Pine Point Plaza celebrates 25 years with Fall Festival
JUDITH DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Posing around a newly-planted red oak tree are, from left, Kidder Township Supervisor Mary Farnschlader, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, township Chairman Larry Polansky, Supervisor Robert Lengal, Supervisor Thomas Bradley, Bill Richards of Sen. John Yudichak's office, and Plaza co-owners Barbara Franzosa and Jim Smith. The tree was planted to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pine Point Plaza.
Residents from Kidder and Penn Forest townships gathered at Pine Point Plaza Saturday for the second annual "Fall Festival".
The festival was started last year as a fundraiser to erect a library in the area. The Penn Kidder Library is now located at the plaza.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the plaza itself.
"Today is a milestone," plaza co-owner Jim Smith said. "It's hard to believe its 25 years. We still have some of our original tenants and that's great. It was always our intention to bring services to this area. I am so happy we are still doing it 25 years later."
"This plaza has really helped this part of our township" Kidder Township Supervisor Larry Polansky said. "They provide banking, shopping and food; it's a big part of the township. And now the library, we are very proud of the job they did putting the library together. We at the township will help in any way we can. There is not a lot of money, but we will continue to find ways to lend our support to this cause."
In honor of the 25 years of service to the area, the owners of Pine Point Plaza planted a tree to mark the occasion.
"The tree symbolizes the 25 years of growth; looking toward 25 more years of growth. Trees are good for the environment and that is important to this township. It's the green thing to do," said Dina Tulli Davis of JumpSpark Creative Group, an Albrightsville-based public relations firm that assisted with organizing Saturday's event.
The tree is a red oak.
"The red oak signifies strength and longevity, that's why I choose it," said Smith.
The festival also featured live music provided by Matt Miske and Tom Storm. Miske of Lebanon County and Storm of Jim Thorpe are both known for regionally themed folk music. Miske creates music that centers around family, nature and adventure.
During the course of the day there was a pumpkin decorating contest, a presentation on the uses of lavender and a tricky tray fundraiser for the library.