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Ground Hogs, Valentines & Presidents - Oh My! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #4 Issue #2
January 31, 2012
Ohio Amish Country Experiences
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing
Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,
So, what do groundhogs, valentines and presidents have in common? Surely the answer is obvious to most - February! But the significance may not be as easily discerned.
Regardless of whether or not ole Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there are only and truly six more weeks of official winter. Where has this winter gone?
As far as Northeast Ohio is concerned, the predictions were a bit off. We've enjoyed quite a rather mild winter. Not that we haven't had cold and snow, but it hasn't stayed long without a thaw.
Last year, we had snow right after Thanksgiving and hardly saw the ground again until spring. So, though it's not over yet, we're already anticipating spring!
Although holiday rates will apply to lodgings, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day are great get-a-way opportunities to experience the beauty, serenity and solitude available in Ohio Amish Country!
Please remember to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.
And, 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:
Feature of the Month - Baltic Mills
Tip of the Month - Need/Got Shoes?
Featured Recipe of the Month - Cinnamon Rolls
Monthly Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.
Located in the heart of Baltic, Ohio at 111 Main Street is one of the oldest buildings in town - the Old Baltic Mill. Here they still grind flour and sell bulk foods, jams, jellies, Amish crafts & gifts and more.
The mill opened in 1850, was destroyed by fire in 1908 and was rebuilt and re-opened in four months time. By 1964 the wheels ceased and the mill was closed.
But, thanks to Alvin and Esther Miller who purchased it 30 years later, it's back to the old grind!
You will definitely want to stop by and visit this must see in the Baltic, Ohio area.
Much of the old building and machinery is still intact from the original old mill. The first floor houses the store, while the floors above are being converted to a museum for viewing the old equipment.
Their phone number is 330-897-0522, their hours are Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Bus parking is also available.
Need Shoes? - Got Shoes!
If you're looking for a good pair of shoes - we know of a couple of great places. They have good prices and a good selection of high quality shoes.
If you're in the Holmes County area, we highly recommend Charm Harness & Boot. They carry everything from work boots and cowboy boots to dress shoes and tennis shoes!
They also carry cowboy hats & outdoor work wear as well as hunting clothes. They are located right in Charm at 4432 CR 70.
There's also a store in the Middlefield, Ohio area that would interest you. Mullets Footware & Country Cedar is located at 4853 Kinsman Road (SR 87) just outside Mesopotamia east of Middlefield.
They carry shoes for the whole family, a large selection of Amish clothing, quality outdoor lawn furniture and Weaver’s barns and Gazebos.
So, check 'em out and get a quality shoe at a good price for the whole family. _________________________________________________________________
Featured Recipe of the Month
1 C. scalded milk, cool to lukewarm, add yeast
1/4 C. white sugar
1 C. flour
When cool add:
1 t. salt
2 beaten eggs
1/4 C. melted butter
1 1/2 C. flour
Mix well and let rise. Roll out and spread with 1/4 C. brown sugar and 1 t. cinnamon. Bake at 425° for 8 to 10 minutes.
We found that it may be necessary to add more flour than is called for in the recipe to make it the right consistency for rolling out. However we also found that these were some of the best tasting cinnamon rolls we've had.
Cinnamon Rolls Recipe given by Mrs. Roman E. Raber from the Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People Vol. I.
These cookbooks make some really wonderful gifts for friends or family!
Here's another gift idea you may consider:
Calendar of Events
Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments. Learn tips, tricks, and new techniques. All skill levels welcome. Thu. 7pm - 9pm. Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park, Meyer Center 1-440-286-9516, 1-800-536-4006.
February 3, 10, 17, 24
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 1-440-286-9921.
February 10 – March 21
One of Ohio’s finest quilt shows, with more than 200 quilted works on display. Features works from internationally acclaimed visiting artists and a judged show of quilts completed by regional artists from Northeast Ohio and around the United States. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm. Park is closed on Mondays. Quilting workshops and lectures are offered. Quilt Shop Vendors Weekend, March 3 & 4 Lake Metroparks Farmpark 1-440-256-2122; 800-366-3276.
February 10 - 12, 13, 14
Sunrise Farm's Chocolate Covered Strawberry Days
In keeping with our long history of growing strawberries, Sunrise Farm dips sweet, luscious strawberries in premium chocolate just in time for St. Valentines Day. Try our delicious, sweet and salty chocolate covered bacon by the strip or box. You may order a gourmet box ahead or stop by and pick one up. Delicious! Sunrise Farm 1-440-834-1298.
Tree Tapping Ceremony
Maple Tree Tapping Ceremony, Saturday 10am - 4pm, Burton Square.
Snowflake Mug Mat Workshop
Join artisan Mary Valko to learn the blanket stitch on wool, which will be utilized in the creation of a snowflake-themed mug mat. Wed. 6:30pm - 8:30pm. $12 paid upon registration. Ages 10. No experience necessary. Pre-register after December 20th by calling 440-286-9516. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.
Presidents' Day Sale
Save even more than the usual 25%-65% on your favorite brands all weekend at the Aurora Farms Premium Outlets Presidents' Day Sale. Aurora Farms Premium Outlets offers the best outlet shopping in Ohio, featuring 70 designer and name brand outlets in a charming colonial American setting. Aurora Farms Premium Outlet 330-562-2000.
Bring your sweetie to Mary Yoder's on Saturday, Feb 18th 5:30pm - 7:30pm for our Sweetheart dinner. Enjoy a delicious Amish plated meal, then sit back and relax to a Barbershop Quartet. (Snow date is Feb.25th.) Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen -440-632-1939.
Discovery Days II
Enjoy a winter day with the family at Farmpark. Hands-on activities include making ice cream, bread, and preparing stone soup. Also make play clay, hand-dipped candles, and paper; plus help to plant plants you can take home. Watch sheep shearing and meet Cowboy Ben. Try Skijoring (cross-country skiing with dogs) and snowshoeing, weather permitting. Discover how wind and solar power are harvested. Mon. 9am - 5pm. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 440-256-2122; 800-366-3276.
Maple Town Tune Traders Jam Session
Singers and musicians: come share melodies and songs of all genres. Acoustic, gently amplified instruments & vocals welcome. Hot beverages available. Snacks to share welcome. Thu. 7pm - 9pm. Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park 440-286-9516; 800-536-4006.
A great way to beat the winter doldrums! Family friendly indoor event with individuals and businesses competing for prizes. Purchase a “sampler pack” and taste the best chili in the county, then cast your ballot for the Peoples Choice Award. Many freebies and give-aways. Musical entertainment. Sat. 11am - 4:30pm. Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors) 440-632-3196. Middlefield Market Pavilion 440-632-3196 .
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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