May 15, 2007


Seems like 2 weeks creeps up on me awfully fast these days.  They say that's a sign of "old age".

In my last issue I mentioned the sale at the Training Center
on Saturday, the 12th.  We went for breakfast and were
only going to stay for a little while.  Ended up staying for
lunch, too.  My husband bought a couple things at the
auction.  What he really wanted was the hand pieced 
wooden checker board seen in the picture here, but it
went for nearly $500.  Was it nice!  Each individual checker
was pieced too,  of walnut and maple, I believe they said.
I laid 3 of them on the board in the picture. Unbelievable
workmanship and a one of a kind!

Tomorrow, I will be having lunch with Wanda Brunstetter after her book signing here in Millersburg.  You can find her books on my website.  She has quite a following from all over the country. If you like to read stories about the Amish, you might want to get her latest book, "A Sister's Secret", based right here in Holmes County.  (Check the calendar for more events like this)

We saw an Amish farmer in the field cutting hay the other day.  These are the kinds of things you might see as you drive through the country now.  You can easily seen the contour farming with the green of the hay and wheat alternating with the freshly planted fields.  Makes a nice picture..

Carol Sechriest

+ Dean and Betty, I tried to answer your email and it was returned to me 3 times. Please call me so I can answer your questions.....330-674-2749.

Dandelion Gravy!

I have never eaten it either, but it is some kind of a delicacy and specialty around here in the spring. So if you want to try it, you'll have to hurry.  Boyd & Wurthman will be serving it on Wednesdays in May, and 39 Diner,  will be serving it on Thursdays in May.  Both are located on Main St., in Berlin,
Abigail's Tea Room

My sister, niece and I went on an "outing" a week or so ago. 
They suggested having lunch at Abigail's Tea Room, in front of
the Amish Door in Wilmot.  I had never eaten there, so I said,
"Let's go!"

I had been there several years ago when it was a gift shop. 
It's in a house that was built about the same time as ours, circa
1880.  We all like the character of that kind of place. Very quaint.

The food was excellent, too, including the pie!!.  So next time
you are in the area and want a unique place to eat, stop by
Abigail's.  Located at P-7 on your map, still in Amish country!

Paint Valley Studio & Gallery

While on the outing above, we stopped in Winesburg at the
newest business in town, the Paint Valley Studio and Gallery,
which is located near the Winesburg Antique Mall.  It is in a very
old building (1830) that the owners have gone in and exposed
the huge hand hewn logs and stone fireplace.  They have even
left some logs exposed on the outside of the building. It makes
a beautiful studio and gallery.

Watercolor artist Don Weisgarber shows some of his beautiful
original paintings and prints of landscapes, local Amish  scenes,
and animals (I think he likes cats!).  My niece, who is also an artist,
said his watercolors are some of the best she has seen.  Hours
are Tuesday - Saturday, 10-4,  Closed on Mondays.  Phone ahead
in the winter time as hours may vary. 330-359-0101

Blind Broom Maker

You folks that have been coming here for years, have no doubt been to Farmerstown Broom & Book Store and have watched the Mr. Hershberger make brooms in the back.  But for you new folks.............Mr. Hershberger has been doing this for many, many years.  His wife, Clara, does the sewing for him after he wraps the broom corn around the handle and binds it with wire.  Pretty interesting.  He will be glad to demonstrate it for you. Just remember, this is how he earns his living!

We have one of his big "barn" brooms as it calls it.  Best thing there is to sweep out a garage or a sidewalk.

His little store behind his house has books in both German and English.  Besides the books and brooms, they also have cleaning products, supplements, and lots of miscellaneous items. I always thought it was kind of dark in the back, but I guess to him, it doesn't matter!.  (No restrooms available here). 

They are located at 3270 CR 114, northwest of  Farmerstown, north of SR557.    There is a sign by the side of the road.  Located at L-M - 11.5.on your Amish Highways & Byways Map.

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 are being 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:

Ascension Day is May 17th, 40 days after Easter, so there will be no sale in Kidron that day, no New Bedford Days, and all "Amish" businesses will be closed, plus some of the restaurants.  Don't stay home because of it......there will still be plenty of stores open.

Memorial Day:  A National Holiday for most of us, but not the Amish.  They normally do not celebrate the secular holidays, so most of the Amish businesses will be open.  Call ahead if you have any doubts.

The Victorian House north of the square in Millersburg,  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.  May 17th Open House and Reception 7-9 p.m. to view this year's exhibit.

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. 

Recipe from Ohio Amish Country

Here is a recipe from the the new "Amish Friends Cookbook"


2 c. butter or margarine
3 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
4 tsp. baking powder
4 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. buttermilk or sour milk
8 c. flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugars.  Add eggs, baking powder, baking soda, and vanill; mix well.  Add buttermilk (or sour milk) alternately with flour until well blended.  Drop by teaspoons onto well greased cookie sheet and bake for 11 to 13 minutes.  Let set 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.  Note: To sour milk, add 1 tsp. vinegar to each cup of milk).  This recipe won a first place ribbon at the Mahheur County Fair in Ontario, Oregon.  Submitted by Emma Raber in Holmesville, Ohio.  (Must be good if it won a prize....looks like it makes a LOT of cookies!)
P. 75
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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