Visit From Tony Ermie
sitting outside one day in early June when a car pulls up
with a California license plate reading "CAROGA!"
Now, I have no idea who this is. He gets out of the car and
goes to take my hand, introducing himself. Tony Ermie loves
Caroga Lake even though he lives in California. So much so,
that he has dedicated himself to making the Caroga Lake Website
available to all who have ever had any connection to this
address is www.carogatimes.com
and I encourage you all to go see this Website. There are
historical photos and stories about the area, Shermans
amusement park and the "high times" earlier last
century when this area and the Adirondack Park in general
were the watering holes of the rich and famous. In fact, did
you know that the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers both had
what were called "Great Camps" in the Adirondacks?
to the Great Camp Website hosted by Sulalei Preserve.com ,
"The Great Camp, as it was termed in the more colorful
periods of Adirondack history, meant usually the summer homes
of the rich with luxurious layouts where "roughing it"
was a phrase without much meaning. Attracted by the handsome,
rustic colors and the endless forests at a time when the wilderness
was fast disappearing, the millionaires of the Industrial
Age descended upon the Adirondack Mountain region of upstate
New York to build their summer retreats. Included were the
Vanderbilt's, Rockefellers, Posts and other New York aristocratic
notables. What began with lean-to sheds and platform tents
used by gentlemen hunters and fishermen evolved into great
mansions built of locally obtained log and stone. With this
evolution wives, children, servants, and trainloads of wealthy
visitors came north to "rough it." The era of the
Great Camps had begun."
wonderful meeting Tony Ermie and spending some time with him
and his mom last week. According to Tony, "Ive
traveled all over the United States and have yet to see any
place that could rival the scenic beauty we have right here
in the Adiondacks."
mother, Mary, also has very fond memories of this area. "When
we used to live in Johnstown, wed come up to our camp
Nestorest in the summer evenings. The temperature was ten
degrees cooler here and you could sleep in comfort."
still holds true today. When its real hot in the city,
like when Ive been to physical therapy, coming up the
hill from town you can feel relief as you climb higher up.
Herman calls the hill Mary Jane Peck Hill. And hes not
alone as its commonly known to be connected with the
Peck family who own Pecks Lake. I think Mary Jane must
have been the daughter. If Im wrong, I can count on
my loyal readers to correct me.
closing, let me tell you that I felt like I met a celebrity
in meeting Tony Ermie!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"