January 1, 2008

Happy New Year from Ohio Amish Country! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year will be all you hope for.  May 2008 be great!

We are getting snow as I write this and the forecast is for 6-10 inches of the white stuff before Weds. night.  We will be watching the Rose Bowl game tonight as we want to watch Illinois beat LSU!

We had a great time visiting family in Illinois for a week.  Always nice to get back home though and I am anxious to get "back to normal", whatever that is!

Last issue I mentioned how the Amish celebrate Old Christmas, or Epiphany, on January 6th.   Normally all the Amish businesses are closed for Old Christmas, but since it falls on a Sunday this year, and they will not be open anyway, it shouldn't affect your shopping in the area.   Here is a webpage that tells about Epiphany, if it is new to you.   http://www.crivoice.org/cyepiph.html

Remember that Chit Chat is published once a month Jan. - March.    Also,  the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg is now closed until April.

Hope you enjoy this isssue!

Carol Sechriest

Wineries in Ohio Amish Country

There seems to be a lot of interest in buying Ohio wines.  Maybe it's because we are famous for our cheese and wine and cheese seem to go together.  Anyway, here is a list of a few of the wineries in the area, in no particular order.  As you can see by the addresses, they are very close together.

Raven's Glenn Winery and Restaurant, on US 36, just west of I-77
Swiss Heritage Winery, at Broad Run Cheese House, 6011 Old Rt. 39 NW, Dover, OH 44622
Breitenbach Wine Cellars, 5034 Old Rt. 39 NW, Dover, OH 44622
Silver Moon Winery,  4915 Old Rt. 39 NW, Dover, OH 44622
The Gateway Place,14875 US 62, Wilmot, OH 44689, Phone: 330-359-5535 (not far from Amish Door)

Classic in the Country

This will be the 5th year for The Classic in the Country Challenge, girls basketball tournament, which has become one of the best high school sporting events in the state.  Held each January over the Martin Luther King weekend, it has been a real boon to the area, as it brings shoppers into the area at a relatively slow time of the year.

Beginning Saturday, January 19, seven games will be played, six on Sunday and seven more on Monday the 21st!  Ohio's best teams will be playing against schools they wouldn't play in their division, so it makes for some pretty exciting games.  The event is held at Hiland High School, about 1 mile east of Berlin on SR 39.  The facility is great too! 

You can get the schedule, list of teams, etc., at their website at www.classicinthecountry.org  You might want to call ahead for hotel/inn reservations just to be sure.

Berlin Pajama Party Sales

This event is usually held the last Saturday in January, although I haven't heard anything official yet.  The stores in Berlin open early, around 6:00 for special sales.  The only catch is you have to be wearing your pajamas to get the discounts!  Several years ago there were about 500 people line up in their "jammies" at 5:00 waiting for the stores to open. 

If it's REALLY cold, wear your bathrobe and long undies!!  Have fun! 

Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Are you checking the Ohio Amish Country Calendar?   This month's calendar is sponsored
by The Amish Door & Village on US 62 near Wilmot.    Check out all the Amish Door specials, too!

You can check any month you like, by clicking on the arrows next to the name of the month or going to the box that says "Go To Date"  .When you find an interesting item, click on it to read the details.  (A window will pop up so you can print it out to bring with you or you can have a reminder message
sent to you.)  You can sort by Category, and select the view to  by the month, week, day or get a
listing of events. 

Recipe from Amish Country

Triple Cheese Broccoli Puff

2 T. onions, minced
1 c. mushrooms, sliced
1 T. butter
Saute and set aside.

3 oz. cream cheese
1 c. milk
6 eggs
3/4 c. Bisquick
Beat together until light and fluffy.

10 oz. broccoli, chopped
1 c. cottage cheese
2 c. cheese, shredded
1/4 t. salt

Stir together all ingredients.  Pout into a greased 2 qt. baking dish.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes before serving.  Chips of fried crumbled bacon or ham is good.
(I assume that means to add bacon or ham before baking....sometimes these recipes have to be translated!)

P.265   in The Miller Family Cookbook

Get your  Amish Highways and Byways Map

It's a good idea to get one before you come here, especially if it is your first visit.  All of the B&Bs, hotels, cabins, inns and campgrounds are listed, complete with addresses and contact information.  Having all this information in your hands before you come, makes it easy to plan your trip.  They are $3.95 plus shipping (and tax if you live in Ohio).  You can get it on my website at www.OhioAmishCountry.com/map.html using a credit card or online check through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

RECYCLE YOUR USED INKJET CARTRIDGES - we recycle them and send the
money to King World Missions in Zambia to help support King World School.   Thanks to the folks who have done this!  Send them to me at the address below.  PS.  These need to be
newly manufactured, NOT re-manufactured or already recycled.  HP, Lexmark, Cannon,  Apple, Compaq, and Xerox from home computers only.  NO EPSONS.  Thanks!

***I now have pre-paid envelopes to ship cartridges directly to the recyclers.  Will be including one in each shipment of books or maps.  LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYMORE ENVELOPES.
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Till next time!

Dutchland Marketing
Carol Sechriest
238 E Jackson St.
Millersburg, OH 44654

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