On Wednesday, October 16th, Andy Griffith will return to his hometown of
Mount Airy, North Carolina to be honored by the North Carolina Department of
Transportation with a highway named for him. One of the primary highways
through town will be dedicated as the "Andy Griffith Parkway." Griffith and
his wife, Cindi, will be guests of honor and joined by several dignitaries
including Governor Mike Easley.
Griffith?s talents have enabled him to enjoy success in outdoor theater,
Broadway, radio and on television. Mitch Williams, coordinator of the local
celebration effort, noted, "Throughout his career, Andy represented the
state of North Carolina, the Piedmont and Mount Airy with charisma,
unmatched charm and distinction. He has earned the respect of his
community, state and nation."
Born to Carl and Geneva Griffith on June 1, 1926, Andy graduated from Mount
Airy High School in 1944. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music
from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1949. His recorded
monologue, "What it Was Was Football," his starring role in the screen hit,
"No Time for Sergeants," and his portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The
Andy Griffith Show" are some highlights of his greatly celebrated career.
The commemoration of the Andy Griffith Parkway is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
at City Hall in Mount Airy. "We have received a number of telephone calls
regarding the celebration and expect people from all over the country to
attend," remarked Ann Vaughn, Director of the Mount Airy Visitor's Center.
"We are delighted that the Department of Transportation has chosen to honor
one of this state?s favorite sons through the proclamation of the Andy
For more information, please call the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
The Surry Arts Council will have the following activities coinciding with
the event (all are free):
Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 5:00 pm - Jam Session at the Andy Griffith Playhouse -
bring a picnic and enjoy the music
Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 pm - "No Time for Sergeants" at the Downtown Cinema
Wednesday, Oct 16 at 2:00 pm - "No Time for Sergeants" at the Downtown
The dedication will take place outside in the parking/grass area behind the
Mount Airy Municipal Building and Public Library (corner of Rockford Street
and South Main Street) and will happen rain or shine, so keep a good thought
for the weather.
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