***Remember, May has FIVE Fridays! Our event is 4TH Friday!***
4th Friday Gets Back to Nature in Time for Summer
Westerville, Ohio Memorial Day Weekend will kick off with a celebration of the natural world, during Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Back to Nature on May 24, 2019 in Historic Uptown Westerville.
“We’ve been shut up all winter,” said WVCB Marketing Coordinator Glenda Mihaly. “It’s time to play outside. Whether you’re two or 92, there is something for everyone to do and learn about outside.”
Special nature activities and displays will join the food trucks, children’s activities, street vendors and extended shopping hours from 6-9pm that evening.
Mihaly said Sharon Woods Metro Park Naturalists will have a variety of critters on display, including a snake, a Box Turtle and an American Toad. They will also have information about canoeing on Shrock Lake and the Family Campout event planned at the park.
Naturalists from Inniswood Metro Gardens will be handing out seed packets and will be talking about their summer children’s programs as well as the Concert and Wellness Series. Kids can find out more about the MetroParks Explorers Program in which they can earn a prize for participating in multiple public programs throughout the MetroParks system.
Attendees can watch a former part of nature become a new piece of artwork celebrating a favorite Central Ohio sports team as chainsaw artist Matt Fissel with Chipper’s Chainsaw Carvings will showcase his unique brand of art in This Via behind City Hall. Matt’s art is sponsored by Westerville Senior Living and some pieces will be available for purchase.
The Arts Council of Westerville will host hands-on art for children and original art on exhibit in the Union Savings Bank Parking lot, 44 S. State St. and on the lawn of Hanby Elementary School.
The front lawn of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., will be transformed into a live barnyard experience. Children and grown-ups will be able to see, touch and learn about sheep, goats, ducks, turkeys, rabbits and even a mini pig. In addition, the chickens that hatched at the library earlier this spring will be on display.
And since May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day, Westerville Parks and Recreation is unveiling the first of its 4th Friday Scavenger Hunts using the free smartphone app Scavify. Just download the app and follow the instructions to earn points toward fun prizes. There are also hunts available in other parts of Westerville, including one in Highlands Park. These hunts are designed for the whole family.
And, as if there wasn’t enough to do, HyperSounds Entertainment will have a bounce house for younger kids to enjoy in the parking lot behind Jimmy V’s Pub, 1 S. State St.
This month’s entertainment includes two performances by The Academy Irish Dance Company, at 6:45pm and 7:45pm, in front of Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St.
The Taoist Chi Society will perform at 6pm near N. State and W. Main Streets and Generations Performing Arts Center will feature its groups on W. College Avenue beginning at 6pm.
On E. College Ave., Imagine Productions will perform selections from Grease; The J Roth Band will jam on W. Main St.; and the acoustic rock group String Theory will be featured on the Arts Council of Westerville Stage in front of City Hall. The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau Stage at N. State and E. Home St. will feature the group Cream Camino.
The Westerville Police Museum at 28 S. State St. will be open from 6-8:30pm. It features displays that include uniforms, badges, equipment and other memorabilia that represent each era of policing in Westerville.
For those who want to enjoy nature on the way to the event, the Westerville Bicycle Club invites attendees to ride their bikes and store them for free in their secure Bike Corral on State St. next to Jimmy V’s.
If cycling isn’t an option, Westerville Parks and Recreation and the Westerville Senior Center are sponsoring a free shuttle service from The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Rd., to the WVCB office at 20 W. Main St. The shuttle will run continuously from 5:30pm-8:30pm. That means attendees can park at The Point or the Westerville Senior Center and have a convenient way back to their cars.
Cornerstone Christian Church is offering free parking at its facility at 233 S. State St., which is a short walking distance from the festivities.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays are sponsored by the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau with support from Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, the City of Westerville and the Arts Council of Westerville. They are held the fourth Friday of each month, April through September, in Historic Uptown Westerville.
Road Closure Info
State St. (State Route 3) will close to vehicular traffic at 5:30pm and remain closed until 9:15pm.
The streets and parking lots used for 4th Friday activities will close at 4p.m. and include:
- E. Home St. and the parking lots on the northeast and southeast corners of N. State and E. Home Streets (will re-open at 10pm)
- E. College Ave. from State St. to Vine. St. (will re-open at 9:15pm)
- W. College Ave. from State St. to the City Parking Lot (will re-open at 10pm)
- Winter St. to the parking lot entrance. Access to the Union Savings Bank drive-thru will be maintained via Winter St. (will re-open at 10pm)
A barrier placed at Walnut St. will feature “Local Traffic Only” signs for motorist traveling northbound. In addition, the State St. closure will necessitate the closure of:
- W. Main St. from State St. to the Middlefield Bank drive thru. The drive-thru will remain open all evening during all 4th Friday events. (will re-open at 9:15pm)
- E. Main St. from State St. to the parking areas behind the Uptown businesses/Haywood Alley. (will re-open at 9:15pm)
To allow for better traffic flow, no parking will be permitted on Vine St. between Park St. and Old County Line Rd. from 4p.m. to 10p.m. Questions regarding public safety should be directed to Lt. Ron McMillin of the Westerville Division of Police 614-901-9873. The map showing the closures can also be viewed at www.visitwesterville.org.
For more information about Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays, contact Glenda Mihaly, Marketing Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 614-794-0401.