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Middlebury 2017 Festival Schedule
Summer Festival   Friday & Saturday, August 11 & 12
Fall Festival   Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16
Hometown Holidays   Friday, November 17

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Local Author Book Signing at Das Dutchman Essenhaus  – Saturday July 1


Author and local resident, Chris J. Miller will visit Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana, to conduct an autograph session on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 9am-11am in the Bakery lobby of the Restaurant to highlight his recent work entitled “A Journey to the Future.”

Chris Miller’s collection of family-related stories are poignantly written in this inspirational piece. Beginning with historical essays entitled The Early Church, The Anabaptists and Coming to America, “A Journey to the Future” narrows down Mr. Miller’s patriarchal Miller family, over several generations, to his own birth family of ten members. High on the list of memories presented in this book are objects such as Lester’s gun, Mom’s “Bibel,” Levi’s chairs, Elizabeth’s (homemade) fern stand, Grandma’s clock, Christian’s 1785 Ausbund hymnal, C.J.’s 1928 Chevy, ‘Schmidt’ Miller’s hammer, Perry’s shotgun, the Miller cradle, the Chrisner gravestones, and Dad’s John Deere, many of which are still preserved as family heirlooms. Chris’ preservation of family stories sets a good example for others to follow, while honoring the legacies of those who have gone before him in faith and hope.

Additional information regarding Das Dutchman Essenhaus can be obtained by calling 800-455-9471, or online at

New Chamber Member:
A & B Lawn and Landscape 

Names left to right: Scott Cooper, Dominic Devito, Kaitlyn Stout (owner), Gary Miller, Bryan Stout (owner), not pictured Dustin Kemp and Roger Huffman, Chamber Board of Directors President.

Join us in welcoming our newest member to the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce!

A & B Lawn and Landscape is owned by Bryan and Kaitlyn Stout and has been in business since 2006. They started out with just doing lawn maintenance (mowing, pruning, snow plowing, etc.) and in 2016 added the excavating division. A & B is a full service excavating and landscape company offering everything from site work such as lot clearing, basements, septic, and final grades, to gravel driveway installations, aggregate material delivery, lawn installations, landscape installations, lawn mowing, pruning, and snow plowing.

A & B Lawn and Landscape 564-238-6458

Local Author to Visit Das Dutchman Essenhaus for Book Signing – Saturday July 8

MIDDLEBURY – Author and local resident, Lloyd S. Troyer will visit Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana, to conduct an autograph session on Saturday, July 8 from 8 am-10 am in the Menu Dining lobby of the Restaurant to highlight his recent work, “Time for Giving”.

“Time for Giving” is a personal memoir written by Mr. Troyer which highlights the lessons and life-changing experiences he had during his volunteer time with Habitat for Humanity.  Written within the pages of this inspirational piece are the stories of those whom Habitat for Humanity has touched.  During his time with Habitat for Humanity, Mr. Troyer became closely connected with fellow volunteer and former President, Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter.  The forward for “Time for Giving” is personally written by President Carter.

“We built 293 houses in the Philippines in one week at six different cities,” Troyer said. “I went on a pre-visit trip about three weeks prior to review their plans to be ready for the approximately 14,000 volunteers for the week of the build. After the build, Loretta and I spent a few extra days with Jimmy and Rosalynn traveling in the Philippines. He’s (Carter) so well respected everywhere he goes. He’s showed nothing but respect. And he shows respect to the lowest of lowest people who have nothing during a build.”

Also present during the signing will be representative, Amy Zakiewicz of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County.  Mr. Troyer has requested that 100% of all proceeds from this signing go directly to this magnanimous organization.

Additional information regarding Das Dutchman Essenhaus can be obtained by calling 800-455-9471, or online at

Flashback Friday: Movies in the Park

14th Annual Chamber Golf Classic
Register Today! Early Bird Registration Ends August 1.

Middlebury Hosting 9 Life-Size Bronze Sculptures
These 9 sculptures are part of a huge public art display that opens for free viewing this week! This epic art display features the engaging and patriotic work of American sculptor Seward Johnson. There are 56 life-size (or bigger) bronze sculptures installed in the downtowns of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, and Wakarusa. Make sure you find them all! (And yes, you can touch them.)

Interact and be photographed with these extraordinary works of art. Post your fun selfies and pics using #EpicArtAdventures and #QuiltGardens.

Open for public viewing from May 16 – October 20. Find out more.

Seward Johnson, Portrait of an American Artist
from Epic Art Adventures
Seward Johnson is an American artist who began his career as a painter before turning to sculpture. Johnson has long been considered one of the most widely recognized sculptors of our time and his works have developed a large and loyal following. More than 450 of Johnson’s life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums around the world and in prominent displays in places such as Times Square and Rockefeller Center in New York City, Pacific Place of Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome.

Johnson is noted for collections that depict people engaged in everyday activities, works inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and interpretations of cultural icons. A monumental scale sculpture of Johnson’s is on display at Pioneer Court (Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River) in Chicago, and his life-size works have been on exhibition in recent years in Carmel, Crown Point and Warsaw. At 86, Johnson remains active creating new pieces. For more information about Seward Johnson click here.

Middlebury Was Featured in USA Today!
This photo of a Middlebury farm was featured in USA Today’s 
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The Mail Order Bride Premier
Essenhaus Heritage Hall May 2 – June 30

Enjoy an afternoon or evening of LIVE theatre at Essenhaus Heritage Hall during the featured stage production, “The Mail Order Bride”, from May 2 to June 30! Experience a delightful and comic tale of caring, compassion, and humor as two people try to face the differences of culture and new beginnings and a gossipy townsfolk who must learn not to jump to conclusions.

In early spring of 1920, English resident Eli Whittier was on his way to Pennsylvania when his ship was swept into a storm landing him in Newfoundland, Canada.  He has worked two years as a lumberjack, de facto preacher and schoolteacher for a comically gossipy townsfolk, all to save enough money to send for his fiancée, Molly.  And that’s where the fun begins.  Despite his constant writing and care, Molly has married the postman who delivered Eli’s love letters.  In an effort to smooth the rough tides, Molly buys an unknowing Eli a mail-order bride and sends her to him.  The day the ship arrives, Eli’s joy quickly turns to confusion as he discovers a shy but beautiful young Anya instead of his fiancée, Molly.  Now Eli must choose whether to take young Anya as his wife or scrounge up enough money to send her home.  Can Eli teach a young lady to love him when she has come from a culture where women just do as they’re told?  And will Anya learn to love and adjust to the new culture?  Can they both make this arrangement happen before the boat leaves in a week, or will the gossiping townsfolk destroy everything?

Experience Essenhaus Heritage Hall, where each performance is enriching, creative, hopeful and suitable for the entire family!  Tickets for this event are available now via telephone, online at and on-site at the Inn and menu dining registration desk during business hours.  Reserved tickets are $20 per adult, $18 for children 12 and under, and $16 for groups of nine or more.  Dinner & Theatre packages are available. “The Mail Order Bride” is written by Daris Howard. Presented by special arrangement with Drama Source. Directed by Kevin Eyer.

The main campus of Das Dutchman Essenhaus is located at 240 US 20, Middlebury, IN.  Additional information regarding the Essenhaus can be obtained by calling 800-455-9471 or online at

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