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Friday, April 21, 2017

Amphitheater constructed at Pemberton Historical Park

SALISBURY, Md. – A new amphitheater at Pemberton Historical Park will be host to summer camp presentations, school group activities, weddings and special events.

Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism staff members constructed the amphitheater with help from Rotary volunteers. The project, completed earlier this month, was funded by Rotary District 7630 and the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club. Included in the partnership were the members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, who co-sponsored the grant.

Some children only get to experience and interact with nature at places like Pemberton Historical Park, said Brad Sutliffe, president of the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club.

“These are the type of projects that we really want to focus in on,” he said.

Sutliffe said the grant had to be submitted by last June, and Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism was already planning an amphitheater. The Rotary district paid for 80 percent of the project and the Sunrise Club paid for the remaining 20 percent, he said.

The amphitheater will be able to seat more than 100 people, said Allen Swiger, a program director with Wicomico Recreation & Parks. The bench tops are made from solid White Oak, which is a type of tree found at the park, he said.

“The amphitheater is a great addition to Pemberton Park and our current programming,” Swiger said. “It will be fun to see how the community utilizes it for many years to come.”

Interested in joining Rotary? The Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club meets Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Dove Pointe, and the Rotary Club of Salisbury meets Thursdays from 6:10-7:30 p.m. at 1715 Riverside Drive in Salisbury.

Learn more about Pemberton Historical Park and its programs and events at

Attached are two photos from construction, a group photo and a photo of the finished amphitheater.

Group Photo Caption: Members of two local Rotary clubs and Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism staff members pose for a photo while at Pemberton Historical Park working on an amphitheater project. Shown in the front row, left to right, are Ed Goyda, Rotary Club of Salisbury member; Bill Ferguson, Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club member and area governor; Tracy Ritter, foundation chair for the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club; and Tim Davis, Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club member. In the middle row, left to right, are Brad Sutliffe, president of the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club; Bryan Ferguson, grandson of Bill Ferguson; and Steve Smith, Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club member. In the back row, left to right, are Marie Calafiura, president of the Rotary Club of Salisbury; C.R. Krauss, program director with Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism; Bob Kreiter, volunteer; and Allen Swiger, program director with Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism.


Anonymous said...

This is what the snowflakes should be getting involved in, versus bitching about Trump's tax returns or Russian meddling or conservatives on campus.
Do something to help your community and quit the belly-aching.

Anonymous said...

Question: with all the ailing roads and other infrastructure problems in Wicomico, why are they wasting money on an amphitheater? No offense but community organizations should take more financial load for things that affect all in the community rather than catering to a few. If you want your community to be hispitable & inviting, why not help make the environment more appealing. Just saying.

Anonymous said...

"why are they wasting money on an amphitheater"

oh, please. Cant anyone do anything nice for this community without you losers whining and complaining about it?

Anonymous said...

100% of the funding came from Community Organizations

Anonymous said...

10:35 AM Yea I was torn between - how wonderful, and, there are more important things we need.

But this place is so void of any culture, this was needed.

This was a Rotary project and not a government project. It is not their "job" to fix what the government isn't.

Anonymous said...

10:35 Which organizations do you belong to? Have you performed any of the actions you mentioned today? This week? This month?
I've volunteered all my life and am still amazed at the people who complain the most, do the least.
Not sure if this describe you or not.
But, these organizations are helping people by volunteering their time and raising money for good causes. it's a shame you don't agree with them.

Anonymous said...

just saying anywhere you're not is more appealing!

Anonymous said...

Because the roads are the responsibility of...wait for it...the roads division. It was a grant from Parks, Rec and Tourism. So it went to a park that is used for recreation and its a stretch but tourism. No one is going to come into the county to see a shiny new asphalt road lol. Be happy!

Anonymous said...

To ALL those of you that use the facility at 1715 riverside Dr and use the back lot and exit via shad point rd, STOP THROWING YOUR EMPTY BEER BOTTLES OUT ON TGE ROADWAY

Anonymous said...

We'll be looking for you to join in our next community service project. Just email your name and number to Joe and he'll confidentially share it with us.

Anonymous said...

It will probably last looking like this for a month or less!!!

Jim said...

Looks like it's a great place for some bluegrass concerts.
Pickin' and grinnin'...

Anonymous said...

10:35, Please READ the story before you comment. thanks

Anonymous said...

Cone on now this is much needed for the drunk festivals they hold out there anually