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Bloom Gala for Salisbury Academy returns

SALISBURY — Salisbury Academy’s upcoming Bloom Gala on March 18 brings local history to life through its electrifying theme and location: Bloom Industrial, set in the N.C. Transportation Museum’s newly refurbished Back Shop.

Through the massive space, historic features and metallic décor, guests will be transported back to Spencer’s peak, a time when the Back Shop was Southern Railway’s largest repair facility for steam locomotives in the Southeast.

Originally completed in 1905 and refreshed with a new roof in 1980 and then again in 2005, the back shop’s major and most recent refurbishment began in 2016 and included new railroad track installation, new restroom facilities, a fire-safe sprinkler system and floor leveling.

“The fact that the back shop will add so much exhibit space and allow the public to step inside is very exciting,” said Kelly Alexander, director for the museum. “It’s the biggest addition to the site since the Bob Julian Roundhouse opened in 1996.”

The location provides a new twist on the Bloom Gala, as well. Guests will be greeted on the sprawling patio area of the back shop and invited into the facility with a dramatic welcome as the large doors open to reveal the history and magic within. Festivities will include dining, dancing and fundraising for educational and community causes.

“Bloom Industrial is a great event for us because we get to see our venue dressed up in high style, with folks enjoying our historic site in a unique way,” said Alexander. “We appreciate the wonderful partnership with Salisbury Academy and their excitement in using our facility.”

Learn more about Bloom at: salisburyacademy.org/support-sa/bloom.cfm

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