Since The Saratogian never seems to publish any letters that contain any ounce of criticism, I will publish my latest letter here. I sent this letter on April 23. Today is May 1 and it’s still yet to be published. At this point, I doubt it will.
Thank you for publishing the great photo spread of the UPH auction in the April 23 Life section. As a Saratoga Steeplechaser – the volunteer group that planned and executed the event – I was delighted to see the coverage.
However, key details were left out of the spread, and readers less familiar with UPH may not know what it is.
UPH is the Universal Preservation Hall (www.universalpreservationhall.org), the historic building at 25 Washington Street currently under renovation to become a community performing arts and events venue.
The auction, held Thursday, March 29, was the third annual “Day in the Life of…” live auction fundraiser for the project, and this year raised about $20,000 for the Hall. The event also included a silent auction for the first time.
The photos in your spread, unfortunately without proper photo credits, were taken by Niki Rossi Photography (www.nikirossi.com), who, along with assistant Seth Guistimbelli, donated services for the evening.
In addition to scheduled musical events in May, UPH will be a featured venue in the first annual Saratoga Arts Fest, June 15-17.
Thank you to everyone – auction attendees and the numerous sponsors and donors alike – who helped to make this year’s event another tremendous success.