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This month I was given the opportunity to see the most widely talked about musical, "The Confession." Although I had not read the books, I knew the general story line of the Beverly Lewis series and I was very intrigued to see how they could turn such a serious drama into a heart-wrenching and humorous musical.
I took my mother to spend an evening in luxury at the Carlisle Inn. We were definitely not disappointed by the evening performance. The actors did a wonderful job and the seating all around the stage made it easy to get lost in the drama unfolding before us.
It was opening night and I shared in a conversation with a group of ladies who had traveled from a city on the west side of Ohio. They were thrilled to be spending the day in Amish country. Other people traveled from neighboring states of Indiana and Kentucky, while some even traveled from as far away as Maine and Oregon, but the winner of the farthest distance traveled went to a couple from New Zealand hoping to move to the area in the near future.
Some celebrated a ladies night out, while others celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. It was a full house in the auditorium that night. Read more about "The Confession" on page 14.
As a writer, I find the most enjoyable part of my job is talking with people and learning their stories. I love to be able to capture their emotions and retell their stories for others to read. In this issue I have shared with you the stories of hardworking individuals who have learned the ins and outs of the business world.
Kiko's Greenhouse developed out of one man's tinkering with plants. After spending his time in the military as a mechanic, he decided to spend his time getting his hands dirty in a different kind of dirt. Kiko discovered a green thumb he had greased over all these years.
Also in this issue, Freeman and Rhoda Mullet have spent their life selling simple, inspirational items out of their little shop. During a tough economy, the Mullet's have discovered that a little faith is all you need in these times of hardship. They have managed to be an uplifting spirit to those around them.
Neighborhood Pantry had undergone some hardships of their own, as they struggled to get their Bulk Food store up and running. Since opening their doors last year, they have received a tremendous amount of feedback from the locals who are appreciative of the everyday conveniences the store provides.
As you read through this issue, you can start to piece together a theme of dedication and hard work. Stop in and show your support for these businesses as you make your travels through Amish country. They will be glad you came.