In the Catskills

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2002-06-01
Publisher(s): Columbia Univ Pr
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Through fiction, memoir, music, photography, and art, In the Catskillshighlights the Catskills experience over a century and assesses its continuing impact on American music, comedy, food, culture, and religion. It features selections from such fiction writers as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Herman Wouk, Allegra Goodman and Vivian Gornick; and original contributions from historians, sociologists, and scholars of American and Jewish culture that trace the history of the region, the rise of hotels and bungalow colonies, the wonderful flavors of food and entertainment, and distinctive forms of Jewish religion found in the Mountains. What was life--the work, the play, the food, the romance--like at Catskills Mountains resorts? These very personal recollections capture the special sense of community and real sense of freedom that developed. Far from the welter of the city, Jewish families learned to vacation and enjoy themselves, to savor the social mobility and cultural space the resorts afforded, and to nourish their culinary and comic traditions. From "Bingo by the Bungalow" by Thane Rosenbaum to "Young Workers in the Hotels" by Phil Brown to "Shoot the Shtrudel to Me Yudel" by Henry Foner, this charming anthology captures an era that has had enormous impact on the Jewish experience and American culture as a whole. "Whenever I speak about the Catskills," observes editor Phil Brown, "I am struck by the strength of people's desire to relive their experiences in the Mountains." If you've visited the Catskills yourself, or heard stories from your parents or grandparents, or are just interested in this extraordinary time and place, pack your bags and prepare to enjoy your stay In the Catskills.

Author Biography

Phie Brown is a professor of sociology and environmental studies at Brown University. He is co-founder and President of the Catskills Institute (a historical preservation society)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Historyp. 1
Introductionp. 7
Sleeping in My Parents' Hotel: The End of a Century of the Jewish Catskillsp. 9
Jewish Farmers of the Catskillsp. 22
Hotels and the Holocaustp. 39
The Catskills at the End of World War IIp. 42
Boarding House, Bungalow, and Kuchalayn Lifep. 57
Introductionp. 61
The Yearning Heiferp. 64
Grine Felder--A Place in the Countryp. 75
Bingo by the Bungalowp. 81
Bungalow Colony Lifep. 96
Bungalow Storiesp. 110
Hotel Lifep. 127
Introductionp. 137
Dinner at the Rigi Kulm Housep. 140
Old Stockp. 143
Young Workers in the Hotelsp. 155
The Poolp. 167
Growing Up at Grossinger'sp. 177
Five and Three Housep. 183
Reflections on the Delmar Hotel and the Demise of the Catskillsp. 198
Entertainmentp. 215
Introductionp. 221
Comics, Singers, and Tummlersp. 224
The Social Director at the Adult Summer Campp. 236
The Casinop. 243
The Fine Art of Mountain Tummlingp. 248
Yener Welt--music and lyricsp. 256
Shoot the Shtrudel to Me, Yudel!--music and lyricsp. 260
Romancep. 265
Introductionp. 269
Miss Tevkinp. 272
Forbidden Fruitp. 280
Marjorie at South Windp. 287
Amy Louriep. 298
Religionp. 321
Introductionp. 329
Bungalow Summer: The Catskills, New Yorkp. 331
The Shul in Kaaterskill Fallsp. 349
Foodp. 361
Introductionp. 365
Eating at the Hotelp. 367
The Catskills Rememberedp. 371
Bungalowp. 377
Links to More Sourcesp. 391
Annotated Bibliographyp. 393
Hotels of the Catskillsp. 413
Bungalow Colonies of the Catskillsp. 415
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