Celebrating at ElderSpirit

We celebrate the seasons, and the seasons of our lives, as often as possible.

Celebrating the second anniversary of our Little Free Libraries!

Over a year ago, ElderSpirit Members and friends built a LittleFree Library on the corner of Highland Street and Hickman Street in Abingdon, Virginia, just off our property and next to a neighborhood playground. With the leadership of Linda Brumleve, this LFL is now celebrating its first year of operation, helping build a sense of community, promoting sharing, and encouraging reading. Stewards initially filled the “house” with books for adults and children, following the notion of “Take a book, leave a book”. There is never any charge for borrowing the books, and the LFL is kept stocked by donors. Volunteers now maintain another LFL at Faith in Action in Abingdon, and since this beginning there are now several others in town that is maintained by other stewards.




Establishing and maintaining Little Free Libraries has become a worldwide movement since it started in 2009. There is no set design for the libraries, and volunteers have created all shapes and sizes, including one in a suitcase. For more ideas, view https://littlefreelibrary.org/ and to learn more about the ElderSpirit Little Free Library.email: esclittlefreelibrary@yahoo.com






Celebrating the sunflowers reaching up from our gardens!

While landscaping overall is the purview of our Landscape Committee with some help from the Development Corporation, every resident can plant and maintain a garden outside his or her home.



At the invitation of the 2013 Virginia Highlands Festival,ElderSpirit Community at Trailview hosted a stroll through our gardens on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Light refreshments were served as we greeted our strolling guests, and the weather cooperated. It was a beautiful day.

This grew from an early Spring and Summer celebration in 2012, when we staged a May Walk'n'Talk - encouraging everyone to bring friends, family and neighbors to tour our amazing gardens, created and tended by members. We all have our own garden areas, and there are common areas, graciously tended by landscape committee members.

The Walk'n'Talk included some cool refreshments and great conversation. The weather, the company and the blooms were perfect, and the whole thing was a great success! Organizer Margaret Gregg's friend Carina has shared with us her fine photos, which are on the right.


  • In June, 2011 we celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of our Community! Click here for photos.

    Statewide recognition: in May, 2011 we were honored to receive a second place award in the Best Practices Award competition from the Virginia Commonwealth Council on Aging. "Aging in community is the answer". Follow the arrow to learn more
  • National recognition: at the 2011 National Conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States, ElderSpirit developer Dene Peterson was honored with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for photos.





Raising the Winter Wreath. We hung it on the outside face of the Common House, where it illuminated the entire King's Mountain neighborhood!


FALL AND HARVEST FESTIVALS: Facepainting, music, painting pumpkins, honoring those who work with the soil, celebrating the Season!



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ElderSpirit Community is entirely smoke-free, including the grounds.