Monday, July 28, 2014

Amish Auction

   This weekend was the annual Amish auction to support the community school near where my sister lives in Wisconsin.  The Amish are a religious group that do not use electricity or any other modern conveniences and dress in a very distinctive way.  The auction is open to anyone and it is a very fun event.

 
Hundreds of handmade quilts are made by the community and auctioned off.




The auction is a benefit for the Clearview School.  The Amish pay taxes but they accept no funds from the government and support their own schools.  Amish children only go to school through the 8th grade.

This young courting couple was waiting for the auctioneer to get to this wagon in hopes of buying it.  (Amish consider photographs "graven images".  I tried to respect their beliefs and only photographed them from the back.)
 
The Amish make beautiful high quality wood furniture.
 
A highlight of the day -- homemade pie and ice cream. The horse turns the crank to make the ice cream, saving the humans a lot of work! 
 

The Amish still travel only by horse and buggy and there were a number of these for sale, from 2-seaters to family size.
 
Thousands of baked items are for sale, all made the day and night before the auction in homes and a tiny bakery on a farm. 
 
 
   I have a lot of respect for a people who can maintain their customs and beliefs in today's American culture.  The Amish make wonderful neighbors and take you back to a slower and more peaceful time when families and friends could sit on hay bales, eat a piece of pie, and visit with the neighbors. 

Thanks for reading my blog today.  I really appreciate your comments and enjoy reading your blog in return.
 

31 comments:

  1. I hope you bought something! I bet the quilts were beautiful! I sat in a chair like that last week at a local Amish Furniture place it was very comfortable. Now that is a great way to make ice cream! :)

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  2. Cynthia, Amish people are great community and it is amazing that can live in their community respect their customs in 21 st century. Amazing group.

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  3. You cannot but admire any community that has managed to sidestep modern life with all its commercialism. The quality of goods looks excellent from the photos. How much work must go into making those quilts.

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  4. Very interesting to such a different culture still existing in our modern times. You've got to admire that kind of persistence. Great photos.

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  5. What a wonderful post and I hope they sold many of their beautiful handmade quilts. I would have loved to purchase some of the apple pies.

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  6. Wonderful photos of the Amish auction ~ what an event to see and share on OWT ~ thanks,

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. I bet the quilts were beautiful and their furniture well made. I would love to attend one of their auctions!

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  8. Great photos! Look at all the baked goods lined up on the tables. My goodness! I very much appreciate handcrafted items, from food to textiles, to furniture. I hope they made a lot of money.

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  9. I lived among the Amish as I was growing up and also raising my family. These photos brought back memories. Wish I could have seen the quilts and bought something at the bake sale!

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  10. Love your images. There are Amish families in my community too.

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  11. That looks so interesting, I would love to go to one of these one day. Lovely photos Cynthia.

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  12. It sounds an interesting day. Did you buy anything? I was hoping to visit an Amish farm when we toured the States but our bus didn't stop in that area it just sailed on through. We did see some horse and carriages and that was all. I was disappointed but now I've seen some of it on your blog.

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    1. I would have loved a quilt, but all I bought was pie and ice cream. Cherry pie, my favorite!

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  13. I have a lot of respect for anyone able to adopt a lifestyle which goes against the grain of the modern world. Looks like an interesting day.

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  14. I would have loved to have been there that day to buy some food and maybe a quilt. Very nice!

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  15. That is special they stiil live in the past time.

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  16. No matter their odd beliefs and antiquated dress, they at least keep the old crafts well and truly alive. Beautiful quilts and woodwork.

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  17. This is one activity I would love to be in for real someday. I'll do it first chance I get. I find the Amish very interesting and I like their ways, their craft, food and art. Oh, the wood work and quilts!

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  18. I could imagine how beautiful the quilts are....

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  19. What a truly wonderful day out, its certainly something I would love to do. I bet those quilts were a delight. The Amish are certainly to be admired it can't be easy to stick to their traditions in this day and age. A beautiful blog I will follow your adventures with interest.

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  20. What a beautiful world presented by you here....nice captures indeed.

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  21. I can't believe I've only just seen your post!!! serves me right for having a larger lunch yesterday. This is my idea of a day out, I love it. I'm no quilt maker but they are beautiful, the chair is stunning and the whole day looks fantastic, I wish I could have gone. Thanks for sharing I've really enjoyed it x

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  22. Some great pictures of a simpler life. I wonder how they would react to our blogging?

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  23. Cynthia, I have lived near Amish many times in my life and have been included in their festivities such as the annual pig roast. They are wonderful neighbors! This auction looks like such fun. Did you bring anything home? I have always wanted an Amish quilt but they go for quite a bit of money.

    Thank you for respecting their feeling on photographs, so many don't.

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  24. It looks like a lovely slower paced lifestyle. I am amazed that they allow outsiders to their fair. How interesting it must have been to visit. And those quilts would be of such high quality they would be a treasure to purchase and use. Such an interesting post. Thank you. Have a lovely week and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  25. Holy catfish or even Great White Sharks!!!!! The Amish visit to Wisconsin certainly got you an interested lot of comments.
    Thanks for the history by e-mail. I had no idea that the Amish were in Wisconsin. Actually it made a lot of sense. The #3 photo of those quilts - incredible - they certainly know how to sew and make wonderful furniture.
    I don't think, well I know of, no Amish communities in Australia.
    They certainly live a different lifestyle.
    Well done report. Now we must get onto Northfields and Mankato in Minn. I'll e-mail questions.
    Lovely day here but still no bloody rain - I think Huey above has forgotten us!
    Cheers
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)

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  26. Hi Cynthia
    I would so liked to have joined you for what looks like a great day out. I am always intrigued by the Amish communities and I love the way many of your comments say what wonderful neighbours they make.
    Wren x

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  27. We could all stand to "simplify." Thanks for sharing.

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  28. My goodness I would have loved being there! I love old fashioned anything and have always wanted to visit the Amish people.

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  29. I would love to have visited there. I admire their quilts especially.

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  30. I remember visiting an Amish town. We went into a restaurant and stuck out like sore thumbs. Everyone was Caucasian with rosy cheeks and stared at us since we were Asian. It was a strange experience. We had to drive behind a horse and buggy too. I can't imagine living without all the technology we're so used to.

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