Uptown Goes International & Intergalactic During 4th Friday
WESTERVILLE, OH- Uptown Westerville will take on an international flair on the evening of July 28th during Mount Carmel St. Ann’s: World Bazaar.
The event will be held from 6-9p.m. in historic Uptown Westerville, highlighting customs, cultures and cuisine.
Acupuncturists, fair-trade items and other internationally-themed vendors will be on display and Westerville elementary students will be making bookmarks with Chinese characters.
Entertainment will feature sounds from around the world including Tim O’Connor on the Amish Originals Furniture Co. Music Stage at N. State and E. Home Sts. He’ll entertain with his blend of folk rock, classic pop, light country, Celtic and tropical music from 6 to 6:45p.m., 7:-7:30p.m. and 8:15-8:45p.m. In between The Academy Irish Dance will perform from 6:45-7p.m. and 8:45-9p.m. and belly dancers from
Habeeba’s Dance of the Arts will demonstrate their ancient art and look for audience participation from 7:30-8:15p.m.
On W. College Ave. Generations Performing Arts Center will perform from 6-7:15p.m., followed by Xcel Martial Arts and a Russian Dance performance. At 8:30p.m. the Columbus Knights Lightsaber team will give an out-of-this-world performance, combining martial arts and enthusi
asm for all things Star Wars.
The Art s Council of Westerville will host “Arts Alley” behind the St. Matthew’s Pray, Think, Love House between E. College Ave. and E. Main St. and will feature the works of local artists as well as the music of the Amhrain Irish Band, playing an enticing blend of Appalachian hills an d East Coast folk, applied to Irish songs and ballads and traditional folk songs of the British Isles.
Attendees will have no problem finding all manner of international cuisine, both inside Uptown many restaurants and at a variety of food trucks and carts located throughout Uptown. Offerings will include Greek, It alian, Korean, Mexican, Chinese, and Thai.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays have become a Central Ohio tradition featuring 100+ street vendors, food, extended shopping hours, live entertainment and activities for children throughout the streets of Uptown Westerville.
Westerville Public Library is giving families with kids, infants through age five, the opportunity to come to the library before 4th Friday starts to hear stories. “4th Friday Stories” will be held from 5:15-5:45p.m. in the Youth Services Activity Center at the Library, 126 S. State St.
Once the event begins, kids ages two to 10 will enjoy “4th Friday Fun” with the Library as part of “Party in the Via” a new area located just north of the Municipal Building, 21 S. State St. This month, stop by the library’s booth to test your worldly knowledge for a prize, add your handprint to a community mural and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. “Party in the Via” will also feature a caricature artist, ice pop vendor, Mix 107.9, and, back for this month only, the Westerville Puppet Posse. Children will also enjoy the Generations PAC Kids Corner on E. College Ave., featuring bounce houses for those 10 and under.
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.
AAA Ohio Auto Club and Hertz will provide a shuttle service from the Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St. to the Westerville Visitors Bureau, 20 W. Main St. every 15 minutes, beginning at 6p.m. and will take folks back to their cars after the event.
The Westerville Habitat Partnership will have tickets for sale for its annual Tapestry of a Town Walking Tour. Those interested will be able to purchase the $10 tickets at the WHP table in front of Middlefield Banking Co., 17 N. State St.
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.