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New items coming to Andy Griffith Museum

Items donated by actor George Lindsey will be unveiled in a public ceremony at Mount Airy's Andy Griffith Museum at 11 a.m. Friday. Lindsey, who played the lovably bumbling mechanic Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and on "Mayberry R.F.D.," has given the facility several key wardrobe items from his famous role.

Lindsay won't be on hand, but at least 10 actors from "The Andy Griffith Show" are expected in town Sept. 23-26 for Mount Airy's 21st annual Mayberry Days festival. Oct. 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic comedy, so organizers are expecting this year's Mayberry Days to be the largest yet.

The museum, at 218 Rockford St., holds "the world's largest collection" of artifacts and memorabilia of native son Andy Griffith.

Since Goober always provided free water and air at Wally's Service Station, admission to the museum will be waived Friday morning. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1:30-4:30- p.m. Sunday.

Details: 336-786-7998;;


Ocean Lakes campground has music fest

Need an end-of-summer getaway at the beach with good music to boot? Friday and Saturday, Ocean Lakes Family Campground hosts its12th annual Premier Bluegrass Weekend.

This year's acts include Daily & Vincent (Saturday), the Bluegrass Brothers (Saturday), the Larry Stephenson Band (Friday), Darren Beachley & the Legends of the Potomac (Friday), Idletymes (Friday), the Bluegrass Strangers (Friday/Saturday) and the Jeanette Williams Band (Saturday).

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday in Ocean Lakes' 17,000-square-foot air-conditioned recreation building, just a few dozen yards from the Atlantic Ocean. Saturday concerts will be 2 to 9 p.m. Cost: Adult wristband is $40 (in addition to the site fee) and includes admission to both Friday and Saturday events. Tickets ages 6-12: $20; 5 and younger, free.

Ocean Lakes is near U.S. 17 Business (Kings Highway) and Dick Pond Road (S.C. 544). Cost for campsite fee: $60-$67 per night; rental houses also available. Details: 843-828-4833;


Classic American songs hit the stage

The USO Liberty Bells of Broadway are headlining a fund next Sunday for the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. The vocal quartet - three women and a man - travel the world, putting on shows for U.S. service members, their families, veterans and other audiences.

Accompanied by their pianist/director, they will song music made famous by the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as contemporary artists such as the Black Eyed Peas and Beyoncé. The group will have toes tapping with such jazzy numbers as "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "My Boyfriend's Back" to classic Great White Way tunes including "Lullaby of Broadway" and "Ain't Nothin' but the Blues."

The troupe is made up of Broadway and Off-Broadway professionals who hail from such Broadway shows as "Hairspray," "The Sound of Music," "The Color Purple" and "Cirque du Soleil."

Tickets for the 2 p.m. show are $25 and $50. To order: 828-295-9627;

Forty percent of the USO Liberty Bells' artist fee goes directly back to the USO.

NEXT SUNDAY Wilmington area

Two events - on one beach

Head to Wrightsville Beach next Sunday for old-fashioned beach fun: two family-friendly events at the Blockade Runner Resort (275 Waynick Blvd.). The 12th annual Castles & Scoops starts at 2 p.m., the Lumina Daze celebration at 5 p.m.

Castles & Scoops features sand-sculpting competition. Contestants build sandcastles that are judged on originality and creativity of a theme or concept; artistic execution of a theme or concept; and use of natural resources. Individuals, businesses and civic groups compete.

On-site registration is noon-2 p.m. contest day at Blockade Runner Resort $50 per family for a sand plot). Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at 4:15. Details/registration: 910-254-3534, ext. 132;

Lumina Daze honors Wrightsville Beach of the 1930s through 1960s, when famous musicians performed at the legendary (but now gone) Lumina Pavilion. Until 10 p.m., live tunes will be provided by Buddy Skipper and the Jetty Jumpers (beach/shag music) and the Wilmington Big Band. There will be dancing, traditional children's games, vintage photographs, food and drink. Activities include old-time beach games such as the ever-popular cakewalk. An outdoor movie screening will feature short movies under the light of a full moon. A silent auction and raffle will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

Tickets: $15; $12 in advance; $5 for ages 6-18; free for ages 5 and younger. Details/tickets: 910-256-2569;