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Amish Country not on Thanksgiving - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Issue #8
October 30, 2009
Ohio Amish Country Experiences
Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,
The beauty of fall is, unfortunately, very short lived - it's glory and splendor fades all too quickly!
The leaves, which only yesterday adorned the trees in such splendid color, have mostly fallen to the ground.
Here they await their fate - either to be whisked away or covered by a blanket of freshly fallen snow.
The reality of winter is drawing ever nearer. The clouds often appear ominous and gray.
The sun casts strange colored shadows as it now sets in the southern sky.
The bountiful harvest is nearing its end. Field corn is picked and the last of the crops are being brought in. Much wood has been cut, split and stacked . . .
OK, ok, enough of the "fluff" already! Though the air grows cold and the sky turns bleak, the heart and spirit of those who make it "Amish Country" remains warm and friendly.
And, as usual, it's still a good time to experience Ohio Amish Country (actually, we've not found a really "bad" time)!
Each season has its own unique "flavor" that draws people to it. So, want to try the warmth of friends and loved ones gathered around the table celebrating an old fashioned family Thanksgiving in Amish Country? Better read on - ! _________________________________________________________________
In this issue we'll be highlighting . . .
1. Our Featured Establishment of the Month - End of the Commons General Store
3. November Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.
Featured Establishment of the Month
End of the Commons General Store
Ohio's oldest General Store, established in 1840, is located in the heart of the Middlefield, Ohio Amish Country.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the store is a unique family run general store.
It's much like the one you may have visited as a child.
The store features over 1000 bulk food items, old time memorabilia, old fashioned candy and sodas.
They also carry Amish Country meats and cheeses, hand-dipped ice cream, Amish popcorn and penny candy.
Ken and Margaret Schaden and their 11 children run the End of the Commons General Store.
It is located at State Routes 87 and 534, just 6 miles east of Middlefield, Ohio in a little town called Mesopotamia.
Mesopotamia, or Mespo as it is commonly called, is located on the western edge of Trumbull County.
The beauty of the village can be found in its Commons and the century-old homes and buildings that surround it.
At the end of this commons (hence its name) stands a stately old building - the End of the Commons General Store.
Beside it, restored to its original luster, is the Mesopo Filling Station dating back to 1940.
For more information visit their site at:
8719 St. Rt. 534 P.O. Box 230 Mesopotamia, OH 44439 Phone: 440-693-4295 Fax: 440-693-4453
Tip of the Month
Amish Country and Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is a time to reminisce and share with family and friends. What better way and place to gather with those you love than around the table with a home-style cooked meal.
However, if you want to plan on Amish Country for Thanksgiving - check around carefully. Most restaurants and businesses will NOT be open on Thanksgiving Day.
Most restaurants will be open the day before, so you might just make your special day the day before Thanksgiving. Or maybe even plan the weekend right after - and stay out of the rat race at the malls!
Calendar of Events
November 4 - 7, 2009
Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop
November 6 & 7, 2009
Taste of Holmes Food Show
November 7, 2009
Seasons Splendor Craft Show
November 21 - December 31, 2009
Holidays at the Mansion
November 27, 2009
Christmas in Berlin and Live Nativity
November 28, 2009
Coming Home for the Holidays, The Lighting
Well, guess that's all for now - hope you find this news helpful and as exciting as we do.
Trust also that you'll have a great Ohio Amish Country Experience - real soon!
Stuart & Norma Watson
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