Despite large crowds on the Square on Saturday, sales at restaurants and bars seemed to have been less than half a typical Double Decker Arts Festival weekend. The drop in business has some Square bar operators wondering whether Double decker should be moved to another time of year, whether more festivals should be added to boost tourism, or whether the solution is Sunday alcohol sales. (April 27, 2010, Page 1-14)
The literary group, Oxford Blue Books, started out several years ago as a few local writers and musicians who enjoyed getting together to talk. Now releasing their 9th volume of their publication the Old Blue Book, the group has asked other literary magazines to join them for a reading on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse Arts Center. (April 26, 2010, Page 3A)
Despite concerns over the last-minute decision of the organizers of the Double Decker Arts Festival to move most of the annual event to Sunday to avoid stormy weather, the move turned out to be a prudent – and successful – one. Crowds turned out for both the Saturday-evening concert lineup of headliners and Sunday’s all-day attraction of art and food vendors and more live performances. (April 26, 2010, Page 1A)
Ya-Ya’s, the new frozen yogurt store on the Square, opened for business last week to a packed house with people clamoring to get in even after the store was closing. (April 26, 2010, Page 6A)
The lines were long at the Square Fair this weekend, as part of the Double Decker Arts Festival. The children’s fair moved behind the Thompson House and the Oxford University Club to rave reviews from parents. (April 26, 2010, Page 8A)
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.
Due to the threat of severe weather from morning to mid-day Saturday, the Double Decker Arts Festival’s music lineup is being split into two days, with most local acts appearing Sunday afternoon. All bands will be performing on the North Stage.
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A $1 million project to put electric wires underground along University Avenue in the works for more than a year is now complete. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)