Volume 9, Issue 2
April 7, 2009
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An Online newsletter of
“The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC)
Volume 9, Issue 2
April 7, 2009
Welcome to our second issue of The eBullet for 2009, the 30th Anniversary year of TAGSRWC! Things are slowly shaping up (is there another way in Mayberry?) for a nice year of events.
With spring now here and summer around the corner, we’re getting into the busier times for Mayberry happenings. But already this year there have been some fun things going including George Lindsey’s film festival in early March.
Here are some of the events on the Mayberry horizon.
**** Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board & Event Calendar ****
*Apr. 23: Ronnie Schell and his North Beach Rookies
perform at 8 p.m. at the Throckmorton Theater in
*Apr. 25: David Browning entertains at
Show fundraiser at
*Apr. 30 and May 1: Mayberry-Themed
Fundraiser for Eagles’
Wings featuring a golf tournament including
celebrities on Thurs. and a Dinner, Auction, and Mayberry Show in the
Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium in
* May 2: The 22nd Annual Uncle Jesse's Big Bass Classic in Paris, Tex. This tournament was founded by and is now held in memory of Denver Pyle. There's a lot of fishing, entertainment, food, and fun. For more info visit http://www.unclejessefishing.com
*May 9-TBA: Ronnie Schell stars in Don’t Leave It All to the
Children--The Musical at the Actors Temple
*May 13: It’s going to be BIG
when David Browning patrols the Small
Business Expo in
* Angels & Demons, the latest film directed by Ron Howard, opens in theaters nationwide.
*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
Dillard, and their band for a performance
at the Third
Annual Mayberry in Troy, a fundraiser for
the Montgomery County DARE program in
*Sept. 24-27: 20th Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C. Details TBA, but tickets are 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 competition.
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 Academy of Country Music. The award was announced just prior to the national telecast of the awards show on April 5.
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
Father 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
reports that she’s doing well. She
has been keeping a busy social calendar in
**** Chapter Update ****
We have two new chapters since the January eBullet:
Mayberry Club of
That brings our total number of chapters founded to 1,339.
If you’re interested in starting a
chapter of TAGSRWC, all you need to do is choose a name that hasn’t
already been picked, and submit it with a list of your founding members
What you do as a chapter is
entirely up to you. Your group can do as much or as little as
you like. Or write to us also if you would like to contact a
chapter near you. Our address is TAGSRWC,
**** Merchandise Update ****
Here are some highlighted items. And browse the complete lineup of items at Weaver’s Dept. Store at http://www.iMayberry.com.
* Four New T-shirt Designs for 2009!
We have four brand new T-shirt designs in the Apparel Section of Weaver’s. All are available in adult sizes Small to 2X-Large. 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 Knotts
Released Last Fall and Still Available at a Really Nice Discount!
This oversized 320-page hardcover book (coffee-table style) is compiled by Steve Cox and Kevin Marhanka. Released last fall, the thoroughly researched book has lots of interviews with people who worked with Don Knotts, and it 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 great DVDs of favorite Don Knotts movies—the ideal accompaniment to this fascinating book about Don’s film career:
* Don Knotts 4-Movie Reluctant Hero DVD Pack $29.00
Featuring The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Reluctant Astronaut, The Shakiest Gun in the West and The Love God? This super Hero collection of four classic Don Knotts movies from the 1960s on DVD is hard to beat. You get all four movies for a nice price that even cost-conscious Barney Fife would jump at.
* The Incredible Mr. Limpet DVD $16.00
This classic film starring Don Knotts and featuring the voice of Elizabeth MacRae is a wonderfully entertaining and innovative use of animation and live action. Includes an introduction by Don Knotts and other special features.
* “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” DVDs
The final season (the fifth) of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” is now available. We also carry the other four seasons. And we have a brand new Box Set of All Five Seasons of “Gomer Pyle,” too. Individual seasons are $32.00 each (vs. a list price of $40.00). The Five-Season Box set is just $145.00 (vs. a list price of $190.00). Shazam indeed!
* And the Complete Second Season of “Matlock” has just been released. We also carry the Complete First Season. Both list for $49, but we’ve got them for just $39 each.
* Classic Barney Necktie $25.00
This tie is out of production, so it’s now even more of a collectible. We’ve 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.
A Sad Loss for Weaver’s and Mayberry
Ruth Spencer 1930-2009
Weaver’s and the Mayberry community at large lost one of our most beloved, nicest, and most talented friends on February 19. That’s the day that Ruth Spencer died at the age of 78.
Many Mayberry fans got to know Ruth through her
attending many events that were reasonably reachable by car from her
Ruth (or ‘Aunt R” as she didn’t seem to mind our
taking the liberty to call her) also had a special connection to
Weaver’s. She is
the person who lovingly made hundreds of the felt Goober beanies that
we’ve sold over the years. One
of our all-time most popular items at Weaver’s, these beanies have
found a home on happy heads from
Ruth was one of those people who made you feel instantly at ease with her happy demeanor. You could tell that she genuinely enjoyed life, was grateful for her blessings, and was secure in her faith and the love she shared with family and friends.
Ruth Spencer with Howard Morris
at Mayberry in
the Midwest in
What some of us didn’t know until after she passed
away was that she was an instructor for airborne radar repairmen at
Keesler Air Force Base in
Ruth has left a permanent hug in the memories of all who knew her. And recipients of Goober beanies from Weaver’s also now know that they have much more than a Goober-style cover for their heads. They have a heartfelt piece of craftsmanship made by a very special person.
In addition to son Gary, Ruth Spencer is survived by another son, their wives, four grandchildren, a brother, three sisters, and many nieces and nephews. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Donations to Charities
Through our Weaver’s Dept. Store sales, “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC) supports several nonprofit Mayberry-related events and charities throughout the year.
Among the events/organizations we support are
Mayberry Days in
A portion of sales of all items we sell goes toward
these and other efforts and charities. And we have several
items (including Grab-Bags, Hal Smith Scripts, and Ceramic and
Donations for Surry Arts Council
The “challenges” of today’s economy are putting a real squeeze on donations to many civic and charitable organizations. To bolster the support that Weaver’s Dept. Store and TAGSRWC are able to provide, we’ve decided to create options where customers can add $5, $10 or $20 to their orders when shopping online at Weaver’s.
The full amount of your chosen donation
will be added to TAGSRWC’s collective
donation to the Surry Arts Council in
If you wish to give more than $20 to the Surry Arts Council, we suggest that you donate directly through their Web site. (You’ll qualify for a tax deduction that way.) Their Web site is at www.surryarts.org. Click on the “Make a Donation” link, which provides several options for giving.
Thank you for considering these options for helping us give a boost to Mayberry Days and the Surry Arts Council. We know it’s a tough time to be requesting a little extra help. On the other hand, times like these are when we all can use Mayberry more than ever.
In addition to accepting orders online or by mail, our Weaver’s
Dept. Store has a phone number FOR ORDERS ONLY
(615) 604-1298. The phone number is generally in
operation from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. CT Monday through Saturday. Please
call this number only for ordering or for inquiring about orders placed
by phone. All inquiries about online orders and mail orders
should be made online and by mail, respectively.
**** Chapter News ****
Members of several chapters and of TAGSRWC at large attended the George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival in March. The picture below shows representatives of some of those chapters.
A few of the TAGSRWC members attending the George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Dennis Beal.
Some other chapters checking in so far this year have included Mayberry Undercover Agents (Danville, Va.), Mayberry chapter (
We always look forward to hearing from chapters. As we celebrate our 30th year in 2009, we’re especially eager to hear from chapters with news and photos, either by e-mail (PresidingGoober@iMayberry.com) or by U.S. Mail.
**** Miss Crump’s Mayberry Quiz #77 ****
Miss Crump is enjoying an extended Spring Break this issue and will return with a quiz and prizes galore (well, O.K., prizes for two or three winners) in May.
**** Post Note ****
If you ever miss receiving an issue of The eBullet, you can always catch up by reading it in the eBullet Archives in the Newsletters section at iMayberry.com. Each issue is usually placed in the Archives within about a week of its being distributed
Between issues of The eBullet, keep up with the goings-on in Mayberry with the daily “Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board?“ Digest. It’s a free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, newsflashes, and questions and answers from subscribers. You can sign up for that list by going to the “Mailing Lists” link at http://tagsrwc.com. It also has its own password-protected Archives where you can follow the ongoing stream of messages.
TAGSRWC also publishes Weaver’s Newsletter in more-or-less alternate months to The eBullet. Like The eBullet, the Weaver’s Newsletter is free. Its focus is mainly on new Mayberry merchandise and collectibles and quick newsflashes. To sign up, go to: http://mail.weaversdepartmentstore.com/mailman/listinfo/newsletter_weaversdepartmentstore.com
TAGSRWC’s other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our Web site at http://www.tagsrwc.com (and its sister site http://www.iMayberry.com. Both sites have extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.The next issue of The eBullet is scheduled for May, with a Weaver’s Newsletter planned for late April.