From the American Scene: Grossinger's Green Pastures
Grossinger Hotel and Country Club is one of the fabled resorts in New York’s Catskill vacation region. Begun on a shoe string forty years ago it has progressed from having to put guests in tents to an establishment that includes night clubs, a swimming pool, a riding academy, a dining room for 1300, an air conditioned card playing room, a dance studio, and a ski slope, and which welcomes with luxurious accommodations nearly fifty thousand guests a year, many of them sports, business, entertainment, and political celebrities. Grossinger’s is also noted for its strict adherence to Jewish dietary laws. I planned my week to be there for Yom Kippur services so that I could see the resort in several of its various aspects.
On Yom Kippur eve dinner was served at five o’clock, two hours earlier than usual, and most guests came early. The air was festive, with the women wearing their mink coverings, and semi-formal gowns. A few wore white, to make their new year a “light” one, it was explained to me. Late-comers walked in wishing those already seated “A Happy New Year”; Mrs. Berle, Millie’s mother, then in the best of health, who had been spending the summer at Grossinger’s, and her sister, nodded to everyone, although the rest of the week they had been rather reserved except when approached for autographed pictures of Miltie.
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