By Kevin Williams
There's some good stuff in this week's Amish in the News, so let's check it all out!
PINECRAFT IN THE NEW YORKER: I've written a lot over the years about the Amish winter enclave of Pinecraft, Florida. And several years ago writing about Pinecraft was the topic du jour, with publications like The New York Times and Newsweek writing articles about it. Now it is the New Yorker's turn and this post is worth checking out just because of the wonderful photography. I love Amish culture, although I feel like my interest and appreciation of the Amish has become more nuanced over the years. But the Amish themselves have become more nuanced over the years. They aren't the same culture that they were in 1990 when I first started spending time with them, and that's not meant as a good or bad statement, just a factual one. The population has almost doubled in that time and with more people come more ways of doing things. Anyway, click here to check out the New Yorker's wonderful pictorial of Pinecraft. While much as changed about the Amish over the years, Pinecraft remains a special place.
THE AMISH PAGE: The Waterloo, Iowa newspaper actually has what they call "The Amish page" that features businesses and stories from the local Amish community. Looks like this week's ad is from a local Amish greenhouse. Check it out here.
SEVEN LAYER DINNER: Read about Amish writer Millie Otto's various ailments this week and check out her recipe for a seven layer casserole! Click here!
ST. IGNATIUS AMISH: Check out a great article about the Amish of St. Ignatius, Montana and the Mission General Store there. I've spent some time in St. Ignatius and it definitely is about the most beautiful Amish community you'll ever visit. I'd go back there in a heartbeat if I could! Click here to read more.
UTAH MENNONITES: This is an interesting article about a small congregation of Plain Mennonites in Utah. Click here to check it out.