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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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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)
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.
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.
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.
Make This Memorial Day Weekend Memorable Down on the Farm Veterans or those in active military eat FREE with the purchase of one Thresher’s Dinner! Just print off this page and present it at the restaurant desk upon arrival. Valid Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day Only through sacrifices made by patriotic Americans over the centuries can one imagine the freedom to live and worship as one pleases. In the German One Room Schoolhouse, school’s out! Though a Flag Coloring Contest will be in session – celebrate our great symbol of hope and freedom while testing your coloring skills. The teeter totter will be in constant motion, horseshoes will clink, the kids can milk Betsy the Cow and harness Henry the Wooden Horse, a pick-up volley ball game and pin the tail on the donkey have no age limit. The city of Nappanee is holding its annual Memorial Day parade at 10:30am, starting in the parking lot of the Nappanee Elementary School. The parade will go west on Centennial St. to Main St., then south to Lincoln St, and then ending at Nappanee City Hall. It’ll be followed by a memorial service at 11am. Children stay free and receive Amish Acres portion of the package for $25. Memorial Day Package includes Guided Amish House & Farm Tour National Register of Historic Places Farmstead Documentary Films covering Four Centuries of Amish History and Culture Farm Wagon Tou Amish Horse & Buggy Ride* One Room School House Domestic Craft Demonstrations Award Winning Family Style Threshers Dinner Live Musical Production in The Round Barn Theatre** (Celebrating 29 Years of Plain and Fancy) One Night's Lodging at The Inn at Amish Acres or The Nappanee Inn Complimentary Breakfast at the Inn Valuable Shopping Coupons (Worth over $50 in savings)
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.
Advance reservations are required…24 hour notice…and must be made by the guest direct with Elaine. Elaine is Old Order Amish and you will need to call and leave a message. Elaine checks her voice mail 2-3 times a day and will call back. TIP: Leave a cell phone number to minimize phone tag NOTE: This is not a regular restaurant…you can’t order off a menu and can’t pay by credit card….cash or check only. The meal listed is the meal you will be eating. Lunch time can range from Noon-1 p.m. Wed, May 10, 12:30 Family style lunch Thursday, May 11, 10:30-12:30 Cinnamon Roll Demo followed by Church program discussion (all about what the Amish church is like) with lunch following May 17, Noon Haystack Meal May 18 , Noon Beef & Noodle over mashed potatoes luncheon with salads/pies etc May 24, 6 p.m. Haystack with Amish Church Description May 25 THIS IS AMISH HOLIDAY….MOST, IF NOT ALL, AMISH BUSINESSES WILL BE CLOSED May 26, 6 p.m. Family style 2 meats
Between #Goshen and #Elkhart check out Ox Bow County Park. With woods and prairie nestling together, its a great place for walking trails, spending time with family and enjoying nature. #HTAdventures
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Rent your wheels at Pumpkinvine Cyclery and ride the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in Middlebury. A level, paved path that skirts #Amish farms, leafy canopies and locally owned businesses. #HTAdventures
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The Amish-Mennonite story is an interesting one and you wont get anything close to the truth from reality television so start at Menno-Hof, where, multimedia presentations and historical environments paint a factual and fascinating look at this often misunderstood culture
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Have a great Memorial Weekend. The Visitor Center will be closed, but the 24 hour area is always open, find the Heritage Trails Adventure Guide, Seward Johnson and Quilt Garden location guides and the Heritage Trail Audio Tour can be downloaded from your app store.
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We've loved all the photos you've been taking with the Seward Johnson sculptures. This holiday weekend seems like a great chance to get out and see some more (hint, hint). And remember to use #EpicArtAdventures for a chance to win prizes in our Selfie with a Sculpture contest.#HTAdventures #LoveWhereYouLive
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It's an Epic day in downtown #Elkhart #EpicArtAdventures #HTAdventuresGod Bless America 2005 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
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