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. ūüôā 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! ūüėČ

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.

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‚Äôs only rock & roll nutrition show, Jump with Jill is poised to rock the 2017 Columbus Children’s Festival Stage at 11am on 6/17.

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  • 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:

 

‚ô¶ 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

 

 

‚ô¶ 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

 

 

‚ô¶ 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

‚Äč–provided by Ohio Party Bull‚Äč

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

 

 

‚ô¶ 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¬†‚Äčcustomerservice@kidslinked.com to inquire about remaining available slots for teams

  • Presented by Ohio Soccer Academy

 

 

‚ô¶ 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

 

 

‚ô¶ “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‚Äôs 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

 

 

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄĘ 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

 

‚Äč‚ô¶¬†Smiles 4 Life Festival Stage

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

 

10:00 -‚Äč Welcome, Announcements, and Music

10:15 – ‚ÄčCardio Drumming with Christine

10:30 – ‚ÄčColumbus Youth Ballet

11:‚Äč00 ‚Äč ¬†Jump with Jill ‚ÄčLive Tour – ‚ÄčThe world‚Äôs only rock & roll nutrition show‚Äč, presented by Meijer

11:30 – Phil Hoffman, Magician‚Äč

12 – 1:30 – ‚ÄčJohnsons’ ‚ÄčReal Ice Cream-Eating Contest‚Äč

1:30 -‚Äč Street Angelz – Christian urban dance crew

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

‚Äč2:30 – 4:00 – ‚Äč”Fashion in Full Bloom” Youth ‚ÄčFashion Contest‚Äč presented by Pure Design Teen Magazine‚Äč – emceed by Alissa Henry, featured reporter of ABC 6 and FOX 28, a‚Äčnd‚Äč Ben Buchanan, ‚Äč‚ÄčABC/FOX Broadcaster ‚Äč

4:00 – ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äč‚ÄčMartial Arts ‚ÄčD‚Äčemo‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

4:30 -‚Äč TBA

 

 

‚ô¶ Vendor Midway & Family Marketplace

 

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When:  Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10am Р5pm

 

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.

These Groups Aren’t Afraid To Get Their Hands Dirty

No matter what color your thumb, you’re eyes are bound to be drawn to the colorful plants and flowers that make spring such a fresh and happy time of year. Both the Inniswood Volunteers, Inc. and the Westerville Garden Club have plant sales this month where you can purchase annuals and perennials to beautify your yard or someone else’s. The proceeds go back to these local organizations that work all year long in the Westerville community.

Although Inniswood Metro Gardens is part of Columbus & Franklin County Metroparks and gets its staff and operational funding through the county, the gardens just wouldn’t look the same without Inniswood Volunteers, Inc. and the Inniswood Garden Society. These two organizations work together, sharing several members, to enhance not just the appearance of the botanical garden, but the educational opportunities offered their as well.¬†While IVI has interest groups ranging from container design to taxonomy to railroad, IGS plans events where anyone can learn all aspects of gardening from nationally known speakers. IGS also assists with funding special projects like the Sisters’ Garden and the new Greenhouse Multipurpose Center. IGS will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, June 4, which is open to the public.

The Westerville Garden Club is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year with a host of activities, including The WEsterville Garden Club maintains the kitchen garden at the Hanby House State Memorial.the installation of a Blue Star Memorial at Hanby Park, the release of a cook book and a flower show. Each year, the Garden Club maintains the kitchen garden at the Hanby House State Memorial on W. Main St. and, since 1992, has sponsored the WesterFlora Garden Tour. The groups holds its monthly meetings in March, April, July, August, September, October and November at the Westerville Public Library.

This weekend and next, be sure to visit the plant sales and support these groups responsible for bringing color and beauty to our community. Go see what’s blooming!

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!

You Artsy, She Jane

Would you describe yourself as “artsy?” Why or why not? What makes one “artsy” or a “lover of art?” Some people say, “I’m not an artist, but I can appreciate the talent that went into it.” Others say, “I don’t get it at all!?!?”

Westerville, Ohio has a rich arts community that not only includes Otterbein University’s talented students and faculty and the Westerville Symphony, but also the Westerville Community Bands, theatre and choir, the Arts Council of Westerville, the Westerville Art League made up of hundreds of local artists.

What is art? Paintings? Dance? The spoken word? Quilts?

Who is an artist? A child? An actor? A sculpture? A tuba player?

Each year, the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau recognizes one local art initiative in memory of Jane Denick. To Jane, art was a passion. Recognizing creativity of every kind was a cause she championed. At our annual meeting in February, the WVCB awarded the Jane Denick Advancement of the Arts Award to Curtain Players.

Since 1963, Curtain Players has been part of the Westerville Community and has brought more than 200 shows to the area, promoting the educational, cultural, and entertainment value of live theatre.

If you have never experienced Curtain Players, you will have your chance beginning March 24 with Rabbit Hole, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by David Lindsay-Abaire. Curtain Players perform their shows in a quaint 78-seat theater is on the east side of the Hoover Reservoir.

Be sure to check out their website and take in one of their performances soon. While you’re at it, visit a gallery, go to a concert. Who knows, you might decide to be “artsy.”

 

 

 

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!

See What Our Cleveland Friends Have to Say About Us!

Even though it aired over a year ago, we are still hearing from northern Ohioans who heard about Westerville from an episode of New Day Cleveland on their local Fox affiliate, FOX8. Several merchants in the Uptown area have said customers have come in because they heard about their shop on the show and wanted to see it first-hand. From the feedback we’ve received, they didn’t leave disappointed. Watch for yourself!