|The President Hotel, on Swan Lake.|
Also performing at the President during this era were the Nicholas Brothers, a pair of young, African American tap dancers who would soon become a national sensation. The Catskills were one of the few places at the time where African American entertainers could expect to be treated professionally by their hosts - and could expect proper accommodations where they performed. The President was no exception.
|The lobby of the President Hotel|
|The Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather, some years after my father|
met them at the President Hotel (via Wikipedia)
A short postscript: about sixty years later, I had the opportunity to meet Fayard Nicholas, and shared with him my father's story. It was such an unusual experience in the Catskills that Fayard remembered it, too. I felt privileged to be able to let him know, so many years later, how much that story meant to my father and his children.
|My dad, in his President Hotel days...|
|...and here I am with Fayard Nicholas, nearly sixty years later|