NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 13, 2013

Plant sale, art stroll and more next weekend

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — 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.

On Sunday, May 19, Salisbury-headquartered Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society invites supporters and friends to join its 18th annual Strut for Strays. The fundraising event takes place at the Upper Green in Newbury from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pets are welcome.

Strut for Strays is a 3-mile walk around Newbury and a festival of more than 60 merchandise and promotional booths. Live entertainment is featured during the day.

Walkers can register by visiting www.mrfrs.org and can raise pledges or form a fundraising team online at www.firstgiving/mrfrs. All participants who raise $50 or more will earn a free Strut for Strays T-shirt.

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On Monday, May 20, Town Meeting convenes for its annual spring session at 7 p.m. at Salisbury Elementary School, and attendees have an opportunity to vote on vital town business and help the hungry.

As it has in the past, the Salisbury Democratic Town Committee will hold a food drive in conjunction with the Town Meeting to support The Pettengill House. Residents are encouraged to bring with them nonperishable food products, healthy snacks for children and personal care products.

Salisbury Democratic Town Committee will collect and transfer all donations to The Pettengill House.

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It’s hard to believe, but Memorial Day weekend is approaching quickly, and Salisbury will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27.

Stepping off at 10 a.m. from the Salisbury fire station on Lafeyette Road, the parade route winds its way through Salisbury Square, Beach Road, Pleasant Street, ending at Salisbury Green for Memorial Day services.

The parade features the men and women of the town’s fire and police departments, school bands from Triton and Salisbury Elementary schools, public officials, members of the town’s softball and baseball leagues and many others.

This is a great local event and the kick-off to summer. Those interested in taking part should contact Selectman Fred Knowles at 978-834-1240.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for the Daily News. She can be reached at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com or at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271.