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November IFLBCC Amish Dinner


Story and Photos by Denny Elimon

Illinois Flat Land British Car Club members at the Amish home of Marven & Sarah Helmuth

Illinois Flat Land British Car Club members enjoyed an Amish dinner, along with a visit in the Amish home of Marven & Sarah Helmuth. The Helmuth’s welcomed everyone and invited them to feel free to enjoy a buggy ride and announced that any questions they wished to ask regarding their faith & life style would be answered.

British and Amish Buggies
British and Amish Buggies

Members relaxed in the home as others enjoyed a true one horsepower buggy ride with Marven and his horse Peggy.  Each ride allowed Marven the opportunity to get to know club members.

Buggy Rides
Sarah Helmuth whose work day starts at 03:00 a.m. six days a week and 04:00 a.m. Sunday ending daily at 09:00p.m had prepared a meal in true home cooked Amish fashion. The meal featured salads, real mashed potatoes, meatloaf balls, Amish made noodles, baked Amish chicken breast, vegetable, fresh made bread complete with apple & peanut butter-each offering passed family style with everyone encouraged to enjoy as they would be passed several times.  After the main course diners were offered apple pie, chocolate pie, or coconut pie each freshly baked-once again diners were informed to enjoy one or all. Drinks were offered such as fresh coffee and ice tea. Each meal serving was exceptionally prepared and a true dining experience by propane lighting.
Amish Dinner TableDuring and after the meal Marven Helmuth encouraged guest to ask their questions and offered insight into the Amish beliefs and history. The Helmuth family hosting the dinner was then introduced with a comment that the very youngest member granddaughters, observed driving a small pony driven buggy, were being entertained by the buggy baby sitter.

The Helmuth family was thanked for providing the club with the Amish family sharing opportunity. Sarah informed everyone that she had salad dressings, fresh bread, apple butter, noodles, and other items available for sale, many members made purchases.
Club members departed with the escort of numerous buggies battery power lighted in route to the local community center. Participants announced a desire to consider scheduling another dinner in years to come.

November IFLBCC Amish Dinner

An Amish Dinner has been arranged for November 7, 2015 at the home of Marvin & Sarah Helmuth,  Arthur, Illinois.,

We will meet at the parking lot of Arthur High School, 301 E Columbia St, Arthur, IL 61911 at 2:30 p.m with departure at 2:45 pm to Helmuths for dinner to be served at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner’s will be eighteen dollars per person payable in cash.

Marvin has offered to provide a tour of his farm and barns featuring Dutch horse’s before dinner. He wanted us to know he did not have any English horses. Then for a donation, he has also offered a one horse Amish buggy ride.

This will be an event you’ll remember for years. We still laugh about our buggy ride from over 10 years ago, well worth our $2.00.

Please rsvp By Nov.4th to, we need an accurate head count

Name & Number attending_________________________________________

Attending Tour-number included  ___________________________________

Buggy Ride (donation) number  ___________________

Requested Pie    ____________________(pumpkin,apple,cherry, etc.

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Eating in Sarah Helmuth’s Amish kitchen has a way of bringing strangers together like they are old friends, says her husband, Marvin.He should know, since the Helmuths regularly open their home to visitors craving an Amish meal with all the trimmings.“Enjoying a meal in their home is more than just great food,” said Jane Churchill, a recent dinner guest from Springfield. “You get interesting, friendly conversation, too.”The Amish couple offer meals in their Sullivan home six days a week, and reservations are available to parties of four to 76 for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The Helmuths have been entertaining guests in their home for four years. It all began in 2008 when doctors discovered that Marvin Helmuth had a brain tumor. While it wasn’t malignant, it had to be removed, and like many Amish, the Helmuths didn’t have health insurance. In addition, their daughter, Marry Lou, suffered from meningitis as a child and was left with a severe brain injury.

Thus, Sarah’s Home Cookin’ was started in 2009. The business has grown every year. In 2012, they served 2,050 guests from 43 counties. So far in 2013, they have had a little more than 500 guests and with summer, their busiest season, Marvin expects to serve even more this year. And, with a menu, visitors are guaranteed not to leave the table hungry.Breakfast begins early at the Helmuth house. Sarah Helmuth says her normal time to rise is 3:45 a.m.