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Wonder about the Westerville Star?

In ancient times the five pointed star, with one point straight up, represented all that is Good and Holy.  In the early days of this country, our forefathers used stars as a decoration to symbolize the strength of family and a deep respect and abiding love for God.  the founders of our Great Nation adopted the star to symbolize the very first states on the very first flag.

The upper right and left points represent "Mother" and "Father", the lower two points represent "Children", and the top center always points toward the Heavens in reverence to the Lord our Creator.   The original Christmas Star shone to announce the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago; it's light and beacon of welcome to all who would come. As a traditional tree-topper the star serves as a reminder of that light, the source of true Christmas joy.

In the depths of the Great Depression the Westerville Businessman's Association led by Percy Yantis wanted to find a way to bring business to uptown and to make the holidays brighter during those difficult times.  Yantis went to City Manager Ross Windom with the idea of having a large star hanging over the main intersection in the shopping district during the holidays.   Windom approved of the idea and tinsmith George Alexander was commissioned to create the decoration.

George Alexander, descended from one of the early mayors of Westerville, worked on the star with his two sons Russell and Nolan in his tin shop which was located where Green Cleaners is located today off of College Ave.  George was talented not only in his work with tin but also was noted because he was the director of the Westerville Band.  



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Its Holiday festivity time in Uptown -


December 1-6 Snowflake Castle, 9-11am and 1-3pm each weekday, plus 5-8pm Wednesday-Friday, Saturday hours are 1-4 and 6-9pm. Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. Stop by Santa's Workshop for this 30th annual event. Children work with elves to make their very own wooden toy, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and can enjoy trains, face-painting and a gift shop. Reservations required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 614-901-6560.

December 2, 6, 7 Hanby Christmas Open House, 7-9pm Dec. 2nd, 1:30-4pm Dec. 6th and 7th. Hanby House, 160 W. Main St. Decorations, refreshments, special music and a step back in time. 614-891-6289.

December 3 Otterbein University Wind Ensemble, 8pm, Fritsche Theatre, Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Free and open to the publicMusic in the Atrium, 2pm, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Sounds of the Season.

December 5 Jazz Showcase, 8pm, Fritsche Theatre, Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Otterbein's Jazz Ensemble and Opus One vocal ensemble will perform holiday jazz and more. $5 adults. Students, free.

December 5 Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7pm, City Hall, 21 S. State St. Carols, candles and family fun! 614-901-6500

December 5-6 Westerville Christmas Spectacular, presented by Generations Performing Arts Center. For more information contact Angie at (614) 794-3298

December 5-6- Ye Olde English Christmas Feaste at Church of the Messiah
Church of the Messiah United Methodist in Uptown Westerville has had a long-standing tradition of our youth offering "Ye Olde English Feaste" every other year. This year the Feaste will be held on Dec 5 and 6, 2014. Entrance to the castle begins at 6:00 pm each evening, with the Royal Procession beginning at 6:30 pm. The menu for the evening is roast beef, baked potato, green beans, bread, wassail and spice cake. As part of the event, the middle school and high school youth choir and handbells perform Christmas music which includes a carol sing. Tickets may be purchased from 9:15 am - 12:15 pm on Sundays Nov. 23 and 30 on the middle floor of Church of the Messiah (near the elevator), 51 N. State St. Tickets may also be purchased Nov. 24 & 25 in the church office from 9 am - 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Senior Citizens and $12 for children age 12 and under. Please call Julie 891-0434 with questions about tickets.

December 5-6, 12-13
The Match Girl's Gift, 8pm, Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. Christmas Eve: 1898. The streets of New York City bustle with activity as a light snow begins to fall...one almost overlooks the ragged little girl huddled by the steps of the picturesque mansion. With the help of her grandmother, Lizzie dreams of the things that might be possible were she to dare enter the majestic house and encounter the seemingly happy family within. This condensed retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic will inspire your holiday spirit with a heartwarming story of one little girl's triumph over despair. Suitable for all ages. Tickets are $17 for Adults and $15 for Seniors and students. 614-360-1000 or visit their

December 6, 13, 20 Home For The Holidays, Historic Uptown Westerville. Extended shopping hours and
a variety of activities will take place in the Uptown shops during the weekends leading up
to Christmas.

December 6 16th Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show,10am - 3pm, Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. www.gingerbreadcottage.org or contact@gingerbreadcottage.org

December 6 Choral Ensembles, 2pm, Fritsche Theatre, Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville; The Otterbein University Department of Music will present a choral concert featuring Camerata, Otterbein Vocal Ensemble, Women’s Chorale, and Otterbein Singers under the direction of faculty members Elizabeth Barrett, Dennis Davenport, and Karen Eckenroth. The program will feature a variety of holiday and standard choral music. Free and open to the public.

December 6-13 W.A.R.M. - Rotary Holiday Food Drive, The Rotary Clubs of Westerville, Otterbein Rotaract Club members and alumni, the High School Interact Clubs, Boy Scouts & W.A.R.M. volunteers will be collecting canned food donations for those in need again this holiday season. The service groups will be collecting in areas of the city as well as accepting donations of non-perishable food and cash at four drop-off locations: W.A.R.M. central office at 175 East Broadway, and at each of the three Westerville Area Kroger stores on Maxtown Rd, E Schrock Road and Sunbury Road locations. The drop-off locations will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. For more information visit: www.westervillerotary.com or www.warmwesterville.org.

December 6-7 "Miracle on Our Street",True Meaning Christmas Production by Westerville Church of the Nazarene, 6pm, 355 Cherrington Rd. Evening includes Puppets by Mr. L, drama, Leap of Faith Dance Company and Music by 3 Days Wait. This is a FREE event for all ages. For more information visit: www.tmcp.info


December 7 - Westerville Sertoma's Rudolph Run 5K Run/Walk, 1:30pm, Brooksedge Blvd to Schrock Rd., to State Route 3, north to County Line Rd. Lead the way, just like Rudolph during this 6th annual event which precedes the Children's Christmas parade. 614-794-0401

December 7 Westerville Sertoma Children's Christmas Parade, 1:45pm, Brooksedge Blvd to Schrock Rd., to State Route 3, north to County Line Rd. The Westerville Sertoma invites you to welcome Santa during this annual family event, which follows immediately after the Rudolph Run. 614-794-0401

December 12 Progressive Christmas Concert, 6:30-8:45pm, Uptown Westerville. Enjoy sights and sounds of the season as three Uptown Westerville churches each host a 25 minute concert featuring choirs and other music. Caped guides with lanterns will lead participants from one church to the next (van transportation is also available). Participating churches include First Presbyterian on W. College Ave., Church of the Master at Grove and Main Streets and Church of the Messiah on N. State St. Tickets are $10 for adults (high school-aged and younger are free) and will be available at the member churches of the Westerville Habitat Partnership, the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau and at the door before the first concert. 614-794-0401

December 13 Pet Photos With Santa Paws, 11am-3pm, Captivating Canines, 12 E. Main St. CHA All proceeds benefit CHA Animal Shelter. Click Here! for more information.

December 14 - The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University Annual “Sounds of the Season” Holiday Concert Saturday, December 14, 2013.8 PM in Riley Auditorium in Otterbein’s Battelle Fine Arts Center, located at 170 W Park Street, Westerville, Ohio. For infor or to order tickets, please contact Executive Director Janelle Myers at janelle@westervillesymphony.org or call (614) 899-9000.

December 14 - Westerville Concert Band Holiday Concert, 3pm, Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave. FREE! www.westervillebands.org

December 16-24 - Hanukkah

December 25 - Christmas

December 26 - January 1 - Kwanzaa