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SOLD OUT: 'Bellefonte Under the Lights' Will Be a Night to Remember


Talleyrand Park Bellefonte , Pennsylvania 16823


They say the early bird gets the worm, but in this case it's more like the early bird gets the Big Spring Vodka Pasta with Homemade Meatballs. And maybe a glass of wine. Because the very first ever 'Bellefonte Under the Lights' dinner is completely sold-out.

And while that may be sad news for some folks who missed out, there's an even juicier story here and it's this. An outdoor dining experience in the heart of Bellefonte, born up out of a simple idea, will likely become a new tradition in these parts.


Because now is the time for these kinds of nights, for sunset dinners on the banks of Spring Creek with hundreds of other like-minded people who want to see this town continue to be one of the best places in America to live, raise kids, work, and -ahem- sip a cold one at dusk out in the park and not get arrested! So many locals have worked tirelessly to make this magic night a reality. And when you pull the proverbial cameras back a little and take a wide-angle look at what's happening around here lately, one truth becomes wildly clear.

It's a remarkable time to be living here, you know? I mean, look at all that's been going down lately. The Bellefonte Women's Club and First National Bank are bringing free 'Movies in the Park' to Talleyrand. Bellefonte First Sunday continues to offer up a beautiful collision of art and shopping and food and fun. All kinds of small businesses are opening and operating in town, which is superb news for anyone who lives or works here.

And now this. Thanks to some very inspired minds at Downtown Bellefonte Inc. and SPE Credit Union we have nights like this one to look forward to. If you're lucky enough to have scored tickets, get ready because you're in a special evening. The food alone is going to be magnificent. How's a three-course meal cooked up by local restaurants sound to you?

Full disclosure: this menu- in case you haven't seen it yet- is enough to make me hungry just reading it. I'm not kidding. There are a lot of trigger words involved here. Words like 'ricotta' and 'homemade' and 'empadas' and 'Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake'.

Here's a taste (pun intended). Restaurants first, then a dish they'll be serving.

Blonde Bistro  | Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Ravioli with Shrimp and Homemade Pesto Drizzle.


State Burger Co. | Flyin' Hawaiian: Bread Bowl with Chili

I'll have that!

Nittany Catering | Grilled Polenta w/ Toppings

Just put it in my mouth.

Bonfatto’s | Italian Breaded Chicken and Broccolini

Seriously??!! I don't even care if I lose what scant journalistic integrity I walked in here with, people. I will DESTROY some Italian Breaded Chicken! And yes, if there is something called broccolini trying to get between me and that bird, I will destroy that too. I'm sorry but that's just the way it is. No fake news here. The truth is making a comeback and that's that. Yes, I'm a writer, but so what?! I have my limits.

And when you start telling me that Brothers NY Style Pizzeria is going to be there with their famous Cheesy Garlic Bread and Marinara Sauce, or that Bella Vino Wine Bar is not only bringing their life-affirming Nectar of the Gods to the party but also they're bringing something now known as ...are you ready?...'Wine-Inspired Cupcakes'...well, I don't even care anymore! I'm going to be the 'unbiased writer' dancing across the park with pure joy.

Maybe I will end up in a viral video doing effervescent somersaults right into your table. That's not my plan, but I'm open to the notion of boundless happiness here. You should be too if you're going. I just know I'm right.

So hand me that cupcake made with wine. Set that big old tired sun. And turn on those twinkling lights, unleash the magic. The food, the people, this fairy-tale setting. People will be talking about this whole 'Bellefonte Under the Stars' thing for a long long time to come. Mark my words.

Not convinced yet?

Pfft. Whatever. I stashed an Ace up my sleeve for you, friend.


Pizza Mia | Homemade Cheesecake with Topping Bar.

Oh h*** yes.

I'll be the dude with a glass of chianti leaning up against the topping bar.

Can't wait to meet ya.


'Bellefonte Under the Lights'. This Friday, September 7th, 2018. 5;30-9pm. Krauss Park/ Lamb Street Bridge, Bellefonte, PA.

Online Tickets: For those that bought tickets online, please look for the Will-Call line at the check-in table near the Gamble Mill. If you bought multiple tickets for other people, please email us with their names if you are not arriving together. Here you will receive your menu and wristband.

Paper Tickets: If you bought paper tickets, please arrive at the check-in table to receive your menu and wristband. (If you misplaced your tickets, please contact Downtown Bellefonte Inc.  before the event).

Alcohol Sales: If you are 21+ and intend to imbibe at this event, please bring your ID. Everyone will be carded by a RAMP certified bartender.

Parking: The following parking lots are in walking distance to the event. If you live near the event and are able, please considering leaving the car at home and walking down.

Gamble Mill Lot: small lot accessible from Potter Street. This lot will likely fill quickly.

Municipal Lot H: Intersection of W High St and Potter St (beside the CVS store and sometimes referred to as the Train Station lot)

Menu: We are excited to share with you the event menu! We can not handle specific dietary requests, but if you have questions, please let us know. Admission includes one of each course plus beverage of your choice. Additional food tickets can be purchased at the check-in table. Additional beverage purchases can be made directly with vendor.

Appetizer -
Blonde Bistro | Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Ravioli with Shrimp and Homemade Pesto Drizzle
Brothers NY Style Pizzeria | Cheesy Garlic Bread with Marinara Sauce
Nittany Catering | Grilled Polenta with Toppings (v)
Pizza Mia | Ceasar or Greek Salad

Entree -
Blonde Bistro | Big Spring Vodka Pasta with Homemade Meatballs
Bonfatto’s | Italian Breaded Chicken and Broccolini
Brazilian Munchies | Chicken or Vegan Empadas and Salad (v)
Nittany Catering | Beef Tips Braised in Red Wine, served with Wild Rice
State Burger Co. | Flyin' Hawaiian: Bread Bowl with Chili

Bella Vino Wine Bar | Wine-Inspired Cupcakes
Brothers Ny Style Pizzeria | Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake
Governors’ Pub | Peach Cobbler
Pizza Mia | Homemade Cheesecake with Topping Bar

Bella Vino | Wine
Big Spring Spirits | Mixed Drinks
Good Intent | Cider
Robin Hood Brewing Co. | Beer
Cool Beans | Sweetened & Unsweetened Iced Tea

Restrooms: Will be available on-site. Additional restrooms are available in Talleyrand Park.


'Bellefonte Under the Lights'
Friday, September 7th, at 5:30pm


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