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...

Amish Culture Quiz

  How much do you know about Lancaster County Amish? Answer the following questions to find out.   1.       A traditional Lancaster County Amish wedding meal consists of a.       roast beef, noodles with brown butter, peas, tossed salad, shoo-fly pie,...

Nick Names

Years ago, Amish people named their babies John and Daniel and Samuel and Susie and Mary and Sadie and Lydia. Often babies were named after a grandfather or grandmother or aunt or uncle. As a result, many Amish people have the same names. To help differentiate among...