Publisher’s Message

Perception…the Ant or the Grasshopper?

Sitting at my desk as I ponder the flow of the Spring Issue of Amish Country News and this entry of the Publisher’s Message, I find myself a bit conflicted. Traditionally, we would come off either what some would call a traditional winter or a harsh winter, based on one’s perception of the season. But this past winter, which has been known to last up into and through April, has been just a blip here in Amish Country, Central Pennsylvania. Mother Nature has certainly been fickle, that’s for sure.

So, the question is: Was it the Ant or the Grasshopper in the way of the weather? It’s hard to say what’s in store for us as we enter another spring season. That, of course, brings to mind preparation. Do we continue to put those priorities and bullet points into motion that keeps us on our toes and ready for whatever may come to pass, like the Ant? Or do we go the way of the Grasshopper, accept what is, and move forward with the current state of the environment, as it has been handed out?

Though Punxsutawney Phil has handed down the ruling of six more weeks of winter, for the record, it sure seems as though spring is already with us in one form or another. My personal perception is to view things from the Ant’s point of view, not the Grasshopper’s. For most of us here in Amish Country, we are preparing for great seasonal fun in 2023 as we currently prepare for you and your family to join us.

Great food again is waiting to be tasted at Miller’s Smorgasbord, Smokehouse BBQ & Brews, Zooks Chicken Pies, Bird–in–Hand Bake Shop, Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, and Mr. Sticky’s Homemade Sticky Buns. For that treasure hunter in each one of us looking to find that great plunder, then Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall, Renninger’s Antique & Farm Market, Wire to Fire Artisans, Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts, and Countryside Road–Stand are where “X” should mark the spot on your map. If you’re the type to get the adrenaline flowing, these are spots for thrill–seekers. You can take a ride in a buggy with Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides or a scooter ride at Strasburg Scooters. Finally, for those desiring more invigoration of the different senses all at once, then the Amish Experience Theater or Dutch Apple Dinner Theater would be your coup–de–gras! Who knows? But one thing’s for certain, there’s lots to do and see that await you in Amish Country now that springtime is finally here.

Remember that this is still only the start of what could be a pretty wondrous year. It’s like the saying goes: It’s what we make of it. So let’s all decide to plan, like the Ant. Together, we can make it all worthwhile! Here’s hoping you all have a positive and prosperous 2023. Happy Spring from Amish Country News! 

— Edward Blanchette