shapanack resort on old stone bridge ...
JIMMY Y

New York, NY

#62 Dec 31, 2012
Liz Bergquist wrote:
does anyone remember Bill and Fran Wittig
I REMEMBER BILL VERY WELL!!! HE WAS A KIND MAN AND RAN ALL THE TOURNAMENTS THE THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST EVERY YEAR I WENT FROM 1974 TILL IT CLOSED IN 1993 WITH MY WHOLE FAMILY..AFTER BILL PASSED JOHN BERDUE TOOK OVER AND ALSO PASSED AWAY UP THERE..THE SHAP WAS MY ONLY VACATION THAT MY FAMILY HAD EVERY YEAR AND I'M STILL GOOD FRIENDS WITH MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE I MET UP THERE TILL THIS DAY!!!
Gzee

Newton, NJ

#63 Feb 5, 2013
went to Shapanack thru the 60's, always the 3rd week in august. I was on the ''outside'' looking crowd, but I have great memories, and often wonder what happened to Skip Owens, Howie Roban, and Lorraine Sorensen, Enice Pollero. Went up in the 90's and as has been written, do not go back, it was falling down, all lonely and sad, and it looked like the ole cabins were rented out (?) with pickup trucks all over the place, all overrun. It'd cost a fortune and one memory I do remember were my parents attending Harry Zeun's wedding, so how far back is that? Whatever happened to Linda Zeun? It was a wonderful place, full of good memories, and everyone always had a fun week!
Geoff Fleming

Brooklyn, NY

#64 Feb 6, 2013
Gzee wrote:
went to Shapanack thru the 60's, always the 3rd week in august. I was on the ''outside'' looking crowd, but I have great memories, and often wonder what happened to Skip Owens, Howie Roban, and Lorraine Sorensen, Enice Pollero. Went up in the 90's and as has been written, do not go back, it was falling down, all lonely and sad, and it looked like the ole cabins were rented out (?) with pickup trucks all over the place, all overrun. It'd cost a fortune and one memory I do remember were my parents attending Harry Zeun's wedding, so how far back is that? Whatever happened to Linda Zeun? It was a wonderful place, full of good memories, and everyone always had a fun week!
I have a photo of Skip Owens, taken about 1961 or so...didn't his mother work for the BBC? Lorraine lived on Long Island and may still. I believe she and her husband are/ were in the medical field. Last saw her in 1967 at her home in North Merrick.
Brooklyn Steve

Lehighton, PA

#65 Feb 8, 2013
inside job wrote:
I managed to get into several of the buildings this weekend. Took lots of photos...the only thing I saw on the property was a goat
What a terrible legacy to leave after all of Harrys hard work and dreams......
I'd love to see those pics, [email protected]
We went up often with about 25 people, what a time we had...
Lots of broken dreams, lots of good memories though....
maryellen

Cedar Knolls, NJ

#66 Feb 21, 2013
i spent every august there with my family for 16 years, loved the place! i remember keith the wrangler too. the 2 pools, bonfires. the horseback riding. there was a girl and brother from ny there that iwas friends with Cathleen and her brother. we stayed in Pocahantus at the top of the hill.i still have the brochure from 1983 , and on one of the dog forums i am on i met a woman who rides her horses with Harry's granddaughters
Aileen

Staten Island, NY

#67 Apr 8, 2013
I spent years there and remember we all loved it better than Roseland and Rocking Horse that are still in operation. The best riding trail. I remember running across a stream, splashing on through it. Getting bit by a snake that some kid found. Catching fish in the lake. The magic show. I have pics from the lake and the signs out front. We had the best time there than any other dude ranch. I won't go to try and see it though. I will cry. Can we get a site to post some of our pics?
Aileen

Staten Island, NY

#68 Apr 8, 2013
Anyone can send me pics at [email protected]
Joe

Mountain View, CA

#69 Apr 17, 2013
There's an active group on Facebook of "Shapanack"ers. This is the link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/31383745676/

Lot's of pictures there...
Greg

Jamaica, NY

#70 May 21, 2013
I remember my Aunt Fran would take all the teens and kids for ghost stories while the weenie roast was going on. Scared the beejesus out of me ;)
Larry M

Destin, FL

#71 Jul 27, 2013
Danny Donato wrote:
Have so many fond memories of Shapanack growing up. Loved riding the horses and hanging around the barn. Also loved taking out a rowboat and catching fish in the pond. How great it would be if that place re-opened and we could all show our kids and grandkids tI was there for a week in tbe summer of. 64 and 65. I was 13 in 65. I remember the horse rides were $2.00 for an hour on the trail. Does anyone renember the head ranch hand "Chuck"? Wonder whatever happened to him. In the mid 1990's I took a ride to Shapanak, You can't. go home again. It was beaten up. In the eyes of a child it was a huge place but actually the place was tiny. Still great memories. Where has the years gonehe place. One can dream right...
ok
Larry M

Destin, FL

#72 Jul 27, 2013
Larry M wrote:
<quoted text>ok
I was there for a week in tbe summer of. 64 and 65. I was 13 in 65. I remember the horse rides were $2.00 for an hour on the trail. Does anyone renember the head ranch hand "Chuck"? Wonder whatever happened to him. In the mid 1990's I took a ride to Shapanak, You can't. go home again. It was beaten up. In the eyes of a child it was a huge place but actually the place was tiny. Still great memories. Where has the years gone
David Carter

Brooklyn, NY

#73 Sep 17, 2013
Does anyone have snapshots they'd like to share?
Thomas Pellechi

Yorktown Heights, NY

#74 Sep 19, 2013
I wasn't actually a part of the Shapanack community but my family had a small cabin on Enchanted Valley Road--it was a right turn by the mailboxes just after the Henderson's house on the way to Shapanack. My aunt Evey dated George Henderson. This would be the 60's through the 80's.

A friend and I would go to some of the dances held at Shapanack on weekends in barn-type building on the left as you entered the property-I think it had a bell. That cabin isn't in the family any longer but I often think of visiting the area. I'll know I'm there when I see the big owl outside of Reynolds Store --now long closed I'm sure.
It was fun reading your stories about a place that I wasn't exactly part of but remember fondly.
Mike

Maspeth, NY

#75 Jan 9, 2014
jay wrote:
I used to go to Shapanack as a kid the same week every year.
Does anyone know a place like Shapanack i can take my kids to know? thanks
There is a place called Glenbrook Farms in Roundtop ny it's about 15 min away from shapenack and is dam near the exact same thing
Ellen Larkin Boutin

Springfield, NJ

#77 Jul 29, 2014
Annette wrote:
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Steve: I also went with my parents and brother the third week of July from 1961 to l977 then first week in August til 1991. I loved your memories and wonder if our families knew each other. I've tried to locate some of the girls I knew from that time, Dale Bebko, Alice (?) all from Long Island. How about the Creek...I have pics of a bunch of us washing our hair under the falls down there on the night of the fairwell dance...I feel like we grew up at Shapanack and we returned with our children and friends in 1977 so our kids have Shapanack memories too.
Annette, I read your post while looking up Shapanack because I too went there for many summers. I have such wonderful memories of that place and remember always looking forward to going each year and meeting up with the Bebko's! We went with the Bebko's every year so if you remember Dale, you may also remember my sister Patti Larkin. The Bebko's were from new Hyde Park in NY and my family was from NJ and we met at Shapanack our first year there. It was a friendship that latest long after we stopped going there each year. They moved to Spartenburg SC probably about 40 years ago and we still kept in touch. Mr Bebko's passes many years ago andMrs passed at 90 a few years back. Charles, their son and Liz their daughter still live there in town and Dale and Allen live close by there. in the Wigwam, listening for the dinner bell and running to get there on time, Chuck and the horse stables, walking in the creek up to the haunted houses, shooting BB guns by the creek, fishing in the pond for catfish!!! Always a great time. We stayed in Big Moose cabin for many years and then moved to Pocohontas next to the Bebko's. my husband and I drove by Shapanack many years ago and then again a few years back. It was very sad to see how such a wonderful place was so run down and falling apart!!! Very sad but at least I have a lifetime of memories from there!!
Annette

Staten Island, NY

#78 Jul 30, 2014
Ellen, I do remember your family (you and your sister). Your pictures are probably in my photo albums. We lived in Brooklyn but now are on Staten Island. Every summer, the memories of Shapanack and the good times we had there come flooding back just like it was 1963 all over again.
Ellen Larkin Boutin wrote:
<quoted text>
Annette, I read your post while looking up Shapanack because I too went there for many summers. I have such wonderful memories of that place and remember always looking forward to going each year and meeting up with the Bebko's! We went with the Bebko's every year so if you remember Dale, you may also remember my sister Patti Larkin. The Bebko's were from new Hyde Park in NY and my family was from NJ and we met at Shapanack our first year there. It was a friendship that latest long after we stopped going there each year. They moved to Spartenburg SC probably about 40 years ago and we still kept in touch. Mr Bebko's passes many years ago andMrs passed at 90 a few years back. Charles, their son and Liz their daughter still live there in town and Dale and Allen live close by there. in the Wigwam, listening for the dinner bell and running to get there on time, Chuck and the horse stables, walking in the creek up to the haunted houses, shooting BB guns by the creek, fishing in the pond for catfish!!! Always a great time. We stayed in Big Moose cabin for many years and then moved to Pocohontas next to the Bebko's. my husband and I drove by Shapanack many years ago and then again a few years back. It was very sad to see how such a wonderful place was so run down and falling apart!!! Very sad but at least I have a lifetime of memories from there!!
lee bodner

Pompano Beach, FL

#79 Nov 12, 2014
It was a great place before my brother passed we would talk about harry the ping pong and on the weekend the softball game I remember a crazy horse called jo jo it was the one place my parents did not fight we where a family picking apples off the trees and my mom baked fresh apple pies at the end we would toss harry in the pool i i looked this up i was sadened to here about the place
Lee bodner
lee bodner

Hyattsville, MD

#80 Nov 14, 2014
I have great memories of me and my family there it was a week of being normal we would see the a guy named SAl he was a teacher and him and his kids we would all plat together every year harry would be thrown in the pool the horsback riding renting ors for dollar or I think it was just a place where our formally acted normall it was one of a few good memmoeies I have they even had a craxy horse named jo jo who would run into trees I learned how to play ping pong if we could only go back lee bodner
Jaynie

Stormville, NY

#81 Mar 29, 2015
My family went to Shap for many years in the '50s and '60s. I remember when there was NO swimming pool. We went to the old water hole on the path by the Honeymoon cottage. Does anyone remember Louie The Duck or Goldie and Beauty the ponies? How about the horse {very gentle} named Blackie? We play ball against Shady Glen and went to the general store named Tubbs in town. It seems my family went different times, sometimes being there in June and September for the Labor Day feast outside the Small Main House. My sister, Claire and I {Jayne Kroslak} spent many, many hours dancing to the juke box. We even put on shows in the rec room. Went back in the 1990's. People were actually staying there, but it was NOT the Shapanack we remembered. BUT we will always have our wonderful memories !!!!!
camie

North Bergen, NJ

#82 Apr 24, 2016
Steve Schad wrote:
My best childhood memories were those in Shapanack. Myself, along with my parents and my
5 brothers and sisters would visit every year on the 3rd week of July. As we drove on 145, we anxiously searched for the Shapanack sign that read " Welcome to Shapanack, A Vacation Paradise "
The wigwam bell, fishing off the dock, shuffleboard, the weenie roast, the smell of gravel on the road, the cabins that always needed something, pork chops on Saturday afternoon when we arrived, rowing in the lake and ducking to fit under the bridge......the horses and trail rides. Harry making cheeseburgers late at night, they were always best at that time because of the grease on the grill. The dances with that same band that played for as many years as I went. The horse races. Movies upstairs in the Wigwam. Walking the stream without slipping on the rocks.
Becoming old enough to swim in the ADULT pool. The great slide in the kid pool. The stars at night......Feeding the ducks with the leftover bread from the table. When it rained....Harry would get on the PA and announce it was raining so everyone could "Do their own thing"......Linda always working hard....Papa Zeun chasing kids out of the pool after it closed......I miss the place and have often thought of reviving it. If anyone reading this feels the same way, Let's bring Shapanack back to life....contact me at [email protected] Now let the bell ring as we drive away from the deer under the sign, with tears in our eyes, knowing it will be a long winter and 51 more weeks until we can again wake up in The Shapanack.
I couldn't have said it better!!!

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