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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 - more calendar events

This year, the Uptown Merchants Community has a variety of activities to get everyone in the Holiday Spirit. Our Annual Holiday Celebration in Uptown Westerville will begin Friday with the city Christmas Tree Lighting and activities through out the weekend.

 

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December 1 Music in the Atrium, 2pm, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Sounds of the Season.


December 2-7 Westerville Caring and Sharing's Christmas Project helping Westerville children, their families and a few senior citizens ensure their Christmas holiday will be a special one. Each family receives a food basket, personal hygiene and household products and any other donated items. Distribution day is Sunday, December 8. For more information, contact Westerville Caring and Sharing: Voicemail, 614-470-4320; P.O. Box 970, Westerville, OH 43082 or email


December 3 Hanby Christmas Open House, 7-9pm, Hanby House State Memorial, 160 W. Main St. Christmas Open House--Enjoy decorations and live music in the parlor to set the mood for the coming holiday. Refreshments served. www.hanbyhouse.org

December 4 Pancake Breakfast, 7-10:30am, Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St. First Wednesday of each month. Open to the public. 614-901-6560

December 6 Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7pm, City Hall, 21 S. State St. Carols, candles and family fun! 614-901-6500

December 7 Hanby Christmas Open House, 1:30-4:30pm, Hanby House State Memorial, 160 W. Main St. Enjoy decorations and live music in the parlor to set the mood for the coming holiday. Refreshments served. www.hanbyhouse.org

December 7 Home for the Holidays, 3-8pm, Historic Uptown Westerville. This annual winter sale showcases all the unique merchandise this shopping district has to offer. Enjoy holiday music, a visit from Santa and much more. www.shopuptownwesterville.com

December 7 15th Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show, 10-3pm, Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. To register as a vendor or for more information, visit www.gingerbreadcottage.org.

December 7 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 & WARM 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 three drop-off locations: W.A.R.M. central office at 175 East Broadway and at both Westerville area Kroger stores on E. Schrock Road and Maxton Road locations. The drop-off will be open from 9:00am to 12:00noon. For more information visit: www.westervillerotary.com

December 8 Mount Carmel Presents the 5th Annual Sertoma Rudolph Run 5K Run/Walk, 1:30pm, From Brooksedge and Schrock east to State Rt. 3 and north to County Line road. For registration or more information, Click Here! or 614-596-0564

December 8 Westerville Sertoma Christmas Parade 1:45pm, Route: Brooksedge Blvd., East on Schrock Rd., North on State St. to St. Paul’s Church. Sertoma will collect letters to Santa to send back with him to the North Pole! To Watch the Parade: Bring your friends and family on and line up along the parade route on Sunday, December 8th and cheer on your Westerville neighbors as Mount Carmel St. Ann’s presents the 5th Annual Westerville Sertoma Rudolph Run 5K Run/Walk, which will begin at 1:30. The roads will close at 12:45.


December 8 Music in the Atrium, 2pm, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Enjoy the sounds of the season during your library visit. This 13th annual series is made possible by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library.

December 8 Hanby Christmas Open House, 1:30-4:30pm, Christmas Open House--Enjoy decorations and live music in the parlor to set the mood for the coming holiday. Refreshments served. www.hanbyhouse.org

December 13 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 are 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 or http://tapestryofatown.org/christmas-progressive-concert-for-2013/15
Westerville Community Band holiday Concert, 3pm, Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave. http://westervillebands.org/flyers/flyer%202013-14.pdf

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 15 Music in the Atrium, 2pm, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Enjoy the sounds of the season during your library visit. This 13th annual series is made possible by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library.

December 15 Westerville 80-member Concert Band Holiday Concert - Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 PM at the Westerville Central High School auditorium, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. 43082. As always, admission is free, ( Santa Claus and a cookie reception, too) www.westervillebands.org or call 614-890-6820.

December 22 Music in the Atrium, 2pm, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Enjoy the sounds of the season during your library visit. This 13th annual series is made possible by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library.

December 25 - Christmas

December 26 - January 1 - Kwanzaa