July 15th, 2011 at 11:16 am
A couple clinks glasses of pinot noir, a waiter balances plates of pasta carbonara and penne puttanesca, while a boy runs down the street. The sound of a saxophone lends a slow, syncopated quality to the summer night air. Is this a scene along the storied Champs Elyseé or have you stumbled into the Piazza Navona for a bit of la dolce vita?
This is actually State Street in Media, PA for “Dining Under the Stars” every Wednesday this summer. What better way to escape the weekly work grind than to relax outside with food and friends in Delaware County’s favorite borough? European charm and les bons temps are available from 5-10pm when State Street is closed down to vehicles so that pedestrians and foodies can stroll and dine.
“Dining Under the Stars,” isn’t just about quiet refinement though. There’s something for the whole family: street painters for the kids, Corvettes lining the street for the avid car buff, and extended hours of Media’s favorite shops for the fashionista. Of course shopping and car gazing can be exhausting, which is why a cocktail and a Soda for the kids are highly recommended. Sip and listen to the sounds of jazz ensembles or the Shining Stars group from Upper Darby Center for the Performing Arts Center.
The greatest thing about “Dining Under the Stars” is the sense of community and atmosphere. After all, Media calls itself “Everybody’s Hometown,” and after an evening of walking, shopping, and dining, you’ll certainly feel at home. So this Wednesday surprise yourself and the family: pile the kids, along with the Misses and Mister into the car and take them to Media for a magical night of family fun. As the sun sets on State Street we won’t blame you for quoting Keats, “Oh! how I love, on a fair summer’s eve.”