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  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