SALISBURY, is considered the capital of the Eastern shore, with a 60 % white population, and 32 % Black. As the youth mature they leave for brighter lights and to a more integrated city. Mayor Jake Day (34) is one who has returned to his city of birth. With Degrees in Urban Design and Environmental Policy, he is padded up to hit home runs as well as make touchdowns. His focus is Salisbury’s urbanization, and not necessarily gentrification. New buildings, bridges, redesigned streets, and focus on the simple but vitally important people: the arts and crafts folk.
This young and aggressive, imaginative mayor made a bid to host the 79th NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL, and won!
This festival will have on display some 35 different musical groups, 7 outdoor stages, 350 musical groups, dancers, storytellers and crafts people. It will present a historic milestone of celebration of roots richness and variety of the American culture.
With emphasis the local press release reads “this will present the arts of many nations, races and languages on an equal footing”
Baseball and the Orioles Organization are playing a major part in making this September event quite memorable. At Camden Yards (Orioles Ballpark), journalists had a preview: