February 1, 2007


Wow, tomorrow is Ground Hog Day! Can't believe it!  We can't complain here in Ohio Amish Country.  Except for the last couple weeks, we have had a very mild winter.  In fact, we just got our first measurable snow a few days ago.  Everyone is looking forward to Spring and the beautiful flowering trees.  Most of  Amish farms around here are kept neat as a pin and they plant lots of flowers in and around their yards.  Spring is a beautiful time to visit.

Like the picture above?  I think it is pretty neat to have a Car & Buggy Wash.  There's a hitching rail for the horse. (No, you don't wash the horse!) The man above had put a blanket on him (it was a fairly cold day).  Then he pushed the buggy inside for a good cleaning.  They get pretty muddy on some of the back roads. 

Due to some technical issues, I had to get a different calendar program.  At first I was down in the dumps about it because of all the extra work, but now I am happy, 'cause I like this one MUCH BETTER.  See what you think!  You can click on an event and a window pops up that you can print off.  You can also set a reminder to be emailed to you.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Various businesses will be sponsoring the calendar, so please check them out too.

Next issue is due out March 1st, then I go back to twice a month beginning in April.
Hope you like today's issue.

Carol Sechriest

Inn Holmes County

A lot of people ask me about where to get information
on the Amish BEFORE they come here.
That's the reason I have tried to put things on my
website....books, DVD's, videos, etc.
My most recent addition is a beautiful book that you will
find in many of the hotel and motel rooms in the area.
  Appropriately called, "Inn Holmes County". 

It is a 132-page hard-cover, full-color guide to Ohio's
Amish Country. It features interesting articles, comprehensive
lists of dining, lodging and shopping attractions, maps and  the
most beautiful,  full-page photographs you've ever seen!  I just love it.

You can find it by going to www.ohioamishcountry.com/books.html . You might also want to check out the videos and DVD's.  It will really give you a feel for Ohio Amish Country without actually being here.  They can be found at  www.ohioamishcountry.com/orderhr.html

Great Outdoors Sportsman's Show

This is something new for Holmes County.  This Saturday, Feb. 3, Keim Lumber in Charm will host this Show in their new 80,000 sq. ft. exhibition center.  Lead Sponsor is Kidron Sports Center, LLC. whose  location is right next door (bottom of hill) to Keim Lumber.

The show runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will feature seminars, archery contests, prize drawings, wildlife displays, and of course, Amish type food will be served.

TV Celebrities Greg Miller and Stan Potts from North American Whitetail Television will be there to talk about their hunting experiences over the past 40 years.

An award winning buck, Amish Lucky Buck, will be on display with its huge 36 point rack, the largest buck taken with a crossbow in the state of Ohio.  Men are invited to bring in their buck antlers to have them scored.

This sounds like the place to be this Saturday if you are interested in outdoor sports. For a schedule and more information go to: http://www.holmescountysportsmansshow.com/
L 11 on your Amish Highways & Byways Map

World's Largest Buffet?
This is also something new and different!   On March 24th, the
Holmes County Lodging Council will try to set the record for the
World's Largest Buffet for the Guinness World Records Book.
With Holmes County being noted for its food and cooking, it
seems like a good idea. 

The Buffet will be held at the Holmes County Amish Flea Market
on March 24.  There will be 3 seating's: 11:00 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $11 each and are now available at the Holmes
County Chamber Office.

Recipes are being submitted by local cooks and will be prepared by cooks in a level 4 licensed kitchen.  Promoters are hoping to have 600 different dishes in the buffet.  A cookbook will be put together from the submitted recipes.  Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go to the Holmes County Love Center. to help needy persons.

You can find more information on the OAC Calendar.   Just click on the listing.       

Valentine's Day

It's that time of year when love is in the air!  It's good to set aside a special time to show your significant one that you care.    Check out the Calendar, as there are several speical events going on in the area.  Maybe a trip to Ohio Amish Country is in your plans.


See the UPCOMING CALENDAR , being brought to you by The Inn at Honey Run

Seasonal Closings:
Victorian House Museum in Millersburg, re-opens in April.
Chalet in the Valley Restaurant, re-opens March 15
Holmes County Amish Flea Market, re-opens April 5

On Going Sales...........yes, even in the winter!
Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Get your NEW UPDATED 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. 

Recipe from Ohio Amish Country

This week's recipe is from the Country Blessings Cookbook.

We went to a benefit breakfast a week or so ago.  One of the things they usually serve is fried cornmeal mush.  Does anybody make it anymore?

Fried Cornmeal Mush

3c. yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
2 qts. boiling water
1/2 c. white flour

Mix together cornmeal, flour and salt.  Slowly add dry ingredients to the boiling water, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.  Cook until it thickens.  Pour into loaf pans.  Set in a cool place to chill thoroughly.  Cut into 1/4" slices.  Fry slowly until brown on both sides.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt while frying.
Esther Miller P. 47

Mush can be served with pancake syrup or jelly.  Very inexpensive dish to serve. You can buy the cornmeal in any of the bulk food stores around here.

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.  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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