We had a really nice day yesterday. We spent much of it in Shipshewana. We started off with breakfast at the Blue Gate. We’d noticed when we were there on the 4th of July that they had some really great breakfast selections. We both decided on the ‘Amish Frying Pan’. It consists of homefries, onions, peppers, sausage and bacon all scrambled and fried together topped with two eggs. Then smothered with cheese sausage gravy. It was very very yummy and I would definitely go back and order it all over again!
Our main directive in visiting Shipshewana was to go to the Menno-Hof. The Menno-Hof is kind of a Amish/Mennonite/Hutterite cultural center and provides the opportunity to learn more about these Anabaptist religions. Anabaptist means ‘to rebaptize’. Anabaptists believe in waiting until a person is mature enough to decide to be baptized on their own.
The tour lasted about 90 minutes or so and took us to various rooms where we listened to recordings or watch short videos explaining the history of Anabaptism. It was very interesting but not exactly what I had expected.
We stopped a few of the places in the area that we’d been to during our Amish Countryside tour a few weeks ago. We wanted to pick up some items that we wouldn’t be able to get once we left the area. We stopped at Yoder’s Meat & Cheese for some jerky & beef sticks, Rise ‘n Roll for donuts and the Dutch Country Market for Katie’s homemade noodles.
Since we’ve been in the area seeing Amish buggies is an every day thing….however, while we were in Shipshewana the Flea Market was going on and we happened across the parking for Amish buggies and were surprised at how many were there!
Another common sight is that of Amish bicycle riders – almost as common as a horse & buggy. I love to watch the young ladies as they peddle down the road while the wind gently blows the strings to their head coverings…
Michael needed to pick up some miscellaneous supplies to complete the basement project so we stopped at True Value for some PEX piping and at Lowe’s for several odds and ends.
The True Value store is right on Main Street in Goshen so while we were there we stopped at one my Roadside America finds that I’ve been wanting to get to and we hadn’t gone yet. The Bullet-Proof Anti-Gangster Pillbox was built in 1939 to discourage gangsters from driving through town on their way to Chicago.. It sits on the corner of Main St. and Lincoln Avenue as a reminder of a different era.
While we were walking to the ‘Pillbox’ we came across a pretty cool ‘Art Alley’ in the making. There are ‘bulletin boards’ hung along an alley that are reserved for ‘graffiti’ and there are several paintings and drawings lining the boards. There is also one board that is set aside for chalk art. Many of the metal fixtures on the boards are decorated with crocheted ‘dressings’ to beautify them as well. A fun little discovery!
Downtown Goshen is filled with lots of old buildings dating back to the early 1880s. Some of the architecture is absolutely stunning. The downtown is booming with shops in each building – thrift stores, wineries, clothing retailers, restaurants. It’s always nice to see when a town/city is able to revitalize and grow its downtown area.
For dinner we visited a local ‘legend’….a place once featured on Diners, Drive In’s & Dives…The Southside Soda Shop. Built in the early 1900s as a grocery store and transforming into a soda shop in 1940s you can find all kinds of nostalgia here. The current owners took over in 1985 and the menu has several local favorites listed. Michael went with a Philly Steak sandwich and I ordered a New England Cheeseburger (a patty melt basically) and a cup of Wisconsin cheese soup. Our meals were good…but nothing out-of-this-world for either of us. It’s a place I’d go back to if for nothing more than the ‘step back in time’.
Today Michael plumbed the UDC – meaning I was without water most of the day. I’m told by my son, Zack, that I have to tell people what a UDC is…it stands for Universal Docking Center and is the ‘hub’ of activity in the basement. It houses the connections for water, TV cables, tank flush valves, etc. Now we just say a few prayers and cross some fingers that there are no water leaks!
When he finished the plumbing he moved on to replacing the wall between the basement and the generator compartment and started on installing the compartment where the batteries reside. This area also has a long, narrow compartment that holds our folding chairs but that will go in tomorrow, I think. Getting closer!