For the first time in its 15-year history, the Double Decker Arts Festival rescheduled the bulk of its festivities from Saturday to Sunday due to the threat of severe weather. The new music lineup re-arranges the slate of bands, from a one-day concert on two stages to a two-day concert on a single stage. Headliner Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are still performing Saturday night. Art booths and food vendors are to open on the Square Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
The Square Fair for children will be located in the parking lot behind the Thompson House and Oxford University Club from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with the best dressed pet contest at 12:30 p.m.
More weekend details:
- The Double Decker Spring Run and Spring Ride have both been rescheduled for Sunday, as has the Mid-Town Farmers’ Market.
- Double Decker Storyfest will go on as planned tonight at 7 in the Tupelo Room of the Barnard Observatory. (Page 9A)
- The Square will be open for traffic on Saturday until 5 p.m. The Square will be shut down on Saturday, although the Bottletree Bakery block of Van Buren Avenue will remain open.
- Oxford University Transit is rerouting its schedule Saturday for the north Red route due to the Square’s closure. The public transit system does not run on Sunday.
- Shuttles will run Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Oxford Conference Center. Rides on the Double Decker Bus will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in front of City Hall.
Also inside today’s EAGLE
- Going to Plan B — Festival organizers explain the decision to reschedule. The threat of rain is one thing; hail, winds and possible tornadoes is another, they say. (Page 1A)
- Mixed Reaction — Concern over the changes did not bother most vendors, although a few did drop out due to scheduling conflicts. More concern was raised by bar owners, who expect to see a significant loss in business with the festival moving to Sunday, since no alcohol sales are allowed on that day. (Page 10A)
- Ensuring Safety — Law enforcement officials expect the rescheduling to mean a quieter weekend. (Page 9A)
- Opinion: Weather gets top billing — Editor Don Whitten recalls how weather almost always threatens Oxford’s annual festival, and considers how this year’s change will affect merchants, restaurants and even local churches. (Page 4A)