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Sylva, NC: More than just a cool courthouse…

Welcome to Sylva… a progressive small town in Jackson County situated amidst the Great Smoky Mountains. Downtown, a Main Street community, has many restaurants and shops along its tree-lined streets.

Educational opportunities are virtually unlimited, with Western Carolina University only 7 miles away in Cullowhee, and Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

Recreational opportunities are numerous and diverse here. They have a state of the art playground designed by our children and built by the community.

The town owns a pristine tract of land, Pinnacle Park, that boasts hiking trails, waterfalls, and a town view from 5,000 feet.

The Tuckasegee River is known for its whitewater and trout populations.  And the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 30 minute drive away.

For more, visit http://www.mountainlovers.com!

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Upcoming Book Signings at Mayberry Days


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Mayberry Days, the annual pilgrimage for all Andy Griffith Show fans to the town that started it all, Mount Airy, NC.

I go to Mount Airy often since I am fortunate enough to live about 25 minutes away. I see all walks of life walking around downtown…all of them excited to have found Mayberry. It can be 30 degrees and raining and there will still be a good sized group walking down Main Street and standing in line for a pork chop sandwich at Snappy’s. I love to see all the young kids wearing Mayberry t-shirts.

If you’re in town for Mayberry Days come by and say hey. I’ll be with my good friends, Debbie and Darrel Miles at Mayberry on Main on Friday…and I’ll be in the parade Saturday morning, then at The Surry Arts Council for the rest of the day. myairy809 010

Mayberry on Main: http://www.mayberryonmain.com/
Mount Airy: http://www.visitmayberry.com/
Surry Arts Council: http://www.surryarts.org

To learn more about the book, visit: InSearchofMayberry.com!  

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Book Signing at Mayberry on Main – August 29th!


I never need an excuse to visit Mount Airy. In fact, I look for reasons to make the 25 minute drive every day. On Saturday, August 29th I have a GREAT reason to make the trip! I’ll be signing books at Mayberry on Main in beautiful Downtown Mount Airy.

Darrel & Debbie Miles, owners of the store, have got to be some of the nicest folks I’ve ever met. They invited me up to do a book signing in the store and I was quick to accept. Darrel & Debbie have an awesome story about how they opened the store. Instead of me interpreting, here’s their story…straight from them:

We have been visiting Mt. Airy since 1999.   We are both Andy Griffith fans and began coming to the Mayberry Days Festival and liked coming in early every year and staying as long as we could.   In June of this year we made the permanent move from Indiana to Mt Airy. 

After 32 years at the same mfg company in Indiana, Darrel was ready for a change.   Debbie’s background is in interior design and administrative office work, so the two make a pretty well rounded pair.   They have been married for over 30 years and have two daughters, Natalie and Samantha.  They also have two grandchildren, Gregory and Gweneth, who have all moved down here to Mount Airy from Indiana. 

We had always wanted to do something (business wise) together, so we were happy to find the shop space available on North Main and we found and bought a house on North Main.    We love our home and our neighbors have been wonderful.   They have really made us feel welcome and we are happy to be a part of this wonderful community.  Our “merchant neighbors” have been supportive and encouraging to us too. Especially Russell Hiatt (aka “Floyd” of Floyd’s City Barber Shop) who has taken us under his wing and has offered a lot of advice and always adds a little humor to our day. 

For more information, visit: http://mayberryonmain.com.

I’m looking forward to spending the day in Mount Airy with my new friends and signing books for more new friends. I’m sure we’ll have lots to talk about, as we always do when we see each other. Andy Griffith Show fans love to swap stories and talk about Mayberry and the show. Come by and join us on Saturday, August 29th at 192 North Main St. in Downtown Mount Airy, NC!

To learn more about the book, visit: InSearchofMayberry.com!  

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