Celebrating 150 Years of Woodruff Place

Welcome to the Sesquicentennial Woodruff Place Online Resource Page ~ your one-stop place for all things about the 150th celebration!

Collecting donations for 150th events and projects here:

150th Celebration tickets are now available!

Saturday, September 17 from 4-8 p.m. at Town Hall

The neighborhood of Woodruff Place would not have lived to see 150 years without the beating heart of its dedicated inhabitants. Our Sesquicentennial Celebration will be a time for our community to come together to honor our neighborhood with a big old, neighborhood-wide party. You can look forward to a BBQ provided by near Eastside Gomez BBQ, sno-cones, cotton candy, bounce houses, dunk tank, games, raffles, and more.  

If that weren’t enough, try competing in the Woodruff 150 Derby! The derby races held during the event will include traditional pinewood cars and Lego cars. This is a time-honored and fun-spirited competition. All ages are encouraged to participate! Note: There is a separate Derby entry fee of $5 for each car entered in addition to the general event admission.

Admission Tickets

$25 for adults and $12 for children 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are free.

Admission includes a wrist band per person, which provides entry + 3 tickets:

  • 1 treat: Sno-one or cotton candy*
  • 1 activity: Bounce house or dunk tank*
  • 1 pass through the food line. Gomez BBQ will be providing the catering.
  • *Additional activity tickets for purchase at $2 each
  • Cash bar (details to come)

A note on ticket prices: We also want to emphasize that this is NOT a fundraising event. It’s “a party where neighbors don’t have to work.” Everyone in Woodruff already donates a TON of time throughout the year and the idea is just to come and enjoy yourselves. But it does cost money to put on an event. The ticket price is purely to cover the actual cost of hiring other folks to run and work the event. We also understand that even the straightforward price-point of the event may not be accessible to everyone in the neighborhood. Therefore, we will be subsidizing tickets for those who make a request. Simply email president@woodruffplace.org to make your request for adult and child tickets. This will be completely anonymous and no questions will be asked. However, please be aware there still may be a limit on how many tickets can be subsidized but that everything possible will be done to accommodate everyone who makes a request.

Woodruff 150 Derby details & rules

The Woodruff Place 150 Derby is a pinewood and mini-blocks racing competition for the sesquicentennial. The races will be divided into two types of cars: standard pinewood kit cars and cars built from mini-blocks like Lego.  

The races will take place at the sesquicentennial celebration Saturday, September 17 at Town Hall.

Girls, boys, young, and old are all encouraged to participate! There will be separate divisions for the races including junior (12 and under) and open (all ages).

Derby entry fee

$5 Derby entry fee for each car entered in addition to the general event admission. Purchase tickets above.


  • $5 for 1 pinewood car or 1 Lego car
  • $10 for 1 pinewood car and 1 Lego car
  • $10 for 2 Lego cars


  1. Pinewood Junior (12 and under)
  2. Pinewood Open (all ages)
  3. Lego Junior (12 and under)
  4. Lego Open (all ages)

Awards will be given for each division based on times. All competitors will also be considered for style as a separate award category. 

Car kits

Car kits range from $6 – $12 and can be purchased through Amazon or online stores. Mini-bricks kits at Derby Magic and Pinewood kits & plans through Pinewood Pro

See the Official Derby Rules

The official derby rules provide specs for the cars and additional information for the races.

Upcoming Events

Home Restoration Lecture
October 20

Woodruff Place’s stunning homes have long been a source of joy, pride, and lots and lots of work. Join us for a lecture on restoration techniques as stewards of an imporant historical legacy. Open to all. Ticket details coming soon.

Sesquicentennial Closing Event
December 11

We will close out Woodruff Place’s 150th with a look back– at our very busy year, and the history of Woodruff as told by its residents, in a special film presentation. Hot chocolate and hot toddies included.