National Folk Festival

Don Rush

The coronavirus has isolated many and shutdown this year's events around the country.  As a result, the National Folk Festival is going virtual this weekend. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, about its significance in these times and what the future may hold. (Part 2)

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This weekend the National Folk Festival will go virtual and is expected to return in person to Salisbury next year. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, about this weekend's events. (Part 1)

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The Salisbury City Council voted to support a measure in the General Assembly that would give it the ability to regulate alcohol permits for businesses and events.

The action follows objections by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver about the serving of alcohol at last year’s National Folk Festival in a letter to then state Senate President Mike Miller.

Culver complained that the county licensing board was not consulted.

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The Mayor of Salisbury Jake Day delivered his fourth State of the City address last night as he heads into next week’s municipal election.

Day emphasized a number of efforts that he said was key to the growth of the city.

Among the initiatives were a series of events that included the Salisbury Marathon and the National Folk Festival.

In addition, he pointed to projects like the Truitt Street Community Center along with the revitalization efforts in the downtown area.

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With the latest dust up over alcohol at the National Folk Festival by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver the city of Salisbury may look at getting a separate liquor board.

Council member Muir Boda told WBOC that it would fit in with the one stop shop for business.

Culver accused Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office of violating the law by providing a wine and beer festival permit for the event.

The comptroller’s office said…what it was legal and necessary because of delays by the county liquor board for the festival.

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A battle has broken out between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Culver sent a letter to state Senate President Mike Miller charging that the alcohol license approved by the Comptroller’s office for the National Folk Festival in Salisbury was illegal.

Specifically, the county executive said that decision should have been left to the local alcohol commission.

In addition, he wrote that the comptroller’s nonprofit beer and wine festival permits were not proper.

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An estimated 120-thousand people attended the three day National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury over the weekend.

That’s according to Mayor Jake Day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there were 63-thousand in attendance on Saturday according to cellphone data and drone coverage of the event.

There were 350 artists ranging from musicians and dancers to crafts and cultural events this second year of the event.

The paper reports that a Salisbury University study found last year’s festival had a local economic impact of around $20 million.

Note:  All performance times are approximate.  We are monitoring the progress of Hurricane Dorian and will keep you up to date as to the status of Friday evening's broadcast.

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For the curious:

DPR will be airing live broadcasts from the National Folk Festival via a Tieline audio-over IP box.  One Tieline is at the Festival, the other is at our station.

We ran into a bit of difficulty as there is no reliable (other than wi-fi) internet connection at the stage. Thankfully, we can use a Ubiquity Nanobeam as a bridge. Think of it as a cat-5 ethernet cable via a 5G microwave link.

The following are some photos of our setup.  Watch this space for furture updates.

DPR is proud to partner with the National Folk Festival , happening in Salisbury, MD, on September 6 - 9, 2019. This year, DPR will partner with WESM 91.3 FM at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to present live simulcast coverage of the diverse musical acts who will be visiting from all over the globe.

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Mayor Jake Day will kick off his bid for another term as Salisbury’s chief executive.

The event will take place in the downtown area that has been under renovation and development under his plans to revitalize the center of the city.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Day is expected to tout the creation of 25-hundred new jobs and the replacement of the aging water and sewer lines on Main Street.

Meanwhile, Day is overseeing the overhaul of the Riverwalk and has attracted the National Folk Festival with the second year’s event slated for early next month.

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The rolls are now open for those who want to sign up to volunteer for the 2019 National Folk Festival.

Officials say they are looking around 12-hundred volunteers to staff the event.

WBOC reports that the needs range from transportation and set-up to families activities and first aid stations.

In the first half of today's program, we take a look at the first five artists annouced to perform at the upcoming 2019 National Folk Festival. In the second half, we get a preview of the upcoming Ocean City Film Festival

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The National Folk Festival has made its first announcement of the performers who will be taking the state this year in Salisbury.

The acts range from musicians to dancers.

Among the Latin performers are Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra and Aurelio Martinez who brings the sounds of the Central American Caribbean coast.

Swing guitar and fiddle in the Western music tradition will be delivered by the Hot Club of Cowtown while the Jerry Douglas Trio will feature blue grass on steel guitar.

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A new study by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) found that the National Folk Festival in Salisbury this year was a success.

It’s executive director Memo Diriker said in general terms the event did better than expected despite the rain.

It’s estimated that around 60-thousand attended the event with an around 40 percent coming from outside the area.

WBOC reports that Diriker said the outreach through earned and social media had the most impact.

He estimated that the social media was worth around $200-thousand in traditional ads.

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Mayor Jake Day gave his third State of the City address last night telling his audience that Salisbury was a more diverse and better educated city than it was three years ago.

He touted events like the National Folk Festival and the first ever Salisbury Marathon.

Day also turned his attention to the homeless noting that the city had placed 30 chronically homeless in the city in stable housing over the last 11 months.

He also said that the city’s wastewater treatment plant had received a 100 percent compliance rating from state and federal authorities.

2018 National Folk Festival Celebrates Community & Creativity

Sep 24, 2018
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2018 National Folk Festival Celebrates Community & Creativity

Join us for a look back at the first year of the National Folk Festival’s three-year run in Salisbury, Maryland, held September 7-9, 2018. The National Folk Festival was and is a fabulous event which celebrates our great American community and all of its creative resources.

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Mayor Jake Day hailed last weekend’s National Folk Festival held in Salisbury a success.

He says that up to 63-thousand people showed up for the event.

WBOC reports that the mayor said the estimate was based on the city’s Wi-Fi system which can track how many devices were in the area.

The actual total was 97-thousand but was rounded down to take into account a number of variables.

Day noted this was despite the inclement weather which saw on and off rain during the event.

The exact amount of money raised by the festival is still be determined.

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The 78th Annual National Folk Festival in Salisbury was held this weekend despite the rain. And, local officials said they were pleased with this first for the city. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has some of the sights and sounds that celebrated the traditions of the Eastern Shore.

Still time to get to the National Folk Festival

Sep 9, 2018

There is still time to get to the National Folk Festival.

Despite the heavy downpours earlier in the day the crowds came out on Saturday to enjoy the music and especially the dancing. If you go to the Perdue Dance Pavilion and don’t know the dances they are doing, they will teach you. Yesterday, festival goers were learning old style Appalachian square dancing at the dance pavilion at the National Folk Festival. Mack Samples was doing the calling with the Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack.

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The Party Has Started!!

Friday night the Tremé Brass Band got a great party started in Salisbury, Maryland. But don’t just take my word for it. Festival goer Lori Carter described the opening parade this way: “The music! The sound! The excitement, the people just enjoying themselves. And the band, the Tremé Band was just fabulous. And the dancer was awesome. It was a beautiful thing to see, everyone just coming together, and just walking down the street of North Division, just having a ball, a great time. The great American community we are!”

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In the first half of today's program, we take a look at Supreme Cout nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Then we learn all about some of the food offerings at this weekend's National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD.

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The opening of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury has finally arrived.

It will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. with the Treme Brass Band from New Orleans at the city stage.

Opening remarks will take place at 7:15 which will be followed by the musical group Mariachi Los Comperos.

The night at the city stage will wrap up with a bit of blues from the Marquise Knox.

There will be free parking at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and the old Salisbury Mall across the street where shuttles will be provided beginning 5 p.m.

National Folk Festival- A Big Deal for Salisbury

Sep 7, 2018
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Unless you have had your radio turned off the last few weeks you must know that the National Folk Festival is this weekend -- and it is a big deal. This event is held for three years in a row - in various cities around the country. Many of those cities lucky enough have the festival, use it to plant the seeds for similar future events in their community.

This video courtesy of PAC 14,  serving Salisbury and Wicomio County.

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Get ready for the National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury.

The city expects to see thousands show up for the event.

WBOC reports that city officials say that within the area of activities parking lot 10 off Route 13 will be available along the parking garage with 720 spaces.

There will also be shuttles from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will run every 10 to 15 minutes.

Road closures have already begun with part of Division Street and Circle Avenue blocked off to make room for stage set ups.

Last Skipjacks Project

The Ida May was the big winner of the 59th Annual Skipjack race off Deal Island yesterday.

It turned out to be a repeat performance of two years ago with the smaller but swifter vessel dominating the race.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was the third overall win since the vessel’s restoration.

It is owned by Gordon Gladden and his brother Elbert Gladden the boat’s captain.

But celebration of the traditional vessel of the Chesapeake Bay will continue next weekend with the National Folk Festival in Salisbury.

This video courtesy of PAC 14,  serving Salisbury and Wicomio County.

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This video courtesy of PAC 14,  serving Salisbury and Wicomio County.

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