|Hand Carvers at Merry Go Round Museum|
|Merry Go Round Museum|
|Zinc (French Bistro|
Three local counties are referred to as the Firelands. Why? At the end of the Revolutionary War, many Connecticut homeowners were burned out of their homesteads by the retreating Brits. The new government rewarded these patriots with new land in the “Western Reserve,” which is why many towns around here have names similar to mine back in CT: Norwalk, Greenwich, New London.
|National Construction Equipment Museum|
Bowling Green, OH
|At National Construction Equipment Museum|
Bowling Green, OH
|Bowling Green, OH|
|Butler, IN Eat 'N Haus|
|Dozzy Coburn and friends at the "Mayor's Table Butler Eat N Haus|
|Butler Eat N Haus|
The first town I hit in Indiana is Butler, and I was ready for dinner. Good thing it’s Chicken Buffet night at the Butler Eat ‘N Haus, owned by warm, but camera-shy Robin Helbert. My B&B hosts for the night (Maple Leaf B&B in Waterloo – more on that later) had invited me to meet them, and little did I know that we’d be joined by 6 others at the “Mayor’s Table.” It was a great, feisty bunch of retirees that included the (deceased) Mayor’s wife, “Dozzy” Coburn. The buffet was good, homemade and cooked just right – all for $7.25 per person. I tried the Sugar Cream Pie (an Indiana concoction of lots of sugar, milk and flour – no eggs), while trying to keep from cracking up at the antics and comments bursting forth around me. Dozzy told me that after the restaurant had labeled her usual table the “Mayor’s Table” other patrons began to complain. So the other tables were called the “Whiners Tables.” The names stuck.
|Red, White and Blue Parfait|
Maple Leaf B&B
|Maple Leaf B&B owners,|
Ken and Candi Sturber
working in the Camping Ministry. “We were too young for the rocking chair,” said Candi, so when they discovered that the house that Candi loved when she first saw it in the 1970’s was on the market, the Sturbers took it as a “sign from G-d.” Everything just fell into place. Though Candi and Ken “serve with Christian love,” faiths of all kind are welcome to their peaceful and nicely appointed B&B. Small details, like a flashlight and earplugs by the bed (the house sits near train tracks), breakfast orders taken in the evening (Candi has prepared breakfast as early as 4:30am for workmen), and coffee brought upstairs before breakfast, make this a very pleasant stay indeed. Candi’s “Red, White and Blue Parfait” is made from fresh strawberries and blueberries picked from her family farm in Ohio. Her fresh-baked cranberry-orange scones are a favorite of the many Tea Parties she hosts (complete with hats) for many different groups. The Maple Leaf recently hosted a 4-generation group of women. A special place.