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Fall is Fleating - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #4 Issue #11
October 31, 2012


Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 04
Issue 11

November 2012


Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Well, another spectacular fall has come . . . and pretty much gone again - already. All but the most stubborn of the leaves have fallen, been blown off or yielded to the rain.

After such a dry summer, the rain is definitely making up for lost time. It's actually getting a bit soggy now. At least we don't have to shovel the rain!

Overall, temperatures have still been fairly warm and mild. We've not had that many frosty mornings yet. But, we know it won't last forever. Snow will be inevitable.

amish-white-barn.jpg We're still hoping for that elusive "Indian Summer" everyone talks about. Who knows - we've had more snow for Thanksgiving than Christmas some years.

Regardless of the weather, one thing for sure - this fall has been VERY BUSY in Ohio Amish Country. We went to Charm, Ohio for "Charm Days." WOW, it was bumper to bumper traffic in and out of the area.

Berlin was just as busy, stop & go all the way through town. Unfortunately, the secret is out. Ohio Amish Country is a number one attraction in the fall and lots of folks are getting in on the experience!

amish-buggy So, if you prefer to "miss" the crowds - your time is coming. After the fall rush, things start slowing down some. After the new year - it's a visitor's paradise!

So, if you didn't get a chance to visit this fall, it's OK, it's never too late! There's no bad time. Every season has its advantages and disadvantages. Just don't procrastinate to the point you never make it!

Oh, 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.

Also, be sure to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.

In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Feature of the Month - Charm Harness & Boot

Tip of the Month - Thanksgiving

Featured Recipe of the Month - Sour Cream Rolls

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

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences

Charm Harness & Boot
One stop we like to make often is Charm Harness & Boot. While at "Charm Days" we stopped to check out their deals, and like many other local merchants, they were offering 10% off regular purchases.

Even without the discount they have very competitive prices. They also have a huge variety of items in stock. They carry anything from athletic shoes to work shoes & boots and just about everything in between.

They have leather goods, belts, saddles & some tack items. They also carry a large selection of western and work ware. Looking for Carhart work clothes? Check out their selection.

What really sets them a step above (like so many other Amish owned and/or run businesses) is that they have a very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Can't find your size or color - ask and they will search for it. Even if there are boxes everywhere by the time you're finished - all that matters is that you found what you wanted.

So, next time you happen to pass through Charm, be sure to stop at Charm Harness & Boot. They are located at 4432 CR 70 (basically right in the middle of Charm next to the Post Office). Give them a call at 330-893-0402. Just remember that they are closed Sundays, and close early on Saturdays.


Thanksgiving time can be a wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, it often gets glossed over and even lost in the hubbub of other "holidays" and early Christmas anticipation.

Most all places in Amish Country will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, there are a couple of restaurants that are offering a special Thanksgiving Day Buffet.

The Inn at the Amish Door and Guggisberg's Chalet in the Valley are both offering a buffet. The Inn at Honey Run is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner.

So, you may want to consider working your visit around so that you can take advantage of a great meal and then be ready the next day for some serious shopping or just some wonderful relaxation.

Featured Recipe of the Month

pumpkins Here's a recipe you might want to wake up to some crisp morning:

Sour Cream Rolls

1Tbsp. yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1/4 c. sugar
6 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 c. sour cream
2 eggs, beaten
2 3/4 c. flour


1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. sour cream
3/4 c. brown sugar

Knead like bread dough. Cover and let rise for 2 hours. Knead dough and divide into 2 parts. Roll each part into a 12" circle. Brush with melted butter. Top with a mixture of 1 c. brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and nuts. Roll from wide end to point. Cut into 12 wedges. Put 24 rolls into a cake pan. Let rise. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. For glaze: Bring to a slow boil. Pour over rolls as soon as out of oven.

Recipe taken from Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People II by Susie Keim.

This cookbook makes a really wonderful gift for friends or family! Check here for more information about this and other great cookbooks.

Calendar of Events

November Events:

November 1

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 - The West Woods Nature Center.

November 3

Steve Chupp Furniture Auction
Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St., Dalton, 330-828-2466.

November 3

Hall of Fame Barbershop Chorus
Amish Door Restaurant, 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, 888-264-7436.

November 3 & 4

Sunrise Farm's Christmas Open House
You are cordially invited to Sunrise Farm's Christmas Open House. Step into our 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 our train display. Select fresh wreaths and greens and later, on Thanksgiving weekend, choose your live tree in our glasshouse pavilion. Merry Christmas! 10am - 5pm Sunrise Farm 440-834-1298.

November 3 - 4

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

November 8

Karen Peck and New River Gospel Concert
Amish Door Restaurant, 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, 888-264-7436.

November 8 - 10

Berlin Christmas Open House
Berlin Main Street Merchants, Downtown Berlin

November 8 - 10

Holiday Open House at Tis the Season
Tis the Season, 4363 SR 39, Berlin, 888-893-3604.

November 8 - 10

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 10

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

November 10

One Stop Christmas Shop
Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St., Dalton, 330-828-2466.

November 10

Celebrating the Gifts in our Lives at Wendell August Forge
Wendell August Forge, 7007 Dutch Country Lane, Berlin, 330-893-3713.

November 10 - Dec 30

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 10 - Dec 10

Holiday Passport Tour
Holiday Passport Tour - Pick up your FREE Holiday Passport rack card and join us in Amish Country. Visit all local shops in the Middlefield area listed in the Christmas in the Country Open House event. Have your card stamped at each location and turn your card in for a chance to win a gift basket filled with prizes. Shop early! Enter Today! 10am - 5pm Country Arts & Jewelry 440-632-5343.

November 10 - 12

Turkey Dinner
Turkey Dinner, 6pm - 10pm, Homestyle $12.00 Donation Fraternal Order of Eagles Chardon Area Woman's Auxiliary 440-286-9921.

November 11

Train and Toy Show
Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St., Dalton, 330-828-2466.

November 14

"Nature Folds" Origami
Join artist Ginger Wankewycz to create a frog, duck and crane, each from one sheet of kami (origami) paper. $2 paid upon registration and $10 materials fee paid to instructor on date of program, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Ages 8. No experience necessary. Pre-register 440-286-9516 or online at Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

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

November 15 - 18

3rd Annual Pomerene Christmas Tree Festival
Pomerene Auxiliary, Hotel Millersburg, 35 W. Jackson St.., Millersburg, 330-674-1584 ext. 1763.

November 16 - 17

George and Henry Save Christmas Dinner Theater
Amish Door Restaurant, 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, 888-264-7436.

November 16 & 30

Friday Night Fish Fry
Friday Night Fish Fry every Friday Oct.5, 2012 thru March 29, 2013 Except Holiday weeks (Thanksgiving) Serving Lake Perch, Orange Roughy, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders. Meals $6.00 to $10.00, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Fraternal Order of Eagles Chardon Area Woman's Auxiliary 440-286-9921.

November 17

Maria Hausdorfer Demonstrating Hand-Blown Glass at Tis the Season
Tis the Season, 4363 SR 39, Berlin, 888-893-3604.

November 17

Holiday Shopping Tour
A shopping tour with two parts. Part ONE: Spend the morning finding out-of-the-way Amish stores and home-based shops for your Holiday giving. Then, a light lunch in an Amish home. Part TWO: Begin the day with a light lunch in an Amish home, then find wonderful, quirky, and festive shops and galleries for Holiday gift giving. OR join us for the entire day! Goodwin House Bed & Breakfast.

November 17 & 18

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 17 - December 31

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

November 17 - 21, November 23 - December 23

The Twelve Days of Winter
The Twelve Days of Winter Game Popomatic, sing and play along on the ALL NEW indoor winter wonderland at Penitentiary Glen Reservation. Get in the action of The Twelve Days of Winter on a life-sized game board guided by the familiar holiday song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Take a turn, pop the Penitentiary Glen Reservation 440-256-1400.

November 17 - December 24

Pine Tree Barn Christmas Village Opens
Pine Tree Barn, 4374 Shreve Rd, Wooster, 330-264-1014.

November 22

Thanksgiving Dinner at Tarragon at the Inn at Honey Run
Tarragon at the Inn at Honey Run, 6920 CR 203, Millersburg, 330-674-0011.

November 22

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Amish Door Restaurant
Amish Door Restaurant, 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, 888-264-7436.

November 22

Thanksgiving Buffet at Chalet in the Valley
Chalet in the Valley, 5060 SR 557, Charm, 330-893-2550.

November 23

Sugarcreek Moonlight Madness Sales
Downtown Shops, Sugarcreek, 888-609-7592.

November 23, 24

Santa Visiting Tis the Season
Tis the Season, 4363 SR 39, Berlin, 888-893-3604.

November 23

Christmas in Berlin and Nativity Parade
Berlin, Ohio

November 23 - 24

Christmas in the Village in Sugarcreek
Village of Sugarcreek, 330-852-4113.

November 23, 24, 25

After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets will host "Midnight Madness" beginning at midnight on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, kicking off the Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale: November 23- November 25. Stores will open their doors at Midnight right after thanksgiving ends with added savings off their already low outlet prices. Save all weekend long with extended center hours. Santa will stroll the center Friday and Saturday. Bring the family and your camera for free pictures with Santa. Aurora Farms Premium Outlet 330-562-2000.

November 23 - 25

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

November 23 - December 23

Christmas Tree Sales 2012
Cut your own, pre-cut, & balled and bulap 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.

November 23 - 25

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 24

Amish Country Half-Marathon & 5K
Perry Reese Community Center, 4400 SR 39, Berlin, 330-466-2705.

November 24

Soiree Saturday in Historic Downtown Millersburg
Historic Downtown Millersburg, 330-674-3975.

November 29

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.

November 30 - December 1

Journey to Bethlehem
Walnut Creek Businesses, Walnut Creek

November 30 - December 2

Holiday House 2012
Friends and Neighbors of Every Woman's House, 1117 Forest Dr., Wooster, 330-263-6021.

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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