Wine and Cheese

Please join us for our trip to visit wineries on Friday, September 28, 2018.  Boarding will begin at 8:00 a.m, with an 8:15 departure.  Our first stop will be the Mon Ami Winery in Port Clinton.  Mon Ami is one of the oldest wineries in the region. The winery was built in 1873 as the Catawba Island Wine Company.  In 1937,  The Mon Ami Champagne Company bought the winery and moved from Sandusky to Catawba where bottles of Champagne and wine were produced.   Meier’s Wine bought the winery in 1980.  In 2000, the present owners renovated the kitchen and the dining area.  At Mon A mi we will tour the winery,  enjoy wine samplings and have a buffet lunch.  We will leave at 12:30 for the Firelands Winery in Sandusky.

Firelands will give us a tour of their facility which includes the bottling labeling.  Along with the 4 ‘flight’ tasting, we will also be served cheese and crackers for a of  palate cleanser.  Firelands Winery is the parent of Mon Ami, Lonz, Manley and Dover wines.  The name is from the Revolutionary War where the area north central Ohio had been burned by the British.  As settlers moved in, they brought their heritage of wine making.  The original cellar was built in 1880.  Firelands is the largest winery in Ohio.  We will depart Firelands at 2:15 for our next stop at the Paper Moon Vineyards Winery in Vermillion.  Paper Moon has a tasting room overlooking a grassy courtyard with a view of the vineyards and pond.  Paper Moon does more than make wines. In 2015, they began making hard cider from the local, fresh-pressed apples.  We will sample 5 different wines and/or cider.  We will re-board the bus at 4:00for our next destination, Vermillion, Ohio.

Vermilion calls itself a small town on a great lake and we will have a chance to explore the city.  There are shops, hand dipped ice cream, art and a drug store with a soda fountain.  We will then re-board the bus and leave at 6:00 p.m. for our arrival back at Humenik Funeral Chapel at 6:30.  The cost of this trip is only $55.00



Amish Country – Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Please join us for a fun filled trip to Amish Country.  We will board the bus at 7:45 a.m. departing at 8:00.  The first stop is the Wendell August Gift Shop and Forge.  Wendell Forge is the oldest and largest maker of precious metal ornaments, jewelry and home décor.  The craftsmanship is wonderful and they have gifts for all occasions.  From there, our next stop is the Hillcrest Orchard in Walnut Creek.  Family owned and operated Hillcrest Orchard has 22 varieties of apples and 12 varieties of peaches.  In addition to the many fruits, Hillcrest also offers local meats, chesses, nuts and  snacks.

The next destination is the Der Dutchman, for a delicious homemade Amish lunch.  After lunch we will head to Coblerntz Chocolate Company.  Try their delicious hand dipped chocolate and hand-rolled truffles.  There is an observation area to watch the candy being made.  From chocolate to cheese, the next adventure is Walnut Creek Cheese.  Walnut Creek Cheese is more than just cheese.  Check out their bakery, meats, jams, pickled veggies, honey and so much more.  We will leave the Cheese shops for our next destination, David Warther Carvings.  David Warther is a 5th generation master ivory carver.  The museum features over 80 carvings.  Some of the carvings represent the “History of the Ship” from the 1st Dynasty Egypt to modern day.

Our last stop will be the Silvermoon Winery in Dover, Ohio.  We plan to arrive at 4:45, giving us an hour to sample six different wines.  After tasting, the glass is yours to keep as a souvenir. Our trip will end back at Humenik at 6:00 p.m.  All this fun for only $55.00.  We hope you can join us.



Sneak Preview–November 30 Trip

On Friday, November 30, we will head to Michigan to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland,  the largest Christmas Store in the world.  If shopping isn’t for you, stay on the bus to  downtown Frankenmuth.  Frankenmuth is also known  as “Little Bavaria”.   Lunch will be on your own at both places.  After lunch, our next stop is Crossroads Village, the home of  the  ‘Huckleberry Finn’ steam ‘ locomotive.  The Huckleberry will take us on a tour of Christmas lights.   All this for the same price as last year, $85.00.  We look forward to seeing you.



Grief. A simple word, a complex of mixed emotions. Dictionaries have different meanings for “grief”. Mariam Webster defines grief as  “deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement, an unfortunate outcome”. Yet, defines grief as “mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret; a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.”  Too many words that cannot explain grief or its stages.  So, really, what is grief?

In her book “On Death and Dying” Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross explained the five stages of dying/grieving. Professionals still recognize these stages of grief as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Denial, a feeling that life makes no sense in our shock.  Simply trying to get through another day while being numb. That is nature’s way of letting in only as much as we can handle. Anger is another step.  How dare he/she do this? Lashing out to your friends and family for no reason. Realizing why you are angry can help. Another stage is bargaining.  What if. What if I did/said/or will be different from here on out. What if I? Simple fact, ‘what if’ doesn’t matter. There is nothing left to bargain. This realization can lead to depression. Depression  is withdrawing from life. One can sink too much into depression but help is available.  The last stage of the process is acceptance. Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote, “We can never replace what has been lost, but we can make new connections, new meaningful relationships. We move, we change, we grow, we evolve”.   Grief has no time limit.

Humenik Funeral Chapel has a page on their newly designed website that deals with grief. Our links provide you with help at the click of a mouse or finger. Reach out. Help is available. In our complimentary book “Humenik Funeral Chapel”, there is a section on grief. All of this and more is available through our website and our book. While grief can’t really be explained in a few words, we at Humenik understand. We truly dedicate ourselves to the “caring and personal service in the tribute to life”.