There's no Wednesday Hodgepodge blog hop today, so we'll talk about fun times from the weekend instead.
Basically, I stink when it comes to remembering to take pictures at events or on vacations, so I might have to do some photo borrowing to illustrate our great weekend in Lancaster County, PA. My daughter and I have traveled to this largely Amish and Mennonite area for two previous weekend adventures and have always had a different experience.
Green Dragon Farmers Market in Ephrata, PA so that's where we headed first. I think it's only open on Fridays so it's crowded, but enjoyable. Imagine a giant flea market/farmers market both indoors and out and you've got an accurate picture. It was past our lunchtime by the time we arrived and we were hungry, so we did what everyone does in Lancaster, eat. There was a 1960s vintage-looking, Woolworth's type of restaurant in the main building so we chowed down quickly so we wouldn't waste a moment of fun.
The shopping commenced. We found some Mango Mandarin Body Lotion from Bath & Body Works for $5 that smells good enough to eat, so naturally we both bought some. I brought some tote bags that we loaded with meat, cheese, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. My best deal was apricots for .79 a pound, which unfortunately froze a bit since I put them too close to the freezer part of our hotel's mini refrigerator. That's okay, we ate them anyway and had plenty to bring home.
Our feet were unhappy by then, so we passed by the auction area and had our first auction experience. The auctioneer really does talk funny just like you hear in the movies. At one point I scratched my head and was terrified that I might have just bid on a stuffed McDonald's Hamburgler. I sat rigid, eyes down, and didn't breathe freely until I heard the bid go up.
In a moment of spontaneity, we decided to see if there were any tickets available for Sight and Sound Theatre. We'd both heard about it for years and everyone seems to love it, so despite the very pricey tickets, we decided to go. That meant a quick dash to Katie's Kitchen for dinner and the fun of sitting at the counter like the regulars since we didn't have time to wait for a table. What can I say? Amish and Mennonite cooking is yum. Loaded with starch, but very yum. My daughter and I are somewhat amused by the contradictions between the Amish desire and practice of a simple lifestyle and their use of websites and social media to advertise their businesses. I suspect they constantly struggle to find the right balance.
Lots more to tell, but this is already getting quite lengthy. Needless to say we had a wonderful time together as we always do. It will be the last time for a while, but more about that soon.