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New life is springing up in Amish country. The weather has finally taken a turn in our favor and the flowers and grass can begin to grow once again. The Amish farmer takes his horse-drawn team and breaks the earth with his sturdy plow in preparation for the planting season. With the harsh winter weather behind us, we can only hope that it means plenty of warmth and sunshine for our future travels.
For many of us "Englishers" (non-Amish folk) the warm weather means we can give our dryers a break and let our clothes take in some fresh air by hanging them on the line. You may have noticed, it doesn't matter what the weather brings in Amish country, you will most likely always see the wash out on the line. In this edition of Amish Heartland, we take you behind the scenes of an Amish wash day.
The arrival of spring often means spring cleaning and home redecorating. Maybe your starting from scratch and need quality furniture that will last a lifetime. Stop in to Green Acres Furniture and find the perfect dining or living room set you have been looking for. Green Acres "re-made showroom" will help you to visualize their furniture pieces in your own home as well as make it easy to re-create the exact look you see in the store.
Spring cleaning also means cleaning out the closets and freshening up the wardrobe. Amish country may not be the first place you think of to find the hottest fashion trends, but a new boutique in Walnut Creek provides just that. Don't be afraid to indulge in something new and try on outfits you might have never thought of wearing before. After all, the name of the store says it all - bfearless.
Since we have all been itching to get out of the house, springtime in the heart of Amish country promises lots of events to its travelers. Try your skills at a good old fashioned scavenger hunt during the Berlin Barnstorming event (see page 4 for more details) or get your quilting buddies together for a mini shop hop (see page 38 for more details).
Amish country is coming to life once again and there is so much to see and do. Shop the many stores for unique finds and sales or explore the countryside for a taste of the simple life. As always, let us be your guide as you navigate your way through Amish country.