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!

 

Welcome Columbus!

Westerville is happy to welcome families from all over Central Ohio to the Columbus Children’s Festival presented by Meijer on Saturday, June 17th. There are so many aspects to this event, which are outlined below, that you’ll have plenty to do. However, don’t forget to take a look around our community while you’re here. Use our website to take a sneak-peak!

6th Annual Columbus Children’s Festival and Westerville Food Truck Fest to hit Westerville North High School grounds on 6/17!

What: Come PLAY at KidsLinked’s 6th Annual Columbus Children’s Festival, a Youth Sports, Fitness, & FUN Extravaganza, presented by Meijer.

This year’s Festival is moving to a new & bigger location! Westerville North High School’s large, grassy campus allows for the event to grow, and for lots of free, nearby parking for guests. We are pleased to partner with the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau for this event.

  • 1st Annual Westerville Food Truck Fest presented by G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers
    Satisfy your street food cravings at the Westerville Food Truck FEST! This event is on the fringe of the 6th Annual Columbus Children’s Festival, in the NW lot of Westerville North High School, from 10-5
  • Jump with Jill Live Tour, presented by Meijer: The world’s only rock & roll nutrition show, Jump with Jill is poised to rock the 2017 Columbus Children’s Festival Stage at 11am on 6/17.

  • Columbus Eagles Soccer Game:

The Columbus Eagles Women’s Premier Soccer Club will play a women’s soccer friendly on June 17th as a marquee event of

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KidsLinked.com’s Columbus Children’s Festival! Game time is 4pm at Westerville North High School. Tickets for this event are $10 online at KidsLinked.com/FEST and at the gate.

 

Registrations open at KidsLinked.com/FEST:

 

Columbus Foam Fun Run – $10 registration fee includes:

  • A chance to run through and play in loads of foam bubbles!
  • Souvenir Foam Fun Run T-shirt (First 250 registrants)
  • Frisbee finisher awards for the first 300 finishers provided by The Little Gym Polaris
  • Free Polynesian Pancake Luau Breakfast
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Free pass for 1 ride at Cyclebar Westerville
  • Presented by Primrose School of Canal Winchester, Primrose School of Columbus Downtown, Primrose School of Pinnacle, Primrose School of Reynoldsburg
  • KidsLinked’s 2017 Race Series presented by Ohio ENT & Allergy Physicians

 

 

Polynesian Pancake Luau Breakfast – $6/child, $8/adult, $20/4-pack breakfasts – includes:

  • All-You-Can-Eat pancakes–catch them from Chris Cakes Ohio
  • Souvenir Lei
  • Meet & Greet, photo ops, and themed activities in celebration of Disney’s “Moana”
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by Allstate Insurance: Angie Mikel

 

 

Bounce Park & Attractions Fun Zone Wristband – $12 – includes:

  • All-Day-Unlimited-Play in the Visit Pittsburgh Fun Zone at the Columbus Children’s Festival!
  • Human Gyroscope
  • Big Baller
  • Surf Shark
  • Huge inflatable Slide
  • 2 Lane Obstacle Course
  • Inflatable Basketball game
  • Whack-A-Wall Game
  • 2 Lane Bungie Run

​–provided by Ohio Party Bull​

  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen (first 1,000)

 

 

Columbus 3v3 Soccer Cup – $160/team includes:

  • Opportunity to be a part of the largest summer 3v3 tournament in Columbus Ohio
  • 1st place teams will recieve a trophy and 2nd place teams will recieve medals
  • All consolation game winners receive a prize
  • All games will utilize Bownets
  • Tournament is a qualifier for 3v3 nationals at Disney World
  • Stay and enjoy free admission to the Columbus Children’s Festival
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen

–contact KidsLinked’s Customer Service at ​customerservice@kidslinked.com to inquire about remaining available slots for teams

  • Presented by Ohio Soccer Academy

 

 

Archery Tournament/Learn to Shoot- Entry fee: $3 – includes:

  • Certified instructors to make sure your experience is both fun and safe
  • Test Your Archery Skills Shooting Bows & Arrows
  • Balloon Games
  • Target Shoots
  • Win Prizes for Highest Scores
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by Velocity Archery

 

 

“Fashion in Full Bloom”: Youth Fashion Contest – Entry fee: $5 – includes:

  • Show will be emceed by Alissa Henry, featured reporter of ABC 6 and FOX 28, along with Ben Buchanan, an ABC/FOX Broadcaster
  • Judges include: Karen Sigal of Sigal Models, Olivia Dorado – a local teen fashion designer, and Caeilen Lozano – Pure Design’s Fashion Stylist

–Some prizes include:

  • Mia Mermaid Birthday Party valued at $300 (girls)
  • Mani-Pedi session value to be determined (tweens)
  • Modeling session by Sigal Models valued at $350 (teens)
  • Featured in the fall issue of Pure Design Magazine (teens)
  • All contestants receive a Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by Pure Design Magazine

 

 

​​• Johnson’s Real Ice Cream-Eating Contest:  FREE Entry

  • Four age groups in the competition – from kids to adults
  • All contestants eat vanilla ice cream
  • Win Johnson’s gift cards
  • All contestants receive a Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by  Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

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Some highlights of the Festival:

 

 FREE Admission & Parking!

 Huge Fun Zone & Entertainment

  • Presented by Visit Pittsburgh
  • Bounce Park & Fun Zone Attractions provided by Ohio Party Bull
  • Mr Game Room game truck
  • Trampolines & sports trainers from Recreations Outlet
  • CCF Passport Scavenger Hunt

 

 Smiles 4 Life Festival Stage

(tentative schedule – final stage schedule TBA on KidsLinked.com/FEST)

 

10:00 -​ Welcome, Announcements, and Music

10:15 – ​Cardio Drumming with Christine

10:30 – ​Columbus Youth Ballet

11:​00 ​  Jump with Jill ​Live Tour – ​The world’s only rock & roll nutrition show​, presented by Meijer

11:30 – Phil Hoffman, Magician​

12 – 1:30 – ​Johnsons’ ​Real Ice Cream-Eating Contest​

1:30 -​ Street Angelz – Christian urban dance crew

2:00 -​ ​ PRO Martial Arts – Board-breaking Demonstration & Competition

​2:30 – 4:00 – ​”Fashion in Full Bloom” Youth ​Fashion Contest​ presented by Pure Design Teen Magazine​ – emceed by Alissa Henry, featured reporter of ABC 6 and FOX 28, a​nd​ Ben Buchanan, ​​ABC/FOX Broadcaster ​

4:00 – ​​ ​​Martial Arts ​D​emo​​​

4:30 -​ TBA

 

 

♦ Vendor Midway & Family Marketplace

 

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When:  Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10am – 5pm

 

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

 

 

 

Here’s a Park! What Do We Do?

In a matter of days the school bus traffic will die down and the sounds of children will be heard riding bikes, playing ball and exploring nature all over Central Ohio.

Or at least that’s how it should be. Westerville is a city within a park, nestled within 6,000 acres of park land. Whether it be a city park, a metro park or a state park, there is plenty of park to go around. We just have to get kids to love being in it.

Westerville Parks and Recreation wants to show them how much fun nature can be by hosting Party at the Creek on the last day of school, Thursday, May 25, from 6-8pm at Alum creek Park North, 221 W. Main St. This free event features explorations of nature, tours of scenic green spaces and waterways and family-friendly fun. Local nature and environmental groups will be on hand, plus there will be boater safety demonstrations, canoeing, food and entertainment.

On Friday, May 26th, the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau will present Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Back to Nature in Uptown Westerville from 6-9pm.child touching snake at Party at the Creek In addition to all the other 4th Friday fun, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks and Delaware County Preservation Parks will have displays and information on summer programming so exciting, your kids will leave their fidget spinners  and iPhones in the dust.

May your summer be full of dirty feet and tired kids.

What are 4th Fridays?

Is “Must-See-TV” copyrighted? Okay, then we won’t use that. We’ll say, “Must-Turn-Off-TV!” “Must-Get-To-Uptown-Westerville-With-Friends-And-Family!” That’s what Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays are!

This series of six events kicks off each April and, in effect, begins the barrage of wonderful outdoor community events in the Westerville area, sponsored and organized by a multitude of community groups. Because of the support we receive from Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, the City of Westerville and other sponsors, the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau is able to present 4th Fridays as a way to showcase Uptown Westerville and give Central Ohio a reason to have fun in an old fashioned-kind-of-way on a Friday night.

Street vendors, food trucks, kids activities, live music, local performers: There’s plenty to do. You know all those shops you drive past? They’re open until 9pm or later so you can finally check them out after all these years. Odds are you’ll see someone you know if you’re from around here. If not, we are sure you’ll meet some nice folks while you’re here.

Worried about parking? Nah. If you live within a few miles, you can ride your bike and the Westerville Bicycle Club will keep it for you at it’s secure Bike Corral on W. Main St. across from the WVCB office, 20 W. Main St. If that’s not your style, AAA Ohio Auto Club has you covered with a free shuttle that will pick you up from the COTA turn-around at the Westerville Senior Center, 210 W. Main St. and drive you to the WVCB office, within  a block of the festivities. Easy-peasy!

If you have questions about Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays, visit our 4th Friday page or give us a call: 614-794-0401. Happy Spring!

No More Excuses

How many times have you said to your friend, “We’re going to have to try that place.”? How many times have you said to yourself, “Next time, I’m going to stop in there.”? No more talking. The 800-year old Jedi of Star Wars fame said, “Do or do not. There is no try.

Now is the time to come to Uptown Westerville to explore the shops and restaurants that you have talked about visiting for years. Why now, you ask? Well, there are two reasons, really.

The first is that a new Uptown brochure was just completed. You can download the PDF here. Have the lay-of-the-land in your hand as you wander the Uptown streets and pick the place you and the family are in the mood for when meal time comes around.

The second is a brand new adults-only event coming up on March 10th from 5pm-8pm, which starts and ends at Jimmy V’s, 1 S. State St. It’s called the Chocolate Walk. You can get all the details here!

There’s a a lot going on in Uptown Westerville, but if you keep driving by, you’ll never get to join in the fun.

Moving Toward 30

No matter what the groundhogs say, the WVCB is looking forward to the next six weeks. Each week that goes by brings us closer to the beginning of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays, the completion of the State St./Schrock Rd. construction project and the openings of IKEA and the Aloft and Renaissance Hotels. Each month in 2017 brings us closer to our 30th anniversary in 2018!

Sprinkled in among these milestones are countless other events that make our community such a great place to live, work and visit. We have them laid out for you, as we know them, on our events page and we’re in the process of printing them in our 2017 Community and Events Guide that will be ready in late March. To order your free copy, click here.

In the meantime, ignore the groundhogs and enjoy each day whether you see your shadow or not!

Cookie Cutter Gifts or One-of-a-Kind?

Do make all of your gingerbread men look identical? Do all of your cut-out, bell-shaped cookies have the same color sprinkles? Of course not! The chocolate chips, red hots and various colors of sugar sprinkles make each cookie unique, just like the person who is lucky enough to eat it!

Do all of the holiday gifts you give come from the mall? They don’t have to! If you take an afternoon and shop in Uptown Westerville, you will undoubtedly find perfect gifts for everyone on your list that you can’t get at the malls.

From the smallest pair of earrings to the biggest piece of furniture, merchandise in Uptown Westerville is just different. The imaginations of the artists whose items you can find at the Ohio Art Market, Java Central, David Myers Art and Pure Roots have run wild and several somebodies on your list will love what you’ll find there.

How often do you get to bring back a fun childhood memory for a friend? There’s no doubt you’ll find a “my-grandma-used-to-have-one-of-those” item at A Gal Named Cinda Lou, My Cousin’s Closet, Westerville Antiques or Abbey Rose Boutique.

If you are looking to customize, Morgan’s Treasure Custom Jewelry, Good Vibes Winery, The Cabinet Maker and Amish Originals can help you in that department. Foodies will appreciate fun goodies from Lulu’s Sweet Shop, 2 Chicks And A Cookie and Shirley’s Popcorn as well as imported olive oil and balsamic vinegars from A Twist on Olives and Blue Turtle Teas & Spices from Uptown on Main.

Still have people to buy for? Try Captivating Canines, Edwin Loy Home, Columbus Running Company, The Westerville Bike Shop or Naturally Curious Kids. Even the person who has everything would like a gift card for Uptown Deli & Brew, 8 State Bistro, Asterisk Supper Club, Westerville Grill, Jimmy V’s or Thai Grille.

There are more great places in Uptown Westerville, but you get the idea. Whether you come Uptown on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) or tomorrow, you and the lucky ducks who get those gifts will be happy you decided against making your cookies and your gifts all alike. Make sure to visit www.shopuptownwesterville.com for more Uptown info!)

Bah Humbug? There’s a Ticket For That

As your end-of-year calendar fills up and your start hearing Christmas music in the stores, you might be tempted to cross your arms and turn into Ebenezer Scrooge. But don’t don your sleeping cap just yet!

A stop in our office at 20 W. Main St. or a click of your mouse is certain to bring joy and keep the Bah Hum Bugs away. That’s because we now have tickets available for the Westerville Habitat Partnership’s annual Progressive Christmas Concert on December 9th as well as the brand new Soup for Shelter dinner that will precede it. Give us a call to make sure we’re in the office, then come by and pick up tickets for you, your friends and your family. Tickets are $10 for the concert and $15 for the dinner and you get to keep your ceramic bowl, handmade by students at Columbus Academy. We can accept cash or check.

There’s another great event that’s happening each weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s called Uptown Scrooge and is a unique version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol told  throughout Uptown Westerville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids and are available online.

It doesn’t matter if it’s just you or a whole slew, there are events to enjoy from now through the end of December. So enjoy them, every one!

A Long Time Ago…There Was Midnight Madness!

Nobody’s sure when it started, but everyone agrees it has been going on for a long time. Not as far back as the Whiskey Wars, but certainly 1984 Midnight Madness in Uptown Westervillebefore there were 4th Fridays, there was Midnight Madness.

The Westerville Local History Archives have this photo from 1984 showing Nancy Wasserman, owner of Uptown business, The Difference, with customer Mimi Gresler at 1984’s Midnight Madness. That’s at least 32 years that the Westerville Uptown Merchants’ Association has been showcasing the 2009-north-state-stshops in Uptown during the Halloween season. At the very least, that’s parents, kids and grandkids who have roamed the Uptown streets in costumes, participating in various contests, enjoying fun decoration and taking advantage of sales offered by the many merchants who have called Uptown home through the years.

The other photos, from 2009 and 2010, respectively, show some of the good times had when the leaves are down and sky is dark in Uptown.

You’ll hear the clip-clip of hooves again2010nightwalkuptown this year, as WUMA offers free horse-drawn wagon rides. You’ll see shop windows with decorations both spooky and whimsical and you’ll be able to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch family-friendly movies at Westerville Automotive on E. Main St.

Will there be candy? Yes. Will it be cold? Maybe. Will you make memories? Definitely.