Learn Something New About Westerville

Do you want a behind-the-scenes look at what we do to put on Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays? Well, we know you only have a minute and so do we, but we’ll show you a little piece of how we organize and plan the awesome vendors you see each month. May 4th Friday Vendor Location Map

If you click the link, you will see what 4th Friday vendors and food trucks see so they know where their spaces are. Here’s what one vendor wrote back after receiving it via email last week:

To the person that created that wonderful map, thank you!  It is easy to use and so helpful.  I saw things on there that I didn’t even know existed in Westerville!  I know that had to take some time, but I plan on printing it and keeping it for reference.

I didn’t know anything about the Police Museum until I saw it on the map, and plan on checking it out this Friday.  I googled it and went to https://wcpaaa.net/westerville-division-of-police-museum/   and learned some interesting things about Westerville. 

Thank you!!   I love Westerville and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

Did you know that we have a Police Museum? Did you know that Uptown Westerville is about to be named to the National Register of Historic Places and some of the buildings are having plaques installed this week containing information about the history of that building?

Did you know you can explore a wetland at Highlands Park and participate in a series of scavenger hunts in several Westerville parks this summer?

Have you heard that the guy who wrote “Up on the Housetop” lived in Westerville and graduated from Otterbein University? You can tour his house! It was one of several Westerville stops on the Underground Railroad. You can learn where they were as well as why the Anti-Saloon League came to town in the early 1900s at the Local History Center located at the Westerville Public Library.

Westerville may have been the Dry Capital of the World, but not anymore! You can spend your summer exploring what makes us anything but dry!

(Thanks to Cathy Shankland with Westin Air for her kind words!)

Be Inspired by Art in Westerville

The WVCB was honored to have local artist Kathryn Smithson working her watercolor magic in front of our office during the Westerville Art Hop on Saturday, April 6th.

Whether it’s dogs or birds or other wildlife, Kathryn’s images bring smiles to the faces of the people who purchase her works.

“Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” – Leonardo da Vinci

By supporting local artists, whatever their medium, you are encouraging the talent that goes into creating it and allowing those artists to bring more beauty, more knowledge and more grace to our community and our world.

Here in Westerville, art is all around us. It is spoken and sung at Java Central; available for purchase at the Westerville Music and Arts Festival in July and in many Uptown Westerville shops; on display in public spaces and in places you might never expect with a backstory you might never have imagined.

April is Art Month. Our Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday kickoff is called “Spring into the Arts” because, just like the spring, art is refreshing. It can brighten a room, bring back a memory. It can also make you cry. It can inspire you to be more. Art can change you. Explore the art in Westerville and prepare to be changed.

If you missed Kathryn during the Westerville Art Hop, you can find her work at www.kathrynsart.50megs.com,  https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-smithson.html or http://www.facebook.com/KathrynsPastelart.

You can also support these arts organizations:

https://www.ohiopastelartistsleague.org/
https://www.artscouncilofwesterville.com/
http://www.westervilleartleague.com/

 

 

 

Bright, New Community Guide Anything But Dry

Nothing about Westerville is boring or dull. The same can also be said for our new 2019 Community and Events Guide! The annual magazine is packed with new features and great information, whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time resident.

Pay special attention to the photo by Gary Gardiner on page 4. Although a number of Gary’s photos are featured in this year’s guide, this one deserves a second look because when you come to Uptown Westerville you must stop to take in the though-provoking sculpture called “The American Issue” by Matthew Gray Palmer, captured so beautifully in Gardiner’s photo. The sculpture tells the story of Westerville’s role in the passage of the 18th Amendment which made Prohibition the law of the land.

Cover of the 2019 Westerville Community and Events GuideMuch as changed in our country and in Westerville since the repeal of Prohibition. Westerville is no longer “The Dry Capital of the World.” In fact, we are a vibrant, culturally rich, economically competitive and technologically innovative community, chosen as a 2019 Top 7 Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). We were one of only three U.S. cities to receive this distinction!

We haven’t forgotten our history. We embrace it! Plus we mix in a great night life, fun shopping opportunities in locally-owned stores where you get personal attention and great dining experiences in one-of-a-kind restaurants where you’ll love to bring your family again and again.

You’ll find so many reasons to enjoy Westerville, it will take you into the next day. Enjoy the accommodations of our beautiful hotels and consider hosting your next event or businesses meeting in one several great venues to fit your exact needs.

Find out more about everything Westerville has to offer, either by requesting a printed copy of the 2019 Community and Events Guide or reading the digital version. See you soon!

 

 

So Many Restaurants! Plenty of Time!

C’mon! You know you want to! What could be better than eating good food in a bunch of great restaurants and then being rewarded with one of the comfy-est t-shirts you’ll ever own?

Tour de Ville Passports from the Westerville Area Chamber of CommerceThanks to the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, it is easy! Just pick up a passport,  visit 10 of the 15 locations listed between now and March 15th and get a restaurant manager or designee to initial the restaurant’s logo on the passport. Exchange the completed card for a super-soft, custom-designed t-shirt printed by local artist Megan Lee Designs. For all the details, you can visit the Chamber’s website.

You can get the passports at the Chamber office, 99 Commerce Park Drive, and a few other places, including our office, 20 W. Main St.

What are you waiting for? Grab some friends and earn some matching t-shirts! Won’t that be cute! It will also be a fun way to explore the Westerville area. Keep checking our calendar of events. There are new things to do being added every week. You can pick from a wide variety of activities to round out your day or night out.

If you need a place to stay, check out one of our fantastic Westerville hotels: Red Roof Inn, Aloft or the Renaissance. Enjoy your Tour de Ville!

Getting the Word Out

You have a family to entertain. What do you do? Depending on your personality and comfort level with the Internet and (sometimes) age, there are a variety of sources to check for things to see and do, places to go and events to attend. Some of you may just call out, “Hey Google!” Others may sit down with your tablet, desktop computer, newspaper or a magazine while others keep an ear out for interesting happenings on the radio or TV. The point is, there is no shortage of information or how to get it.

Whether you’re visiting Westerville or you are a life-long resident, we want to make sure you know what’s going on and can attend events and happenings that most interest you. That’s why we will continue to media road signput our promotional eggs in all kinds of baskets so you can find them no matter where you look. And it’s not just the WVCB! Most Westerville groups recognize the importance of meeting YOU where you are so you come where WE are. There are some great examples below. Make sure you check them out, SHARE them with your friends and family and if you have any suggestions let us know. We want your Westerville experience to be the best it can be. Happy Holidays! See you ’round the ‘Ville!

Radio

Newspaper

Magazine

Instagram

Facebook

Word of Mouth

Westerville Community & Events Guide

Ohio Find It Here!

Experience Columbus Interactive Map

Using Our Hands to Reach Outside

Let’s talk about hands. The ones you eat with. The ones you clap with. The ones you work with.What you do with your hands is what you do with your life. What you do with your hands has a lasting impact on yourself and those around you. The recent work of many hands in this community has made a huge difference.

Hands Across Westerville, September 28, 2018Last Friday, a couple hundred pairs of them joined together in the center of State Street to symbolize unity and kick off a weekend of Community Culture activities. While that was going on a dozen  pairs of hands were helping WVCB staff execute the Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday after the sudden loss of our Executive Director a month before. There was also a small army of City of Westerville employees, police, fire, service and electric, whose hands made sure streets were blocked, safe, lit and clean for the thousands of people who came to enjoy a night in this beautiful community.

In the weeks leading up to that night there were hands that sent Remembering the late Jeff Hartnellflowers, sent cards and dialed calls with words of encouragement to a small staff shaken and broken-hearted by the death of our leader and our friend. Hands that hugged and were ready with tissues when  the days was just too hard.

Now that it is time to move, “Onward and Upward”, (one of Jeff’s favorite sayings) the WVCB is counting on all of those hands to reach out, not only within this community, but outside of it. You love this community, right? Why? Why is #WestervilleAwesome ?

Jeff Hartnell worked for 11 years to reintroduce Westerville to itself. His vision was to expand our message outside of Ohio and bring people here from Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and beyond. You know people! You can help!

We’ve got two beautiful new hotels now. The Aloft and The Renaissance. If you are planning a wedding, use them. If your employer is holding a conference or meeting, talk to them first. If you know out-of-towners looking for a place to stay for an OSU game or other event being held in Columbus, point them to Westerville. The WVCB will do our best using our resources to do our job, but you are our best spokespeople! Tell your friends and family why YOU like Westerville and why they should come here for work and for fun.

If you need our help, we are here. We will supply you with Community Guides, maps and other information and can put you in contact with all the right people. There are so many fun things to do right in Westerville and not too far away. Just call or email. We will be glad to lend a hand.

Untapped Back to Celebrate 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 September 15, 2018, he would certainly be surprised to see beer being served on E. Main St. just a block from where his 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 September 15, 2018, 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 second annual Uptown Untapped event from 6-10pm. 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!

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