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May 31, 2012

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Ohio Amish Country Experiences

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

Volume 04
Issue 6

June 2012

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Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

It's definitely turning from spring to summer in Ohio Amish Country! First-cutting hay started going up as early as the first week of May.

Seeds have sprouted in gardens; crops are growing in the fields. Some early produce like lettuce, chard and spinach have already reached kitchen tables!

The air is warm and fresh; the fields are turning a lively green as the wind, rain and sun alternate their nurturing effects upon the countryside.

amish-farm-hill-buggy The transformation from bare, dead and brown is nearly completed now as the full beauty of summer takes over and puffy clouds cast shadows that drift across hills and valleys.

With the daylight hours nearing their peak, there's plenty of time to enjoy this nostalgic beauty experienced only in Ohio Amish Country.

From dawn to dusk, you'll not lack for something to do! There are so many things going on - so many events and activities that the choices almost make your head spin. And if it does - be sure to spend the night and try again the next day! amish-barn-sunset

Don't put it off. Drive the countryside, shop till you drop, kick back and relax, enjoy the sunset or sunrise - in Ohio Amish Country! And, as always - if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map.

Also, be sure to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.



In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Feature of the Month - World's Largest Cuckoo Clock

Tip of the Month - Follow us on Facebook

Featured Recipe of the Month - Overnight Salad

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

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences



World's Largest Cuckoo Clock
world's largest cuckoo clock
If you ever saw the huge cuckoo clock at its original home south of Wilmot, Ohio you will be pleased to know that it finally has a new home!

It was originally constructed in 1972 at the then named Alpine Alpa restaurant. It measured 23 feet, 6 inches tall, 24 feet wide and 13 feet, 6 inches deep.

The restaurant was sold and renamed in 2002. In 2009 the restaurant closed due to extenuating circumstances and the then non-functioning clock was sold at an auction.
world's largest cuckoo clock Mark Coblentz of Walnut Creek Cheese notoriety purchased the clock in hopes to keep the clock in the area.

Sugarcreek businessman Lavon Daugherty approached Coblentz with the idea of moving the cuckoo to Sugarcreek as an icon of the local Swiss culture.

On Tuesday, July 6, 2010 the clock officially arrived in Sugarcreek at a temporary home on Factory Street beside the "Budget."

And, now, after a long wait, on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 the giant cuckoo clock made yet another epic journey - this time to downtown Sugarcreek where it will permanently reside for all to enjoy.



Follow us on Facebook

As we mentioned above, we are encouraging folks to "like" us and follow us on Facebook. As technology changes so do communication mediums. Facebook is quickly becoming a preferred way for people to keep up with friends, business, activities and events.

We are finding that some people do not even use email any more because they prefer communicating through social network sites instead.

We've been trying to utilize this medium as well. We're posting more information and "newsy" type items for our guests via Facebook and have been getting good results.

So . . . we need to hear from you! We are considering the possibility of transitioning from a monthly newsletter to just more frequent and regular posts on Facebook. Tell us what you think here.

And, again, be sure to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.

Featured Recipe of the Month

Summertime is a great time for picnics and enjoying the outdoors. Here's a recipe to try for your next outing:

Overnight Salad

Ingredients:

1 head lettuce
1 head cauliflower
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped fine
10 oz. frozen peas, thawed
1/2 c. shredded carrots
1 lb. bacon, fried, crumbled

Dressing:

2 c. salad dressing
1/2 c. sugar

Arrange in layers in order given. Mix dressing and spread on top. Let set 8 hours or overnight. Toss before serving and top with cheddar cheese.

Overnight Salad recipe given by Esta & Vesta Yoder from the Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People Vol.II.

This cookbook makes a really wonderful gift for friends or family! Check here for more information about this and other great cookbooks.


Calendar of Events


June Events:

June 2

21th Annual Flea Market on the Square
On Historic Chardon Square. 21th Annual Flea Market on the Square. Over 100 vendors.

June 2

2012 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. Monthly events include cooking demos, childrens activites and tomato, salsa and pie competitions. Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market 1-440-474-9885.

June 2

Hiram Rapids Stumblers in Concert
Enjoy high-energy traditional folk and bluegrass music under the stars. Refreshments served. Held indoors if inclement weather. Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park, Frances Hall Amphitheater.

June 2

Shreve Village-Wide Garage Sales
Over 100 sales in and around the village including businesses and a chicken BBQ at the Firehouse. Village of Shreve.

June 2

Kids' Day on the Square
Lots of kids activities, animals, games, music and displays. Downtown Wooster 1-4 PM 330-262-6222.

June 2

Fredericksburg PTO Annual Auction
Fredericksburg Elementary School 330-695-2741.

June 2,3

5 Alarm Orrville Firefighters 16U Fast Pitch Tournament
16U Showcase Softball Tournament that brings in college coaches to search for talent for their schools. Orr Park 10 AM 330-684-5051.

June 4 - 9, 11 - 16, 18 - 23

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 8:00Am until picked out. Great fun for the whole family! Ridgeview Farm 1-440-693-4000.

June 7

Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments. Learn tips, tricks and new techniques. All skill levels welcome. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

June 7-9

Creston Community Yard Sale
Days set aside for the entire village to participate in an annual yard sale. Your trash is someone else's treasure! Creston Village 8 AM-5 PM 330-435-6021.

June 7-9

Amish Country Quilt Show
Buckeye Event Center Thu & Sat 10 AM-5 PM, Fri 10 AM-6 PM 412-372-8130.

June 8,9

American Cancer Society Relay for Life Wooster
Overnight fundraiser event benefitting cancer research, celebrating survivorship and remembering those who lost the battle. Wooster High School Fri 7 PM to Sat 1 PM 330-264-5355.

June 8,9

Mt. Eaton Days
Village of Mt. Eaton Fri-All Day, Sat 7 AM-3 PM 6/8-6/10

June 8,9

Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Watch these cowboys compete in timed shooting matches on horseback. Family oriented club with members in wild west outfits. Wayne County Fairgrounds Fri 8 PM, Sat & Sun 10 AM.

June 9

Dalton Community Historical Society Strawberry Festival
Fresh strawberries, ice cream, sandwiches and live musical entertainment. South Mill Street in Dalton. Dalton Village Park, 4 PM-7 PM 6/9

June 9

Leisure Birding with the Greater Mohican Audubon Society
Free program-birders of all skill levels welcome. Seaman Orientation Plaza-Secrest Arboretum 9 AM 330-464-2148.

June 9

Burton Antique Market
Come out and visit our 400 dealers who will be displaying and selling antiques and other wares. This is a great time and you can find some great deals. Find us on the Geauga County Fairgrounds site in beautiful Burton, Ohio. Geauga County Fairgrounds.

June 9

2012 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. Monthly events include cooking demos, childrens activites and tomato, salsa and pie competitions. Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market 1-440-474-9885.

June 9,10

Quailcrest Farm Spring Garden Fair
Over 45 garden related artists and craftsmen, food and music set in the beautiful Quailcrest Gardens! $2 per car. Quailcrest Farm 10 AM-5 PM 330-345-6722.

June 9,10

Pink Days
A special day for a special cause. Bring your friends to enjoy great deals, giveaways, food and drink. Deborah's Garden Market 330-601-1027.

June 10

Strawberries & Homemade Ice Cream Social
Take the family for a bit of history and strawberries and homemade ice cream! Sponsored by the County Line Historical Society. Ken Miller Supply Oil, Gas, Car, Truck & Agriculture Museum.

June 9,10

Working Dog Weekend
This event showcases how mans 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 1-440-256-2122; 1-800-366-3276.

June 10

Caveman Crawl: 5K Run Trail Run
Join us for the 2nd annual Caveman Crawl! Watch for the caveman on a 5K run over hilly wooded terrain. Prizes for winning runners and best costumes. Caveman garb optional. Walkers welcome! Fees apply. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

June 10 - 24

Sunrise Farm's Pick Your Own Strawberries
Beginning approximately June 10th, our strawberry fields will be ripe and ready with fresh, juicy strawberries. You may pick your own or we have baskets of sweet berries inside the market. Children 5 and older are welcome to pick. We pick Monday through Saturday weather permitting. Sunrise Farm 1-440-834-1298.

June 12

Woven Wire Nest Pendant Workshop
Create a necklace featuring a charming sterling silver bird nest w/pearl eggs. Ages 12-adult. $22 fee covers materials and instruction. Pre-register after March 20th by calling Geauga Park District 440-286-9516. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

June 12

Kiwanis Strawberry Social
Strawberry Shortcake and ice cream, coffee and punch. Christmas Run Park 4:30 -8:30 PM 6/14

June 15

Chardon Square Farm Market & Concert
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Bring your picnic basket & blanket or chairs and stay for the open air concert on the Square in the bandstand! Historic Chardon Square 1-440-285-3519.

June 15

Taste of Middlefield
4rth Annual Taste of Middlefield held Friday afternoon and evening from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. June 15th, 2012 at the grounds of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding grounds in downtown Middlefield. Beer Garden tended by the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce members. Listen to some great, fun, local bands. Taste samples of delicious food from local restaurants and food establishments. See what our businesses are doing, and meet the owners. Mingle with friends, old and new. Reconnect. Middlefield Fire Department grounds 1-440-632-5705.

June 15

Concert/Cruise-In
Classic cars and street rods line the streets of historic Downtown Wooster. Live music and food vendors. Downtown Wooster 7-10 PM 330-262-6222.

June 15-17

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Regional Competition
Watch these cowboys compete in timed shooting matches on horseback. Family oriented club with members in wild west outfits. Wayne County Fairgrounds Fri 8 PM, Sat & Sun 10 AM.

June 16

2012 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. Monthly events include cooking demos, childrens activites and tomato, salsa and pie competitions. Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market 1-440-474-9885.

June 16

Hastings Dairy Days
Celebrate June “Dairy Month”at Hastings Dairy. Take a guided tour of the milking parlor to watch the cows being milked, pet the calves, go on a hayride tour of the farm and play on the farm-themed playground. Dairy craft activities for the kids. Milk and cookies will be served. Hastings Dairy Farm 1-440-635-0313.

June 16

Abydos Studio Band in Concert
Enjoy a variety of music including Oldies, Motown, R&B, funk and current pop dance favorites. Refreshments served. Held indoors if inclement weather Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park, Frances Hall Amphitheater.

June 16

Break the Cycle
Benefit bike ride to raise awareness and reduce the stigma to addiction. Registration is now open. Register at http://btcbenefit.eventbrite.com/ OSU/ATI Wooster 7 AM-5 PM 330-264-8498.

June 16

Smithville Ruritan Chicken Barbeque
Smithville High School 4-7 PM

June 16

Ohio Light Opera Opening Night Gala
Come celebrate the opening of our 34th summer season! Freedlander Theatre 5:30-7 pm 330-263-2345.

June 17

Smithville Community Historical Society Open House
Mishler Weaving Mill, Village Blacksmith, Sheller House, Carriage Barn and Pioneer Log Cabin open for tours. Located along Main Street in Smithville. Only Mishler Mill and Reception Center are handicapped accessible. Smithville Historical Society & Mishler Mill 1:30-4 PM 330-669-9308.

June 17

Ohio Light Opera Top Chef Event
5-10 PM Wooster Inn.

June 19

Hartzler's Music Night
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening outside listening to local musicians-weather permitting. Hartzler Family Dairy & Ice Cream Shoppe 7 PM 330-345-8190.

June 20

Hastings Dairy Cow Camp
This event is for families with children 10-years-old and under accompanied by a caregiver. It's important to arrive by 1:00pm and plan to be at the farm until 3:00pm to take part in all of the activities. The stations include; 1) the milking parlor to watch the cows being milked, 2) the freestall barn to see where the cows live and what they eat, 3) the calf area to bottle feed and interact with the calves, and 4) the farming station where you'll plant a seed to take home. Hastings Dairy Farm 1-440-635-0313.

June 21

Ladies Night Out
5-8 PM Downtown Wooster.

June 22

Chardon Square Farm Market & Concert
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Bring your picnic basket & blanket or chairs and stay for the open air concert on the Square in the bandstand! Historic Chardon Square 1-440-285-3519.

June 22-24

Pet Extravaganza Trade Show (P.E.T.S.)
Come and enjoy a pet show with live entertainment each day focusing on different types of animals. Buckeye Event Center Fri NOON-9 PM, Sat & Sun 9 AM-5 PM 330-828-2466.

June 23

2012 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. Monthly events include cooking demos, childrens activites and tomato, salsa and pie competitions. Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market 1-440-474-9885.

June 23

Out to the Inn Benefit Dinner
A benefit dinner for Habitat for Humanity in Wayne County. Two seatings will be offered on the Inn's tented patio, raffle baskets and great music. The Wooster Inn 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM 330-263-1713.

June 23

Orrville Garden Tour
Benefit tour of five beautiful Orrville Gardens, benefitting the local YMCA. Five Orrville Gardens 10 AM-4 PM 330-682-1166.

June 23

Marshallville Antique Tractor Pull
Pulling antique tractors from 1900-1985. One of the oldest pulls in the area. Marshallville Park 1 PM 330-855-1325 6/23

June 23

Buckin' Ohio Rodeo & Western Experience
Join Buckin' Ohio for a real Western Experience-fun for the whole family. See website for times and events. 8154 Garman Rd., Burbank 4 PM 330-624-7205.

June 24

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

June 24

Hastings Dairy Days
Celebrate June “Dairy Month” at Hastings Dairy. Take a guided tour of the milking parlor to watch the cows being milked, pet the calves, go on a hayride tour of the farm and play on the farm-themed playground. Dairy craft activities for the kids. Milk and cookies will be served. Hastings Dairy Farm 1-440-635-0313.

June 28

Maple Town Tune Traders Jam Session
Singers and musicians: come share melodies and songs of all genres. Acoustic, gently amplified instruments & vocals welcome. Hot beverages available. Snacks to share welcome. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

June 29

Hastings Dairy: Dawgs at the Dairy
Enjoy Friday night on the farm and leave the cooking to us! Food served between 5-7pm. Meal includes two hot dogs, a bag of chips, a drink and ice cream. Take a hayride, relax by the bonfire, or hang out in the Parlor and watch the cows being milked while you dine. Hastings Dairy Farm 1-440-635-0313.

June 29

Chardon Square Farm Market & Concert
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Bring your picnic basket & blanket or chairs and stay for the open air concert on the Square in the bandstand! Historic Chardon Square 1-440-285-3519.

June 29,30

West Salem Town & Country Firefighters Festival
Fun for the family. Inflatables, food vendors, games, firgo game, and live music. School Campus Fri 5-11 PM, Sat-10 AM-11 PM 419-853-4022.

June 29,30

Artfully Delicious
Local independent restaurants offer their specialties plus live music and art on the square in Downtown Wooster. Downtown Wooster 5:30 PM-8:30 PM 330-262-6222.

June 29,30

Cat's Meow Village Open House
Faline will be signing pieces from NOON-1 PM, prize drawings and refreshments. Cat's Meow Village 10:30 AM-3:30 PM 330-264-1377.

June 29,30

Northern Ohio Draft Pony Association Registered Haflinger and Draft Pony Sale
Fri Tack Sale, Sat Pony Sale. Wayne County Fairgrounds 9 AM 419-547-0994.

June 30

Paint Twp./Mt. Eaton Firemen's Festival & Fireworks
Chicken BBQ, Bands, and Fireworks. School Grounds 4:30-10:30 PM.



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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