Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten - We Remember Lake Carmel
The building of the cottage at Lake Carmel
"I remember playing Scrabble on warm summer nights. I still think Grandma Van made up some of those words. Then she'd be the ultimate authority and say they were real words. She knew because she was a teacher ....... even when they couldn't be found in the dictionary. Would you like to contradict her? -Eliz Zapp, 22 Aug 2003
"Never. I remember when grandma used the word jinni which means a Moslem spirit, I knew then that I could never win." - Jean Pollack, 22 Aug 2003
Messages and Comments
"I just wanted to email you in regard to your web page that I had stumbled across the while I was surfing the net. I share a lot of the same memories as you do about good old Lake Carmel. It's one of those places that no one knows about but sometimes as much as I want people to know about such a great place i am sometimes glad most people don't that's what makes it so great."
"Just a quaint little town where I grew up during my whole child hood. I moved from Yonkers in 1984, then spent my childhood years and teens in Carmel. I graduated from Carmel high school, went on to college then joined the us coast guard got sent to Boston for two years and now I have been in Fort Myers Beach, Florida."
"My family still lives there today my parents at least on lake Carmel. Right on the lake near the old villa Carmel pizza place. I got such a warm feeling inside when I was looking through your web page because I was able to relate to all you were saying about your grand parents and everything. I hope you get to visit more than I do."
"I stumbled over your website today and I have to tell you that your memories of summering in Lake Carmel brought me back to a nice place. My grandparents also had a summer house and I spent every summer there from my birth (1954) until I was about 17 (you know what happens - you grow to be a teen and all of a sudden spending a summer away from your friends back home is a big deal)."
"I was at the very portion of the lake you pictured. We would walk down from Amawalk Road; wonderful summers, wonderful memories. I will never forget all those days at the lake and the "Good Humor" ice cream truck that came by day after day, night after night. Boisterous card games between my grandparents - wow! You'd think they were betting millions - the fights that would break out!
"I'm sure I've driven by your place as I immediately recognized it when I saw the photos. My parents took over the house from my grandparents and lived there until about 2001 when dad's health became an issue. When I sold the house for mom in 2003 I was heartbroken, but the area has changed so much. When I was a kid, it was all summer folks up there. I remember one year my grandparents having Thanksgiving there and I could not get over how deserted the whole town seemed - eerily quiet. Now it's all populated with folks who have spread out from NYC and Jersey because they want to be able to afford a home."
"Thanks for the wonderful side trip and sharing your memories."
Joseph P. Belsito
I just came across your page and read the article about my former church Lady of the Lake in Lake Carmel NY. I used to live in LC and moved to Florida in 1973. I used to attend this church every Sunday morning with friends and it is still the most beautiful church I have ever been in.
Just wanted to say thanks..
I used to live on East Croton Drive in LC.