By Kevin Williams
AMISH VILLAGE: There are arguments against kitschy tourist stuff like this, but also plenty of arguments to be made for them. The Amish themselves actually, generally, don't mind tourist-friendly stops like this. It gives the tourist buses somewhere to go and sort of "herds" the tourists into one corral as opposed to having tourists tip-toeing through the flowerbeds of private homes to get a view of Amish life. The Amish Village in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is pitching itself as a pandemic-friendly getaway, watch the interview and read more here.
MILLIE OTTO'S AMISH PEANUT BUTTER AND THOUGHTS ON MASKS: As always, an enjoyable column from Illinois Amish writer, Millie Otto. But what struck me most was her recollection of how things used to be, geez, when it came to drinking water and ice in her community, read this excerpt:
And thinking about back in the day, this morning I bought a bag of ice as I do at least every other day. I told the lady behind the counter, back in the day we wouldn't have dreamed of buying ice. We made our own or did without. I think we just did without.
If we wanted cold water, we went out to the pump which had a tin cup there for any and all. It got washed by the rain.
Inside we had a bucket with a dipper sitting on the counter. We'd slurp out of the dipper, drop it back in and go on our merry way with no thought of GERMS!!
Wow, ugh, seems like that would asking for COVID if you did that today. Click here to read the rest of her column and get a special church peanut butter recipe.
RED MAPLE INN - GEAUGA COUNTY: I have heard amazing things about this bed and breakfast in Ohio's Geauga County's Amish Country. But the Red Maple is no more...Read more here.
HUTTERITE COLONY COVID: Canadian health authorities are going to start changing the way they report COVID cases so that colonies are not stigmatized. Some Hutterite elders are upset with being singled out in health reports. Click here to read more.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CORN PIE: An amazingly delicious pie on a summer day, packed with fresh corn. This traditional Pennsylvania Dutch supper is popular this time of year. Click here to read more and get the recipe!
DUTCHCRAFTERS AMISH FURNITURE SCHOLARSHIPS: Read about the two young people who received college scholarships from one of our site sponsors, Dutchcrafters!