September 30, 2016
"We’re excited that Fall Festival has activities for all ages,” says Linda Dodge, director of development at Garden Spot Village. “And with the country store, silent auction, crafters and stores that are open, it’s a great day to do holiday shopping and also benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund"
Garden Spot Village’s Fall Festival & Country Auction is back for its twentieth year, complete with attractions festival goers have come to love, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 7am until 3:30pm at various locations indoors and out on the Garden Spot Village campus at 433 S. Kinzer Ave. in New Holland.
“We’re excited that Fall Festival has activities for all ages,” says Linda Dodge, director of development at Garden Spot Village. “And with the country store, silent auction, crafters and stores that are open, it’s a great day to do holiday shopping and also benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund.”
A favorite part of the festival is the wide array of food, and this year is no different. As in past years, festival day kicks off with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7am until 9am. With the addition of a Farmer’s Market, pancakes are far from the only option. Available at the market, opening at 8am, will be produce, baked goods including apple dumplings, penny candy and more.
Beginning at 9am, the Food Court, including a new crepe station, will offer a variety of popular sandwiches, soups and more, and snacks will be sold throughout the festival area. A yearly highlight, pulled pork sandwiches made from a pig donated by a resident and smoked overnight, will be available once again. Share-A-Meal tickets, which are always a big hit, go on sale at 8am. The tickets are good for seats at a themed meal provided by a Garden Spot Village resident or staff member. In previous years, meals have included Maryland crab cakes, Shrimp Supreme, Valencia paella, and Indian cuisine.
Returning for its third year is the apple pie contest. Judged by a panel on appearance, flavor, crust and filling, the top three pies will be auctioned, and the rest of the entries will be sold. As with other items that are won at silent auction or purchased at the day’s event, proceeds will benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. A limited number of entries are accepted. For an entry form, please call 717-355-6000.
More than just “foodies” will be happy, as shoppers and collectors alike will have many ways to find just what they’re looking for. Among the treasures to be found at the silent auction are handcrafted items, gift certificates and gift baskets. Bidding will be open 12pm until 8pm on Friday, Oct. 7, and 8am until 2pm on Festival Day, with tables beginning to close at noon. There will also be a confidential bid for a handmade dollhouse, complete with working electric lights. Bidding will end at 12pm on the day of the festival, with the winner announced at 1:15pm. The Share and Care Shop will have a special “Christmas Store” featuring seasonal trees, décor, tableware and ornaments. Other shopping opportunities include craft tables, a book sale and Refresh village store. New to the festival is Second Round Sports Equipment, which will have gently loved golf and other sports equipment for sale.
Family fun ranges from crafts such as pumpkin decorating and pine cone owls to train rides and model airplane flight simulations. The GSV Train Room will be open to visitors from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Weather permitting, free tethered hot air balloon rides will be available until 10am. Shuttle service between festival activities and the Center for Health parking lot will operate from 7am until 3:30pm, with and hayrides following the same route from 9am until 3:30pm.
Proceeds from the Fall Festival & Benefit Auction benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, which helps assist residents who, for reasons beyond their control, have exhausted their financial resources. To pay for benevolent care, Garden Spot Village relies on contributions from individual and corporate donors and fundraising events, such as the Fall Festival and the annual golf outing.
“So many people give so much of themselves—their time, talents and other resources—to make this event a success. We are grateful for all of their contributions to this effort,” Dodge said. “We hope the community will join us to enjoy a fun day to benefit others.”
For more information about the Garden Spot Village Fall Festival & Benefit Auction, and a full schedule of activities, call 717-355-6000 or visit GSVFallFestival.org.