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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jazz Brunch @ The Renaissance Restaurant in Schenectady, New York

I am so grateful for family!  After a "Round Robin" on Facebook, Eric and I met our cousins, Dan, Tracy and Barb for a Jazz Brunch at the Renaissance Restaurant...

... located in the basement of
the former Saint Mary's 

Saint Mary's also
has a Banquet

Built in 1903, Saint Mary's was the Polish church in this section of Schenectady.  Church attendance declined as the city's population declined throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.  Saint Mary's celebrated it's final mass on June 28, 2009Sandra Vardine bought Saint Mary's in 2014 and created the wonderful space we are eating Brunch in today.

Sugar & Baked Goods
is catering this event.

Barb, Tracy & I catch
up on family doings
while Eric & Dan
talk tech.

The growing audience
listens to Jazz as we
enjoy our Brunch

The offerings include Pulled Pork, Ribs, Macaroni and  Cheese, Ziti, Southern Shrimp Scampi and Grits; Quiches, Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, Sweet Potato Pie, Fluffy Confections, Apple Butter....

The full bar mixes whatever
diners want.

I saw a lot of Mimosas
during Brunch.

Sandra told me that the Event Hall is open and encourages me to go upstairs.

The altar, at the rear
of the Event Hall
is beautiful.

A portrait of Our Lady of Czestochowa is the focal point of the Saint Mary's rites.  

 is clouded in mystery.

The image was used to rally the people to fight against the nomadic Saracens in Constantinople, and later to save Czestochowa from invading Tartars in 15th century Poland.

The pillars are painted
to look like marble.

There are many stained
glass windows in the

The beer taps sit
beneath a colorful

The Pipe Organ sits in the
loft at the front of
the Hall.

I am happy to see Saint Mary's Church being used as a restaurant and Event Hall for all types of gatherings...  Wedding receptions, corporate events, non profit meetings and events, etc.  
I envision concerts here. The acoustics should be wonderful in this space.

Contact Information for
Renaissance Restaurant
& Event Hall:

Sugar Baked Goods
& Catering's

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