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Saratoga Porching

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 · 4 Comments

The word may have been coined in Santa Rosa, Calif., but Jen and I definitely represent Saratoga in porching. We’re professional porchers in a town known for its porches. And that’s no small feat. We love our porch — and so do our friends whenever we have a party:


Tradition of porch-sitting is once again popular:

At a time when people are ever more inclined to isolate themselves inside with their electronics or retreat to elaborate back yards done up like outdoor living rooms, there’s an emerging counterculture committed to reviving the quintessentially American custom of front porch-sitting.

It may not be a groundswell, but the practice is popular enough to have introduced a new word into the lexicon: “porching.”

New Urbanists who are seeking to make communities safer, more functional and more inviting have long spoken of front porches as an important tool in making friendlier neighborhoods.

(Thanks, Suzanne, for the link.)

Tags: saratoga springs

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 suzanne // Sep 2, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the link. From the looks of your porching photos, you may have broken a world’s record for number of friends/pets
    you can fit in one sitting.

  • 2 Johnny // Sep 3, 2006 at 8:52 am

    Now you have to fortify your porch to be able to safely accomodate everyone…call your local earthquake center for ideas!

  • 3 Sarah // Sep 5, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    At a conf. in the spring one man told me of his tradition of having happy hour on his porch each night in the summer. They offer drinks & appetizers to anyone passing by. What a way to make friends!

  • 4 suzanne // Sep 5, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    If should “anyone passing by” turn out to be the the infamous Saratoga burglarers you could combine porching with poaching.