Anniversary Kick-Off & World Cultures Celebration Wrapped in One
Westerville, Ohio Some say the party never ends at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays in Uptown Westerville, but this month, the party is just beginning to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of these family-friendly events.
4th Fridays began on July 23, 1999 in a parking lot off E. College Ave. with some arts and crafts vendors, an Elvis impersonator and a performance by the Westerville Community Band. According to former Westerville resident Charles Moon, 1,100 people attended that first event. The next one in August of that year attracted even more.
The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau will kick off its 4th Friday 20th Anniversary Celebration on July 26, 2019 by paying tribute to that first ever event, said WVCB Marketing Coordinator Glenda Mihaly.
“A group of musicians from the Westerville Community Band will perform for us, bringing us full circle, from where the event started, to where we are now: over 100 street vendors, food trucks, family-friendly entertainment throughout the streets of a vibrant and thriving Uptown.”
Mihaly said the Westerville Community Bands will present, “Ain’t Misbehavin” from 7:30-8:30pm in the WVCB parking lot at 20 W. Main St. They will entertain with a mixture of Swing and Dixieland.
More festivities are planned for next month, Mihaly said.
In addition to celebrating the event itself, the diversity of Westerville and the surrounding community will also be featured with the theme “World Bazaar.”
Jewelry, salsa and baked goods with an international flair will be offered and food trucks will be offering cuisine including Mediterranean, German, Korean, Mexican and more. Uptown Westerville’s many restaurants also feature flavors from around the globe including Thai, Greek, Italian and Turkish foods.
Children will find plenty to keep them smiling during the event. Look for the goofy antics of Good Medicine Productions on the way to the bounce house behind Jimmy V’s, 1 S. State S.
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.
Westerville Parks and Recreation will host a 4th Friday Scavenger Hunt using the free smartphone app Scavify. Participants can check in at the Parks and Rec table in front of 28 S. State St., download the app, then 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.
The Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. invites kids to build temporary masterpiece with a variety of materials on the front lawn and vote for their favorite Lego creation in the Library Meeting Rooms during the event.
On E. College Ave., the Westerville Warbots Robotics Team will have a display about the team and a working robot to watch.
This month’s entertainment includes the band Wet Bandits in front of Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St. The Academy Irish Dance Co will perform there at 6:45 and 7:45pm as well.
The Taoist Chi Society and Leap of Faith Dance Co. will perform on W. Main St. during the evening and Generations Performing Arts Center and Habeeba’s Dance of the Arts Belly Dancers will entertain on W. College Ave. Updated performance times can be found at our website: www.VisitWesterville.org.
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.
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:
- Home St. and the parking lots on the northeast and southeast corners of N. State and E. Home Streets (will re-open at 10pm)
- College Ave. from State St. to Vine. St. (will re-open at 9:15pm)
- 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:
- 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)
- 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.