I've had dinner at the original Hattie's a few times (fried chicken, of course!), and even provided the wedding cake for a couple whose reception was held there a while back. It was one of my first wedding cakes, and it was simple and lovely, a smooth buttercream finish to to tiers, adorned in fresh rose petals. I remember assembling the cake in the then (and perhaps still?) un-airconditioned dining room. When I think of Hattie's, I think of that wedding cake.
|Entrance to Cafe Lena|
The other grand lady of Saratoga I came in contact with today is the Cafe Lena, named for her founder Lena Spencer. One of my good friends from high school, Max (Maxine Train Marquis) invited a bunch of us to come hear her sing at Cafe Lena's open mic session tonight. If you ever have a chance to attend an open mic night at Lena's, I encourage you to do it. It'll be the best $3 you'll ever spend. They had a full roster of performers tonight, and waiting for Max to perform was a very pleasant experience as we were able to enjoy quite of number of talented people as they strutted their various and assorted musical stuff. I am in awe of the self-confidence and courage it takes to get up in front of a group of people and throw caution to the wind, to let it out, to share such an intimate part of one's self. I couldn't do it, not in a million years. And here's Max, who was the quiet (if not fun-loving) girl in high school four decades ago, transformed into a confident vocal artist, comfortable in her own skin, right before our eyes! Way to go, Max! It was a privilege to share the night with you!
|Maxine Train Marquis|
performing at Cafe Lena, 6-30-11
Cafe Lena photo: http://www.caffelena.org/