On February 1, I posted rather cryptically about several big announcements from Liberty Grove Press for 2020, the 60th Anniversary of the debut of The Andy Griffith Show. I have already revealed one of those planned events by announcing The Andy Griffith Show Ambassadors Program which I introduced on February 15, the 60th Anniversary of the pilot episode.
At the time, I also promised, “I will announce some big news about one of my presentations on aspects of The Andy Griffith Show.” I am excited to officially announce that I will be doing one of my audio/visual presentations for the first time as an official part of Mayberry in the Midwest!
This annual festival is scheduled to be held in Danville, Indiana on the weekend of May 15-17. Friday night kicks off with a meet-and-greet dinner. Saturday includes a parade and the Squad Car Nationals. Live music and performances by the tribute artists run the entire weekend.
My presentation is a free event that will be held on Sunday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the Crawley Business Center. As a nod to my new Ambassadors Program, the event is titled “Ambassador Turner’s History Lesson: An Audio-Visual Presentation on The Andy Griffith Show and the Lost 40 Acres Backlot Where the Exteriors Were Filmed.”
My plan is to give about a 40-minute presentation since the great LeRoy McNees will be performing just a block away on the main stage outside at 2:00. I will have books and t-shirts for sale at a table in the front of the room for sale right after the main talk. After done at the table, I will be happy to do a short Q&A with any who want to hang around a bit, but I would really urge those who attend not to miss any more of LeRoy’s performance than you need to!
Of course, with the uncertainty of large gatherings during this time of the world dealing with the coronavirus disease COVID-19, it is always possible the festival will have to be rescheduled. In the event that happens, you can be assured that I will still be there whenever the event is ultimately held!
I really enjoy providing these presentations, which I have given at libraries, civic organizations like the Kiwanis Club, and retirement homes. I look forward to seeing a few Mayberry fans as my first appearance as an official part of this great festival!