Barney Fife: Performance in Ashe to Benefit Autism Awareness, LIFE Village Project

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Michael J. Arnott, known professionally as Michael J, is coming to the High Country to perform as the character Barney Fife from the beloved Andy Griffith Show.

Arnott currently performs in Branson, Missouri where this past year he was awarded the number one comedy act.

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He will perform at 7 p.m. on May 23 at the Ashe Civic Center. The show will help KAMPN President Dr. Jim Taylor, Deep Gap resident and retired university professor who has spent his entire career in special education, raise money for the LIFE (Living Innovations for Exceptional) Village — a project that aims to build a living center in the High Country for adults with autism.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the Ashe County Arts Council, 303 School Ave. in West Jefferson, or by phone at 336-846-2787

Arnott attended Southwest Baptist University and sang with The Ascension Quartet and The Southern Sound Quartet. He met Taylor following a show in Branson, where the two realized they shared a passion for assisting and supporting children and adults with autism.

While in the area, Arnott would like to share his testimony through song and scripture with any available churches.

Contact KAMPN and Taylor at 828-264-0054 with any questions.

Visit KAMPN online for more information about the LIFE Village and how you can get involved in the project.

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