to when Rosalie Sorrels first came to Caffe Lena in 1966. She was utterly fascinated with Saratoga, Lena, and the Caffe. The 1960s were a special time when people were determined to give musicians a place to play and find their voice. Lena was the type of person that cared about art and encouraged any and all artists to follow their passion.
Lena created an entire family around her Caffe. Rosalie often called her Ms. Generosity because she would take in every gypsy songbird in the country, put them under her wing, and give them a place to stay, food to eat, and a community to grow in. Lena created a true haven in our little city and would give everything to anyone in need. She had a heart as pure as good.
Lena took Rosalie and her children in when she had nowhere else to go. One of Rosalie's favorite memories was Christmas 1970. After the show, a bunch of friends gathered for a traditional Italian supper Lena had prepared. On Christmas day Lena and Rosalie fed a full turkey dinner to all the people who needed a place to be.
The reason Caffe Lena is still thriving is because of everything that Lena did for her community. She touched so many people's lives that when she passed away the community came together to keep this place going. And when the time came for us to renovate the space several years ago, the community came together yet again to assure that this special little venue would live long into the future. We are so thankful for Lena and all the people who have kept her vision alive.
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