Good Tuesday to one and all!
Not a lot of Amish in the News today (which is the way the Amish generally like it!). Our first stop is Colorado, a state with an increasing Amish population.
BANK ADS OFFENSIVE OR JUST HUMOROUS? Seems a regional bank chain wants to play off the supposed Amish aversion to technology (I say "supposed" because, as I hope you've learned on this site, it's more complicated than that...the Amish are averse to technology, they just cherry pick it ways that fits their lifestyle) by promoting their new mobile banking platform which is so easy, even the Amish can figure out how to use it. What do you think about these new ads, are they offensive or just cheeky? Click here to read more.
BARN-RAISING: I've written before that barn-raisings in Amish country are not as common as the mainstream media would have you think. This is especially true in older Amish settlements like Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where most of the land is taken and the barns have been built to withstand the test of time. There just isn't a huge demand for new barns. But if fire or weather take out an existing barn, the time-honored tradition of a barn-raising will still happen. And this is what a reporter for the local paper chronicled last week. Just amazing how fast a bunch of skilled Amish workers can raise a barn. Amazing. I never get tired of reading about it or seeing photos. So if you are like me, click here to enjoy!
TRUE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH FOOD: This is a topic I have touched upon on this site a lot over the past year. True Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine is much more than funnel cakes and scrapple and the Amish overlap into Pennsylvania Dutch cooking is pretty minimal. A writer for the Washington Post tackled the topic this week, click here to read his take.
HORSE PROGRESS DAYS: This is one of the largest events in Ohio's Amish country every year. Read about it here.