Historic Woodruff Place Porch Party

Sally Cook hosted a porch party on June 5th for the Historic Woodruff Place Foundation so that they could gather and plan a new event. The group agreed upon Saturday, September 15th for an “Antiques Roadshow” type event to be held at the home of Jim and Deb Leich, featuring well-known appraiser J. Scott Keller. Watch for more information in the Woodruff Place e-newsletter. Porch-party attendees were Greg Staab and Missy Ellis, Jim Leich, Scott and Caran Keller, and Sally Cook.

Ducks and Blooms

Ducks and Blooms – Emily Tornquist

We have finally arrived. Buds have turned to full blown greenery and the flowers and lawns are in their prime throughout the neighborhood. We have also gained some new neighbors who appear to be ducks.

During a late April Sunday stroll with a friend and a solo cup of pink bubbly, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a painter in the throws of capturing some magnolia magic at the end of April. I struck up a conversation with local artist Alicia Zanoni and learned that her love of Woodruff Place has inspired her to produce an art show featuring her paintings of our neighborhood in bloom.

I had been passively wondering what I would include in the next Urban Times issue given that June is seasonally quiet on the news front following the Flea Market. Just as any opportunist would do, I asked Alicia if I could include her work in our spread for the June issue of Urban times.

Not only did Alicia enthusiastically agree to contribute some of her work, she offered to do a portrait of the dueling ducks that have taken up residence on the East Drive fountain. While it is unclear who has won the title of Alpha Duck, neighbors have taken to observing their behavior and have accepted that the ducks have moved in.


Image: “Duck’s in the fountain” Illustration by Alicia Zanoni


June in Woodruff

No, not the poem! But that’s good too!


It’s finally warm outside and the trees are beginning to fill in. From my seat on the porch, I can see the trees awash in an array of colors and new buds. In a few weeks time, those trees will all be fully bloomed and I won’t be able to see much beyond the neighbors house. By the time you read this, the annual Flea Market will have wrapped up and the thousands of attendees will have gone home. It will finally be time to sit down in this very same spot again to relax.

Our family loves this tranquil neighborhood full of lush trees and the sound of water running in the fountains. When sitting here the sound of the city disappears – the ambient temperature is a good 20 degrees cooler. Squirrels, birds, bats and some neighborhood cats go about their business as if they’ve been here longer than the people. It’s no wonder that this time of year, in this place, inspiration has been found by many artists paying tribute to beauty of the neighborhood. Enjoy June, neighbors!