One of my favorite place in Center Square, Tess’ Lark Tavern, suffered a very serious fire a couple of weeks ago. Nobody got hurt, but it seems this pillar of Center Square will be closed for a while. Lark Tavern is one of the many reasons I bought a house in this neighborhood; I’ve many great memories of this place, shared with friends and foes. Tess Collins is well known to be one of the most generous person in this community, and it is time we give back.
If you want to help, Matt Baumgartner’s fundraiser has collected about $22K and is still going on; so is the Albany All Stars Roller Derby’s fundraiser. A large benefit will take place today in Washington Park, “Rocking to Rebuild”, featuring multiple bands, food and drinks from local establishments, and a silent auction. Another benefit follows tonight at the Marketplace Gallery, organized by Samson Contompasis, whose gallery had burned earlier this year. Tess’ Lark Tavern will receive 100% of the proceeds from the art auction. I donated two nicely framed 8″x12″ photos, the one featured above, and this one below. Maybe this is something you would consider giving a few dollars for? :) If that is the case, feel free to swing by between 6pm and midnight, 40 Broadway, suite#23, Albany.
Update: both photos were sold, the Lark Tavern sign collecting about $150. Thank you for your generosity.
I spent most of that infamous night before the fire sucking at darts and taking candid photos of the patrons getting in and out. Below is a small tribute to what I like about the Tavern; old friends, new friends, crazies, and beer :) My thoughts go Tess and her crew, and we all hope she re-opens soon.