Friday, September 20, 2013

The Fall Arts Fair at Sertoma Art Center


This year the Sertoma Arts Center hosted The Falls Art Fair on September 7, 2013. The event was surrounded with splashes of color and artists who showcased their unique pieces. It was a family friendly event that had a strong sense of community. There was live music, food trucks, and a pottery demonstration. Vendors from around the area brought pottery, paintings, jewelry, and there was even a lady who created cards and bookmarks with cardstock and pressed flowers. I enjoyed the ingenuity and originality of the pieces.


I love color so these pieces caught my eye.


This cute little owl was turned into  a necklace.


Even sewing skills had its place at the event.


This is Bob Reuss who is an artist woodturner. He is part of the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina and American Association of Woodturners. Visit his website at 

butterfly box

Of course this is one of my favorite pieces he made because of the butterflies!


This is Jennifer Lee Mahaffey who creates beautiful handmade journals. You can see her work on Etsy


Pottery demonstration


There were more vendors inside the Sertoma Arts Center.



These pottery pieces are created by Elena J. Ceberio. You can contact her by e-mail at


Here is one of her pieces. More butterflies!


I really loved these creations done by Lynne. I like how the artwork is put on fabric to create one of a kind pillows, purses, and more. From pottery to paintings is was a wonderful afternoon outing.

46-ladybug pillow


 45-autumn trees

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Touring Hometown of Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith and Opie statue

How cool would it be to tour the hometown of Andy Griffith? I never would have dreamed that I’d finally have that opportunity this year. My brother, sister, and I are fans of the show so this was an exciting opportunity. It was in 1990 that the town started to recreate Mayberry the main street fictional setting from the “Andy Griffith Show.” The show ran from 1960 – 1968 and became one of the most popular TV shows in America. My brother and sister especially loved to watch the reruns that are still played to this day.

 pilot mountain 

During our trip, we had a spectacular view of Pilot Mountain.

mount airy sign

We made it!

Tour of the Town

Opie's Candy Store

If you have a sweet tooth, Opie’s Candy Store is the place to visit.

Vintage sheriff car

You can tour the town in an old vintage sheriff car.


The town was full of memorabilia from the show.

 Replica of Mayberry town

A view of the town from the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. A reflection of my arm got in the picture too.


The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History did a great job of retelling the history of Mount Airy and the near by areas.


One of my favorite pieces was this large loom.

Song records by Andy Griffith

Replica of train in Mount Airy, NC  

A replica of the train that went through Mount Airy.

Andy Griffith Museum

The Andy Griffith Museum is another place to visit. We happened to be there on the 3rd Friday of the month when Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou in the “Andy Griffith Show” was there signing autographs. Unfortunately the line was so long that we couldn’t tour the museum.

Barney's CafeBarney's Cafe

When lunch came around, my family went to Barney’s Cafe to eat. The hamburgers were really good. The service was very fast and we were all satisfied with the meals.

Map at Barney's Cafe   

People from around the world come to Mount Airy. There were even people from Australia, Germany, Europe, and South Korea that had come to eat at Barney’s Cafe. It was exciting to have this experience. I strongly recommend going to Mount Airy as a family trip.

Article I found helpful during research:

Just for laughs…

Barney going for a ride