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Tomorrow's Heirlooms To Be Auctioned At Garden Spot Village

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — An heirloom Caswell-Runyan cedar chest will be one of many one-of-a-kind items on the block when Garden Spot Village holds its 16th annual Fall Festival & Benefit Auction on Sat., Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the campus of the retirement community at 433 S. Kinzer Ave.
“The chest was a group project by several members of the Garden Spot Village woodshop,” said Linda Dodge, director of development at Garden Spot Village. “We are grateful for the generosity of all those who have donated items and services for our live and silent auctions.”
The chest had been donated to the community’s Share and Care Shop, where the woodshop members discovered a diamond in the rough.
“It was painted an ugly black. We stripped it down to the bare wood, refinished it and painted it,” said Bill George, who did the repairs on the chest. Bill Neumann painted the chest a neutral cream color, and then Marie Diehl, Connie Grove and Karla Platzer each took a section of the chest and decorated it in the Pennsylvania Dutch style.
George estimates that the chest was built in the early 1920s.
“I found it listed in the company’s catalog. At the time, it sold for $75. That was two weeks’ wages back then,” he said. “I bet now it’s worth every bit of $500.”
In addition to the chest, the live auction will feature a variety of hand-madequilts and textiles; handcrafted furniture, accessories and wooden toys; aswell as paintings and other artwork. Items can be previewed in the chapel beginning at 8 a.m. The auction will take place in a tent on the grounds from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
At the silent auction, theme tables will feature baskets, gift certificates and other items. Themes include food and entertainment, home and garden, health and beauty, automotive and hardware, sports and children. Bidding opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. Shopping opportunities also include the Village Store, craft tables, a book sale, a bake sale featuring apple dumplings, and a special Festival Day sale at the Share and Care Shop.
Food and fellowship
A food court, a chicken barbecue and food vendors throughout the festival area will ensure that no one leaves the festival hungry. In addition, festival goers may purchase Share-A-Meal tickets for $25 per person, which entitle them toenjoy a meal prepared and donated by a Garden Spot Village resident, staff member or friend at a future date. In past years, meals have included Shrimp Supreme, Chuck Wagon Night, Chinese New Year, an Indian vegetarian dinner, a waffle breakfast and many other mouthwatering options. Participants can purchase individual tickets to attend the meal, or they can purchase all the tickets available for a meal.
The festival offers something for the whole family. Children can enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, ring toss, model airplane flight simulation and other activities. Weather permitting, there will be hayrides and tethered hot air balloon rides.
For a good cause
Proceeds from the Fall Festival & Benefit Auction benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, which helps support residents who need financial assistance.
“At Garden Spot Village, we are committed to providing excellent service and quality of living to our residents who are unable to provide for the cost of their own care,” Dodge said. “With the rising cost of health care, the Benevolent Fund is more important than ever. We hope the community will join us to enjoy a fun day for a good cause. We have activities for everyone in thefamily.”
Since the 2007 fiscal year, the cost for benevolent care has risen from $364,000 to approximately $1.9 million annually. To pay for this care, Garden Spot Village relies on contributions from individual and corporate donors and fundraising events, such as the Fall Festival and the annual golf outing.
For more information about the Garden Spot Village Fall Festival & Benefit Auction, call 717-355-6000 or visit