2019 Newsletter


The 150th Year!

Let’s hope that once this newsletter reaches you, the signs of spring will be upon us. We are looking forward to the warmer weather because that is when the Courthouse comes alive with activities for all to enjoy.  This is an especially meaningful year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Historic Salem Courthouse.  There is a great line-up of history lectures, which will focus on the origin of the Courthouse in Salem, along with some memorable stories and cases, and a discussion of renowned architect, Marcus Cummings. This is a great way to commence the “year of celebration”.  These lectures occur every Thursday in March with Al Cormier, Kay Crank, Bob Akland, and Jack Waite at the helm.

The talented George Dirolf exhibits in our Great Hall with a solo show entitled “Varied by Nature”. The opening reception is Friday, April 12th.  Drew Jacobs performs a comedy show in the Courtroom on Saturday, April 13th. This is family friendly, rated PG-13, and will surely entertain.  Our delicious cooking series continues on April 1st with an amazing group of “top chefs”.  Dan Shulman starts his 10th season with the popular Chamber Music in the Courtroom series on April 28th. Kristin Eastman and Iris Rogers provide piano and vocal lessons each week to the delight of many students young, and not so young☺  A bus trip to NYC and a visit to the Natural Museum of History is scheduled for Monday, April 22nd. On April 26th, Elizabeth Cockey will begin teaching botanical and landscape watercolor classes for eight weeks…and that is just what’s happening in April! Wait until you see what else is planned for the year.

Come visit and learn a new skill, gain knowledge about local history, view an eclectic array of paintings, hear some amazing music or just come here to laugh. Spring is fast approaching and it is time to enjoy all that this wonderful building in its 150th year has to offer. We can’t wait to see you again!

THE BATTENKILL KITCHEN

Presents 2019 Cooking Classes

Our popular cooking series will commence in April with an impressive array of talent! This year’s classes are dedicated to delicious cooking from other lands and featuring dishes passed down through the generations, along with practical and functional dishes that will become a staple in your kitchen.  Members and patrons asked for more classes with a mix of weekend classes, so we have obliged. There will now be 3 Monday cooking classes along with 3 Saturday classes. Classes can be purchased individually, any 3 or a series of 6 classes. Individual classes are $40.00, 3 classes will be discounted to $110.00 and $220.00 for the series of 6. Please call to reserve at 518-854-7053 as classes fill up quickly. All classes begin at 6pm and are held in the Battenkill Kitchen (behind the actual Courthouse building). You can park in the back near the Lunch, Learn and Play barn.

Monday, April 1st Susan Buck will be demonstrating Speedy Appetizers from Your Pantry.  Susan is Certified Chef, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park.  Previously, she owned and operated Brandywine’s Restaurant, for 8 years, in Glens Falls, New York.  She will demonstrate how make a variety of hors d’oeuvres out of readily available ingredients in everyone’s refrigerator and cupboard.  Good food made simply.”

Saturday, April 20th Kaori Washiyama will be highlighting classical dishes from her native Japan. Kaori lived in Osaka and moved to the United States in 1999. Many of you know Kaori from our Chamber Music in the Courtroom Series.  She is the principal violinist. We are excited to welcome Kaori back to the kitchen.

Monday, May 6th Mari Barboza will be showcasing some of her favorite Peruvian Classics. Mari’s family is from Lima, Peru and Mari spent much of her youth in Iquitos, which is a town in the rainforest.  She lived on an island in the Nanay River, a tributary of the Amazon River. Mari is now a Salem resident, and works for Catholic Relief Services.

Saturday, May 18th Mark Templeton will be taking us Munich, Bavaria, in Southern Germany.  Home of the Hofbrau Haus and the famous  “Nuernberger Bratwurst Gloeckl am Dom” restaurant.  Post WWII Mark attended Schloss Neubeuern boarding school in the Bavarian countryside where he developed a love of Ratskeller fare. 

Monday, June 3rd Beth Anthony will provide us with a Preview of Summer Flavors.

Bethann is a native of Greenwich, NY.  She attended Adirondack Community College, in their Culinary Art’s program and completed her Bachelor’s at Suny Delhi in Hospitality Management.   After graduation, she opened a hot spot in town called Beth’s Cafe and later opened a BBQ restaurant.   Bethann still enjoys every opportunity to cook and entertain for family and friends.

Saturday, June 8th Chris George will show us his Pizza Lab and teach us all how to make fresh homemade pizza! Chris hales from the Northwest and developed his love of cooking from his mother. She drew inspiration from her dad, a chef at Howard Johnson, back in the day. Chris is an avid Falconer and loves game cooking. His love for pizza inspired him to make his own oven and he is now the chief pizza chef at RS Taylor & Sons Brewery in Hebron.

We appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm for this series and plan to add summer and fall cooking classes. Stay tuned for more!

Check out our website with past videos of our classes. You can view the videos, and buy tickets for this event here

Great Hall Exhibit Series

The 2019 Great Hall Art Exhibit series is formatted in five installments during the calendar year. This year’s art is focused on connecting to the community by expanding the genres of art in the exhibits and featuring local food products at opening receptions when possible. Here is a look at the first two shows that we will hang this spring.  

George Dirolf has been chosen for a solo exhibition entitled “Varied by Nature”. The exhibit will be on display in the center’s Great Hall from April 10th – May 17th. The public is invited to an opening reception with the artist on Friday, April 12th, from 6 – 8 pm here at the Courthouse, at no charge.  

On his work, Dirolf states; “I draw my inspiration from nature – whether it’s the birds crowding around the feeders outside my studio window, or deep into wild lands. I especially enjoy bushwhacking in wilderness and stumbling upon quiet hidden revelations be they micro or macro…springtails on snow, or a fern glade suddenly spotlit in a forest of maple trees…my art is a reflection on those moments.”

Our 2nd solo exhibition entitled “Celebrating Rural Everyday Scenes” will highlight local artist, Ned Reade. The exhibit will be on display in the center’s Great Hall from May 24th – July 5th. The public is invited to an opening reception with the artist on Friday, May 31st, from 6 – 8 p.m.

On his work, Reade said; “Painting for me fulfills an urge to record a place or moment in time. The contrast between the precision of architecture and the looseness of reflected light and natural forms is a common theme. Painting releases creative and emotional energies; it can be as exhilarating as dancing or playing a sport. The excitement of painting on location is that

it lends itself to freedom and spontaneity. Trying to fix an image creatively is like trying to solve a puzzle that has no perfect solution.”

In total, there will be five installments in the 2019 Great Hall Art Exhibit series. The Courthouse is dedicated to providing a venue for artistic endeavors, for craft making, and for unique educational experiences for the immediate and extended community.  Please check out our website or FB for a complete listing of our offerings throughout the year.

Aspens by George Dirolf

About the Artist

George Dirolf is a painter, printmaker, and graphic artist. His paintings range from plein-air oils to larger scale studio works. Subjects include landscapes, snowplows, and trains. George often incorporates text or images into these paintings. As a printmaker, he works in relief prints such as woodcuts, wood engravings, and linocuts. Images derive from the landscape, with birds, plants and insects rounding out his interests. George’s recent series of engravings is entitled “A Suite for St. Francis”.

George also works in large scale charcoal drawings on mylar. Most of these begin with photographic resources he shot while hiking in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Colorado, and California.

Icy Rivers and Barns by Ned Reade

About the Artist

Ned Reade teaches a watercolor workshop on Martha’s Vineyard and one at the Southern Vermont Art Center each summer. His work can be seen in galleries around New England.

For over forty years he has been Chairman of the Art Department at the Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, NY. Mr. Reade enjoys painting on location on the East Coast and in Europe. His subjects can be the farmyards and fields of rural New England, the fishing boats and fisherman shacks along the seacoast, or the small towns, homes, and roads of America today. He has painted the waterfronts in Switzerland, the Lakes Region in Italy, the hill towns of Tuscany and the cathedrals and landscapes of the Loire Valley and Provence in France.

Spring Chamber Music Series

The annual Spring Chamber Music Series in the Courtroom begins its 10th season! For 2019, we received another grant from LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council) in support of this masterful series. Leader and enthusiast Dan Shulman’s broad career spans roles in Japan, Holland, and California where he established several chamber groups. We are thrilled to have Dan lead this series, which will commence on Sunday, April 28th. . As always, violinist and violist extraordinaire, Kaori Washiyama, will join with other stellar artists in contributing their talents.

This season’s program selections include high-water marks of the repertory by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy and Stravinsky. As each and every one of these masters was accomplished at the keyboard and most of them worthy string players as well, the piano will be a featured instrument with the strings ever-present. There will also be several musical pieces and parlor songs from 1869- a reference to the year the Courthouse was built.

Don’t miss our 10th season of delightful classical music!

PROGRAM I: Sunday, April 28, at 3:00 pm

PROGRAM II: Sunday, May 26, at 3:00 pm

PROGRAM III: Sunday, June 23, at 3:00 pm.

There will also be a fall performance Saturday, September 14th at 7pm.

New Events

Battle of the Bands

A new fundraiser created by Iris Rogers and partnering with RS Taylor & Sons Brewery, the Historic Salem Courthouse is proud to introduce its first Battle of the Bands Competition. The fundraiser will be held at RS Taylor & Sons Brewery in Hebron, NY on June 22nd at 5pm. Twelve bands will be vying for the coveted prize of $1,000! These musicians will go through three rounds of performances. Local musicians Zakk Eastman, Lou Della Valle and Bob Warren will be the judges. Competing bands will pay an application fee of $25.00. For more information and how to apply, criteria involved and application deadline, please check out our website at https://salemcourthouse.org/battleofthebands/

We, at the Courthouse, are excited to be partnering with RS Taylor and hope you all support this new event highlighting local musicians. We hope that you will consider buying a ticket, or registering your band for what we hope to become a must-see, annual event.

Geek Comedy Night

Introducing “Geek Comedy Night” starring Drew Jacobs with Special Guest Ed Smyth this April 13th at 7pm.

Drew Jacobs is an award winning comedian and has been heard on Dr. Demento, Sirius XM and radio stations across the country. Drew has performed in clubs and festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Drew’s latest CD is “Selfie Absorbed”. Check out more of his work at DrewJacobs.com

Ed Smyth is a unique comic who serves up an absurdist and silly string of brain-twisty topics as diverse as single cell balloon animals, warped history moments, Wally the Happy Talking Neutrino, and Oog the primitive entertainer from 30,000 BC! Ed produces and headlines in coffeehouses, performance spaces, art venues and similar throughout the Northeast.

This event is rate a PG-13. It is family friendly but geared towards teenagers. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. We suggest you come early as there will be a line for this newly created event.