Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Recommends Swiss Festival

Running from September 25-28, the Ohio Swiss Festival, held in the heart of Amish Country, celebrates the rich culture that makes Sugarcreek the "Little Switzerland of Ohio." Loretta at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast highly recommends making this festival one of your stops during your stay!

Since 1953, the Swiss Festival has highlighted the contributions made by the Swiss to the culture and everyday life of Amish Country. Most notably, Sugarcreek remains the top cheese manufacturer in Ohio, which is well-reflected in every aspect of the festival. Patrons can come and enjoy a wide array of wines, cheeses, and other local fares during their visit.

Some of the most entertaining events include the Steinstossen, a stone-throwing contest in which men and women see how far they can toss a large stone weighing up to 138 pounds. There is also a Swiss costume contest, and, of course, a yodeling competition to enjoy. The festival is family friendly, with parades and small events throughout with children in mind. Live music is also a central part of the Swiss Festival, regularly including polka and traditional Swiss music into more American sounds.

For a full list of events and a detailed schedule, go to http://www.villageofsugarcreek.com/ohioswissfest/

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 24, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Holmes County Home to hold its 42nd Annual Benefit Auction

On Saturday, September 21, the Holmes County Home will hold its 42nd Annual Benefit Auction for the residents of the Home at 7260 State Route 83, in Holmesville, only a short distance from The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.

The Holmes County Home is an assisted living residence located in Holmesville, Ohio, for members of the community who do not need the full-scale care of a nursing home, but are unable to live independently. The Home is supported by a county levy, but receives no funding from the state or federal governments. The proceeds from the benefit auction go to improving the environment of the Home for its residents, for things such as building repairs or maintenance.

 In the past few years, the money received has gone to renovate a laundry room and kitchen, provide new furniture for the day room as well as new beds, and update flooring and the door security system, among other things.

The two-day event will kick off on Friday evening at 5:30pm with a fish-fry and volleyball tournament. Those wishing to register a team can contact the auction committee at 330-473-3665. Included in the menu for the fish fry will be fish, French fries, kettle stew, hot dogs, fry pies, and kettle corn.

Saturday morning will start early, with a full hot breakfast available at 7am until 10am. The first silent auction begins at 8am along with the bake sale that will continue until it has sold out.

Items to be auctioned are all donated by individuals or businesses in the area. This year, notable items include more than 50 handmade quilts, a silver maple collection, high-quality furniture, grandfather clocks, and ponies and carts.

The furniture auction, which boasts a wide array of oak, cherry and other valuably crafted pieces, begins at 9 am. A full lunch of barbecued chicken, noodles, baked beans, potato salad, fruit, pie, homemade ice cream, soft pretzels, sausage sandwiches, hot dogs and kettle corn will be served at 10 am. Auctions will continue with specialty items at noon, followed by lawn furniture at 1:30 pm. The children's auction, which allows children to place their own bids with the help of an auctioneer, begins at 2 pm..

For more information about participating or donating to the auction, contact the Holmes County Home at 330-279-2801 or Aden Hershberger at 330-473-3665.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
September 20, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Amish Budget Newspaper Article in Wall Street Journal

Two Amish ladies, the mother of Paul Coblentz, owner of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, along with his aunt, Mary Ellen Miller, were mentioned in the Wall Street Journal August 30, 2013 article, "Amish Newspapers Thrive in Digital Age."  The article is referencing "The Budget" which is a 123 year-old weekly newspaper, and I should say, "A thick newspaper."  The Budget is the lifeblood of the Amish, which Paul and I call, "The Amish Facebook."

About 860 "Scribes" from Amish and Mennonite communities across the US, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere contribute community news, usually on a weekly basis.  Paul's mother, Ada Coblentz, is a scribe in Sugarcreek, and his Aunt, Mary Ellen is a scribe from Pleasantville, Tennessee.  Because the Amish and conservative Mennonites typically are not engaged in digital technology, they continue to rely on hand-written copy and subscribe to this newspaper.  The Budget, along with phone messages, letters and postcards, delivered by traditional means, is their major means of communication.

The next time you come to the Berlin and Millersburg, Ohio area, be sure to pick up a copy of The Budget, which along with many other locations, can be purchased at Boyd & Wurthman, Heini's Cheese, Dutch Cupboard, German Village Market in Berlin, and Rodhe's IGA in Millersburg.  It delivers on Wednesdays and sells out quickly.  Reading through the posts will give you a good sense of the culture's ways.

In keeping with propriety and good taste, scribe posts are devoid of church and ordnung disagreements, which most surely do exist and are liberally discussed among society members.  You may note posts that mention a new settlement here or there.  The Amish always move into an existing community or with others to establish a new community.  A family never moves where they are isolated from other Amish.  They move for many reasons; sometimes because of urban sprawl which encroaches on their community, rising property taxes, and for cheaper land.  New settlements are organized with like-minded people who have established their own ordnung which allows or disallows certain things.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

At The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, on Sunday mornings, we usually share about how church districts are established and how ministers are selected.  Many Sunday morning discussions are quite interesting and engaging. Visit us sometime.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 14, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Amish Country Quilt Show returning to Buckeye Event Center, September 12-14, 2013

Holmes County, Ohio, The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is excited to inform you that the Amish Country Quilt show will be returning to the Buckeye Event Center at 624 Henry Street, Dalton on Thursday, September 12 and will continue through Saturday, September 14. The three day event will feature more than 200 beautiful quilts from around the country that will be on display. In addition to the quilt display, Marilyn Young (Apron-ology artist) will provide event attendees to a sweet selection of vintage aprons, and some personal creations, all chosen to illustrate the evolution of this important, much loved textile. Whether it's store bought, handmade, or handed down, if you are an apron wearer you will love her collection!

  A Project Linus sew-in will be featured at the show as well. Project Linus provides love, warmth, and comfort to seriously ill, traumatized children, or those otherwise in need by the gift of new handmade blankets and afghans that are lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers. Attendees are encouraged to join in this opportunity to use their talents to create blankets for the local Project Linus group. Donations of supplies will also be accepted. The Mennonite Central Committee (a relief, service, community development and peace agency) will be at the show demonstrating Amish quilting techniques, and invite quilters to sit awhile at the quilt frame and stitch a quilt that will be donated to charity.

The Amish Country Quilt shows hours are from 10:00 am. to 5:00 pm. daily, and is open to the public. Parking is free. For more information visit www.amishcountryquiltshow.com or call 800-249-3154.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
September 11, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Holmes County, Ohio Event: Berlin Harvest Festival Parade & Rib Cook-off, September 7, 2013

As autumn begins in Holmes County, Ohio so do all the fun fall festivities, taking place only a short distance from The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. Kicking off the Fall season this year will be The Seventh Annual Berlin Harvest Festival Parade and Rib Cook-off, taking place this weekend; September 7, 2013.

Fun the whole family can enjoy!

Along Main Street in Berlin there will be numerous rib vendors set up for the annual rib cook-off, where you can buy a whole rack or get a small sample at each vendor, and vote for your favorite so a winner can be crowned. The cook-off features entrepreneurs from as far away as Columbus to compete for the prizes. In addition, there will be vendors selling kettle corn, homemade ice-cream, fry pies, and noodles.

 Plenty of demonstrations and fun activities for the kids will be taking place Saturday as well, such as giant inflatable jumping pits, face painting, an animal petting zoo, and much more along with live musical performances on the Stage at the Square, and many sales will be taking place throughout town. Ending the day will be the Harvest Fest Parade that starts on 62 near Nature's Food Market and travels along Main Street  to the Berlin Elementary School, where local businesses and organizations take to Main Street in a long line up of floats, fire trucks, automobiles, tractors, and pretty much anything that rolls on wheels.

For more information about the Berlin Harvest Festival Parade and Rib Cook-off, contact Berlin Main Street Merchants (330-893-3192) or visit www.heartofamishcountry.com.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
September 5, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Bed and Breakfast Hearty Muffins

We at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast love these hearty muffins, that I call, "Love Your Heart" Muffins.  Not only they hearty and delicious, they are good for you.

Healthy Ingredients

You will need:

1 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup flaxseed meal
3/4/ cup oat bran
1 cup sugar or xylitol (sugar substitute)
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
2 peeled and shredded apples
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. Stir in carrots, apples, raisins, and nuts. In a separate bowl, combine milk, eggs, and vanilla, then add to dry mixture. DO NOT OVER MIX. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Yields 15 muffins.  Note:  I usually use slightly less than a cup of sugar or xylitol.  I use Bob's Red mill products as shown in the photo above.  These are great to bake ahead, freeze, and take along on a road trip.


Recent studies have shown that flaxseed, once prized by ancient Egyptians, may be one of the most potent cholesterol controllers in the natural world. Flax works by targeting the bad cholesterol in your body.

You can substitute shortening or cooking oil in a recipe with flaxseed at a ratio of three to one. For example, 1 1/2 cups of ground flaxseed can replace 1/2 cup of butter or oil.

One tablespoon of ground flax meal seed with 3 tablespoons of water can replace one egg.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 1, 2013