National Folk Festival crowds pegged at 63,000

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, National Folk Festival Local Manager Caroline O’Hare, and the National Council for the Traditional Arts are excited to announce that attendance estimates have been tallied, and the National Folk Festival in Salisbury drew approximately 63,000 attendees in its inaugural year. “It’s an unequivocal success,” said Mayor Jake Day. “We expected to […]

Salisbury Rising: Young men are remaking our city

There hasn’t exactly been a lot of new construction in Downtown Salisbury in the past three decades. In fact, the last building constructed from scratch was the W. Paul Martin District Court & Multi-Service Center, and that was way back in 1990. But Downtown development has hardly remained idle in those 28 years. Developers and […]

Downtown Amphitheater dedication is Friday

The amphitheater will be used for the first time during the National Folk Festival, in Salisbury Sept. 7 to 9. The new amphitheater on the Riverwalk is nearly complete. The response thus far is that Salisbury’s latest public works project is a home run. City officials will host a public “showing off” event as part […]

Building contractor Gillis Gilkerson marks 35 years

Thirty-five years ago on the Salisbury building and development landscape, developers Oscar Carey and Milford Twilley and builders J. Roland Dashiell, W.B. Venables, Charles Brohawn and M.L. Blades pretty much developed and built everything. Then in 1983, an architectural draftsman who had cut his teeth working for M.L. Blades entered the Salisbury scene. Though he […]

Greg Bassett: Change is good, but sometimes not

Last week’s story on the Downtown parking garage generated some surprising reaction. In a community that hates change –- but which desperately needs change – people suddenly are feeling sentimental about the four-story concrete and brick parking lot structure in the heart of Salisbury. I received several notes about the crepe myrtle and dogwood trees […]

Big changes in store for Downtown parking garage

The Downtown parking garage has a fresh, colorful look now that about a dozen banners are hanging along the Circle Avenue side. More will be added on Division Street, to enliven the building. “It really does brighten it up. It catches your eye. One person told me it gave them chills, that they were so […]

One On One, June 7, 2018: Mayor Jake Day

Mayor Jake Day, speaking from the site of the new Downtown Amphitheater which is under construction, talks about the upcoming National Folk Festival.

Peninsula Insurance will consolidate to Pa. office

Peninsula Insurance, a presence in Downtown Salisbury since 1960, will close July 2, causing 40 people to lose their jobs as the parent company consolidates services into a headquarters office in south-central Pennsylvania. Eric Crouchley, president of the business, declined comment, but referred inquiries to Jeff Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for […]

Salisbury Festival will return Downtown this June

The Downtown Salisbury Festival — presented by Pohanka of Salisbury — returns to Downtown Salisbury this June 8 through 10, complete with carnival rides, great food, arts and entertainment and more. This year the action will take place along East Market Street, with all new carnival rides. From funnel cakes, to oyster fritters — there […]

Salisbury presents busy capital spending plan

Salisbury’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2019 to 2023, described as a “snapshot into the next five years’ existing and anticipated capital needs, and the funding needed to make them a reality,” was passed on first reading by the City Council last week. The detailed document begins with an introduction by Mayor Jake Day. “Take a […]