Levis JCC Sandler Center Pays Tribute to the Catskill Mountains

Levis JCC Sandler Center Pays Tribute to the Catskill Mountains

Memorabilia, Entertainers, Comedians, Artists, Musicians, Speakers and Films

Boca Raton, FL (January 3, 2019) – The Levis JCC Sandler Center will be kicking off 2019 with its ode to the great Catskill Mountains from February 1 – March 3.  With a unique exhibition, a robust calendar of events, and a roster of special guests ranging from Steve Sands, who inspired Patrick Swayze’s character in Dirty Dancing, to Elaine Grossinger Etess of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel fame, New York transplants will be name-dropping for miles as they take a stroll down memory lane.  Showcasing memorabilia, entertainers, comedians, artists, musicians, speakers, films, and Catskills Scholar in Residence Phil Brown, Greetings from the Catskillswill transcend visitors to those fancy-free summer days that were so instrumental in shaping Jewish American History.  

Greetings from the Catskills Line-Up At-a-Glance:

February 1, 1 p.m.

A Hotel Kid: The Story of Brown’s Hotel with Lonnie Brown Rowley

Sunday, February 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception at the Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery

Greetings from The Catskills Exhibition: This historical exhibition explores the origins, history and the heyday of the Catskills, formerly the most celebrated Jewish vacation destination in America, through photographs, personal stories, artifacts, mementos, audiovisual display and more.  Each item offers unique insights into the peak of Catskills summer culture. 

Sunday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.

Visiting Scholar, Phil Brown, author and professor: “The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills”

The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills featuring Catskills Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown.  Brown is the founder of the Catskills Institute and author of Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat’s Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area

February 7, 7:30 p.m.

Rhythm & Jews starring Stewie Stone – A retrospective of Stone’s career as an A-list opener for show business greats. 

February 12, 2:30 p.m.

Stop at the Red Apple with Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

The entertaining inside story of how Rueben Freed’s roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest, told directly from the owner’s daughter. 

Greetings from the Catskills Line-Up At-a-Glance:

February 1, 1 p.m.

A Hotel Kid: The Story of Brown’s Hotel with Lonnie Brown Rowley

Sunday, February 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception at the Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery

Greetings from The Catskills Exhibition: This historical exhibition explores the origins, history and the heyday of the Catskills, formerly the most celebrated Jewish vacation destination in America, through photographs, personal stories, artifacts, mementos, audiovisual display and more.  Each item offers unique insights into the peak of Catskills summer culture. 

Sunday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.

Visiting Scholar, Phil Brown, author and professor: “The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills”

The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills featuring Catskills Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown.  Brown is the founder of the Catskills Institute and author of Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat’s Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area

February 7, 7:30 p.m.

Rhythm & Jews starring Stewie Stone – A retrospective of Stone’s career as an A-list opener for show business greats. 

February 12, 2:30 p.m.

Stop at the Red Apple with Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

The entertaining inside story of how Rueben Freed’s roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest, told directly from the owner’s daughter. 

February 13, 7:30 p.m.

Sal Richards Live!

Sal Richards was an original headliner at the Laurels Hotel. 

February 14, 2:30 p.m.

A Conversation with Honorary Grand Chair Elaine Grossinger Etess of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel fame

Sharing Catskill stories with Barry Lewis, editor of the Times Herald-Record.  This is a rare chance to hear about the rise and eventual demise of the Borscht Belt from one of the truly iconic figures of its era. 

February 17, 2:00 p.m.,

The Second Annual Jam Concert by Marshall Turkin Classic Jazz Ensemble

Special Appearances by songstress Glenda Grainger, pianist Gary Lawrence, and bassist Don Coffman, who have long histories of performing at the various Catskill resorts. 

February 26, 7:30 p.m.

From 2nd Avenue to the Catskills with the Harry Frank Band

2nd Avenue Musical Theater, Klezmer, and Yiddish favorites and lots of comedy too; with the greatest musicians and artists who performed on the grand stages of the Catskills multiple resorts.  

The Levis JCC Sandler Center is perpetuating a new standard in cultural arts and encourages local residents and those that reside far beyond county lines to attend and share their Catskills stories and memories. 

Event tickets range from free to $40.  A Catskills Showcase Pass is available for $199 and includes the entire month of events.  For details and additional programs, please call the Sandler Center at 561-558-2520 or visit www.levisjcc.org/culture.  The Levis JCC Sandler Center is located at 21050 95th Avenue S. in Boca Raton. 

Farmers, Jokes and Spelling: What’s Happening in Boca this Weekend

Help the West Boca Drama Department bring their show Little Women to the Florida State Thespian Festival in March.

January 11, 2019:

Old Jews Telling Jokes at Mizner Park Cultural Center. 7:30 p.m. Call 844-672-2849 for tickets. Tickets start at $45. Must be 18+. Continuing through February 10th.

Eyes to the Skies at Science Explorium in Sugar Sand Park. 6:30 p.m. View the moon and mars. Free program, no registration required.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee presented by Lightening Bolt Productions. 7 p.m. at West Boca High Theater. Shows also on January 12th at 7 p.m. and January 13th at 2 p.m. Call 561-886-8286 for tickets starting at $35.

Comedian Gary Valentine at the Boca Black Box. 8 p.m. Nine seasons on the hit CBS show “The King of Queens.” Shows also January 12th at 7 & 9 p.m. Call 483-9036. Tickets are $35.

January 12, 2019:

Radical Reptiles at Daggerwing Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5+. Join naturalist for family friendly program. Reservations required: 561-629-8760.

Palm Beach Veggie Fest at Mizner Park Amphitheater. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free and open to public.

American Rustic at Kings Point Theatre at 2 p.m. Presented by Spanish River Concerts. Country and Folk Music. Call 1-800-716-6975 to buy tickets. Tickets start at $46.

Seriously Frank presented by Matthews Entertainment. Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. 2 pm., 8 p.m. and January 13th at 2 p.m. 561-347-3948. Tickets are $35 per person.

A Shayna Maidel at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. The play explores family, faith and forgiveness. 7:30 p.m. Also January 13th at 2 p.m. and continuing through January 27th. For tickets, call 561-558-2520. $30 general admission.

January 13, 2019:

Farmer’s Market Sunday at Boca Center. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Courtyard.

What I Learned in Brooklyn Don’t Behave Starring Comedian Steve Marshall at the Boca Black Box. 7 p.m. Tickets $25.

Rock, Animals and Motown

December 28, 2018

Rock Baby Rock featuring Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers. 8 p.m. at The Wick. Call 561-995-2333. Also December 29-30.

December 29, 2018

Wetland Animals at Daggerwing Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5+, $3 per participant. Call 561-629-8760 for a reservation.

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas. 8 p.m. at Mizner Park Cultural Center. Call 844-672-2849 for tickets.

December 30, 2018

Motown Magic Show, 9 p.m. at the Boca Black Box. Free tickets with $20 minimum purchase at the bar. Just mention West Boca News at the box office.

Flamingo, Nut Job and Comedy

Friday, December 21st

Art Walk, 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The Flamingo House, 4160 NW 1st Ave, Boca Raton.

Comedian Helen Hong. 8 p.m. at the Boca Black Box. Also 12/22.

Saturday, December 22nd

This Land is Your Land: The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie, Mizner Park Cultural Center.

Sunday, December 23rd

Family Movie- The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park. $1 includes movie, popcorn and a drink. Rated G.

Pippin, 2 p.m. at Boca Black Box. Presented by teens of Barclay Performing Arts. Tickets $20 general admission

Mary Poppins, Snow & Sinatra

December 14, 2018

Movie Night Featuring Elf! at Mizner Park Amphitheater. 7 p.m. Free and open to public.

December 15, 2018

Animal Trivia at Daggerwing Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5+, $3 per participant. Call 561-629-8760 for reservation.

Mary Poppins Jr. at Boca Black Box. 4 p.m. Starring junior performers.

Sugar Sand Park’s Snow Day! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snow play for kids ages 5-10 (reservations required) https://www.sugarsandpark.org/piles-of-smiles

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff at Boca Black Box. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

“At Home” A World Premier Play at The J. 7:30 p.m. Call 561-558-2520 for tickets.

Annie the Musical starring Sally Struthers at The Wick.  2p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 561-995-2333. Tickets start at $75

December 16, 2018

Sal Valentinetti Holiday Concert at Boca Black Box. 8 p.m.

Sundays with Sinatra at Delray Marketplace. 6 to 8 p.m. Free.