I attended a picnic yesterday in Wayne County, Indiana. The picnic was notable because it was just an eclectic neat mix of people: Old Order Amish, German Baptists, Plain Protestant, and just regular ol' non-Plain people like me. It was a gorgeous Saturday in Indiana. Everyone brought a covered dish. My wife's mac n cheese didn't last long. I found myself regretting that I didn't do what some of the German Baptists did which was to bring a large divided cafeteria type tray. We opted for some paper plates. The plates were small and the food selection amazingly awesome and varied. You had everything from classic Amish meat and potato dishes and orzo. As you can see from the photo of my plate, I piled a bit of everything on!:)
Perhaps 120 people were at the picnic, well over half of them were children. But, wow, the children were so well behaved! The Amish and Plain children played with the non-Plain, but it was good, old-fashioned outdoor games. Not an Iphone or video game in sight! Children's straw hats were strewn on the lawn like Frisbees. It was a wonderful, well-spent afternoon among a mix of cultures. Buggies were parked beside cars and since this was Wayne County, the tops were gray in the typical style of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Sounds like an amazing day! I'm sure the food was very tasty.
What was the purpose of the picnic? How did you know about it?
I'll send you a note, SueAnn
A great article!! Wish I could have come - the food looks awesome and what fun it would have been to mingle with the various cultures. Thanks! Colleen
Piling food on a plate at a covered dish dinner is definitely an acquired skill. Sauced meats on the bottom, pasta and salads on top...
What was the occasion?
Wow that looks great. I miss the old time church picnics. Although my church did have one this summer. I was not able to go, as I have been going up on the weekends to be with my younger sister.(I live sixty five miles south of her.)She has ovarian cancer which had spread befor she even knew she had it. She is doing amazingly well. Even though they are doing agressive chemo. Her daughter is with her when I cannot be there, and is doing an awsome job. I lost my other sister last year due to cancer also. Yesterday on my way home I saw a beautiful rainbow coming up from the ground into a cloud, then the other end coming from a cloud down to the ground. It served to remind me that my Heavenly father is still in charge. I am sharing this in hopes it will be an encourgement to someone out there who might be going through some difficult times