Salisbury’s Doug Marshall has earned a reputation over the years as an exceptionally skilled Realtor and auctioneer. But lately, the founder of Marshall Auction-Marketing has endeavored to don a new hat: impresario. As the creator and all-around champion of The Amphitheater at Heron Ponds in Delmar, Md., Marshall is hard at work to create a venue that will attract some much needed entertainment and performance-based events to his part of the state. For this, the second edition of NO QUESTION, we spoke with Doug to learn a little more about him and his ambitious undertaking.
NAME: Doug Marshall
PLACE OF ORIGIN: I am from Salisbury; most of my family is from Talbot County.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: I am both a Realtor and an auctioneer.
From 1999-2008, real estate auctions were the preferred method of sale for us, but as the market changed and subsequently declined, we decided to restructure, as most businesses did. What separates me from a traditional Realtor is my experience with estate properties. Our success is, in part, attributed to our ability to handle our clients’ personal property and estate transitional needs. We are able to relocate and sell unwanted assets for our clients in a very expeditious manner through the services at our auction house and newly formed moving company.
The Amphitheater at Heron Ponds will be similar in nature to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., although on a somewhat smaller scale. Our seating capacity will be around 7,000, of which 1,800 seats will be under cover. The roof structure will be steel span and will offer a large berm for seating as well as include an area for VIPs and corporate sponsors.
It’s on the Maryland/Delaware line, on Rte. 54 in Delmar, Md., just east of the Wawa.
DO YOU HAVE FINANCIAL PARTNERS ON THIS VENTURE?
We’re just starting to get to that point now. I wanted to forge ahead with the project regardless because this is something that I want to do for the community, but yes, we are open to the idea of corporate sponsorships and will be offering various advertising-related opportunities for future events.
The events will include outdoor festivals, concerts, plays, movies, auto-and-equipment auctions and anything else we can stuff under the canopy.
We’ve not booked any acts yet in 2013. We had three concert weekends in 2012, and it rained on all three! That was a very expensive experiment. But I am looking to book a “Blues & Brews” festival this June.
With any luck, we are anticipating a great 2014 season, with a grand opening next spring.
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