Annual 4th of July parade

Annual 4th of July parade

The annual 4th of July parade in Woodruff Place featured a variety of local resident with props, small floats and performances. The parade line up began at 10a.m. at the corner of West and Cross Drive and was led by grand marshals, Matt Settimi and Jessica Stenz. The parade had a representation of pets, fancy cars and patriotic décor including annual favorites, the lawn chair brigade and umbrella chicks. The parade was followed by a flag-raising ceremony at town hall as well as a watermelon seed-spitting contest, wheelbarrow race and refreshments.

Photos:
Umbrella chicks: Amy Peterson and Tessie Lloyd-Jones

Flag Ceremony: Tessie Lloyd-Jones and the Woodruff Place kids’ color guard

Grand Marshalls Matt Settimi and Jessica Stenz
Civic League president, Jim Leich, addressing parade attendees

 

Woodruff a top neighborhood in 2017 NESCO Games 

Woodruff a top neighborhood in 2017 NESCO Games

Woodruff residents eagerly participated again this year in the 2017 NESCO Games, a weeklong series of competitions of sport and skill held on the Near Eastside. On June 24, the closing day of competitions with strong participation in the track and field events, Woodruff Place took 3rd place in the week’s events overall for the second year in a row out of over 20 neighborhoods and Near Eastside organizations that were participating. Neighborhood points for the overall 3rd were achieved through individual residents placing in a variety of categories including shot put, 4×100 meter relay, long jump, Frisbee golf, and great representation in rooftop hockey, volleyball, trivia and more.

Photos:

Woodruff resident, Emily Scott, placed 3rd in long jump.

Final photo: (Not sure if you can post this as I don’t have all the names) Woodruff residents Emily Scott and Darala White participated a team that placed 3rd in the 4×100 meter relay. Gold, Silver and Bronze 4×100 meter relay teams.

 

 

2017 Home, Garden and Coop tour welcomes hundreds

2017 Home, Garden and Coop tour welcomes hundreds

The 2017 home, garden and coop home tour was an outstanding success, in large part due to the generosity of the ten homeowners who welcomed approximately 600 attendees into their homes. Guests also enjoyed the vintage fashion shows organized by Tessie Lloyd-Jones and modeled by numerous Woodruff residents.

Homeowners shared stories about the history of their homes, renovation tips, and gardening and chicken coop ideas. Visitors were notably generous with their compliments and made homeowners grateful for the chance to share their homes.

Special thanks go out to the more than 80 volunteers it takes to orchestrate this fundraiser and particularly to organizer Debbie Pidgeon and her husband Ben Pidgeon, who had extra bonding time with their three children while Debbie worked on tour details. Debbie very much appreciated the time and contributions made for each and every detail.

The funds raised from the Tour support the continued maintenance of the unique features of Woodruff Place including the Town Hall, fountains, urns and statues, Town Hall backyard, street lights, and Tenth Street fence.

Home, garden and coop owners include the following:

First row: Cynthia Brissman, Cecil Pendleton, Clyde Brickell Duffey, Missy Ellis and Greg Staab.

Row 2: Ron Lyons, Rachel Pendleton, Joe Mahern, Meredith Brickell and organizer Debbie Pidgeon.

Row 3: Jon Nolen, Kindra Hunckler, Caroline Mahern, Kathy Nelson and Beth Brunsting.

Row 4: Andy McConnell, Beau Ansty, Ray Duffey, Dave Brunsting, Craig Bowen and Jake Miller.

Needed Town Hall renovations continue

Needed Town Hall renovations continue

When Woodruff Place re-gained ownership of Town Hall from the City of Indianapolis in 2000-2001, a substantial volunteer rehabilitation process began to save the building. Progress was supercharged with the arrival of the Woodruff Place EID in 2016 when the replacement of the entire roof and restoration of the three stucco dormers took place. In May of 2017, Woodruff Place invested in the restoration of the east exterior wall. This wall hadn’t seen much by the way of maintenance since the change in ownership from the City and was in extremely poor condition. All of the pre-existing stucco was removed, exposing the interior framing and foundation brickwork. The majority of the mortar had washed away from the brickwork. The foundation was re-pointed, new vapor barrier and metal mesh was laid, then three new coats of stucco wall covering was applied. The neighborhood volunteers are nearly finished with addressing all of the exterior deficiencies that have plagued the building for decades and the neighborhood looks forward to updating the interior of the building to better suit the needs of the neighborhood over the next several years.

2017 Flea Market Recap

2017 Flea Market recap

The 2017 Woodruff Place Market Flea Market held on June 3rd and 4th was the beneficiary of great weather this year as the threat of rain subsided the day before and the sun graced the faces of vendors and shoppers alike. Food and beverage vendors including LICK, Gordon’s Ice Cream, Nicey Treat, Flat 12, Ash & Elm, Citizen Hash, Der Pretzel Wagen and well as others were on site at Middle Drive to satisfy the food cravings of attendees. Despite the many food vendors and thousands of visitors, the streets, sidewalks and esplanades remained clean due the service of dedicated resident volunteers who diligently emptied trash and recycling bins along each street and removed clutter from their path. Mayor Joe Hogsett visited the event on Saturday and made his way up and down the drives greeting residents and attendees. Proceeds from outside vendors and the suggested 10% donation of individual sales by resident vendors yielded the neighborhood a preliminary net income of $9,800 that will support continued maintenance and preservation of the neighborhood. Flea Market income is a crucial part of the neighborhood’s annual fundraising efforts and would not be possible without the many individuals involved in planning, soliciting vendors, coordinating food trucks, resident vendors and volunteers welcoming people into the neighborhood for this classic Indianapolis summer event.