OXFORD - If one night out a month is good, why not two?
That was the concept the members of the Oxford Arts Alliance threw around this past winter when they came up with the idea of starting “Third on Third,” which translated means the third Friday on Third Street.
Already the First Friday open house tradition was working pretty well, so they thought it might be a chance to have the stores stay open on another Friday and at the same time promote and showcase art, music and other talent from the community.
It started in May and continued last week on June 20.
Several stores were open and had student art on display, including the works of Octorara Middle School student Kennedy Zduniak at the Outback store. Joanna at the store said Kennedy is so good that although she is only 12, she has been placed in senior high art classes.
Joanna said also that she likes the idea of Third on Third.
“It’s not an imposition to be open on the third Friday. People are used to coming on the first Friday, and this is taking off,” she said.
The Arts Alliance opened its doors to the public, showing off a second round of student art and the music of a kids’ band from Oxford called “Hawk.”
Director of Music Tony Derrico said he backs events like this. “I like it because it gives them an opportunity to play.”
To add to the interest this past Friday, Alliance Direction Chris Grove was celebrating her birthday by tending bar at the Octoraro Tavern She said later she raised $500 in tips to support the alliance.
Currently, the alliance is holding youth camps, and in September will resume its full schedule of art and music instruction and shows.