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Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #3 Issue #1 - 2011 - Off to a White Start!
January 31, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of Experience-Ohio-Amish-Country.com
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 03
Issue 1

February 2011

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Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

We in Northeast Ohio have been having our share of snow - though probably not our "fair" share!

Snow has covered the ground all but a few days since the first of December. However, we (the traditional snowbelt) have managed to dodge this fluffy little white bullet on several occasions.

While other parts of the country that do not normally get much snow have been hammered, we have "skated" several times with only a few inches.

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Don't get me wrong, I like snow - but I'm not exactly on hands & knees begging to be blasted either.

Moderation is a good thing - we've gotten the beauty without the extreme "complications."

There's a unique feeling to winter in Ohio Amish Country. The pace is already naturally slower due to the Amish way of life, but winter just seems to accentuate the peaceful serenity that envelopes the area.

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What a feeling of invigoration when going out on a cold, crisp morning when the sky is clear and bright and being able to walk amidst the dazzle and sparkle of billions of snow diamonds and hear and feel the crunch of snow beneath your feet.

You can't beat the feeling of "cozy warmth" when you come back inside, stomp the snow of your boots and stand by the crackling fire to get warm.

Don't live where this is possible? Then winter in Ohio Amish Country is the perfect getaway to help you unwind and forget the harsh realities of life for a little while.

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Spend the week or just the weekend in a beautiful log cabin or bed & breakfast where you can look out on the snow covered fields, watch the local wildlife and enjoy some hot coffee or cocoa by a roaring fire.

Hit the shops and then sample the hearty local fare before retiring to your private sanctuary in one of the many finely appointed hotels or inns.

Don't forget, if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country consider getting an Amish Country map!

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In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Our Feature of the Month - The Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op

The Tip of the Month - Valentine's Day in Ohio Amish Country!

A - Featured Recipe of the Month - Hearty Breakfast Casserole

And as always Monthly Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences

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The Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op

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A favorite destination of ours in the Middlefield area (in Geauga County) is just a small shop east of SR 528 on SR 87.

It is the Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op. They are a co-op of small farmers in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania practicing natural & sustainable farming.

These farmers refrain from use of growth hormones or steroids to assure a delicious all natural product.

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They use 100% grass-fed milk and the cows are fed no grains in order to produce a uniquely flavored artisanal cheese that is hand made the old-fashioned way.

They sell Marble, Colby, Marble Hot Pepper, Hot Pepper, Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, Co-Jack Longhorn and cheese curds.

They also feature Holmes County meats, Amish roll butter, homemade jams & jellies, candies, gift boxes, party trays, and a general store. Oh, and don't miss their samples!

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If you're hungry, in a hurry and don't want a fancy fare - get one of their lunch sandwiches. They pile on the meat and cheese of your choice - and currently charge only $2.00.

Catch it at the right time and you can even watch cheese being made.

They are located at 16942 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. Don't forget they are closed Sundays.

You can call them at 440-632-5567. _________________________________________________________________

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Ohio Amish Country!

During any holiday time, lodgings are usually a little more expensive in Ohio Amish Country. However, at Valentine's Day - it's still well worth the cost.

If you're looking for a quiet, romantic getaway - you absolutely must consider Ohio Amish Country as the destination for you and your sweetheart.

Many of the hotels, inns and cabins have just the right package for you. But you'll need to make your reservations right away - before you miss out on the perfect place.

Make this Valentine's Day an experience you won't forget - make it an Ohio Amish Country experience!

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Featured Recipe of the Month

Hearty Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
16 slices bread
3/4 lb. cooked ham
3/4 lb. cheese
6 eggs
3 c. milk
1/2 tsp. onion
3 c. cornflakes, crushed
1/2 c. butter

Dice bread, ham and cheese. Layer in that order in greased 9" x 13" pan. Combine eggs, milk and onion. Pour over mixture and refrigerate overnight. Before baking, mix cornflake crumbs and butter and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Breakfast Casserole recipe submitted by Alma D. Yoder.

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Calendar of Events

February Events:

February 3

Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments, learn tips, tricks, and new techniques, all skill levels welcome. Thu. 7 pm-9 pm, locations can change, call to confirm, Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center, 440-286-9516.

February 4

Josh Gracin
Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center, New Philadelphia, hours: 7:30 pm, tickets: $23-34 each.

February 5

Wellness Day
New Towne Mall, New Philadelphia, hours: 9 am-4 pm, admission: free.

February 5

Chili Open Golf Classic for Trumpet in the Land
Green Valley Golf Course, New Philadelphia, hours: 9:30 am, admission: $17 per person, for more information, or to reserve a tee time, contact: 330-364-5111.

February 5

Union Hospital Auxiliary's Chocolate Love A'Fair
JIM's Place, New Philadelphia, hours: 1-4 pm.

February 5

Saturdays in Zoar Guest Lecture Series
Zoar Village, Zoar.

February 6, 13, 20, 27

Pancake Breakfast-Newbury Kiwanis
Pancake Breakfasts sponsored by Newbury Area Kiwanis every Sunday in February from 8:30 am-1:00 pm, proceeds to benefit community youth, families and scholarships, Newbury Local School, 440-564-9220 or karen44065@hotmail.com.

February 8

The State Ballet of Russia's "Swan Lake"
Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center, New Philadelphia, hours: 7:30 pm, tickets: $38-55 each.

February 10-14

Sunrise Farm's Chocolate Covered Strawberry Days
Sunrise Farm dips sweet, luscious strawberries in premium chocolate just in time for St. Valentines Day, order a gourmet box ahead or stop by and pick one up, 440-834-1298.

February 11 - March 23

Quilts 2011
One of Ohio's finest quilt shows, with more than 200 quilted works on display, features works from internationally acclaimed visiting artists and a judged show of quilts completed by regional artists from Northeast Ohio and around the United States, open Tuesday-Sunday, quilting workshops and lectures are offered, Quilt Shop Vendors Weekend, March 6 & 7, Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276.

February 11-13

The Miracle Worker
This stirring story of Helen Keller is one of the most successful and warmly admired plays of the modern stage. Blind and mute, and nobody knows what Helen's fate might have been had she not come under the tutelage of Annie Sullivan, an Irish girl who had been born blind. Little Helen, trapped in her secret world, is bitter, violent, spoiled and almost animal like. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind waiting to be rescued from that dark, tortured silence. Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, 440-286-2255.

February 11-13

"Leading Ladies"
Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, New Philadelphia, hours: Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm.

February 12

Valentine's Dinner Concert with John Schmid & Steve Banks
Carlisle Inn, Walnut Creek, 4949 Walnut St., Walnut Creek, 330-893-2981.

February 12

Winter Hike
Norma Johnson Center, Dover, hours: 9-11 am.

February 12

Winter Walk with Healthy Tusc
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia.

February 12

Oakshadows Dog Show
New Towne Mall, New Philadelphia, hours: 10 am-2 pm, admission: free.

February 12

Rag Rug Weaving Class
Zoar Village, Zoar.

February 12

"Beethoven's Ninth Symphony"
Tuscarawas Philharmonic Concert, Kent State Tuscarwas Performing Arts Center, New Philadelphia, hours: 7:30 pm, admission: general admission - adults $18, seniors $16, students $9; reserved - adults $25-32, seniors $23-30, students $16-23.

February 12-13

WRCA Dale Warther Memorial Knife Expo
Ohio National Guard Armory, Dover.

February 14

Valentine's Dinner Concert with Steve Banks
Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek, 1357 Old Route 39, hours: dinner 6 pm, performance 7 pm, admission: $35 per person, for more information, or to purchase tickets, contact 877-722-7547.

February 14-19

Annual February Frolic Sale
Sol's in Berlin, 4914 W. Main St., Berlin, 330-893-3134.

February 17

Herbal Alternatives for Pets/Livestock
Join ethno botanist Dr. Bette Beck to learn alternative healing modalities to benefit the animals in your life. Homeopathy, Bach flower essences and herbs will be discussed. Fees apply. Pre-register by calling Geauga Park District - Swine Creek Reservation 440-286-9516. Feb 18 & 19 (Fri. & Sat. 8pm - 10:30pm).

February 18 - 19

Buckeye Tool Show and Airworks Auction
Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St., Dalton, 330-828-4266.

February 18-20

"Leading Ladies"
Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, New Philadelphia, hours: Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm.

February 18-20

The Miracle Worker
This stirring story of Helen Keller is one of the most successful and warmly admired plays of the modern stage. Blind and mute, and nobody knows what Helen's fate might have been had she not come under the tutelage of Annie Sullivan, an Irish girl who had been born blind. Little Helen, trapped in her secret world, is bitter, violent, spoiled and almost animal like. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind waiting to be rescued from that dark, tortured silence. Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, 440-286-2255.

February 19

Valentine's Day Dinner
Zoar Village, Zoar.

February 19

WinterFest 2011
Brought to you by Chardon Tomorrow and the Chardon Square Association. Pancake breakfast, Snowman decorating contest, snow angels, and more including games and activities for the whole family. Historic Chardon Square 440-286-1912.

February 19

The Peking Acrobats
Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center, New Philadelphia, hours: 7:30 pm, tickets: $25-40 each.

February 19

Girls' Night Out In Historic Downtown Millersburg
Historic Downtown Millersburg, Millersburg, 330-674-3955.

February 22

Jabali Afrika
Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center, New Philadelphia, hours: doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7 pm, admission: free, seating on first-come, first-serve basis.

February 25

Precious Metal Maple Leaves
Join jewelry artist Carolyn Hoffart to create a fine silver maple leaf pendant from precious metal clay to be attached to a beaded necklace. Fees apply. No experience necessary. Pendant will be fired @ artist's studio and available for pickup at The West Woods Nature Center the following week. Pre-register 440-286-9516 Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

February 25-26

"Leading Ladies"
Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, New Philadelphia, hours: Friday-Saturday 8 pm.

February 26

Chili Cook-Off
A great way to beat the winter doldrums! Family friendly indoor event with individuals and businesses competing for prizes. Purchase a sample pack and taste the best chili in the county, then cast your ballot for the Peoples Choice Award. Many freebies and give-aways. Musical entertainment. Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors) 440-632-3196.

February 26

Volunteer Training & Education
Zoar Village, Zoar.

February 26

Schoenbrunn Village Lantern Light Dinner
Location TBA.

February 25-27

The Miracle Worker
This stirring story of Helen Keller is one of the most successful and warmly admired plays of the modern stage. Blind and mute, and nobody knows what Helen's fate might have been had she not come under the tutelage of Annie Sullivan, an Irish girl who had been born blind. Little Helen, trapped in her secret world, is bitter, violent, spoiled and almost animal like. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind waiting to be rescued from that dark, tortured silence. Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, 440-286-2255.

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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!

Best Regards,

Stuart & Norma Watson

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