By Kevin Williams
We have an interesting mix of stories in this week’s installment of Amish in the News, so sit back and enjoy!
AMISH UBER: SIGH. This is a story that the mainstream media just gobbled up. It is a fun story, and I have to tell you the story itself – in my opinion – has more authentic “legs” because the Amish man dubbed the service “Amish Uber.” If the media had bestowed the label, I would have just rolled my eyes. But what a fun story and you have to marvel at the marketing acumen of the Amish man to come up with the idea and the name “Amish Uber.” Genius. So, if you’ve always wanted an Amish buggy ride, head to Colon, Michigan. On the weekend. Click here to read more.
P. DIDDY AND THE AMISH: This is interesting. Back in the 1960s and 1970s the Fresh Air Fund arranged for generally inner-city youth to live with Amish families for awhile. It helped get them out of the urban messes, fostered a sense of family, etc. Hip hop mogul P. Diddy apparently was one of those kids. Click here to read more.
FOUR BOOKS EVERY AMISH PERSON HAS IN THEIR HOME: Now, one of these books is obvious: the Bible. This is pretty much true of Amish everywhere. You don’t find many commonalities among ALL Amish but the Bible would be one. The other books, well, they are true of Lancaster County, Amish. You would find variations of these books in other Amish communities specific to their area. Click here to read.
MILLIE’S AMISH APPLE DUMPLINGS: Check in with Amish author Millie Otto this week and get a recipe for her homemade apple dumplings. Click here.
WHAT IS SPIKEBALL? Okay, call me clueless, I had never heard of Spikeball until this morning. But apparently the Amish and Mennonites, at least in Pennsylvania, are quite into the game. The game goes by other names, like Roundnet or Slammo. It is sort of a variation of volleyball. You can read about in the Wall Street Journal. Now, word of warning, the WSJ throws up a paywall most of the time. I do think they probably give everyone a free article or two because I was able to read the whole article once, but I tried to give it a second read and it put up a paywall, so….just warning some of you may not be able to read it. Anyway, click here.
LANCASTER FARMING’S MAKE-IT-YOURSELF HOMEMADE PIZZA: Kind of laughed at the title, isn’t “homemade” and “make it yourself” the same? Either way, sounds good. I love homemade pizzas and they are popular in Amish Country, so much so that Lancaster Farming made a point of posting recipes for it this month. The recipes come from the county extension agent, not the Amish, but they are still good. Click here to take a look at these delicious homemade pizza creations! Here are some more good pizza recipes from Amish365.