AMISH GRADUATION: The public perception of Amish kids is that they all go to "one room school houses". This is not the case. In fact, the one-room schools are a relatively recent trend among the Amish. Building their own schools has been a response to the increasing secularism, consolidation, and technology found in public educational settings.
Over the past 30 years there has been an accelerating trend of Amish attending their own schools but in many areas public schools are still frequented by the Amish. Tuition can be steep at the Amish schools and if you have 7 or 8 kids, that adds up. I LOVE this story and the photos by The Goshen News's Sam Householder are just amazing. The pink shirts the boys are wearing are stunning in their color and the addition of the bow-tie is fascinating. Amish men rarely ever wear ties. This - and perhaps their wedding day - may be the only occasion they'll wear a tie. Click here to read and be sure to click the 'related photos' gallery to see more. The Goshen News is located in the densely populated Amish areas of northern Indiana. They know how to respectfully over the Amish settlement, so the photos with this article were absolutely permissible. Amish youth are not officially church members so photographs of children are often permitted.
HUTTERITE COOKING: Mary Ann-Kirby has a new book out called "Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen." Hutterite cooking (I will make it to a colony one of these days!:) is more "organized" than Amish cooking. Whereas the food found in Amish homes is more tailored to the tastes and traditions of the particular family, Hutterite kitchen have to church out 3 meals a day for over 100 people. So the menus are more regimented and organized. You'll also find more Russian and eastern European influences.
HUTTERITE LIFE IN PHOTOS: You do NOT want to miss this....Kelly Hofer just captures some stunning images of life on a Hutterite colony. SIGH, I know it's easy to over-romanticized and that is a trap for anyone interested in Amish , Mennonite and Hutterite culture but the sense of community captured in these photos are quite appealing. Click here to scroll through. All the pictures are stunning, the winter scenes, etc, but the combination of colorful Canadian scenery and the picture of the girls laying on the riverbank is just breath-taking. Do you have a favorite photo?
Hutterite colonies are similar to Amish settlements in that some colonies are ultra-conservative while others have a more progressive bent. The colony captured in these photos appear to to show a very traditional, middle-of-the-road group.