• 75°

Enthusiastic volunteers make Spencer’s first Paint Pals a success

Paint Pals

Owners Darlyn and Evan Baldwin stand outside their newly painted house on Thiurd Street, Spencer. Submitted photo

Owners Darlyn and Evan Baldwin stand outside their newly painted house on Thiurd Street, Spencer. Submitted photo

By Mark Wineka
mark.wineka@salisburypost.com

SPENCER — An enthusiastic group of Saturday volunteers — 26 in all — applied kiwi green, daisy yellow and snowbound white to transform the early 20th century home of Evan and Darlyn Baldwin.

It was Spencer’s first Paint Pals Project and reflected a partnership between the town of Spencer and Historic Salisbury Foundation.

The Baldwins live at 803 Third St., the first house on that street within Spencer’s residential historic district.

“We had a great day,” Spencer Land Management Director Kathryn Clifton said. “I was extremely pleased with how our first Paint Pals project went. “… It was great to see everybody working together.”

Volunteers came from Historic Salisbury Foundation, the town of Spencer, the Spencer Historic Preservation Commission, the Spencer Community Appearance Commission, Catawba College, Rain Dance Tire and Auto and Baldwin family members.

Brian Pfaff, a carpenter in Salisbury, did much of the preparation work, including scraping and priming.

Spencer Mayor Jody Everhart participated along with well-known Salisbury preservationist Ed Clement. Cara Reische’s whole family showed up to paint.

“It turned out to be an all-day project,” Clifton said, describing how work started at 9 a.m. and materials weren’t packed away until 5:15 p.m.

In Spencer, the goal of Paint Pals is to paint one house in the residential historic district per year. Clifton said the program qualifies applicants, who must own the home to be painted.

It also looks to assist a family in need who live in the historic district. Evan Baldwin is on disability. Clifton said the program will accept applications for the next Paint Pals Project in February 2016 and hope to paint the next house the summer of 2016.

“We got lots of support,” Clifton said.

Sherwin-Williams donated all the paint, Food Lion in Spencer provided a gift card to pay for water and snacks. Hendrix Barbecue of Spencer donated barbecue sandwiches for the volunteer work crew; Krispy Kreme, coffee and doughnuts.

Lowe’s gave the project a substantial discount for any supplies that were needed.

Monetary donations came from a Go Fund Me site established by Historic Salisbury Foundation.

Brian Davis, former executive director of HSF, told Clifton about a similar Paint Pals Project started in Galveston, Texas, where he had previously worked for the preservation foundation.

The Galveston preservation group sent her all its information on Paint Pals and a member also made a monetary donation, Clifton said.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

Comments

Ask Us

Ask Us: What happened to work on South Fulton Street home?

Crime

Blotter: Woman says she was shot in hand on Lincolnton Road

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office charges Salisbury man with operating illegal gambling business

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on felony drug, breaking and entering charges

Local

Rep. Amber Baker discusses legislative session during Rowan Democrats breakfast meeting

Local

Thousands of locals, out-of-towners gather for a groovy time at annual Hippie Fest

News

N.C. Zoo ready for expansion if lawmakers OK funding

Education

RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest

Local

Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction

Business

Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured

Education

Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12

Local

Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September

Lifestyle

Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers

Education

Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners

Business

Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs

Columns

Amy-Lynn Albertson: Arts and Ag Farm Tour set for June 5

High School

High school baseball: Mustangs top Falcons on strength of hurlers

Business

Biz Roundup: Application process now open for Rowan Chamber’s 29th Leadership Rowan class

Sports

Keith Mitchell leads McIlroy, Woodland by 2 at Quail Hollow

Nation/World

States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

Nation/World

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

News

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting