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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
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing
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.
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.
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.
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: www.berlingrandehotel.com
Timing is Everything!
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!
Featured Recipe of the Month
Texas Sheet Cake
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!
Calendar of Events
Glenn Miller Orchestra in Concert
Shutterbugs Camera Club
Nature Writer's Coffee House
20th Annual Flea Market on the Square
June 4, 5
Railroads in the Parks
June 4, 11, 18, 25
Hastings Dairy "Open Farm Days"
June 6 - 11, 13 - 18, 20 - 25
Strawberry Season at Ridgeview Farm
Meet the Artists
June 10, 11
Fabulous 50's Fling
Ohio Plein Air Society Paint Out
Sunrise Farm's Pick Your Own Strawberries
Holmes County Trail Annual Benefit Auction at Hipp Station
Burton Antique Market
June 11, 12
Working Dog Weekend
Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In
Caveman Crawl: 5K Run
Dennison Railroad Festival
Bolivar Strawberry Festival
Taste of Middlefield
June 17, 18
Dutch Valley Days
June 17, 18
Zoar Community Garage Sales
June 17-August 27
"Trumpet in the Land" Outdoor Drama
Erie Heights Brass Ensemble in Concert
Zoar Explorer Full & 1/2 Day Camps
Alive Christian Music Festival
Cy Young Festival
June 24, 25
Summer in the Village
American Soldiers Homecoming Festival
Werk Tage (Work Day)
18th Annual Holmes County Chapter American Red Cross Disaster Services Benefit Auction
10th Annual Meadow Mill School Consignment Auction
Motorcycle Rotary Ride
June 30-July 4
First Town Days
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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