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What Is Ascension Day?

All around town in the Amish businesses, I’ve been seeing signs that read: “Closed May 25 for Ascension Day.” I finally asked Chris, an Amish businessman, what the significance of the holiday is and how the Amish observe it. Chris said the holiday represents the day Jesus ascended into Heaven after He was resurrected. He …

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Do the Amish Celebrate Christmas?

You probably won’t find decorated trees, hanging wreaths, or wrapped mp3 players in an Amish home during the holidays, but you will find the spirit of Christmas alive and well. As I was out and about these last few weeks visiting LaGrange County/Shipshewana retailers, I would ask some of the Amish about whether they celebrate …

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Skip Techie Stuff & Get REAL toys for your Kids

Picture this: No iPods, smartphones, or computers. No videos or digital games. Instead, you get imagination, movement, and discovery. Sounds almost too good to be true, but Christmas shopping for your kids in Shipshewana makes those kind of non-techie dreams come true! Truth is, you’ll find kid-related gifts in just about any store, but below, …

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Guys: Here’s Your Christmas Shopping List

Dear Special Man: I’m really quite easy to buy for at Christmas. I don’t want small appliances, or large appliances for that matter. I don’t want anything that implies or resembles “work.” I want indulgence, not expensive. I want thought, not impulse. I want to sing, “You make me feel like a natural woman.” And …

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Shipshewana Neighbors Middlebury’s Essenhaus Inn

Northern Indiana’s Amish communities reach across county lines, and since Shipshewana & LaGrange County neighbors Elkhart County, it just wouldn’t be right not to talk about our friends over there. Only a ten minute drive from Shipshewana is the little town of Middlebury, Indiana, home to the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center, retail shops, Heritage …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: “Wake Up America”

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Autumn Splendor

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Murals: Dutchman’s Puzzle, Yankee Puzzle

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided …

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About The Amish Culture: An Amish Alphabet

Many people are fascinated with the Amish culture and the people’s simple ways of life. Some people write books on the culture. Others know it up close and personally, and THEN they write books about the Amish. Such is the case for Ingrid Hess, who held a book signing in Shipshewana. Ms. Hess is author of the …

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