Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival cancelled, BBQ Blues & Bluegrass festival still a goOctober 12, 2013 Decatur - Zephyr Fasman (left) sits with his brother Leo in Harmony Park in Decatur during the Oakhurst Arts & Music Fetsival on Saturday, October 12, 2013. For 16 years the festival has been showcasing local artists and musicians as well as featuring Decatur-based nonprofit groups. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL (FILE PHOTO)
The city’s Oakhurst Streetscape project has forced the Decatur Arts Alliance to scrap plans for its 2015 Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival.
Angie Macon, Executive Director Decatur Arts Alliance, told Decaturish that city officials warned her holding the Oct. 10 festival would be rolling the dice because the streetscape project isn’t finished yet.
“They said it would be a big chance for me to hire musicians and all the infrastructure and planning and sponsorships,” Macon said. “We’d be putting a lot out there.”
When the project is finished, it will transform the heart of Oakhurst at the intersections of Oakview Road, East Lake Drive, West Hill Street and West Benson Street. In addition to increasing the size of Harmony Park, there will be new sidewalks, lighting, and trees along the roads.
Harmony Park has traditionally been the center of the action for the Oakhurst Arts festival, Macon said. She said the Arts Alliance will use the downtime to revisit the festival’s structure, soliciting input from the community. She said the festival might want to focus on a festival that better reflects “the current neighborhood of Oakhurst.”
“This is a great opportunity for us to take a step back and see what the community wants,” Macon said.
The construction will not affect this year’s Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival, which will be held in Oakhurst on Aug. 15. The festival will be held in the parking lot at 6:30 East Lake. The festival begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m., and advance tickets are $10 and $20 day of the festival.