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.