You are invited you to take part in a unique and significant event for our community – the upcoming Woodward Celebration 2016!  From Wednesday, June 8, 2016 through Sunday, June 12ththe community will host a variety of special events to honor the Houston-Woodward family’s contributions to sustainability, civic engagement and urban planning in Philadelphia over the past 130 years . The Woodward family has long served as champions for creating, preserving and promoting the well-regarded quality of life in Chestnut Hill, and this is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to their many generous contributions. The Woodward Celebration also marks the 100th anniversary of the Chestnut Hill Community Centre and its designation as a hub for all Chestnut Hill non-profit organizations. At the core of this celebration is the concept of community and the power of civic engagement.

In the tradition of generosity and community, all proceeds from the Woodward Celebration will benefit the Chestnut Hill Community Centre (501c3) and will be specifically earmarked for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the historically significant Chestnut Hill Community Centre.

You will find a list of the events below, all of which you can register for at www.woodwardcommunitycentre.org.




Welcome and Gallery Talk

William R. Valerio, Ph.D. 

The Patricia Van Burgh Allison

Director and CEO

Patrons of the Arts: The Woodwards and Violet Oakley

David R. Contosta, Professor of History, Chestnut Hill

College and Woodward Family Biographer

Gallery Exhibition: Violet Oakley and the Woodward Family

Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Wine, Beer, & Hors d’oeuvres. Valet Parking


Woodward Celebration Gala Dinner

Master of Ceremonies, the Right Reverend Frank T. Griswold, Former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and Former Rector of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
“The Tale of Two Cities”: Charleston, Philadelphia, and the Woodward Family

David R. Contosta, Professor of History, Chestnut Hill College and Woodward Family Biographer
A Mayor’s Fond Reminiscences of Betty & Charles Woodward and How They Enhanced our City

The Honorable Joe Riley, ten-term mayor of Charleston, South Carolina
Rotunda, Chestnut Hill College

9601 Germantown Avenue

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Social Hour and Dinner Wine, Beer, & Hors d’oeuvres. Valet Parking. $125.00


Preservation Pioneers
Revolving Fund Possibilities
Welcome, Shirley Hanson, Founding Member and Former President Chestnut Hill Historical Society

Introduction by Anna Woodward

Charleston and the Woodward
Kitty Robinson, President and CEO, Historic Charleston Foundation
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Library and Chapel, Springfield Avenue Entrance
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Wine, Beer, & Hors d’oeuvres. Valet Parking


Community Centre Dedication

8419 Germantown Avenue

12:30 – 1:00 pm
Free to attend
Community Picnic

Tent behind Community Centre

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Carolina BBQ, Renowned HoBo Band, Children’s Activities

Trolley Tours of Chestnut Hill

Highlighting Houston-Woodward Innovative Community Development, Housing and Open Space



Community Worship Service
Celebrating the Houston-Woodward Family’s Love of Church and Community
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Visit and worship in a historically significant church built by the Houston-Woodward Family
Lemonade on the Lawn and Farewell
All Are Welcome
Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martins Lane
10:00 am

Free to attend