The best moments of the monthly Sunday performances at the Meyer Amphitheater aren't limited to what's on the stage.
"The Sundays are really about people coming out with their blankets and Frisbees, meeting their neighbors and getting together with friends," says Mary Pinak, community events manager.
Indeed, what started as filler for Sundays when large annual events such as SunFest, Irish Fest or the Palm Beach Boat Show weren't scheduled has blossomed into a community bonding experience, with the children, dogs and picnic baskets surrounding the 10,000-square-foot outdoor band shell as important as the rockin' oldies music playing or wisecracking magician doing tricks on stage.
And while people-watching and chomping on turkey sandwiches, regulars can usually spy Mayor Lois Frankel relaxing with friends at the event.
"She always brings a group of people with her and a big basket of cookies," says Pinak. "She passes out big chocolate chip cookies and talks with people. She loves the interaction. People like that they can still chat with their mayor."
For those who'd rather spend more time outside than packing a picnic basket, the city is introducing a new feature this summer that will get families' stomachs growling. Continental Catering plans to take orders online for sandwiches, drinks and more the week before an event. When you arrive at the amphitheater on Sunday, you will be able to simply pick up your order before settling into your spot on the grass. Not into blanket dining?
Families will be able to order a table and tablecloth, too! But even with these enhancements, Pinak says, the event won't lose its down-home charm. "We don't want to do anything real structured because kids like to run around free and dance and play," she says. "We don't want to take away from that fun and freedom."
- Cara Nissman
Meyer Meyer Amphitheater
West Palm Beach
The fourth Sunday of every month from May through October, 5-7 p.m.South Flagler Drive from Datura Street to Evernia Street
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