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There's No Place Like - Amish Country! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #3 Issue #10
October 31, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 03
Issue 10

November 2011


Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

It's hard to believe that "The Holidays" are nearly upon us! And, yes, there's no place like - Ohio Amish Country for "The Holidays!" What better way and place to celebrate Thanksgiving than in Amish Country with friends and family?

Looking for something different for Christmas? Want a unique way to ring in the New Year? Consider making plans to spend some time in Ohio Amish Country during these special times of the year.


Fall will be fading to winter quickly. With all the rain we've had recently most of the leaves have fallen, leaving only a bleak reminder of what was and what is coming.

The rain has made it difficult to get some of the harvest in as well. Maybe we'll still have that proverbial Indian Summer! Some are saying that this winter is going to be "cold and white."

Guess that's the price we pay to live where you can enjoy four very distinct seasons each year! There's a beauty to winter that only those who choose to live here understand.

And, it makes us appreciate the other seasons when they're here. That's why we always say, "There's no bad time to visit Ohio Amish Country!"

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 - Brants Apple Orchard

The Tip of the Month - Thanksgiving Day Dinner

A - Featured Recipe of the Month - Pumpkin Pie Squares

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


Brants Apple Orchard


There's quite a busy little place sort of in the middle of nowhere in Kingsville, Ohio, located in Ashtabula County, only a few miles from a couple of the covered bridges.

Heading south on Dibble Road is a nice drive in the country especially in the fall. Just before you cross over I-90 you'll see a sign announcing Brants Apple Orchard just ahead.

This is no ordinary orchard. It has actually become a destination of its own - especially during the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival.

Brants Bakery
Brants Bakery

Stop in for a real treat - quite literally! They don't just sell apples and pears. They make fresh apple cider in season and also feature fresh "cider slushies."

They even have a bakery where you can buy fresh homemade baked goods like apple or pumpkin pies, scones, muffins, cookies and cider donuts.

They sell fresh apples starting in August all the way through Thanksgiving as each of over 20 varieties becomes ripe.

Check out their Country Market for other items as well. They welcome personal tours and even school groups, so consider putting Brants on your list of stops this fall if you're in their area!

You may contact them at 440-224-0639 or check out their website at


Thanksgiving Day


We do know of one restaurant in Ohio Amish Country that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

The Amish Door Restaurant in Wilmot, Ohio will be serving dinner Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 am till 7:00 pm.

Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek, Dutch Valley in Sugarcreek and the Berlin Farmstead restaurants are all serving a carry out and are taking orders already.

So, take your pick and make your plans now.



Featured Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin Pie Squares

Thought we'd include another pumpkin recipe - enjoy!



1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. quick oats
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter

Mix ingredients to form crumbs. Press into a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350° for 10 minutes.


1 1/2 c. pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
2 eggs beaten
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix and pour over hot crust. Bake 20 minutes more.


1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. pecans
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter

Sprinkle over pumpkin filling and bake for 10-15 minutes or until set.

Pumpkin Pie Squares recipe given by Mrs. Aden Chupp from Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People Vol. II.

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Calendar of Events

November Events:

November 1 - February 29

Snowbelted: Winter's a Blast! Exhibition
There's more to living in the snowbelt than slushy roads and cold toes. Discover the secrets of wildlife survival in winter climates at this interactive exhibit while the kids crawl through vole tunnels, slip down an otter slide, experience simulated downhill skiing and more. Closed December 25th, 26th & January 1st. For more information, call 440-286-9516. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

November 2-5

Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop
12 area shops participating, 330-857-4004.

November 3

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 440-286-9516.

November 4 – April 7, 2012

Fish Fry Fridays
Every Friday 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 440-286-9921.

November 5

Murder Mystery Dinner
J.E. Reeves Victorian Home, Dover, hours: 6 pm.

November 5

Saturdays in Zoar Guest Lecture Series
Zoar Village, Zoar.

November 5-6

Open House & Christmas Preview at Pine Tree Barn
Pine Tree Barn, 4374 Shreve Rd., Wooster, 330-264-1014.

November 5 & 6

Sunrise Farm's Christmas Open House
You are cordially invited to Sunrise Farm's Christmas Open House. Step into their cozy barn festively decorated for the Christmas Season. Enjoy hot apple cider and gourmet goodies during our open house. Santa will delight children on a hayride one to three each day (weather permitting). Gourmet gift baskets surround the train display. Select fresh wreaths and greens and later, on Thanksgiving weekend, choose your live tree in their glasshouse pavilion. Merry Christmas! Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm Sunrise Farm 440-834-1298.

November 6

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Zoar Village, Zoar.

November 11-December 22

Home Christmas Tours
J.E. Reeves Victorian Home, Dover, hours: daily 1-7 pm, admission: adults $7, seniors $6, students $3.

November 12

Rag Rug Weaving Class
Zoar Village, Zoar.

November 12-20

Union Hospital Auxiliary's Warther Christmas Tree Festival
Warther Carvings, Dover, hours: 11 am-8 pm daily (closes early on Nov 20).

November 19

Holiday Decorating Class
Zoar Village, Zoar.

November 26

Santa's Very Merry Christmas Breakfast
Tuscora Park Pavilion, New Philadelphia.

November 26

Christmas on the Canal
Downtown Bolivar, hours: 4:30-7 pm, admission: free, for more information, contact: 330-874-3113.

November 10 - 12

Annual Christmas Open House at Berlin Village Gift Barn and Country Gatherings
Berlin Village Gift Barn and Country Gatherings, 4755 SR 39, Berlin, 330-893-2648.

November 12

Local Author Book Signing at Gospel Book
Gospel Book Store, 4900 Oak St., Berlin, 330-893-2523.

November 12 - December 23

Gifts from the Heart of Nature
Over 30 local artisan providing nature inspired items for sale. 9am - 5pm, The Holden Arboretum 440-946-4400.

November 17

Maple Town Tune Traders Jam Session
Singers and musicians: come share songs each month. Acoustic, gently amplified instruments, & vocals welcome. Hot beverages available. Snacks to share welcome. Thu. 7pm - 9pm, Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

November 19

Turkey Dinner
Sat. 6pm - 7pm, $10.00 donation Chardon Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1-440-286-9921.

November 19 & 20

Dryland Sled Dog Races
Dryland sled dog racing is sled dog races with no snow on the ground. This sport features various breeds of dogs bred to run while pulling wheeled carts made to mimic a sleigh on snow. Farmpark visitors will be able to watch this Trailbreakers Sled Dog Club event, meet the dogs and talk with the handlers. Sat. & Sun. 10am - 4pm, Lake Metroparks Farmpark 440-256-2122; 800-366-3276.

November 19 - December 31

Holidays at the Mansion at Victorian House Museum
Victorian House Museum, 484 Wooster Rd., Millersburg, 330-674-0022.

November 25

Holiday Kickoff in Historic Downtown Millersburg
Historic Downtown Millersburg, 330-674-3955.

November 25

Christmas in Berlin & Nativity Parade in Berlin
Berlin, 330-893-3467.

November 25

Breakfast With Santa
Santa drops in for breakfast at Century Village. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts and the Holiday Shop. Fri. 9am - 12pm, Century Village 440-834-1492.

November 25 & 26

Holiday Open House at Amish Home Craft & Bakery
Amish Home Craft will be having a Holiday Open House with local crafters setting up their wares. You will find quilts, wall hangers, placemats, wooden items, hand-made baskets and more. Bakery will be open. Choose from 6 to 8 different kinds of bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, pumpkin rolls, pies and fry pies. Enjoy free coffee and cookies as you look around. This is a great way to get your holiday shopping off to a great start! Fri. & Sat. 9am - 4pm, Amish Home Craft Shop 440-632-1888.

November 25 - 27

Fowlers Mill Store Open House
Fowler's Milling Store Open House on the 3 days following Thanksgiving, 10am - 5pm, Sample Specialty Foods and Order Holiday Gifts. Fowler’s Milling Company 440-286-2024; 800-321-2024.

November 25 - 27

Country Hearth Christmas & Christmas in the Village
Burton Village celebrates Christmas with old-fashioned flair. Enjoy the many holiday activities including Santa at the Burton Log Cabin. 12pm - 4pm, Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp Burton Chamber of Commerce 440-834-4204; 800-526-5630.

November 25 - December 22

Christmas Tree Sales 2011
Cut your own, pre-cut, & balled and burlap trees. Colorado Blue & Norway Spruce, White & Scotch Pine, Cannan & Fraiser Fir. Wreathes, Roping, Swags, Boughs, Bows , Maple Syrup & Candy. Free Tree shaking and baling available. 10am - 5:30pm, Rhodes Sisters Christmas Trees 440-636-5498.


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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