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Amish Country Backroads

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One of our favorite ways to unwind from the long work week is taking drives on the backroads of Amish Country. We just hop in the car and take the first right turn we see. That’s always my husband’s directions: take the first right. Simple. Besides an occasional huge pothole or road that’s so narrow […]

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Why We Love Amish Bent and Dent Stores

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Have you ever been to an Amish Bent and Dent or Surplus store? If not, you need to put stopping by one on your to-do list when visiting Amish Country. We LOVE these awesome stores and you will too! Why? Because they sell slightly imperfect or outdated goods (sometimes nothing is wrong with the item […]

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Summer Produce in Amish Country

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Summer!! That’s usually how I approach this season. I use a lot of exclamation points. I love warm summer nights watching the lightning bugs fly around and I always spend way to long trying to catch them. Our days are long, leisurely, and filled with good food. (My favorite topic) Summer produce in Amish Country, […]

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Getting My Facts Right by Jennifer Beckstrand

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As a writer, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to get my facts right when it comes to the Amish culture. On my last trip to Wisconsin Amish country, I paid special attention to some of the differences among Amish communities. In one community the women tie their kapp strings, in another, they leave […]

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Tornado Summer By Amanda Flower

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Summer is my favorite season. I love summer vacations, summer flowers, and summer projects. It seems like every summer I start out with great expectations of everywhere I will go, everything that I will do, and everything that I will write. In general, I would say I have a seventy-five percent success rate of doing […]

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The Alpine Hills Museum

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The Alpine Hills Museum by Kelly Kuhn, Museum Curator and Director The Alpine Hills Museum and Sugarcreek Information Center should be the first stop on any visitors list of “to-dos” in Amish Country. Our quaint village is set off of State Route 39 down in what feels like a valley from a Grimm Brothers fairytale. […]

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Amish Clotheslines – Adina Senft

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Amish Clotheslines It used to be, back before every house and apartment had a dryer, that you’d see clotheslines in people’s backyards. Women would stand with the basket of wet clothes and pin them to the lines, which would reel out across the yard, the sheets and shirts and underthings blowing in the wind. That […]

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Spring Is In The Air! By Jennifer Beckstrand

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A hint of spring is in the air! Winter in my neck of the woods was mild, but I know many of you farther east are literally digging yourselves out of the deep freeze. One of my favorite signs of early spring is the blossoming apricot tree in my backyard. The tiny pink buds are […]

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Preparing for Winter By Adina Senft

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Recently I visited Lancaster County in early November, where it happened to be a sunny week before the snowstorms began. One of the highlights of my husband’s and my visit was to have supper with an Amish friend and her family, who were busy with the last of the jobs that had to be done […]