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Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz, too.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.



My son Teddy had a birthday party at Putt-Putt on Northfield Road. This was in 1990.  I think that’s the last time I played Putt-Putt — official Putt-Putt. There are only 49 Putt-Putt courses left in the United States.

There was a Chinese miniature golf course on Libby Road at Broadway Avenue in Cleveland. (I think that’s where it was.)  It had a Buddha that went up and down.   My high school friends and I couldn’t get enough of that course.

Arnold Palmer Miniature Golf  . . .  Just had to say that.

I would like to live long enough to play Putt-Putt with my grandchildren.  (First, I need the grandchildren.)  I want to stay healthy enough to bend down and pick up the ball.  That’s the hardest part of mini golf.

Adventure golf, such as Pirate’s Cove, sounds good.

Putt Putz

Putt Putz

There’s a  vid version of this post — slightly more in-depth.  (Originally posted in 2011).

Come to Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, 7 p.m. Sun. (June 29) for a free klezmer concert by the Josh “Socalled” Dolgin Sextet, featuring super clarinetist Michael Winograd.  (Jack Stratton on drums.)

Josh Dolgin

Josh Dolgin

Here’s a new vid, Don Bryon Salutes Mickey Katz.

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1 Ken G. { 06.25.14 at 9:28 am }

Awfully brief, Bert…. (no, the Mickey Katz shtick doesn’t quite count).

As you know, miniature golf doesn’t have to be Putt-Putt. I recall a lot of beautiful courses, like one we used to go to in Irondequoit (major suburb of Rochester). There are two, I think, at Geneva-on-the-Lake and one is really historic.

Yes, we used to go to the Putt-Putt by Southgate (seems it was on the Warrensville Rd. end, though).

The most thrilling experience I had with the chain was in Syracuse at the end of my senior year. I had to end my undergraduate years taking phys. ed, because I hadn’t taken it when I was in the school of music and had changed back to liberal arts my junior year. I took squash-handball (if I’ve got this right – that it was that semester).

All classes were suspended after May 4th with the big strike. When some semblance of classes resumed, a while later, each faculty member had to decide what could be done so students could get credit for their course. The gym teacher said we just had to do things on our own and get something signed stating we accomplished them.

I walked a distance to a bowling alley, played one or two games, and had some written proof. Then I walked a huge distance to a Putt-Putt course on East Genesee Street and played a round and had the score to submit. So much for that; I thought you should know.

2 Bert Stratton { 06.25.14 at 9:51 am }

To Ken G.:

Thanks for the long comment. It’s more interesting than my post.

3 Ken G. { 06.25.14 at 11:57 am }

Longer, anyway.

4 Seth { 06.25.14 at 5:26 pm }

There is/was, I’m not sure, a cheesey minature golf course at Harvard and Green. I played it once and it wasn’t very good except for one windmill hole that I recall. It would be better practice chipping out of the weeds that have grown around it.

A young CPA, who worked with my accountant, also turned Putt Putt Pro…those terms just don’t seem to go together… in the 1970’s and won a few regional tournaments. I admired his guts in putting away his accountancy.

If Jack is sitting in on drums with Socalled, can Vulfpeck be nearby?

5 Bert Stratton { 06.26.14 at 8:34 am }

To Seth:

Vulfpeck isn’t playing nearby. I think they’re meeting in Ann Arbor soon to record another album.

6 Ted { 07.01.14 at 3:44 pm }

I bet Toby regretted not taking you to the series in ’54 when you were four years old. Tough to wait 40 years for another one. At least the Red Sox went to a couple Series in between then. Thank you for taking us to the Series in ’95.

7 Bert Stratton { 07.02.14 at 8:43 am }

To Ted:

I would not have appreciated the Series in ’54. I was too young. Uncle Jeff, by the way, went with his dad and enjoyed himself.

You’re welcome, re: ’95 Series. Don’t know when that’ll come around again.

8 Ken G. { 07.02.14 at 10:31 am }

I don’t think you were ever “too young.”

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