April 1, 2007


THANK YOU to everyone who wrote and asked about my husband.  It was 8 weeks ago he suffered his stroke.  I am happy to say that he is making a remarkable recovery! I thank the Lord every day for the prayers He heard on my husband's behalf.  It is nice to know there are so many loving, caring people.  (The ones you never hear about in the news!)  It is a slow process of healing, but he is a stubborn German who never gives up!!  Thanks again!

While I think of it, most of the real Amish businesses will be closed on Good Friday, April 6th. See below for a list of openings and closings..  As always, the Amish restaurants and businesses  are closed on Sundays. Sunday remains a day for going to church and visiting (Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy).

By the way, if you emailed me a question, and I haven't answered it, let me know.  I have tried to keep up with things, but am afraid I may have missed a few follow-up emails.

Maps are going like hot cakes right now!  Must be a lot of people are planning a trip to Ohio Amish Country this summer.  Lots to put in this issue, so here goes..............

Carol Sechriest

Record Breaking Buffet

Last issue I mentioned that the local Lodging Council was attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the World's Largest Buffet.  Previous holder was held by the Las Vegas Hilton with a 500 item buffet. 

Guess what?  They did it!  They had nearly 600 items
on the buffet prepared by various licensed kitchens throughout
Holmes County, with nearly 3000 people being served.
The logistics of putting this together boggles your mind!

The Council then put together the World's Largest Buffet,
The Official Cookbook.  All the recipes were submitted
by local and past residents of Holmes County, as well
as several local restaurants & businesses. Over 300 pages
with a nice index at the back.  Just $15 plus $3.95 S&H.
I will be putting some of the recipes here in this newsletter.
You can find it on my website with the other cookbooks.

Openings and Closings

Since the Amish very closely observe Christian holidays, many will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  The following will be closed on April 6th:   All of Schrock's Amish Farm & Village, Berlin, Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen in Mt. Hope, Grandma's Homestead in Charm and Grandma's Homestead in Wilmot, Boyd & Wurthman Restaurant in Berlin, plus any other Amish businesses you see on the back roads.  Many will have signs by the road.

These restaurants are open on Good Friday:  Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek; Chalet in the Valley in Charm, Farmstead in Berlin, Troyer's Country Dining, Berlin;  Beachy's in Sugarcreek; Dutch Valley, Sugarcreek; Amish Door, Wilmot; Hotel Millersburg;& Inn at Honey Run, Millersburg.

So you see, even though a lot are closed, there are still plenty of places open.  Open Easter Sunday- Inn at Honey Run, Troyer's Country Dining, Amish Door & Chalet in the Valley.

Seasonal Closings:
Victorian House Museum in Millersburg, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 in April; Tues-Sundays, 1:00 -4:00, May through October.
Hillcrest Orchard, Walnut Creek closes end of March, re-opens in Fall
Holmes County Amish Flea Market, re-opens April 5
Yoder's Amish Home re-opens April 14th
Rolling Ridge Ranch re-opens April 20th
Amish Door Dinner Theater

I had been wanting to go to the Amish Door Dinner Theater ever since they started doing these a couple years ago. We finally got the chance to go last weekend.

The doors opened at 6:15.  Before the play started, we were served a delicious full meal, including dessert and beverage.  This was held in the Amish Door Banquet Center. 

It was the final weekend of Abraham & Sarah based on the same story in the Bible only it was set in circa 18th century, covered wagon and all.  The music was excellent, and they were very good entertainers with beautiful strong voices..

I would highly recommend going to one of their events.   You can see their schedule of upcoming concerts and plays on their website or call: 888-AMISH-DOOR.  It would be a fun thing  to do in the evenings since many of the stores here in Holmes County close by 5:00 or 6:00.   Oh, you can also get reduced pricing by getting a group together.   Just call and ask.

Amish/Mennonite Newspaper

If you have been on my newsletter mailing list for any time at all,  you may have received a special article I called, "Staying Connected".  It tells about The Budget, the Amish/Mennonite newspaper that has been around since 1890!  It comes out every Thursday. 

What makes it interesting are the scribes.....These are the
Amish/Mennonite folks from all over the US and even Canada,
who contribute the latest news from their particular church
district.  Page after page after page  of these short stories
and columns give you a real insight into their life and culture. 
The ads are interesting too!  When was the last time you saw
a wringer washer advertised?

Several people have asked me about The Budget and if they
could buy a copy.   So I have put an order form on my website
if you want to buy the latest issue.  If you decide  to subscribe,
that information is printed in each issue.

Update: April 2.....PLEASE NO MORE ORDERS!  I have been told I cannot sell the newspaper here, so if you want a sample copy, you'll have to call 330-852-4634.


See the OHIO AMISH COUNTRY CALENDAR , being brought to you this month by  Graystone Cottages in Berlin.     You can have a reminder emailed to you or print off the event and the directions.  More and more activities will be listed now as things get in gear for the summer months.  Check it out!

On Going Sales...........
Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

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. 

Recipe from Ohio Amish Country

Here is a recipe from the World's Largest Buffet Cookbook.

Sweet Potato Souffle
24 oz. sweet potatoes
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped nuts

Mash potatoes. Add other ingredients.  Mix well and put in casserole dish.
Combine topping ingredients. Mixture will be crumbly.  Sprinkle on top of potatoes. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Submitted by Linda Barnhart, Faith Bible Church; P. 199

One of the local restaurants serves a sweet potato casserole that my husband always orders.  Don't know if this is the same or not, but I am going to try it.

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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