By Mark Wineka
The Salisbury Post
Before Thursday’s Salisbury Symphony Guild lunch, which was held at Trinity Oaks to honor her, Mary Messinger sat in a small reception area close to the dining room and met a stream of well-wishers.
“If it wasn’t for you,” guild member Lyndia Heward told Messinger, “we wouldn’t have a symphony guild.”
“If it wasn’t for me,” Messinger added, “we wouldn’t have a symphony period.”
Truer words are hardly ever spoken.
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander, who was on hand for the luncheon, proclaimed Thursday as “Mary Messinger Day” in the city, honoring Messinger’s steadfast dedication to the symphony orchestra, its governing society and the guild.
From its beginning 50 years ago, Messinger devoted herself to the symphony and making it one of small-town Salisbury’s bragging points. In a recent story in Salisbury the Magazine, Executive Director Linda Jones called Messinger “the mother of the symphony.”