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Join the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club in a musical journey of selfdiscovery, healing and renewed wholeness. Based on New York Times bestselling author Wanda Brunstetter’s The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, “six loose threads and an Amish widow” bind together like scraps of fabric stitched under the loving guidance of Emma Yoder. It’s an uplifting tale full of lifetime memories. Tickets $34 Lunch and dinner packages available Tickets at or (800) 790-4069.

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

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DUTCH HAVEN W hile driving along Route 30 in Lancaster County, you may see both familiar and unexpected sights. Certainly the Plain folk and their horse and buggy transportation will seem a step back in time. But one unique and unmistakable landmark is the Dutch Haven windmill. Its revolving arms have been drawing thousands of visitors each week ever since it first opened as a restaurant back in 1946. And while hungry visitors could satisfy themselves on any number of Penn Dutch specialties, it was Dutch Haven’s shoo fly pie that put it on the map…and in the record books as “America’s Best Shoo Fly Pie.” This is undisputedly Amish Country’s most famous dessert, and all you have to do is walk through the door at Dutch Haven to be offered a sample taste of this amazing treat, warmed and topped with whipped cream, just as it was served in the restaurant all those years ago.



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

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


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

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he peaceful Shire of Mount Hope will resonate with excitement during the 34th season of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, as new royal visitors, King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, take respite there for the season to partake of all the mirth and merriment beginning August 2nd. For over three decades, the Faire has been the retreat of Queen Elizabeth I, but this summer the gates will open to an earlier part of history, welcoming her father, one of the most famous British monarchs, to the throne. This season, an outpouring of “Long Live the King” will be accompanied by shouts of “God Save the Queen”. As the castle gates open to the year 1525, young Henry VIII, with help from his most trusted advisor, Cardinal Wolsey, has just signed The Treaty of the More with the French Ambassador. Now our beloved King and Queen, weary from the international negotiations, have come to the shire of Mt. Hope to take pleasure in the famous hospitality of Mt. Hope’s villagers. But alas, the French Ambassador, hearing Henry boast of the festivities in store for him, decides he too

could use a vacation and unexpectedly appears at the Shire gates! So much for a relaxing holiday without dignitaries…But not to worry, all shall be well as long as the Spanish refrain from making an appearance. The Mount Hope villagers have gathered endless entertainment to fill the Shire stages and streets with improvised song, swordplay, and even mud begging. Man-powered rides, a Gaming Village, a Fight Circle, a Dungeon Museum and an Amazing Maze all add to the thrill of the Shire. 2014 also marks the introduction of the Faire’s newly constructed Human Chess Match Stage Arena. The $400,000 project boasts state-of-theart sound, ground and bench seating with clear sight lines and convenient access to food and beverage concessions. In 1995, the Chessboard, comprised of a live grass and dirt grid measuring 50’ X 50’, was replaced with a wooden version, which was easier to maintain, but not a favorite of the actors performing rolling, diving and falling stunts on the board’s hard surface. The

new Chessboard is made of stadium-grade Astroturf atop a bed of 1-inch foam, a welcome cushiony surface for this year’s daily actionpacked Human Chess Match performances. The Revels Schedule offers over 90 shows daily featuring something for all ages including the Royal Falconer’s birds of prey, winsome wenches and handsome rogues singing tales of love and drynke, archery demonstrations, musicians, jugglers, hypnotism, children’s trunke shows and more. The Children’s Musical Discovery Garden is dedicated to celebrating the Faire’s most imaginative and enthusiastic little visitors. This season, the Garden has evolved into a handson area of music-making possibilities with rain sticks, drums, washboards, bells and more. Scores of merchants and handcraft artisans throughout the 35-acre Shire offer unique wares for the shopper in everyone. The glass blower creates his wares before guests’ very eyes. Herbs, potions & botanicals created by the Shire’s herbalist are available at the Herb Garden & Apothecary. Unique pieces of jewelry from shops including Forever Amber, the Emerald Castle and the Crown Jewels offer something to adorn everyone. Blacksmiths create authentic swords and shields, and hundreds of other merchants offer unique wares including Renaissance costuming, specialty teas, home and garden décor, leatherwork and more. Continued on Page 41 • August 2014 • 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 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 nonMoravians 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. One name is linked forever with the history of Lititz --- Julius Sturgis. It was Julius Sturgis who



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here really is no place quite like Lititz, and visitors should plan time there while in Amish Country. The Lititz story is tied to that of the Moravian faith in Bohemia. As was the case with other persecuted religious groups in Europe, many Moravians sought freedom in the New World, arriving in the early 1700’s, with settlements in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 1755 the town actually took the name Lititz, the German spelling for Lidice, where European reformers had taken refuge in the 15th century.



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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. The Lititz Moravian Church in Lititz, PA.

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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-inHand Inn, is known to have once "portrayed a


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man with a bird in his hand and a bush nearby, in which two birds were perched." Variations of this sign appear throughout the town today. McNabb’s Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1851. By the following year, a three-story hotel was built to replace it. More recently, it was Bitzer’s Hotel before becoming the present Village Inn of Bird-in-Hand, a beautiful bed and breakfast property. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County states that the existing



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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 sign by the road.


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brick building “may be one of the few 19th century inns in the context of a small town in Lancaster County, which survives with a high degree of architectural integrity.” It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When referring to their bird-in-hand symbol, some residents say that the bird nestled in the human hand indicates friendship, comfort, and hospitality, all of which you’ll discover in this perfectly delightful little village of shops, farmers markets and eateries.

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pen windows into the Amish world when the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club returns to the Birdin-Hand Stage at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. In an entertaining tale only New York Times bestselling author Wanda Brunstetter could spin, “six loose threads and an Amish widow” bind together like scraps of fabric stitched under the loving guidance of their Amish instructor, Emma Yoder. “Half-Stitched” is appearing on the Bird-inHand Stage through November 29. Showonly tickets and meal packages are available, with most theatergoers treating themselves to Grandma Smucker’s farm-fresh lunch or

This original musical introduces its audiences to the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club as their lives unfold around Amish quilts in a delightful, musical journey of self-discovery, healing and humor. There’s a young woman yearning for stability, a couple at odds in their marriage, a young widower seeking solace, a rough-and-tough biker doing community service, a preacher’s wife escaping parish problems—and an Amish widow teaching her first quilting class. The “Half-Stitched” musical is pulled from Wanda Brunstetter’s first story about the Amish quilting club. You’ll find plenty to make you laugh and perhaps shed a few tears. And the music? Oh, the music! Nashville musician Wally Nason, who composed the powerful music for Beverly Lewis’ “The Confession,” has certainly done it again. He wrote this show’s soaring melodies and lyrics and directs the performance.

Wanda E. Brunstetter’s “Half-Stitched” musical was adapted for the stage by Doveand Emmy-nominated writer, Martha Bolton. Award-winning, Nashville-based Dan Posthuma produced the show. “Half-Stitched” premiered in Lancaster County last fall and welcomed more than 13,000 people to its sold-out shows. “HalfStitched” first opened in 2012 at Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana. It also premiered last year at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio. The Bird-in-Hand Stage is located on the banquet level of the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord. Tickets to the “Half-Stitched” musical are $34. Pre- and post-performance meal packages are $47 to $52. Tickets and meal packages may be purchased by phone at (800) 790-4069 or online at Lodging packages are also available. Continued on Page 15 • August 2014 • Amish Country News • 7

Too Chicken To Buy Stocks? Stock Up On Some Chicken! By Clinton Martin


n Amish Country we all don’t know a lot about bonds, mutual funds, and annuities, but...we are experts in the field of food. Here is where many everyday foods are produced in extraordinary ways. Try for instance (and I suggest you do), the down-home, flat-out delicious, Amish-made Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies. You’ll never see an expensive ad on TV touting their goodness, but take it from me, nothing in the frozen food section comes close to challenging their superior taste. And you don’t have to take this Zookophile’s word for it…

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et ready to make some whoopie…pies, that is! Sat., Sept. 6 is the date for the anticipated annual Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm Restaurant on Route 896 just north of Strasburg. Who can resist these creations of rich, creamy icing spread between two soft delicious cakes? Certainly not I. Hershey Farm has created an entire event in addition

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LATE BREAKING NEWS: Just announced is Zook’s latest creation, a sweet, gooey, and absolutely delightful, colossal Apple Dumpling. All made from scratch at the family bakery from apples grown at Kauffman’s Fruit Farm just down the road, you can now add dessert to go to your main course with a stop at Zook’s. The Bakery is an awesome visit, for many reasons, and will be found at 3194 Harvest Drive, Ronks. Call (717) 768-0239. Open 8am5pm Mon.-Fri. and till 4pm Sat. to giving you over 100 different varieties to choose from! This year Amish fiction writers “Whoopie Pie Pam,” Sarah Price, Elizabeth Byler Younts, Kelly Long, and others will be attending for meet and greet and autographs. For the kids, there is a Whoopie Pie Treasure Hunt and the Great Whoopie Pie Race. Details at

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Since 1983 we have met 100’s of thousands of visitors from every state in the Country and from all around the world sampling and selling award winning Pennsylvania wines from our Mount Hope Estate & Winery Cellars. Currently, we offer more than two dozen varieties of wine including those from Native American grapes such as the crisp and clean Niagara, sweet Catawba and full bodied Concord, as well as the classical European varietals of Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot. As it was then, the only place you can sample our wines is our wine tasting rooms where we also offer hundeds of wine related items & gifts.

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Journey along back country roads, deep into the Amish Farmlands to discover sights rarely seen. Under the watchful eye of your 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, 2014 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.

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.

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Plain & Fancy — Farm to Table Since 1959 Where It All Began Over 50 years ago, Plain & Fancy Farm opened to provide delicious, authentic Amish meals to visitors from all over the world, the first family-style restaurant in Lancaster County. 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-and-buggy’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 AwaRoad

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 Plain & Fancy, so why not come and “spend the day!” • August 2014 • Amish Country News • 11

Now Hiring at Hershey Chocolate --No Experience Required, Must Travel By Clinton Martin


efore we get any angry phone calls from legitimate job seekers, this is not a job for you. This is a job for visitors to Amish Country, and what a job it is! Hershey’s Chocolate is famous throughout the world, but Amish Country is where the world comes to visit Hershey’s Chocolate. Specifically, Hershey’s Chocolate World is the visitor center, factory experience, outlet store, and family attraction of the famous brand all rolled into

one amazing place. Over the years, the center has grown from offering the Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour (still runs daily, still free) to offering at least four other fascinating attractions. One is, you guessed it, rolling up your sleeves and creating a candy bar of your very own. This is where you don a real lab coat and hair net, and manipulate a real candy-making machine. Called simply Hershey’s Create Your Own Candy Bar, the attraction allows guests to play the role of a chocolate innovator, selecting

Visitors become candy bar makers at Hershey’s Chocolate World’s newest attraction. their favorite candy bar ingredients, seeing the authentic equipment in operation and designing their personalized, customized packaging for their very own finished product. The cost of this attraction is $14.95 per person and includes the 30-minute experience and custom bar in a Hershey’s tin. Hershey’s Chocolate World is located at 521 Park Blvd, Hershey and is open every day. Call 717-5344900 for further information, or “apply” at

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A Full Taste of Amish Country at Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market


mish County has long been known for its delicious, home-grown and homemade foods as well as its handmade and handcrafted items. Have you had a taste of

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locally made apple butter yet? Whoopie pies? How about Pepper Jam? You’ll find some of these goodies sprinkled about the many roadside stands you’ll come upon in the countryside. But,

in order to experience the true flavor of Lancaster County all at once, you simply must visit the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market. Just step inside and allow the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Market to pleasantly invade your senses. The Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market is located in the picturesque village of Bird-in-Hand. Locals and visitors alike have long enjoyed the delightful experience provided by the Market. Strolling through this veritable celebration of food, you too will appreciate the bounty of our soil and fertile farmlands, the artistic skills of our craftsmen, not to mention the friendliness and eagerness to help of the standholders. The idea of the Farmers Market began in 1975, when Christ (rhyming with wrist) and Dolly Lapp bought a parcel of land along Route 340 in Bird-in-Hand with the intention of bringing a new farmers market to the County. The land, once known as the Brubaker Duck Farm, contained two structures on it when the Lapps purchased it. They began building the farmers market, which they attached to the former duck hatchery, in 1975 and opened it to the public in the spring of 1976. The market has approximately 30 local standholders, each offering their own homemade specialties. When you enter the building, you’re instantly greeted by the wonderful aromas and bountiful displays of Amish Country’s finest homegrown products. The cornucopia of local discoveries extends from freshly baked soft pretzels and caramel corn to smoked meats and canned fruits and vegetables, and from leather apparel and quilts to dried floral designs and wooden toys. It’s akin to a country version of a mall department store, only much smaller, far more fun and entirely reflective of PA Dutch Country. Through October, the Market opens at 8:30am Wednesdays through Saturdays. (We locals like to shop early!) The number to call for details is 717-393-9674. The website to visit is www. There you’ll find the names and descriptions of all the standholders. So, whatever you’re looking for that might come from Amish Country, chances are that you’ll find it—and have fun doing so—at the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market.

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A Tradition of Pennsylvania Dutch Hospitality It was all the way back in 1938 that National Geographic first introduced the world to Grandma Smucker and her delicious, farm fresh, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Today half a million people flock annually to Bird-in-Hand to enjoy her favorite recipes at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant &

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience with their "Banquets in a Cornfield" in August. Smorgasbord and at the Bird-in-Hand Bakery. Meats, poultry, eggs and, whenever possible, fruits and vegetables from nearby farms are showcased on both the menu and smorgasbord at the Family Restaurant and Bakery. So, too, are Grandma Smucker’s famous chicken corn soup, ham balls, chicken pot pie, pork & sauerkraut, real mashed potatoes, apple fritters, shoofly pie and other Pennsylvania Dutch favorites. Children love the Noah’s Ark Kids’ Buffet. It features an ever-changing selection of

kid-pleasing, fun foods like macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, hot dogs and hamburgers and a dessert bar with soft serve ice cream and yummy toppings. Young diners from 4-12 are charged just 75¢ per year of age; children 3 and under are free. The Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord and the Bird-in-Hand Bakery are open Monday through Saturday. Both are located in the historic village of Birdin-Hand on the Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340) — an AAA-designed scenic byway. Call 717-768-1500 for hours and information. • August 2014 • Amish Country News • 15

Hole in One with a Family of Four at Village Greens Mini Golf By Clinton Martin


et’s face it – there are a few activities that are tailor-made for a fun afternoon with the family. Mini golf is one of the

best. You’ve probably played mini golf at the shore, maybe at an amusement park, or even outside your local bowling alley, but, take it from me, if you haven’t played at Village Greens in




Strasburg, Lancaster County’s only 23-hole golf course, you haven’t seen the very best. I'll bet Tiger would agree! Village Greens has two different courses set among beautifully landscaped gardens, with mature trees towering overhead. Each hole is challenging, fun, creative, and colorful. I had known all this before from my dating years, but I decided the summer of 2014 was going to be my family’s first collective foray into the pleasurable pastime of putting. My daughter, at nine months, simply was along for the ride, whereas my two-year-old son was able to play. My wife and I enjoyed the game as much for watching him as for our own putting prowess. I happened to hit a hole-in-one on #15 of the “orange course,” where a huge wishing well provides a tough obstacle, unless you hit the ball perfectly up a ramp and through a tiny stone archway, which I did....go Dad! Give this delightful layout a try, just west of Strasburg’s town center on Route 741. For GPS directions, use 1444 Village Road, Strasburg. Call (717) 687-6933 for additional information, or swing onto their website, www.

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You Can’t Stop the Fun! HAIRSPRAY at Dutch Apple us, not divide or define us. “The song ‘Timeless to Me’ expresses the idea that appearances do not matter; it is the person who matters most,” a timeless message in itself.

Tracy could ever be selected to dance on TV. But Tracy is a dreamer with a big heart. You’ll enjoy seeing how all this unfolds. But when Tracy discovers that the black teens on the show are restricted to “Negro Day”, she sets out to right the injustice. As the adults become increasingly uncomfortable with the mixing of the races, the teenagers begin to take matters into their own hands, all to the most joyful of endings.


elcome to the Sixties! No, it’s not a birthday greeting, but rather your tuneful invitation to a fabulous era brought to melodious life in the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, HAIRSPRAY. I remember seeing the Broadway show in New York, and what an absolutely wonderful time it was. The audience was practically dancing in the aisles! That happy feeling apparently spread to the 2003 Tony Awards, when HAIRSPRAY won eight, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, and Best Leading Actor and Actress. It also won Best Musical in the Drama Desk Awards and in London. The story started as a non-musical movie, then was turned into a Broadway musical, and then that show was turned into a musical film. Whether or not you have seen the 1988 John Water’s movie or the 2007 movie musical of the 2002 Broadway show, and whether or not you liked either, you owe it to yourself to see this show at the Dutch Apple. You WILL have a good time! So what is the story about? In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plus-size teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local (and segregated) TV dance program based on a real-life show. When the slightly drab and “overweight” Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then uses her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate the show… all without denting her hairsprayed beehive ‘do! The outrageous costumes and hairdos, the amazing songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the motherly female role played by a man, plenty of dancing, and “light” social commentary make for a terrific evening of musical theater. The musical celebrates many things, including being large, which Tracy and her mother definitely are. Mom supplements her husband’s “joke shop” business doing laundry and ironing. Tracy longs to dance on the local American Bandstand style show. Mom doesn’t believe a “plump” girl like

Seaweed’s mother sings “I Know Where I’ve Been,” a true powerhouse solo. Bradford feels this song is “a testament to the historical struggles of African Americans. It’s a powerful anthem that reflects on the past while still endeavoring to fulfill the promises of the future…”

Wade Bradford wrote an interesting article about HAIRSPRAY, opining that “Of all the musicals created in the last two decades, it is difficult to find a Broadway show more upbeat and lifeaffirming.” Admitting the show was primarily playing it for laughs, he nonetheless saw and appreciated the messages of tolerance and their affects on the audience.

There’s a dream in the future, There’s a struggle we have yet to win, And there’s pride in my heart. ‘Cause I know where I’m going And I know where I’ve been... But I don’t want you, dear reader, to feel you will be sitting through a “message musical.” Perhaps respected NEW YORK TIMES theater critic Ben Brantley said it best…

In the delightful opening number “Good Morning, Baltimore,” the “pleasingly plump” Tracy sees herself as beautiful, and looks for the good in others who, like her, should reach for their dreams.

So what if it’s more than a little pushy in its social preaching? Stocked with canny, deliriously tuneful songs…”Hairspray”’ is as sweet as a show can be without promoting tooth decay. ... re-creating the pleasures of the old-fashioned musical comedy without seeming old-fashioned... taking the infectious hooks and rhythms from period pop and R&B and translating them into the big, bouncy sound that Broadway demands.

The host of the dance show sings about “The Nicest Kids in Town,” a song that satirizes youth culture’s obsession with popularity, even at the expense of academic success… Can’t tell a verb from a noun, they’re the nicest kids in town. They’ll never get to college, but they sure look cool.

I have seen this show three times, and will probably see it three times more. If you don’t walk out happy, contact me, and I will refer you to a therapist.

Seaweed, the “cool black kid,” is trying to navigate his way through the prejudice and racism around him in “Run and Tell That”…

HAIRSPRAY begins August 14 and runs through September 20. Meanwhile until August 9, another great show, THE MUSIC MAN, ends its run at Dutch Apple. This classic musical will also lighten your step and raise your spirits. The theater is located at 510 Centerville Road, just off Route 30 West. For show times and tickets call 717-8981900 or visit

I can’t see why people look at me. And only see the color of my face. And then there’s those that try to help, God knows, But have to always put me in my place. The musical’s message is that cultural diversity, body image, and sexual orientation should enrich

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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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Amish Made Wrought Iron Crafts at Jake’s Country Trading Post By Clinton Martin

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o, “Amish Iron” is not a heavy metal rock band, and Jake’s Country Trading Post didn’t build a concert stage for them. Amish Iron at Jake’s Country Trading Post is a gorgeous line of hand-made hand-crafted merchandise from local Amish forges. Who knew? You’ll find the variety of wrought iron products impressive, with many styles and uses suitable for every room in your home. Some of the Amish wrought iron gifts are not only pretty to place in your home, but carry a useful folksy purpose as well. Take for instance the “courting candle.” The wrought iron candle Continued on Page 23

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

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

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Jake's Country Trading Post

Jake’s Country Trading Post is one of Lancaster County’s largest home accent stores, and much of their extensive selection of merchandise is locally hand-made. Such is the case with the Amish wrought iron line. But, that doesn’t mean it is expensive. Many pieces are priced at less than $10. It won’t be hard sprucing up your kitchen, bath, living room, or den with some deep ebony, elegant Amish Country iron décor tempting you at every turn at Jake’s Country Trading Post.

holder resembles a spiral curling vertically off of a sturdy base. A candle is placed inside the spiral, on a small wooden base that sits within the coil of the holder. By moving the small wooden base, the height of the candle above the holder is adjusted.

Call (717) 687-8980 or visit JakesHomeAccents. com. However, I suggest you take the easy Route 30 East drive to 2954 Lincoln Highway East, Gordonville. and see Jake’s up close and personal!

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The courting candle's length determines the length of the visit.

Legend has it that the candle was used to establish the length of a suitor’s visit. In other words, an Amish father would set the courting candle’s height to reflect how much promise he saw in the young man coming to court his daughter and thus, how much time the lad might spend with her. In other words, a promising young man might have the advantage of a fully extended courting candle, whereas a somewhat questionable character might have most of the candle hidden below the holder’s top, thus affording him much less time until his visit literally burned out. • August 2014 • Amish Country News • 23

Shady Maple Complex Shines Ever-Bright!

by Clinton Martin


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

Martin’s Trailside Express While Martin’s Trailside Express has been open to the public since 1998, the story of this convenient quick stop for food, fuel, and a car wash goes back a number of years. The company’s patriarch, Earl Martin, had originally allowed a few close neighbors to purchase gasoline and diesel from his trucking company at a lower bulk rate. New regulations for underground tanks gave him the incentive to expand his location and open a retail gas station type facility. Today, it’s much more than just a place to top off the tank. In addition to offering high quality

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gas, biodiesel, bulk DEF, kerosene, and propane, Trailside is home to an impressive offering of breakfast, lunch, and dinner eats. From omelets, skillets, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches in the morning to best-around fried chicken, burgers, custom wraps, and entrees at lunch or dinner, Trailside is sure to exceed your expectations! To beat the heat, Trailside has a massive cooler selection of ice cold beverages in addition to delicious milkshakes, root beer floats, and softserve ice cream. If you need a cup of joe to kick-start your morning, Trailside proudly offers a large variety of locally-roasted Gerhart Coffee blends as well as cappuccino and iced coffee. If your wheels are dusty, take a loop through either of their touchless or soft-touch car washes. They also stock washer fluid, oil, and many other travel necessities. Whether you need hot eats, cool treats, a car wash, or a fill-up, you’ll love your experience at Amish country’s favorite gas station—Martin’s Trailside Express!

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Shady Maple Smorgasbord is arguably the most famous of the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants in Amish Country. Interestingly enough however, the namesake restaurant of the property near Blue Ball was not the seed that grew to be the mighty complex it is today.

Shady Maple’s foyer and have your idea of the super market forever altered. Of course, the restaurant was a natural evolution of operating a market that specialized in fresh country meats, just-off-the-boat seafood selections, and a produce department seemingly as big as the farms supplying it. Thus, Amish Country’s must-try gastronomic “event” is today the Shady Maple Smorgasbord where unending delicious selections are displayed in steaming trays arrayed along “bars” for you to peruse at your leisure. The sense of being in Amish Country is very real, as the food options reflect the surrounding countryside, from a dozen ways to prepare corn to a hot batch of chipped beef gravy to pour over oven-fresh buttermilk biscuits. Suffice it to say there is an amazing variety along the 200-plus feet of buffets. And each night at the Smorgasbord sports an additional theme with the chefs’ take on seafood, steaks, chops, and ribs. Hungry yet? Believe me, whether Amish Country is your destination, or you’re just passing through, Shady Maple is a great way to spend a few hours, whatever the season, whatever the reason!

That honor belongs to the Shady Maple Farm Market, a simple roadside stand at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Z. Martin, parents of current owners, Miriam and Marvin Weaver. The Martin’s called their produce stand “Shady Maple,” as it was situated directly underneath a towering tree. But they soon outgrew their roadside surroundings. With every addition to the market, more locals and visitors were finding their way and filling their baskets. Today it’s the largest grocery market in Lancaster County, in both size and selection. You probably don’t often visit grocery outlets when on vacation, but you owe it to yourself to set foot in

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uality, affordable, luxury. That's what American made and Amish handcrafted furniture at Country Home Furniture is all about. When Shady Maple Smorgasbord moved into a larger building across the parking lot more than a decade ago, the former restaurant building became home to one of the largest and best furniture stores in the Lancaster area, Country Home Furniture. On two large selling floors, and 30,000 sq. ft., you will find American made sofas and recliners, made in North Carolina, Ohio and Mississippi, in addition to solid wood, USA made and Amish handcrafted dining, bedroom, office, occasional and entertainment furniture. The wood pieces come from artisans in Ohio, Indiana and right here in Lancaster County. With hundreds of stylish products in traditional, transitional, modern and country looks on the floor, there is something for everyone. According to management, “Amish built furniture and quality go hand-in-hand. As far as American handcrafters in the hardwood and upholstery industries, their knack for getting their styles to mesh with today’s buyer is second to none. No one builds better, more stylish furniture than American furniture makers.” Unlike other stores where your only choices of the style or color or wood is what you see, at Country Home Furniture you can have a hand in every facet of your design. That's the beauty of shopping there. Customers love the flexibility to have a piece made for them by selecting their wood, stain, hardware and fabric.

The retailer ships and delivers to customers’ homes and businesses all over the country. If beautiful, quality, brand new, solid wood, American handcrafted furniture is important to you, then you owe it to yourself to explore Country Home Furniture. As they like to say, it's worth the drive to the countryside of Lancaster County for savings.

Country Home Furniture is open Monday and Friday 10-7, Tuesday through Thursday 105, and Saturdays 9-5. The entire complex at Shady Maple is closed on Sundays. For more information, call 717-354-2329, go online to or e-mail GPS address is 1352 Main Street, East Earl Township, PA.

Amish VIP Tour – A Review of the Reviews By Brad Igou

The second stop on a Visit in Person tour is an after-hours stop at a small shop where the Amish do business. Amish Experience

First stop on the Amish VIP tour is to a dairy barn at milking time. Amish Experience


he Amish Visit-in-Person Tour is one of the most talked about "attractions" in the area. It's consistently received high marks from the local media and, most significantly, is garnering rave reviews from visitors in all the social media. The three-hour experience offers visitors the unique opportunity to visit and talk to the Amish personally in small groups of no more than 14 people. The first stop is an Amish farm at milking time, the second at an Amish business after hours, and finally, the third a sit and chat with an Amish family right in their home. By limiting the tour to 14 guests, an intimate, unforgettable experience that many visitors seek, but few actually realize is assured. Following are excerpts from typical reviews which provide reactions and insight into the experiences of guests who have taken the tour. All of the reviews are from the independent ticketing site This tour was the highlight of our 10 day trip. Two days in the Amish area wasn't enough. It was a delight to learn of the Amish lifestyle. I had some misconceptions that were dispelled. I highly recommend this tour and also the buggy ride that accompanies it. The tour guide was fantastic and answered all our questions. The dairy farm, toy factory and Amish home were unrivaled with information and heartfelt stories. The people we encountered were very warm and were happy to answer questions.

Don't miss this one of a kind experience. —Review by Nick & Lana on 6/24/14 We had the most wonderful time on the VIP Tour. We first stopped off at a Dairy Farmer while the family were all milking their cows. Had a wonderful visit with him as we are also dairy farmers and we had so much in common. We loved the Coach Shop and all the details of making the wagons. Another highlight was visiting the Amish House and going in to their living room. Such Great people and we had a wonderful time, we will go back next year and I am sure will take another tour with you.­ —Review by Cipp on 10/29/13 100% recommend. My 12 year old daughter and I visited Amish country for a few days as a homeschool field trip. The VIP Tour was the highlight of the trip. We couldn't have enjoyed every aspect of the tour more! —Review by us4wrls on 9/25/13

and again. The up close and personal with the Amish folks is something I will NEVER forget. Absolutely an A++++++++ adventure. Well worth the money. Thank you for this opportunity. —Review by indygrammy on 7/22/13 My husband and I have visited the Amish country several times. We were surprised to see that we could take a tour and actually be in the home of the Amish people. This was the BEST tour I have ever had in the Amish Country; it was well worth the money. I still can't believe it. This trip was well worth every cent we paid. We would never have been able to do this 30 years ago. Thanks so much for thinking "outside the box" to make the Amish tour worthwhile. It was awesome.­ —Review by Anita on 9/11/12 V.I.P. amazing! We signed up for the VIP tour after my 14 yr old daughter expressed interest in meeting Amish families and visiting their homes. We were not disappointed! We were able to get up close with the cows on the dairy farm. The family was wonderful and answered all questions about life as dairy farmers. My daughter even got to feed a calf with a baby bottle! Then it was off to visit a rug maker. My daughter got a chance to try the loom. Finally the event of the day… visiting the home of an Amish family. We sat down and talked to them for 40 minutes. They were open to answering all questions and so friendly. This tour was well worth the money because the memories we have will last a lifetime!  —Review by rg on 8/8/12 NOTE: This year, VIP Tour purchasers also receive a voucher for a free buggy ride at Aaron & Jessica’s. Tours depart at 5:00pm Monday through Saturday from the Amish Experience Theater box office at Plain & Fancy Farm, 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ronks, Route 340 midway between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. For advance ticket purchases, call the Amish Experience at 717-768-8400, ext.210 or visit 

Our Kids Favourite Part of our Trip. We took the VIP tour and it was worth every penny! It was a great way for our children to experience the Amish. We have 4 children (age 6 to 14). We all enjoyed the tour of the Amish farm and coach business; but the best was the visit with the Amish family. The family that hosted us that evening also had children. The children played together while we visited. The couple was very friendly and we had a great time learning about the Amish way of life.­ —Review by Pam on 8/6/13 BEST PART OF OUR TRIP! We had our V.I.P. tour (3-hours long) the day we arrived in Birdin-Hand. It was a tour I think I could take again

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One of the stops you might make on the VIP Tour is at a goat cheese farm. Must be milking time!


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Shopping at Aimee & Daria’s Doll Outlet a Real Attraction

By Clinton Martin


may not own many dolls (I suppose my daughter owns the ones “I” have anyway!), but I do know that when shopping for dolls, there are choices to be made. You can push a cart down the toy aisle of any big-box retailer, find dolls, and perhaps if you look hard enough you’ll find a doll you might like, but really don’t love. Or, you can try visiting Aimee & Daria’s Doll Outlet. At Aimee & Daria’s you’ll find, literally, an endless display of durable, delightful dolls to choose from. Imagine the selection (5,000 dolls ranging in price from $2.50 to $2,500) and you can begin to imagine the impressive experience of perusing the largest doll store within 1,000 miles of Lancaster County. Beyond simply the purchase, Aimee & Daria’s offers so much more than a bag for your doll, a copy of the receipt and a friendly farewell. You wouldn’t expect, but you will find, a full-blown Baby Doll Adoption Center. Bring your camera for the picture you’ll take with the little bundle of joy, as the dolly nurse on duty gives your baby

doll a checkup with her stethoscope. You walk away with your doll, an adoption certificate, and a few precious photos of the ceremony! For those who would rather enjoy the adoption ceremony with a toy pet instead of a dolly, Aimee & Daria’s delivers. They have a variety of cute plush animals that visitors can purchase, and the adoption ceremony is just as sweet. One of the most popular toy animals to take home is none other than “Grumpy Cat,” the plush version of the real-live cat internet and television sensation that makes everyone smile with its trademark frown.


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Aimee & Daria’s is the only store in the area to receive the official blessing of Grumpy Cat to house his likeness and “adopt” him out. I’m guessing his quip would be, “I was adopted at Aimee & Daria’s once. It was awful! The kids just wouldn’t stop kissing me and saying I was cute. ” Luckily, Aimee & Daria are not grumpy and will give you a very warm welcome to their store, located at 2682 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks. Call (717) 687-8118 or visit You will have a good time here!

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erhaps no other town in the entire country can claim its fame on just one simple thing --- its name. Harrison Ford drove a buggy past the road sign on a memorable visit in the Hollywood blockbuster hit of the movie "Witness." For years people have postmarked “Intercourse” on envelopes, and the jokes from visitors who travel through Bird-in-Hand to Intercourse are endless. There are several


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theories for the name, but that which we find most plausible follows.

intermingling which were so common in the informal atmosphere of the quiet country village.

Around 1730, the Old Provincial Highway (now Route 340) was laid out to connect Philadelphia with Lancaster. Conestoga wagons hauled freight back and forth between the two cities. Providing rest for travelers and horses, taverns sprouted along the way, becoming centers for news, gossip, and commerce. The construction of a log tavern in 1754 at the intersection of Newport Road and the Highway took “Cross Keys” as its name.

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.

It remained such until 1814, when the name was changed to Intercourse as part of a failed real estate scheme of a Mr. George Brungard, who had acquired 48 acres of nearby land and attempted to lay out a town site and divide it into sections for sale by a lottery, advertising “151 handsome building lots of $250 each to be drawn for by number.” Renaming the town made sense, as intercourse had a common usage referring to the pleasant mutual fellowship and frequent • August 2014 • Amish Country News • 29

The local stagecoach service started around 1898 as “a single horse conveyance similar to a market wagon, with a roll-up curtain and double set of seats.” When the stagecoach driver knew of passengers beforehand, their comfort on cold days was added to with the placement of hot bricks heated in the oven, and wrapped in newspaper to preserve their warmth.

As the days of the dirt road drew to a close, so too did the stagecoach era. In 1923 a transit company was organized and bus service initiated to and from Lancaster. While “many of the Amish residents of the area were eager to see the line started, they did not want to invest in stock of the Company. Instead they bought books of tickets which were really prepaid bus 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.


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


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

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

Aaron & Jessica’s traditional buggies offer visitors pristine sight-seeing views. options when you arrive. No reservations are necessary except if you want to book your own Private Buggy Ride & Tour. You can reserve your own personal buggy, horse and driver with advance reservations by emailing Whichever option you choose, Aaron & Jessica’s is more than just a buggy ride. Their drivers are our Amish, Mennonite and Brethren neighbors, and will share their own family stories; and are happy to answer any questions about their culture. It may well be the highlight of your visit.

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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. 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

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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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mill and sawmill, both operating, as well as old cars and even a miniature steam engine. The activities scheduled for this trip down memory lane include on-the-spot entertainment and the signature “Parade of Power,” which showcases Rough & Tumble’s sizable collection of movable machines, all chugging along before the cheering crowd in a grand parade.

Added bonuses to the day, and you can easily spend an entire day here, are rubbing shoulders with locals and visitors from far and wide, and enjoying the selection of foods and drinks to keep you “powered” throughout the day. The word “unique” is overworked nowadays, but it certainly applies to this one-of-a-kind event for both adults and children.

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Threshermen’s Reunion hours are from 7am to 11pm, except August 16 when the activities close at 5pm. Journey by your own suitable means of modern transportation to 4977 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers, PA 17535. Call (717) 442-4249 or visit online at for more information.

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irates have gotten downright respectable, it seems. Little Johnny and little Susie dress up with eye patches and peg legs for Halloween and growl out “Trick or Treat” with their own distinctive pirate speak. Since when did life as a rogue become so mainstream? Arghhh! Well, there is still a side of pirate adventure that remains independent, untamable, and free; one where the kids can’t play along. That’d be the kind of swashbuckling fun that comes with a hearty tip of a glass of craft brewed ale on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire fans of old would know the grounds as the home of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, but stealthily sneaking up on the renown of the Faire’s famous winery has been the up-and-coming craft brewery, the aptly named Swashbuckler Brewing Company. Just last year, the brewery expanded to fulfill the demands of thirsty Faire-goers with a 4,500-barrel-a-year brewing system. Various ales and seasonal brews are available for patrons to enjoy at the Faire’s eight pouring stations. The taps flow at events including the annual Brewfest at Mount Hope, the Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest, the Celtic Fling & Highland Games, and the iconic Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, due to run in 2014 from August 2 through October 26. The Faire grounds are along Route 72, just ¼ mile south of the PA Turnpike, Exit 266 (2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim). Learn more about Swashbuckler Brewing Company by visiting or by calling (717) 665-7021.

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Living with the Amish Part Four in a Series...

by Brad Igou


hile I was a college student, I did an independent study and had the rare opportunity to live and work with an Amish family for three months. During that time, as good anthropologists do, I kept a field diary. While such writings often reveal much more about the writer than about the Amish, these selections offer a glimpse into what it is like for an “outsider” to live and work in an Amish community. This month my notes are from my final month with the family…

My Amish Diary – Part Two November 3

John Miller and his wife, Sarah, have three children --- Elam (age 4), Rachel (age 2), and Sammy (age 1). Eight years ago today, John was married at the age of 23. There was no wedding anniversary celebration, however. We picked corn by hand all day. Picking corn may be monotonous, but it sure beats pitching manure in the barn.

November 20

Perhaps the planned visit to a sale is out this week because of something very special that happened today… a baby was born. Today Sarah, as usual, helped with milking, baked some cookies in the afternoon, and washed the clothes. In the afternoon, Sarah evidently told John to call the doctor. John went to a neighbor’s house and said he tried to get the doctor about a dozen times, but got a busy signal. So Sarah had the baby at home at about 4:00 p.m. A neighbor lady, who was once a nurse, helped her have it. Jake evidently called the neighbor when he was trying to get the doctor, who arrived after the baby was born. When we went in for supper after the milking, John’s mother was there, so I suppose he also contacted her by phone. She had prepared supper. Sarah remained in bed, but would occasionally tell John’s mother what to get for the table or where something was. The baby was a boy, eight and a half pounds.

November 23

Today was Thanksgiving Day, but it started off in an unusual way. John’s mother went home last night, so when we came in from milking for breakfast at about 7:00 a.m., there was nothing there. John started cooking, while I set the table.

Little ones have lots to explore when they grow up on an Amish farm, a world of play that is a far cry from our world of video games, TV, and the internet. Photo credit: Ed Byars The children woke up and had to be dressed in between. Finally, by about 8:30, we were ready to eat and John took some food in for Sarah. We washed the dishes afterwards, and Sarah got out of bed at about 9:30. She checked the turkey meat, which was on the wood stove, and moved it to the gas stove. John started peeling potatoes, and Sarah started tearing bread apart for filling as she sat in the upholstered rocking chair by the wood stove. At about 10:00 Sarah’s parents arrived, and her mother helped get dinner ready by about 11:15. The baby was named yesterday, although I didn’t find out until today. They named him David.

November 30

I’ll be leaving tomorrow after getting up at 5:30 a.m. for the last time, feeding the heifers for the last time, and eating my last meal here. I hope that our friendship can continue, and I wonder how different it might be when John and family are not so much something to be studied but simply people to respect and have as friends. Yet even though I will be glad to get back to “my world,” somewhere inside I feel a sense of losing something. Losing a close contact with nature, animals, plants, and the country. Losing the experience of being on a farm. I also feel I will be losing some values which I might be better off having --- the closeness of family and friends, the appreciation of what you have, realizing one does not need TV, radio, movies, and the you-name-it “necessary” items of American culture. There is something here, in being content with what you have, with hard work, with simple things, which I believe is being lost. What have I gained? I have gained an appreciation for farmers, particularly Amish farmers, and the work involved for what I casually eat or buy

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every day and take for granted. I’ve learned what work is ---- work of the body, not just the mind --- and certainly to never look down on manual, physical labor. I hope that now more than ever I can try to understand people different than myself, respect them, put faith in something and stick to it, and try to keep a bit of the humility and nonjudgmental attitude I observed. Finally, I can’t help but think that if John had been born into my family, and I into his, I would probably be Amish now, and he a “typical” American. Each of us is a product of our culture, environment, and upbringing, with individual personalities, to be sure. I feel John is thankful that he was raised Amish by what he feels were parents who tried. I am now even more appreciative of what my parents have done for me. One may call John’s upbringing “brainwashing,” and I may think mine was freer, yet I may have been brainwashed in more subtle ways. Each of us is, perhaps, glad he is not the other. John is secure in the Bible, his way of life, his religion, his faith. He has doubts and faults like anyone. I am one who is still, and may always be, seeking and searching, but this experience with the Amish has shed new light on my path.


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By Brad Igou


mish Country is known for its Plain culture, its iconic regional foods, historic heritage attractions and museums, theaters and amusements, outlet shopping, and much more. But the one thing that keeps bringing people back for more is our festivals and very special events. Let’s take a look at what’s happening this month. Here are a few of my favorites, and why… First of all, I love live theater, and, if you do as well, we’re definitely in the right place. In August, one of my favorite musicals can be enjoyed at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. It’s HAIRSPRAY, and you can read all about it on page 17 of this issue. I’ve been going to shows at DADT for decades, literally, and whether it’s something traditional like THE KING & I, something more contemporary like MISS SAIGON, or something edgy like RENT, I’ve always enjoyed the eclectic mix of shows and the talented casts that Dutch Apple consistently assembles. Theater is always a great evening activity, especially since we tend to roll up the sidewalks in the countryside around five o’clock. Whenever I need a good laugh, I know I can head for Rainbow Dinner Theatre, celebrating its 30th anniversary, with over 5,000 performances and one million customers. That’s a lot of laughs! But then this theatre is “all comedy, all the time,” so you know you’ll always be treated to a zany show. Right now through August 9th see “Always a Bridesmaid,” followed by “Drinking Habits” beginning August 16th. In the latter, the nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have secretly been turning grape juice into wine to keep the convent’s doors open. But now two reporters are about to blow their cover. You can bet plenty of “nunsense” will ensue. I’ve been told Rainbow has some surprises in store for 2015 because “this is not your parents’ dinner theatre.” An excellent combination of Amish Country and theater is Wanda Brunstetter’s HALFSTITCHED: THE MUSICAL appearing on the Bird-in-Hand Stage. It’s a pleasant, tuneful show, with interesting characters and a clever premise. You can read more about it on page 7. All three theater options have tasty meals built into their show packages, so no need to worry about grabbing a quick dinner and then hurrying to the theater.

For a dining experience of a very different sort, try Bird-in-Hand Restaurant’s always-in-demand “Banquet in a Cornfield,” an evening featuring a tractor-pulled hayride to the Smucker family farm for a farmfresh meal of barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, baked lima beans, and more. This fun evening concludes with live music around the fire pit. Next let me mention one of the lesser known, but most unique events in Amish Country. That would be the Threshermen’s Reunion at Rough & Tumble. First, let’s get the name out of the way. The Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association is housed on a 33-acre museum of mostly operating antique and obsolete machinery which many of us have never seen, at least not in action. If a machine runs on gas or steam, it’s probably here, from trains and factory equipment to tractors and cars. Be sure to catch the Reunion’s 90-minute parade, along with the demonstrations of threshing, great foods, and the fascinating mix of locals, including many Amish (who actually still use some of this machinery!). I’ve had a gas and found it a good place to let off steam! Seriously, it’s worth putting on your Amish Country must-do list. Looking to go farther back in time? You’ll thank me for my recommendation to visit the glorious Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. You can read about it in our cover story. I’ve been going to the Faire for years, almost from the beginning when it was just a couple weekends on the Victorian grounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery. The event now runs 12 weekends, and it is simply impossible to enjoy all the entertainments in just one day. The shows, facilities, foods, and quality of the performances get better every year. And, unlike an amusement park where the attraction is perhaps a new roller coaster or ride every now and then, the Faire is forever evolving. You’ll enjoy interacting with the colorfully costumed cast of characters (feel free to go in your own costume!) and marvel at the heart-pounding joust at the end of the day. This year the storyline features King Henry, a change after many years of “God Save the Queen {Elizabeth I},” and will definitely be something new even for devoted Fairegoers. The Strasburg Rail Road is a popular venue offering events all year long, including Days Out With Thomas, the Easter Bunny Train, Santa’s Paradise Express, the new Steam Punk unLimited,

and the Great Train Robbery where Bonnie and Clyde are rumored to make an appearance. Saturdays in August, however, you can enjoy a crime-free ride on the Wine & Cheese Train as the big steam locomotive takes you to Paradise and back while you sample complimentary wine, cheese, and crackers. Or try the new Farm and Brew Trains on select dates in August and enjoy ribs, sausage, and yummy desserts along with the sampling of five seasonal beers from local breweries. Finally, as we look toward the end of August, you will want to make time for the Labor Day Auction of the Hospice of Lancaster County. In addition to the amazing items being auctioned off --- quilts, fine jewelry, lawn and garden plants, beautiful artwork, gift certificates, Amish-made indoor and outdoor furnishings, sports memorabilia, and collectibles --- there is the “Grand Slam Raffle” with four chances to win a 2014 Ford Mustang, a $2,500 Visa Card, a 3-Night Cruise for Two or a 50” Flat Screen HDTV. And you don’t need to be there to win! It’s a wonderful fund-raising event tradition (this is the 30th year), and an opportunity to eat good food and rub shoulders with the locals, including many Amish. In addition to these special events, remember that there are many other excellent ongoing activities from the incomparable Amish Visit-in-Person Tours at Plain and Fancy Farm and the Ghost Tours in Strasburg and Downtown Lancaster, to antiquing on Sundays in Adamstown at Renninger’s and Shupp’s Grove. You might even try creating your own event with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team as you float over our amazing farmlands from high above. If the balloon lands on an Amish farm, as it sometimes does, you have instantly created an unforgettable experience for your family! I’ve truly only scratched the surface of all there is to see and do hereabouts, and I’ve only highlighted the month of August. My best advice is to start planning your return visit to enjoy all that Amish Country has to offer...both the expected and the unexpected!

Renaissance Faire (Cont'd from Page 5) Twenty-four Royal Kitchens dot the Shire and promise to satisfy any Faire visitor’s hunger or thirst with a variety of foods and libations. Delectable foods originating from across the globe, including Giante Turkey Legges, Italian and German favorites, BBQ ribs and smoked pork and beef, are just the beginning. Luscious desserts range from cupcakes, cheesecakes and ice cream to the newest addiction, funnel stix. Refreshing Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope Wines are available at eight pour houses throughout the Shire. Bacchus Retreat invites guests to sample Mount Hope Wines, free of charge, before purchasing them for pick-up later in the Wine Tower upon leaving the Shire.

Faire visitors also have the option of the Shire’s table-side, air-conditioned food service at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern. Feast on a menu of international dishes, including menu options for the knippers and the veggie-lovers. Singers of songs, tellers of tales, rabble and royalty often stop in the Tavern for a visit. The day’s events culminate in the highly anticipated Ultimate Joust, a preeminent

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Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides (S)..................... 47 Abe's Buggy Rides................................................... 15 Aimee & Daria's Doll Outlet (S).......................... 16 Amish Country Homestead (S)........................... 39 Amish Country Tours (S).................................10,48 Amish Experience Theater (S)............................. 39 Choo Choo Barn (S)............................................... 19 Crystal Cave Park (S).............................................. 41 Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (S)......................... 12 Dutch Haven (S)..........................................................3 Ghost Tour (S)........................................................... 19 Hershey’s Chocolate World (S)...........................43 Hospice Labor Day Auction.................................. 17 Intercourse Pretzel Factory................................... 30 Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery....................................6 Mennonite Information Center........................... 15 National Toy Train Museum (S).......................... 19 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (S).................. 37 Rainbow Dinner Theatre (S)................................ 37 Rough & Tumble....................................................... 14 Strasburg Rail Road (S).......................................... 19 Turkey Hill Experience (S)..................................... 41 Village Greens Mini-Golf (S)................................ 18 Water's Edge Mini-Golf.......................................... 12

An (S) after the name denotes Open Sunday Flower and Home Marketplace.......................... 27 Gish's Furniture & Amish Heirlooms ................ 16 Gordonville Bookstore........................................... 31 J & B Quilts and Crafts............................................ 18 Jake's Country Trading Post (S)........................... 35 Killer Hats (S)............................................................ 34 Lapp’s Quilts & Crafts.............................................. 19 Lapp's Toys................................................................. 12 Li’l Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm..... 18 Martin's Trailside Express...................................... 24

Old Candle Barn....................................................... 30 Renninger's Antique Market (S).........................43 Riehl's Quilts & Crafts............................................. 32 Sauder's Fabrics........................................................ 30 Sam's Man Cave....................................................... 16 Shupp's Grove (S)....................................................43 Smucker's Quilts....................................................... 23 Stagecoach Shops................................................... 31 Witmer Quilt Shop................................................... 23 Zook’s Fabric Store.................................................. 30

What's Coming Up in September? September is the popular Family Owned Business Issue. Our profiles of the people behind the businesses have made this one of our most anticipated issues, and a real eye-opener for visitors. The number of Amish family owned businesses including quilt, craft and furniture shops are unique to Lancaster county.


Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop..........................................8 Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord............................................................2 Brasserie (S).............................................................. 15 Good 'N Plenty (S).................................................. 13 Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn (S).............. 20 Intercourse Village Olde Mill Restaurant......... 29 Kauffman's Fruit Farm...............................................8 Miller's Smorgasbord (S)....................................... 36 Mount Hope Wine Gallery (S)................................9 Plain & Fancy Farm (S)........................................... 11 Revere Tavern (S)..................................................... 34 Rumspringa Brewing Co.& Barn Café (S)........ 28 September Farm Cheese....................................... 14 Shady Maple Smorgasbord.................................. 25 Union Barrel Works (S)..........................................43 Zook's Homemade Chicken Pies....................... 31

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December 31st, 2014

Calling All Pho tographers! 2014 Amish Co untry New

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


Country Inn of Lancaster (S)................................ 21 Flory's Cottages & Camping (S).......................... 21 Fulton Steamboat Inn (S)..................................... 21 Lake in Wood Campground (S).......................... 41


Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market.............................. 13 Blue Ridge Furniture............................................... 22 Country Creations.................................................... 20 Country Home Furniture....................................... 25 Country Housewares Store.................................. 23 Country Knives.......................................................... 30 Country Lane Quilts................................................ 31 Dolly Bodacious....................................................... 30 Dutchland Quilt Patch............................................ 29 Esh Handmade Quilts............................................ 29

Photos will be judged on quality, color, subject matter, etc. Keep in mind that these photos are for publication, cannot be returned, and should depict a scene, aspect, event, or activity typical to Lancaster or the Pennsylvania Dutch Country region. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: December 31st, 2014 We will accept photos via email, and request that no more than 10 photos by the same person be submitted, so pick your best! Each photo submitted should contain the name, address, phone # and email address of the photographer, so they can be contacted. Any details on the location, date, or subject matter of the photograph should be included.

To enter, send photos in high resolution (300 dpi+) in .jpg or .tiff format to: (Please put “2014 photo contest” in the subject line)

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Renaissance Faire (Cont'd from Page 41) blend of equestrian skill and hand-to-hand combat. Pyrotechnics light up the sky and harrowing stunts create the drama of a joust to the death. Knights, steeds, villagers, nobility and the Royal Court each play a role in this breathtaking spectacle while onlookers cheer on their champion or mourn them in defeat. At the Finale in Song, guests join the entire cast in a musical extravaganza celebrating the end of another fun-filled day in the Shire. The wondrous fantasy that is the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is held Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for 13 weekends, 11AM – 8PM. Each of the 13 Faire weekends is especially themed, making a return visit a must. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has earned high accolades, named as One of the Top Five Best Renaissance Festivals in the United States by, One of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association, and a 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Faire is set amidst the splendor of the formal gardens of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, Route 72, ½ mile south of PA Turnpike Exit 266, 15 miles north of Lancaster and 14 miles east of Hershey. Learn more at or call 717-665-7021.

Shop in the Shade...

August 23 & 24 Native American

Fossils, Rocks, Gems & Minerals

Ethnic Food Fest

Special Section Both Days August 2 & 3: Postcards, Paper, Books, Comics, Superheroes & Film PLUS Yard Sale Saturday August 9 & 10:Tools, Railroad & Transportation August 16 & 17: Dolls, Bears,Toys & Games August 30 & 31: China, Glassware & Silver Special themes or shows every weekend.

Visit or call 717.484.4115 GPS: 607 Willow St. • Reinholds, PA 17569

Union Barrel Works Masters Mustards


ans of Union Barrel Works know the friendly, bright, and welcoming brew pub in the village of Reamstown for delicious hand-crafted ales and lagers. But I have to tell you, to me, the food menu has always been at least as intriguing. The happy result --- visitors to Amish Country can seek out both excellent beer and great food at UBW, now with the added incentive of trying UBW’s own Brew Master Mustards. Four varieties of the classic condiment are available on the menu, perfect with the snackable soft pretzels, or on the yummy sandwich fare, or even to go, if you please. Union Barrel Works is at 6 N. Reamstown Rd, in the village of Reamstown (just south of Adamstown, north of Ephrata.) Open for lunch and dinner. Learn more at or call (717) 3357837 for details. • August 2014 • Amish Country News • 43

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Publisher's Message

by Brad Igou


ate this past May, a sign appeared along Route 340 east of Bird-inHand directing locals down a side road for “STRAWBERRIES.” Homegrown strawberries are so unlike hot-house strawberries that I actually consider them two different fruits. They are smaller than those you find in the supermarket, but their brilliant red color, soft inside, and rich sweet-sour taste make a savory declaration of country lusciousness.

Homegrown Honesty


Brad Igou’s Amish Series..............................38 Country Home Furniture...............................25 Dutch Haven Lancaster Landmark...................3 Events Sample..............................................37 Publisher’s Message ....................................46


Advertiser Index ..........................................42 Amish Country Map.................................44-45 Bird-in-Hand ............................................7-13 Intercourse..............................................29-32 Lititz..............................................................6 Lodging ..................................................21,41 New Holland/Blue Ball.............................22-25 Paradise..................................................34-37 Strasburg................................................18-20

PO Box 414 • Bird-in-Hand • PA 17505

(717) 768-8400, Ext. 218

Published by Dutchland Tours Inc. Brad Igou • Editor-in-Chief Clinton Martin • Director: Sales & Marketing Caleb Bressler • Associate Editor Kirk Simpson • Graphic Designer

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 ©2014. All contents of this magazine are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without prior approval of the publisher.

After work, I headed down that back road until I came across a table under a small makeshift covering. There were several quart boxes of organic strawberries. Payment was made via the “honor system,” by which you pay for your berries by dropping money in a small plastic container. I placed my berries in one of the plastic bags held down by a rock, paid appropriately and was on my way. That night --a dream dessert of the freshest of strawberries and Turkey Hill ice cream. On my third visit to the strawberry stand that month, I stopped by on my way to work in the morning. A young Amish boy was there filling the quart boxes. He was carefully stacking them until they formed a pyramid that was almost as tall as the box that contained them! I pulled out my wallet, gave him the money, put the berries in a bag, and continued on to work. At the office, I reached for the wallet in my briefcase, and disturbingly discovered it was not there. I then realized that I had placed it on the table at the strawberry stand and never put it back. I had that tightening feeling you get in your stomach as you realize what the ramifications could be… lost money, credit cards, driver’s license, etc. I quickly grabbed my car keys just as the phone rang. I answered to hear a distinctively Amish voice saying, “My son said you left your wallet

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at our stand.” I thanked him for calling me, knowing he had been resourceful enough to find my number. The Amish don’t have phones in the home but, since he had a business, I figured the phone was probably near the house. I let him know I’d be right over. As I turned down the road, I saw the boy was no longer there, so I drove in the driveway to the back of the house. Sitting on the steps was the boy and a young sister. As I arrived he stood up and walked over to the car, handing me the wallet. I thanked him and told him he had done a good thing. He smiled and turned around. I quickly called him back and gave him a ten dollar bill in appreciation. He smiled and quickly carried the bill up the walk into the house where, I assume, he turned it over to Dad as any good Amish lad would. As I drove back to the office, I had a good idea of the content of an upcoming Publisher’s Message! This incident brought to mind a similar story of honesty from several years ago. I had stopped by an Amish roadside stand for some sweet corn, an indisputable Amish Country summer delicacy. The stand was manned by young Amish boys and their sister. After choosing three ears of corn and a green pepper, the older boy, about age 12, calculated that I owed him 65 cents. While fishing out the change, I thought I dropped a coin. But when I looked down, there I was standing on a wooden grate, and figured it had fallen through. “No matter... it was probably only a nickel or a dime,” I said to myself. As I started to drive away, I noticed the older boy grabbing his younger brother’s hand and shaking it. I thought they were just having some boisterous fun now that I was leaving. But when I glanced one more time in my rearview mirror, I noticed the older boy running after me, waving his hand. I hit the brakes, rolled down the window, and waited to see what was wrong. When he reached my car, he held out his hand and said, “You dropped this.” What he had managed to get from his brother, and was running fullsteam to return to me, was a penny. As I headed home, I remembered that old story about “honest Abe” Lincoln walking several miles to return some change to a customer. For some reason, my corn tasted better than ever that night...almost as good as those strawberries. August is the month for corn and many other summer favorites. No need to worry about dropping any loose change as you wander our back roads. So, simply put, enjoy the unbelievable bounty of our lush farmlands... guaranteed to bring you back for more!


Bring the whole family!

Ride through our covered bridge!

PRIVATE AMISH ROAD Real Family Carriages

Tours & Pricing

“The Cookie Run” Adults $10 Child $5

Visit a real Amish farm. Get off the buggy and see the cows and Clydesdale-type work horses.

We Absolutely Offer You More! Visit us first! Here’s what you can see!

• Amish Schools • Quilt Shops • Harness Shop • Amish Shoe Store

• Amish Farm Stands • Amish Horse Dealer • Amish Butcher Shop • Amish Buggy Factory

• Amish Hat Shop • Furniture Shops • Amish Grocery Store • Amish Bakery

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“Amish Town Tour” Adults $14

Child $6

A 4 Mile Tour Passing an Amish Village, Businesses and an All Amish Farm Area. Experience Real Amish Life (30-35 minutes)

“Amish Farm Tour” Adults $21

Child $11

Visit a Real Amish Farm. Tour the Barn. See the Cows and Big Clydesdale-type Work Horses. America the Way It Used to Be. (50-60 minutes) Our Customer Preferred Ride!

Come See Us and Ask About Our Longest Tour...

Located in the country at:

Plain & Fancy Farm midway between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike Ronks PA 17572 Coupon must be presented at time of sale, cannot be combined with other offers. Expires August 31, 2014. Good for up to four Riders; all riders must take the same tour.

A 3 Plus Mile Ride Thru an Amish Farm, with a Brief Stop for Optional Drinks and Cookies. Feel the Country. (20-25 minutes)

For More Information


“The AMISH JOURNEY RIDE” Tour a Real Working Amish Farm, an Amish Quilts and Crafts Store, and Learn About Amish Life Riding Through the Countryside. (1-3/4 hours)

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Open Daily from 9am til before dusk; Sundays 10am-5pm Child Rate is 12 and under / under 3 is Free!



Visit-In-Person Tours

k...But So Few Experience! e e S y n a M The Perso o S nal Encounter

On The Farm

Visit an Amish Farm at Milking Time

At Work

Talk With an Amish Craftsman

At Home

Visit With Amish at Home

V.I.P. stands for “Visit In Person,” for you will have the unique opportunity to meet three of our Amish neighbors. Traveling in a comfortable shuttle bus, this exclusive tour is limited to 14 people to allow more personal contact, as we visit the Amish on the farm, at work, and at home.

Stop 1: Amish Farm at Milking Time. Observe the milking process. Discover “Amish electricity” as you learn that the Amish do not milk cows by hand.

Stop 2: Amish “Cottage Industry.” As land for farming shrinks, more Amish turn to home businesses to balance work and family. We may visit a carriage-maker, carpetloom shop, soap-maker, or cheese-maker for a personal talk and presentation.

Stop 3: Visit An Amish Home. We’ll go to the home of one of our Amish neighbors for friendly conversation…a chance to sit, chat, and visit the Amish way. It's not surprising that strangers soon become friends.

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

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 valid with any other offer or with group tours. Offer expires 11/30/14. Valid up to six people. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. BUGAN

Limited to 14 People

Departs 5:00PM

Monday-Saturday NOW Thru October

Advance Reservations Recommended

717•768•8400 Ext. 210 •

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The Amish Experience Theater • 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike • Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

Amish Country News August 2014  

Visitors Guide for Amish Country's best restaurants, shops, attractions, and special events.