Salem Art Works – Fostering Partnerships

SAW believes that art is not an option, but rather a necessity.  It has worked diligently to foster partnerships with artists, supporters, other local organizations and the people of Salem.

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Celebrate The Area’s Bounty At The Al Fresco Dinner

      On Saturday, July 26, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will proudly present its twelfth Al Fresco Dinner starting at 5 pm. Offered on the side lawn under crisp white tents, this much anticipated event is truly a celebration of all the good our area has to offer. Sourced from local growers and producers, the dinner features a wonderful array of artisan cheeses and grilled summer vegetables during the cocktail hour. The 2014 dinner will start with skewers of grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. Diners will enjoy maple-glazed loin of pork served with grilled local vegetables, thinly sliced sirloin beef with Mojito sauce plated on field greens, and fiesta corn salad. A vegetarian dish prepared by Spoonful Caterers will be offered to those who do not wish to eat meat. The delicious meal will close with a new dessert – a chocolate mint cake with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. There is a cash bar providing an assortment of Red Newt Cellars wines and Adirondack Pub & Brewery beer. Guests will be entertained by the Roadhouse Rhythm and Blues Band, an eight piece horn driven band featuring the music of the 60’s and 70’s. The Mettawee River Theater Company, under the direction of Ralph Lee and Casey Compton, will once again offer a procession of whimsically dressed characters and puppets during the meal much to the delight of guests.

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Each year, the CCC collaborates with Salem Art Works to feature 3 fine pieces of sculpture on the side lawn. The 2014 collection includes Lilly Reeves Montomery’s Dream Catcher Number 3, Joel Graesser’s Untitled and Christopher King’s Deconstruction of a Mind. The Great Hall of the CCC will feature The Past is Present, an exciting exhibit of the woodcarvings of Gerry Holzman.. In addition to all the great entertainment, guests can partake in the silent auction offering a vast selection of quality items and services donated for this event. Al Fresco would not be possible without the support of key sponsors including: Gold sponsor, Currin Compliance Services; Silver Sponsor, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. and Whalen Chevrolet, Inc.; and Bronze Sponsors, BDP Industries, Inc., Braymer Fuels, Gardenworks Farm, Juniper Farm, The Phantom Lab and Salem Hardware & Supply Co.

Historic Salem Courthouse - Al Fresco Dinner 2014

The Al Fresco Weekend is the most important fundraiser held by the CCC each year. Over 200 volunteers come together providing a myriad of services to make this special event a reality. Over 50 servers alone are needed, and this responsibility is well-addressed by the students of the Salem

Central School. The proceeds from the Al Fresco Weekend support the ongoing financial needs that keep this vibrant community center open. Tickets are still available and may be obtained by contacting the CCC. Come to this astonishing event where you will mingle with politicians, artists, farmers, teachers and your neighbor from across the way. For additional information regarding this celebration of our agricultural heritage, please visit the website at or call 518-854-7053.

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A Successful Season for Lunch, Learn & Play


On Monday, July 7, the eighth season of the Lunch, Learn & Play summer enrichment program commenced at the Salem Courthouse Community Center.  Over 100 children registered for the 6-week program, and enrollment is still ongoing for this wonderful summer experience.  There is no charge to participate, and children entering grades K through sixth in September are welcome. Salem Courthouse Lunch Learn and Play Program - 1

The day begins at 11:30 am with a healthy lunch prepared on site.  Much of the fresh produce on the menu is grown in the Courthouse Community Garden. Each day, the children participate in 2 to 3 special programs including a birds of prey demonstration from the Wildlife Institute of Northeastern New York, dance and movement class, needle felting, dog agility class, nature walks, rock wall climbing and much more.

Salem Courthouse Lunch Learn and Play Program - 2 There is something special and unique for each age group.  The program runs until 5:30 each afternoon, and parents wishing to have a full day of activity may register their children in the American Red Cross approved swim program at Lake Lauderdale.  The swim class children take a bus from the Salem Central School at 8:15 am and are bused to the CCC in time for lunch.

Lunch, Learn and Play not only provides working parents with a safe, healthy and educational destination for their children, it also provides older children with a counselor-in-training program leading to a paid position.  Anyone interested in enrolling their children should call the CCC at 518-854-7053.



Salem Art Works – Fostering Partnerships

Salem Art Works has grown remarkably over the past ten years under the direction of its founder, Anthony Cafritz. SAW believes that art is not an option, but rather a necessity. It has worked diligently to foster partnerships with artists, supporters, other local organizations and the people of Salem.

Anthony reached out to the Salem Courthouse Community Center several years ago offering Salem Art Works At The Courhtousethe loan of larger scale sculpture to enhance the CCC’s park-like side lawn. Anthony believes that a “single creation has the power to change the world.” Guests attending the annual Al Fresco Dinner always marvel at the creative works enhancing the Courthouse grounds.

2014 is no exception. In May, CCC Director, Donna Farringer, met with SAW’s Artist Programs Coordinator and Curator, Jenny Hillenbrand, to select three amazing works of art. On July 23, under the supervision and watchful eye of SAW’s Design and Communications Associate, Julia Johnson, the sculpture on display this past year was removed, and the new pieces were installed.

The works on display for the coming year are: Lilly Reeves Montgomery’s Dream Catcher Number 3, Joe Graesser’s Untitled and Christopher Keating’s Deconstruction of a Mind. The CCC is grateful for this wonderful opportunity as well as the generosity of SAW and its artists.

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