I made a special trip this past Friday, August 19, special for many reasons. Betty Lynn, the lovely actress who played Barney Fife's girl Thelma Lou signs autographs and chats with fans every third Friday. I just had to g0!
This is a photograph that I treasure, me with Betty Lynn. What a lovely, gracious lady! I told her about my farm animals, all named after characters in the show. She asked if I'd send photos of them to her, so I put together a little album and mailed it the other day. What fun! She will be 90 next week. Some of the folks in line (a long line!) came bearing early birthday gifts. One of the niftest things in this whole experience was being there with kindred Mayberry spirits! Special place. (See the stars in my eyes?!)
Betty Lynn's USO uniform hangs below this suitcase/footlocker. Because of the glare and
the lighting inside, I couldn't get a clear shot of the uniform. The Andy Griffith Museum is unveiling its new Betty Lynn area on her birthday. I'm sure this display will be there.
Barney's suit, "the ol' salt and pepper." Snazzy.
Here's Otis Campbell's shirt, sport coat, hat, and really ugly tie. Look closely at that hat. See the hole? Notice it in an episode or two next time you watch!
No visit to Mt. Airy is complete without stopping at the Snappy Lunch, mentioned a time or two in the show.
I simply had to have their famous pork chop sandwich. All the way with chili, mustard, tomato, and cole slaw. Served on paper. Oh, yes. Wonderfulness.
Here's a sample of Andy Griffith memorabilia. So much in the museum to see.
Downtown Mt. Airy shops and restaurants feature beautifully painted musical instruments. This one is in front of Bear Creek Gifts.
Am I going back sometime to see more? Oh, yes.