Thursday, July 31, 2014

Amish Musicals at Carlisle Inn Theater Provide Unique Insight into Amish Living

When you think of Broadway style musicals, Amish romance and comedy may not be stories that come to mind, but the talented crew at the Live Theater at Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio has taken two such dramas from award-winning novelists and brought them to life on stage and in song. The Confession, from Beverly Lewis, is running until August 16th, and Half-Stitched, from Wanda Brunstetter, will run from August 22nd until December 20th of this year. Visitors to Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are encouraged to experience this one-of-a-kind look into Amish livelihoods.

Presented in a 190 seat theater-in-the-round, both The Confession and Half-Stitched were composed and directed by Wally Nason, produced by Dan Posthuma, and written by Martha Bolton. The success of these musicals in Indiana caught the attention of the creative teams here in Ohio, and in 2012, The Confession made its debut in Sugarcreek. Half-Stitched joined a year later, and the two have created a unique and fun experience for locals and visitors alike.

The Confession is based on a trilogy of Amish romance novels written by Beverly Lewis, called "The Heritage of Lancaster County," which includes The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning. The musical follows a young Amish woman named Katie Lapp who finds herself trapped in the middle of love, lies, and everything in between. This emotional roller coaster connects the audience to Katie's experiences in a way only a musical can. Shows for The Confession will end on August 16th for the 2014 theater season.

A bit of a lighter and happier story, Half-Stitched tells the tale of an Amish widow who decides to teach a beginner's quilting class. This would be a pretty normal occurrence, except the students who sign up to take her class include a biker, a Marine, a quarrelsome couple, and other seemingly out-of-place characters. Half-Stitched is based on a novel written by Wanda Brunstetter, an author who is considered to be one of the founders of the Amish romance genre. This comedy is sure to bring laughter and enjoyment to viewers of all ages. The 2014 theater season for Half-Stitched begins on August 22nd and will run until December 20th.

Ticket prices and seat availability will vary as the season progresses. Visitors interested in purchasing tickets or more information about the shows can go to or call the Carlisle Inn Box Office at 855-344-7547.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ohio, Amish Country Family Farm and Field Day Event July 18 & 19

The Ohio, Amish Country, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites you to the Family Farm and Field Day event taking place Friday & Saturday, July 18-19, 2014 at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder Farm in Dundee, Ohio. Although this event has and agricultural theme it is not just for farmers. It is for "anyone interested in a higher quality of life" said organizer Lloyd Miller. The event is full of educational sessions on everything from grass-based agriculture to low energy lifestyles, and ways to live a simpler more idyllic lifestyle.

The Family Farm Field Day begins on  Friday, July 18 at 4:00 pm. with a vendor show, with about 100 vendors for people to browse. After the vendor show the sessions will begin where there will be a class on horse training, growing food on 10 acres or less, and a class on how to do first aid using herbs. The event will run until dark on Friday.

The sessions will begin again on Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 am. with a class on sheep herding which is always a huge draw at the event. There will be a variety of classes on topics such as managing grass dairy, sprouting grains, making good food choices and raising meat. Incorporating demonstrations and supplies, the sessions are categorized in tracks, with a Grazing Track, Farmstead Track, Homestead Track, Alternative Energy Track, Natural Resources Track, and a Beekeeping Tent.

Food stands will be available selling ice cream, pies, sandwiches, and more. Proceeds going to s special education fund for local parochial schools.

The Event location will be at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder Farm - 2517 Township Road 606, Dundee, Ohio. For more information on this event call Lloyd Miller at 330-275-7759 or Jerry Miller at 330-893-1470 or visit for the complete article.

A Standard room available at The Barn Inn.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has accommodations available for those attending the event. Call 330-674-7600 for assistance.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Holmes County Fair Offers Unique Look into Amish Country

For over 90 years, the Holmes County Fair has served as an affordable source of local entertainment for the community and tourists alike. Visitors to Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast are invited to share in this piece of local heritage in the first full week of August.

The Holmes County Fair is held for six days each summer; from Sunday to Saturday. This year, the fair will begin on August 3rd and close on the evening of August 9th. What may seem like a small town fair with little to do is actually full of the best Holmes County has to offer in terms of crafts, livestock, other farm animals, and entertainment. The fair hosts a daily antique tractor display as well as an opportunity to purchase more modern equipment. Animal sales and shows also occur daily in the Show Barn.

Families and visitors of all ages can find something to enjoy at the fair. Amusement park rides are open after 4:00pm on Monday, and the Grandstand hosts rodeos, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and other events throughout the week. For music lovers, live bands and entertainment will perform on the Stage on the Green every evening, featuring local groups that encompass the diversity of Holmes County; from bluegrass to gospel to modern alternative rock.

On Sunday, the fair gates will open at 7:00am, and will open at 8:00am every following day. Admission at the gate is $5.00 per person, with children 10 years of age and under at no charge. Unlimited passes for the week and for rides are also available. Parking for the fair is free, but reserved parking is available at a nominal fee. More information, including a complete fair schedule, can be found at

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
July 17, 2014