Group takes on 2018 summer events

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts draws big crowds each year for the closing show to Sounds of Summer concert series in Dallas. The Dallas City Council will consider pulling lodging tax money from the Dallas Area Visitors Center, which organizes the concert series, at its meeting April 2.


Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts draws big crowds each year for the closing show to Sounds of Summer concert series in Dallas. The Dallas City Council will consider pulling lodging tax money from the Dallas Area Visitors Center, which organizes the concert series, at its meeting April 2.



DALLAS — From the perspective of city and business leaders in Dallas, summer 2017 — highlighted by the solar eclipse — was like a downtown revival.

Locals and people from afar filled the city’s core during the eclipse events, city-sponsored Tuesdays on the Square grew and downtown businesses took part in a successful wine walk.

A group originally formed to help connect organizers of eclipse events decided that energy and success shouldn’t end just because there isn’t another eclipse on the horizon.

“It seems to me that this past summer, more than any time in the 15 years that I’ve lived here, we actually started to develop the beginning of something you could call momentum,” said David Shein, the chairman of the Dallas Urban Renewal District Advisory Committee. “Let’s not let anything happen to that.”

The group is renamed Dallas Summer Events 2018 Community Forum and it meets on the second Monday of the month at Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar. It had its first meeting on Oct. 10.

While not an official planning group, it serves as connection point for organizations and businesses sponsoring events and a forum to offer ideas and marketing strategies. Anyone interested is welcome to join.

Events on the group’s radar are: Summerfest, Tuesdays on the Square, Sounds of Summer, and Freedomfest. The forum will offer support and ideas for two events introduced last summer, May’s Wine Down and Lunar Bash, the concert series staged near Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar during the eclipse.

Pressed owners Doug Graven and Rachel Phelps are planning to make Lunar Bash an annual event in late August, said Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton.

The DDA is interested in duplicating the success of May’s Wine Down, an event organized by the Oregon State University College of Business, that hosted wine tasting in several downtown businesses.

A.J. Foscoli, city of Dallas economic development director, said the group should consider expanding to events that occur in the other three seasons of the year.

“There are things that go on all months of the year,” Foscoli said. “I think that we could have an impact on those. If they have 20 or 30 attendees currently, let’s shoot for 40, let’s shoot for 50. Any additional people coming downtown and taking part in community events, that’s a win for us.”

The forum will meet next on Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Pressed, 788 Main St., Dallas.



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