Destination Garden Spot Village - Fall/Winter 2019

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Fall/Winter 2019





SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 | 7am — 2pm


Discover your

EXPLORE AN ENGAGING LIFESTYLE AT SYCAMORE SPRINGS. Construction is well underway in the newest neighborhood of Sycamore Springs! New homes are going fast in this award-winning community as Garden Spot Village continues to raise the bar in 55 and over living. Visit to explore the abundant opportunities awaiting you at Sycamore Springs! Embrace your future today at SYCAMORESPRINGS.ORG


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filled with opportunity and purpose

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave, New Holland, PA, 17557. 717.355.6000. A non-profit, fee-for-service community. Monthly fee includes repairs and maintenance of residence and furnished appliances, electric, heat, air conditioning, water, sewer, property taxes, garbage and trash disposal, lawn care, snow removal, security, use of common facilities, social, educational, cultural and recreational events. The following are available for a fee: telephone service, cable TV, high-speed internet, dining options, personal care, skilled nursing, memory support, adult day services, at home care services, housekeeping, laundry and a hair and nail salon. Fees and services are subject to change. Minimum age requirement 55.

Call Kelly at 717.355.6201 to make a reservation to stay in our complimentary guest suite and experience Garden Spot Village.


YOUR STAY WILL INCLUDE: One night in our Hospitality Suite* Breakfast in The Creamery Q&A with a Marketing Associate Lunch or dinner, your choice Tour with a resident Use of all amenities


*You may extend your stay for a fee upon request.

Interested in becoming a

future resident?

Deciding on your next move? At Garden Spot Village, our two-tiered approach to building community lets you take the next steps on your journey at your pace. If Garden Spot Village feels like a good fit, you can, with no obligation, become a future resident! When you submit an application and the $150 application fee, you receive the following: • Security in knowing that your finances will carry you through retirement at Garden Spot Village • Weekly event emails • Invitations to future resident-only events like behind-the-scenes kitchen tours, financial, real estate and downsizing seminars, and more • Invitations to Christmas Events • Dining and Fitness Center Discounts • Opportunity to request complimentary tickets for shows at Fulton Theatre • Complimentary subscription to Destination Garden Spot Village magazine • Invitations to select resident-only trips • Invitations to join Travel with Purpose trips in the U.S. and abroad • Opportunity to book guest rooms at Garden Spot Village to experience life in your future community

Read about Tom and Judy's journey to Garden Spot Village on page 58.

What do you have to lose?

When you are ready to move to Garden Spot Village, give us a call. We’ll help you take the next step to the Radar Screen, where you choose your housing preference and join the community of people looking forward to calling Garden Spot Village home.



Bill George is a Garden Spot Village icon. He is a consummate “Maker” and his thumbprints are all over the community. He was first featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Destination Garden Spot Village magazine. We mention Bill again in this issue, on page 32.

If you say, “Wood Shop” at Garden Spot, people think, “Bill George.” The following statement epitomizes the modern attitude about retirement: “I’d never been a woodworker and as a new resident at Garden Spot Village I apprenticed under Bill George in the Wood Shop.”

It’s not unusual to hear people in their post-career years, in their quest to learn and explore new things, talking about apprenticing in a craft that has long interested them but which they never had the time to learn or pursue. In this issue you’ll meet “Makers” and read about the opportunities that await you at Garden Spot. In future issues we will introduce you to the other 30 to 40 micro-communities that currently engage people. If there is something of interest to you that we don’t cover in this issue, no worries. As Bob Collins discovered after he moved to Garden Spot Village in 2016, if you’re willing to lead the way, Garden Spot will do its best to support you. A metal shop was only a casual conversation at Garden Spot Village until Bob arrived. In September 2017 a metal shop was established after he garnered support and discovered others who were interested in metalworking. Bob is featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Destination. He also made the telescope in the editorial photo that accompanies this article. Imagine yourself in the photo as you consider all the opportunities ahead. You’re standing on the rocking chair for a better view, not sitting in it! You look through the telescope as an explorer of new landscapes. The excitement that lies around the bend enriches your life with newfound meaning and purpose. Grab your imaginary telescope and come explore what the “Makers” are doing in the pages that follow. May they provide you with a better sense of the opportunities to live with purpose in community that await you at Garden Spot. Enthusiastically,

Scott Miller Executive Editor & Chief Marketing Officer


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SUSTAIN: BUILDING A BETTER LIFE FOR EVERYONE People at Garden Spot Village have been caring for our environment for years. SUSTAIN creates an opportunity for them to work together to make a difference.




AEROPONIC GREENHOUSE OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND GROW Garden Spot Village’s aeroponic greenhouse offers a vibrant opportunity for learning, testing and growing.



73 SALLY RAPP MASTER QUILTER Sally Rapp’s passions include quilting and learning new skills. She combines these passions to create show-worthy quilts.

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24 THE LOST ART OF BARN RAISINGS As farmers turn to more economical pole barns, barn raisings happen less and less in Lancaster County but still represent the support families receive within the Plain Community.

28 LIFECYCLES Al Vega leads the New Holland LIFECYCLES team that meets each Thursday evening at Garden Spot Village. LIFECYCLES offers an opportunity for men to mentor young men through the sport of cycling.



In every corner of Garden Spot Village microcommunities thrive. People connect and build community as they pursue their gifts and passions for building and creating.

44 PAJAMAS FOR PATIENTS While Janie Martin was folding hospital gowns in Kijabe, Kenya in October 2018 she was inspired to replace the worn pajamas with new ones. BRAND EDITOR & CMO | SCOTT MILLER EDITOR & STORYTELLER | JUANITA FOX WRITERS | ART PETROSEMOLO & AMANDA WEAVER



IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF SERVICE Garden Spot Village and Sodexo recently piloted a new initiative to encourage brain-healthy lifestyles.


74 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Linden and Share & Care Thrift Store offer unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Sustainably printed to reflect Garden Spot Communities' commitment to environmental stewardship. ISSUE NO. 21 | PUBLISHED BIANNUALLY

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SCOTT & ANNE NELSON: Finding the Right Fit


mmediately after retiring from successful careers in banking and information

technology, Scott and Anne Nelson moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. They enjoyed an active lifestyle, taking hiking trips to Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. After a few

years, the green, rolling hills of Pennsylvania and their family drew them east again and they resettled in Mechanicsburg.


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“We’ve been searching for our next home for years,” Anne says. “We looked at cohousing developments, visited a number of 55+ developments and then decided a continuing care retirement community was the right fit.” Anne discovered Garden Spot Village and Sycamore Springs during an online search and the new neighborhood appealed to them. They came to a Look & Learn in May 2017 when the first phase of Sycamore Springs was still under construction. They attended a second Look & Learn in November of that year. They decided Garden Spot Village was the right community. “People were friendly and happy when we visited,” Anne says. “More importantly, people were active. The marathon, the cycling event—people were living vibrant lives.” Scott and Anne explored cottages and carriage houses but kept coming back to the single family homes at Sycamore Springs. Scott says, “We really liked the idea of the intentional community. Sycamore Springs is a cozy little neighborhood with access to all of the amenities at Garden Spot Village. We appreciate the opportunity to have privacy but still live in community.” The community’s location in Eastern Lancaster County was also a draw. Scott says, “New Holland is just rural enough, it’s appealing. But it’s not so far from our family in Harrisburg that we can’t take time to visit.” Anne adds, “Settling in New Holland actually puts us halfway between our two sons; one son lives in Duncannon and the other lives in West Grove.” CHOOSING THE FUTURE

The timing of the first phase of construction did not feel like quite the right time for a move, so Anne and Scott decided to wait until the next phase of Sycamore Springs was under construction. When the new site plan and floor plans were announced in late April 2019, they were among the first to choose a home and make a pre-construction deposit.

Above: Scott and Anne Nelson look forward to walks through Sycamore Springs with their dog, Ozzy.

A master gardener certified through Pennsylvania State Extension, Anne plans to transfer her certification from Cumberland County to Lancaster County. Two years ago her home garden was certified as a Pollinator Friendly Garden. She looks forward to using Garden Spot’s community gardens and volunteering in the aeroponic greenhouse. Scott anticipates less lawn and home maintenance as well as to browsing local farmers’ markets and antique shops. Scott and Anne enjoy bicycling together and look forward to riding on the back roads of New Holland, as well as meeting their new neighbors and getting to know their new community. D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9




Ed and Darlene Smith, Garden Spot Village residents since August 2014, collect waste Styrofoam and take it to Dart Container in Leola for recycling.


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Ed and Darlene Smith, Garden Spot Village residents since August 2014, established convenient drop off locations for waste Styrofoam around campus and faithfully transport it to Dart Container in Leola every few weeks. “We worked in plastics for years and we know Styrofoam can be recycled. There are only six locations in the United States that accept Styrofoam for recycling and one of the locations is in Leola. Why wouldn’t we recycle it?” Darlene says. EDUCATING OTHERS

Barry Block, resident since June 2010, has been recycling since the early 1980s, when he lived on Long Island. At that point he recycled newspapers. When Barry and his wife, Anne, moved to New Jersey in the mid-1980s he was pleased to learn about the robust recycling program in their new community. And now, he says, Lancaster County is on the leading edge of waste management and recycling.

Barry is a strong advocate in helping his neighbors understand the importance of proper recycling. “It’s important for the environment,” Barry says. “It’s something we can all do. Recycling doesn’t take a lot of energy and Garden Spot makes it easy. They provide the instructions and facilities that we need to recycle properly. And the benefit of living in Lancaster County is that, even if you don’t get it ‘right,’ the technology is in place to make the most

of our trash. The Waste to Energy Facility generates electricity while incinerating household trash, reducing the trash by 90 percent. The remaining ash is used to cover the landfill at the Frey Farm. So everything is used.” ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE

But recycling is just part of the initiative, Barry explains. He points to switching parking lot and hallway lights from halogen to LED and the willingness of Garden Spot staff to help residents safely recycle electronics as ways Garden Spot is already caring for the environment.

A retired elementary school teacher, Fran Rapp, resident since August 2011, helped to educate an entire generation on the importance of recycling and caring for our environment. “We all have grandkids and we would like to see our environment stay the same or improve for our grandkids and great grandkids,” Fran says.

“We don’t want SUSTAIN to be a program, because as a program, it will fail.” Steve Jeffrey explains. “We want it to be a grassroots movement, where people can say, ‘This makes sense; this is who I am. I want to be a part of it.’”

On Earth Day 2019 a group of about 30 pioneers, including Fran and Barry and interested staff members, met in the Garden Spot Village Theater to learn more about a new Garden Spot Village initiative entitled, SUSTAIN: Building a Better Life for Everyone.

SUSTAIN creates a context through which Garden Spot can formally share the ways staff and residents care for the environment. One of the first steps for the initiative is to complete a comprehensive energy use audit, to determine opportunities for improving our systems and save energy.


Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Steve Jeffrey and Chief Operating Officer Steve Muller presented and led a brainstorming session on SUSTAIN 2022, a vision to meet several goals for Excellence in Environmental Practices.

Fran says, “SUSTAIN provides an opportunity to improve communications around recycling and opportunities to be good stewards of our resources.”

Steve Muller agrees, “We don’t want to greenwash what we are doing. We want to do the right thing, simply because it’s the right thing.”

Another step is to create a sustainability report in order to publicly share the ways the community is already recycling, reusing and repurposing, with goals to improve initiatives over the long term.

Steve Jeffrey says, “We want SUSTAIN to build on the environmental initiatives already in place, learn better ways to move forward and help all of us to be part of the solution.”



• Comprehensive Energy Use Audit of our Campuses. Partnership with outside company to identify energy usage patterns and efficiencies.

• Creation of a Sustainability Report in 2020. Documentation of the ways Garden Spot Village already recycles, repurposes and cares for the environment. • Continued Awareness of Our Progress; Celebrate Our Successes. Communication about on-campus initiatives like recycling and donations to improve our community (i.e., eyeglasses for the Lions Club, cell phones for soldiers, etc.) • Enhanced Monitoring of Our Energy Consumption with a Goal of Improvement in Key Metrics. Compilation of year-to-year charts that share key metrics like pounds of recycling, KWH of energy used, donations, etc. • Education of Our Community. Information sharing at Towne Meetings, Council Meetings, grassroots opportunities.

• Fun, Innovative Challenges for Our Community. Development of challenges to increase recycling, decrease energy use, etc.

• Continual Learning and Growth. Opportunities for learning journeys to colleges, companies and other organizations that can inspire and motivate us to keep moving forward. D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9



DAVE & LIZ GIVENS: Embracing a New Community

A cairn sits on the front porch of David and Elizabeth Givens’ carriage house. The pile of rocks represents places that Dave and Liz have lived and visited around the world. “We built a cairn because of my lifelong involvement with Cairn University,” Liz explains. “For hikers, a cairn marks the way. In Joshua 4, God asked the children of Israel to build a cairn after they crossed the Jordan River to remind them of His faithfulness. For us, it represents pieces of our past—we have a rare columnar sandstone from Paraguay, a rock from Mt. Katahdin in Maine, rocks from Asia and our home in Michigan—and it reminds us of the ways God leads and provides for us.” 20

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The decor in Dave and Liz’s home also reflects the cultures of the places they have visited. Dave’s collection of chess sets includes pieces from Israel, Taiwan, Turkey, India, China and the Philippines. A capiz shell chandelier from the Philippines hangs over the dining room table, and a tiffany-style art glass lamp made by a friend in China hangs in the kitchen. Pig spears from the Philippines and a boomerang from Australia hang above the doorway to their sunroom. Dave and Liz met as students at Philadelphia College of the Bible (now Cairn University). Dave grew up on a farm in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and Liz grew up in suburban Philadelphia. They spent much of their careers documenting, through photos and stories, the way global workers have served their communities. Together they have visited more than 50 countries and have lived or worked in the 20 countries served by SEND International. Liz says, “Our children grew up being mobile and global. We had our ‘home’ in Michigan for 37 years, but much of that time we were running around the world.” Dave and Liz moved to Garden Spot Village in October 2018 and continue to visit, teach and work with friends and family all around the United States and the world. They appreciate the ease of locking the door and leaving. “I just stop by Resident Services and let them know when we will be traveling,” Liz says. WATCH: RESIDENTS SHARE HOW THEY LIVE WITH PURPOSE AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

Dave adds, “Somebody else takes care of mowing the grass, shoveling the snow, maintaining the home. We don’t need to worry.” When they are not traveling, their home is open to guests from around the world. “Our children tell us, ‘Your life has always been an open house of hospitality.’ They want us to continue that wherever we live, and we’ve been able to do that here. Our neighbors say, ‘You’re either gone or have ten cars in the driveway,’” Liz says with a laugh. Dave appreciates the opportunity to reconnect with family, friends and high school and college classmates who live in Lancaster County. The additional time with his family, especially with his mother before she passed away, and with his brothers, has been a blessing. “Since moving to Garden Spot Village we have reconnected with friends and have discovered people who lived and worked with the same organizations we did,” Dave says. “We were welcomed by a familiar community. In our minds, we have an open book before us. We have just written the preface. The best part of our story has yet to be written.” READ MORE: Cairn University Promo Video: D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9



Larry Knepper enjoys creating furniture and other items for sale at the Garden Spot Village Fall Festival.

LARRY KNEPPER: Creating a Legacy of Service

“Whenever I can do something that helps others, I try to do it,” says Larry Knepper, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2009. Larry grew up on a farm in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, where he learned to work with his hands. His father taught him to be patient and persistent, despite the challenges life throws at you. These life skills influence the servant leader and volunteer he is today. Larry casually recounts a list of activities he recently helped with at Garden Spot Village. Included in the list is repairing and building wood items for facility services, helping to replace a roof through Garden Spot’s new partnership with Good Works in Chester County, running the sound booth in the Chapel for special events, serving on church council and as a scripture reader at the Community Church at Garden Spot Village, driving the shuttle bus to Yoder’s, working in Linden, building a table for the auction at the Fall Festival, coordinating the Grands & Kids activity in the Wood Shop and on and on. He also provided critical leadership in the building of the Cooperative Living House on Ranck Road through the summer, fall and winter of 2017/2018. He served on the


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steering committee, recruited and coordinated building volunteers and spent many, many hours himself helping to build the home. He says, “I like to stay busy. One of the reasons I do all these different things is to keep some variety in my life. If I spent all of my time in the Wood Shop, I might burn out. So, I try to do different things.” Larry thrives on staying involved in his community and finds purpose and energy in working and serving others. He is a lifetime volunteer with Garden Spot Fire Rescue and Garden Spot Fire Police and, over the years, has served on boards for the New Holland Community Memorial Park, the ELANCO Community Library and the New Holland Historical Society. Every other month Larry heads to the CrossNet Food Pantry to help sort food. He was honored for serving 5,000 volunteer hours at Garden Spot Village in April 2019. He’s truly leaving a legacy of service.

Judy Brinton shares her natural talent for flower arranging by refreshing and repurposing donated silk flowers at Share & Care.

JUDY BRINTON: Spreading Joy Through Flowers

“I think flowers are one of God’s greatest gifts to us,” says Judy Brinton, Garden Spot Village resident since September 2014. “I love giving flowers to others.” Judy, a self-taught floral designer, shares her gift of flower arranging with Share & Care Thrift Store. She refreshes and repurposes donated silk flowers and greens into new salable arrangements. She also coordinates the seasonal silk floral arrangements in the public restrooms. She finds a distinct sense of satisfaction in seeing her work on display throughout Garden Spot Village. “I love looking at people’s doorways and saying, ‘I made that,’” Judy says. Her arrangements and wreaths with bows are everywhere! Shortly after Judy moved to Garden Spot Village, her former church decided not to have Christmas decorations on all the church doors. Rather than throw the arrangements out, they were happy to “throw” them Judy’s way, knowing they would be recreated for a good cause at Garden Spot Village. Judy refreshed each wreath before it was offered for sale at Share & Care and shoppers loved them. An elementary school teacher, Judy took a hiatus from teaching while she raised her two sons. During that period,

she worked part-time at a floral shop for two years. “I loved it,” she says. “It was an opportunity to explore my creative talent.” She returned to teaching after her boys were in high school and finished her career, teaching kindergarten and first grade at Haverford School for Boys for 17 years. She continued to make floral arrangements for local churches. She was known in her community for her natural talent for making beautiful fresh and silk floral arrangements for Sunday morning services and special events. The beauty and landscaping of the Garden Spot Village campus was what appealed to Judy and her husband Dick when they first visited. “We visited 20 retirement communities,” Judy says. “The beauty of the campus, the friendliness of the residents and staff, the many, many opportunities—no other community came close to Garden Spot Village.”

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In Lancaster County members of the Plain Community still support each other through barn raisings.


Story and photos by Art Petrosemolo, Sycamore Springs resident since December 2016

Plain Community barn raisings were the norm in Lancaster County in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries but are not as common anymore.


Today, pole buildings, which can be quickly erected with a lot less labor and expense, are put up by English (non-Amish) and Plain Community farmers alike and serve as barns, stables and utility buildings. But a few Amish and Mennonite communities still erect barns for family and neighbors in a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. If you find a barn raising, stop and watch. It is an impressive sight. For me, as a Sycamore Springs resident and a freelance writer for a number of area newspapers including Lancaster Farming, writing about and photographing a barn raising has been number one on my bucket list for a long time. In mid-May when an Old Order Mennonite friend told me his adult sons were helping to raise a barn, I took off like a shot to the site, about a half-mile off a country road in New Holland. When I arrived I found a group of 60 Mennonite men—ranging in age from 13 to 63—gathered to help young Kenneth Martin construct a tobacco barn on his recently purchased farm.

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The Martins had gotten the word out through their neighbors and the 30foot framing units with roof trusses had been built on-site a week earlier in preparation for the construction. Then, on this cold, cloudy and damp morning in early May the men, all wearing heavy tool belts, had converged on the farm in carriages and on bicycles, ready to work. One or two experienced local carpenters, who may have drawn up the barn plans and now directed the operation, greeted the workers, who arrived with lunch boxes filled with drinks and snacks. At 8am sharp, with about a dozen men perched high above the ground, the framing units were raised by brute strength to form the bones of the 32- by 80foot structure. With a minimum of raised voices, some three-dozen men on the ground lifted and slid the heavy framing units and trusses into position. The footers were held to the foundation by part of the building crew while nearly three-dozen men raised the units skyward by hand, pole and rope responding to a single command of “lift.” It looked easy and took just a little more than two hours to raise and secure 23 frames into position. At a barn raising, everyone stops for lunch at noon. Depending on the size of the group and the farm’s kitchen, everyone eats at one time or in shifts. But eat they do! The workers pile their plates with chicken, potatoes and vegetables and sip lemonade. They always tuck away dessert before returning to the work site to start the roofing and siding. Barn raisings date back to the early 1500s in Switzerland and the birth of the fundamentalist Christian movement. The groups that eventually became known as Mennonites and Amish arrived as immigrants in southeastern Pennsylvania in 1698. Lehigh County barn historian Greg Huber believes that a barn raising was, and is, an important example of these Plain Communities’ selfless practice of assisting relatives and neighbors. Huber started Eastern Barn Consultants in 2001 but has been consulting on barns for more than four decades. His book, Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania, published in 2017 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., is the authoritative work on the history of these timeless, hand-built and majestic structures. Having examined, studied and photographed thousands of barns, Huber calls these structures historic treasures. He says that unfortunately they are now being taken down faster than anyone would like to see. Historic barns were constructed of stone, brick, frame or log, Huber explains, and many have survived and continue to be used more than a century after they were built. “But every barn owner is different in the way he treats his barn,” Huber says. “Some are happy to have it on their property but do not want to spend money for maintenance, while others have no qualms about removing the structure and selling the valuable timbers and siding.” Huber stresses the importance of keeping barns in use—what he calls “adaptive use”—in order for them to survive. He believes that the less an old barn is used, the less it will be maintained and the more likely an owner will be able to accept an offer from a salvager rather than restoring it. Unfortunately, only a few owners see the value of preserving their barns for historic purposes, according to Huber. A realist, he agrees that pole buildings are much less expensive and easier to build and can be adapted to multiple uses as farm buildings. “Sadly, I think the days of frequent Plain Community gatherings to construct a barn for a family member or neighbor will become few and far between,” says Huber, “so stop and watch if you happen across one.” READ MORE: D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9



AL VEGA A Clean Restart

JOB TITLE: Director of Environmental Services DATE STARTED AT GSV: October 11, 2002

FAVORITE... MOVIE: Forrest Gump FOOD: Arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican rice and pigeon peas) BOOK: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis MUSIC GENRE: Classic Rock QUOTE: “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it, because nobody else will.” Mahatma Gandhi


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Al Vega has a heart for young people. After he left the Coast Guard in 2000, he settled in New Holland with his wife and headed to Lancaster Bible College to pursue a bachelor’s

degree in Bible and education. Simultaneously, he started working at Garden Spot Village as a full-time third shift security/maintenance team member. He worked hard to balance his job, school and starting his family.

When he graduated from Lancaster Bible College he began teaching fourth graders in the Spanish Immersion Program at Nitrauer Elementary in the Manheim Township School District. Al felt deeply indebted to Garden Spot Village for the ways the community supported him through college so he continued to work part-time and then flex-time for the next few years. Eventually, as his children grew, it was more and more challenging to work the extra hours, so he officially resigned. After ten years of teaching, Al was burned out so he began to look for what God had next. He turned to substitute teaching and landed a long-term substitute position at Garden Spot High School, where he managed the In-School Suspension (ISS) classroom. Al says with a smile, “Those years of teaching ISS—I changed so many kids’ lives. In the past they were able to talk and goof around. That wasn’t true for my classroom. I made them complete their work and held them accountable for their behavior.” And the students respected him for it. In the summer of 2017 he reached out to Robert Hochstaetter, then facility services director, to see if Garden Spot Village needed weekend maintenance or security staff. The timing didn’t quite work, so he returned to Garden Spot High School for another year in the ISS classroom. Stacy, Al’s wife, was also feeling burned out from her work in the medical field so she turned to Garden Spot and was hired in the summer of 2018 to serve as operational support assistant. At about the same time, the environmental services director position was open. Al applied, interviewed and was hired. In his role, Al works to keep Garden Spot clean, safe and sanitary. He schedules environmental services staff, works with residents on housekeeping requests, manages floor care and oversees the laundering of 1,400 pounds of clothing and linens each day. He’s quick to clean up a spill, respond to a resident’s request and lend a hand. “If I ask my staff to do it, I can do it too,” he says. “Plus, I’m a hands-on person; at Garden Spot we are a team. If I’m able to help, I’m happy to do it.” “I love coming to work. I no longer dread Mondays.” Al explains, “The people who work here love their jobs and it rubs off on me. The residents are understanding and happy with the work that we do.” D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9


LIFECYCLES As part of a leadership course with their church in 2017, Al and Stacy Vega were challenged to research a ministry they wanted to start. Al discovered LIFECYCLES, a local organization that wraps mentoring, spiritual development, and life skills development in the adventure of a Christ-centered bicycle touring experience for urban teens. The mission of the organization appealed to him and he invited his son, AJ, to join him as he went along on a ride in Marietta to learn more. The next week AJ invited friends and before he knew it, Al had a truck full of boys who wanted to ride bike. Since 2018 he spends Thursday evenings between April and September leading a group of teen boys on bicycle rides around New Holland. The cyclists start and end their rides at Garden Spot Village and often enjoy a meal together at the end. Bryan Groff, director of human resources, also helps to lead the group. “I think LIFECYCLES is a great way to speak into the lives of boys in a fun and nonthreatening way,” Bryan says. “Riding bike is an alternative to team sports, so boys who may not have interest in the traditional team sports can participate, get some exercise, be with friends and meet new friends. At the same time, there is an opportunity for leaders to do some mentoring and encourage the boys.” Al says, “Our mission is to build young men of character in a Christ-centered bicycle touring adventure. We have trained volunteers from different walks of life to help


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teenage boys in challenging environments to dream and to achieve their goals with respect, dignity and encouragement. We place emphasis on completing school and entering the workforce, a trade school or college. We work with churches, youth ministries and community services to help us teach the boys life skills, teamwork, leadership, followership, hope and optimism.” READ MORE:



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At Garden Spot Village micro-communities thrive in every corner of the campus. Through formal and informal interactions, people connect in meaningful ways as they use their hands and talents to create. From the Wood Shop to the Metal Shop to the Art Guild and the Bee Hives, community happens as people live, work and serve together. Each of these micro-communities were initiated, organized and are sustained by residents with common interests. The groups interact in a variety of ways in the larger Garden Spot, New Holland and global communities. As younger residents move to Garden Spot Village, they build new micro-communities that reflect their interests and lifestyles. In the following pages we explore the tools and the impact of each of the Maker micro-communities at Garden Spot.


Men and women, with a variety of woodworking skills and a range of expertise, gather each day to work on individual and group projects in the Garden Spot Village Wood Shop. The Wood Shop offers a place to work, to laugh, to talk and to build community in a powerful way. For longtime member Bill George, the Wood Shop is his go-to place six days a week. He completes odd jobs, maintains the machines, repairs furniture, cedar chests and more. He mentors and apprentices new residents who are just beginning to explore woodworking. The men and women at the Wood Shop make a significant impact on Garden Spot Village. They regularly complete projects for Garden Spot as well as for the broader New Holland community. They host children attending Grands & Kids Camp and Take Your Daughter & Son to Work Day. They helped to build the Cooperative Living House and framed homes sent to Cordova, Alabama and New Iberia, Louisiana. They traveled to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy to help with clean up and rebuilding efforts. They also donate birdhouses to the Birdhouse Show and Silent Auction, and create furniture, games, decorative items and more for the annual Fall Festival.


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For Bob Collins, metalworking was a livelihood and art form. When he moved to Garden Spot Village in November 2016, he realized he couldn’t continue metalworking in his garage so he reached out to Garden Spot to learn how to start a formal metalworking group. He gathered the requisite five members and Garden Spot Village provided room in the pole barn, located beside the aeroponic greenhouse. The members quickly went to work creating a space appropriate for metalworking. The Wood Shop supported the start-up group with a generous donation, and a number of the woodworkers embraced the opportunity to explore and refine their metalworking skills. Some men resumed using skills learned early in their careers or retrieved equipment long ago handed off to children and grandchildren. By the fall of 2017 a full metal shop was in place. By spring 2019 the group boasted 15 members with a range of experience and more equipment than they could fit into the pole barn. Inspiring the next generation to consider metalworking as a trade is close to Bob’s heart, so when the sixth grade Woodworking Club from New Holland Elementary spent time in the Wood Shop in February, he extended an invitation to the students to visit the Metal Shop in March. The students enjoyed their visit and the metalworking group’s demonstrations of welding, steel and sheet metal bending, and soldering. D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9



When Rachel Mertz moved to Garden Spot Village in July 2013 her friend Alice Kuhn invited her to join the cross stitch group. “I didn’t know how to cross stitch, but it didn’t matter. I started with tiny little Christmas ornaments and learned how. I enjoy the camaraderie. We sit here, we share stories and we laugh.” The camaraderie is exactly why Doris Baumbach and Trudy Kuserk teamed up to invite women to form a cross stitch group in 1999. It was a great way to be creative and at the same time build relationships in the community. The group meets every Thursday afternoon to stitch. They create pictures and other cross stitch art, which they sell and then donate the proceeds to the Benevolent Fund. They sell their art at the Birdhouse Show and Silent Auction in February and at the Fall Festival in October. In November they hang cross stitch pictures in the Main Street Art Gallery and offer them for sale. In addition, they sell Christmas ornaments and other items in the glass case and fully decorated, small Christmas trees in the parlor adjacent to The Creamery. The group uses a team approach in creating their projects. Everyone stitches a few projects each year with the goal of making them unique and interesting as well as salable. Cheryl Krapf, who lives in New Holland, leads the group and lends her expertise in finishing and framing. “We want men and women to join us. They don’t need to know how to do cross stitch. We will teach them,” Doris says. 34

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“The Art Guild works to bring art to everyday life at Garden Spot Village,” says Win Reber, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2004. When Win and his wife, Carol, moved to Garden Spot, they were pleased to meet other artists, fellow residents who were skilled painters, potters and sculptors. A retired art teacher, Win was inspired to find a way to formally connect the artists and celebrate their work. Win and resident John Edwards put on a highly successful art show in the Village Park in March 2006—the first use of the park as a gallery space and the beginning of informally connecting the artists. In 2008, Win gathered a group of 15 artists, skilled in a variety of art forms, and together they created the Art Guild. The Art Guild manages the monthly art shows in the Main Street Art Gallery, located in the hallway between The Harvest Table and the Terrace Dining Room. The gallery features paintings, photography and other wall art (quilted, stitched and sculpted) created by people who live and work at Garden Spot Village, as well as people from the broader community. The Art Guild also hosts art classes, lectures and demonstrations to inspire artists of all skill levels—beginner through advanced—to expand their knowledge of their craft and create art with purpose in community. D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9



About ten years ago, a group of women in Mountain View gathered to learn how to make soap. They had so much fun making bars of soap to sell at the Fall Festival that they formed the Vision & Design Team, which now meets twice a month. Their goal? To bless others through the crafts they enjoy creating together. Each fall they donate cards featuring photos taken by the Mountain View Light Writers photography group for sale at the Fall Festival. Some years they also make notecards and bookmarks using pressed flowers. In 2017 they created purple ebru dyed silk scarves to raise funds for the Lancaster Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Gladys Ziegenfus, Garden Spot Village resident since July 2010, has been part of the group since it started and looks forward to the projects. “It gives me satisfaction and fulfillment, to know that I’m doing something for others. Plus, we have a lot of good fellowship and a lot of fun.” They also make lotion, shampoo and body wash, which are placed into sample-size bottles, labeled and sold to the marketing department for use by guests who stay in the Garden Spot Village guest rooms. In 2019 the women spent countless hours cutting fabric and sewing pajamas for the CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. (Read more on page 44.)


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“When I had surgery in October 2018 Chaplain Marian Harnish visited me in the hospital with a prayer shawl. It was just so special and it spurred me on to join the group making the prayer shawls,” says Nancy Kuhn, Garden Spot Village resident since July 2015. Nancy joined the group of women that meets faithfully on the second Thursday of each month to knit and crochet prayer shawls. The women give the shawls to Marian, who shares them with staff and residents who are in the hospital, facing a challenging time in their lives or transitioning to the care areas at Garden Spot Village or Maple Farm. The women also knit or crochet shawls at home, but they enjoy the opportunity to gather and share knitting or crocheting tips and stories. Many of the ladies have knitted or crocheted for years; others are picking up the craft for the first time. As they knit, they pray for the people who will receive the shawls. Completed shawls include a small tag with the maker’s name that reads, “May you know God’s love, trust His care for you. He is with you now. He is faithful!” Their willingness to bless others with their craft offers comfort and encouragement for people throughout Garden Spot.

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Each day women gather around a large wooden quilt frame

in the quilt room to add stitches and memories to the current project. The group ebbs and flows as the days pass, but their focus remains the same—to share their art of quilting with others and to benefit the Benevolent Fund. “I have a passion for quilting and I love creating,” says Sally Rapp, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2011. As president, Sally leads quilters as they take on new projects and prepare quilts, wall hangings, coverlets and more for the Birdhouse Show and Silent Auction, the Fall Festival and Christmas table sales. In total, about 15 women with a variety of skill sets form the Quilters group. Some of the women hand quilt while others machine quilt. Some of the women enjoy piecing or binding. Together they share their gifts to provide incredible works of art for sale. “Sometimes we receive donated pieced quilts or bags of fabric,” Sally says. The group uses the donations to finish projects or start new ones. What they cannot use they pass along to Mennonite Central Committee’s Material Resource Center in Ephrata, which provides material resources to people in need around the world. Occasionally classes are offered by different members to encourage people to learn new techniques that will enhance their joy of quilting and inspire them to keep creating.


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“In the Crafters group you don’t really do anything on your own. You really need other people for ideas, for finishing touches and to make your ideas better,” says Hagar Scott, who co-leads the Crafters with Barbara Murphy. And the ideas are always evolving. “We always welcome new people with new ideas,” Barbara adds. The group makes crafts to sell at events throughout the year. The ladies donate playing card holders, bowl cozies, punch needle embroidery, penny rugs and other crafts to be sold at the Fall Festival and the Birdhouse Show and Silent Auction. They also host spring and Christmas table sales. They donate all of the proceeds from their sales (which average well over $2,000 each year!) to the Benevolent Fund. For the women who serve with the Crafters, Hagar says, it is all about helping others while experiencing community. “It’s good company,” she says. “I’ve made friends and met people I would never have met otherwise.” The women teach each other craft techniques, so that everyone can help with projects, and they rely heavily on help from the Wood Shop and the Metal Shop for finishing touches. They also offer classes occasionally so that more people can get involved and learn about the difference the group makes as they live with purpose in community.

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Garden Spot Village’s Beekeepers maintain three hives, which are located near the aeroponic greenhouse. Through the

summer months the group of seven people, with a wide range of experience in beekeeping, carefully monitors the bees to make sure they are healthy and that the hive is growing. Some members have years of experience and some are just learning how to care for bees. The landscape of beekeeping has changed significantly in Lancaster County in the past few years so it’s been a learning journey as the group has worked together to find new ways to build the health of the hives. Each fall, if the bees produce an abundance of honey, the beekeepers harvest part of it. In good years, members of the group receive a pint of honey for their work. Sandy Allen, president of the group, says that when the hives are mature, they hope to also provide honey for sale at Linden, the gift and essentials store at Garden Spot Village. Sandy joined the club when it started in 2016. She didn’t have any beekeeping experience but has embraced the challenge of caring for the bees. “We are doing our best,” Sandy says. “We’re learning and we may make a mistake, but we do all we can to help the bees thrive.”


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Well over 100 gardeners tend the 66 garden plots at Garden Spot Village. They fill their gardens with vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, lettuce, peppers, wildflowers and perennials. In the process they create community. Doug and Pegge Moister serve as co-presidents for the Gardeners. Doug says, “It’s so much fun to watch people reconnect with gardening, work the ground and grow things. Community happens as people gather to work together and share experiences and the abundance of their produce.” Doug and Pegge say Garden Spot Village’s Campus Services team makes gardening easy. Each spring Campus Services turns over the soil, adds lime, rototills and measures the plots. In addition, Campus Services provides a common wheelbarrow and picks up weeds that Gardeners pull each day. Doug says, “Mark Kauffman and his crew do so much to help us. We simply facilitate the relationship between Campus Services and the Gardeners.” In addition to enjoying the continuous informal fellowship that happens daily at the garden plots, the group occasionally meets more formally throughout the year. In April they meet for plot assignments and in May they meet for a follow-up that’s been dubbed “Tomato Talk.” On the third Wednesday in September they wrap up the growing season and discuss the steps for winterizing the plots. A week later they meet again for formal fellowship, sharing and planning for the following year.

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Left: Garden Spot Village residents sewed 96 sets of pajamas, which will be handcarried to Kenya by staff and residents on the Travel with Purpose trip to Kijabe, Kenya in late September 2019. Pictured, left to right: Nancy Buckles, Mabel Kurtz, Janie Martin, Sarah Brown. Right: A child at the CURE Kenya hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, holds a mended heart, given to him by the Garden Spot Village Travel with Purpose in September 2018.

“Serving at the CURE Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. It was lifechanging. I learned so much from the Kenyan people. They fully live as a community. They don’t think about the sacrifice, they just do what needs to be done,” says Janie Martin, clinical care coordinator at Garden Spot Village. Janie participated in the Travel with Purpose Trip to Kenya in September 2018. One of the many ways she served that week was by folding hospital pajamas in the laundry. As she worked, she noticed that the pajamas were very worn.

pajamas. They met regularly after that to work together, and sewing machines were available in Mountain View for anyone who wanted to stop in and work at their leisure.

“I had a dream to replace the pajamas,” Janie says. “I planned to buy the fabric and sew them myself. When I mentioned it in passing to Denise, she suggested I involve the Vision & Design Team.”

Anne Mulwa, nursing director at CURE Kenya, was grateful when she learned that new pajamas were on the way. “We are thrilled to know that someone is thinking about us and our patients,” she says.

After her initial conversation with Denise Hoak, director of personal care services, Janie inspired the Mountain View Vision & Design Team as well as other staff and independent living residents to start sewing. Their goal? Ninety-six sets of pajamas.

“Everybody caught the vision. It’s been such a blessing,” Janie says.


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Larry Welsch, a Garden Spot Village resident since May 2012, has been buying and selling old cars since he was a

teenager. It was a hobby that quickly became a side business, even as he worked full-time.

“I was always interested in old cars; I never wanted a new car,” Larry says. “Buying and selling old cars became a no-brainer when I bought my first car and then sold it for a profit.” He and a high school friend began to buy and sell hard-to-find parts for hot rods and street rods through stalls at a spring flea market in Carlisle and at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Hershey Fall Meet. “Over the years we met a lot of people and made lots of friendships. It became a family affair—my wife, my son and daughter and even my mother-in-law helped us run the stalls.” Larry still sells parts at the Hershey Meet each fall. Larry has bought, fixed and sold 110 cars since that first car at age 19. He says with a smile, “I’m not a sitter or a reader. I like to keep busy. My wife, Cynthia, has been a saint. She even bought three cars; she knows how to spot a good deal and knows whether or not I can flip it for a profit.” The couple traveled across the country to car shows, flea markets and more, buying and selling cars and parts. “I don’t like to do the same show twice,” Larry says. “We’ve traveled all over—from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Phoenix, Arizona, to Burlington, Vermont.” Larry likes to find cars he can drive and enjoy. “If I can’t drive a car because I’m afraid of getting a scratch, I don’t want to own it,” he says. “I don’t need artwork that takes that much room. Plus, the cars we enjoyed the most were the cars we drove everywhere.” He’s currently working to restore a 1937 Cord, a luxury car built in Indiana by the Auburn Automobile Company. He purchased the car from a dealer in South Dakota in the fall of 2017 and had it shipped to New Holland. He works on the car three days a week in a garage he rents. He joined the Metal Shop as soon as it was established and says, “I made 50 percent of the car’s body parts that needed to be replaced in the Metal Shop. When it’s finished the car will have a 1937 body with 2019 everything else.” In addition to restoring cars, Larry also works at Musselman Lumber in New Holland, where he has been employed for 21 years. He handled outside sales for 15 years before retiring from full-time hours and now works just on Mondays and Tuesdays, estimating project costs for contractors and homeowners and delivering products to job sites as needed. “It’s a perfect opportunity,” Larry says. “It’s only a mile from my home and even working part-time, I get some benefits.” Larry and Cynthia moved to Garden Spot Village in their mid-60s from Kinzers, Pennsylvania. They reached a point where they wanted to downsize from their three-acre property. After visiting a number of communities, they settled on Garden Spot. The mix of people, the location and everything else just felt right. At first Cynthia questioned whether Larry could continue his car business at their new home. “I just rented a garage and moved everything with me,” he says with a smile. D E S T I N AT I O N G A R D E N S P O T V I L L A G E | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 9



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We hope you enjoyed the debut of Hugo & Val in this issue of Destination.

In the fall of 2018 we partnered with Pennsylvania College of Art & Design to create our front cover. Through that process we met a lot of talented young artists, including Marshaun ZeiglerDumas, a talented graphic novelist. Marshaun helped us bring life to our superhero grandparents—a couple we’ve been dreaming about for years. They have the gift of experience and still want to change the world. Our hope is that your grandchildren will anxiously await each new copy of Destination as they follow Hugo & Val and their grandchildren on adventures. Studies tell us that intergenerational interaction offers incredible benefits for every generation. Hugo & Val demonstrate that for us and offer you an opportunity to engage with the children in your lives.


Here are some questions for you to get the conversation started between you & your grandchildren: If you found out I was a superhero, what would you say? What do you think my superpower would be? If you had a superpower, what would it be? How would you use your superpower to help someone else? If you could travel in time, where would you go?


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WEISS Anticipating a Bright Future HOMETOWN: Judy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tom, Allentown, Pennsylvania FAVORITE THING TO DO TOGETHER: Traveling, camping, spending time with grandchildren CAREERS: Judy, clerical Tom, engineer CURRENT HOMETOWN: Emmaus, Pennsylvania FAMILY: Two grown children, two granddaughters, 5 and 12 and two grandsons, 2 and 5 LOOKING FORWARD TO: Enjoying life, living the dream


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om and Judy Weiss had been doing some research and visiting retirement

communities near their home in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, when they stumbled

upon Garden Spot Village during an online search. During a visit to their camper parked at Lake In Wood Campground in Narvon, Tom and Judy decided to pay a “drive by” visit to Garden Spot Village. They were impressed enough with their initial drive through the community that they attended a Look & Learn in May 2017. “We really liked the community,” Tom says. “The grounds are beautiful and everyone is friendly. We never felt pressured to make a decision. Kelly Sweigart [sales associate] has been very responsive and transparent through the process. Garden Spot is a good fit for us.”

bound in Tasmania. She wrote to thank me for recording, as she could no longer hold books to read.” Tom also contracts with Spoken Realms, an audio production company to record audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. Tom and Judy enjoy train travel and have visited California, Colorado and Louisiana by train. “For me, it’s not so much the destination,” Tom says. “It’s more about the travel itself.” They look forward to additional train travel in the future.

They applied to be future residents in July 2017 and joined the Radar Screen in November 2018 by making a deposit on the home of their choice, a cottage.

“We’ve met some really interesting people,” Judy adds. “On one trip we met honeymooners from Ireland, an entomologist who travels the world for his occupation and a female rodeo clown.”

Tom and Judy regularly stay at Lake In Wood and stop often at Garden Spot Village to enjoy the variety and quality of meals at The Harvest Table.

Tom and Judy are enjoying their retirement, including spending time with their children, Susan and Tom, Jr., and their four grandchildren.

A retired engineer, Tom records audio books as a hobby. He started his encore career by reading public domain short stories and children’s books as a volunteer with, which provides free audio books online. Tom says, “People listen to my stories and feel a personal connection. Occasionally they will send me emails. My favorite email was from a woman who was wheelchair-

“We are living the dream,” Tom says contentedly. “Actually, we are downsizing and preparing for the move,” Judy says with a smile. READ MORE: |

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Garden Spot Village’s aeroponic greenhouse has been producing greens and herbs for three years. Since Steve Lindsey’s original inspiration when he visited a hydroponic greenhouse in Zambia, southern Africa, the challenges that the greenhouse has had to overcome and adapt to, through research, development and strategy adjustment, has shaped it to be the success it is today. With help from Frank Fendler, owner of AERO Development Corp., Garden Spot Village has been “failing forward,” finding new solutions and allowing challenges to be beacons lighting the way toward the goal. Although the production of leafy greens, herbs and other vegetables fluctuates throughout the year, on average Garden Spot Village uses up to 80 percent of the produce in the campus kitchens each month. Another 10 percent is donated to CrossNet Ministries, and staff hope to soon start donating to another foodbank, Blessings of Hope, in Leola. The remaining ten percent is lost and not available for use. The greenhouse is the only place on campus that has a volunteer waiting list. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, two to four residents volunteer their time to harvest produce along with one or two staff members. Other techniques are being researched, developed and tested in a small section of the greenhouse, called the climate chamber, dedicated to growing turmeric and ginger. Wakaya Perfections, a Fiji-based business owned by David and Jill Gilmour, founders of FIJI Water, has partnered with AERO and is using the climate chamber to test unparalleled aeroponic gardening. The ginger and turmeric plants grown in the chamber require a tropical atmosphere and plenty of space for the roots to grow. To create these conditions, the room has a higher temperature, additional light, and bigger and wider vertical planters than the rest of the greenhouse


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to allow larger internal space for the roots. Additionally, the progress made with the ginger and turmeric has been exceptionally successful thus far, and Wakaya has already started its second research phase. Rutgers University has played a key role as well in advising the staff operating the greenhouse through AERO. For the past two years, Rutgers has helped to install different irrigation systems in the greenhouse. “The ultimate goal we would like to accomplish with the aeroponic greenhouse is to find the balance among variety, sustainability and usability. One of the biggest drawbacks to producing new fruits and vegetables is that even though they may thrive, they may bring new insects and pests. But within each new discovery, either keeping progress static or advancing it, the greenhouse gets one step closer to achieving its goal,” says Scott Weaver. Garden Spot Village hopes to turn the facility into a teaching space where people will be able to work and learn how aeroponic farming works. The plans are still in the works. READ MORE:


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Welcome fall with this delicious salmon burger garnished with fresh cucumber relish.


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Asian Glazed Salmon Burger with Cucumber Relish SERVES FOUR

For the Burgers 1 lb salmon filet, diced to ½ inch 1½ tablespoons scallions, sliced thin 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1½ teaspoons cilantro ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon minced garlic ¼ teaspoon black pepper No-stick cooking spray

COMBINE diced salmon with scallions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and pepper. MARINATE mixture in the refrigerator for at least one hour. SCOOP mixture with an ice cream scoop onto a lined sheet pan. FORM into four burgers. SPRAY a small amount of vegetable spray onto a pre-heated grill. GRILL cakes on each side for three to four minutes until golden brown and minimum internal temperature is 145°F. GLAZE each burger with 1 ounce of Asian citrus glaze (instructions below) before removing from the grill.

For the Citrus Glaze 2 oz ketchup ¼ teaspoon ginger ¼ teaspoon garlic 1 tablespoon soy sauce ¾ teaspoon scallions, sliced thin

COMBINE all ingredients in food processor or blender and process until smooth. REFRIGERATE for at least one hour.

For the Cucumber Relish 4 oz cucumbers ¼ cup peppers, diced 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Michael Pezzillo: executive chef, Garden Spot Village

3 teaspoons rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon mint 1 tablespoon scallions

WASH, PEEL and DESEED cucumbers. DICE cucumbers to 1 inch. MIX cucumbers and diced peppers. In a separate bowl, COMBINE soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, oil, sesame oil, mint and scallions. MIX well. POUR dressing over cucumbers. MARINATE in refrigerator for at least two hours.



PLACE salmon burger on a large roll. TOP with cucumber relish, lettuce and tomato. SERVE with your favorite Asian noodles or side dish.


¼ teaspoon cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon sesame oil

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QUALITY OF SERVICE “Garden Spot Village already has a memory care household that offers care beyond the gold standard,” Sodexo Marketing Director Carolyn Reynolds says. “We believed that if we could make a difference at Garden Spot, we could make a measurable difference in the lives of people living with memory loss in many other communities.” Through the summer of 2018 Carolyn and Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust, a clinical health psychologist, speaker and national dementia care consultant, visited retirement communities across the country, looking for a partner to help Sodexo pilot a holistic approach to caring for people with mild cognitive decline.

who worked throughout the community. The training was designed to elevate team members’ understanding about dementia and move beyond just serving a meal, to providing a customized experience for Garden Spot Village residents and families. Pre- and post-tasting and training surveys helped Sodexo gather data.

“We wanted an innovative, forward-thinking partner,” Carolyn says.

Dr. Lori’s overriding message? If we can recognize unusual patterns in individuals and consider that the patterns may be a result of mild cognitive decline, we can help them in ways that honor their dignity and independence.

When Dr. Lori and Carolyn visited Garden Spot Village in August 2018, they proposed their goals for the program: culinary brain health (introducing new, hand-held menu items made with brain-healthy ingredients like fresh vegetables, whole grains and foods high in Omega-3), therapeutic environments (creating easy-to-navigate and social dining spaces) and integrated holistic training (training dining servers in every Garden Spot Village restaurant to understand the symptoms and challenges of mild cognitive decline and to serve people with dignity). Together, Garden Spot and Sodexo introduced the pilot memory care program in February 2019. The introduction included a tasting in Mountain View as well as Dr. Lori’s groundbreaking training sessions for dining staff


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The training immediately affected the way the dining services team interacted with residents in The Coop. Day in and day out for years, Susan* ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with a side of chips at The Coop, Garden Spot Village’s French bistro–inspired restaurant in Mountain View. Despite the servers’ offers of tempting alternatives, she consistently ordered the same food. It’s not unusual for restaurants to add “delicious surprises” to improve their dishes and their diners’ experiences. Drawing on that practice, applying Dr. Lori's training and taking a cue from Susan’s unusual pattern of ordering the same meal every day, the dining services team invested a little extra time

to create a visually appealing plate for her. They began to supplement Susan’s standard grilled cheese and chips with vegetables. They added fresh tomato slices to her grilled cheese and a small side of green beans or carrot coins. She began to sample the additions to her plate, a huge benefit to her overall health and well-being. Susan’s story is just one of many that Ashley Baker, east kitchen dining services manager, shares with her team to inspire them. “One of the biggest benefits to the training with Dr. Lori is it complemented the training that Garden Spot Village already provides in orientation,” Ashley says, “In addition, our serving staff, made up mostly of teenagers, better understand their value in connecting with the residents. They spend more time with people and they have more patience. They understand that what they do makes a difference.” CULINARY BRAIN HEALTH

Executive Chef Michael Pezzillo and Chef Anthony Biscanti tested menu items crafted by Sodexo’s Culinary Solutions Development Chef Brett Cunningham. This menu is designed to include menu items with ingredients to help support brain health focusing on whole grains and fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids that could be served in every restaurant on campus. One of the most popular creations is the Asian Cucumber Salmon Burger (see recipe on page 63). At The Harvest Table and Terrace Dining Room, the entree is offered as a full size burger. At The Coop, it’s offered in a slightly smaller format as a slider and in Laurel View’s memory care household, it's offered as easy-to-pick up coins. The ingredients and the taste are the same throughout the different living environments at Garden Spot Village. Over the course of the pilot, through input and survey results from Garden Spot Village residents, Chef Michael introduced recipes from Sodexo’s menu featuring brainhealthy foods.


Creating therapeutic environments for dining, connected dining services staff to the clinical care team. This new step opened dialogue between nursing staff and Sodexo’s dieticians. “Sodexo is known for hospitality,” Carolyn explains. “We want to take hospitality services to a completely different level with this program.” One of the tangible results of the integration was resident profiles of food likes and dislikes that can follow people from residential living through the care areas. This profile allows individuals to set their preferences rather than rely on friends and family to share that information. Familiar and favorite foods can offer a feeling of safety to people living in memory care. “I hope I’m healthy enough that I never need to move to a memory support, but it’s nice to know that if that does happen, the caregivers will know what I like and don’t like,” says Marsha Dawson, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2016. INTEGRATED HOLISTIC TRAINING

The last part of the initiative, person-centered dementia training for dining staff made an incredible impact. Pre- and post-training surveys showed that 78 percent of dining staff felt more confident in serving people with mild memory loss after the training than they did before the training. “Food transcends all stages of life,” says Don Bundren, general manager of Sodexo and Garden Spot Village dining services director. “This program offers a way to bridge the experience for people as they move throughout the community. And it falls in line with our mission to enrich the lives of older adults.” *Name changed for privacy.


“Our brain has incredible capacity to regrow,” Dr. Lori says. “In our care for people, we want to be sure we are caring for people holistically.” In addition to training staff, Dr. Lori offered a seminar for independent living residents in May 2019. In her seminar she shared that four factors can contribute to a healthy brain. People who can identify with one or more of the following are less likely to experience symptoms of dementia, even if they have the disease.

• Lifelong learning: a commitment to learning new skills and exploring new ideas • Social engagement: a commitment to regularly engage people you don’t already know, in conversation • Green exercise: a commitment to exercising outside or inside a building with access to natural light • Balanced diet: a commitment to a diet that is low in sugar and high in anti-inflammatory properties

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MODEL TRAIN ROOM “Our goal is to entertain the community,” Harry Black says. “We like to see people visit, interact with the trains and leave happy.” When Harry and Mary Alice Black were preparing to move to Garden Spot Village in 2003, Harry realized that the train layout he had started in his retirement needed a new home as well. He connected with Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, to see if Garden Spot Village would want a train layout donation. 66

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At the time, a group of three residents had a small test track. They welcomed the donation. So Harry cut it into pieces, Garden Spot found a space for it and campus services picked it up and delivered it. When Harry officially moved into Garden Spot in October 2003, he organized the informal group. All members became vice presidents, with equal say and input into future growth. They began to rework the layout to fit into the available space. Before Harry’s layout moved to Garden Spot, the only people who had seen it were Mary Alice and an occasional friend who stopped by. In December 2004, all of that changed when the group opened its doors and invited the public to visit.

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“When we open the door today, thousands of people come in to see the layout. Since we started keeping Open House visitor attendance in 2005, the total number of people who have visited, through December 2018, is 41,266,” says Harry. Fifteen years later the Garden Spot Village Train Room includes HOgauge and O-gauge layouts in a 1,837 square foot room in the Gardens West basement. Twenty-eight men officially belong to this microcommunity, working together to serve and entertain the community. The group serves the community by acting as a resource for other retirement communities who want to start a train room. They also recently partnered with New Holland Area Historical Society to build a small train layout to attract guests to the society’s historical display. They have also helped multiple people downsize and clear out their home train rooms. For one woman, their assistance was life-giving. She had waited six years to tackle her late husband’s train room and really did not know where to start. In the course of a morning, the men dismantled and removed the layout, then swept the floor of the basement so it was clean.

To increase opportunities to entertain the community, in 2019 the group added three more public Open Houses to its schedule–March 30, June 29 and September 28. They also open the Train Room during the tours that follow Look & Learn Luncheons and when church and school groups visit Garden Spot Village. In addition, they host children attending Grands & Kids Camp and Take Your Daughter & Son to Work Day. All 28 members are critical to operating the trains and hosting guests during the Open Houses. Mike Lanyon, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2004, Charley Hentz, resident since October 2013, and Art Johnsen, resident since August 2016 join Harry as the regulars in the Train Room. Mike uses his experience as an electrical engineer to help with the electrical components, Charley uses his experience as a high school physics teacher who taught electronics to help with the wiring and Art uses his experience as a commercial architect in designing very detailed scenery. The group welcomes new resident members—both men and women, with and without model train experience— to join their community. REMAINING 2019 OPEN HOUSE DATES September 28, November 30 December 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 READ MORE: TO LEARN MORE, contact Harry Black at 717.355.6729.


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WIN & CAROL REBER: ENJOYING THE BEST OF TWO WORLDS Win and Carol Reber, Garden Spot Village residents since August 2004, enjoy the best of two worlds. They split their time between their summer cottage in Cushing, Maine, and their carriage home at Garden Spot Village.

In both communities they pursue abundant opportunities to live with purpose.


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In 1970, Win and Carol and their children began to spend their summers in Maine. For many years they rented a cabin. In 1994, they purchased a cottage and established themselves in Cushing, a community with a population of about 1,500 people. Cushing is an artist’s haven; their neighbors also include professional fishermen and lobstermen. In 2002, Win and Carol retired from teaching–Win from Radnor Township, where he taught art, and Carol from the Baldwin School, where she taught elementary students— and began to spend more time in Maine. While in Cushing, they enjoy their small two-season cottage, located just 10 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Their children and grandchildren enjoy visiting each summer. The children enjoy making memories as they play in the ocean and the woods. Win and Carol attend Broad Cove Church where they sing in the choir, coordinate the community clothing closet and serve weekly Saturday morning breakfasts at the church through the summer months. Win occasionally preaches. They also sing in a group called Gospel Quartet Plus (GQ+) GQ+ performs at local churches. Win also serves on the Georges River Land Trust, which acts as the trustee for renowned Maine artist Bernard Langlais’s Sculpture Preserve. Win was instrumental in writing the docent training materials for the preserve. A DEEP CONNECTION AT GARDEN SPOT

“Our home in Maine is actually why we are here at Garden Spot,” says Win. “It was just too much work to maintain our home in Malvern—especially during the summer, from a distance.”

Win and Carol discovered Garden Spot in March 2004. “I immediately felt at home,” Carol says. Although they were just beginning their search for a retirement community, they asked themselves, “What are we waiting for?” The carriage houses were under construction that summer, so they chose the home they wanted and moved in August. “Garden Spot Village makes it so easy to spend our summers in Maine,” Win says. “We just need to make a few phone calls, lock the doors and leave.” During the winter and early spring, Win and Carol serve faithfully at Garden Spot in a variety of roles. They sing with Village Voices and The Villagers and drive the Jolly Trolley. Another large contribution they made to the community is the Art Guild. When Win and Carol moved to Garden Spot they were impressed by the number of artists who lived in the community. In 2008, with the help of other artists, Win formally established the Art Guild, which began to host monthly art shows in what is now known as the Main Street Art Gallery. Regardless of where they are, Win and Carol find ways to serve. “It’s so pleasant to live in a community with so many people and find you like them all,” Carol says. “We appreciate the variety of backgrounds of the people who live here. Our schedules keep us busy here and in Cushing. It’s absolutely wonderful.” READ MORE:

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Donna Massar and Diane & Dennis LaMonica in the Harry’s Furniture Showroom in Leola, Pennsylvania.


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In the 1950s, Richard (Dick) Harry, the father of Diane (Harry) LaMonica and Donna (Harry) Massar, established Harry’s Furniture along Graybill Road. The furniture store was the second business Dick owned. He and his father, John Harry, were extremely busy, auctioning off household goods and bringing new furniture from the Carolinas for their weekly sales.


“We have something for everyone,” Donna says. The new furniture is housed in a large two-story building constructed in the 1970s. Shoppers will find living room furniture made by England Furniture and reclining furniture made by Best Home Furnishings. Based in Indiana, Best Home Furnishings offers many styles of reclining furniture in 200 fabrics and leathers. Because one size does NOT fit all, you can try petite, average and tall recliners. Many recliners are also available with power recline, as well as head tilt and lumbar adjustments. England Furniture, an independent division of La-Z-Boy, is based in eastern Tennessee and offers many sofa styles, with firmness options and 300 fabrics to choose from, and orders that come in less than 30 days. Diane says that Harry’s Furniture Center’s current offerings reflect recent trends in downsizing, including styles with thinner arms that avoid

overpowering smaller rooms. Manufacturers like England Furniture offer fabric and firmness options, to allow customers to individualize their selections. She points to narrower dressers that fit between windows, taller side tables that accommodate thicker mattresses, lower box springs that reduce a bed’s height and drop leaf kitchen sets for smaller dining areas. Harry’s also offers pre-owned and clearance furniture in the 120-year-old feed mill. Many people like the cash-and-carry convenience that the used and closeout furniture store offers. Inventory changes frequently so Donna encourages people to visit often and commit quickly when they find something they like. Harry’s Furniture Center serves customers in Lancaster County as well as nearby Honey Brook and Coatesville in Chester County. The company has a rich history in Lancaster County and Diane welcomes people who know stories about the feed mill or the furniture store to stop in and share those stories with her. “Lancaster County is a great area to live and work,” Diane says. “People from New York and New Jersey are moving into the area to retire. They are attracted to our beautiful farmlands, which they have been visiting for years, yet they still have access to the nearby cities.” Donna, Fred, Dennis and Diane look forward to helping you with your furniture needs at their showrooms at 16 Graybill Road, Leola. LEARN MORE: See the Harry's Furniture ad on page 85.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

7am – 3:30pm

Shuttle service available

7am – 9am

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at The Harvest Table restaurant


Shop at the Country Store Bid on Silent Auction items Bake Sale Share-a-Meal tickets sold Craft tables Book Sale Shop Linden Shop the Share & Care Thrift Store Art Show Coffee and donuts for sale


Soft pretzels, cider and other beverages for sale


Food Court open


Children’s Activities


Chicken Barbecue


Music for enjoyment and relaxation


Prize-winning apple pies auctioned and other apple pies for sale


FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit to get all of the details about this year’s festival. 433 South Kinzer Avenue New Holland, PA 17557 717.355.6000

Train Room open


Garden Spot a 501 D EVillage S T I NisAT I O(c) N . (3) G Anonprofit R D E N organization—contributions S P O T V I L L A G E . O R Gto which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of Garden Spot Village may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


MASTER QUILTER A lifelong learner, Sally Rapp loves to take classes to hone her quilting skills. So when she received a mailing about Quiltfest Lancaster, scheduled for early May 2019 at the Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center, she made a note to attend the show and take a class. After a closer look, Sally decided to enter the Throwback Thursday Quilt Competition. To qualify for the juried show, Sally submitted photos in April. She was pleased when her quilts were selected to compete against top quilters across the country. Her quilts were two of 47 entries that were selected for the traditional category. Although she did not place in the competition, both of Sally’s quilts—Surf Song and French Knots—received “excellent” and “very good” marks from the judges. Surf Song uses a Bargello pattern to create a queen-size quilt, reminiscent of a seaside day. French Knots includes 24 hand-embroidered basket blocks set on point in this 85block queen-size quilt. “It was nice to hear some feedback about my work,” Sally says. “I spent a lot of time choosing the 24 fabrics that I used in the Bargello pattern and to have the judge specifically write, ‘Colors chosen were well thought out for this Bargello,’ meant a lot.” “I also walked up and down the aisle where my quilts were displayed to hear people’s comments as they walked past my

quilts. One woman said, ‘This quilt is so calming.’ Another commented, ‘Here is someone from New Holland!’ It was really fun.” Sally began stitching in 1950, when she embroidered her first coverlet. In 1976 she took a class to learn how to quilt. Since then she has taken a variety of quilting classes. In 2016 she took a class to learn how to make a Bargello quilt. The result was her entry in the competition. “I like to take classes because I learn new techniques that keep me energized,” says Sally. Lancaster Quiltfest was the first Mancuso Show Management event in Lancaster County. The company, based in New Hope, Pennsylvania, promotes several major national and international events in the quilt, wearable and textile arts genres.


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Offers unique goods including apparel, accessories, gifts, cards and everyday items. Linden is the perfect place to find that special present for a loved one, family or friend. Discover some of the holiday gifts you can find in Linden’s seasonally-changing inventory. Proceeds support the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund.


Coco + Carmen slouchy bag, complete with a velvety texture, Bohemian pattern, tassel detail and a versatile strap. 13" long by 12" tall by 6" wide. $49

Festive decorative reindeer, featuring a woolly body, antlers and a coordinating decor. Springs allow the body to bobble. 18" long x 23" tall. $38

Glowing Christmas nativity set features a cutout manger scene against a light-up backdrop. Great for a tabletop. 10" square. $25

For the outdoorsman, fringe trims this black and white scarf with subtle touches of red. 12" wide by 64" long. $25

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Shea butter soaps with a light holiday spruce scent. The packaging features beautiful illustrations of nature. Liquid soap 17.8oz $10; solid soap 4.5oz $5

Duke Cannon Supply Co. makes men’s personal care products with natural ingredients and subtle scents. Beard Oil 3oz $22; Bloody Knuckles 5oz $15; Soap 10oz $10

Stunning gold toned earrings will add a touch of elegance to your holiday apparel. Make an understated statement. 2" drop. $12

Equal parts cute and festive. Each gnome sports a whimsical hat and a long, wintry beard. Sold separately. 12" tall. $7

Handcrafted bracelet with clay beads, antique-finish silver spacers and hardware and a message box for prayers. 7'' circumference. $18

Frey’s clothing care is environmentally friendly and features bold, warm fragrance. Detergent; Dryer Sheets; Wrinkle Release; Stain Remover; Freshener. Sold separately. $7-$15

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Offers one-of-a-kind, gently used goods, with proceeds supporting the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. While availability of these items cannot be guaranteed as inventory changes daily, these products represent the expansive collection of items you can find at Share & Care Thrift Store!


Transform any outfit with this necklace, adorned with black beads and a silvertone pendant. This style can be versatile. 18" long. $18

P. Buckley Moss framed print features holiday carolers, surrounded by candy canes, holly, fruit and angels. 13" square. $24

1940s era sugar and creamer set from Wade Heath England with gilded floral detail. Sugar 2" tall; creamer 3 7/8" tall. $18 set

This angel is sweet and decorative. It is hand-painted and comes with an original tag from Jim Shore Designs. 9" tall. $14

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Decorative cups with gold lattice pattern and sapphire colored detailing. Each sold separately. 3.5" tall. $2 each

1980s set of bells by Gorham China. Painted with scenes by Norman Rockwell. Each sold separately. 9" tall. $6 each

Store your business cards in style with this leather Coach business card holder. Made of authentic brown leather. 2.25" long by 3.25" wide $15

These beautiful sterling silver larimar stone drop earrings add an eye-catching shine to your wardrobe. 1.5" long $35

Toy cradle painted blue with floral motifs. Comes with an antique doll and blankets. Perfect for a doll or antiques collector. Cradle measures 10.75" long by 5" high. $38

Adrienne Vittadini bag in new condition with tags. Black vegan leather with silver hardware and interior pockets. 9" tall by 14.5" wide. $30

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She also loves Alaska. The state captured her heart when she and her husband, David, lived in Anchorage after he was drafted as a physician to serve at the Elmendorf Air Force Base during the Vietnam War. “It’s one of the most gorgeous places in the world,” she says. “I can’t get enough of it.” The convenience of living at Garden Spot allows Anne to travel to Alaska often.

“I believe strongly in Garden Spot Village and the Benevolent Fund,” she says, explaining why she recently established a charitable gift annuity with Garden Spot Village. “I’ve already named Garden Spot Village as a beneficiary in my will, so why not make the donation now and take advantage of the higher interest income as well as a tax benefit?”

A charitable gift annuity allows donors to give an irrevocable gift to Garden Spot Village—cash, securities or other assets—and receive an initial tax benefit when they establish the annuity and a fixed stream of income for life. Garden Spot Village partners with Everence to manage the annuity. Everence invests the donation, makes interest payments to the donor for life, and distributes the balance of the gift to Garden Spot Village upon the donor’s death. The American Council on Gift Annuities establishes the interest rate

for charitable gift annuities. The rates fluctuate over time and vary on the basis of the donor’s age. Garden Spot Village offers a minimum $10,000 annuity and interest rates as high as 9.5 percent. Because rates are locked in for the donor’s lifetime but increase by age, some donors choose to establish a series of annuities over several years to take advantage of increasing payments. Anne carefully researched charitable gift annuities before establishing an annuity earlier this year. She attended multiple educational sessions and spoke at length with Linda Dodge, Garden Spot Village director of development, about her opportunities with Garden Spot. When her accountant added encouragement, Anne moved forward with the agreement. In addition to receiving a tax benefit by making a donation, Anne was able to avoid capital gains taxes on her mutual fund by rolling the money directly into the charitable gift annuity. Anne cites a higher interest rate as one of the reasons she chose to establish the annuity. “My mutual fund earned me an average of 5.68 percent over the past ten years while the charitable gift annuity offers 8.1 percent in earnings. Plus 77 percent of the interest earnings is tax free so my effective rate is 11.2 percent. It just makes sense to me.”

READ MORE: | | TO LEARN MORE about charitable gift annuities with Garden Spot Village,

contact Linda Dodge, CFRE, director of development, at 717.355.6215 or

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GET TO KNOW THE NEIGHBORHOOD Eastern Lancaster County is a special place where you’re surrounded by verdant farmlands, unique towns like St. Peters and Intercourse, and neighbors who heed a calling to serve the community in many different ways. Garden Spot Village gives you easy access to these local attractions.

Jen's Pottery Den

Glasslight Studio



Sitting in the heart of Manheim Township, Jen’s Pottery Den allows you to experience and create your own works of art. Walk into a beautifully decorated studio surrounded by a variety of art. Painting, ceramics, mosaics, glass fusing, clay and pottery are all offered at Jen’s Pottery Den for reasonable prices. Perfect for anyone who has a creative spirit. Jen and the staff are always welcoming and patient, and can’t wait to meet you.

Glasslight Studio was started by Joel Bless and his wife, Candace Luke-Bless, who share a passion for custom glassblowing. The couple, along with four other artists and their dog Arlo, craft pukka original works such as tables, chandeliers, lamps, pendants and much more! Glasslight also offers weekend glassblowing classes so you can personally experience this centuries-old art form.

Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts

The Treasure Place

247 E EBY RD, LEOLA 717.656.0697


More than 100 local families provide handmade crafts and quilts to Sam and Susie Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts. Beautifully stitched quilts, pillows and quillows, as well as other practical household items and knick knacks are all handcrafted locally. With tours of the farm and Amish educational classes, a visit to Riehl’s will teach you something you didn’t already know about life in Lancaster County.

Right across the street from Kitchen Kettle Village, Smucker Village’s Corner Coffee Shop and the Treasure Place is a quaint little space that allows you to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin, while browsing the furniture and decorations that are for sale. The Treasure Place recycles old treasures that have been donated and makes them into unique refurbished treasures that you’ll only be able to find there.


PERSONAL CARE SUITES AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Personal Care Suites Are Inviting and Unique—and so Are the Residents!

Mountain View Personal Care and Laurel View Memory Support offer a world of amenities, but what sets us apart is our specially trained staff who form family-like bonds with each individual. Residents also develop close friendships with others in a true community environment. Plus, all the amenities of Garden Spot Village are available for everyone!

Call 717.355.6272 to schedule a visit!



The Area’s Finest Home Care Services Are Available to Everyone

Garden Spot Village at Home provides personalized in-home services to help people live with purpose and significance at all stages of life. We'll help with the activities of daily living like getting dressed and ready for the day, running errands and much more, so you can do the things that are meaningful to you!

Call 717.355.6031 to learn more or visit

ADULT DAY SERVICES AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Adult Day Services Provides a World of Opportunity

Adult Day Services provides a secure, protective environment for older adults who need supervision and assistance during the day. Plus, the amenities of Garden Spot Village offer unique opportunities for activity and engagement.

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THINGS TO SEE & DO Schedule is subject to change. For current listings, visit or contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.


November 19 LOOK & LEARN

A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and to register. For the public 50+.


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

Kat Prickett, local actress and singer, will perform Then Sings My Soul. For residents and the public.


Join us as we give thanks and express our gratitude for God’s gifts. This annual service, held in the Chapel, will include music by Garden Spot Village musicians, congregational singing and testimonies.

Join Garden Spot Village at their 23rd annual Fall Festival for delicious food, crafts, games and seasonal sales. See event details on page 72. For residents and the public.


For residents and the public.


Visit us during the 9th annual Explore Retirement Living Open House held in conjunction with 17 other continuing care retirement communities in Lancaster County. This day-long event offers a great opportunity for you to explore our campus at your own pace and learn more about our expansion at Sycamore Springs. For the public 50+.

19 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES New Holland Swing Band will perform. For residents and the public.

Train Room Open Houses NOVEMBER DECEMBER

30, 07, 14, 21, 28 & 30

Railroad enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy HO- and O-gauge model train layouts Saturdays in December as well as Monday, December 30 in the Garden Spot Village Train Room. Open House Hours: 1:30-4pm For residents and the public.


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February 01-29 ANNUAL BIRD HOUSE SILENT AUCTION Dozens of unique bird houses and bird-themed quilted wall-hangings and crafts on display. Place silent auction bids throughout the entire month. Proceeds benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. For residents and

the public.



Enjoy a performance by organist Doug Wimer. For residents and the public.


Enjoy a festive, scrumptious breakfast with Santa.




For residents, their families and the public.

Annual Christmas Drop-in Celebration in Village Square. For residents and future residents.


A Charles Dickens Murder Mystery returns. By invitation. For future residents.

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

21 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES Hamilton Celtic Pipers & Drums will perform. For residents and the public.


Enjoy Christmas with Brenten Megee. Brenten is a local singer and recent graduate of West Chester University. For residents and the public.


A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and to register. For the public 50+.


Join us for a traditional service with lessons and carols as we anticipate the joy of Christmas.



the public.

For residents and the public.



Lancaster Penn Square Music Festival musicians will perform. For residents and the public.


Join the cheering crowd as children, ages 6-12, finish the last leg of a 1/2 marathon, coming down the finisher’s chute and receiving their own medal. For residents, guests and

A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and to register.

Race Day is one of the best days at Garden Spot Village! Join us as we host more than 1,000 runners from around the world. The Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon & 10K course winds through rolling farmland. Visit for more information. For residents and the public.

For the public 50+.

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If you need short-term rehab, you’ll be happy to know a new model of personcentered care has come to Maple Farm in Akron, PA. When a medical professional asks you about your short-term rehabilitation preference—tell them Maple Farm.


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604 Oak Street, Akron, PA 17501 717.859.1191 MAPLEFARM.ORG

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717.656.2181 | WWW.HFCI.US

HAVE A SEAT, LET’S CHAT! • Smaller Sized Sofas • Option of Firmer Seating • Many Fabric Options

KUMME ESSE! (PA Dutch for come and eat)

Dining room tables vary in color, wood, style and size.

NEED A LIFT? Lift chairs in petite, medium and average size. Find comfort and accessibility in one!

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Compassionately serving our local community.

We are

a locally owned and operated funeral home offering traditional services, cremation options and advance funeral planning.

145 WEST MAIN STREET, NEW HOLLAND, PA • 717.354.0444 • GROFFECKENROTH.COM R. Fred Groff, III, Supervisor

Visit our two other Locations: Beck Funeral Home, Inc. 315 EAST MAIN STREET NEW HOLLAND, PA 717.354.2227 BECKFUNERAL.COM Sven E. Miller, Supervisor

Loren E Bender, Supervisor Branch location of Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home, Inc.


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R. Fred Groff, III


Loren E. Bender

C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals

Because good oral health starts with quality dental care from a highly-qualified and experienced team committed to providing the absolute best in treatment, skill and judgment. • Located in New Holland convenient to Garden Spot Village • Easily accessible, off-street parking

Laura Sheaffer Harkin, DMD Third Generation Family Dentistry Callfor an appointment today!

(717) 354-4081

507 W. Broad St. I New Holland, PA 17557

Bed & Breakfast

Where country charm and hospitality await you Will Garden Spot Village be your next home?

Stay with us while you explore the area.

15% OFF

our regular rates to family & friends of Garden Spot Village residents.

Dolores & Tim Walter, Innkeepers

371 East Main Street | New Holland, PA 17557


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Trusted in the Community for More Than 25 Years!




The best brands at the lowest prices...


nts! u o c s i D y r a t i l i M & n e z We Offer Senior Citi Store Hours

728 East Main Street, New Holland, PA 17557 717-354-3193 CJTIRE.COM

Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 6:00PM Saturday: 7:30AM - 2:00PM

Family Owned & Operated


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Petal Perfect Flowers Flowers • Special Occasions Celebration of Life • Gift Baskets Walk-Ins Welcome

Yoder’s Country Market offers many conveniences all under one roof! We offer a Full-Service Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Dry-Cleaning, Digital Photo Lab, H2O to Go, Gift Shop & Petal Perfect Flower Shop.

LOCATED IN YODER’S MALL 12 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557


- Store Hours Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm, Sunday 8am-5pm

Join Us for Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm - Restaurant & Buffet Hours Monday-Saturday: 6am-8pm Sunday: 10am-2pm

Our Banquet Facilities accommodate 20-800 people.

Yoder’s Fuel Island & Car Wash

Save 10¢ to 30¢ per Gallon of Gas when you use your Gold Card at Yoder’s Country Market.

14 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557



We Deliver Locally

Your Mess is Our Mission

Carpet Cleaning l Area Rug Cleaning l Upholstery Cleaning l Tile & Grout Cleaning l Vinyl Floor Care Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaning l

y Hoover.

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Your trusted hometown pharmacy

Making your life EASIER! Download the app today from our new site:

Now it’s even easier to refill your prescriptions with our FREE app. Refill 24/7, set reminders, save on medications and access your account.

We also offer free delivery for all Garden Spot Village residents.

Stauffer’s Drug Store • 149 E Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 • • 717.355.9300



Garden Spot Communities presents:


This brand new podcast will explore what it means to retire with purpose, live to your full potential and explore abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community.

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When It’s Time to Begin the Next Chapter of Your Life… We will be there for you!

The Small Church with a Big Heart... WE OFFER: Traditional Worship Services (Sundays, 10:30 am)

Bible Study Warm Fellowship Social Fun Opportunities for Outreach

Call Carol Lehman or Greg Hostetter today to schedule your free consultation.

St. John’s Episcopal Church Compass (at Rtes. 340 & 10) 1520 West King’s Hwy. Gap, PA 17527

717.354.6416 | 717.354.HOME (4663) W W W. HOM E SA L E SL A NC A S T E R .C OM 321 East Main Street, New Holland, PA

717.442.4302 Like us on Facebook

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Helping people make financial decisions for more than 30 years. Call 215.830.1450 to learn more!

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC

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Receive Special Lodging & Dining Discounts! For Details, Go To: Certificate Of Excellence On

A classic chrome 1950’s diner serving breakfast lunch & dinner Open 7 days a week




Voted Lancaster’s Favorite Hotel... Again & Again!

222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 717-569-6444

5051 Horseshoe Pike (Rt. 322) Honey Brook, PA 19344 | Like us on Facebook! Please call ahead for parties over eight: 484.514.2250

Helping you sell your Home, your Treasures and making your Move Easy.

WE CAN HELP Appraise Value Layout New Home Sort & Organize Pack & Move Unpack & Arrange Clean & Dispose

WE CAN SELL Real Estate Collections Antiques Furniture Jewelry Coins & Guns





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Low interest rates getting you down? Let’s talk. Allen Wessel

Financial Advisor 201 East Main St New Holland, PA 17557 717-354-4879 Member SIPC



Start as low as $67! Tell us you saw us in Destination for an introductory offer.

• Locally owned & operated • 42nd Anniversary 1977—2019 • Consumer Cellular & TracFone • Knowledgeable friendly staff • Afternoon & evening service calls

• NEW Space Age Technology ELIMINATES the need to TWIST OR POP • Virtually PAINLESS! • Puts all the FEARS OF MANUAL MANIPULATION to REST Working with Garden Spot Village residents for almost two decades!


ELANCO Chiropractic, Inc.

1907 Division Highway (Rt. 322) | Ephrata | PA | 17522

ELANCOCHIROPRACTIC.COM | 717.355.5000 Participating Medicare Provider • Most Insurances Accepted

Look and Learn You’re Invited to


717.354.2200 331 E. Main Street • New Holland



LET US HELP YOU WITH: Business Law — Business Formation Business Sales & Acquisitions Real Estate — Property Settlements Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney & Trusts

October 1* • November 19 January 23 • March 19* • March 26 Join our resident tour guides for lunch and learn firsthand about the welcoming way of life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and to register. Seating is limited. For the public 50+.

Estate Administration — Adoption Tax Law


121 East Main Street, New Holland

717.355.6500 *GSV After Work 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Theraflex Massage A Unique Approach to Physical, Emotional and Therapeutic Health

Ruth Carey-Hench, LPN, LMT Massage, hot packs, & ultrasound for Garden Spot Village residents & employees, every other Monday morning & Wednesdays in Gardens South Lower Level. $48 per hour. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY | Sessions are paid at time of service. | Cash & Check Only

First one hour appt: $40 special exp. 02/2020

CSA Tech Solutions Repairs Remote Support On Site Support New & Used Computers

windows • mac • linux

357 W. Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 •




Please join us for

worship Lori Willwerth, CTC • 717.682.5723 • • CALL TODAY for the best land and cruise packages available and ask for special all-inclusive rates! Your hometown full service travel agency, located right here in New Holland.

Introducing Stephanie Berg Stephens, DMD, PC

The Community Church at Garden Spot Village weekly service Sunday, 10am


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Dr. Stephens is delighted to serve the New Holland Community. She is a 2008 graduate of Rutgers University and a 2012 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Stephens and her expert Team enjoy attending continuing education seminars to provide their patients quality dental care using the latest techniques in General Dentistry.


New patients receive 10% OFF your comprehensive oral evaluation and any necessary radiographs when you mention this ad in Destination Magazine.

100 E. Main St., New Holland, PA, 17557 717.354.5635 |

Garden Spot Village's Swipe Out Hunger Campaign funds a monthly community meal at CrossNet Youth Center, New Holland. OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS: 3800+ meals served 200+ prayer requests received 15+ staff and residents volunteered each month countless friendships and relationships forged

To learn more or participate call 717.355.6000

CrossNet Ministries offers programs in the area of Youth, Food & Nutrition, Social Services and Community. Our desire is to empower those who are underresourced and see lives changed by Jesus Christ!

We have many opportunities to get involved! OFFERING HELP & HOPE TO THE ELANCO COMMUNITY 717.355.2454 123 W Franklin Street New Holland, PA 17557

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You were meant to do work that leaves its mark by making a difference in the lives of other people. Work that creates a legacy. At Garden Spot Communities, you can do just that.



EVERYgirl. Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other! Over the course of 10 weeks, girls have fun, make ma friends, increase physical activity levels and learn important life skills they can use at home, at school and with friends.

Why it Matters IT’S FUN. Girls who were the least active at the start of the program increased their physical activity by more than 40%. 96

97% of participants said they learned critical skills to manage emotions, resolve conflict, help others or make intentional decisions.

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Find the health care services you need, close to home. WellSpan Health Center offers the following services:

Physician Offices

• Imaging – X-ray studies, ultrasound, CT scans, MRIs, digital mammography and bone density/DEXA scans (717) 721-4324 • Lab Services – walk-in appointments available for routine lab screens (717) 721-4774 • Rehabilitation – physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy (717) 351-2468

• • • •

WellSpan Cardiology (717) 354-6676 WellSpan Internal Medicine (717) 733-6546 WellSpan OB/GYN (717) 721-5700 WellSpan Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine (717) 738-4334

WellSpan Medical Equipment – equipment and specialty products to meet most home treatment or rehabilitation needs (717) 721-4316

WellSpan Health Center 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland For an appointment at any of the WellSpan Health Center practices, please contact the office directly. 0006 FC 08/18

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LEGAL ADVICE A general practice law firm devoted to Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys, Estate Administration & Elder Law, Real Estate, Business Law & Family Law 131 West Main Street, New Holland | 717.354 .7700 | .law 98

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