Tuesday, June 24, 2014
THIS WEEK -- I will be in Shipshewana, Indiana for the Shipshewana Quilt Festival
I am packing up my laptop -- hoping to do a REAL TIME blog...if that doesn't work, I'll at least be posting on my Facebook page...
So -- if there are no new posts this week -- you'll know it's because I am IN INDIANA...eating some very delicious fried chicken, with a wicked peanut butter/marshmallow cream spread that they put ON EVERY TABLE...
This is what I wrote last June:
You know how much I enjoy touring a nice mansion or historical society. I IT'S WHAT I DO. The first time I was in Salt Lake City, I dragged Mary to the Beehive House (Home of Bringham Young). One of my favorite road trips of all time -- upstate New York with Marion -- we went to see Franklin Roosevelt's estate -- Springwood. AMAZING...
And -- if you ever get to Shipshewana -- you MUST VISIT the Menno-Hof center.
The reason they built the Menno-Hof center is because so many visitors would come into town for the famous Shipshewana Farmer's Market (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) -- and they'd ask a million stupid questions.
(Can we take their picture? Why not? How many wives are they allowed to have?)
So -- they decided to build an official information center. This place is very well done. You start off with a docent -- and for the next two hours -- there is an interesting mix of films, guides, displays, push button exhibits, etc.
I must admit -- I was completely ignorant about Amish people.
There were several brief movies -- and I especially enjoyed the one that condensed 2600 years of religion into 4 1/2 minutes...(that's about the right speed for me...)
The grounds around the center are beautiful -- there is a gazebo...beautiful gardens...
The Center tried to explain how and why the Mennonites broke away from the Church -- and then how and why the Amish broke away from the Mennonites...
One of the things I learned at the Center was about the Mennonite Disaster Service.
Oh, yeah. Shipshewanna is a great place to visit. YOU SHOULD GO THERE...
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