September 1, 2007

Hello again!

The fair is over, school has started and it is time for the fall activities to begin.  This Labor Day weekend, some stores will be open, some closed. No set rule here.  I know there's not much open in Mt. Hope.  Hershberger's Truck Patch and Miller's Bakery will be closed, but Grandma's Homestead Restaurant in Charm will be open.  Both Guggisberg and Heini's Cheese houses will be open.  Der Dutchman will have their regular hours.

September 15th is an especially busy weekend.  There is so much going on this month......keep checking the calendar at Ohio Amish Country Calendar , brought to you by The Barn Inn near Millersburg. 

Speaking of the fair (above) ended on Saturday night the18th; they moved the rides out the 19th and on the 20th we had 4.5 inches of rain and the whole fairgrounds got flooded! It was a week or more before they could get in to get the tents out.  That would have been a real disaster, trying to get people and animals out of there!  You might have read about all the rain and flooding in Ohio.....we were fortunate here compared to others in western Ohio.

Today (September 1) we will be having breakfast at the Haiti Benefit Auction at Mt. Hope. They serve a full pancake and sausage breakfast for a donation.  another good auction to go to.

More in today's issue...........hope you like it.

Carol Sechriest

Just a reminder:  I don't check the guestbook every day, so please don't send messages to me there!
I probably won't get it.

Authentic Indian Pow Wow (Something different to do)

Ever been to a Pow Wow?  We went to one  years ago when we were out in S. Dakota.  Then a couple years ago we found out we could go to one here in Ohio at the Mohican Reservation Campgrounds.  This is located on the Mohican River southeast of Loudonville at B-9 on your Amish Highways and Byways map.

Twice a year, members of various Indian Tribes get together for dancing and singing competitions with the best of various categories winning prize money.  It is really interesting to see up close the beautiful beaded leather, the feathered head dresses, musical instruments, etc. 

This is a 3 day event and will be held rain or shine.  There will be food vendors and others on the grounds selling and showing and/or demonstrating their wares.  This would be a good place to take your children and is only about 20 miles or so west of Millersburg.
Tranquil Acres

Tranquil: an adjective meaning without commotion or
stress; peaceful, quiet or calm, and that's exactly how I
would describe Tranquil Acres Log Cabins. 

I met owners Jesse and Dorothy Steiner several weeks
ago and they were kind enough to show me their
beautifully decorated log cabins.  Shown on the right
is the Cozy Pine Cottage and a view inside of the
fireplace and main living area.

One of the first things you see when you drive up is
the white gazebo in front of the pond.  Fishing is OK,
but you have to throw the little critters back in!

The 3 cabins are tucked into the woods with plenty of
space around each.  You can cook on the grill on the deck
or roast a hot dog over the camp fire.  Take a walk on
the winding trails and enjoy the peace & quiet.

All cabins have AC, kitchens/kitchenettes, fireplace,
queen sized beds, complimentary snacks and beverages,
and 2 person jacuzzi.  The only thing that's missing is the TV
and the telephone! (You did want to get away from it all,
didn't you?)  Also, since they are Mennonite, they ask that you refrain from smoking
and bringing in alcoholic beverages.

Tranquil Acres is located at 6815 SR 39 about 3 miles east of Millersburg, at J-10 on your map.  FMI call 330-674-0996 and tell her you read about it here!

Millersburg Carnival Glass Museum - Opening Soon!

I really don't know much about this yet, but that it will be opening sometime yet this fall in
downtown Millersburg. Will put something in the Chit Chat as soon as I find out.

Way back in the early 1900's there was a glass factory located north of the square. It was
only in operation a few years, but produced the finest Carnival Glass there is today with collectors from all over the world. 

This new museum will be housed in the Ohio Heritage Shoppe at 87 W. Jackson St. where you can also pick up information and/or buy tickets to Behalt, the Victorian House and several other local museums.  It has only been open a short time, but is a much needed facility in historic Millersburg.  FMI call 330-231-8576

By the way, the much awaited Lena's Gift Shoppe opened recently at the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg. The gift shop is a joint effort with Queen Ann's Lace of Berlin  which specializes in Victorian items of all types.  The Holmes County Historical Society also has items for sell in the gift shop such as historical books, CD's, postcards and other area items.  The gift shop hours are Thur. - Sunday from 1:30 - 4:00 . During the holidays hours will be expanded.

Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Are you checking the 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 have a reminder message sent to you.)  You can sort by Category, and select the view to by by the month, week, day or get a listing of events.  This month's calendar is sponsored by The Barn Inn, a beautiful B&B just north of Millersburg on CR 203.  Be sure to give Loretta a call!

Recipe from Ohio Amish Country

There is a section in the Miller Family Cookbook called Cooking for Crowds.  There you can find out how much food you need to feed from 25-1000 people, just in case you are planning a party, or a wedding or something!

Just for fun, here is what you need to fix Chicken Noodles for 100 people.

2 (46 oz) chicken broth
7 (46 oz) cans of water
1 lb. chicken seasoning
2 tsp. pepper
Bring ingredients to a boil in a large 24 qt. stainless canner. 

Add: 5# medium Inn Maid noodles
Bring to a boil again.  Turn off heat.
In another kettle, lightly brown:
1 # butter
1 large onion (diced)
Saute.  Then add:
50 oz. cream of chicken soup (6 small cans)
2 cans cream of celery soup (optional)
1# Velveeta cheese (cubed)
Stir to blend, then add noodles.  Let set 1 1/2 hours.  This can be kept in an oven to keep warm.
Feeds 100 people. 

Uriah and Fannie Miller

There are some other interesting recipes in this section.

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, 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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