The new 2020 Mayberry Day-by-Day Flip Book Calendar will be released in just a few weeks. My plan is to do a new calendar annually for the foreseeable future. Of course, how could I not do so for the year 2020 since next year is the 60th anniversary of the debut of The Andy Griffith Show?
When I say “new,” I really mean it. This calendar is not a reprint of last year’s. It contains 366 all-new facts about our favorite show. (2020 is a Leap Year.) Just like the original, the publication is designed to be used as a desk calendar through the year with pages that are flipped over each day instead of being removed. At the end of the year, the easel can be removed if desired and it becomes a book that can be kept as a reference.
I had already changed the wording on the cover to reflect the 60th Anniversary. But I was thrilled to have the cover re-designed when I heard from Dixie Griffith, Andy’s daughter. I had gifted a copy of last year’s calendar to Dixie having it delivered to her through a mutual friend. Several months ago, I was surprised with a sweet email from Dixie who wanted to tell me how much she was enjoying the calendar every day.
Fast forward a bit and Dixie had agreed to write a blurb to be used on the cover. To say I was thrilled with her generosity and kindness toward the calendar is an understatement. Having her comment on the cover means so much to me.
The calendar will be available through my website which is your best option if you want your copy signed or personalized to a particular name. The calendar will also be available at shops in Mount Airy beginning with Mayberry Days, including Mayberry on Main and Wally’s Service Station. In fact, I will be doing a signing at Wally’s on Saturday after the parade but before Prof. Brower’s lecture from 11:30 to 1:30.
I am especially excited that the calendar will also be available through Weaver’s Department Store, the online shop run by Allan and Jan Newsome. Not only does this couple do so much for the Mayberry community, but part of the proceeds of Weaver’s sales goes to support Mayberry events, many of which include Allan as the Floyd the barber tribute artist as a vital element. Weaver’s has LOTS of items related to The Andy Griffith Show, including my book Mayberry Firsts. You won’t regret making a purchase from Weaver’s!