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.
Exciting New Events at the Courthouse
Final Concert of the Season at the CCC
On Sunday, September 21 at 3 pm, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering its final chamber music concert of the 2014 season. Once again, concert pianist, Daniel Shulman, has organized a presentation of classical instrumental works that is sure to please. Acclaimed violinist, Kaori Washiyama, will also be part of the day’s performances.
For the second event in the series, the two artists will appear in music by Beethoven and Schubert with the former represented by an intriguing 2-movement piano work, the Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90, and the latter by his high-spirited Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major. The pieces of modest proportion are gems of classical elegance and expression in sonata form. Another work called “sonata” but of a distinctly different variety is that for violin and piano by Claude Debussy. Debussy created a compositional tour-de-force that fulfills his lifelong passion for beauty of sound with explorations in melody and harmony. The program is rounded out with Robert Schuman’s wonderful tribute to the great outdoors, “Scenes of the Forest”, Op. 83, a series of delightful vignettes.
The CCC courtroom is noted for its fine acoustics making it an ideal venue for music. In addition to the performances, informed commentary is provided by Mr. Shulman shedding light on the lives of the composures and the intricacies of their music. Tickets may be obtained by calling 518-854-7053 and will be sold at the door.
Something Delicous Cooking in the Battenkill Kitchen
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.