Sunday Afternoon

 This was more than just playing Chess. Elmer Nolt teaching how to move to win.

 Ibis in the air
and on the ground.

 Daddy and two younger children.
I used to know Jacob Miller as a single man in the late 1990's in the Kidron Ohio area. Today we met again in the Pinecraft park.

Saturday in Pinecraft

Today over the lunch hours I was at Yoder's Gift Shop signing my photography. Amos Yoder stopped in to say, "Hi".  

Later afternoon I made a round in the park. Not many people were out and about. Today was my first time seeing a "Hover Kart" in Pinecraft.  

Has any boy ever caught a healthy life squirrel barehanded? This squirrel got away.

This is how miserable cold it is in Sarasota. 

Action at the Park

 This afternoon the park was full of action. These are just a little bit of it.

A group of women playing Dominoes. 

 And a group of men at a Checker board.

Down by the Phillippi Creek.

Red Troyer from Sugarcreek Ohio.

Here and There

 Going on an evening walk.

Ben Lapp happy as a lark.

Father and son shooting basketballs while the women work on laundry.

Levi Jones out and about, visiting.

Amish Mennonite Heritage Center in Pinecraft

 At noon time I biked past here and was surprised and pleased to see something being done with the former post office. 

Met Dave Esh from Lancaster County tonight. He said the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center should be open on Friday. 

Photo Shots

 Everything created has value. Dead fish provide food for Vultures.

At the Golf cart are Ammon's Ben and Ben Jr from the Sugarcreek area.


Siblings, Sisters


 The young Amish couple was honeymooning in Sarasota. Obviously they spent most of their time at the beach, because that is where honeymooners go. But they needed to return to Pinecraft in order to catch their ride home again. Today Larry Yoder gave them a tour around here on the horseless buggy.  
A year ago this young mother waddled through Pinecraft like a cow. (Her own words.) Because she waddled, she brought forth a son. Heidi and the young male honeymooner are first cousins. Their grandparents Ray & Betty Yoder used to be neighbors to my parents years ago.

Cousin Once Removed

 Mary Troyer Strain the mother of these four beautiful children is my cousin-once-removed.

These three women represent three generations. So they are not cousins. One of these ladies sort of thinks a-cousin-once-removed ought to be a deceased cousin.

I Googled Cousin Once Removed and this is the definition.
(So your first cousin once removed is the child (or parent) of your first cousin. Your second cousin once removed is the child (or parent) of your second cousin. And your first cousin twice removed is the grandchild (or grandparent) of your first cousin.)

Bits & Pieces of Today

 Today was a busy day. 
Five different buses came in and only one bus left going north. 
These passengers are going north, the final destination Penn Yan New York, with drop-offs in Virginia, various places in Pennsylvania before New York. 

 This is the Pioneer bus with Ohio passengers. 

 Another Pioneer bus with the Indiana passengers. Earlier in the morning the CrossRoads and Journey Tours came in from Indiana.

 A mixed table at the Benefit Dinner tonight at the park.

 At Birky Square with The Chuck Wagon Gang.

Culture Contrast

The only reason I took this photo is the contrast of cultures, and yet we share the same territory. Pinecraft is probably the only area where these two cultures share space. 

Concert on Birky Street

 Tonight at six there was a John Schmid concert on Birky Street.
Instead of sitting in the center of the huge crowd, I decided to make a circle around the backside. These are the few I captured.

 This was the first that caught my eye, Norman Eicher formerly from Aylmer Ontario, with his  daughter and baby doll sitting on his shoulders. On his right are his mother and father, who has since moved from Aylmer to Powassan Ontario. 

 Coming prepared to sit, but where?

 A spot was found and these sweet ladies are in the process of getting off.

And the sun set tonight.

There was also the Saturday night concert on Gardenia Street.  Big Olaf was busy and people were in and out of the Deli. And it looked like all the rest of the people were on the streets biking and walking. It was a busy evening.


Cousins: From this...

to this.
Left to right: Mary Stutzman Troyer, Lovina Miller Hershberger, Alma Yoder.
It must be their Mothers were from the Weaver Clan. Nor do I know if these women are first or second or half cousins, but they are cousins.

Chit Chat

Abner Kauffman on the right visiting.

Anna Kauffman on the left visiting. 
The Amish here are not husband and wife. I don't know their connections.

On Wheels

 Pinecraft Wheels, Snow Bird Wheels

Golf Carts, I think there were five on here.

Sisters, wheeling about

Will Yoder, Faith's husband hauling sod.

Katie Fisher on a bike.
 Last winter she biked the Legacy Trail all the way to Venice and back, plus biked to and from the trail head a distance of 5 miles one way. She is quite a lady for her age.

 Segway Travel

Also trying out Segway.

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