18 responses to Pinecraft
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    SharonR
    Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 07:19)

    Pinecraft

    Yes, this is a nice little section of Sarasota. We spent a few days in the area, and spent the day wandering around the few shops and restaurants they have here. Very good food, and couldn’t resist taking home a dozen homemade rolls from the Market, there!

    Also, we just happened to be there, on the weekend that the Mennonite church was having their annual Quilt Show/Sale!! How lucky is that?! We got to see some very fine Quilts and needlework, and meet some really nice people. It was a delight to be amongst the locals and members of the church, and instantly was met with a welcoming smile! We definitely will go back as we are not but a 3 hour drive from Sarasota!
    SharonR

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      Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 08:26)

      Sharon I am still due for my first visit. Between NYT, Sherry Gore’s books, and Man vs. Food, Pinecraft sure has been getting the press lately! I need to get there before it’s overrun with tourists :)

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        Jane F Thompson
        Comment on Come on down (April 16th, 2012 at 08:36)

        Come on down

        Then come in the summer! The tourists are flocking north now, so things are thinning out all over Sarasota, Pinecraft included. Of course, to avoid the crowds you have to tolerate the heat, so visit sooner than later.

        Thank you for this post, Erik. I live a few miles east of Pinecraft (near the Celery Fields and The Big Cat Preserve, which you also should see) and am editing my novel, which is the first in a series set mostly in Pinecraft. So, naturally I’m tickled for more folks to know about our great community. (:

        The article was well done and right on. You do good work!

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    Comment on AMISH SCHOOL HAUS FIRE (April 16th, 2012 at 08:04)

    AMISH SCHOOL HAUS FIRE

    MONDAY NIGHT IN NEWAGO COUNTY MICHIGAN THEY THINK LIGHTNING HIT THE ROOF OF THE AMISH SHUL. SOMEONE SPOTTED THE FIRE AROUND 5:00 AM. THE TWO FIRE DEPARTMENTS PUT OUT THE FIRE. MUCH WATER DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING. NO ONE HURT.

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 08:31)

    Erik, You have been to every place except Pinecraft?

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      Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 08:38)

      No, not nearly every place :) But Pinecraft is one of those “high profile” spots on the list. As it happens I am in Savannah, GA every summer, but it is still a little more than a 3-hour drive from there, unfortunately 😉 Plus it would be summer, and as I understand that is not the hopping-est season for Pinecraft.

      By the way congrats Katie on the mention in NYT and the Project 365 link too! Fun stuff.

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        Katie Troyer
        Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 09:07)

        Thank you Erik.

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          Debby W.
          Comment on to Katie Troyer (April 30th, 2012 at 18:51)

          to Katie Troyer

          I’ve seen & read about every one of the pics you took in Pinecraft; so appreciate your perspective & humor! THANKS! Your project is great! :)

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    SharonR
    Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 08:44)

    Pinecraft

    YES, ERIK,

    A trip to Sarasota & Pinecraft is a “must do”, on your TRIP LIST!! Our summers are not that bad; the beaches are not that far away and will give your constant breezes! Come on down to Florida!
    “Northerners” have left, but we are ‘still open’, and welcome all!
    SharonR

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    Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 09:14)

    I’m the “chatty Amish Mennonite woman” the writer rented a room from. ha! 😉

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      Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 09:38)

      I was wondering Sherry, I did not see your name…well that clears things up :)

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    Donna Godfrey
    Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 10:08)

    Pinecraft

    I lived in Sarasota for several years and my parents who were Mennonites lived about a mile from Pinecraft and had many friend that lived there. I often visited with mom and Dad and it is a culture that you will not find anywhere else. There is a lot of laughter and fun gone on all winter long….shuffleboard is a must to watch when the men play….I used to go to a quilting at a fabric store there and since I am no longer plain it was refreshing to fit right in with the Amish ladies, the plain Mennonite women and they all welcomed us “English”. I really learned more that quilting.
    I love to eat at 2 places there……Dad loved those places. He is no longer with us and mom is here in Georgia and living with us and she has dementia but talk about Pinecraft and she will talk about that….so this is a great subject to me….
    Here is a really neat blog by a lady in Pinecraft…..

    http://pinecraft-sarasota.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-in-life-of-pinecraft.html

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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Comment on Pinecraft (April 16th, 2012 at 10:45)

    Pinecraft

    I live in Jacksonville Florida.I have got to get to Pinecraft!

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    Wm Justice
    Comment on Amish Las Vegas (April 16th, 2012 at 18:04)

    Amish Las Vegas

    I have a sneaky feeling my Swartzentruber friends in Randolph, Mississippi, don’t frequent the Amish Las Vegas but will inquire on my next visit with them. Let’s guess what the answer will be.

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    Derek Dunham
    Comment on Pinecraft (June 23rd, 2012 at 05:29)

    We visted pinecraft a few years ago.My spouse and I were interested in the culture of amish and mennonites and were,frankly,tired of the multiracial mainstream.We wanted to get around some,dare i say?,white people! We found them!

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    Comment on Yikes! (June 23rd, 2012 at 16:40)

    Yikes!

    Derek, you probably wouldn’t like my church at all. I am Beachy Amish Mennonite and am a year-round resident of Pinecraft. My church is a smorgasbord of God’s people. We come in many colors. And we are all beautiful in His sight, for He created us in His image.

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      Derek Dunham
      Comment on Pinecraft (June 23rd, 2012 at 18:04)

      Yes,i know that has become the philosophy of many churches.But i think organized jewry and their collaborators have gone too far in trying to impose “diversity” into every sector of life,whether we want it or dont.I dont have anything against other races persay,but i resent not being permitted to desire the company of my own people just as non-whites do.Its no accident that the enemy has sought more non-white immigration and miscegenation in white homelands in the united states and europe.They dont want racial harmony,they want the destruction of white europeans and the great civilizations they created.I am rebelling against this agenda.This has naturally led to a greater desire for the company of my own people and a greater solidarity with them.Non-whites also prefer the company of their own people,but it is only whites who are demonized for it.

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    Comment on Virtual tour of Pinecraft (April 8th, 2013 at 10:50)

    Virtual tour of Pinecraft

    For the past several years I have posted on YouTube Pinecraft videos. I spend my winters in Florida and summers in Arthur Illinois. Please subscribe to my channel and you can keep up with what is happening in both communities.I am former Amish and a liver transplant recipient.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/erniebonvawt?feature=mhee
    Thanks.

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