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2012 Column Archives

Happy Holidays from the CCC

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Courthouse Community Center.

As 2012 draws to a close, we reflect on the year that is ending and eagerly anticipate the new year to come.
We are grateful for your membership and
continued support.

We send our best wishes to all
for a
joyous holiday season
and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas from the Courthouse

~Donna Farringer-Director December 20,2012

Shoppe Off Broadway News

The Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store in Salem has announced it will be moving its popular bag sale up this month due to the celebration of Christmas. 

The sale will be held on Wednesday, December 19 from 1 to 6 pm, and Thursday to Saturday, December 20 to 22 from 10 am until 1 pm.  A bag filled with clothing for the entire family will only cost one dollar!  After the Shoppe closes on Saturday, December 22, it will remain closed until Wednesday, January 9, 2013 when it will re-open at 1 pm. 

Shoppe workers request that no donations be dropped off when the Shoppe is closed.  The Shoppe is located to the right of the Courthouse Community Center at 58 East Broadway and is handicap accessible.

~Donna Farringer-Director December 7,2012

 

 

Popular Kung Fu and Tai Chi Classes Continue at the CCC

The Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering an extension of the Fall Kung Fu and Tai  Chi classes which drew to a close in md-November.  These classes will bridge to gap between the the Fall session and the Winter session which will commence in January.  Kung Fu White Crane Style (for ages 12 to adult) with SiHeng Tony Jenkins will commence on Thursday, December 6 at 6 pm and Saturday, December 8 at 10 am. (Class fee: Members $50 Nonmembers $55)  Kung Fu Tigers and Dragons (ages 5 – 11) with SiHeng Tony Jenkins will begin on Saturday, December 8 at 8:30 am. (Class fee: Members $20 Nonmembers $$25) Students will learn the fundamentals for the martial art with the possibility for Sash advancement. 

Tai Chi will also be offered once again with Sifu Steven Nacua starting on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 am. (Class fee: Members $50 Nonmembers $55) Students will continue to learn how to relax the body, mind and spirit using the basic 24 posture exercises of the discipline.  To register, please call the CCC office at 518-854-7053.

~Donna Farringer-Director November 31,2012

Great holiday gifts at the CCC's 7th Annual Arts & Crafts Sale

On Saturday, December 1 from 10 am until 2 pm, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will host its 7th Annual Arts & Crafts Sale in the Great Hall.  This event provides shoppers with the opportunity to purchase unique hand-crafted items perfect for holiday giving while supporting area craftsmen.  Items offered by the 22 vendors this year include natural soaps and lotions, needle crafts, jewelry, pottery, handwoven baskets, holiday floral items and homemade candies and baked goods.  There will also be a food concession offering homemade breakfast items including scones and breakfast cakes as well as lunch items including homemade hearty soups and “Dottie's special” macaroni and cheese.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School and is handicap accessible.

Craft Fair

~Donna Farringer-Director November 22,2012

November Has Been A Special Month For The Shoppe Off Broadway

 November has witnessed an unprecedented level of activity at the Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store in Salem.  Due to the large turnout of shoppers on Salem Day, November 3, the Shoppe was able to donate $270 to the Salem Food Pantry.  On November 7, Shoppe workers finalized the grants awarded to the Salem Central School totaling over $2,000, including a donation to the Salem Back Pack Program.  Grant awards funded transportation costs for several field trips, supplies for the school music and physical education departments, and funds to pay for an outreach program organized by the Bennington Museum.  These wonderful programs will impact a large percent of the students in the school. On November 10, the doors of the Courthouse Community Center opened early to accommodate the many shoppers who came out to support the Shoppe’s annual Holiday Bazaar.  The Great Hall was bursting at the seams with amazing holiday bargains, and shoppers were delighted with their finds.  The Shoppe will close at 4 pm on Wednesday, November 21, to celebrate Thanksgiving, and will reopen on Saturday, November 24 at 10 am. 

The Shoppe will once again be offering its monthly bag sale on Wednesday, November 28 from 1 to 6 pm and Thursday through Saturday, November 29 through Saturday, December 1, from 10 am to 1 pm.  There is still a large inventory of holiday items, and during the bag sale, shoppers may purchase a bag filled with clothing for all family members for only one dollar.  Shoppe volunteers wish to thank community members for their generous support which has allowed the Shoppe to honor its mission to support opportunities for the young people of Salem.

Shoppe ladies preparing for holiday bazaar

~Donna Farringer-Director November 15,2012

7th  Annual Courthouse Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

   On Saturday, December 1st from 10 am until 2 pm, the Salem Courthouse Community Center  will be hosting its seventh annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale.  24 vendors will be displaying their creations throughout the first floor of the courthouse offering a wide assortment of unique hand-crafted items perfect for holiday giving.  CCC  volunteers will also be offering delicious breakfast and lunch items for the convenience of guests.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School, and the first floor is handicap accessible. For directions or additional information, please call 518-854-7053.

Courthouse craft show

~Donna Farringer-Director November 9,2012

Historic Salem Courthouse to hold its 11th Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, November 13, the Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association will host its 11th Annual Meeting.  All members and individuals interested in this energetic organization are invited to attend.  The evening's events will start with a potluck dinner in the Great Hall at 6 pm.  At 7 pm, guests will move to the Archive Room where the meeting will commence.  The meeting will offer the opportunity to examine the 2013 budget, review the activities and events of 2012 and learn what's planned for 2013.  HSCPA members will also vote for the new individuals wishing to serve on the Board of Directors.  The meeting will take place at the Courthouse Community Center at 58 East Broadway which is handicap accessible.  Individuals interested in attending the potluck dinner are requested to bring a dish to share. 

Salem Courthouse current

~Donna Farringer-Director November 2,2012

CCC Welcomes New Program Coordinator

The Salem Courthouse Community Center is pleased to introduce its new Program Coordinator, Ruthanne Hunter.  Ruthanne joined the CCC family in September and brings with her a diverse background including many years as a volunteer serving the community as well as great energy and enthusiasm.  She grew up in the Battenkill Valley area and is a graduate of both the Cambridge Central School and the College of Saint Rose where she pursued a major in Speech and Language Pathology.  Her husband, Kyle, is a 4th generation part-owner of the Salem Hardware Store, and their daughter Olivia and son Evan are both students at the Salem Central School.  A Labrador Retriever, Jack Russell Terrier, 3 cats and some backyard chickens complete the family.  Ruthanne has many arts and crafts interests including making jewelry using her own flame-worked glass beads.  Her love of Salem stems from a deep appreciation of the scenic beauty as well as the many rich friendships she has developed over the years.  Ruthanne is already hard at work creating new opportunities at the CCC and welcomes folks to stop by and share their ideas.

Ruthanne

~Donna Farringer-Director October 25, 2012

 

Seasonal Events at the CCC

 Fans of Halloween Have One More Weekend to Experince Fear This

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering the final weekend of its annual Halloween haunting, Fear This, Friday through Sunday, October 26 to October 28, from 6 to 9:30 pm.  The Fear This production team headed by Rik Sassa, has worked hard creating the perfect balance of Halloween chills and entertainment.  Rik is a master at finding unique items and then transforming them into imaginative haunted settings. The tour through the entire haunted courthouse and jail, is not as  terrifying as it has been in past years in an attempt to make it more appealing to younger participants.  There is a large wooden maze attached to the building that is guaranteed to confuse even the most direction-savvy participant.  The old courthouse is a perfect setting for this annual event and is located at 58 East Broadway.  Admission cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under, $5 for volunteer firemen and EMS workers with ID's and $25 for families (parents or caregivers and children).  Please call 518-854-7053 if there are any questions. 

Fear This 2012

Busy Season for the Shoppe Off Broadway

     It may be getting cooler outside, but things are heating up at the Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store in Salem.  Their monthly bag sale will commence on Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 6 pm and run Thursday through Saturday, November 1 to November 3 from 10 am to 1 pm each day.  Shoppers will have an opportunity to fill a bag of clothing of their choice, for all family members as well as shoes and handbags for only one dollar!  There is a wonderful inventory of gently used winter clothing available.

     On Saturday, November 10 from 10 am until 2 pm, the Shoppe will be hosting its annual “Christmas in November Holiday Bazaar” in the Courthouse Community Center Great Hall.  An amazing selection of holiday items of all descriptions are put away by dedicated workers during the year just for this special event.  Gift items, decorations, cards, gift wrap and ribbons and clothing will line the 85' Great Hall awaiting selection – there is something for everyone at bargain prices.  Like all Shoppe events, the proceeds will be used to support youth activities in the Salem area.  The CCC Great Hall is handicap accessible and is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School.

The Shoppe off Broadway prepares for Christmas

~Donna Farringer-Director October 19, 2012

Repair Work Underway at the CCC

The Salem Courthouse Community Center is undergoing necessary repairs for damage caused by Hurricane Irene in August of 2011.  A small settlement crack in the SW corner of the historic structure was pushed out a few inches when floodwaters filled the basement and undermined the foundation of the building in that corner.  Executive Director, Donna Farringer, has been seeking assistance for the needed repairs through FEMA, but the request was denied.  Fortunately, grants were awarded by  Empire State Development  and NYSEG which will cover the cost of the essential and urgent repairs. 

Repair work underway

~Donna Farringer-Director October 12, 2012

A Chill Has Settled Over The CCC

It's that Halloween time of year again.  The leaves are bursting with color, and there's a slight frost on the pumpkins each morning.  A chill has settled over the Salem Courthouse Community Center as well.  Fear This productions has taken over the entire CCC and turned it into a scary place for the third year in a row. This year features an even bigger outdoor maze and many surprises lurking indoors.  Rik Sassa and Glenn Cruise have been doing a lot of scaring over the years, and while they want the haunt to provide chills, most importantly, they want it to be entertaining. Frights and laughs abound in this fundraiser to benefit the CCC.

The Haunt is open from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings in October: 12 & 13, 19  & 20, 26 & 27, and Sunday, October 28 as well.  The admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under , and $25 for families (parents or caretaker and children).  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem, across from the Salem Central School.  Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Fear This at the Salem Courthouse

~Donna Farringer-Director October 5, 2012

 

Ghosts, Goblins and Screams at the CCC

 Is the Salem Courthouse Community Center
Really Haunted?

     It has long been suspected that the Courthouse Community Center is haunted, and it will be proven when Fear Thisreturns with ghouls and spooky creatures from beyond the grave.  The annual Halloween haunting will take place 3 weekends in October: Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13, 19 & 20 and 26 & 27.  Sunday, October 28 will also be included.  The haunted tours will take place between 6:00 and 9:30 pm.  The Fear This production crew under the direction of Rik Sassa has been planning the 2012 event for months, and the transformation of the entire courthouse and jail is underway.  The event takes place both indoors and on the CCC grounds and is not subject to the whims of Mother Nature.  A concession with light refreshments will be available for the convenience of guests. This event is not recommended for very young or impressionable children or adults with weak hearts.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 13, $5 for volunteer firemen and EMS workers with ID's and $25 for families (parents or caregivers and children).  For additional information, please call 518-854-7053.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School.  A hair-raising experience will be had by all!   Fear This 2012

The Halloween Art of Wayne Rizzo

     A unique collection of Halloween paintings will be on display in the Salem Courthouse Community Center's Benn Room on the first floor, October 12 through October 31 – just in time for the annual Fear This haunted courthouse.  Of his original works, Wayne has said “My work is about creating a mood and atmosphere based on truths, memories and dreams by whatever means it takes”.  He has always loved creating works with Halloween motifs, and Jennifer Houck-Sherman, owner of the Lock 5 Studio where his work is exhibited claims he not only paints Halloween, he is Halloween!  The first floor exhibit is handicap-accessible.

Do We Dare? Painting by Wayne Rizzo

~Donna Farringer-Director September 28, 2012

 

September happenings at the CCC

Footlighters Present The Courthouse Follies

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center is proudly presenting The Courthouse Follies, written, produced and directed by the Footlighters.  The Follies is a humorous family oriented show that will be offered on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 pm.  The show will feature comedy routines as well as musical numbers including dance routines by the Susi Shoes Dancers  and will provide an enjoyable evening for young and old.  There will also be a food concession with delicious home-baked goods.  Proceeds from the weekend activities will benefit the many programs offered by the CCC.  The reasonably priced tickets are available at the CCC and will also be sold at the door each evening.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway and is handicap accessible. 

Courthouse Follies

Free Lego Night for Area Children

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center will once again be offering a series of Lego nights for area children this fall.  On Fridays, September 28, October 26 and November 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, children of all ages can enjoy the challenge of building anything they can imagine.  Legos are provided for this free activity, and each adult must be accompanied by a child!  Please RSVP for this fun activity at 518-854-7053. 

The Salem Courthouse Quilters

     The Salem Courthouse Quilters Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 10 am in the “white house” to the right of the Courthouse Community Center located at 58 East Broadway in Salem.  The Quilters welcome new members and encourage anyone interested in quilting to attend the meeting. Salem Quilters quilts
     The Quilters are also sponsoring a class to make a quilted purse.  Sue Pritt, local designer and teacher will lead a group in making “Julies' Just Right Bag”.  The class will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 9 am to 3 pm at the CCC.  The cost is $20 which includes the pattern.  You can expect to finish your bag during the class.  Class size is limited, so sign up early.
Email salemcourthousequilters@gmail.com  for more information and to register.

~Donna Farringer-Director September 21, 2012

 

 

September happenings at the CCC

 Exciting New Opportunities at the CCC

     Two new classes will be offered for children for the first time this fall at the Salem Courthouse Community Center.  The first, Puppet Club, will be offered for children in grades 3 through 6 on Tuesdays from October 23 until January 15 at 2:30 pm.  Students will learn to manipulate puppets, make a sound track and change scenery.  They will also learn all aspects of a professional performance which will be held on January 22.  Play selection will be determined by the number of children involved, and possible choices include: “The Nutcracker”, “The Gingerbread Man” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”.

Puppet Class at the CCC

  The second new class is Chime Choir which will be offered to students in grades 3 through 6 on Tuesdays, October 23 until January 15 at 3:35 pm.  The chimes are set up like a piano keyboard and the children will learn to play using music similar to piano music.  The children will learn the correct ringing techniques and rhythm reading leading to a performance on January 22 as well.  Chime Choir for adults will also be offered the same day starting at 5 pm utilizing the same techniques.

     Debi Craig will be the instructor for the three groups.  Debi has 34 years of teaching experience and has organized a Puppet Club and Chime Choir in the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Saratoga Springs where her students performed at many events and festivals.  Newly retired, Debi is seeking to offer this great learning opportunity to children in this area.  For additional information, please contact the CCC or visit the website at www.salemcourthouse.org.

Gyrokinesis at the CCC

     Gyrokinesis is another great workshop being offered at the Salem Courthouse Community Center.  You can actually sit down and shape up.  Our certified instructor with an MA from Columbia University in Movement Sciences is Jacquie Farbman.   Gyrokinesis offers feel good rhythmic exercises that do it all – release tight joints, increase breath flow and improve posture, core strength & balance, all while being seated.  This 4-week course has been designed for those 50 and over and will be offered on Thursdays, October 11 through November 1 from 11 am to noon.  To register, please call 518-854-7053.  Additional information may be found at www.salemcourthouse.org

September Bag Sale at the Shoppe Off Broadway

     The Salem Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store will once again be hosting its monthly bag sale on Wednesday, September 26 from 1 to 6 pm and Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29, from 10 am until 1 pm.  Shoppers may fill a bag provided with clothing for all family members, as well as women's shoes and handbags, for only one dollar.  Now is the time to stock up on items for the coming cooler season.  All proceeds help support the many youth programs in the area.  The Shoppe is located to the right of the Courthouse Community Center and is handicap accessible. 

 

~Donna Farringer-Director September 14, 2012

New Photography show and classes at the CCC

The Photography of Donna Orlyk

     On Thursday, October 4, the Salem Courthouse Community Center Great Hall will proudly offer the exciting work of Donna Orlyk.  Opening with a reception from 5 to 7 pm, the exhibit will feature Donna's photographs and collages.  A Salem resident for over 30 years, Donna's artistic training was at SUNY New Paltz and Green Mountain Collage. In addition, she has studied with Sarah Morgan and Dawn Polis honing her skills in creating collages. Donna said “landscapes and local architecture have been primary subjects for my photographs, but the collages have been inspired by diverse materials, including fragments of my own drawings”. Anyone who has visited her Facebook page knows the quality of her beautiful photographs. Her exhibit at the Courthouse will be her first solo initiative and will be somewhat retrospective. The artist is looking forward to this upcoming opportunity and welcomes the public to share the experience.  The exhibit will be on display until November 2.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway and the Great Hall is handicap accessible. 

Donna Orlyk art

Sign Language
Being Offered at the CCC

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center is offering “Introduction to American Sign Language” for children in grades 1 through 6 starting on Friday, September 14 at 3:30 pm.  The class is one hour long and will meet each Friday until November 16.  The class is being taught by Natalie Bruno who worked with the Lunch, Learn & Play students during the summer.  The class is a wonderful opportunity to learn a new skill and expand the ability to communicate.  For details and to register, please call the CCC at 518-854-7053.

 

~Donna Farringer-Director September 9, 2012

Nature Studies at the CCC

  The Salem Courthouse Community Center is pleased to offer a new photography exhibit in the first floor Benn Room.  “Nature's Path in Washington County” is a presentation of individual photographs and montages focusing on creative nature studies.  The photographer, Sara Jane Cormier, is a long-time Salem resident who started taking pictures at the age of 7 using a Brownie box camera that she purchased for one dollar.  Photography has been a life-long interest, and Sara Jane has utilized every learning opportunity to hone her skills.  “Nature's Path in Washington County” is her first exhibit and will be on display throughout the month of September.  The public is invited to attend a reception on Thursday, September 13 at 4 pm to meet Sara Jane and experience her work.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway and is handicap accessible. 

Sara Jane Cormier 

~Donna Farringer-Director September 4, 2012

Exciting New Fall Classes at the CCC

The Salem Courthouse Community Center is pleased to offer an exciting lineup of fall classes starting in September.  The hands-on classes and workshops are small with individualized attention.  Instructors representing a wide field have  partnered with the CCC to expand the upcoming classes.  Ken Colombraro, a head K-9 trainer and dog handler for over 25 years, will be offering “Basic Dog Obedience” starting on Wednesday, September 5 at 6 pm.  Ken utilizes gentle verbal and touch praise rewards and encourages owners to be responsible  and learn the basics of dog obedience.  Newly retired teacher, Debi Craig, will be offering “Puppet Performance” and “Hand Chime Choir” on Tuesday afternoons starting October 23.  Geared for students in elementary school, these classes offer the opportunity to learn new creative skills leading to a performance in January.  Natalie Bruno will be  teaching elementary school aged children  American Sign Language on Friday afternoons starting September 14.  New to the CCC, Jacquie Farbman will be offering “Sit Down and Shape Up! - Gyrokinesis” on Thursdays starting October 11.  This 4-week course is designed for those 50 and older and will promote improved posture and balance with simple rhythmic exercises.  In addition, returning opportunities include painting, drawing, Lego night, basic computer skills, Kung Fu and Tai Chi.  The Pottery Studio, under the management of accomplished artist, Jordan Becker, will once again have a wide selection of classes for children, teens and adults with varying degrees of experience.  For details on each class, including dates, times and pricing, please visit the class page or click here for our downloadable schedule. Class enrollment is limited, and early registration is advised. 

Dog Obedience class 

~Donna Farringer-Director August 24, 2012

HAPPENINGS AT THE CCC

Salem's Footlighters to Stage
The Courthouse Follies


The Salem Footlighters return to the stage at the Courthouse Community Center with The Courthouse Follies, directed by Siri Allison on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 pm. Al Budde’s script traces its roots back to the Laugh-In style show the group did several years ago, but this time the production is an original work that focuses on the Courthouse's 10th anniversary. "It basically pokes fun at all of the Courthouse mishaps over the past ten years that nevertheless contributed to the successful community centerpiece it is today...and it’s still growing”, he said. The large cast has been busy with rehearsals, and there will been some fun surprises! The Susi Shoes dancers will also figure prominently in the production. Tickets for what is sure to be an enjoyable event will go on sale at the Courthouse on Tuesday, September 4 – $10 for adult & $5 for students under 18. Tickets will also be available at the door at each performance.  The CCC is handicap accessible and is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School.

Footlighters logo

The Salem Shoppe Off Broadway Proudly Serves the Community 

     What a great summer for the Salem Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store! In keeping with their mission to support the youth programs of the area, Shoppe volunteers have worked hard and were able to provide generous funding for the 2012 Lunch, Learn & Play program.  Aside from a much appreciated program donation, the Shoppe was able to provide the necessary backing for a concrete floor in the Youth Barn and colorful Lunch, Learn & Play shirts.

     For the new 2012-2013 school year, the Shoppe has put aside funds to initiate a grant program for teachers of the Salem Central School. With the knowledge that funds are limited, the Shoppe wishes to provide teachers with another funding source.  Typical grants will range between $20 to $200 and will assist with numerous classroom needs. Applications must be received by the Shoppe by October 31 and may be brought to the Shoppe's mailbox in the main office of the Courthouse Community Center. Funding decisions will be made within 2 weeks of the October deadline.

     Plans are also underway for the monthly bag sale which will take place Wednesday, August 29, from 1 to 6 pm and Thursday through Saturday, August 30 through September 1, from 10 am until 1 pm.  Shoppers may purchase a bag they have filled with clothing for all family members for only one dollar. What a wonderful way to purchase back-to-school needs and support an amazing organization.

~Donna Farringer-Director August 17, 2012

Come Explore the Cosmos

 On Monday, August 6, the Curiosity rover, a compact-car-sized biochemistry lab, landed on Mars to help determine whether Mars ever had the conditions to sustain life.  The rover has been sending back breathtaking images of the Martian landscape creating a buzz in both the science world and the private sector as well.  If you have ever looked up at the night sky and wondered just what is out there, now is your opportunity to explore the possibilities.  This September, the Salem Astronomy Club is beginning its second year and welcomes new members.  The group meets at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Courthouse Community Center located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School.  Meetings are open to anyone with an interest, and no membership fee is required.  Bill Frederick, club director, has put together an informative web page at http://wfrederi.wix.com/salem-astronomy.clubPlanned events for the coming year include observation sessions, “star parties”, trips to local observatories and astronomy conferences and stimulating monthly topics.  Members range from the novice to experts with decades of experience who enjoy sharing their understanding of the cosmos. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Courthouse Community Center or email Bill Frederick at wfrederi@gotsky.com.

Telescope

~Donna Farringer-Director August 10, 2012

Wood-Fire Pottery of Jordan Becker to be Exhibited at the CCC

The Salem Courthouse Community Center will once again exhibit the beautiful and unique pottery of Jordan Becker from August 17 through the month of September.  The Courthouse Great Hall is the location of the exhibit which will open with a reception on Friday, August 17 from 5 to 7 pm.  A Bennington College graduate, Jordan is the director of the ceramics program at the Salem Art Works as well as the director of ceramics at the CCC.  He is responsible for the construction of an anagama kiln at SAW in 2010.  The wood-fired kiln is heated to 2340 degrees and is capable of holding two to three hundred pieces of work at each firing.  The unique process combines extreme heat with different materials which are extracted from the wood producing intense depth and color when dripped onto the pottery.  The process usually takes five days and four nights at which time the kiln must be monitored around the clock to ensure the heat remains at the maximum temperature.  The result is breathtaking, and no two pieces are ever the same.  The exhibit is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem and is handicap accessible. 

Jordan and Friend with pottery

~Donna Farringer-Director August 3, 2012

Salem's Precious Resource

The Salem Courthouse Community Center successfully celebrated its 10th Al Fresco Weekend due in great part to the generous volunteers who devoted hours of assistance.  The Al Fresco Dinner on July 28 and the Chefs' Brunch on July 29 came off as  planned thanks to around 200 dedicated workers who were present at every stage of planning and executing.  Reminiscent of the barn-raising days of old, a small army of 25 men appeared Thursday afternoon to raise the dining and support tents, returning on Sunday afternoon to disassemble them.  Over 40 women shared their time the days prior to the dinner to wash and peel vegetables, make cobbler, and assist with whatever menial task was needed.  11 adult supervisors and 40 local students served the meal Saturday evening to the nearly 400 appreciative guests.  Key volunteers were Bob Alkand and Rob Sellar who oversaw the tent and ground preparation, Tom Tanaka and Mary Kilpatrick who diligently sourced the many food items needed, Dan DiBlasi who served as head chef and Dottie Schneider who managed the many kitchen responsibilities.   The CCC is deeply grateful for the help of so many and the spirit of volunteerism that lives in this  generous community. 

corn

~Donna Farringer-Director July 27, 2012

Great Summer Season at the CCC

The Courthouse Community Center in Salem is experiencing a busy and productive summer season.
With the Courthouse Community Garden starting to yield its bounty, Lunch, Learn & Play in full swing and preparations underway for the upcoming Al Fresco Weekend, Courthouse workers are pleased with their many accomplishments. 

     The Courthouse Community Garden has weathered the summer's dry spell and has a fine selection of produce to offer.  This year, the CCG hired Salem resident and recent college graduate, Maggie Higby, to manage its new Green Grocer Program.  Anyone wishing to participate may visit
ccg.greengrocer@gmail.com to register.  Each Monday, a list of available produce will be sent to participants.   Orders are placed and processed for pickup on Wednesday.  This is a great opportunity to obtain healthy locally grown produce and support the worth community center as well.

     Excitement is mounting over the upcoming Al Fresco Weekend on July 28 and 29.  Tickets for the Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch are still available and may be ordered by contacting the CCC at 518-854-7053.

Courthouse Garden booth

~Donna Farringer-Director July 20, 2012

CCC July News!

Special Event to Thank CCC Members and Volunteers

     On Tuesday, August 7 at 6 pm, the Courthouse will be hosting a special event to honor and thank its many members and dedicated volunteers.  The evening's festivities will commence at 6 pm with a summer picnic featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings.  At 7 pm, Cambiata Woods will perform a variety of music from classical to jazz and folk.  A popular and well-known wind ensemble, Cambiata Woods hails from North Carolina and will be offering benefit concerts around the region.  The evening's performance is being donated in support of the many fine programs offered at the CCC.  Cambiata will share the stage with a local favorite, The Old Broads Quartet who will offer some light-hearted entertainment.  Guests attending the picnic and concert are asked to bring lawn chairs and RSVP at 518-854-7053 by July 30. 

Cambiata Woods wind ensemble

July Savings at the Shoppe

     The monthly bag sale at the Salem Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store will be held Wednesday, July 25, 1 to 6 pm and Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 28 from 10 am until 1 pm.  One dollar will purchase a bag filled with your choice of clothing for all members of the family as well as shoes and women's handbags.  There is still a large selection of summer clothing available.  The total proceeds from these sales support the many youth programs of the area.  The Shoppe recently funded a new concrete floor in the Youth Center used for Lunch, Learn & Play.  Donations of gently used clothing may be dropped off anytime during business hours. Summer clothing will only be accepted until August 15.   The Shoppe is handicap accessible and is located at 58 East Broadway in the village of Salem.

~Donna Farringer-Director July 13, 2012

CCC'c Chefs' Brunch Offering a Delicious Menu

  The Chefs' Brunch, part of the Al Fresco Weekend  at the Salem Courthouse Community Center on Sunday, July 29, will be offering some mouth-watering selections this year.  The brunch is from noon to 2  pm, and there is also a farmers' and craft market from 11 am to 3  pm that is open to the general public.  8 area chefs will be participating this year representing Dish Bistro, the Bromley View Inn, Buon Appetito Catering, the Greenwich House of Pizza, Marche at 74 State, Gringo Jack's, Battenkill Creamery and Steiningers.  The list of delicious preparations includes a frittata with summer roasted vegetables, carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese butter, summer Greek salad and bacon, egg and tomato bruschetta with herbal pepper salad.  For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be  raspberry ice cream with fudge sauce.  Music provided by the Roadside Blues Band will add to the festive atmosphere as guests dine under crisp white tents.  Tickets for this enjoyable event are reasonably priced at $25 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Tickets may be purchased with a Visa or MC by calling 518-854-7053.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem.

Alfresco Brunch Chefs and Herb Perkins

~Donna Farringer-Director July 6, 2012

Upcoming Events at the CCC

Come Enjoy the Al Fresco Weekend at the CCC

     Preparations are underway for the annual Al Fresco Weekend at the Salem Courthouse Community Center.  The 10th annual Al Fresco Dinner will be held on Saturday, July 28 starting at 5 pm.  A true celebration of the area's agricultural heritage, the dinner is sourced from local growers and producers and served under crisp white tents in a scenic rural setting.  Highlights of the event include an amazing selection of artisinal cheeses offered as part of the hors'd'oeuvres, tempting dinner selections, a procession of colorfully costumed members of the Mettawee River Theater Company, an extensive silent auction and “get up and dance” music provided by the Netherwood Blues Band.  On Sunday, July 29 from noon to 2 pm, the Chefs' Brunch will provide guests with mouth-watering preparations provided by 8 area chefs.  The popular brunch also offers a farmers' and craft market from 11 am until 3 pm which is open to the public as well as live music provided by the Roadside Blues Band.  The Al Fresco Weekend is the largest annual fundraiser for the CCC which offers enrichment programs and entertaining events year round. Sponsorship is an integral part of the event, and the CCC is proud to announce the 2012 Gold Sponsor is Currin Compliance Services of Greenwich; the Silver Sponsors are the Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company; and the Bronze Sponsors are A&J Enterprises, Gardenworks Farm, Glens Falls Hospital, Fronhofer Tool Company, McCauley & Tucker Oil Company, Salem Hardware & Supply Company and Whalen Chevrolet.  Tickets are still available for both events and may be purchased by contacting the CCC at 518-854-7053.

Al Fresco and flowers

Driver Safety Course at the CCC

     On Thursday, August 2 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering an AARP Driver Safely Course exclusively for educators and school personnel.  The AARP classroom course is designed for drivers who are 50 and older.  Proven safely strategies will be taught to help maintain confidence behind the wheel, and participants will earn a discount on car insurance.  The cost for the course is $5 with a coupon provided by the CCC.  Space is limited, and anyone interested should contact the CCC at 518-854-7053 to register. 

 

~Donna Farringer-Director June 29, 2012

Stories from Salem's Greatest Generation to be told at the CCC

On Sunday, July 8th at 3 pm, Throughline produced by Salem story-teller, Siri Allison, will be presented in the Salem Courthouse Community Center courtroom.  Throughline is a compilation of stories from the Depression Era and World War II told by Salem's next greatest generation.  Siri has been working with local students of all ages to bring these poignant stories to life.  She has interviewed area seniors about their experiences in the 30's and 40's and edited their narratives into monologues and short vignettes.  While they will not be the focus of the show, there will be songs for emphasis and color.  By sharing their stories, Siri wishes to honor these individuals and the lives they have lived.  She hopes to impart the lessons learned and inspire the audience with the hardships endured.  There is no admission charge for this event which has been made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council. 

Siri Allison (l) directing Julianne DeMarco (r)

Siri Allison (l) directing Julianne DeMarco (r)

~Donna Farringer-Director June 22, 2012

 

Recital to Benefit Lunch, Learn & Play

On Sunday, July 1 at 3 pm, gifted mezzo-soprano, Rebecca Rogers will offer a recital to benefit Lunch, Learn & Play at the Salem Courthouse Community Center.  A June 2012 graduate of Salem Washington Academy, Rebecca has achieved many honors in music competition.  She was the recent high school division winner of the 2012 Art Song Festival, novice division winner of the Mendelssohn Society's Joel Dolven award and one of 2 winners of the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society's 2012 Vocal Competition. She is well known in Salem for her performances in various theatrical productions at school and at the Fort Salem Theater, where she wowed the audience in the Courthouse talent shows. She is currently studying with Skidmore College professor Nancy Jo Davidsen.  During her years at the Salem Washington Academy, Rebecca has provided much support for CCC activities and is pleased to be able to offer this performance to benefit the Lunch. Learn & Play summer enrichment program for area children. There is no admission fee, but donations would be appreciated. The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway and is handicap accessible.

Rebecca Rogers

~Donna Farringer-Director June 15, 2012

 

The British are Coming!

     This month, Salem will play host to a group of talented artists from the United Kingdom participating in the USUK Cast Iron Sculpture International Symposium.  The Symposium, now in its 15th year, brings together artists representing a diverse group of cultures and disciplines.  Organized by USUK Founding Director, Coral Lambert, this year's Symposium will be offered in partnership with Salem Art Works where many activities have been planned.  On Saturday, June 23, sculpture created by artists from both the United States and the United Kingdom will be exhibited at SAW, the Courthouse Community Center and the North Main Gallery from 11 am until 3 pm.  The artwork on display at the CCC will remain in the Great Hall through the month of July, and North Main's exhibit will remain on display until July 7.  

On June 23, guests visiting Salem may stop by the Farmers' Market from 10 am until 1 pm where they may also enjoy the music of the Saloonatics performing “classic rock with a down home spin”.  After viewing the artwork at the 3 venues, guests may then experience the Iron Pour which will take place at the main entrance of SAW from 3 to 7 pm.  Symposium activities are open to the public, and there is no charge to visit the 3 venues.  In early July, the Symposium will travel to Scotland accompanied by many local artists.

~Donna Farringer-Director June 8, 2012

Original Films to Premiere
at the CCC

     On Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 pm, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will feature 5 original short films made in Salem.  The films are the creation of students in the Salem Central High School's Film Club and represent a wide range of topics.  The Suds Enigma, written and directed by Caleb Allison and assisted by Nick Hersey and Ben Phillips, tells the story of a student convinced there is an elaborate conspiracy at his school.  Mr. Groark's Academy of Muscle, documented by Ben Phillips and Nick Hersey, follows the Salem Weightlifting team during their season.  The Adventures of Fielding Padgett and Friends, edited by Fielding Padgett, depicts extreme sport undertakings by local students.   Ghost Questers features a large cast and is a “mockdocumentary” of popular current ghost shows.  The final offering, Renegade, written and directed by Caleb Allison and assisted by Ben Phillips and Nick Hersey, follows a young man as he remembers experiences as a child soldier in a dystopian world.  There is no charge for admission, but donations will help the young movie makers recoup the production costs.  Following the premiere, there will be a mouth-watering dessert auction to benefit the Lunch, Learn & Play summer enrichment program for area children.  The CCC is handicap accessible.

Shoppe Off Broadway Celebrates
8th Anniversary

     The Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store in Salem celebrated its 8th anniversary with a raffle for a lovely sterling silver bracelet.  All shoppers were invited to participate at no charge.  On Friday, June 1, Assemblyman Tony Jordan visited the Courthouse Community Center to be a part of the Open House festivities which included the annual planting day in the community garden.  While at the complex, he visited the Shoppe and selected the winning ticket for the bracelet.  Joan Maney of Saratoga Springs is the lucky winner. 

Tony Jordan and the Shoppe Off Broadway

~Donna Farringer-Director June 1, 2012

Final “Music in the Courtroom” Concert
for the 2012 Season Scheduled

2012 has been a successful season for the LARAC-funded “Music in the Courtroom” chamber music concert series offered at the Salem Courthouse Community Center.  The most recent concert held on May 13 was well received by an appreciative audience who enjoyed the music of classical composers from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The near perfect acoustics in the second floor courtroom are ideal for these presentations.  The concerts are under the direction of Daniel Shulman who always provides insightful and entertaining commentary about the selected composers and pieces performed.  The final concert of the series will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 at 3 pm.  Mr. Shulman has selected piano, cello and violin trios by Beethoven, Faure and Schubert and will also perform Robert Schumann’s Five Pieces in Folk Style for Cello and Piano.  Along with Mr. Shulman on the piano, the guests artists will include acclaimed violinist, Kaori Washiyama and cellist, Beth Craig.  Tickets are available at the CCC and will be sold at the door.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem and is handicap accessible.  Additional information is available at www.salemcourthouse.org.

Chamber music at the Courthouse

~Donna Farringer-Director May 25, 2012

June will be a very busy month at the CCC

The Salem Courthouse Community Center will be very busy the entire month of June.  On June 1, the CCC is hosting an Open House from 10 am until 3 pm.  Every area of the complex will feature a special activity.  The Courthouse Community Garden will host its annual Planting Day from 10 am until noon where students from the elementary school will help plant the garden along with area dignitaries. The Open House will also feature informative guided tours of the jail at 10, 11, 1 and 2.  This is a wonderful opportunity to visit the CCC complex and learn about the many enrichment programs offered.  The following day, June 2, the annual talent show will be held at the Fort Salem Theater at 7:30 pm.  A variety of 18 acts will be offered at the family-oriented presentation which will once again be presided over by popular Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Dan Garfinkel. Seating is limited and tickets are currently being sold at the CCC.  The following weekend will also feature excellent family entertainment.  On Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm, there will be a special talent show for local elementary school students in grades 3 through 6 held in the CCC's courtroom on the second floor.  Following the show, there will be a delicious dessert auction to benefit Lunch, Learn & Play.  On Saturday, June  9 at 7:30 pm, the CCC will offer the premiere of 5 short films written and produced by members of the Salem High School Film Club.  The films are a wonderful collaborative effort and cover a wide array of subjects.  Following the premiere, there will be a second dessert auction to benefit Lunch, Learn & Play.  The CCC is handicap accessible and all events mentioned are open to the public.

Open House at the CCC

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will open its doors for an Open House on Friday, June 1 from 10 am until 3 pm.  The public is invited to visit the CCC, explore the historic facility and share the excitement of the many opportunities the complex has to offer.  On this day, the Courthouse Community Garden will have its annual planting day starting at 10 am where elementary school students will help plant seedlings in the freshly cultivated garden  beds.  Guided tours of the main building, including the jail, will be offered at 10, 11, 1 and 2.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to explore areas of the building not open to the public on a regular basis as well as visit the newly restored Pottery Studio and lower level.  The Battenkill Kitchen will be alive with activity as well as the Shoppe Off Broadway and the newly improved Youth Barn, home of Lunch, Learn & Play.  Come see the amazing progress that has been made throughout the complex and learn more about the many ways the CCC provides benefits to the surrounding communities.  Board members and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance.

Courthouse Community Center sign

~Donna Farringer-Director May 4, 2012

Something Special for Mother's Day

The Salem Courthouse Community Center is offering a wonderful opportunity to show Mom how special she is.  On Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm, the CCC will be offering the second chamber music concert in its LARAC-funded series.  The first concert on April 15 was hauntingly beautiful, and concert organizer, Daniel Shulman, has promised a delightful event on Mother's Day.  Audience members have noted their pleasure in experiencing this level of musicianship close to home. The May concert will feature the piano trios of Dvorák, Haydn and Beethoven as well as a short piece by Faure to round out the presentation. Mr. Shulman will once again illuminate the music with his knowledgeable commentary.  For the May concert, acclaimed regional professional musicians, Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Josh Rodriguez, violin, will be accompanied by Mr. Shulman on the piano.
Tickets may be purchased ahead or at the door. The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem and is handicap accessible.  

Mother's day concert

~Donna Farringer-Director April 27, 2012

Celebrate the “Run for the Roses” with the CCC

On Saturday, May 5 at 4 pm, the Salem Courthouse Community Center with be hosting a Kentucky Derby party at the lovely home of Cindy Spence at 89 Nelson Avenue in Saratoga Springs, directly across from the track.  Excitement over the 138th Derby is mounting, and plans are underway to celebrate the event with delicious food, a cash wine bar and “fun” betting.  Cindy has 2 large-screen televisions so that guests may share the excitement as “Union Rags”, “I'll Have Another” and “Creative Cause” vie for the title.  Women are encouraged to don their favorite hat as part of this festive event.  This is sure to be a most special day, and the $25 tickets may be obtained by contacting the CCC  at 518-854-7053 or HSCPA@salemcourthouse.org.  The proceeds will support the many enrichment programs offered at the CCC.

Kentucky Derby art

~Donna Farringer-Director April 20, 2012

 

April happenings at the Courthouse

Do you have talent?

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering its popular annual talent show at the Fort Salem Theater on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm.  Auditions for the show will take place in the second floor courtroom of the CCC on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, from 10 am until noon.  The family-friendly show features singers, dancers, musicians, magicians, and comedians.  All ages are welcome to audition.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School.
For additional information, visit the website at www.salemcourthouse.org or call 518-854-7053.

April Bag Sale at the Shoppe Off Broadway

     The Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store in Salem will be hosting its April bag sale on Wednesday, April 25 from 1 to 6 pm and Thursday through Saturday, April 26 – 28 from 10 am until 1 pm.  New items are being donated daily, and the sale offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase a bag filled with family clothing, shoes and handbags for only one dollar.  The Shoppe is staffed with dedicated volunteers and the proceeds support the many youth programs in the area.  Currently, the Shoppe is assisting with the Lunch, Learn & Play program and the Youth Barn which is part of the Courthouse Community Center complex.

~Donna Farringer-Director April 13, 2012

April happenings at the Courthouse

Color Country at the CCC

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center is pleased to announce a new show in its Great Hall entitled “Color Country – Impressions in Pastel” by local artist, Tom Kerr.  Mr. Kerr is primarily self-taught pursing an interest in several mediums, but he prefers creating works in pastels. He takes full advantage of the beautiful setting in which he lives creating works focusing on old barns and the stunning vistas at every turn.  The opening reception will be on Friday, April 20 from 5 to 7 pm, and Mr. Kerr's work will remain on display until June 1.  The public is invited to attend.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway and is handicap accessible.

Artist Tom Kerr

 Celebrate the  Kentucky Derby in a Great Setting

The Salem Courthouse  Community Center is planning an exciting new fundraiser as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.  On Saturday, May 5, there will be a Kentucky Derby party at the lovely home of Cindy Spence in Saratoga Springs from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  Ms. Spence's home provides ample parking and is located at 89 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 in a great setting.  Its a wonderful opportunity for guests to dress in their favorite Kentucky Derby attire, and women are encouraged to wear their extravagant hats.  This event is sure to be a wonderful opportunity to share the excitement of the Run for the Roses.  Tickets are $25 each and may be reserved by calling 518-854-7053.

Horse Icon

~Donna Farringer-Director April 5, 2012

 

Songs of Spring at the Courthouse Community Center

The Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering its third LARAC funded chamber music concert series this spring.  Once again, the CCC has partnered with pianist and founder of international chamber groups, Daniel Shulman, to present a beautiful series of concerts.  Dan has engaged a talented group of regional guest artists for the performances on Sundays: April 15, May 13 and June 17 at 3 pm in the courtroom.  The roster of musicians  includes Kaori Washiyama, Nathaniel Parke, Josh Rodriguez, Melanie Dexter and Jonah Thomas. Dan invites his audience to relax in the courtroom which is ideal for vocals and instrumental music due to the outstanding acoustics.  He opens each performance with illuminating remarks on the Northern European composers he features including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. Returning guests always comment on Dan's musicological wisdom. Each program this spring will have a piano trio, and the April 15 concert will feature Schubert songs with the popular soprano, Kerry Ryer-Parke.  A perfect choice for the season, Ms Ryer-Parke's lovely voice conjures images of gardens and unfolding spring. All family members are encouraged to attend these performances: the May 13 concert is a perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day, and bring Dad and Granddad for the Father's Day concert on June 17.  Tickets are $20 for each concert or $45 for all three.  Music teachers are welcome to bring their students at the dramatically discounted rate of $5 per student.  To purchase tickets, please call 518-854-7053.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem and is handicap accessible.

Daniel Shulman, pianist

~Donna Farringer-Director March 30, 2012

 March happenings at the CCC

CCC Receives Funding

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center in Salem is pleased to announce funding which has been provided by the Stewart's Holiday Match Program.  The money will support the Lunch. Learn & Play summer enrichment program that provides a positive 6-week experience for area children in grades K through 6.  Lunch, Learn & Play is offered at no charge to the participants.  This grant  is especially meaningful, because it represents donations from local residents collected in the Salem Stewart's between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The CCC gratefully acknowledges Stewart's and the hard-working employees in the Salem store and thanks them for this support. 

(l to r ) Historic Salem Courthouse President, Bob Akland and Vice President, Herb Perkins with the Stewart's Holiday Match check.

(l to r ) Historic Salem Courthouse President, Bob Akland and Vice President, Herb Perkins with the Stewart's Holiday Match check. 

March Bag Sale at the Shoppe Off Broadway

     The Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store in Salem will hold its monthy bag sale Wednesday, March 28 from 1 through 6 pm  and Thusday, March 29 throught Saturday, March 31 from 10 am until 1 pm.  One dollar will purchase a bag filled with clothing for the family as well as shoes and handbags.  There is a good inventory of spring items available.  The proceeds will fund the many youth programs offered in the Salem area.  Donations of gently used items are gladly accepted during business hours.

~Donna Farringer-Director March 23, 2012

Successful History Lecture Series at the CCC Drawing to a Close

The third and final talk of the March History Lecture Series at the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be presented on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 pm.  Salem Town Historian, William “Al” Cormier will offer a talk entitled “Salem in the Civil War”.  His program will focus on the 123rd Regiment which was raised in Salem in 1862.  Mr. Cormier is a very knowledgeable and effective speaker who always attracts a large appreciative audience.  The focus of the 2012 series has been the Civil War in recognition of the 150th anniversary of this difficult time in our nation's history.  The presentations have been enjoyed by many students of Civil War history and enthusiasts.  
The March 29 talk will take place in the Archive Room on the first floor of the CCC.  The building is handicap accessible, and there is no charge to attend.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem school.    

Abraham Lincoln ( Phil Jessen ) confers with Rev. Laura Mitchell of the West Hebron UP Church following his March 15 presentation which was thoroughly enjoyed.

Abraham Lincoln ( Phil Jessen ) confers with Rev. Laura Mitchell of the West Hebron UP Church following his March 15 presentation which was thoroughly enjoyed.

~Donna Farringer-Director March 16, 2012

Honoring the Origins of the New York State National Guard

Michael Russert will present a talk entitled “To Remedy the Evils of the Present System”: The New York State Militia Prepares for War at the Salem Courthouse Community Center on Thursday, March 22.  The program will explore the colonial origins of the militia system and examine the development of the federal militia system as proposed by President George Washington and his Secretary of War Henry Knox, why the system failed, and how reforms in New York State in the 1850s prepared the New York State Militia for the outbreak of war in 1861.  Emphasis will be placed on the origins and evolution of New York's militia system against the backdrop of the flaws that surfaced within the federal system.  A brief overview of the varied role of the New York National Guard, as the militia was called after 1862, during the Civil War will be analyzed.

     Michael Russert is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the North Shore of Long Island Civil War Round Table.  A resident of Cambridge, he has a Master's Degree in American Studies of the Nineteenth Century and is on the book review staff of The Civil War News.

     There is no charge for the talk offered at the CCC at 7:30 the evening of March 22, and the public is invited to attend.

Civil War Monument, Salem

~Donna Farringer-Director March 9, 2012

Lincoln Lives at the CCC

Jessen as Lincoln 

On Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 pm,  the Salem Courthouse Community Center will host a very special guest – Abraham Lincoln!  Hartford resident, Phil Jessen, will be on hand to offer a living history of our Sixteenth President.  Dressed in a stovepipe hat and a period black suit, Mr. Jessen captures the very essence of Abe Lincoln.  Having sixteen years experience portraying one of our greatest presidents, Mr. Jessen knowledgeably speaks on the historic significance of Lincoln's political career as well as Abe's personal life.  Lincoln Lives is one of three lectures at the CCC this March focused on the Civil War which marked its 150th anniversary in 2011.  On March 22, Michael Russert will be the guest speaker talking about the origins of the New York State militia and the role it played in the Civil War.  The final lecture will take place on March 29th when Salem Historian, Al Cormier, will  present a program about the 123rd  Regiment which was raised in Salem in 1862.  There is no charge for these informative talks and the CCC is handicap accessible.  The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway across from the Salem Central School. 

~Donna Farringer-Director March 2, 2012

Salem Area Van Endeavor Keeps Rolling

 The big red SAVE ( Salem Area Van Endeavor ) 10-passenger van has been part of the Salem scene for nearly two years and continues to provide valuable assistance to area residents.  Under the management of the Courthouse Community Center, the van was generously donated to Salem by the Greenwich Interfaith Foundation in the spring of 2010. Thanks to the commitment of area churches, civic organizations and businesses, the necessary funds are raised to maintain the vehicle and keep the gas tank full.  Each August, a golf tournament has been organized by the Salem Glens Falls National Bank manager, Rose Ann Savage, to provide support.  The van gladly picks the riders up at home and transports them to the Greenwich Hannaford on Tuesday, the Cambridge IGA on Wednesday and the Granville Price Chopper on Thursday.  There is no charge for this service which is open to anyone in need of transportation.  SAVE has been fortunate to have the dedicated service of Ken White who not only assists as the dispatcher but drives the van as well.  Anyone in need of a trip to the grocery store may contact Ken at 854-7497.  New passengers are welcome.       

SAVE van

~Donna Farringer-Director February 24, 2012

 

Chamber Music at the Courthouse

 The beautiful melodic tones of Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and more will return to the Salem Courthouse Community Center this spring.  Due to funding provided by a LARAC grant, three concerts will be offered in the courtroom with its outstanding acoustics.  It has been said that “chamber music is like an intimate conversation among friends” with the skilled musicians and their instruments weaving the story told by the musical notes.  All three concerts will be offered on Sundays, April 15, May 13 and June 17 at 3 pm.  Once again, concert pianist and conductor, Daniel Shulman, coordinated the musicians and the programs being offered which will include: Sonatas by Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann; Trios by Faure and Haydn; an Elegy by Faure and much more. Tickets are available for individual performances at $20 or as a series for $45 and may be obtained by contacting the CCC at 518-854-7053.  This event is made possible, in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council. 

Chamber Music logo

~Donna Farringer-Director February 16, 2012

 

History Comes to Life at the CCC

During the month of March, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be honoring those who fought in the Civil War with 3 lectures of interest.  The Civil War commenced  151 years ago on April 12, 1861 when Confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.  In remembrance of this somber period in US history, there will be commemorative events and reenactments at all the major battlefields.  At the CCC, lectures will be offered at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 15, 22 and 29.  On March 15, guest speaker Phil Jessen will offer “An Evening with Abraham Lincoln”.  With over 16 years portraying our sixteenth president, Mr. Jessen will delight his audience with an informative and entertaining presentation.  Michael Russert will return to the CCC on March 22 with a talk entitled “To Remedy the Evils of the Present System”: The New York State Militia Prepares for War.  An author and knowledgeable speaker, Mr. Russert will address how effective the New York National Guard was as the militia was called to serve during the Civil War. 

The third lecture on March 29 will feature Salem Historian, William A. Cormier who will offer a compelling talk entitled “Salem in the Civil War”.  A popular speaker at the CCC, Mr. Cormier will focus on the 123rd Regiment of New York State Volunteers which was raised in Salem in 1862.  While there is no charge for the lectures, donations in support of the many programs offered at the CCC are greatly appreciated.  The CCC is handicap accessible.  Since a heavy turn out is expected, call 518-854-7053 to reserve a space.

~Donna Farringer-Director February 10, 2012

 

Free Tax Return Preparation at the CCC

     Once again, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering free tax return preparation on Saturday, February 18 from 9 am until 2 pm.  This free service is offered to those who earned less than $49,078 in 2011 and will be available at the CCC located at 58 East Broadway in Salem.  Trained IRS certified local volunteers will prepare State and Federal tax returns at the same time, electronically file returns and offer direct deposit options.  The volunteers are unable to process tax returns with stock sales, rental income or from business owners. This service is being offered by the Washington County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and is sponsored by WI$H – Washington County Coalition Inspiring Successful Habits.  An appointment is necessary and may be made by calling 1-800-211-5128.  The CCC is handicap accessible. 

~Donna Farringer-Director February 3, 2012

 The Courthouse Community Garden
“Sewing Seeds, Growing the Community”

     Plans are underway for the 2012 Courthouse Community Garden in Salem.  CCG team members, including Janet Britt, Stephanie Coons Frederick, Nancy Hand Higby, Amy Maxwell, Herb Perkins, Tim Phillips and Dottie Schneider have been hard at work designing the garden and setting goals for 2012.  Now in its fourth year, the CCG is looking to expand its successful Green Grocer program started in 2011, build a larger group of volunteers to assist with on-going seasonal work, increase community awareness of this wonderful initiative, promote the CCG as a recreational and educational destination, continue supporting Courthouse events and programs, develop a summer internship program for a college student and fund a more extensive soaker hose watering system.  The team has released  a  “wish list” of items needed for the 2012 garden which includes 5-gallon contractor style buckets, 7-gallon rubber trugs, baskets of all sizes for displaying produce, pop-up tents, a white communication board, bamboo stakes and rain barrels.  A detailed list has been posted at www.salemcourthouse.org. The mission of the garden is to demonstrate and strengthen the importance of sustainable agricultural practices, provide educational opportunities for area youth through gardening, grow vegetables for distribution to area residents through the  local food pantry and Green Grocer program, and encourage a wider community spirit through a group of dedicated volunteers.  New volunteers are always welcome to join the program and become part of this enthusiastic group devoted to gardening and community service. 

          

Winter Break Programs at the CCC

Once again, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering free tax return preparation on Saturday, February 18 from 9 am until 2 pm.  This free service is offered to those who earned less than $49,078 in 2011 and will be available at the CCC located at 58 East Broadway in Salem.  Trained IRS certified local volunteers will prepare State and Federal tax returns at the same time, electronically file returns and offer direct deposit options.  The volunteers are unable to process tax returns with stock sales, rental income or from business owners. This service is being offered by the Washington County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and is sponsored by WI$H – Washington County Coalition Inspiring Successful Habits.  An appointment is necessary and may be made by calling 1-800-211-5128.  The CCC is handicap accessible. 

Barbara from Pure N Simple Soap and girls creating

~Donna Farringer-Director January 20, 2012

January Bag Sale at the Shoppe Off Broadway

     Once again, shoppers will have a wonderful opportunity for great bargains at the January Shoppe Off Broadway Bag Sale.  The monthly sale will take place on Wednesday, January 25th from 1 to 6 pm and Thursday, January 26th through Saturday, January 28th from 10 am until 1 pm.  The Shoppe is located  beside the Salem Courthouse Community Center across from the Salem Central School.  During the Bag Sale, customers may purchase a bag they have filled with clothing items for only one dollar.  The proceeds from this popular event support the many youth programs in the area including Lunch, Learn & Play.

~Donna Farringer-Director January 20, 2012

Beat the Winter Blues with the CCC

     On Saturday, February 25th at 6 pm, the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be offering a wonderful event to raise money in support of the organization.  Beat the Winter Blues on the Road” will offer a delicious dinner in lovely surroundings.  6 area Courthouse friends have graciously offered their homes and culinary talents in support of this enjoyable event to beat the winter chill.  Each home can accommodate up to 8 guests and will feature a distinct menu.  The dinners offered that evening will include “Lucious Loin of Gingered Pork”, “Beef on the Battenkill”, “Wesnylvania Wabbit Wif Wed Wine”, “Lamb-a-licious Spring Tease”, “Country Ham in the Country” and “Yes, we have no bananas – we do have a Vegetarian dish!”.  Space is very limited, and the home selection will be on a first come, first served basis.  Tickets are $40 each and may be obtained by contacting the Courthouse. For additional information or to reserve a space, please call the Courthouse at 518-854-7053. 

Salem Central School Students Help CCC Celebrate

The Salem Courthouse Community Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012 and marked the actual day of incorporation with a “birthday party” on January 10th.  Students from the Salem Central Elementary School were invited to be a part of the festivities.  At half hour intervals, the students arrived with their teachers to tour the facility and enjoy some refreshments.  Salem Historian, Al Cormier, and former Courthouse Board Presidents, Katharine Tomasi and Jack Phillips, were on hand to provide informative tours of the courthouse and jail answering the many questions the students posed. The children were excited to visit the jail which is not always open for public viewing. Students from Mrs. Skelly and Mrs. Luke-Byk's 4th grade classes brought a colorful poster made to honor the event on which students wrote their favorite CCC program.  There was also a special table in the Great Hall covered in craft paper on which all the students signed their name and provided best wishes. The day was the first of many events planned to celebrate the 10th anniversary. 

Kids with poster

~Donna Farringer-Director January 13, 2012

 

CCC Receives LARAC Grant

The Salem Courthouse Community Center has once again received LARAC funding in support of two worthwhile initiatives.  On Friday, January 27, an exhibit entitled The Old Washington County Courthouse will open in the Great Hall.  The exhibit which is being created with the assistance of Salem Town Historian, William A. Cormier, will be an interactive display featuring old photographs, diagrams, a CD produced by Tom McMorris and artifacts from the archives.  Designed by noted architect, Marcus Cummings, and constructed in 1869, the courthouse is an historically significant building which serves as the anchor of the Salem Historic District.  The courthouse is managed by the Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association which is striving to restore the building.  Additional funding from the Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store and the Dr. Asa Fitch Historical Society  has helped to make the exhibit a reality.  The Old Washington County Courthouse will be available for viewing until April 2 and will open with a reception on January 27 from 5 until 7 pm.  The public is most cordially invited to attend. 

     LARAC also provided funding for a 2012 chamber music series in the courtroom.  Under the direction of concert pianist and conductor, Daniel Shulman, Music in the Courtroom will bring together a diverse offering of noted musicians for concerts on Sunday, April 15, May 13 and June 17 at 3 pm.  Noted for its fine acoustics, the courtroom will come alive the music of Brahms, Debussy, Schumann and more.  This event is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.   

lithograph of the courthouse back in 1869 

~Donna Farringer-Director January 6, 2012

 
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