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Region 2

Regional Director: 

Christine Waller

 Region 2 Meets in Shipshewana, Indiana


Shipshewana, Indiana

Shipshewana is celebrated for being home to the third largest Amish community in the United States, for having the Midwest’s largest flea market, and for its reputation of hand-crafted wares. There are many unique shopping opportunities not to be missed.  Most area businesses are family-owned. Where did the name “Shipshewana” come from? It is named for the lake of the same name. The lake was named for a Potawatomi Indian, Cup-ci-wa-no, “Vision of a Lion”. It is also the location of the Menno-Hof Amish and Mennonite Museum, which we will be visiting after our Saturday meeting. Shipshewana is located 11 miles south of the Michigan state line and is easily accessible from the Indiana Toll Road Interstate 80/90, Interstate 69, and U.S. Highways 6, 20, and 33.

Come join your flow blue friends for a fun-filled weekend in charming Shipshewana. Spring will have sprung, and the landscape will be awash in an array of beautiful blooms. The meeting will be held April 26-27, 2019, at the lovely Blue Gate Garden Inn; this is the newest and largest hotel in the heart of the town. The Inn has an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, arcade and fitness center. Other amenities include an Ice Creamery & Pizzeria, located off the lobby area for those wanting a sweet treat or late evening snack. Multiple gathering spaces are located on each floor to encourage visiting and “catching up” with friends. Consider bringing your children and/or grandchildren for a fun family vacation.

We can’t visit Shipshewana and not have at least one Amish-style meal. So, for Friday evening, we have reservations at the Blue Gate Restaurant at 6:00 pm. The restaurant is located at 175 N. Van Buren. The food is not to be missed. Also attached is the Blue Gate Bakery (moderation is required here). You find all sorts of fresh baked breads, pies, cookies and more.

Saturday morning our meeting begins at 9:00 am with table sales, the always-popular show and tell and a raffle to benefit the FBICC.  Any attendee may participate in show and tell and the table sales. Table sales are not limited to dealers. The meeting will adjourn at approximately 11:30-12:00 noon.  Lunch is on your own, followed by the Menno-Hof Museum tour at 1:00 pm.

After lunch, at 1 pm, everyone is highly encouraged to visit the Menno-Hof Museum, located at 510 S. Van Buren St. This is a non-profit information center in Shipshewana that teaches visitors about the Amish and Mennonite cultures. The activity will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, and we will receive both a guided and self-guided tour, including hands-on exhibits. The admission fee is included in our club meeting registration fee. 

Optional activities to consider:

Buggy rides- How often do you get a chance to take a buggy ride through the spring countryside with an Amish guide? It’s fun, informational and an opportunity to see some of the local area. Duration of rides are from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Prices depend on ride duration. We used Buggy Lane Tours. Phone: 574 333-9584.

Amish farm tour: Visit an Amish working farm: feed the animals, view and try milking a cow, sample the milk, and experience a guided tour of the farm. Price: $25/person

Evening meal in an Amish home, known as a “thrasher”. Price: $25/person

Take advantage of a real Amish meal in an authentic Amish home. The farm tour and thrasher meal can be combined or done separately. There is a price reduction if combining both activities. Price: $49/person.

If you decide to tour an Amish farm or attend a “thrasher,” please let me know, as a one week advance notice is requested. I will make the reservations; however, payment is made individually.

A block of rooms: 10 King Singles and 3 King Singles with a patio are available for a group rate of $102.98 (plus tax). Also, a block of 16 Royal Suites (these have 2 bedrooms) are available for a group rate of $114.98 (plus tax). Breakfast is included in the nightly rates.  To make a lodging reservation, contact the hotel directly no later than March 22, 2019. Be sure to mention you are with the “Flow Blue Club” and provide the group code – flow blue. If you are booking more than one room, a request for adjacent rooms must be made at the time of reservation. After March 22, the block of rooms set aside for the group will be released to the public, so the hotel may not honor a room request at the group rate after that date. If you need to cancel a reservation, you must do so within 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid any charges. Check-in is 3 pm. Check out is 11 am. No pets are allowed.

Blue Gate Garden Inn

800 S. Van Buren St.

Shipshewana, Indiana

(800) 545-4725 (toll free)

Group code rates listed under “flow blue”

Please complete and return the attached registration form and mail to me no later than March 22, 2019. FBICC members from other regions are strongly encouraged to attend, so contact your fellow flow blue and mulberry friends and encourage them to come. Better yet, bring a friend or family member who is not currently an FBICC member. Non-members are more than welcome to attend this regional meeting.

Contact Christine Waller directly with any questions at or 773 283-0955 (home) or 773 343-8458 (cell).

Click on the link below to download the registration form:

Downloadable Region 2 Registration Form