Tally-Ho! A Fox Hunt in Westerville!

All of the finest communities host fox hunts, do they not? We thought it was time Westerville hosted one too. Well…sort of. This one does not require a pure-blood, carefully trained hound. Your family pooch will do just fine. In fact, this Fox Hunt will be held, not along fields and streams, but right in the heart of Uptown Westerville.

What will it cost you? Just $10. All the proceeds will be donated to Rescued Ohio.

When is it happening? During Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Dog Days of Summer between 6-8pm.

Where do you get a map? Your first stop will be Captivating Canines, 12 E. Main St. You’ll pay your money, get your map and a goody bag filled with items from the shops you’ll be visiting. Then you and your dog will head out to hunt those foxes!

What do you do when you find all the foxes? When you find all six foxes, you will return to Captivating Canines, show your completed map by 8pm and fill out a drawing slip with your name and phone number. Ron will draw three names. The winners will be announced at both music stages at 8:30pm. Winners can pick up their baskets at Captivating Canines that night or we will notify winners on Wednesday. You do not have to be present to win.

What do you do now? Tell all your friends that you are going to 4th Friday on August 24th, 2018. You can get all the details here, including details about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing and practice testing available that night. You won’t want to miss this great night!

Let’s Congratulate Our Award-Winning Garden Club

If you have not been to WesterFlora, you need to mark July 22, 2018 on your calendar. The free garden tour, which began in 1992, came in first place at the Garden Club of Ohio convention June 8th.

The Westerville Garden Club, sponsor of WesterFlora, was awarded Outstanding Extra Large Club in addition to winning many first, second and National awards, according to Garden Club publicity chair Linda Laine.

Blue Star Memorial Marker at Hanby Park in Westerville OhioThe Westerville Garden Club’s first place honors recognized its work on the Blue Star Memorial and surrounding landscaping at Hanby Park, 115 E. Park St, as well as the landscaping at First Responder’s Park,  374 W. Main St, and the information pamphlet about the Hanby House Kitchen Garden, 160 W. Main St,  it maintains.The WEsterville Garden Club maintains the kitchen garden at the Hanby House State Memorial.

Second Place honors included Best Small Standard Flower Show, Decoration of a Historic Building (Hanby House), Garden Club Youth Award, National Garden Week Award and Website.

Our local club also was recognized by National Garden Clubs, Inc. as the Overall Winner for the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker and received a Certificate of Merit for its club newsletter The Weakly Weeder, among several other honors and awards.

Be sure to visit the Westerville Garden Club’s website and learn more about this group adds beauty to our community. Congratulations!

For more information about  the WesterFlora Garden Tour Click Here!

Photo by Linda Laine

Come Play in Westerville June 16!

The WVCB is excited to be partnering with KidsLinked.com for the second year to bring the Columbus Children’s Festival, presented by Meijer to Westerville! It’s the seventh year for the festival and each year it just keeps growing!

On June 16th, families from all over Central Ohio will converge on the campus of Westerville North High School for this extravaganza for youth sports and fitness activities, contests, entertainment, attractions and family fun. Admission and parking are free!

Be sure to register at www.KidsLinked.com/fest:

Columbus Foam Fun Run  Presented by Ohio ENT and Allergy Physicians and benefiting Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana: Enjoy some good clean fun when KidsLinked’s 2018 Fitness Series continues with our signature soapy FOAM FUN Runs in 1/4 mi, 1/2 mi, or 1 mile distances. $10 registration includes $35+ in goodies, including a free pancake breakfastColumbus 3v3 Soccer Cup Qualifier for 3v3 National Championships at Disney World. Most finals will be played in the Westerville North High School stadium.

“Descendant” Flying Pancake Breakfast  Don’t be rotten to the core! Come ​”​Dine Like a Descendant​”​ in the Kingdom of FEST! Catch and eat all-you-can-eat flying pancakes, dare to sing and dance hip hop with Mal, ride the tide with Harry, and generally chill like a villain at the Descendant Character Breakfast, in celebration of Disney’s “Descendants”, from 10-12. Characters courtesy of Paulette’s Princess Parties.

Wristbanded Bounce Park & Fun Zone Attractions  presented by Ohio Party Bull

Wristbands are $12 day-of for unlimited play, or $10 presale at KidsLinked.com/FEST:

  • Giant inflatable Slide
  • Big Baller
  • 2 Lane Bungee Trampoline
  • Circus Combo Bounce House
  • 40′ Obstacle Course
  • Mechanical Surfboard

Talent Contest Be a contestant in the Columbus Children’s Festival Talent Contest! Do​es​ you​r child​ sing, dance​,​ or play an instrument​? ​Can ​they ​juggle​ or tell jokes?​ ​We KNOW you want to show ​them ​off​ – so whatever ​their talent​, ​THIS is the contest​ to enter! ​Open to kids throughout ​​Ohio​. ​T​wo age categories offer opportunities to win cash and prizes! Enter at KidsLinked.com/FEST

Featuring:

 Columbus Eagles: Women’s premier soccer league game  The Columbus Eagles FC will play a women’s soccer friendly on June 16th as a marquee event of the Columbus Children’s Festival at 4:00pm in the Westerville North High School stadium. $10 tickets available at KidsLinked.com/FEST and at the gate.

2nd Annual Westerville CCF Food Truck FEST  Satisfy your street food cravings at the Westerville CCF Food Truck FEST! This event is on the fringe of the 7th Annual Columbus Children’s Festival, in the NW lot of Westerville North High School, Sat. June 16th, from 10-4. Come for the food and stay for the fun! Free admission and parking to the Festival!

 FREE Admission & Parking!

FREE Youth Sports Activities & Exhibitions

 Huge Fun Zone & Entertainment

  • Ohio Party Bull Bounce Park & Fun Zone
  • Mr Game Room game truck
  • Giant Soccer Darts from Kickmaster Footgolf
  • Event Stages & Entertainment including live music and Magician, Brayden Deweese
  • Buckeye Mobile Tour free OSU sports inflatables
  • CCF Passport Scavenger Hunt for prizes

♦ Vendor Midway & Family Marketplace

When:  Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10am – 4pm

Where: Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd, Westerville, OH 43081

Who Should Attend: This free event is open to the public, and geared toward families who are looking for free summer events in Greater Columbus to attend with their kids (largely Pre-K through 14), runners and active families, community members interested in supporting Make-a-Wish® or other non-profits, or activities hosted by the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau or the City of Westerville.

 

Our mission is to improve the well-being of our community by reducing the incidence of mental health problems and eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in Franklin County.

 

Special Thanks to our Event Partners:

  • Meijer
  • Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Ohio ENT & Allergy Physicians
  • ADAMH Board of Franklin County
  • Visit Pittsburgh
  • Advantage Window and Door Company
  • 104.9 The River
  • Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
  • Neighborhood Bridges & School Solutions Network
  • Boy Scouts
  • Ohio Party Bull
  • Handyman Matters Northeast Columbus
  • Golf Car Company, LLC
  • Tanger Outlets, Columbus
  • Smile Doctors Braces by Trio Orthodontics
  • Universal Windows Direct
  • Boyd Tire
  • River Expeditions – West Virginia
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Sky Zone Columbus
  • 101 Beer Kitchen – Westerville

Event map Columbus Children's Festival

Almost Complete!

After years of planning and months of work, the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris is oh-so-close to opening its doors and welcoming travelers to an entirely new experience in Northeast Columbus. With comfortable rooms and suites, a restaurant that’s name, The Two-One, pays homage to the Constitutional Amendment which ended Prohibition and 12,000 feet of flexible meeting space, The Renaissance is a bright new shade the WVCB is proud to add to our collection of vibrant colors.

With such a wonderfully diverse box from which to choose when you come to visit our city, you and your family are sure to find plenty to do. Whether it’s an historic site, a recreational activity or a theatre show  mixed in with dinner, shopping Uptown and a night in one of our hotels, no two visits will look exactly the same. It’s all about which colors fit your mood! For more about the new Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris, including scheduling, meetings, weddings and rehearsal dinners, visit www.marriott.com/cmhbw. For more information about what to see and do in Westerville, visit our See and Do page.

#WestervilleAwesome

Go ahead. Look up “Awesome” in the dictionary, online or otherwise. What do you find? Words like “terrific“, “extraordinary“, “inspiring wonder“, “sublime“, which is to say, elevated quality. All of these words describe Westerville and its people.

The word “Awesome” also has another definition, “showing reverence, admiration or fear“. As recent events have shown, our community does that too. #WestervilleStrong certainly described the way the entire area rallied around two grieving families and our highly valued first responders.

But even before the events of 2-10-18 reminded us that evil can happen here, there was awesomeness everywhere. There were parks to visit, family events to enjoy, programs to sign up for, parades to watch, frozen custard flavors to try, museums to explore, art to create and local businesses to support.

Even now, as the grief is still raw and the blue ribbons still blow on their poles, those things are still there for residents and visitors. Firefighters and paramedics are still answering your calls and police officers are still protecting you. 9-1-1 dispatchers are still there when you need them. All the other city workers are doing their jobs and so are you. All the things that make Westerville awesome are still here and we can’t forget it.

That’s where you can help us. When you see something that you think makes Westerville awesome, use the hashtag #WestervilleAwesome. For people who want to know more about Westerville, they will be able to see all the great things that happen here. For those of us who live here, when the memories are too much and the tears start to fall, all we have to do is type in that hashtag and remind ourselves why we made it through.

Aloft is Open in Westerville!

The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau is thrilled to introduce you to Aloft, our newest hotel that opened February 6th!

This beautiful structure, located at 32 Heatherdown Drive, just off I-270 and S. State St. (S.R. 3), is like no other hotel in Central Ohio. The decor and atmosphere will blow you away when you first walk in. It’s got “FUN” written all over it, but in a classy, grown-up, sort of way. It’s hip, it’s chic and it’s an exciting addition to the Westerville and Central Ohio area and we hope you will check it out.

For the full description of amenities click here.
For ideas of what to see and do in Westerville click here.
For Westerville events you’ll enjoy each month, click here.

photos of Aloft Columbus Westerville Hotel

 

 

Party in the Streets

Hmmm? What will Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays look like this year? Of course they get bigger and more fun each year, but some exciting changes are coming that will make this awesome community event even better!

If you’ve never been to a Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday, they are a fantastic way to end your week! On the fourth Friday of each month, April through September, the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau and our wonderful partners pull out all the stops to offer live entertainment, food, street vendors (more than 100) and children’s activities between 6-9pm in Uptown Westerville. The shops and restaurants stay open late so you can explore what makes Uptown such a great place to be. So whether you are from Westerville or Central Ohio or visiting from somewhere else, there is plenty for you to enjoy.

As we are planning each month’s theme and activities, we’d be interested to know if there are local groups or organization that would like to become involved in bringing these events to the public. Whether your group would like to put in volunteer hours, contribute to a theme, sponsor an activity or if you’d like to find out what opportunities are available, give us a call and Jeff and Glenda can fill you in on all the possibilities. Our number is 614-794-0401.

These events would not be possible without the support of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital and The City of Westerville. We look forward to another great season of 4th Fridays with you and your family.

Down to the Wire for Them and You

More shopping to do? Yep. Hard-to-buy-for relative? Yep. Running out of time to have something shipped? Yep. Try this. Get in your car. Drive to Uptown Westerville. Grab a coffee and shop local.

You’ll find some neat stuff inside these family-owned businesses. Stuff other people might order off the Internet that you can walk out the door with because the shop works with the artist that makes it. Nifty!

A one-of-a-kind blouse or scarf beats a department store gift any day of the week and Uptown has no shortage of women’s apparel. Check out the Gemma Shop, Norah and Dorothy, Deja ‘vu, Megan Lee Designs and De De and Dolly, plus cool accessories at Pure Roots.

There is Buckeye Brewcraft for the beer brewer and Meza and Good Vibes for the Wine Lover. Antique- and retro -lovers will dig gifts from Westerville Aniques, A Gal Named Cinda Lou, Spinning Disc Records and Abbey Rose Boutique.

You’ll also find jewelry stores, a consignment shop, a running shop, toy store, a tea and spice company and many more unique shops owned by people just like you who are trying to run a small business and make a living. You’re trying to make a deadline and so are they. You can help each other have a happy holiday.

By the way, if you’re coming on Friday, check out the annual Ice Sculpture Tour. Holiday sculptures from Rock on Ice will be lit in front of participating Uptown Shops and the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau so you can see them even after dark.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Now get your shopping done!

(Plug 20 W. Main St., Westerville, OH into your GPS. That will bring you to our office where you can park across the street and walk to all the Uptown shops and restaurants.)

Click Here for a map of the Uptown Shops.

 

New Event Celebrates Local Breweries/Dry History

Henry Corbin's Saloon on State St. in Westerville was dynamited in 1879.If Bill & Ted brought Henry Corbin on an excellent adventure back to Westerville on October 14, 2017, he would certainly be surprised to see beer being served on E. Main St. just a block from where Corbin’s Saloon stood 140 years ago.

You see, Corbin opened a saloon in 1875 on W. Main Street, but the tee-totallers came after dark with dynamite and did their best to stop the alcohol from flowing in Westerville. In 1879, Corbin tried again, this time on State St. Another explosion put an end to Corbin’s business ventures in the “Dry Capital of the World.”

On October 14, 2017, the beer will be savored once more along the same streets rocked by those famous Whiskey Wars explosions. Uptown Westerville, Inc. invites the Central Ohio community to its first-ever Uptown Untapped event from 6-11pm. Sponsored by Amish Originals, the event will recognize Westerville’s past as a hub for the temperance movement while celebrating Uptown as a modern destination for food, shopping and entertainment.  Westerville is dry no more and Uptown Untapped will tout local breweries, restaurants and musicians. Uptown Untapped Logo

To get your tickets for Uptown Untapped, click here!

For more information about Westerville’s temperance history and its role in Prohibition, click here!

Veterans to Take Another Flight

There are no shortage of heroes.  That’s why Westerville’s community sponsored Honor Flight will take off again September 30th for Washington D.C. so another group of senior veterans can visit the memorials built in their honor.

Honor Flight Columbus June 2017You can show your appreciation to these heroes for their selfless defense of liberty. Teachers, students and community members are being asked to write letters of thanks to our veterans. These will be distributed during the mail call portion of the trip to Washington, D.C. Correspondence should be sent to Lisa Reschke at
Cherrington Elementary School no later than Monday September 18. Cherrington is located at 522 Cherrington Road in Westerville. Students should sign their letters using only their first
names. Postcards are available as well, by contacting reschkel@westerville.k12.oh.us .

In addition, the entire Westerville community is invited to meet at the John Glenn International Airport at 8:45 p.m. on September 30 to welcome our veterans home. This is a memorable
opportunity for families, scouting organizations, clubs and individuals, all of whom are encouraged to bring flags and signs of support and gratitude for America’s true heroes.

If you are looking for another way to support Honor Flight, take your family to dinner  at City Barbecue on Wednesday, September 27, where a portion of sales from 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. will be donated to Honor Flight Columbus. Learn more at www.honorflightcolumbus.org.