One in our series on the Lakeside Village lifestyle
Turning south onto Sunset Blvd. on a sultry Saturday evening, a Flower Mound couple arrived early for a sunset performance at the Lakeside Amphitheater so they’d have time to explore South Sunset, the exciting hot spot of Lakeside Village. Their car wheels began vibrating over cobble-stone-styled streets as they approached three high-rise buildings framing a green space to the east. The park, the sidewalks on both sides of Sunset Blvd., the hotel, the retail below the apartment building, all buzzed with activity. Signs for Lakeside Amphitheater parking directed them toward a simple chapel approximately 150 yards ahead.
They drove slowly absorbing the quaint stucco buildings housing restaurants and featuring graceful arches and Spanish tile roofs. After passing the chapel on the south side, they turned north and descended down a ramp to the first level of underground parking.
Armed with a small cooler of refreshments and nibbles, they planned to skip the restaurant scene in favor of a simpler, less expensive evening of music under the stars.
From their parking spot on the first level of the underground garage, they headed toward what looked like a large window of light.
As they emerged, the breadth of the lake views came into focus while glasses clinked, silverware dinged, and diners chatted from the restaurant patios on either side of them.
They followed signs to the Lakeside Amphitheater that took them on a trail called the Bluff Walk. They selected seats about halfway up toward the street that offered views of the performers and the lake shimmering behind them.
The music seemed to mesmerize everyone in and around the amphitheater, which sat 150-200 on limestone blocks embedded in the bluff. Dozens more stood up and down the slope on either side of those seated, and diners sitting on restaurant patios tuned in as well.
With each successive song — as the colors in the lake and sky turned more vibrant — the audience grew more appreciative. That audience included passengers on the boats assembled in the nearby cove along with many at nearby Rockledge Park, just below the amphitheater stage.
After the performance ended and the sunset’s colors lost their luster, the couple climbed the amphitheater’s steps, eyeing the diners enjoying themselves on the patios of the nearby restaurants.
Up at street level, they walked south toward the parking garage and their car. They drifted toward a crowd assembled around the classically styled balustrade with a majestic view over Lake Grapevine. A street musician provided a score for the scene that included people in the plaza, diners on restaurant patios, those on the staircases, groups milling about the lower terrace, and others walking up from the Bluff Walk.
And stretching all the way to the horizon, a half moon shed its light on the lake and its surroundings. The pair turned to each other and smiled. They’d be back to South Sunset, and this time, to enjoy it all from a restaurant patio.