Salisbury Chamber has bright plans for fall: ‘Torches’

Salisbury’s Chamber of Commerce has bright plans for fall, when it presents Torches – Celebrating Community.

Designed to showcase arts and culture of the local region, Torches will be along the Riverwalk on Oct. 2 to 4, during Salisbury University’s popular Sea Gull Century Ride.

With a focus on art, Torches will feature talents of visual and performing artists and arts-related activities including a plein air paint out; main stage featuring music, dance and theater performances; and  exhibits of blown glass, paintings, printmaking, sculptures, pottery and jewelry.

A luminary field will glow and there will be foods, live musical performances and a carnival.

“Each evening will kick off with a mesmerizing opening ceremony that will light up the river and transform downtown – a must see attraction,” a Chamber news release stated.

Businesses will be able to participate and interact in the lighting ceremony by sponsoring a torch. Non-profit and community organizations can sell luminaries and torches to raise funds.

For more than a year, a committee of community leaders and volunteers have been planning the events, in coordination with county and city officials.

“After over a year at the drawing board, we have been anxious to share the news about a brand new event that will transform our downtown,” said Tony Nichols, chairman of the chamber of commerce board.

“We are excited to see Torches evolve into a regional celebration and a long-standing and honored tradition for Salisbury,” he said.

Agreeing, Stephanie Willey, chairwoman of Torches, said downtown Salisbury “will be illuminated and alive during the weekend of October second to fourth.”

“Torches will be full of energy, people, the arts. It will be a community coming together to celebrate with pride where we live, work and play,” Willey said.

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