11 responses to What do Amish do for fun?
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    random person
    Comment on What do Amish do for fun? (November 29th, 2010 at 02:43)

    do the amish like to dance??? 😀

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Amish Swimming (March 22nd, 2013 at 06:28)

    Amish Swimming

    What kind of swimsuit do the Amish wear? I’ve always wondered.

    My husband and I love to attend the school auction at Cannelburg, IN on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. There are usually about 125-150 quilts auctioned; all hand quilted.

    Being a quilter, I love to see the excellent handwork and the top quality of workmanship!

    I’ve managed to only buy TWO!!! lol I now own 4 Amish quilts and treasure them!

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    Comment on English or Dutch Scrabble? (March 22nd, 2013 at 06:58)

    English or Dutch Scrabble?

    When the Amish play Scrabble, do they use English words, or do they get high word scores for Pennsylvania Dutch ones?

    What a wonderful post this day, thanks Erik.

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      Two different posts, same topic, one url :)

      I actually goofed a little on the url of today’s post. I unintentionally made it the same as this previous Encyclopedia page entry, so I think the email subscriber link is sending people here.

      I’ve fixed it now by slightly changing the url on today’s post, which is actually John Stoltzfus addressing this same question:


      Sorry for any confusion!

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    Comment on Amish Fun (March 22nd, 2013 at 07:05)

    Amish Fun

    Just as I suspected — good old fashioned “fun” — things we all used to do, before TV and the Internet. 🙂 Sometimes, wish for those days again–in my case, the 1950’s.

    On the question of swimsuits — I have seen pictures (far-away, and not intrusive), of girls sitting on the beach, near Pinecraft (Sarasota) in their dresses and caps, getting a little sunshine. Can’t say if they swim in their dresses, or what? Will leave that question to someone who knows more.

    The quilt shows are wonderful places to see the magnificent art and patience, and creativity, with making a quilt!! So enjoyed one we went to in Pinecraft, FL.

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      Comment on 1950s (March 22nd, 2013 at 10:07)


      Sharron, I too remember those days before TV and internet. Going to grandma’s house on Sunday for fried chicken and games with the cousins. Can we turn back time?

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        Comment on comment to Debbie (March 22nd, 2013 at 10:37)

        comment to Debbie

        YES, sometimes wish we could “turn back time” — it was always the “norm” to eat at grandma’s or a relative’s house on a Sunday!! Since my mom came from a family of 10, there was always a good variety of aunts/uncles to go visit! AND each with it’s fond memories, much like the Amish I’m sure are doing!

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    Comment on What do Amish do for fun? (March 22nd, 2013 at 08:29)

    I love doing quilting in my spare time.

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    Comment on Fun (March 22nd, 2013 at 12:45)


    That list sounds just like my childhood and I am still enjoying many of those activities as an adult.

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    Comment on Train Watching (March 22nd, 2013 at 19:46)

    Train Watching

    In our area, Big Valley, PA, one of their favorite recreation time is to go over to the next valley along the Juniata River, where besides being able to fish in the river, they watch the trains as they pass through the little village of Mattawana. I, for one, grew up there and my grandmother had a little village store. The Amish for as long I as can remember (going back to the 1950’s) would come over in their horse and buggies for the day. Usually a day in the summer, and always on Assention Day also. Now they have a van driver bring them over for the day, and often you’ll see a little tent put up so the children can take a nap, and also a dining canopy. They keep count of the trains going through, how many engines pulling how many cars, etc. Sometimes you will see a horse and buggy making the trip. They have about a 12 mile trip over a fairly high mountain (Jack’s Mtn). Another activity they will do for fun, is go just to the top of Jack’s Mtn, where you will find the Hand Gliders taking off from the top and gliding over the valley. They find enjoyment in a number of lifes simple inexpenise activities! Oh, almost forgot, we took a family to the zoo one year; the father wanted his kids to see the different animals there, so we rented a van and all went to the Pittsburg Zoo. Then on the way home, we had a picnic at Horseshoe Curve, near Altoona…..yep, we watched the trains go around that famous manmade railroad attraction. Life is good!

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      Comment on Train Watching and what do Amish do for fun (March 24th, 2013 at 08:24)

      Train Watching and what do Amish do for fun

      That sounds like fun!! Sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable! Hope that does not ever change!

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