Amish clothing styles encourage humility and separation from the world and are a practical expression of their faith. The Amish fashion styles are simple and meant to be functional. Clothing is made at home of plain fabrics and is primarily dark in color, including shades of purple, blue, wine, brown, grey and black. Lighter colors are used for younger children and summer shirts and dresses for adults in some groups.

Amish men wear straight-cut suits and coats without collars, lapels or pockets. They resemble the Nehru jackets of the 70's and are called mutza suits. During the summer they'll shed ...

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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations.  It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.

 "Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.

The question caught me totally by surprise.  Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."

While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in ...

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Emily Votaw

2015 marks the fourth year for the annual Amish Country Half Marathon, a yearly event that is becoming a holiday-season tradition for locals and out-of-town runners alike.

“This race really has something for everyone,” said race director Mark Fowler, who said that the event will feature not only the notoriously difficult half-marathon through the many hills and valleys of eastern Holmes County but also will include a two-person half-marathon relay, a 5K and a 1-mile fun run.

Fowler said that every year the race has attracted around 600 people, many of those runners having heard about ...

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