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March 26, 2013

Salisbury planning its 375th anniversary

Volunteers sought to help with effort


The Sept. 21 date corresponds with Essex National Heritage Commission’s Sails & Trails weekends, Miles said. And the event will also connect with Salisbury Historical Society’s Parson’s House Museum, which is right across the street from Salisbury Green.

“We’re hoping to have a living history display of Civil War artifacts because the Parson’s House Museum has a Civil War Room,” Miles said. “I want to have a fife and drum corps to open the celebration, but I’m having a hard time lining one up. If anybody knows of one, give me a call.”

Beverly Gulazian, of the Salisbury Historical Society, said the museum will be open during the event, and society President Jim Moghabghab will discuss the history of Salisbury Beach, complete with an extensive slide show.

On the town green, Miles and Macdonald hope to set up a fun experience, where residents can come, spread a blanket and enjoy the town’s past and present. Food and craft vendors are being sought, they said, as well as local artists, old or young.

“We’d like to have a coloring contest for the children at Salisbury Elementary School, to get them involved,” Miles said.

There are discussions of an antique appraisal event in conjunction with the historic celebration, and according to Miles, those with ideas who are willing to work are welcome to get involved.

Such celebrations aren’t inexpensive, even when volunteer driven, and the Institution for Savings plans to be one of its lead sponsors. In additions, Macdonald said, there are ways other businesses and individuals can help financially, such as contributing funds or equipment and materials. Donations of event infrastructure basics, like ice, portable rest rooms, cups, plates and napkins, will be very welcome, he said.

To volunteer or offer ideas for Salisbury’s 375th Anniversary Celebration, contact Miles at 978-239-4246 or Macdonald at

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