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Pine Point Plaza plans fall festival, 25th anniversary

  • special to the times news Co-owners of The Pine Point Plaza, Barbara Franzosa and Jim Smith, celebrate their Plaza's 25 years as an Albrightsville icon.
    special to the times news Co-owners of The Pine Point Plaza, Barbara Franzosa and Jim Smith, celebrate their Plaza's 25 years as an Albrightsville icon.
Published September 20. 2013 05:00PM

The Pine Point Plaza on Routes 903 & 534 in Albrightsville will hold a week-long, second annual Fall Festival and 25th anniversary celebration from Monday, October 7, to Saturday, October 12.

The schedule of events for this week is as follows:

• Monday, October 7 - Honor local fire department personnel.

There will be a fall harvest family bonfire at 6:30 p.m.

Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company (AVFC), Penn Forest Fire Company and Lake Harmony Fire Company will conduct firefighting demonstrations on-site to mark the start of Fire Prevention Week. The AVFC will have its fire safety trailer available for tours.

• Tuesday, October 8 -Friday, October 11, celebrate and support local business at Pine Point Plaza. Participating plaza merchants will be holding special promotions during this time. Be sure to pick up a Plaza Coupon Flyer at a participating retailer for extra savings.

• Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Second annual fall festival and 25th anniversary celebration. Have a ball at the Plaza's second annual Fall Festival, which will benefit the new Penn-Kidder Library. This year's event is extra special because the Pine Point Plaza will be celebrating 25 years serving the Albrightsville community.

The day's events will include a flea market, bake sale and used book sale, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating contest for the kids, Penn State Master Gardeners will give a talk on the "Benefits of Lavender" beginning at 10 a.m. with lavender soaps, candles and other lavender products available for sale during the day, fire safety trailer and fire engine and ambulance tours as well as free prizes, food and beverages and acoustic folk music by musical duo, Tom Storm and Matt Miskle.

There will be a ceremonial tree planting officiated by State Representative Doyle Heffley at 10:30 a.m. and birthday cake to mark the Plaza's 25 years.

Local authors will be on-site for book signings: Carmen Paolini, author of "Love, Hank & Carmen," from 10 a.m. to noon and Mark Driesbach, author of children's book, "Bugs at Bedtime and Other Adventures," from noon - 2 p.m.

Appraisers, Chris and Liz Cholast, will also be on-site to tell you what your sports memorabilia, ceramics and glassware are worth. (Appraisals appointments are 15 minutes and are limited to three items. A $5 donation per appraised item will benefit the Penn Kidder Library).

A Tricky Tray Auction will also take place to benefit the library with items donated by The Philadelphia Flyers.

The Pine Point Plaza has been an Albrightsville icon since 1988 when siblings, Jim Smith and Barbara Franzosa, envisioned a shopping center that would be a one-stop shopping spot for their local community. At that time, their anchor stores were Mauch Chunk Trust, the United States Post Office and Hazle Park Meats and Groceries. Since then, a nice mix of other businesses and retailers have been part of the shopping center's landscape with another building added a couple of years ago for a food establishment.

Plaza co-owner and manager Barbara Franzosa, states, "Our tenants have been like family, and we still keep in touch with those who have moved on." She adds, "We are very happy that our original anchor stores have survived the test of time and have grown. The US Post Office has expanded their location, which now holds over 2,000 boxes, and Mauch Chunk Trust has expanded twice proving the Albrightsville area is growing in spite of recessions and depressions."

In addition to its original anchor stores, the Plaza's tenants also include: Carrigan's Country Pharmacy, Discovery Years Day Care & Learning Center, Gagliano's Pizza and the new Penn-Kidder Library, an all-volunteer library that opened its doors on May 13.

This library has been made possible and is currently funded by private donations. Since its opening, it has received an overwhelming response from the public as it provides much needed, informational and recreational resources and services to the local community. The library is currently in the process of making the Pine Point Plaza its permanent home.

Besides being a one-stop place for everyday needs, the Pine Point Plaza hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year.

Franzosa remarked, "We are very happy to be a part of the Penn-Kidder Library and look forward to sharing our 25th Anniversary Celebration with the community on October 12th as well as to see what the future will bring."

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