By Kevin Williams
Got some interesting Amish in the News today, from history to recipes to taxis. I think all of these are worth a read, so settle back and enjoy!
AMISH MAN SKIING: These video clips seem to surface every now and then and they are always entertaining but not as surprising as some make them out to be. A woman driving near Harmony, Minnesota's large Amish community spied an Amish man riding skis attached to the back of his buggy. The Amish love good outdoor fun as much as the next person, so why not attach some skis? Click here to watch this fun clip.
PENNSYLVANIA'S AMISH TAXIS: This story isn't anything new, but it is a good story, well-sourced and well-reported by the Philly newspaper. The reality is that as much as the Amish still utilize horse-drawn buggies, that form of transportation just isn't always practical in today's fast-paced world. And there is where non-Amish "taxis" have stepped in to fill the demand. In Pennsylvania, drivers for the Amish are actually licensed and regulated and registered. I think that is a great idea because I have seen enough instances in other locales where, if left unregulated, the free market just doesn't work. Drivers will gouge the Amish with unreasonably high rates. So in Pennsylvania, you have a system that works pretty well, read about it here.
MILLIE'S AMISH CHEESECAKE: Check in with Illinois Amish newspaper columnist Millie Otto who shares about happenings of the past week along with an amazing-sounding recipe for cheesecake. Click here for the recipe and for Millie's column.
PIE HISTORY AND CHOCOLATE RUM PIE: Man, this sounds good and the recipe is accompanied by a pretty good history of pie in this country, how much pie has roots in Pennsylvania Dutch culture, and more...click here.
THE FIRST AMISH COMMUNITY IN THE USA: It was at Northkill, Pennsylvania and things didn't go well, nor end well. Read all about it here.
HUTTERITE CHARITY HOCKEY GAME: Love this story, it happens each winter in Canada, a group of Hutterite women take to the ice in their traditional dresses and game faces for a friendly match. Click here.