My Thoughts About One of My Favorite Places--Northeastern Indiana's Amish Country

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rest in Peace, Mr. Hostetler

I wrote a piece about the Shipshewana Walldogs mural in the Hostetler Hudson Museum a while back...  and also a piece about the Hostetler Museum itself, farther back.

Mr. Eldon Hostetler, whose passion for Hudson Automobiles and generosity in sharing that passion made the museum a reality, passed away recently.  Read about it here:






Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Shipshewana Walldogs




I wrote sixteen different blog posts about the work done by the sign- and mural-painting organization called the "Walldogs," who chose the town of Shipshewana, Indiana as their summer 2014 project. (The posts can be found by typing "Walldogs" in the search box.)

These murals can be found all over Shipshewana, both downtown and all along Route 5, the main north-south road through town.  They are beautiful, and each one has a story to tell.

(After I published my blog posts, the tourism people in Shipshewana asked if they could distribute my sixteen stories to the horse-and-buggy tour guides, which I gladly agreed to!)

So take a look at my sixteen posts, and if the Walldog murals interest you as much as they interest me, take a look at this half-hour documentary, done by the Walldogs, about their work in Shipshewana in June 2014.










Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Marathon Man

I've been meaning to share this story for a while...

Leroy Stoltzfus, Amishman, ran the Harrisburg (PA) marathon in full Amish garb last November, finishing in 3:05.  One minute faster would have qualified him for the Boston Marathona goal of his.

I won't post a photo, since they're surely copyrighted. (All the photos on my blog, I took myself).  But read the story here: