• Plain communities Holiday traditions

    Families throughout Lancaster County are preparing for the Christmas season. For Christians, the holiday is the celebration of the birth of Jesus and is sacred. Among Anabaptist communities (Amish, Mennonite and Church the Brethren), “Jesus is the...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Finding the right Christmas tree

    Millions of families will visit Christmas tree farms, greenhouses, produce stands, big box stores and pop-up operations in the weeks before Christmas to purchase the perfect tree for their holiday season. The first and second weekends in...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Talkin’ Turkey

    If you are going to prepare a fresh turkey for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday and you didn’t raise it yourself, there is an excellent chance that you will be cooking one raised locally. A number of...

    • Posted November 21, 2017
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  • Getting ‘pumped’ for Halloween

    Pumpkins used to be just orange and came in two sizes, big and small, and you hoped they lasted until Halloween before someone smashed it on the sidewalk. Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, traces its roots to...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • The Lapp farm in Paradise, site of the In-Home Dinner program. Photo by Art Petrosemolo
    The simple pleasures of Amish in-home dining

    Samuel and Ruth Lapp’s farm spreads out for 25 acres from White Oak Road in Paradise. It’s picture perfect and what tourists come to Lancaster County to see. Earlier this spring, when the family’s two-acres of strawberries...

    • Posted September 20, 2017
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  • Ben Shirk measures the base of the “killer log.”
    Wood with character

    It all starts at Ben Shirk’s sawmill in East Earl The celebrated Japanese-American craftsman George Nakashima created distinctive furniture with hardwoods in their natural state. His tables, chairs and benches sell today to collectors for thousands of...

    • Posted August 9, 2017
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  • Lititz couple trains Renaissance faire jousters, horses

    Renaissance faires are held from California to New England and attract thousands of tourists who enjoy reliving the culture of England from medieval times through the Tudor period. One of the highlights of any faire — especially...

    • Posted August 9, 2017
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  • Stay safe and share the road

    It can be dangerous out there. There are close to 8,000 Amish and Old Order Mennonite households in Lancaster County all using horse-pulled carriages and wagons as their means of transportation. Each home has at least two...

    • Posted August 2, 2017
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  • Tiny houses have compact kitchens and can even include a loft
    ‘Tiny’ getting bigger here

    New housing option growing in popularity They’re called “tiny houses” for a reason. They really are tiny! But for millennials looking to own their first home, or adults and seniors looking to downsize and get out from...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Ashley Scheirer of Javateas in Ephrata greets customers from the coffee bar. Photo by Art Petrosemolo
    Has beans? Small batch coffee roasters and gourmet coffee shops grow in popularity

    We are a nation obsessed with coffee! Nearly 50 percent of us say we’d rather give up our cell phones for a month, pass on morning shower, or even live with an extra 10 pounds than go...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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