Bellefonte, PA 16823
By Serge Bielanko
As if there could be yet another reason to be glad that it's Friday, right?
Well, guess what? A bunch of people in Bellefonte have worked up exactly that. Starting Friday, March 29th, there's a new reason to holler out 'T.G.I.F!" at the top of your lungs when you're sitting at a red light, slurping from your travel mug, and listening to your Friday morning Barry Manilow (yes...we all know about that). Friday in the 'Fonte is what I'm talking about. And it's enough to make even the most diehard grumps holler with joy.
What is it?
Well, you remember the whole First Sunday idea, right? In case you don't, that's where Bellefonte's small businesses teamed up with various cultural forces around town to set aside one Sunday per month as a day when downtown ended up being the place people simply had to go to. Friday in the 'Fonte is similar....but....well.....better.
"Friday in the 'Fonte will replace First Sundays this year as a way to experience all that our downtown has to offer," explains Ellen Matis of Downtown Bellefonte Inc. (DBI), one of driving forces behind all the going-son in town these days. "We polled our downtown business owners, and they said that a Friday event would be much more beneficial to them rather than a Sunday event. As an organization, Downtown Bellefonte Inc. always wants to put our business' owners requests and priorities first, so we're going to work hard to push this initiative."
There's been a lot of talk of eventually having some themes for these nights, which will occur on the last Friday of every month. One I heard being bandied around was 'Adult Trick-or-Treating'. Now, I don't know what you think, but I think that is a GREAT idea! How cool would it be for a Friday night in October to come alive with grown-up ghouls and and goblins to be creeping along the downtown streets, chasing down treats geared at a more ...ahem...mature crowd?
And beyond the theme idea, what else can we expect from Friday int he 'Fonte?
"Many businesses are opening a little bit later on Friday in the 'Fonte to bring in new customers," Matis continues." The Bellefonte Art Museum is one of downtown Bellefonte's most important assets, and they'll be staying open for Friday in the 'Fonte until 7 p.m. Even after hours, you can check out their new 24/7 Exhibit Window (from outside.)"
Bars and cafes and restaurants getting involved?
"Big Spring Spirits, Good Intent Cider and Bella Vino Wine Bar will all be open and participating in the fun," says Matis. "And our downtown restaurants are always open on a Friday night, so you can grab a meal. You'll even find the Brazilian Munchies food truck in down during Friday in the 'Fonte. Plus there's family-friendly stuff that happens every Friday night in Bellefonte. Families can grab a build-your-own burger from State Burger Co., or go grab a sundae at Plumb's Drug Store's old fashioned soda fountain."
So come on out, help Downtown Bellefonte Inc. continue to dream up fresh new ideas for this town. Spring is here, the town is bustling. And Friday night has never looked better.
Friday in the 'Fonte. March 29, 2019. Downtown Bellefonte.
Here's a look at just some of the things you'll find during Friday in the 'Fonte:
- Custom burgers, fresh-cut fries and hand-spun malted milkshakes at State Burger Co.
- Delicious craft beverages at Big Spring Spirits, Good Intent Cider and Bella Vino Wine Bar
- Brazilian comfort meals and snacks from Brazilian Munchies
- Jabebo Earrings, locally made natural bath & beauty products, fair trade and hand-made gifts at Jabebo Studio Store. Buy two pairs of Jabebo Earrings, get a third pair free!
- 25% savings at Plumb's Drug Store
- Comics, games & gaming supplies + organized gaming events (every Friday!) at Jake's Cards and Games
- Pull a shamrock to get 20% to 50% off your entire purchase at Confer's Jewelers and Co2 - The Unique Boutique
- At Bellefonte's new sweets shop, The Cakery, buy three cookies and get one free!
- Have you checked out Centre Boot Company yet? Pay them a visit between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- The Bellefonte Art Museum will be open extended hours through 7 p.m.
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