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Winter Course Catalog Now Available!

We have classes and workshops for everyone. Check them out here.

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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.

The HSCPA's 13th Annual Meeting on November 11 was a great success!

Exciting New Events at the Courthouse

Merry Christmas!

Warmest best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Thank you for your continued support and for helping to make 2014 a very successful year.
We look forward to a year of wonderful opportunities in 2015.

Winter Classes at the CCC

The catalog of winter classes being offered at the CCC between January and March will be in the mail the end of the week.

The information will be available on our website at that time as well.

New Event at the CCC:
The Courthouse Red Solo Cup Christmas Tree Toss and Chili Contest

When: Saturday, January 17

Time: 2 to 5 pm

Where: CCC side lawn and
                 Youth Barn
Calling all Christmas trees!  After adorning the home, make your way to the CCC for an enjoyable event!

Trees may be brought to the CCC garden off of 153 (near the garden sign) anytime after
Christmas and before January 17.

Teams are being sought for the competitive throw:  area Fire Departments, high school teams, church teams, farm teams and friends and family teams – all ages!  Winners will receive bragging rights and “fun” prizes. (No entry fee necessary!)

Stay for the chili contest and enjoy corn bread,  beer, wine,  soda or hot chocolate as well.  Chili entries wanted – winners will also receive bragging rights as well as a certificate of achievement and ribbon!

Beer and Wine will cost $5 each – $5 for your spoon and bowl to sample all the chili provided.

Hang around with us for the big bonfire – the burning of all the Christmas trees!

Please call the office at 518-854-7053 to register.

A wonderful event to look forward to after the holidays!!

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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