Posts made in August, 2017

Collins Schoolhouse – Lou Ann Homan

By on Aug 17, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, History, Holidays, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I check the back ribbon of my Minnie Pearl straw hat before leaving the house. I gingerly step into Kathy’s car ducking my head wondering how did women drive with these hats? (Perhaps they didn’t?) I notice we are both wearing summer cotton dresses and sandals. This is not an ordinary outing for a Sunday afternoon. No, we are headed to the Collins Schoolhouse to participate in the fifth annual Ice Cream Social. The drive is once again beautiful as we meander over country roads. We pass the schoolhouse and have to turn around. Once Bart Collins helps us find parking, I feel we have been transported to another century. Tents are set up with tables and chairs for the social. Another long table is filled with home grown and homemade cobblers of peach and berry and rhubarb followed by a tub of ice cream. Whereas we are anxious to sit in the shade and visit with folks, we are, of course, drawn into the schoolhouse itself. It is not my first visit. I used to bring my Hamilton students to the schoolhouse when June Collins was still on this earth and giving her glorious tours. We always came in the Autumn. I can remember June ringing the bell and my students, in awe, taking their seats. My wandering eyes followed the trees in the windows…tree leaves of ruby and scarlet and tangerine. It was enchanting. Once in a while I would be pulled out of my daydreaming state as June reprimanded one of my students. Now the tours are given by other members of the family. On this day is it Claudia Smith who welcomes us smiling from ear to ear. We all comment on the glorious weather and step over the threshold into 1877. It is as it was. Perfect. The books are lined up on bookshelves, lunch pails ready to be taken out to sit under the old trees, cursive writing on the board (is that still June’s handwriting?) and desks waiting for students. It is magical. It is  beautiful. It wasn’t always so. This school, along with most one room schoolhouses in America, fell into disrepair and neglect. The Collins School  was saved by the...

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – The Schiffli Family

By on Aug 17, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

POKAGON STATE PARK SAND SCULPTURES We were looking for something to do on this overcast Sunday, so we thought we would head down to Pokagon State Park’s main beach and scope out the 40th Annual Sand Sculpture Demonstration and Contest.  Yesterday the artists created their sculptures, but we were very happy the sculptures were roped off and they were all still standing for us to check them out.  They ranged from a sea serpent, to a castle and all the way to Lightening McQueen from the movie Cars.  After looking at all the sculptures, MaKenzy  had to test out the temperature of Lake James.  We walked up the stairs that brought us to the CCC Shelter and had to stop by the playground as well before getting back in the truck.  Next year we will try to make it to the beach when the artists are creating their pieces of sand art. I think the girls would get a kick out of that. 😊 Make sure to check out the Steuben County Tourism page regularly for events around the area!  ...

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – the Schiffli Family

By on Aug 10, 2017 in Family Fun, Food, Uncategorized | 0 comments

SUNSET SLUSH! Tonight we went to Sunset Slush  in Angola, to celebrate  Mak’s 2nd birthday as a family. Sunset Slush is an Italian ice shop.  Italian ice is like ice cream, but without dairy.   We are frequent customers here and we each have our favorite flavors.  Emi always requests Zombie, which is a fruity mix of flavors,  Mak enjoys chocolate,  I love Peppermint Patty or Cafe Mocha and Bryan is also a Peppermint Patty lover. He branched out this evening for the birthday celebration and had Rootbeer Float!  Emi started eating her Sunset Slush Italian Ice a little too fast and got a “Slush Rush!” The flavor choice and combinations are honestly endless!   To make the decision even more difficult,  Sunset Slush   also offers gelato (gelato is dairy based and lower in fat than regular ice cream, but higher in sugar.)   To complicate choices further, they are  expanding  now with floats and shakes!   In case you were wondering, a float has some type of soda in it and a shake is just the dairy product with maybe a few flavorings! Sunset Slush  recently moved into their new building which is just a hop, skip and a jump from their old building!   The big difference is they  now have a drive up window (which is great when we don’t want to get the kids out of their car seats.) When we do decide to go inside we love seeing the same friendly faces.   Once again we all enjoyed our Italian ice and sitting outside at their picnic tables was a great way to end the evening and to put a close to Mak’s birthday...

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – The Schiffli Family

By on Aug 8, 2017 in Family Fun, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park   Today was absolutely beautiful so we drove to Barton Lake in Fremont and went to the water park/splash zone at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. Every time we go this place blows me away. There are two splash zones- one geared toward smaller children and another that adults and children alike can play on. There are also three pools, larger water slides and a Tiki hut to get some snacks. Emi and Mak started on the smaller slides, then once they got comfortable they ventured away from those to see what the larger splash zone had to offer. By the end of the day, Emi was running circles through the large splash zone, going down all the slides and not caring that the big bucket was going to dump at any moment! We were all worn out by the end of the day, but we had a great time and will definitely be back!    ...

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – The Schiffli Family

By on Aug 7, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, History, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vermont Settlement Festival I remember every year when I was little my dad would take my sister and I to the Orland Vermont Settlement Festival and this year, my dad and I took the girls for some fun! The first thing we went through was the settlement where the girls got to see animal skins, a stuffed beaver, an old time wagon and people cooking their lunches over the fire. The girls were even given homemade soap by one of the settlement men. Next we had to visit the free kid zone bounce houses! They had so much fun I had a hard time getting them out of there. We ate lunch at the park, got some homemade ice cream and Emi even got her face painted. We weren’t able to stay for the talent show or the other fun activities because it was almost nap time but we all had a great time and had lots of fun at the Orland Vermont Settlement Festival, held at the Orland Town Park. This event is held the last full weekend in July and recognizes Orland as the birthplace of Steuben County. The event is put on by the Orland Chamber of Commerce.  You can always find more information at lakes101.org or by calling...

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