Hello out there!
It has been forever since I last posted here. I thought I might bring you up to speed. In the last 6 months, I’ve the spent the pandemic juggling many different projects that have not been limited but include:
- Working as a background actor in Toronto
- Landing a job and working in social media (where they actually pay me now to monitor social media channels)
- Launching my podcast, The Borscht Belt Tattler.
The Borscht Belt Tattler is my new podcast where I get to nerd out about my love for the Catskills and connect with other like minded people. The inspiration behind this podcast is purely personal. Some of my most happiest childhood memories were spent at Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, New York. It was during the pandemic that I started this trip down memory lane. In the back of my head, I couldn’t help but wonder:
- What happened to the resorts and bungalow colonies in the Borscht Belt?
- Who were the people who worked, played and live there?
- Are there any resorts in the world that resemble this once popular vacation spot?
- Is the Borscht Belt really over or can it rise again?
As I started to research the history, I felt compelled to connect with people who actually lived it. And so, I launched the Borscht Belt Tattler, a podcast dedicated to preserving the memories and sharing them with new and multi-generational audiences. Not only is this an auditory love letter to a time place of the past, I want it to be a space to showcase and share the exciting things that are happening in the present.
The Borscht Belt Tattler is available now wherever you get your podcasts and new episodes drop every Monday.
And guess what? I am still looking for people to share their memories.
The Borscht Belt was a place that was at one point, home to 500 resorts and 50,000 bungalow colonies. If you have a cool memory or connection to the Borscht Belt, please get in touch (email, socials, or the handy dandy recorder on this page).
I am so excited to share this with you and hope you enjoy it. Until next time!
Stan Darer says
Jen: enjoying your podcast. I spent 18 summers at Pine Tree Bungalow colony in Monticello. I have given a 6 session course “A Nostalgic Journey Through the Borscht Belt” at The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at NC State University and also at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC. Would be happy to talk to you about the possibility of talking about my experiences and research.
Hi Stan! I’m so thrilled you are enjoying the podcast and my apologies for not seeing this sooner! I am going to send you an email! Would love to chat with you!