Caffè Lena

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Caffè Lena
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LocationSaratoga Springs, New York
Coordinates43°04′50″N 73°47′00″W / 43.08049°N 73.78327°W / 43.08049; -73.78327Coordinates: 43°04′50″N 73°47′00″W / 43.08049°N 73.78327°W / 43.08049; -73.78327
TypeCoffeehouse, non-profit
Opened1960
Website
http://www.caffelena.org/

Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, Caffè Lena is the oldest continually running coffee house in the United States.[1] Founded in 1960 by William and Lena Spencer (née Nargi),[2] it claims to be the oldest folk-oriented coffee house, in the U.S.,[3] featuring acoustic concerts and cultural events showcasing folk music, traditional music, and singer-songwriters of a wide range, including artist Bob Dylan, who performed for two consecutive nights at the cafè in 1961, a year prior to the release of his debut album.[4]

During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021, Caffè Lena began streaming live music on a donation based pay scale, featuring the music of folk musicians like Kate McDonnell and Natalie Haas.[5]

Since Lena Spencer's death on October 23, 1989 (she was born on January 4, 1923),[6] Caffè Lena has been a not-for-profit organization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arem, Jocelyn. "Caffé Lena – Boston Beats article". Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "WMHT's 'Lena: A Life in Folk' Set to Air: Sheds Light on Spencer's Childhood and On What Led Her to Open a Coffeehouse". The Daily Gazette. September 18, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Who Killed Betsy? Uncovering Penn State University's Most Notorious Unsolved Crime ISBN 978-0-615-49811-9 p. 109
  4. ^ Who Killed Betsy? Uncovering Penn State University's Most Notorious Unsolved Crime ISBN 978-0-615-49811-9 p. 11
  5. ^ "Caffè Lena Live Streaming Events". Caffelena.org. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Lena Spencer Biography". IMDb. Retrieved November 24, 2016.

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