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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.”

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!

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.

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’s shopping hours are Sun.-Thurs. 9am-7pm, Fri. & Sat. 9am-9pm. For more information about this Lancaster County landmark, call (717) 687-0111 or visit 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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Relax. Read. Revive Yourself.

Wholesome Reading from Vision Publishers By Clinton Martin


he written word has changed the world. Wars have been fought and treaties signed. Fortunes made and squandered. Hearts healed and broken. Sprits refreshed or incited. Simply put, what you’re reading has a profound effect on you. Few publishers in today’s world understand this more than the people at Vision Publishers. An independent publisher located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Vision was born 15 years ago out of a desire to share the full message of the biblical New Testament with a wide range of readers. Believing that many of the answers for troubled hearts in an uncertain world could be found in New Testament inspired writing, the company’s founders drew on their own personal experience with such writing that brought them inner peace and courage in a worrying world. Eldwin Campbell, the company’s owner and publisher notes, “The discerning reader will discover a New TestamentAnabaptist perspective in our books.” This is quite natural since such a perspective marks the roots of the company. Testament to the appeal of Vision’s titles, the publisher's avid readers come from innumerable walks of life.

Discover Your Own Vision with Author Becky McGurrin Releasing her fourth book under Vision’s imprint, author Becky McGurrin is quietly and humbly earning an enthusiastic reputation with Vision’s fan base. This latest title, releasing April 28, is called JUST PLAIN BECKY, and is offered in a beautiful and long-lasting hardcover edition. It is a true story built on the foundation of McGurrin’s 2011 title, FROM STREETLIGHTS TO STARS. Providing the additional material, chapters, details, events, and twists that this early work truly called out for, JUST PLAIN BECKY is sure to be a powerful and inspirational work for people who can relate to McGurrin’s challenging yet joyous life.


ecky and her husband were committed to providing a haven in raising their four children in the love of God. Their lovely neighborhood was increasingly dangerous and running counter to their commitment. What should they do? Where could they go? To leave the only place they had known as home was unthinkable. There was little support from family and friends, but God was leading in unusual ways. Where would He take them? How would this affect the relationships they had forged with family and the many friends they had made in the churches they attended in their spiritual journey? Little would they know that God would lead them among the plain people in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and on into the mountains of West Virginia. Their journey was sometimes perplexing and at other times it confronted them with serious testing, yet there was much happiness and laughter in their many new experiences. Bernadette (Becky) Noonan (now McGurrin) was born to Irish parents in Buffalo, New York. After attending the city’s public schools, she went on to study chemistry in college, earning her degree in Chemistry Education from Canisius College. She married Joseph McGurrin and together they have raised four children. Though this autobiography reads straightforward enough, many readers could be excused for perhaps being a little surprised by such a background belonging to a Mennonite woman. Mass-media having perfected the art of over-inflating certain virtues and over-indulging certain stereotypes, JUST PLAIN BECKY has a little fun with how many people view the Anabaptist culture and faith, including certain scenes such as this humorous exchange from the book. I sat in a doctor’s waiting room a few years ago pretending to not notice the man who was staring at me from across the room. It was one of those years when ‘Amish’ novels were hot sellers, so I had a pretty good guess as to what he was thinking. --- “Ma’am?” he asked when I finally looked over at him and smiled. “Ma’am, do you know what college is?” It was hard not to let out a giggle. “Yes. I’ve been to college.” He looked surprised.

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“Do you know what biology is?” I suppressed another giggle and answered, “Yes, I had to study a bit of biology to get my degree in Chemistry Education.”

The poor fellow looked like I had just told him that they were selling babies, two for a dollar, at the local hardware store. We spent the rest of a good hour talking together about biology and poetry and the incredible beauty of the Psalms. And I don’t doubt that by the time we parted my new friend had laid to rest some of the common misconceptions he had picked up about just who Mennonites really are. JUST PLAIN BECKY offers a fun look at some very real and practical challenges and how joy can be found in every circumstance. It has barely been 12 months since another of McGurrin’s Vision titles made waves with an amazing story, this time not a look at Becky’s life, but a look through Becky’s eyes as interviewer of the incredible life of Emma Hurst. EMMA: A WILL TO SURRENDER found an audience in many different people, making it a hard title to keep in stock at many bookstores ranging from small Plain-sect booksellers up to the larger inspirational retailers in malls and shopping centers. Emma Hurst’s life story is a true account of a woman whose spiritual belief and physical strength was pressured at every turn by a life full of affliction. Readers will follow a fascinating journey as Emma experiences life as a Mennonite farm girl, factory seamstress, college student, public schoolteacher, wife, and widow, all the while seeing how her faith developed and her belief grew in God and his plan to shape her into a woman with a sole desire to yield herself completely to Him. EMMA: A WILL TO SURRENDER will amaze with how Emma faced epilepsy, death of loved ones, incarceration, cancer, and the challenges of long singlehood followed by those of marriage. It is a joy to discover how God patiently guided, protected, and cared for her. EMMA: A WILL TO SURRENDER is still available in a keepsake hardcover binding, but digital editions are now available at an attractive

price for those using e-readers to enjoy their favorite Vision titles.

Far More Than Simply One Author – Vision Offers Variety For those readers logging on to Vision Publishers’ website to get more information about McGurrin’s titles, it won’t take long to see just how broad the entire Vision repertoire is. The many titles ranging from practical living, to faith and family, to financial stewardship and rightly parenting (and these barely scratch the surface) are available at this great site. A new and especially valuable service offered to readers is Vision’s new Super Value Sets. These bundles bring together a collection of titles that provide a complete treatment of many different themes. As an example, the new Children’s Reader 9-Book Set includes nine uproariously fun, yet soundly instructional books, all bound in sturdy hardcover, that help children learn about honesty, good habits, thankfulness, trust, and prayer as well as other valuable life lessons. At under $100 the bundle offers at least 16% savings off buying the titles individually. Another of many Super Value Sets is the Church and Anabaptist Church History 9-Book Set. This collection, of particular note to the serious and academically or theologically curious Amish Country visitor, contains a wealth of knowledge and first-hand detail about the history of the early Church and the Anabaptist movement. At under $150 this bundle also offers at least 16% off buying the titles individually, and provides an uncommonly in depth and frank approach to an incredible journey of faith. The collection features unabashed titles like

THE ANABAPTIST STORY, WILL THE REAL HERETICS PLEASE STAND UP, A DICTIONARY OF EARLY CHRISTIAN BELIEFS, THE KINGDOM THAT TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, INTIMACY WITH GOD, WILL THE THEOLOGIANS PLEASE SIT DOWN, HANS LANDIS, IN GOD WE DON'T TRUST, and HISTORY OF MENNONITES IN VIRGINIA 1727-1900. Whether you go for one title or a whole collection, visit to start your own literary journey, gaining a strengthened heart and a soothed soul in a world that often rallies against peace and tranquility. Give the gift of inspiration to others or build up your own reserves. There are titles for readers across many stages in life from this conscientious publisher. If you’d rather unplug and speak to a human being, just call 877-4880901. Of course, you can always pick up Vision’s titles wherever you like shopping for books most. As the people at Vision like to say, “Relax. Read. Revive.” • Spring 2015 • Amish Country News • 5

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


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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. offers visitors chilling and eery experiences in Lancaster City and Strasburg every weekend this Spring.

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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.

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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.


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There’s Quilting, and Then There’s Long Arm Quilting!

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By Clinton Martin

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A long arm quilt machine is quilting on a large scale.


iece by Piece Quilt Shop is unique in that it offers long arm quilting, an amazing and immense technology (the machine fits in a sewing room, not a sewing cabinet.) Long arm quilting machines are used to finish quilts for customers who’ve already chosen the colors and prepared the individual elements of the quilt-to-be. The machine sews together the top, batting and backing into a finished quilt. Many quilters are passionate about arranging the shapes, colors, and patterns of the quilt top, but the tedious sewing of the top with its

2 E. 28th Division Hwy. Lititz, Lancaster County PA • 717-626-0786 batting and backing understandably doesn’t offer the same excitement. A long arm quilter also finishes the project much sooner, so it is easy to understand why they are so appreciated among quilters. The Piece by Piece Quilt Shop provides not only the long arm service, but also a free project room for quilters, and a fully stocked store with bolts of fabric, notions, and threads.

Obviously, this is not your run-of-the-mill quilt shop. It is truly a special place that any quilter would love. Find the shop on State Street in Ephrata, directly across from the free visitor parking lot at the train station (now a visitors center.) For GPS directions, use 22 N State St, Ephrata. Open hours and days vary so call 717738-6983 or visit www.piecebypiecequiltshop. com for more information.

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The Amish View Grand King Room


mishView Inn & Suites’ location, services, and loyal, valued guests have provided them with the opportunity to build an addition onto their hotel. An enclosed “bridge” connects the existing hotel to the new, five story building, filled with large, 546 square foot, luxurious “Grand King” rooms.  

The sleeping and sitting areas feature a ten-footwide, farm-facing window, 60” high definition television, custom designed furniture, bedding,

artwork, mirrors, carpeting and draperies, hand-crafted wallpaper, upgraded, concealed kitchenettes, pillow topped King mattress, and much, much more. 

The large, luxurious bathroom is appointed with soft mood lighting, premium fixtures and surfaces, oversized shower, private water-closet, lighted makeup mirror, Tarocco line of shampoo & soaps, and the Victoria & Albert claw foot tub.

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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 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-in-Hand Inn, is Miller’s Smorgasbord 2821 Lincoln Highway E Ronks, PA (717) 947-0667 Bird-in-Hand 2687 Old Philadelphia Pike Bird-in-Hand, PA (717) 392-4848



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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-inHand, a beautiful bed and breakfast property. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster

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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.


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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.

Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop Celebrating 43 Years of Goodness

Butch & Linda Miller Owners ince 1972, the Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop has remained family owned and operated. Erwin (Sr.) & Annie Miller were the first of this family chain. Now in the second generation, Erwin (Jr.) & Linda Miller, along with their son, Glenn Miller (3rd generation, who has a son Erwin Miller III) have been running the business since 1996. Many of the recipes used today are still the “tried and true from scratch” recipes Grandma Miller used since the family began operating the business in 1972. The wonderful aroma of baking hits you almost before you’re through the door. And it only gets better from there!


The family and its many Plain community employees want visitors to get that great homemade taste at a better price than commercial bakeries. “We take pride in the things that we bake and enjoy the look on people’s faces as they taste our selection.” And what a selection it is! You’ll see varieties of fresh baked breads (their cheese bread is a personal favorite), potato rolls, cinnamon buns, “melt in your mouth” whoopie pies, gooey-bottom Dutch shoo-fly pie (their specialty), cookies, fruit pies, angel food and layer cakes, and many, many more items. Through a window behind the counter, you can observe the mixing and baking process, and see trays of baked goods waiting to go into the display cases or to be sent to fulfill wholesale orders for several local restaurants. (Bird-inHand Bake Shop baked goods can also be found

at various market stands in five different states.) The sweet scents of fresh breads and cookies always greet your nose! Not only can you indulge your sweet tooth with a chocolate whoopie pie or a creamy cone of local ice cream, but Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop also offers its visitors a few extras. They have a fine selection of local handmade crafts. “Our wide assortment fits many people’s tastes and interests.” You’ll find locally made Amish dolls, pillow cases, pictures, candles, Amish straw hats, hand painted slates, and much more. In addition there is always a variety of canned goods and bulk foods, especially popular with those large families that live in the area. The Millers realized that with all that food and country peacefulness, visitors might want to linger and relax. “Our large wrap around porch provides an excellent place to enjoy a hot cinnamon roll and a steaming cup of coffee.” And with more than enough green grass to go around, they have installed several picnic areas to enjoy, along with public restrooms and waste bins for your picnic use.

It may be a little off the beaten path, but at the Bird-in-Hand Bake shop you can truly savor the quiet peacefulness and baked goodness found only in the heart of Lancaster County. As the Millers would say, “You can consider yourself personally invited to come and spend a day with us in beautiful Amish Country. We are confident that you will find the baked goods, crafts, and location second to none.”

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Bus groups and tours are welcome. Closed Sundays, Good Friday, Ascension Day, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Finally, since the Millers have a family of their own, they know it is important to keep the children entertained on a vacation. “While you shop, your children can burn some energy outdoors in our huge play area.” And any place in Amish Country just wouldn’t be right without some animals. That’s why they’ve added a petting zoo to their list of attractions. • Spring 2015 • Amish Country News • 11

Dutchland Quilt Patch By Caleb Bressler


hat isn’t here? That could very well be the question you ask yourself as you browse Dutchland Quilt Patch. Looking to decorate a home, or shop for gifts? Your choices here are endless. The atmosphere is inviting and rustic, with earthy, woodsy colors galore. Braided rugs, bowls, curtains and reed diffusers are but a sampling of the mix of merchandise here. Your shopping experience is heighted by the scents of candles on the first floor where, from the colorful candle

shelves, you’ll discover unusual scents like snickerdoodle and birthday cake. Of course, while at Dutchland, you must seek out their Family Heirloom Collection. These items, which include swags and towels, are created on looms at one the United States’ only remaining textile mills. It’s a unique and special example of American handwork that Dutchland is especially proud of. If you are able to tear yourself away from the first floor, you will find an array of thread, fabric and, of course, wonderful quilts on the second. Deadline: Dece mber 31st, 2015

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Ours is one of the most photographed areas in the world. With so much beauty and variety around us, it’s no wonder! Think you’ve got a great photo? 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. They 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, 2015

To enter, send 8x10 photos at high res (300 dpi) and in .jpg format to:

(Please put “2015 photo contest” in the subject line)

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 you can be contacted. Any details on the location, date, or subject matter of the photograph should be included.

Dutchland Quilt Patch is conveniently located between Miller’s Smorgasbord and Dutch Haven on Route 30 East. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am, with extended hours Friday and Saturday. You can visit online at or call for more information at 717-687-0534.

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“Gifts That Make A Difference” By Caleb Bressler & Clinton Martin


veryone is always on the lookout for great value shopping. Well, if quality goods and great prices are what you hope for in a shopping experience, then you must check out the MCC Thrift Shops here in Amish Country.

What is an MCC Thrift Shop? These are bargain stores that are in partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), organized to provide necessities to people in need all around the world. MCC brings healthcare, food and education to thousands of people each year. When you shop at one of these establishments, you become a part of this work, as with your purchase, a portion of the proceeds go to the MCC. The joys of shopping at an MCC thrift shop are not to be missed, especially with the fine collection of shops in our own backyard. Each is independently owned, making each experience unique. Rest assured, however, that whenever you walk into an MCC thrift shop, you always know you are helping people while purchasing quality at affordable pricing. Whether a local, or a visitor, don’t miss stopping and shopping at one of these truly wonderful places our community is fortunate to call its own.

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Country Gift & Thrift Shoppe 717.768.3784 The big plate glass windows and front porch at County Gift & Thrift Shoppe in White Horse make you feel as if you stepped back in time to an old general store on Main Street. Once inside, however, you’ll find up-to-the-minute fashions, including clothing and footwear, as well as objects of yore. This two-story store (yes, with an elevator!) has an incredible selection of housewares, unique home decor and beautifully stitched new quilts, made on the premises by local Amish and Mennonite women. This is where the locals shop. If you want to do some great bargain hunting off the beaten path, stop in! Everyone loves the weekly 50% off specials, as well as the 50 cent clothing rack. Be sure to like them on Facebook for exclusive specials. Visit www.

Ephrata Re-Uzit Clothing & Housewares 717.733.4982 The small town of Ephrata embodies the best of small town Amish Country. There is plenty to do in this venerated borough, including excellent thrift shop bargain-browsing. The Ephrata Re-Uzit shop is located beside the old train station, now the town’s visitor center, with plenty of free public parking, including hitching rails for buggies since the local Amish and Mennonite communities enjoy shopping here, too. With one of the thrift shop network’s widest selections of clothing, this store offers a fine way to clothe the kids, mom, dad, friends, family, and even grandma and grandpa. There are plenty of kitchen items and glassware, plus a well-stocked toy corner full of dolls, trucks, puzzles, and plush items.

Ephrata Re-Uzit Furniture & Books 717.733.4934 Also on State Street at the south edge of Ephrata is a furniture and book warehouse you'll not want to miss. Luxurious used leather couches and sectionals are available at fantastic prices, while a large selection of wooden furniture including hutches, dining room sets, desks and end tables are on display next to an impressive variety of upholstered choices. Also sharing this space is an extensive selection of books and other media. Locals and visitors alike appreciate that every purchase helps support disaster relief around the Country and the world. The easiest way to reach this store is to head north on Route 272 from Lancaster, taking State Street at the Y (use the Wendy’s as a landmark) and turn right into the parking lot of the store directly after turning onto State Street.

The Main Street Closet 717-464-2038 Some visitors might remember the Main Street Closet being in Strasburg, but the store is now located just south of Downtown Lancaster in Willow Street – a five minute drive from the Double Tree (Willow Valley) Resort. The store now has a much larger selection in a much larger store. Lots of excitement awaits at the new location. The vast inventory changes almost daily, with a fine assortment of housewares, books, linens, vintage items, crafts, and a huge variety of clothing for the whole family for every season. Heading south out of Lancaster, you’ll be heading down Willow Street Pike. Just after passing the Kendig Square Shopping Center off to the left, you’ll need to turn left onto W. Willow Rd. The parking lot for Main Street Closet is at the intersection of W. Willow

Rd and N. Willow Street Pike. If using a GPS, it is helpful to type in 2842 N. Willow St Pike, Willow Street PA. Find out more online at www.

Re-Uzit Shop of New Holland 717.354.8355 At the intersection of Route 23 and Shirk Road in New Holland is a very special thrift shop. It started in 1976 and was the first MCC Thrift Shop in Lancaster County. This is one of the largest thrift shops in the entire MCC-supporting network. Retail space alone accounts for 26,000 square feet of items on dis­play, with the entire building occupying 40,000 square feet! There is plenty of furniture, cloth­ing, crafts, gifts, decorations, small kitchen appliances, dishware, hardware, antiques, collectibles, and lamps available in this multifloor storefront. This store has selected items for half price every week based on the color of the price tag. In addition, there is a section for 50 cent clothing. Known for a bright, clean atmosphere with friendly, helpful staff, this Re-Uzit offers shoppers a fine way to spend an afternoon in Amish Country. With items on display at these stores always changing, stop in at one or more of them and remember that you are not only helping yourself to quality merchandise at a fair price, but helping other folks in need at the same time. • Spring 2015 • Amish Country News • 15

The Good ’n Plenty Experience Stop in at Good ’n Plenty today to enjoy our traditional Lancaster County home cooking and you’ll see why we’ve been chosen as one of AAA’s Top 10 BEST “down-home dining” restaurants in North America. Staffed with local cooks who have devoted years to preparing outstanding food, Good ’n Plenty is like no other restaurant in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area.

Three Delicious Ways To Dine Family Style Dining Our traditional all you can eat family style dining is our most popular dining option with all the food brought to the table by our experienced and friendly servers.

Menu Dining Our menu dining area 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 dining features fresh made soups, garden fresh salads and made to order sandwiches. Takeout Want all the

delicious food but no time to sit down? The Good ’n Plenty takeout program is ideal for people on the go.

Please visit for current serving hours and valuable coupons

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Rt 896, Smoketown Lancaster County, PA 17576 (717) 394-7111 • Spring 2015 • Amish Country News • 17

Amish Farmlands • SuperSaver Tour • Visit-in-Person

Tours Since 1959

Amish Farmlands Tour


Journey along back country roads, deep into the Amish Farmlands to discover sights rarely seen. Under the watchful eye of your certified 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 various “Reality” TV shows, and you wonder what really is true and not true about the Amish, this is the tour you won’t want to miss! We’ll debunk myths about the Amish and provide accurate, respectful, and authentic information, just like we have done for over 50 years. Plus, now through November 30, 2015 we’ll provide each guest who purchases the Amish Farmlands Tour, when combined as part of your SuperSaver Tour, with a voucher for a FREE BUGGY RIDE at Aaron & Jessica’s, plus a free autographed Amish Cookbook.

The SuperSaver Tour includes the Amish Farmlands Tour, the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience F/X Theater, and a tour of the Amish House & One-Room School. As a bonus, receive an Amish cookbook and a voucher for a FREE BUGGY RIDE from Aaron & Jessica’s on property. Buggy ride offer valid through November only.

Beginning March 28 Duration: 1 1/2 hours Mon-Sat, 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm Sun, 10am, 12pm & 2pm

This is your Total Amish Experience!

Visit-in-Person Tour

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 of Lancaster. 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. Includes FREE BUGGY RIDE voucher.

Duration: 3 hours April 7-October 31 Mon-Sat, 5pm (Saturdays only in November)

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Rte. 340 Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505-0414

FREE AMISH BUGGY RIDE Receive a voucher for a free “Cookie Run Buggy Ride” just a few steps away at Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides with the purchase, at the Amish Experience Theater Box Office, of a regularly priced Supersaver, Theater/House Combo, or Amish Visit-in-Person Tour. One voucher for each adult or child ticket purchased with this coupon. Not

with any other offer or with group tours. Offer expires 11/30/15. 18 • Amish Country News • Springvalid 2015 •

Valid up to six people. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. BUGAN

at Plain & Fancy Farm Advance Tickets, including Free Buggy Ride Voucher, by Phone or Online:

(717) 768-8400 Ext.210

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. Today Plain & Fancy is a destination all its own, featuring the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience Theater, Amish Farmlands and Visit-in-Person Tours, the Heritage Site Amish House & One-Room School, 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, has a brand new extension with great views and luxurious lodging surrounded by stunning Amish countryside.

A Lancaster Original Amos, Ben, Manny and Elmer are some of the Amish farmers who supply the 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 from farms within a horse-andbuggy’s drive. These neighbors, and the neighbors before them, have helped Plain & Fancy go “from farm to table” for over 50 years. The restaurant is AAA recommended, a PA Preferred and ServSafe award winner, and the Pennsylvania recipient of USA Today’s Great Plate Award.

The Amish Farm Feast

Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant is best known as Lancaster County’s original family-style restaurant. The all-you-can-eat Amish Farm Feast includes your entrees, side dishes, starters, desserts and beverages. Enjoy fried chicken, roast beef, chicken pot pie, baked sausage, real mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, green and yellow string beans, sweet shoe peg corn, chow chow, cole slaw, raisin bread, rolls and apple butter, lemonade, iced tea, hot tea, coffee, sour cream apple crumb pie, shoofly pie and vanilla ice cream. It was this very meal that drew Man Vs. Food’s Adam Richman to Amish Country, where he went behind the scenes in the Plain & Fancy kitchen for one of his popular show’s episodes.

The New “a la carte” Menu

The restaurant also offers a new a la carte menu featuring mouth-watering appetizers, signature soups and salads, charbroiled burgers and sandwiches, and made-from scratch entrees and platters, including several PA Dutch specialties. Guests can “build a platter” with items from the family-style menu or choose one of the daily specials starting at $10 or less. You can do it all at AmishNews.comPlain • Spring 2015 Amish News“spend • 19 & Fancy, so • why notCountry come and the day!”

Welcome to Intercourse PA INTERCOURSE Dutchland Quilt Patch


To Country Knives

Zook’s Old Fabrics Candle Store Barn


Esh Handmade Quilts

Intercourse Pretzel



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


Ruthie’s Tee Company



Best Western Intercourse Village Inn




To Gap

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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. 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

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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 Continued on Page 22



sarah Price

crafts an endearingly sweet adventure

in The Matchmaker, an Amish retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, covering

issues of love and pride within the Amish community.

Don’t miss Book one: First impressions

a va i l a B l e n o w

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Oktoberfest Beer A Year-Round Indulgence By Clinton Martin


he world’s most famous Oktoberfest won't be found in Amish Country, but unless you’ve got a plane ticket and some time off work this fall, you’re not going to be there anyway. But, while you are here, seize the opportunity to taste the style of beer that made Oktoberfest famous. Union Barrel Works in Reamstown (about halfway between Ephrata and Adamstown) brews up a delicious and extremely quaffable Fest Lager which they’ve dubbed Uncle Fester. In fact, Union Barrel Works uses their Uncle Fester to create ingenious sauces,

mustards, and gravies that accent many of the pub’s wonderful culinary delights. Take for instance the Uncle Fester Chicken Pizza, which is a personal-sized crusty flat-bread pizza topped with hearty chunks of slow-simmered chicken, made extra-juicy with a drizzling of Uncle Fester BBQ sauce, made on-site and in-house, just as are all of the beers on tap. So, if you're not planning on being in Munich for the big party, make your own fun here with a visit to Union Barrel Works. Call (717) 335-7837 or visit for more information and driving directions.

J&B Quilts & Crafts -

Authentic and Genuine By Caleb Bressler


or over 25 years, J&B Quilts has set a standard as an authentic Lancaster County quilt shop. Upon stepping inside, the handmade quality of almost everything here is instantly recognizable. From the quilts, some in pearly white, others in silky burgundies, to the unique silverware wind chimes hanging gracefully from the ceiling, this is a genuine piece of the Amish County quilt scene.

The bonus collection of eclectic merchandise for shoppers continues to grow. A generous selection of canned goods, from rhubarb jam, to grape butter, to pickled garlic, are sold for later feasting. Homemade and handspun handbags, currently one of the most popular items in the fashion world, will also be found. Outside, cold drinks are available as a before or after shopping refreshment. J&B is open Monday to Saturday 8am to 7pm. Closed Sundays. You'll find this delightful shop at 157 North Star Road, Ronks PA 17572. 717327-0707.

Intercourse (Continued from Page 20) 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 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 must-visit for everyone. 22 • Amish Country News • Spring 2015 •

So Much More than Fabric 50 Years at Zook’s Fabric Store By Clinton Martin

They ran the business together for three years, and then in 2000 as planned, Herb took over completely. The transition was smooth and all the many regulars will tell you, Zook's never missed a beat! Simply stated, whether you quilt, crochet, felt, sew, stitch, or knit, Zook’s Fabric Store is a must-visit. There are thousands of bolts of

fabric, huge selections of books, notions, kits, plans, and... plenty of fun, fresh new ideas for your next project. Zook’s is located in the village of Intercourse at 3535 Old Philadelphia Pike. Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Learn more at or call 717-7688153.


n 1960, Lizzy Zook and her family didn’t have a fabric shop. What they did have was quickly escalating and totally unexpected medical bills brought on by several of the children’s necessary visits to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Rather than allow the family to be overcome by debt, she decided to meet her family’s challenge head on. While in Philadelphia she’d visit “Fabric Row” and purchase colors, styles, and materials that she knew her friends, family, neighbors, and fellow townsfolk would like. Bringing it back to Intercourse, she ended up selling her discoveries at her newly opened and aptly named Zook’s Fabric Store. By 1965 she had a full-fledged and steadily growing business. Necessity did indeed prove to be the mother of innovation for Lizzy Zook. By 1998, Lizzy was seeking to retire, but wanted the business she had nurtured to continue on. Herbert Scrivener, a fabric salesman, was a frequent visitor to the shop. One day, rather than place an order, Lizzy placed a big fat challenge at his feet. Why not take over the business that he’d called on for so long?


Over 8000 Items of Fine Cutlery on Display!

4134 Old Philadelphia Pike 2 Miles East of Intercourse on Rt. 340


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Little Horses, Beautiful Farm, Great Special Occasions! By Clinton Martin

With sufficient notice, Henry and Linda are now able to accommodate birthday and other event parties. Ample space is provided in a fully equipped building next to their home th





(refrigerator, kitchenette, tables and chairs, etc.) Of course all the farm’s activities, including meeting and riding the miniature horses, can be part of the festivities. The Stoltzfus’ Li’l Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm is located at 264 Paradise Lane, Ronks and is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Call 717687-8237 for additional information.

ZOOK’S FABRICS 717.768.8153 3535 Old Philadelphia Pike • Intercourse, PA • Two Shops, Huge Selection


isitors often come to Amish Country to celebrate a special occasion. A graduation from school, a wedding anniversary, or maybe a big birthday...all will be made memorable by staying and playing among our lush farmlands and wonderful attractions. One of the coolest activities is not far from Strasburg’s popular train attractions. Here the postcard quaint Amish farm of Henry and Linda Stoltzfus provides the opportunity to not only visit their farm, but also their stable of miniature horses that will absolutely melt your heart, and their craft shop filled with local handmade keepsakes along with local foods.



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Rentals, Sales, Service, Gifts A new spin on a bike shop. Intercourse Bike Works is proud to be Intercourse’s only full service bicycle shop. We’re also proud to be the only Guided Bicycle Tour operator in Lancaster County.


• Ice Cream Tour: Every Saturday at 2pm April-October. Pedal your way to a reward with this yummy tour. You'll enjoy gorgeous views and grazing animals before your stop at a working Mennonite Dairy Farm for made-on-site ice cream. • Amish Dinner Tour: Select Saturday Evenings. Reserve your spot now. Spin past Amish schools, historic mansions, and through a covered bridge before arriving at the home of our dear Amish friends for a farm to table meal. • Rentals: Includes bike, helmet and a route that matches your goals for the day. Ask about electric bike rentals! Tours include bike rental, helmet, water. Slow pace with lots of stops for photos! For more tour info visit

INTERCOURSE BIKE WORKS 3614 Old Phila Pk, Cross Keys Center Intercourse, PA 17534 717-929-0327 or text 717-517-4293 Like us on Facebook!

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• Quilts • Fabric & Patterns • Primitive Country Decor & Lighting and much more!

2 LOCATIONS Village of Dutch Delights

Rt. 30, 1/4 Mile East of Miller’s Smorgasbord 717-687-0534

Intercourse Store (No Fabric)

Look for the green sign on Rt. 340! 3453 Old Philadelphia Pike 717-768-3981

Mon-Thur 9-6 ∙ Fri 9-8 ∙ Sat 9-7 ∙ Closed Sunday Shop On-Line at

Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts – Quilts, Crafts & So Much More! By Caleb Bressler


iehl’s Quilts and Crafts has everything a visitor seeking the authentic Lancaster County could hope for. Very much integrated into the family's Amish farm, the shop is tucked back from the road at the end of a long driveway. As your vehicle ambles down the drive, you'll take in the peaceful scenery rolling past the windows. In fact, the farm is so picturesque that an artist carved a marvelous 3-D piece of artwork which is now displayed inside the store. As you reach the farmyard, you will see that indeed this is a working farm. A huge, brandnew dairy barn is at the left, the cows relaxing in their stalls. The mules stare lazily out at the yard and the resident dog reclines on the lawn observing the comings and goings of visitors. The quilt shop itself sits on the right. If you think of the word “shop” as pertaining to a small establishment, then Riehl’s will definitely surprise you. High ceilings give the space a feeling of airiness, with exposed beams giving the impression of a vast chalet. Once you tear your gaze from the impressive Alpine-style beams, a feast of color awaits your eyes closer to the ground. Everywhere you look are quilted products, an explosion of reds, blues, greens and almost any color you can think of. However, before you even reach this quilted cornucopia, you find a selection of local canned goods that intrigues you. Some of the choices are unexpected. In addition to Lancaster County staples like pickles and apple butter, you'll find apricot/pineapple jam and elderberry jelly. After you’ve chosen your jam, or pickled vegetable, be sure to turn around and look up at the wall above the door before venturing further into the shop. Sam, the proprietor, has compiled a large collection of miniature tour buses, each a small version of the buses from the many tour companies who regularly stop here. Once you make your way further inside, you really will find a delightful mix of items, both quilted and otherwise. There are coin purses, dishcloths, checkbook covers and tissue packs, all in a myriad of colors, and even microwavable pouches in which to cook corn or potatoes. The pouches make great gifts, especially for those who might not have a lot of extra kitchen time. Continued on Page 27

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& Guest House Take home a “Quillow”, a pillow that unfolds to a quilt! ONLY $42.00 Makes a super gift!

Come Stay in the Country! Guest House Available on our Amish Farm!

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221 South Groffdale Rd. Leola, PA 17540 Proprietors: Chris & Katie Stoltzfus

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Riehl's Quilts

(Continued from Page 25) On the opposite side of the store are “quillows”, today a must-have in Lancaster County quilt shops. This simple, but efficient handcraft is a hybrid of a quilt and a pillow. Folded, you would think it was a simple pillow. However, with just a few simple movements, the pillow unfolds and transforms into a small quilt. Speaking of quilts, don’t forget to closely peruse the many quilts available here. A special room in the back holds an impressive collection, hung neatly on quilt racks, making viewing easy. Usually, a particularly large quilt will be highlighted here, hung high from above so you can fully appreciate the entire quilt. When you explore more of the store, you see additional quilts hung from the rafters. Moving about the storeroom, you’ll sometimes hear music from the clocks chiming away, providing a pleasant background for your shopping experience. You’ll always discover a few surprises at Riehl's. A particularly unusual line is the hand-painted wood-saws (one with a New England-style beach scene!). More traditional, is a selection of inspirational books and romance novels. Before you leave, do make sure you grab a root beer or some candies to enjoy later in the day. Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts is located at 247 E. Eby Road, Leola, PA, 17540. Open Monday-Saturday, 8AM-5PM. Closed Sundays. Call 717.656.0697 for additional information.

Handcrafted Amish Furniture done


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Immerse Yourself in the Amish Story WITNESS the spectacular “Jacob’s Choice” told with Disney-like Special Effects in the Amish Experience Theater.

EXPLORE the Amish Country Homestead, the region’s only Officially Designated Heritage Site Amish home.

TOUR the magnificent and rarely seen Amish Farmlands with a certified tour guide in complete comfort onboard one of our 14 passenger mini-shuttles.

SATISFY yourself that you’re making the most from your Amish Experience...

• Since 1959, the area’s first, and still foremost, interpretative source of Amish Culture.

Open Daily 7 Days a Week

SIT in a desk at the new Fisher Amish schoolroom furnished authentically with desks and more from an actual Amish classroom.

RECEIVE a free Amish cookbook autographed by the author herself when you take our our Farmland Tour.

Designated a Heritage Site by the Lancaster County Planning Commission

SAVE with our Super Saver package which includes “Jacob’s Choice”, the Amish Country Homestead and a 90 minute Amish farmlands Tour.

Theater: Shows on the hour. (From March 28) House & School: Tours at quarter TO the hour. (From March 28) Farmland Tours: Tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. (From March 28) Visit-in-Person Tours: Mon.—Sat., 5pm. (From April 7)

RT 340 Between Bird-in-Hand & Intercourse at Plain & Fancy Farm

For GPS: 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike • Ronks, PA

717.768.8400 Ext. 210


From Amish Country’s Most Beloved Storyteller

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Is Jonah’s heart ready to love again? Book 1 in the Brand-New Prairie State Friends Series! Moving from Pennsylvania to Illinois, finding rewarding work, and leaving heartbreak behind is the best decision Jonah ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets Elaine Schrock? Will his scarred heart mend when she chooses family loyalty over love?

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Welcome to New Holland • Blue Ball 322

897 23 RANCK AVE.



To Ephrata BLUE BALL

Country Home Blue Furniture Ridge Furniture




MAIN STREET Witmer’s Quilt Shop


Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts E. EBY ROAD

Re-Uzit Shop of New Holland








Smucker’s Quilts

Country Lane Quilt Shop


he instability in Europe in the late 1600’s spawned and nurtured the pioneer interest in the deep forest lands of Pennsylvania. 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. 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.

To September Cheese The peasant inhabitants fled to Farm 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.

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.

Real Men Have a Sensitive Side, and a Real Man Cave By Clinton Martin


he big football game is over, but mention Budweiser and everyone thinks of that puppy and his Clydesdale “buds.” Real men have a sensitive streak. That excuses crying at a beer commercial. There’s much more to beer than the liquid itself. Shirts, signs, posters, glassware --you can get just about anything celebrating beer. Sam’s Man Cave provides anything a man could need to decorate his home, including the stein pictured here. This first edition stein, named "Dad's Pride & Joy," showcases one of America's favorite breeds, the Labrador retriever. Wildlife artist Jim Killen illustrated the magnificent artwork, capturing the pups' first outing as they develop their skills under the watchful eye of their experienced papa. Every stein has a story. Swing by Sam’s Man Cave to see them all. The store, on Route 30 across from Tanger Outlets, is at 2207 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. 717-394-6404.

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PA Dutch Homes Have Bismoline on Hand... You Should, Too!

Many local shops carry Bismoline, including the Old Village Store in Bird-in-Hand. Call (717) 397-1291 for information. Learn more online at There are two little ones in my Martin household, and yes, Bismoline will be found there.

By Clinton Martin


ame something I’ve been told “you'll find in virtually every Amish home.” You may have guessed a few items, but I bet you didn’t say a can of Bismoline. The fact is this Lancaster Country creation has been widely trusted by Amish and other PA Dutch people for over 100 years. The first bottles began flying off shelves in 1902, and today the medicated powder still provides relief for countless families locally and around the Country. Bismoline Medicated Powder is uniquely formulated to coat the skin with a protective film that aids in the prevention and relief of minor skin irritations, and is fine for adults and babies. Bismoline is excellent for diaper rash, adult rashes, prickly heat, chafing, urine burns, athlete's foot and even as a deodorant. Most attractively priced, it's not surprising that Bismoline remains such a household staple for so many.

• 2 Playgrounds • Basketball • Catch & Release Fishing Lake • Camp Store ($) • Game Room ($) • Gnome Café ($) • Golf Cart Rentals ($) • Horseshoes & Shuffleboard • Hiking & Fitness Trail • Miniature Golf ($)


• Indoor & Outdoor Heated Swimming Pools & Hot Tub • Child Swimming Pools • Laundry Facilities ($) • On-Site Storage ($) • Recreation Hall • Volleyball Court • BBQ & Picnic Area • Planned Activities • Shower Facilities



All American made Furniture & Mattresses

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New Frontiers in Amish Fiction: Author Sarah Price Writes Timeless Classics in Amish Setting Special to Amish Country News By Best-Selling Guest Author Sarah Price


or over twenty-five years, I have been directly involved with multiple generations of different Amish families. That was at least six years before the movie, WITNESS, was released and introduced the Amish culture to mainstream America. And, as I was born into a Mennonite family that dates back to the 1700s in America, I have a great foundation on which to write my novels.

Unfortunately, there is a misconception that fiction books about the Amish are poorly written and formula romance. And then there is often a problem concerning many authors’ accuracy of the portrayal of Amish. Many authors do not have first-hand experience with the Amish or readers are basing what they know on “reality” shows. These writers tend to think that by putting a pretty woman wearing a prayer kapp on the front cover, the book will sell. It’s like buying a used car that looks great on the outside, but upon opening the hood, you realize there’s an awful lot of rusty, broken components. 

It was this misconception about this wonderful genre, and the occasional lack of respect shown to the Amish through the actual writing of “bonnet books”, that prompted me to explore more opportunities to blend my insight into Amish culture and religion with the components of great literature. But how was such a thing possible? The answer came in a rather unusual place: the classics.  Reading classic literature—such as Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo, to name a few—can feel like a daunting task. Many of us were forced to read one of these authors’ books in English class during our high school years. As adults, many of us prefer lighter reads to balance our stressful lives as we juggle home, family, and work. Picking up a classic book might not be at the top of our TBR pile.  Continued on Page 40

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People of Peace — Victims of Violence Part One in a Series...

by Brad Igou

• The guard struck the Amish boy, "knocking him down and stabbing him with his bayonet. He made a cut in his pants and a gash in his hips about two inches long.” • A 45-mile rock-throwing spree resulted in damage to four carriages, nine homes, one school…and one dead Amish baby. • The arsonist managed to set fire to seven Amish barns in two hours, destroying six of them, killing 177 horses and cows, with damages estimated at one million dollars.


ow is it that the Amish who, by faith, lead a quiet and peaceful lifestyle, are at times the victims of unspeakable violence? These incidents are true and, for the last two, really not from the distant past. They took place in 1918, 1979, and 1992, respectively. Our 2015 seven-part Amish Series offers an overview of the Anabaptist belief in non-resistance in times of war and peace, from its origin over 450 years ago through the start of the 21st century.

children. Indeed, infant baptism was the main way authorities knew of the birth of children for tax purposes.

PART 1: In the Beginning

The results? They were hunted down, threatened, asked to recant, had their children taken, were exiled, tortured, sold into slavery, branded, burned at the stake, drowned, and even dismembered. A book of some 1200 pages was printed in the year 1660 in Holland to preserve the stories of hundreds of these Anabaptists (re-baptizers) who chose to suffer rather than to resist. This book, known as the MARTYRS MIRROR, is still found in many Amish homes today.

Poverty, over-population, problems in the cities, religious intolerance, challenges to government stability, wars, conflicts between church and state... While this may read like a list of the issues around our world today, it was also the world of 16th century Europe. In 1517, a Catholic monk named Martin Luther challenged the authority and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. It was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. A new invention, the printing press, and the support of many German princes helped spread Luther’s ideas. Ulrich Zwingli, a Protestant priest in Zurich, Switzerland, taught “salvation by grace through faith alone.” Some of his followers were troubled by Zwingli’s alliance with the City Council. Zwingli felt God’s Kingdom on earth should be established by political power. Some of his troubled followers believed that church reform should not come from the government, but that the church and state should be separate. Their position of non-resistance stemmed from Scripture, and was surely influenced by various wars in Europe that resulted in Christians killing other Christians over political and religious differences. They also believed in adult baptism. The Council demanded that these dissenters discontinue their meetings and baptize their

On January 21, 1525, the dissenters secretly met and re-baptized each other to signify their adult commitment to their faith, and a Church not part of the State. Their radical acts challenged the unity and authority of both the Church and the State, and their refusal to serve in the military was seen as a threat to the city’s safety.

Felix Manz was the first to be put to death by drowning in 1527. Soon, almost a thousand were killed in Switzerland for their faith, all in an effort to return these "radicals" to the state church. Of the hundreds of stories, perhaps the most profound is that of Dirck Willems. Pursued by an Anabaptist “hunter” across frozen water, his captor fell through the ice. Willems, rather than escaping, returned to save his captor’s life. Willems, once again taken into custody, was later burned at the stake. The Anabaptist faith of these Swiss Brethren spread from Switzerland to Germany and the Netherlands. In the following years, thousands more of these Anabaptists were put to death by both Protestants and Catholics, who viewed their beliefs as dangerous. The horrific experiences of the Anabaptists ingrained in them a suspicion of the world and government, as well as a deep humility and belief in separateness from, and denial of, the violence around them.

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They were forced to worship in hiding, in each other’s homes, the forest, even in caves. A story from the MARTYRS MIRROR tells of a ferryman who allowed the Anabaptists to hold secret worship services on his boat. He was caught and condemned to death. To this day, the Amish do not have churches in which to worship, but do so in each other’s homes as did their early ancestors. For them the church is not so much a building, but rather a community of believers. Each home literally becomes a “house of worship.” Some of the imprisoned Anabaptists set to writing hymns in their cells. These were soon printed and, with the addition of others, became the AUSBUND, the hymnbook still used by the Amish today. Some 450 years have passed since the following words were written. Still sung by the Amish today at worship, they are a reminder of the hardships and sacrifices endured by their forefathers... We wander in the forest dark, With dogs upon our track; And like the silent, captive lamb Men bring us, prisoners, back. They point to us amid the throng, And with their taunts offend; And long to let the sharpened ax On heretics descend. In time the death penalty ended, but Anabaptists continued to face persecution wherever they went, in part because they refused to serve in the military. Some were imprisoned, branded with hot irons, or sold as slaves and separated from their families. For many, the guarantee of religious freedom would only be found in a New World, across the Atlantic Ocean, in an English colony known as “Penn’s Woods.”

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isitors to Lancaster from the east on RT 30 travel through Paradise. 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!

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over time into a highly sought after work of art. Lancaster quilt colors and geometric patterns look very "modern" to our eyes today and are indeed prized by collectors. In the late 1970's, when these quilts were discovered outside of Amish Country, perhaps because of their likeness to the then in-vogue "Pop Art," there were numerous unfortunate incidents of Amish quilts actually being stolen off washlines and robbed from homes! The Amish, of course, were simply crafting everyday items, things they needed, with no thought as to how the rest of the world might view them. Scholars and critics may argue whether certain items qualify as "art" or "folk art" or simply country crafts. But there's no doubt that locals and visitors have always been captivated by the fascinating and colorful expressions of Amish creativity, whether in the form of quilts, furniture, wood or metalwork, illustration, and nowadays, even pottery.

From Heart to Hand to Art By Brad Igou


very culture has its own unique arts and crafts. For example, the Amish are known all over the world for their quilts. Not widely recognized is that quilts are often an expression from the heart of its maker, especially when as a gift for a son or daughter. These quilts

become life-time remembrances of the person whose creativity and hands have brought them to life. But the traditional Amish quilt has had an especially strange voyage. It began as a practical object or dowry item, but somehow evolved

I once spent some time with some Amish at a museum exhibit of Amish quilts, furniture, and crafts. They seemed most interested in the stories behind the displays... who made what, why, and for whom. It was not necessarily the object that was of interest, but rather the person who crafted it, or the story behind its creation. Indeed, when you visit an Amish home, while you will certainly not find excessive decoration, what you do see are household objects that give the home its own uniqueness...a reflection of the personalities of its occupants. In addition to the traditional quilts and furniture for which the Amish are now justifiably famous, other less familiar, but increasingly popular craft items hand-made here include pin cushions, Continued on Page 49

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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

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Author Sarah Price

(Continued from Page 32) Yet, there is something intellectually stimulating about the classics that is missing in many of these lighter reads. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is brilliant, her attention to detail is amazing, and her character development is second to none. So I decided to challenge myself and retell Jane Austen’s book in an Amish setting, combining the Amish culture and religion with a Jane Austen style of writing and story-telling.

Several people told me that they could not imagine how I would pull off such a challenge. I admit that the challenge kept me awake many nights as I tried to create a parallel Austenite universe within the Amish. After all, the high society of 19th century England is completely different from 21st century Amish, right? Not so! After all, Jane Austen dealt with timeless issues, issues that cross generations, culture, and religion.

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It creates a feeling that we aren’t so different after all, which shouldn’t be that surprising. In fact, when people ask me what is the biggest insight into Amish life that I have learned, I usually reply that it is quite simple: They are people…individuals…and, as such, they are just like you and me. Amish society contains people that are good, not so good, happy, depressed, loud, quiet, adventuresome, shy. They are not cookie-cutter people.

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In THE MATCHMAKER, Emma deals with friendships and budding romances, an aging parent and an unwanted suitor. Religious themes run deep through Jane Austen’s book, EMMA, on which my version is based. Reading about the Amish culture and religion in comparison to 18th century England is eyeopening. While we have advanced so far in some regards, in others we have remained stagnant.

Country Lane Quilts – A Visitor Favorite By Caleb Bressler


t the end of a long lane, and marked by a red windmill, County Lane Quilts is a special place you need to place high on your must-do list. Whenever I stop in, I’m greeted by the owner, Katie, and her pleasant and sincere smile. Shoppers love Country Lane especially as they sort through the handmade quilts and handbags. Everything in the store, Katie says proudly, is as local as possible. Friends work to create the quilts in the store. Some might be crafted by up to four different quilters, each applying her particular strength to create different aspects of the quilt. Another signature item in the shop is the “Country Lane Quilts and Family Cooking Amish Cookbook.” For anyone in your family (including yourself!) who enjoys cooking and a taste of Pennsylvania Dutch food, this will become your go-to source! The book combines recipes along with pictures and stories of quilts, creating a wonderful keepsake. Once you step outside with your purchases, take a moment to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of this picturesque farm. Take it from me, this is truly a genuine Lancaster County quilt shop experience! Country Lane Quilts is located at 221 South Groffdale Road in Leola and is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30AM5:00PM. Closed Sundays. Call 717-656-8476 for more information. • Spring 2015 • Amish Country News • 41

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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.







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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.

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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 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!

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Smucker’s Quilts A Handmade Gem Worth Finding By Clinton Martin

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any visitors traverse Routes 340, 772, and 23 traveling between the oddlynamed villages of Amish Country. What the savviest visitors know is that one of the area’s first, and still one of the finest quilt shops, is located right in the heart of it all, although slightly off the beaten path. Smucker’s Quilts is just north of Route 23 on Groffdale Road, a winding back road that passes by Amish farms not far from the towns of Leola and New Holland. Smucker Quilts not only has quilts for sale, it often offers shoppers a glimpse of the quilting process through the stitching and sewing in progress right in the shop. You thus can peruse finished quilts, at the same time actually seeing how the intricate pieces are hand-created. The Smucker family has always been a great quilt host, providing visitors with explanations on designs and details, even demonstrating the practicality of the popular “quillow”. The setting itself is beautiful and one-of-a-kind. You'll drive back a long farm lane, around the bend in front of an original Lancaster County “bank barn” where the shop proudly occupies its place as a stand-alone building on the farm. The shop and setting are very real and authentic, and ideal for finding locally hand-made quilts and crafts. Lighting is provided by propane lamps, “air conditioning” by fans running off an air compressor, and the “parking lot” is a little patch of macadam surrounded by a lot of rolling Amish farmland. For GPS directions, use 117 N. Groffdale Rd., New Holland, and call (717) 656-8730 for further information.

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Witmer’s Quilts – Great Quilts & Company! by Caleb Bressler


espite the cold and rainy day outside, when I last stopped at Witmer’s Quilts, my visit was as delightful as ever. The shop may be small, but brims with beautiful, unique quilts. The over 200 quilts are truly extraordinary, yet equally appealing. Making Witmer’s Quilts such a special place is Emma, the proprietress. Emma has never failed to impress me with her friendliness, knowledge of quilts, and willingness to share it. When I entered the shop, two customers were inside, admiring the quilts and listening to Emma as she happily explained the patterns. “Do you see the heart shape here?” Emma asked them, pointing to a corner of one of the quilts. “I had

always driven past this place before, but had never stopped in, I'm glad I finally made it!” said one customer wistfully. Hopefully you don’t make the same mistake! Later, Emma would show me a number of antique reproduction quilts she had for sale in the store. One of my favorites was a quilt called “Autumn Leaves,” a pattern originally from 1893. It is a beautiful arrangement of leaf patterns and autumn colors. Another quilt that caught my eye was an original from the 1890s called "Blazing Sun and Rainbow." In one corner, a sun breaks through a blue background with a colorful rainbow arching overhead. While another version of “Blazing Sun and Rainbow” had been made in the 1900s, Emma reminded me that no two quilts are alike.


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Make a special trip to the New Holland area, and seek out the wonderful gem that is Witmer’s Quilts. The shop is conveniently located, a few minutes west of New Holland on Route 23. GPS address is 1076 W. Main Street, New Holland. Witmer's Quilts is open every day but Wednesday and Sunday from 8am, with extended hours Monday and Friday to 8pm. Call 717-656-9526 for details.

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fter a terrible betrayal, Allison Standish flees Philadelphia for the small Amish village of Laurel Ridge to claim an unexpected inheritance. Allison intends to sell the mansion housing various shops on Main Street—until she meets Nick Whiting, a single father and tenant of Blackburn House, who challenges everything she believes about her estranged grandmother and the Amish community. Strange stipulations in her grandmother’s will soon bring distant relatives and seething townsfolk to Allison’s door. As anonymous threats escalate, Nick grows protective of Allison, and she finds herself falling for the handsome carpenter… But then she discovers her grandmother’s death may not have been accidental, and someone wants Allison gone. Permanently.

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Train Your Sights on Amtrak By Clinton Martin


ow arriving on track five, the 10:32am Keystone Train #669 en route from New York to Harrisburg. If you’ve ever taken the train from Lancaster, you’d recognize this as the heads-up that your adventure on the rails is about to begin. Get down to the platform so you don’t miss your ride to our state Capitol, Harrisburg, with its State and Civil War Museums, riverboat rides, and wonderful dining. Or, of course maybe you’re in Lancaster waiting for a train to Philadelphia or New York for live theater, historic attractions, major league sports, art galleries, or high-end shopping. Either way, Lancaster is connected to the best of the mid-Atlantic region by way of Amtrak’s comfortable and convenient passenger rail service. However, as the train’s doors open, you can’t just step right in. You’ve got to wait for all those passengers to exit, keen on experiencing Lancaster’s dining, attractions, heritage, and culture. No matter if Lancaster is your origin or destination, Amtrak is simply one of the finest ways to travel to or from our beloved “Red Rose City.”

Lancaster is a lovely city in the middle of the world-famous PA Dutch countryside, and stepping off the train your first experience is seeing one of the most beautiful stations in Amtrak’s network. Lancaster’s grand old station has withstood decades of golden age

travel, and after recent renovations provides all the modern amenities while still showcasing the railroading style you just can’t create without graceful aging.

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As you step out of the station you can either walk into the city itself, or grab a short cab ride out into the Amish countryside. There are always local taxis waiting in front of the station, so just step right up and be on your way. Many Amtrak passengers looking to experience the Amish culture and way of life ride Amtrak from Philadelphia. For visitors wishing to see Amish Country without having to secure all the details, train, cab, attractions, etc. 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. There, guests enjoy the Amish Experience Theater, the Amish Country Homestead, and the Amish Farmlands bus tour. Visitors return to Philadelphia in the early evening. Call 215-925-8687 for details or visit All aboard!

From Heart to Hand to Art (Continued from Page 38) hooked rugs, calligraphy, family records (some in bottles), toys and marble-rollers, calendars made of bottle caps, baskets, needlework, samplers, decorated glass, and even thimble holders made from wishbones!

significant function. People were born and died under them. They cover our dreams." As you visit the many craft shops here in Amish Country, you will be reminded of what any traveler senses --- that the everyday objects a people create are a window to their soul. Great art transcends culture, but everyday "functional art" tells us who we are --- something about our

daily lives, family and friends, what we share, and what makes each of us and our environments unique. So, go forth and explore. Spend a moment or two looking beyond that special quilt or craft that you're considering, remembering there is far more to the story than that which has caught your eye!

Personally, I find pin cushions intriguing. Such simple items could easily be nothing more than stuffed cloth sewn together. But I have seen all kinds of amazing designs with incredible creativity, diversity, and love of color. Many are patterns reminiscent of quilts and animal and plant designs, all in keeping with the rural, farm background of the Amish. Pin cushions even made an appearance in the Harrison Ford movie WITNESS! Family records hold a special interest for the Amish. Since most Amish enjoy studying their family tree and, as dictated by their religion, photo displays are out of the question, the family "portrait" by necessity becomes a beautiful framed work of calligraphy displaying family members and their birthdays. One Amishman had the novel idea of constructing family records in bottles out of little pieces of wood, thus combining ingenuity in an object that made the marvelous transition from heart to hand to “art.” Many of these handmades may not have any intrinsic monetary value, but by holding them close, one instantly recalls the family from which they came. Each is imbued with the singular taste and personality of its maker. For the Amish, it is almost always the person, not the object that represents its true value. For most of us, quilts remain the epitome of Amish arts and crafts. Lancaster County quilts, in particular, are known for their specific geometric designs, colors, and exquisite needlework. Thus, a simple quilt can lead a scholar like Jonathan Holstein to proclaim, "The Lancaster Diamond is perhaps the supreme triumph of traditional Amish quilt design, and it is certainly among the aesthetic Olympians of all American quilt types. In proportion, balance, harmony, efficacy of color combinations, dignity, and the power to move, none tops it."

Just one of a jillion flavors you can create, taste, and make a commercial for at the Turkey Hill Experience. Place your reservation and buy tickets now at Columbia Exit of Rt. 30 | 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512 1-844-VISIT-TH (1-844-847-4884)

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Today one is less likely to discover these traditional colors and patterns. Savvy Lancaster quilters (and don't underestimate them!) are making quilts to appeal to the tastes and fashions of the many visitors who frequent their shops. Techniques have become elaborate. New designs are constantly appearing. But, if the traditional patterns are what you seek, the hunt may be ambitious, but treasures are yet to be found. What makes quilts so special? Perhaps Holstein offers the best explanation… "Quilts exert their great force in our minds and imaginations because they combine in single objects so much information of importance to us: the potent congruence of beauty, sentiment, history, utility, and • Spring 2015 • Amish Country News • 49

Spring 2015 COVER STORY Vision Publishers............................................ 4,5

FEATURE ARTICLES Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides......................... 9 Amtrak Trains Your Sights............................... 48 Amish Fiction: Classics.................................... 32 Amish Quilts: Heart to Heart............................ 38 Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop.................................. 11 Bismoline Medicated Powder............................ 31 Country Lane Quilts & Crafts......................... 41 Dutchland Quilt Patch...................................... 12 J&B Quilts & Crafts..................................... 22 Li'l Country Store Mini Horse Farm.................. 24 MCC Thrift Shops...................................... 14-15 Piece by Piece Quilt Shop.................................. 7 Riehl's Quilts & Crafts................................... 25 Sam’s Man Cave.............................................. 30 Smucker's Quilts & Crafts.............................. 43 Union Barrel Works......................................... 22 Witmer's Quilts............................................... 44 Zook’s Fabric Shop.......................................... 23

REGULAR FEATURES Brad Igou’s Amish Series ................................ 34 Dutch Haven Lancaster Landmark...................... 3 Publisher’s Message ....................................... 50

AREA MAP & GUIDES Advertiser Index ............................................. 45 Amish Country Map ................................... 46-47 Bird-in-Hand ............................................. 10-19 Intercourse ................................................ 20-29 Lititz ............................................................. 6-7 New Holland/Blue Ball................................ 30-35 Paradise..................................................... 36-41 Strasburg................................................... 42-44  

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For Advertising Information Contact Clinton Martin (717) 768-8400 ext. 217. 450,000 copies distributed annually by subscription, and at over 300 motels, information centers and businesses in PA Dutch Country. Copyright ©2015. All contents of this magazine are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without prior approval of the publisher.

Publisher's Message Choices, choices, choices. In our culture, the more choices, the better! • Need over 300 TV channels? We got them. • Want over 20 variations to your cup of coffee? See our menu. • Want to compare all those new choices in health insurance? They’re on the website. • Want options in the way you dress? We have aisles and aisles of fashions. • Want to customize the style, color, etc. of your new car? We have you covered. • Not sure what movie you want to see? Our multiplex has 15… or look into the thousands of instant streaming titles. • And on Amazon, the programming will even decide for you what you might enjoy based on your previous choices. “People who purchased this title, also bought the following items.”

"I Can't Decide" by Brad Igou


o what’s wrong with all that? Perhaps nothing. More choices should lead to better decisions, wiser choices, and happier lives. Right? This past January, I went to a Bodyworks exhibition in New York City, where a particular exhibit was about choices... In an experiment, subjects were asked to taste chocolate candies, and then see if the number of choices offered increased or decreased their likelihood to purchase. Of the three test groups, one was given a single chocolate candy to taste (no choice); another group could choose one to taste from six choices; the third group was given 20 choices. Of those with no choice, only 10% bought chocolates afterwards. Of those with six options, a high of 48% made a purchase, but only 12% did so when they had 20 choices. With 20 choices, the tasters perhaps debated whether another chocolate might have tasted better and in the end decided to buy none.

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Sometimes with “too many choices,” we may feel overwhelmed, or have difficulty reaching a satisfying decision. This might make us unhappy or frustrated, or regret “roads not taken.” This got me thinking about the Amish. Visitors often bemoan, or express pity that the Amish don’t have the same choices as the rest of us: • They all dress basically the same. • The buggy styles are standardized. • Schooling stops at the eighth grade. So much for higher education! • And sometimes it’s not that choices are limited --- they simply don’t exist at all. We might conclude that this is sad, bad or flat out wrong, and that the Amish can’t really live a fulfilling, “happy life.” We are all about individuality and choice, after all. Another area of the exhibit probed the impact of our digital society on children, where options and choices are delivered instantly via our devices, be they laptops, ipads, iphones, or the like. The following claims were made… Currently on average, by the age of 21, a typical boy has spent 10,000 hours playing video games. Many kids live in the imaginary world they create, detached from the real world, and requiring no social skills. Many don’t wear a wrist watch because it is only a single-function device. “Their brains are being digitally re-wired.” Traditional schools are passive places, where one sits and listens, with few “visuals.” The classroom experience is “analog.” Students feel they have no choices or control, boredom sets in, and gratification must be delayed. One child drops out of school every 9 seconds. This brought me back to the Amish. Why do over 90% of young Amish adults decide to get baptized and join the Amish faith? How can they be happy losing out on the seemingly limitless choices our world offers? My point today is simple: it’s not to judge or struggle to “answer” these questions, but only to spark some thought about how we live and how the world is changing, either for good or bad. Indeed, that is one thing I enjoy about living here and exploring Amish culture… It gives me a point of comparison, and continuously challenges me to think. But I must stop writing now, because I need about half an hour to decide what movie I’m going to watch on TV tonight… I can’t decide!


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