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Conway on ‘Working at Play’

September 25, 2013

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a talk and slideshow titled “Working At Play: The Evolution of Entertainment at the Sullivan County Resorts” from Sullivan County Historian John Conway at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.

Sullivan County’s internationally renowned resort industry evolved over more than a century from the farmhouses and small hotels that depended upon the railroad in the late 19th and early 20th century to the grand, all-inclusive fortress hotels of the 1950s and ‘60s. The entertainment the hotels offered also evolved, and Sullivan County Historian John Conway takes a rare critical look at both evolutions and how what impact they had on the economics and the culture of the region.

A Q&A will follow the presentation, and the CAS galleries will be open for guests to view “Ghosts of the Catskills,” an exhibit of contemporary artwork exploring the faded hotel culture in the region. Visit