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Buggies clattering along country roads here are idyllic reminders of this region's rich Amish heritage of hard work, devotion to family and a simple life lived well. Yet there’s more to the Elkhart County story.
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Horse-drawn buggies clattering down rural lanes, men sporting suspenders and broad-brimmed straw hats, women clad in simple homemade dresses and modest bonnets, tables groaning under a bounty of fresh-from-the-farm food.
Voted a USA Today Readers Choice and named one of America’s “Most Scenic Drives” This scenic winding loop explores welcoming communities, area attractions and Amish life.
Epic Art Adventures along the Heritage Trail You’ll be captivated at every turn as you discover the amazing public art along the Heritage Trail. 56 Seward Johnson life-size bronze sculptures and a 25-foot tall, 27,000 pound monumental scale sculpture. Viewable FREE Now - October 20 EpicArtAdventures.com
Every Friday, horse lovers from all over the United States join us for our weekly auction of Driving, Work and Saddle horses and Ponies. The auction begins at 10:30 am with Tack in the Livestock Barn.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens is pleased to announce a NEW, collaborative sculpture exhibit, on display from May 13 through September 30, 2017. Presented by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, with support from Vision in Mission and Goshen College, the exhibit features ten large, metallic sculptures positioned thoughtfully around the gardens for viewing enjoyment. All sculptures incorporate ‘found’ or repurposed materials, an important component for sustainability of our natural resources! John Mishler photoTwo of the pieces were created by nationally renowned art sculptor John Mishler, who specializes in the use of the common metals including aluminum, copper, steel, and stainless steel to create both abstract and symbolic works of art. Many of John’s outdoor pieces incorporate kinetic energy and have moving parts that turn with the wind. The “moving sculptures” have become John’s trademark. He has works in many public and corporate collections such as ESPN Zone, Chicago; Andrew Corp., Orland Park, IL; City of Elkhart, IN; Wisconsin Percent for Art Commission, U of Wisconsin; Madison & Walker & Co., and Reston, VA. He has works in private collections across the US, Canada & the South of France. Mishler’s sculptures will be accompanied by eight additional large-scale sculptures created by John’s former students and colleagues from the Goshen, Indiana area. Sculptures are numbered 1 through 10 and can be viewed (in order) walking counter-clockwise around the Garden’s main walkway. The exhibit is free with admission to the Gardens.
Visitors will come from near and far to experience Fall Harvest Days at Amish Acres mid-September through November 1st. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Indiana with its cool, comfortable days and crisp October evenings. Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort will be decorated for the season with corn shocks, pumpkins and scarecrows galore! Visitors will enjoy the Harvest Market featuring crisp fall apples and of course pumpkins, along with gourds, squash, bittersweet, and Indian corn. Kuhns Cider Grist Mill The Amish Acres courtyard will host demonstrations* unique to the season. The aroma of apples fill the air as demonstrations show how apples are boiled in a large iron kettle over an open fire and cider is pressed in the Kuhns Cider Grist Mill. The eight unique shops in the courtyard will feature fall favorites, among them are homemade caramel apples, pumpkin fudge and ice cream in The Log Cabin Fudgery and Soda Fountain.
Apple Butter Apple Cider
12 p.m.; 1 p.m.; 3 p.m. 12:15 p.m.; 1:15 p.m.; 3:15 p.m.Pumpkin Patch A leisurely farm wagon ride travels down the gravel lanes, through the woods and out to the pumpkin patch where friendly scarecrows stand guard over rows and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Kids can choose a pumpkin to take home and enjoy roasting marshmallows* over an open camp fire. *Marshmallows are back at the pumpkin patch 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
We are the home to Indiana's largest indoor hay maze! This 25 acre farm experience is filled with a day full of fun and adventure. You can get lost in our corn and hay mazes, pet the farm animals, play in the three tower playground, pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, enjoy some farm food, test your skills at trivia questions hidden in the mazes, play some farm games like pumpkin bowling, dig in the corn box, jump on the pumpkin pad, or take a ride on the cow train. We have activities for the whole family and groups are welcome.
Visit Historic Downtown Wakarusa in the fall to witness the Giant Pumpkin Tree - smack-dab in the center of the town at Waterford and Elkhart streets. It’s the perfect spot to get in the fall spirit and enjoy the other fall decorations that the community puts up.
Suspect Everyone! The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. It opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously ever since. It has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on November 18, 2012. The play is known for its twist ending, which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.
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ATTN: Parents! Looking for fun things to do with the kids? Kids are having a great time checking out our 56 stunningly realistic life-size and 25-foot tall monumental scale sculptures in the downtowns & Quilt Gardens around Elkhart County. Plus, we have a fun activity booklet filled with coloring pages, crossword puzzles, creative writing, math and geography worksheets and other fun activities.
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Amish hands and skillfully blended basics create some of the best baked goods weve ever tasted. Try the supersized cinnamon rolls at Country Lane Bakery. The tiny, gas-lit shop is surrounded by rolling fields and grazing horses.
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The St. Joe River offers endless options for fishing and wildlife watching. You might see a blue heron or bald eagle; minks and muskrats have been spotted on shore. If angling, smallmouth bass and northern pike are plentiful.
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The Amish are known for their woodworking skills. The Schmucker brothers at Homestyle Furniture (1359 W. Market) specialize in hand-crafted furniture while Mint City Millwork (3013 Birch Road, Bremen) specializes in tall case and mantle clocks. Henry Chupps hand-carved walking sticks are works of art. See his hand-hewn creations at Chuppville Carving (11726 N. 1000 W.).
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Here's a fun event happening in #Shipshewana today -- the National Yoder Reunion. Yoder is a common last name among the Amish and Mennonites, and there will be even more Yoders in town. Stop by Yoder's Meats and Cheese and Yoder's Department Store to feel like a Yoder today.
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This weekend along the Heritage Trail:Friday: Nappanee Apple Festival; Middlebury Fall Festival; "Saturday Night at Old Smokey" at the Essenhaus; Tony Orlando at the Shipshewana Event Center; "Sister Act" at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre; Saturday, Newberry Square Swap Meet at Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market; Maple City Walk in #Goshen, Nappanee Apple Festival, Middlebury Fall Festival, "Saturday Night at Old Smokey" at Essenhaus, Elkhart County Symphony at The Lerner Theatre and Summer Dance Elkhart on the Civic PlazaSunday: "Sister Act" at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre, Nappanee Apple Festival, Purdue Varsity Glee Club at The Lerner Theatre.
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