Amish Roots, Part Two: Der Dutchman Heritage Festival at Plain City, Ohio

In last month’s post, I concentrated on the people at the Heritage Festival at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio. For part two, I’ll highlight the crafts that were demonstrated on May 16. Pete Snellman patiently crafted brooms with this kicker-winder machine. His prowess at this dying art attracted quite a crowd. In my research […]

Amish Roots: Der Dutchman Heritage Festival at Plain City, Ohio

On Saturday, May 16, I planned to celebrate Plain City’s Amish roots at the Der Dutchman Heritage Festival. I awoke to a cool, showery day: strike one. Yet I had only myself to please, as I wasn’t meeting family until later in the afternoon. Verdict: go to the festival and hope the rain held off. […]

Seven Layers, One Delicious Salad

I was a picky eater as a child. I didn’t like cheese. I didn’t like pizza. I abhorred fat and religiously sliced it from my pork chop or roast beef. I didn’t like any vegetables except carrots (I’m sorry I shunned you, corn on the cob). I especially disliked salad, which in my eyes was […]

Morning Has Broken | Watching Birds Like the Amish

“Morning has broken, like the first morning, Black bird has spoken, like the first bird…” Eleanor Farjeon A very early memory for me is seeing my mom rescue a robin from our basement window well in St. Louis, Missouri. I was probably four years old. I remember the robin sat on her finger and this […]

I’ll Take You There: Visit Hardin County, Ohio

In 1996, we lived near the highest point in Ohio—Campbell Hill, elevation 1535 feet. We bought a Logan County spec home built by Amishman-turned-Mennonite Sam Eicher. Mr. Eicher had a Bobcat excavator; painted on it in dark blue script was “Grandpa’s Toy.” He’d left his Amish ways far behind, but occasionally we’d see Amish buggies […]

American Pie: Shoo Fly for Valentine’s Day

“Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Can she bake a cherry pie, Charming Billy?” Traditional American Folk Song I do not have the Pie Gift, which is daunting since I married into a family with generations of excellent pie makers. The Pie Gift, as I see it, is having a knack […]

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