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Adventures Had and Memories Made – the Schiffli Family

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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

Posted by on 10:09 am 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

Posted by on 10:46 am 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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Adventures Had and Memories Made – The Schiffli Family

Posted by on 10:32 am in Events, Family Fun, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Angola Balloons Aloft Eight years ago a wonderful event came to Steuben County called Angola Balloons Aloft. It has grown to a fantastic family-friendly event with everything from hot air balloons to large inflatable bounce houses, hero characters, classic car show, concessions and a petting zoo. This year we started Balloons Aloft by seeing the colorful balloons fly over our home Saturday morning. We then went to the event at Angola High School. The girls even got to see Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshal and see animals up close and personal at the petting zoo and aviary display. Later that evening we went back to see the illumination of all of the balloons. Not only did the girls enjoy this event, the entire family...

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – The Schiffli Family

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Steuben County 4H Fair   Today I took the girls to the 4-H Fair at the Steuben County Park on Crooked Lake. It was the first day of the fair and all of the 4-Her’s were signing in their animals and decorating their stalls. Our first stop was for lunch at the Eat’n Haus. The girls enjoyed their hot dogs, chips, cookies and Sprite. We also grabbed a pork burger and of course had to stop by and get some ice cream… not once but twice! The girls’ daycare provider has kids in 4-H so the girls were able to get up close and personal with a steer, a pig and a calf. We got to walk through all of the barns and check out all of the animals. We got there around 10:30 a.m. and by 1:45 p.m. the girls were ready for a nap so we headed home. We will be stopping by a couple more times this week as they have special events for kids like a petting zoo and pet parade. Of course, we will have to get some more of that ice cream! The 4H Fair is held annually in mid-July and is sponsored by the Purdue...

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – The Schiffli Family

Posted by on 12:04 pm in Family Fun, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pokagon State Park and the Potawatomi Inn beach When it gets really hot, sometimes you just want to go swimming and that’s exactly what we all did! Luckily, we can choose from several places to swim here in Steuben County but on this particular day, we chose Potawatomi Inn beach at Pokagon State Park. We packed a picnic lunch and went to enjoy the water. Emi and Mak are both little fish and even though they can’t swim on their own quite yet, they both love the water. They had a great time building sand castles and splashing in the water on this hot day....

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Adventures Had and Memories Made – The Schiffli Family, Steuben County, Indiana

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Hamilton 4th of July parade and Angola’s festivities Every year, our family looks forward to 4th of July festivities in the various towns and cities in Steuben County. The first celebration we went to was Hamilton’s parade, which was actually the Saturday before Independence Day. We also went to the Angola’s parade and festivities on the Fourth. The girls and I were lucky enough to be with AMC Marine Sales & Service in both parades and it’s amazing how many cool floats there are and how many people attend! You constantly hear people in the crowd scream your name, but you just can’t see them because there are SO MANY PEOPLE! At Commons Park they have events immediately following the parade. Hot dog giveaways, sky divers, games and bounce houses are just a few of the fun things they had at the park. Later in the evening they have bands playing and then to round out the night they had a spectacular fireworks display. It was a long 4th of July, but it was full of fun and memories that we all will...

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Our Town’s History – Lou Ann Homan

Posted by on 11:28 am in History, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The note came in the middle of January. At first I thought it was a scam email offering me a million dollars if I were to send out my social security number and my bank routing information. The subject line was in large print: MEREDITH. Curiosity does funny things, and while I secretly wish the Duke of Any Country would find me a great recipient and care taker of money, I know better. But, one never knows. I open the email. I blink and read it twice before I realize the weight of the note, the importance of the note and how it was worth more than the million dollars offered to me by the Duke. Meredith writes that she and her mother, both from the Phoenix area, are descendants of the Hendry family and they would like to know more about them. She came across my writings of Louisa Gale Hendry through KPC. I actually sat quietly for a few moments letting this story sink in for me. It is no secret that I love my town and the history behind it. During the Angola Carnegie Library Centennial Celebration I portrayed Louisa Gale Hendry at the library. I loved researching her and learning all I could with the help of Peg Dilbone, our county historian. I wrote back immediately. We chatted through a few more emails until I got the note that she and her mother Yvonne and sister Claudia would come here to Angola to see their family history with their own eyes. I took my note up to the library and found Peg, as usual, working away. We sat knee to knee talking about this event. Peg had already made a list of all the places we should go. Even Peg’s list made my head swim a little. “We can’t possibly do all of that in two days!” I remarked to her. But Peg has an uncanny way of raising her eyebrows to adversity. I just had to smile. A few more emails, a few more months and the day has come. I want the day to be beautiful with blue skies, wispy clouds, and a cool breeze coming off of our 101 lakes. It is not to be so. It is gray and rainy with a high humidity, but nothing could daunt away the excitement I feel in meeting the Hendrys. There is so much to show them and so many stories to tell them. Peg and I meet them at the Potawatami Inn, they are staying at Pokagon, for breakfast. When I arrive there are two large gifts bags at the table of three women. Who needs the sunshine where there are three smiling Hendry women? We become instant friends talking a mile a minute, all of us. Peg tells stories. I tell stories. They tell stories. They put a photo of Yvonne’s mother on the table as a mascot. She is beautiful. We sit for two hours talking over coffee. They buy our breakfasts and give us the gifts from their home in Phoenix. Finally we make a plan. We will do a drive through of Angola. They arrived late in the evening and have not even seen the town yet. I am bursting with excitement as if it were Christmas morning with...

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Steuben County Farmers Market

Posted by on 11:13 am in Events, Family Fun, Food, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Steuben County Farmers Market is definitely the place where everybody knows your name, and you never want to miss a single Saturday. When the market first opens in the spring there isn’t much in the way of vegetables. Perhaps a few stalks of asparagus or barely enough rhubarb to make a pie, and sometimes I even leave with an empty basket, but it doesn’t matter. Finally the weather warms, we put away our hats and gloves and greet our neighbors and local farmers once more. Up and down the aisle at the Community Center parking lot laughter can be heard as stories are told and folks lament about the long winter. (It always has been a long winter!) We ask about families, and of course, we ask about crops and the land. Because we are a rural community, much conversation can be heard talking about soil and water conditions. “Will this be a good year for tomatoes?” “When do you think you will have sweet corn?” “That sure was a long winter this year.” “Did you get the peas out, Edna?” On the first day of the market I get out my twenty dollar bill, my basket, and walk on over to be part of this community. As the day light grows longer, and the soil warms, more and more vegetables arrive at the market. Now there are early zucchinis, radishes, yellow squashes, and new onions. Of course the honey folks, the Dalrymple, are always there with their jars of honey and their honey sticks. They are a favorite with the children and usually have a few dozen farm fresh eggs tucked away in a cooler under their table. (But you better get there early or the eggs will be gone!) As the lazy days of summer arrive so does the sweet corn. It usually arrives by the truck load and the Holmans sell right out of the bed of the truck. Ralph and Colleen are staples at the farmers market, and I can think of more than one occasion when they have delivered my goods to the house when they wouldn’t fit in my bike basket. With my twenty dollar bill I can fill my basket with rose water from Amy Oberlin (by this time next year I will look twenty years younger), cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, a bracelet, and sometimes I can even find space for a hand-hooked rug. I will have ordered my fire wood to be delivered and made coffee dates! By now, in the middle of the summer, the market is held twice a week. Wednesday mornings find our farmers and craft folks all lined up at Monument Plaza in Angola. Parking is easy there and it is not usually so crowded. If you want fresh peaches though, you better go early! When I have out of town guests there are many activities they want to partake in…they want to go out to Pokagon, or to the Brokaw, or even pick up a Yoga class in the park this summer, but everyone takes their turn at the Steuben County Farmers Market. We might not have the fanciest coffees or luxurious croissants, but I guarantee you this, after a few visits everyone will know your name, and you will feel like you are...

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Vermont Settlement Festival

Posted by on 10:56 am in Events, Family Fun, History, Steuben County Indiana, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I grew up in Orland, Ind., and remember enjoying the annual Vermont Settlement Festival. Everything from eating a funnel cake with lots of powdered sugar (that mostly ended up all over my face and on my clothing), to being on a parade float and throwing candy are special memories. I remember pushing the bulls-eye on a dunk tank and watching the local grocery store owner fall into a tub of ice cold water. The annual festival is full of family fun and things to do for people of all ages and stages in life. Even as a college student who lived away from home, I always made time to come home for this annual event and often brought my friends. In my younger years friends from home paired with college friends to make a team for long-time festival favorites like the mud volleyball competition. We also enjoyed the evening activities like the live bands and action at the Draft Horse. Other times it was nice to just relax under a tree at the town park to listen to a band and eat homemade warm peach cobbler topped with ice cream. Orland isn’t a big town. Frankly, it’s something you would see in a movie like Hoosiers. Booming with industry and innovation behind the residential portions of the town, Orland has a rich history and tradition, but more than anything it has a feeling of the “good old days” when life was simpler. Nestled along the Fawn River in the northwestern portion of Steuben County, Orland is known as the birthplace of Steuben County. In 1834 early settlers originally referred to it as the “Vermont Settlement” because they were immigrants from Vermont. Town founder John Stocker had gone prospecting for his family and neighbors. Stocker chose the area because of the burr-oak trees and streams of the Fawn River. More pioneers coming from Windham County, Vermont arrived shortly thereafter and built a Baptist church. The early settlers named the town Orland after the hymn called “Orland”. Orland is recognized as the first settlement in Steuben County. Each year in late July, Orland celebrates this heritage with the Vermont Settlement Festival. This year the festival is July 29-30 and the theme is “Orland – A Place Where Friends Meet”. The annual festival features lots of great food, a crafter and vendor market, musical entertainment and a primitive interpretive village that depicts pre-1840 life. Most activities take place at the Orland Town Park, with a few events at other locations in town. Festival goers can eat Mister Bratz’s famous brats fresh off the grill coupled with ribbon fries made by Prairie Heights football players and Denver Booth’s famous homemade ice cream. If your craving for meat is on the lighter side, you can get some of the BBQ chicken fresh from the local farms of Miller Poultry. One hallmark of the festival is the parade Saturday at 11 a.m. The parade starts in the heart of downtown Orland and ends at the town park. Events throughout the weekend include an inflatable zone for kids and a petting zoo with pig races. Adults can listen to bands like Cactus, who will liven things with a variety of rock and country, or lighter sounds like the Wasepi Bluegrass Gospel Singers. For the mighty and...

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