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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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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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.
The 3rd annual ElkhartWood Showcase will be at the Elkhart Environmental Center (EEC) for two weeks, April 17 through April 29. The Showcase will feature artistry and talent from local sawyers and woodworkers, including furniture, art, pens and other items made from reclaimed wood. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind item, designed to reflect the unique beauty and characteristics of the tree from which it was made. ElkhartWood is a partnership between the Forestry Division, the EEC, and a network of local sawyers and woodworkers. Through the program, logs from city trees are purchased for milling and woodworking. The log sales fund community tree planting projects each fall. For more information, call (574) 293-5070. The EEC is at 1717 East Lusher Avenue in Elkhart.
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. Tuesday, April 25, lunch time, Threshers Meal family style with Chicken and Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken dressing, noodles, buttered vegetables, homemade bread, apple butter, homemade ice cream with caramel sauce and 3 kinds of pies--$19 per person Wednesday, April 26, lunch time, Chicken Dinner family style with Chicken as only meat served with mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, buttered vegetables, homemade bread, apple butter, homemade ice cream with caramel sauce and 3 kinds of pies (NOTE NO DRESSING WITH CHICKEN DINNER)--$19 per person Wednesday April 26, 6 p.m., Amish Wedding Feast--$24 per person—special expanded menu for the Wedding Feast with in depth discussion after about Amish weddings Thursday, April 27, lunch time, Threshers Meal family style with Chicken and Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken dressing, noodles, buttered vegetables, homemade bread, apple butter, homemade ice cream with caramel sauce and 3 kinds of pies --$19 per person Friday, April 28, 5 p.m., Chicken Dinner family style with Chicken Chicken as only meat served with mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, buttered vegetables, homemade bread, apple butter, homemade ice cream with caramel sauce and 3 kinds of pies (NOTE NO DRESSING WITH CHICKEN DINNER)--$19 per person--$19 per perso
Everything You Have Ever Secretly Thought About Dating, Romance, and Marriage, But Were Afraid To Admit! I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. With 5,000 performances, it is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical. It is presented in the form of a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships. This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship". This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"
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Lunch at South Side Soda ShopSouth Side Soda Shopis always worth a stop off the #HeritageTrail. Featured on The Food Network and in Gourmet magazine. In-house bakery, daily specials, fresh seafood, chili, homemade soups, sandwiches and pie.h
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The The Moringa Tree in #Elkhart has local, organic and in-season vegetables and fruit whenever possible. Black Crow Coffee Cafe & Gourmet Shoppe has many vegan options. Kelly Jae's Cafe is committed to using locally grown, organic ingredients to create your special entre selections. Goshen Farmers Market has all hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, and organic produce. Yoder's Meat & Cheese Company also has all hormone- and antibotic-free meats. Let us know where you go to eat healthy. #INAmishCountry.
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It's Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival weekend! You must flock to #Wakarusa for the first festival of the year. Make sure you get the pancake and sausage breakfast at NorthWood Middle School.
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Next Thursday Essenhaus resumes its #Classic #Car Cruise-in. Held every Thursday in good weather, enjoy a great night of cars, ice cream and door prizes. Make sure you save room for a trip to the bakery.
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This weekend along the #Hertiage Trail...All weekend: Northern Indiana Artists, Inc exhibit at the Midwest Museum of American ArtFriday: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Amish Acres, Mark Lowry at the Blue Gate Restaurant & Theatre; Go Back for Murder at the Bristol Opera HouseSaturday: The National Club Softball Association 2017 Regional Tournaments at Riverview Softball Field; #Nappanee Family Date Night at West Park Pavillion; Penny and Sparrow at Ignition Music; Molly Hatchet and DAVY KNOWLES at The Lerner Theatre; I Love You; You're Prefect, Now Change Amish AcresSunday: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Amish Acres; Go Back for Murder presented by Elkhart Civic Theatre
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