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.

 

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.

By Popular Demand!

The WVCB staff is asked all the time, “Why don’t you close down State St. for 4th Fridays?” Well, the short answer is another question: Is it worth closing down State St. for a three-hour event? Well, we are about to find out!

People and dogs walking on 4th FridayOn August 25th, in cooperation with the City of Westerville, State St. between Park St. and Main St. will close at 5:30p.m. to allow more room for pedestrians during Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Dog Days of Summer. The WVCB has reached out to businesses and residents in the area to alert them to the change, but we want to continue to get the word out so there are no surprises for residents, businesses or commuters that night.

There are plenty of reasons to try it and see how it goes and there are plenty of people who won’t ever want us to do it again. 🙂 We will see how it goes, have a good time and enjoy a little more paw and elbow room. For more information about the road closures and all the fun things going on that night, click here!

 

Westerville July 4th Info and More!

Almost every community has some kind of Independence Day celebration, but Westerville’s is one of the biggest! From the Rotary Run-Walk in the morning to the fantastic parade in the afternoon, to the Symphony Concert and Fireworks at night, it is a day that sets Westerville apart and causes the hearts of residents to swell with pride.

Here’s something else that sets Westerville apart from many other communities: We have a City Manager form of Government. Yes, we have a Mayor (Kathy Cocuzzi,) who is the head of our non-partisan, at-large-elected City Council. But the head of our local government is our City Manager (David Collinsworth.)

This form of Government is more prevalent in other areas of the country and in other areas of Ohio, but Westerville was the first village in Ohio to adopt the Council/Manager system. You can read more about it here.

During this long holiday weekend as you enjoy your family barbeques the parade, the concerts and the fireworks, you can share a few new tidbits of information about Westerville. You’re welcome! 😉

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Rotary Run/Walk & Children’s Fun Run
Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.
6:30 a.m.  Registration begins for Rotary Run/Walk and the Children’s Fun Run
8 a.m. Rotary 5K Run/Walk
9:15 a.m.  Rotary Children’s Fun Run
9:25 a.m.  Awards Ceremony

Parade (1 p.m.)
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St. to Electric Ave.
The Parade will begin at the intersection of N. State Street and Old County Line Road. It will then proceed south on State Street to Electric Avenue, then east on Electric Avenue to Westerville South High School.

Live Music, Food Trucks and Family Fun (2 p.m. – dusk)
Westerville South High School (WSHS), 303 S. Otterbein Ave.
Please note posted parking restrictions in the area surrounding WSHS for emergency vehicle and neighborhood access.

Fireworks (Dusk)
Fireworks will simulcast with 104.9 The River.

Fireworks will be set off from Alum Creek South Park and will be easily seen from WSHS. Concert-goers staying for fireworks at WSHS should bring chairs/blankets.

Other popular viewing areas include the Westerville Square Shopping Center and the Alum Creek South Park area.

For timing updates, follow the City of Westerville Twitter account: @tellwesterville. All events are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westerville.