See Josiah for President, the Musical — playing in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania this summer and fall.
Amish Country sounds like the perfect escape from politics, doesn’t it? But then again, if you’re looking for a completely different kind of presidential candidate this election year, well, you might want to look in Amish country. But the Amish don’t run for president, you say? Well, what if one got coaxed into doing just that? And even more interesting–what if he won??!
That’s the premise behind Josiah for President, a musical based on the novel Josiah for President, and brought to you by the same team behind The Home Game, The Confession, Half-Stitched, and Our Christmas Dinner. These musicals have been entertaining audiences in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for several years already—and who knows, they just might get Josiah a few write-in votes.
Yes, Josiah is a ficticious character, but his journey to the White House makes for a fun evening of laughter, politics, and high drama. Josiah for President, the Musical will be at:
- The Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana from August 24th to October 25th
- The Star Theater in Sugar Creek, Ohio from June 1 to November 8th
- The Stage at Bird in Hand Family Inn in Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania from July 23rd to November 5th.
While you’re in Shipshewana, be sure to see all the local sights. There is Menno-Hof, where you’ll learn about the history and customs of the Amish and Mennonite communities. You might want to take in an auction or flea market while you’re there, too. And, no visit to Shipshewana is complete without a stop in at the Mercantile Building and nearby shops.
If your visit is on the weekend, there are world class celebrity shows at the Towne Center. And be sure to take a buggy ride, visit Yoder’s General Store, or take your own self-guided tour down the nearby Heritage Driving Trail. And that’s just the start of all there is to do in Shipshewana.
If Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania fits better into your plans, plan to book a Banquet in a Cornfield (available through August), the brainchild of the Smucker family. The Smuckers have several other fine restaurants in the area if you’d rather opt for air-conditioning.
The dates of the Cornfield Banquets are:
- June 29, July 7, 14, 21 and 28
- August 4, 11, 18, 25 and 31
5:45-8:45 pm | 5:15-8:15 pm.
Bird in Hand has auctions, shopping, covered bridges, and a whole lot more.
If Ohio is the direction you’re heading this summer or fall, there are plenty of things to do and see while you’re in Sugar Creek, too. Restaurants, shopping, cheese factories, and plenty more. And talk about beautiful farm land, all three communities offer that.
So wherever your Amish travels take you this summer and fall, we hope you’ll visit one of the theaters and see Josiah for President. It’s a nice respite from the current political scene, and we have a feeling you’ll fall in love with this fictional character who is as far outside the Washington beltway as you can get. People from all over America are saying it’s the perfect escape from the nightly news. We hope you’ll agree.
Martha Bolton is the author of 88 books, including her newest, The Home Game, which has now been adapted into a play. She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for fifteen years, and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. She has also written for dozens of comedians and entertainers, including Phyllis Diller, Wayne Newton, and Mark Lowry. Her popular series of books for middle-agers (Didn’t My Skin Used to Fit?, Cooking With Hot Flashes, and others) have addressed the subject of growing older in a fun and fresh way.