Saratoga Shorts - Thursday : Caffe Lena show merges folk music with Victorian tastes

Travelers along Union Avenue saw an unusual amount of mid-winter activity this week in the main parking lot at Saratoga Race Course, as 33 of the 40 trees in the lot were removed, writes Mike Kane in Thoroughbred Daily News. Maria Trabka from Saratoga PLAN sat down with Look TV to talk about the conservation of farm land, and the folks at the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership want to hear from you HERE.

Folk music and the Victorian Era may seem unlikely bedfellows, but it’s Saratoga, and anything is possible, right?

Caffe Lena will take over the historic Union Gables Inn next month for a fundraising concert with proceeds to support the renovation of the historic café on Phila Street. The mansion rooms will be converted into mini-folk clubs and intimate performances of folk, jazz, bluegrass and pop music will take place through the evening.

The Line-up: Gathering Time, Hot Club of Saratoga, Greg Klyma, Ariana Gillis, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Dubl Handii, Kevin McKrell, The Trophy Husbands, Phil Henry Duo (Phil Henry, Singer-Songwriter, The Whippersnappers, The Bluebillies, Mike Gowans, MaryLeigh Roohan, Robin O'Herin Blues, Maria Zemantauski, Huxtable Christensen & Hood, Mark Tolstrup's Brass & Blues, Bob Warren & Joy Mackenzie, and Fennig's All-Star String Band.

The concert will be held March 10. Tickets are $75 advance / $80 door general public, and $60 advance / $65 door members. The Union Gables Inn was built in 1901.

The café is expected to close for renovation work this summer and re-open in October. During the construction process the plan is to take Lena’s “on the road” – that is, staging as many as two or three shows per week at a variety of venues across Saratoga. Caffe Lena opened in June 1960 and one year-later famously featured Bob Dylan. The young troubadour earned $50 for his two-night stand. Dylan returned to perform at the café again in mid-January 1962.

Here's Dylan making a TV appearance in March 1963: