There are many wonderful opportunities at Garden Spot Village; people are living life to its fullest, seizing opportunties to serve, contribute and make a difference in the local community and around the world. Visit this page often for highlights of the action.

International Family

August 3, 2022
“He just keeps coming back,” jokes Fran Rapp, a Garden Spot Village resident since August 2011. Lasse Mortensen just grins in response. Lasse first met Fran and his wife Sally, when he was a 16-year-old foreign exchange student from Denmark. The Rapps welcomed him into their home for the 1996/1997...
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July Endeavor 2022

July 26, 2022
  In this month's Endeavor, we join residents who went to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, including Cheryl Joyner, a retired Pennsylvania school teacher who finds purpose in visiting locations she once taught in lessons. How do you endeavor to live with purpose? Cheryl was an elementary school teacher...
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Create History With Your Family This Summer

July 20, 2022
Historic Ephrata Cloister In the 1700s the Historic Ephrata Cloister was home to a German-based monastic religious group called a cloister, and today stands as a glimpse into the past of a unique community’s history and culture. The Cloister is open Thursday through Sunday, with self-guided tours on...
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A Spring Performance of Resilient Lives

July 6, 2022
On the evening of Wednesday, May 4, 2022, residents, and team members at Meadow View Memory Support held a spring performance. Laura Gribble, the Garden Spot Communities musical therapist, identified residents with hearts of entertainers and worked on rehearsing for this show starting in April. Melody Karick, Director of Memory Care, emceed...
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Four Tips for Intergenerational Communication

June 27, 2022
In the past century, we have seen various ways to communicate multiply exponentially. With rapid change and abundant options, clarity on the best tactics for communication become hazy. So the number one question becomes how do you communicate effectively – in an intergenerational manner? Transparency – direct, honest communication Being...
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Six Educational Activities in Lancaster County for Your Family This Summer

June 21, 2022
Lancaster Science Factory The Lancaster Science Factory is an interactive family-oriented science center, with plenty of activities that both engage and educate. Throughout the summer, they also offer a variety of educational STEM programs and workshops for children of all ages. Historic Lancaster Walking Tour The Historic Lancaster Walking Tour...
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June Endeavor 2022

June 14, 2022
  This month’s Endeavor shares the story of Garden Spot Village's team member Steve Heydt and his vision for the aeroponic greenhouse. How do you endeavor to live with purpose? When the aeroponic greenhouse was built six years ago, the goal was to have it produce as...
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Support that Makes a Gold Medal Possible

June 8, 2022
In June of 2021, Charlie Istak moved to Garden Spot Village. He searched for a Christ-honoring environment where he and his wife could retire in community. Once settled in his new home, Charles looked to make connections and stay active. The first stops were a prayer meeting and then the Wellness...
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May Endeavor 2022

May 24, 2022
  This month’s Endeavor shares the story of Junior Zook, a Garden Spot Village Resident who finds purpose and community through his work at Artisan’s Corner. How do you endeavor to live with purpose? Junior has always had a passion for woodworking, and his skill has...
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Bird Watching Trails to Travel Down This Spring

May 13, 2022
Are you looking to see more feathered friends this spring? Make sure to bring your binoculars as you check out these exciting bird-watching trails! Northwest Lancaster County River Trail Spring birds to watch for include Tundra Swan, American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Eastern...
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Building an Heirloom, Together

April 27, 2022
Collin Corrie grew up with his grandpa, Larry Knepper, living close by. The extended Knepper family spends quality time together working on projects—whether it’s splitting wood at Larry’s farm in Fulton County or building an heirloom table in the Garden Spot Village Wood Shop. ...
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Meeting Children in Kenya

April 21, 2022
“We were most interested in meeting the children,” commented both Tony and Arlene der Kinderen, residents of Garden Spot Village since May 2018, about their trip to Kenya. Through this journey to Nairobi, Kenya, they were exposed to the amazing work that Missions of Hope International (MOHI)...
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April Endeavor 2022

April 14, 2022
  This month Endeavor shares the story of Eric & Tine MacKay. Garden Spot Village Residents who find purpose and community as they volunteer for the Garden Spot Village Half Marathon & 10K. How do you endeavor to live with purpose? Eric and Tine MacKay moved to Garden Spot Village...
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Staging Your Home with Your Five Senses

April 12, 2022
Carol Lehman offers many years of Lancaster County real estate experience. She’s weathered the rollercoaster of the industry, helping clients during buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. She offers an insight on staging your home for sale in today’s real estate market. Preparing your home...
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Connecting Over A Long Ago Recipe

April 8, 2022
It is amazing what sitting down to a favorite meal with long-ago friends can do. It’s not just enjoying a meal you haven’t eaten for years. It suspends time so you remember the era and the friendship like it was yesterday. That’s exactly what...
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Sharing Her Passion for Kenya

April 5, 2022
“I just think everyone should travel if they are able. It opens your mind beyond what you usually experience,” says Evelyn Hershey, resident of Garden Spot Village since August 2019. Evie holds a very special place in her heart for Kenya and was delighted to have the opportunity to...
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Tasting Jelly Drops

March 31, 2022
On a Tuesday afternoon in late March, a group of women gathered in Meadow View. Laughter and smiles were shared around the table as they anticipated a tea party, complete with floral arrangements and porcelain teacups. Music playing in the background set the mood for a delightful afternoon. Eliza...
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Experiencing Kenya for the First Time

March 29, 2022
Garden Spot Village recently had the privilege of sending a group of twelve residents, team and family members to Nairobi, Kenya on a Travel with Purpose trip through Missions of Hope International. Among that group was Edna Jean Homsher, a Garden Spot resident since 2019. “This was my first trip...
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Experiencing Kenya With Friends

March 25, 2022
“I loved traveling with Garden Spot Village and building relationships in the team,” comments Judy Rettew, resident of Garden Spot Village since January 2016. Although a very seasoned traveler, this was Judy’s first trip to Kenya. Judy and the team visited the Pangani Center where they hosted...
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Flowers to Make the Biggest Buzz in Your Garden

March 21, 2022
In search of flowers to grow this season that will create a buzz in your garden? Worried you don’t have the space or enough sunlight? Here is a list of flowers that will bring the party to your garden but are easy to care for! Begonias (No Pruning...
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Personal Connections in Kenya

March 18, 2022
“Meeting Vivian was the best part of my trip to Kenya,” says Nancy Heckman, a resident of Garden Spot Village since June 2012. It was Nancy’s third trip to Kenya; her second with a Travel with Purpose Trip with Garden Spot Village During the trip from 2/23-3/9,...
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Sharing Talents with Quilts of Valor

March 15, 2022
The Garden Spot Village Quilters have long enjoyed donating their time to serving the culture of Garden Spot’s community and making beautiful quilts. But in addition to their usual crafting projects, they are also contributing their talents towards the Quilt of Valor Foundation to make quilts...
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Travel with Purpose - Kenya Update #2

March 11, 2022
The Garden Spot Village Travel with Purpose Team arrived home safely at lunchtime on Wednesday, March 9. They were greeted by a crowd of neighbors, family members and friends holding banners and welcoming them home. Here are more highlights from their second week in Kenya. Friday, March 4 “Today we visited...
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March Endeavor 2022

March 10, 2022
This month Endeavor shares the story of Walt Hamilton, a Garden Spot Village employee who shares his passion for bagpipes with our community. How do you endeavor to live with purpose? My name is Walter Hamilton. I've worked at Garden Spot Village for about five years now. I do...
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100 Year Legacy, From Steel to Dresses

March 8, 2022
Turning 100 does not happen every day; therefore, when it does, a celebration is in order. Margaret Miller, Garden Spot Village Resident since February 2002, a woman to be celebrated not only for her age but for the many remarkable accomplishments in her life. During World War II, while her husband, Amos...
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Travel with Purpose – Kenya Update

March 4, 2022
On Wednesday, February 23, at 6:30am, a group of residents, family and team members began their long-anticipated journey to serve with Missions of Hope International in Nairobi, Kenya. After a 13-hour flight, they arrived safely in Nairobi on Thursday, February 24, where they were greeted at their guesthouse, Gracehouse Resort,...
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Strawberry Turnover Recipe

March 1, 2022
Garden Spot Village Executive Chef Anthony Biscanti offers the following spring-inspired treat to inspire your home cooking experience. Strawberry Turnover makes 4 servings  Ingredients 1 3/4 cups strawberries, hulled and diced 1 tablespoon water 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon corn starch 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons milk Directions  ...
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7 New Hobbies to Learn in Retirement

February 26, 2022
Your well-deserved retirement years can be among the most rewarding parts of your life. Research shows retirement improves various aspects of our well-being, including physical health, mental health and overall satisfaction. You may find more enjoyment in retirement because it offers you more freedom to pursue the hobbies you...
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55 and Over Apartment Living

February 10, 2022
As you look toward retirement, you may be considering a move from your current home. Apartment living in retirement can be ideal for many reasons and offers several benefits. Apartment Living Ideas for Retirement You may eventually reach a point in life when you’re ready to move out...
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February Endeavor 2022

February 9, 2022
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community.   I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. In 2022, we invite you to join us as we...
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Inspire Your Heart with Art

January 27, 2022
The Garden Spot Village Art Guild is pleased to host Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) instructors for the guild’s annual “Inspire Your Heart with Art Day” on Saturday, January 29 for a resident and family event. Events for the day include demonstrations and...
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What I Learned From A Broken Leg

January 27, 2022
It can be referred to a number of ways, including a time to take stock, a pause before going forward, a reevaluation or just thinking ahead. I prefer to call it a “reset” and in my 70-plus years I have had several. For the past month, I have...
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January Endeavor 2022

December 29, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. I’m Colleen Musselman, the director of life enrichment. In 2022, Endeavor will look and feel different. Instead of a monthly update of...
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The Power of Being Together

December 23, 2021
In the weeks leading up to Wednesday, December 8, Laura Gribble, music therapist for Garden Spot Village, diligently helped residents living at Meadow View Memory Support, prepare for their first Christmas program. A quartet of women prepared songs. A song leader created a list of songs to sing as a group....
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Crafting Christmas and Community

December 9, 2021
Bob Collins is thankful for his fellow metal workers and their camaraderie and teamwork. The Garden Spot Village Metal Crafters include 15 men, some of whom are lifetime metalworkers, while others have just begun to learn. Bob says, “I am so amazed and thankful for the ways Garden Spot Village...
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December Endeavor 2021

December 6, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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US News & World Report – A Reflection

November 30, 2021
In September, Garden Spot Village was approached by Activated Insights, a consumer insights company working with U.S. News & World Report to find retirement communities who wanted to participate in the magazine’s first ever search for the “Best Senior Living.” I was intrigued! I knew...
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November Endeavor 2021

November 1, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. I’m Colleen Musselman, director of Life Enrichment. Thank you for joining me this month for Endeavor. The weather is feeling crisp...
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Real Estate Update: How Should I Sell My Home?

October 26, 2021
Carol Lehman offers many years of Lancaster County real estate experience. She’s weathered the rollercoaster of the industry, helping clients during buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. She offers an outlook on the real estate market as of October 2021. When it’s time to sell your...
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October Endeavor 2021

September 30, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Celebrating a New Beginning in the Wood Shop

September 21, 2021
Nearly 200 people toured the newly renovated Wood Shop at Garden Spot Village on Friday and Saturday, September 10 and 11 during a two-day Open House. The celebratory event started with a board cutting where Garden Spot Village CEO Steve Lindsey and members of the Wood Shop leadership team cut a beautifully designed...
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6 Benefits of Memory Care for Older Adults

September 14, 2021
More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease, and millions of people provide unpaid care for loved ones with some type of dementia. Many families want to care for their aging loved ones at home and hesitate to place them in an assisted living facility. Providing that care is...
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Endeavor September 2021

September 7, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. I’m Colleen Musselman, director of Life Enrichment. Thank you for joining me this month for Endeavor. This September, Garden Spot...
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A Passion for Beauty

August 31, 2021
Nearly 40 years ago, Cal and Dee Homan received a passion vine (Passiflora) from a generous neighbor who was making the transition into retirement. They cared for the original plant through the decades, carrying it with them in their own move from the Reading area to Garden Spot Village. The plant...
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10 Gardens in Pennsylvania to Visit This Summer

August 17, 2021
Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne. Located just outside of Philadelphia is an enchanting pleasure garden bursting with colorful blooms and lush foliage. Sculptured fountains act as resting places for a wide variety of aviary species, and thickly wooded areas create shade for Chanticleer’s busy horticulturists. Guests are invited to speak...
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Your Journey to Garden Spot Village

August 10, 2021
People in their 50s and 60s choose to move to Garden Spot Village because of the abundant opportunities they have to live with purpose in community! Choosing a retirement community can be overwhelming. I like to spend time with people, learning what is important to them and serving as a...
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Endeavor August 2021

August 9, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Real Estate Update: Prepare to Sell Your Home

August 3, 2021
Carol Lehman offers many years of Lancaster County real estate experience. She’s weathered the rollercoaster of the industry, helping clients during buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. She offers an outlook on the real estate market as of August 2021. The real estate market has been incredibly strong...
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Serving and Living in Community – Part 2

July 20, 2021
SaraJane Munshower, a Garden Spot Village resident since May 2019, served for five weeks at Fishers Island Union Chapel on Fishers Island New York in early summer 2021. This blog captures her reflections on the five weeks she spent on the island ministering to the congregation. A previous blog shared her hopes...
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Endeavor July 2021

July 1, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. I’m Colleen Musselman, director of Life Enrichment. Thank you for joining me this month for Endeavor. Summer is here and we...
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Patriotic Barns

June 24, 2021
My blogging has been in on hold for the past several months as I move into new activities at Lancaster Farming newspaper including producing, filming and editing short videos to be posted with my print stories. The digital era has made huge inroads into traditional journalism...
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Serving and Living in Community – Part 1

June 8, 2021
SaraJane Munshower, a Garden Spot Village resident since May 2019, will serve a short-term assignment at Fishers Island Union Chapel on Fishers Island New York this summer. This blog captures her hopes for the summer. A subsequent blog will share her memories and reflections. On June 1, SaraJane Munshower headed north to...
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Endeavor June 2021

June 7, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Find Happiness in Serving

May 27, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Oftentimes, when we have a bad day, the last thing we feel like doing is making sure that everyone else is happy. When we have a bad day we tend...
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Endeavor May 2021

May 7, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. I’m Colleen Musselman, director of Life Enrichment. Thank you for joining me this month for Endeavor. How wonderful it is...
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Plan A Saturday Adventure: Fun Stops For A Saturday Adventure

May 5, 2021
Looking for a fun weekend adventure? Lancaster County is full of restaurants, shops, and activities for everyone to enjoy. Here are some great stops right here in Lancaster for you to enjoy! Start with a delicious breakfast at one of the popular breakfast stops in Lancaster County: CoffeeCo. CoffeeCo is...
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10 Best Lancaster County Seasonal Farm Stands

April 30, 2021
One of the perks of living in Lancaster County is the abundance of fresh and locally grown produce. During the summer months, there are countless seasonal farm stands that sell their produce fresh from their own gardens and fields. Here are 10 local seasonal farm stands where you can get the...
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10 Best Lancaster County Foodie Stops

April 30, 2021
Looking for the best food around? One of the reasons we love Lancaster is the rich cultural heritage of delicious food! Local bakeries, restaurants and coffee shops offer tasty solutions. Here are 10 of the best places to stop in Lancaster County for a delicious meal, fresh ingredients, or an afternoon...
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10 Best Greenhouses Near New Holland

April 23, 2021
Spring is upon us and that means time to get your gardens planted! Sycamore Springs residents embrace the opportunity to dig in the dirt and nurture plants in their personal plots in the community gardens. New Holland and the surrounding areas are home to countless greenhouses perfect for finding the...
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Why I Love Living at Garden Spot Village

April 13, 2021
“Most of us started out with life goals, but how many of us made ‘end of life’ goals? More likely we have end of life fears…Moving to Garden Spot released us from all these fears,” writes Elizabeth Givens, a Garden Spot Village resident...
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Endeavor April 2021

April 5, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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10 Springtime Adventures in Lancaster County

March 26, 2021
Spring is here meaning warmer weather and time to get outdoors! Lancaster County is full of things for you to enjoy during these warmer months. Here are 10 Springtime Adventures right in Lancaster County. 1. Local Greenhouses. Lancaster County is full of local greenhouses that are perfect to explore during the spring...
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10 Things To Do With Your Grandkids In Lancaster County

March 23, 2021
Looking for things to do with your grandkids? There are many activities and places to visit right here in Lancaster County. Here is a list of 10 things you and your grandkids can enjoy together within a quick drive of New Holland! 1.     Strasburg Rail Road. Take...
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Endeavor March 2021

March 10, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. I’m Colleen Musselman, director of Life Enrichment. Thank you for joining me this month for Endeavor. At Garden Spot Village...
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Real Estate Update: Sell Your House Today

March 5, 2021
Carol Lehman (pictured above at right) offers years of Lancaster County real estate experience. She’s weathered the rollercoaster of the industry, helping clients during buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. She offers an outlook on the real estate market as of March 2021. Inventory in Lancaster County, and...
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Endeavor February 2021

February 10, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Choosing a Community Instead of a Home

February 5, 2021
Dick and Kathy Miller discovered Garden Spot Village in 2007. They were in their late 50s and knew that Garden Spot was a place they eventually wanted to move. “It was always my dream to live in Lancaster County,” Kathy says. The couple completed an application and became &ldquo...
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Other-Centered Perspectives at Garden Spot Village

February 3, 2021
Residents at Garden Spot Village have been anxiously awaiting the COVID-19 vaccine. Since March, many residents have been living life cautiously, foregoing large gatherings with friends and family. Those with pre-existing conditions live more cautiously, holding out for their opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In mid-January Stauffer’s...
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Transforming Junk Into Art

January 21, 2021
In September 2020 Garden Spot Village CEO Steve Lindsey sent Bob Winegardner an email. The gist of the note? I have a broken piano and I thought you might want to refurbish it into something meaningful. Steve’s parents had recently moved and in helping to clear out of...
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Building a Legacy

January 21, 2021
Louise Landry Job(s): Draftsman, civil designer, survey crew member, environmental CAD/GIS designer, and land planning designer. Worked for: 38 years Most challenging project(s): “I think the hardest project was transferring from the drafting board to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting).” Most enjoyable thing about the job: &ldquo...
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Endeavor January 2021

January 8, 2021
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. I’m Colleen Musselman, director of Life Enrichment. I’m pleased to join the Endeavor team, bringing you this monthly ...
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Making the Move

January 1, 2021
When Tina and I moved to Garden Spot Village in 2016, one of our goals was not to have our son, or anyone, have to handle finding a place for us to live when we needed assisted living and to handle cleaning out our home and selling it. We wanted to...
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Endeavor December 2020

December 19, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Arranging Blessings

December 18, 2020
“When Linda Dodge called, I was happy to help. I love to make flower arrangements and be creative. Anything I can do to help other people with my creativity, I’m happy to do it,” says Marie Diehl, a Garden Spot Village resident since 2009. Last week Linda...
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The Story of a Christmas Card

November 17, 2020
In 2014 Anne Treadwell and her husband, Rit, moved to Garden Spot Village. Little did Anne know that six short years later, her painting would be featured as one of the annual Garden Spot Village Christmas cards. Anne has always loved art. Anne attended high school in Connecticut where she first...
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Endeavor November 2020

November 10, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. Hello, I’m Scott Miller the Chief Marketing Officer. Thank you for joining us this month for Endeavor. While...
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Home Is Where Your Story Begins

November 6, 2020
“To me, home has always been very important,” Rosey says. “As a stay at home mom, I wanted to create an atmosphere of welcome and calm. The sign that says ‘Home is where your story begins’ caught my eye because it was a reflection of...
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Harvest Week Offers an Opportunity to Celebrate Community

October 28, 2020
For 22 years, the hallways buzzed with great energy and excitement for the food and festivities. All of the commotion was for one thing: Fall Festival. In reflection of her past four Fall Festivals, Allison Cuthie shared that she loved the good energy that radiated through the halls on Fall Festival....
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Missing Rose

October 7, 2020
My Amish housewife-friend, Rose, lives about a mile away from me and during the past year she taught me to can peaches. She also taught me how to make jam while helping Tina, my wife, improve her bread making. Rose has always been there when I was researching foods stories...
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Endeavor October 2020

October 5, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Endeavor September 2020

September 8, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Scott Miller the Chief Marketing Officer. Hey, thank you for joining us this month...
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Art with Purpose

September 1, 2020
From June 2015 to June 2016, Evie Hershey lived in Nairobi, Kenya as a hostess at Amani Gardens Inn, a guest house for mission workers and business travelers. But one of the most significant parts of her time was the relationship she formed with a local potter, Zedekiah Miyare. Evie herself...
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Making The Choice Between A CCRC And A 55+ Community

August 20, 2020
Sometimes people deliberate about life-changing decisions. Other times, they make them quickly. For the first residents of Sycamore Springs, it took just one visit to Garden Spot Village to make the decision — and they could not be happier. Like many others who have moved to Garden Spot Village,...
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Endeavor August 2020

August 10, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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How Much Does It Cost To Live In A Retirement Community?

August 3, 2020
As your retirement milestone approaches, it’s time to start making some decisions about what options will fit your lifestyle best. Do you hope to age in place at home? Or are you interested in starting the next adventure by joining a retirement community? One of the biggest factors...
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A “Lock and Leave” Lifestyle

July 23, 2020
Many people at Garden Spot take advantage of a “lock and leave” lifestyle—enjoying vacation in the summer, autumn, or winter, whether their vacation destination is in northern Pennsylvania, in Florida or at the Jersey shore. And living at Garden Spot means you don’t have...
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Life Goes On

July 21, 2020
We are months into our new lifestyle in the United States as scientists work to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus while doctors and medical personnel treat the thousands who fall ill—sometimes very seriously. All the while, life goes on and we work hard to keep ourselves safe...
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Transforming 2D Materials into 3D Art

July 17, 2020
It takes a talented artist to make a painting look three-dimensional. Marie Diehl, Garden Spot Village resident since 2009, takes it one step further—she adds dimension to already detailed works of art. With simple tools of paper and glue, Marie makes animals, plants and architecture look vivid, textured and...
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Back to School Advice

July 10, 2020
We all have a teacher who has impacted our lives. Garden Spot has more than a few former teachers living right under our roof! Here’s some exciting stories and words of wisdom from just a handful of educators. Win Reber Subject: Art, K-12 Taught for: 40 years Craziest thing...
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Making Smart Choices During COVID-19

July 8, 2020
Yesterday was the day my brother and I set aside for “cool brother day.” The designated time was 9am for me to arrive at his house so we could tow his boat to the Chesapeake Bay, go for a boat ride to his favorite crab house, grab a...
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Adding Beauty to the Unadorned

July 2, 2020
When Pat Oram, Garden Spot Village resident since May 2003, received an unadorned mask to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic, she saw a need for color and design. “Because I’m a painter, I looked at it differently,” she says. Having painted designs on china for many years,...
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Endeavor July 2020

July 1, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Working in Community

June 26, 2020
In the past few months, numbers of latex gloves, face masks and disposable gowns have been dwindling across the nation. Shortages of these items—also known as personal protective equipment, or PPE—have challenged healthcare communities to come up with creative ways to conserve their resources. Two of...
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Is Lancaster County, Pa, A Good Place To Live?

June 15, 2020
If you love the hustle of city life, but feel rejuvenated by the open fields of a farm, few places in the United States can give you access to both. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, gives you the fresh air of farmland and the excitement of a city. Few other places can...
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Being Busy & Taking Heart

June 4, 2020
Several years ago, in my younger days, someone told me when I complained that I was too busy that I was too busy because I wanted to be busy! And only I could change that. I may have smiled but didn’t change a thing. Now years later, I...
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Downsizing Tips For Everyone

June 4, 2020
Life has taken an abrupt turn for most of us since March. Due to unforeseen circumstances, many of us have put life on hold while we wait to see how COVID-19 will unfold. Weddings have been postponed, proms and graduations have been cancelled and moves and real estate transactions have...
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Endeavor June 2020

June 3, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community at Garden Spot Village. I’m Scott Miller, the Chief Marketing Officer at Garden Spot Communities. Thank you for joining us. I hope...
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SCAMS? Not Me!

June 2, 2020
Hey, I’m the Chief Marketing Officer for Garden Spot Communities. I’ve got more education than I ever thought possible, especially since I wasn’t really a big fan of high school. I continue to study and learn. Additionally, being aware of scams falls within my...
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Staying Connected

May 29, 2020
It’s 9am on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Lancaster County’s re-open status is Red. Wherever you may live when you were in the Red Phase, how many people did you greet in the morning? In all fairness I was on the 7am–9am schedule to sanitize high-touch surfaces....
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Life Looks Different

May 20, 2020
At Garden Spot Village, life didn’t stop when COVID-19 shut down the world. This spring, when it felt like the world stopped for many communities around the world, Garden Spot Village residents continued to serve, volunteer, learn, work and live with purpose. Living in community developed new meaning...
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Protecting Our Community

May 15, 2020
Over the last nine weeks Garden Spot Village healthcare staff have been working hard to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep team members and residents safe through the coronavirus pandemic. Items that were relatively easy to source six months ago became challenging as once-reliable vendors could only fill partial...
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Virtual Reality Available with a Thank You to RLPS

May 11, 2020
The people who live at Garden Spot Village continue to experience new and interesting opportunities, even during the stay-at-home order. The Garden Spot mission states: “We will enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love,” and regardless of the situation team members...
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Endeavor May 2020

May 1, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Employee Superheroes!

April 30, 2020
In The Amazing Adventures of Hugo & Val, retired superheroes take their grandkids on inspiring, memory-packed escapades. Introduced in the Fall 2019 issue of Destination Magazine, the comic book style series is based upon the fact that the residents of Garden Spot are superheroes. They may have left their full-time careers...
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The Timeless Look of Streamline Furniture

April 28, 2020
One of the hidden benefits of being a feature writer for the media is learning about stuff you have absolutely no idea about…. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about what my editor called Quarantine Baking and what I dubbed Boredom Baking. I know nearly nothing about baking...
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10 Ways to Stay Connected and Engaged

April 24, 2020
How are you spending your days? Living under a Stay-at-Home order requires patience and creativity! At Garden Spot Village residents are finding new ways to live with purpose, stay connected and engaged with their community all while following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks. We see our residents as heroes...
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The Screening Tent

April 23, 2020
Driving onto the Garden Spot Village Campus Easter Sunday resident Fran Rapp and wellness team member Bonnie Becker were standing at the screening tent having a good laugh with some other residents who were out for a late Sunday afternoon walk. Everyone was wearing a mask and maintaining the proper...
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A Team Effort to Disinfect our Community

April 20, 2020
A blue cart, bucket of disinfectant, stack of towels, gloves, mask and a page full of instructions set the stage for another new experience. Everyone, including the senior leadership and management team is embracing new experiences. Many of us have staffed and expect to continue to staff the screening station...
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Staying Connected at Garden Spot Village

April 16, 2020
This morning, Thursday April 16, 2020 at 9am I walked into an empty Chapel at Garden Spot Village. Steve Lindsey, CEO, Steve Muller, COO, Christy Turner, Director of Dining Services and Deborah Fast, Director of Volunteer Services were sitting on the stage with microphones. Coffee & Conversation is held the first and...
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Serving Over a Lifetime

April 14, 2020
In November 2019 Paul Hutton, a Garden Spot Village resident since September 2009, picked up a brochure in the foyer of the Garden Spot Village Chapel. Least of These Ministries was gathering a team to travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to install solar panels on the roof at Radio Lumière. They...
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Boredom Baking

April 9, 2020
Sometimes stories (and blogs) just happen from ideas that pop into your head from recent experiences, reading news articles or hearing comments from friends. That’s just what happened to me this past week and it turned into a rush to the finish research and writing weekend to talk...
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Endeavor April 2020

April 9, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community at Garden Spot Village. I’m Scott Miller, the Chief Marketing Officer at Garden Spot Communities. Thank you for joining us. All of...
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Keeping our Environment Healthy and Clean

April 2, 2020
Garden Spot Village Environmental Services Team is on the front lines of keeping our community clean, safe and healthy every day—but especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before COVID-19 was breaking news, the Environmental Services team carefully cleaned public areas every day by wiping tables, dusting surfaces and...
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It Is What It Is. Dealing With the Coronavirus

March 31, 2020
If you read my somewhat sporadic blogs on the Garden Spot Village website, you know that being retired is just a phrase for me. Since moving to the Sycamore Springs neighborhood at Christmas in 2016, I have been as busy and, at times, busier than I was working fulltime but don...
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How To Choose A Retirement Community

March 20, 2020
Choosing a retirement community is kind of like choosing a college—it’s an exciting time with dreams for the future and opportunities for new relationships. In 2016 Art and Tina Petrosemolo began their search for a retirement community. Their search took them to New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and...
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Kansas State Students Offer Post Occupancy Evaluation

March 18, 2020
“Garden Spot Village is the most welcoming place I’ve ever been,” says Kansas State University Interior Design student Hannah Richardson. “The culture of the community is so different than anywhere else in the world.” Experiencing Garden Spot Village Hannah, along with classmates Brett LaFleur,...
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A Woodturning Wonder

March 5, 2020
“There’s such beauty waiting to be released from captivity,” says Roy Johnsen, reflecting on the art of woodturning. Roy, a resident of Garden Spot Village since September 2017, has been utilizing his woodturning skills in an extraordinary way—he donates all of the profits made from...
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Endeavor March 2020

March 5, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community at Garden Spot Village. I’m Scott Miller, the Chief Marketing Officer. Thank you for joining us this month for Endeavor. If...
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Endeavor February 2020

February 13, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...
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Where’s the Beef?

February 6, 2020
Every time I think I have seen it all here in Lancaster County, I get surprised… sometimes overwhelmed… It was the case again in late January as I spent a couple of hours on an Old Order Mennonite Farm while the family butchered and processed two hogs and...
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Tips to Downsizing

January 7, 2020
One of the difficulties you're bound to encounter as you make the transition to an active retirement lifestyle is whether or not you should downsize beforehand. That's why, at Garden Spot Village, we actively strive to help future residents with tips and tricks on downsizing, including offering ...
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Five Reasons To Move To A Retirement Community

January 6, 2020
As people reach the milestone that is retirement, they face the question: What’s next? While some may choose to stay put for a time, others decide to embrace a season of change by moving to a retirement community. We’re here to debunk a few common misconceptions...
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Endeavor January 2020

January 6, 2020
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village, where you will find abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community. The Christmas decorations may still be up but we are off to a new year. The team has been busy listening and anticipating the...
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Finding Community in the Arts

December 19, 2019
In 2017 after returning from a tour sponsored by the Fulton Theatre Fran Rapp stopped in to see me with a sponsor pack wondering if Garden Spot would consider sponsoring the Fulton Theatre. Knowing that Garden Spot provides opportunities to live with purpose in community and many, many people find purpose...
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For Italian-Americans, It’s All About Christmas Eve

December 19, 2019
Recently, my editor of the Ephrata Review asked me what I was going to write about for Christmas. She was thinking cookies and I told her it was too late for me to start researching Christmas cookies but as a third generation Italian-American, I could write about our Christmas Eve...
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Why You Should Retire In Lancaster, Pennsylvania

December 16, 2019
When it comes to retirement, you don’t want to settle. After all, you’ve quite literally been working your entire life for this! Whether you’re considering moving to a retirement community tomorrow or a decade from now, it’s never too early to start...
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How a Community Turned Walnut Trees Into Good Wood

November 26, 2019
When Garden Spot Village began to prepare the land for the Sycamore Springs neighborhood expansion in early 2019, Campus Services staff coordinated the harvesting of walnut trees that lined the creek on the property. Bob Winegardner, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2004, was in the Wood Shop when John Moore, Garden...
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How To Stay Active In Retirement

November 22, 2019
Retirement stereotypes paint a pretty blah picture. Most people imagine retiring means sitting in front of the TV or on your front porch watching one day fade into the next. The truth is retirement is the perfect opportunity to get active. Older adults, especially those who retire early, have a...
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Executive Chef Mathew Plank Honored by Sodexo

November 5, 2019
Executive Chef Mathew Plank loves to create delightful surprises for diners who frequent The Harvest Table. His creativity and innovation will be recognized by Sodexo through the month of November. Specifically, Chef Mathew’s Nashville Style Hot Chicken Sandwich will be featured through Sodexo’s Love of Food...
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A Real Eye-Opener

October 31, 2019
It has been several weeks since I have had something to blog about. Tina and I were on vacation in Canada for a few weeks and I have been busy catching up on stories and photos for the local newspapers including a piece for Lancaster Farming on the corn maze ...
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The Many Benefits of Living in an Active Retirement Community

October 29, 2019
As you approach the age of retirement, many different considerations will pop up. When should I start researching different options? Will I want to work? What will I do with my free time? Should I stay in my family home or move into something a bit more manageable? More and...
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Purpose-Filled Work in a Life-Giving Community

October 22, 2019
What It’s Really Like to Live Here If you’ve visited Garden Spot, you know we connect you with residents who will show you around the community because we think you should have the opportunity to freely ask questions and get authentic answers. While the sales team...
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Learning How to Can Peaches

September 11, 2019
A few weeks ago, I spent several days researching a story on food preservation and canning, which is a huge tradition here in farm country for Lancaster Farming. I was fascinated by how many English, Amish and Mennonite moms can fruits and vegetables for their family to enjoy all year. ...
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It’s Canning Time In Lancaster County

August 22, 2019
Writing for Lancaster Farming, or Lancaster Newspaper’s weekly papers, I occasionally (well more times than I’d like to admit), accept assignments on subjects I know absolutely nothing about but they seem interesting. I have done research and a story on historical baking at Landis Valley museum...
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A Lifelong Love for the Crosley Hotshot ​

August 20, 2019
“I’m a product of the fifties,” admits Harry Black. A resident at Garden Spot Village, Harry fulfills his time working in the Wood Shop. But he has a specific project: a lifelong lover of cars and vehicle restoration, Harry has the hots for the Crosley Hotshot,...
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Finding Joy in Work and Community

August 13, 2019
The "Lucky Straw" Today was one of the two days a year when I say I "drew the lucky straw" and worked the weekend at Garden Spot Village as Manager on Duty (MOD). Talking with my wife last night I commented that I was off to Garden Spot again tomorrow,...
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We’re All In The Marketing Business - The Video Day

August 6, 2019
All of us who are fortunate to live here at Garden Spot Village (and in Tina and my case, the Sycamore Springs neighborhood) can remember one or two instances when we began researching retirement communities and suddenly were attracted to this community. It might be as simple as friendly greetings...
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In the Wood Shop: Building the Connell Mansion

August 1, 2019
How do we build community? By serving in ways that enhance our connections and showcase our talents. Larry Knepper and Bill George, members of the Garden Spot Village Wood Shop, recently worked together to create a replica of the Connell Mansion, the home of the Historical Society of the Cocalico...
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July 23, 2019
Last week a woman named Brenda bought my 2005 Toyota Corolla. We met at the local notary office to transfer the title. Her son, Jim, who is in his mid-to-late 30s was with her. Jim had recently bought a house in the same development where I live. He offered to give...
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Let’s Talk Basketball

July 18, 2019
I am a college basketball fan. I have been since grammar school in the late 1950s when my dad took me to Boston to watch the New England High School Championships and then a year later to the old Madison Square Garden in New York City to see the prestigious...
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A Prediction

July 9, 2019
I’ve got a prediction. This is a bit unusual for me because, as a classic boomer, I tend to look over my own personal horizon, a mindset that rarely translates into attempts to predict future trends. I study trends but don’t predict them. This prediction has...
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Creating Art With Purpose

June 25, 2019
When Bonnie Lord, Garden Spot Village resident since December 2008, received a phone call from Bill Offutt, she was intrigued. In their conversation Bill shared that he and his wife, Ruth Anne, were preparing to move from their home in Lancaster to Wheaton, Illinois. They were downsizing and looking for someone...
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Honor to Meet & Privilege to Write About

June 13, 2019
As you know, one of the things that has kept me busy in my more than two years in residence at Garden Spot Village (Sycamore Springs) is writing for the local weekly papers owned by Lancaster Newspapers as well as photographing and writing too for Lancaster Farming. I had a...
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Aeroponic Experiment

May 7, 2019
In January 2019, Jordis Patterson, 8th grader at Hinkletown Mennonite School, reached out to Garden Spot Village resident Barbara Slothower for help on her academic fair project. The question? Would Barbara help her with an experiment with seeds? The experiment: Will lettuce seeds planted in aeroponic pods grow at the same...
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Sycamore Springs Expansion Officially Underway

April 30, 2019
The day finally arrived! Thursday, April 25—the official start of the Sycamore Springs Expansion! The site plan was complete, the floor plans assigned and the sales team was ready. Over the course of two hours 40 people stopped by the Sycamore Commons community building to learn more about the expansion,...
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Being Patient for Impatiens

April 25, 2019
If you have been or are a flower person, you’ll recognize the name Impatiens. The official name is Impatiens walleriana and it had been one of the top three colorful, reliable shade bedding plants for more than a half century until - here in the East - until...
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Back in the Day

April 4, 2019
I recently returned from a European river cruise with my wife Tina….that’s another story for another blog. But shortly after I returned, the editor of Lancaster Farming asked me to illustrate a story for their March 31st edition on tobacco.  The tobacco harvest is still...
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Experiencing Life in Community

April 1, 2019
Judy Rettew’s adventurous spirit leads her to amazing places. Judy, who has been blind since birth, accepts any challenge she thinks may have a hint of fun in it. She’s traveled all over the United States and the world. In the 1970s she traveled to Israel,...
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Cooking with Purpose

March 19, 2019
Every Tuesday afternoon about 1pm Linda Ebert hosts a cooking club in Laurel View, the memory support household at Garden Spot Village. Linda, who moved to Sycamore Springs in October 2017, brings a different, simple recipe each Tuesday for the club to make. One week the group bakes cookies. The next...
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It’s Spring (Well Almost)?

March 14, 2019
This is my third spring in New Holland since arriving at Sycamore Springs with Tina in late December 2016. It had been 40 years since I had lived in Lancaster when we returned and I had no idea of what spring would bring in 2017. Our first spring here, we were mud city...
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It’s More Than Just a Train

March 7, 2019
My work as a feature writer for the Lancaster Newspapers’ weeklies in Lititz, Ephrata and Elizabethtown as well as Lancaster Farming and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette bring me in contact with some interesting people and allow me to write about some cool stuff. And, in the process, I pick up...
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Understanding the Waste Stream

March 5, 2019
In July of 2018, recycling as we knew it changed for Lancaster County. Things that we used to recycle, like newspapers and take-out food containers, became no longer recyclable due to a new policy in China. But what caused this change in Lancaster? What happens to all the things that we...
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The Tooth Fairy, Unveiled

February 19, 2019
Several weeks ago we told the story of Gladys Ziegenfus and her visit from the Tooth Fairy. Today we tell the story from the perspective of the Tooth Fairy! On Saturday, December 29, about 9pm, Gladys Ziegenfus’s daughter, Jane Martin, called the Mountain View staff desk. Libbi Carcamo, licensed...
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Kready’s Store: A General Store Time Capsule

February 14, 2019
If you’ve lived in Lancaster County for a while—40 years or more—you’ll remember the Kready General Store in Manheim. It opened in 1865, and served Manheim area residents for nearly 100 years. For its last four decades (through 1999), the store was sealed tight and filled...
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Showing Hospitality with Trains

February 12, 2019
If you’ve been down to the GSV Train Room recently, you’ve probably seen some new engines chugging along the tracks or maybe some new buildings or scenery in the train room display. Where did these pieces come from? New Honorary Train Club member Shaun Seymour is...
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Are You a Discount Grocery Shopper?

February 7, 2019
For the past several weeks, I have been researching the discount grocery phenomenon in Lancaster County, which means visiting, talking to the owners, browsing and shopping. I visited national discount grocers like Aldi's as well as a neighbor-to-neighbor "barn" store that my Plain Community friend almost made me drive...
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Staycationing at Garden Spot Village

January 22, 2019
When Bonnie Brown’s husband Duane headed to El Salvador for a mission trip with Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) on Saturday, January 12, she had two options. First, she could stay at home and work on various cleaning and clearing out projects to prepare for their move to...
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Local FFA Teens Show Lambs and Goats At 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 10, 2019
Garden Spot Village Resident Art Petrosemolo met Danielle Oberholtzer and Jeremiah Snyder through a series he wrote for the local newspaper about local Future Farmers’ of America (FFA) teens who raise lambs and goats to compete in the 103 annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. He wrote this article after their final...
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A Visit from the Tooth Fairy

January 8, 2019
At 7:35 one morning Gladys Ziegenfus was at the front desk talking with Megan. Gladys, who moved to Garden Spot Village in July 2010, gets up early every morning to start her day. She regularly stops by the computer station in Refresh to check her e-mails. If you’re in Village...
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The Week That Felt like a Month

December 20, 2018
Sycamore Springs Resident Art Petrosemolo is a Type A personality, always on the go. If he isn’t writing a story and photographing for one of the Lancaster area newspapers, he is photographing sailing regattas up and down the East Coast. Art and his wife, Tina, have traveled extensively...
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A Great Surprise

December 18, 2018
A great surprise arrived Wednesday, December 12. Senior Housing News announced the 2018 Architecture & Design Awards. Out of 98 submissions from 90 different communities across the United States, Garden Spot received two 1st Place Awards in the eight possible categories. First, Thistledown Co-Living House received first place in the Affordable Housing Category. (Of...
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Fulton Theatre and Garden Spot Village: A Natural Partnership

December 4, 2018
A little over two years ago Fran Rapp, a leader of the Garden Spot Village acting guild, suggested that we consider becoming a sponsor of the Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster. Garden Spot has always believed in the arts and supports a variety of local performing and musical groups. There...
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Enneagram Enlightenment

November 27, 2018
On a crisp Friday morning in mid-October I joined about 60 Garden Spot Communities team members and leaders as they gathered at Refreshing Mountain in Stevens, Pa. We immediately signed release forms and split into groups. One group headed to Refreshing Mountain’s adrenaline-inducing zip line course, a second group...
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What Can You Do for an Encore?

November 22, 2018
I have not been blogging lately as I am writing like crazy to finish up several stories for the Lititz Record, Ephrata Review and Lancaster Farming before Tina and I leave for Europe December 1, where we start in Rome and then cruise the Mediterranean and then go trans-Atlantic arriving home...
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Lancaster is the Best Place to Retire

November 20, 2018
Dave and Liz Givens moved to Garden Spot Village from Michigan in early-October 2018. A week later U.S. News & World Report named Lancaster the #1 place to retire. Their Michigan friends immediately reached out to say, “You made the right choice!” U.S. News & World Report simply...
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Garden Spot Village: A Vital Member of the New Holland Community

November 12, 2018
The people who live and work at Garden Spot Village continuously explore the abundant opportunities they have to live with purpose in community. At times, community centers around 433 S Kinzer Avenue. At other times, community extends to New Holland, Lancaster County and the world. Garden Spot Village partners with like-minded...
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Building a Community Christmas Card

November 6, 2018
Mid-afternoon on Saturday, December 9, 2017 Erma Nolt tied her horse Jewel to the hitching post in Parking Lot #1. The snow was just starting to fall as she and her nieces and nephews hurried into the Village Square. They quickly walked down to the Train Room to enjoy the holiday open house....
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My First Amish Wedding

November 1, 2018
For most of us, the closest we'll ever get to a Lancaster County Old Order Amish wedding is to see dozens of buggies parked at a country farm on a fall day or to taste an "Amish wedding meal" at a local tourist restaurant. After just 18 months as a...
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Receiving A National Award

October 29, 2018
The Journey Begins On Sunday, October 28 at 7am, Ruth Dunlap and I backed out of the driveway at the Thistledown Co-Living House, headed for the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Ruth is an integral pioneer in this new concept of living. Drawing upon a fairly recent trend among millennials who...
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Pumpkin Carving at Sycamore Springs

October 23, 2018
On an October Saturday at 4pm, on a gorgeous fall afternoon 20 plus people gathered at the Mulberry Commons Building to demonstrate their pumpkin carving skills. After all, it is that time of year. The air was fresh and crisp. The sun darted in-and-out from behind the clouds. It was a...
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Exploring the Aeroponic Greenhouse

October 9, 2018
If you had a peppery minty piece of fresh basil, what would you make with it? That’s what Mountain View residents asked among themselves in the aeroponic greenhouse one sunny morning. When the Mountain View Dining Committee wanted to know where their food was coming from and learn...
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Treasure Island at the Fulton Theatre

September 21, 2018
Thursday, September 20 featured a cool beautiful evening as a bustling crowd engulfed the sidewalk in front of the Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster City. From a Red Carpet rose a backdrop in front of which a photographer busily arranged guests for Red Carpet photos. Through the front doors on Prince...
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Garden Gala Engages the Community

September 18, 2018
Photo by Bob Morrison, Garden Spot Village resident. On Saturday, September 15, 2018 just after six o’clock in the evening, after days of tenuous weather forecasts, the New Holland Community began to arrive at the Garden Spot Village Legacy Garden for the 3rd Annual CrossNet Garden Gala. With perfect weather...
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Baking Pies for Smiles

September 11, 2018
Tyler Varnes, 17, pours his passion for cooking and baking into his work in the East Kitchen at Garden Spot Village. Through his work preparing food, helping with general kitchen duties and baking pies, he connects with residents and staff. He baked two lemon sponge pies for “Eat, Pie, Love,...
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September 2018 | Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings at Garden Spot Village

September 5, 2018
  Hello and Welcome to Endeavor - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. Welcome to the Legacy Garden, where the third annual CrossNet Garden Gala will be held Saturday, September 15th. Imagine an evening meandering through the gardens under the stars, socializing and enjoying delicious tapas-style foods in a...
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Mountain View raises funds for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

August 28, 2018
In Mountain View, a small team of residents and staff are engaging the broader New Holland community as well as their neighbors in Mountain View and other residents here at Garden Spot Village to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Clinical Care Coordinator Janie Martin, with the help...
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Just Listen

August 16, 2018
It was mid-afternoon on a Tuesday in August and I was told a unique story about why a couple chose Garden Spot Village. We hear many incredible stories about how people discovered Garden Spot Village and why they decided it was their community of choice. Many involve word of mouth...
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Scott Weaver Named Design Champion

August 2, 2018
Scott Weaver, director of campus services, was named a Design Champion in July 2018 by Environments for Aging Magazine. He was recognized for the remarkable landscape and outdoor spaces he has created at Garden Spot Village over the past 22 years. The article that profiles Scott and the other winners in Environments...
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Finding A Tomato That Tastes Good and Looks Good

August 2, 2018
At this time of year, a day doesn’t go by that I am not finding a way to put a tomato on something. It’s either my ham and cheese sandwich, in a salad or maybe grilled with my chicken or steak. We live in a state...
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My Lancaster County Education Continues

July 19, 2018
Friends. I haven’t been on vacation the past few weeks. I just haven’t had anything interesting to write about. Well that changed fast recently. Just after Independence Day, Tina and I made the long trip (265 miles) to the Finger Lakes and Skaneateles. In my other life,...
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Grands and Kids Make Memories

July 3, 2018
“Will you take a picture of our family?” asked a grandfather at the opening reception and picnic. He was standing beside his wife and their two grand-daughters. Families at Grands & Kids Camp are excited to create lifelong memories with their loved-ones and want all moments to be...
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Jacquie and Frank Ingrassia: Veterans of Standardbred Racing

June 28, 2018
Age may indeed be a state of mind. At least it is for 71-year old Standardbred trainer and driver Jacquie Ingrassia and her 85-year old husband-trainer Frank. Hey, the couple admits they are a little bit slower than they were at age 60 with a few more bumps and bruises from...
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Thinking of Friends

June 21, 2018
It’s been hot this mid-June…unusually hot and muggy. I guess this is typical of farm country in the heat of summer. Well this is only my second year living here and I miss the breeze from the ocean and bays in New Jersey. I miss it...
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Restaurant Review: Amorette

June 19, 2018
Foodie Fay Strickler has traveled the world, tasting exotic cuisines. She recently started to use her training as a foods judge to review local restaurants and offer insight on the best entrees and offerings at local fine and casual dining establishments. In this story she shares a recent experience she...
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Hunchback of Notre Dame

June 8, 2018
Wow! Just wow! Wow! Just wow! You need to go see The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Fulton Theater in downtown Lancaster City.  This performance now ranks as one of my favorite top 2 shows that I’ve ever seen in my life! The other is Phantom of...
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Spring has Sprung

June 7, 2018
Well, spring has sprung, finally! This year, right up until leaving on a vacation to Iceland at the end of April, I really wondered if indeed we were even going to get spring or, for that matter, summer. Hey, just having turned 75 Memorial Day Weekend, I am not sure how...
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Food Explorer

June 7, 2018
Foodie Fay Strickler has traveled the world, tasting exotic cuisines. Through her career as a Penn State Extension Family and Consumer Science Educator she is a recognized source of practical, research-based educational information. As a member of national and international professional organizations, Fay visited every state in the U.S.,...
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Ten Thousand Villages

May 31, 2018
I literally back into good stories to write for the local newspapers in Lancaster County…literally fall into them. Let me explain. In January I bought a new Apple iPad mini. (I know, you are asking what does that have to do with a newspaper story?) Well, I had...
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Read Them While You Can - The Disappearing Newspaper

May 24, 2018
I was in Rhode Island last week photographing the Volvo Ocean Race boats in Newport. I have had a nautical photography business for several years and it is a labor of love. One of my photos from the race appears at the bottom of the blog. Anyway, this week was...
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Series of Fortunate Events

May 22, 2018
Last Tuesday a series of fortunate events came together. The annual Discover Lancaster member's coupon book included a BOGO at Refreshing Mountain so my daughter Jen and I decided to go ziplining. Lauren, the Garden Spot Village Wellness Director, mentioned she was organizing an Adventure Trip to Refreshing Mountain...
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Traveling with Purpose

May 15, 2018
Carina Sauder, wife of Gavin Sauder, Garden Spot Communities web designer, photographer and videographer, traveled with purpose with Garden Spot Village to Tarboro, North Carolina, April 28-May 5. The intergenerational team included participants in their 20s and their 80s! Carina, who is in her 20s, shares her perspective on the trip...
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Finishing Well

May 1, 2018
After a snowy and abnormally cold winter and spring, Saturday, April 14 dawned bright and clear, with a warm forecast. The incredible sunrise created an exquisite backdrop as Stan Hess and the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team flew balloons over Garden Spot Village, tethered the Garden Spot Village balloon just...
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Discover(ing) Lancaster

April 26, 2018
Several years ago, the Lancaster Tourist Bureau office changed its name to Discover Lancaster. How appropriate. There is so much to discover in this county whether you are a “newbie” or someone who grew up here. Tina and my association with Lancaster dates back to 1973 when, after a...
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Dawn Nolt Knows Her Way Around the Kitchen

April 19, 2018
I met Dawn Nolt by one of those freaky coincidences that happen to me all the time. Regardless of how I met her, I’m glad I did. This spring I discovered a conservative Christian group called Lyrica Sacra. They were founded by an immigrant from the Soviet Ukraine,...
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Embracing Tax Season

April 17, 2018
Most people dread tax season, but at Garden Spot Village a small group of volunteers looks forward to it. For them, tax season offers an opportunity to live with purpose and serve their community. They provide free tax return preparation through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, supported...
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Spring is Coming! Just Ask any Gardener

April 12, 2018
T. S. Eliot, in the first stanza of The Waste Land (1922), a poem many consider one of the most important of the 20th century, wrote: “April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land……” Considering our recent weather, maybe Eliot was onto something. ...
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Bible Quizzing - “Who’da known?”

April 5, 2018
For the past three weeks, I have been researching the Lancaster County tradition of Bible Quizzing and talking to coaches and quizzers. “Who’da known” how big a deal it is here. Hundreds of teenagers from some 21 churches in 53 teams learning the lessons from the Bible and...
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It’s Easter: Time For the Petrosemolo Italian Ham Pie

March 29, 2018
Easter is a special time for Christians and we all celebrate according to our religious and ethnic traditions. Family was always important to the Petrosemolos and most holidays we gathered together as an extended group right into adulthood. Sadly, my immediate family consists now only of a sister and brother-in-law...
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Tips to Downsizing

March 27, 2018
Pete Shaub, owner of A Life Transition Service, says, “When you have lived in the same home for 30, 40, or even 50 years, it can be very overwhelming and stressful for you and your family. Shendy and I have been helping people work through the downsizing and transition process for years....
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A Life of Service

March 27, 2018
Walking through Bill & Hilda Bradney’s home gives visitors a glimpse of their life experiences. A small cart decorated with inlaid wood representing the native woods of Costa Rica sits in the living room; a Paraguayan harp rests in the corner next to the piano, waiting to be...
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Anabaptists Embrace Marriage Encounter

March 22, 2018
Seventy years ago, the Catholic Church created Marriage Encounter to help couples promote an open and honest relationship and to rekindle the love that brought them together. Over the years, the program has been adopted by other Christian denominations and has been part of the Anabaptist community in Lancaster County...
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Renaissance in Conservative Anabaptist Musical Worship

March 15, 2018
If you are familiar with the Anabaptist Conservative Christian tradition, you’ll know that musical instruments are not part of their worship tradition. Conservative Christian children are taught to sing hymns at an early age and four-part harmony as teens. But if they play an instrument, it is only...
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Future Residents Learn Tips for Downsizing and Moving

March 13, 2018
On Tuesday, March 13 Garden Spot Village offered a Future Resident Conference that included seminars by Pete Shaub of A Life Transition Service and Carol Lehman and Greg Hostetter of Hostetter Realty. About 35 future residents attended the morning and afternoon sessions as well as lunch in the Indoor Park. During his...
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The Story of “Stuff”

March 8, 2018
All of us who have moved into Garden Spot Village faced the daunting challenge of getting rid of “Stuff” accumulated over decades, either in one or home or many. It’s called downsizing. Everyone has stories about that task as do I. But what no one talks...
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Who Needs to Cook?

March 2, 2018
It might have been the hope of Garden Spot Village administrators that the new Sycamore Springs Residents worked quickly to form a community on the other side of South Kinzer Avenue. And we did with get-togethers on the patio in early summer and events at our community building during the...
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New Holland Auto Shuttle Conversations

February 27, 2018
At 7:00 in the morning I dropped off our car at New Holland Auto for a free oil change and checkup. The “maintenance” light was on. New Holland Auto runs a shuttle to Garden Spot Village for its customers and the driver was a guy I knew. He retired...
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My Friend Mike

February 22, 2018
When I lived in Lancaster County in the early seventies, occasionally an Amish farmer would drive down Louise Avenue in Grandview Heights selling produce. Like most tourists, we interacted or saw members of Plain families only when we were east of Lancaster city in Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand and Paradise. When I...
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It’s a Good Time to Remember

February 15, 2018
Lent started on Valentine’s Day…. Isn’t that ironic? First time I can ever remember that…. And Easter, the most holy day in the Christian calendar, will be on April (Fool’s Day) 1. Well at least we won’t forget the “when...
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So, You Think It’s Cold

February 8, 2018
This 2017-2018 winter is a lot colder than last year. A year ago, during our first few months at “The Outpost” in Sycamore Springs, I was sitting in my garage rocker many afternoons enjoying the late, warm February sun and washing my little Audi TT sports car. All...
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The Metropolitan Opera

February 1, 2018
In late January, a group of 16 Garden Spot Village residents spent a Wednesday afternoon immersed in grand opera watching and listening to Giacomo Puccini’s opera classic Tosca. It was a much-anticipated new production by Sir David McVicar replacing a maligned production that had been playing for the past...
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Coaching: A New Way Forward

January 30, 2018
When I arrived at Garden Spot Village about a year ago I was relieved I would never have to do another performance review as long as I was employed by Garden Spot. I always faced employment reviews with the dread associated with report cards and parent-teacher conferences. Was I doing...
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Women’s College Basketball Has Come a Long Way, Baby!

January 25, 2018
I have always been a basketball fan. My dad played college basketball in the 1930s and actually played in one of the first games where they experimented with taking the ball out of bounds after each basket to replace the center jump ball after each score the way James Naismith...
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Christmas Services in Lancaster County

January 11, 2018
This past December I decided to write about the holiday traditions of the Plain families in Lancaster County for the Lititz Record, Ephrata Review and Elizabethtown Advocate. I thought it would be an easy story to write. I have met several Amish and Mennonite families since moving to Sycamore Springs...
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Compass Ironworks

December 28, 2017
This fall I did a story in Destination magazine on Amish artist-in-wood Mike Fisher from New Holland. Mike crafted the beautiful tables that grace the Harvest Table restaurant and the Village Square. It got me thinking about the majestic metal tree that also greets visitors to the Village Square lobby...
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Holiday Traditions and the Plain Communities

December 21, 2017
We’re all preparing for the Christmas season. For Christians, the holiday is the celebration of the birth of Jesus and is sacred. Among Anabaptist communities (Amish, Mennonite and Church of the Brethren), “Jesus Is The Reason For the Season” is more than a bumper sticker. For...
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Crafting a Legacy

December 19, 2017
When Creed Coulson was 10 years old his dad purchased a Montgomery Ward lathe. After trying it out, Coulson was immediately hooked and he began transforming pieces of wood into functional art. His first project involved a piece of walnut he made into a two-tiered center place dish. Looking back, he...
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One Year In

December 14, 2017
Late in 2016, Jennifer Lawrence starred in a movie called Passengers with Chris Pratt. They were a pair of twenty-something strangers on a 90-year journey in a luxury spacecraft to a new world. In suspended animation like all of the 2000 passengers, they, unfortunately, were awakened early because of a computer malfunction...
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Little Things Make all the Difference

December 12, 2017
You have to love Garden Spot. It’s sort of like you can’t help it. Things aren’t perfect. They never are, but a lot of attention gets paid to the “little” things like the music that plays overhead. It’s selected to...
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A New Community: Sycamore Springs Residents Connect

December 7, 2017
Last December when Tina and I took up residence in Sycamore Springs, it was a pretty bleak place. Contractors, trucks and mud everywhere. We actually told people we lived in the Outpost and it stuck. I still have the Outpost sign in the window. In early spring, Barbara and Dick...
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Overwhelming Generosity

December 5, 2017
If you’re a generous person you’d fit right in at Garden Spot Village. You’d be among a community of people that are generous, gracious and service minded. Not to mention all the opportunities for collaboration and teaming up to do not only the things...
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American Legion Motorcycle Riders

November 30, 2017
In early spring, I was scheduled to go to Lititz and photograph a fundraising, charity motorcycle ride out of the American Legion Post 56 on Route 501 just north of downtown. I missed it for some reason, not sure why, and just never had a chance to reconnect with the group&rsquo...
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Where Plain Families take Center Stage

November 24, 2017
Since I arrived back in Lancaster County in December and started writing feature stories for the Lititz, Ephrata and Elizabethtown newspapers, I have found myself, many times, deep into the culture of plain families and really learning their unique traditions from my mistakes along the way. Although many of us...
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Turkey Farming in Lancaster County

November 16, 2017
Bob Esbenshade, 89 years young, is the fourth generation Esbenshade to run the oldest turkey farm in the country. Established in 1858, in Ronks, Pennsylvania, Esbenshade’s is just a few miles away from Garden Spot Village. I met Bob and worked with him in late October as I was writing...
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Friendship Around the World

November 14, 2017
Eun Hee Jang has a goal for her year in North America: to try a different kind and flavor of potato chips each Friday. She’s already decided she doesn’t like salt and vinegar chips! But, she loves whoopie pies. And she’s been enjoying her...
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The Best Chicken Corn Soup

November 9, 2017
We all have favorites. You know, from past blogs, I love Lapp’s ice cream and maple walnut is my favorite flavor. You know from my corn blog that I favor bi-color over white or yellow. Today you will learn I have been on a hunt to find the...
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Retiree in Training

November 2, 2017
As you read this blog, Tina and I will be approaching out one year anniversary here at the OUTPOST in Sycamore Springs, Garden Spot Village. The first few weeks in the construction zone surrounded by carpenters, plumbers and roofers and a sea of mud was interesting - and so we...
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It’s Official: It’s a Great Place to Retire

October 31, 2017
When it comes to retirement havens, the Sunshine State has some serious competition. When U.S. News & World Report released its latest list of the 100 Best Places to Retire in the USA, it named Lancaster #2 in the nation. The magazine gives Lancaster high scores for housing affordability and health...
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The Angel Lady

October 26, 2017
I have said many times since I started my Garden Spot weekly blog that I truly believe that I have been led since I arrived here. I believe in coincidence but not at the rate that I have found myself in situations since January. When I started writing for the...
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Field Hockey: Like Watching Grass Grow

October 19, 2017
I worked in college athletics for several years in the 1970s-80s, including six-plus years at Dartmouth in the Ivy League. It was one of the highlights of my working career as after my high school academic career, going to Dartmouth was not in the cards! I did smarten up,...
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Delicious News From Thrillist

October 17, 2017
The harvest season is in full swing here in Lancaster County. On my way to Garden Spot Village each day, I love watching the Amish farmers working their field, bringing in the bounty that we enjoy on our tables. Lancaster County has long been known for its fresh produce, great...
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Amish Babies: I Was Way Over My Head

October 12, 2017
I met Garden Spot Village resident Gladys Z’s daughter in the pool earlier this summer and learned she was a retired Nurse/Midwife. My grandmother had been the first midwife in New Haven, CT in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and delivered babies until she was 80....
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Pumpkin Harvest in Lancaster County

October 5, 2017
They used to be just orange and came in two sizes: big and small. Today pumpkins, especially here in Lancaster County, come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors with names like Cotton Candy, Amish Splendor, Gray Ghost, Blue Lakota and Long Island Cheese. Designer white pumpkins, hot in 2016,...
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Give Yourself the Gift of Time — Starting Today

October 3, 2017
Time is a funny thing. On one hand, we never seem to have enough of it. On the other, it often seems like we have forever when we really don’t. Let me tell you what I mean. Think of all the things you love to do: being with...
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Tobacco Harvest in Lancaster County

September 28, 2017
It seems every week I happen on something new and interesting in the farms around our New Holland, Sycamore Springs, home. I have met Amish and Mennonite families who have become good friends and who I visit with every week. I have been the recipient of their largesse almost every...
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Photographing Sailing Regattas

September 21, 2017
I spent a great week mid-summer on Lake Champlain in Vermont as the chief photographer for the Lightning Atlantic Coast Championship sailing regatta and then for the Women’s, Junior and Master’s Championships on Barnegat Bay. A Lightning is a 20-foot, one-design class racing sailboat. It is...
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Books, Balloons and Animal Crackers

September 19, 2017
Every Wednesday morning, from early June through late August, Barbara Masho welcomed beaming neighborhood children into the little library she and volunteers created in the Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church on Division Highway in East Earl. As each child skipped, ran or walked through the church doors just before 10am, she...
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Finding Purpose in Community

September 14, 2017
Volunteering is described as an altruistic activity where an individual provides services for no financial gain to benefit another person, group or organization and is often intended to promote the quality of life.  The definition fits the volunteer community at Garden Spot Village perfectly. Here, nearly 600 people (including 500 residents)...
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Baseball Bats Get an Early Start in Pennsylvania

September 7, 2017
In mid-July while spending a rainy Friday morning talking to Ben Shirk at his sawmill in East Earl, I learned about Alderfer Lumber in Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa., some 40 miles north of Harrisburg. Ben said, “Art, you’ve got to meet John Alderfer, he makes bat billets for...
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Everyone Is Welcome

September 5, 2017
It’s the Tuesday after Labor Day at 9:15 in the morning and the Refresh Coffee Bar at Garden Spot Village is hoppin’. I’d just stopped over for a fresh hot cup of Starbuck’s Veranda Blond Roast and another person at the counter says, &ldquo...
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A Yankee Fan for Life

August 31, 2017
As the 2017 MLB season winds down, I stay a huge baseball fan. My dad was a lifelong New York Yankees fan (sorry Phillies friends) and so am I…. There are lots of reasons. In WWII, my dad was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy stationed at the submarine...
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The Right Shot

August 24, 2017
I am a photographer. I have been one for the past 50+ years, ever since I got paid $5 extra for every photo I turned in with a feature or news story in my first post-college newspaper job. Back in the mid-1960s, that was nice extra money and I always had...
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Intergenerational Living

August 22, 2017
Sycamore Springs offers new construction homes with a variety of floor plans in a community-focused 55 and over neighborhood. Before launching the project, Garden Spot Village leadership explored a variety of housing models, determined to find best practices and adapt them for the unique culture of Garden Spot Village. The result...
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Parkinson’s Patients Fighting Back

August 17, 2017
It’s a hideous disease that can strike children to seniors but puts many adults and seniors at risk from age 60 on. It robs many of their dignity and independence with increasing physical issues including balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion and tremors. No cure in sight and patients...
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Sweet Corn: Yellow or White - It Makes a Difference

August 10, 2017
Yellow or white. It does make a difference. If you live in Idaho, it probably isn’t as important if your summer sweet corn is yellow or white. If it is fresh, cooked properly and not too starchy, it passes. But here in Lancaster County, in what might be...
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Grands & Kids Adventures

August 8, 2017
“Tubing was on my bucket list for a long time and yesterday I got to do it,” said Jim Boose. Boose, who recently moved to Gardens North with his wife Regina, marked tubing off his bucket list earlier this summer. The best part? His granddaughter Anna, 11, joined him...
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No Reason to Fear the Dentist

August 3, 2017
For the past several weeks I have been telling you about interesting people and places I have run into the past six months while I have been writing feature stories for the Ephrata and Lititz weekly newspapers. And as I continue to have new adventures in doing that research I...
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The Local Spots

July 27, 2017
I am a sucker for local spots - restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, auctions, mud sales, yard sales and the like. I have been since long before I moved here at the beginning of the year. I must say my wife Tina is not nearly as enthralled as I...
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Car Show and 1950s-Inspired Lunch Creates Memories for All Ages

July 25, 2017
In the weeks leading up to Thursday, June 15, Dining Services and Mountain View staff spent countless hours planning a menu, decorations and logistics, learning dance moves, finding antique cars and planning a party to delight participants from 17-97! The result? An outdoor, 1950s sock-hop inspired intergenerational lunch and car show,...
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An Adventure: Ben Shirk’s Sawmill

July 20, 2017
Bob Collins from Rose Court is a good friend. His wife Bernie was my wife Tina’s first friend here at Garden Spot Village and they remain close. We socialize together, go out to dinner and because Bob is a LOT handier than I am, when I am stuck...
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A New Community Takes Shape

July 13, 2017
The last days of the Outpost…..It took a while but as the weather heats up this 2017 summer, a new community has formed at Garden Spot’s Sycamore Springs.  Twelve homes (as I write this blog) in the community opposite Garden Spot Village’s main entrance...
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Planning For The Future

July 11, 2017
How are you creative? How are you innovative? These opening questions jump-started a day-long brainstorming session during the annual Garden Spot Communities Management Team Retreat in early June. Once a year, leaders of Garden Spot Communities, Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm take a break from the office and daily...
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Share The Road

July 5, 2017
I knew there were still buggies transporting Amish and Mennonite families in and around New Holland when I moved to Sycamore Springs in January. I just didn’t know there were so many. Early on, writing for the Ephrata and Lititz newspapers, I said I wanted to write a ...
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Visual Memories

June 29, 2017
Do you own a camera? Do you use it? If you are as old as I am (and I’m probably speaking to the choir here), you remember the small Kodak Brownie film cameras of our youth. You may even remember the Polaroid craze, when a camera developed its...
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Returning to Garden Spot Village

June 27, 2017
As a student at Garden Spot High School, Kimberly Doutrich worked for Garden Spot Village in the Central Kitchen after school. After a couple of years, and because she wanted to pursue nursing school, she picked up some extra hours as a resident assistant in Mountain View and began to...
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Renaissance Faires

June 22, 2017
On cool and drizzly mid-May morning, I found myself driving to a horse farm in Christiana, well south of Garden Spot Village and New Holland.  Rob Earhart (brother-in-law of Garden Spot Village’s Scott Miller) and his partner Kate Hopkins had invited me to watch as they put...
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I Scream for Ice Cream

June 15, 2017
“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” is a novelty song written in 1927 that became a traditional jazz standard but the words and song remain part of popular culture even without the rest of the song… So, what gives Art? you say.  A...
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Community that Transcends Age

June 13, 2017
At Garden Spot Village relationships and community transcend age. Jen Miller, 22, began volunteering at Garden Spot Village in the summer of 2011 at age 17 when the Wellness Department needed some extra help at the pool. In January 2012 she began working nights and weekends at the pool. After graduating from Warwick High...
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Sweet Pickings

June 8, 2017
In the first several weeks on my blogging for the Garden Spot website, I have told you that I was a coffee nut and an ice cream fanatic and they were subjects of feature stories for the Ephrata Review and the Lititz Record.  But heck, this is June and...
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Family and Connections

June 1, 2017
Many of you know my wife, Tina, who has jumped into community activities with two feet. We moved to Sycamore Springs December 28. We lived through and continue to live with construction all around us. You actually get used to it and it certainly will be different when we don&rsquo...
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Volunteers Shine their Light

May 30, 2017
Garden Spot Village holds service as a core value and the theme of service flows through every facet of the community as residents volunteer in a variety of ways to keep Garden Spot Village running smoothly. Approximately 500 residents volunteer regularly on campus. In total, these volunteers served 59,674 hours in 2016. Since 1996...
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More Fun Than the Circus

May 25, 2017
In mid-January, I was in the midst of a search for a vehicle to replace my VW Jetta with something a little “sportier.” I was in Manheim on a cold, rainy day, test-driving an Audi TT (that I eventually purchased) with an XL rep from a small, family...
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Smell the Coffee

May 18, 2017
I am a coffee nut… I like good coffee. I am not a Starbucks fan as I think they over-roast their beans but my search for good coffee is ongoing. I recently finished a story for the Lititz Record on local coffee roasters and coffee shops which will be...
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Marathon Embodies of the Vitality of GSV

May 16, 2017
Don Aldrich completed his first half-marathon in April and took first place in his age category. The Garden Spot Village Marathon embodies the life and vitality of the community that hosts it with open arms. On the day of the marathon thousands of people, from across the country and around...
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Beginning Life at Garden Spot Village

May 11, 2017
My wife Tina and I are “newbies” at Garden Spot Village. We were the first residents (December 28) of Sycamore Springs and affectionately named our home “The Outpost” as we were the only residents for some 10 weeks. Tina jumped into the community with both feet and joined...
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A Day at the Ballpark

May 10, 2017
On Wednesday, May 10 baseball fans from Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm enjoyed a picture perfect sky and warm spring sunshine while watching America’s favorite pastime at Clipper Stadium. The Lancaster Barnstormers played the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, but the experience was more about enjoying the game of...
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Cultivating Life

May 5, 2017
On Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 to 11am, Jane Keene can be found in the greenhouse caring for the plants. “I’m the cucumber girl,” she says with a laugh. Her experience trimming cucumbers helps yield a bountiful harvest, even in the dead of winter. A nature lover...
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Creating a New Business

May 3, 2017
On Monday and Tuesday, April 10 and 11, a group of for-profit and non-profit business leaders from near and far joined the Garden Spot Communities executive leadership team at E4 Strategic Consultancy in Lancaster. In addition to warm spring breezes, a feeling of energy and expectation was in the air. E4 Strategic...
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Creating Meaningful Experiences

April 11, 2017
As Garden Spot Communities, Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm work together to create meaningful experiences for residents living at either location. Recently, Carl Depue, who lives at Maple Farm asked if members of the Maple Farm Men’s Club could visit the Garden Spot Village Woodshop. Before long,...
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Spirit of Adventure

April 7, 2017
“We’ve never been on this road,” say Rich and Anne Treadwell about their approach to road trips in Central Pennsylvania. They enjoy exploring new roads, state parks and anywhere they can launch their kayaks. The Treadwells have been kayaking for years. Anne’s sister-in-law introduced...
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Amazing Marathon Insights

April 7, 2017
A Real Marathon? When people first discover that Garden Spot Village organizes and hosts a marathon every year their first reaction is typically disbelief: “a real marathon?” A full 26.2 mile marathon is the last thing people expect from a retirement community, but then, Garden Spot Village isn&rsquo...
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Swipe Out Hunger

March 28, 2017
At Garden Spot Village, the core value of service flows through every aspect of life, including dining. Recently, Garden Spot Village residents began to donate unused meal dollars to fund a free community meal in New Holland through a Swipe Out Hunger campaign. When Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment,...
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Intergenerational Learning

March 23, 2017
Each winter, Garden Spot Village partners with Hinkletown Mennonite School (HMS) to host Enrichment Clusters for their students. For the past 12 years students have learned to knit and crochet, with ladies who love the craft. For HMS, the partnership allows an out-of-the-classroom learning opportunity, which addresses their goal of educating...
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New Beginnings

March 17, 2017
I recently participated in new employee orientation. At the outset, I wondered why it would take three full days to learn about Garden Spot Village and the various Garden Spot Communities. As I walked in the very first morning and CEO Steve Lindsey greeted me, I realized that orientation was...
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Cooperative Living: A Recipe for the Future

March 6, 2017
Garden Spot Communities, in partnership with local businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations, broke ground on the Cooperative Living House in mid-December. Held at the site of the new home on Ranck Road, the event marked the transition of the project from vision to reality. The idea began with visionary Victor...
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Celebrating Fasnacht Day

February 28, 2017
Did you get your fasnacht? At Garden Spot Village this question was asked frequently today, as staff and residents embraced the local culture of south central Pennsylvania and celebrated Fasnacht Day. Traditionally, Pennsylvania Dutch housewives in Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties made fasnachts on Shrove Tuesday to use up the...
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Dominican Republic – Go Team

February 24, 2017
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8 For the second February in a row, members of a Go Team from Garden Spot...
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Experiencing the World

February 23, 2017
A visit to the Garden Spot Village Chapel shares a glimpse of the international community living at 433 Kinzer Avenue. Flags from Ireland, Vietnam, Guatemala, South Korea, China and various other countries line the walls, representing the many countries and cultures where members of the community have lived and served. One...
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Influencing Health Care in Japan and around the World

February 17, 2017
Shortly after becoming CEO, Steve Lindsey had a conversation with Garden Spot Village Founder and then Board Chairman Dale Weaver regarding the vision of Garden Spot Village. At the time, the vision was to be the preferred retirement community in eastern Lancaster County. As the only retirement community in eastern...
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The Lucky Straw

February 13, 2017
Each weekend a designated member of the leadership team serves as manager on duty. In this shared responsibility we each serve two weekends a year. This is one of my weekends. As I was going from department to department to check-in, the common comment, as you might imagine was, &ldquo...
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A Morning in Refresh Cafe

January 25, 2017
Monday January 17, 2017, was a carpool day because the VW Beetle was incapacitated and in for repair. Approaching Garden Spot Village my wife, Cheryl, asked, “Is it okay if I hang out at Refresh and work for a while before going to the office?”  The answer was, &ldquo...
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Special Sauce

January 20, 2017
We’ve all heard of the “special sauce” —those secret ingredients, in specific proportions, lovingly combined in a unique way to create something special, something mouthwatering that makes us want to come back for more. The interesting thing about the special sauce is that you can...
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“I Remember” with Lena Lansinger

August 1, 2016
In the summer of 1996 Lena Lansinger moved to Garden Spot Village, settling into a cottage on Holly Drive. Things were so new then, the landscaping had not even been completed. “There was red clay everywhere – no grass – and the trees were so small, they were shorter than...
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Journey To The Dominican Republic

February 19, 2016
R: Resident, E: Employee. From left to right back row: Gavin Sauder (E. since Nov. 2015), Kristy Deibert (E. since 2007), Marvin Harnish (E. since 2009), Marian Harnish E. since 2009), Amy Gallagher (E. since 2011). Left to right front row: Vivian Hertzler (R. since 1998), Ginger Miles (E. since 2008), Velma Hershey (R. since July 2015), Kelly...
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Employees Review Garden Spot Village

October 15, 2015
You may have noticed something about Garden Spot Village: our focus is on people. They’re front and center, and with good reason. This extends over to a lot of the stories we share – after all, they’re the mainstay of GSV. They’re vital to...
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The Aeroponic Greenhouse at GSV

August 10, 2015
How do you serve farm-to-table freshness all year round? If you’re Garden Spot Village, you take steps to make fresh, locally grown food available regardless of the season. A high-tech aeroponic greenhouse, planned to be constructed, will grow produce year-round, support sustainability, and potentially create jobs. “The...
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Aging in Place or Not!

June 13, 2015
When you think of someone in their 90s, what images come to mind? Do you think old, feeble, wheel chairs, and walkers? I think active, vital, wise, volunteering, contributing, making a difference, more-to-do. On his 90th birthday, Bernie Marshal invited me to review his 5 year goals. That was 10 years ago...
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The Harvest Table Enhances the Community Experience

January 12, 2015
New Holland, Pennsylvania, is known as “the Garden Spot.” Recent renovations at Garden Spot Village in New Holland celebrate the community’s blessings while raising the dining experience to new culinary heights. Inspired by Lancaster County’s rural heritage, natural materials and a palette of earth...
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Runners Review the Garden Spot Village Half-Marathon

May 19, 2014
Some call us crazy, but as runners we understand the drive and addiction that makes us sign up for races. If you have run the Garden Spot Village Marathon in the past, you understand the challenges that come with it (The Hill), but also the gorgeous scenery and unique experience...
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A Community Committed to Social Accountability

March 3, 2014
We—all of us—live in community. From the other members of our household to the neighbors of our municipality to our fellow citizens of the world, we interact with and impact others. Steve Lindsey, chief executive officer at Garden Spot Village, examines the concept of social accountability...
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7 Aspects of Active Aging

September 8, 2013
The concept of active aging is a fairly new one throughout many cultures. Typically old age was seen as a time to take it easy and relax after years of hard work. Older adults were encouraged to take up more sedentary hobbies such as sewing, model building, or card and...
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