Well, it’s Thursday morning, and chances are you may already be thinking about the weekend.

There was a time, when most Amish were on the farm, when what you did on Saturday didn’t differ in a terribly meaningful way than what you did on Monday.

Cows still needed to be milked, fences could still use mending, and manure could be spread just as well (though you might take a little time off every now and then for an auction).

With more Amish working in factories and running 9-5 businesses, the idea of the “weekend” has taken on new meaning (though I still don’t think the term “Amish Weekend Warrior” quite fits).

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Amish families enjoy a river view at the Pinnacle Overlook in Lancaster County

What do Amish do in their spare time?

Amish have fun in ways similar to non-Amish, and in ways we might consider less typical.

Leisure among Amish often includes a few elements: community, the outdoors, and–as it happens–work.

I took a minute to think of three of my favorite recreational activites when I’m with Amish friends.  I came up with: 1) volleyball, 2) visiting/talking/eating (the 3 of these always seem to go together) and 3) “Scum”.

I wrote an article on these and other Amish leisure activities.  Have a look and maybe find a new (or old) idea for this weekend.

photo credit: Mark Kirchner/Flickr

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