November 15, 2007

Hello again! And welcome to all the new subscribers!

I was amazed at the feed back I got when I mentioned in the last issue, that the Holmes County Amish Flea Market would eventually become a convention center.   To clarify, the Flea Market will be open in 2008, just minus the green building.  At the end of the 2008 season it will close for good, re-opening in 2009 as a convention center.  I do not know what will happen to all the vendors.  Maybe someone will start another flea market somewhere.....I just don't know.  I know a lot of people are disappointed as it was (is) a favorite place to shop here in Holmes County.

While I am thinking about it, Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!  We all have so much to be thankful for.....just look around, and count your blessings.   I will be doing the turkey and all the trimmings for our family who are coming here from Illinois.  Should be fun!!

Oh, wanted to mention, that there will be some stores open on New Year's Day.  I said last time, that they would all be closed.  Most stores will be open the day after Thanksgiving. Some say it is the busiest day of the year.   Check the OAC Calendar for upcoming and on-going events.

Lots of new things to talk about this issue...hope you like it.

Carol Sechriest

Holmes County's Hidden Treasure

There's a real treasure hidden in rural Holmes County.
I am wondering how many people have seen this barn with
the hand painted images of the likes of Johnny Cash,
Dolly Parton, Janice Joplin, The Beatles, Willie Nelson and
others you will recognize.

All 4 sides of the barn have been hand painted by local
artist Rusty Baker.  He says it is OK if you drive by and
take a look. 

The barn is located at 1665 CR 150, south of Millersburg.
(You may even see a yellow submarine while you are there!)

Java Jo's in Millersburg Opening Soon

i know that Java Jo's in Berlin is a favorite spot for tourists, so I wanted to mention that they are adding a satellite drive through in Millersburg.  You will soon be able to pick up your favorite Java at their N. Clay St. location, in the former Bank drive through, a very short distance north of the Holmes County court house.

Holidays at the Mansion

If you want to get into the Christmas Spirit, then here is a good place to start,,,the Victorian House Museum .

This 28 room Queen Anne style home is closed now while it is being decorated by various groups and individuals in the area.  The producers of HGTV have stated that is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in the country.  Christmas decorations and accessories in the Victorian style, plus special nativity and angel collections, make this a necessary stop on your trip to Millersburg.

A public Open House is scheduled for this Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.with the lighting of the large pine tree by the house. There will be special music and refreshments.  

Be sure to check out Lena's Gift Shoppe, up on the 3rd floor next to the Ballroom.  Stocked with beautiful Victorian Style items, you will surely find a remembrance to take back home with you.  Holiday hours are Monday through Thursday, 1-4:00 p.m., Friday-Sunday 1:00-8:00 p.m. through the end of December.

It is located just a short drive north of the Millersburg Square on SR83, with parking in a lot behind the house.  FMI - 330-674-0022  or go to:

D.G. Newton House Antiques & Folk Art

I recently stopped at the "new" antique shop at
194 S. Clay St., (SR 62 & 83) in Millersburg. 
The owners, Bryan and RoseMary Yacso  have been
in the antique business for over 20 years and
have a wonderful collection of primitives and folk art. 

Their shop is the former Perkins & Miller General
Store I featured in this newsletter a year or so ago. 
The home was built by J F Newton, and is one of
the oldest homes in Millersburg.They named the
business after his brother,  D.G. Newton who was 
the editor and proprietor of the Holmes County
Farmer in 1876 to around 1912. 

Rosemary says: "We pride ourselves in selling
quality antiques and folk art. We recently discovered
that we have a rare ca.1680 Huguenots chest - they
were a group of French-protestants
fleeing to American for religious freedom. We also
have a ca.1900's copper weathervane, Stickley chairs
and a rare 1899 Baldwin upright concert piano (above)
among many other treasures."

Hours  are Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., & Sat.., 11-5.  Wednesdays and Sundays by chance.  PH

Speaking of Christmas.........
Last time I mentioned some of the items I have on my website, in case you weren't aware of it.  In addition to the potholders, cookbooks, and baskets I talked about before, I have a few books and DVDs/Videos for sale. 

There are 2 Home Remedies books that are nice.  One is "Home Remedies From Amish Country", the other is "Home Remedies II for Farm, Garden, Lawn & House".  They normally seel for $9.95 each, but I have a special now where you can get both of them for $17.95, plus shipping.

I also have the Wanda Brunstetter books on sale now.  Wanda is a favorite author about the Amish and has been here several times.  Her series about Holmes County, Ohio,  began earlier this year with "A Sister's Secret".  I have teamed it up with her beautiful little devotional called "The Simple Life".  You can get both of these books now for just $12.95 plus shipping.  I know you will be pleased with them.

Check out "Christian and Plain" and "To Train Up a Child" if you are interested in finding out more about the Amish lifestyle and  culture.   They are just $6.95 each. 

Next time I'll mention the DVDs and videos.  Thanks!!

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

The Simple Life Devotional  features both Food for the Soul and Food for the Body
Read "No Peeking" on Page 53, followed by the recipe:

No Peek Stew

2 1/2 lb stewing beef, cut fine  1 onion chopped
6 carrots, diced or cut2 potatoes, cubed
1 tsp. sugar1 stalk celery, thickly sliced
2 cups tomato juice2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. Minute tapioca

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Place  all ingredients into an oven safe casserole dish. Cover tightly.
Bake for 4 hours.  No need to peek at this delicious stew.

Mrs. Jacob Stutzman

P.55    in  The Simple Life Devotional

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 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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