This morning I just happened to come upon this princess. She is all dressed up, has her bunny and a handful of wild flowers, plus a took big and heavy backpack on her back. I stopped to visit a bit and then her Mommy came out of the house and we visited some more. We did make connections like you always do in Pinecraft. She is from Garnett Kansas. This princess is from the Tribe of Raymond Yutzy because her Daddy is or has Yutzy blood. The Mother is well acquainted with the Yutzy/Wagler people.
These four are Mennonite of some sort. I don't know the difference in the Mennonite groups like I do with the Amish, for the simple reason I was Amish and sort of still am Amish.
Fannie Miller is one of the spry old people in Pinecraft. She is getting way up in age, but still walks around Pinecraft like a 60 year old.
Three Pioneer Trails buses left today, a total of 145 people more or less. The bus on the left is going straight to Berlin Ohio, as everyone on that bus will get off at Berlin.
Here is a partial list of who is on the Berlin bus. Number 19 and 20 is my sister and her husband.
The second bus is also all Ohio with different locations to drop off. The Geauga County people are on that bus. The third bus has Indiana and a few drop offs in Ohio.
These ice cream buckets are the best thing to store women's coverings. They can't get crushed or dirty. I assume they all have their containers tagged as I would hate to get home with the wrong covering. I do think they probably take them on the bus and tuck them under their seat.
Waiting to have their baggage stowed in the luggage compartment.
And then you stand around and visit. I love the expression of the woman talking to my Sister Clara.
I think the three women in this pic are Ed Sadie, Paul Mabel and Jon Iva.
Time to get on the bus.
The all Berlin bus leaves first. The last bus to go was the Indiana bus because they had to wait on the last passenger. It was not that the last passenger was late, it is just that each bus leaves as soon as it has all its passengers.
Through the Grapevine I heard about Amish girls singing tonight. My friend decided it is for the public as they were told to bring their own chairs and it is going to be around Hines/Estrada Streets. So after the Benefit Supper at the Park I decided to bike down Estrada Street and see if there is such a singing. Long before I got there, I saw people up ahead carrying lawn chairs and so I knew the Amish Girls singing is true.
They go by the name of Tri-Valley. I was told the girls are from the Sugarcreek/Farmerstown/Baltic area in Ohio. They had a keyboard and guitar, and I think I head a harmonica.
Groups and crowds kept coming, mostly Amish but not all.
Times changed in the Amish world. When I was Amish the only musical instrument was the harmonica and ever that was frowned upon, especially for the preachers' wives. My Aunt Mary who was a Bishop's wife played beautifully on her harmonica and she played it with a guilt complex and only played if we promised to keep it a secret. I have kept that secret up until now for it is safe to let the cat out of the bag. She passed away 10+ years ago. But this day and age musical instruments in some Amish districts are acceptable, maybe more so if they can be used in Pinecraft. I remember seeing at least two Bishops in the crowd. After all what you do in Pinecraft, stays in Pinecraft.
This morning I watched these men play Bocce Ball. My brother-in-law Marvin is on the green ball team and is throwing his ball. He is a good Bocce Ball player, as while watching his aims and throw, he always got close to the little yellow ball.
And right then Ben Jr's phone rang and so he has to answer. You can't get away from a cell phone unless you leave it at home or refuse to answer it.
This was a good game and they all are trying to determine which color ball is the closest to the little yellow ball, because that is what scores a mark and determines which team is the winner.
Abe Troyer, my Dad's cousin does well at aiming and throwing the ball.
Once again the men had to crowd around and see where Abe's ball went among all the other balls already thrown.
Marvin has the tape measure to see which color ball is the closest to he mark.
I was waiting for this shot of Abe, from the front.
The two men on either side are cousins from the Ammon Troyer clan.
Watching buses come and go. This bus came up from Miami with returning passengers from Sing and Sail Christian Cruise. They had to unload out on the street as the parking lot was loading three Pioneer Trail buses going north.
We stand around and visit, for this is part of Pinecraft life.