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May 13, 2013

Plant sale, art stroll and more next weekend

This weekend, residents and visitors have a number of fun activities to enjoy in town.

From 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sea Spray Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale, where many in town purchase well-cared for plants at reasonable prices for their yards and gardens.

Taking place in the parking lot at the Public Works Department’s Lafayette Road (Route 1), right beside the Salisbury fire station, the sale offers a wide variety of perennials. This year, the sale features Salisbury’s Herb Farmacy’s special hierloom plants.

The event runs rain or shine and is the only fundraising event to support the work the members of the garden club provide to town each year. For years, the men and women of the Sea Spray Garden Club have added plants and flowers to various locations, all provided free-of-charge to bring small patches of beauty throughout Salisbury.

Also on Saturday is the Salisbury Art Stroll along the Old Eastern Marsh Rail Trail. The art stroll is offered in conjunction with the official opening display of the murals recently installed on the abutments under the Gillis Bridge, along the rail trail connector. The bridge not only connects road traffic between Salisbury and Newburyport, but with the rail trail connector, provides a safe way to get from one side of busy Route 1 to the other, between Salisbury’s Old Eastern Marsh and Newburyport’s Clipper City rail trails.

Seven artist were chosen to paint the murals, which depicts Salisbury’s history and culture, and their work has garnered praise from many.

Planned to be a yearly event, the art stroll allows local artists and fine crafters to set up easels and tables along the 1.4-mile Old Eastern Marsh Rail trail, which parallels Bridge Road (Route 1) in Salisbury. On Saturday, residents and visitors can take part, enjoying the murals and stopping by the booths of local artisans.

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