More bad news for Festival Hall: Another long-time event has left the building.
Last summer, it was HarborFest that deserted the grounds, taking at least a year off (and following Salmon-a-Rama's shrinkage).
Now it's the Journal Times' Home Show that's leaving. The event has been a fixture for years, filling both Festival Hall and two floors of Memorial Hall, with shuttle buses hauling showgoers back and forth.
Word has come that the Home Show will take up residence this year in Regency Mall, utilizing -- for just one weekend -- the space vacated by Linens and Things. That store was filled in October by a Halloween retailer, and is now occupied by Giant Book Sales, a discount book seller here for just three months (unless it chooses to move across the corridor into the space Steve and Barry's bankruptcy will leave empty after Christmas).
Everybody's scrambling in retailing, doncha know.
It appears that the Home Show -- scheduled for March 13 - 15 at Regency Mall, will have approximately the same space it had at the Civic Center. Linens and Things' store has 27,500 sq. ft., just a hair less than the amount offered by Festival Hall's 16,700 sq. ft. plus Memorial Hall's 4,800 upstairs and 8,095 downstairs.