Fall Work Day October 8 – all the details!

This Saturday October 8th is our scheduled Fall Clean-up Day.

We need representatives from each cottage to help with the various closing activities. This is not just a cottageholder event, seeking all family members – children, grandchildren, etc.

The biggest task on Saturday is leaf raking. Please bring your rakes and leaf blowers.
Other closing activities will include clean up of the tabernacle, collecting and storing pond chairs and toys, storing of playground equipment, final clean-up of the boarding hall dining room (after lunch), taking down of the Patterson Grove sign, etc.

We will gather at the Tabernacle at 8am for all who are able to make it to start off the day.

If you are not able to arrive that early, do not let that stop you in joining in. If you arrive after 8 just grab any trustee and we can fill you in on where your help is needed.

To avoid the need for anyone to prepare a dish while doing clean up activities, lunch will be provided. We will be grilling some hotdogs and eating in the Boarding Hall Dining Room.

As a reminder the timing of the water shut off is dependent on the weather. This year we have not had any risk of freezing in the forecast and therefore will not start the water shutoff process until October 15th. Please expect that the water shutoff process can start at any time as of that date. The specific timing will be determined by our water provider.

Submit your picture for the 2023 cottageholder directory

Cottageholders!

It has been 5 years since our last Patterson Grove directory. We will publish a new one in 2023. Please see Amy Duty, Carrie Rampp or Heidi Schuerger to have your picture taken during campmeeting 2022. Or submit your own picture via email to carrierampp@gmail.com. You can mail a hard copy photo to Carrie Rampp, 729 College Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Pictures should be vertical (not horizontal) and can include anyone related to your cottage. Please make the people as large as possible in the picture since they will be small in the directory.

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner, Saturday, August 20th

Serving 4:30-7PM in the Boarding Hall Dining RoomDonation: $12 for adults. $6 for kids 3-8 years old. Under 3 are free.


This is often our most popular dinner! Don’t miss it! The Catawissa Military Band will have a concert at 7:15P in the Tabernacle and the Snack Bar will be open afterwards. Make an entire evening out of a visit to Patterson Grove!

We need volunteers!

Calling all cottageholders, family and friends! Patterson Grove needs volunteers! We have lots of opportunities! If you are here for the weekend or any portion of campmeeting, please help us make all of our programs a success! Many hands make light work.

We have short duration tasks like ushering at programs and services, working at the snack bar or centennial shop and helping with counting the offering dollars.

But depending on what you enjoy there are other great ways to be involved ! You could help mow grass, weed whack, or help with one of our dinners! The ham summer is coming up July 9th and there are lots of ways to help—no experience required!

And don’t forget the kids. There are many things young people can help with too.

It takes the ‘whole family’ to make and sustain Patterson Grove as the special place that it is! Questions? Feel free to reach out to pattersongrovetrustees@gmail.com or fill out our inquiry form on our website or Facebook!

Thinking of renting your cottage?

Thinking of renting your cottage? Not thinking of renting but willing to consider it because you won’t be there for all of Campmeeting?

We get MANY regular inquiries about possible rentals. We have cottageholders without enough room. We have former cottageholders and families looking to be at the Grove, especially for campmeeting.

If you are willing to entertain a rental for sometime this summer—

—We are happy to list it on our website and let you negotiate with anyone interested.

—If you decide to rent, do not forget you need to submit your rental plan to the trustees for approval before the rental begins.

We would love to see more cottages enjoyed this summer during campmeeting and even during the summer generally. We would also be happy to see ‘grove family’ on the grounds helping us occupy these spaces. Let us know if you would like to list your place and then follow up with the trustees if you decide to proceed.

Bids sought for 2022 cleaning positions

Patterson Grove Campground is seeking bids for dependable people and detail-oriented P/T cleaner/housekeeper for the 2022 season. We are seeking people who enjoy working with little direction and take pride in a job well done. Interested parties may bid on one or both jobs below:

·       JOB 1: Opening and Closing of the Boarding Hall

·       JOB 2: General Cleaning/Housekeeping During Season

Attached is a document which can be reviewed and shared with all interested parties. Please help us spread the word within your networks.

Cleaning Work 2022

Bids will be received at the email address listed below until Friday, May 13, 2022.   

Send bids to the following email address:pattersongrovetrustees@gmail.com

2022 Water Start Up Update

An announcement from the Patterson Grove Trustees:

Effective today (April 4, 2022), the water start-up process has been initiated.   During this start-up process no one should take any action to utilize the water pipes.   Do not touch any water caps.   Do not open any lines.   It is important for a streamlined process as well as the safety of all, to maintain the water pressure and not be exposed to the chemicals in the lines.   

In fact, DEP guidance is that no one should be occupying the grounds during the start-up process.   For this reason we ask you to refrain from spending time on the grove while this is underway.    This point is documented in Section V Cottage Occupancy of the Handbook & Policies point 1.c:

‘No occupancy approvals will be granted during the mandated water testing time period, defined by the period of time when water is in the pipes, but not yet approved by the DEP for use.’ Also please note point 1.d:

‘Any fines rendered by the DEP due to occupancy during the off season will be the responsibility of the violating cottage holder(s).Please pass along this message to all family members which may not be on this email distribution, but do utilize the Patterson Grove grounds or your cottage.   

Our hope that if all guidance is followed we can have a streamlined start-up and be able to announce an open for occupancy date in approximately 2 weeks.   However if any of our tests result in the DEP directing us to take additional actions, this period of time will be extended.   Please watch your email for an update when our grounds are ready for occupancy.      If any of your questions have not been answered, email:  pattersongrovetrustees@gmail.com

At present (and dependent on proper water approvals), we are planning on a Spring Clean-up day on Saturday May 7th.     Please block your calendars!   Our clean-up days are scheduled as a means of the association members coming together to get our grounds ready for the season.   Looking forward to seeing you after our long winter apart.   

Spring Clean Up May 7, 2022!

Mark your calendar and plan to be at Patterson Grove for spring clean up day on May 7th. As the date gets closer, do keep an eye out for emails since the date is subject to change based on water start-up and shut down. See you soon!