignant episode of “ER” in February. He played Dr. Oliver Kostin, a patient (and inspiring doctor) of the ER in an episode called “A Long, Strange Trip.”
Rance also joined Lee Majors as
guest of honor at the 12th Annual George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival in
This year’s festival kicked off
with a special presentation by TAGSRWC’s Kenneth Junkin, representing
has been busy writing this winter.
(His autobiography will be out this summer, and Weaver’s of course will
be stocking it. What a life’s story
he has to tell!) But for now his
attention is turning to important things…such as fishing. He recently took time out for a trip to
reports that she’s doing well. She
has been keeping a busy social calendar in
We had missed the news of the passing in November of three actors who appeared in single episodes of TAGS passed in November. Paul Gilkes, one of our unofficial correspondents, recently heard news about them and contributed to this report:
Michael Higgins died Nov. 5, 2008, in
Wayne Heffley died Nov. 19, 2008, in
June Vincent died on Nov. 20, 2008, in
**** POST NOTE ****
Between issues of the
Weaver’s Newsletter, keep up with the goin’s-on in Mayberry with the
more-or-less daily “Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board?” Digest.
It’s a free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, news
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that list by going to the “Mailing Lists” link at https://www.tagsrwc.com/.
TAGSRWC also publishes The eBullet in more or less alternate months to the Weaver’s Newsletter. The eBullet is the online successor to our longtime printed newsletter, The Bullet. Like the Weaver’s Newsletter, The eBullet is free. It includes some of the same news as the Weaver’s Newsletter, but with more features and depth and a little less emphasis on merchandise news. To sign up, go to https://www.tagsrwc.com/ebullet/joinebullet.htm.
TAGSRWC’s other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our Web site at http://www.tagsrwc.com. It has extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.
The next issue of Weaver’s Newsletter is scheduled for June (with an eBullet coming out in late May).
That’s all for now. We hope you have fun browsing at Weaver’s and visiting http://www.mayberry.com.
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