Sports & Recreation

"Borscht Belt" resorts
These resort hotels in New York's Catskill Mountains offered recreational
activities such as swimming and tennis, along with top-notch
entertainment in the evenings. Some of the most well-known were:

Brickman's
Brown's
The Concord
Friar Tuck Inn
Gibber's
Gilbert's
Grossinger's
Granit
the Heiden Hotel
Irvington
Kutsher's Hotel and Country Club
the Nevele
The Laurels Hotel and Country Club
the Overlook
The Pines Resort
Raleigh
the Tamarack Lodge
Shawanga Lodge
Stevensville
the Windsor

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Posted by Duff at 5:48 pm (PDT) on Fri April 20, 2012   
Some of my earliest memories are of being at Grossinger's when I was maybe 3 years old (1953). Our bungalow had a refrigerator whose compressor must have made a lot of noise; as family lore has it, my first complete sentence was, "It dotted aden." ("It started again.") I recall fields of berries (my family calls them "boobezzies" to this day) and a fire lookout tower which I enjoyed climbing.

My parents, I think, went to the Nevele and the Concord a few times, but the next time I recall visiting one of these resorts with them, it was Tamarack Lodge in 1964. My sister and I had tons of fun on the trampoline, and I met Abraham Hurwitz, Shari Lewis' father, who was a magician and the resort's evening entertainment for the week. He taught me a mnemonic code for remembering random words, and had me demonstrate it onstage, with audience members calling out words for me to remember. He also removed my undershirt while I was still wearing my suit, and cut my necktie in half, put it in a paper bag, popped the bag, and returned my tie unscathed.

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