Welcoming Autumn with Fun in Uptown Westerville
WESTERVILLE, OH- There will be much to learn in three hours during Mount Carmel St Ann’s 4th Friday: Fall Fest on September 22nd. Put on your thinking caps and come prepared to find out about all the learning that goes on in Westerville and Central Ohio from 6-9pm in Historic Uptown Westerville.
In addition to 100-plus street vendors, food trucks, entertainment and extended shopping hours in the Uptown district, educational groups will be on hand showcasing their programs and garnering community support.
Westerville Partners for Education will be near the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets giving away free books to children as part of the Westerville Book Bonanza.
Westerville Education Association member Molly Wassmuth said Westerville City School teachers will be on hand to meet and greet.
“It’s a great opportunity to come together as a community to support one another, have some fun and enjoy some of the best that Westerville has to offer,” Wassmuth said.
Other educational institutions represented will include Oakstone Academy, Hondros College of Business and Otterbein University, as well as local facilities that teach martial arts, fencing, swimming, Irish dance and other forms of physical fitness.
Kids will enjoy trying out various arts and crafts activities. In front of Hanby Elementary, 56 S. State St., the Arts Council of Westerville will present Passport to the Arts where kids can move through a series of interactive visual art activities, including sidewalk chalk and an instrument petting zoo, and get their passports stamped at each station to turn in for a ribbon. Hanby Elementary PTA will be raffling off prizes and have a registration table for its Bubble Run on October 7th at McNamara Park. This “Party on the Lawn” will also include an open-mic, corn hole and Uno card-playing area for teens.
Teachers and students headed to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as part of Westerville City Schools Global Classroom Program will be selling mini pumpkins for kids to paint as part of “Party in the Via” next to City Hall. The Westerville Public Library will be in The Via too with a make and take “book worm” bookmark activity or kids can transform their face into book cover photo art with #bookface props. Mix 107.9 will be in The Via as well.
Entertainment for the evening will feature Change It Up Charlie on the Amish Originals Furniture Music Stage. During the band’s breaks at 6:45pm and 7:45pm, the Taoist Tai Chi Society and Fred Astaire Dancers will perform.
The Arts Council of Westerville will present the Bluegrass/Americana band Strung Up on E. College Ave. from 6:30-8:30pm as well as a variety of visual art by its members.
Over on W. College Ave. Generation PAC dancers will perform from 6-7:15pm followed by Xcel Martial Arts from 7:30-8pm and ProFencing from 8pm-8:30.
The Westerville Bicycle Club encourages attendees to ride their bikes to 4th Friday and will keep bikes secure during the event in its free Bike Corral on W. Main St., behind the Middlefield Banking Co.
The pick-up location for the AAA Ohio Auto Club/Hertz shuttle service will move this month from the Westerville Senior Center across the street to The Point, which is Otterbein University’s STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering Arts and Math) Innovation Center. The free shuttle will leave 60 Collegeview Rd. every 15 minutes, bring riders up W. Main St. to the WVCB office beginning at 6p.m. and will take folks back to their cars until 9:15pm. The move coincides with the opening of The Point’s new Maker Space. 4th Friday attendees are invited to tour the facility and see the equipment and tools available for metal and wood projects, lasers, 3D printers, a vinyl cutter and more. The Point is taking new members and training is included. To find out more, visit www.otterbeinpoint.com.
As a side note to the community, State St. will remain open to traffic during the September 22nd event. It was closed during last month’s 4th Friday as part of a test run jointly by the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau and the City of Westerville.
Questions about Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays can be directed to WVCB Executive Director Jeff Hartnell or Marketing Coordinator Glenda Mihaly, 614-794-0401.