Catskills weekend, part TWO .. ..
after 2 nights at Kutshers Resort in Monticello, NY , I'm ready to
escape! (and do some more exploring on my own driving around)
Sun. Aug 26th. The final 3rd night I will stay up in Roscoe, NY ...
revisited some of my favorite old stomping grounds ; little towns like South Fallsburg and Loch Sheldrake... (they are a shell of their former selves)
about 1/2 the businesses in downtown Monticello are boarded up
However, there are some bright spots.... this is a new additional location of Cohens Bakery. (the original is still going strong in Ellenville, that town named after me)
(but it's not the Cohen family that owns it anymore; sold 2 years ago)
I took out a bobka and some of their famous pumpernickel raisin bread.
the yellow sign in front says "pastrami and corned beef sandwiches", but nothing to get excited about , as I found out it's just Boars Head brand...
note the bagel bakery in back right , with blue awning...
same location since at least 1978 , and with the same great tasting bagels
note the sign on the side of Cohens .."get your concert food here". (all kinds of sandwich pack specials)
It is meant for the thousands of people that are heading to weekend concerts at former spot of 1969 Woodstock. It's now called the Bethel Performing Arts Center.
next up is the village of South Fallsburg
note the "sox place" on left; it's "Murray's Kosher Socks"...
something about the fabric somehow makes it Kosher, yes, Kosher socks!!
it used to be bustling with the secular Jewish crowd, etc, but now it is mostly ultra Orthodox Jewish and Hasidic people and businesses,(who tend to keep to themselves more) and one small Spanish restaurant.
this is the former Rivoli Theatre, used for drama club events, etc
and here's the street scene ; we're still in downtown South Fallsburg
...many of the Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn come up to the Catskills for the summer
here's the Pines Hotel in South Fallsburg, shuttered since 1999.
So it's "nobody's choice" for a vacation now. I enjoyed a few stays there , once for a singles weekend
here's the view of the Concord Hotel located on Kiamesha Lake.
Looks like a thriving place, huh?!?
on closer inspection, though, one can see the rotting buildings!
As the Concord closed in 1998
the only thing still open is the Concord golf course...
along with Grossingers Golf Course...(they were always privately owned anyway)
this sign is so nice that it makes it appear that the hotels are perhaps open and thriving , as well...(not the case)
the signage still remains for the Red Barn Steak House, even though it's been closed for over 25 years!
I had a fun dinner there back around 1980, (and you know I love my steaks!) when a bunch of us Grossingers cocktail waitresses went there to celebrate a gals b-day
anyone remember the Stevensville Hotel in Swan Lake?
This has what's become of it. It is now called "swan lake resort hotel"...(looks like it needs to buy a few vowels, etc)..
supposed to be open mostly for groups; however it did'nt look good, as there were only 2 cars in front of the place on a late August day
many have enjoyed a show at the Stevensville "Starlight Room" in past
next I head past the town of White Lake
I'm on my way to the former home of the 1969 Woodstock concert in Bethel. Last year it opened as a performing arts center with a "harvest festival" going on every Sunday from late Aug. til Oct.
The name of the band is "For the Love of Music"....and I love a band with a horn section..
I had always been neutral to pesto.....it never did much for me one way or another. Guess that's cause I just never had pesto like this before
This is "buddha pesto"... it changed my whole outlook on pesto.
After sampling , I wanted to buy a bottle, but he had run out. I plan on ordering from his website. A friendly guy deserves some business
anybody for a "champagne crabcake"?
I had a burger and a hot dog, good charbroiled taste
As I was leaving the concert grounds area, there were already cars having "tailgating" parties/picnics on the grassy parking spots..
(almost like Woodstock all over again; well , almost anyway)
Apparently they were early arrivals for the Lynyrd Skynyrd/Marshall Tucker concert that was going to happen there that night.
(I like both those bands, almost went to the concert , too!
I left the area for the next town over, Kaueneonga Lake...
where the little downtown has undergone a complete makeover.
It's been real beat up (and mostly shuddered stores) for over 20 years already...
The "Fat Lady Cafe" is one of the new additions, with a very creative, upscale menu.
The owner, Judy was one of the speakers at our History of the Catskills Conference at Kutshers. (she talked about the "rebirth" of Kaueneonga Lake
I first went to look for a bungalow colony that I had stayed at back in junior high school when a friend invited me to stay there for a week in the summer time..
I found the place, Mintzs' bungalow colony....but it was bittersweet, as it had been taken over by the ultra Orthodox/Hasidic
I was grateful that they did make note on their sign , that it was once Mintzs'..(I had my suspicions about Mintzs still being around, as they were showing up in the phonebooks, etc the last few years)
I discovered this Schwarma place, which was near downtown Monticello.
They told me that they close for the season after Labor Day.
I had to fight the crowds inside, but my chicken schwarma was well worth it. They had a great toppings bar, as well. I like the way the man sliced the chicken then threw it on the grill...it tasted hot and crispy..
I stopped for 10 minutes to check out the Monticello Raceway Casino.
they just have slot machines there; table games like blackjack are supposed still be a couple of years away
then I drove 10 miles north to the town of Liberty.
Used to work at Grossingers there. It's been closed since 1986.
(just the golf course is open)
Most of the buildings have been demolished. However, the Jenny G. hotel building still survives. It's on the left ...
the golf course is meticulously maintained
the indoor pool building still survives, but the pool is rotting away;
suffers from neglect..
still brings back memories just seeing it, as lived in the staff quarters right up the hill from the indoor pool...
I drove from Liberty east on route 52 to Loch Sheldrake,
home of Sullivan County comm. College
The "Hippodrome" movie theatre has been long shuttered.
Bum and Kels Restaurant and Bar is in far right. The owner was standing outside , and I schmoozed with him for a good 10 minutes or so. He said how things really fell apart for his restaurant after the big resorts closed. (he loved when the waiters and bellhops, etc would come down to his bar, cause they had $$ to spend)
He said the Monticello Raceway casino has actually hurt him, cause many of the locals now run over to that casino to get their free (not exactly) gifts/rebates, etc...(nothings really free; they usually had to put something in a slot machine to earn points)
then I drove 10 more miles north to the little town named Roscoe, known for their fishing.
I stayed at the Roscoe Motel for $55.00, and the mattresses were more comfortable than Kutshers. And I even had towels awaiting me in my room!!
you could literally cast your fishing pole right from my back window of my motel room into the Beaverkill River
That night I enjoyed a decent prime rib dinner (with salad bar) at a rustic restaurant called the Rockland House, just a few miles from my motel..
the little village of Roscoe is very well kept
unlike the village of Parksville, (between Liberty and Roscoe) that is decrepit
the signage still remains for Poppy's Pancake House, even though it has been closed for about 30 years. I remember going there back in the 70's with that junior high school friend and her parents.