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Cities & Towns

The Welcome Mat is Always Out You’ll soon realize that while our communities are connected by several common threads – friendly hometown hospitality, for one – they each claim their own distinct personality.

Cities & Towns

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.

Pumpkinvine

Itins & Top Tens

Find the best of everything here.

Itins & Top Tens

Amish Culture

Horse-drawn buggies clattering down rural lanes, men sporting suspenders and broad-brimmed straw hats, women clad in simple homemade dresses and modest bonnets, tables groaning under a bounty of fresh-from-the-farm food.

Amish Culture

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.

Heritage Trail
Drive The Heritage Trail

Quilt Gardens

Along the Heritage Trail More than a million vibrant blooms • 18 gigantic gardens and 21 hand-painted super-sized murals • welcoming communities • Viewable FREE May 30 – October 1. QuiltGardens.com

Shipshewana Antique and Miscellaneous Auction

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Shipshewana Antique & Miscellaneous Auction is held every Wednesday, year-round. The auction starts by the sound of the bell at 9:00 a.m. as six to ten auctioneers simultaneously sell antiques, collectibles, estate items, primitives, glassware, furniture, architectural salvage, advertising signs and so much more. Our main market thrust is for the better-quality antique and collectible type items, however as one of our old-time auctioneers, Argie, used to state, "We sell anything from soup to nuts!" An average auction will take auctioneers from 9:00 a.m. until 1-3 p.m. in the afternoon. Restrooms and the Auction Snack Bar are located in the auction building. Buyers may preview auction items in the barn on Tuesdays (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Wednesdays (5:30 a.m. to Auction Time). Or, preview auction listings and item photos online at auctionzip.com, auctioneer ID #1945. Photos will be posted by 5:00 pm every Tuesday. A buyer number is required to make purchases. There is a $5.00 Buyer Card Fee. Additional cards are $1.00. Buyer cards are valid for one calendar year, and new cards are required each year. A valid driver's license is required to obtain an auction buyer number. Please show your buyer number card when making purchases and payments.

Shipshewana Livestock Auction

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Shipshewana Livestock Auction is held every Wednesday, year-round as farmers from all over the Midwest come to trade hay, pigs, cows, sheep and goats. Weekly Livestock Auction Schedule: 10 a.m. Hay 10:30 a.m. Feeder Pigs 11 a.m. Dairy Heifers / Dairy Cows 12:30 p.m. Feeder Cattle 2:30 p.m. Veal, Sheep, Lambs, Goats 4 p.m. Butcher Bulls, Fat Cattle, Cows 7 a.m. – noon Hog Market All livestock and hay auction buyers should get a buyer number in the livestock office prior to bidding. Please show your buyer number card when making purchases. There is a 5% buyer’s premium on purchases, which will be waived if you pay with cash or check. For Livestock Appraisals, call Keith at 260.336.6008. Enjoy delicious home-style cooking at the Auction Restaurant located on site. For more information about buying and selling at the Shipshewana Livestock Auction, or for a current livestock market report, visit: http://shipshewanatradingplace.com/auctions/livestock/

The Birds & The Bees: The Artwork of Ladislav Hanka at the Midwest Museum of American Art

Multiple Dates 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

he Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring the work of Ladislav Hanka from Kalamazoo, Michigan. The artist lives with his wife, sculptor, Jana Hanka, in a world of nature that involves their passion of apiculture or bee keeping. While Jana’s work is involved with the subject of horses, together they have become master apiarists. Lad Hanka collaborates with active hives as the bees create unique beeswax or honeycomb formations over the top of his hand-drawn etchings of birds (he is a trained ornithologist), trees, fish, & images of other insects. As a scientist, Lad Hanka was very involved with field study of nature. But, after obtaining his MFA from Western Michigan University, he decided on the path of artist as his main career. Hanka’s artwork examines themes of life, death and transfiguration – nature as the crucible in which the artist finds a reflection of his own life and meaning. Over the years that has meant going to visit old trees and drawing them from life, artist residencies, circumnavigating Lake Superior and of course angling for the various Trout and Pike he has needed as models for his etchings. The key here is that art is some kind of interaction with the experiences to be gained in this world and as one passes through those many experiences. The drawings and or etchings accumulate and be-come mementos from the artist’s experience. Most recently Hanka’s work, which is the subject of this exhibition The Birds and The Bees, has involved close collaborations with honeybees through placing his works into living hives. Today his work can be seen in over 25 galleries across Michigan and the Midwest. His work has been featured in exhibits in Russia and his ancestral home of Czechoslovakia. This exhibition will close Sunday July 15, 2018. Hanka will deliver a special gallery talk and show a mini-documentary about his work on Thursday, April 19 at noon. The talk and film will last approximately 45 minutes afterwards of which the artist will field questions in the exhibit galleries about the work on display.

Nappanee Farm & Flea Outdoor Market

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shop for antiques, farm-fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and collectibles at this weekly outdoor market on the grounds of the historic Coppes Commons shopping complex. The market runs each Saturday from June through September 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Be sure to stop inside Coppes Commons to visit Dutch Lady Antiques, Culinary Mill Market & Deli, Market St. Fabric Co., Nappanee Bakery & Treat Shoppe, Rocket Science Ice Cream, Light of Grace Book and Gift Store, The Teapot & More and Lera's Rugs.

Amish Arts 1900-1940: From the Pottinger Collection at Goshen College

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

The exhibit presents a wide range of domestic folk arts gathered from Old Order Amish communities in primarily Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in north central Indiana. Quilts, comforters, clothing, dolls, rugs, pincushions, sewing caddies, etc. The exhibit includes several rare pieces of paint-decorated furniture—chest of drawers, blanket chest, one-drawer stand—dating from as early as 1871. These objects come from a recent gift to Goshen College, by generous donors, of material collected, beginning in 1977, by David Pottinger, formerly of Honeyville, Indiana, now of Goshen. Other Amish collections from Pottinger are held by the Museum of American Folk Art, Indiana State Museum, Illinois State Museum and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Curated by John Mishler, David Pottinger and Faye Peterson. Sponsored by the Art Department and the Mennonite-Amish Museum Committee, both of Goshen College. Public Reception: Sept. 9, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Hershberger Gallery Public Lecture: Collecting Amish Arts, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. For more information contact vberkey@goshen.edu or ervinb@goshen.edu

Plain and Fancy at the Round Barn Theatre

Multiple Dates 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Here they meet the Amish folk, whose convoluted English speech, clothes and habits haven’t changed for centuries. The clash of cultures educates and entertains at the same time in this quaint musical comedy. It was the first Broadway show for both composer Albert Hague and author Joseph Stein who each went on to win Tony awards for Redhead and Fiddler On The Roof, respectively.

Along the Heritage Trail