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Don McLean, famous for “American Pie” among other songs, at CafféLena, circa 1970. An effort to document and restore the venue’s records is underway, and hoped to be completed in 2013 in time for what would be Lena Spencer’s 90th birthday.

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“She had become part of the Saratoga scene. She had become someone and the Caffé had become someplace that was as integral to Saratoga’s image of itself…The Caffé was also an extended family of choice for some people, and that never really went away.” Musician and folklorist George Ward commenting on Lena Spencer and her influence on the region.

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