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Al Fresco 2015 – Saturday, July 25 at 5 pm

Please join us for our 13th annual celebration of all the good that Salem has to offer!

This wonderful event includes: a delicious locally sourced dinner prepared on site in our Battenkill Kitchen; live entertainment including Debi Craig on the harp during the cocktail hour and dancing to the rhythms of the Roadhouse Rhythm & Blues Band after dinner; an amazing silent auction filled with a great assortment of goodies; the Mettowee River Theater Company procession during dinner; and a wonderful Civil War exhibit in our Great Hall.

Tickets are $60 each and go on sale on June 1 – you may purchase your ticket by calling 518-854-7053.

Details including a menu are available under the Al Fresco tab.

Summer Newsletter Disclaimer

On the front page of the recently mailed Courthouse Chronicle, the featured Al Fresco article mentions that the proceeds from the 2015 silent auction will benefit the Lunch, Learn & Play program. This is not correct. The proceeds from the silent auction will support the organizational needs of the Courthouse. Funds for Lunch, Learn & Play are raised through other fundraising events. It is not our intention to mislead, and we apologize for the confusion.

Exciting New Events at the Courthouse

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2015 Annual Old Courthouse Talent Showcase

When: Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 pm

Where: the lovely Fort Salem Theater

Please join us for this wonderful showcase of area talent – perfect family entertainment.

Our 2015 show will feature TV personality, Jerry Gretzinger as our Master of Ceremonies.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18 – currently on sale at the Courthouse.

Call 518-854-7053 to purchase your ticket to this truly enjoyable event.

As always, there will be a 50/50 raffle and delicious home-baked goodies offered during the intermission.

Exciting New Exhibit in the Great Hall through June 19, 2015

The art of Joan Duff-Bohrer

Thank you to Herb Perkins and all the hard-working volunteers and performers for making the two special events held to benefit our Lunch, Learn & Play program a nice success!

Friday, May 15 – Elementary School Talent Show – weren’t the children GREAT!?!


Saturday, May 16 – our own Mezzo Soprano, Rebecca Rogers, in concert – what a special event!!

Both events raised money to support our amazing summer enrichment program, Lunch, Learn & Play.

Thank you all!!

2015 Chamber Music Series

“Chamber music is like an intimate conversation among friends”chamberfaces

The 2015 Chamber Music Concert Series under the direction of Daniel Shulman has been glorious!

There is one remaining concert to be performed at 3 pm on Sunday, June 14.

Details are listed on the “events” page on this site under the day in which the concert will be performed.

Tickets are $20 each and may be obtained by calling 518-854-7053.

Join us in the re-vamped and now historically correct courtroom for this wonderful opportunity!

Anthony “Tony” Jenkins

The Courthouse is greatly saddened by the passing of one of our Martial Arts instructors, Tony Jenkins.
Tony taught Kung Fu to the younger kids through adulthood. He passed unexpectedly and certainly will leave a huge hole in the hearts of all that knew him. He was a leader by example with his gentle and caring spirit. He touched many lives here at the Courthouse and we can only hope that his guidance and the qualities he passed on to others will be continued to be paid forward.


Battenkill Inspired

A wonderful new collaborative presentation offered by the Folklife Gallery at the Crandall Public Library

Battenkill Inspired




Presentations for the new exhibition celebrating the waters of the Battenkill,
on view in the Folklife Gallery through June 30, 2015,
hosted at 2 sites:

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library
251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
518-792-6508 • www.crandalllibrary.org

Salem Courthouse Community Center
58 East Broadway, Salem, NY 12865
518-854-7053 • www.salemcourthouse.org
Beginning Ornithology
Illustrated talk with live birds by Steven Jay Sanford, ornithologist, decoy carver, boat builder.


Monday, May 11, 7 pm at Crandall Public Library
Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm at Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY

Steven Jay Sanford is a retired wildlife ecologist with a lifelong passion for the natural world – and a need to create. He was born and grew up on Long Island’s south shore and so has always enjoyed birds and boats, everything about duck shooting, and all things – animals and plants – that live on the natural landscape.

He currently lives on an old farm in Washington County, and spends many hours in creative pursuits – painting, carving, woodworking, building, repairing, restoring, etc. His decoys (both decorative and working) and a boat he uses on the Battenkill are featured in the exhibition, “Battenkill Inspired”.



Kiss the Water
(film by director Eric Steel, USA, 2014, 80 min)
Tuesday, May 12, with 2 showings 2:30 and 6:30 pm at Crandall Public Library’s Film Series.

In a small cottage on the northern coast of Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled tiny bits of feather and fur, silver and gold into fishing flies that were at once works of art, magical – and absolutely lethal. Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, her name is whispered in mythic reverence, and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales.–Film Director Eric Steel

“Impressionistic animation illustrates the beauty Boyd created…Megan herself comes off as some kind of fabled creature, never seen, but always admired and respected.” Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian, 1/27/2014
Teaching Trout to Talk: The Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing
Reading and book signing by Stuart Bartow, SUNY Adirondack & Battenkill Conservancy-NY.

Monday, June 1, 7 pm at Crandall Public Library
Wednesday, June 10, 7 pm at Salem Community Courthouse, Salem, NY

Are these places real, or mere dream? Are they illusions, tricks of the mind, fata morgana, that the angler imagines might exist? These green pools, where the brook trout are even greener, that can be glimpsed just around the bend? The small stream fly angler is the fool who is ever in search of the perfect pool that no one knows about, hidden away in a brook everyone else ignores. Still, sometimes, the angler is lucky and stumbles upon that place that is ever-changing, elusive.

Stuart Bartow is a widely published poet, an avid fly fisherman, a long time member of the Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a Professor of English at SUNY Adirondack, and Chair of the Battenkill Conservancy.
Batten Kill: A Fly-Fishing History
Illustrated talk by Cathi Comar, exec. director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing

Monday, June 8, 7 pm at Crandall Public Library.
Wednesday, June 3, 7 pm at the Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY

The Batten Kill has long been considered one of the most hallowed fly-fishing rivers in the eastern United States. From global companies to conservation organizations, this important river has inspired anglers of all levels. Learn about the fly-fishing history of the Batten Kill in Vermont and New York.

Cathi Comar is the author/curator of “A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”. Born and raised in Hudson Falls, she has pursued her museum career at a number of institutions, including the National Geographic Society, South Street Seaport, and the Shelburne Museum, before becoming the executive director at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT in 2008.
“Battenkill Inspired” a new exhibition curated by Todd DeGarmo on view in the Folklife Gallery through June 30th and its programs are produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library and made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts-Folk Arts Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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