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Borscht Belt Fest

From the 1900s through the 1970s, Catskills resorts were bustling with Jewish families and singles unwinding amongst like-minded folks. While other resorts and hotels were barring Jewish people from vacationing, the so-called Borscht Belt was a safe haven consisting of hundreds of hotels and resorts—a place where Jewish culture could thrive. Borscht Belt Fest is an extension of the local Catskill Borscht Belt Museum, a project dedicated to the cultural and historic legacy of the resorts. It will feature the many things that defined the Borscht Belt era and still define American culture today—stand-up comedy, art, live music, film, and food. The weekend kicks off with an open mic at Marbella on Friday at 7pm. The event will take place across multiple blocks in downtown Ellenville.