2014 Optics Fling

Time & Optics – 38 Years of doing quality business!

6954 CR77, Millersburg, OH 44654 PH 330-674-0210

2nd Annual 2014 Optics Fling – Free event

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Location: Time & Optics Dates: June 6-7 Hours: 8:00-5:00pm

Door prizes every hour —– Free coffee and donuts from a local bakery!

This is what you have been waiting for! An optics event in Amish Country in the Heart of Ohio.

Only minutes to popular places like Heini’s Cheese, Troyer Cheese, Walnut Creek Cheese, Kauffman Bakery, The Farm in Walnut Creek, Hershberger’s Truck Patch and many other places. Also lots of well known restaurants and furniture stores!

Each person or group of people will be served on a one-on-one basis in this “try-before-you-buy” event which will be an amazing opportunity to try out all kinds of binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, and other outdoor birding gear and supplies.

There will be some used, discontinued, or otherwise on sale items including binoculars and spotting scopes.

Used books, magazines, and other bird related items will also be available at affordable costs!

Representatives from major optics companies will be on site to demo their products.

If you have any questions about birds, optics, digiscoping or anything else, there should be someone at this event to answer you questions.

Book signing will be held at the event on Friday June 6th at 4-5pm, and Saturday June 7th at 11am-1pm

Featuring: Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, authors of Kaufman field guides. Meet and visit with Kenn & Kim. They will be leading field trips, signing books, and just share your excitement about birds!

You will also be able to renew or sign up for your Ohio Young Birder’s Club membership.

Greg Miller, featured in the Big Year, will also be leading field trips and signing books. Meet and visit with Greg. He will be happy to answer any questions on birding and birding sites!

More authors to be announced later!

There will be local artists and craftsmen on site as well showing their quality products.

The Medina Raptor Center will be on site with live birds Friday 10am-4pm.

Don & Diana Plant will be on site with bat houses!

Both days will have free guided field trips to see Barn Owls, Cliff Swallow colonies, Blue Grosbeaks, Lark Sparrows, and Bobolinks. You should also see many other birds including Red-headed Woodpeckers and other desirable species.

Visit our optics display and receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes!  There will be a number of raffle items given away including binoculars and spotting scope!  Drawing will be Saturday June 7th @ 4:00pm.  This will be one of the finest optics events in the state. It will be like shopping in an optics warehouse. You will have to see it to believe it!

Sponsored by:

Time & Optics

Time & Optics
Carl Zeiss United States
Vanguard, Leica, Celestron, Opticron, Nikon, Vortex,

Zinck’s Inn 4703 SR 39, Berlin OH 44610 330-893-660, 1-877-435-6600

Comfort Inn (Millersburg) 330-674-7400 Mention code “Optic’s Fling” to get the best rates!

Comfort Suites (Berlin) 330-893-7400 Mention code “Optic’s Fling” to get the best rates!

Fields of Home Lodge and Cabins 7278 CR 201, Millersburg OH 44654  330-674-7152

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Ohio Young Birders Club,

Kaufman Field Guides

Greg Miller Birding

Jen Brumfield

Medina Raptor Center

and other Friends and birders!

Time & Optics will have a 10% storewide sale both days, June 6 & 7
Excluding: Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Tripods, and related items.


2014 Schedule

*Sign up for trips on site as spaces are available (first come – first served)
*Field trips are limited to 10 – 25 people depending on the destination
*Food provided by South Mount Hope School (food is by donation and the proceeds will benefit the school). A local Amish family will also be making kettle corn. (YUM!)
*LOADS of optics to try before you buy!
*Used Book Sale

Field Trips and Book Signing Schedule


Mohican Hotspots (4 – 5 hours)
Leaders: Hallie Mason, Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman

Killbuck and Funk (3 hours)
Leaders: Bob and Denise Lane and Aden Yoder

9:15 AM – Leihley Hill and Dundee Field (2 – 3 hours)
Leaders: Greg Miller and Su Snyder

10:15 AM local Barn Owl and Bobolink Trip (1 hour)
Leader: Bruce Stambaugh

1:15 PM Leihley Hill and Dundee Field (2-3 hours)
Leaders: Bob and Denise Lane and Aden Yoder

2:15 and 3:15 Barn Owl and Bobolink (1 hour)
Leader: Bruce Stambaugh

4:00 – 5:00 PM Book Signing with Kenn and Kimberly, Greg Miller, and David Klein


Same Field Trip Schedule but leaders may change
Book Signing from 11 – 1:00 PM (same authors)


On your visit to Amish Country, please pay attention to speed limits and drive with caution here. Buggies, bicycles, and farm equipment may be over the crest of any hill.

And now, not affiliated with Time & Optics, here is a quick list of Greg Miller’s personal favorites in Amish Country in East Central Ohio:

Walnut Creek Cheese

-this is my favorite Amish shopping place. bring your coolers to stock up on a plethora of cheeses and Amish goods

2641 State Route 39

Walnut Creek, OH 44687


Dutch Valley Restaurant

-one of my favorite Amish restaurants, and my favorite breakfast buffet

1343 Old Route 39

Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681


Troyer’s Country Market

-like Walnut Creek Cheese but smaller

5201 CR 77

Millersburg, OH 44654


Beachy’s Country Chalet

-a little off the beaten path but good food

115 Andreas Dr.,

Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681


Heini’s Gourmet Market

-great specialty store for wines (esp local Ohio vineyards) and cheese and sauces

1019 W. Main Street,

Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681


Breitenbach Winery

-a great place for wine tasting (and lunch, too–at least on Saturdays–the BBQ is quite good). Don’t miss stopping at Broad Run Dairy behind Breitenbach for more cheese.

5934 Old Route 39 NW, Dover, OH


Hershberger Farm and Bakery

-love the baked goods here, especially the fry pies!

5452 State Route 557

Millersburg, Ohio 44654


Blessing Acres Produce

-a little hard to find, but great prices on produce!! An Amish family runs this place. Bring change and dollar bills–you may need to feed the money can as “staff” is often out in the fields.

for map,type this into google maps:

county road 207 & township road 362 near Mount Hope, OH

Blessing Acres is north of this point by a mile or so…


Hillcrest Orchard (only open in winter)

-my favorite apple cider in all of Ohio; great for apples & fruit and nuts in winter

2474 Walnut St

Walnut Creek, OH 44687


3 thoughts on “2014 Optics Fling

  1. Hi Greg,
    Do you have any rough estimates on the times for the tours on Friday for the barn owls and blue grosbeaks?
    Thank you,

  2. We are planning on coming up on Friday and I wondered what time the field trips started so we don’t miss them 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Hi Greg. Are there set times for the field trips? I am thinking about heading down tomorrow but am unsure about the trips. Thanks.

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