Plain City will celebrate its rich heritage by hosting the annual Der Dutchman Heritage Days on May 19 and May 20. Sponsored by Der Dutchman Restaurant and Carlisle Gifts, the celebration includes activities and demonstrations illustrating the skills, foods and customs of Plain City life in days gone by.
The idea of Heritage Days originated with Jerry Miller, former manager of Der Dutchman Restaurant and long-time resident of Plain City. Plain City was once a predominantly Amish and Mennonite community with the first group of Amish settling along the Big Darby Creek in 1896. Many Plain City residents trace their lineage to the prosperous Amish and Mennonite farmers that developed the area.
“It’s important to preserve our area’s heritage and we want to do that in a meaningful and fun way,” event organizer Wayne Nisly said.
The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, with the hog roast meal and a concert by John Schmid and Liberated. Popular among Amish and Mennonites, Schmid is active in prison ministry, singing Johnny Cash-style gospel music. He also performs several songs in the dialect of the Amish: Pennsylvania Dutch. Liberated is a five-piece band from Mt. Hope, Ohio. Their distinctive down-home style is a perfect fit for Heritage Days.
Cost for the dinner and concert Friday evening is $15 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12, and free to children under 6. The meal includes roast pork (cooked and carved on site), corn pudding, baked beans, a beverage and dessert.
Free family-friendly activities begin on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m., ending at 5 p.m. On Saturday, admission is free, but donations are accepted for rides.
Additional activities on Saturday
Horse Parade — 10 a.m.
Der Dutchman’s Horse Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. The parade begins at the Der Dutchman farm, across the street from the restaurant, follows West Avenue, Maple Street, West Main Street, Park Street, West Second Street, West Chillicothe Street and back to the Der Dutchman field and barn.
Entries for the parade are still being accepted. If you would like to be part of the parade, please contact Wayne Nisly at 614-204-8448.
1860s Baseball Game — 1 p.m.
Get your seat for the 1 p.m. annual vintage baseball game in the pasture field next to Der Dutchman Restaurant. The home team will be the Plain City “Long Johns” competing against the traveling “Muffins.” The game will be played with 1860s uniforms and rules, including wooden bats and no gloves.
Live Music — Noon to 5 p.m.
From noon to 5 p.m., the Delaware-based group Clear Run will be singing and playing tunes from the past, including gospel, oldies, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and John Denver.
All day Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy traditional Amish foods, Amish buggy rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides for children, special kids activities and animals you can pet.
Demonstrations will include: glass blowing, broom making, woodworking, blacksmithing and field corn processing. There will be antique machinery on display and in action.
Don’t miss the exciting Great Lakes Timber Show, which features chainsaw carving, ax-throwing, log rolling and lots of clean family humor.
Der Dutchman Heritage Days celebration takes place south of Der Dutchman Restaurant, in the pasture field next to the barn, just off West Street and U.S. Route 42. There is ample parking to the right of the drive leading to the big red barn and plenty of parking at Der Dutchman. In case of rain, the events will continue under the tents. For additional information, contact Wayne Nisly by calling 614-204-8448.