Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Andy Griffith (Sheriff Taylor) in Glenville?

What! There was a car of 1961 vintage in front of the Common Place Restaurant. Was this Andy Griffith's sheriff car from Mayberry? Yes, indeed, Barney Fife, Ernest T. Bass, and their entourage were eating supper at our local eating establishment. These folks were here to perform with The GSC Bluegrass Band headed by Professor Buddy Griffin. Here is the information on the show.

Doug Dillard (The banjo-playing Darling boy) performed on Tuesday evening, October 19, 2010 at the annual Glenville State College Bluegrass Masters Series concert! The concert was held at the Glenville State College Fine Arts Center Auditorium. In addition to the appearance of Dillard, an original cast member from the Andy Griffith TV show, David Browning from Bristol, VA, a nationally acclaimed stage and television actor portrayed Barney Fife as The Mayberry Deputy. Also returning to our Glenville State College stage was WV’s own Allan Morris as mountain man and general antagonist, Ernest T. Bass.

Featured entertainers for the evening included the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band in concert offering a collection of folk songs heard on the Andy Griffith Show including New River Train, Sourwood Mountain, Look Down That Lonesome Road and many others. Also on hand for the evening was the Glenville State College Mayberry Orchestra, the only official Mayberry themed orchestra in existence, playing some of that great Earle Hagen music which added class and distinction to an already great TV show.

Following a short intermission, Dillard participated in an oral history interview/question & answer session during which, audience members had the opportunity to submit questions. Following the interview, Dillard joined the GSC Bluegrass Band in the presentation of some of his well known banjo compositions from the Andy Griffith Show.

The evening was hosted by the Mayberry Deputy and interrupted on occasion by Ernest T. Bass.

Now back to Main Street. Oh no, Bruce Farmer had to inspect Barney's lone bullet!

Buddy Griffin and Ernest T. Bass were seen cuddling on Main Street!

Even a local law enforcement officer (Ben Huffman) was asked to examine Barney's ammunition.

Wife, Judy, was about to be arrested by Barney when I stepped in and offered Barney some of Aunt Bea's famous blueberry pies.

Ernest T. is watching an official presentation as were students of the GSC Bluegrass program. What was the official celebration you ask!

It was Glenville's Mayor, Tausha Allman, presenting Doug Dillard the keys to the city. (Keys also fit the jail!)

It was a great night of memories and wonderful bluegrass music! Thanks Buddy!


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