47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Caffé Lena, in Saratoga Springs, NY,
is the oldest continuously running
Folk Music Club in the United States.
Following the spirit of the indomitable
As Lena would always open the evening,
"Welcome to The Caffé Lena..."
There's so many stories up the stairs.
Easy, up the squeeky steps, turn right at the landing (you got another choice?), look and see Dorthea and Lena playing scrabble. Or maybe Dorthea was caning the Caffé chairs that night... Old Tom smoking his pipe. The creaks and motion from the stairs and floor are just the embedded emotion and music of the club. (Use your cursor to knock on the door to go upstairs...)
Some of the real songs are in the memories these walls have heard. Can you hear the street sounds from hot August nights... Sometimes bringing the upwelling sounds of everyday hollers and un-restrained fun blasting into the quiet part of a song... It's all here.
As Tom Mitchell, a wonderful Singer-Songwriter who got his early start at The Caffe
(didn't that sound like Lena ?) says about his own tales, "Some True... some a little truer... And Some, just a little too true to tell..."
Head to this page for some history of The Caffé & Lena!
Special Evenings coming in December!
* 7th... The Judith Edelman Band... A Caffé Debut! Original progressive Bluegrass and strong Folk with Celtic elements.
* 20th...George & Vaughn Ward... (see notes)35 years of regional song collecting! Sing in The Light of The Season!
* 27th... Paul Geremia!... Wow! Such a strong hand with his mastered realm... Paul's Blues dig and growl from Blind Willie McTell, Skip James and Pink Anderson. Don't miss this night!
Head here to find Directions to Caffé Lena!
Become a member of Caffé Society?...
Head here to read about Membership and how to help the Caffé!
Share some Tales Here! Bring back some Great Evenings...
Head Here to read other stories posted...
The Caffé relies entirely on volunteer workers for its operation. You can help keep the country's oldest continuously run coffeehouse going smoothly and see some great shows free of charge! If interested, please call us at (518) 583-0022 or speak up the next time you're at the Caffé!
Unless otherwise noted, Fri. Sat. showtimes are 8: 00 p.m. and Sunday through Wed. showtimes are at 7:00 p.m....
Doors open 1/2 hour before show-time. Baked goods and non-alchoholic refreshments are available. The Caffé is a non-smoking environment.
Reservations are always advised, and advanced tickets are required for certain shows. Reservations will be held until the advertised showtime. All shows are subject to change or cancellation. If We don't call you, consider your reservations confirmed. If your plans change, and force you to cancel a reservation, please call! Thanks you... (518) 583-0022
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