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Memorial Day Weekend in LaGrange County

Everyone knows Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summertime, so welcome the season with a bang! LaGrange County has plenty going on all weekend long to make it a memorable holiday. If you roll into town Saturday morning, of course you’ll need some breakfast to fuel your day, and there’s nothing more hearty …

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37th Annual Haiti Benefit Auction

This benefit is a co-operative effort of many churches and individuals to bring relief to the hungry, sick, the naked and the homeless people of Haiti. Breakfast Buffet from 6am-10am; Specialty Stands, Lunch; 8am-Auction starts in the Barn; 9am Auction starts in the Tool Tent, 1pm Auction Starts for outside items. Every year there are …

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Back-road Amish Tours

If you’ve been to Shipshewana in the past few years you may have seen the Blue Gate bus cruising around town. What’s it used for though? The Blue Gate recently started offering back-road Amish tours, which have been a huge hit! I finally had the opportunity to take one for myself and see what all …

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5 Shipshewana Stops Every DIY Lover Must Visit

This blog was originally posted on Shipshewana Trading Place By Lora Gates   If you are like me, you probably spend entirely too much time day-dreaming about all of the possible projects you could create, repurpose or make for your home. As proof, my Pinterest page is full of them, and most are quite honestly …

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9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana

This post originally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Anna Camburn   You know you’re a history buff when you love to know the story behind each destination you travel to. Shipshewana, Indiana has a rich Amish/Mennonite heritage that is so fun to learn about. You can bring Shipshewana’s past to life by visiting the following events and attractions.   …

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44th Annual Topeka Quilt Show & Sale

The Topeka Quilt Show & Sale is one of the premier shows in northeastern Indiana, drawing quilters and quilt lovers from across the nation and around the world. We average 80 exhibitors and over 1,300 quilted items (quilts, wall hangings, purses, coats, etc.) and pieced quilt tops waiting for a quilters touch. Most items are …

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Monarchs and Milkweed

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Lite and airy butterflies flitting about are a nice addition to any garden area.  To attract butterflies to your garden, it’s important to understand what it is that they most want out of life which is food, a place to sun themselves out of the wind …

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Don’t Kick the Turkeys at Essenhaus’ Heritage Hall

On Reverend Thompson’s third day as pastor of New Hope Church, his secretary lays down the laws of the office, the janitor is “fixing” everything in sight, the most prestigious member of the congregation is on the war path and an eccentric lay-person presents some far out ideas for Sunday morning’s special. Alongside the laughs …

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Classic Car Cruise In at the Essenhaus

Cruise-In every Thursday evening through September. Enjoy door prize giveaways, live entertainment, and restaurant specials from 3 p.m. to close or the all you care to eat BBQ pork ribs buffet at a special price. Hours are from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free admission.

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