Long time Inn sitter, Ruth Miller, now 88 stopped by for a visit last week. Now living independently in Robesonia, Ruth took care of the Inn while Stuart and Jim vacationed for weeks at a time. Being a self-taught piano player, she would entertain guests hosting sing-alongs in the parlor. Now when she visits us, she plays and recalls numerous stories about the guests and visitors to the Inn. She has kept a diary and photo album that we have copied and treasure.
The Churchtown Inn’s Victorian Parlors set the scene for a romantic Wedding Vow Renewal the last weekend of June. Reverend Ken Boyle imparted inspiring words to the participating couples, reminding us of the significance of our past commitment and our new promise to each other. One couple wrote, “It was wonderful to renew our wedding vows at the Churchtown Inn, our home away from home.” We loved everything; the pastor has such warmth and wisdom; the time after the ceremony in the parlor was made special by the appetizers and Champagne provided. The Amish Wedding Feast Dinner at Naomi and David’s home was a treat”.
Here we all are stocking up on our herbs; soon to be planted in our fragrant Herb Garden just outside the Breakfast Room! Within minutes of the Inn are multiple plant nurseries that specialize in carrying easy to grow, hard to find and reasonably priced herbs; i.e. sages (pineapple, variegated , purple); basils (Thai, Italian, Pepper); oreganos, thymes, and many more.
May 8th and 9th is this year’s Annual Landis Valley Herb & Garden Faire, Southeastern Pennsylvania’s most popular horticultural event with over 80 vendors of plants and garden-inspired products, as well as insightful and inspiring lectures and an array of healthy lunch options in our food court.
Rick caught the blooming forsythia in front of our beautiful Amish Farm view last spring and presented it to us framed. This year the group saw “Funny Girl” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. Looking forward to “Oklahoma” from June 18th to August 1st. Great breakfast conversations…thanks Lucille, John, Rick, Diane, Carol and Rich…see you next year if not sooner.
Last year’s Poole Forge Park Days winner of the Breakfast for Six at The Churchtown Inn was won by Mary Martin. Bringing six members of her family, including her grandaughter, the group enjoyed a beautiful spring morning eating in our lovely Garden Room. Marian got point out that our Koi Pond and Landscaping,was built and designed by her son, Jeremy Martin. The pond and gardens add a special serenity to our Amish Farmland Views.
As many of you have received our April 2nd email, you will note the similarity in theme going on here at the Inn! This sign was a big surprise gift to us from our young 11 year old Amish helper. He likes working outdoors and is helping us get our gardens ready for planting. We planted this sign and some pansies yesterday. Our next venture is to empty out and clean the pond! (Arlen is excited!) Enjoyed my kitchen prep this weekend while chatting with Mary R. Thanks, Mary, for making my work go quickly!
We spent a delightful Easter with our guests. Easter Egg dying took on new meaning this year! We received seven dozen new “spring chick” brown eggs and needed to think “Outside the Box.” Grand daughter Julia and Mom Mom Chris searched and searched and found Gold Aztec style tattoos; don’t you think they could be on “Pinterest”? Dinner at Lily’s on Main shared with Maureen and John was extra special as we were able sit with our guests and eat a meal that someone else prepared! Thanks Steve and company at Lily’s. And thanks Julia and Andrew for helping with Easter Breakfast!
Last weekend we braced the cold and wind and attended the King Street Irish Parade and Block Party. If you think Lancaster is all Amish/Mennonite and “only farmland with no nite life or party fun,” you are amazingly mistaken. Although the festival was outdoors and gated, two great Irish food and music venues were easily accessible and we hopped in and out of both. Crowded, but not overly so, all the venues offered fine Irish Beer, a good assortment of Irish and not so Irish music, and lots of delicious comfort food. See video clip for examples of the fun.http://fox43.com/2015/03/15/2nd-annual-king-street-seisiun-in-lancaster/ This weekend, just a few blocks from King Street’s Seisiun, is yet another Irish parade, this one to support Lancaster City Mounted Police. Weather permitting, we’re headed to Lancaster again this Sunday…if you can make it, join us; we’ll spring for your admission. It’s our way to say, “We Love Lancaster.” View POUR website for details. http://pouronprince.com/