Memorial Day Weekend
Berlin, OH - Events of Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 29, 2017
We were excited that Lora, J. Michael, and Lydia were going to be camping with us over the Memorial Day weekend. They pulled into the site behind us late on Thursday evening. Lydia stayed with us while they got set up. By the time they were done, it was raining so Lora and J. Michael just called it a night since it was Lydia's bed time anyway.
On Friday morning, we all headed out to Der Dutchman in nearby Walnut Creek for the breakfast buffet. After that, it was on to the Walnut Creek Flea Market, which is bigger than the Holmes County Flea Market we went to the previous week. That plus the fact the one in Walnut Creek has a few extra attractions like an Amish family who makes kettle corn and home-made potato chips over an open fire outside the entrance or the chain saw carver demonstrating his craft are some of the reasons the Walnut Creek Flea Market is usually more crowded than the Holmes County Flea Market.
The Walnut Creek Flea Market also has cages with ducks and peacocks that attract kids. Lydia sure wanted to see them before we went inside.
In spite of the rain, there were a good many shoppers. The photo below shows one of the aisles that had fewer shoppers than most.
Lydia was attracted to miniature farm animals in a booth right inside the door. Look at the delight on her face!
J. Michael likes to golf so he bought Lydia a toy golf club and balls. She carried it all around the flea market.
After we were done at the flea market, we made a stop at Walnut Creek Cheese then headed back to Scenic Hills. We relaxed the rest of the afternoon.
J. Michael grilled up some chicken breasts for dinner. After dinner and after Lydia's bath, we enjoyed the fry pies we had gotten at Der Dutchman Bakery after breakfast as we sat around a campfire. Lydia had a sugar cookie.
Lora and J. Michael's boxers enjoyed relaxing at the campfire, too.
Keim Lumber is only open until noon on Saturdays, so we headed there right after breakfast the next morning. We had a good time looking around. Lydia got a free balloon and a free teddy bear that she named Chester.
Lora and J. Michael are looking to replace their old backyard shed. There are numerous places in Amish country that build sheds, and many of them will deliver them all the way to Pittsburgh. In fact, we had a shed at our sticks-and-bricks house made by Alpine Structures in Berlin. Lora and J. Michael have looked at sheds at several places in the area, and they decided they liked the ones from Alpine, too. They wanted to go there to look at colors so they could finalize their decision and get the shed on order. We headed to Alpine after we were done at Keim.
Grammy and Poppy kept Lydia entertained part of the time while Lora and J. Michael looked at sheds. Like most of the other people who make sheds, Alpine also makes play houses for kids. Lydia had a good time exploring the display model.
After Lora and J. Michael completed the order for their shed, we headed down the road to Hershberger's Farm Market. No trip to Berlin would be complete without stopping for Lydia to see the animals in the petting zoo at the market. In the photo below, she and Lora come face to face with a goat.
This is the first year Lydia was big enough to ride the ponies. At first she wasn't too sure, but once she tried it, she wanted to go again.
In addition to a farm market, bakery, and petting zoo, Hershberger's also has a nice selection of wooden toys. Lora showed Lydia how to operate the levers on the toy backhoe they had on display outside.
After leaving Hershberger's, we headed back to Scenic Hills for Lydia (and some of the adults) to have a little nap time. After that, we went back out to Der Dutchman where we all had the salad bar for lupper. Yum!
Amish men, in keeping with longstanding tradition, wear hats when they go out in public. As we left the restaurant, Paul noticed a whole row of hats on the shelf above the coat rack. Since the hats are all the same, how on earth do they know which one is theirs?
Since almost everything in Berlin is closed on Sundays, we headed to nearby Massillon on Sunday afternoon to go to Smoke the Burger Joint for a late lunch. On the way, we stopped at Menard's to browse. Lora and J. Michael ended up buying a couple of lamps, and we got a new door mat for outside the 5th wheel.
We're happy Smoke opened a new location in Massillon because it's only about half an hour's drive from Berlin instead of an hour all the way to North Canton to the old location where we used to go. They have smoked burgers, smoked hot dogs, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that cost from about $4 to $10. We all had house burgers ($6.49) that have cheddar cheese, house-made ketchup, house-made mustard, and house-made pickles. The burgers and the twice-cooked fries were delish!
Since we had such a late lunch, we didn't plan dinner for Sunday. However, by early evening we were all a little hungry so we headed to the Dairy Queen right outside downtown Berlin. The Dairy Queen is just about the only thing in the immediate area that is open on Sundays. Lora, Margery, and Paul all had cones, J. Michael had a small sundae, and Lydia had a kiddie-sized cup. It really hit the spot!
We had another campfire when we got back to Scenic Hills. Pretty soon, Lydia was off to bed, and we went back to the 5th wheel for some TV while Lora and J. Michael waited at the campfire for Lydia to fall asleep.
Margery made breakfast for the group and watched Lydia while Lora and J. Michael packed and hitched up on Monday morning. After breakfast, they headed home. It was really great spending the long weekend with them.