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Give the Gift of Ohio Amish Country! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #3 Issue #11
December 01, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 03
Issue 11

December 2011

Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,
Where has this year gone?! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! There is so much for which to be thankful. We are truly a blessed people.

November's weather was actually quite nice. Temperatures were mild, farmers took advantage of the weather to get more crops harvested.

We had one day where we experienced almost all four seasons in one day. It tried to snow with big flakes - the sun came out. It tried to rain - the sun came out again. The temperature warmed back up and - well, we just can't complain.
But now, December is here. We know we can't hold off winter forever. The almanacs are predicting a cold, wet and white winter.

You just never know what to expect here in Northeast Ohio. We'll be certain what we had when it's over and will keep you posted in the meantime.

Speaking of meantime - winter is a beautiful time of year in Ohio Amish Country. What a great place to spend Christmas! It's also a wonderful place to do some Christmas shopping, or just have some great family fun.
Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek, Ohio

There are lots of activities and events going on in various communities. Watch a live nativity parade, see streets lined with thousands of luminaries.

Get some great deals, eat some good food, relax by a warm fire . . . take time to reflect on the reason for the season, the greatest gift of all - the birth of our Savior.

Experience it all in Ohio Amish Country this year - for Christmas!

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.

And by all means, remember to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info. _________________________________________________________________

In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Feature of the Month - Tis The Season

Tip of the Month - Sleigh Bells Jingling

Featured Recipe of the Month - Chocolate Éclair Dessert

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

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences


Tis The Season
Looking for some serious Christmas shopping? Want a huge variety and unbelievable selection of Christmas decorations for your home?

You'll want to stop at Tis the Season on your next visit to Ohio Amish Country! They are a one-of-a kind Christmas shop where you can find traditional as well as unique Christmas home décor and holiday gifts.
Alleluia Chapel in Tis the Season

They have over 400 Christmas trees in stock ranging from 2 - 10 feet. You're sure to find exactly the right tree you've been looking for! Choose from pre-lit trees, slim trees, silver trees, twig trees and so many more.

They feature pine garland and wreaths of all types. You'll also see some of the most unique ornaments you'll be able to find anywhere, including a special station for cusomizing your very own.

You can get hard to find Christmas collectables and so much more at Tis the Season. They even have many unique, special, handmade creations made by local artists.

Be sure to put Tis the Season on your itinerary this December and don't miss out on the fun.

They are located at 4363 State Route 39 in Schrock's Amish Farm and Village in Berlin, Ohio. You may contact them at 888-893-3604 or check out their website at


Sleigh Bells Jingling - in Amish Country
There's a beauty and nostalgia to winter here in Ohio that you'll not want to miss. If you like Norman Rockwell pictures or enjoy Currier & Ives prints - you'll think you were inside one of them when you come to Ohio Amish Country.

Experience snow laden branches, horse drawn buggies, covered bridges, snowy country lanes, smoke curling from the chimney, and the warmth of a fire - for real!

And if you seriously want to take real sleigh ride, we know just the place. For those in the Geauga County area, Ma & Pa's Gift Shack located at 15161 Main Market Road SR 422 in Burton, Ohio is the place for you. Call them at 440-548-5521 to schedule your time.

For those in the Holmes County area you'll need to contact the Guggisberg Swiss Inn in Charm, Ohio at 330-893-3600 for more information on their scheduled rides.

Featured Recipe of the Month

Chocolate Éclair Dessert


1 box graham crackers
9 oz. Cool Whip
2 C. vanilla instant pudding mix
5 C. milk

Prepare pudding: Heat milk to almost boiling. Cool, then add pudding mix. Fold in Cool Whip. Line bottom of 9" x 13" pan with whole graham crackers. Put half of pudding mixture over crackers. Make another layer of crackers. Add remaining pudding. Top with another layer of crackers.

1 C. chocolate chips
3 T. margarine
3 T. milk
2 T. corn syrup
1 T. vanilla
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips and margarine. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well and spread over crackers. Refrigerate at least 1 day before serving.

Chocolate Éclair Dessert recipe given by Mrs. Noah L. Yoder, Mrs. Dan C. Yoder and Fannie Troyer from the Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People Vol. I.

These cookbooks would make some really wonderful Christmas gifts for friends or family!

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You must be completely satisfied with your purchase or you may return it for your money back.

Amish CookbookA collection of over 600 favorite recipes in 14 different categories from the Amish ladies of Holmes County.

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Order both Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People Series volumes I & II for only $22.00
You must be completely satisfied with your purchase or you may return it for your money back.

Here's another gift idea you may consider:

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Only $3.98

You must be completely satisfied with your purchase or you may return it for your money back!


Calendar of Events

December Events:

December 1

Celebration of Lights
Union Hospital Main Lobby, Dover, hours: 6:30 pm.

December 1

Christmas Lighting of Chardon Square
Come meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus, see the lighting of the Square, enjoy musical entertainment, and savor old fashioned ginger snaps, vanilla wafers and hot apple cider. 6:30pm - 10pm. On Historic Chardon Square.

December 1

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.

December 1 - March 15

Ma & Pa's Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Remember the Days of O'le. Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh! Afterwards warm up by the fire with some fresh maple coffee and cookies made by Ma. Shop 'til you drop in their 1820's log cabin. A winter adventure you won't forget. Make a Memory this Winter at Ma & Pa's! 11am - 9pm. Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack 440-548-5521.

December 2 & 3, 9 & 10

Christmas in the Country Holiday Open House
Enjoy our 5th annual Christmas in the Country Holiday Open House Friday and Saturday December 2nd and 3rd and December 9th and 10th. Vancura Gallery of Fine Art at Settler’s Village, 9am - 6pm. 440-632-1124.

December 2 - 4, 6 - 23

Country Lights 2011
Immerse yourself into a fun-filled experience of the holiday season at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Country Lights is a tradition for many in Northeast Ohio highlighted by horse-drawn wagon rides through a winter wonderland trimmed with a quarter of a million of holiday lights lining the buildings, trees, rails, and the farm-themed displays, 5pm - 9pm. Tickets are required. Call 440-256-2158, 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276.

December 2, 9 & 16

Fish Fry
Friday Night Fish Fry 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.

December 2-18

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Join the adventurous children as they inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. Experience the mystery of Aslan, the great lion, and his struggle with the White Witch. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. Fri & Sat. 8pm - Sun. 2pm. T Geauga Lyric Theater Guild 440-286-2255.

December 3

Saturdays in Zoar Guest Lecture Series
Zoar Village, Zoar.

December 3

Christmas Candlelighting Celebration
Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton, hours: noon-8 pm, candle ceremony at 6 pm, for more information, contact 800-877-1830.

December 3

Christmas Down on the Farm
Schrock's Amish Farm, 4359 SR 39, Berlin, 330-893-3232.

December 3

Holiday Greens Workshop
Decorate for the holidays by making a beautiful arrangement from fresh evergreens. Fees apply. Pre-registration required. 440-286-9516. Sat. 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm. Geauga Park District - Swine Creek Reservation.

December 3

Chinese Auction Benefit
Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen is hosting a Chinese Benefit Auction to support Shop With a Cop and the food pantry in Middlefield. Tickets to the event are $15.00, which include a boxed lunch and beverage and 10 complimentary auction tickets. Sat. 3pm - 7pm. Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen 440-632-1939.

December 3 & 4

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. Sat. & Sun. 12pm - 4pm, Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp Burton Chamber of Commerce 440-834-4204; 800-526-5630.

December 3 & 4

Christmas in Zoar
Zoar Village, Zoar.

December 4

Holiday Music Revue
Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts, New Philadelphia.

December 4 & 5

4th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns
Amish Country Lodging Council, 330-674-3975.

December 9

Shopping Under the Stars in Berlin
Berlin, 330-893-3467.

December 9

Holmes for the Holiday Christmas Home Tour
A Christmas home tour of 7 different homes in the Berlin area. All proceeds go to the Collins family with 3 terminally ill children. Tickets may be purchased starting Nov. 4th at Berlin Gift Barn, Tis the Season, Rebecca's Bistro, Home Spun Treasurers and Millersburg Furniture, call 330-998-2434 for more information.

December 9-11

The Polar Express
Dennison Depot, Dennison.

December 10

Christmas Lantern Tours & Twilight Shopping
Zoar Village, Zoar.

December 10

Christmas Candlelighting Celebration
Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton, hours: noon-8 pm, candle ceremony at 6 pm, for more information, contact 800-877-1830.

December 10

Santa at The Theater
A free event to thank the community! Take a picture with Santa, make a craft, play games, have hot chocolate! Sat. 10am - 1pm. Geauga Lyric Theater Guild 1-440-286-2255.

December 13

Christmas Business After Hours
Dennison Depot, Dennison.

December 13

Cardinaires Christmas Concert
The Annual Cardinaires Christmas Concert at Grandview Restaurant at 14860 Old State Road, Middlefield, will be held on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 12:00 noon. Tickets are $20 each. This is a beautiful way to begin the Christmas Season with friends and family. A wonderful lunch buffet is included in the ticket price, and a 50/50 Raffle will be held as well. Please call the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Office to reserve your place in the audience of this concert, 440-632-5705. The Century Inn at Grandview 1-440-632-5705.

December 15

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.

December 16

Children's Night in Historic Downtown Millersburg
Historic Downtown Millersburg, 330-674-3955.

December 16-18

The Polar Express
Dennison Depot, Dennison.

December 17

Cooking Class
Zoar Village, Zoar.

December 17

Christmas Candlelighting Celebration
Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton, hours: noon-8 pm, candle ceremony at 6 pm, for more information, contact 800-877-1830.

December 19

Christmas in the Park
Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia.

December 21

Candle Light on the Longest Night
Visit the Snowbelted . . . Winter's a Blast! exhibit inside The West Woods Nature Center while enjoying refreshments and holiday music, then take a self-guided walk at your own pace along a magical, candlelit route through the forest. Dress for the weather. Van shuttle from nearby parking area available for drivers. For more information call Geauga Park District 440-286-9516. Wed. 7:30pm - 9:30pm Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.


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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