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Movies at the EARLE

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Movies at the EARLE

Reminiscent of movie houses from the 1930’s, the Earle Theatre is the site of the subrun feature movies each week. Showings are Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Admission for those days is $6 per person. Admission to features in the Earle’s CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES is $10 per person. Free family-friendly movies are shown at designated times each month. For movie information and times, call  the recorded information line (336) 786-2222. For...

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Exhibits at the EARLE & UNC-TV Documentary “Music of Surry County”

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Exhibits at the EARLE & UNC-TV Documentary “Music of Surry County”

The Old-Time Music Heritage Hall is located in the EARLE* Theatre at 142 North Main Street in Mount  Airy, North Carolina. Self guided tours are enhanced with audio guides that feature the music of Surry County Old-Time Musicians whose portraits are in the Hall. The Old-Time Music Heritage Hall is open daily, year round. Hours are Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per person and includes a wrist band for admission to the Andy...

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Jams at the EARLE

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Jams at the EARLE

Every Thursday and Saturday, the Surry Arts Council hosts jam sessions at the Earle Theatre in Downtown Mount Airy.  Local bands and individual musicians play on the stage and in the mezzanine. Musicians can be found jamming outside the Earle when the weather permits. Musicians take turns playing, singing, and backing up others. Many come just to sit in the auditorium and listen and tap their feet – or dance on the wooden floor in front of the stage. Thursday jam sessions take place at 7:00 p.m. and are free.  The Saturday jam session occurs...

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Merry-Go-Round at the EARLE

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Merry-Go-Round at the EARLE

WPAQ’s Merry-Go-Round is the nation’s second longest-running live radio show. The Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running live radio broadcast in the nation. Radio station WPAQ, 740 AM,  produces this weekly live broadcast of local, regional and national performers from inside the Downtown Mount Airy Earle Theatre. Beginning on February 2, 1948, owner Ralph Epperson began broadcasting. The show has hosted regional and national music legends including Tommy Jarrell, Benton Flippen, the Carter family, Mac Wiseman, Lester Flatt and...

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TAPS Youth Lessons at the EARLE

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

TAPS Youth Lessons at the EARLE

TAPS, Traditional Arts Programs for Students, is a North Carolina Arts Council funded program that seeks to preserve North Carolina’s musical heritage and traditions. TAPS unites elementary and middle school students with local traditional musicians for instruction.  The Surry Arts Council program at the EARLE is taught by award winning local musician, Jim Vipperman.  Jim has won 1st place in Bluegrass Fiddle at the Galax Fiddlers Convention, and he has won the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention Bluegrass Fiddle division 9 times. He no longer...

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Old-Time Dance at the EARLE

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Old-Time Dance at the EARLE

Every first Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m., the Surry Arts Council presents an Old-Time Dance at the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. Popular old-time dance tunes are presented by The Slate Mountain Ramblers. New and experienced dancers fill the dance floor in front of the stage. Traditional music enthusiasts enjoy the music and tap their feet in the comfort of the auditorium seats. Concessions including the Earle’s famous freshly popped popcorn are available. The Slate Mountain Ramblers Band is led by Richard Bowman. Daughter Marsha...

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Voice of the Blue Ridge at the EARLE

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Voice of the Blue Ridge at the EARLE

Every third Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m., the Surry Arts Council presents Voice of the Blue Ridge, a celebration of Ralph Epperson, WPAQ, and our area’s traditional music. This live performance of old-time, bluegrass, gospel and country music is held at the Earle Theatre located in Downtown Mount Airy. Travis Frye and Blue Mountain serves as the host band each month. Guest Bands include both local and surrounding area bands.  A short documentary is shown before the performance to honor broadcast legend Ralph Epperson of Radio Station...

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Tommy Jarrell Festival

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Tommy Jarrell Festival

The Round Peak region of Surry County is well-known for its rich history of old-time music. Tommy Jarrell, who played the old-time fiddle, was raised in the Round Peak community of Surry County. To celebrate Tommy’s life and music, the Tommy Jarrell Festival was created in 2002 to commemorate this accomplished old-time musician. Dances, music, concerts, and workshops are held during the last weekend of February each year – just before Tommy’s March 1st birthday. The Tommy Jarrell Festival activities are centered in the Earle Theatre.  ...

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Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

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Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

The Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention is held the first full weekend in June, each year. The event draws visitors and competitors from around the world to Mount Airy’s Veterans Memorial Park.  Tents, bandstands, and vendors dominate the grassy, ten-acre Veterans Memorial Park. The music starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening and ends on Saturday night. The Surry Arts Council sponsors free workshops and demonstrations at the Convention each year to enable guests to interact with local traditional music and dance masters. Camping is available on a...

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Mayberry Days

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Top 10 | 0 comments

Mayberry Days

Since 1990, thousands have gathered in Mount Airy each September for Mayberry Days. Mayberry Days occurs during the last full weekend in September and is a celebration of the anniversary date of The Andy Griffith Show. Actors from the show, including Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), Doug Dillard, Maggie Peterson-Mancuso, and others make regular appearances at the festival. Lynn decided after several visits that she belonged in Mount Airy on a permanent basis and moved to Mount Airy on January 17, 2007. Mayberry Days allows fans of The Andy Griffith...

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