"A piece of the past makes an excellent present!"
Lehman's Amish Store
Once again Airstreamers were welcomed to Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, OH by TAC -- The Airstream Club! A favorite spring break-out rally that just keeps getting better, this year a record 17 trailers gathered to renew Airstream attachments and roam the Amish countryside.
Not wanting to miss a minute of this TAC rally, I slipped out on Thursday morning with the Silvermine and the pups . . . and without Tom. This suited him just fine, as he planned to drive over Friday after school . . . in the MGB! Wooster is an easy 2 hour 30 minute drive straight across Route 30 and I was the 5th Airstream to arrive shortly after noon.
The fairground assigned us to an open, grassy spot with electricity and water provided, and the use of a building for all of our gatherings, games, and going-ons. Outside there was plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the warming temperatures as Airstreams continued to arrive.
Our first destination was Lehman's in the burg of Kidron --a general store known for its vast selection of non-electric appliances and Amish-friendly supplies. It has products, gifts and gadgets from the useful to the nostalgic. A few pictures will show more than I can aptly describe.
The last stop on our circuit was Keim Lumber Company in a little town named Charm. Charm was so small it wasn't even on the GPS or the map -- but the way to Keim Lumber was well marked! Keim had everything that a regular hardware store would offer with lots of Amish people doing their shopping. Making it unique was an exotic lumber shop displaying 120 different species of woods from six continents. Keim has been serving the Amish local needs since 1911.
Berlin, Ohio is a tiny little town smack dab in the middle of Amish Country. If you drive through it during the off hours it can appear quaint . . . but empty. If you travel back through during peak time, there is no parking and the sidewalks are packed with a steady stream of shoppers.
Back at the rally site, folk were gathering to prepare for an evening of potluck and games. Nobody eats better than campers at a pitch-in dinner, and this one had the added advantage of being inside a cozy, convenient building.
And the meal was just the start of the evening. Loren and Michael hosted a silent auction that defrayed rally costs (breakfast each morning!) and provided entertainment as prizes were drawn and awarded. Tom and I both scored and Tom even modeled his flamingo boxers for the folk.
Next Jason conducted a white elephant gift exchange that kept the crowd laughing as gifts were chosen . . . and stolen. Poor John managed to chose a steady stream of great wrapped gifts from the table, just to have them snatched -- one after another!
An outdoor campfire rounded out Saturday night. Sunday morning breakfast was served as threatening weather urged us on to hitch up the silver rigs.
Next year we are all hoping to "Cummin Z-Back" to Amish Country!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown