By Kevin Williams
The news is kind of "light" this week,but light is good, means there are no horrible car-buggy crashes to report on, or Amish business burglaries, or whatever. So, this week it's "news lite!"
RESTORING AN AMISH CEMETERY: This is an inspiring story about a group of students who teamed up with the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, Ohio to clean up and restore an old Amish cemetery that had fallen into obscurity and disrepair. Sounds like these kids saved this cemetery from an almost certain vanishing, but instead an important piece of Amish history has been saved. Good job! Click here to read more.
3 DAYS IN OHIO'S AMISH COUNTRY: Hmmmm, this was a good article. I tell you, though, Holmes County isn't the only game in town when it comes to Ohio Amish. I could give you some pretty good arguments for taking that three days and instead spending them in Geauga County, Hardin County or, even better, Adams-Highland County, Ohio. Still, Holmes County IS a great place to go to learn about and experience Amish culture because of the sheer number of Plain people there. It is the largest Plain community in the world. Anyway, the author does make some decent recommendations (he left out some "musts" in my view, but that's a different post for a different time), the one thing in there that was really intriguing is his in-home dining experience with an Amish family. Those are rare and wonderful experiences. You can email him at [email protected] and he'll get you in touch with the family! Click here for his full article.
SPEAKING OF AMISH IN-HOME DINING.....Man, this sounds amazing....an Amish family in Panama, New York does offer in-home dining. Panama, New York is west of Jamestown, the largest Amish community is EAST of Jamestown, but, no matter...this is a GORGEOUS area and I definitely could recommend staying in this area and exploring the Amish communities, the town of Jamestown, and just making a long weekend of it...here is the "good stuff" from the article:
In the past, groups of 12 or more were required with 50 being the maximum (with a second seating available, if necessary) but starting this year on the third Friday of each month from May-November open seating is available for any number of people. Open seating is at 5:30 with a reservation and the meat choices are turkey and roast beef for $20 per person. On all other days an option of one meat for $16 is available and reservations can be made for any time after 4 PM. Bread, jam and salad dressing used in the plate salad is available to purchase at the dinners. Ten varieties of whole pies may be ordered when making reservations. Dinners are served every day but Sunday.
MY AMISH HOME: Check in on Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto and her adventures this week, which also includes a recipe for strawberry cheesecake trifle! Sounds refreshing! Click here.
FOUR PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CLASSIC RECIPES - The York Daily Record, a once wonderful newspaper that has been reduced to a shell of it's former self, printed four amazing recipes with deep Pennsylvaia Dutch roots. Click here for authentic Chicken Corn Soup, Little Dumplings, and more!
HOG MAW IN THE MORNING CALL: One of the classic recipes was for Hog Maw and unlike the York paper, the Allentown Morning Call has stayed rich and relevant. If you want to learn more about Hog Maw, click here for this great article!