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As a showcase for Oakwood’s outstanding schools and students, these events feature a time capsule, essay contest, visual arts, performances and

sporting events, as well as special Oakwood author talks and storytelling at Wright Library.  All Oakwood alumni are encouraged to participate.

HIKE TO HOUK (June 22)

The natural beauty of our city will be featured in events that focus on the natural areas of our beautiful city. Physical fitness and outdoor recreation will be emphasized in activities for the whole family.

CENTENNIAL PARK – A Natural Legacy for Future Generations (June 22)

Contiguous to the City’s Houk Stream natural park area, this special 3.1 acre piece of property provides a much-needed space for enjoying the wonderful outdoors and for natural sciences education.  Hundreds of volunteer hours have already gone in to initial clean up of the site.  We have also just completed installation of a pedestrian bridge spanning Houk Stream, connecting the existing natural area to this new acreage.  The bridge is a gift coordinated through the Oakwood Rotary Club and involving several major contributors.  The contributors will be recognized at a formal bridge dedication ceremony to be held at 2:30 on Sunday, June 22, in connection with the Hike to Houk event.

OAKWOOD RETROSPECTIVE...100 Years and Counting (July 12)

Our architectural heritage and beauty will be an emphasis of this celebration to include several exciting events. A film depicting the history of Oakwood will premiere for all citizens to see.  Also, the citizens of Oakwood will have an opportunity to tour Hawthorn Hill, free of charge.

Hawthorn Hill tour slots still open for July 19

The Wright family home, Hawthorn Hill, will be open, free of charge, for tours to all Oakwood residents on July 12, 13, 14 and 19. This is an incredible opportunity and something you will not want to miss.

The tours will be held:

July 11 and 12 - 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm SOLD OUT

July 13 - 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm SOLD OUT

July 19 - 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm

Deadline to sign up is June 1, 2008. Please call 298-0600 for reservations. All tours are limited to 15 people.

No one under age 5, please. Your photo I.D. will be your ticket. Walking is encouraged, parking available at the Oakwood Municipal Building.

This event has been made possible by the generosity of the NCR Corporation.


A stirring concert by the Air Force Band of Flight will be the centerpiece of this event.  We will  build on our traditional Ice Cream Social community celebration with a picnic supper, entertainment and games for the enjoyment of Oakwood citizens of all ages.


Centennial Film Committee seeks memorabilia

The city of Oakwood’s Centennial Film Committee is  finishing up work on the film, Oakwood: Our Home on the Hill.  The committee is still looking for a few key images.  We are hoping citizens might  have photographs or home videos that would fill some of our gaps.

Below is a list of Oakwood memorabilia we are hoping to find:

• Early images of Harman  School known as Oakwood School until 1924. Images of the exterior/interior of the building, images of kids attending this school when it housed grades K-8.
• Images of the Playhouse. Attending kindergarten there or one of the several community events.
• Depression Foreclosure papers for Oakwood homes.
• Images of attending dances/events at East Oakwood Club or YMCA, now OCC.
• Images of Oakwood men/women in WWII uniform or children dressing up and playing WWII games.
• Ration Cards
• Film footage or images of early Oakwood football or field hockey.
• Early images of the football stadium.
• 1920s-1950s film footage of school in Oakwood, playground, graduation, sporting events, etc.
• Images outside the Far Hills Theater and/or Cinema South
• Images/video of Playhouse demolition.
• Images of Far Hills Business District prior to realignment

We would appreciate your help. Please call Harrison Gowdy at 643-4075 or email at


See Centennial Reflections, a weekly column by Harry G. Ebeling...





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