Welcome Baskets |
When new families move into Woodgate, they are visited by a representative
of our Membership Committee and given Welcome Baskets filled with freshly
baked bread or muffins, fruit, other goodies and a Neighborhood Directory.
Woodgate Day (Last Saturday of June)
On June 26, 1976, the Leon County Commission issued a proclamation
that stated: "In celebration of the American Bicentennial, the Leon
County Board of Commissioners proclaim that June 26, 1976 be declared
Woodgate Day in Leon County." Every year since, Woodgate neighbors
celebrate a day of family fun on the last Saturday of June.
The day begis early in the morning with a free pancake and sausage breakfast
for the whole neighborhood. At 10:00 a.m., children and adults dress
in costumes, riding bikes and pulling wagons gather for the costume
contest and parade, which is led by a City fire truck. The parade
travels down Huntington and Brandywine Drives and ends on Willow Wick
where a fair is held with games, prizes and a hot dog lunch.
That evening, a barbecue dinner for Woodgate adults is held in a neighbor's
yard. Representatives from both City and County governments have attended
including County Commissioner Dan Winchester, Council of Neighborhood
Associations (CONA) President Gregg Patterson, Betton Hills Neighborhood
Association President Peter Butzin and Waverly Neighborhood Association
President Ben Girtman.
Easter Egg Hunt (Saturday before Easter)
Hundreds of candy-filled eggs are prepared in advance and placed in several
adjacent yards. Children are separated by age group so the little ones would
have a competing chance at finding goodies. Afterwards, the children pop
hundreds of balloons in the street. The event closes with a big piņata full
of yet more candy, so everyone left with a full Easter basket.
Garage Sale and Hazardous Waste Pickup (May)
The Association holds an annual Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale and
Hazardous Waste Pickup to assist neighbors with Spring-cleaning.
An advertisement is placed in the Tallahassee Democrat and a sign is
posted at the entrance island to attract "customers" to the neighborhood.
The Leon County Hazardous Waste Center Mobile Unit arrives in the morning
to collect residents' toxic trash.
Chili Supper (October)
The Association holds its annual Chili Supper in October. All Woodgate
adults are invited and asked to bring a small pot of chili to add to the
community kettle, a Woodgate tradition. Members played games and compete
for prizes. In addition, the Fall General Meeting is held to give
neighbors an opportunity to discuss and vote on issues concerning Woodgate.
In December, the Association holds its annual Holiday Luminaria Display.
This event was started in 1973 because of the energy crisis. The City
discouraged the use of outdoor lighting because the President of the
United States had asked the country to save electricity. As a Christmas
gift to the City as well as to the neighborhood, Woodgate neighbors organized
and agreed to what has become our annual evening display of luminaries,
over 3,000 softly lit brown bags that light the winding streets of Woodgate.
Christmas Open House (December)
Each December Barbie and Jack Levins open their home for the Woodgate annual
Holiday Open House. They are well known for their outside holiday display,
and the decorations of their home's interior are equally creative and imaginative.
If you've never been to this, you're really missing something. It's a fantastic
sight. All Woodgate adults are welcome.