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the most wonderful thing

Tonight as I was coming home from the grocery store, I turned the corner and there on the lawn of our local Inn were about thirty young amish men and women singing, they were quite a sight.  I parked and got out, and people were crossing the streets and walking over to where they were to watch, they sang and yodeled for over an hour, I don't know why, I have never seen this before but it was the most wonderful thing to listen to, I hope they do it again sometime and I have time to come home and get my camcorder......

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Very Interesting. Would mind hearing something like that myself.

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Hmmmm.  I don't know about this.  I have this sneaky feeling that these young people were paid by the "local inn" to sing.  This is very unusual for Amish young folks as Kevin said.  Especially, the yodeling?  That will sometimes be done among ourselves in informal settings but never in public.  That would be like a performance and most Amish I know of would be against that.  There is nothing edifying about yodeling.

The young folks in my community, during the winter months, will go to local nursing homes to sing.  We hire van drivers to take us.  But we only sing hymns and we certainly don't yodel.

I wish I could have been there to witness this to see if these young folks were really Amish or some other group like Beachy Amish or Mennonites.  Also, what community was this?

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Wow, how cool! I bet it was beautiful!   Cherylames, I'm just curious,would mind telling what part of the country, county or state or city,town-this took place at? Thanks!

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That is neat....But I will say that is also unusual for the Old Order Amish.  Lest anyone think I am criticizing - I absolutely am not, I am simply observing because cultural trends among the Amish are important to me - some Old Order Amish have seem to adopted a more evangelical attitude over the past 10 years ago....The Old Order Amish have traditionally considered evangelizing anathema...but I've seen subtle signs of it recently in religious tracts published by the Amish and sermons...I'm wondering if this singing was a hint of that?  Such a public performance IS unusual...any more info you can give us, Cheryl?

(but, yes, my anthropological interests aside, this does sound like a wonderful scene!)

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How neat! Lucky for you to have come across that!!