But I didn’t imagine it would take eight feet to do it.
Yet that’s what we have: Four local women have teamed up as the
“Toga Tattlers” to bring the social scene to life for Saratogian readers.
You’ll be meeting the Toga Tattlers in print and online early next
week. For the moment, I’ll do just a little tattling. They are, in alphabetical
- Sage Cerone, the youngest
of the Tattlers, is a Saratoga Springs native who professes to have “been on
the social circuit since she was old enough to hold her own wine glass” and,
like her sister Tattlers, “is a lover of all things Saratoga.”
- Robin Dalton is a New York City native who moved here in 2007 after
falling in love with Matt Dalton and Saratoga. They have two children and
one dog, Smushie.
- Jenny Witte (rhymes with pretty) aptly describes herself as “an
energetic mother of three who knows Saratoga inside and out.” She brings
extensive blogging and online media experience to the mix.
- Tamara Valentine discovered not long after graduating Skidmore
College that she belonged in Saratoga, and has lived here more than 20 years,
raising her teenage girls “just steps from the track.”
There was no shortage of would-be social scene scribes who
responded to the job posting. It was gratifying to hear from so many people who
thought the job would be fun but also recognized that it’s real work. Besides
describing who’s who and what they wore, the social writer for
The Saratogian has an important role in letting the community know how
these myriad events benefit local organizations, programs and people. And no
detail is too small – including the accurate spelling of dozens of names.
For print, we will cull from their online posts so that no readers
will be left out. This is a new way of handling social coverage for The
Saratogian, so I’ll be most appreciative of your comments and suggestions as we
fine-tune the process. Even with four Toga Tattlers, we can’t be everywhere,
and an essential component to our coverage will continue to be reader-provided
photos and information.
The Toga Tattlers stood out among the many promising applicants for
several reasons. I was intrigued by the hook of a team approach, and I liked
the range of ages, interests and backgrounds. They are absolutely at home in
the world of Facebook and Twitter. It was critical to have someone who
could hit the social media ground running, in flats or heels. They brought to
their interview infectious enthusiasm, familiarity with a spectrum of the local
social scene and, last but not least, respect for the position and the shoes
into which they are so eagerly stepping.