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Love is in the Air! Issue #003 -- Amish Country Experiences
June 04, 2009
Ohio Amish Country Experiences
Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,
As spring turns to summer, folks just love being able to get out and enjoy the gorgeous countryside.
And June is a perfect time of year for weddings and family gatherings in Ohio Amish Country.
We saw this Amish family taking advantage of the weather as they headed back home after attending a social funtion.
You too may want to consider a family reunion - or even a wedding in Amish Country!
There are so many great places to stay, so much to do and endless photo spots to make your special day a time to remember and cherish forever.
Don't wait, make your plans and reservations now - it only gets busier as the summer goes on! _________________________________________________________________
In this issue we'll be highlighting . . .
1. Our Featured Establishment of the Month - Farmerstown Broom and Book.
2. The Tip of the Month - Looking for heirloom quality furniture? Want to spruce up your deck or backyard with some new outdoor furniture? How about a custom storage shed or barn deivered to your site? Why not buy American-made and support the local economy? Check out our list of Amish Furniture retailers & builders!
3. June Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.
Featured Establishment of the Month
Farmerstown Broom and Book
Farmerstown Broom and Book is tucked away on a back road just northwest of Farmerstown, located at 3270 CR 114.
We sort of stumbled across this little shop last fall and were fascinated by the story of a blind broom maker.
The elderly Amish gentleman, legally blind, made brooms by hand with the help of his wife. These high quality brooms sell for a very reasonable price.
We had the opportunity to chat for awhile with the couple who genuinely loved to share with their visitors.
We wanted to stay longer - and buy a broom - but were, as usual, in a hurry to get in everything we possibly could and unfortunately didn't have the room.
So, we determined to visit again as soon as we were able.
Just this spring we managed to swing back by with a little more time. We eagerly entered the humble little shop looking for the elderly couple.
We saw the wife seated at her desk talking to a younger Amish man. We looked around a few minutes and finally were able to strike up a conversation.
Soon it became apparent that something was wrong - someone was missing - the references to the blind broom maker were veiled. We couldn't resist and timidly asked the lady how her husband was.
Then, our suspicions were sadly confirmed - he had passed away in January shortly after the first of the year! He had been diagnosed with cancer - apparently soon after we had met him last fall - and failed quite quickly.
We rather numbly shared our condolences with his widow and asked how she was getting along.
She shared that a young Amish lady was now coming in regularly to help her make the brooms and that the business was still going on.
She very willingly allowed us to take these pictures of the different stages and equipment showing how the brooms were made and what steps she took to sew them together.
And so it is that we determined to feature this simple little shop with a new resolve and to encourage any and all who can to take the time to visit - and buy a high quality broom!
The lady has no family, but the local Amish seem to be there for her to be sure she is cared for and watched over. She herself seems to be failing a little in health and our hearts were deeply touched by her resolve.
For a great day trip that includes Farmerstown Broom and Book check out the following:
Tip of the Month
Amish Furniture Stores
Whether you're looking for new deck furniture, an outdoor playset for the kids, a custom built shed or beautiful heirloom quality bedroom furniture - you'll find all of it in Ohio Amish Country!
You'll find stores that specialize in the new poly lumber outdoor furniture that never needs painting and comes in any number of colors you choose.
You'll find shops that specialize in solid hardwood furniture for the kitchen, bedroom, dining room and most any other room!
You'll find builders that will help you custom design a storage shed or barn and either deliver it to your location or assemble it at your site.
And you'll find places that specialize in outdoor play sets that fit any budget and any back yard. Pick up one on display - or order one custom made to your specifications!
For more information, maps, a list of stores and even a special book go to:
June 6, 2009
Bluegrass/Gospel Festival Featuring Rhonda Vincent
June 13, 2009
5th Annual Holmes County Trail Benefit Auction
June 27, 2009
8th Annual Meadow Mill School Auction
June 27, 2009
16th Annual Holmes County Chapter American Red Cross Disaster Services Benefit Auction
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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