Family Fun

<p>Things to do with the family in Steuben County, Indiana.</p>

Stroh Orchards with the Schiffli Family

By on Oct 19, 2017 in Family Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every year my mom and I take the girls to pick out pumpkins at G. W. Stroh Orchard.  That time of year is already upon us, so my Mom and I, along with my Aunt Becky, took the girls to Stroh Orchard last Monday for their annual pumpkin picking.  Since Mak and Emi are getting older, they knew exactly what we were there for.  They immediately ran over to the countless pumpkins surrounding the trees in the front.  There were so many to choose from and they just couldn’t figure out which pumpkins they wanted!  They crawled all over the pumpkins, like a jungle gym, thoroughly inspecting each pumpkin trying to pick out the perfect one.  Emi then saw the huge crates full of the pie pumpkins and she had to search through those as well since she could actually pick those up. Stroh’s also have a tree trunk sculpture of a dog in the front yard and the girls absolutely loved it.  After they posed for a picture with the sculpture, we made our way to the “U Pick Pumpkin Patch.”  Emi spied the little red wagon that is used to haul the pumpkins and once Mak saw the wagon she immediately jumped in so Emi took her on an excursion through the pumpkin patch!  After countless laps up, down and around the patch, the girls finally found their two perfect pumpkins so we made our way to the store. When we got in the store we were greeted by Gary Stroh.  We took a look at the countless types of apples, gourds and snacks that they had available to buy.  The girls and I decided to get some fresh apple cider and some caramel corn to snack on.  The girls were so excited to finally have their pumpkins, they loved the cider and ruined dinner with the caramel corn (it was almost gone by the time we got home).  As always, we enjoyed our trip to the orchard and we will look forward to next year’s...

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Pokagon State Park Pocket Museum

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Family Fun, History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 1934 Company 556 of the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived at Pokagon State Park.  One of their first jobs was to build the park’s gatehouse.  The site was recently turned into a pocket museum to commemorate the men who built it. A ghostly life-size image of a corpsman stands guard in the window to greet visitors.  Inside the original fireplace still stands, along with many artifacts from the bygone days of the CCC.  Photos and plaques line the walls of the tiny structure, bringing to life the story of the corpsmen The CCC operated on a system similar to the army.  Enrollees wore military style clothes and used military equipment.  They slept in barracks.  Each bed had a footlocker to store all belongings from clothing to their cleaning supplies, canteens and mess kits. In addition to building a beautiful park, the men often learned skills to use later in life, from finishing high school to skills like carpentry and masonry. The museum is free.  It is open to the public whenever an attendant is at the front gate of Pokagon....

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Seaplane Fly-in with the Schiffli Family

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, Food, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last year we attended the Seaplane Fly-in later in the afternoon so we did not see many planes.  This year, especially with Bryan starting the process to receive his pilot’s license, we wanted to make sure we arrived early enough to see all the action!  The event began at 8 am at Pokagon State Park at the Potawatomi Inn beach on Lake James and we arrived less than an hour later.  I was pleasantly surprised by how many seaplanes were on display, flying, landing and taking off!  Bryan and I thought it was absolutely spectacular.  I was used to seeing one type of seaplane, but there were several different types at the event.  It was neat to see the differences and the varying sizes of the planes.  Emi was very interested in the planes but MaKenzy was a little unsure of them and held onto Bryan pretty tightly at first.  A water “landing strip” was marked off with buoys and there was a ramp on the beach made from wood and metal plates.  Every once in a while a plane would land on the water and then move to the Potawatomi Inn front lawn to park so everyone could see the plane up close.  The Indiana Seaplane Pilot’s Association had a tent set up with items for ssale and had a free raffle drawing for seaplane rides.  The girls were both really excited by the mini foam seaplane from the Steuben County Tourism Bureau.  The four of us started to get hungry so we went into the Potawatomi Inn and had a great breakfast at the buffet in the historic dining room.  After we finished breakfast we made our way back down to the beach to see more seaplanes.  It was a lot busier than before breakfast!  We walked around some more and took a closer look at some of the planes and Emi played in the sand at the beach.  We made sure we stuck around to listen to them draw numbers for free seaplane rides.  Unfortunately we din’t win one, but there were a lot of lucky winners.  It was an amazing event that included something that a lot of us don’t get to see all the...

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Angola Civil War Days with the Schiffli Family

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I had never been to the annual Civil Wars Days but I always heard the loud booms from the cannons during the reenactment, so I figured it was time to check it out!  It wan an unseasonably hot day so we wanted to get there fairly early to beat the heat.  We parked and started walking toward the Selman Timber Frame and immediately saw a pretty white carriage being pulled by two beautiful black horses.  Emi made sure we stopped to watch the horses pass by.  As we continued on, there were several vendors selling items ranging from locally made honey to clothing.  In the first tent we came to County Commissioner Ron Smith, who was dressed as Baron Von Steuben (Steuben County’s namesake) and was giving a history lesson to a group  of Girl Scouts.  As we continued exploring, we came upon an area with all sorts of flags.  It was neat to see them all displayed in one spot. Once the kids were finished at the nearby playground, we made our way down the path and passed a dress shop, a fudge shop, a surgeon and candy shop.  Emi and MaKenzy had never had the pleasure of enjoying rock candy, so while were checking out the candy shop Emi picked out a cotton candy flavored rock candy while Mak chose green apple.  We go back on the path and made our way past the surgeon’s tent.  Em was particularly curious but the mannequin on the cot scared MaKenzy.  Next we saw several cannons lined up.  While they weren’t shooting them off, it was neat to see them up close.  There were several tents down the bike trail a bit, but we were starting to get a little warm so we turned around.  We peeked in the dress shop that had pretty dresses displayed and for sale.  We even passed a lady spinning yarn for her handmade rugs. Before we made our way home, we walked through the Selman Timber Frame where they had food for sale, storytelling and raffles.  At the very end of the pavilion, there were several articles of women’s clothing on display.  The dresses and jewelry were absolutely beautiful and I took a photo...

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Cruise to the Monument with the Schiffli Family

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Last year the girls and I attended the annual Cruise to the Monument in downtown Angola. We had a great time so we wanted to make sure we attended again this year.  In addition to the cruise-in, there was a special celebration for the 10oth birthday of the Soldiers Monument.   When we arrived, we were able to park in the community center parking lot and witness the service honoring our veterans.  We continued to walk toward the Monument, looking at the unique cars while enjoying the traffic being blocked off for a few hours.  The girls first saw a fire truck and just had to get a picture with it.  As we made our way to the mound we saw everything from an old van that converted into a camper, to a lime green hearse all the way to a fuchsia Cuda.  Cars were everywhere-parked all the way around the mound, in the parking lots in all the quadrants and lined up on Wayne and Maumee streets.  There were several organizations selling food and popcorn and there was even a live band up by the Brokaw Theatre.  The girls absolutely loved taking a moment to listen to the music and danced a little bit. I enjoyed running into old friends and co-workers while checking out neat cars, both old and new.  Before we left, Emi spotted one car with a huge stuffed monkey in the back seat and she had to go see it.  When we got up to the car the owner of the vehicle made sure Emi was able to touch the monkey and give him a high five.  I think that made her night!  Once again the annual Cruise to the Monument didn’t disappoint and it seemed like everyone in attendance was having a great time. (Cruise to the Monument traditionally is held annually the third Wednesday in mid-September.)...

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – the Schiffli Family

By on Aug 28, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, Food, Uncategorized | 0 comments

               THE END OF SUMMER NEARS! I had been looking forward to the End of Summer Concert at Commons Park all week.  Not only to unwind from the week, but there was there going to be great music by Hubie Ashcraft, Shigs n Pit BBQ was going to be serving food and Mad Anthony’s was going to be serving adult beverages.  Mak and I waited for Bryan to get home from work and we hooked up the bike trailer to my bike, jam packed it with our lawn chairs and a cooler, put Mak on the seat on the back of my bike and we rode down to Commons Park.  We got there right before Hubie Ashcraft hit the stage, locked our bikes to a small tree and found a great seat not too far from the stage and concessions.  We enjoyed the music for a little bit first before venturing over to Shigs n Pit BBQ.  Bryan and I both got a pulled pork sandwich with sides.  Mak had already eaten at home so she grabbed a bag of Cheetos.  They had 3 different BBQ sauces to choose from and the meal was delicious!  We went back to our seats, enjoyed more music and then decided to grab a drink from Mad Anthony’s which tasted great on a warm summer evening. I had seen Hubie Ashcraft before but the way that they interacted with the crowd and the children this evening was quite the experience.  They would take instruments into the audience and get up close and personal with people.  About 15 minutes before the concert was supposed to end, MaKenzy finally mustered up the courage to go dancing in front of the stage with the rest of the kids.  Since they had a fiddle player in the band I kept saying “It’d be great if they would play ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia!'”  And they did!  It was the last song that they played!  It seemed to me that 9:00 came way too fast because we were all having so much fun!  After the last song, we packed up our bike trailer again and rode home.  It was definitely a...

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