March 1, 2007


Last issue I mentioned that the next day was Ground Hog's Day.  Not one I want to remember! That night my husband tried to get out of the chair to go to bed and couldn't do it.  He was having a stroke!  I very quickly got him to the hospital where they did some tests and then life flighted him to a larger hospital with a neurological unit.  He kept getting worse and worse and by Saturday evening, his whole right side was gone!  You can imagine how scared and upset we were!

Fortunately, our kids came from Illinois right away and we had lots of support and prayers  from our church and friends.  That really helps.  To make a long story short, he was moved to a nursing home nearby on the 6th, where he has been undergoing rehab every day. 

He is making wonderful progress and will be home by the time you get this issue!! (He's home!)

The weather has been a major concern here this month, too.  We got that terrible snow storm right after he went into the hospital.  Fortunately, most of the snow is melted but more is coming, according to the weatherman.  The snow and ice played havoc with all the Valentine's specials being offered in the area.

Be sure to check the weather before you come.  They keep the state and county roads cleaned real good, but going on the township roads would not be a good idea!!   Looking forward to spring!  It is one of the prettiest times here in OAC. 

The Great Outdoor Sportsman's show I mentioned last issue was a huge success.  They figured an attendance of about 9000!  I don't know where they put them all, in that little town of Charm, Ohio.

Carol Sechriest

Amish Door Celebrates 30th Anniversary in March

What began as a 48 seat restaurant in 9977 has expanded into a tourist destination here in Ohio Amish Country.  If you stop at the restaurant during the month of March and your receipt ends in 30 you will receive a 30% discount off your bill!

This beautiful complex near Wilmot is home to the Amish Door Restaurant, which seats 450 people.  The bulk food mart and gift shop was moved into the original restaurant building in 1992. While you are there, be sure to stop at the bakery, where you can get all kinds of goodies.....better try their cinnamon raisin bread!  Toasted and topped with real butter......mmmmm good!

The addition of the 500 seat banquet hall in 1995 has allowed them to house wedding receptions, trade shows and the ever popular dinner theater.  This is the 3rd year for the group from Youngstown that performs their Bible-based shows every other weekend.  I have heard many great comments about these popular shows that have been seen by over 8000 people just last year!

Last but not least is The Inn at Amish Door, with its 52  beautiful rooms. They put together some pretty nice packages, too.  Oh, almost forgot,  carriage or sleigh rides, are available for your special occasions!.

Be sure to visit their website, or give them a call Toll Free: 888 264 7436.   Tell them you read about it here!


Schlabach's Store Celebrates 100th Year!

If you have ever been to Walnut Creek, you have probably eaten at Der Dutchman and shopped in the neat little shops across the street.  But did you ever notice the store that sets up behind the post office next to the Walnut Creek Antique Mall?

You probably think it is just a grocery store, which it is.  But go inside and experience an old time general store that has been in business for 100 years!  Unfortunately, the original building burned down back in 1960, losing many valuable pieces.  But, if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, you will probably find it here.  It is amazing how much stuff is in there!!  And I am sure the owners, Kermit and Pam Millers know where everything is!

And Mr. Miller is sought out by all the locals for his knowledge of cameras. I've done it myself and he has helped me out several times.

There's been a lot of changes in the past few years, with most people going to the malls, and super duper discount stores. But if you want to experience one of the few remaining general stores still in operation, stop at Schlabach's in Walnut Creek.

Troyer's Country Dining

Troyer's Country Dining is have their Grand Opening this week, through Saturday March 3rd to kick off their new and improved menu, featuring steaks, seafood and pastas.   While most people love to come here for the chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, so common to the Amish dinner table,  it is nice to have the option of steaks or seafood!

Troyer's is located at the corner of SR39 and CR201, just west of Berlin, in what used to be the Dutch Harvest Restaurant.  Many of the "Amish" restaurants are closed on Sunday, but Troyer's is open 8-3 on Sundays, closed on Mondays.  This restaurant has been added to our list of good places to eat!!


See the OHIO AMISH COUNTRY CALENDAR , being brought to you by
The Inn at Honey Run
If you are into horses, check out the sales coming up in March.  With the coming of Spring,
there will be more activities listed.

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 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

How about some hot soup?  Here is a recipe for Country Potato Soup

3 c. diced potatoes
1/2 c. diced carrots
1/2 c. onions
1 1/2 c. water
2 T. chicken base
1 T. parsley
1 c. sour cream
2 T. flour
2 c. milk
salt and pepper

Combine potatoes, carrots, onions, water, chicken base and salt in a large saucepan.  Cover and cook until vegetables are tender.  Add 1 c. milk and heat.  Mix sour cream flour and parsley to remaining milk in a bowl and gradually add to soup base mixture.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Add Velveeta (cheese) and ham if desired.  Clara Miller

This week's recipe is from the Country Blessings Cookbook.on P. 143

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

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