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Fall Classes & Workshops

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!

Over 40 guests attended the dinner & meeting - thanks to all who participated!

Exciting New Events at the Courthouse

A special holiday weekend in Salem ~ December 6 & 7

Historic Salem NY Courthouse Christmas Tree

Don’t look now, but the holidays are coming!

Join us for our Courthouse Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, December 6 from 10 – 2:

The Courthouse Annual Art and Crafts Sale – the entire first floor will feature 25 area vendors with unique hand-crafted items perfect for holiday giving!

There will also be a Courthouse food concession in the Bob Benn Activity Room offering freshly baked breakfast items, soups, Dottie’s gourmet mac & cheese and assorted beverages.

~Also on the same day~

During the Art and Crafts Sale, bring the children to the Battenkill Kitchen to take part in the Gingerbread cookie decorating event at the same time. This event is free and is open to children of all ages – 1 to 99!

Come join your friends in the kitchen for this enjoyable opportunity.

There’s a cookie with your name on it waiting!

Calling all of Santa’s Elves!

A dedicated group of Courthouse workers (Karen Sheldon, Brenda Levey

& Tom Tanaka) are organizing this’s years holiday parade in Salem:
Date: Saturday, December 6

Time: 3:30 pm

Theme: The Joys of the Holidays

Floats and performers are needed.
Line up at 2:45 near A&J Agway.
Entry forms are available at the Courthouse or Salem Hardware.
Call Karen Sheldon at 518-854-9281 with questions.

Please be a part of something very special for Salem!

Have your photo taken with Santa!

A special event for children from 1 month to 99 years old!

Gardenworks in Salem will be offering the opportunity to have your photo taken with Santa on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Proceeds will be generously donated to the Lunch, Learn & Play program. Visit the shop for special holiday items, pet the farm animals and enjoy free hot cider

A wonderful holiday opportunity for the entire family!

Gardenworks Farm 1055 Route 30 in Salem 518-854-3250

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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