October 1, 2007

Hello again!

If you have never been here in October, you will soon find out it is a busy time of the year, but one of the prettiest times of the year.  The trees are just starting to turn now so it will be really beautiful in another week or so. Finding a room during the peak season can get a little difficult, so you might want to call ahead or go to the website of the place you are interested in to check their room availability.

Of course, you can't do that with a lot of places, but more and more of the Amish and/or Mennonite owners have found out how important it is, and do have websites.  Many of them also have telephones, even though it may be down the lane, in the barn, or out in the yard, but the phone is there because of their business, not to be used for idle talk!  There will probably be an answering machine or voice mail, so just leave a message and tell them what you want and when to call back, understanding they may not check the phone for awhile..

The next 2 weeks are extremely busy...I think there are 6 things listed on the calendar for next weekend, plus there's the big draft horse sale in Mt. Hope all next week. That brings in a lot of people, too. 

I am especially interested in the Millersburg Glass Auction, which will be held in conjunction with the Holmes County Antique Festival. Over 200 pieces will be sold on the court house lawn.  They say this is an event that may never happen again.   The courthouse will be open for tours too.  The restored one of the court rooms a couple years ago and it is absolutely gorgeous. Not many chances to see it so take advantage of it if you are in Millersburg on Saturday, the 6th.   There will also be glass displays in the downtown windows, as well as a huge exhibit at the Victorian House
Museum, north of the square.

Hope you enjoy this issue.

Carol Sechriest

World's Largest Cuckoo Clock

I remember going to see this YEARS ago when it was fairly
new.  Time, weather and lack of attention had taken its toll
on the clock.  But thanks to a grant from a Hampton/Hilton's
"Save-A-Landmark", the cuckoo clock at Grandma's Alpine
is now the center of attention.

Local construction crews were given the job of lifting it up
from the 2nd floor location, turning it and placing it on a
brand new foundation on the ground level...... a 30 minute
job that turned into a 3 hour job.  It took 2 cranes to move
it.  At first they thought it might weigh about 5000 pounds,
but later realized it was closer to 14,000 pounds!!  No wonder
it took 2 cranes!  The nice thing about it is the clock is down
where everyone can see it now.

It has been totally restored and is beautiful.  The dancers in
the front and the 5 members of the Swiss band that come out
when it chines, have been lovingly refurbished by Mahlon
Troyer, a local artist.  The cuckoo clock was brought over
from the Black Forest in Germany back in the 1960's. 

Inside Grandma's Alpine Restaurant,  you will find hand painted
murals of the Swiss Alps...you might even see some skiers going
down the mountain or a train going around the room.

Grandma's Alpine  is located on US62 just north of Winesburg a few miles, or just south of Wilmot.  N-7 on  your map.  The food is great, too and on Saturday nights, they have a buffet and blue grass entertainment.  Lee Ann Miller, the owner, is the daughter of Ann DeHass who owns Grandma's Homestead in Charm.  They do know how to cook!!   FMI 330-359-5454 

Garden Gate Get-A-Way

Innkeepers Herb & Carol Steffey recently announced that their B&B, Garden Gate Get-a-Way had been named one of the top 10 B&Bs in the US by  bedandbreakfast.com for the years 2007-2008. 

I can see why.  Not only is it a beautiful place, but Carol and her husband really care about their guests and try to make their stay in Amish Country one to remember. Carol is very creative when it comes to putting together different packages.  She works with a local tour company and may have progressive meals in Amish homes, or a tour of the many tastes of Holmes County, quilting classes, murder mysteries, birthday bashes, etc. 

Another favorite of the guests is their nightly campfire where the guests can roast marshmallows over the fire (weather permitting, of course). It's a great way to unwind and meet the other guests.

Garden Gate has 5 beautifully decorated rooms,  with 600 thread count sheets and luxurious lambs wool comforters.  From the linens on your bed to the amenities in your bath to the bedside chocolates, you are sure to feel very special & pampered!  Garden Gate is located at 6041 TR 301, between Millersburg and Berlin.  JK-10 on your map.  Give them a call at 330-674-7608.

Amish Door Harvest Fest

Just a few more miles up US62 and you will find the
Amish Door Restaurant & Village.  P-7 on your map.
(I have mentioned them in past issues.)  Not only is it
also a good place to eat, but for the last several years
they have been having the weekend dinner theaters,
that have proven to be very popular with the tourists.

Amish Door Village celebrates the bounty of autumn
with their 2nd annual HarvestFest on Saturday,
October 6th from 12pm-dusk. The festival will take
place on the lawn in front of the Amish Door Restaurant
and Banquet Center.

Activities at this fun-filled event include: blacksmith demos, hayrides, old fashioned games, face painting, talking scarecrow, petting farm, old fashioned kettle korn, inflatable playland, harvest bake sale, pumpkin painting, giant corn play box and more!. Free admission, with a small fee per game.

The picture above was taken at the Amish Door last fall.  The"horse" in front of the buggy is made of corn shocks.

By the way, the Amish Door is the new sponsor for the Ohio Amish Country Calendar. where you can find the details of this and other upcoming events. 

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.   

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 Ohio Amish Country

A couple weeks ago, one of my subscribers ask for a recipe for peanut butter fudge.  I couldn't find one at the time, but ran across this one in the Amish Friends Cookbook.  It is on page 70 and looks real easy to make.

Peanut Butter Fudge

1 c. margarine
1c. crunchy peanut butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

In sauce pan, melt margarine and add peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.  Beat well until smooth.  Pour into greased 8 inch square pan.  Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Marie Troyer, Mercer, PA

You can get the Amish Friends Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter on my webpage at
www.ohioamishcountry.com/cookbook.html   Keep it in mind for a great gift!


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.
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Till next time!

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

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