MPBA planning fall, winter events
MUNCY – The Muncy Professional Business Association (MPBA) met Thursday night at Orlando’s to discuss plans for the upcoming Corvette and Artisan’s show in September. A tight agenda kept things rolling while members reviewed the past two 4th Fridays, and finalized plans for this month’s entertainment and features.
Close to 5,000 were in attendance for July’s 4th Friday and committee member, Kim Wetherhold, contributes the good weather to such a record turnout. “We are getting citizens involved with lots of positive feedback,” she said as she announced the corn husking contest set for this month and the last “Fourth Friday” of 2016. The bounce house is back, the “smash-a-car”, 81 vendors lined up and live entertainment by Aaron Kelly. “Also look for information on Pennsdale’s Haunted House coming in October, plus the Muncy police department will be providing free fingerprint kits. Over 300 kits were ordered to use for child identification.
Flyers are printed and distributed for September’s annual “Corvette’s on Main Street” show ready for September 17. “We had 145 cars registered last year, and hope to have more,” said committee chair Wayne McPheron. Blaise Alexander will also have a special selection of cars on display in the parking lot behind Muncy Bank & Trust. Artisans can still sign up, and a designated food court and “Kids Zone” will be on N. Main Street near Betzer Funeral Home. Main Street will be closed for traffic from Mechanic to Penn Streets.
Two other car shows are scheduled at the same time announced MPBA President Ann Baker who said that this year is going to be a cooperative effort to visit all three in the area at the same time. Murray Motors will be hosting a Mustang car show and Fairfield Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Ram will present the Mopar entertainment race.
The MPBA also helped sponsor the Williamsport Symphony concert on Pepper Street Saturday night. This is the sixth year of having Fourth Friday events downtown and the organization agreed that profits should be put back into the community. “These events better our community, and bring people to the Muncy community,” said Baker. “The 4th Friday events are doing so well now, maybe we can do something in the wintertime,” she added.
Rebecca Noviello suggested a beer run or a holiday “light-up” night adding Christmas trees and holiday music. Jackie Hiteman from Blessings By Design suggested to “beef up the retail season.” The group discussed some promotional plans for the holidays and others suggested a Victorian Christmas in Muncy or a Basket Bingo fundraiser.
The movie Sandlot for free community day at the Muncy Pool was postponed until today, Wednesday, August 10 and will be shown from 5-8 p.m.
The next MPBA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 1 at Orlando’s.