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One Destination, Endless Possibilities… Downtowns | Scenic Drives | Signature Foods | Quilt Gardens | Historic Sites | Unique Shops

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.

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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.

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.

The Home Game at the Bluegate

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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!

Mennonite Girls Can Cook: A Musical at the Bluegate

Multiple Dates 10:58 AM - 11:58 AM

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

Fall Harvest Days at Amish Acres

Sep 15th - Oct 31st, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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.

Weekend Schedule

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.

Nappanee Public Library Events for September

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

NAPPANEE QUILTS: PAST & PRESENT SEPTEMBER 1 – SEPTEMBER 30 | NAPPANEE CENTER | ALL AGES Join us for National Sewing Month! We will be having all the Nappanee Center's quilts on display for you to view. Come and see our collection of beautiful quilts from today and yesteryear. No registration necessary.   TEEN TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 | 4 - 5 PM | TEEN The teens requested it so Miss Jamie is making it happen. This month we are making slime! Teens will be making two completely different kinds of slime. Register by August 29, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 | 7 - 8 | ADULT Meet together for information, sharing and support with others who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.   HOW TO SELECT STOCKS FOR INVESTMENT SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 | 7 - 8 PM | ADULT Join Dan St. Germain in this series, to learn about selecting stocks for investment. Session 1: Learn where to find information and the criteria for selecting stocks. Register by August 29, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   MAH JONGG SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 | 12:30 - 3 PM | ADULT The Library is hosting its regular Mah Jongg game on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 3pm throughout the month of September. No experience or registration is necessary, come to learn the game and have fun!   BOOK A LIBRARIAN SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | 9:30 AM -12 PM & 3 - 6 PM | ADULT Schedule a 30-minute appointment with our Library Skills Trainer, Martha Owen. Learn the ins and outs of the Library catalog, how to download eBooks to your device, basic computer skills, how to use eMail, and more. Call Martha at (574) 773-7812, or email mowen@nappaneelibrary.org to register. “Book a Librarian” will be held every other Thursday on a regular basis.   TWEEN THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | 4 - 5 PM | TWEEN Make perler bead ear bud case and perler bead key chains. Snacks and materials will be provided. Register by August 31, by calling 574.773-7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org Publish by 08.28   RECIPE SWAP September 11, 2017 | 7 - 8 PM | ADULT Exchange recipes and collect new favorites in this monthly program. Submit recipes one week in advance and bring a dish to share. Bring in your favorite dish, prepared with only five ingredients, to share and taste others. Recipes can be e-mailed to lbsmith@nappaneelibrary.org.  Register by September 4, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   GENEALOGY SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 | 6 - 8 PM | ADULT Are you searching for a missing relative or trying to connect yourself to a famous person? Come the 2nd Tuesday of each month to work on your genealogy and discover more about your family tree. No registration necessary.   Knitting Group SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 | 6 - 8 PM| Teens - Adults Join with other knitters in our regular knitting group. Participants will work together on projects, learn new skills, and get help with questions. Group members must bring their own supplies. No registration is necessary.   HOW TO SELECT STOCKS FOR INVESTMENT SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 | 7 - 8 PM | ADULT Join Dan St. Germain in this series, to learn about selecting stocks for investment. Session 2: Learn to use additional resources like Investor’s Business Daily and Barrons. Register by August 5, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   MAH JONGG SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 | 12:30 - 3 PM | ADULT The Library is hosting its regular Mah Jongg game on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 3pm throughout the month of September. No experience or registration is necessary, come to learn the game and have fun!   PINTEREST NIGHT SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 | 6 - 8 PM | ADULT Make decorative string art during this month's Pinterest Night! The cost is $5 per project and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by September 6, by calling 574.773.7919 or by visiting nappaneelibrary.org   ARTFUL QUILTERS SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 | 6:30 - 8 PM | ADULT Join this quilting group to learn and share new skills. No registration necessary.   DOT DAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 | DURING LIBRARY HOURS | KIDS 0 - 12 Celebrate International Dot Day with this DIY Story time. Read Peter Reynolds "The Dot" along with other 'dot' themed books then make dot art.   Publish by 09.04   LIBRARY TOUR SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 | 7 - 8 PM | ALL AGES Take a tour with an experienced guide to explain about our library and its history and services. Register by September 11, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 | 6:30 - 8 PM | ADULT Titles alternate between fiction and non-fiction. Join the club this September to read and discuss the book “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan. For more information or to reserve a copy of the book, see any service desk, or call 574.773.7919. No registration necessary.   HOW TO SELECT STOCKS FOR INVESTMENT SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 | 7 - 8 PM | ADULT Join Dan St. Germain in this series, to learn about selecting stocks for investment. Session 3: Practice finding stocks using the tools and ideas learned in the previous sessions. Register by September 12, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   PRESCHOOL STORYTIME SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 | 10 – 10:45 | PRESCHOOL Little Golden Books turns 75 years old in 2017! Join Maggie for a preschool story time program based on a different book each week, while having fun learning preschool basics. Register by September 13, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   MAH JONGG SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 | 12:30 - 3 PM | ADULT The Library is hosting its regular Mah Jongg game on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 3pm throughout the month of September. No experience or registration is necessary, come to learn the game and have fun!   BOOK A LIBRARIAN SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 | 9:30 AM -12 PM & 3 - 6 PM | ADULT Schedule a 30-minute appointment with our Library Skills Trainer, Martha Owen. Learn the ins and outs of the Library catalog, how to download eBooks to your device, basic computer skills, how to use eMail, and more. Call Martha at (574) 773-7812, or email mowen@nappaneelibrary.org to register. “Book a Librarian” will be held every other Thursday on a regular basis.   move and do: summer series September 21, 2017 | 10 - 10:30 am | infants- toddlers Infants & toddlers will love this play-based program geared just for them. Enjoy music, movement, stories, and play! Caregivers are asked to register by September 14, by calling 574.773.7919 or at nappaneelibrary.org.   lego Club september 21, 2017 | 6:30 - 8 pm | Age 5+ Lego Club meets at the Library! Enjoy peer-judged building challenges and win prizes! Meetings end with free build time. The Program is designed for children five and up. No registration necessary.     MOVIE AT THE GOLF COURSE AUGUST 5, 2017 | 8:30 – 11:00 PM | ALL AGES Watch Caddyshack on the JumboTron at the Nappanee Municipal Golf Course. No registration necessary.   Publish by 09.11   ART IN THE MAKING SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM | AGES 5-12 Kids and tweens are invited to dress for a mess. Join us as we create non-traditional kitchen table art. In September we'll design our own Sharpie Shirts. Please add shirt size to "notes" when registering, as it will be provided. Call 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org to register. Registration is requested not required.   HOW TO SELECT STOCKS FOR INVESTMENT SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 | 7 - 8 PM | ADULT Join Dan St. Germain in this series, to learn about selecting stocks for investment. Session 4: Optional meeting for those interested in starting a stock buying club. Register by September 19, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   PRESCHOOL STORYTIME SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 | 10 – 10:45 | PRESCHOOL Little Golden Books turns 75 years old in 2017! Join Maggie for a preschool story time program based on a different book each week, while having fun learning preschool basics. Register by September 20, by calling 574.773.7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org   MAH JONGG SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 | 12:30 - 3 PM | ADULT The Library is hosting its regular Mah Jongg game on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 3pm throughout the month of September. No experience or registration is necessary, come to learn the game and have fun!     move and do: summer series September 28, 2017 | 10 - 10:30 am | infants- toddlers Infants & toddlers will love this play-based program geared just for them. Enjoy music, movement, stories, and play! Caregivers are asked to register by September 21, by calling 574.773.7919 or at nappaneelibrary.org.

Along the Heritage Trail

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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.

  • 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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    #Attraction #HTAdventures See a play at @ectheatre and learn about Percy, their resident ghost. https://t.co/bYklRtknIC

  • 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.

  • 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.