February 6, 2017 // 11:31 AM

A Groundhog’s Shadow and a Breath of Spring

Written by Garden Spot Village

After a string of dreary January weather, the sun came out the other day just long enough for Punxsutawney Phil to see his shadow and declare six more weeks of winter. In the meantime, at Garden Spot Village, a touch of spring had already arrived. All this month, the Village Square Indoor Park is alive with colorful birds — birds on quilts and wall hangings, birds on pillows, birds on boxes…. And birdhouses and feeders of all shapes and sizes. More than 80 items in all are on display in the annual Birdhouse Show & Silent Auction.

It’s hard to pick a favorite. Some just make you chuckle, like the birdhouse Ken Wendel crafted to look like an old-fashioned wall phone. It spells out “B I R D C A L L” around the rotary dial. There’s one that looks like a barn, complete with barnyard animals, and another that resembles an outhouse. One of Bill George’s birdhouses looks just like a vintage blue enamelware teapot. Titus Musser built a replica of the Toonerville Trolley toy made in Germany in the 1920s. And that’s not to mention the more traditional designs.

It’s amazing to see so much creativity and talent in one place. It’s more than that, too. It’s another example of the generosity of spirit that is at the heart of our community. Members of the Garden Spot Village Woodshop started the event back in 2009 as a way to raise money for the Benevolent Fund, which helps support residents who need financial assistance. Soon after, members of the quilting club asked if they could also participate. This year is the biggest show ever, with something for everyone. Looking for a whimsical stuffed owl? A magnificent bald eagle scene to hang on the wall? A keepsake box decorated with mallard ducks?

One of the other things I like about the Birdhouse Show & Silent Auction is that it honors the natural beauty all around us. We are blessed to be in a scenic setting, surrounded by neatly maintained farms and the rolling hills of Lancaster County. The campus itself always looks like a postcard, thanks to the efforts of the Campus Services team. If you take a walk around, you’ll see birdhouses from previous years’ shows that were donated to the community.

If you’d like to capture a breath of spring, you can bid on the items in the show. The silent auction closes at 5 p.m. on February 28.