My trip to Wisconsin Amish Country!
Last week I spent three glorious days in Wisconsin Amish country. I got to meet Kathy Kuderer, proprietor of Down-a-Country-Road Gift Shops in Cashton, Ken Natzke, who gives Amish tours in Bonduel, and Richard Dawley, who writes books about the Amish and has had a big influence on my novels. I also met some very kind and generous Amish folks who opened up their homes and lives to me and let me take a peek. What a marvelous experience! What made it even better is that my mom, Anne, and my sister Alesha got to share it with me.
I love quilts! What better place to see quilts that Amish country?
Kathy Kuderer showed us many sites in Cashton. She has a darling collection of gift shops right in the heart of Amish country. The Friends of the Cashton Library sponsored a book signing and discussion in one of Kathy’s gift shops.
Ken Natzke outdid himself with our tour in Bonduel. We had lunch with an Amish woman and her new baby and sat down with the bishop of one of the districts and visited for almost an hour. We talked to two school teachers, a brother and sister, and then went back to the bishop’s house because he had one more thing he wanted to tell us.
One family raises chickens, 3000 on the property we visited.
At the school, the teachers pull a curtain to separate their classes.