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Ice Cream, Cotton Candy & Kettle Corn - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #3 Issue #5
May 31, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 03
Issue 5

June 2011


Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Here, in Northeast Ohio, we were wondering if the animals would start pairing off and looking for another ark - our April showers yielded . . . May showers!

I think we officially had a monsoon season with more days of rain than not in the last two months.

But alas, the sun seems to be shining and the temperature is finally warming up enough to start drying things up.


Many farmers - Amish and English alike are way behind on ground preparation and planting, but are making up for lost time.

We were recently down in the Holmes County area Amish Country and saw a wide variety of sights.

Some farmers were just starting their plowing, others were discing or dragging their fields, while some were planting.


In one area we saw some corn, that somehow managed to get planted earlier, poking up a few inches through the soil.

In another area some farmers were actually already mowing and bailing hay.

Everywhere we turned, the Amish farmers were out working their fields doing whatever was needed to get things caught up after a soggy start to the season.


As we drove around enjoying the beautiful scenery and looking for some "photo ops" I felt a little guilty . . . here we were driving around enjoying the sights - and realizing that the "sights" were of the Amish out working!

The irony struck me: we find it a get-a-way to go to Amish Country and enjoy the "fruits" of their hard labor.

It's no wonder that the Amish are by and large such a successful people - they are extremely hard working and industrious!


And so many English enjoy this peaceful and quiet retreat from their own "rat race." It's all a little strange. Yet it makes sense.

I think there is a connection for many of us back to a time when work was hard but honest and life was a little more simple and pure.

Guess we could all learn some lessons from their work ethic, family values and community spirit.


If you're wanting to re-connect with simpler times and ways, and experience the peace and tranquility inherent to the area - you need to make plans now.

Don't wait for a better time, there is no better time than the present. Remember, the weekend and holiday rates are higher at lodging establishments, so if you can go during the week you can save some money.

And, don't forget, if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map. _________________________________________________________________

In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Our Feature of the Month - Berlin Grande

The Tip of the Month - Timing is Everything!

A - Featured Recipe of the Month - Texas Sheet Cake

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


Berlin Grande

Berlin Grande

There's a new hotel in Amish Country in Berlin, Ohio. The Berlin Grande opened in mid-2010. This is not your typical Amish Country hotel.

It is an upscale boutique hotel with an urban style and boasts stylish, contemporary design and furnishings.

The hotel lobby features a grand staircase with gleaming mirrored wall-fountain and modern double-crystal fireplace.

The hotel has four stories of public spaces and 78 well-appointed guest rooms.

Berlin Grande

Every guest room includes a balcony or deck offering beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

There is complimentary WiFi, a heated indoor salt-water pool and whirlpool spa and a fitness center overlooking the courtyard.

You'll also enjoy the generous complimentary continental breakfast.

Berlin Grande

The elegant, upscale atmosphere and the well-equipped conference rooms make it a perfect place for business meetings, reunions, or other special group events.

The Berlin Grande Hotel is located at 4787 Township Rd 366 in downtown Berlin, Ohio.

You can contact them at 877-652-4997 or visit their site at:


Timing is Everything!

Dutch Valley

Don't forget that Thursday, June 2nd is Ascension Day. This special day is calculated to be forty days or the sixth Thursday after Easter each year. It is considered to be an important holiday celebrated by the Amish and most Amish businesses are closed on this day. So you will want to plan your trip accordingly.

June 17th & 18th are "Dutch Valley Days" at the Dutch Valley complex in Sugarcreek, Ohio. June 24th & 25th are "Summer in the Village" days in Walnut Creek, Ohio.

There will be ice cream, cotton candy & kettle corn along with fun events activities and special sales at each event.

We "happened upon" the Walnut Creek event last year, over-enjoyed the free samples and had a great time. We're making plans for a repeat this year if we can swing it and highly recommend it to you as well!

Be sure to check out the events calendar listings below to help you better plan when you'll want to come to Ohio Amish Country! _________________________________________________________________

Texas Sheet Cake

Featured Recipe of the Month

Texas Sheet Cake

1 c. butter
4 Tbsp. cocoa
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 c. water
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. soda

Melt butter in saucepan. Add water and cocoa. Bring to boil. Add remaining ingredients, stirring lightly. Pour into a greased, floured oblong cookie sheet. Bake at 350į for 15-20 minutes.

Texas Sheet Cake recipe taken from Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People II cookbook.

We have decided it necessary to include the following warning: Caution, the product of this recipe may become addictive, this item may disappear quickly, initial ingestion may induce uncontrolled desire for repeated consumption ; )

My wife tops with a favorite frosting and the entire pan seems to vanish in less than a day!

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Calendar of Events

June Events:

June 1

Glenn Miller Orchestra in Concert
Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre, New Philadelphia.

June 2

Ascension Day
Ascension Day is calculated as forty days or the sixth Thursday after Easter each year. It is considered to be an important holiday celebrated by the Amish and most Amish businesses are closed on this day.

June 2

Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments. Learn tips, tricks and new techniques. All skill levels welcome. Group meets first Thursday of the month. Geauga Park District, Geauga County - The West Woods Nature, 7pm - 9pm.

June 3

Nature Writer's Coffee House
An opportunity to mingle with writers of all ages and literary expertise. Winners from Geauga Park District's 16th Annual Nature Writing Contest will be honored; all in attendance are welcome to read their works. Refreshments served. For more information call Geauga Park District 440-286-9516, Geauga Park District, Grauga County - The West Woods Nature Center.

June 4

Cooking Class
Zoar Village, Zoar.

June 4

20th Annual Flea Market on the Square
Saturday, 9am - 4pm on Historic Chardon Square, over 100 vendors.

June 4, 5

Railroads in the Parks
The Visitors Center is filled with large operating model train displays. Both HO and N-Scale layouts will be exhibited. Operating Lionel trains and an operating Lego train layout will also be featured along with a display of American flyer model trains. A G-Scale train will be running on the Garden Railroad layout. Children may also build a wooden train for an additional fee. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Lake County, 9am - 5pm each day, 440-256-2122, 800-366-3276.

June 4, 11, 18, 25

Hastings Dairy "Open Farm Days"
Visit the farm located in beautiful Geauga County, Ohio. Take a tour of our dairy or relax and watch the cows being milked from The Parlor. Children will enjoy the outdoor Calf Corral playground and Junior Dairyman (children five and younger) can play indoors in a special area tailored to young children. Drinks and snacks will be available for sale, Hastings Dairy Farm, Saturdays 10am - 5pm, 440-635-0313.

June 6 - 11, 13 - 18, 20 - 25

Strawberry Season at Ridgeview Farm
Pick your own Strawberries, call ahead for start date & picking forecast. EXACT start date & end date are Weather Dependant. Mon-Sat 8:00 am until picked out. Great fun for the whole family! Ridgeview Farm, 440-693-4000.

June 10

Meet the Artists
Shutterbugs Camera Club meet the photographers whose work celebrates Geauga Park District scenes, flora and fauna during opening night of this special 50th Anniversary exhibition. Refreshments served. For more information call Geauga Park District 440-286-9516 Geauga Park District, Geauga County - The West Woods Nature Center, 7pm - 9pm.

June 10, 11

Fabulous 50's Fling
Downtown Sugarcreek.

June 10-12

Ohio Plein Air Society Paint Out
Zoar Village, Zoar.

June 10-28

Sunrise Farm's Pick Your Own Strawberries
Beginning approximately June 10th, strawberry fields will be ripe and ready with fresh, juicy strawberries. You may pick your own or buy baskets of sweet berries inside the market. Children 5 and older are welcome to pick. Pick Monday through Saturday weather permitting. Sunrise Farm, 440-834-1298.

June 11

Clay Workshop
Uhrichsville Clay Museum, Uhrichsville, hours: 11 am-noon.

June 11

National Treasure
Fort Laurens State Memorial, Bolivar, hours: 5 pm, admission: $7 adults, $5 children (5-17), $1 for children under 5, for more information, contact 330-874-2059 or 800-283-8914, RSVP required by June 10.

June 11

Holmes County Trail Annual Benefit Auction at Hipp Station
Holmes County Rails to Trails, 1 Trail Dr., Millersburg, 330-674-0475.

June 11

Burton Antique Market
Come out and visit 400 dealers who will be displaying and selling antiques and other wares. This is a great time and you can find some great deals. On the Geauga County Fairgrounds site in beautiful Burton, Ohio. Geauga County Fairgrounds, 8am - 5pm.

June 11, 12

Working Dog Weekend
This event showcases how manís best friend works alongside people in jobs including law enforcement, herding, hunting, therapy, and daily living, watch versatile, hard-working canine companions, including retrievers, Border Collies, and hounds perform demonstrations. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Lake County, 440-256-2122, 800-366-3276 Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm.

June 12

Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In
Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton, hours: 10 am-4 pm, admission: free, for more information, contact 800-877-1830.

June 12

Caveman Crawl: 5K Run
For registration details call 440-286-9516, Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

June 14-19

Dennison Railroad Festival
Center Street, Dennison, hours: midway opens Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00 pm, Friday & Saturday at noon; parade Saturday at 5:00 pm.

June 16-18

Bolivar Strawberry Festival
Canal Street Park, Bolivar, hours: Thursday and Friday 4 pm-11 pm, Saturday 10 am-11 pm, admission: free, for additional information, contact: 330-874-3113.

June 17

Taste of Middlefield
3rd Annual Taste of Middlefield held Friday afternoon and evening from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. June 17th, 2011 at the grounds of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding grounds in downtown Middlefield. Taste samples of delicious food from local restaurants and food establishments. See what Middlefield businesses are doing, and meet the owners. Mingle with friends, old and new. Reconnect, Middlefield Fire Department grounds, 440-632-5705.

June 17, 18

Dutch Valley Days
Dutch Valley Campus, Sugarcreek, hours: Friday-Saturday 10 am-7:30 pm, admission: free.

June 17, 18

Zoar Community Garage Sales
Zoar Village, Zoar.

June 17-August 27

"Trumpet in the Land" Outdoor Drama
Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre, New Philadelphia, hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30 pm, admission: adults $17, seniors $15, children $8.

June 18

Children's Day
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia, hours: 11 am-3 pm.

June 18

Erie Heights Brass Ensemble in Concert
Enjoy a selection of "outdoor & park-themed" music selections by this 6-piece band. Held indoors if inclement weather. Refreshments served. For more information call Geauga Park District 440-286-9516, Geauga County, Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park, Frances Hall Amphitheater 7pm - 8pm.

June 20-23

History Camp
For students in grades 1-5, J.E. Reeves Victorian Home, Dover, hours: each day 12:30 pm-3:30 pm, admission: $50 for all 4 days or $15 per individual day.

June 21-24

Zoar Explorer Full & 1/2 Day Camps
Zoar Village, Zoar.

June 22-26

Alive Christian Music Festival
Atwood Lake Park, Mineral City.

June 23-26

Cy Young Festival
Cy Young Park, Newcomerstown.

June 24, 25

Summer in the Village
Two special days with fun-filled events in Walnut Creek, Ohio 44687.

June 24-26

American Soldiers Homecoming Festival
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Dennison.

June 25

Werk Tage (Work Day)
Zoar Village, Zoar.

June 25

18th Annual Holmes County Chapter American Red Cross Disaster Services Benefit Auction
Holmes County Chapter American Red Cross, Mt. Hope Auction Barn, 8076 SR 241, Mt. Hope, 330-674-5861.

June 25

10th Annual Meadow Mill School Consignment Auction
Furniture, crafts, quilts, wallhangers, hand tools, horse related items, homemade food, breakfast starts at 7 am, auction begins at 8:30 am, lunch at 10 am, 5150 CR 59, Baltic Ohio (between Clark and New Bedford) 330-897-6080.

June 26

Motorcycle Rotary Ride
An escorted 60 mile ride throughout beautiful Geauga County. Registration 8:00 am - 10:00 am, ride takes off at 10:00 am. from Harrington Square.

June 26

Woodland 5K
The Woodland 5K is a run/walk race that takes place throughout the various trails. The Holden Arboretum, 440-946-4400.

June 30-July 4

First Town Days
Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia.


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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