Catskill Kitsch

In his  1957  best-seller On the Road , Jack Kerouac declared:   ” the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” 

Can you relate?  If so, you may  enjoy a visit to Boiceville, NY near the base of Panther Mountain, where you can visit what remains of the studio and sculpture park  established by Emile Brunel about 100 years ago.  Brunel was a French immigrant, artist and noted photo journalist.  After traveling the West in the early 20th century, Brunel bought land in the Catskills, established a resort and began making art.  Here is a link to  online photo album of what remains

Brunel’s spirit is alive and well nearby, where you can visit Steve Heller’s Fabulous Furniture , a  modern workshop producing spaceships, cars, dragons and so much more.

If your up for a hike, take a climb up Panther Mountain, which I did on Saturday in chilly 18 degree weather.  Invigorating…….  I plan to hike throughout the winter, so if your intersted, just let me know.

 

 

 

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