May 1, 2008


Welcome to all the new subscribers.  Hope you like this newsletter!!  Now published the 1st and 15th of the month through the end of the year.

The Amish schools are all out for the summer now. They are required by law to go the same number of days as the English, but they don't take time out for teacher's conferences, service days, snow days, etc., so usually by the middle of April, they are finished till fall.

There seems to be lots of things going on now.  Am wondering how the cost of gas will affect everything.  I put up a new poll on the webpoll page of my website, so fill it out the updated one just to compare to the other one that has been there since 2006 (and gas was MUCH cheaper then!) 

We ate at Boyd & Wurthman Restaurant in Berlin one day last week just to try their famous Dandelion Gravy.  I guess it is an old traditional German recipe.  Besides the dandelion greens, there was bacon and onion in it, topped with chopped hard boiled egg and served over hashbrowns or mashed potatoes.  MMMMM good and believe me, it was quite a plate full!  Along with the thick slices of home-made bread, it was a very filling lunch!

Speaking of dandelions, the Breitenbach Winery Dandelion Festival and Cook Off is this weekend, May 2 & 3rd.  Another fun place to go.

Just got another supply of Amish Friends Cookbooks in by Wanda Brunstetter. Would be a great
Mother's Day gift!! (Hint, hint)   Hope you enjoy this issue!

Carol Sechriest

Holmes County Training Center Spring Festival

One of our favorite benefits to go to is coming up on May 10. 
It is the Spring Festival of the Holmes County Training
Center and Auction.  We usually start off by having a more-than-
enough breakfast.  I believe they start serving at 7:00.

Then we make the rounds by looking at all the quilts and furniture
that have been donated to be auctioned off.  You can see a
few of last year's quilts hanging on the lines to the right.
There's also a picture of some of the smaller items of furniture.
Everything is under roof so it goes on rain or shine.

The kids love riding the little train around the grounds, one
child per car.  These little Amish girls were selling tickets for
50 cents each.  (And they know how to make change!)


And yes, that's a piggy bank full of money.  It is passed back
and forth across the rows in the auction area for people to
put money in it.....there's lots of ones, but you can also see
a few 10s and 20s.  At some point in the sale, after it is
JAMMED with money, it is sold to the highest bidder..  The
winner of course, has no idea how much is in there.  Sometimes
it sells for a pretty good price, but he knows he will be getting
some of it back and it is for a good cause ( to help support
the mentally and physically disabled folks in Holmes County).

The horses are unhitched and put in a covered shed and all the buggies are lined
up in rows near the barns.   The pony and cart shown above were among some of the
items sold last year.  If you have never been to one of these benefits, you really
should try to get to one sometime.

The Training Center is located about 4 miles north of Millersburg on SR 83.  Look for the large sign
sign by the road.  There is also a banner across the highway.  It is just 1/4 mile up
that road on the left.  There's plenty of parking out front, with the action taking place behind
the buildings.

Grand Opening P. Graham Dunn, Dalton

Beginning today, May 1 and running through May 10, P. Graham Dunn will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their new facility near Dalton, Ohio.   I believe I mentioned this a few weeks ago.

You can go to their website and find out how Mr. Graham got started years ago in New York City.  and today he has thousands of dealers across the US,
Canada and several foreign countries that sell his inspirational carved plaques and furniture.  It's a
real American success story.

Barbeque Chicken will be served to support local non-profits.  Other refreshments will be
locally famous Lerch's donuts and Auntie Anne's Pretzels.  Wether permitting, you may even
spot some hot air balloons in the sky. 

Naturally, there will be lots of giveaways, door prizes and drawings.    Located at 630 Henry St., Dalton, OH 44618. PH 866-922-0306.    It is not actually in the town of Dalton, but right along side US Rt. 30 at
M-3 on the Amish Highways & Byways Map.    Coming from Kidron on CR 52 you would make a right hand turn on to US 30, then  turn onto Wenger Dr. then on to Henry.  It's the huge building with the red roof.

The Outlet store in Walnut Creek is also having their 1st year Anniversary Sale now too, with lots of good specials, door prizes, etc. 

Living with the Amish

Over the past few years I have received a number of calls or emails about people wanting to come and live with an Amish family for a week, etc.  I can understand, but this is not an easy thing to do.  I am
wondering how many of us would open our homes to have someone come and live for a week??  In this day and age, I doubt if many would do it.

The closest thing I can recommend is staying at a cabin or cottage or bed and breakfast that is on an Amish farm.  The one that comes to my mind first is Farmstead Lodging just north of Mt. Hope at
8457 CR 77.    You can rent a room by the night that is in the lower level of their Amish home.  No electricity, no TV, no smoking, no phone.  You do have a private room, indoor bath, a kitchenette, gas lighting, queen sized bed and a continental breakfast.

Kathy Miller and her husband Willis, do allow you to watch them tend to their chores, see the
animals and whatever else is going on while you are there.  I have sent several folks there and
they are very happy with the experience!!  

So if you are interested in finding out what it is REALLY to live the Amish lifestyle, call 330-674-0603.
The phone is outside, so you will most likely have to leave a message and ask her to return your
call at a certain time.  

Other Stuff

The Victorian House Museum in Millersburg is now open for the season....daily May-Oct. 2008 Tues-Sun 1:00 - 4:00 and CLOSED on Mondays. 

By the way, the Historical Society recently took off the old asphalt shingles and went back to the slate roof that was on when the house was built in 1902.  Can you believe at a cost of over $100,000!!   You should see it....complete with copper trim and downspouts.  Absolutely beautiful!  The Victorian House is located in Millersburg just a few blocks north of the square on SR83 and is well worth the time to go through this beautifully restored Queen Anne mansion. 

Zinck's in Berlin is moving!

If you have ever shopped for fabrics in Berlin, you probably went into Zinck's Fabric Store right on Main St., or went out to their big warehouse at the east edge of town.  Well, right now they are in
the process of moving everything from the downtown location to the Warehouse location. 

This is right on SR 39 next to the car wash.  I was recently there and bought many yards of  fabric.  You will never find a better place to buy by the bolt, or find lace and other trims, etc at fantastic close out
prices. A great place to find the plush fabric used to make the tied blankets and lap robes.   FMI 330-893-7225

Antiques in the Alley is the 10th of May in downtown Millersburg.   This is always fun to shop
for antiques and collectibles both in front of and behind the stores downtown.  Sidewalk sales
will be ongoing.


Check the full calendar here by clicking on the link below.
Ohio Amish Country Calendar 

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

Creamy Broccoli Soup

3/4 c. peeled & cubed raw potatoes
1 medium carrot, sliced
2. cups chopped broccoli
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 1/2 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
dash of nutmeg
dash of pepper

Cook potatoes and carrots in small saucepan, drain and set aside.  Cook broccoli
in separate saucepan; drain and set aside.  Melt butter in saucepan; add flour and stir
until smooth. Slowly add milk. Bring to a boil until thickened.  Add salt, nutmeg, and
pepper.  Then add cooked potatoes, carrots and broccoli.

Susie Beachy
P. 163 of the Amish Friends Cookbook


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, Dell, and Xerox from home computers only.  NO EPSONS.  Thanks!

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Till next time!

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

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