• 59°

Darts and laurels

Laurels ó or should that be buds and blooms? ó to another edition of the Symphony Guild’s Festival of Spring Gardens, which takes place this weekend. The event is always a sensory feast for the eyes and nose, offering leisurely visits to some of the community’s loveliest home gardens.
As suggested by its theme, Towne and Country Roses of Rowan, this year’s fundraiser features that most storied of horticultural delights, immortalized by poets and fastidiously tended by generations of doting gardeners. In addition to roses, you’ll find an abundance of other plants and garden features on display at the festival. Along with the lush landscapes, you can also enjoy live music by several local performers, as well refreshments. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and available at the Forest Glen Club House, 200 Forest Glen. The rose parade continues at the Civic Center, site of the annual rose show, which is also taking place this weekend. Hours are 1-5 p.m., and it’s free.
And if you’re looking for yet another local weekend outing, the Cleveland Spring Festival is today, beginning at 10 a.m. and featuring lots of food, music and family entertainment. It’ll conclude with fireworks.- – –
Dart to jobs lost and dealerships closed as Chrysler and GM trim their operations in order to stay in business. Fortunately, neither Gerry Wood Chrysler nor Team Chevrolet in Salisbury have gotten the axe, but the ripples sent out by other dealerships across the country will be felt throughout the economy. As the Wall Street Journal put it Friday, “the auto-industry downsizing that is causing so much economic pain in Michigan and the rest of the Midwest is spreading to cities and towns across the country.” The GM dealerships being phased out have a combined inventory of 65,000 cars and trucks and employ tens of thousands of people. There are glimmers of improvement in the economy, but the American workforce is still going through tumult.
– – –
Laurels to the Robertson Foundation’s continued generosity to worthy causes in the local community, even during this economic downturn. The foundation’s grants are greatly appreciated every year, of course, but no doubt even more now, when many charitable organizations are having to reduce their budgets significantly. As Executive Director David Setzer noted, the foundation board felt it was especially important to try to maintain funding as many local agencies and groups face budget shortfalls. It’s impossible to calculate how much the foundation’s work has improved lives in our local community over the years. But a glance through this year’s list of 49 recipients gives some idea of the breadth of its impact. Education, the arts, public health, youth and senior services, the environment ó all these areas and more have benefitted from the Robertson Foundation’s funding. The $1.5 million approved this year continues its extraordinary record of philanthropy.

Comments

Comments closed.

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 300th death attributed to COVID-19

BREAKING NEWS

Chauvin convicted on all counts in George Floyd’s death

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star

Columnists

Carl Blankenship: Pollen and prejudice make their return

News

Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina

Nation/World

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man takes deputies on chase with stolen moped

Coronavirus

Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday

Crime

Concord man charged with woman’s murder in drive-by shooting

Ask Us

Ask Us: Have city, county elected officials received COVID-19 vaccine?

Local

City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event

Local

Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race

Crime

Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children

Coronavirus

Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot

Nation/World

Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

News

Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?

Local

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina