[Part 1 in a series of 4]
By Laurie Sherck
People are always asking for ideas for things to do in Shipshewana. Having grown up in this community, I’m all too happy to offer suggestions. My love for Shipshewana goes wayyyyyyy back, and my heartstrings are tied to such memorable experiences that it is extremely difficult for me to narrow my recommendations down, so I’m not EVEN going to try. What I am going to do, is break my suggestions down into tidbits so that you don’t have information overload and just throw up your hands and say “I don’t know where to start!”
Have you seen our new Shipshewana video?
The Shipshewana video highlights 12 Amazing Places to Shop & Visit in Shipshewana. By no means does this video tell the entire story of Shipshewana, but it is a great teaser of what awaits you when you visit us.
Yep! Shipshewana is a Town!
Shortly after the Shipshewana video came out, I starting getting calls and questions asking where they could find this store! For those of you who have never been to Shipshewana, I’ll start by sharing with you that Shipshewana is a small town nestled smack dab in the heart of Amish country, population 677. (Although the town manager just recently told me that we’re up to 690 people, and that’s quite possible since I’ve recently seen a whole new crop of babies!) We’re a small town with a lot of personality, unpredictable experiences, unique places to shop, friendly faces to become acquainted with, and things to do that keeps bringing people back again and again.
So, Let’s Begin!
Well…., have you watched the new Shipshewana video? ! What did you think? I know, right?! So what has these people smiling and enjoying themselves? I’m so glad you asked… Let’s just take a few highlights from the video.
Homemade Ice Cream, Hand-painted Signs, and Norm The Painter
All of the above and more, are favorite stops at the Shipshewana Trading Place Flea Market, the Midwest’s largest flea market. Come to Shipshewana on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May through September and you will meet people like George who will custom paint a sign for you while you wait. A lot of locals enjoy his work, so don’t be surprised if you see his signs displayed in businesses throughout Shipshewana. Then there’s Norm, who says he’ll paint on almost anything. He’s been talking with visitors and painting at his booth at the Flea Market for more than a decade. And, Yes! There is the homemade ice cream, locally made cookies, bread and fried pies at the flea market and more! Yummmmy! Is your mouth watering yet? Aisles and aisles of the ordinary to the extraordinary awaits those who visit the Shipshewana Flea Market
Cabbies Always have the Best Stories
It’s true! The buggy and carriage drivers have the greatest tales and can answer your inquiries about Shipshewana and the Amish culture probably better than most. With a small town population of only 677 people, we know each other pretty well and have some humorous and great Shipshewana stories. Whether you want to take a quick tour around Shipshewana, or a long ride through the countryside, a buggy or carriage ride is a relaxing and fun way to experience and learn about Shipshewana. Pictured in the video is Blue Gate Carriage Company. Shipshewana offers other buggy rides services and tours as well, such us Buggy Lane Tours and Miller’s Buggy Line. To find out how and where to meet up with your cabbie, visit www.Shipshewana.com.
Learn To Play A Dulcimer in 3 minutes!
That’s the claim Simple Sounds makes when you enter this one-of-a kind music store. What started as a small dulcimer shop in 1989 has evolved into a full service acoustic folk music store and more. Stop in and give it a try, what do you have to lose?! Who knows, you could end up being the hit at the next family get together and impress everyone with your dulcimer skills! Singalongs are always great fun at parties. Owner of Simple Sounds, Jen Lipscomb’s love of music runs deep and it shows! Jen and her crew at Simple Sounds, located in The Davis Mercantile, love teaching people to play a dulcimer. If I can do it, anyone can!
That’s Not All Folks!
I really could go on and on with suggestions & ideas for your Shipshewana visit, but I will save those for future blogs. For the present, for more places to shop and things to do in Shipshewana, plan your trip now at www.shipshewana.com.
Laurie Sherck, Director of Shipshewana Retail Merchants, is a wife of 42 years, mother of 4, grandmother of 11 and loves to tell people why Shipshewana is so special…. Just ask her!