Explore Alden Place at free fall event

The annual fall car show, holiday bazaar and open house Oct. 15 at Alden Place is many things, but the one thing it’s not is a high-pressure sales event.
Instead, it’s a free and relaxing opportunity for visitors to experience life at this 55-plus active adult community nestled in the woods just over the Lancaster County border in historic Cornwall.
Families can admire the classic cars, browse locally made crafts, enjoy a variety of concessions and take a hayride through the scenic grounds, where they’ll discover a picturesque sylvan landscape, a fully stocked lake and a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Most of all, visitors to the event will discover the heart and soul of Alden Place — its residents. They will be manning the model homes. They will be working at the bazaar and car show. And they will be making and donating the concessions.
“That’s the neat thing about our community,” says Bill Martin, architectural designer and new homes consultant for Alden Homes. “Our residents are proud of it.”
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 clubhouse featuring an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, library, billiards, ballroom and cafe. Optional clubhouse membership is $25 per month.
Alden Place backs up to the 14.5-mile Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail, perfect for walking or biking through woodlands and pastoral countryside.
Visitors to the Oct. 15 event can explore all of those amenities, plus the car show, which drew 150 vehicles last year, and the bazaar, which will feature more than 20 vendors.
And of course, there are the homes. Visitors can walk or take a hayride to each of the stops.
Three models will be open during the event, including The Elizabeth and The Stanford — both in the modern cottage style recently introduced at Alden Place.
The Elizabeth not only won best of show in its division at this year’s Parade of Homes, but it also swept all other categories, including best exterior, interior design, kitchen, bath and landscaping. It also won for best decorated.
The Stanford took best exterior and interior design and best decorated honors in its division.
More than 1,100 people visited each of the homes during the recent Parade, many of them discovering — and falling in love with — the warmth of Alden’s take on modern design, says Liz Borg, interior designer and director of sales.
They’ve been busy with home sales ever since, not only with buyers who want a modern look, but also with those who are simply attracted to another hallmark of Alden’s modern cottage design — efficient use of space and smart technology.
In addition to The Elizabeth and The Stanford, both single-family homes, the fall event also will include an opportunity to tour a more traditionally designed villa, reimagined with Borg and Martin’s creative flair for making smaller spaces live large.
Martin and Borg will be on hand in an information tent, should anyone have questions or want to learn more about fall incentives available during the car show.
Hours for the open house and the 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. There is no judging.
Registration for the car show is free, but donations will be accepted. The cost of food at the event is also by donation. All proceeds benefit Lebanon County Christian Ministries.
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.
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.