Breathe Deep…It’s Memorial Day Weekend!

Sure. You are probably busy this weekend. Traveling, cookouts, sports events and other outdoor fun might distract you from the “Memorial” in Memorial Day. Many people take the opportunity to stop at a cemetery and put flowers on a loved-ones grave. Some attend parades and other events to honor our servicemen and servicewomen who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. In Westerville, the Sunrise Rotary Club and its many volunteers spend the weekend (and many weeks of planning leading up to it) to bring the Field of Heroes to life.

There really are no words to describe it. Breath-taking is the only one that comes close. If you visit during the day, you may find some words to describe the perfect rows of billowing flags and who and what they stand for. If you visit after dark,  any words you might think to utter are swallowed by the solemn stillness surrounding you.

To many who walk among the Old Glories, that stillness represents the voices silenced in defense of our great nation. As you enjoy this long weekend, breathe deep and reflect for just a moment on, not only those members of the armed forces who made American what it is, but also on those who have gone before that made your life what it is: the immigrant great-grandparents, the first college graduate in your family, the mother who put herself last to make life better for her children or the teacher that went above and beyond for a student who needed it. They are heroes too!

Rolling With the Punches-Office Closed

WVCB OfficeThe WVCB  office is usually a busy place this time of year. Residents and visitors alike stop into our lobby for local information as well as ideas for one-tank trips around the Buckeye State. We enjoy greeting guests and sharing tidbits. That’s why we are incredibly saddened to let you know that, until further notice, the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau office at 20 W. Main St. will be closed. Our office building sustained damage on May 10th and safety inspectors are not allowing anyone inside. (more…)

In Full Spring

If you haven’t been to Inniswood Metro Gardens during this season of greening, you must. You’ll be greeted by blankets of tulips and beautiful emerald hues everywhere you look. Elsewhere in Westerville, the Bradford Pears lining many neighborhood streets have transitioned from brilliant white to a more summery shade. Before long you will see some scraggly baskets of petunias hanging from the light posts along State and Main Streets. But don’t be fooled! In a few short weeks they will burst from their baskets and cascade toward the sidewalk like a pink and purple explosion. Spring is a great time to be in Westerville!

Check our upcoming events page for even more reasons to enjoy Westerville. Memorial Day Weekend will bring the second of our Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday Celebrations to Uptown and a breathtaking display of American flags to the Sports Complex on Cleveland Ave. The Field of Heroes is a must-see for sure. Come visit twice: Once during daylight and once at night. You won’t regret it.

Here’s to a fun-filled spring in Westerville!

Under Construction!

It’s a bit cliche, but it is appropriate: Pardon our dust! The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau welcomes you to our new website, just be patient as we add information to the framework created for us by Andrew Streetman and his staff at Vysion Technology Solutions, a Westerville-based company.

There are literally hundreds of events planned in Westerville for 2016 and we want to share them all with you! While we are in the process of moving them from our old site, feel free to give us a call if you have questions about upcoming events. If we don’t have the info, we’ll figure out where to find it. We’ll be glad to help you out! (more…)