|"I'm Don Bongiovi.
I've been summering on the lake every year since I was three
months old. First we stayed further toward the outlet at the
red McCormack's house, then stayed several years on the
east shore at Max Munzel's (of the famous Munzel's
Knitting Mill in Hawley). Munzel's was three small
bungalows and a large main house. It was torn down probably around
l975 and was approximately adjacent to the present site of the
Inn at Woodloch. I was told way back when that Munzel's
was also formerly owned by Dan Beard. Too bad it was torn
down. The main house especially was beautifully rustic, a large
stone fireplace in a huge living room, shelves of old books (many
from local libraries and overdue for fifty or more years), old
toys, hunting trophies. It had a great big screened porch for
those late nite poker and pinochle games. What fun! Around l973
my family bought Kelly's. For many years we still called
it Kelly's for lack of a satisfactory name of our own making.
It was finally named the Bongerosa, a name that has not worn
well over time. Still I often refer to it as Kelly's. I remember
often chatting with Mrs. Saaf in those years when she
was still coming up next door."