MUSIC MATTERS – Oxford, it seems, is digressing into its summer swagger — some people call this a slump; Oxford Town music columnist Alexander McAdams calls it owning the local bar scene. See what’s in Alex’s playlist for finals week on Page 9 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (May 6, 2010, Page 9)
Ongoing parking woes and a discussion over the need for a parking garage downtown resurfaced at Tuesday’s Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting. City Engineer Bart Robinson presented a proposal for a new parking study for the city, but noted that several parking studies have been done since 2002 and another may not be necessary.
The city will continue to look into the feasibility of a parking structure downtown. (May 5, 2010, Page 6)
Galen Armstrong writes about the offshore oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and how we need to deal with it, while Lee Harris writes to clarify an advertisement and the position of Funky’s restaurant and bar in regard to Double Decker and Sunday alcohol sales. (May 3, 2010, Page 4A)
Builders of a proposed hotel and spa on Jefferson Avenue at the former site of the Veranda are seeking approval from the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission on Monday. Along with the plans for the new site is a request to remove the building, formerly Andy’s Steakhouse, at 1006 Jefferson Ave., for a required parking lot for the hotel. (April 30, 2010, Page 3A)
Alleys behind restaurants on the Square could soon be a bit tidier now that Oxford officials approved a new contract to cut down on grease bins. The board approved a contract with Hide and Tallow Co. of Birmingham, Ala., to supply grease bins for the city. (April 27, 2010, Page 3)
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)
While he agreed with the decision last week to postpone most of the Double Decker Arts Festival to Sunday, Editor Don Whitten admits that he still was complaining when looking for a parking spot before church. A trip through central Mississippi later that day that showed some of the path of destruction of several tornadoes and gave a different perspective on the inconveniences of changing Double Decker. (April 26, 2010, Page 4A)
John and Shelia Mohr, visitors from St. Paul, Minn., write to tell of how much they enjoyed their stay in Oxford and to thank their special tour guide, Mayor Pat Patterson. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)
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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SPECIAL EDITION — It’s that time again! Get the scoop on all the events planned for this weekend’s 15th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival in this week’s edition of Oxford Town. Headliner Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are still slated to perform Saturday night. Between now and then, we’ll keep you updated on any changes to festival plans due to the threat of bad weather.