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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.
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.
A son's journey, a father's hope. For as long as he can remember, handsome LEVI TROYER has loved playing baseball. He daydreams about playing in the major leagues, but with his father's expectations that he remain on the farm, he manages to keep most of his dreaming in check. All of that changes when a sports talent scout happens into town one day and catches sight of Levi's amazing fast ball. Impressed with both his pitching and batting skills, the talent scout offers Levi a deal he can't refuse. With the decision fully Levi's, how will he choose between his father's wishes of an Amish life and his own deepest dreams? What will it cost him? Levi's journey is one you won't soon forget in Blue Gate's newest musical, THE HOME GAME - A Son's Journey, A Father's Hope. Filled with laughter and drama, this newest Blue Gate production is sure to hit it out of the park!
Now from Blue Gate Musicals: something completely different. Mennonite Girls Can Cook!Watch the excitement, confusion, and just plain frantic fun when a small town cable cooking show, hosted by two Mennonite women, attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer. This idea recipe for hilarity will make you laugh your spatulas off as these lovely ladies gear up for the "Big Time" - and do their best to deal with their starstruck neighbors, who compete for their own fifteen minutes of fame. From the same team that brought you "Half-Stitched" and "Josiah For President", this brand new one act comedy joins faith, food, and friendship, and is inspired by the popular blog and subsequent cookbook "Mennonite Girls Can Cook," by Lovella Schellenberg and published by Herald Press
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.
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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.
September 18 – 24, 2017 YOU ARE INVITED The week of Sept. 18 – 24 is “Fashion Week,” with in store promotions, stylish events and must-have designs. We’ve got glam & style for you! Fashion Week Events Monday – Friday, Sept. 18 – 22 Fashion retail specials and promotions Around Elkhart County Stay tuned for details. Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Men’s Fashion Cocktail Party “Man of the Cloth” – Kevin Koch, Master Tailor, Designer 211 E. Washington Street, Goshen, IN Kevin Koch has transformed the 140 year-old former 1st Baptist Church into a stunning showroom and work space. His studio is literally a “Sanctuary” – replete in high ceilings, gorgeous woodwork and magnificent stained glass windows. Meet his team and preview exquisite custom formal & casual wear for men. Martini bar, hors d’oeurves and piano music. $50 per person Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. Eugene Alexander Couture Runway Show The Goshen Theater, 216 S. Main Street, Goshen, IN Local style merchants strut their stuff in a showcase of formalwear and cocktail attire. Award-winning fashion designer Eugene Stutzman hosts a show of his iconic dress collection that has been worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Whitney Houston and Sarah Jessica Parker. Black Tie optional – strut YOUR stuff as you hear “Who are you Wearing” from the red carpet entrance. Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 – 10:30 p.m. “Get on the List” VIP Party Ignition Music Garage, 120 E. Washington Street, Goshen, IN Hipster mecca, just around the corner from the Goshen Theater. Meet designer Eugene Stutzman, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeurves. See and be seen in your best attire. Attendance only in conjunction with a $75 level or more ticket level. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m. Opening – Eugene Alexander: The Fashion of Eugene Stutzman Abner Hershberger Gallery, Goshen College, 1700 S. Main Street, Goshen, IN The gowns of Eugene Stutzman and Alexander Wallace (Eugene Alexander) come to life on black, white, and silver mannequins. The art of fashion is brilliantly displayed and each tells “a bright lights and big city” story. Meet ’73 Goshen College alum Eugene Stutzman and hear about the inspirations for his designs. Free and open to the Public
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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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