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It's Spring in Ohio Amish Country! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #4 Issue #4
March 31, 2012
Ohio Amish Country Experiences
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing
Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,
Spring has sprung in Ohio Amish Country - and everything is almost a month ahead! Trees are budding & blossoming, spring flowers are in bloom, the grass is growing and the weather is mild.
We've already had five calves born on our little farm here in Northeast Ohio. The animals are enjoying the warmer temperatures as much as we are.
We have no complaints about this past winter - had just enough to say we had one and now we're moving into spring & getting ready for summer. Some folks have already started mowing lawns nearly five weeks early!
Farmers are already out preparing gardens & fields for spring planting - just hoping we don't get some last minute cold snap with a killer frost.
We had family from Northwest Arkansas visiting with us recently, so we took advantage of the time to take them to Amish Country - who could have guessed - what can we say?!
We noticed that a lot of others were out taking advantage of the beautiful weather with the same idea we had. Not that it's a bad thing, but it's already starting to get busier - especially on weekends!
Better make your plans now! What a great time of year to get out and experience spring in Ohio Amish Country. And remember, if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map.
Please also remember to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.
In this issue we'll be highlighting:
Feature of the Month - Green Acres Furniture
Tip of the Month - Good Friday & Ascension Day
Featured Recipe of the Month - Baking Powder Biscuits
Monthly Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.
Green Acres Furniture
We were recently on the hunt for a new sofa and love seat. We had a great time "hop-scotching" all over Amish Country in pursuit of just the right deal.
Our quest took us to many of our favorite stops and included a few new ones. We looked, shopped, browsed, talked, figured, contemplated and compared.
It was a wonderful experience - and we learned quite a bit about furniture in the process. Most places were helpful, but one particular place just stood out above the rest this time.
Green Acres Furniture just outside Mt. Eaton, Ohio deserves special recognition for friendliness and helpfulness - thus we are featuring them here!
Green Acres is located 1 and 1/2 miles northeast of Mt. Eaton at 7412 Massillon Road, SR 241, Navarre, Ohio 44662. They feature custom-made, Amish furniture. Their philosophy is summarized in their claim, "From Forest to Furniture."
Be sure to visit their 45,000 square foot manufacturing and retail facility. They have an extensive selection in their showroom for immediate purchase. Or, you can special and custom order based on your individual needs and preferences.
Give them a call at 800-807-0975. You can check out their web site at www.greenacresfurniture.com/.
Good Friday & Ascension Day
Just a reminder that many establishments in Ohio Amish Country will not be open on Good Friday, April 6th. Most of the Amish owned & run shops will be closed in observance of the day. Some of the larger, non-Amish will still be open. You may want to call ahead if in doubt.
As Scripture teaches, Christ ascended into heaven 40 days after He arose from the grave. The Amish observe this special event with a day set aside called Ascension Day. It is 40 days after Easter each year.
This year, with Easter being on April 8th, Ascension Day would calculate out to be May 18th. Once again, many Amish establishments will be closed on this day.
Featured Recipe of the Month
Baking Powder Biscuits
Ingredients: 4 c. flour
8 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp. shortening
2 c. milk
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening and add milk. Knead lightly and roll out to desired thickness, preferably about 3/4" thick. Cut and put on cookie sheets, almost touching each other. Spread melted butter over biscuits. Bake at 350° until lightly browned.
Baking Powder Biscuits recipe given by Mrs. Andrew A. Troyer from the Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People Vol.II.
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Calendar of Events
Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments. Learn tips, tricks, and new techniques. All skill levels welcome. Thu. 7pm - 9pm. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center 1-440-286-9516, 1-800-536-4006.
Chip's Clubhouse 2012 Opening Day
Chip's Clubhouse kicks off the 2012 season this weekend, Fri. 9am - 11pm. Chip's Clubhouse 440-285-3456.
April 2, 9, 16, 23
Chardon Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Friday Fish Fry
Open to the public, Fri. 5:30pm - 7:30pm., Dinner includes your choice of cole slaw or salad, french fries or home fries, bread, and coffee or tea. Proceeds to benefit the Ladies Auxiliary Charities. Chardon Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 440-286-9921.
April 2, 9, 16, 23
Teen Night at Crossroads Country Cafe
Teens 14 years and older come out and join us every Friday night 6pm - 9pm at Crossroads Country Cafe. You will get to enjoy food, games, movies, Bingo, 50/50, themed nights, Wii and so much more!! Crossroads Country Cafe 440-632-0191.
Meet the Artist: William Michael Winston
Meet W. Michael Winston, one of the few artists worldwide working in the medium of magic markers. View his surrealistic floral artwork. Refreshments served, Fri. 7pm - 9pm. Artwork on display until May 24th. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.
Annual Egg Hunt at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets
The Annual Egg Hunt at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets will be held on Saturday, April 3rd from 10am-Noon. Children 10 and under are invited to hunt store-to-store for over 10,000 toy and candy-filled eggs. Complimentary Photos with the Easter Bunny will also be available. Other activities will include a visit from a clown crafting balloon sculptures and face painting. Select stores will also participate with enter-to-win promotions, crafts, coloring and more throughout the day. Aurora Farms Premium Outlet 330-562-2000.
P. Graham Dunn Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt
A family-oriented celebration of Easter! There will be plenty of fun for both kids and kids-at-heart, egg hunts: 10:30am for ages 0-3, 11:00am for ages 4-6 and 11:30am for ages 7-10, petting zoo open 10:00am - 2:00pm, kids crafts from 9:00am - 2:00pm, Veggie Tales: The Easter Carol (showing in lobby) from 9:00am - 2:00pm.
April 11, 24, 25
Pancake Breakfast AYCE Chardon Eagles Ladies Aux.
AYCE Pancakes (plain, apple, blueberry), served with choice Sausage or Bacon, Eggs Homefries available.Open to Public, 9am - 12:30pm, proceeds to benefit Ladies Aux. Charities Fraternal Order of Eagles Chardon Area Woman's Auxiliary 440-286-9921.
Amish Culture Tours
Small group Amish Culture Tour takes you to a variety of interesting Amish merchants and craftspeople. Learn about Amish culture, traditions, and history. Snack included. You may book for 1 person, or up to 17, Sat. 10am - 2:15pm. Goodwin House Bed & Breakfast.
Earth Day 2012 at Farmpark
Come celebrate with Lake Metroparks at this showcase of energy, farmland, and wildlife conservation. Discover a solar energy array, hybrid electric/gas cars, composting, eco-fair, children’s crafts, and much more, Sun. 12pm - 4pm. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 440-256-2122; 800-366-3276.
Keim Lumber Anniversary Sale
Keim Lumber celebrates their anniversary with special give-aways and a chance to win a $10,000 gift card for their store.
April 22, 23, 24, 25
Geauga Maple Festival
On Historic Chardon Square enjoy rides, arts and crafts, parades, pancake breakfasts, maple stirrers, maple auction and more! Thu. 12pm - 10pm, Fri. 10am - 11pm, Sat. 10am - 11pm, Sun. 11am - 7pm.
Maple Town Tune Traders Jam Session
Singers and musicians: come share songs each month. Acoustic, gently amplified instruments, & vocals welcome, 7pm - 9pm. Hot beverages available. Snacks to share welcome. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.
Attracting Hummingbirds with Flair
Learn about the habits of hummingbirds and create a hummingbird feeder from a vintage bottle embellished with wire and glass beads. Ages 14 . $8 fee covers all materials and instruction, Fri. 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Pre-registration required after 3/20/10. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.
Wayne County Home & Garden Show
Show features flower competition, children's activities and food concessions at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
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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