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DUTCH HAVEN W hile driving along Route 30 in Lancaster County, you may see a few unfamiliar, if not unique, sites. You may catch a glimpse of some folks dressed a little unusually. You’ll probably see a few horse-drawn carriages instead of cars. And, you’ll undoubtedly notice the Dutch Haven windmill. This landmark building has been drawing thousands of visitors each week to Lancaster County for the past 67 years. Opening first as a restaurant in 1946, the Dutch Haven operated with great success with a world famous Shoo Fly pie recipe.

Today, the Dutch Haven staple is still “America’s Best Shoo Fly Pie.” All you have to do is pass through the door and you will be offered a sample taste of this famous pie—warmed and topped with whipped cream, just like it was always served in the restaurant, years ago.

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Some 40,000 pies will be sold at the Dutch Haven this year alone. While most of these shoo fly pies are purchased over the counter, some are shipped UPS. Many pies are sold to faithful customers who have been buying them from Dutch Haven for over half a century!

the story. The windmill building now houses one of, if not the best, selections of primitive Amish pine furniture in the area. Corner cupboards, pie safes, chests, and shelves are all available. Hundreds of pieces of Amish woodcrafts fill what once were the dining rooms of this wonderful old building. In addition, thousands of other items from pot holders to copper crafts, T-shirts, small wood crafts, a stunning selection of pottery, and much more make Dutch Haven a true shopping experience. Dutch Haven is open 7 days a week 9am-9pm. For more information about this Lancaster County landmark, call (717) 687-0111.

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Visiting Dutch Haven - “the place that made Shoo Fly Pie famous” - will help to make your trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country even more memorable.

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1890'S LANTERN MAKES 21ST CENTURY MAGIC by Brad Igou

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uly 4th. It seemed like the perfect day to see “This Is My Country!” and write a review of a performance most readers know little about at the Plain & Fancy Theater between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. The owners of the enterprise say their collaborator, Terry Borton of the American Magic-Lantern Theater, has declared the venue the first permanent magic lantern theater in the world in the last 130 years. Being as Mr. Borton is recognized as the leading authority of all things magic lantern in the USA, who am I to argue?

SO WHAT’S A MAGIC-LANTERN SHOW? You’ve probably never seen a show like this before. In fact, you probably don’t even know what a magic lantern is. For starters, it has nothing to do with magic as we know it today. But over 200 years ago, when inventors discovered how to project images onto a wall, and later make them move, it was magic indeed. During the pre-show, we learn that in the Victorian era (late 1800s/early 1900s) these shows were all the rage, with thousands of people attending a single performance. In

Before the movies, Magic-Lantern Shows brought thousands to theaters around the world. fact, toy lanterns were sold as popular gifts for children, who clearly embraced the fun and adventure of kerosene lamps, fire, hot metal and glass to put on their own version of a magic lantern show at home! I know I would have wanted one.

Like any good performer, Mark took time to “warm up" his audience. Two volunteers were brought forth to compete in their knowledge of American history. But fear not, far from a college level history exam, this was really just an opportunity to engage his audience and set the mood for the show to follow. We learn that our Showman for the evening is none other than Mark's alter ego, Professor Phineas T. Firefly. (When you see the show, be sure to ask afterwards how he got his name.)

Flags are handed out to the audience, and soon the lights go down and we are ready for… commercial messages from local stationary, shoe, and fur shops of the period... worthy of a few initial chuckles.

And then along came motion pictures, and the magic lantern faded away into the mist of entertainment history, just as silent movies were soon to be displaced by the “talkies.”

CREATING AN IMAGE As I learned in the introduction to the show, many of the over 90 images we were about to see were by Philadelphia artist, Joseph Boggs Beale, whose images from over 100 years ago were seen then by millions of Americans, as showmen traveled the country magically projecting them from their lantern. The Plain & Fancy Farm Theater boasts a truly rare 3-tiered lantern called a “triunial.” Looking all spruced up with rich mahogany and newly polished brass, you might be fooled into thinking it is a modern reproduction. But it’s the real deal.

FUN WITH THE AUDIENCE Well, enough background for you, dear reader. As the Showman likes to say, “On with the show!” The Artistic Director for “This Is My Country!” is Mark Sullivan, who I discovered boasts an extensive professional background in theater and improvisation, ranging from his work at Disney parks to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. As he greets you at the door in his Victorian garb, he cuts a most imposing, but welcoming figure.

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Visitors intrigued by the lantern gather around Showman Mark Sullivan after the performance.

ONE FAMILY’S STORY Since our Showman is tracing America’s story through the generations of his own family, we now embark on a “Forrest Gump-like” journey that begins with the Mayflower. Through the use of old, as well as some recently commissioned illustrations, we soon learn that the third generation of Brewsters in America were friends of a patriot named Paul Revere. And so it goes, as we see members of the family showing up at important events of the Revolutionary period. Why, one family member was even with George Washington at Valley Forge. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence with a series of slides that create cannon fire, but only with the help of an enthusiastic audience. One of the Brewster clan, Ned, turns up a few years later in Baltimore, standing next to a man scribbling on some paper, who we learn is Francis Scott Key. And now the flag


much, I image as it did theatergoers over 100 years ago.

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wavers get their cue as we join in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

CIVIL WAR DIVIDES A NATION The true set piece of this show, however, is the extensive and dramatic segment on the Civil War. Weaving in and out through each of the vignettes is the perfect music to transport us to the dark days of slavery as a Nation is torn apart. The emotional story of the two Parson brothers, which I will not spoil for you here, is likely to leave a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye.

The third main section of the show looks at three important events as we head into the 20th century… women’s suffrage, the flight of the Wright brothers, and the transcontinental railroad. During this segment, several period photos from the Library of Congress are used to remind us how far we have come, and the journey yet untraveled to creating that "more perfect union" the Founders sought for us. Fittingly, this patriotic extravaganza ends with a chorus of “This Is My Country!” as we salute the flag, and witness a kind of firework effect created by a special mechanical slide device called a chromotrope, which elicited ooohs and aaahs from both adults and children… followed by enthusiastic applause.

HOW DID THEY DO THAT? Having experienced this rarely seen entertainment, the audience was encouraged to ask questions, and there were many, including the expected “How did you do that?" At some point we realize that Mark is playing multiple roles, using various voices, all the while hitting the music cues, deftly executing fades and dissolves, manipulating the images in and out of the lantern in what I have to describe as a tour de force performance that goes largely unnoticed, until…

We spend some time with President Lincoln and his wife Mary, as they prepare for an evening at the theater. At this point the Showman abandons his lantern and moves to the front of the theater for a heart-stopping scene that drew gasps from the audience, including an intriguing “special effect” of the time that fascinated this modern audience as

We were reminded that a Christmas Show would be coming for the Holidays, and I overheard people saying they must come back now that they know what a magic lantern show is all about. So my advice is that you must see this thoroughly entertaining, and very different, piece of American theater. This is a limited run, so you only have until September 6th to catch one of the very affordable 7:00pm shows, which run Tuesdays through Saturdays. More information and tickets are at www.MagicLanternTheater. com, or 717-768-8400, ext. 210. You can even come early and enjoy a meal at the Plain & Fancy Restaurant. Parking is free of charge, and the AmishView Inn is right beside the theater, should you decide to stay overnight and enjoy an Amish tour provided by the on-site Amish Experience the next morning. “This Is My Country!” is a show about history, that is also a part of our history. For these reasons and many more, you can't help but leave humbled, yet also proud to be an American after joyfully celebrating the story of our Nation!

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All for a Great Cause at Hospice Labor Day Auction Special to Amish Country News

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abor Day weekend is synonymous with back to school, the last beach day, or time to close the pool. For Lancastrians, it’s also time to gather lawn chairs and round up friends and family for the Hospice Labor Day Auction --- a weekend filled with Amish food, vintage finds, raffles, thousands of auction items, and time with friends to support a wonderful cause. The year 2015 marks 31 years of the Labor Day Auction, which had humble beginnings in 1984 at Willow Street Fire Company, but outgrew that space and is how held at the Lampeter Fairgrounds on Route 741 between Strasburg and Willow Valley. This family-friendly and free event, which has been presented by Turkey Hill Dairy for more than 15 years, is a staple for the many who look forward to it every year.

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Some come for specific items. such as the Amishmade breakfast logs and pies, or a chance to bid on the Turkey Hill ice cream party for 100, or a week-long vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. Others love to browse the treasure trove of used items, often walking away with a fantastic find. The designated tents are an easy way to find your niche when perusing the fairgrounds: New, Used, Sports, Plants, and brand new for this year --- the Quilt Auction. Quilts of all sizes, colors and styles will be auctioned on Monday at noon during the new Quilt Auction sponsored by Rodgers & Associates. “The demand was too large and the number of quilts continued to grow each year, so we are introducing a designated quilt auction,” Amy Lewis, Director of Annual Giving, explains. “You can find authentic Amish new and gently used quilts, mostly handmade and all beautiful.” The sports tent gathers quite the athletic aficionados with autographed items from national and international sports teams and sporting adventures, like Yankees tickets

This year a handcrafted guitar is on the auction block, custom-made for the winning bidder. Anyone with children in their lives will want to be part of the bidding action when a beautiful signature playhouse goes up for the first time ever. There truly is something for everyone, with local WGAL-TV’s Anne Shannon and Paul Scott getting in on the fun and standing in as celebrity hosts during the live auction. Hospice & Community Care has been partnering with local businesses, individuals, and volunteers to grow this successful event over the past 31 years. All proceeds from the Labor Day Auction directly benefit patients and families receiving care from Hospice, so all attendance and support during this event help people in the community who need Hospice care during one of the most difficult times of their lives. The Lampeter Fairgrounds open at 7:30am on Saturday September 5 and Monday September 7. Please call 717.295.3900 with questions or visit www.hospicecommunity.org for more information.

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Renninger’s Antique Market is Fun, Frenzied Antiques Action By Clinton Martin

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ven people who’ve visited Amish Country for 30 years or more can’t recall a time when Renninger’s wasn't the must-visit antiques destination in these parts. Located just off the PA Turnpike Exit 286 in Adamstown, “the Antiques Capital of the USA,” Renninger’s offers both a huge

indoor maze of buildings and even bigger outdoor antiques and flea market. The outdoor market is a must-visit for every bargain-hunting antique collector. Every Sunday at 5:00 am, weather permitting, Continued on Page 13

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It’s That Time of Year – 67th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion By Caleb Bressler

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he Annual Threshermen’s Reunion, held by the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association, won’t be running out of steam anytime soon. Literally. This event, open to the public, shows off vintage agricultural equipment, including steam powered machinery and engines. You can also see a shingle mill and sawmill at this interesting event. It’s a great way to be outdoors and enjoy a slice of history in an engaging way.

This year, the reunion is presenting Case Tractors in a special exhibit, the latest models from the ‘50s and working backwards from there. Other equipment highlighted are Briggs & Stratton and Maytag miniature engines (which will be functioning). These motors were used to power devices like washing machines (Maytag and washing machines go hand-in-hand after all!). Brand-new this year is the Rusty Iron exhibit. However, don’t mistake “rusty” as denoting

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broken down junkers. On the contrary, these machines must still be in working order to be displayed. Arthur Astle, representative for Rough & Tumble, explains “classic car enthusiasts have been having fun fixing up rusty old cars and not painting them, so we are adapting the idea.” The display will be comprised of machines such as cars, tractors and trucks.

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While certain manufacturers are highlighted, there is a diverse selection of machines and brands for you to see here. Not only that, but the event will feature bands, a tractor pull and even a flea circus. As Astle says “come out for four great days for fellowship and fun and to learn about the history of farming.” The event is being held at this 33-acre property on August 12-15. You can start your day of fun at 7:00AM and go until 11:00PM (closes at 5PM on Saturday, August 15). If you own a vintage Case Tractor, you are most definitely invited to take it to the show at 4997 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers, PA 17535. Call for more information at (717) 442-4249 or visit online at roughtandtumble.org.


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ans of Union Barrel Works know the friendly, bright, and welcoming brew pub in the village of Reamstown for delicious handcrafted 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 unionbarrelworks.com or call (717) 335-7837 for details. By Clinton Martin

A MUSICAL FOR THOSE THAT STILL BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!

August 7 – September 19 Powerful, poignant and as timely as ever when Tony and Maria’s love is threatened as they try to bridge the gap between two gangs. Hear the masterpieces Tonight, America, Maria, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere.

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Wilkum to Our World Special to Amish Country News

exactly a mile and a half from either Bird-inHand or Intercourse. Completely surrounded by Amish farmland, there are at least seven different routes offered with different sights, stops, lengths, and prices. No reservations are needed. Just pick your ride when you arrive.

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aron and Jessica will be happy to take you. Jessica? Well, she’s the little girl who started it all. Her dad agreed to let her try her hand at giving buggy rides. She liked driving horses, and thought it would be fun to show the beautiful scenery and Amish farms to visitors. Aaron? You’re probably thinking that must be Jessica’s father. Nope. You just can’t have a buggy ride without a horse. That’s right, Aaron was Jessica’s horse. And that's how Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides was born.

Ride Through the Covered Bridge As Jessica always says, “We know you came here more than anything to see and understand how and why we live the way we do. Take a ride with us. Let us tell you all about it, too. After all, we live here.”

“You don’t pass one piece of ground that isn’t farmed with a horse when you take a ride with us!” —Jessica's Dad The buggy rides depart from the property of Plain & Fancy Farm. You’ll see a little red covered bridge along the side of Route 340,

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Jessica likes to stress the non-commercial nature of the rides. “We can take you between the house and the barn on a real Amish farm, on private roads, with no cars. You see real Amish life. We absolutely offer you more!”

All of the buggy rides pass through a covered bridge. Kids love buggy rides, especially getting to sit up front next to the drivers! As one visitor from Long Island said, “This is our fifth time here this year. We love it here. Since my son woke up this morning Aaron & Jessica’s is all I’ve heard” So, if your kids are driving you buggy, let Aaron & Jessica take over the reins for a while! Look for the little covered bridge along Route 340 at Plain & Fancy Farm, midway between Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand.

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Most of the drivers are our neighbors and are Amish. Jessica’s dad, who has driven thousands of visitors down Amish farm lanes over the last 25 years, was three years old when he had his first recollection of a horse. He guesses he has driven a carriage more than anyone else in Lancaster County, about 10,000 miles a year! Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Lancaster County with its immaculately kept Amish farms and gardens. Experience for yourself a taste of Amish Country life here. All the rides are reasonably priced, starting at just $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids. The ride is "air-conditioned." You’ll be more than comfortable with the open buggy and the breeze. Jessica says, “In the summer, it’s a great way to cool off. My dad says it’s like sitting in the shade with the fan on... 409 air-conditioning... four wheels turning at nine miles an hour!”

Just "LIKE" us on Facebook by September 30, 2015, and tell us why you would like to ride with Miriam for your family or friends. We will review all entries in a decidedly non-scientific way and choose a winner.

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Romeo, Juliet, Jets, and Sharks – “West Side Story” Shines at Dutch Apple By Brad Igou

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hen Shakespeare penned “Romeo and Juliet,” he probably had no idea how influential his work would be, how many ways it would be interpreted, and how many productions it would inspire… opera, ballet, film, etc. In modern times, there have been many adaptations, including the Montagues and Capulets as warring mafia empires in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 MTV-inspired film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes. Most famously, the Bard's story inspired the classic 1957 Broadway smash musical “West Side Story,” in which the opposing families are two New York gangs, the Manhattan Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Did you know that in 1949, Jerome Robbins envisioned Juliet as Jewish and Romeo as an Italian Catholic, and the action was to be on New York’s Lower East Side? But six years later, when writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein signed on, the characters changed, perhaps influenced by the fact that there were street riots by Chicano Americans in Los Angeles. It also marked Stephen Sondheim's Broadway debut, as lyricist. When “West Side Story” hit Broadway in 1957, it took some time for people to recognize that the dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater. Perhaps that’s why it lost the Tony Award for

Best Musical to “The Music Man” that year. But “West Side Story” really entered the American consciousness through the 1961 film directed by Robert Wise with Jerome Robbins’ amazing choreography now on the actual streets of New York. The movie won ten of its eleven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture! Since then, there have been countless stage productions around the world, with a Broadway revival most recently in 2009, in which parts were actually sung in Spanish. The events and action may take place in the fifties, but the story remains timeless, and it isn’t difficult to see the Jets and the Sharks in more modern terms as ethnic, cultural, political, and religious divisions continue to clash with young love. Sadly, we're reminded that love does not always conquer all. But the dancing and score truly soar, and I never tire of seeing this show performed live. The seemingly eternal, iconic songs alone are worth a trip to the theater. Bernstein's score includes… "Something's Coming," "Maria," "America," "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," "One Hand, One Heart," “Gee, Officer Krupke," and "Cool." As you might expect, enjoying this classic in an intimate setting increases audience involvement with the characters as the story unfolds as only live theater can do. Yet the dancing, singing, and dramatic range required to perform this show

can be challenging. Perhaps that’s why it is not performed as often as other classic shows. Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is well known for professionally presenting a broad variety of musicals, from classics like the recent “Oklahoma” to the more edgy “Rent,” and blockbusters like “Cats” and this year’s “Les Miserables." By any standard, the artistic staff was more than ready to tackle “West Side Story.” So get thee to the “Apple” and don’t miss this true classic. Enjoy the always satisfying food and drink before the show. Then settle back for a masterpiece of American musical theater. “Something’s Coming” to Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, “Tonight!” Your seat awaits at 510 Centerville Road (just off Route 30) on the west side of Lancaster. 717-898-1900. www.dutchapple.com COMING IN 2016: Next year look for changes in the look of the theater, as well as more space between tables, including some tables for two. “Thursday A La Carte” means there is full service with plated dinners at your table, entrée choice, soup, salad, potato and vegetable side dishes, and dessert sampler. Friday and Saturday dining features the Prime Rib Buffet. You can check out the 2016 roster of shows online.

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August 22 & 23 Native American, Fossils, Rocks, Gems & Minerals August 1 & 2: Postcards, Paper, Books, Comics, Superheroes & Film PLUS! Yard Sale Saturday August 8 & 9: Tools, Railroad & Transportation August 15 & 16: Dolls, Bears,Toys & Games August 29 & 30: China, Glassware & Silver Special themes or shows every weekend.

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Renningers

(Continued from Page 7) Renninger’s outdoor marketplace lights up before the sun rises. Flashlights are standard equipment. Dealer after dealer sets up quickly to greet the “early pickers.” People scurry from table to table looking for the next great buy. The most seasoned antique shoppers are at their best during this early hour. Hesitate when you like something, and chances are it will be gone when you come back! But you don’t need to be there at the crack of dawn, for great finds absolutely abound throughout the day. Renninger’s GPS address is 2500 North Reading Road, Denver PA. The Market is open every Sunday. 717336-2177. Visit renningers.net for more information.

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

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The origins of RT 30, also known as “Lincoln Highway,” date back to Lancaster’s Colonial days when the frontier county needed a highway to connect it with the provincial capital of Philadelphia. The first road that was constructed is now RT 340, still referred to as the “Old Philadelphia Pike.” Soon, it was apparent that this road was insufficient to handle the increasing traffic, and in 1790, a commission to survey a new route was created. Since the cost was too much for the state to undertake, the company charged with building it was given the power to demand “reasonable” tolls from users.

Investors received dividends earned from tolls collected along the gates of the turnpike. (As the toll was paid, the gate or “pike” was turned, hence the term “turnpike”). The Act described the construction of the highway, which was to be a bed of small crushed stones on top with, rather than dirt, larger stones underneath to prevent carriage wheels from cutting into the soil. This revolutionary system of road construction is credited to a John McAdam, whose name became the term for paved or “macadam” roads. The "Lincoln Highway" (RT 30) opened in 1795 as the first long-distance, hard surfaced road in the country. Taverns and stagecoach stops grew up along the turnpike for weary travelers. Of these, the Revere Tavern, dating back to 1740 and originally called the “Sign of the Spread Eagle”, still proudly stands today. In 1841, the tavern became the residence of Reverend Edward V. Buchanan and his wife Eliza Foster Buchanan. Eliza was the sister of Stephen Foster, whose immortal songs will always be a part of Americana. Foster not only penned music at the tavern, but sent many of his manuscripts to Eliza, also a talented musician, for her approval. On the banks of the Pequea Creek, Eliza and Stephen played many of Stephen’s 200 songs, including “Way Down Upon the Suwannee 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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Putt Over To Waters Edge By Caleb Bressler

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only recently started playing miniature golf, but now really look forward to opportunities to hit the putting greens. Recently, I got a chance to try out Waters Edge Mini-Golf, right here in Bird-In-Hand. This enjoyable miniature golf course is easy to find and is sure to provide a relaxing diversion from the hustle and bustle of any visit to Amish Country. Waters Edge has two courses; one seasidethemed, the other a nature-themed course. While we decided to go with the nature course, the seaside course also looked interesting. Many players do both! On the nature course, water, trees, and even a walk-through stone tunnel served as theming. If you have young players, the holes, although certainly colorful, aren’t frustrating. So the little ones won’t get discouraged. The pathways and greens wind their way through the scenery, even up onto a different level, making for an interesting playing environment and plenty of shade.


After your game, you can enjoy ice cream at the snack bar on property, which includes a selection of locally made delicious Turkey Hill ice cream. There is also a large pond right next to the course with a walking path, so you can savor your ice cream while enjoying a leisurely stroll. If you are looking to combine some relaxation and fun in the heart of Amish Country, this is the place to go. Hours vary by day, so check out their online schedule at www.watersedgegolf. net, or give the pro shop a call at 717-768-4653. Get the ball rolling and take a drive to 230 North Ronks Road, Bird-In-Hand. The Waters Edge courses are located just behind the Bird-inHand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, just off Route 340.

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SUNDAY Activities For Plain People, Sunday is a day of rest. But, there are many things to do in Amish Country on Sundays. Plan ahead and save some of these attractions for your Sunday sight-seeing. Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides 717-723-0478 Amish Experience 717-768-8400 Choo-Choo Barn 717-687-7911 Crystal Cave 610-683-6765

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

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he instability in Europe in the late 1600’s spawned and nurtured the pioneer interest in the deep forest lands of Pennsylvania. In 1681 William Penn received his 40,000 square-mile land grant to settle King Charles’ debt to his father. Himself a Quaker, Penn had experienced religious persecution firsthand, and decided to establish his American colony based on complete religious freedom. This entire century had been one of continued misery for the peasants of the Palatinate (western Germany). The Thirty Years War had

September Farmruthlessness. Cheese raged across the area To with barbaric 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.

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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.


Shupp’s Grove is the Place for the Big Find By Clinton Martin

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You’ll find countless unique items, even trendy prison art, created by an incarcerated artist. Now that’s a conversation piece for your living room!

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Dance, Taste, Shop, and Sing – The Return of the King at Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Special to Amish Country News

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o, you’ve chosen to vacation in Amish Country. Well, you’re in good company – royal company in fact. It is whispered among some circles that the King and Queen of England are due to spend their “holiday” this year in none other than Lancaster County. But, don’t expect a motorcade or private jets. This isn’t the Royals of 2015; this is the

Crown of 1513. That’s right – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon. Truth be told, Renaissance Royalty spends every holiday in Lancaster County, at their most favorite retreat, the grand Mount Hope Estate & Winery. 2015 marks the 35th year that the old English court turns the beautifully landscaped gardens of Mount Hope into a grand faire and festival – the great Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

The "Faire," as it is affectionately abbreviated by locals, is arguably one of the area’s biggest and most popular events. Royalty reigns August through October, Saturdays and Sundays only, with the exception of a bonus day on Labor Day Monday. Each weekend has its own theme, such as “Pyrate’s Invasion” or “Heroes of the Realm.” However, the entire Faire season revolves around a particular story or plot line, referred to as the year’s “scenario.” This season’s scenario focuses on the victorious return from battle of King Henry and Queen Catherine, reigning over the village's 35 acres of mirth and merriment celebrating their triumphs. Henry is returning from his glorious victory over the French in the Battle of the Spurs. Meanwhile, back in England, the treacherous Scots to the North took advantage of Henry's absence and invaded! However, England’s northern neighbors had no idea that Queen Catherine of Aragon is no blushing bride, but a strong and fearless leader herself. As soon as the Queen heard news of the Scottish invasion, she immediately suited up in armor and rode north to rally her troops before the Battle of Flodden Field. She gave a rousing speech which led to a glorious victory! Now King Henry and his Continued on Page 25

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Strasburg - A Town of Trains & Heritage

As early as 1716, when the first wagon was used for hauling goods, the path became known as the Conestoga Road, and the wagons that traveled them eventually became known as Conestoga Wagons. Main Street Strasburg was developed during the next half century as traffic on this road increased considerably and the first log houses appeared in the village about 1733. Strasburg continued to flourish in the 18th century primarily because of its location along the major wagon routes between Philadelphia, Lancaster, and the Susquehanna River. As Strasburg flourished, so did its neighbor to the east, Philadelphia. The commercial interests of Philadelphia pressured the State Legislature to improve the transportation network into their city. As a result, a series of canals along with the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Roads were constructed. Strasburg residents became alarmed at the possibility of losing their commercial position and there soon emerged a charter for

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Annual Hospice Benefit Auction September 5 and 7, 2015, West of Strasburg at Lampeter Fairgrounds 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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PA Renaissance Faire (Continued from Page 22) Queen are meeting here, in Mount Hope for a rollicking festival like no other! The festivities planned for the 13-week season of the Faire feature over 90 shows daily on open-air stages and the village streets with music, dance, and actionpacked performances. The Revels Schedule features 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,

The entertainment is endless as the citizens of the Shire fill the streets with improvised song, swordplay, and even mud begging. Manpowered rides, a Gaming Village, the Fight Circle, a Dungeon Museum and an Amazing Maze all add to the thrill of the Shire. Scores of merchants and handcraft artisans throughout the Shire offer unique wares for the shopper in everyone. The glass blower creates his wares before your very eyes. Herbs, potions & botanicals handcrafted by the Shire's herbalist are available at the Herb Continued on Page 27

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The legend of the naming of Bird-in-Hand dates to the time when the Old Philadelphia Pike was being laid out. By 1734, surveyors at McNabb’s Hotel were discussing whether they should stay at their present location or return to Lancaster to spend the night. One of them said, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” The sign in front of the inn, which became known as the Bird-in-

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

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

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


PA Renaissance Faire (Continued from Page 25) Garden & Apothecary. Unique pieces of jewelry from shops including Forever Amber, the Emerald Castle and the Crown Jewels have something to adorn everyone. Authentic blacksmiths create real swords and shields. Hundreds of other merchants offer unique wares including Renaissance costuming, specialty teas, home and garden décor, and leatherwork. Twenty-four Royal Kitchens dot the Shire promising to satisfy any taste serving a variety of foods and libations. Delectable foods originate from around the globe ranging from Giante Turkey Legges, to Italian and German favorites and BBQ ribs, pork and beef and luscious desserts including cupcakes, funnel stix and ice cream. The new Against the Grain kitchen will offer gluten-free selections and The Prime Cut will feature Prime Rib Sandwiches. Refreshing Swashbuckler Brewing Company Ales and Mount Hope Wines are available at eight pour houses throughout the Shire. Bacchus’ Retreat invites guests to sample Mount Hope Wines before purchasing them for pick-up later in the Wine Tower upon leaving the Shire.

print discount tickets, and helpful tips for a fun-filled Faire day. Visitors can save $5 off with advanced ticket purchases. Information is also available through the Faire Box Office by calling (717) 665-7021. Return to the Past Passes are available for purchase each Faire day after 2:00 PM at the Informistress Booth at a steeply discounted price providing the opportunity for visitors to return again and again. 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.

Faire visitors also have the option of the Shire's only sit-down, air-conditioned tableside food service at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern. Feast on a menu of international dishes including menu options for the knippers (children) 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 an action packed Ultimate Joust, a preeminent 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 champions 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 upon the Shire. The wondrous fantasy that is the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is held Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, August 1 through October 25, 11 AM - 8 PM. Adult admission is $30.95 and child admission, ages 5 to 11, is $11.95. Parking is free, but games, rides, foods, beverages, and crafts have additional costs. Visit PaRenFaire.com for complete show details, advanced click-to-

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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, 2015 we’ll provide each guest who purchases the Amish Farmlands Tour, when combined as part of your SuperSaver Tour, with a voucher for a FREE BUGGY RIDE at Aaron & Jessica’s, plus a free autographed Amish Cookbook.

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

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

This is your Total Amish Experience!

Visit-in-Person Tour

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

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

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

FREE AMISH BUGGY RIDE Receive a voucher for a free “Cookie Run Buggy Ride” just a few steps away at Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides with the purchase, at the Amish Experience Theater Box Office, of a regularly priced Supersaver, Theater/House Combo, or Amish Visit-in-Person Tour.

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Over 50 years ago, Plain & Fancy Farm opened to provide delicious, authentic Amish meals to visitors from all over the world, the first family-style restaurant in Lancaster County. Today Plain & Fancy is a destination all its own, featuring the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience Theater, Amish Farmlands and Visit-in-Person Tours, the Heritage Site Amish House & One-Room School, and Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides. The onsite Country Store offers excellent country shopping, and the newest addition to the property, Amish View Inn & Suites, has a brand new extension with great views and luxurious lodging surrounded by stunning Amish countryside.

A Lancaster Original

Amos, Ben, Manny and Elmer are some of the Amish farmers who supply the restaurant with the farm-fresh produce it serves on a daily basis. Depending on the season, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, squash, peppers and onions are all sourced from farms within a horse-andbuggy’s drive. These neighbors, and the neighbors before them, have helped Plain & Fancy go “from farm to table” for over 50 years. The restaurant is AAA recommended, a PA Preferred and ServSafe award winner, and the Pennsylvania recipient of USA Today’s Great Plate Award.

The Amish Farm Feast

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

The New “a la carte” Menu

The restaurant also offers a new a la carte menu featuring mouth-watering appetizers, signature soups and salads, charbroiled burgers and sandwiches, and made-from scratch entrees and platters, including several PA Dutch specialties. Guests can “build a platter” with items from the family-style menu or choose one of the daily specials starting at $10 or less. You can do it all at Plain & Fancy, so why not come and “spend the day!”


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erhaps no other town in the entire country can claim its fame on just one simple thing --- its name. Harrison Ford drove a buggy past the road sign on a memorable visit in the Hollywood blockbuster hit of the movie "Witness." For years people have postmarked “Intercourse” on envelopes, and the jokes from visitors who travel through Bird-in-Hand to Intercourse are endless. There are several theories for the name, but that which we find most plausible follows. Around 1730, the Old Provincial Highway (now Route 340) was laid out to connect Philadelphia with Lancaster. Conestoga wagons hauled freight back and forth between the two cities. Providing

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rest for travelers and horses, taverns sprouted along the way, becoming centers for news, gossip, and commerce. The construction of a log tavern in 1754 at the intersection of Newport Road and the Highway took “Cross Keys” as its name. It remained such until 1814, when the name was changed to Intercourse as part of a failed real estate scheme of a Mr. George Brungard, who had acquired 48 acres of nearby land and attempted to lay out a town site and divide it 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

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intermingling which were so common in the informal atmosphere of the quiet country village. Over time, Brungard’s scheme begat others. As recently as 1971, an enterprising soul tried to take advantage of the town’s name by selling deeds for one-inch square plots of Intercourse to visitors. Creative, but nonetheless a failure. By 1880, Intercourse had a population of 280 with a post office that actually moved among stores or restaurants as owners hoped visits by residents would increase their business. The local stagecoach service started around 1898 as “a single horse conveyance similar to a market wagon, with a roll-up curtain and double set of seats.” When the stagecoach driver knew of passengers beforehand, their comfort on cold days was added to with the placement of hot bricks heated in the oven, and wrapped in newspaper to preserve their warmth. As the days of the dirt road drew to a close, so too did the stagecoach era. In 1923 a transit company was organized and bus service initiated to and from Lancaster. While “many of the Amish residents of the area were eager to see the line started, they did not want to invest in stock of the Company. Instead they bought books of tickets which were really prepaid bus 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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Country Home Furniture Hosts Innovative "Stories in Paint" Exhibit Special to Amish Country News

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Looking for a taste of Pennsylvania Dutch Country? Featuring over 300 varieties of pickled vegetables, salsas & sauces, fruit, jams & jellies, coffee, snack foods and more! Also, see what’s cooking in our canning kitchen; live demonstrations Wednesday thru Saturday from 11am - 3pm.

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ountry Home Furniture, located at Amish Country’s popular Shady Maple shopping and dining destination, is the first retail store in America to showcase the innovative artistic creations of Stories in Paint. Blending the distinct characteristics of several sensory experiences, Stories in Paint are productions created by Shelly Louise Shirley and her husband and business partner, Troy Shirley. “A feast for your eyes and ears, the artistic offerings will often gently tug at your heart strings,” Michele Shirley stated. Each painting is coupled with a certificate of authenticity on the back of the art work.  An audio narration, with music, is included. In development for over a year, Stories in Paint scoured the country to secure the proper complementary components to breathe life into their business venture.  “We are extremely appreciative to the staff and management at Country Home Furniture, for their faith, vision and willingness to allow Stories in Paint to forge a relationship with such a firmly established and successful furniture entity,” Troy Shirley stated. Located next to Goods Store at the world famous Shady Maple complex in Lancaster County, Country Home Furniture is open Monday and Friday 10-7, Tuesday through Thursday 105, and Saturdays 9-5. For more information, call 717-354-2329, e-mail sales@chfs1.com. GPS address is 1352 Main Street, East Earl Township, PA 17519.   Shelly, known to her friends and customers as Michele, is often at the store Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. You can preview Stories in Paint by visiting storiesinpaint.com.

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Gigantic Model Train Layout 984 Square Miles in One Attraction: Choo Choo Barn is a Work of Art For generations, our family has been bringing realistic detail and creative animation to our layout – expanding the artistry of model railroading and captivating visitors of all ages. • Huge layout –1,700 sq.ft. from around the world. By Clinton Martin Still owned and • 22 operating model trains operated by the same family, now into the third • Over 150 hand-created, animated figures and details generation, • See many local landmarks...in miniature the Choo Choo Barn is a gorgeous

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and engaging 1,700-square-foot model train n 1961, the Choo Visit Traintown, U.S.A.® at: layout with scores of animations, iconic Amish Choo Barn was a • 717-687-7911 choochoobarn.com modest miniature Country scenes, a changing night and day cycle Route 741 East, 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA of lighting, plus a challenging scavenger hunt rail Just tworoad blocks fromlayout the Strasburg Rail Road. that observant guests conquer by seeking out Look for theentertained train on the roof! which small groups of "hidden" items in the display. curious visitors. It’s just good old-fashioned family fun, with an In 2015, the Choo Choo Barn maintains this affordable admission under $8 for adults and tradition while sharing what has become under $5 for kids. The Choo Choo Barn is open nothing less than a work of art with families every day including Sunday. Call (717) 687-

7911 for information or visit ChooChooBarn. com. For directions, use GPS address 226 Gap Rd, Strasburg, PA 17579. All aboard!

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Intercourse Store (No Fabric)

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


Jake’s Country Trading Post is Shopper’s Paradise By Brad Igou

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t all started with a vacation. Ed and Melissa Jackson decided a few years ago to head out west. Until that time, they had a successful business called the Leather Shack, but they were tired of going to craft shows, fairs, and art festivals. While they had decided to explore the spectacular scenery of the southwestern United States for a few weeks, Ed said they didn’t actually have a real interest in Native American Indian and Southwest crafts and décor. But when they reached Arizona and New Mexico, they were immediately smitten with the unique colors and designs. And so the idea was hatched to consider

opening a store once they got back home. They eventually “loaded up the Suburban with stuff and brought it back.” After vacation, it was time to look for a store location, but they eventually landed at their current location on Route 30. They opened in 1996. Originally, they didn’t have a name for the store, but since both of them had a grandfather named Jake, it seemed only fitting that the name become Jake’s Country Trading Post. With so much to offer, and so little space, many pieces of furniture and ornaments ended up on the

lawn. Ed believes he was one of the first people in the area to put things outside along the road as a drawing card. When you drive into Jake’s today, you’ll still see lots of items decorating the landscape --- so many, in fact, that it may take you a while to tear yourself away and proceed into one of the two stores filled as they are with local Amish-made furniture, crafts, foods, sports merchandise, bears, silk flowers, candles, and banners. There is really too much to describe, so perhaps Jake’s Country Trading Post turned out to be a pretty good name after all! Jake’s Country Trading Post is open 7 days a week. See the ad in this issue, or call 717-687-8980 for more information. And you can shop at Jake’s online any time at jakeshomeaccents.com.

Throw out the pot, and keep the pie! By Clinton Martin

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hen a Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie isn’t a pot pie, it’s a chicken pie. Confused? No need to be! You’ll find the explanation in neatly prepared delicious meat pies, available in a number of different sizes from single-serving to family-meal.

It all begins with a visit to Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies, a family-owned business right among the farms of local Amish families. The cooking has now moved into the second generation of Amish family members, providing the same delicious heritage the name Zook’s was built on, but also bringing new innovations as well. Take a bite of these old-fashioned pies, and you’ll taste Chicken, Carrots, Peas, Celery, Onions, and Potatoes, all baked into a delicious and convenient meal. Try one of the beef pies, and you’ll be begging for a copy of the timetested blend of seasonings that will just have to stay a secret! The atmosphere is perfect for a stop along your travels, with chickens strutting around the barnyard across the calm old country road, curious Holsteins (cows for the city-folk) peaking through the picket fence next to the bake house, and the distinct senses of the Amish countryside. Sirens, horns, and cacophony? No. Try a country breeze through the rolling fields of crops, the clip-clop of horses’ hooves along the winding roads, the crowing of the proud rooster, and of course the irresistible smell of something good cooking in an Amish kitchen! Call (717) 768-0239.

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

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

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

PART 4: World War II through the Gulf War World War II From 1941 to 1945, alternate service was required of those who were conscientious objectors, many of whom were, of course, not Amish or Mennonite. For many, a farm deferment meant they could work at home. Those not eligible had to leave the community, and often worked in Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps, in mental hospitals, forestry projects, or fire-fighting. Various “peace churches” were involved in creating this program with the U.S. government. According to Albert Keim in THE AMISH AND THE STATE, “the historic peace churches funded all the expenses for the men, including food, administrative costs, and a tiny monthly stipend of two dollars and fifty cents. Selective Service paid travel costs for the men.” Several hundred Amish men were among the thousands who served in these camps. Keim describes some of the jobs these men performed… “Abraham Graber and Amos Fisher helped to fight flood waters in Iowa and Montana. Leroy Keim led a lonely life on a Forest Service lookout

tower. Ed Miller was a subject in a series of human guinea pig experiments at the University of Illinois… David Yoder cooked for the Smoke Jumper unit at Missoula, Montana. Levi Troyer worked on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania.” Nearly 50 Amish boys were assigned work in mental hospitals. From their experiences comes this interesting story from the Amish magazine FAMILY LIFE, reprinted in the book THE AMISH IN THEIR OWN WORDS. Bishop Ira Nissley writes that one day an insane man began slicing the air with a razor blade he had obtained. The employees decided this would be a challenge to the Amish belief in non-violence and called three of them to come and subdue the man while everyone watched to see what they would do… With a prayer in their hearts, the three consulted together for a few seconds. Then two of them sent off to get a mattress, and the third unlocked the door for them when they came. The mattress appeared to be more than they could handle in the narrow doorway. They heaved and fumbled and pulled. Finally, they looked up at the insane man and said, “Maybe you could give us a hand with this mattress?” The patient forgot all about his anger and violent intentions. He dropped the razor blade and grabbed the mattress. In that instant, the third CO, with a flick of his hand, had the sharp blade and slipped out of the room and down the hall with it.

Korea and Vietnam During these war years, Amish boys were given I-W status and again served mainly in hospitals or prisons. While conditions were better, they were sometimes harassed over their haircuts, uniforms and their non-violent beliefs. But some young Amish men refused even alternate service and were sent to prison. Here is part of an account written anonymously by an Amish youth...

by Brad Igou

While I was in the gym one day, watching others play a game of shuffleboard, an inmate came over and slapped me across the face. It took me by surprise, and I didn’t know why it was done. At once, the prisoner was ashamed of himself. We had always been friends. He told me some of them were betting that I would strike back, so they decided to test me. Actually, I was too much surprised to strike back. There were other times when they tried out my faith by betting with each other. It made me feel quite small. From 1966 until the end of the Vietnam War in 1973, the Amish National Steering Committee worked with the government and was able to send some young Amish to other Amish farms to work so they could avoid having to leave the community.

The Gulf War By this time, our nation no longer had a draft, so there was no real issue here for Amish youth. Nevertheless, talk of a possible reinstatement of the draft resulted in some young men hurriedly getting baptized and joining the Amish church. One Amishman, Elmo Stoll, bluntly wrote in FAMILY LIFE magazine about this situation.... What a shame if they had joined the church only to discover they wouldn’t have had to! It would surely be in place for church leaders everywhere to cry out against this hypocrisy. We are thankful for the religious liberty we enjoy, so that those who are sincerely conscientious objectors do not need to kill their fellow men. However, if we knowingly shelter insincere persons among us, someday we will surely have to give an account for it. We have heard from reliable sources that before too long a worldwide inquest and thorough investigation is going to be made into this matter, among other matters. It is not a false rumor. The Bible calls it the Great Judgement Day. As you can see, the alternatives for Amish men of draft age were not always easy, with consequences of their own. Yet this heritage and core belief in non-resistance has been and remains central to their Anabaptist faith.

NEXT ISSUE: “Crimes Against the Amish”


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The Good ’n Plenty Experience Ours is one of the most photographed areas in the world. With so much beauty and variety around us, it’s no wonder! Think you’ve got a great photo? Send it to us! The winner will recieve free tour and attraction tickets. In addition, you will see your photo in the pages of Amish Country News! Other prizes will also go to the first, second, and third runners-up. All submitted photos become the property of Amish Country News and the Amish Experience. Photos may also be used in upcoming issues, in other publications, and/or for other promotional purposes. They will be judged on quality, color, subject matter, etc. Keep in mind that these photos are for publication, cannot be returned, and should depict a scene, aspect, event, or activity typical to Lancaster or the Pennsylvania Dutch Country region. ENTRY DEADLINE: Dec. 31st, 2015 We will accept photos via email, and request that no more than 10 photos by the same person be submitted, so pick your best! Each photo submitted should contain the name, address, phone # and email address of the photographer, so you can be contacted. Any details on the location, date, or subject matter of the photograph should be included.

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

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

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

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

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To enter, send 8x10 photos at high res (300 dpi) and in .jpg format to: editor@amishnews.com (Please put “2015 photo contest” in the subject line)

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An Amish Quilter Speaks By Uncle Amos

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forth. Mom made quilts for the family, for the boys and the girls when they got married. There were eleven of us. I think maybe the boys got one quilt and the girls got two. Mom’s sister pieced the tops together, and then she had a quilting bee with her sisters or aunts or cousins to finish the quilt. At a quilting bee you can almost do a quilt in a day, rather than the three to four weeks working alone. Most people have no idea how much time it takes to make a quilt, to do each stitch by hand.

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Country Lane Quilts........................................... 34 Dutchland Quilt Patch....................................... 34 Esh Handmade Quilts....................................... 35 Gish's Furniture & Amish Heirlooms ..............8 Gordonville Bookstore...................................... 34 *Intercourse Canning Company (S)............. 33 J & B Quilts and Crafts....................................... 23 *Jake's Country Trading Post (S).................... 15 *Killer Hats (S)..................................................... 16 Old Candle Barn.................................................. 33 *Old Woodshed................................................... 35 Renninger's Antique Market (S).................... 11 Riehl's Quilts & Crafts........................................ 31 Sam's Man Cave.....................................................7 Shupp's Grove (S)............................................... 13 Smucker's Quilts.................................................. 21 Unclaimed Freight (S)....................................... 43 Witmer Quilt Shop.............................................. 22 Zook's Fabric Store............................................. 33

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August 2015 COVER STORY Magic Lantern Shows.................................... 4, 5

FEATURE ARTICLES Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides....................... 10 An American Quilter Speaks............................ 38 Annual Hospice Benefit Auction........................ 6 Annual Threshermen’s Reunion.......................... 8 Choo Choo Barn.............................................. 34 Country Home Furniture.................................. 33 Dutch Apple Dinner Theater............................. 11 Jake's Country Trading Post............................. 35 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire........................ 22 Plain & Fancy................................................ 29 Renninger’s Antique Market.............................. 7 Shupp’s Grove Antique Market......................... 21 Union Barrel Works.......................................... 9 Water’s Edge Mini Golf.................................... 16 Zook's Homemade Chicken Pies....................... 35

REGULAR FEATURES Brad Igou’s Amish Series................................. 36 Dutch Haven Lancaster Landmark...................... 3 Sunday Activities............................................. 18

AREA MAP & GUIDES Advertiser Index............................................. 39 Amish Country Map.................................... 40-41 Bird-in-Hand.............................................. 26-29 Intercourse...................................................... 30 Lititz............................................................... 19 New Holland/Blue Ball .............................. 20-22 Paradise .................................................. 14-18 Strasburg ................................................. 23-25

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t the end of June, events happened in our Nation, and around the world, which seemed far removed from our lives here in Amish Country. Horrendous terrorist attacks at a factory in France, a beach resort in Tunisia, and a mosque in Kuwait. In this country, a home-grown white terrorist in South Carolina shoots and kills nine black churchgoers at a Bible study. And a ruling on same-sex marriage by our Supreme Court results in reactions that ran the gamut from joy to dismay. Of all these events, what impacted me most was the incredible grace and forgiveness shown by the families of the church victims to the killer. The response was not revenge, hatred, or striking back. These Americans showed the best of human nature in the face of the unthinkable worst. I can still remember where I was in my high school when Martin Luther King (a hero of mine, along with Gandhi) was assassinated.

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All these years later, seeing our first African American President sing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of those innocently slaughtered churchgoers reminded me both of how far we have come, and sadly that the journey has not ended.

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When the Amish school shooting took place here in 2006, the world descended upon Lancaster and literally surrounded the Amish community with cameras and reporters at a time of terrible grief. The Amish response was also one of forgiveness, and a lesson in grace that became the subject of various books, movies, and feature stories.

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the shooting. Yet the Amish simply tore down the old school and built a new one nearby. They focused on those who survived, putting the ordeal behind them. They also knew hate could not heal. Differences, divisions, fear, hate...so often one leads to another. Hate groups are never about looking for commonality, but about demonizing “the other.” It’s a slippery slope from not understanding, and therefore not liking a person’s values or beliefs, to not liking the individual, and then to stereotyping an entire group. Perhaps they feel more “right” the more they make others appear so wrong. Focusing, looking for, and eventually coming to believe in the flaws and negatives they see as threatening or dangerous to them inevitably supports their warped or distorted point of view. Only a few steps now remain from justifying putting a stop not only to those differing beliefs, but sometimes to those holding them as well. When not writing for Amish Country News, I am often talking to students, trying to explain some of the riddles of Amish culture. I am always hoping that my words lead to openness in understanding why the Amish do what they do. Understanding does not mean we have to agree with another’s point of view, or “convert” to a different way of life, but it does lead us toward respecting one other. This tolerance and acceptance takes us past the differences and toward the many things we have in common. It is no longer about taking sides, or “us” versus “them.” Amish and non-Amish clearly have our differences…people in Plain clothes and those in fancy, those who ride in cars and those in a horse-and-buggy, we who spend much time communicating through our “devices” and those who simply enjoy “visiting.” The Amish and modern society have had and, no doubt will continue to have, their clashes. But in the end, it's long been apparent to me that these differences need not, and certainly should not, separate and divide us. I have even discovered differences can be fun. There are lessons here for all of us and examples happen around us every day. There's no escaping that it falls upon each of us to decide what our response will be, a response that will be an example, either good or bad, for others. The internet has made our world much smaller, with the opportunity to learn about and make friends with people from all over our planet. It also affords those who hate the opportunity to spread their message of aversion and destruction. As for me, I am thankful for the many lessons I’ve learned from people, cultures, and religions that are very different from my own. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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