Amish Hat I.Q. Test

What is your Amish hat I.Q.? Answer the following questions to find out.   1.        An Amish man wears a black hat a.       to thrash wheat b.      to work in the field in the summer c.       for church in the winter or in the field in the winter   2.     ...

Tradition in a “Leppli”

Dab-smack in the center of the back of an Amish woman’s dress, at the waist, is a tiny, half-moon shaped piece of material. A “leppli,” it is called. When Mom was about eight, my grandma started adding a “leppli” onto her dresses. Mom was peeved because grandma...

Speaking Amish Hot off the Press

The Speaking Amish books are hot off the press! My Dad and I just picked them up at Masthof Printing this morning. If you have been wanting to learn Pennsylvania German, this book is the perfect place to start. It has easy-to-read charts and clear instructions to help...

Amish Titles

I had a professor once who insisted we call him by his last name. “Don’t ever call me by my first name,” he said menacingly. He even used our last names for roll call (he had a hard time with Stoltzfus, by the way). I amused myself by imagining how that would work in...

Fisher’s Soap Shop

Like I mentioned before, I often see shops beside Lancaster County’s country roads and think, “Tourists would enjoy this place.” Fishers Soap Shop is one of those places, one of the many cottage industries that are scattered throughout Lancaster County.   The...