Wow, did time get away from me. I feel like Tom Silby returning to Mayberry after being away so long.
My initial inability to keep up with even the occasional blog post was the result of it taking a bit longer than I had guessed to get my upcoming book Mayberry Firsts to bed. I think Mayberry fans will find it was worth the extra wait. The book is at the printer and will be released shortly.
Frankly, after every moment of spare time spent doing last-minute polishing on the book, I just needed a break. And as soon as I was rested and before I knew it, it was time to leave for the 2019 Mayberry Meet-Up in beautiful Mount Airy, North Carolina. I will post about the gathering soon.
So while all that is enough to illustrate I have been busier than Andy and all the rest trying to get a town band concert together at the last minute, I also added on to my trip. While other attendees headed home on Sunday, I headed east for what I knew would be an incredible experience.
Before I got to my ultimate destination, I stopped in Siler City. I first located Frances Bavier’s former home which she arranged to be purchased sight-unseen before retiring there. I was respectful of the current owners and did not approach the house but I did take several photos from the road.
I then visited Frances Bavier’s gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery in Siler City. I knew from seeing various photos that fans often leave jars of pickles at the gravesite. That is clearly still the case.
After my visit to Siler City, I got back on the road and headed on to my final destination: Andy Griffith’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.