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Quilt Gardens

It’s free, it’s fun and it’s fantastic!

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Quilt Gardens

Downtowns

friendly hometown hospitality

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Downtowns

Our History

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.

Our History

Pumpkinvine

Experience vacation variety with activities galore.

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Pumpkinvine

Itins & Top Tens

Find the best of everything here.

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Itins & Top Tens

Drive The Heritage Trail

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. It’s easy to follow, packed with fun facts, and best of all, you set the pace. Start with a Free audio driving tour (available in CD or digital download)

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Drive The Heritage Trail
Coming Home

Epic Art Adventures

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

Shipshewana Horse Auction

Multiple Dates 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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.

The Confession, the hit musical at the Blue Gate

Apr 6th - Jul 1st, 2017 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

The Confession is a captivating story of a young Amish woman who is caught in the middle of secrets and scandal, love lost and love found, and personal heartache and healing. With the laughter that ensues when a New York actress tries to play a “Plain” woman and the emotion that is inevitable when lies are uncovered and truth is revealed, audiences will enjoy a roller coaster of highs and lows. Mix that with soaring melodies, inspiring lyrics, and glorious orchestrations and the time will fly by. “It’s a brilliant love story and a keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat mystery all wrapped into one. Men and women alike will be anxious to find out what happens,” says premiere director, Wally Nason. And show producer Dan Posthuma adds, “Beverly Lewis is a remarkable storyteller. She has given us a rich plot, with compelling characters that courageously confront their past, their future, and their faith. And the music! You’ll have a hard time deciding which tune to hum on the way home.” The music for The Confession has been written and produced in Nashville, TN where the best of the best gather to collaborate on projects... hence the name, Music City. And the libretto has been written by veteran writer, Martha Bolton who is best known for her work with Bob Hope, Mark Lowry, and Chonda Pierce. Of course, Beverly Lewis, who USA Today hails as the ‘queen of the genre’ when it comes to Amish love stories, is the one who wrote the book that the musical is based on (actually, the story comes from the trilogy of The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning). What a team! What a show! Come see what happens when the plain life, the not-so-plain life, and the down right extravagant life all meet together in the new musical, The Confession.

Sculpture in the Gardens: Heavy Metal at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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.

Camp Mack Dune Challenge Camp

Jun 25th - Jul 1st, 2017 2:00 PM - 10:30 AM

This camp is for kids that have completed grades seven through eleven. Nordhouse Dunes in the Manistee National Forest provides the perfect location for this intro level backpacking experience. Hike in 2 mile and set up camp overlooking Lake Michigan. Explore sand beaches and learn the essentials of wilderness leave-no-trace camping. The week concludes with a canoe trip on the beautiful Pere Marquette River. Limited space. Pre-Camp Informational Meeting required: May 24, 2-4 pm.

Camp Mack Eco-Adventure Camp

Jun 25th - Jun 30th, 2017 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This camp is for kids that have completed fifth or sixth grade. This is the ultimate camp-out. Spend the week in the Camp Mack Wilderness Area while sleeping in tents, mastering you fire building skills and cooking delicious meals over the fire. River canoeing, Bible study, worship and minimal-impact camping are all a part of this outdoor camping experience.

The Northern Indiana Artists, Envisioning a Future, Remembering a Past

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Over eighty works representing a large contingency of the NIA’s overall membership has been selected by Curator Brian Byrn for this exhibit. Many of these artists have been producing professional works of art for decades in Michaina but several are younger artists at the beginning of their careers. A variety of approaches and styles are indicative of the ongoing dialogue of aesthetics in our region. Landscapes and figures are certainly a part of this exhibit but also a new breath of abstraction has been included. Chronologically, the works stretch back as far as five years. The exhibit does not attempt then to represent an historical overview of the group’s activities but rather a contemporary viewpoint.   The Midwest Museum of American Art is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM.    

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