Taste of Garden Spot
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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.
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...
November 17, 2016 |
Spend some time at Lena Lansinger’s home and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the world.
An avid traveler, Lena’s home – and life – is filled with items from all around the globe. These keepsakes are pieces of her adventures.
One such trip took...
October 4, 2016 |
Early one Tuesday morning, Jim McAbee dropped by the Marketing office to talk about a golf outing for residents and staff appropriately named “Nine & Dine.” “Will a photographer be there?” He asked. “This would be a great event to tell future residents about.”...
September 5, 2016 |
In February of 1996, Esther Sideman became a woman with a very unique distinction: she was the very first resident to move to Garden Spot Village.
“It was an exciting time, for me and the board of Garden Spot Village, for the fruition of what they’d been aiming...
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...
July 21, 2016 |
On Tuesday, July 20, 2016, starting at 5:30 p.m., 48 residents and future residents experienced a fabulous evening at Garden Spot Village. A canopy of lush green trees shaded the patio by the Gardens Courtyard Gazebo. Black table cloths adorned eight tables set with centerpieces of vibrant fresh vegetables: yellow peppers, red...
July 4, 2016 |
There are many residents with many memories of when GSV first started, but Nevin Kraybill, retired CEO, offers a different perspective. Nevin has been associated with GSV since its inception. After spending 10 years in Tanzania, East Africa, in various administrative roles, he moved back to the States and in 1989, was...
June 17, 2016 |
In the middle of Thursday afternoon Gavin Sauder, the Garden Spot Village Social Media & Web Designer went on the hunt for Scott Miller to review some exciting news. Gavin caught Scott behind the Resident Services Desk as he was on his way back to his office.
Excited and smiling...
June 13, 2016 |
On a sunny June afternoon, a handful of Future Residents gathered in the Village Square and chatted pleasantly. A few moments later, the reason they were all there began: they were all guests for a Garden Spot Village kitchen demonstration.
The purpose of the event was to provide a unique...
June 6, 2016 |
When Shirley Wenger signed the agreement to move to Garden Spot Village in February of 1995, it was a change for her. A country girl, Shirley was unaccustomed to a community with the closer type of fellowship that is commonplace at Garden Spot. Now, though, Shirley is firmly embedded in the...
May 13, 2016 |
Though the weather was rainy and cold, the environment in the Garden Spot Village Aeroponic Greenhouse was warm and inviting the day of its dedication – and not just because the temperature is set at a certain level to promote plant growth.
Guests such as New Holland Mayor Wilbur Horning...
May 11, 2016 |
Ethel and Charles Danner came to Garden Spot Village in the Spring of 1996. When they moved, it was to a one bedroom apartment with a den in Gardens North, where Ethel still lives. Though her residence remains the same, a lot has changed since she first arrived.
Like many who...
April 18, 2016 |
In June of 2014, a team of leaders from UnitingCare Ageing in Australia came to Garden Spot Village to learn about some of the different service innovations that were occurring here. As it turns out, they happened to visit on the same week that we were holding Grands & Kids...
April 11, 2016 |
It was in the Fall of 1995 when John and Rhoda Weaver signed papers to move to Garden Spot Village. When it was time to begin construction of their cottage, the cold winter weather caused delays that set the timetable back. “The new owners of our house very graciously rented...
February 24, 2016 |
The unmistakable scents of wood, paints and lacquers fill the air. In the woodshop, the members are hard at work doing what they love. Many hours of work later, each house is complete and being put on display in the Village Square Park. The reason? The annual Garden Spot Village...
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...
February 10, 2016 |
A phone rings.
“Thank you for calling Garden Spot Village...”
After a short conversation, the caller is transferred to the proper extension.
Transferring calls is just the tip of the iceberg of life at Resident Services. A busy central hub, it's where people go for answers, documents,...
January 13, 2016 |
A cold Tuesday morning in January took a mouth-warming twist when Nichole, a barista at the Refresh Coffee Bar, walked across the Village Square over to the Resident Services Desk balancing three sample size cups of Starbucks. Faint wisps of steam escaped from under whip cream that glistened with...
October 20, 2015 |
Recently, GSV had our annual Bake-Off. What's our Bake-off? It's a fun contest, originating in Mountain View, where participating staff members and residents make tasty treats of their choosing and enter it in hopes of winning. This is the sixth time we've held this contest and each...
March 2, 2015 |
The new Harvest Table restaurant at Garden Spot Village invites guests to tantalize their palettes with a variety of new and exciting taste sensations — like these flavorful fish tacos. Mindful recipes like these balance nutrition with enticing flavors to create an indulgent way to enjoy healthy eating. Mild tilapia...
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...
November 14, 2014 |
Garden Spot Village has 304 apartments and 238 houses, and up to 55 of them are re-marketed each year. Within our campus, there are 5 different dining venues/restaurants to choose from. Others in our market space refer to themselves as “senior” or “retirement” communities. Not us! Garden Spot...
September 22, 2014 |
Whether you’re having a causal get-together or want an easy supper after a busy day, savory chili and crispy cole slaw hit the spot. Here on the blog, we share these recipes from the kitchen at Garden Spot Village.
All recipes serve six.
Low-Fat, Gluten-Free Turkey Chili
January 22, 2014 |
Welcome to our kitchens at Garden Spot Village! Director of dining services, Emily Enright, has prepared a number of delightful recipes using seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a taste of Lancaster County with these dishes!
Apple Sausage Rigatoni
1 lb. sweet Italian rope sausage
3/4 lb. rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package directions
January 17, 2014 |
Emily Enright (right), general manager of dining services, offers a selection of flavorful seasonal recipes to delight the most discriminating palates. If you lived at Garden Spot Village, you could eat like this every day!
Hearty Seven Bean Medley Soup
Canned beans, drained—1/4 c. each:
December 10, 2013 |
Love the food at Garden Spot Village? Here's a favorite recipe straight from our kitchen!
Black Bean & Corn Salad
16-oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb. bag of frozen corn, thawed
1/4 c. red bell pepper, diced
1/4 c. green bell pepper, diced
1/8 c. green onions (scallions), sliced
December 5, 2013 |
Emily Enright, general manager of dining services, serves classic, hearty soup for a terrific menu to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. This recipe serves six.
Ham, Potato & Leek Soup
1/8 c. butter
1 qt. chicken broth
2 heaping c. leeks, thinly sliced, white and light green parts only
2 med. russet potatoes, peeled...
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