The Second Sunday Salon Series kicked off this past weekend with author Elaine Freed Lindenblatt’s Red Apple Rest presentation. She is the daughter of Reuben Freed, the owner-operator of the restaurant that existed on Rt. 17 in Southfields, New York. Harmony Hall's south salon was filled with some spilled out into the entryway.
Many in attendance had fond memories of the Red Apple Rest, which was open 24 hours a day in its heyday and was a viable business for over half a century (1931-1984). It was the halfway point for travelers between New York City and the Catskills. Some former employees were in attendance. One was former Sloatsburg Mayor Carl Wright who said he met his wife there. Another was Buddy “Bucky” Simpson who cooked the hot dogs which were advertised as “frankfurters.” Elaine’s older sister Marilyn was also in attendance and poignantly commented that despite the Red Apple Rest being run by a Jewish family operating in an area known at the time for antisemitism, it helped “put Tuxedo on the map.” That community went on to honor her father on the Tuxedo Historical Society Legacy Mural for his influence on the culture and history of Tuxedo.
Following the book talk, guests eagerly lined up to buy copies of Elaine's book Stop at The Red Apple - The Restaurant on Route 17. Refreshments were served in the formal dining room and guests had an opportunity to ask Elaine questions.
Several first-time visitors toured Harmony Hall and were impressed by the beauty of Sloatsburg’s hidden treasure.
The next event in our Second Sunday Salon Series will take place on Sunday, February 12, at 1:00 pm with guest speaker Travis Jackson presenting “Mr. Marshall Comes to Hillburn.” Hear the historic account of when NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall represented the families of 49 students in their fight to desegregate the Brook School. $5 Suggested donation – Members free. Refreshments will be served.