Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 Amish Country Entertainment

Along with the shopping, dining, rich cultural experiences and other events, Ohio's Amish Country is also host to three wonderful entertainment venues: The Ohio Light Opera, the Live Theater at Carlisle Inn, and The Amish Country Theater.The Innkeepers and staff of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast encourage visitors to make one (or all) of these shows a part of your time spent here.

Entering its 37th performance season, the Ohio Light Opera seeks to explore and perform the best tradtional operetta and musical theater titles the industry has to offer. For its 2015 season, beginning June 13, The Light Opera will feature Brigadoon, Can Can, One Touch of Venus, Oh, Kay!, Friederike, Ruddigore, and Yeomen of the Guard. Single ticket prices range from $48-$52 for adults, $20 for students ages 16-23, and $10 for children 15 and under. Multiple-show subscriptions are also available. Click here for a full schedule of the showtimes and more information about each.




The 2015 performance season at the Live Theater at the Carlisle Inn will play host to another season of Half-Stitched beginning June 2 through August 15, and invite a new musical to the stage, Josiah for President, beginning August 21 until December 19.  Half-Stitched  tells the story of an Amish widow who decides to teach a quilting class that is open to the public. She never expects a Marine,  a biker, a dysfunctional couple and severl other quirky characters to sign up. This show is a clash of personalities and cultures that will leave you laughing and crying the whole time. Josiah for President follows a former Congressman who is determined to make Josiah, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania, the next President of the United States. Josiah's hard-working, common sense attitude about life lands him as a write-in candidate for the Presidency, but can he tussle with the career politicians in an unfamiliar world? More information and tickets are available here.



The Amish Country Theater is a family-friendly comedy variety show in Walnut Creek, Ohio. During their regular season (which begins on May 14 and runs through November 7), the theater features everything sketch comedy, including a pair of Amish brothers covering modern pop songs, "The Real Housewives of Amish Country," a professional ventriloquist, and many others. During its off season until May, the Theater is host to several special individual and group performers, such as Bluegrass and other Gospel singers.Visit their website here for ticket and show information.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Orange Hazelnut Biscotti Gift Package and Recipe

To mark the special day, Valentine's Day guests of the Amish Country Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast received a three-flavor variety biscotti gift package.  We enjoyed making five different flavors of biscotti, sometimes also called mandelbrot. Here is the recipe for one variety I made, Orange Hazelnut Biscotti.

Orange Hazelnut Biscotti

Orange Hazelnut Biscotti
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
Orange Chocolate Bar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons orange zest
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts or walnuts

Chocolate for drizzling or dipping biscotti
1 (use 4 squares) Lindt Intense Orange Excellence Bar
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1.) Preheat oven to 350℉. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly with vegetable oil. 

2.) Sift flour, baking powder, soda, and the salt together into a bowl. 

3.) With an electric mixer; cream the butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, and orange zest together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (1-1 1/2 minutes), stopping the mixer twice during the process to scrape the bowl with a spatula.

4.) On medium speed add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each egg is partially incorporated (5 seconds). Scrape the bowl after each addition.

5.) With the spatula, mix in half the flour mixture by hand, then with the electric mixer on low speed blend for several seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed until smooth. Add the walnuts or hazelnuts. 

6.) Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide in half. With one of the portions form a strip about 3 inches wide and 11 inches long and place it on one of the baking sheets. With the other portion form another strip and place on the second baking sheet. 

7.) Bake the dough until lightly golden and firm to the touch (20-25 minutes). 

8.) Remove the baking sheets and lower the oven temperature to 275 ℉. Allow the strips to cool for about 10 minutes and then with a serrated knife, cut each strip into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange the the slices standing up a 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake until crisp (20 minutes). Then turn the oven off and leave the cookies in for 15 more minutes. Do not overbake.  They will harden as they cool.

9.) Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets.
Biscotti and Chocolate

10.) Place Lindt chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips in double boiler to melt. Be careful to not get any water into the chocolate.  I have a gas oven, which is ideal to use for melting chocolate.  The pilot keeps the oven just warm enough to melt the chocolate. If you use the warmth of a gas oven, do not turn the oven on; simply place your oven-safe bowl in for about 1/2 hour, and it will be perfect for melting.  If you chocolate is too thick, simply add a little vegetable oil to thin.

11.)  Dip the end of the biscotti into the chocolate, place on a wire rack, and garnish with sprinkles or chopped nuts if desired.  Allow chocolate to harden.

12.) Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in freezer for up to two weeks.


Another variety I made was Ghirardelli's Chocolate Nut Biscott.  Follow this link for the recipe.

Biscotti are easy to make but look hard.  Make them, and your friends will think you are brilliant.  Of course you are.  Go for it.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County. This is a region where charming villages hug winding roads, where farmers plow with teams of horses, and where shops are bimming with wares and hand-crafted goods reflective of the Amish culture.  Do make your way to Amish Country, stop by, and we will be happy to show you our inn.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 20, 2015




Friday, January 30, 2015

Ausbund Amish Songbook and Hymnals



The Ausbund, the songbook of the Amish religion, is the oldest Anabaptist songbook dating from the Reformation period, and is one of the oldest hymnals in continuous use today.  The Ausbund, a collection of ballads of faith and persecution of early Swiss Brethern, containing lyrics only; no music.  The lyrics are sung in a type of Gregorian chant.  The Amish use no instrumental accompaniment.  Hymns are monophonic, sung with drawn-out tones; often each syllable extended over 6-8 notes. Tunes are passed from generation to generation.  The men who lead the songs occasionally meet during the week to practice the songs they will lead in church.  The songs are written in high German and the Amish communicate in low German.  Without interpretation, today’s Amish have only a limited understanding of what they are singing.  Here is a link to an Amish wedding song.  Notice that an English translation is given.  

Ausbund at Amish and Mennonite Historic Center
The Ausbund originated in Germany and was birthed out of persecution.   In 1535 fifty three Anabaptists were imprisoned  for five years in the dungeon beneath the Oberhaus Castle at the Passau Three River Junction in Germany. 

Oberhaus Castle, Passau, Germany
The Anabaptist movement began with Zwingli over 100 years prior to the existence of the Amish.  The Anabaptists referenced here had their beginnings as a separate religious body in Zurich, Switzerland as a radical wing of Zwinglianism.  In the year 1518, Zwingli preached against tithes and opposed military service.   Mennonites are those who followed, and to this day, follow the teachings of Menno Simons, an early reformer who in January of 1536 laid down his priestly office, renounced the Catholic church to choose a life of uncertainty and persecution.  The Amish are followers of a young, strong-willed Jacob Amman who demanded rigid observance of disciplines – especially to the enforcement of the Meidung and excommunication.  In 1693 he, along with a few converts, set out on a tour through various Swiss congregations to solicit followers . The Anabaptists who were held in the Oberhaus Castle were early believers who rejected infant baptism, but rather embraced adult/believer’s baptism.  The Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites are direct descendents of these Anabaptists.

Collection of Ausbunds
The first Ausbund was printed in 1564, and did not include the date and publisher’s name for fear of persecution.  It was not until the European edition of 1809 that the publisher’s name and printing date were included.  Today’s  Ausbund is a compilation of several collections.  The original Ausbund was comprised of fifty one songs written by the imprisioned Anabaptists at Oberhaus.  An additional eighty hyms were added and published in the 1583 edition.  Later, additional songs were added; 137 in Europe, and 140 in America.

Amish Garb on Display
 Behalt, the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center houses a vast private collection of Ausbunds collected by Berlin, Ohio, historian, Leroy Beachy. 
 
Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg

 Plan a visit to Holmes County and a stay with us here at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We serve a full country breakfast and share cultural information at breakfast time.

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
January 30, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas Cards


The “Twelve Days of Christmas” quilt cards are available for purchase at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. The theme for the 2014 Christmas Cookie Tour of inns was based on the timeless “Twelve Days of Christmas” song.   Chairperson, Loretta Coblentz, designed  a quilt of twelve exquisite fabric art blocks, each depicting the celebrated day that each Amish Country participating inn featured.


  
You may now order these memorable cards. The set of 13 cards includes a detailed image of the entire quilt as well as images of all twelve days of Christmas blocks.  Measuring a generous 5” x 7”, and blank inside, the cards are suitable as Christmas greeting cards, notes, and general seasonal greetings. They are also lovely given as Christmas gifts, especially to quilter friends.


  
Each unique quilt block is creatively appliqu├ęd with wool and cotton;  embellished with embroidery, fabric paint, and fabric dye and represents 40-60 hours of labor. Presently the quilt is on display at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and has been approved to be on exhibit at the 2015 National Quilt Association Show in Arkansas.



 The Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns, is an annual inn-to-inn charity event filled with music, Christmas inspirations, and cookies.  In the spirit of Christmas giving, 100% of the tour’s net profits are given to local charities.  To date, including 2014, accumulative charity donations exceed $100,000. Hospice of Holmes and Wayne County is one of our recipient charities, receiving monies since the inception of the tour.



Order card sets by calling the Barn Inn at 330-674-7600 or click here to order on line.   The cost of each card set is $14.95 plus tax. You may also stop by the inn to purchase cards. Cards shipped will require an additional shipping fee, of course, based on weight of order.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located centrally in Holmes County, in the heart of Ohio Amish Country, about two hours drive from both Cleveland and Columbus. The Barn Inn offers fine accommodations, down home Amish Country hospitality, and a hot country breakfast served daily to our guests.  The price of breakfast is included with the stay.   If given the opportunity, please stop by to meet us and take a peek at a room or two.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 20, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show



The 2015 Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show, featuring daily seminars on hunting and fishing and a gun auction on Saturday, will take place January 16, 8 am to 8 pm and January 17, 8 am to 5 pm, at the Buckeye Event Center located at 624 Henry Street, Dalton, Ohio 44618.  Admission is $10 per person, children ages 12 & under are free.  A two day pass is $15.00.



Much will be offered in the way of education. Noted featured professionals/sportsmen and their fields of specialty are:

Smokey McNichols – Coyote Snaring
Dick Williamson – Survivalist
Tom Mesnard – Land Management
Shawn Kotchey – Turkey Calls
James Miller – Dog Training
Gayland Grumpy – Ash Lure Appraisals

A special feature scheduled for Saturday only will be the Buckeye Big Buck Club, on site to score antlers.  Bring in your trophy antlers to get a professional score. 

 Fishing Seminars will feature:
 Ron Slater – Bass Fishing
 Still Water Outfitters – Kayak Fishing
 Michael Johnson – Spring River Basics and Ice Fishing
 David Hall – Walleye

Hunting Seminars will feature:
Roby Gilbert – Trapping Eastern Predators
Jason Amato – Whitetail Passion Perspective Pass it on
Smokey – Coyote Snaring
Bob & Tara Hanna
Alex Vedrinski – Straight Turkey Calls of the Wild
Hershberger Brothers – Chainsaws & Big Bucks

For a detailed listing please visit www.northeastohiosportsmanshow.com.  Speakers, times, and topics may be subject to change.

Another great feature of the show is the Used Gun Auction on Saturday, Jan 16.  Please note that there has been a time change.  The gun auction will begin at 2 pm. Click here for the gun sale listing.

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in central Holmes County, about 40 minutes south of the Buckeye Event Center.  The Barn Inn offers fine accommodations, exceptional country breakfasts. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Holmes County Ohio Winter Events January and February 2015

Don't let the cold weather keep you from visiting Holmes County, Ohio. Despite the brisk winter air there are still many fun things to do in Amish Country! After a snowfall of a few inches or more head over to The Farm at Walnut Creek for a sleigh ride. Afterwards stop in at the main house for some hot cocoa, coffee, or tea.



Taking place on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at Berlin Hiland High School is the 11th annual Classic in the Country Challenge powered by Under Armour, beginning on Saturday at 10:00 am. and continuing nonstop through Monday with the final game at 8:30 pm. There will be 20 games played, with 30 elite teams competing. There will be some of the best high school girls basketball players in the country, as well as Ohio's top teams featured at this event, including three of the four reigning state champions. Click here for more information on this event or to purchase tickets.

On January 31, 2015 is the Pajama Party Sale in Berlin. Wear your pajama's or robe to receive discounts in participating Berlin merchants.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 is the Annual Girls Night Out in Historic Downtown Millersburg. Receive pampering in all the stores, food, music, and refreshments. All the things that will make this a fun filled pick-me-up evening to remember. Click here for more information.

Lodging for any event is available at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located only minutes from Downtown Millersburg and Berlin, Ohio.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
January 7, 2015


Friday, January 2, 2015

Loretta's Twelve Days of Christmas Quilt

Featured in this year's Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns, Loretta's handmade, one-of-a-kind quilt showcases her incredible sense of creativity. Loretta Coblentz is one of the Innkeepers at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.



Each of the 12 Inns participating in the Cookie tour was given one of the days of Christmas as their theme. The corresponding quilt block was then blown up to a giant banner that hung outside each inn all through the month of December.


In addition to being the artistic centerpiece for the Cookie Tour, Loretta's quilt blocks for each day were made into a set of holiday greeting cards, currently for sale at the Barn Inn.


Now finished with the quilt, Loretta is working on "quilter-friendly" patterns for each block. Feel free to contact the Barn at reservations@thebarninn if you would like your name to be added to the list of those interested in the quilt block patterns