Kentucky Derby in Style!
The Salem Courthouse Community Center is offering a wonderful event to celebrate one of the favorite rituals of spring. On Saturday, May 3, there will be a Kentucky Derby party at the lovely home of Cindy Spence in Saratoga Springs from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Ms. Spence's home provides ample parking and is located on Nelson Avenue across from the track. The gracious home is the perfect setting for this event which will feature a delicious buffet, a cash wine bar, “fun betting” to benefit the CCC (with 1 token prize in each category: win, place and show ), a raffle for a basket of assorted wines and the opportunity to view the Kentucky Derby on one of 2 wide-screen televisions in a gorgeous setting. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Kentucky Derby attire and extravagant hats as well. This event is sure to be a marvelous experience sharing the excitement of the 140th Run for the Roses. The proceeds from this enjoyable event will support the many worthy initiatives offered by the CCC. Tickets are $40 each and may be reserved by calling the CCC at 518-854-7053.
Important Exhibit Comes to the CCC
The Great Hall of the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be the site of an exciting new exhibit opening on Friday, May 9 from 5 to 7 pm. The Loving Story is a collection of photographs taken by the late LIFE magazine photographer, Grey Villet, and displayed around the country. The Loving Story depicts the plight of the Lovings who were married in Washington, D.C. in 1958 and returned to their home in Virginia. Richard is white, and his new wife, Mildred, is black. Their marriage took place in a time when interracial marriages were illegal in Virginia. Upon returning to their home, the couple was arrested and agreed to leave Virginia to avoid a jail sentence. The courageous couple fought this injustice all the way to the Supreme Court where a landmark decision in 1967 legalized interracial marriage. Gray Villet’s haunting photographs brilliantly document the determination and strength of the couple. Grey’s wife, Barbara, is a Shushan resident, and approached the CCC last fall about exhibiting the photographs. During the opening reception, the CCC has secured the rights for a showing of the documentary of the same name, The Loving Story. The film by Nancy Buirski was a contender for an Oscar and has been shown on HBO. This important exhibit will be on display until June 20, and the public is invited to visit the CCC located at 58 East Broadway in Salem. For additional information, please call 518-854-7053.
Donna Farringer-Director ~ April 11, 2014