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Food, Faith, Fellowship and Fun

by South Salem Presbyterian Church

Each Wednesday in December at 6:00pm, we have Food, Faith, Fellowship and Fun.  We will be studying what the bible really says about Christmas.  Then at  7:30pm we will have candlelight services in the style of Taize and Celtic traditions; contemplative service with song, scripture and prayer.  It’s a beautiful atmosphere and a great spiritual respite during the busy holiday season.  

Everyone is welcome!  Please join us!

111 Spring Street, South Salem, New York




I will be leaving before dawn on Thursday morning to go and represent our church at the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. I am the lead musician for the Office of the General Assembly and will be leading music for the entire assembly whenever they all meet together in plenary. You can live stream the Assembly proceeding by going to and following the links. There are links that will also give you all the information about the business before this year’s assembly. The item I am most connected to is the Proposed Revision of the Directory for Worship, as you all know. Please keep the whole assembly in your prayers during these intense days of discernment of God’s will for our denomination.

Rev. Andrus

SSPC 2016 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Martha Levites

Martha Levites is a neighbor who will be featured in the “Artists, Authors, and Artisans” gallery of our updated fair. She will exhibit two forms of art. Martha has lived in Goldens Bridge since 1971.  For decades she was a teacher in Somers, retiring to her self-described “second life” as an artist.  Martha has formally studied figure drawing, pastels, oil painting, and learned quilting skills in workshops. With her quilts and other fabric art, Martha loves colors and fantasy, appealing to the “viewer’s imagination.”

By Billye Zoa Steinnagel


SSPC 2016 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Kitchawan Woodcraft

Trench_1 Trench_3 Trench_4Bill Trench of Kitchawan Woodcraft writes: “After 35 years as a professional woodworker designing and building cabinets and furniture, in 2013 I decided to turn to the lathe where I could explore and utilize the natural beauty and features of the material. Getting away from the straight lines, perfect corners, and precise measurements, turning , for me, has no parameters other than what I discover within a chunk of a tree. All of the materials I use are locally sourced and I often look for those parts of the tree that have some sort of abnormal grain or even some state of decomposition or even insect ” damage”. I rarely know what the final form will be until I remove material from the spinning mass with my chisels like peeling the layers off of an onion. Although a large clear section of a log might beg to become a simple salad bowl, I am mostly fascinated by the smaller, gnarly pieces I find which often end up as something to be displayed and enjoyed as opposed to something useful.”

SSPC 2016 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Emelie

Emelie Painting Macrocosmic Stained “Gas” by Emelie

“As a multi-faceted artist all of my life, I have searched for the moments and visions that reach into my brain, my heart and my soul and carry me to a place I’ve never been. When events and life on earth seem too ridiculous to fathom, I take a trip into outer space where the macrocosm mirrors the microcosm but doesn’t clutter the universe with ridiculous pollution (either verbal or physical.)  This painting could easily be a stained glass window, and perhaps that’s exactly what it is … but one that is a window into eternity.  It was inspired by a telescopic view of gasses millions of miles from earth.”


SSPC 2016 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Jean Horend

Art and the Memorial Day Fair

Our new Fair focus is, as printed in earlier issues, local fine and applied arts.  One of the featured artists is Jean Horend, once active at SSPC.  Jean paints with oils, primarily landscapes, and has painted for twelve years.  She studies regularly with Bonnie Weber at Founder’s Hall in Ridgefield.  Jean describes her teacher and mentor as a fine painter who teaches the rudiments of painting, and “encourages her students to go their own way and develop their own style.”

The two paintings Jean will display at the Fair may embody the educational concept, and are titled Old Boats, and Feral Cats.  As a member of a local committee, Jean once helped to choose colors for painting the fellowship room.  She has come a long way from pastel latex flat!

Come to the Fair, and see.

Billye Zoa

boat painting (4) Horend


SSPC 2016 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Marc Loonon

MarcBarnUnder the leadership of Jeanne Allen and her committee, the 2016 Fair has a new focus, the creativity of local artists, writers, and artisans.  Please come for this inaugural year for artistic displays of the talent of these men and women, our neighbors.  One featured artist is Marc Loonon, a photographer who had been taking pictures forever, at least since age 7.

He has also worked as a teacher of photography in several venues, including Teacher of Industrial Arts in NYC.

One of my favorite of Marc’s photographs is a black and white of a barn.  You will want to be at the Fair and judge for yourself.  Maybe check out the Dunk the Maiden or the Silent Auction?   I hope you will volunteer and be at the Fair on May 30, in the church and on the grounds, with some Race activity up near the town house and library.  Our small fair is a great small fair!

                                                                                                                     Billye Zoa

5K Turkey Trot Race results

by South Salem Presbyterian Church

Dear Runner:

Thanks everyone for joining us at the Lower Salem Turkey Trot. The weather was a perfect November day and both competitive runners and families joined to Kick Off the Thanksgiving Celebration.

Congrats to male runner Brendan Carrol of South Salem, NY finishing in first place with a time of 18:42:99 and female runner Kathrine Levine of Poundridge, NY with a first place time of 19:22:90.


Be sure to e-mail us with any corrections;

Thanks to Rob Cummings for taking great PHOTOS of the day. You can

Brendan Carrol Overall Male Winner

Brendan Carrol Overall Male Winner

Katherine Levine Overall Female Winner

Katherine Levine Overall Female Winner


THANKS to Cross River Wine Merchant for donating wine to our Top Winners. Please remember to support our local vendor this Holiday season; open seven days a week (including 12 to 5 on Sundays)!

Over 176 lbs of food was donated for Thanksgiving meals to the Community Center of Northern Westchester; thank you to Turkey Trot runners and members of SSPC for this special holiday drive!

Thanks to everyone for joining us and please spread the word for next year’s event!

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Deborah Buscema and Robyn Musicant
Co-Race Directors

PS – We can only get better with your feedback, please e-mail us at

Lower Salem Turkey Trot: 5K Run & Walk

by South Salem Presbyterian Church

Dear Runner:

It is November; just weeks from Thanksgiving!

To celebrate the season the South Salem Presbyterian Church is hosting the Lower Salem Turkey Trot 5K Run and Walk on Saturday November 21st.

In spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday a portion of the race proceeds will benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester. We are also requesting for each runner to bring a Thanksgiving themed canned item as an additional donation.

So burn off some pre-holiday calories and come out for the Lower Salem Turkey Trot!

Gobble! Gobble!
Deborah Buscema
Race Director
The Race Course
Click here for the Course

We have certifed our race course!
The course starts and ends at the South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street.
Award Categories

Bring out the Entire Family
Awards provided to Overall Winners 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male/Female and in the following age categories:

8 and under, 9 – 10, 11 – 12. 13- 14, 15 – 18, 19 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 and over.
Awards ceremony following end of 5K race.
Results posted online and hard copy posted in Church.HISTORICAL CELEBRATION


Following the trot stay for a bit and enjoy learning more about our town and “the while church on the hill.”  The historical celebration will include guided tours of the cemetery (on the New York State Register of Historic Places), hear about the fire that destroyed the Church as well as period reenactments. Additionally, a number of documents and photos from the archives will be on display, including Reverend Solomon Mead’s sermons, early baptismal, marriage and death certificates.Details