2 responses to English in the Country
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    Comment on English in the Country (April 14th, 2007 at 11:48)

    I try to respect the OOM’s privacy in our area, taking only discreet photos. Today I saw several maple syrup stands in small towns and the OOMs were taking the opportunity to sell their product to weekend tourists. They set themselves up for photo ops and sales.

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    Comment on Amish attitude to tourists (April 15th, 2007 at 07:16)

    Amish attitude to tourists

    I guess the Old Order Mennonites like the Amish also have to walk a fine line between maintaining their style of life and engaging with the world.

    At least among the Amish, some are critical of dealing too much with tourists, while clearly others don’t have many qualms about it. A lot of Amish businesses do the vast majority of their sales with outsiders, tourists, out-of-state purchasers and wholesalers alike.

    The business guys really are dependent on the ‘external’ economy and cannot exactly live as they may have done when strictly farming. “In the world but not ‘of’ it” still holds but some worry that growing business success may lead them astray.

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