The snowfall virtually shut down Sullivan County but one event still went on. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Eva McKend has more on the estate auction at the iconic Kutsher's hotel.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Michelle Simon Conrad made the trip from her home in Alaska to purchase a piece of history at the estate auction at Kutsher's hotel.
"My last vacation with my mother was here. She died so when I come back here, I remember her. I remember all of those times and now my children remember it the same way," said Conrad.
Many braved the snow to purchase everything from light fixtures to basket balls, anything they could get their hands on from the longest running resort of the Borscht Belt.
"A while ago, you know the Jews weren't able to go places so they had to build their own country clubs. It was some place they were able to be comfortable without being discriminated against. That's why they did it and then it became a huge family place," said Conrad.
Veria Lifestyle Management owner Subhash Chandra has plans to convert the now closed hotel into a $90 million health and wellness destination.
"Their ultimate goal is to get their project, building a new resort and spa, moving as quickly as possible, so the sale of this accessory equipment and merchandise and furnishings is really secondary to their plans," said Eliot Millman, an auctioneer.
Conrad purchased the yellow Kutsher's sign for a thousand dollars. Others walked away empty handed but said they couldn't miss the final moments here at this historic hotel.
"This was the Catskills. The contribution to American culture, the Jewish culture, the entertainment, the way people vacationed, it happened here," said Alan Barrish of Kiamesha Lake.
During the auction, some who had not been in the hotel for years said they were disappointed with how rundown the facility has become but for Conrad who spent 20 summers coming to Kutsher's, the auction was all about her memories.
"I still remember Helen walking around from table to table. That kind of hospitality and attention doesn't exist anymore," said Conrad.