Shepherd Too in the News


November 13, 2017

Coming Soon from Masthof: at   https://www.masthof.com/collections/new-books 

The Color of Brandy

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February 22,2017

Shepherd Too awarded a Grand Prize in Amish Country News for 2016 photo contest. We are humbled and look forward to being in their Spring issue. View here.


November 8, 2016

Volume II of their book series, The FOUR SEASONS of Lancaster County was published in late Summer https://www.masthof.com/collections/new-books/products/the-four-seasons-of-lancaster-county-volume-2  and it immediately went to the Best Seller List along with Volume 1 at their Publisher, Masthof Press https://www.masthof.com/collections/top-sellers  

Now in A THANKSGIVING Message the publisher has tied all three together with a beautiful   “The 2017 FOUR SEASONS OF Lancaster County Calendar" https://www.masthof.com/collections/new-books/products/the-four-seasons-of-lancaster-county in a THANKSGIVING 2017 SPECIAL PROMOTION…..


May 9, 2016

Ray and Megan celebrated there Golden Wedding Anniversary by going to their 7th grandchild's Grandparents Day at her school.  That same day 'Only in Your State' published this FEATURE on their book online: and their book publisher sent over VOLUME II of The FOUR SEASONS of Lancaster County for final edit. (Volume II will be out by June.)   The following day they were interviewed at Shepherd Too by  Lancaster County Magazine for a special feature that will appear in their July 2016Issue  and were notified that another magazine would be featuring their book in the Fall.... Fifty years of marriage is a 'Milestone" and on this day their 'Golden Anniversary' and every day they spend a lot of time.
THANKING GOD FOR THEIR BLESSINGS in their Rosary Garden in Amish land. ALL OF THEIR BOOK PROCEEDS GO TO A LOCAL AUTISM AWARENESS  CHARITY...


Feb 24, 2016  - Amish Country Newsannounces that Ray's Picture titled:  CHURCH IS OVER has just won 3rd Prize in their 2015 Photo Contest.  This picture also appears on the back cover of Ray's book, The FOUR SEASONS of Lancaster County. They will officially be announcing this in a few weeks in their Magazine, but you can see a post on their Amish Experience Facebook page soon. 

Also Ray's Volume II of The FOUR SEASONS of Lancaster is in the Publisher's Edit Stage and will be out at the same time as the Spring Edition of the Amish Country News Photo Contest announcements.  


July 9th, 2015 - Ray's new book The Fours Seasons of Lancaster County has just been released and you can ORDER A COPY NOW here

The NEW book has gotten wonderful reviews as shown on the back cover.  It has unique scenes and earthy tales and the book shows the best of Lancaster County in all four seasons.


RAY AND MEGAN CELEBRATE THEIR 49TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

AFTER Ray and Megan's7TH GRANDCHILD Keira's First Holy Communion Ceremony on May 9th morning at Historic St Mary's Church in Lancaster PA the Pastor Father Leo cheerfully celebrated their 49th Wedding Anniversary with a BLESSING OUTSIDE ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY.  Ray and Megan promised that they we would be back next year for their Golden Wedding Anniversary Blessing from him when their other Granddaughter Julia makes her Confirmation.  The HISTORIC Lancaster City church dates to 1741! Twenty years ago Ray and Megan belonged to St. John the Baptist parish community, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, founded in 1743. It is the first Catholic parish in Bucks County and in the Philadelphia Archdiocese it is the third oldest mission parish.
April 2015 THANKS TO Amish Country News for 3 awards in their photo contests and to Discover Lancaster for posting many of our pictures and especially this picture we call "It's a Wyeth????"  to their site on August 18, 2014.

The picture is just a SAMPLER of OUR version of 'The Four Seasons of Lancaster County' that may possibly suggest a "Lancaster Real Life Image' of American Art or of an artists work???  Our new book:  The Four Seasons of Lancaster County - encouraged by many - isNOW in the 'Mill House' of our publisher - MADE IN MORGANTOWN - MADE IN LANCASTER COUNTY ---  MADE IN THE USA !  AND DUE OUT SOON -

IN THE BOOK story we suggest a possible "Lancaster Real Life Image" in our presentation of the story and scene AS described here.


March 2015 - One of our FOUR SEASONS OF SHEPHERD TOO IN LANCASTER COUNTY pictures has won the GRAND PRIZE in The Amish News Magazine 2014 Photo Contest. We had previously won an Honorable Mention in 2012 and a FIRST PRIZE in 2013 photo contests. You can see all the winning pictures in 'The Amish Country News' magazines SPRING ISSUES by visiting their on line site here.

Also, you can see many of our Seasons of Shepherd Too in Lancaster County pictures posted on the Discover Lancaster Facebook .


June 2014- You can see many of our pictures featured on Lancaster County Tourist Face Book Fan Club page at their site here.


March 14, 2014 - One of our LANCASTER pics won Honorable Mention last year in The Amish News Magazine and this year one of our pictures was awarded the FIRST PRIZE WINNER in their 2013 Photo Contest- See it on page 30 @ see all of the WINNING pics in the digital "AMISH COUNTY NEWS Spring Issue" here


November 14, 2013 21 Years Ago - We moved in to this Plain Folk valley just in time for Thanksgiving as Shepherd Too was finished and now a reality: and the tiny, white, chapel like "STABLE" juts outward to commemorate/remind all travelers of "The Birth of our Lord in a Stable" as was brought to life by St. Francis of Assisi. NOW AS THIS THANKSGIVING APPROACHES we're glad that a new 'Francis' figure Pope Francis is at the Helm of our Church and his "Francis effect" is blowing in the wind. Our weather vane on top of our little stable (dedicated to St. Francis) is pointing all in the right direction.


August 1, 2013 U.S. Navy Veteran & CKCS Breeder Terry Smith passes A PERFECT JOY CKCS LADY ELIZABETH - "Beth" to her new parent U.S.Air Force Vet Ray Smecker of Shepherd Too in front of the Blessed Mother statue at Terry's Bucks County farm. View here.


August 1, 2013 Vets Ray and Terry are both deeply involved with "Animal Rescue" . WE AT SHEPHERD Too support Terry and his family and their wonderful efforts and highly recommend that you visit and support their 501 C Charity CKCS Rescue site here.


March 2013- "Picoftheweek" Entitled: Abby (named after Abigail Adams) Predicts and Early Spring....Abigail agrees with Phil ( Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog whose activities are closely observed by the media/fans each February 2 in order to predict the length of winter.) that an early spring is due and she can't wait to get her 'spring shearing.


March 2013 Shepherd Too wins an Honorable Mention in the Amish Country New 2012 Photo Contest p. 46-49


July 2010 Shepherd Too was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Church of St. Benedict Parish program of Father Phil and Hands of Truth.


Jan-Feb 2010 Ray and Megan Smecker planned and planted and built Shepherd Too in an old Amish cornfield and Ray created "The Animal Kingdom of God" e book series posted herein on the links and a current story, "The Legend of Nutimus" was FEATURED in - "THE WAY of ST. FRANCIS" magazine of California. The story is highlighted at the "The Legend of Nutimus".


December 2009 Shepherd Too featured by Colonial Williamsburg FACE BOOK Fan Club.


April 2008 Shepherd Too was featured in Lancaster County Magazine and you can see a slide show representation of how the habitat looks now by visiting the link here.