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Cars, artists, food and music liven up Main Street

September 24, 2013
by Barbara C. Barrett , The Luminary

MUNCY- The weather held off just long enough to have another successful Corvettes On Main Street and ‘Artists In the Backyard’ event on Saturday. Some of the cars did not show, but they were mostly from further distances. A total of 94 cars lined up along Main Street which was closed to traffic from Penn Street to Water Street.


A total of 94 cars lined up along Main Street

One of the entries came from Allentown, which was the farthest this year according to Jack McDermott, President of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club and one of the sponsors.

This is the sixth year and each year visitors can expect different cars. “We have another car from Perry County Corvette Club and one from Pittston,” McDermott said. Most of the cars, however, were from Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland and Snyder Counties. “People usually come from New York and Connecticut, but didn’t want to drive their cars in the rain,” he added. The cars started to line up at 8:30 a.m. “I have two guys who are pros at this,” McDermott said as he pointed to the row of cars strategically placed by the club members in specific spots along the business section of Main Street.

Prizes were awarded in six different categories. Anyone could vote for their favorite car in each class starting with the year 1953 and ending in 2013. There were several Corvettes in the third class “Year 1968-1982” especially from 1972. Ballots were turned in at 2 p.m. and an award presentation was given just in time before the rain. “This isn’t a competition,” McDermott announced. “This is an event to raise awareness.” Proceeds from the registration fees went to the American Cancer Society. Ellen Bokeko accepted a check for $1,000 and several sponsors and volunteers were recognized for helping with this street-wide event.

Towards the north side of Main Street local artisans had unique, one-of-a-kind, hand made treasures and florals available for purchase. Jeff Breasette from Muncy had some desirable wildlife art; there were handmade soaps from natural products, a professional photographer, garden sculptures made from silver spoons, hand painted silk scarves, hand made baskets, and custom crafted jewelry, individually hand pieced from ceramic, glass, and precious stones.

Food was popular as always. Last year the Muncy Lions Club ran out of food and almost ran out again this year. The Muncy Rotary and Trinity Lutheran Church were also selling sandwiches. Pizza from Orlando’s was popular and so were the baked goods from Muncy’s Bake Shop.

There was face painting and a kids zone with a bounce house monitored by members of the FBLA from Muncy High School. Kiss FM had a sound system and music could be heard from both ends of Main Street which added to the festivities.

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2013 Vendor Rules and Contract Available Online

The 2013 Fourth Friday Vendor Rules and Contract is now available under the “Documents” section of The Muncy Professional and Business Association Website. Click here for details.

EARTHFEST to ‘kick-off’ April 26 Fourth Friday

by Barbara C. Barrett
The Luminary
April 15, 2013–kick-off–April-26-Fourth-Friday.html

MUNCY – Once again Muncy is in full force to sponsor a main event held the fourth Friday of every month outdoors on North Main Street. Now in its third year, a committee has been working on several themes for the year starting with the first one to be held on Friday, April 26. They have been meeting since January on a regular basis to organize vendors, sponsors, contests and children’s events. Chairperson, Chelsea Cramer from the Artstork announced to the Muncy Professional Business Organization (MPBA) that sponsors are still needed in order to cover some of the overhead costs.

The committee would like to get the word out there more and have created flyers to place in other businesses around the Muncy area. Chris Johnson from Brickhouse Advertising has created a logo to be used on all advertising and PR.

“This year we are trying new ways to generate money to cover expenses such as advertising and entertainment costs for the Friday Events,” said Keri Krause to members at MPBA’s meeting last month. All business sponsors and their logos will appear with the new Muncy Fourth Friday’s logo and the monthly theme event.

EARTHFEST on Friday, April 26 will be the first event, proudly sponsored by Dittmar Oil and Muncy’s Bake Shop. The theme is centered around Earth Day. “We are hoping to find vendors to attract the whole family,” Krause added. Arbor Day is also celebrated this month and Tillie Noviello recommended the Shade Tree Commission could also be involved. Muncy residents will easily note the flyers with the three logos already placed throughout the community for an evening of special food and entertainment. “Children who bring a recyclable object will receive a treat,” said Cramer. Music and entertainment will be provided by Covert Action.

“This year we are concentrating on much more advertising of these events in hopes to bring many new people to our beautiful downtown,” said Krause and also added that a special thank you goes to all sponsors.

For May the volunteers are organizing an ‘Attic Treasures’ theme featuring merchandise from the “pre-1960’s. Vendors with antiquities and vintage items are encouraged to contact them through Cramer¬†or contact Sandy Putney from PSP Embroidery at 546-6539. This will be a good time for vendors said Cramer, “because it is during Memorial weekend and we hope to attract many visitors.”

June will be a children’s social with games, chalk art, sidewalk sales and ice cream. Soon post cards with a list of the events up until the 4th Friday in October will be placed around the community. July will host a Blueberry Fest, August a corn husking contest, September a chili cook-off, and October ends with a pie baking and Halloween contest.

Both interested sponsors and vendors can use the above contacts for future events. Krause concluded, “I look forward to these Fourth Friday events every month…. Now Think Spring!”

New banners wave high across the borough

The Luminary
March 15, 2013


MUNCY – Since February 22 Muncy residents have taken notice of the new banners that have been placed throughout the community. Four designs were originated by Christopher Johnson, Creative Director from Brickhouse Advertising. Johnson is also a member of the Muncy Professional Business Association. After presenting the designs to the MPBA last year who readily agreed to replace the old banners, a vote was taken to see which one would be the best of the four.

The banner design was finally selected last fall from the four designs which used blue and white. “It was decided by the MPBA before designing to use the navy blue and white colors to stay consistent with the school colors,” said Johnson.

Brickhouse Advertising submitted the four designs and voting was done through the organization’s Facebook Page. The featured photo was from a 1930’s postcard of downtown Muncy that came from the Muncy Historical Society. “It was a tough decision as they were all good,” said Keri Krause.

The MPBA also advertised the banners at each of their meetings, on the organization’s website, and put advertisements in the East Lycoming Shopper, Luminary and the Williasmport Sun Gazette’s Spring Progress Edition. “The new banners are a very pleasant change from the banners I have ever seen before,” said Tom Taber.

The banners were manufactured by Rileighs Outdoor Decor in Allentown, PA. The Association worked with the Muncy Borough to have them arranged and installed on the existing 50 poles. They will remain in place until November when they are replaced with the holiday decorations.

Thirty six businesses sponsored them. They are: Padgett Business Services, The Muncy Bank & Trust Company, Alechia’s Home Furnishings Antiques and Gifts, Michael Insurance Agency Inc., Permanent Ink Studio, Brelsford Motors & Equip. Co. Est. 1921, Muncy Rotary Club, Layne R. Oden, Attorney at Law, Myers-Pepper Insurance Agency, Dittmar Oil Co., Edward Jones, They Keep on Growing, Mike Klein, Agent State Farm Ins., Richard C. Lowe CPA, Vision & Learning Center, Muncy Laundromat and Car Wash, Port Penn Peddler Shoppe and Arts, St. James Episcopal Church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, PSP Embroidery Plus, Bennardi-Barberio Dentistry, Providence Engineering, Woodlands Bank, Blessing Insurance, Inc., Grenoble Funeral Home, Muncy Professional & Business Association, Lazy Meadows Alpacas, Muncy Valley Hospital, Brickhouse Advertising, Hughesville Raceway Mobile Storage, and Orlando’s Restaurant.

More of these silkscreen banners can be placed and are available by contacting Brickhouse Advertising at 570-546-2720.