April 15, 2007


The calendar says the middle of April, but it sure hasn't felt like it here in Ohio this year.  Cold, rainy, and windy.  Even had snow on Easter Sunday, of all things! 

Our poor flowers had just started blooming and are all laying on the ground now.  Hopefully, things will turn around as this part of Ohio is one of my favorite times of the year.  There's a lot of blooming bushes and flowering trees (at least they are USUALLY flowering). The forsythia and magnolia had just started blooming.

Once again, I am humbled by the folks who have asked about my husband.  He continues to improve at a remarkable rate!  Has even gone back to work since I wrote last.  We have always been interested in our health, so taking supplements, etc. has been part of our routine for the last 1or 15 years..  We were introduced to a new formulation of a supplement we used to take and are convinced it is one reason he has recovered so fast.  (The other is prayer and caring friends and family.) He actually could tell a difference after the first dose.  Took some before supper on an empty stomach, as it says on the bottle.  Ate supper, and about an hour or so later he said he felt totally different and much better.  He didn't even need his walker or cane the next day, and hasn't since then.  Just ask if you want to know what he has been taking.

I still have a few copies of the World's Largest Buffet cookbook if you want one, better order fairly soon.

Just a note about the calendar.....notice that just to the right of the small previous month's calendar, you will see a drop down menu that says "Choose Category Here".  That nice because if you are specifically looking for some kind of a benefit, choose benefit from the list, and then that is all that will show on the calendar.  Same goes for Entertainment and Other events.  You can also view it by the month, week or day or by a list of events.  Play with it; it's pretty neat!  Thanks to Graystone Cottages for sponsoring the calendar this month.

Carol Sechriest

Greenhouses and Gardening  
The few warm days we had at the beginning of the month, made me think about gardening, flowers, etc.  I don't know how many of you realize how many greenhouses and nurseries we have in the area, but there are quite a few.  And I can almost guarantee the prices will be less than what you have to pay in the city.   I have listed some of them below, so when you are one of the areas listed, you can look for them. 

Millersburg Area:  
The Petalers Greenhouse, SR 39 just east of Millersburg. Has lots of nice and unusual plants, plus lots of garden accessories, birdbaths, etc.

Mt. Hope Area:
Country Corners Greenhouse at the corner of SR 241 and CR 606, north of Mt. Hope, just past the Stone Barn Furniture store.
Berlin Area:
Raber's Greenhouse. Also right along SR39 on the west side of Berlin.  Lawn furniture, water gardens, etc. Go down behind the main store for their hanging plants, gazebos, trees, shrubs, etc.
Schlabach's Nursery, CR 168, Bunker Hill (north of Berlin on US 62) Fruit trees, blueberries, grape, blackberry and raspberry plants, etc.
Kaufman Mulch CR 135, 1 mile east of Hiland High School, different varieties of mulch, including playground mulch.

Fredericksburg Area:
Fredericksburg Greenhouse, north of Fredericksburg on Cutter Rd.; excellent quality bedding, etc. (we have been going there for years).

Apple Creek/Mt. Eaton Area:
Yoder's Greenhouse Nursery, 4 mi. east of Apple Creek (on S. Kansas Rd.(I/2 mi. north of US 250)  Open till 8:00, M-F.
Mt. Eaton Greenhouse, 1/2 mi. west of Mt. Eaton off US 250 on Harrison Rd., bulk garden seeds, potting soil, bull compost, bedding plants.

Sugarcreek Area:
County Line Greenhouse, 1262 TR 169. Vegetable & bedding plants, mulch, hanging baskets, open April-June until dark.
Sweetwater Farm, 217 Buckeye St. SW., open May-November, homegrown produce in season, bedding plants, hanging baskets.
Cherry Ridge Greenhouse, 1 1/2 mi. south of Sugarcreek on CR 140
Baltic/New Bedford Area:
Rolling Acres Greenhouse, 3 1/2 mi. south of New Bedford on SR 643
I am sure this is not all of them, but this will get you started for sure!
Garden Art by Will Kallberg

Speaking of gardens and gardening reminded me of my stop to see Will Kallberg at his Eagle Song Studios in Winesburg.  Wow,is he ever a craftsman!!

He works from his studio there in downtown Winesburg, across the street from the grade school, in a home built circa 1820.  He started doing wood carvings some 15 years ago after he was inspired by a large hand carved eagle.  He started by buying up old barn timbers and transforming them into one of a kind fireplace mantels, all done by hand. . It wasn't long before he had a quite reputation for his work.

Nowadays, he spends his time sculpting and casting in bronze,
sometimes combining the two, a wood carving with bronze leaves,
acorns, or birds.   Many of his pieces feature a bronze garden
fairy and stone combination as shown on the right.  One of my
favorites, is the birdbath or carved stone basins  with the bronze
birds perched on the side.  What fantastic work he does and he
is so humble and modest about it.

So next time you are in the quaint little town of Winesburg,
check out Eagle Song Studio.  If you are really serious, you
might want to call and make sure he is going to be there,
The Bed & Breakfast Barn in Sugarcreek is now gone!

About a week ago, the Bed & Breakfast Barn in Sugarcreek was nothing more than a pile of rubble.  The 1858 Amish Barn had been a cheese house at one time, many years ago.   In 1988, it was refurbished and opened as a bed & breakfast.

After closing its doors about a year ago, the property was purchased and will be turned into a 32 unit condominium complex.  Too bad, hate to see these old buildings go!!
Hotel Millersburg Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

This past Wednesday, Bill and Shirley Robinson, owners of Hotel  Millersburg, showed off the results of renovations that have been taking place over the last year and a half or so.

This hotel is 160 years old, having been built in 1847 as a
stage coach stop! Original tin ceilings and tin walls can still
be seen in some of the downstairs dining rooms.

The Robinsons managed to combine 3 adjoining buildings
into one, added an expanded kitchen,  new dining rooms,
a new lobby, as well as a much needed elevator and
handicap accessible bathrooms.  There are a number of
double suites, as well as single rooms, all decorated in the
Victorian style, complete with original 8 ft. high doors and
windows.  Ceilings are over 12 ft. high in some parts.   Old
wallpaper was uncovered and preserved as well as old
glass bottles and other relics that will be put on display.

This would be a fun place for a family group to stay. You could rent several of the adjoining rooms and the lobby could be used to play cards, visit, etc.

This was a huge project and the Robinson's have to be congratulated for this beautiful improvement in historic downtown Millersburg.  The Hotel is right on the main street with the veranda over the sidewalk.   So if you appreciate old historic buildings, go in and look around, get a bite to eat and book your next stay there.   (If there is no room to park on the street, there is a large parking lot in the back and a back door.) 
The restaurant is now open from 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily and is one of our favorite places to eat.
(Black Angus beef is one of their specialties, but I love their chicken Alfredo!)  Call 330-674-1457 for more information.

See the OHIO AMISH COUNTRY CALENDAR , being brought to you this month by  Graystone Cottages in Berlin.  (Tell Jim Gray you read about it here!)   If you see an event you are interested in, you can have a reminder emailed to you or just print it off and bring it with you.  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:

Seasonal Changes:

Holmes County Amish Flea Market, Walnut Creek, now open, Thursday-Saturdays only
Yoder's Amish Home, SR 515 north of Walnut Creek, now open , closed Sundays
Rolling Ridge Ranch north east of Berlin, re-opens April 20th, closed Sundays

The Victorian House north of the square in Millersburg, is now OPEN on weekends in April and starting May 1 it  will be open Tues. - Sun. from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Group tours by special arrangement. This years special exhibit is a combination Fenton and Millersburg Glass display.

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.


2 c. white sugar
3 c. hot water
1 can crushed pineapple
6 bananas
6 oz. frozen orange juice

Mix together and pour into a flat pan and freeze.  Remove from freezer a few minutes before eating so it gets slushy.  (Very good and refreshing!)

Submitted by Raber's Country Kitchen,  P. 217

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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One of the rooms at the Hotel Millersburg
Will Kallberg Garden Fairy
Refurbished Lobby at Hotel Millersburg