Midwest Heritage 

I’ve been to two  summer events already this year that have had tractor parades. In Indiana we even have a tractor museum.  It just goes to show how important farming is to the Midwest, since we love and celebrate the tractors and farmers that make us who we are. 

Summerfest.  Not just a wonderful word. 

Mishawaka’ Summerfest is a yearly tradition in the northern Indiana . There is music, bouncy rides, vendors selling random items, and of course, fair type food.  Okay, let’s be honest: you mostly come to eat.  The sampling this year there were typical festival vendors, like elephant ears and bucket o’potatoes, steak tips and  fried anything….

 Iechyd Da or Yakyda or just good beer and food. 

The hardest part of visiting the Iechyd Da brewery in Elkhart, Indiana, is pronouncing it’s name. It sounds something like Yak eee da.  The menu said it was a Welsh saying for “cheers.”  Seems appropriate.  It’s a seat yourself place with a casual atmosphere, where you order and pay at the bar. There was a…

Mayfest 2016

They have this great event in Mishawaka called Mayfest, where you pay an entrance fee, which supports the local food pantry,  and then they give you free beer! This year was the second year for Mayfest.  It brought in somewhere around 40 vendors  from Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana, mostly breweries, that make craft beer,…

Holland, Michigan Tulip Time

Holland, Michigan is a smallish town in Northern, Michigan.   Every year, during May,   the city boasts over a hundred thousand tulips that bloom around the city, different parks,  and the historic windmill. It’s a signature of Old Holland, where early settlers made the journey a long time ago. I wanted to go up for the tulip festival,…

Tunnel Park, Holland Michigan

Tunnel Park is a local landmark of Holland, Mich. It features a tunnel cut into a sand dune and allows access to the beach.

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

Amish Acres is a nationally registered historic site just west of a little town called Napannee.  The farm, which is by no means small, features a rare round barn, with house and other buildings attached, some other farm-like buildings, a school house, and some small shops for the tourist folks. I think there might be…

Dutchmaid Eatery, Bremen Indiana

  The Basics: Known for: Baked goods, biscuits and gravy. Breakfast served all day. Hours: Open 8-6 every day except on Sat.  it’s 8-5. Closed on Sunday’s. Style: Sit down diner. Not too pricey.  Average meal is 6.99. Tipping necessary.  Takes credit cards. Service: Medium speed. Place is very clean including restrooms. Notable: Out in…

Michiana: A Definition

  What is Michiana?  It is a made up word that means exactly what it implies.  It is the mashing together of Michigan and Indiana. It is the invisible moving boarders that makes up the meeting region of two states, where maps on a line mostly define where you pay your taxes, or maybe which football…