One of our roving reporters caught up with Richard & Wanda Brunstetter signing books yesterday at the Sarasota Christian Bookstore in Sarasota Florida. Wanda is a national best-seller writer of Amish fiction novels. One of her novels, The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, is being produced as a musical. The new musical will open in Ohio at The Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek Ohio in August of this year. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Confession” musical which opened at the Carlisle last year. Can’t wait till this new production begins. More information about the opening of the musical in Ohio Amish Country can be found at: Half-Stiched Amish Quilting Club.
Wanda and I were at the Valentine’s Candlelight Dinner and Concert at the Walnut Creek Carlisle Inn last night. I had heard that it was very good but never got to go. What a great experience! This is an annual event and we think it’s an exceptional event in Ohio’s Amish country. The large banquet room, with it’s subdued lighting, and candles on the tables, is just beautiful. The tables are set up to accommodate groups but you can also request your own table, for “just the two of you”, which is what we did.
Shortly after we arrived and made ourselves comfortable, we ate delicious salads, which were already setup on our table. Then on to the the main course. [Read more…]
Tonight I can say “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I’ve got love in my tummy.” Good times were had tonight at the taste test of Yummy’s Frozen Yogurt in Berlin, Ohio Amish country. Yummy’s was a big hit tonight. I know many people who have been looking forward to opening day, which is tomorrow. I can tell you from first hand experience that the frozen yogurt served here is among the best Wanda and I have ever tasted. Yummy’s Frozen Yogurt is owned and operated by Jeff & Tatiana Wilkens of Berlin, who did an incredible amount of research into the frozen yogurt business in order to give their customers the very best. [Read more…]
Today I saw a funny looking contraption on youtube, a horseless Amish buggy. [Read more…]
Early this morning I dragged my tired body out of bed and went up town Berlin to see a bunch of ladies in pajamas. Really! I took some pics, eavesdropped on some ladies conversations, and talked with some of them. It’s quite a fun event for the ladies and they come from all over the place. The names of the four ladies in this photo are Vicki (the princess), Cathy (the queen), Wanda, and Phyllis. As you can see from their pajamas, they take this thing pretty seriously. According to Cathy they are all in-laws and outlaws. Cathy is from Port Clinton, Ohio and the others are from Cincinnati, Ohio. Berlin is sort of centrally located for them and this event is an annual habit for them. They hit the ground running on Thursday and don’t stop until they leave for home on Sunday. They even bring their sewing machines with them and do a “project” each year while they are here. Last year they made purses; this year they are making pillowcase dresses for their granddaughters and I’d bet that they’re pretty good at spoiling those sweet granddaughters. On Sunday they’ll descend upon the Millersburg antique stores before heading home.
Last year it was quite warm and pleasant at the annual Berlin Ohio Christmas Nativity Parade. This year was a different story. On Friday it was cloudy and cold all day. In the evening the wind picked up and it started snowing about the time the parade started. Brrrrrrr. Despite the weather, the streets were packed with people watching the parade. However most of the crowd did not hang around for the music on the square, which was held immediately after the parade. We got to see a bit of the parade from the warm and cozy atmosphere of the Boyd and Wurthman Restaurant located in downtown Berlin, Ohio. For story and pics of throngs of people at last year’s parade see: Berlin Christmas Nativity Parade 2011.
We had a great time on Friday and Saturday of this week at the 60th annual Ohio Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek, Ohio, also know as the “Little Switzerland of Ohio”. Last year at the festival it was cold and rainy almost the whole time from Thursday thru Saturday. Fortunately this year Friday and Saturday, the two biggest days of the festival, the weather was about as good as you could ask for. It was a whirlwind weekend for us, Friday afternoon and evening at the Swiss Festival, Saturday morning and afternoon at a wedding in Pittsburg, Saturday evening at the Swiss Festival, and a trip to Hartville on Sunday. The Swiss Festival is one of our favorite festivals of the year in Amish country. This year a new “food” addition to the festival was the Amish Country Donuts stand. Wanda says she’s not a “donut person” but she sure likes these. I think she advertised the Amish donuts to everybody we ran into. I must say we both agree that the are “the best donuts we have ever eaten”. By the looks of the long lines at the donut stand, I think a lot of people agree. Someone told us they waited for twenty minutes in the line just to get a donut. Enough said about the donuts! [Read more…]
This morning things weren’t looking too bright in Berlin, Ohio as rib cook-off vendors setup and began grilling ribs for the sixth annual Berlin Harvest Festival and Rib Cook-Off. Fortunately as the day progressed the weather co-operated and a perfectly miserable day turned into a very pleasant one. This year’s rib cook-off vendors included Farmstead Restaurant, Cindy’s Diner, Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant, Coalway LLC, 2 Guys and a Grill, [Read more…]