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An Amish Love Story

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2760 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340) Bird-in-Hand • (717) 768-1500

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Taste the Farm Fresh Difference! Sink your teeth into the delicious taste of Lancaster County! Fresh-from-the-farm goodness is the legacy of the Smucker Family. So, too, is our connection with the land and the neighboring Amish and Mennonite farmers whose vegetables, fruits, meats and poultry are featured on our Restaurant menu and smorgasbords and at our Bakery. Visit us again and again to savor the Seasons of Bird-in-Hand.

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DUTCH HAVEN W hile driving along Route 30 in Lancaster County, you may see both familiar and unexpected sights. Certainly the Plain folk and their horse and buggy transportation will seem a step back in time. But one unique and unmistakable landmark is the Dutch Haven windmill. Its revolving arms have been drawing thousands of visitors each week ever since it first opened as a restaurant back in 1946. And while hungry visitors could satisfy themselves on any number of Penn Dutch specialties, it was Dutch Haven’s shoo fly pie that put it on the map…and in the record books as “America’s Best Shoo Fly Pie.”

This is undisputedly Amish Country’s most famous dessert, and all you have to do is walk through the door at Dutch Haven to be offered a sample taste of this amazing treat, warmed and topped with whipped cream, just as it was served in the restaurant all those years ago.



Made with a secret recipe, some 40,000 pies are sold in the store or shipped via UPS all over the USA. Indeed, so popular and delicious are the pies that some faithful customers have been buying them for over 50 years!

The pie that was featured in TIME magazine still plays a feature role at Dutch Haven. But the windmill building is now home to an amazing selection of over 10,000 items. One of the area’s best selections of primitive Amish furniture includes


corner cupboards, pie safes, chests, and shelves. Woodcrafts, souvenirs and collectibles of all kinds fill the former dining rooms. Also on the shopper’s menu would be everything from spice mats and Amish dolls to jams, jellies, and local honey. Who can resist buying a T-shirt, or maybe a bonnet or Amish felt hat. If you grow tired looking at all of the Dutch Haven gift items, relax in one of the Troutman Rocking Chairs, from the oldest rocking chair company in America. Also deserving of a trip home in your car are the colorful and decorative hex signs, a perfect reminder of a visit to Dutch Country. Dutch Haven is open seven days a week, 9am9pm. For more information about this Lancaster County landmark, call (717) 687-0111 or go to A visit to Dutch Haven, “the place that made shoo fly pie famous,” will make your trip to Amish Country even more memorable…and tasty!

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While visiting Lancaster County, make sure you stop in at the DOLL OUTLET. It is located on Rt 30 east, one mile east past the Rockvale Outlets. DR. RICHARD Just look for the big white building, with bright purple awnings, surrounded WILL BE by beautiful Amish farm lands. The DOLL OUTLET is the largest doll store ADOPTING within 1,000 miles of Lancaster, Pa. Over 5,000 dolls in stock, from 2” tall, up to 42” tall. Prices range from $2.00 up to $1,300.00. A doll for everyone DOLL BABIES at a price everyone can afford. You’ll find dolls from a variety of different JULY 20TH major doll companies. Their selection includes porcelain dolls, limited edition 2013 artist collectable dolls, vinyl play baby dolls and Amish dolls. You can even MAKE YOUR OWN 20” VINYL BABY. In 45 minutes or less, they will assist you in assembling your own baby doll, choosing your wig, diapering, and dressing him/her. Prices start at $55.00 and up. Bring your camera when you visit the BABY DOLL ADOPTION NURSERY CENTER. You can peer through a real baby nursery window, with adorable life like babies waiting to be adopted. Have your picture taken with your new bundle of joy. Meet the dolly nurse on duty who will give your baby a checkup with her stethoscope. Doctor’s coat is available for family members. Bring your own doll, and participate in a DOLL HAIR CARE SALON CLASS. This is a fun, hands on class. Learn how to properly comb and style your doll’s hair. Hair brush and salon chair provided during class. $10.00 class fee per doll. You’ll also find miniature doll house furniture and accessories too. Need new doll clothes? This is the place to go with a variety of sizes and styles. They specialize in clothing to fit the American Girl Doll/Bitty Baby and other 18” dolls. Are you looking for AMISH COUNTRY SOUVENIRS? They have lots of vinyl Amish dolls dressed in locally handmade clothing, wall hangings, cloth dolls, and more. When you arrive at the DOLL OUTLET, You will be greeted by some of the friendliest people in Lancaster, PA, and you’ll hear great praise and worship Music. This is a store that began 19 years ago in a tiny room. It was opened only on the weekends where they sold their own personal doll collection to raise money for children in need. Now, they have expanded to three buildings! Brenda and Aimee Sheaffer (Mother & Daughter duo from the DOLL OUTLET) invite you Stop In Today and Plan To Stay Awhile. Don’t forget your camera!!









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Don’t Cook It, “Zook” It! by Clinton Martin


o truly appreciate the time-honored, wholesome goodness of Amish Country cooking, you’ll need to study local cookbooks, perhaps take a class with a local chef, or maybe book a stay for a week at an on-the-farm bed & breakfast. Or, of course you could leave it to the experts, and simply skip to that moment when you bring the delicious, piping hot Dutch dish right out of your oven. How do you do it? How do you

cook it? Why you "Zook" it, of course, by first paying a visit to Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies, that's how! Zook's bakes each pie to an excellent lightly browned finish, and then quickly, yet gently, freezes them, readying them for their store shelves where they await you to complete that final step. Don't take my word for it -- pick up your pie at Zook’s, take it home, pop it in the oven according to the easy Zook’s instructions, and in no time flat you’ve prepared an irresistible, authentic Amish Country meal ready to enjoy with family and friends.

Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies is located at 3194 Harvest Drive, Ronks. Take Old Leacock Road south off Route 340 between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. Turn right onto Harvest Drive, and Zook’s is immediately to your left. For more information call and leave a message (Zook's is all Amish-made) at 717-768-0239.

Local illustrator Mike Abel captures the moment when Zook’s Chicken Pies come piping hot out of the oven.

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he Amish Village is an authentic experience of the oldest and largest Amish community in the nation. The 12-acre Amish farm and homestead, surrounded by beautiful farmland in Pennsylvania Dutch country, gives visitors a unique perspective of Amish heritage and present-day way of life.

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The Backroads Bus Tour, a 90-minute guided farmland tour aboard our 14-passenger bus, travels past working farms and along country roads where buggies roll along and farmers work their fields. This popular tour option is a photographer’s paradise! How do the Amish and their 18th century lifestyle thrive in today’s world? Enjoy a detailed look into the Amish way of life through our 25-minute guided Farmhouse Tour, the self-guided exploration of our Village Grounds and one-room schoolhouse; and finally our informative Bus Tour. Each of the offerings at The Amish Village offers an up-close-and-personal way to learn about the history of the Amish, their religion, family life and cultural traditions. Farmhouse Tours and Bus Tours are offered separately or as premium combination package. Don’t forget to visit our Village Shops for authentic Amish crafts and food to

commemorate your visit, relax with a picnic lunch on the spacious grounds, or see live farm animals. As you stroll around the property, stop and talk with our Amish staff and learn about their culture first-hand. The Amish Village, 199 Hartman Bridge Rd., Ronks, PA, is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bus Tours are offered seven days a week at noon and 2 p.m. For more information call 717-687-8511, visit, or join the conversation at TheAmishVillage. • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 7




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here really is no place quite like Lititz, and visitors should plan time there while in Amish Country.

The Lititz story is tied to that of the Moravian faith in Bohemia. As was the case with other persecuted religious groups in Europe, many Moravians sought freedom in the New World, arriving in the early 1700’s, with settlements in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 1755 the town actually took the name Lititz, the German spelling for Lidice, where European reformers had taken refuge in the 15th century.

One name is linked forever with the history of Lititz --- Julius Sturgis. It was Julius Sturgis who opened the first commercial pretzel bakery in the New World in Lititz. The year was 1861, and the site at 219 East Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places. A tour of the bakery, still in operation, is unlike any other and well worth your time. Just recently, Lititz won Budget Travel's 2013 "Coolest Small Town in America" competition.

Music and education were important to the Moravians. In fact, the Lititz schoolhouse erected in 1746 marked the beginnings of what was to be Linden Hall, the oldest continuously operating residence school for girls in the United States. For one hundred years, Moravian church members were the only people permitted to live in the town. It was not until 1855 that non-Moravians were allowed to own their own homes. The complex of buildings comprising the Moravian congregation is well worth seeing, particularly the church built in 1787.

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Baseball is the theme at this year's grand Lititz 4th of July Celebration.

Say Cheese! Welcome to the New September Farm Cheese by Clinton Martin


ix years, untold gallons of milk and pound upon pound of handcrafted cheese all serve to mark the growth of David and Roberta Rotelle’s family farm and business, September Farm Cheese. The formula from the very beginning has been to create world-class cheese in Amish Country, controlling and perfecting every aspect of the journey, from cow to curd to customer. The Rotelles, with the help of their five children and loyal employees, not to mention their 50 or so hard-working (and pampered) cows, have seen their business expand to the point where they have outgrown the farm and tiny retail space where it all started. In early July, everything, except for the cows, will be moving to a brand new September Farm Country Store and Sandwich Shop just one mile away from the Honey Brook farmstead.

locally hearth-baked breads, with a few mixins like Lancaster County ham or bread & butter pickles, has to make any Amish Country enthusiast whoop and holler with anticipation. To pay further homage to their dairy farm heritage, the new September Farm Cheese site will also offer hand-dipped ice cream in a menagerie of flavors, and a large wrap-around porch on which to enjoy them. The ice cream itself is a treat, produced exclusively by Windy Knoll Farm, a nearby family-run dairy. With the move, finding your way to September Farm Cheese has just become a bit easier. They

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David explained the new state of the art equipment and additional space at the cheesery will allow September Farm to double the amount of cheese they make, while ensuring a much more up-close and interesting view of the process for visitors in the specifically designed production gallery.

But, for me, the sandwich shop will definitely compete with the cheese-making process for the top reason for visiting. Concerning this aspect of the new store, Roberta explained that the eatery will offer some of the traditional soup, salad, and good old fashioned sandwiches that remind you of the kind you would find at a neighborhood corner deli, but with the Rotelle touch, including a tempting variety of exclusive September Farm Cheese toasted sandwiches and made-to-order hoagies. I think each of us has at least one or two special memories of savoring a toasted cheese sandwich as a kid. But the idea of combining this nationally-treasured treat with handcrafted local artisan September Farm Cheese on hearty,

are on Route 322 between Blue Ball and Honey Brook at 5287 Horseshoe Pike (Honey Brook on your GPS). Be some of the first visitors to see the new September Farm Cheese. Call 610-2733552 or visit for hours and more information.

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Sadly, the farm will close to the public, serving strictly as the dairy supplying milk to the cheesery which will be fully housed in the new location. The new store will have the feel of a market inside, where you mosey from sampling to shopping, viewing the cheese making, and then heading on over to the sandwich shop.

While not watching cheese being made, visitors will be able to sample the various cheeses and accompaniments, and, of course, shop for cheese and gourmet gift items. The store will carry everything you might expect to find at a country store, including smoked and fresh sliced deli meats, homemade cheese tarts, and the usual staples like butter, eggs, baked goods, and even glass bottled milk.

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Train Your Sights on Amtrak by Clinton Martin


ave you ever taken the Subway in Lancaster? Neither have I, because there isn’t one. But, Lancaster does have many options when it comes to traveling through the Red Rose city. Of course you can drive your car, take a bus, or hail a cab, but often the most relaxing is simply riding the rails. Amtrak connects cities all over the Country, yet each route feels distinctly unique to that area. After all, when you are pulling up to the Lancaster train station, rolling Amish farmland suddenly turns into a vibrant downtown with a lively arts scene. As you disembark, the stately old train station is also intriguing. You can literally see the many decades that this bulwark has withstood as styles of architecture sit beside or atop one another, including the latest of touches providing a modern face-lift. So now you’ve arrived in Lancaster. No stress from traffic. No double-takes at gas prices. No hair-raising cab rides. Just a lovely city in the middle of a world-famous County to explore. For those without transportation to Lancaster wishing to visit Amish Country, Connective Tours (a division of Philadelphia Trolley Works in Philadelphia) runs day trips to Amish Country via train to Lancaster. Transportation from the

train station is included to the Amish Experience at Plain and Fancy Farm. Here you will enjoy "Jacob's Choice" at the Amish Experience Theater, a tour of an old order Amish house, and the Amish Farmland shuttle tour. You return to Philadelphia in the early evening. Call 215-925-8687 for details or visit Of course, turn the tables and you repeat the script with a new plot twist. Boarding a train in Lancaster, you can see many interesting neighboring towns, such as picturesque Mt. Joy and Elizabethtown. Perhaps, the State Capitol is more your style? With exhilarating nightlife, grandiose museums, and plenty of you’ll-only-find-it-here attractions, Harrisburg is an easy and convenient ride on the westbound. Turning your attention East, you’ll find yourself transported in style and comfort to Philadelphia. Anyone who knows American history knows Philadelphia, but you could probably use a refresher course by visiting America’s most historic square mile. Besides, the City of Brotherly Love has embraced many of today’s

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trends, even becoming clear leaders in what’s "hot" these days. Famous TV chefs ply Philly’s restaurant trade, an exceptional scene for nightlife wakes up your inner dance diva, and world-class sports throw the city into delight with victories, and into pouting with defeat. Finding things to do in Lancaster, and the neighboring destinations, isn’t difficult at all. Getting there is usually half the battle. Why not forget all the woes of just getting there and just take the train? You’ll probably get there faster, spend less money, and you can actually concentrate on taking in the scenery instead of looking for that highway exit that you just passed.


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1. 2. 3. DAY ONE 1. BREAKFAST - Get up early and enjoy a

hearty breakfast with the locals. Some of our restaurants are open as early as 6:00am, but I’m not asking you to get up that early. After all, chances are you’re on vacation! Try a local favorite like dried beef gravy on homefries, or perhaps some scrapple with your eggs. Farmers are hard workers so they eat hearty, and I have a busy day planned for you. We begin with your first three hours of activities…

2. AMISH COUNTRY – That’s what we’re known as so that’s where we start. I’d begin

or on your own, you’ll want to make a stop or two for some whoopie pies, check out the quilts, or maybe even buy a new piece of handcrafted furniture to take home. It’s also a great way to interact with the locals. will probably be clamoring to see the world from the rear end of a horse, which is, of course, how the Amish “motor” from one place to the other. Enjoy talking to your driver as the pace slows and you soak in our peaceful countryside.

5. LUNCH – If you are like

many Amish, you may want to make lunch your big meal of the day, especially if you slept in and skipped breakfast (shame on you)! Otherwise, let’s eat light or snack our way through lunch with some baked goods, a pulled pork sandwich, homemade root beer, some locally made ice cream (you’ve seen all those cows!), and definitely…

6. PRETZELS – I’m putting this down as a

separate activity, since we’re blessed with places where you can try twisting your own pretzel, see how they’re hand-rolled and baked, even visit the oldest pretzel bakery in America. I insist you try a hand-rolled soft pretzel, perhaps with some mustard sauce.

7. CHRISTMAS – Now I’m going to throw you

a curve ball. It’s summer, but I want you to get your mind off the heat and head for a place where you can immerse yourself in Christmas customs as we celebrate them in America and around the world as well. This really is an amazing stop and you will probably have as much fun as the kids. a little time to sample, explore, and stock up on the wide variety of sweet and sour treats that are all made right here. Whether it’s strawberry jam or elderberry jelly, canned peaches or chow chow, corn relish or red beet eggs, you’ll want to take some Amish County favorites home with you.

9. SUPPERTIME! – Like my favorite cartoon

dog, Snoopy, you’ll be dancing your way into one of our local smorgasbord restaurants. We didn’t have a proper lunch, perhaps, so now it’s time to get down to some serious eating. Take what you want, but be sure to eat what you take…it’s what we call feasting responsibly.

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off some of those calories and also make sure you tire out the kids so they sleep well tonight. A round or two of miniature golf is always great fun. Or perhaps a Ghost Tour to put a chill into you on a hot summer night (I am not responsible for any nightmares).

4. BUGGY RIDE – The kids

8. JAMS, JELLIES, RELISHES – You’re getting

Navigating the Maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has become a tradition for many families visiting Amish Country.

10. NIGHTLIFE – I’m guessing you want to work

Discover who in your family is the best “twister” at the Intercourse Pretzel Factory.

DAY TWO 11. BREAKFAST – Well, you know the drill. You

can opt for an expansive breakfast buffet, or take it more simply, perhaps coffee and a sticky bun, or a warm apple dumpling with milk. I used to eat some shoo fly pie for breakfast when I lived on the farm… now we’re talking! In fact, this morning we are heading for Strasburg for some….

12. & 13. FUN ON THE FARM – Let’s entertain

the kids and make a visit to one of our farm attractions. They can get lost in an amazing corn maze, or get very hands on at a real working farm.

14. LUNCH – OK, you are on your own this time.

You’ve been around the block a few times, so go for something that looks inviting to you, but don’t spend too much time eating because we want to “train” our sights on this afternoon.

15. & 16. STEAM LOCOMOTIVES – Whether

you want to enjoy looking at or riding them, Strasburg is the place to introduce the kids to these behemoths of transportation history that literally linked the coasts of our nation together…and still do. Truly, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy as a family.

17. & 18. TOY TRAINS – For added fun, you‘re

within minutes of enjoying the excitement of spectacular train layouts, filled with the sounds and animation that the train enthusiast in each of us never falls out of love with. Now it’s time to freshen up wherever you are calling home this trip because we are going out tonight!

19. & 20. DINNER THEATRE – whether it’s a musical we all know and love or a comedy

to make us laugh ‘til it hurts, you’ll have a nice meal and a memorable evening of entertainment. Or, eat out and enjoy a show at one of our other theatrical venues. You might even opt for an Amish musical and buffet in Bird-in-Hand.

DAY THREE Since you are staying overnight, consider an activity for the trip home. Fabulous options include everything from amusement parks, chocolate-making tours, riding a zip line ride above the treetops, exploring a cave, or spending your day with a knight (I’m not kidding)! This issue leaves you with one conclusion… there’s just too much to do! I know, I know. My advice is to start planning your return visit, with the help of AMISH COUNTRY NEWS, of course. Always feel free to put together your own two days and 20 things to do. Next time, maybe you can show me around!

THE DETAILS Below is an incomplete list of places to visit based on what I have mentioned above. They are only examples, and I encourage you to page through this issue, filled with coupons, for even more options.


• Breakfast: Intercourse Village 1899 Olde Mill Restaurant, Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant • Amish Country: Amish Experience, Amish Village • Quilts, Craft Shops: Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts, Countryside Road Stand, Smucker’s Quilts, Dutchland Quilt Patch • Buggy Rides: Aaron & Jessica’s • Lunch: Good ‘N Plenty, Plain & Fancy, Hershey Farm, Shady Maple • Pretzels: Intercourse Pretzel Factory, Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery • Christmas: National Christmas Center

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• Night Life: Waters Edge & Village Greens Mini Golf, Ghost Tours of Lancaster • Farm Fun: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Verdant View Farm • Jams, Jellies, Baked Goods: Intercourse Canning Company, Dutch Haven, Bird-inHand Bake Shop • Suppertime: Iron Horse Inn, Miller’s Smorgasbord, Loxley’s, Revere Tavern, Union Barrel Works, Brass Eagle • Trains: Strasburg Rail Road, Choo Choo Barn, National Toy Train Museum • Dinner Theatre: Dutch Apple Dinner Theare, Rainbow Dinner Theatre, Bird-in-Hand Stage, Lancaster County Comedy Show • On The Way Home: Turkey Hill Experience, Zip Line Canopy Tour, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Crystal Cave

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f the many unique village names that dot the Amish Country map, one of the more interesting is Bird-in-Hand. William Penn, an English Quaker, had founded the colony of Penn’s Woods, and settlers began arriving from Europe in the early 1700’s, moving westward from Philadelphia. The trip by stagecoach, or Conestoga wagon with freight and merchandise, lasted several days. Inns were built every few miles, identified with signs held by an iron pole or attached to the side of the building. The reason for the signs was so that they could be understood by all nationalities. Further, since many teamsters or wagoneers were poorly educated they could not read. Given orders to stop at a certain inn, they were able to do so by recognizing the artwork on the signboard. The legend of the naming of Bird-in-Hand dates to the time when the Old Philadelphia Pike was being laid out. By 1734, surveyors at McNabb’s Hotel were discussing whether they should stay



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at their present location or return to Lancaster to spend the night. One of them said, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” The sign in front of the inn, which became known as the Bird-inHand Inn, is known to have once "portrayed a man with a bird in his hand and a bush nearby, in which two birds were perched." Variations of this sign appear throughout the town today. McNabb’s Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1851. By the following year, a three-story hotel was built to replace it. More recently, it was Bitzer’s Hotel before becoming the present Village Inn of Bird-in-Hand, a beautiful bed and breakfast property. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County states that the existing brick building “may be one of the few 19th century inns in the context of a small town in Lancaster County, which survives with a high degree of architectural integrity.” It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When referring to their bird in hand symbol, some residents say that the bird nestled in the

human hand indicates friendship, comfort, and hospitality, all of which you’ll discover in this perfectly delightful little village of shops, farmers markets and eateries.

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Beverly Lewis’ Uplifting, Hit Musical Delighting Thousands at the Bird-in-Hand Stage


housands continue to flock to Beverly Lewis’ inspiring Amish love story, “The Confession,” appearing live on the Bird-in-Hand Stage at the Birdin-Hand Family Restaurant. The entertaining hit musical has drawn more than 40,000 to its uplifting message since opening in the fall of 2012. “The Confession” will continue on the Bird-in-Hand Stage through August 24. “Amish musicals on the Bird-in-Hand Stage opened a whole new door for us to tell the Amish and Mennonite story,” said Bird-inHand Corporation’s co-owner John Smucker. “Our family has been delighted to introduce audiences to this enchanting story of Amish life. ‘The Confession’ gives us one more way to show hospitality to our guests.” A captivating story of a young Amish woman caught in the middle of secrets and scandal, “The Confession” shares a tale of love lost and found and personal heartache and healing. Pulling its story line from three books written by New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis, “The Confession” musical weaves the lives of characters she first introduced in The Shunning, The Confession and The Reckoning. It’s clear why the Lancaster County native has been proclaimed “the queen of [Amish fiction]” by USA Today. “‘The Confession’ is a touching Amish love story and a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-yourseat mystery, all wrapped up in one,” explains the musical’s director Wally Nason. “Men and women alike are eager to find out what happens.” As one theatergoer remarked, “It’s the right touch of humor with a message.” Lancaster Sunday News agreed that its “ready-for-prime-time voices…promise a happy ending and deliver.” With the laughter that ensues when a New York actress tries to play a “Plain” woman and the emotions experienced when lies are uncovered and truth revealed, “The Confession” takes its audiences on a roller coaster of highs and lows as the Plain, the not-so-plain and the outright extravagant all meet. Beverly Lewis’ book was adapted for the stage by veteran writer Martha Bolton, who is best known for her work as a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and with Bob Hope and Christian comedians Mark Lowry and Chonda Pierce. Nashville musician Wally Nason wrote

the show’s soaring melodies, inspiring lyrics and directs the performance. Nashville-based Dan Posthuma produced the show. “The Confession” musical first opened at Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana. It premiered in 2012 at a third venue at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Tickets to “The Confession” are $33. Pre- and post-performance meal packages are $45 to $51. Tickets and meal packages may be purchased online at or by phone at (800) 790-4069. Lodging packages are also available.

Special to Amish Country News Premiering September 10 on the Bird-in-Hand Stage will be another Amish musical, Wanda E. Brunstetter’s “Half-Stitched.” The story of her Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club will run through November 30, 2013.

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Extreme! White-Knuckle!

Amish Horse Racing at its finest!!

by Clinton Martin

One of Aaron & Jessica’s horses rests in the shade.


ot your attention didn’t I? Well, taking a buggy ride in Amish Country isn’t actually like a horse-race, but the “slow down won’t be a “let down!” Taking an Amish buggy ride is great family fun, and you get to experience what it is like to get around like the Amish do. For many years now taking a buggy ride in Lancaster County means going to Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides. Many visitors usually think of the one “classic” style of buggy – what would be considered the “family sedan” by most Amish families. But, there really are dozens of different types of Amish buggies. Different designs are used for different tasks, and when it comes to giving visitors an authentic Amish buggy ride, you will discover Aaron & Jessica’s have a variety, making it easy to seat even large families together.

Of course, the carriage isn’t the only important factor in getting around Amish-style. You’ve got to have well trained teams of draft horses and drivers, who can easily travel on the same roads as the “English” do. Kids especially love meeting the horses before stepping on board, and can even ask to sit up front with the driver. The Buggy Rides leave from a nice grove of shade trees, surrounding a real covered bridge, at one end of of the Plain & Fancy Farm between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. There is even a nice picnic area for visitors to enjoy while waiting for their buggy to load. Rides leave continuously throughout the day, and are open year round, 7 days a week. When you arrive, you’ll be asked to choose a ride. Yes, there is more than just one type of ride. For a little introduction into the world of horse-drawn travel, you can opt for the “cookie run” which takes about 20 minutes. This includes a brief stop at an Amish farm where, you guessed it, you can buy a couple of home-made cookies or other treats to snack on.

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necessary except if you want to book your own Private Buggy Ride & Tour. You can reserve your own personal buggy, horse and driver with advance reservations by emailing Whichever option you choose, Aaron & Jessica’s is more than just a buggy ride. Their drivers are our Amish, Mennonite and Brethren neighbors, and will share their own family stories; and are happy to answer any questions about their culture. It may well be the highlight of your visit.

Longer, more interactive rides are also available to visitors who wish to get a more in-depth experience, so ask about the options when you arrive. No reservations are

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AMISH SERIES 2013 AMISH TECH: Plain Meets Modern

Part 3

by Brad Igou

From June 6-8, the international conference “Amish America: Plain Technology in a Cyber World” was held at nearby Elizabethtown College. Presenters ranging from academia to members of the Plain community examined technology, its use, and its impact on religious and cultural life. One of the key presentations was by noted Amish scholar, Dr. Donald Kraybill, who looked specifically at the Lancaster, PA and Holmes County, OH Amish settlements. He noted that practices differ widely in North America, with variations in virtually every Amish church district, of which there are over 2,000. What follows is my summary of his excellent presentation, “From the Buggy to the Byte.”


y way of background, Dr. Kraybill noted there are approximately 282,000 Amish in 30 states and Ontario, with 60% of the total population located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He also cited about 12,000 Amish businesses in North America. “Technological determinism” says technology takes on a life of its own and cannot be tamed. However, the Amish are one of the few groups that have tried to do just that. In the process, they may have even become “tech savvy.” The Amish do not shun modern technology, but selectively put it to use, collectively deciding the extent. How many of us visit our pastor or rabbi to ask if it is OK to purchase a cell phone? Yet for the Amish, the use of cell phones and technology generally is viewed with a critical eye as to the impact on the community.

The Telephone Threat The main objections to the phone were its bringing in outside communication, violating the separation from the world, reducing visiting (an Amishman called it “our national sport”), and decontextualizing interaction. The spectrum of phone use with the Amish varies from the most conservative Swartzentrubers who are loathe to even hold a phone and so have someone else talk into it for them, to Amish kids with cell phones in Lancaster County, PA.

The Automobile Threat With the arrival of the car, risks became associated with mobility, urban contact, fragmentation, and individualism. The car was seen as the ultimate symbol of American individualism, power, and status. “The social work of horses is keeping the community together,” said Kraybill, and has become the “litmus test of Amish identity.”

Decisions tend to be made slowly and informally for, once made, they are difficult to modify or reverse. Determinations rest within each local church district and uniformity cannot be expected. There are five potential Amish responses to technology: 1. Acceptance of some 2. Rejection of others 3. Adaptation (to meet church guidelines) 4. Creation of their own 5. Distinction between using a technology vs. owning it (the Amish may ride in a car but not own one) There tends to be a “spectrum of restraint,” with the least technology being used in the one-room school, followed by the home, farm and business, with the most tolerated technology allowed in outside work. Kraybill next cited several “threats.”

Rubber wheels are fine on scooters, like these parked at an Amish school. Photo Credit: Engelbart

The Tractor Threat With tractors for farm work, the fears were tractors leading to cars, the loss of jobs which would lead to larger farms, and possibly more away-from-home factory work. Interestingly, the use and types of wheels on everything from

cars to tractors to wheelbarrows can reflect a church district’s response and potential compromise. In Lancaster, for example, if you can pull something with your hand (wagon, wheelbarrow), it may have rubber tires.

The Electric Threat With electricity, the Amish saw a violation of separation, external connection, the bringing of convenience and outside media, and a possible evolution from use in the home into the barn. The arrival of TV and its influence clearly confirmed the earlier Amish decision to keep electricity outside the home. With the challenges of technology ever present, the Amish ended up creating things they needed that the modern world was not producing. Examples are a feeder on threshing machines, the hydraulic plow, the fiberglass buggy body, plastic bale wrappers, air powered and pneumatic water pumps (spelling the demise of the windmill), increased use of special skylights, and alternators providing turn-signal lights for carriage batteries recharged while the buggy is in motion. Kraybill then asked the audience to consider two questions. Do we think as much about the long-term impact of technology as the Amish? Are individuals alone “smart enough” to make decisions about technology? As noted, the Amish answer questions concerning a particular technology in different ways. Responses can be outright rejection, or perhaps an initial “creeping use” followed by rejection. Other times there may be acceptance with no discussion or acceptance after “much grumbling.” And sometimes there is a “zigzag pattern” with decisions going back and forth. Kraybill tells us that there are rarely formal church decisions to accept a technology, but rather such decisions as are made tend to concern what to reject. The point of no return can be reached, however, as may be the case with the cell phone, which gives you “the world in your pocket." Outlawing it could potentially and devastatingly divide the church. It's obvious that the seductively addictive nature of 21st century technology is more of a threat to the Amish community than 20th century technology ever was. Looking at the recent revelation that every American's phone calls may be monitored, is not the same true for the rest of us! • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 19

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National Ice Cream Weekend at Turkey Hill Experience by Clinton Martin

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V.I.P. stands for “Visit In Person,” for you will have the unique opportunity to meet three of our Amish neighbors. Traveling in a comfortable shuttle bus, this exclusive tour is limited to 14 people to allow more personal contact, as we visit the Amish on the farm, at work, and at home. Stop 1: Amish Farm at Milking Time. Observe the milking process. Discover “Amish electricity” as you learn that the Amish do not milk cows by hand.

Stop 2: Amish “Cottage Industry.” As land for farming shrinks, more Amish turn to home businesses to balance work and family. We may visit a carriage-maker, carpetloom shop, soap-maker, or cheese-maker for a personal talk and presentation. Stop 3: Visit An Amish Home. We’ll go to the home of one of our Amish neighbors for friendly conversation…a chance to sit, chat, and visit the Amish way. It's not surprising that strangers soon become friends.

Tours from the Amish Experience Theater at Plain & Fancy Farm RT 340, between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse.

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Hands-on exhibits make learning about dairy production both educational and fun.


uly 20 and 21 is National Ice Cream Weekend. Now that is cause for celebration. All weekend long the Turkey Hill Experience will be Amish Country’s headquarters for paying homage to America's cold creamy treat with special events, free ice cream and even a visit by the notorious Philadelphia Phillies mascot, the Phillie Phanatic himself! The Turkey Hill Experience is a fun interactive way to explore how ice cream is made, with a look at as well the story of the famous Turkey Hill iced tea. Turkey Hill President Quentin Frey says it all, "With 80 years of family history surrounding the Dairy, we worked hard to design a great learning experience that tells our history to visitors of all ages." In a word, Mr. Frey, "Success!" The Experience features 26,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. You'll learn of Turkey Hill's rich history, Amish Country’s agricultural heritage, and how ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and actually created. Hands-on exhibits include a make-your-own-ice-cream commercial, a name-your-own-ice-cream flavor game, and even a just-for-fun personality test based on your favorite tea flavor. The Turkey Hill Experience is located in the picturesque town of Columbia, just off Route 30 west of Lancaster. Call 888-986-8784 or visit for hours and directions. Save money and reserve your tickets ahead of time online with the exclusive Amish Country News discount code, “Amish13.”

Light Up Your Summer at Jake's Country Trading Post by Clinton Martin

Whether for indoors or out, Jake's has it!


uly is a month to be outdoors. As you spend time in the yard, on the deck, or sitting on the patio, look around to see if your outdoor living space could use a little sprucing up. Assuming you're somewhere near Amish Country as you're reading this, pay a visit to Jake’s Country Trading Post where you're likely to find just what you need to make the outside of your home as endearing as the inside. One of Jake's all-time best-sellers, and one of my favorites, is the locally made miniature lighthouse. The three or four foot sturdily made lighthouses come with a solar-powered light which can be set to automatically come on at dusk and turn off at dawn. Cool color combinations do make your choice somewhat challenging, but well worth the thinking through. Stop in to explore the entire selection at Jake’s Country Trading Post, Route 30 in Paradise. Call 717-687-8980 for more information. • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 21

Intercourse Pretzel Factory… Always Tasty, Charmingly Quaint, and Forever Fun by Clinton Martin


here’s no such thing as a free lunch --- true the day it was coined, and still holds true today. Although… you can get close with a visit to the Intercourse Pretzel Factory. Free to visit, complimentary tour, and you even twist your very own pretzel at no charge, of course. Should you hanker to nibble on some lunch while there, more good news: it's reasonably priced – and yummy too!

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Imagine a warm, buttery, slightly salty, artfully hand-twisted soft pretzel accompanied by a fresh-squeezed lemonade. It’s your pleasant summer's day snack!

What's better than crunchy tasty pretzels? Chocolate covered...even better! The busy bakers at Intercourse Pretzel Factory are constantly turning out fresh batches of tempting flavors of the eat-‘em-while-they’rehot soft pretzels, but the factory also produces a variety of hard pretzels conveniently packaged for a family take-home treat. Consider for instance the always popular cheese pretzel. This Intercourse Pretzel Factory specialty is made with a combination of cheddar and parmesan cheeses. From one who knows, they are delicious and have an elegant, light taste unlike most mass-produced store-brand cheese snacks. No surprise here as Intercourse Pretzel Factory does not use the ubiquitous artificial yellow powdered “cheese.” You might find your favorite in the zesty herb pretzel. The pretzels are baked with pure, wholesome ingredients and then seasoned with a special blend of oregano, basil, marjoram, parsley, and garlic powder. The herb pretzels also happen to be fat free! The Factory does not look like your stereotypical smoke-stack bedazzled industrial monolith. This place is cozy, quaint and fun, yet handles large groups with ease. Look for the “Cross Keys

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The Adventure’s Exhilarating… Amongst Amish Country’s Treetops by Clinton Martin


ou’re gliding along the tops of the trees, feeling the cool forest air rushing by and you soon alight deftly onto a nearby tree. You’ve got to be a bird, right? Nope, you’re an Amish Country visitor fortunate enough to fly with the folks at Refreshing Mountain Camp, the brand new home of Lancaster County’s wild and wonderful Zip Line Canopy Tour.

The Zip Line experience at Refreshing Mountain takes from one to three hours depending on the program you choose. A discount is offered for those who book online and use the exclusive AMISH COUNTRY NEWS discount code, “AmishNews.” Visit for more information or call 717-738-1490.

2013 season, and provides longer zip lines, faster speeds, wider spans between trees, seven zip lines in all, and three sky bridges to traverse.

Zooming along on zip lines is thrilling to be sure. You’ll be wearing a harness, providing the all-important safety factor, that is connected via a cable to a pulley that "zips" through the "canopy" of trees from platform to platform on a sturdy line above. The experience offers a completely new and fascinating way to see Lancaster County’s natural outdoor beauty from a different perspective. You might even see some local wildlife from a bird’s eye view. Refreshing Mountain has two separate courses, and you can try either, or both. The “Challenge Adventure Tour” combines the thrill of zip-lining with the challenge (both physical and mental) of high adventure obstacles. The “Aerial Excursion Tour” is brand new for the

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by Brad Igou ne of my favorite events is also one of the lesser known to visitors, the Annual Threshermen’s Reunion at Rough & Tumble Historical Association. Lest you think this is some musty museumy-type place, think again. Here you will see all kinds of machines, big and small, operating from steam. If you have teenagers into “Steam Punk,” this may be the place to give them a REAL education. This August 14th event, now in its 65th year and the second oldest in the United States, is billed as “the most complete operating steam and gas engine show in the East." You might see horses on a treadmill powering a threshing machine, an operating saw mill, an ice-cream maker, or a steam engine powering a calliope. There are also antique cars, a working blacksmith, tractor pulls, and the impressive “Parade of Power” when the big steam engines and tractors strut their stuff. It’s really a lot of fun, plus you’ll mingle with many local Amish, some of whom use these tractors or machines daily. Of course, like any Amish Country event, there is great food, too!

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IS THERE AN AMISH MAFIA? by the Staff of Ultimately, however, the AMISH COUNTRY NEWS Experience felt compelled to he controversial Discovery set the record straight. They had Channel “reality” TV series, heard from Amish concerned that AMISH MAFIA, debuted in no one was there to challenge late 2012 shortly after TLC’s rating the lies, misrepresentations, success of BREAKING AMISH. and exaggerations about their The nine one-hour episodes of community. The staff was both BREAKING AMISH purported to saddened that the tour never got off follow a group of Amish youth who the ground, and distressed that the had left their Lancaster County show’s premise implied the creation homes to travel to New York City. of the “Amish Mafia” was a response There they debate out loud for the to the Amish school shootings here a cameras whether to join the Amish few years back, a despicable claim church as adults with the lifeWhen pressure from Discovery Channel lawyers put an end to at best. long commitment to the faith and the "Amish Mafia-Chust Nonsense Tour" this cartoon by Bill As it turns out, however, the Amish Dussinger appeared in the Lancaster Newspapers. The Distelfink community that becoming Amish Experience has been accurately bird is a Pennsylvania Dutch symbol for good luck and happiness. means. Season Two, which unites and respectfully depicting Amish most of the cast in the Amish enlife as part of its Amish Farmlands Tours since clave in Sarasota, Florida is airing now. Before the current AMISH MAFIA series, we oldest tour and interpretive center, the Amish 1959. Explanations as to the how’s and why’s had UPN’s AMISH IN THE CITY in 2004, Experience, discovered that many people, of Amish culture have always been central to which presumably inspired the UK’s AMISH: whether locals or visitors, were asking if there the tours. Thus, it took little to set the AMISH WORLD’S SQUAREST TEENAGERS, airing really is an “Amish Mafia” and how much in the MAFIA record straight --- simply to state the more outrageous of the AMISH MAFIA claims in 2010. The premise of all these show was series was true. basically to document the drama as Amish teens We learned that the Amish Experience had two and then explain the truth about Amish life, all are taken out of their communities and exposed ways to respond --- either deal seriously with the the while driving through beautiful countryside. to modern urban life. But AMISH MAFIA took claims made in the show or laugh them off as So now on each of its Farmlands Tours, run things in a whole new unfortunate direction. nonsense. The Experience folks decided to do four times a day, seven days a week, the Amish The premise of AMISH MAFIA, set here in more than just scratch the surface and felt that Experience tour guides set about to separate Lancaster County, is that within the local Amish a tour was the ideal format to channel the high AMISH MAFIA fact from fiction. community there is a small, secret group known level of interest in the AMISH MAFIA while A version of the tour for motorcoach groups as the "Amish Mafia” that does everything from dispelling the untruths and clarifying the half- of 25 or more is also offered which includes enforcing Amish rules to protecting the Amish in truths in the series. a conversation with an Amish elder at home. ways that the church itself cannot. Before every The series production staff originally told the Visitors thus have the opportunity to meet episode viewers are told that “the Amish church Amish Experience that the AMISH MAFIA and ask questions of an actual member of the denies the existence of the Amish Mafia,” akin would portray “how the community works community and draw their own conclusions as to my denying to the New York Times that I've together.” It was obvious they knew very little to how the Amish are depicted in the show. been abducted by aliens. Thus the stage was set about the Amish and we applauded the decision for the initial series, featuring confrontations and to deny the request to assist the film crew or Copies of the tour script were given to several Amish families, including two ministers, to read exchanges that ranged from the outrageous, to become involved in any way in the project. and pass on for sensitivity and accuracy. Minor the ridiculous, to the barely-plausible. Hot Snakes Media is the production company The AMISH MAFIA series has been called responsible for AMISH MAFIA. Its website changes were made and the conclusion was “docu-fiction” by some, whatever that means. touts their “highly irreverent shows,” so at least that the Amish Experience had gotten it right. Discovery tells us that the incidents are true, they are being honest about that. However, the Ultimately, the goal of the tour is for visitors to but most are re-enacted. To us, if they ever took extremes to distort and exaggerate shamefully come to see our Amish friends and neighbors place, most did so only in the imaginations of tarnish many of the values and traditions the more as locals, no more perfect than are we, the show's producers. It would appear that the Amish hold dear. The Amish, for whom no but with many values we might learn from, and characters we meet are also a mix of fact and spokesperson exists, are an easy target as the worthy of our respect, not our ridicule. fiction. While the show has not shied away from misconceptions about them are many, and the We've actually produced a special edition the run-ins with the law most of the “Mafia” show takes advantage of both. AMISH COUNTRY NEWS tabloid parody members have had, there is much more to be Cease and desist letters from the Discovery debunking AMISH MAFIA show claims, found from court records locally and elsewhere. Channel and Hot Snakes led to the Amish examining criminal backgrounds of cast It appears that the public’s curiosity with the Experience's abandoning the original members, and suggesting how many of the Amish has not been this widespread since 1985’s tour concept of “Amish Mafia – Chust scenes were actually filmed. 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n March 3, 2013, a special two-hour AMISH MAFIA broadcast followed a repeat of the last episode of Season One. Thus the stage has been set for Season Two scheduled to air in August with filming having been ongoing locally. Locations have been kept more secretive, although quite a few residents can tell you where much of the filming has taken place. First, let me introduce the premise, claims and characters briefly for those who are not familiar with the show: • The Amish don’t trust the outside world, especially when it comes to law enforcement and therefore handle policing their community internally. • The Amish Mafia is in charge of doing the dirty work – the activities that need to be done, but the church won’t or can’t do. • Lebanon Levi is the ring-leader, Alvin is his right-hand man, and John is the young apprentice, working his way up in the organization. • John’s sister, Esther, isn’t a member of the Mafia, but she’s constantly embroiled in the action due to her close family ties to John, and her more amorous ties to the rest of the gang. • Jolin, the Mennonite of the group, is the enforcer, who can do certain dirty deeds the rest can’t because he’s not Amish. • Alan, the so-called “Black Amishman,” is involved in clandestine and illegal activities that raise money for the Mafia. He gets in trouble early on with Levi and eventually ends up in jail. • As the show developed in further episodes, an Ohio Amish Mafia connection is introduced, with the central character in that faction one Merlin Miller, who ultimately fights for control of Lebanon Levi’s territory. • Toward the end of Season One, things are in disarray. Jolin, dissatisfied with how Levi has been treating him, has left the crew. Esther and John, trying to out-maneuver and oust Levi from control, end up in cahoots with Merlin. Levi manages to get Merlin shunned by the church in Ohio after Merlin sets fire to Levi’s office. John, who has managed to get in trouble with both Levi and Merlin, flees to his brother’s home in North Dakota, leaving Esther behind in Lancaster.

Levi, Caleb, and Crazy Dave Since both John and Jolin have deserted their boss, Lebanon Levi, a new recruit is needed. A young man named Caleb comes to volunteer. A lawyer notes that “Caleb has amassed a very fine criminal record.” (In reality, virtually everyone on the show has that claim to fame.) However, Caleb is unsuccessful in his assigned task of stealing back a horse, so a disgusted Levi ends up doing it himself. It is not certain whether we’ll see more of Caleb in Season Two or not. Levi goes to pick up another character, Crazy Dave, released after completing rehab for a DUI offense, in the hopes he can have him set up more youth parties to raise now badly needed funds for the Mafia. After one such disastrous party, Levi can find neither Dave nor the money from the party. Alan, who has spent four months in prison, is finally released, blames Levi for his arrest, and tells Levi he will bring him down. Levi vows to “fight for my people,” as Alan tells him, “Watch your back.” Alan notes that he will be there to help Amish kids who need cell phones and iPads. (Thank goodness!) He then goes to court in Perry County, saying Levi may somehow have been behind the 30 violations, including a felony, he has been charged with. (Levi apparently is very influential with judges in the judicial system.)

The smiling "Amish Mafia" boss Lebanon Levi makes an appearance at Matthews Library in March 2013.

Merlin, Rosa, and Wayne Meanwhile out in Ohio, Merlin, who you will recall is being shunned, concludes he needs to get closer to God. Merlin’s sister Rosa says God has indeed picked him as the “chosen one.” But, because of the shunning, other Amish businesses will no longer work with him. Merlin thus instructs Rosa and his cohort in Season One, the midget Wayne, to “do whatever it takes to convince” church members to “unshun” him, which apparently includes smashing mailboxes. Perhaps further fearing “the wrath of Merlin threatened on Holmes County,” the church vote is unanimous and Merlin is unshunned, now free to go after Levi. Continued on Page 38

A special two-hour episode concluded the first season and set the stage for the Season Two. Following is a summary of the characters and storylines at the end of the final episode of Season One. • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 27


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Journey along back country roads, deep into the Amish Farmlands to discover sights rarely seen. Under the watchful eye of your guide, you’ll gain insights into the “how” and “why” of an everchanging culture, and see at-the-moment activities of the Amish. If you’ve seen the Amish portrayed on the Discovery Channel’s “Reality” TV Show, and you wonder what really is true and not true about the Amish, this is the tour you can’t afford to miss! We’ll debunk myths about the Amish and provide accurate, respectful, and authentic information, just like we have been for over 50 years. Plus, now through August 31, 2013 we’ll provide each guest who purchases the Amish Farmlands Tour, or one of our combination packages, with a voucher for a free buggy ride at Aaron & Jessica’s.

Harrison Ford in the movie WITNESS lived as an Amishman on this Amish farm. Our exclusive tour is your only chance to visit the farm, hear legendary tales of the filming, and take photos inside the barn and summer kitchen of this picturesque property seen on movie screens by millions. Marvel at the historic covered bridges we cross making our way through unexplored parts of Amish Country.

Rare is the opportunity to meet with Amish families willing to share their traditions and beliefs with you. In a group whose size is never more than 14, this is the only Amish Tour to be designated an official “Heritage Tour” by the County. Visit an Amish farm at milking time, stop at a Cottage Industry, and finally gather round a living room in an Amish home for an informal conversation with the family.

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Plain & Fancy — Farm to Table Since 1959 Where It All Began Over 50 years ago, Plain & Fancy Farm opened to provide delicious, authentic Amish meals to visitors from all over the world, the first family-style restaurant in Lancaster County. Since then, Plain & Fancy Farm has become not only a PA Dutch culinary delight, but has also added fun and interesting attractions such as the Amish Experience, Amish Country Tours, the Amish Country Homestead, and Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides. The onsite Country Store offers excellent country shopping, and the newest addition to the property, Amish View Inn & Suites, welcomes visitors with luxurious lodging amidst all that Plain & Fancy has to offer.

A Lancaster Original Amos, Ben, Manny and Elmer are some of the Amish farmers who supply Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant with the farm-fresh produce it serves on a daily basis. Depending on the season, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, squash, peppers and onions are all sourced fromthe farms within a horseDebunking “truths, untruths, and-buggy’s These neighbors, and the anddrive. misconceptions” portrayed the blockbuster Discover neighbors on before them, have helped Plain Channel "reality" series, The farm & Fancy Farm Restaurant go “from Amish filmed The in Lancaster to table” for overMafia, 50 years. restaurant County PA's Amish is AAA recommended, a PACountry. Preferred and Tour winner, Highlights ServSafe award andInclude: the Pennsylvania Synopsis of theGreat TV series recipient of• USA Today’s Plate Award. • Today's ever-increasing

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Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant is best • Special "I Survived the Amish known as Lancaster County’s original Mafia" button family-style restaurant. The all-you-can-eat • Ice cream cone at one of Amish Farm Feast Levi’s includes your entrees, Lebanon haunts side dishes, starters, desserts and beverages. 2.5 chicken hours pot Enjoy friedDuration: chicken, approx roast beef, May 4-Oct 25 pie, baked sausage, real mashed potatoes, 7 days a week, 5:15pm buttered noodles, green and yellow string Limited to 14 chow passengers beans, dried sweet corn, chow, cole slaw, Notrolls recommended for children. raisin bread, and apple butter, lemonade, iced tea, hot tea, coffee, sourTour cream Disclaimer: The Amish Mafia is a apple of Dutchland Inc. t/aice The cream. crumb pie,product shoofly pie andTours, vanilla Amish meal Experience. Amish MafiaVs. TourFood’s is It was this very thatThe drew Man not affiliated in any way with The Discovery Adam Richman to Amish Country, who went Channel which produces and airs the behind the Amish scenes in the Plain & Fancy kitchen Mafia Reality Series. for one of his popular show’s episodes.

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menu is also a great value with daily specials starting at $10 or less.

The Country Store Find books, DVDs, candles, souvenirs and local handcrafts, and more. Explore The Country Store’s collection of traditional Amish clothing, straw hats, bonnets, toys and dolls, and discover new treasures to adorn your kitchen and home. You’ll find seasonal items as well as Christmas decorations, available year round. The store also features Kauffman's Fruit Farm jams and jellies, bakery fresh items from Miller’s Bakery, and Plain & Fancy chow chow and apple butter.

AmishView Inn & Suites While you’re at Plain & Fancy Farm, you’re invited to stroll up and visit AmishView Inn & Suites, a classically beautiful hotel that features elegant accommodations and incredible views. If time permits, a front desk representative can provide you with a quick tour of the hotel. The indoor pool, fitness center, arcade, whirlpools and fireplaces make AmishView perfect for an intimate getaway, family vacation, or corporate retreat. Complimentary hot country breakfast, wireless internet, HBO, DVD players, special amenities and kitchenettes come with every room.

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erhaps no other town in the entire country can claim its fame on just one simple thing --- its name. Harrison Ford drove a buggy past the road sign on a memorable visit in the Hollywood blockbuster hit of the movie "Witness." For years people have postmarked “Intercourse” on envelopes, and the jokes from visitors who travel through Bird-in-Hand to Intercourse are endless. There are several theories for the name, but that which we find most plausible follows. Around 1730, the Old Provincial Highway (now Route 340) was laid out to connect Philadelphia with Lancaster. Conestoga wagons hauled freight back and forth between the two cities. Providing rest for travelers and horses, taverns sprouted along the way, becoming centers for news, gossip, and commerce. The construction of a log tavern in 1754 at the intersection of Newport Road and the Highway took “Cross Keys” as its name.




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It remained such until 1814, when the name was changed to Intercourse as part of a failed real estate scheme of a Mr. George Brungard, who had acquired 48 acres of nearby land and attempted to lay out a town site and divide it into sections for sale by a lottery, advertising “151 handsome building lots of $250 each to be drawn for by number.” Renaming the town made sense, as intercourse had a common usage referring to the pleasant mutual fellowship and frequent intermingling which were so common in the informal atmosphere of the quiet country village. Over time, Brungard’s scheme begat others. As recently as 1971, an enterprising soul tried to take advantage of the town’s name by selling deeds for one-inch square plots of Intercourse to visitors. Creative, but nonetheless a failure. By 1880, Intercourse had a population of 280 with a post office that actually moved among stores or restaurants as owners hoped visits by residents would increase their business.

The local stagecoach service started around 1898 as “a single horse conveyance similar to a market wagon, with a roll-up curtain and double set of seats.” When the stagecoach driver knew of passengers beforehand, their comfort on cold days was added to with the placement of hot bricks heated in the oven, and wrapped in newspaper to preserve their warmth. As the days of the dirt road drew to a close, so too did the stagecoach era. In 1923 a transit company was organized and bus service initiated to and from Lancaster. While “many of the Amish residents of the area were eager to see the line started, they did not want to invest in stock of the Company. Instead they bought books of tickets which were really prepaid bus

Quilts on the porch and washline are the calling card to passersby at Esh Handmade Quilts east of Intercourse.

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fares.” Enough money was raised to buy a Mack Auto Bus for $6,800. It held 25 passengers and even had solid rubber tires! Today Intercourse has been recognized as a “foodie” town by the PA Dutch Visitor’s Bureau. You'll soon discover why walking the streets of this tiny hamlet is an absolute mustvisit for everyone.


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SOUTH PACIFIC Brings Golden Age of Musicals to Dutch Apple by Clinton Martin


t's hard to believe that SOUTH PACIFIC first opened on Broadway over 63 years ago onApril 7, 1949. It earned Rodgers and Hammerstein the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year. There's no doubt that the famously recognizable songs of this classic are as entertaining as ever. The talented cast at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre will be whisking visitors from Amish Country to a tropical island naval base during

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World War II, bringing to life with singing and dancing the romantic tale of love and loss. The story follows two couples, an American nurse and French plantation owner along with an Army lieutenant and a native girl, as they all fall in love. As the story unfolds, the refrains of “There is Nothin' Like a Dame,” “Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” and other tunes make it difficult not to sing along...out loud! My advice is to call, click, or stop in for your tickets now, as this timeless wonder is likely to sell out. The performance schedule varies, but shows are normally Tuesday through Sunday. SOUTH PACIFIC is on stage July 5 through August 17. Adult ticket prices (dinner and show) run from $49 to $55 with discounted child and show-only options available. Tickets can be reserved by calling (717) 898-1900, visiting or stopping by the box office at 510 Centerville Road in Lancaster.

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Good ’N Plenty Restaurant is proud to serve a unique dining experience since 1969. At Good ’N Plenty, we are pleased to offer our guests family style dining, menu dining, a takeout program, an award-winning bake shop and an extensive gift shop. At Good ’N Plenty Restaurant, we have something for everyone. We offer three ways for guests to enjoy our delicious food.

Family Style Dining

Our traditional all you can eat family style dining is our most popular dining option. Guests are seated at large tables, often with other restaurant guests and all the food is brought to the table by our experienced and friendly servers.

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Our menu dining option is perfect for guests with a smaller appetite who would like to dine at individual tables. In addition to all the Pennsylvania Dutch favorites, our menu features fresh-made soups, garden-fresh salads and made-to-order sandwiches.


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Our world famous Good ’N Plenty bakery, located on the lower level, is filled with traditional PA Dutch favorites, seasonal treats and award-winning delights. Customers near and far comment on the incredible variety available at the Good ’N Plenty Gift Shop with something for everyone!

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This entire century had been one of continued misery for the peasants of the Palatinate (western Germany). The Thirty Years War had raged across the area with barbaric ruthlessness. The peasant inhabitants fled to nearby Holland for refuge. And within a decade of the end of that conflict, King Louis XIV of France started a new religious war in the same general area. These Palatinate peasants were exhausted by war’s desolation, and were ripe for a new start. Traveling land agents for William Penn’s new colony found listening ears. In addition to religious freedom and a peaceful existence, Penn offered cheap land. The stated price was 100 English pounds for 5,000 acres. (At today’s rate exchange, this would be less than $.04 an acre). By the year 1702, a goodly number of Palatinates had immigrated to Pennsylvania, and Queen Anne, newly reigning in England, was delighted that Penn was colonizing his immense grant without drawing off the population of Britain. The area today called New Holland was practically covered by virgin forests—sturdy timbers of oak, ash, chestnut, and walnut. By 1728, William Penn had been dead for 10 years and his American colony, called Pennsylvania, was being administered by a proprietary governor while the sale of land was formalized by patent deeds. In 1802, when a post office was established and an official name was necessary, there was no objection to naming the town New Holland. These grateful people remembered how extremely kind the inhabitants of Holland were to them, and the assistance that included funds to cover the cost of the refugee German immigrants’ ocean voyage. This was no small matter when the alternative was indentured service for a period of years. For adults, indenture frequently meant four to seven years of labor without pay. Minors served until their 21st birthday. But still, William Penn’s Quaker Pennsylvania was liberation compared to the Europe they fled seeking freedom of religion, assembly and speech for all, hopefully, none of which we take for granted today.

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he instability in Europe in the late 1600’s spawned and nurtured the pioneer interest in the deep forest lands of Pennsylvania — 60 miles inland from Philadelphia. In 1681 William Penn received his 40,000 square-mile land grant to settle King Charles’ debt to his father. Himself a Quaker, Penn had experienced religious persecution firsthand, and decided to establish his American colony based on complete religious freedom.



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Say Your “I Do” at White Chimneys by Clinton Martin


lanning a destination wedding? Have we got a place for you! Come to Historic White Chimneys. Arrive in an antique horse-drawn carriage. Have a reception in the remodeled tobacco barn. Sit by the fountain. Smell the roses. Before or after, enjoy the majestic beauty of the Amish farmlands. Steeped in local history since the founding of the property in the early 1700’s as part of William Penn’s land grant, the restored White Chimneys is a stately farmstead situated in the “Gap in the Hills” along the County’s main RT 30 thoroughfare. Today, the property not only exemplifies old-world Federal-style in the Mansion’s architectural features, but also offers a formal European garden with a beautiful fountain embedded in a brick veranda --- the perfect setting for pictures. The fenced in pasture and farmland beyond are the final touch that creates the magnificent setting for a comfortably rustic, yet refined gathering. The property hosts various activities yearround, from graduation parties to hay rides to open hearth cooking, but the weddings started when a few close friends of the White Chimneys family requested the property as a backdrop for their nuptials. Since then, the owners have said “I do” to more than 30 ceremonies each year. The renovated barn, originally used years ago to dry and age tobacco grown on the farm, is often used by wedding parties to host the reception activities. With room for up to 250 people, it is equipped with fully modern restroom facilities, kitchen and serving area, and can be decorated in endless ways. Equally important is that the venue is open to any caterer, so the wedding party can arrange their own, or seek out a suggestion from the White Chimneys recommended list. This added flexibility is certainly appreciated in the often complex and exhaustive planning process. Inquiries may be directed to weddings@, although plenty of details, not to mention fun bridal photo albums from past weddings, can be found on White Chimney’s Facebook page.

The Book All Readers of Amish Fiction Need to Have! There are many entertaining books about the Amish anywhere books are sold. Most are worthwhile, and provide hours of enjoyment. But, where does one turn to hear the voice of the Amish themselves? The Amish In Their Own Words, compiled by Brad Igou, brings together writings from 25 years of Family Life Magazine, which Igou organized into topics such as Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun. Purchase your copy today anywhere books are sold.


Available at the Amish Experience, Plain & Fancy Farm, Berean Bookstores, by phone and online at leading book web sites. • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 35

Shady Maple Complex Shines Ever-Bright! by Clinton Martin

There’s always been something special about Shady Maple. Although it’s big to be sure, there’s nothing “complex” about this Complex. I wanted to highlight a couple of my favorite Shady Maple haunts. It wasn’t easy choosing just three, but here goes...

Good’s Store While this store may define dictionary definitions for the word “good,” such as bountiful, agreeable, attractive and considerable, it’s called “Good’s” simply because that’s the founder’s last name. And after 50 years, locals and visitors alike know the name does indeed describe the shopping experience. The family has even grown the business to include three other locations in addition to the flagship Shady Maple store. Good’s Store carries clothing for the entire family including hats and plain suits for the Amish and Plain comunity, plus brand names like Carhartt, Wolverine, Dickies, and Skechers. Then there’s Kitchenware, Giftware, Toys, Fabric, Home Living, Hardware, Lawn and Garden, and crafter’s supplies such as thread, batting, and fabrics. A variety of Quilt Kits are also available at many skill levels. Stop in today and experience Good Country Shopping at Good Family Prices.

Martin’s Trailside Express While Martin’s Trailside Express has been open to the public since 1998, the story of this convenient quick stop for food, fuel, and a shine goes back a number of years. The company’s patriarch, Earl Martin, had originally allowed a few close neighbors to come and purchase gasoline from his trucking company at a lower bulk rate. New regulations for underground tanks gave him the incentive to expand his location and open a retail gas station type facility.

Today, it’s much more than just a place to top off the tank. Martin’s has all the necessary trappings to refresh your automobile, from a wash to your basic essentials such as oil and windshield washer fluid, to those little niggling “wish-Ihads” like chrome goodies, CB accessories and much, much more! If you need a personal fuel up, Martin's stocks a coffee island of Baronet brand beverages, plus a huge assortment of snacks, sweets and sides. Better still, when the friendly staff at Martin's tie on an apron and fire up the grill to make you a delicious burger to-order, fry up some kickin' chicken, or prepare a delicious sandwich, you know you'll soon be primed to hit the road again in style. They are a great stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack-time! Also try their soft ice cream, flavor-burst, shakes and “razzles.” Yes, Martin’s Trailside Express is a truck stop, but trust me, you’ll find the experience goes far beyond simply moving the needle from E to F!

Shady Maple Smorgasbord Shady Maple Smorgasbord is arguably the most famous of the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants in Amish Country. Interestingly enough however, the namesake restaurant of the property near Blue Ball was not the seed that grew to be the mighty complex it is today. That honor belongs to the Shady Maple Farm Market, a simple roadside stand at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Z. Martin, parents of current owners, Miriam and Marvin Weaver. The Martin’s called their produce stand “Shady Maple,” as it was situated directly underneath a towering tree.

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But they soon outgrew their roadside surroundings. With every addition to the market, more locals and visitors were finding their way and filling their baskets. Today it’s the largest grocery market in Lancaster County, in both size and selection. You probably don’t often visit grocery outlets when on vacation, but you owe it to yourself to set foot in Shady Maple’s foyer and have your idea of the super market forever altered. Of course, the restaurant was a natural evolution of operating a market that specialized in fresh country meats, just-off-the-boat seafood selections, and a produce department seemingly as big as the farms supplying it. Thus, Amish Country’s must-try gastronomic “event” is today the Shady Maple Smorgasbord where unending delicious selections are displayed in steaming trays arrayed along “bars” for you to peruse at your leisure. The sense of being in Amish Country is very real, as the food options reflect the surrounding countryside, from a dozen ways to prepare corn to a hot batch of chipped beef gravy to pour over oven-fresh buttermilk biscuits. Suffice it to say there is an amazing variety along the 200-plus feet of buffets. And each night at the Smorgasbord sports an additional theme with the chefs’ take on seafood, steaks, chops, and ribs. Hungry yet? Believe me, whether Amish Country is your destination, or you’re just passing through, Shady Maple is a great way to spend a few hours, whatever the season, whatever the reason! • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 37


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Amish Mafia Second Season Preview (Continued from Page 27)

Jolin Jolin, having left Levi, lives alone in Central PA at his hunting cabin, saying he doesn’t need Levi and is happy not to be doing his dirty work. But when he gets a call from an Amish woman

needing help from her abusive husband, he rescues her in his truck as she is being chased across a field by her husband. Clearly, Jolin still can’t resist such cries for help.

Alvin Levi’s loyal henchman goes to Sarasota, Florida's Pinecraft community to force someone

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named Jonas who owes Levi money to return to Lancaster by bus so Levi can deal with him. Alvin completes his task proclaiming that “even down here in Sarasota people know who Levi is.” (That may well be because the contents of these TV shows have outraged the Amish community everywhere.)

John, Esther, and Freeman Remember John? He has left Lancaster for North Dakota to hide out from Merlin and Levi, both of whom he has displeased. Sister Esther is alone in Lancaster and without protection from Levi. She sets out to find John and bakes a shoofly pie (what else?) as a gift for him. Esther, feeling she and John should really be the leaders of the Lancaster Amish Mafia, tells him she cannot “run” the entire community alone. John suggests the added muscle of Freeman, their younger brother, is needed, but unfortunately he may be possessed by the devil. (What?) John says he will only go back to Lancaster if Freeman goes with him. Esther demands Freeman has an Amish exorcism! Fearing this “Amish cleansing” was unsuccessful, she worries about the consequences of bringing Freeman back home with them. To further complicate things, they are barely back in Lancaster before John is arrested. (Yes, he really was!) Continued on Page 40

13 Years Strong!


isitors to Lancaster County love to experience the serenity of days gone by.

Part of this experience includes the delicious foods of the area and the handcrafted products of furniture artisans, including the still very much in demand Amish furniture. One place that offers both is the world famous Shady Maple complex. When Shady Maple Smorgasbord moved into a larger building across the parking lot a decade ago, the former restaurant building became home to one of the largest and best furniture stores in the area, Country Home Furniture. The store is now celebrating its 13th anniversary in business. According to management, "We like to think we're helping to preserve a little piece of America's furniture making history. Our craftsmen are steeped in tradition. They deeply care about their work." On two floors and 30,000 square feet of selling space in their retail store, you will find eight manufacturers of Americanmade sofas and recliners, made in North Carolina, Ohio and Mississippi, in addition to over 30 manufacturers of solid wood dining, bedroom, office, occasional and entertainment… and the area's largest selection of Amish furniture. The hardwood pieces come from American handcrafters and Amish builders in Ohio, Indiana and right here in Lancaster County. With hundreds of stylish products in traditional, transitional, modern and country looks on the floor, there is something for everyone. Unlike other stores where your only choices are what you see, at Country Home Furniture, you can have a hand in every facet of your design. That's the beauty of shopping there. Customers love the flexibility of having a piece made for them by selecting the wood, stain, hardware and fabric. If beautiful, quality, brand new, solid wood, American handcrafted furniture are important to you, then you owe it to yourself to explore Country Home Furniture. As they like to say, it's "worth the drive to the countryside" to come see the craftsmanship first hand, then enjoy your meal at Shady Maple Smorgasbord - two great things that make Lancaster County famous. Country Home Furniture is open Monday and Friday 10-7, Tuesday through Thursday 10-5, and Saturdays 9-5. The entire complex at Shady Maple is closed on Sundays.

For more information, call 717-354-2329, go online to or email GPS address is 1352 Main Street, East Earl Township, PA. 2 • Amish Country News • Spring 2013 • • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 39

Got Brew? All That and More at Union Barrel Works by Clinton Martin


ust north of Ephrata, an up-and-coming force in the Lancaster County dining scene is quietly making a stir. Union Barrel Works has been pumping a special energy into the peaceful little village of Reamstown. It all started when the Rupp family left one of the “old guard” breweries in Lancaster County and decided to start their own brewpub.

Amish Mafia Second Season Preview (Continued from Page 38)


Their idea, like many others, was to craft excellent small-batch micro-beers, but a keen sense of "There Must Also Be Good Food” made their endeavors unique. All around the County new breweries are pouring hops in a kettle, hoping to press out a niche in the ever-expanding craft beer market, but UBW made sure to have a renowned chef alongside the classically trained brew master.

To the reader it should seem quite obvious how ludicrous, contrived and offensive this all is. But thus ends Season One, with practically everyone plotting to bring Levi down, and the promise of more bizarre scenarios, lies, and perhaps heightened violence… the antithesis of the realities of the Amish community, faith, and culture.

Next was the search for the perfect location. Eventually, an historic old brick façade at 6 N. Reamstown Road was uncovered. Not surprisingly, the place needed a lot of work, but the 100s of hours of “sweat equity” resulted in just the right atmosphere to enjoy a superb meal experience while sampling some truly special brews. The original tin ceiling is a throw-back to Victorian America, and the bar itself dates back to the 1800s. Imagine the stories it could tell! Sturdy hardwood floors remind guests that this building was made for work, and built to last. Your memories will surely last for a very long time as well after you’ve visited, tasted, sipped, sighed, and smiled at the offerings of Union Barrel Work’s friendly kitchen and approachable beer. Whether you favor traditional pub grub such as wings and burgers, or you find yourself

filled with pearls (although you’re more likely to see mussels on the menu). Bite into something amazing, raise a glass of beer next to the tanks where it all started, and, if you’re like the gang here at AMISH COUNTRY NEWS, you’ll be planning your next visit before the second glass of the “Hefeweizen” Beer is served!

Today’s Amish reality shows rely on society’s continuing sense of an Amish “nirvana,” certainly not propagated by the Amish, to fictionalize and sensationalize Amish human frailties in order to appeal to their TV audiences. Forgive us if we offer this observation --- the very fact that these shows are so popular perhaps reveals more about those who watch them than it does about the Amish.

in an adventurous spirit and go for the Coquille St. Jacques (sautéed scallops with bacon and mushrooms deglazed with a white wine and finished with cream and parmesan cheese; served over puff pastry) the menu is your oyster shell

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NOTE: To learn more about the lies, misconceptions, and little known secrets behind this show, pick up a free copy of the special tabloid edition of AMISH COUNTRY NEWS with the headline AMISH MAFIA EXPOSED, now in distribution.

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isitors to Lancaster from the east on RT 30 travel through Paradise, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2012. The town’s story traces back to Europe over 300 years ago, to the area of the Palatinate in Germany where Protestants had settled following the declaration of King Louis XIV that all Protestants in France would be persecuted. Fearing a French invasion, many accepted the invitation to settle in the New World in William Penn’s colony of Penn’s Woods. By 1712, they had secured land in Lancaster’s Pequea Valley as the area’s first white people, living peaceably with local Indians.



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The origins of RT 30, also known as “Lincoln Highway,” date back to Lancaster’s Colonial days when the frontier county needed a highway to connect it with the provincial capital of Philadelphia. The first road that was constructed is now RT 340, still referred to as the “Old Philadelphia Pike.” Soon, it was apparent that this road was insufficient to handle the increasing traffic, and in 1790, a commission to survey a new route was created. Since the cost was too much for the state to undertake, the company charged with building it was given the power to demand “reasonable” tolls from users. Investors received dividends earned from tolls collected along the gates of the turnpike. (As the toll was paid, the gate or “pike” was turned, hence the term “turnpike”). The Act described the construction of the highway, which was to be a bed of small crushed stones on top with, rather than dirt, larger stones underneath to prevent carriage wheels from cutting into the soil. This revolutionary system of road construction is credited to a John McAdam, whose name became the term for paved or “macadam” roads. The "Lincoln Highway" (RT 30) opened in 1795 as the first long-distance, hard surfaced road in the country. Taverns and stagecoach stops grew up along the turnpike for weary travelers. Of these, the Revere Tavern, dating back to 1740 and originally called the

“Sign of the Spread Eagle”, still proudly stands today. In 1841, the tavern became the residence of Reverend Edward V. Buchanan and his wife Eliza Foster Buchanan. Eliza was the sister of Stephen Foster, whose immortal songs will always be a part of Americana. Foster not only penned music at the tavern, but sent many of his manuscripts to Eliza, also a talented musician, for her approval. On the banks of the Pequea Creek, Eliza and Stephen played many of Stephen’s 200 songs, including “Way Down Upon the Swanee River” and “Oh, Susanna.” Wherever you happen to call “paradise,” we hope that a little bit of our own Paradise won’t do you any harm! • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 41

Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall Special to Amish Country News


ooking for an experience, not just another antique mall? Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall is home to 26,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles, items such as furniture, glassware, sterling silver, advertising, jewelry, toys and much more displayed by over 125 dealers. For the nostalgic shopper, housed inside the antique mall is an Old Time General Store, full of vintage barber shop, ice cream parlor, hardware and drugstore memorabilia which will take you back to the Mom & Pop stores of years ago. Not Just Baskets, located next door to the Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall, carries a huge selection of

baskets, quilts, luxury gifts and everyday items to choose from. You can fill a basket with any assortment of treats from pottery to spice mixes, quilts to candles, cookbooks

Only Minutes Away From Everything Amish Country Has To Offer! to spa items – and have it all wrapped up in cellophane in a beautiful basket for a perfect gift. Or gather pet treats, dip and spice mixes and PA Dutch candies for your family, friends – even yourself.

Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall is located at 3371 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, on Route 30, only minutes away from everywhere and everything Amish Country has to offer.

With $15.00 purchase or more and this coupon. Only at: Not Just Baskets Limit one coupon per purchase. (Expires 9/30/13.)

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High Seas of Adventure… Down on the Farm by Clinton Martin


ou might not expect to see a tall ship setting sail on Amish Country’s verdant fields, but when that ship is patterned into the soil by hundreds of thousands of stalks of corn, you’ve then discovered just how such a high-seas adventure is possible around here. Yes, the 2013 theme for Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s immensely popular “Amazing Maize Maze” is “Set Sail…High Seas Adventure!”

The maze is contained within a five-acre field of corn, grown purposefully to magically create the image of an oceanic voyage. There are over 2.5 miles of trails within the maze, which also happen to be full of clues that help the mazeadventurer find his way out. Of course there are always two Maze Masters on hand to guide those lost souls who have given up and are resigned to walk the plank… right out of the maze. Over 50 other farm-fun activities await besides the maze, making for hours of family entertainment at this one very unique “agritainment” attraction. There is so much to see and do, a perfect way to spend the afternoon, or the whole day, for families of all ages. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Closed Sundays and Mondays. Hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm or later (check the schedule online at CherryCrestAdventureFarm. com or call 866-546-1799.) To get there, take Cherry Hill Road north off of Route 741 (about 3 miles east of Strasburg) and look for Cherry Crest’s entrance on the left.

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ll aboard! Strasburg is a destination all its own in Dutch Country, home to many well known attractions. To name just a few --- the Strasburg Rail Road, Living Waters Theatre, Ghost Tours of Lancaster, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, National Toy Train Museum, and the Choo Choo Barn. But you may not know much about the interesting history of "Train Town." Strasburg, named for the city in France, was actually “founded” by a Frenchman, Pierre Bezaillion, who traded with the Delaware Indians. The story goes he came to the area in 1693, as French fur traders opened up the first path through this area from Philadelphia to the Susquehanna River. As early as 1716, when the first wagon was used for hauling goods, the path became





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known as the Conestoga Road, and the wagons that traveled them eventually became known as Conestoga Wagons. Main Street Strasburg was developed during the next half century as traffic on this road increased considerably and the first log houses appeared in the village about 1733. Strasburg continued to flourish in the 18th century primarily because of its location along the major wagon routes between Philadelphia, Lancaster, and the Susquehanna River.

Columbia Rail Roads were constructed. Strasburg residents became alarmed at the possibility of losing their commercial position and there soon emerged a charter for the Strasburg Rail Road to construct a rail line connecting Strasburg with the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Road main line near Paradise. Finally in the 1850’s, trains were hauling freight and passengers. About 100 years later, business had dwindled, and a severe storm in 1957 destroyed much of the track. It seemed the SRR had reached the end of the line. To the rescue came a group of local train enthusiasts who began bringing the SRR back to life in a totally new way. They added passenger cars and buildings, and today’s Strasburg Rail Road was born, destined to become one of Dutch Country’s top attractions. Appropriately enough, the State decided to build an expanded Rail Road Museum of Pennsylvania across the street, the ideal place to preserve the history of railroading in Pennsylvania. With the other train attractions nearby, it’s little wonder that Strasburg has earned the title of Train Town!

As Strasburg flourished, so did its neighbor to the east, Philadelphia. The commercial interests of Philadelphia pressured the State Legislature to improve the transportation network into their city. As a result, a series of canals along with the Philadelphia and • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 45

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Gigantic Model Train Layout For generations, our family has been bringing realistic detail and creative animation to our layout – expanding the artistry of model railroading and captivating visitors of all ages. • Huge layout –1,700 sq.ft. • 22 operating model trains • Over 150 hand-created, animated figures and details • See many local miniature

Visit Traintown, U.S.A.® at: • 717-687-7911 Route 741 East, 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA Just two blocks from the Strasburg Rail Road. Look for the train on the roof!

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National Toy Train Museum… Capturing the Imagination by Clinton Martin


rains have captivated our imaginations since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s. Toy counterparts of magnificent “iron horses” came not long after, with wooden and metal toy trains built in Europe in the 1860s. By the 1950s it seemed like nearly every little boy in America had his own toy train set, and American manufacturers were enjoying a golden age of toy train enthusiasm. Today, toy trains remain a joy for people of all ages, from those wishing to play and have fun with their own set at home, to those who collect trains with an expert eye for spot-on scale models. The National Toy Train Museum celebrates both ends of the spectrum, and in so doing contains one of the most extensive toy train collections in the world. The museum is right at home in Amish Country in the town of Strasburg, a place whose name is practically synonymous with coal burning locomotives.

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The museum is far from simply an array of displays to view and plaques to read. You can operate five train layouts by simply pushing buttons, with the controls placed so that even the youngest visitors have an excellent view of the action. Special exhibits, such as Harry's Hardware Store window and a Lionel Dealer's Exhibit present arrangements of toy trains as they would have appeared in the old department stores. Throughout the museum, toy trains are arranged by themes, such as old and rare historical, by track gauges, and many as they would be seen in a hobbyist’s layout. The National Toy Train Museum is located just north of Route 741 on Paradise Lane. For GPS directions, use 300 Paradise Lane, in Paradise Township, PA. Without a GPS, just drive east on Route 741 out of Strasburg, and turn left at the first traffic light leaving town, which is Paradise Lane. You’ll cross the Strasburg Rail Road tracks, pass by a motel, and the museum will be immediately on your right. Call 717-687-8976 or visit for more information.

800-827-8635 Dining • Shopping • Lodging

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Backroads Bus Tour Embark upon a 90-minute guided farmland tour, off the beaten path and along scenic countryside in Lancaster County, PA. • A behind-the-scenes look at Amish life • Unique stops and shops • Breathtaking views and beautiful countryside

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When It is Time to Mini-Golf, It’s Time to Village Greens

279 Years of Strasburg history providing ghost stories on the Ghost Tour offered nightly.

by Clinton Martin


lmost all of us enjoy a game of miniature golf – be it once a month when the weather’s nice, or once a year just to keep in practice. Others can’t get golf off the brain. Sure, they go along quietly without a fuss when the rest of the family wants to browse in a farm market or take an Amish Country Tour, but all the while, they have that little pock-marked white ball spinning through their minds, unable to shake the feeling that they’d rather be carefully lining up that daunting putt. Oh, and did I forget to mention that daunting putt happens to be sending the little round ball through the swinging arms of a windmill? Ah yes, our day-dreaming friend is of course the avid mini-golfer. The good news is, once the tour is over and the shopping bags have been stuffed, there’s always time for a round or two of fun and relaxing mini golf.

With beautiful landscaping and two courses to choose from, Village Greens is fun for everyone. Village Greens, just west of Strasburg on Route 741, has been satisfying visitors with that wonderful plunk, of a well-hit putt dropping into the cup, for generations. The courses are landscaped beautifully with trees, flowers, shrubs, and artfully done water features. It is definitely not your average mini golf course trek. The scenery, the course designs, and even the snack bar, are all a step up from what you might see along the boardwalk at the beach or in “the strip” of other destinations. Truly, you owe it to yourself to play a round at Village Greens. For those of you traveling with a GPS, use 1444 Village Road, Strasburg, PA 17579. Call (717) 687-6933 or visit for more information.

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Through October! Limited Time! Visit the farm where the movie was filmed

Mini Horses... They're Very Real by Clinton Martin

J The Movie Covered Bridge Tour Only 14 Guests Per Tour! Tours Run Saturdays Only! For Tickets and Info: 717-768-8400 Ext. 210 Follow in the footsteps of Harrison Ford! WITNESS the beauty of Lancaster County!

ust down a country lane, off a back road, not far from Strasburg’s attractions, the Henry and Linda Stoltzfus family tends a small farm and country store that is quite possibly Amish Country’s cutest, if not coolest, place to visit. This Amish farm doesn’t raise corn, cabbages, cows, or carrots. Rather, you'll think you're in the middle of a Disney film setting when you gaze upon the cute, cuddly mini-horses the Stoltzfus' are rearing.

You will fall in love with these little guys, but no, you can't take one home!

264 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572. For more The Stoltzfus family fosters ten or so of the information, call and leave message at 717-687miniature horses at a time, bred and raised to be 8237. gentle, friendly, and approachable. I encourage you to visit these cuties, pet them, and learn all about them. Your visit to the Li'l Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm is free, as is meeting and petting the horses. Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays, you'll want to head 12:19 to PM CCAF-4.9375x3.375-July_Layout 1 6/19/13 1 available at Dutchland Quilt Patch. BoltsPage of fabric


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Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop..................................... 15 Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord.........................................................2 Brass Eagle Family Restaurant (S)................... 27 Good 'N Plenty (S)............................................... 33 Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn (S)............ 47 Intercourse Canning Company (S).................. 32 Intercourse Village Olde Mill Restaurant....... 30 Iron Horse Inn (S)................................................ 46 Loxley's (S)................................................................6 Martin's Trailside Express................................... 37 Miller's Smorgasbord (S).................................... 21 Mount Hope Wine & Beer Gallery (S)............ 50 Plain & Fancy Farm (S)........................................ 29 Revere Tavern (S)................................................. 41 September Farm Cheese.................................... 38 Shady Maple Smorgasbord............................... 37 Union Barrel Works (S)....................................... 40 Zook's Homemade Chicken Pies..................... 17

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J & B Quilts and Crafts......................................... 45 Jake's Country Trading Post (S)........................ 43 Kahn Lucas Outlet (S)............................................7 Kauffman's Fruit Farm......................................... 15 Killer Hats (S)......................................................... 41 Lapp’s Quilts & Crafts.......................................... 46 Leacock Coleman Center................................... 24 Li’l Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm.................................. 45 Old Candle Barn................................................... 31 Omar & Sylvia Petersheim's Quilts & Fabrics... 14 Renninger's Antique Market (S)....................... 13 Riehl's Quilts & Crafts.......................................... 16 Sauder's Fabrics..................................................... 32 Sam's Man Cave.................................................... 21 Shupp's Grove....................................................... 13 Smucker's Quilts................................................... 35 Witmer Quilt Shop................................................ 35 Wolf Rock Furniture.............................................. 44 Zook's Fabric Store............................................... 32

What's Coming Up In August 2013!

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This August we'll celebrate all things "Made in Amish Country!" Don't miss this issue, which will uncover numerous ways local craftspeople bake, broil, smoke, and cure delicious Amish Country delicacies, not to mention those hardworking hand-making furniture shops, whose craft has become so renown that we've coined the phrase, "Amish Country furniture is no longer a style, it has become a standard."

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Calling All Pho tographers! 2013 Amish Co untry New

s Photo Contest Ours is one of the most photographed areas in the world. With so much beauty and variety around us, it’s no wonder! If you think you’ve got a great photo, why not send it to us? The winner will recieve free tour and attraction tickets. In addition, you will see your photo in the pages of Amish Country News! Other prizes will also go to the first, second, and third runners-up. All submitted photos become the property of Amish Country News and the Amish Experience. Photos may also be used in upcoming issues, in other publications, and/or for other promotional purposes.

Photos will be judged on quality, color, subject matter, etc. Keep in mind that these photos are for publication, cannot be returned, and should depict a scene, aspect, event, or activity typical to Lancaster or the Pennsylvania Dutch Country region. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: December 31st, 2013 We will accept photos via email, and request that no more than 10 photos by the same person be submitted, so pick your best! Each photo submitted should contain the name, address, phone # and email address of the photographer, so they can be contacted. Any details on the location, date, or subject matter of the photograph should be included.

To enter, send photos in high resolution (300 dpi+) in .jpg or .tiff format to: (Please put “2013 photo contest” in the subject line) • July 2013 • Amish Country News • 51

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July 2013 COVER STORY Aimee & Daria’s Doll Outlet ..............................3-4

"Sweets in the School Yard"

FEATURE ARTICLES 20 Things to See and Do......................................12 Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides............................18 Amish Mafia?..................................................26-27 Amish Village.........................................................7 Amtrak.................................................................10 Bird-in-Hand Stage...............................................17 Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall .............................42 Cherry Crest Adventure Farm ...............................44 Country Home Furniture ......................................39 Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre .................................32 Intercourse Pretzel Factory ...................................22 Jake’s Country Trading Post .................................21 Li’l Country Store & Mini-Horses .......................49 National Toy Train Museum ..................................47 Rough & Tumble.................................................25 September Farm Cheese .........................................9 Shady Maple Complex .........................................36 Turkey Hill Experience .........................................20 Union Barrel Works .............................................40 Village Greens Mini Golf ......................................48 White Chimneys ..................................................35 Zip Line Canopy Tour ..........................................23 Zook’s Chicken Pies ...............................................6

REGULAR FEATURES Brad Igou’s Amish Series .....................................19 Dutch Haven Lancaster Landmark ..........................3 Publisher’s Message ............................................54

AREA MAP & GUIDES Amish Country Map ........................................52-53 Bird-in-Hand .......................................................15 Intercourse ..........................................................30 Lititz/Brickerville ...................................................8 New Holland/Blue Ball .........................................34 Paradise ..............................................................41 Strasburg ............................................................45

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approached the school, he came in low and then ejected small objects from the plane. That sent the scholars scurrying as we realized the "pennies from heaven" were candy. He then made two more passes dropping sweets in the schoolyard. I was later told by another pilot that he would have been flying at almost “stall speed” over the school so that he could skillfully drop the candy straight down onto his target.

Getting a bird’s-eye view of Amish Country gives visitors an exciting experience. Photo: Brad Igou by Brad Igou


ith the unfortunate popularity of Amish-themed “reality” programming like BREAKING AMISH and AMISH MAFIA, it seems everyone wants to get on the "Amish bandwagon" with a TV show featuring these people who don’t want the notoriety. During the past couple of months, we received calls from a production company looking for Amish to be in a show about “hauntings,” and a Florida station asking if we could find Spanish-speaking Amish. The producer of SISTER WIVES, the TLC show about a polygamist family, actually stopped in my office unannounced to explore ideas for a potential reality show about the Amish. A Korean crew was looking to “unobtrusively” film an Amish family going about their daily lives for a food series about noodle dishes in different cultures around the world. We never hesitated in declining to become involved in any of these projects.

However, I did participate in an hour-long radio interview for Amish author Suzanne WoodsFisher’s weekly “Amish Wisdom” program. I also spent some time with TV film crews from BBC America (“Top Gear”) and networks from the Netherlands and Australia producing travel shows in their respective countries. While out with a crew capturing some generic footage of our scenic farmlands, we came across a cluster of buggies parked in the yard of a one-room school, the Amish students and their parents having gathered to observe the final day of classes. For some reason, they were all outside with eyes turned skyward and seemed to be expecting something. Then we noticed a small ultra-light plane coming toward us, having departed from the nearby Smoketown Airport on Route 340. As the pilot

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After scrambling for the goodies, everyone remained fixated on the plane which now shot up in the air, acrobatics in sight. One maneuver was a high performance climb, ascending as steeply and as high as possible, stalling the engine, and then descending and pulling out of the dive just in time...certainly not for the faint of heart. Finally, we saw another very low fly-over, observing the pilot waving goodbye to the crowd in the schoolyard. On this occasion, it turned out that I was as amazed as the film crew at what we were able to see and film from a distance. I later learned this local pilot, who is also a skydiver, has been doing this for a few years now. Amish contact him to request a candy drop which I am guessing is as much fun for him as it is for the families, although I doubt he flies missions for all of our over 200 Amish schools! The point of my story is that you never really know what sights await in Amish Country. Take a guided shuttle tour, and then strike out on your own along the backroads. Don’t worry too much about getting lost --- you’ll eventually come out on a “numbered” State road that will take you back where you started from. Stop for some produce at a roadside stand. Drop in at a craft or quilt shop. Pick up a shoofly pie, cookies, and a loaf of bread to take home. Watch the horses plowing the fields in the early spring, or the corn being harvested in the fall. You might even see a balloon launch, another “event” that usually causes drivers to pull off the road. The Amish get a bit excited too when a balloon lands in their fields. And then there are the sunsets… Each ride through the countryside is different, no matter how many. Expect spectacular scenery, incredible sights, a kaleidoscope of colors, and life at a slower pace. In short, expect the unexpected. What you will see each time will depend very much on serendipity. After all, it took me over 50 years before I saw a “candy drop” at an Amish school! Just think what you might discover!

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July 2013 Issue of Amish Country News  

Annual Things to See & Do Themed Issue. How do you spend a day in Amish Country? Any way you like. Use this issue to plan your next visit...