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Barry Lewis
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It wasn’t that long ago that folks in this area wanted people to forget the term “Borscht Belt.” They said it gave a negative connotation. Didn’t want to bring it up. … more
It’s been really hot, huh? Humid. Sticky. Sweaty. Heat smacks you the second you step outside. Unbearable. So, it would only make sense that you might want to put on a heavy … more
Folks, I’d like to take a few minutes to talk with you about your mulch. First, let me say that I’m pro-mulch. Have been most of my adult life. Some of my best friends use mulch. But … more
I’m often asked why I keep writing about the Catskills. Why I share stories about those days when tens of thousands of folks would be drawn out of the city and up to the mountains on the … more
With every passing year, my body gives me yet another rude wake-up call that I’m getting old. First, my hair got a bit grayer. Then my eyes got a bit weaker. Now my blood has … more
I was talking with my friend Paul about luggage when I told him I needed to get a new valise. “You’re going to Greece? “No, I need a valise.” “Why do you … more
St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday but I know it’s one of those “special” holidays that folks will begin to celebrate a few days early. Some might even celebrate it a few months … more
My wife tells me it must be a guy thing. She’s right. It is a guy thing. It’s something guys get and girls don’t. That’s not necessarily a good thing. It … more
You said this was the year you were going to do it. Kept telling yourself that for months. Even spent the last few weeks of 2023 giving yourself pep talks. You got rid of any … more
I’m not one for making resolutions. That’s because I usually don’t have good ones to make. Like everyone, I promise to exercise more, cut down on wasteful spending and … more
This is the time of year that I like to channel what I call my inner Irving Berlin. We’re both Jewish guys who lived in the Catskills and have a passion for Christmas music. … more
How many cheese boards does one family really need? How many stuffed Santas can be squeezed into a single dwelling before zoning regulations are compromised. How many earrings can one woman … more
You want a break from all the political rancor? Go outside and look at the leaves. I’ll wait. No, don’t look through the window. Get up close and personal with the leaves. … more
You forgot, didn’t you? It’s OK. You’re under a lot of stress. Work’s a killer. Your boss is cranky. Your spouse is cranky. That burnt mouse smell is back in … more
On behalf of all Mets fans, I want to tell you how truly sorry I am. Truly. I feel your pain. This season has to be hard for you. All those injuries. Aaron Judge missed 43 games. Giancarlo … more
I’ll be traveling to one of the far north reaches of Sullivan County on Friday night for the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Congregation Agudas Achim of Livingston Manor. … more
There were no lazy, hazy days of summer when I was a waiter in the Catskills, trying to keep pace with guests who were devouring dishes faster than I could dish them out. If you were lazy, you … more
We bump into our neighbor who wonders what we thought of the bear? The bear? “The bear that went across your lawn,” she says. “You didn’t see it? It was just the … more
First thing that hits me walking into the new Borscht Belt Museum in Ellenville is the familiar yellow-gold neon “Kutsher’s” sign in script that for decades was located just above … more
We all can use some downtime in a dead zone. To unplug. Disconnect. Leave our emails, tweets and Facebook postings behind. To be in a place where we won’t be tempted to “just … more
This is the week that I usually share a column I wrote when my children graduated high school. I still can’t believe that it’s been more than 17 years. In that column I reflected on … more
If you’re like most Americans, you’ll celebrate the unofficial start of summer by grilling tonight. But before you light another charcoal briquette or push the igniter, let me offer … more
There’s nothing like college graduation day. You hear speeches. Lots of speeches. By politicians and business leaders. Educators and entertainers. Most you’ve never heard of. They … more
I want to throw my two cents, or more appropriately, the suggested 20 percent, into the ever-growing tip debate. Most folks agree that waitstaff should be tipped. A good percentage will tip our … more
I loved it when the Marvelous Midge Maisel shouted, “We’re Going to the Catskills!” The Catskills! As Abe Weissman tried to figure out how he was going to squeeze the … more
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