BERLIN, OHIO – JULY 8-15, 2018
Submitted by Irby and Judy Gamble
Well, folks it is getting closer and closer to our Amish Gathering. I talked to Scenic Hills yesterday and they tell me that 16 rigs have made reservations. They are holding 2 more sites for us and will hold them until May 8, all 50 amp. Please mention Travel Supremes and my name when making your reservation. After May 8, you might have trouble getting a site with the rest of us.
As most of you know, we go to Ohio’s beautiful Holmes County yearly and love it. Holmes County, Ohio is the largest settlement of Amish in the United States with a population of more than 40,000 Amish people. It is a beautiful area with many rolling hills and small farm agriculture.
The Gathering will begin July 8 and end July 15, 2018. We will be staying at Scenic Hills RV Park in Berlin, Ohio (their mailing address is Millersburg, Ohio 44654 and your GPS will take you directly to it, but it will take you through the back roads that are not great for pulling your rig. The RV Park is, actually, in the small town of Berlin and it would best best to put Berlin in your GPS and it will take you on better roads for RV’s. By going to the park website you can find all the information you will need to make your reservations and directions. Scenic Hills only accepts cash or checks and requires a $30.00 deposit that will be deducted from your total bill when you arrive. They must receive your $30.00 deposit no later than June 8, for them to hold your reservation.
This will be a very laid back gathering, as is true to the Amish lifestyle. We have lots and lots of information for everyone about things that we think you will love doing. Most of it will be more enjoyable in small groups, allowing all us to make our own plans. On the Saturday of our gathering (July 14) the Doughty Wise School Auction will be held. There will probably be over 1000 Amish people there auctioning off beautiful handcrafted furniture, quilts (my favorite), etc., along with lots of good fattening food and pastries. HALF-STITCHED THE MUSICAL is a first class play that will be performing July 11 and 12 in Sugarcreek and you can easily get tickets online. I have gone before and enjoyed it very much. We have gone to the Amish Country Theater (kind of a slapstick comedy and music) and we enjoyed it. A great way to spend the day is to just get in your vehicle and drive around the country side and see what you come across. Many of the Amish have stores and bakeries in their homes, produce and flower stands out side their homes and they are very interesting people to visit with. All this and much, much more is a close driving distance from our campground. We will have a list of things to do, along with brochures and driving distances for you when you get there.
Something else that some of you might be interested in is the Football Hall of Fame. It is in Canton, Ohio and that is only 44 miles from Scenic Hills.
There are two things that we plan to do as a group this year. One is to have dinner at the home of Naomi and Ray Yoder in Winesburg (Naomi is the daughter of our friends, Henry and Mary Yoder). We have sampled a few of Naomi’s dessert and I assure you that they are delicious. She cooks in her home for bus tours and other groups and caters Amish weddings. We think everyone will really enjoy this event. We, also, plan to eat as a group one night at Mrs. Yoder’s Restaurant in Mt. Hope. This is one of our favorite places to eat.
Last, but not least, don’t forget Millers Bakery and all the great Amish cooked family style restaurants such as Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, Boyd and Wurthmann, Der Dutchman and Berlin Homestead, for just a few. I must warn you though that these places offer very little low calorie food. Personally, I think that everyone attending should lose at least 15 lbs. before we go and eat our way back up.
Below is the list of persons that have reservations – I got this list from Scenic Hills yesterday:
Irby and Judy Gamble
Joe and Ardis Schenk
Bernie and Carol Lezell
Jim and Tina Hoover
Jerry and Jane Smith
Les and Ida Cook
John and Romola Laninga
Glen and Carol Richmond
Pete and Deb Horvath
Joe and Sue Kelly
Ron and Carol Page
Leo and Carolyn Fitzpatrick
David and DeAnn Phillips
Martha and Bill Bobo
James and Gail Smith
We will be sending you, in the near future, our schedule for the week via email, along with the price for dinner at Naomi and RayYoders.
God’s Traveling Grace to all of you – Judy and Irby Gamble
Scenic Hills RV Park Information:
4483 Township Road 367
Millersburg, Ohio 44654