Boyarke, 1884 – 1905
Like most upper-class or upwardly mobile Ukrainian Jews, Sholem and his family summered outside of the city. Between 1884 and 1905, generally from mid-May to mid-August, they summered in naturally beautiful Boyarke. One of his narrators describes being charmed by its fictional counterpart, Boiberik, with its “green forests, the fresh air, the tweeting birds, and the neat summer houses, each of which looked like a well-dressed bride on her wedding day.” There were downsides too, such the incredible inconveniences and travails of moving a household. From Kiev,tIt was an hour by train, but a day by wagon. The furniture—the dachas were rented unfurnished—had to go by wagon. In the summer of 1894 while in Boyarke, he met a particularly interesting individual: the local dairyman, Tevye, who delivered butter, cheese, milk and cream to the summer crowd.