Destination Garden Spot Village - Fall/Winter 2021

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Fall/Winter 2021

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Performers 5 MICRO-COMMUNITIES THAT BUILD COMMUNITY THRU PERFORMING PAGE 32

Tine & Eric MacKay, Garden Spot Village residents since April 2020.


YOUR BEST STORY IS WAITING FOR YOU When will your best story begin? Bob and Rosey Hess started their story when they moved to Sycamore Springs in June 2020. Their new community quickly became a place where their children and grandchildren felt at home too...

Saturday morning breakfasts, walks along the creek and special places to build forts made the Sycamore Springs neighborhood at Garden Spot Village a magical place to write new stories for the Hess family.

START YOUR BEST STORY AT GARDENSPOTVILLAGE.ORG OR CALL SALES AT 717.355.6000




community

Discover a

filled with opportunity and purpose

Explore the abundant opportunities you

have to live with purpose in community at Garden Spot Village.

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Interested in becoming a

future resident?

At Garden Spot Village, our two-step approach to building community lets you determine how quickly you take your journey.

Step 1: Submit an application with the $150 application fee to become a future resident

and receive the following:

• Security in knowing that your finances will carry you through retirement at Garden Spot Village • Weekly event emails • Invitations to special events • Invitations to select resident-only trips • Invitations to join Travel with Purpose trips in the U.S. and abroad • Dining discounts and more!

Step 2: Choose your housing style, make a down payment and join our Radar Screen, a community of people looking forward to calling Garden Spot Village home.


Read about Dave & Tina's journey to Garden Spot Village on page 66.

What do you have to lose?

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CONTENTS 16

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BRINGING THE RENAISSANCE FAIRE TO GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

FIRST WORD 13 BEHIND THE SCENES 14

On a mid-September day, the open field between Garden Spot Village and the WellSpan New Holland Health Center was transformed into a Renaissance Faire in celebration of Garden Spot Village's 25th Anniversary.

GET TO KNOW THE NEIGHBORHOOD 18 SOCIALLY SPEAKING 20 MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR 22 NEW POSSIBILITIES 24 ON THE ROAD 26 VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTS 51 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF HUGO AND VAL 64 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT 66 LOOKING FORWARD 68

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THE PERFORMING ARTS IN LANCASTER

Discover Lancaster offers a round-up of performing arts venues in Lancaster County.

TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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74 GIVING

76 OPPORTUNITY CALENDAR

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FORGEWORKS EXPANDING HORIZONS

Over the past four years, ForgeWorks has helped many clients find better ways to impact their communities and spark their organizational growth.

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NEW RESPONSIBILITIES

Recently promoted to Sales Director, Kelly Sweigart now leads the Sales Department at Garden Spot Village.

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5 MICRO-COMMUNITIES THAT BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH PERFORMANCE

The Performers at Garden Spot Village create deep relationships through shared experiences and a desire to perform for their audience.

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CELEBRATING OUR PERFORMERS

Garden Spot encourages team members to keep a healthy work-life balance. Enjoy a unique glimpse of a sampling of employees who embrace performance when they are not on the clock.

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PETS ARE WELCOME AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

Because we believe that caring for animals can bring purpose and meaning to human lives, Garden Spot Village is a pet-friendly community. Dogs, cats and birds are welcome.

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GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE SPONSORS THE LANCASTER HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

“Agreeing to be the title sponsor for the Lancaster Balloon Festival is unexpected—at least for people who don’t know us,” Chief Marketing Officer Scott Miller says. 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 2 1

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Looking for a career with great benefits, fair pay and flexibility? Do you want to connect with a vibrant, purpose-filled community? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Join the Garden Spot Communities team! Visit WEAREGSC.ORG to discover all the career opportunities available at Garden Spot Communities.


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FIRST WORD A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community are what you get when you live at Garden Spot Village. It’s a value proposition customized to the boomer generation. We (I’m a boomer) sought to change the world when we were young, then careers and family derailed us. Now, those whose nests are empty and whose careers are (or soon will be) in the rearview mirror can recapture and live into that “change the world” spirit.

That is precisely what the people of Garden Spot are doing, and we’d love for you to become a member of this dynamic community. Garden Spot is a 55+ community and since the youngest boomers are cracking 57, Generation X already has its eye on Garden Spot Village. There are Gen Xers on the Radar Screen, which means Generation X will begin contributing to our community as residents in the near future.

Whether you are a Maker, a Game Changer, a Time Giver, an Artist, or as we highlight in this issue, a Performer, you will discover others in this community who will expand your horizons. If the right opportunity is not already in place, we’ll help you find your niche. It’s what we do. A number of years ago, Fran Rapp, who organized the Garden Spot theater troupe The Lighter Side Players, advocated for a partnership with the Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster. Ever since, Garden Spot has sponsored the Christmas Show at the Fulton.

If you enjoy acting, singing, dancing, playing an instrument or another performing art, at Garden Spot you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy that art in ways that are meaningful to you and that enrich the lives of others. If you enjoy being in the audience, the Life Enrichment team schedules on-site performances throughout the year, including professional performances by local groups like Servant Stage. In addition, Life Enrichment arranges trips to local theaters such as the Fulton and Sight & Sound as well as regional performances in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. Inspired by our cover, come and dance your way through this issue of Destination Garden Spot Village magazine. Enthusiastically,

Scott Miller | Brand Editor & Chief Marketing Officer

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BRAND EDITOR & CMO | SCOTT MILLER EDITOR & STORYTELLER | JUANITA FOX WRITERS | AVERY STAUFFER, ART PETROSEMOLO VISUAL DIRECTOR & DESIGNER | BRANDON ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY | THE PREMISE STUDIO: JEREMY HESS, THE GSC CREATIVE TEAM: GAVIN SAUDER, BRANDON ADAMS HUGO & VAL WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR | ANDREW LYTLE

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Sustainably printed to reflect Garden Spot Communities' commitment to environmental stewardship.

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BEHIND THE SCENES A WINDOW INTO THE CREATIVE PROCESS

When the Creative Team was brainstorming the front cover for the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Destination Garden Spot Village, the idea was posed, “Could we take photos of our performers on a stage?” Jeff Coon and the team at Fulton Theatre graciously opened the doors to the historic 1850s theater on a rainy Friday morning in mid-June. Brandon Adams and Gavin Sauder from the Creative Team captured behind the scenes photos as Jeremy Hess from The Premise Studio captured the images for the front cover as well as to illustrate the main feature article about The Performers and Garden Spot team member performers.

A special thank you to Fulton Theatre for the gracious hospitality for our photo shoot.

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GET TO KNOW THE NEIGHBORHOOD Lancaster County is home to a wide variety of performing arts centers offering top notch performances and instructional classes for all ages. There is no shortage of opportunities for local performing arts enthusiasts. With the production of popular musicals and dramas, you can experience a glimpse of Broadway right in Lancaster.

Servant Stage 201 W MAIN ST, STRASBURG SERVANTSTAGE.ORG • 717.455.0255 What started as a group of friends with a desire to share their time and talents for performance has now become Servant Stage Company. These talented performers continue to serve their community by making outstanding musical and theatrical performances accessible to all. Part of their mission is represented through their “pay-what-you-will” model, which means you get to decide how much you pay for tickets. View their website to see the upcoming performance schedule and reserve tickets for their live performances!

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Cavod Performing Arts Academy & Theater 665 W MAIN ST, NEW HOLLAND CAVOD.ORG • 717.354.3355 Cavod Academy’s vision is to “create with purpose,” which is carried out in its learning environment, outreach and performances. Cavod offers a wide range of classes for all ages and skill levels anywhere from beginner to advanced. Cavod as a whole is a family-centered organization that gives everyone the opportunity to learn and grow in the arts. Aside from classes, Cavod Theater produces multiple shows each year with actors and actresses of all ages.

Dutch Apple

Ephrata Performing Arts

510 CENTERVILLE RD, LANCASTER DUTCHAPPLE.COM • 717.898.1900

320 COCALICO ST, EPHRATA • 717.733.7966 EPHRATAPERFORMINGARTSCENTER.COM

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, owned by the Prather family, is now in its 34th year providing excellent performances and top quality food. The Prather family owns two different theaters: one in Lancaster and one in Fort Myers, Florida. The Dutch Apple, in the heart of Lancaster County, stages eight to nine shows per year with the philosophy of giving guests great entertainment at a great value.

EPAC officially began its first season in the summer of 1980 after growing from a group of volunteers that produced plays in the Legion Star Playhouse. Today, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center continues to produce quality theatrical experiences with many of its actors and actresses, including Jonathan Groff, Eliseo Roman, and Catherine Walker, making their way into the spotlight on stage and on screen.

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Live with

MOUNTAIN VIEW PERSONAL CARE Do you desire to live with opportunity? With an apartment in Mountain View, you can pursue the things that matter most to you—whether that's family, relationships, painting or gardening. By sharing the responsibilities of your daily routine with others, you can focus on living your best life.

To learn more or schedule a visit, call 717.355.6272.

MEADOW VIEW MEMORY SUPPORT Do you desire to live resiliently? At Meadow View, you can do just that. With innovation and stateof-the-art technology, Meadow View offers opportunities for people with dementia to live resiliently, maintain their dignity and live with purpose in community.

To learn more or schedule a tour, call 717.355.6268.

ADULT DAY SERVICES Do you desire to engage in community? Adult Day Services at Garden Spot Village provides community and social interaction in a secure, protective environment throughout the day. In addition, you can take advantage of all the amenities at Garden Spot Village.

To learn more or schedule a one-day, no-charge trial, call 717.355.6226.

GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE AT HOME Do you desire to maintain your independence? Garden Spot Village at Home can help you do just that. Our compassionate team members can help with grocery shopping, personal care, companionship, transportation to appointments, meal prep and light housekeeping.

To learn more call 717.355.6031 or visit gardenspotvillageathome.org.

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BRINGING THE

RENAISSANCE FAIRE

TO GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

On a mid-September day, the open field between Garden Spot Village and the WellSpan New Holland Health Center was transformed into a Renaissance Faire. Queen Elizabeth and her court were on hand to help Garden Spot Village host a 25th Anniversary Celebration for the ages! Large white tents were the site for Dinner with the Queen and a large open space offered a jousting ring. Gallant knights interacted with guests. Blacksmith demonstrations, armor and weapon discussions, a horse paddock and more offered opportunities for residents and team members to interact with Queen Elizabeth and her court. The day ended with a spectacular fireworks show. Good food with neighbors and friends, fun and laughter made the day a memorable celebration for everyone.

ROUNDTABLE PRODUCTIONS

THEATER AS A LIFE’S WORK

RoundTable Productions, a local production company owned by Robb Earhart and Kate Hopkins, provided incredible entertainment for the day. RoundTable Productions performs at Renaissance Faires across the country; they also offer presentations for schools and other organizations.

Robb Earhart and Kate Hopkins bring decades of experience to their work.

At Garden Spot Village, RoundTable productions has performed A Charles Dickens’ Christmas for the December Future Resident Dinner Theater.

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Kate, who plays Queen Elizabeth, brings a deep knowledge of medieval history to her performances. In reality, she explains, a typical Renaissance Faire will combine centuries of dress, behavior, food, clothing and more in a weekend or seasonal event. The historical representation may not be perfect, but it does offer theatrical entertainment that appeals to a wide variety of people.


RoundTable Productions, which offers entertaining renaissance jousts and performances across the country, brought their show to Garden Spot Village in September.

The cast and crew whom Robb and Kate employ for daylong events like those at Garden Spot Village, or for weekend events, such as the Maine Renaissance Faire, bring their own personalities and flair to their performances. The result? Delightful productions by people who live and work together to create a community of actors who are colleagues and friends. Robb, a master blacksmith and craftsman of period weaponry as well as a jousting knight, has been training would-be knights and their trusty steeds for years. The object of jousting is to fend off your opponent’s lance while scoring a touch on his shield at the same time. It is not an easy sport. In 2021, jousting knights essentially offer a theatrical production, but the acting experience includes a lot of uncertainty that is unusual for a stage show. In scripted jousting, Robb says, “We may get thrown from our mounts in the process, but it is staged as part of the action.”

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Robb and the other knights are specialized actor-athletes who have mastered the art of ancient combat and can ride a galloping horse while balancing a defensive shield and an offensive lance. Many times, behind the twelve-pound mask is a strong horsewoman and not the burly man you might expect. Beth Brown, Robb’s training partner, describes the horses that need to work simultaneously with their riders. “Good joust horses are smart,” Beth says. She continues, “Horses are herd animals and almost never run towards each other. They always run in the same direction. In jousting, the horse, carrying a rider with shield, armor, and helmet, is asked to gallop on one side of a barrier called a list, directly at a charging horse, less than three feet to its side. It can be scary for both the horse and rider.” Jousting horses stand about 16 hands high and are compact and fast. “Knights wanted to ride a fast, armored Jeep, not a tank,“ Robb laughs. Kate adds, “Jousting was almost always at tournaments. Knights may have fought in combat on horses, but not carrying eight-foot lances.”

AN INSPIRATION FOR A RENAISSANCE FAIRE Esther Sideman was the first resident to move to Garden Spot Village in February 1996. She’s often lovingly referred to as Queen Esther. The committee planning the 25th Anniversary Celebration brainstormed ideas and dreamed about hosting a Dinner with the Queen. They shared the idea with others, seeking advice and fresh ideas.

Mounting a horse while wearing between 40 to 50 pounds of armor and a 12-pound custom-fit steel helmet with very little visibility in scorching summer weather is a challenge, but the knights who work with RoundTable Productions love what they do. Robb says, “Our team enjoys making the action as realistic as possible for the audience and our reputation is on the line in every show, every day.” READ MORE: www.roundtable.productions

Scott Miller, chief marketing officer, said, “RoundTable Productions could create a pretty amazing Dinner with the Queen. Our holiday dinner theaters with Roundtable always sell out immediately.” After a brainstorming session with Robb and Kate, the details for the event were fleshed out, the date was set and the actors were hired. And the rest, as they say, is history. 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 2 1

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LIGHTER SIDE PLAYERS: Entertaining in Community

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Fran Rapp stepped onto a stage for the first time as a high school senior. He was hooked. As a student at Millersville University, he participated in all of the university’s theater productions. After college, he became involved in community theater. “I’ve done it all,” Fran says, “from acting to directing to selling tickets, to cleaning the bathrooms.” When Fran and his wife, Sally, moved to Garden Spot Village in August 2011, he noticed that the community did not have a theater group. He also learned pretty quickly that the Garden Spot community welcomes new ideas and initiatives. With encouragement from his neighbors, Fran set out to form a theatrical group. In early 2012, the Lighter Side Players assembled. Fran, Barry and Anne Block and Erma Kauffman were the first members of Garden Spot’s newest micro-community. They presented their first show, Denouement, in 2013. A good friend of Fran’s wrote the play, which is loosely based on the popular PBS drama “Downton Abbey.” Residents and staff worked together to create that first production. Over the years, the Lighter Side Players have performed a variety of shows. They have also served the community by hosting games at the annual Ice Cream Party in July, coordinating the Resident Variety Show and presenting skits at special events. They have also performed for small groups within the greater New Holland community when requested. Above: John and Nancy Dolan, members of the Garden Spot Village Lighter Side Players, rehearse for an upcoming show.

After taking a break in 2020 for COVID, the group performed the Resident Variety Show in March 2021. They revamped the original production, which was scheduled for late March 2020, and instead focused on solo performances and skits performed by

small groups. They held only one full dress rehearsal before the show. Fran says the group is looking forward to additional performances in fall 2021. Each time a new production is announced, the group holds open auditions for anyone in the community who wants to participate. Many people who audition do not have previous theater experience but are looking to explore a new opportunity. Fran always tries to involve new volunteers. Volunteers help with a variety of tasks, from lights to sound to costumes to set design and programs. Fran says, “Theater gives people an opportunity to express themselves in a brand new way.” “We do all of our plays, ‘script in hand,’” Fran says. Doing so eliminates the fear of forgetting lines but sometimes limits the action. For Fran, building community through theater offers meaning and purpose. “When you start a show, you may be starting a production with people you don’t really know. By the time you produce the show, you are really good friends.” Barry agrees, “It's fun working with other Garden Spot Village residents as we discover our various talents. I think it is good to provide some entertainment that allows our audience, for an hour or so, to escape the realities around us. We as a community can certainly use more laughter and it is a healthy thing to do.”

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CONNIE WILLIAMS: Singing as Worship Written by Avery Stauffer

“Singing in the National Christian Choir [NCC] has been God’s gift to me,” says Connie Williams who moved to Garden Spot Village in January 2020. The Choir, which formed in 1984, rehearses every Monday from 7 to 9:15pm in Rockville, Maryland, a nearly three-hour drive from Garden Spot Village. Connie typically leaves for Rockville at 3:30pm and doesn’t get back to her home until close to midnight.

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Connie Williams, who sings with the National Christian Choir, based in Rockville, Maryland, travels to Maryland each Monday for rehearsals. Below: The National Christian Choir performs in multiple venues in Washington, D.C., including The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rehearsals run during the typical school year with a concert every month, an annual tour, CD recordings and a Christmas concert. The Choir also has a radio program called Psalm 95 which broadcasts to over 400 radio stations worldwide. Since its formation, the NCC has grown to perform in all parts of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area as well as on tours that take the group all over the United States, including California, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Alabama. On one tour, the group traveled internationally, to Israel. Connie has loved singing ever since she was a little girl. She grew up listening to music and radio shows featuring various Christian choirs and sang in her church’s choir from a young age. In the 1990s she was introduced to the NCC and attended one of their concerts in Lancaster. As she sat in awe after the show, she couldn’t help but think to herself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to sing in that choir?” The idea of joining the National Christian Choir was, however, placed on the back burner for many years. But after her husband, Ed, passed away in 2016, she decided to call the number on the back of a National Christian Choir CD that had brought her a sense of comfort in times of trouble. She was told that auditions were held after every concert. With this in mind, she attended a concert with her daughters and auditioned after the show. Normally the audition results are sent out days later, but Connie was invited that night to join the NCC. Still unsure whether to join because of the long drives to practice once a week and the additional hours spent memorizing all the music, she reached out to the choir directors to see if any members lived nearby. Sure enough, a couple lived just a few miles away, in Intercourse, and was willing to carpool to Rockville for practice. Not only did the carpool situation work out seamlessly, but the very first person she met at practice happened to live in the town where her late husband grew up. The woman’s husband, who also sang in the choir, had graduated from high school with Ed. These connections made Connie feel as though she was in the right place. Connie explains that even with the late nights and long drives, being in the Choir is worth it all. “I just love to sing!” she says. “I truly believe God has led me into this ministry. The National Christian Choir is a great group to be a part of !” Connie repeatedly mentions how blessed she is to live in a place where she can continue doing the things she loves in retirement. She has lived in New Holland her whole life and loves the area, especially because her family lives close by. This proximity to family makes Garden Spot the perfect location for Connie, giving her the time and ability to stay involved and live with purpose. 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 2 1

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DALE HOSTETTER: “What have I never done before?”

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hen Dale Hostetter moved to Sycamore Springs in August 2017, he saw new possibilities everywhere. He was in a new community, with a brand new house, new neighbors and new opportunities.

He had spent the previous 18 months mourning the loss of his wife, Mae, and was ready to start fresh. As he settled into his new home, he asked himself, “What have I never done before?”

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Dale grew up on a dairy farm in Gap, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, his career was in management for Agway Incorporated. By the time he retired he was overseeing two-thirds of the company’s Pennsylvania agricultural business with 400 employees at 17 locations. He and Mae had visited Japan, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, India, Argentina, Mexico, Germany and multiple countries in Africa. They often incorporated learning tours into their travels, such as serving on a People to People agricultural tour to China. When he moved to Sycamore Springs, Dale began to explore the opportunities around him. He joined the metal shop, he says, “because I don’t know anything about metal.” He bought a hit-and-miss engine at a sale. “I didn’t know how to run it, so I started playing with it, reading about hit-and-miss engines and talking to people who did know.” In the process, he attended Rough & Tumble Gas Engine School in order to learn how gas engines work. A while later, his brother asked him, “Do you want to buy my Allis-Chalmers G?” The tractor was rusty, dirty and needed some work. “I don’t know why I wanted to buy it, but I did,” Dale says. He purchased the tractor and moved it into his garage at Sycamore Springs. He took photos and careful notes about how the tractor was put together. He spent more than a year restoring the tractor to its previous glory. He took it apart, piece by piece, and carefully cleaned it. After many phone calls, he found someone nearby who could sandblast the engine and repaint it. Once that was done, Dale used his photos and notes to carefully put the tractor back together. As he worked, his neighbors watched, offered advice and asked questions. “I had to talk to a lot of people during the process,” Dale says. Dale’s neighbor, Ed Blakeslee, owns Allis-Chalmers tractors in need of restoration. In the fall of 2020 Ed brought his AllisChalmers B to Dale’s garage and together they began to restore it. After several months of work and lots of lessons learned, the two men completed the project in July 2021. Ed returned the tractor to his farm in Erie County and has since brought a Farmall 100 to Dale’s garage.

Above: Dale Hostetter (right) and his neighbor Ed Blakeslee (left) restored Ed’s Allis-Chalmers B in Dale’s garage at Sycamore Springs.

Dale’s newfound hobby brings him great joy. He has shared his tractor restoration story at a Garden Spot Village men’s gathering and appreciates the opportunity to get to know his neighbors better through his tractor restorations. His next adventure? Video production. Dale recently purchased a green screen kit and looks forward to mastering video production. He dabbled in it previously, producing videos for his church, but he looks forward to figuring out the best way to use a green screen to share new stories with his community.

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BRUCE MUNSHOWER: Hiking the Appalachian Trail Written by Avery Stauffer

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“I love setting a challenging goal then going about achieving it, especially in cooperation with others,” says Bruce Munshower, who moved to Garden Spot Village in May 2019 with his wife,

SaraJane. Bruce has been hiking his way through the Appalachian Trail eight

to nine miles at a time. The well-known Appalachian Trail is over 2,000 miles long, reaching from Maine all the way to Georgia. Before moving to Garden Spot, Bruce and SaraJane lived in Connecticut where their son, Alan, lived and worked at a summer camp close to the Appalachian Trail. Alan suggested that he and Bruce hike a section of the trail close to the camp, and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. That first hike quickly turned into a goal of walking all 51 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. Bruce remembers meeting his son on his son’s days off to go and hike more and more of the trail. “We had a whole system. We would meet at the parking lot where we planned on ending for the day, then we would drive together to our starting point,” Bruce explains. By the end of that summer, Bruce and his son had hiked all 51 miles. Bruce’s daughter, Lesley, joined them for the last section. Then, because their guidebooks and maps included the Massachusetts trails, they decided to tackle Massachusetts next. Just before completing the Massachusetts section of the trail, Bruce, Alan and Lesley rented a house in Frederick for a week and walked Maryland’s 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Once he began hiking regularly, Bruce was hooked. When he and SaraJane moved to Garden Spot Village, he thought, “Oh boy! Now I’ve got to hike Pennsylvania!” The Appalachian Trail ventures through 232 miles of Pennsylvania, which Bruce quickly completed with the help of a new friend he met soon after moving to New Holland. The men followed the same process Bruce and his son had used in Connecticut for day trips, with the addition of a few two-day backpacking hikes for the longer stretches. “The special thing about hiking the Appalachian Trail is the kinship with other hikers,” Bruce says. “You meet people and exchange stories. Some people you never see again, and others you may meet later on other parts of the trail.” Over the years he has hiked about a third of the Appalachian Trail. His current goals are to complete the 109 miles of trail that travel through Shenandoah National Park and to get the 14 State Challenge recognition from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. This recognition honors hikers who have hiked a part of the trail in each of the 14 states through which the trail runs. To achieve this, Bruce has to hike in just three more states: Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Moving to Garden Spot has enabled Bruce to spend more time working toward his hiking goals as well as participating in clubs like the Wood Shop and Village Voices. “I didn’t hike nearly as often before retirement. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I hiked parts of the Horse-Shoe Trail and have now found my way back to that. Now that there are many great hiking opportunities locally, and with the freedom of lifestyle offered by Garden Spot, a day or two on the trail per week is a breeze.”

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VO LU N T E E R S P OT L I G H TS Tony der Kinderen teaches Tai Chi on Thursday mornings for the Wellness Department.

TONY DER KINDEREN: Leading with Experience “Tai Chi trains you to balance as you move from one foot to the other,” Tony der Kinderen explains. “It also produces an inner peace because you follow music and synchronize your movements with the others in the class. It just makes you feel good.” Tony, a Garden Spot Village resident since May 2018, has been practicing Tai Chi for 25 years. He teaches the Yang Family Long Form, known for its large graceful movements and health benefits, in two Thursday morning Wellness classes. This style of Tai Chi is the most popular, Tony explains, and “was used by the Chinese Imperial Court before they became a communist republic.” “It’s almost like dancing,” he explains. Tony should know. He and his wife, Arlene, enjoy ballroom dancing and, before moving to Garden Spot Village, taught ballroom dancing classes at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, Pennsylvania. They most recently enjoyed dancing at their grandson’s wedding reception in Estes Park, Colorado. “Dancing is like riding a bicycle. Even though Arlene and I hadn’t danced for three years, it just came right back,” Tony says with a smile.

Someday, if an appropriate space can be found, Tony and Arlene hope to share their passion for ballroom dancing with their neighbors at Garden Spot Village.

Tony also serves as an audiovisual tech in the Chapel, running the camera for Servant Stage productions, Author Talks and other special events.

“Running the camera is an art. It’s not just pointing the camera at the speaker. I try to enhance the story with the camera.

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Sometimes I find I am so focused on getting the right camera angle that I miss the presentation,” Tony continues. “I’ve done a lot of research on video production,” he adds. “A lot of reading, watching YouTube videos. I really enjoy it.”

“I thrive on change and uncertainty,” Tony says. This flexibility serves him well as a volunteer. “With volunteer jobs—especially with sound tech—sometimes I walk in and I don’t know what is going to happen. We’ve had times where we are preparing for an event and we have some major technical trouble before showtime. I’ve learned to focus on the problem and find a solution without getting flustered.” Tony also serves as Cottage Council president, writes to a 5th grader at New Holland Elementary through the pen pal program, offers Zoom support for Men’s Christian Fellowship, and helps with online grocery delivery orders and race day parking during the Garden Spot Village Half Marathon. He and Arlene also help with package delivery and fresh produce preparation—an opportunity to clean strawberries, husk corn and prepare other fresh vegetables.

“Volunteering gives me a sense of worth and keeps my mind sharp. Volunteering is also a way to interact and meet others as well as express my artistic abilities,” Tony reflects.


Cecilia Bardone enjoys serving her community by volunteering at the Share & Care Thrift Store.

CECILIA BARDONE: Finding Social Connections “Share & Care offers great shopping, but also offers a place to sit and talk for a while with your neighbors and friends.”

Cecilia Bardone volunteers in the Share & Care Thrift Store on Thursday afternoons. “I thoroughly enjoy volunteering in Share & Care,” she says. “The store is great. When we moved in, we had things we didn’t need. We were able to donate items to Share & Care in order to help our community.” “It’s a pleasure to volunteer in Share & Care,” Cecilia adds. “It’s satisfying to volunteer and also fun. I meet a lot of people while I’m working.” She and her husband, Chad, also volunteer with package delivery on Wednesday afternoons. “We love to see the joy on our neighbors’ faces,” Cecilia explains. “A lot of people are excited when we make a delivery.” They also serve as on-call mail volunteers, sorting the mail and filling the mailboxes in the Village Square Apartments. And they try to help out wherever and whenever needed. “Jodi in Volunteer Services knows if she needs help, she just needs to give us a call and we will be there,” Cecilia adds. Cecilia and Chad moved to Garden Spot Village in July 2019. Their Village Square apartment was the perfect solution for a couple who loves to travel, because it offers a lock-and-leave lifestyle. In addition to visiting Cecilia’s family in Ecuador every other year, the couple has visited 66 other countries around the world.

“We love to travel internationally,” Cecilia explains. “We’ve been to China, Tibet, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia and all over Latin America and Europe.” Cecilia and Chad often travel with Overseas Adventure Travel, an agency that specializes in personalized, small group adventures. “In Hong Kong we visited people in their apartment and in Tibet we spoke with monks,” Cecilia says. “In Tanzania and Kenya we enjoyed the beauty of animals in their free habitat while we, the humans, were in cages—our vehicles,” Cecilia says with a laugh. “Every single country has its own special beauty,” she reflects. “The Good Lord did a wonderful job with His creation.” The couple met in Ecuador, when Chad was working with the Peace Corps. They married and when Chad finished his Peace Corps term, he returned to working with Sun Oil Company (now Sunoco). Chad’s job moved their family around North America. They lived in Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, Canada and Dallas before settling in Rose Valley, outside Philadelphia. Cecilia appreciates her community at Garden Spot Village, “I love all of the opportunities we have—the pool, the gym, the restaurants, the trips. This is a good place to be.”

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he best part of my job is when I call and tell a future resident, ‘I have a home for you!’” Kelly Sweigart says. Recently promoted to Director of Sales, Kelly now leads the sales team at Garden Spot Village.

For the past five years Kelly has served as sales associate, meeting with prospective residents, hearing their stories, and helping them make the decision to move to Garden Spot Village. Initially hired to help sell the 77 single-family homes planned at Sycamore Springs, Kelly has accomplished that and so much more. In her tenure, she has helped more than 200 families move to Garden Spot Village.

A LONG HISTORY AT GARDEN SPOT Kelly has worked at Garden Spot Village since age 16. She recalls walking to Garden Spot after school to work in the wellness department, which she continued to do through college, filling in during holiday and summer breaks. When she graduated from Temple University in 2013, she picked up additional hours with life enrichment and at resident services. All of her roles have offered opportunities to develop deep relationships with residents and team members. She fondly remembers jumping into the pool to even out the water volleyball teams and going on lunch trips and sightseeing tours with life enrichment. “I value the relationships I’ve built with residents and other team members,” Kelly says. “It’s also exciting to bring new people to our community and to help build something special.”

TAPPED FOR LEADERSHIP Kelly has been tapped for leadership in various ways over the years. She has served as assistant race director for the Garden Spot Village Marathon for five years. She also participated in the Emerging Leaders program in 2017 and she traveled to Honduras and Dominican Republic with Garden Spot Village Travel with Purpose Trips. She’s participated in fun events as well, acting in Denouement, the premiere Lighter Side Players performance in 2013. She’s been performing since age nine, playing the flute in concert and marching bands and participating in Garden Spot High School’s Performing Arts theater program.

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE “I really hope to add more to the Radar Screen Experience,” Kelly explains. “I think fun trips and events that have nothing to do with Sales can help us to build relationships and connect people on the Radar Screen to their future neighbors.” “I’m also looking forward to the next phase of building at Sycamore Springs. I’m hoping we can continue our regular video updates to keep our community engaged in the project.” Kelly lives in Mohnton with her boyfriend, Jon, and their menagerie of pets, which includes a cat, a guinea pig, a tarantula and a lizard. When she’s not busy working, Kelly practices for her piano lessons and enjoys trivia nights with friends.

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5 PERFORMANCE MICRO-COMMUNITIES THAT BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH

Tine and Eric MacKay enjoy teaching Scottish country dancing to their friends and neighbors.

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Working together toward a common goal creates unity and community in a way that is difficult to articulate. The Performers at Garden Spot Village—whether they are singing, acting, dancing or playing an instrument—create deep relationships through shared experience and a desire to be the best they can be for their audience. The following pages explore the micro-communities at Garden Spot Village whose members find purpose and community through performance.

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HAND BELL CHOIR Fran Rapp, a Garden Spot Village resident since August 2011, has performed in and led handbell choirs for more than 30 years. Because he personally enjoyed the camaraderie and community he experienced in those choirs over the years, in 2014 he connected with St. James United Church of Christ in Limerick, Pennsylvania, to see if the church would lend a fouroctave handbell set. The church graciously did so and the Garden Spot Village Ringers began to rehearse. A beginner’s group and a more advanced group rehearse September through June. They perform throughout the year at resident events and for the public, sometimes accompanied by pianists and flutists.

Fran says, “When everything was canceled during COVID, we found a way to play handbells. We naturally wear gloves and it’s a group that can easily social distance. We were thankful to find a way to make music when we couldn’t use our voices.” Musicians of all skill levels are welcome. While being able to read music helps, it is not crucial because the notes are color-coded to match the bells.

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BRASS ENSEMBLE

VILLAGE VOICES

When Dave Givens sold his French horn in 1964 to pay for his first two months of college, he never imagined that 55 years later he would purchase a used horn on Facebook Marketplace and begin to relearn the instrument that had provided so many memories when he was a young adult.

Singing together has always been an important part of Garden Spot Village. For the past 25 years, residents have gathered to celebrate and worship through song. In 2001 a choir was officially started and named the Village Voices.

Dave, a Garden Spot Village resident since October 2018, is one of several brass players who recently gathered to rehearse for performances at Garden Spot Village. Inspired by Curt Cole, a Garden Spot Village resident since January 2019, the group includes Cliff Anderson, Sam Beyer, Sharon Amey and Elizabeth Givens in addition to Curt and Dave. Some of the musicians have played professionally, others have taught, and others, like Dave, are relearning. The ensemble includes trumpets, baritone, trombone and a French horn.

Garden Spot Village has had a group of brass musicians for many years, but Curt’s involvement helped to boost musician interest in the group. “In our last church in New Jersey I was very privileged to play with a group of really good brass musicians that did special music during the year and for holidays,” Curt explains. “I really missed that experience, and wanted to see if there was opportunity here at Garden Spot to keep my interest in playing alive. I don’t so much enjoy practicing for the sake of playing, but I really enjoy performing with a group.” The group recently played as “Santa’s Band” during the inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting in December 2020 and in the Resident Variety Show in March 2021. They also played a series of patriotic selections for the 4th of July. Cliff Anderson provides the music scores.

Prior to March 2020, a group of more than 60 residents gathered on Friday mornings in the Garden Towers to rehearse. Village Voices performs throughout the year, offering worshipful music for Good Friday, Thanksgiving and Christmas services. They also provide patriotic selections for Veteran’s Day. Their annual concerts in December and one or two concerts in the spring offer a well-rounded selection of sacred and secular music.

The group took a hiatus during COVID and hope to reconvene in September 2021. Lil Windle, a Garden Spot Village resident since December 2017 and Nancy Moore, an organist and choir director who lives in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, will co-lead the group. The group also has a librarian, a secretary/treasurer and accompanists. Both Lil and Nancy have extensive experience in directing and performing.

Lil draws on many years of directing community and church choirs as she shares the leadership with Nancy. Lil says, “I’m looking forward to leading Village Voices. When we sing together, we can appreciate one another’s talents. When you live in a community with more than 1,000 residents, I think you can lose some of the community feel. With Village Voices and other opportunities to do teamlike work, it helps to build community. A solo voice can be inspiring but the blending of many voices has a heavenly sound. I’m looking forward to being a part of these singers and with them, to bring glory to God.”

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Several members of Village Voices perform more frequently. Voices of Praise, Gospel Quartet, Chapel Quartet and Ladies Ensemble, for example, provide opportunities for Campus Pastor Chet Yoder to enhance Sunday worship services. They also perform at life celebrations and special events. During COVID, these smaller groups filled a need for musical community.

Born in Scotland, Marion Sacks has always enjoyed Scottish country dancing. When she moved to Garden Spot Village in July 2014 she wistfully shared with some new neighbors that she missed taking dance classes.

Tom Peck, a Garden Spot Village resident since December 2015, sings with the Gospel Quartet and Voices of Praise. “The members of these groups have been singing for a good many years, with most starting in their teens.”

Tom continues, “When we sing on Sunday morning, we bring the music element to the service, praising God through song. It gives us all joy and blessings to lift our voices in His presence.”

“For me, the question remains, ‘How can anyone not like to sing?’” Tom says. “You are expressing God’s gift of song for the whole world to enjoy. It is not unusual to have meals together at the Harvest Table and to break out in song as we bond together with what has been called the Hymn of the Pandemic, ‘It Is Well with My Soul.’”

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She soon learned that Hagar Scott, a Garden Spot Village resident since December 2012, had earned her preliminary certification to teach Scottish country dancing. Hagar agreed to lead a class and the Wellness Department agreed to host the weekly dances. “Hagar is a very good teacher; we all love and appreciate her,” Marion says.

Hagar’s weekly classes are open to everyone and provide an opportunity to learn, grow and build community. Hagar’s friends Eric and Tine MacKay moved to Garden Spot in April 2020. As members of the Harrisburg Scottish Country Dance Society, Eric and Tine travel all over North America dancing socially. In addition, Tine is a world-renowned dance teacher and deviser. Eric and Tine look forward to sharing their dancing experience with their new community at Garden Spot Village this fall.


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PERFORMERS Garden Spot Village encourages positive, healthy, work-life balance as well as an invitation for team members to bring their whole selves to work. This philosophy creates community in a unique and tangible way. The following pages capture a sampling of employees who embrace performance when they are not on the clock.

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Director of Facility Services, lead singer and guitarist, Fair Wages

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Director of Garden Spot Village at Home, actress and dancer, Avon Grove Community Theater

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Director of Therapeutic Recreation, interpretive dancer and performer

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As the Fulton Theatre’s nearly 170-year history makes clear, Lancaster County has fed our creative soul for generations, and today’s Lancaster is an extremely worthy heir to that past. In fact, it’s a thriving performance community with a variety of offerings from which to choose.

As the nation’s oldest continuously operating theater, the Fulton in Lancaster City entertains audiences with Broadway-caliber musicals, comedies, and dramas that will capture your heart and mind. While you’re there, admire the beauty of the newly-expanded theater complex, with its ornate architectural details and regal atmosphere. For more intimate performances in the city that typically run for one evening and range from dance and music to lectures and films, check out Millersville University’s Ware Center or Lancaster Bible College’s Trust Performing Arts Center.

One of Lancaster City’s most inventive theater companies is Prima, whose boutique contemporary musicals and energizing concerts have been wowing audiences with culturally adventurous works for a decade-plus.

Of course our array of performance venues isn’t limited to the formal stage or the Red Rose City! Head back in time to the 16th century at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim. Explore 35 acres of fairgrounds filled with intricately costumed players and merchants who will immerse you into that magical period through their character portrayals, singing, craftsmanship, games and culinary revelry. The town of Paradise is home to the Magic & Wonder Theater, a recent winner of a Merlin Award (the magic industry’s “Oscar”); you will be amazed by the dazzling costumes and unbelievable illusions, as well as enjoy the comedic commentary. Near Strasburg you’ll find the spectacular Sight & Sound Theatre, with its faith-based, Broadway-level productions delivered on a 300-foot wraparound stage. Watch biblical stories come to life, complete with

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Clockwise from top left: Joseph Frederick Allen, Curt Dale Clark and the cast of Fulton Theatre’s “Peter Pan”; Lancaster Symphony Orchestra performs at The Fulton Theatre; Fulton Theater cast performs “Kinky Boots”; Ephrata Performing Arts Center cast performs “West Side Story”; Ephrata Performing Arts Center performs “Picnic.” Photos provided by: Discover Lancaster, Fringe Fox Studios and Fulton Theatre.


original songs and choreography, handmade costumes, fantastic sets, dazzling special effects and even live animals.

You can enjoy dinner and a show at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, just west of Lancaster City. This long-time area favorite combines a superlative buffet experience with year-round entertainment ranging from inspiring or comedic musicals featuring upbeat hits to the heartfelt melodies of a classic drama. In fact, music is a thread that connects communities and venues all around Lancaster.

We’re home to wonderful annual music festivals, from the free Long’s Park Summer Music Series and the Spring Gulch Folk Festival in New Holland to the Roots & Blues festival and the Lancaster International Piano Festival, both in Lancaster City.

Several of our excellent wineries offer summer and fall concerts in beautiful and flavorful settings, and numerous restaurants and bars throughout the county showcase local and regional talent all year long.

Pillars of our cultural scene also include the amazing and varied performances of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and (once they restart) the skillful artistry of Opera Lancaster. No roundup of Lancaster County’s performing arts would be complete without sustained applause for the incredible original shows and many touring acts that grace the stage each year at American Music Theatre (AMT), just east of Lancaster City. AMT is a mainstay in entertaining Lancaster County residents and visitors alike, featuring popular groups from yesterday and today and homegrown fare, including a fresh edition of their famous Christmas Show each year.

Heading further east and a little north to Bird-inHand, fans of great musical theater and more can enjoy an up-close and personal experience at Birdin-Hand Stage. You’ll be captivated by their original stories packed with humor, heart, and purpose.

Patrons of the arts will also discover high production value in a small-town setting through vibrant community theater offerings at Ephrata Performing Arts Center and at Susquehanna Stage in Marietta that aim to educate, challenge and inspire their audiences. For those willing to travel a bit for their entertainment, you can catch the fabulous roving Servant Stage Company as it plays at venues throughout Lancaster County, providing quality, family-friendly shows that are easily accessible to everyone through a pay-what-you-will format. And just over the Lancaster-Lebanon county border are the wonderful open-air performances at Gretna Theatre every summer.

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Because we believe that caring for animals can bring purpose and meaning to human lives, Garden Spot Village is a petfriendly community. Dogs, cats and birds are welcome.

one another’s cats. She connected with her neighbors and together they began to step in to provide free care during vacations and illnesses.

“With a dog, you always stop and visit with neighbors. You don’t just keep walking,” says John Kokotiuk. Since moving to Garden Spot Village in November 2014, John and his wife, Lynne, have taken many walks and made many friends while walking their dog Ollie, a bichon-poodle.

Louise quickly formalized the group, calling it the Cat Owners Group. “The goal,” Louise explains, “is to get to know other Garden Spot Village cat owners and to help each other.” She invited other residents to join her. Paula Cole, a Garden Spot Village resident since January 2019; Karen Klein, a Garden Spot Village resident since June 2017; Jennie Sauer, a Sycamore Springs resident since March 2018; and Darlene Smith, a Garden Spot Village resident since August 2014, quickly enlisted.

John and Paulette Moore agree. Before moving to their home at Sycamore Springs in June 2017, they brought their yellow lab, Betts, for long walks on the campus. They wanted Betts to learn to know her new neighborhood. Along the way, they realized they also were getting to know their new neighborhood—and their new neighbors! Miles of walking paths crisscross the Garden Spot Village campus, making long walks with a dog an enjoyable experience. The walking paths are maintained year-round, even in snowy weather. Louise Landry, a Garden Spot Village resident since October 2017, stepped in to help a neighbor who was recovering from an illness. For nine months she helped to care for the neighbor's cats and give them their medicine. As she walked to help her neighbor each day, she wondered if an informal group of residents would be willing to care for

Together they created a registry for cats and a network of people who can give medications, offer respite care, provide transportation to the veterinarian, search for lost cats and help with rehoming. Participation in the group is free and volunteering is optional. Louise says, “Darlene is great with medications, Paula schedules cat care, Karen helps me with writing, and Jennie is a world of knowledge about cat health when I have questions.” In creating this opportunity for networking, Louise has built a micro-community whose members support one another in tangible ways. She has also coordinated formal seminars in which outside experts offer advice and guidance on cat care.

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WORKS When Steve Jeffrey and Steve Lindsey founded ForgeWorks in 2017, their intention was to provide custom, affordable, field-tested solutions for non-profit retirement living organizations as well as local, non-profit social service organizations. In its early days, ForgeWorks used a two-pronged approach to building business. The first approach included an exchange of ideas between Garden Spot Communities and other for-profit and non-profit organizations to create a framework where ideas, successes and failures could be shared back and forth with authenticity and transparency. The second approach concentrated on ways to innovate within community—to collaborate with others to create workable solutions for complex problems. Over the past four years, ForgeWorks has helped many clients find better ways to impact their communities and spark their organizational growth.

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Allison Cuthie waymaker

EXPANDING THE REACH In March 2021, ForgeWorks and E4, a Lancaster-based consulting agency, joined forces to increase their collective impact. Steve Jeffrey says of the alliance, “For many years, Garden Spot Communities and ForgeWorks have partnered with E4 Strategic Consultancy for strategic planning and new initiatives. Aligning our organizations just made sense.” Lois Dostalik, former chief strategist for E4 and current transformational architect for ForgeWorks, says, “E4 routinely referenced ForgeWorks as a truly dynamic, innovative and highly effective organization. ForgeWorks has become a valuable consultant to a myriad of organizations, introducing them to state-of-the-art learnings. We view this as an opportunity to meld the best the two organizations have to offer to create invaluable and highly engaged client experiences and outcomes.”

EXPANDING THE IMPACT Allison Cuthie began working with ForgeWorks in March 2021. As waymaker, Allison helps clients navigate their journey with ForgeWorks. She brings a diverse set of skills earned through her years of experience as a high school teacher and her community leadership in non-profit fundraising. Additionally, Holly Rosini joined ForgeWorks as an independent contractor. Holly offers 35 years

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Lois Dostalik transformational architect

Holly Rosini independent contractor

of proven leadership success, having served nearly 30 years of her career with LeadingAge PA as chief operating officer and executive vice president. She has a deep and broad skill set, covering all aspects of operational optimization, strategic planning, business development, marketing/communications, education/event planning, finance and human resources. Holly, Allison and Lois came on board as Steve was finalizing the formation of The Colligo Group, a partnership made up of a diverse group of organizations that have united to be the catalyst for a new vision of aging. Participating organizations include Cornwall Manor, Fairmount Homes, Garden Spot Communities, Moravian Manor Communities, The Highlands at Wyomissing and Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. The CEOs and leadership teams of each organization will work together to make a significant impact on the senior living industry. At the outset, The Colligo Group is working to resolve issues related to workforce, such as employee recruiting and sourcing, time-saving applied technology and new compensation approaches. Additionally, they plan to innovate solutions to technology needs, and increase their networking and knowledge-sharing capabilities.

EXPANDING COLLABORATION ForgeWorks serves as the managing organization for The Colligo Group and Steve Jeffrey serves as president. Lois leads the NextGen efforts to find new solutions to pressing needs. Allison provides leadership and support for partner communications, process development and tools needed for the success of the partners. In addition, Holly has been engaged to offer her expertise to create collaborative learning teams and research solutions to implement multiple operational initiatives. “This is truly a new approach, a new way to grow and flourish. The partners desire to create an authentic, partner-centered learning community committed to taking on some of the significant challenges of our industry,” adds Steve Jeffrey. “Now more than ever it is important for leaders in our industry to engage, share learnings and work together in the best interests of the amazing communities of senior adults we serve,” said Kevin DeAcosta, president and CEO of The Highlands at Wyomissing. “In part through The Colligo Group and the collaborative environment it will foster, our partners will remain committed to setting the standard of excellence in retirement living and to further enhancing our offerings for current and future generations.” Jerry Lile, president and CEO of Fairmount, adds, “I am excited to partner with other senior living communities while still operating independently as the same mission-driven organization Fairmount has always been. I look forward to working collaboratively in benefiting from potential cost savings, shared group experiences and best practices, and unique innovative opportunities.”

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GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE SPONSORS THE

Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival “At Garden Spot Village we like to do unexpected things,” Chief Marketing Officer Scott Miller says. “Agreeing to be the title sponsor for the Lancaster Balloon Festival is unexpected—at least for people who don’t know us.” And yet, for people who know Garden Spot Village, the sponsorship is expected. Garden Spot Village debuted their first hot air balloon with the United States Hot Air Balloon Team in the summer of 2010. Over the past 11 years, residents, future residents, team members and family have enjoyed soaring above Lancaster County in the Garden Spot Village balloon. “Our partnership with the United States Hot Air Balloon Team has been one of the best advertising decisions we’ve ever made,” Scott says. “Nobody bothers to take a picture of a billboard, but we routinely have people post pictures of our hot air balloon on their social media. The great part about partnering with the festival is that we have connected with people and made an impression while they were having a memorable experience.” The 10th festival was held Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19. A one-of-a-kind event in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the balloon festival is hosted annually in the village of Birdin-Hand. In 2021, the festival featured the mass launch of dozens of big, beautiful balloons, family entertainment, fireworks, delicious food, Amish goods and even buggy rides!

This family-friendly event offered good food and music in the heart of Lancaster Amish Country and welcomed nearly 20,000 people. As the title sponsor, Garden Spot Village received singleday passes for residents, future residents and team members, all of whom enjoyed the opportunity to attend. An additional 10 residents and future residents received VIP passes, which allowed them to interact with the pilots and enjoy a special meal on Saturday evening. Jake Frame, general manager for the United States Hot Air Balloon team and the festival coordinator, says, “We were thrilled Garden Spot Village signed on to be the sponsor for the festival. We have had a long relationship with Garden Spot and thought a partnership with this festival offered a lot of opportunities for both Lancaster Balloon Festival and Garden Spot Village to gain exposure while offering residents a unique experience.”

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“There is a point in the book of Matthew where Jesus is talking about stories. He says, ‘In seeing they don’t see and in hearing they don’t hear.’ That is where the name Sight & Sound originated. Because it’s all about seeing and hearing and using stories to bring messages of hope and grace,” says Katie Miller, director of marketing and communications for Sight & Sound Theatres. 18 months later with a brand new, 2,000-seat, state-of-the-art theater.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Glenn Eshelman grew up on a dairy farm in Lancaster County. From an early age, he loved to draw and paint. He purchased a camera to take reference photos for his paintings, which he sold out of the trunk of his car to make ends meet after marrying Shirley. His art evolved into a slide show with music and narration in 1964. He and Shirley shared the show at churches up and down the East Coast and as far west as Colorado.

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE In 2009 Glenn and Shirley passed leadership of Sight & Sound Theatres to the next generation. Son-in-law Matt Neff now serves as CEO and son-in-law Josh Enck serves as the president and chief story officer.

In 1976 Glenn and Shirley opened Living Waters Theater to establish a home for their inspirational shows. The stories that Glenn and Shirley created inspired guests from around the world. They continually improved the quality of the production and in 1987 debuted “Behold the Lamb,” the theater’s first full-length biblical production. Demand for the shows continued to grow, so in 1991 they opened the Entertainment Centre, to rave reviews. Sight & Sound’s A short six years2020/2021 later the building show Queen Esther, offered was destroyed by a tragic fire. The pageantry, song Eshelmansmusic rebuiltand and reopened just worthy of a queen.

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The popularity of Sight & Sound continued, as the cast and crew performed to sold-out crowds. In 2008, Sight & Sound opened a nearly identical twin theater in Branson, Missouri. Sets for the shows are designed for transport between the two theaters.

“The mission of Sight & Sound is really to bring the Bible to life. Not just with what we do on stage, but to bring the Bible to life by what we do and who we are,” Josh says. Matt concurs. “We realize how we live out our jobs each day is as important as what we are doing on the stage.” “We have a 300-foot wraparound stage, 40-foot sets, hundreds of live animals for our shows and we have an army of people here, all 650 of them, who are looking out over the horizon line and they can’t wait to see what’s next,” Josh adds. A DIFFICULT SEASON Sight & Sound Theatres debuted the highly anticipated “Queen Esther” in early March 2020, shortly before COVID closed theaters across the country. As their doors also closed, the leadership of Sight & Sound quickly pivoted, promoting recordings of previous productions, offering virtual live event broadcasts and more. They opened to a limited audience in summer 2020, following sanitizing and social distancing protocols. They continued to expand audiences as restrictions eased and were pleased to open to full capacity in mid-June 2021. “Queen Esther” will continue to run through December 2021.

“David,” developed over more than three years, will debut on the Lancaster stage in March 2022. TO LEARN MORE: www.sight-sound.com

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Katie, the granddaughter of Glenn and Shirley Eshelman, is the third of four generations who perform, work and serve at Sight & Sound Theatres, based in Ronks, Pennsylvania


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Dave & Tina Park Investing in the Next Generation

HOMETOWN: Dave – West Chester, Pennsylvania; Tina - Thorndale, Pennsylvania FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TOGETHER: Travel, walking, trying new restaurants, visiting local attractions like Longwood Gardens, traveling to Cape May and spending time with family and grandchildren CAREERS: Dave - Electronic instrumentation and gas chromatography Tina - pre-school teacher’s aide CURRENT HOMETOWN: Mount Joy, Pennsylvania FAMILY: 3 sons, 1 daughter, 8 grandchildren LOOKING FORWARD TO: Joining the Train Club, gardening, taking trips, swimming, living in New Holland

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y heart’s desire is to be a good granddad to my grandkids. I believe there is a special piece to the puzzle of life that grandparents provide, and I

want to figure out how to do that well,” Dave Park says.

Dave and his wife, Tina, have eight grandchildren—five grandsons and three granddaughters—ranging in age from 11 to 2 years old, and are blessed to be involved in their grandchildrens’ lives. They recently moved to Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, for a number of reasons, but one of the most important reasons was to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law and to help care for their granddaughter, 7, and grandson, 4. COVID prompted their daughter and son-in-law to homeschool their children; Dave and Tina help with the homeschooling and childcare two days a week. Dave worked for Hewlett-Packard and then Agilent Technologies in Wilmington, Delaware, in gas chromatography. Tina worked for the YMCA in Jennersville, Pennsylvania, as a pre-school aide. “I loved my job,” Tina shares. When COVID shut down the preschool in March 2020, Tina retired. “When they asked me to come back last summer,” she explains, “I just wasn’t up to wearing a mask all day, especially in the heat, and while communicating with children. It was a hard decision because I really, really enjoyed it.”

New Holland offers the perfect location for retirement, the Parks say. “When we move to New Holland we will be 30 miles, plus or minus a mile or two, from three of our four children,” says Dave. “Plus, we like that Garden Spot is so close to town. We love the hominess of New Holland.” “My sister, Carol Cormany, and her husband, Mike, live at Garden Spot Village,” Dave explains. “Carol and I have a special relationship. She is my mentor. It would be a blessing for me to live in the same community as she does for a while.” In their mid-60s, Dave and Tina hope to move to Garden Spot Village in the next three to five years. Until they move, they are content to invest time in their grandchildren, pursue an active lifestyle and connect with volunteer opportunities near them. The Lives Changed by Christ (LCBC) church has been a mainstay in their spiritual lives and they are thankful that in their current home they are just 1.5 miles from the Manheim campus. “I have yet to attend a service at LCBC where I haven’t been blessed,” Dave says. When they move to New Holland, the Ephrata campus will be just a short drive away. Dave and Tina enjoy traveling and often tie mini-vacations to family events and visits. A recent wedding in Dallas, Texas, prompted a road trip that took them to Waco, Texas, for breakfast at Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia restaurant. They headed north to Oklahoma City and paid their respects at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. From there they headed northeast on Route 66 to the Rock Cafe, the inspiration for the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars” and featured by Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” They finished in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, home of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. “Oklahoma is a beautiful, beautiful state,” Tina reflects. They also frequently visit Cape May, New Jersey. “We met at the Guernsey Cow Restaurant in Exton, Pennsylvania, where we both worked. Our manager invited us to visit his home in Cape May while we were still dating. We fell in love with the community and have gone back every year since then.”

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LAURA BROOKINS:

MINISTERING THROUGH TEACHING

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n 1978 Laura and John Brookins moved from Mechanicville, New York, to Chester County, Pennsylvania, so that John could attend the University of Valley Forge (UVF) in Phoenixville. Laura, who had earned her Master of Arts degree at the State University of New York at Albany, worked as an administrative assistant at UVF while John attended classes.

A LIFETIME OF MINISTRY University of Valley Forge, a small Christian University, is affiliated with the Assemblies of God and has an enrollment of about 550 students. The university was a good fit for the couple. John, an ordained minister through the Assemblies of God, served as an evangelist. In 1985 Laura was hired as a full-time professor of French, English Literature and College Writing; she taught for the next 35 years. In December 2020 she officially retired and was honored as Professor Emeritus of Arts and Sciences at the university’s graduation ceremonies in May 2021.

“I see teaching as a ministry,” Laura shares. Because she is passionate about the vision and mission of UVF, she will continue her ministry with UVF as long as she has an opportunity to serve. She currently teaches spring, summer and fall classes virtually from her home office at Sycamore Springs. “I appreciate teaching at UVF,” Laura says. “In a small, private university, relationships grow at a more personal level and impact students’ lives as they train for service and leadership.” Laura continues, “I feel honored that the Lord has given me gifts that enhance my teaching. I can make a difference in students’ lives and learn from them as well.” DISCOVERING GARDEN SPOT Colleagues of Garden Spot Village residents Bill and Hilda Bradney, John and Laura visited the couple’s home and loved their sunroom and everything about the community. “We visited around Christmas and the holiday decor and atmosphere overwhelmed us. We thought, this is a really beautiful place,” Laura explains. “Having explored a couple of other communities, we found very quickly that Garden Spot Village went beyond our expectations.”

EXPLORING SYCAMORE SPRINGS They decided to explore the other options at Garden Spot Village and toured Sycamore Springs. In September 2019, they put a deposit on a brand-new home at Sycamore Springs and moved into it in December 2020.

“We have never owned a new home,” Laura exclaims. “Our home at Sycamore Springs is modern and very comfortable.” The couple appreciates connecting with new friends and neighbors. John has joined Men’s Christian Fellowship and Laura attends a weekly Bible study for women. They also appreciate the abundance of trips and social events. John and Laura believe “the community at Garden Spot Village is caring and kind. We’ve found a level of connection that’s hard to duplicate.”

Opposite: Laura Brookins teaches virtually at her cottage in Sycamore Springs to her students at University of Valley Forge.

Laura and John applied and put down a deposit on a cottage, which placed them on the Radar Screen in April 2019. They realized they had a number of people ahead of them on the Radar Screen so they settled in for a wait. Laura followed up with the sales team a few months later and learned that there were opportunities available to move sooner.

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CHEF'S DELIGHT

Fresh tomatoes and spinach make this easy-to-make, delicious fall entrée a new favorite.

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Grilled Flank Steak Salad

WITH RED ONIONS, TOMATOES AND SPINACH INGREDIENTS

Steak Dressing:

¼ cup and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 cup and 2 tablespoons canola oil 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil ½ tablespoon ground black pepper 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

Flank Steak and Red Onions: ¾ cup prepared steak dressing (above) 1 pound raw flank steak 1 medium red onion, sliced into rings

Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Red Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach: 8 cups baby spinach 1 ½ cups red grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese

SERVES FOUR

DIRECTIONS

1. To Prepare Steak Dressing: In a stainless steel bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk until wellblended. Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

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2. To Prepare Flank Steak and Red Onions: Trim fat and silver skin from steak. Place steak in a pan or dish. Pour ½ cup steak dressing over meat. Toss to evenly coat. Cover and place in refrigerator for 4 hours to marinate. Drain and discard excess marinade. Place onion rings in a separate pan or dish. Pour 3 tablespoons steak dressing over onions. Toss to evenly coat. Cover and place in refrigerator for 4 hours to marinate. Drain and discard excess marinade. Place steak on a preheated grill or grill pan. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before carving against the grain into thin slices. Place onion rings on grill or grill pan. Cook on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until marked and slightly tender.

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3. To Plate Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Red Onions, Tomatoes and Spinach: Place spinach, tomatoes, onions and ½ cup steak dressing in a stainless steel bowl. Gently toss to evenly coat and distribute. Divide evenly into four portions. Place one serving in center of each plate. Divide and shingle sliced grilled flank steak on top of the spinach. Garnish each salad with 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese at even intervals. Enjoy immediately!

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T E A M S P OT L I G H T

Marcia Parsons Serving Well

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JOB TITLE: Skilled Care Social Worker

Marcia Parsons started working at Garden Spot Village in September 2001 as the community was expanding healthcare to include memory support and skilled nursing.

DATE STARTED AT GSV: September 2001

She helped Becky Weber, then nursing home administrator, and Connie Fasnacht, then director of nursing, write the policies that guided Garden Spot in those early days.

FAVORITE... MOVIE: “The Great Outdoors” FOOD: Potato chips BOOK: “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates MUSIC: U2 QUOTE: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you have now was once among the things you hoped for.” — Epicurus

“It was exciting to be a part of opening a whole new community,” Marcia says. A recent Alvernia College graduate, Marcia brought experience providing home care to individuals through the Office of Aging. She also brought a commitment to New Holland, having attended Garden Spot High School and then settling with her husband in Narvon. BEING AVAILABLE Twenty years later, Marcia continues to serve residents in the skilled nursing households. Each morning she checks in with the clinical care managers and they talk through resident concerns for the day. “We may talk about how to help a resident who is dealing with anxiety, an upcoming discharge or an admission.”

She keeps Garden Spot’s commitment to person-centered care front and center. “As a social worker, my job is to help meet residents’ desires in a nonclinical way. It may be helping them with a snack, taking a walk with them or simply visiting to hear their concerns,” she explains. “I want to honor people for who they are and advocate for what they want. I spend a lot of time listening and discerning needs. Developing relationships is the key to serving people. Sometimes I push the limits, but sometimes that’s the best way to help someone,” she adds. “I believe that if it’s right for the resident, we will figure out a way to make it happen.” This willingness to go the extra mile for residents and develop lasting relationships pays dividends. Residents who have had a short stay in skilled nursing or had a family member in skilled nursing regularly call her, just to see how she and her family are doing. SERVING WITH HER FAMILY Marcia and her husband, John, have two daughters: Cora, 14, and Emma, 12. “We are national park nuts,” she says. “We love to be outside—hiking, fishing, exploring. In 2020 we discovered a lot of really nice local parks.”

As a family, they are active in their church, and traveled in 2019 to help finish building a church in France. “It was a lot of fun and a lot of work,” Marcia remembers. “Garden Spot has allowed me to focus on my family. My role here offers an opportunity where my work life and my home life can mesh. I have flexibility when I need it,” she says.

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GIVING

GIVING AND SAVING with Qualified Charitable Distributions

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MANY PEOPLE SAVE FOR RETIREMENT IN TAX-DEFERRED ACCOUNTS SUCH AS IRAS OR AN EMPLOYER-SPONSORED ACCOUNT, SUCH AS A 401(K) OR 403(B). BEGINNING AT AGE 72, INDIVIDUALS MUST TAKE TAXABLE WITHDRAWALS FROM THESE ACCOUNTS EACH YEAR BASED ON A SCHEDULE SET BY THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS). THE WITHDRAWAL SCHEDULE IS CALLED THE REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION (RMD).

This required minimum distribution is usually considered taxable income and can affect the amount of taxes you pay on your Social Security income.

But, Patrick Carney CFP®, financial adviser with Rodgers & Associates says, “A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) allows you to satisfy your IRA’s required minimum distribution, give to a charity that you care about, and subtract the value of the distribution from your income, all at the same time.” In other words, transferring all or part of the required minimum distribution from your IRA directly to a non-profit organization saves you significant tax dollars.

Carol Hammond, a Garden Spot Village resident since January 2020, uses qualified charitable distributions. Each year she sends donations to The Ohio State University in honor of her late husband, Myers; to Peirce College, from which she graduated; and the benevolent fund at Garden Spot Village. Instead of writing checks, Carol calls her financial advisor and requests that the money go directly from her retirement accounts to these organizations, which decreases her tax liability. For Carol, the process is simple. “I just have to make a phone call, fill out a form and sign.”

Patrick concurs. “After you’ve reached the age of 72, you complete a form with the company that holds your IRA to authorize them to do a distribution from your IRA with a check sent to the charity in the name of the charity. Even though the distribution you made was a gift

to that charity, it will still be reported on Form 1099-R as a normal distribution.”

He continues, “To make sure your tax preparer treats it properly on your return, you’ll need to disclose that part of your IRA distribution was a qualified charitable distribution. Your preparer will report how much you distributed in total but will also exclude the value of that donation from the portion of your IRA distribution that would normally be taxable. You’ll also need to provide your preparer with a receipt from the charity that satisfies the IRS rules.”

For Carol, the opportunity to make contributions directly from her IRA to organizations she supports makes a significant difference to her financially and emotionally. She directs her Ohio State donations to the University’s Alzheimer’s Research program and invites Peirce College to use her donation wherever the college needs funding. She gives to her community through a donation to the benevolent fund at Garden Spot Village. “I appreciate that the benevolent fund provides an opportunity for people to remain living at Garden Spot Village even after they have exhausted their resources,” says Carol.

Patrick says, “For anyone who has a required minimum distribution to take each year and who also happens to be charitably inclined, a qualified charitable distribution is one of the best deals going in the tax code. After all, if you are planning to give money to a charity anyway, why wouldn’t you want to do it as tax efficiently as possible and reduce your taxes?”

TO LEARN MORE about giving a qualified charitable distribution to the Garden Spot Village

Benevolent Fund, please contact the Development Office at 717.355.6215.

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

October

18 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES Vocalist Brenton McGee will perform. For residents.

24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

Join us for a traditional service with lessons and carols as we anticipate Christmas. For residents and their families.

9 FALL FESTIVAL

January

For residents and their families.

15 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES

Join Garden Spot Village for the 25th annual Fall Festival!

16 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES Pianist and comedian Jeff Raught will perform. For residents.

November 17 LOOK & LEARN

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

Susquehanna Slide Express will perform. For residents.

February 1-28 ANNUAL BIRD HOUSE SILENT AUCTION Dozens of unique bird houses and bird-themed quilted wall-hangings and crafts on display. For residents and their families.

19 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES

20 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES

Organist Doug Wimer will perform. For residents.

For residents.

24 LOOK & LEARN

Vivace Student Strings will perform.

21 THANKSGIVING WEEK SERVICE

Join us as we give thanks and express our gratitude for God’s gifts. For residents.

26 & 27 THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS

Servant Stage Company will perform their holiday spectacular, The Joy of Christmas. For residents.

December 9 CHRISTMAS PARTY

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

11 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Enjoy a festive, scrumptious breakfast with Santa. For residents and their families.

15 FUTURE RESIDENT DINNER THEATER

A festive evening including great food and entertainment. For future residents.

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

March 25 GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE KIDS FUN RUN

Join the cheering crowd as children, ages 6-12, complete a one-mile fun run! For residents, guests and the public.

26 GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE 1/2 MARATHON & 10K Join us as we host more than one thousand runners from around the country. Visit gardenspotvillage.run for more information. For residents, guests and the public.

November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 22 & 29 TRAIN ROOM OPEN HOUSES

Railroad enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy HO- and O-gauge model train layouts Saturdays in December as well as Wednesdays, December 22 and 29. For residents and their families.


Experience the thrill of running in beautiful Lancaster County, PA

SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 Starting at 8am

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 RACE DAY SPONSORS

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Kids Fun Run For Kindergarten-8th graders at Garden SPot Village

March 25, 2022 Starting at 6pm Join us for this fun run for our youngest runners. Kids will run a one-mile loop on our campus. Each runner gets a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, a whoopie pie and ice cream. Mr. Whoop E. Pie from Shady Maple will join us to cheer for the kids and be available for pictures. Cost: $20 per runner / Register before 3/14/22

LEARN MORE & REGISTER ONLINE AT: GARDENSPOTVILLAGE.RUN/KIDS

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912 W Main St. Suite 404 New Holland, PA

717.656.0005

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16 GRAYBILL RD | LEOLA, PA 17540 5 MILES WEST OF GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE; OFF ROUTE 23

717.656.2181 | WWW.HFCI.US

It’s all about CHOICES! Stop in and see your options: Styles, Fabrics, Finishes and Firmness

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

KUMME ESSE! (PA Dutch for come and eat)

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Fall in Love with

THE SKY

RESERVE YOUR FLIGHT TODAY www.ushotairballoon.com 800.763.5987

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

IN EDITORIAL ADVERTISER SPOT

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

717.354.6416 | 717.354.HOME (4663) carol@hostetterrealty.com

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 84

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ENHANCE YOUR STYLE Looking for a new look or a perfect gift? You'll discover items to help you accomplish this and more at Linden, Garden Spot's upscale boutique. Proceeds support the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. gardenspotvillage.org/shopping

VALANCES • DRAPERIES • SHEERS • BLINDS • SHADES • BED ENSEMBLES • PILLOWS

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pecializing in Window Treatments & Home Decor!

We can coordinate everything for a complete home look including room, walls and windows or just give you a few ideas.

Stop in or call for an appointment:

717-354-2233 Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

1064 East Main St. (Rt. 23) | New Holland, PA Located one block west of the interstection of Routes 23 & 222 in the town of Blue Ball.

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e r a &C Thrift Store

Gifts with a Story

Explore our ever-changing selection of lightly used furniture, housewares, jewelry and home decor. This one-of-a-kind collection represents the unique products you will discover when you shop with us. Proceeds support the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. gardenspotvillage.org/shopping

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

www.DrHarkin.com

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Look and Learn You’re Invited to

at GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

SGA

SMOKER GARD ASSOCIATES LLP ATTORNEYS AT LAW LET US HELP YOU WITH: Business Law — Business Formation Business Sales & Acquisitions Real Estate — Property Settlements Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney & Trusts

Wednesday, November 17; Thursday, February 24; Thursday, May 12 Join our resident tour guides for lunch and learn firsthand about the welcoming way of life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and to register. Seating is limited. For the public 50+.

Estate Administration — Adoption Tax Law & Tax Planning — 1031 Exchanges Title Insurance

717.656.6717

121 East Main Street, New Holland www.smokergard.com

gsvlookandlearn.org 717.355.6500

Allen Wessel

IRT-4395F-A

Financial Advisor

New Holland • Leola Manheim • Mt Carmel • Lititz

edwardjones.com

Member SIPC

201 East Main St New Holland, PA 17557 717-354-4879

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

LOCATED IN YODER’S MALL

petalperfectflowershop.com

12 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA

717.354.2430

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

We Deliver Locally

Visit our office in New Holland!

654 East Main Street | For an Appointment Call 717.397.4724 WWW.EYEASSOCIATESLANCASTER.COM NEW PATIENTS WELCOME! ACCEPTING MOST INSURANCES.

VOTED LN P RE ADERS CHO I CE FOR 19 YE ARS

Taking Your Sight

SERIOUSLY Schedule your eye exams, surgical evaluations, and follow up in our New Holland office. Trust your vision to a medical doctor, the only Ophthalmologists in town!

COMPLETE EYE CARE • • • • •

Cataract Surgery • Corneal Transplants Glaucoma Care and Management Diabetic Eye Care • Neuro-Ophthalmology Macular Degeneration • Dry Eye Syndrome Glasses and Contacts

Patrick T. Tiedeken, M.D. • Pierre K. Palandjian, D.O. • Wenxin T. Wei, M.D. • John B. Fileta, M.D. Zachary C. Landis, M.D. • Melissa S. Walker, O.D. • Meetal Umarvadia, O.D. 88

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YOUR TRUSTED

HOMETOWN

PHARMACY

Offering free delivery for all Garden Spot residents

NOW SCHEDULING FLU AND SHINGLES VACCINATIONS 149 E Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 • 717.355.9300 • stauffersdrugstore.com

PLAN YOUR FUNERAL

YOUR WAY

Join us for a complimentary meal and learn about the many options and the benefits of pre-planning.

Register today!

Scan this code & choose a date & time.

or call 717.560.5100

Serving families from 5, soon to be 6 locations!

Manheim Township // 717.560.5100 Millersville // 717.872.5041 Lancaster City // 717.393.9661

Lititz - Spacht-Snyder // 717.626.2317 Strasburg - Bachman Snyder // 717.687.7644

Coming Soon - Willow Street!

Heritage Monuments, A Snyder Family Tradition Each monument and memorial that we create receives the same attention as if it were being built for a member of our own family.

CALL Kathy Snyder Guidos

717.872.1750

Monuments@SnyderFuneralHome.com HeritageMonuments.com

Heritage

MONUMENTS

A S N Y D E R FA M I LY CO M PA N Y

• Design • Memorial Benches • Bronze Markers and Plaques • Engraving, Laser Etching • Restoration, Cleaning and Repair

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Your doctor is just a click away

WellSpan doctors are accepting new patients in your area and we’ve added new locations and expanded hours for many offices to fit your busy life. This includes evening and weekend hours at many of our locations near you. It’s easier than ever to get a healthy step ahead with WellSpan. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or just need your annual checkup, we’re ready to serve you and your family. And we’re taking extra precautions to keep you safe during COVID-19. You can see us in the office or have your appointment online through a video visit.

Now’s the time to see a WellSpan doctor!

Schedule your appointment online at: WellSpan.org/make-an-appointment or call (800) 840-5905 0096 FC 08/21

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Family Owned & Operated

NEW & USED SCOOTERS AND POWER WHEELCHAIRS ROLLATORS, LIFTS, BATTERIES AND ACCESSORIES VISIT OUR REPAIR SHOP AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Gardens South Lower Level. Every other Tuesday, 1 pm-3 pm. Call for an appointment.

STOP BY OUR SHOWROOM FOR A LARGE SELECTION

107 Maxwell Hill Road, Morgantown PA 610.286.9840 or 800.942.1181 www.ucangomobility.com

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!

The Keystone Advantage Includes:

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

Keystone Quality Motors, a family-owned business, offering complete vehicle service and pre-owned vehicle sales. Call today to schedule your appointment.

• • • • • • • • •

Free Courtesy Vehicles Free Pickup & Delivery Digital Vehicle Inspection State-of-the-art Alignment Sales Warranty Repair Insurance ASE Certified Mechanics AAA Certified Repair Custom Vehicle Search

keystonemotors.net 501 E Main Street, New Holland, PA Sales: 717.354.8808 Service: 717.354.8505

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MORE EPISODES COMING SOON!

STEPHANIE STEPHENS, DMD DENTAL + CARE IS WELCOMING NEW PATIENTS!

Dr. Stephens considers it her honor and privilege to provide New Holland and the surrounding communities the best that modern dentistry has to offer! Dr. Stephens is a proud graduate of Rutgers University & the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Recently, she earned her fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry—an honor achieved by only 6% of general dentists!

EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE! 100 E. Main St., New Holland, PA, 17557 | 717.354.5635

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

LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST:

gardenspotcommunities.org/podcast

CSA Tech Solutions #1 Recommended Tech by Garden Spot Village Staff

windows • mac • linux FAITHFULLY SERVING 20+ YEARS!

Virus Removal Remote Support Onsite Support Backup & Transfer

357 W. Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 www.csanow.com • cody@csanow.com

717.354.4272

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, SO ARE YOUR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS!

LoriWillwerth,CTC • 717.682.5723 • L.Willwerth@cruiseplanners.com • cpdestinationtravel.com 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.

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Garden Spot Village's Swipe Out Hunger Campaign funds a monthly community meal at CrossNet Youth Center, New Holland. SINCE MARCH 2017, volunteers served nearly 10,000 meals to members of our community. Each month, volunteers serve hundreds of meals prepared and provided by Garden Spot Village.

To learn more call 717.355.6000

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ABUNDANT OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for opportunities to learn and grow in a community that welcomes new ideas and innovation? Garden Spot Communities welcomes people who desire to make a difference wherever they are!

WEAREGSC.ORG

F O LLOW G A R D EN S P O T V I LL AG E O N LI N E

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%. 94

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

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IT’S EFFECTIVE.

www.gotrlancaster.org


If you need short-term rehab, you’ll be happy to know person-centered 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.

excellence

healing with

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

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EVERYONE HAS A STORY

Set in the opulent yet perilous Persian Empire, QUEEN ESTHER is a captivating tale of beauty and bravery. Esther’s ordinary life changed forever when she was taken through the palace doors, entering a new world of royalty and risk. With a crown on her head and a secret in her heart, can she find the courage to trust in God’s plan and believe that she was made for such a time as this? Experience one of the most riveting Bible stories of the Old Testament as it comes to life with magnificent sets, special effects and live animals in this original stage production from Sight & Sound Theatres.®

FEBRUARY 12 – DECEMBER 23, 2021 | LANCASTER, PA Reserve your seat (800) 377-1277 • SIGHT-SOUND.COM

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MEADOW VIEW, a new, state-of-the-art memory support building at Garden Spot Village, offers opportunities for people with dementia to live resiliently. Independent living apartments attached to memory support suites offer a way for couples to remain together, even if one of them needs memory support. To learn more or schedule a tour, call 717.355.6271.

Live Resiliently

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NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID LANCASTER, PA PERMIT NO. 472 433 SOUTH KINZER AVENUE NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557

Attorneys Linda Kling, Patrick Deibler, and Ashley A. Glick

Welcoming Ashley A. Glick, Esq.

SOL ID, R E SPONSIBL E

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 | www.newholland .law 98

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