Alden Place to open doors at fall event

Visit 55-plus community in Cornwall on Oct. 16 for car show, bazaar and debut of new home design

Any time in fall is a perfect time to visit Alden Place, a welcoming 55-plus active adult community tucked in the scenic wooded landscape just north of the Lancaster County border.
But no time is better than Sunday, Oct. 16, when the community in historic Cornwall hosts its annual free car show, holiday bazaar and open house.
“It’s just a really neat fall event for the family,” says Liz Borg, interior designer and director of sales.
The car show, which attracted some 100 entries last year, will take place in the parking lot of the clubhouse. Local craftsmen will offer their wares both inside and outside the clubhouse, and a DJ will play classic rock music.
There will be plenty of food, too, all provided by Alden Homes and its residents. Cost is by donation, with all proceeds going to Lebanon County Christian Ministries.
But the best part of the event may be the hayride tour of the community, which will run in a continuous loop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to enjoying the picturesque fall setting, visitors can hop off the ride to tour three model homes, including the brand-new Elizabeth, which is making its Alden Place debut at the event.
The Elizabeth’s contemporary cottage design is something totally new for Alden Place, say Borg and Bill Martin, Alden’s architectural designer and new homes consultant.
A single-family home, the Elizabeth has a big front porch and a fully finished walk-out basement that includes a bedroom, full bath and wet bar.
The other two homes on the tour are both attached villas — the Tiffany, a two-bedroom home with first-floor master suite and formal dining room, and the Gretna, a two-bedroom home with first-floor master suite and finished loft.
The Gretna model is also a stay-and-play home, where those interested in the community can arrange to spend a free night and experience all that Alden Place has to offer.
Alden Place is actually two private communities — Alden Place at Cornwall and Northgate at Alden Place.
When complete, Northgate will feature 60 lots of single-family homes. Alden Place will include a total of 443 homes, a combination of single-family homes and two- to three-unit villas.
Both communities share a host of amenities, including the Alden Club, a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, library, billiards, ballroom and cafe. Optional clubhouse membership is $25 per month. There’s also a fully stocked lake, the site of an annual fishing derby.
Alden Place backs up to the 14.5-mile Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail, perfect for walking or biking through woodlands and pastoral countryside.
Visitors at the Oct. 16 event will have an opportunity to chat with current residents, who will be manning each of the homes on the open house tour.
An information tent will be set up for visitors who want to learn more, but Martin and Borg stress that it is a no-pressure event.
Hours for the open house and bazaar are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car show runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Car owners can register their motor vehicles 25 years or older online at aldencarshow.com or simply bring them the day of the event. Registration is free, but donations to Lebanon County Christian Ministries will be accepted. There is no judging.
For more information, call 717-376-1199 or visit www.aldenplaceevents.com.
Regular open house hours for a tour of the fully furnished model homes and the Alden Club are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
With its close proximity to routes 72 and 322, Alden Place is an easy drive to nearby Mount Gretna, as well as Hershey and Lancaster.
Directions from Lancaster: Follow Route 72 North toward Lebanon. In Quentin, turn right at Route 419 and follow for a half mile. Community is on right.