Oxford venues, events offer year-round activities – Oxford Observer

Oxford may be a small college town surrounded by fields of corn and soybeans, but there are plenty of activities that make it a fun place to visit or even live.

“Throughout the year, Oxford has regular events and activities as well as amenities to enjoy,” said Kim Daggy, executive director of Enjoy Oxford, the city’s visitors’ office. “We are spoiled to live in a place with lots to do and fantastic college and city amenities.”

Daggy mentioned a variety of different organizations and places – including Oxford Parks and Recreation, the Chamber of Commerce, Yoga in the Park and the Oxford Community Arts Center – that help bring the community together.

She also mentioned recurring events such as the Uptown music concert series. This is an event that runs from June to August, and has been an Oxford tradition for 36 seasons.

Enjoy Oxford is an organization whose mission is to improve the city’s economy. He uses photography, videography and other visual strategies to show Oxford residents and visitors the activities taking place in the city.

The organization is active on social media, posting posters around town, printing welcome guides, sending out monthly newsletters and actively adding to a community calendar. Its website is open to everyone, whether they are city residents, University of Miami students, or visitors.

“Our culture and philosophy has been ‘what’s good for a resident is also good for a visitor’ and vice versa,” Daggy said. “Saying welcome to Oxford is what we do best.”

Daggy recalled a time when she attended Halloween festivities in uptown. She was talking casually to a family who had recently moved to Oxford.

“Not revealing who I was, they said they were new residents to Oxford and the events like celebrating Halloween in the city center are what made them decide to move here,” he said. she declared. “I think that’s a pretty special testimony.”

Daggy said University of Miami students have a big impact on Oxford events and activities, but some activities target “slower times” when students aren’t around. That way, there’s always something to do at Oxford, whether the students are part of it or not.

“Events and activities during the school year draw an influx of residents and students,” she said. “During the slower months, when the majority of students return to their hometowns, we have a larger resident base at events.”

Daggy also mentioned that his mission is to connect with students to create a community beyond campus, in the hopes that these students will return to Oxford to visit or become lifelong residents in the future.

Hueston Woods is a place where members of the Oxford community and Miami students can visit. Kathryn Conner, the park manager, mentioned that it’s a great place for students if they want to get away from campus life for a bit.

Conner pointed to Hueston Woods golf course, disc golf course and mountain bike course. She mentioned that the regular hiking trails are also very attractive.

“We have an opportunity for just about everyone,” she said. “You can just go outside, sit under a tree, sit at a picnic table, and just enjoy the fresh air and a nice view.”

She also mentioned that the park offers a lodge with beautiful views for those who want to feel outdoors, but not fully immerse themselves in the wilderness. There are also many different trails suitable for different levels of hikers.

Hueston Woods also has a nature center where park naturalists run free educational programs. This is open to the public and is ideal for families and children living in Oxford.

“You can go outside and see our training turtles, snakes, fish, birds of prey, foxes and other mammals,” Conner said. “You can learn about their stories and the history of our park from our naturalists.”

Hunting and collecting fossils is an activity that visitors enjoyed and Conner found surprising. She said Hueston Woods is one of the only state parks where people don’t need a permit to bring home a fossil.

“You just need to make sure the fossil is smaller than your face size, and you can’t use it for landscaping purposes,” Conner said. “So any fossil you find in the creek bed, you can take it home. It’s pretty cool.

Hueston Woods receives around half a million visitors a year. Conner said the park generally receives more out-of-town visitors on weekends, and local community members visit more on weekdays.

Conner also said the numbers don’t fluctuate as much as expected when Miami students return to their hometowns, especially during the summer.

“What’s really nice about having Miami so close is that our park is busy year-round,” she said. “We get a lot of that traffic around here. Lots of people bring their parents here. It’s a nice place close to campus, but it really feels like it’s showing off what this community has to offer.

Maria R. Newman