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Autumn is Awesome in Amish Country! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #3 Issue #9
September 30, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 03
Issue 9

October 2011


Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

We in the northern hemisphere have just passed what is known as the September or Autumnal Equinox. This is the time of year where the sun has technically crossed the celestial equator, or midpoint, of its travel southward.

Simply stated - Fall or Autumn has officially arrived! This is the peak season for travel to Ohio Amish Country for several reasons.

The harvest is at its peak with anything and everything from apples & apple cider to pumpkins and pumpkin pie. Also, the foliage on the trees & shrubs are the most brilliant and colorful.


There is a chill in the air in the mornings, but the days are still warm and fresh without the oppressive summer heat. The smell of fall lingers in the air at night as heavy dew and even an occasional frost settle overnight.

All of this makes for the most unbeatable combination that just beckons you to come and experience it for yourself.

There's a host of activities and events you'll not want to miss. Actually, there are so many, you'll have difficulty deciding which to do and wish you could experience them all!

Remember, if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map.

Don't forget to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more tips & info.


In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Our Feature of the Month - Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant

The Tip of the Month - Visit Now!

A - Featured Recipe of the Month - Pumpkin Bars

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


Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant

Boyd-Wurthmann Restaurant

There's a quaint old fashioned-style diner right in downtown Berlin, Ohio called Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant.

If you've been around Berlin, you've probably heard that this is where the "locals" eat.

We decided to stop in and give them a try. The atmosphere is a simple, typical, diner style. The food is hearty, homemade and tasty.

Nothing is extravagant or flashy about the food or the décor. It is; however, a good meal, good service, and a good price.

Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant
Boyd-Wurthmann Restaurant

And, yes, it is where the locals eat. You could tell that there was a good group of "regulars" there and it seemed like they were eating around the family table.

The restaurant is family owned and has been in business since 1938. They have Amish cooks, home-style food, homemade pies and daily specials.

They are right downtown on SR 39. Feel free to give them a call at 330-893-3287.


Visit Now!


If you plan to visit Ohio Amish Country - sometime - then now is the time. If you can only come one time of the year - then now is the time. If you've never been before, but intend to - then now is the time!

Bring your camera, there are beautiful and breathtaking views around nearly every corner. Bring your cooler, you'll want to bring some of the harvest home.

Bring your family, with so many festivals and activities it's a great family outing. Bring your appetite, there's so many "eating opportunities" to try.

Most importantly, if you can, spend a few days or a weekend. And if you do, make your reservations now - things are filling up fast! _________________________________________________________________


Featured Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin Bars

What better taste of fall than something pumpkin!



4 eggs
1 c. salad oil
2 c. pumpkin
2 c. white sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt

Beat eggs. Add sugar, salad oil, pumpkin, salt, soda and cinnamon. Beat well then add flour. Bake at 350°


8 oz. cream cheese 1 stick oleo 1 tsp. vanilla 1 lb. powdered sugar

Soften cream cheese and oleo. Cream with powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread on cooled bars.

Pumpkin Bars recipe given by Mrs. Jonas J.D. Miller from Cookbook with the Horse and Buggy People Vol. I.

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Calendar of Events

October Events:

October 1

Apple Festival at Schrock's Amish Farm
Schrock's Amish Farm, 4359 SR 39, Berlin, 330-893-3051.

October 1

Apple Butter Stirring at Amish Home at Yoder's
Yoder's Amish Home, 6050 SR 515, Walnut Creek, 330-893-2541.

October 1

Fall Heritage Day
Presenting time-honored craftsmanship from local Amish and Yankee artisans! Step back in time and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of yesteryear! Featuring soap making, blacksmithing, leather working, traditional crafts, treadle sewing machine, candle making and a gigantic Amish bake sale and lunch stand. Sat. 10am - 4pm. Mesopotamia Town Commons 1-440-693-4295.

October 1

Fall Walking & Driving Tours
Fall Walking & Driving Tours Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp Burton Chamber of Commerce, Sat. 10am - 4pm. 1-440-834-4204; 1-800-526-5630.

October 1

Native American Indians at Ridgeview Farm
Native American Indians visit the farm. Sat. Noon - 5 p.m. Dance with the Indians at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. No admission charge to the farm. Nominal fee for hayride & corn maze. Family fun activity! 440-693-4000.

October 1 & 2

NEOOC Orienteering Event & Fall Flapjack Flip
Camp Tuscazoar, Zoarville.

October 1 & 2

20th Annual Williamsburg Festival
Pine Tree Barn, 4374 Shreve Rd., Wooster 330-264-1014.

October 1 & 2

Apple Dumpling Festival at Whispering Hills RV Park
Whispering Hills RV Park, 8248 SR 514, Shreve 800-992-2435.

October 1 & 2

Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival
Located in Huntsburg, Ohio in Geauga County at the intersections of State Routes 322 & 528. This is their 42nd year of providing a free family day in the country. There is no entrance fee and all games, entertainment and attractions are free. They offer free parking and a free shuttle service from the parking areas to the Festival grounds, Sat. & Sun. 10:00 am till 6:00 pm. 1-440-636-5197.

October 1 & 2, 8 & 9

Sirna's Farm Fall Festival
Fun for the whole family, hayrides, corn maze, antique tractors, food, games, oxen team demo's, kettle corn, Sat. & Sun. 12pm - 5pm, Sirna's Farm 1-440-834-0696.

October 1, 8, 15, 22

2011 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. This year will be extra special as they celebrate their tenth anniversary with monthly events. Geauga Fresh Farmer’s Market 1-440-474-9885.

October 1-30

Sunrise Farm's Fall Festival Weekends
Look outside, the autumn leaves are falling--and that means it's time for Sunrise Farm's Fall Festival! Every weekend in October bring the family out to enjoy apple picking, apple fritters, homemade caramel apples, hot apple cider, hunt for the perfect pumpkin and enjoy a trip through their huge cornstalk maze. Saturdays & Sundays 10am - 5pm Sunrise Farm 1-440-834-1298.

October 1-30

Century Village Museum Public Tours
Guided tours of the historical houses are given every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and at 3:00pm during our tour season which begins on April 15 and ends on November 15. Century Village Museum 440-834-1492.

October 1-30

Pig Races at Ridgeview Farm
Ridgeview welcomes the public to come out and enjoy the pig race at the farm. These specially trained pigs race down the track with blinding speed. You can pick your favorite pig to win and cheer them on! The pig races is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Pig races are at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. every Saturday & Sunday in October. Ridgeview Farm 1-440-693-4000.

October 1-31

Ma & Pa's Horse Drawn Hay Rides/Fall Harvest
10:30am - 5pm, 440-548-5521.

October 2

Union Hospital Auxiliary Card Party
Union Hospital Cafeteria, Dover, hours: 2-5 pm.

October 6

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, 7pm - 9pm. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

October 7

Benefit Amish Auction for DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children
A Traditional Amish Auction, 4:00 pm - finished, held at the Middlefield Market Pavillion, 15848 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield, OH 44062, free admission and parking, fabulous food stand and bake sale, large silent auction, live auction to include Amish made quilts, furniture and crafts, for more information call 440-632-1668.

October 7

Traditional Amish Auction
Traditional Amish Auction to benefit DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children, Fri. 4pm - 10pm, Middlefield Market 1-440-632-3196.

October 7

Fish Fry
Friday Night Fish Fry every Friday from Oct.7, 2011 thru April 6, 2012. Except holiday weeks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years weekends) Serving 5:30 pm till 7:30 pm Chardon Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1-440-286-9921.

October 7 & 8

Charm Days
Charm, 330-893-2251.

October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

Derthick's Corn Maze
Come visit this Fall to create a family tradition as you stroll through a corn maze with trails that span more than 5 miles over 17 acres of beautiful Mantua farmland. Experience interactive farm & animal education stations, Fri. 4pm - 11pm, Sat. 12pm - 11pm, Sun. 1pm - 5pm.

October 8

Cooking Class
Zoar Village, Zoar.

October 8

Apple Butter Stirring at Yoder's Amish Home
Yoder's Amish Home, 6050 SR 515, Walnut Creek, 330-893-2541.

October 8

Octoberfest at Heini's Gourmet Market
Heini's Gourmet Market, 1019 W. Main St., Sugarcreek, 330-852-3500.

October 8

Fall Craft Class at Ridgeview Farm
Make and take a craft home. Classes start at Noon - 4 p.m. Nominal fee for hayride & corn maze. No admission charge to enter the farm. Family fun activity! Ridgeview Farm 1-440-693-4000.

October 8-9

Holmes County Antique Festival
Historic Downtown Millersburg, 330-674-6781.

October 8 & 9

Corn and Pumpkin Harvest Weekend
A festival featuring a giant corn maze, an opportunity for children to harvest (and decorate) their own pumpkin (additional fee), harvest activities and demonstrations, hay maze, food and fun for the entire family! Apple butter, cider, and pumpkin sweet potato soup sampling, Sat. & Sun. 9am - 5pm. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 1-440-256-2122; 1-800-366-3276.

October 8 & 9

Ox Roast
Ox Roast during Apple Butter Festival, Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm, Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp Burton Chamber of Commerce 1-440-834-4204; 1-800-526-5630.

October 8 & 9

63rd Apple Butter Festival
62 years of tradition simmers in copper kettles right before your eyes. Arts, crafts, music, more! Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm, Century Village 1-440-834-1492.

October 11

Heini's Gourmet Market, Sugarcreek, hours: 9 am-7 pm, admission: free, for more information, contact 330-852-3500.

October 13

Rose Bead Workshop
Join ethnobotanist Dr. Bette Beck to learn how to transform rose petals into fragrant beads, wildly popular during Medieval times and now making a comeback! Properly cared for, the beads last many years. Fees apply, Thu. 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Pre-register after September 20th by calling 440-286-9516, Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park 1-440-286-9516; 1-800-536-4006.

October 14-16

Apple Butter Days

October 14-16

Apple Butter Stirrin' & Fall Harvest Festival
Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton, hours: Friday & Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm, admission: $3 per person ages 12+, for more information, contact 800-877-1830.

October 15

Apple Butter Stirring at Yoder's Amish Home
Yoder's Amish Home, 6050 SR 515, Walnut Creek, 330-893-2541.

October 15

Hometown Hoe-Down
Celebrate a perfect Fall evening in the country as Geauga County Tourism hosts their third annual Hometown Hoe-Down. On Saturday, October 15 from 6pm to 11pm the Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors) will be the site of some good old fashioned country fun! Middlefield Market 440-632-3196.

October 15

Pioneer Day’s - Step back in time at Ridgeview Farm!
Pioneer housekeeping demonstrations, soap making, candle dipping, Old fashioned games. Nominal fee for hayride & corn maze. Family fun! Sat. 12pm - 4pm, Ridgeview Farm 1-440-693-4000.

October 15-16

Colonial Trade Fair
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia.

October 21-22

Forest Heritage Festival
Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover

October 21-22

Sleepy Hollow
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia.

October 29

Special Event Dinner
Zoar Village, Zoar.

October 29

Pennyrug Class
Zoar Village, Zoar. _________________________________________________________________

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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