This virtual program will highlight popular Saratoga Springs establishments D’Andrea’s, The Hub, and The Rafters.
In the 1970s and 1980s these three iconic bars shaped Saratoga Springs’ nightlife. Carol Godette, a former schoolteacher and author, will share what made these locations so memorable and her memories places that brought people together not only for a drink, but also to connect, play games, and dance.
“D’Andrea’s, The Hub, and The Rafters hold so many memories for people who lived in Saratoga Springs during this time. Each of these structures were unique to the heart of downtown and although the buildings are long gone, they still hold a special place in many people’s hearts,” said Carol Godette.
Artist Robert Wheaton will discuss his current series of painted postcards featuring bars in Saratoga Springs and Sig Wynne-Evans, who now resides on the west coast, will recall her memories of the disco days and experiences at The Rafters.
Patrick Pipino of Ben & Jerry’s, who is a lifelong fan of the Rafters, and Jeannie O’Farrell Eddy, a regular at the Hub and member of the “Hub Club,” will also be in attendance to discuss their remembrances.
This event is being held as part of Giving Tuesday, an internationally recognized day of philanthropy that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
This virtual program will take place on Zoom for a suggested donation of $10 or more. For additional information or to register for the virtual program, visit www.saratogapreservation.org or call (518) 587-5030. Everyone who pre-registers for this program will be emailed a Zoom link in advance and will receive a link to the recording.
In addition to the virtual program, The Brook Tavern, 139 Union Avenue, will be hosting their popular “Dine for a Cause” event to benefit the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation on Wednesday, November 29. The Brook Tavern will donate 25% of all food sales that evening, both dine-in and takeout, as part of our Giving Tuesday celebration.
Photo: D’Andrea’s Tavern in Saratoga Springs in ca 1970s.