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!

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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

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.

Traditions Continue in Uptown

Congratulations are in order for the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce as employees and members celebrate 50 years of serving Westerville businesses and residents. Next year the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau will celebrate 40 years of bringing visitors to our community.

Marking anniversaries are fun, but there are just some things that have been going on so long, their beginning defies pinning down. One of those things is Midnight Madness. Several generations of Westerville residents have shared memories of coming Uptown to shop late, visit with neighbors and get a treat or two from the merchants. For decades, kids have enjoyed circling the historic buildings in a wagon while dressed as Disney princesses and various super heroes.

Parents snapped photos, not on smartphones, but on real cameras, that required film, that needed dropped off to be processed and picked up before you could see the results. That’s how long Midnight Madness has been going on.

There have been scarecrows along the streets and monsters in the windows. Who remembers vampires playing the keyboard in the fountain near City Hall and a catwalk in the courtyard? There was always fun to be had at Midnight Madness and this year, October 27th will be no exception.

Horse-drawn wagon rides, art activities, spooky science fun, a Haunted Garden at Uptown on Main, scary movie and trick or treating in participating shops will all be part of the evening. Generations Performing Arts Center and Sounds Educational Center are performances not to be missed. Java Central will host the Haunted Hollow Experience along the Brickwalk. Families can strut their stuff on the Halloween Catwalk and get treat bags from the Westerville Division of Police.

Uptown shops will participate in a Window and Storefront Decorating Contest, so make sure to vote for your favorites! There will also be opportunities to get books, airbrush tattoos, kettle corn, cookies, brats, hot dogs and more. Midnight Madness is a Westerville tradition that your family won’t want to miss.

Here’s to another Midnight Madness, whatever year we’re celebrating…

For more information about Midnight Madness, 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.

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!