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mish eartland

August 2013

SCENIC HILLS RV PARK A peaceful retreat close to the heart of it all


AMISH ATHLETES It’s simply just a game to them

A Plain Scandal

Book Review

E\$PDQGD)ORZHU reviewed by Catie Noyes • EDITOR We return to Appleseed Creek in the second book of Amanda Flower’s Appleseed Creek Mystery series. After dealing with the staged death of the Amish Bishop Glick, Chloe Humphrey has realized life in a small Amish town is not as calm and peaceful as one might think. Chloe has managed to find herself in the middle of all the action and gaining a reputation as she gets closer to Timothy and the Troyer family. A new scandal is upon the small community. It appears that an unknown assailant has taking to cutting the hair of the Amish people in the community. (It is against the Amish faith for Amish women to cut their hair and Amish men to cut their beards.) Self proclaimed supersleuth, Chloe has taken it upon herself to investigate the attacks in order to help protect the Troyer family. Chloe’s first mission is to speak with the group of young Amish women who were attacked and had their long hair cut. When she accidentally stumbles across the body of an Amish businessman who has been murdered and his beard cut off, Chloe begins to realize this case is much more serious than she thought. To top it off, the new Bishop has been persuaded by the Deacon to shun Timothy and Becky from the Amish community following their decision to leave the Amish faith and Becky’s recent wreckless behavior. As much as she enjoys spending time with the family, Chloe realizes she must also distance herself from the Troyers in order to protect them from a community shunning.

Flower has seamlessly continued the story line of Chloe Humphrey and Timothy and Becky Troyer. As the three embark on new adventures, it seems that mystery and scandal continue to follow them. New characters are introduced to readers as well as the return of Curt Fanning and Brock Buckley (the town troublemakers, recently released for aiding in the death of Bishop Glick in “A Plain Death.”) As the mystery unfolds, the suspense keeps building and you are continually left wondering ‘whodunnit.’ I pleasantly enjoyed this second installment of the Appleseed Creek series and cannot wait for the release of the third book.

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Brick Towne Tavern: Relax, eat and enjoy a cocktail ................................................ 06 Bulk Food........................................................... 12 Amish Athletes: It’s simply just a game to them .............................................................. 14 Furniture Heartland: Modern Furniture .......... 28 Collectors, Decanters and Steins: The largest and most unique collection in Ohio ............. 32 Scenic Hills RV Park: A peaceful retreat close to the heart of it all ...................................... 37 *COVER PHOTO TAKEN BY CATIE NOYES

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Visitors’ Guide....................................................05 Calendar of Events............................................ 16 Amish Heartland Map ......................................20 Just Visiting: Amish Heartland’s Inns ............40


Book Review............................................................. 00 Editorial ...................................................................... 02 Recipes ................................................................30 Buggy Wheel......................................................44

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For the love of the game! When I started working for the Amish Heartland about this time last year, I overheard one of my co-workers talking about a women’s slow-pitch softball league she played in. Being a pretty athletic person and softball being my all time favorite sport, I was intrigued. It turns out the team was looking for some extra girls to help them finish out the season and I couldn’t be more happy to break out my glove once again. When I arrived at my first game at Kidron park, I was surprised to see many teams were composed mostly of Amish women. I had never played with the Amish before, so I was very excited to take them on and boy was it a challenge. That summer was the most fun I had had playing softball in quite some time. It was a fun recreational league with just enough competition to make the games very exciting. I was also very surprised to see Amish women playing in a league with English women. In this issue of Amish Heartland, I learned how the Amish and English are able to play in the same leagues with each other. I spoke with a former softball coach, who decided to join the Amish faith in his adult years, about some of the reasons this is so. I also found it refreshing that the Amish do not get wrapped up in the competitiveness of the game and just enjoy playing whatever sport they are participating in. This year I am once again playing in the Kidron softball league and I am once again reminded of how much I love the sport. Also in this issue, my co-worker and I had the opportunity to indulge in another lunch outing. Lunch reviews make for the best stories as you can sample some of the restaurants finest dishes while learning more about the place. We traveled to Brick Towne Tavern in Sugarcreek and were pleasantly surprised to find a place like this in Amish Country. Have you ever seen a statue of the most intricate turkey be used as a liquor bottle or even a model of an International Harvester tractor. If you’re into history, you might want to consider stopping in to Collectors, Decanters and Steins in downtown Sugarcreek. The largest collection around, Collectors has the most unique and rare containers that were used to sell liquor during a time of surplus in our country. Also in this issue, if you are planning a big RV trip and looking for a peaceful place to get away from it all, check out Scenic Hills RV Park. Located just east of the town of Berlin and just west of Walnut Creek, it is cleverly located in the heart of it all, yet amazingly secluded and peaceful.


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Walnut Creek Antique Mall .....11


Alpine Hills Museum .................27 Amish Heartland Tours .............42 Behalt/Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center ..........................05 Guggisberg Cheese Factory.......35 Helping Hands Quilt Shop and Museum ................................35 Quailcrest Farms .........................36 Rolling Ridge Ranch..................10


Bulk Food Country Store ..........13 Country Salvage Ltd...................13 East Union Bulk Food ...............13 Neighborhood Pantry.................13 Pleasant Hill Bulk Foods ...........13 Shady View Pantry .....................13


Audrey’s Attic.............................10 Collectors Decantors & Steins..27 Parsley Pot ...................................05 Sol’s Exchange ............................36

World Crafts................................05


Beachy’s Country Chalet Restaurant ...................................27 Boyd & Wurthmann ...................05 Brick Towne Tavern....................27 Broad Run Cheese House .........26 Kauffman’s Country Bakery .....18 Miller’s Bakery ...........................10 Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen ..................18 Shisler’s Cheese House ..............05 Sugarcreek Discount Grocery...26 Troyer’s Home Pantry ................11


Berlin Furniture ..........................19 Green Acres Furniture...............29 Homestead Furniture .................29 Jake’s Handcrafted Oak ............10 Troyer Furniture .........................29 Walnut Creek Furniture ............29



Berlin Grande Hotel ..................41 Berlin Hotel & Suites....... Back Cover Berlin Village Inn .......................41 Cricket Hill Cabins .....................41 Donna’s Premier Lodging .........41 Scenic Hills RV Park ..................11


PackShip USA ............................05


Amish Country Essentials .........11 Amish Country Peddler .............09 Berlin Leather and Pets .............11 Charm Harness & Boot .............19 Gospel Book Store .....................00 The Gospel Shop ........................27 Kiko’s Greenhous .......................05 Main Street Bears .......................18 Olivesburg General Store..........18 Swiss Country Lawn & Crafts.............................45 Village Peddler Festival .............35

Country View Wicker .................36 Kauffman Lawn Furniture ........19



Antiques in the Alley When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Historic Downtown Millersburg Rain or shine, located throughout the village of Millersburg, the alleys, sidewalks and courthouse lawn will be packed with antique dealers, crafters and craft demonstrators. Unique items: garden accents, salvage items, primitive folk art, fall owers, furniture and much more. Fair-style food vendors and chicken BBQ are available along with local eateries. Call 330-674-5111 or visit www.


Visitors' Guide ~ HOLMES COUNTY ~ BERLIN: Behalt at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center³ America’s most-exciting cyclorama of Amish & Mennonite history; half-hour tours, bookstore, gifts; NE of Berlin, off US 62 at 5798 CR 77, (330) 893-3192,; Open Year Round Mon.-Sat. 9-5



Fairly Traded Handicrafts from 35 Developing Countries • Home Decor • Wedding Gifts • Scarves • Jewelry • Cards • Coffee • Teas • Chocolate Kidron, OH 330-857-0590 Lehman’s Mercantile behind Lehman’s Hardware 10163899







ORRVILLE: PackShip USA — We pack ... we ship ... anything, anywhere; furniture, antiques, fine art — no item too small or too large; Instapak foam to protect high value items; you shop ... we’ll ship; (330) 682-PACK (7225). ORRVILLE: Shisler’s Cheese House — “The Best Little Cheese House in Wayne County�. Open 7 days 8am - 6pm. Cheese, Smoked Meats, Gourmet Foods, Heggy’s & Coblentz 55 Kidron Road, (330) 682-2105 DALTON: Kiko’s Greenhouse — Gift shop & area’s largest lawn ornament display, ranging from gargoyles, geese, bird baths, gazing balls, market baskets, animals, perennials. 15579 Lincoln Way West, (330) 832-8698. Call For Hours. AMISH HEARTLAND





There are not too many places in Amish country where you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail. In fact, there is only one place in Sugarcreek where you can enjoy this type of beverage. We headed to Brick Towne Tavern for lunch. Upon entering, we were surprised by the sports bar-like scene before us. A long, shiny bar with polished metal bar stools lined the front of the Tavern. A lighted display of cocktails and large ďŹ&#x201A;at-screen TVs set the mood for a most unique dining experience in Amish country. Along the far wall was a row of tables and benches, which we casually sat ourselves in. Ohio State Buckeye pictures and memorabilia covered the walls and the ceiling had been painted to reďŹ&#x201A;ect an Ohio State football ďŹ eld. As we scanned around the room, we noticed a pool table in an adjacent room which completed the relaxed mood of the tavern. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a laid back atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? said Irene Schwartz, manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a great family oriented atmosphere during the day.â&#x20AC;? We scanned our menus, which were designed to carry on the Ohio State theme, and noticed a very large variety of food items. The appetizers list included wings, jalapenos, nachos, quesadillas and cheese triangles (we decided to try these.) Salad lovers can indulge in club, chicken, steak and taco salads and meat lovers can sink their teeth into the Brick

Towne Burger, hot dogs, sandwiches, subs and more. Soups, wraps and a small selection of seafood can also be found at Brick Towne Tavern. I chose to order one of my favorites, the buffalo chicken wrap. The buffalo chicken wrap includes grilled or fried chicken topped with lettuce and cheddar cheese, a choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressings and wrapped in a white or wheat wrap. I chose fried chicken with ranch dressing in a white wrap. My co-worker chose to try something on their new Southwestern Cusine menu and ordered a chicken burrito. The southwestern menu also offers tacos and enchiladas all with either beef, chicken or steak. Each dish is served with Spanish rice, refried beans, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a choice of red or green Southwest Chile Sauce. The Chile used comes from New Mexico, which is where Schwartz grew up and made Chile with her family. Like most of the food, the Chile sauce is homemade. While waiting on our meal, we were able to share a casuall con conversation, as it was peacefull around thi this time. We noticed how w well maintained and clean

the place was compared to many other bars we had been in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I go in a restaurant, I like it to be clean,â&#x20AC;? said Schwartz. She shared that she has received many compliments on how clean the tavern is, making it very welcoming and friendly for families and social gatherings. Our cheese triangle appetizers arrived ďŹ rst, which we discovered were similar to a mozzarella stick, just in triangular form. We tried both the marinara and pizza dipping sauces with it. These were a great snack to get us excited for a big meal to come. Once our food arrived, the delicious smells got the better of us and we dug right in. The buffalo chicken wrap had just enough spiciness to it and the chicken was delicious. The large

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size made it very filling and enough to take home for seconds. My co-worker received a heaping pile of delicious Mexican food. Lettuce, tomatoes and Chili sauce oozed over her warm chicken burrito. She also enjoyed a spicy meal, but also found herself getting full fast. Both dishes made for a delicious and satisfying lunch. After lunch, I talked with Schwartz to find out more about the history of Brick Town Tavern. The Tavern has been in the area for many years, but has been passed through many business hands along the way. The current owner purchased the business just six months ago. Once the business was purchased, the staff set to work on creating a new theme and remodeling the tavern to reflect the Ohio State sports bar-like feel. Schwartz liked 8

the idea of having the tavern and being a place where the locals and travelers can stop in for a good lunch or dinner and a good cocktail. “We are the only place that you can get liquor in the Sugarcreek area,” said Schwartz. Many appreciative repeat customers stop in for a cool drink and the casual atmosphere to wind down after work. Others discover the tavern while out traveling and are excited to stop in for a meal and a drink. The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. for those looking for a late evening meal and specials are served up daily. Monday and Saturday are $1.50 burger days; on Tuesday, beef tacos are $1; Wednesday is wing day; Friday is fish and shrimp specials and “Fiesta Sunday” means specials on the Southwestern menu. Brick Towne Tavern is also happy to have Dottie Fletcher on staff as the Tavern cook. As a cook for the previous owners, Fletcher has a lot of connections with the locals and serves up some of her specialty dishes; homemade spicy eggs and pickled eggs. Brick Towne Tavern is often the gathering place for birthday parties and even bachelorette parties. A Touch Tunes jukebox, billiards and an occasional D.J. on Tuesdays makes Brick Towne Tavern a perfect stop when enjoying a night out on the town. “We have a great cliental and a great staff,” said Schwartz. Come in, grab a drink, have some food and enjoy the social scene with a great group of people in Sugarcreek. Brick Towne Tavern is located at 980 W. Main Street, Sugarcreek. Hours are MonTues, 11 a.m.-midnight; Wed-Sat, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sun, noon-8 p.m. For more information call 330-852-2403 or check them out on facebook at www.





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147 N. Main St. Orrville, OH 44667 330.683.3384


HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10-5; Open ‘til 7 on Thurs.

10 - 50% OFF EVERYTHING Pick a book to discover your discount


Come browse through our Attic, there’s a little bit of everything. You never know what you’ll find.

MILLER’S BAKERY “De Good Old Fashioned Bakin” X

Pies • Cakes • Jams & Jellies • Cookies Donuts • Candies • Pasta & more! Crafts, Clocks & Dolls

Petting Zoo!

Picnic Area!

White Buffalo are a very rare entity and they are not easy to find.




Hours: Mon. - Sat. 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays 330-473-8175 4280 TR 356, Millersburg OH 44654 Off SR 557 Near Charm



Birthday Parties

Gift Shop!


2 OFF with Coupon

Per Person For Wagon Tour - Up to 6 people. Not valid with group discounts or other offers. Expires 9/2/13 (AH)

Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm Closed Sundays


ROLLING RIDGE RANCH ANIMAL PARK 3691 CR 168, Millersburg 2 miles from Heini’s Cheese, 3 ⁄ miles from Berlin 330-893-3777 • www.visit



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Walnut Creek Antique Mall -11,000-square feet of Antique dealers-

Where natural skin care begins

(Next to Walnut Creek Water Tower)

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9-5 â&#x20AC;˘ Fri. 9-6 â&#x20AC;˘ Sat. 9-5 4872 McKinley Place Drive, Walnut Creek (330) 893-4010



Scenic Hills

Located near shops and dining RV PARK in the Amish Heartland Enjoy peace & quiet of the country lifestyle 4483 TR 367 Millersburg, Ohio 44654

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â&#x20AC;˘ Bread â&#x20AC;˘ Rolls â&#x20AC;˘ Pies â&#x20AC;˘ Cakes Cookies Stop By For the Weekly Pie Special! M-F 6-6; Sat. 6-5; Closed Sunday

668 W. Main St., Apple Creek â&#x20AC;˘ 330-698-4182

BERLIN LEATHER Specializing in leather waist belts Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9-5 â&#x20AC;˘ Fri. and Sat. 9-6 Closed Sun.


Large Selection of Straw Hats and Cowboy Boots!

â&#x20AC;˘ Moccasins â&#x20AC;˘ Straw Hats â&#x20AC;˘ Pet Supplies â&#x20AC;˘ Saddles & Tack â&#x20AC;˘ Western Home Decor

330-893-7038 ext 3 Located 1 mile east of Berlin on SR 39 at Schrockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amish Farm




ulk food stores are a staple in the Amish economy. For some, it’s a family business that is passed on through generations. Young Amish entrepreneurs start bulk food businesses as a source of income, while many Amish also prefer to do their grocery shopping in small Amish owned stores. Many “Englishers” also shop at bulk food stores frequently for their groceries (if they live close to an Amish populated area) and enjoy the relatively cheap prices. Others travel miles just to experience a bulk food store. They want to sample the most talked about Amish foods and shop alongside Amish men and women. They want to travel off the beaten path and explore the back roads off Amish country while on their search. A lot of times, Amish men and women will have a small bulk food store that they have started out o their home. Theyy ty of ypi p callyy selll 12

homemade goodies such as; jams and d jellies, spreads, pies and even soaps and lotions. Fresh produce such as strawberries, tomatoes and corn may also be sold when it is in season. Fresh sliced cheeses and meats are a big drawing factor for many bulk food stores. Some have even began to incorporate delis into their businesses and sell fresh made sandwiches. Many “Englishers” love spending time shopping in authentic Amish shops, where lighting is supplied by gas and old fashioned adding machines and registers without electric are used in more conservative Amish shops. For the Amish, it is a way of making a living and supplying goods to the community at a reasonable price. It may also be a way a living, as they carry on the family store from generation to generation. However you look at, it seems Amish bulk food stores are doing well in this economy. Stop in to any of the bulk food stores f atured on the followingg pa fe p ge g .


Pet Food • Paper Products • Cleaning Supplies

The Neighborhood Pantry Address: 7212 Ashland Road, Wooster, OH 44691 Just west of Wooster towards Ashland. Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Closed Sunday; Phone: (330) 264-7010 Accepts cash, checks, debit/credit cards

Open October 2012, Neighborhood Pantry is a great source for your grocery needs. Located just outside Wooster, it is a convenient stop for bulk supplies or your usual milk and bread. Selection of specialty products include: a deli with fresh made sandwiches, Nature’s Blessed frozen food line, Caanan meats, FRESH GROUND PEANUT BUTTER in three flavors; original peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter and almond butter. Neighborhood welcomes travelers and locals alike. Guarenteed to become a regular grocery stop.

Country Salvage Ltd. Discount Grocery Store

Address: 9420 Kidron Road, Applecreek, OH 44606 2 miles south of US 250 Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Sunday Cash and Good checks only.

Country Salvage had been serving customers for seven years. Enjoy HUGE savings on hundreds of everyday staple items like cereal, canned fruits, vegetables, soups, candy, snacks, juices, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and much more! Inventory changes daily, so be sure to stop in for the latest in name brands and savings.

Bulk Food Country Store

Shady View Pantry

Address: 14396 Dover Road, Dalton, OH 44618 1 mile West of Mt. Eaton on US 250 Hours: Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open evenings by chance. Closed Sunday. Only cash and good checks accepted

Address: 3556 Zuercher Road, Dalton, OH 44618 Just north of Kidron Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday; Phone: (330) 857-8159 Accepts Cash, checks and credit cards

Bulk Food Country Store is a traditional Amish store that has been serving customers for 35 years. Products include: Nature’s Pearl Muscadine Grape Seed and Juice, Gluten-Free Mixes/Flours and Pasta, Cake Filling/Icing and Pie Fillings, Black Walnuts, Local Maple Syrup, Snacks & Candies, Jams & Jellies, Watkins, Raw Sugar, Xylitol & Stevia, Stanley Home & Fuller Brush Products, Basic H, F.L.P. Aloe Vera, A Large selection of Tupperware & Cookbooks and much more. Stop Out and Say “HI” to Mary!

Shady View is a family run business. They have been in business for 7 years and recently open their new location on Labor day last year. Many things stick out regarding this store that makes it a must see on your travels. Specialities include Gluten-Free and organic lines, a large deli for your meat and sandwich needs, local grown produce, frozen vegetables, fruits and locally made baked goods. Orders can be made by phone. Check out this store and you’re sure to enjoy their great service and excellent prices.

Pleasant Hill Bulk Foods

East Union Bulk Food

Address: 8584 TR 656, Fredericksburg, OH 44627 Hours: Mon, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tues, Wed, Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat, 8 a.m.3 p.m.; Closed Thurs & Sun.; Phone: voicemail only (330) 359-5606 Only cash and checks accepted

Address: 9089 E. Lincoln Way, Orrville, OH 44667, 7 miles east of Wooster midway between Applecreek Road and Carr Road on East Lincolnway (old Rt. 30) Hours: Mon.- Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Weds., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Closed Sunday; Phone: voicemail only (330) 682-2100 Only cash and checks accepted.

Pleasant Hill Bulk Food carries a variety of your everyday needs at reasonable prices. Their selection includes; canning jars and lids, bulk foods along with a complete line of grocery items, dried fruits and spices, birthday cakes, creamy fillings, cold and frozen foods (including Sugar Valley Hamburger and Sausages,) Styrofoam and plastic containers, dandy blend, apples and peaches in season, vitamins (Schiff), wedding supplies and homemade bread. Special pricing available for wedding chicken. Church orders can be placed.

East Union Bulk Food has been in the Schlabach family since 1983 making 2013 our 30th year of business. We added a deli in 2002 which has been very popular and compliments our bulk food line, spices, and jar goods. With continued growth in the business, we built a new expanded store in 2011 to accommodate our customers with better satisfaction, more products, and better service. Service has always been top priority at East Union.


Driving past an Amish schoolyard in the spring, it is not uncommon to see a group of youngsters engaging in a game of softball or volleyball during recess. In the Amish society, sports are to remain played and enjoyed by the youth in the community. The most common sport among the Amish is softball. An Amish minister of Holmes County, formerly a softball coach, explained this sport normally takes place during school, in church or in league tournaments while Amish youth are partaking in Rumspringa (a time for Amish youth to experience the outside world before making a decision to join the Amish church.) Participation in competitive leagues is often frowned upon by many communities because of its promotion of competitiveness. Adults are not encouraged to

partake in this sport because it promotes immodesty, however some Amish adults will play casually with their families. Amish who play in organized leagues with the ‘English’ (what the Amish call people who are not of the Amish faith) are typically not yet members of the Amish church or are on their Rumspringa. “A lot of Amish have talent but they lack the proper mechanics,” explained the Amish minister, who wish to remain anonymous. “They are more interested in going out and playing and enjoying the game verses the competitive nature of the sport.” Volleyball is gaining more popularity and acceptance within the Amish community because it is acceptable for boys and girls to play this sport together in groups. It can be an important part of


A lot of Amish have talent but they lack the proper mechanics. They are more interested in going out and playing and enjoying the game verses the competitive nature of the sport.



It’s simply just a game to them Amish youth’s social life. Young girls and boys partaking in youth activities after church are likely to find their future mate during these social gatherings. Due to its less competitive nature and more group oriented play, married Amish adults are often permitted to play also. “Volleyball can be a little bit organized but is mostly played ‘sandlot’ style,” said the Amish minister. “Volleyball is becoming just as popular if not more popular [than softball] in some communities.” It is also not uncommon to drive by an Amish home and see a basketball hoop in the driveway or hung from the sides of the barn. Not as popular as the other two sports, basketball is still enjoyed by the Amish and often played more during the winter months. “Sports in the Amish community is not like ‘English’ high school sports

were parents try to relive their fantasies through their children,” said the Amish minister. There are many other small-scale sports that are enjoyed by the Amish. Lawn games such as croquet and “cornhole” (a bean bag tossing game) and even shuffleboard are popular among the Amish. The main difference between Amish and ‘English’ sports is the noncompetitive nature of the Amish and that sports should remain a youth pastime and social endeavor. The next time you drive past an Amish schoolyard and see the youngsters playing a game of softball or volleyball, take a minute to enjoy the carelessness of their play. Witness the joy they experience from being in each other’s company, the completeness they seem to gain from working as a team and the pure simplicity of playing and enjoying the sport just as it is.



August Now The Confession – An Amish Love Story The Confession is a captivating story of a young Amish woman who is caught in Playing the middle of secrets and scandal, love lost and love found, and personal heartache healing. Based upon the novels written by Beverly Lewis, who USA Today - Aug 17 and hails as the “Queen of the Genre” when it comes to Amish love stories, the story comes from the trilogy of The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning. For more information call 855-344-7547 or visit


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Mt. Hope Steam and Engine Show

When: Gates open at 9 a.m.; see daily schedule for event times Where: Mt. Hope Auction Grounds; 8076 Ohio 241, Mt. Hope The steam engines at the show will be kept busy powering a sawmill, threshing machines, power-eater, Baker fans, steam engine games, and spark shows at night. Corrine Horner’s children’s activities will be going on throughout the show. Also be sure to check out the new sawmill in action for the first time this year! Call 740-502-5454 or visit for full schedule of events.

Music on the Square

When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Stage in the Berlin Square Enjoy and evening of local, live entertainment with Small Town Roots.

Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale

When: Fri, 4 p.m.; Sat, 7 a.m. Where: Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St, Dalton Sale runs Fri-Sat until all auctions are finished. Sale booths and food booths will open at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Friday evening music program starts at 6:30 p.m. featuring Holmes County Bluegrass and the Loren Glick Family. Breakfast of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and scrambled eggs, Saturday morning at 7 a.m. (All-you-can-eat by donation only.) 5K Run for Relief, 8 a.m. at Dalton High School. Quilt Auction, 10 a.m. A children’s auction, cornhole tournament, volleyball tournament and much more also on Saturday. Call 330-473-2253 or visit

2, 9, Summer Concerts in the Courtyard 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 17, 23 When: Where: Hotel Millersburg, 35 W. Jackson St., Millersburg & 31 For more information call 330-674-1457 or visit Antiques in the Alley



When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Historic Downtown Millersburg Rain or shine, located throughout the village of Millersburg, the alleys, sidewalks and courthouse lawn will be packed with antique dealers, crafters and craft demonstrators. Unique items: garden accents, salvage items, primitive photo by catie noyes

folk art, fall flowers, furniture and much more. Fair-style food vendors and chicken BBQ are available along with local eateries. Call 330-674-5111 or visit

5-10 Holmes County Fair

When: Gates Open at 8 a.m. Where: 8381 SR 39 West, Millersburg The Holmes County Fair takes place for 6 days each summer. One of the most family-friendly and affordable entertainment experiences of the area’s summer season. Admission is $5 (10 and under free.) Call 330-674-0869 or visit www.

Hope Weekly Livestock Auction 7, 14, Mt. When: 11:30 a.m. Mt. Hope Auction Barn; 8076 SR 241, Mt. Hope 21 & Where: Amish and non-Amish bring their animals to market every Wednesday year Observers will see very old-fashioned carts and wagons and horses 28 round. and buggies coming and going from the market. During fair weather flea market vendors sell their wares on the outside. A large building also provides shelter for flea market vendors and shoppers. Flea market opens at 7 a.m., Hay Auction and Produce Auction begin at 10 a.m., Livestock Sale begins at 11:30 a.m. and the Poultry Sale begins at 1 p.m. During the summer, small animals such as ducks, chickens, geese, turkeys, rabbits, etc. are sold. For more information call 330-674-6188 or visit

9, 16, Music on the Square When: 7-9 p.m. 23 & Where: Stage in the Berlin Square back and enjoy a relaxing evening of great music from artists like, Holmes 30 Sit County Bluegrass, John Schmid, Servant’s Heart & Harmony in Him. Free concerts every Friday weather permitting. For more information visit www.


Second Saturdays in the ‘Burg

When: 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Where: Courthouse Lawn, Historic Downtown Millersburg Join us on the courthouse lawn in Historic Downtown Millersburg for a FREE showing of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets - popcorn and water will be provided (by donation). Movie system provided by the Holmes County Prevention Coalition.

Stitched: The Musical 22 - Half Where: Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek, 1357 Old Route 39, Sugarcreek Based on the novel by Wanda Brunstetter, a group of mismatched strangers Dec 21 come together to attend the Amish Quilting Club. Amish widow, Emma Yoder, finds herself not only teaching the most unlikely group of Englishers the art of quilting, but also helping each one through their life struggles. There’s Star, a young woman yearning for stability; Pam and Stuart Johnston, a struggling couple at odds in their marriage; Paul Ramirez, a young widower hoping to find solace in finishing a quilt; Jan. Sweet, a rough and tough biker doing some creative community service; and Ruby Lee Williams, a preacher’s wife Continued on page 18 AMISH HEARTLAND


looking for relaxation when parish problems mount. Tickets are $35, with discounts for groups of 20 or more. Sales office is 855-344-7547, visit www.


90-Year-Old’s Birthday Party

Where: German Village Come celebrate the birthdays of all the folks in Berlin who will be turning “90 anything” in 2013. Have some cake and ice cream and share stories with them.

Sept. Village Peddler Festival When: Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 10-5 14 - 15 Where:Lake Metroparks Farmpark (Lake County), 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094 32 nd annual Village Peddler Festival. “A Quaint Outdoor American Marketplace” held in a beautiful pastoral setting; 175 Artisans and Craftsmen, Live Folk Music, STEP INTO THE PAST Visit Delicious Food, Harvest Market, Wagon Rides, Fun for the whole Mon. - Fri. 7am to 9pm Sat. 8am to 9pm & family. See ad on page 35. Sun. 9am to 8pm AMISH CRAFTS GIFTS CANDLES OIL LAMPS & SUPPLIES CANNING SUPPLIES 400+ COOKIE CUTTERS PIZZA, DELI SANDWICHES CROCKS HAND DIPPED ICE CREAM SHAWSHANK SUNDAE RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 TOURISM AWARD OF EXCELLENCE




Delicious Family Style Meals Made from Scratch

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7am-8pm • St. Rt. 241 in Mt. Hope

330-674-0922 • 3 miles north of Berlin & 18 miles south of Massillon


One of the Largest Bakeries in Amish Country Baked Goods Made Fresh Daily



(330) 879-9655 WED - SAT 10:00 - 4:00



Bakery • Café • Bulk Ice Cream Parlor

“Featuring Grilled Panini Sandwiches” 330.893.2129

4357 US 62, Millersburg Across from Heini’s Cheese in the of Amish Country Open Monday-Saturday Sundays (May-Thanksgiving)



Work • Western • Hiking Footwear & Clothing MERRELL



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4540 US 62 Millersburg, OH 44654 NE of Berlin at the bottom of the hill between Berlin & Bunker Hill


Berlin Furniture

32 Years Serving the Berlin Area!


Large Selection of Wall and Mantel Clocks. Monday-Saturday 7:30AM - 4PM

5044 CR 120 • 1 MILE SOUTH OF BERLIN • 330-893-3261 AMISH HEARTLAND


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1 Alpine Hills Historical Museum

7 Behalt/ Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center

106 West Main St., Sugarcreek (40.562007º -81.807211º)

5798 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5671534º -81.7815958º)

4 Amish Heartland Tours

29 Guggisberg Cheese

5568 TR 381., Millersburg (Berlin) (40.503017º -81.641373º)

5060 SR 557, Millersburg (Charm) (40.5246103º -81.8043815º)

46 Quailcrest Farm 2810 Armstrong Rd., Wooster (40.897738º -81.991655º)

47 Rolling Ridge Ranch 3691 CR 168, Milersburg (40.5710402º -81.7519373º)

30 Helping Hands Quilt Shop & Museum 4826 E. Main St., Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5615638º -81.7961283º)

6 Beachy’s Country Chalet Restaurant 115 Andreas Drive NE., Sugarcreek (40.499299º -81.635022º)

17 Broad Run Cheese House

50 Shisler’s Cheese House

6011 Old 39 NW, Dover (40.510957º -81.573298º)

55 Kidron Rd., Orrville (40.796565º -81.746371º)

33 Kauffman’s Country Bakery

15Boyd & Wurthmann 4819 E. Main St., Berlin (40.561531º -81.7957431º)

16 Brick Towne Tavern 980 W. Main St., Sugarcreek (40.499299º -81.635022º)

6013 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5738493º -81.781379º)

37 Miller’s Bakery 4280 TR 356, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5308237º -81.8118837º)

52 Sugarcreek Discount Grocery 124 E. Main St., Sugarcreek (40.502667º -81.640291º)

55 Troyer’s Home Pantry 668 W. Main St., Apple Creek (40.7554854º -81.8442625º)

38 Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen 8101 SR 241, Fredericksburg (40.6241479º -81.7915683º)

9 Berlin Grande Hotel

12 Berlin Village Inn

4787 TR 336, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5594623º -81.8910436º)

5135 SR 39, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5597161º -81.80692º)

10 Berlin Hotel and Suites

14 Blessings Lodge

5330 CR 201, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.556183º -81.820933º)

5174 TR 359, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5644642º -81.8078983º)

23 Cricket Hill Cabins 20

5631 TR 351, Millersburg (40.5646509º -81.8497804º)

24 Donna’s Premiere Lodging 5523 East Strees, Berlin (40.560806º -81.795587º)

48 Scenic Hills RV Park 4483 TR 367 NE, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5513798º -81.7821696º)

2 Amish Country Essentials

27 Gospel Shop, The

43 Parsley Pot

4727 US Route 62, Berlin (40.563107º -81.791832º)

112 East Main St., Sugarcreek (40.502816º -81.640546º)

697 CR 1302, Ashland (40.8768762º -82.2596821º)

3 Amish Country Peddler

28 Green Acres Furniture

44 Pine Cone Gift Shop

3239 SR 39, Walnut Creek (40.5451448º -81.7386129º)

7412 Massillon Rd., Navarre (40.561738º -81.799496º)

2877 Kidron Rd., Kidron (40.7653453º -81.7452453º)

5 Audrey’s Attic

31 Homestead Furniture

51 Sol’s Exchange

147 N. Main St., Orrville (40.841048º -81.764447º)

8233 SR 241, Mt. Hope (40.6268459º -81.784219º)

4914 W. Main St., Berlin (40.5617104º -81.7991439º)

8 Berlin Furniture

32 Jake's Handcrafted Oak

53 Swiss Country

5044 CR 120, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.556679º -81.832382º)

8239 TR 562, Holmesville (40.659197º -81.918054º)

11 Berlin Leather & Pets

34 Kauffman Lawn Furniture

4774 US Route 62, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5613792º -81.7939588º)

4540 US 62, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5690155º -81.7849802º)

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35 Kiko’s Greenhous

3147 SR 39, Walnut Creek (40.544962º -81.737848º)

15579 Lincoln Way West, Dalton (40.798646º -81.646774º)

19 Charm Harness & Boot

36 Main Street Bears

4432 CR 70, Charm (40.506574º -81.784203º)

225 N. Main St., Navarre (40.7225129º -81.5224304º)

20 Collectors, Decanters &

40 Ole Mill Furniture

Steins 119 East Main St., Sugarcreek (40.502761º -81.640391º)

22 Country View Wicker 2701 SR 557, Baltic (40.841048º -81.764447º)

Lawn & Crafts 2131 SR 39, Sugarcreek (40.5172712º -81.6999655º)

54 Troyer’s Furniture 985 W. Main St., Sugarcreek (40.5110001º -81.6529587º)

56 Walnut Creek Antique Mall 4872 McKinley Place Dr., Walnut Creek (40.5404832º -81.7202957º)

57 Walnut Creek Furniture 4422 SR 557, Millersburg (40.505882º -81.78427º)

3473 Ohio 39, Walnut Creek (40.5463267º -81.7477899º)

58 World Crafts 41 Olivesburg General Store 4778 SR 545, Ashland (40.855888º -82.318932º)

42 Packship USA

13100 Emerson Rd., Kidron (40.7412134º -81.7450194º)

59 Yoder’s Oak & Cherry

1347 N. Main St., Orrville (40.856341º -81.764703º)

6018 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.573872º -81.781354º)

18 Bulk Food Country Store

25 East Union Bulk Food

45 Pleasant Hill Bulk Food

14396 Dover Rd., Dalton (40.705216º -81.725832º)

9089 E. Lincoln Way, Orrville (40.795719º -81.812794º)

8584 TR 656., Fredericksburg (40.642062º -81.745709º)

21 Country Salvage Ltd.

39 Neighborhood Pantry

49 Shady View Pantry

9420 Kidron Rd., Apple Creek (40.68447º -81.74348º)

7212 Ashland Rd., Wooster (40.824947º -81.063804º)

3556 Zuercher Rd., Dalton (40.756674º -81.731576º)

26 Gospel Book Store 4925 West Main Street, Berlin (40.7071309º -81.679855º)



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29 Guggisberg Cheese

5568 TR 381., Millersburg (Berlin) (40.503017º -81.641373º)

5060 SR 557, Millersburg (Charm) (40.5246103º -81.8043815º)

7 Behalt/ Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center 5798 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5671534º -81.7815958º)

15 Boyd & Wurthmann 4819 E. Main St., Berlin (40.561531º -81.7957431º)

30 Helping Hands Quilt Shop & Museum 4826 E. Main St., Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5615638º -81.7961283º)

33 Kauffman’s Country Bakery 6013 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5738493º -81.781379º)

9 Berlin Grande Hotel

12 Berlin Village Inn

4787 TR 336, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5594623º -81.8910436º)

5135 SR 39, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5597161º -81.80692º)

10 Berlin Hotel and Suites

14 Blessings Lodge

5330 CR 201, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.556183º -81.820933º)

5174 TR 359, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5644642º -81.8078983º)

37 Miller’s Bakery 4280 TR 356, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5308237º -81.8118837º)

24 Donna’s Premiere Lodging 5523 East Street, Berlin (40.560806º -81.795587º)

48 Scenic Hills RV Park 4642 TR 367, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5513798º -81.7821696º)

23 Cricket Hill Cabins 5631 TR 351, Millersburg (40.5646509º -81.8497804º)

2 Amish Country Essentials

34 Kauffman Lawn Furniture

4727 US Route 62, Berlin (40.563107º -81.791832º)

4540 US 62, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5690155º -81.7849802º)

8 Berlin Furniture

51 Sol’s Exchange

5044 CR 120, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.556679º -81.832382º)

4914 W. Main St., Berlin (40.5617104º -81.7991439º)

11 Berlin Leather & Pets 4774 US Route 62, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.5613792º -81.7939588º)

55 Yoder’s Oak & Cherry 6018 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin) (40.573872º -81.781354º)

26 Gospel Book Store 4925 West Main Street, Berlin (40.7071309º -81.679855º) AMISH HEARTLAND




6 Beachy’s Country Chalet Restaurant 115 Andreas Drive NE., Sugarcreek (40.499299º -81.635022º)

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16 Brick Towne Tavern

52 Sugarcreek Discount

980 W. Main St., Sugarcreek (40.499299º -81.635022º)

Grocery 124 E. Main St., Sugarcreek (40.502667º -81.640291º)

17Broad Run Cheese House 6011 Old 39 NW, Dover (40.510957º -81.573298º)

20 Collectors, Decanters & Steins 119 East Main St., Sugarcreek (40.502761º -81.640391º)

27 Gospel Shop, The 112 East Main St., Sugarcreek (40.502816º -81.640546º)

1 Alpine Hills Historical Museum 106 West Main St., Sugarcreek (40.503017º -81.641373º)

Good Quality Bent ‘N Dent Groceries Bulk Baking Products Deli Meat & Cheese

Bring in this ad to receive

Manufacturers of Swiss Heritage Wine and Broad Run Swiss Cheese 10163530

1/2 lb. of Swiss Cheese FREE Expires August 30, 2013 Serving freshly made sandwiches from our deli Specialty Coffee & Tea, Desserts including Ice Cream Where You Get More For Le$$ HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:30-5; 124 E. Main St., Sugarcreek Friday 8:30-7; Saturday 8:30-3;



Closed Sunday

Hours: Mon.- Sat. 9 - 6; Closed Sun.

330-343-3884 6011 Old Route 39, Dover Halfway between Dover & Sugarcreek

Sugarcreek Brick Towne Tavern

Come visit our decanter museum. Over 3,000 decanters to view.

Daily Specials Daily Drink Specials

115 Andreas Drive • 330-852-4644

Experience Swiss & Amish Heritage 3 floors of displays, exhibits, and artifacts. Audio visual presentations. Visit our unique gift shop

Free admission – Donations accepted


980 West Main Street, Sugarcreek, OH 330-852-2403 Hours: Mon.-Tues. 11-12 • Wed.-Sat. 11-1 • Sun12-8




Now Serving Summer Cocktails

Sugarcreek Information Center 330-852-4113 or 888-609-7592 106 W. Main Street, Sugarcreek, OH Mon - Sat 9:00AM - 4:30PM thru October

Visit Our Garden Room We Do Special Orders + Bibles + Books + Music + Bargain Books + Inspirational Gifts + T-Shirts + Children’s Section + Great Selection of Cards & Boxed Cards in our Card Shop




330-852-9191 119 E. Main St. , P.O. Box 473, Sugarcreek

Beer • Wine • Spirits

112 E. Main St. Sugarcreek, OH 44681

330-852-4223 Email: Hours: MON.-THURS. & SAT. 8:30-5; FRI. 8:30-8


The Furniture Heartland

A “MODERN” FEEL; LESS IS MORE odern furniture refers to a particular style of furniture that emphasizes simplicity and functionality. The modern style of furniture is often confused with contemporary design. While both have similarities with their clean lines and simplistic shapes, the contemporary style is always changing with the times. Even though the name modern often suggests the most current of designs, modern furniture will always be its own design and have a specific style. Decorating with modern furniture can give your home a retro-feel. Straight and smooth lines make furniture pieces just as much sculptural as they are functional. Pick a starting piece, such as a bed, a chair or table, or even a lamp, and let that piece set the design tone for the rest of the room. Often times, in modern style homes, the walls are monochromatic enhancing the feel of simplicity, cleanliness and orderliness. Structural



furniture pieces with deep wood tones and textured fabrics are chosen to create interest through contrast. If you are afraid the modern style will make your room look sterile or too plain, consider accessorizing. Large wall art deco pieces and accent pieces can create that vibrant contrast you desire. Choose fabrics and throw pillows that offer a pop of color. Lighting can play to the overall mood of the room depending on how it’s used. Use it to highlight points in the room or cast a warm inviting glow throughout the space. Make it your own. If you feel like this style is too plain, don’t be afraid to accessories and mix it with contemporary favorites. Combining modern style furniture with your own style palate will create a most unique space all your own. The key to the modern design style focuses on simplicity; less is more. Picking pieces with little to no details and strong smooth lines is what makes this style unique. Need help? The expert staff at any of the Furniture Heartland stores are always ready to help you create unique pieces just for you and develop your dream space. Contact any one of these four businesses to start planning your next project.

Jacob & Hannah Children of Javan & Chriss

985 W. Main St. Sugarcreek, OH 44681 Talk to us: 330-852-4752 Visit our website:

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Recipes ROESTI

BROWNED POTATOES Ingredients: *1/4 cup oil *3/4 cup onion, diced *1 26-oz. bag frozen shredded hash browns, unthawed but loose *1 tsp. salt *1/2 tsp. pepper *1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced *1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

Directions: 1. Heat oil in an electric skillet at 275° or use a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until onion is limp and begins to color. 2. Take the bag of frozen hash browns and give it a good whack on a hard surface to loosen the hash browns; you don’t want any clumps of frozen potatoes. Add the potatoes, salt, pepper, and parsley and mix. Take a spatula and press the potato mixture firmly into the bottom of the skillet, making a dense patty. 3. Increase to medium-high, cover, and cook potatoes for 5-8 minutes or until they turn deep golden brown on the bottom. Don’t stir while they are cooking. Turn potatoes, in sections at a time, pat down again firmly, cover and continue cooking until the bottom is a deep golden brown. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and continue cooking, uncovered, until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges and serve.

SWEET JOHNNY CAKES Ingredients: *1 egg, beaten *1 cup sour cream *1 tsp. baking powder *1 tsp. baking soda *1/2 cup flour *3/4 tsp. salt *1 cup sugar *1 1/2 cups cornmeal

Directions: Stir together the egg and sour cream. Mix in the dry ingredients and pour into a loaf pan or small square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve with maple syrup and warm milk.

LEMONADE CONCENTRATE Ingredients: *3 T. lemon zest *4 cups sugar *4 cups water *2 cinnamon sticks *Juice of 6 lemons, strained to remove pulp and seeds

Directions: In a deep saucepan, combine lemon zest, sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a very fine wire sieve. Add the lemon juice to the sugar syrup. Transfer to a glass container that has been cleaned and boiled and refrigerate until needed.

to make lemonade: Mix 4 T. lemon syrup with 1 cup of cold water. Fill 2 glasses with ice and pour in the lemonade. Stir and Serve.

BRINED INď&#x161;şTHEď&#x161;şJAR DILL PICKLES Ingredients: *Cucumbers *4-6 cloves garlic *1/2 hot chili pepper (use a whole one if you like it spicy) *1 tsp. pickling spice *3-4 sprigs fresh dill plus 1/2 tsp. dill weed *2 tblsp. salt *1 cup vinegar, hot but not boiling *Boiling water to fill jar

Directions 1. Wash and cut off the ends of small pickling cucumbers. If using larger cukes, halve or quarter lengthwise. Then pack each jar with cucumbers, garlic, chili pepper, pickling spice, dill, and salt. Add vinegar and boiling water to fill. Leave no headspace. 2. Immediately seal with clean rings and seals that have been kept in simmering water. Adjust caps and shake each jar. Invert on a towel until cool. Shake jars every day. Your pickles will be ready to eat in 2 weeks. AMISH HEARTLAND




After spending the majority of your days in Amish country pursuing horse and buggies, exploring the Amish countryside and sampling all the meat and cheese your body can handle, you might begin to wonder what else 32

Amish country has to offer. Strolling the streets of downtown Sugarcreek, you come across the most unique store in the heart of downtown with the largest collection of unique decanters you have ever seen. Who would have thought an intricate statue of Elvis Presley or what appears to be a model car would actually be a bottle designed to hold whiskeys and wines? Lavon Daugherty was given his ďŹ rst decanter by Eleanor Taylor of Wooster. Upon opening the brown paper bag the bottle was concealed in, Daugherty was surprised to see a very rare, Ohio decanter made in 1966. This piece was most impressive to Daugherty and fueled a new hobby for him. The time period in which these alcohol containers were made, fascinated Daugherty.

.;A2?@  .;1  &A26;@ 20.;A2??2;GF The James Beam Distilling Company began creating these fine works of art in the 1950s in order to make the purchasing of alcohol more desirable. “It all started because there was a surplus of liquor,” said Daugherty. “It was a sales gimmick.” Over the next 10 years, many other distilleries followed suit, creating the most unique collectable bottles. Today, many people collect special decanters to complete collections of trains, cars, owls, etc. Daugherty found himself purchasing large collections of the decanters and joining the Jim Beam and Ski Country decanter clubs. “I had collected so many decanters over the years, my kids felt I needed to get rid of them,” said Daugherty. So in July of 2002, Daugherty opened Collectors, Decanters and Steins in Sugarcreek.

 < 9 9 2 0 A < ? @  20.;A2?@ .;1 &A26;@ Over 50,000 decanters, steins and collectable items can be found in Lavon Daugherty’s store with over 3,000 on display in the museum, making it the largest collection in Ohio. 80 different distilleries are represented including Ski Country, Jim Beam and Jack Daniels. The museum holds pieces that held some of the finest liquor while other pieces never held a drop. Rare mockups (a prototype bottle that was never mass produced) and specially made pieces for important people and events fill the many shelves of the museum. Upon entering the museum, a large wood bar dating back to the 1930s is refurbished with a row of bar stools removed from the Flinstone Café in Barberton, Ohio, explained AMISH HEARTLAND


Daugherty. The decanters that sit on its shelves are rare back-bar pieces and fine back-rack crystal decanters representing some of the most highend and sought after liquors of their time As you walk through the store, one can really appreciate Daugherty’s appreciation for this particular time in history. He has taken time to research and collect the most unique pieces of their time. “Some of these pieces you will never see anywhere else,” said Daugherty. As an owner of Ski Country Decanters, Daugherty creates a new decanter to be presented at club events each year. His current collection is an ode to states in which he created an Ohio decanter with Sugarcreek displayed proudly on the map. If you’re looking to complete a collection or even start one, be sure to stop in to Collectors, Decanters and k Steins. If you’re a history buff, check y out the museum and let Daugherty e tell you more about this unique time n in American history. His passion h for collecting easily shines through


as he shares the stories behind each individual piece in his museum. Collectors, Decanters and Steins is located at 119 E. Main Street, Sugarcreek. Hours are Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission is $5 for adults (children under 10 are free) or receive free admission with any purchase. For more information call 330-852-9191 or visit www.


Located 1.5 Miles North of Charm - 5060 State Route 557 :: Millersburg, Ohio :: 330.893.2500

5060 State Route 557 :: Millersburg, Ohio :: 330.893.2500 ::

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The 32nd Annual Village Peddler Festival September 14 & 15, 2013 Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-5pm

â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Outdoor American Marketplaceâ&#x20AC;? 175 Craftsmen & Artisans â&#x20AC;˘ Live Folk Music â&#x20AC;˘ Harvest Market â&#x20AC;˘ Delicious Food â&#x20AC;˘ Wagon Rides Lake Metroparks Farmpark 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6) â&#x20AC;˘ Kirtland, Ohio 44094 â&#x20AC;˘ (800)366-3276 AMISH HEARTLAND


Country View WICKER FURNITURE Resin, Wicker, Rattan Furniture HERB FAIR September 7th 10a.m. - 5 p.m. Over 70 artists & craftsmen

Areas Largest Selection of Herbs & Perennials


Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9-5 2810 Armstrong Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 330-345-6722 Rt. 83, 5 miles N. of Wooster, OH 7 miles S. of I-71 to Sign

NEW for 2012 Hanamint Cast Aluminum Dining

(South edge of Farmerstown)

Mon. - Sat. 9-5 â&#x20AC;¢ 330-897-6007



Solâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Berlin

Ohioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Arts & Crafts Mall An Amish Country â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Must Seeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Since â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;93

Search: Solâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Berlin

June-October Open 9am-7pm Daily

Open Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day 36


November - May Open 9am-5pm Daily

OPEN YEAR ROUND â&#x20AC;¢ Closed Sundays 4914 West Main St. â&#x20AC;¢ Berlin, OH 44610 â&#x20AC;¢ 330.893.3134


A peaceful retreat close to the heart of it all... STORY & PHOTOS BY CATIE NOYES â&#x20AC;˘ EDITOR

In 1990, Sam Hershberger and his wife bought the property across from Hiland High School, looking for a new career pursuit. As retired farmers, they decided they wanted to take on a different type of business. Upon deciding how to best utilize the property, they determined there was a need for an RV park in the area. Scenic Hills RV Park sits on 30 acres of the beautiful, country hillside, just off of Township Road 367. Originally, the Hershbergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s started their venture with only 15 site hook-ups for RVs and campers. This has grown over time to accommodate 112 hook-up sites, six of which are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Sites.â&#x20AC;? AMISH HEARTLAND



We are just close enough to town but yet ett secluded from the busy syy State Route.

“We have received lots of feedback on the peace and quiet and the amenities we provide,” said Hershberger. The RV park has many convenient amenities to suit campers needs. Campsites offer 30 and 50 amp services and full water hook-ups; the average site width is 35 feet; Wi-Fi is free throughout the park; a central phone is available for use; a dump station is on site; fire rings and picnic tables are scattered about the park for use by campers (firewood is available for free when the RV park has it on hand); a meeting room is available for groups and open sites are available on the grassy hilltop. Super Sites provide campers with a few extra amenities such as small patios and extra power. Two small bed and breakfast-type guest rooms are also available by reservation.



“Most of our cliental is semiretired or retired and just looking for peace and quiet,” said Hershberger. “Mostly people in Ohio and surrounding states as well as nationally stay at the RV park.” Scenic Hills also sees many repeat customers, coming back year after year to get away from the hustle and bustle and get their fix of the Amish shopping that is available. Campers often come back each year to meet up with friends they have made while visiting Amish country. “Lots of people come in for their favorite local events and schedule their reservations in advance for the next year,” said Hershberger. Being located just minutes from some of the best Amish shopping around, Scenic Hills is a prime retreat for the tourists. “We encourage travelers to bring their coolers and load them up

with plenty of meat and cheese,” said Hershberger. Experience some of the best things Amish country has to offer and use Scenic Hills RV Park as a “home base” for your weekly excursion. Hershberger explained that the average camper will stay for 3-5 days and Scenic Hills has a 70 percent occupancy rate in the summer time. It’s best to plan a reservation ahead of time due to the amount of campers coming each year. The economy posed no threat to the success of Scenic Hills RV. In fact, Hershberger felt when the economy first went down, it had a positive effect for the RV park. “People were not traveling the world in their RVs. Instead they were traveling closer to home,” explained Hershberger. There was only one year, when gas prices first started to skyrocket, that Scenic Hills RV

noticed a decline in their cliental. If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat to take you and your family or just your significant other on a camping trip this summer, plan on putting Scenic Hills RV Park on the top of your list. The gently rolling hills of Amish country and the tourists attractions just minutes away will give you the full Amish experience you have been craving. “We are just close enough to town, but yet secluded from the busy State Route,” said Hershberger. “Lots of people come just for the experience and to take in the beauty of it all.” Scenic Hills RV Park is located at 4483 TR 367 in Berlin. It is open from April 1 until November 1 and keeps eight seasonal sites open for those looking to keep their camper parked all year round. For more information call 330-893-3607 or visit




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variety of stories, pictures and the “ The recipes. My husband and I have eaten at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen several times, especially when we attend the machinery auction at Mt. Hope. Excellent food and service.


map! What a great way to schedule “ The our day. ” a peaceful feeling enjoying all of “ Having God’s creation. ” shopping! I love all the various stores “ The and the baked goods are superior. ” of special places to visit. My father“ Lots in-law was Amish and still speaks -STEPHANIE SHATRICH, AKRON

People are so friendly and warm, making you feel like family. Such inner beauty and awesome people. I could live there with no problem.


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recipes, articles, pictures, finding the “ The wheel, just everything! ”




German. Love the countryside, breakfast at The Amish Door and the quilt shop in Charm.


“ look forward to it!” drive on Rt. 557, winding through “ The the valley and around the town of Charm. ”

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