By Kevin Williams
Let’s go over the Amish in the News for this week.
CYCLING HOLMES COUNTY: Man, this is an outing I’d love. SIGH, I used to cycle a lot…in my late teens and early 20s, before I discovered running. But, still, I kept cycling up until my first daughter was born. Cycling is easier on the knees and you can cover so much ground. This writer did 35 miles over two days, that’s not very much. My longest bike ride in a day was about 70 miles…I was in my early 20s and my legs felt like jelly by the time that was over, but it was a wonderful experience. Anyway, there is a dual-use buggy and bike trail that goes through Ohio’s beautiful Holmes County Amish country. I’d love to explore that trail sometime, read about one writer’s experience here.
BIKING DELAWARE: And, geez, while on the topic of biking, this is another one I have always wanted to do….I always used to wonder, why, on things like the Appalachian Trail or bike tours, it is always the very young or retirees…I now know, I think it’d be tough with young kids….anyway, this seems like so much fun.
SARA MILLER’S AMISH CORNER: I find this fascinating because of one minor detail……Sara Miller writes a monthly column for the local newspaper just a chatty piece about the local happenings…this month she talks about attending an Amish church service at her neighbor’s house: the Brickers. Now, I won’t pretend to say that I know every Amish surname, but I have studied Amish culture for almost 30 years and I have NEVER run across that name. So, interesting…must be a relatively recent convert or just a very localized name….read more here.
MILLIE’S PEACH JELLY: Check in with Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto and her weekly musings, plus a recipe for homemade peach jelly. Sounds easy! Click here.
AUTHENTIC PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH POTATO SALAD: Not all potato salads are created equal. Not at all. I’m generally not a fan of the mustard types, this is a good, authentic sweet Pennsylvania Dutch boiled dressing salad and, man, you won’t want to try any other (except for maybe my gramma’s) than this one! Click here.