Welcome To The Historic Salem Courthouse
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.
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.
PREPARE FOR A GOOD SCARE
Halloween is on the way!
It’s unanimous – last year’s Fear This haunted Halloween event at the Salem Courthouse Community Center was the scariest and most entertaining yet! For 2014, Rik Sassa and his zany crew have promised bizarre magic, a life-size puppet show and more mazes and labyrinths to bend the mind. Fear This will take place from 7:00 to 9:30 pm on three Fridays and Saturdays in October: the 10 & 11, the 17 & 18 and the 24 & 2. Last year, visitors left sweaty, shaking and rattled. There have been many reports since of sleepless nights. Two teenagers that “abandoned ship” early out an emergency exit, have been seen on the west coast still running! This year, Rik has even more thrills and chills up his sleeves. Due to the scary nature of the event, it is not recommended for very young children or adults with weak hearts. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 13 and under, $25 for families (moms, dads or caretakers and children), and $5 for active servicemen, firefighters and EMS works with ID cards. Anyone interested in helping to stage the event should contact the Courthouse at 518-854-7053. Rik advises everyone to come see the show this year, because “if you don’t, Fear This, is coming to find you!”
Exciting New Events at the Courthouse
It’s Official ~ The Courthouse Is Historic!
In September of 2013, a grant was applied for through The William G. Pomeroy Foundation in Syracuse, NY for a historic marker for Salem’s Historic Courthouse. Detailed information was provided validating the claim for significance. In May, a check for $1,050 was awarded to purchase the sign through Catskill Castings. The traditional blue and gold sign seen along the byways of New York was delivered ready for installation. A generous crew from the Salem Highway Department led by Joe Boisclair, efficiently erected the sign on the island in front of the building along East Broadway. On Thursday, September 18, the sign was dedicated by Courthouse Board President, Bob Akland, and guests enjoyed a reception in the building’s Great Hall.
The sign proclaims: 1869 Courthouse – The Old Washington County Courthouse, noted for one of the best preserved nineteenth century courtrooms in New York. It stands proudly along the road as your approach the Courthouse for all to see.
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The new Battenkill Kitchen is under the management of the Salem Courthouse Community Center. A dedicated crew of workers including Tom Kerr, Majken Sellar , Dottie Schneider and JoAnne Rose 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.
It’s a splendid place to cook, and the management team is once again offering great affordably priced classes in an effort to make them available to anyone who may be interested. The new offerings will be called “Battenkill Mondays”. The participating chefs are many folks you already know who have very graciously agreed to donate their time and expertise to help the kitchen with its mission.
The four upcoming Monday classes at 6:00 pm are: 9/22, “Crepe Making Made Easy” with Nancy DeBona, 10/6, “Autumn Soups” with Martha Culliton, 10/20, “Sunday Brunch” with Beth Anthony, and 11/10, “Holiday Candy” with Elaine Gibb. Classes are only $30 each or all four for $100. Class size is limited to 15 and will be available on a first come basis. To reserve your place, call 518-854-7053. Come join us in the kitchen!
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.
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.
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 the 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.