June 15, 2008


Welcome to June in Ohio.  Refreshing liquid sunshine and warm breezy evenings help us enjoy the summer solstice. This evening, a hummingbird magically moved about outside my window at suppertime. He hovered among the day lilies as they were resting from this sunny day. Still working, the hummingbird reminded me of days that never seem to end.  Summer keeps me grounded to the earth, watching the growth of tomatoes, green beans and lettuce – not to mention the grass and the weeds.

Chris Sieverdes
Amish Country Byway Visitor Center

Fourth of July Weekend – Horse Progress Days

The 15th annual Horse Progress Days event will be held July 4 and 5 at the Mt. Hope Auction grounds in Mt. Hope, Ohio. Where farming is still done with horses, the Horse Progress Days highlight a showcase of the latest draft horse equipment and hitching techniques. See horse and equipment close up and in action.

Besides horse clinics and equipment seminars, booths and sales areas for everything ‘horses,’ there will be a children’s activity area and to close the event each night – the ‘Parade of Breeds.’ Tentatively the Breed presentations will be from 6 - 8 pm on Friday and 5 – 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Not in Holmes County every year, plan to bring your whole family and enjoy the Horse Progress Days. Earlier this afternoon I checked out a few websites for booking rooms in Holmes County – there are a few rooms left, so if you are reading this newsletter and want to attend this event – book a room as soon as possible.

Millersburg Carnival Glass – starts its 100th Year Anniversary Celebration – June 23, 2008

The Holmes County Historical Society is sponsoring a joint program with the new Millersburg Glass Museum on the evening of Monday, June 23rd.  This Millersburg Glass Symposium, held in the heart of Ohio Amish Country, will feature several keynote speakers with vast expertise about Millersburg Carnival Glass.  Programs featuring the locally produced Millersburg Glass are always popular. 

The opening of the Millersburg Glass Museum at 87 West Jackson Street in Millersburg appropriately begins the 4 year 100th Anniversary celebration of this very special carnival glass tribute.  The opening of the Millersburg Glass Museum is quite timely.  The Symposium will be at the Presbyterian Church at 7:00pm followed by a tour of the new museum in the Downtown Historic District.

Millersburg ‘radium’ glass was made here from 2008 – 2012 before breaking the molds and shutting down at the dismay of the locals.

The museum is currently open Tuesdays through Sundays at the Amish Country Byway visitor center from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The summer hours are Tuesday through Friday 1:00 – 6:00, Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00.  During fall the hours are reduced to some extent.  We are open on Saturdays year round, except for nationally observed holidays. Call 330-674-2497 for hours of operation during the non-summer months or check the www.ohioamishcountry.com website.

**New National Geographic Scenic Highways and Byways Book available. Free shipping offered for ALL purchases with the selection of a NG Scenic Highways Guidebook.

BAGS Restaurant and Sports Bar – One Year Anniversary

Open late, come early. BAGS is the name of the
restaurant and sports bar successfully open for
over a year now in downtown Millersburg. Locals
say it is a good place to eat as well as hang out
to watch Ohio sports teams on the TV’s
strategically located for patrons at the booths
and at the bar to view.

BAGS is located on East Jackson Street, right across
from the courthouse in Millersburg. BAGS is the
nickname of one of the owners, thus the first floor is
decorated with old and new golf bags and other sports
items. If you are looking for a comfortable atmosphere
with a crowd rooting for the ‘Buckeyes’ and the
‘Cleveland Indians’, this will be the place for you.


OR, 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

For the summer vegetable season – try this summer favorite
found in the new
Amish Friends Cookbook’ by Wanda Brunstetter

Corn Relish

6 pints fresh sweet corn
4 peppers (any color), chopped
3 onions, chopped
1 bunch celery, chopped
2 cups sugar
2 cups vinegar
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon mustard seed
2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook until tender. Pour into jars and seal. Process jars in hot water bath for 10 minutes.*

*For USDA canning recommendations, contact your local Extension office – our local Holmes County office sells the Guide to Home Canning published by the USDA. Call 330-674-3015 for more information.


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. 

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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Visitor Center
87 W Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH 44654

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A Purple Martin bird house is a common sight here in Holmes County.