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Dining

Whatever pleases your palate, you’re sure to find it at one of our many dining experiences on campus. Each venue offers a different menu within a unique atmosphere, from fine dining to fast casual. Pair a wine or a beer with your entrée. Surround yourself with friends, find a quiet corner to relax or request take-out or delivery. No reservations needed!

As part of the Eating Well/Living Well initiative, each restaurant features healthy offerings and items for those on special diets. Menus focus on fresh, local and seasonal produce, and indicate which items are from the Masonic Village Orchard, local farms (within 25 miles) or PA Preferred farms throughout Pennsylvania.

Choose from a variety of meal plans to suit your individual lifestyle. There’s never a need to carry cash with your Masonic Village Personalized (MVP) card.

For residents in the Masonic Health Care Center, newly renovated Country Kitchens offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, each featuring one to two different entrées which are cooked to order.

courtyard dining area
Enjoy fast casual dining, in a social atmosphere with a view of the Courtyard! Choose from entrées, sandwiches, salads and more. Seating is available both inside and out!

Open for residents. Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Closed Sundays.

clubhouse dining
New renovations and fresh décor spotlight a new salad bar, along with a variety of entrée options, including a la carte and buffet choices. Menus change daily.

Open for residents. Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

eisenlohr dining room
In this intimate, fine dining concept restaurant, select from seven entrées each day, including seasonal specialties and chef’s specials.

Open for residents. Monday – Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

grand lodge hall dining
Dine amidst beautiful stained glass windows in this newly enhanced century-old restaurant. Choose from stations offering salads, entrées and made-to-order specials, providing both a la carte and buffet options. Menus change daily. Save room for dessert!

Open for residents. Monday – Saturday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

village cafe dining
Sample the salad bar, make-your-own deli sandwich, order from the grill or choose from two daily specials in this cafeteria style restaurant.

Open to the public. Seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m.

three loave cafe
Stop in for a casual dining experience and select from weekly specials, burgers, sandwiches, salads, entrées and ice cream.

Open to the Public. Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

orchard view cafe
Located at the Masonic Village Farm Market, on Eden View Road, the Orchard View Café offers soups, sandwiches, and more. Don’t forget a scoop of hand dipped, locally made ice cream while you’re there!

Open to the public, starting Memorial Day until October 31.

Monday – Thursday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 7 p.m

Sunday
Noon – 7 p.m.

Crème brûlée for Christmas
Celebrate a special occasion or a change of scenery at local eateries. Take in a taste of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking or pub fare at local eateries.

Amenities and Activities

Living in the heart of Pennsylvania (centrally located near Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, Lebanon and Hershey) offers many recreational, shopping, cultural and educational opportunities. We’re just minutes from Harrisburg International Airport and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Elizabethtown’s Amtrak Railroad Station sits adjacent to the Masonic Village for convenient transportation.

Recreation

Residents enjoy an amazing variety of leisure activities including community outings, sports, crafts, educational opportunities, religious services, arts, clubs and games.

Amenities

Our campus is a full-service community unto itself including an auditorium with regular live entertainment, ballrooms, a bank, computer labs, a farm market, salons, chapel, gardens, mail service, swimming pools, a wellness center and several outdoor recreation areas and walking paths.

The Masonic fraternity is very active on the campus, with several gatherings per month.

Regional Attractions

  • Several Theaters
  • Local Sports Teams
  • Clearview Bowling Lanes
  • Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
  • Dutch Wonderland
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Fulton Opera House
  • Harrisburg, the State Capital
  • Hershey Area Attractions
  • Lancaster County Amish Country
  • National Watch and Clock Museum
  • Several Outlets and Malls
  • State Historical Museum
  • PA Railroad Museum

Clubs

study time

Reading and Study

This book discussion club is for those who love books and the adventure of reading.

Meeting Details:
First Thursday of the month, at 1 p.m., in the Grand Lodge Hall Recreation Center

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 33901

This group meets weekly to discuss current events and topics of interest in the media. The club is open to everyone.

Meeting Details
Wednesdays at 10 a.m., in the Buchanan West All-Purpose Room (use terrace entrance door 5)

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509.

arts and crafts

Arts & Crafts

The Resident Art Association provides a place for residents to gather to paint, explore their artistic talents and showcase works of art. A portion of the studio is set up as a gallery where residents sell items they painted, such as pictures, glassware, posy bags and just about anything else they can turn into a masterpiece. Everyone is welcome to explore the gallery and make purchases. The money raised goes toward providing supplies for club members.

Anyone may join the Resident Art Association, whether you already know how to paint or you want to learn to better express your creativity. Dues are $12 per year, and supplies (with the exception of brushes) are provided by the club. Members also receive a key to the studio to paint whenever they want.

The Resident Art Association also incorporates charitable activities so members can share the joy of art. Members paint ceiling tiles for Masonic Health Care Center residents to enjoy. They also provide art and/or craft lessons for employees, Bleiler Caring Cottage residents and Masonic Children’s Home residents.

Meeting Details:
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 – 3 p.m., in the Freemasons Cultural Center Art Studio

Contact:
Stop by or call ext. 33663

Select greenware of your choice, then paint and fire it to finish your masterpiece. The club sells their wares at Autumn Day and other events on campus. Proceeds of sales are used to purchase supplies. Club members receive a key code and can use the studio whenever they wish.

Meeting Details:
Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the ceramic studio in Smith North, lower level

Contact:
Stop by or call ext. 33762

Come share quilting tips and friendships as everyone works on individual and group projects.

Meeting Details:
Mondays at 1 p.m., in the Sycamore North Recreation Room

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509

elderly using technology

Technology

The Masonic Village Amateur Radio Club is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate under the call sign K3WEB.

Also known as ham radio, amateur radio is the use of designated radio frequencies to communicate non-commercially for recreation, self-training, emergency communication and experimentation with wireless communication through the airwaves. “There’s something for everyone whether it’s for an emergency or fun,” Dan Milligan said. “It’s great to talk to other people – chewing the rag.”

Roger Wheeler started the club in February 2012, and its members meet in a station behind the Rooster’s Corner Woodworking Shop. “The staff at the Masonic Village did a phenomenal job in selecting and developing the site – it’s more than what we could have dreamed,” Roger Wheeler said of the club’s “hamster cage.” “It’s a great place for the ham radio operators to socialize while pursuing our common hobby.”

Members have made voice, Morse code and radio teletype contacts with ham radio enthusiasts throughout the United States, as well as Italy, Serbia, Spain, Colombia, Belgium, Nova Scotia, Jamaica and Australia, to name a few. There are an estimated 2 million operators worldwide.

Some operators prefer voice, while others prefer Morse code or other digital modes. Individual members can set up and operate their own equipment or use the Robert Hager, K3HOX, Memorial Club Station located at the site. Jeanne Hager donated the equipment in memory of her husband.

Meeting Details:
Operates radios throughout the week. To operate radios, you must be licensed by the FCC.

This club is for people with little to expert knowledge of computers. Various topics are discussed at each meeting regarding computers (such as internet, software and email) as well as related technologies (e-books, iPad, smartphones and emerging technology). Guest speakers periodically discuss other pertinent topics. The club also has a six-station computer lab with high-speed internet and six printers. A wireless hotspot for laptops is available in the lab for those needing access, with resident approval.

General Meeting Details:
Third Thursday of the month from 1:30 – 3 p.m., in the Keystone Room in the Clubhouse

Classes/Open Lab Details:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 – 3 p.m., in the Computer Resource Room on Level 2 of Smith North. Open general lab sessions are available for free, and courses are given at a minimal charge.

Contact:
Stop by or call the Activities Department at ext. 14509

MVTV is the Masonic Village closed circuit television station that carries announcements, Sell Chapel broadcasts, exercise programs and other programs that are of interest to residents. The station is run by volunteers and is carried on the local cable network, channels 66 and 95.
Meets 1st Monday of the month at 1:30 pm in Sycamore North.
model railroad club

Hobbies

The club builds, operates and maintains model railroad layouts. It has G, Standard, O, HO, N and Z gauge layouts on 1,200 feet of track. Regular open houses on the first weekend of the month from September through April provide an opportunity for the community to explore the club and its trains. Membership is open to residents of the Masonic Village and the surrounding community. The club has a one-time initiation fee and annual dues.

Meeting Details:
First Tuesday of the month, at 7:30 p.m., in the Model Railroad Building

Contact:
Model Railroad Club at ext. 33253

The model flying club airstrip is located near the Brossman Outdoor Pool. Members of the club are required to have an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership. Members meet twice a week to fly their electric model planes and/or helicopters.

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509

The woodshop is located at 1 Umbaugh Drive. Residents who are experienced in woodworking and are physically independent are welcome to join the Woodworking Club. The shop and showroom are open Mon. through Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Mon. through Fri. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Procedures for joining this club are in the Resident Handbook. A one time initiation fee and annual dues are required.

Contact:
Woodshop at ext. 33451

This group covers equipment, lighting, picture format and design. Learn how to not just take photos, but make them. Participants are encouraged to share their own photos and the inspiration behind them. Beginners welcome.

Meeting Details: First Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Grand Lodge Hall Assembly Room

Anyone who is a licensed pilot and looking to share their memories, hear from others and catch up on current air regulations is welcome. The group hosts guest speakers, schedules trips and provides plenty of opportunities for social interaction.

Meeting Details: First Monday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the Keystone Room located at the Clubhouse

Contact: ext. 13912

playing card games

Games

Easy Bridge
Come play from 1 – 4 p.m., on Tuesdays, in the Clubhouse Keystone Room. Edward Scanlon, who is a nationally ranked player, teaches the most modern approaches to bidding and play, and also directs the weekly games under the York Boardroom’s ACBL sanction. Each session includes a short lesson followed by a duplicate game. The fee to play each week is $7 per person (to pay the instructor).

Bridge Group
Come play on Mondays at 6:45 p.m., in the Keystone Room. A total of 16 hands are played. The group uses rubber bridge scoring.

Crazy Bridge
A small group of card players use a bridge deck and have partners – but the similarity to bridge stops there. They provide the rules and you’re guaranteed to have fun. Come play on the first Monday of the month from 1 – 3 p.m.

Pinochle
This group meets in the Keystone Room on Wednesday, at 6:45 p.m. Cards and scorecards are provided and hands are changed after four games.

Canasta
This card game from the rummy family is played Thursdays, at 7 p.m., in the Clubhouse Lobby.

“500”
This game is an extension of Euchre and incorporates the basic principles of Bridge. Come play Mondays, at 7 p.m., in Cottage C-4.

Mahjong is a tile matching game played with 136 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.

Meeting Details:
• Mondays at 6:45 p.m. in the Sycamore South activity room
• Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. in the Grand Lodge Hall game room
• Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. in the Smith North Recreation Room

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509

Bingo is held the 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Keystone Room; the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 2 p.m. in Louis Eisenlohr; and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the GLH Assembly Room.
sheet music

Performance Groups

GentleMen Singers
The GentleMen Singers is an ensemble group of men who perform at various events during the winter holiday season. They begin their rehearsals in the fall. Their purpose is to tell the story of the birth of Christ using Christmas Carols that everyone knows. Contact the Activities Department at ext. 33901 for more information.

Sell Chapel Choir
This choir provides music to enhance worship at the Sell Chapel and other worship gatherings, and enjoys Christian fellowship. Often, the Sell Chapel Choir provides music during worship services in the Roosevelt Assembly Room and sings for special events such as Relay for Life, Eastern Star gatherings, funerals and concerts. The choir will even visit members in the Masonic Health Care Center and sing to them to brighten up their day.

The Sell Chapel Choir has rehearsal at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and sings for the Congregation of Sell Chapel on the first Sunday of every month. To participate, call ext. 33137 or stop by a practice.

Women’s Chorus:
The purpose of the Women’s Chorus is to have fun and to take their music seriously. They perform monthly at Sell Chapel and periodically for local churches and retirement communities. Participation is open to all female residents. There are no auditions and no requirement to read music.

Rehearsals are Monday at 1:30 p.m., in the Smith North Recreation Center on the lower level unless they have sung at Sell Chapel the day before. Contact the Activities Department at ext. 33901 for more information.

Men’s Chorus
This group of men is brought together by their love of singing. Every second Sunday of the month, the Men’s Chorus sings in the Sell Chapel, and it performs periodically in the community. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse Keystone Room. Contact the Activities Department at ext. 33901 for more information.

Music Merrymakers
The Music Merrymakers perform at Sell Chapel and in the local community. Rehearsals are Fridays at 10 a.m., in the Grand Lodge Hall Assembly Room. Contact the Recreation Department at ext. 33277 to participate.

The Handbell Choir helps to provide appropriate music to enhance worship at the Sell Chapel and other worship gatherings. It also emphasizes Christian fellowship (Practices include a coffee break!). An ability to read music is helpful when playing the handbells, but the director and choir members will help you learn the basics so anyone can participate. Besides playing at the Sell Chapel, the Handbell Choir has performed during the For the Love of Angels celebration and for residents in the Masonic Health Care Center.

Meeting Details:
Mondays at 9 a.m., at the Sell Chapel

Contact:
Stop by during practice or call Pastor Margaret Rohnacher at ext. 33137.

The caller instructs, as well as calls dances, so everyone is welcome to square dance regardless of experience.

Meeting Details:
Wednesdays at 7 p.m., in the Freemasons Cultural Center White Ballroom

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509

golfing sports

Sports

Two bocce courts for playing this popular outdoor sport are located adjacent to the Brossman Outdoor Pool. Play usually begins in April and continues through September.

Meeting Details:
• Mixed Bocce – Mondays at 9 a.m.
• Women’s Bocce – Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509

Golf leagues are formed in early spring and run through fall. Usually, there is a men’s league, women’s league and a mixed league. Play takes place at the Par Line Golf Course on Rt 230. Transportation is on your own.

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509

Everyone is welcome to try their hand at indoor shuffleboard.

Meeting Details:
• Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Lodge Hall Television Lounge
• Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Lodge Hall Television Lounge

Contact:
Recreation Department at ext. 33277

A combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong, Pickleball features two to four players on a badminton-size court using lightweight paddles, a Whiffle ball and a net similar to one used in tennis.

There are no teams, and players rotate in whether they’ve won or lost so everyone has a chance to play. Everyone is invited to play during the weekly sessions; paddles are provided and there is no sign-up required.

Meeting Details:
Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m., at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus Memorial Hall gymnasium or tennis courts (depending on weather)

Contact:
Stop by or call the Activities Department at ext. 14509

social activities

Social Groups

The Grey Lions, a Penn State Alumni Association AIG, or Alumni Interest Group, bring the resources of the world-class university to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown and surrounding community. The group invites university-sponsored speakers and programs to campus. They can also apply for grants for Penn State-related activities and are eligible for football lottery tickets.

Since its inception in 2007, the group has hosted bus trips to area Penn State events, basketball games in the Bryce Jordan Center, Blue/White games in Beaver Stadium and the Penn State Arts Festival. They have co-sponsored a book-signing with the Elizabethtown Historical Society, featuring the authors of “Rails to Trails: The Story of the Bellefonte Central,” and held a tailgating party with the Lancaster County Penn State Alumni Club. The group awards an annual scholarship for Masonic Village employees, family members of employees or Masonic Children’s Home residents who attend any Penn State campus.

Anyone with an interest in Penn State University can join, alumni or not.

Meeting Details:
First Friday of the month at 1:30 p.m., in the Clubhouse Keystone Room

Contact:
Kathy Kuhn, President at kathykuhn@comcast.net

Retirement Living Residents Association
An Executive Committee is made up of elected representatives of the various living areas at Masonic Village who meet monthly to discuss items of interest to residents. Executive Committee meetings are held at the Patton Campus, at 2 p.m., on the Monday prior to an association meeting. All positions are elected and unpaid.

Meeting Details (Open to all retirement living residents):
First Thursday of the month, at 9:30 a.m., in the Dieke Auditorium.

Village Green Area Residents Council
The representatives to the Council are elected by the residents of the Village Green area of retirement living. Representatives are elected for two-year terms and are unpaid.

Meeting Details:
Fourth Thursday of the month, at 9:30 a.m., in the Freemasons Cultural Center White Ballroom

Men’s Group
This group is designed to provide fellowship for widowed men. It meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. in the James Buchanan Craft Room. Contact Spiritual Care at ext. 33106 for details.

“Special Singles” Women’s Group
This group is designed to provide fellowship for widowed women. It meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse Keystone Room. Contact Spiritual Care at ext. 33106 for details.

Sight Loss Support Group
This group provides personal contacts, mutual support, exchange of coping strategies and resources for people experiencing a loss of sight. It meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Village Green Recreation Center. Contact the Recreation Department at ext. 33277 for details.

Usually the Club plans at least three travel events throughout the year. Past trips have been to Vermont, the Poconos, The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia. All arrangements are made through the club, making traveling easy.

Meeting Details:
Fourth Tuesday of every other month, at 10 a.m., in the Clubhouse Keystone Room

Contact:
Activities Department at ext. 14509

Every month, a different member of the group presents her topic of interest to the group so everyone can expand their knowledge and discuss.

Meeting Details:
Second Monday of the month, at 1 p.m., in the Grand Lodge Hall Recreation Center

Contact:
Recreation Department at ext. 33277

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Fraternal Groups

Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682

Stated meeting is the third Monday of the month, at 7 p.m., in the Lodge Room

Freemason Monthly Discussion Group

With Pastor Preston Van Deursen, on the second Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at 8 a.m., in the Roosevelt Assembly Room

Corinthian Royal Arch Chapter No. 224

Second Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at 7 p.m. in the Lodge Room

Donegal High Twelve Club No. 686

First Monday of the month (except July and August) at noon in the dining room at Patton Campus

Masonic Village Shrine Club

Third Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at 8:30 a.m., in the dining room at Patton Campus

Tall Cedars Club

Open to everyone, on the second Tuesday of the month, at 10 a.m., in the Clubhouse Keystone Room

Elizabethtown Chapter No. 407, Order of the Eastern Star

First Thursday of the month (except July and August), at 7 p.m., in the Brossman Ballroom

Victory Court No. 149 Order of Amaranth

Fourth Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at 7 p.m., in the Brossman Ballroom

Social Order of the Beauceant

Second Wednesday of the month (except January and February), at 6 p.m., in the Lodge Room

Bethel No. 15, Elizabethtown’s Job’s Daughters

Second and fourth Mondays of the month, at 7 p.m., at Patton Campus

Elizabethtown DeMolay Chapter

First and third Sundays of the month, at 4 p.m., in the Lodge Room

Every year, more than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions in the U.S. and Canada, and the Masonic Blood Donor Club does its part to keep this biological marvel in stock. The club’s mantra, “We Give That Others May Live,” has rung true for nearly 50 years.

The club encourages members to give blood or recruit substitute donors as often as they can, because the blood supply is the precious gift of life that only you can give. Bill Gottschalk, treasurer, emphasizes an important benefit of joining the Masonic Blood Donor Club: “No, I don’t want your blood, but should you ever need blood, you will never have to pay for it!”

That’s right! Even though hospitals charge insurance companies upwards of $1,000 per pint of blood, members of the Masonic Blood Donor Club receive blood for free if they ever need it.

The club fulfills its mission of saving lives by hosting blood drives during Autumn Day and Abraham C. Treichler’s Annual Holiday Breakfast and by volunteering at local blood drives. Additionally, it benefits the fraternity by giving blood drives a dual purpose. After blood drives sponsored by Masonic groups, the Masonic Blood Donor Club will provide funds for the groups to give a $10 donation for each blood unit collected to a Masonic Charity of their choice. (Please note that the blood drive and charity must be preapproved.)

Membership in the blood donor club is free and open to all residents of the Masonic Village. If you know of a Masonic Widow, who is not a member of this club, please encourage her to join. It is a benefit of her husband’s membership in the Masonic Fraternity.

Contact:
www.pagrandlodge.org