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Winter Course Catalog Now Available!

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Look Whats Cookin' At The Battenkill Kitchen

The new Battenkill Kitchen is under the management of the Courthouse. A dedicated crew of workers including Tom Kerr, Majken Sellar and Dottie Schneider have done an inexpensive but remarkable job giving the kitchen a sparkling new look – a fresh coat of paint, decorative trim, a new pantry, a renovated restroom, a sharp new sign and more.

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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.

Exciting New Events at the Courthouse

2015 March History Lectures

Eash Thursday in March at 7:30 in the first floor Archive Room, the CCC will present a special talk centered on the Civil War.  These talks are being offered in conjunction with the special activities being offered by the Town of Salem celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the return of the 123rd Regiment.
March 5: New York City attorney, Ken Aldous will offer a talk entitled “Yankees in the Basement: The Life and Legacy of the Civil War in the North”

March 12: Photographer, Clifford Oliver, will provide a first person narrative on Solomon Northup

March 19: Tom Smith who is associated with Grant’s Cottage will present “Ulysses S. Grant: His Life, His Work, His Death”

March 26: Historian,  Chris Heidorf, will present a talk featuring the 123rd Regiment and their role in the Battle of Gettysburg


Lecture #1 on March 5 at 7:30 pm with Ken Aldous

Yankees in the Basement: The Life and Legacy of the Civil War in the North

An attorney who practices in New York, England and Wales, Ken will provide an informative talk focusing on the public will of the North that was a significant cause of the federal victory.  Ken is a historian with a keen interest in the Civil War having ancestors who actually fought in federal units including our own 123 Regiment.  While the dramatic effect the war had on the South is very well known, the legacy of the war in the North has been overlooked.

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.

Please visit Giveforward.com and search Anthony (Tony) Jenkins to contribute to a fund that has been created to raise money for his funeral costs.  Thank you.

Art Naive

The Creative Works of Donna Wynbrandt

Join us for our newest exhibit coming to the Great Hall in March.

A Cambridge resident, Donna’s whimsical and colorful creations will be on

display starting with a reception on Friday, March 6 at 5 pm. 

Representing a span of five years, this display is sure to warm your heart

on a cold winter’s day!



A fun new fundraiser coming to the Courthouse this month.  Ever wondered what it would be like to go to jail?  Now is your chance to know!

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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