Events

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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


December

14

Breakfast with Santa

08:00am - 09:30am / The Harvest Table

Children and accompanying adults can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet plus photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a private tour of the Garden Spot Village Train Room. $14.95 per adult; $9.95 children 3-10; children 2 and under are free. Order tickets online here.



14

Crafter's Sale

09:00am - 2:00pm / Apartment Suites Lobby

Discover beautiful handmade crafts including playing card holders, bowl cozies, punch needle embroidery, penny rugs and more. Whether you need a gift for a friend, family member or yourself, you will find it here!



14

Holiday Train Room Open House

1:30pm - 4:00pm / Train Room

The Garden Spot Village Train Club will host a Holiday Open House in the Train Room. The HO-gauge train layout includes Thomasville and the ever-popular “Talk with Thomas” event. The O-gauge train layout includes waterfalls, a drive-in movie theater, a Ford dealership showroom and more. Both layouts provide plenty of train action complemented with heavily detailed scenery. Free and open to the public.



16

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. Please note the change in date for this month, only.



20

The Melnik Family & Vivace String Ensemble

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

Join the Melnik Family and Vivace String Ensemble for an encouraging evening of Christmas music. The repertoire will include Christmas selections on strings, hand chimes, harp, harpsichord and children's singing. 



21

Book Sale

10:00am - 4:00pm / Apartment Suites Lobby

Discover discover gently used books at our holiday book sale. Whether you need a gift for a friend, family member or yourself, you are bound to find a book for everyone on your holiday shopping list!



21

Holiday Train Room Open House

1:30pm - 4:00pm / Train Room

The Garden Spot Village Train Club will host a Holiday Open House in the Train Room. The HO-gauge train layout includes Thomasville and the ever-popular “Talk with Thomas” event. The O-gauge train layout includes waterfalls, a drive-in movie theater, a Ford dealership showroom and more. Both layouts provide plenty of train action complemented with heavily detailed scenery. Free and open to the public.



21

Saturday Evening Concert Series: Brenten Megee

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

The December Saturday Evening Concert, will feature Christmas with Brenten Megee. Brenten is a well-known tenor from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Brenten is a vocalist, actor, conductor, director, and pianist with experience in ensembles, operas, musicals, and choral productions. He has been performing solo concerts since the age of ten and is best known for his Christian concerts and classical performances. To learn more about Brenten, visit his website



22

Winds of Worship

2:00pm - 3:00pm / The Chapel

Join us as the Winds of Worship, a local wind ensemble, will perform Christmas favorites.



24

Christmas Eve Service

3:00pm - 4:00pm / The Chapel

Join us as we celebrate the miracle of Christmas with a traditional service of lessons and carols. Join us at 2pm for cookies and fellowship before the service.



28

Holiday Train Room Open House

1:30pm - 4:00pm / Train Room

The Garden Spot Village Train Club will host a Holiday Open House in the Train Room. The HO-gauge train layout includes Thomasville and the ever-popular “Talk with Thomas” event. The O-gauge train layout includes waterfalls, a drive-in movie theater, a Ford dealership showroom and more. Both layouts provide plenty of train action complemented with heavily detailed scenery. Free and open to the public.



30

Holiday Train Room Open House

1:30pm - 4:00pm / Train Room

The Garden Spot Village Train Club will host a Holiday Open House in the Train Room. The HO-gauge train layout includes Thomasville and the ever-popular “Talk with Thomas” event. The O-gauge train layout includes waterfalls, a drive-in movie theater, a Ford dealership showroom and more. Both layouts provide plenty of train action complemented with heavily detailed scenery. Free and open to the public.



January

18

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.



18

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 Featival, 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 lampp ost. 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.



25

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. 



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. 



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.