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Our campus is open, inviting and welcoming to everyone! Please visit and participate in the excitement as often as you'd like.

A variety of interesting and engaging events are always happening at Garden Spot Village. Some are exclusively for residents so you have to live here to experience those, however, many are open to the public. Garden Spot Village strives to be a good neighbor; welcoming people of all ages, graciously extending hospitality. Come! Join in all the wonderful things that are happening here.

The Garden Variety is available online here! The Garden Variety is a monthly publication that typically includes "Resident Only" or "Future Resident" events, but it also serves as a window into our community.

 

Click here to read The Garden Variety magazine


January

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The Great Winter Warm-Up

09:00am - 2:00pm / Village Square Park

Join us for The Great Winter Warm-Up to knot handmade comforters in celebration of Mennonite Central Committee’s 100th anniversary!
Help us contribute to MCC’s goal for this day of collecting 6,500 comforters across the U.S. and Canada for distribution to people experiencing disaster and conflict all around the world. We hope to complete 50 comforters to help reach that goal. In addition, MCC has set a regional goal to collect 5,000 comforters during the month of January! Bring a bag lunch or dine at one of the Garden Spot Village restaurants. You won’t want to miss the fun! To learn more about the initiative, visit the event website.



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Saturday Evening Concert Series: Penn Square Music & Opera

7:00pm - 8:00pm / The Chapel

The January Saturday Evening Concert, will feature Penn Square Music  & Opera. Scott Drackley, artistic director for Penn Square Music Festival, will lead the evening's performance, which will feature local young talent performing musical theater and light opera. The goal for the Penn Square Music Festival, is to provide a nurturing environment for rising opera singers and musical theatre performers of excellence to develop their craft and make connections as they start their careers. It is also his desire to enhance the musical life of the Lancaster Community; to give back to the community and to young rising talent.



24

Paint Night

6:00pm - 8:00pm / Village Square

Celebrate your creativity with Paint Nights at Garden Spot Village! Full-instruction and one-to-one guidance will be provided as you create your own painting entitled "For the Love of Cardinals" featuring a set of cardinals perched on a snowy lamppost. Beginners and advanced alike will enjoy this evening! $35 per person includes supplies, instruction and a Starbucks specialty drink of your choice. Call 717.355.6500 to register.



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Auschwitz: Graveyard or Tourist Destination

7:00pm - 8:00pm / The Chapel

Tom Tillet, a retired public school history teacher and former Chief of Staff for Congressman Joe Pitts, presents a program honoring the 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation Day. Since Mr. Tillet's most recent visit to Auschwitz in 2015, he has been particularly concerned that while it is a museum, Auschwitz uses the term authentic experience while visitors are exposed to non-authentic experiences. As we approach this subject, we need to be scrupulously accurate. Has the pressure of mass tourism changed the way history is revealed? This event is free and open to the public.



27

Swipe Out Hunger Community Meal

5:30pm - 6:30pm / CrossNet Youth Ministries

Garden Spot Village residents and team members will serve a free community meal at the CrossNet Youth Ministries building on Franklin Street in New Holland. This event is free and open to the public. 



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Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

10:00am - 2:30pm / Village Square

The Garden Spot Village Art Guild will host Inspire Your Heart With Art Day on Friday, January 31. Please join us for "make-and-take" gift card holder class in the Village Square at 10am. At 1pm Chester County Artist Kelly Joy Nellis will offer a portrait painting demonstration. Throughout the day a 7-foot coloring page will also be available for anyone to stop by and color. Inspire Your Heart With Art Day events are free and open to the public.



February

6

Author Talk and Book Signing with Penn Ketchum

7:00pm - 8:00pm / The Chapel

Garden Spot Village is pleased to host an Author Talk and Book Signing with Penn Ketchum, who recently released his book "Psalm 23 (In Other Words)." His recently written and illustrated book was inspired on mile 15 of an 18-mile run. Penn says, "I'd sung all the verses of all the Bob Dylan songs I knew, when my mind jumped to Psalm 23 from my Episcopal upbringing. Except this time I considered each phrase--and tried out some different words here and there that belong to the world I live in. This old beloved Psalm moved into my day-to-day life where I've felt some inadequacy, insecurity, fear." Please join us as Penn shares his inspiration for the book. 



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Saturday Evening Concert Series: Doug Wimer

7:00pm - 8:00pm / The Chapel

The February Saturday Evening Concert, will feature Organist Doug Wimer. An accomplished organist, Doug Wimer currently serves as organist at St Stephen Reformed Church in New Holland. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 717-355-6000.



24

Swipe Out Hunger Community Meal

5:30pm - 6:30pm / CrossNet Youth Ministries

Garden Spot Village residents and team members will serve a free community meal at the CrossNet Youth Ministries building on Franklin Street in New Holland. This event is free and open to the public. 



March

19

GSV After Work

5:30pm - 7:30pm / Village Square

An evening event to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and to register. For the public, especially 50+.



21

Saturday Evening Concert Series: Hamilton Celtic Pipes & Drums

7:00pm - 8:00pm / The Chapel

The March Saturday Evening Concert, will feature Hamilton Celtic Pipes & Drums. This local group, which includes Garden Spot Village Team Member Walt Hamilton, wil offer a St. Patrick's Day Tribute. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 717-355-6000.



23

Swipe Out Hunger Community Meal

5:30pm - 6:30pm / CrossNet Youth Ministries

Garden Spot Village residents and team members will serve a free community meal at the CrossNet Youth Ministries building on Franklin Street in New Holland. This event is free and open to the public. 



27

Garden Spot Village Kids 1/2 Marathon

6:00pm - 7:00pm / Outdoor Pavilion

Garden Spot Village and ELANCO Public Library have teamed up to promote healthy lifestyles for kids 6 to 12 in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The kids not only benefit from the activity and training but they get to experience the thrill of a race start and finish, coming down through the same finisher’s chute that the runners will use the following day with cheering crowds, medals and all. To learn more or register, visit the race website



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Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon & 10K

08:00am - 1:00pm / Outdoor Pavilion

The Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon and 10K is a race unlike any other. Taking place in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon and 10K offers runners an opportunity to run through the beautiful Amish farmlands of Pennsylvania.

This is a run for everyone whether you are a beginner, experienced, leisure or competitive runner. There is plenty of space available for family, friends and spectators. Don’t miss this exciting time!

To learn more or to register, visit the race website.