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2018 National Folk Festival Celebrates Community & Creativity

Sep 24, 2018
National Folk Festival

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.

Don Rush

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.

Don Rush

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.

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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The National Folk Festival is coming to Salisbury, Maryland September 7-9th.

Delmarva Public Radio will be bringing you highlights from the festival on both WSCL 89.5 and WSDL 90.7 that weekend. You'll hear inverviews with the artists and performers as well as performances from the many stages.

Regular programming will be interrupted so we can bring you this special event. We will return to regular programming on Monday, September 10th.

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

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sby parks and recreation

It’s been a while but work crews are putting the last finishing touches on the Salisbury Riverwalk which is expected to be ready for the National Folk Festival.

Some 80-thousand people are expected to descend on the city from September 7th through the 9th.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that the city would be working right up to the last day.

The new construction involves a brick sidewalk along the river near West Market Street and Circle Avenue.

It will also connect a new section behind Acorn Market and Angello’s Unique Gifts.

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There are less than two months to go before the National Folk Festival gets underway in Salisbury.

Local director Caroline O’Hare says the organization has raised 80 percent of the $1.3 million needed to put on the festival.

Still, she says, that’s pretty much on target adding the fundraising needs a little bump.

Mayor Jake Day told WBOC that while the festival was around $180-thousand short it could still be put on if it were held today.

The National Folk Festival announced its third set of artists that will grace Salisbury in September. We'll take a look and listen to these artists.

In the second half, we look at how dogs can help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.

Guests:

Caroline O'Hare, local manager of the National Folk Festival

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The National Folk Festival announced its third set of artists that will grace Salisbury in September.

They include Jason Samuels Smith from New York.

He will bring the great American tradition of tap dancing to the stage.

Klesmer music will also be celebrated with Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn from Brooklyn.

He is a one of the premier klezmer clarinetists.

And then there is the Phil Wiggins Blues House Party from Takoma Park which celebrates Piedmont blues music and dance.

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The National Folk Festival has announced its first eight musical acts for this year.

Among them are the award winning blind fiddler Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Sounds of Korea and the fiddle Western singing group Quebe Sisters.

In addition there will be Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band, Imamyar Hasanoy & Abbos Kosimov as well as Mariachi Los Comperos, Marquise Knox and Orquesta SCC.

Mayor Jake Day said that he was “blown away at how lost you get in the talent.”

In 2018, the City of Salisbury, MD will be hosting the National Folk Festival. We talk about the Festival's rich history and what it means for our area. In the second half, a rebroadcast of our discussion regarding immigration.

Guests:  Julia Olin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts

Lora Bottinelli, executive director of Salisbury University’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

creative commons

Salisbury has snagged the National Folk Festival for the next three years starting in 2018.

WBOC reports that Salisbury was among 34 towns across the country that vied for the festival.

The festival is the country’s longest-running traditional arts event that includes not only music but dance as well as traditional arts and culture.

Mayor Jake Day told the television station that the new event is just another sign that Salisbury has redoubled its efforts to become the cultural heart and soul of Delmarva.