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Mennonite Information Center Answers the Questions by Clinton Martin

Who Are the Plain People? What is the Difference Between Mennonite and Amish? If We Call Them Pennsylvania Dutch, Why Aren't They Originally Holland?


hese questions, and more, seem to be addressed by a wide variety of books, blogs, newspapers, and tourist attractions. Even local passersby all have their opinions about the Pennsylvania Dutch. So, where do you go for an assuredly authentic answer to your inquiries? When it comes to questions about the Anabaptist (Amish & Mennonite are threads, but other groups abound) you will find trustworthy information provided by the Mennonite Information Center, which offers four distinct ways to discover the Amish and Mennonite people of Lancaster County. First, you can enjoy their exclusive threescreen feature presentation of “Who Are the Amish?” produced right here in Lancaster

Hershey Farm Restaurant (Continued from Page 9)

Big Amos. Great mascot. Plain and simple. of whipped, full bodied root beer infused, fluffy-creamy icing. At press time, the October whoopie wasn’t yet announced, but you can find out easily what it is by calling

County. Second, you can browse one of the area’s best selections of books about the Amish and Mennonite communities. A whole summer’s worth of reading awaits, from scholarly works by renowned authorities, to entertaining Amish-themed fiction by the best of today’s story-tellers. For those who’d rather see Amish Country from a closer perspective, the Mennonite Information Center offers guided tours with a “step-on guide” which simply means a tour guide will join you in your vehicle, providing

(800) 827-8635, or by going online to www. Many guests, I’m sure, decide to retire to a tastefully appointed room at the inn to nap away their big-feast sleepiness, but the gogetter in some visitors brings them out to the walking trail. Strolling the mile-long path is not only scenic and serene, but also takes visitors by Hershey Farm’s barn with friendly animals like goats, chickens, turkeys, and pheasants, a fishing pond, beautiful waterfall, child’s play area, and general store and outdoor market. Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn is also a favorite among visitors because of its location right next to Sight & Sound Theatre. A private lane from Hershey Farm provides a direct and easy hassle-free drive or walk to the front door of the epic Biblical-production venue. Whether you decide to dine, stay, play, or enjoy a combination of all three at Hershey

a private, customized tour of the Amish countryside. Lastly, the Mennonite Information Center is home to The Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction, an intricately designed replica of the original Old Testament tabernacle. People of all backgrounds have long enjoyed this intriguing presentation. Finding your way, planning your visit, and getting a few more details is as easy as stopping in personally, calling 717.299.0954 or visiting

Farm, be sure to set aside some time to shop in the various Hershey Farm boutiques. The selection is truly a breath of fresh air and far more than simply a gift-shop atmosphere. Hershey Farm carries many items that are proudly local, or at least domestically made. Take, for instance, the line of handbags and accessories by Stephanie Dawn. These USA made quilted handbags are a culmination of 25 years of design and craftsmanship. Stephanie Dawn quilted handbags are fun, functional and fresh, with colors and patterns designed with modern American women in mind. Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn is located at 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks PA 17572, on Route 896 between Route 30 and Strasburg. Plenty of free parking makes it easy to come for an hour, a day, a week, etc. Visit or call (800) 8278635 for hours, directions, special packages, and further information. • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 21

Amish Country News October 2015  

Annual Dining Themed issue, plus many other ways to enjoy Am...