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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.  

 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS in Westerville

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December 2.9,16.23: Home For The Holidays In Uptown Westerville 5:00 pm Historic Uptown Westerville, near State and Main Streets Uptown Businesses stay open until 8pm every Friday until Christmas. Enjoy luminaries that line the street as you shop.

December 2: Otterbein Holiday Feast & Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:30pm Campus Center, 100 E. Home St./Towers Hall Lawn, Grove St. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for this festive Otterbein tradition. Extend the fun by having a holiday feast in the Campus Center!

December 2: Ye Olde English Christmas Feaste, 3 6pm, entrance; 6:30 Royal Procession Church of the Messiah United Methodist, 51 N. State St. The youth of Church of the Messiah United Methodist in Uptown Westerville presents “Ye Olde English Feaste” featuring a meal of roast beef, baked potato, green beans, bread, wassail and spice cake. Please call Julie 614-579-2021 with questions about tickets.

December 2: Westerville Christmas Show 6:00 pm Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave Presented by Generations Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $20, available October 1st at www.tututix.com/Gen-Pac.

December 2: Santa Paws Pet Photos 5-8pm Captivating Canines, 12 E. Main St. Santa Paws will be at Captivating Canines to pose for photos with your pet. $25 , December 3: Santa Paws Pet Photos 1-4pm

December 2: Westerville Tree Lighting Ceremony Tree is Lit 7:00pm Westerville City Hall Courtyard, 21 S. State St. Carols, candles and family fun! 614-901-6500

December 2.3: A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play 7:00 pm Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. Westerville Civic Theatre presents this adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. December 4 2:00 pm

December 3: Rotary Holiday Food Drive for W.A.R.M. 9:00 am Donation pickup starts at 9am. Westerville Rotarians are collecting non-perishable food on Saturday, December 3rd. Donations will benefit the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM), 614-899-0196

December 3: 19th Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show 10am-3pm Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. contact@gingerbreadcottage.org

December 3: Uptown Scrooge 1:00 pm Uptown Westerville, beginning at St. Matthew’s Pray Think Love House, Good Medicine Productions presents Uptown Scrooge: Uptown Scrooge is a theatrical performance spectacle on the streets and inside some businesses of Uptown Westerville. SOLD OUT! December 4, December 10, December 11, December 17, December 18

December 3: Westerville Christmas Show December 3 11:30, 2:30 and 7pm Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Presented by Generations Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $20, available October 1st at www.tututix.com/Gen-Pac.

December 4, 11,18: Music in the Library Atrium 2:00 pm Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Sundays, 2-3pm. A variety of free concerts will be held on the Sundays between Thanksgiving & Christmas. 614-882-7277 or www.westervillelibrary.org.

December 4 : Westerville Sertoma Children’s Christmas Parade/Rudolph Run 5K December 4 2:00 pm Race begins at St. Paul’s Church, parade begins at State St. and Westerville Sertoma Presents Westerville Children's Christmas Parade & Rudolph Run 5KElectric Ave. Westerville Sertoma Presents Westerville Children’s Christmas Parade & Rudolph Run 5K**New Route This Year** The Rudolph Run 5K will start and finish at St. Paul’s Church on N. State St. (S.R. 3) at 2pm. Once the runners make it to Electric Ave. and make the turn to head back to St. Paul’s , the parade will begin on State St. at Electric Ave. and proceed north on State St. to St. Paul’s Church.

December 6, 10, 11: Christmas Open House at the Hanby House 7-9pm 160 W. Main St. Enjoy festive holiday decorations while touring the 1850’s home of the Hanby family, listening to live music and sampling refreshments. Saturday and Sunday; 1:30 – 4:30pm. Admission is $3/adult, $2.50/senior, $1/child. December 11 hours are 1:30-4:30

December 9: Soup For Shelter December 9, 5-7pm Otterbein Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. - $15 patrons will receive a delicious soup supper provided by Bon Appetit along with a hand-crafted bowl made by Columbus Academy students. All proceeds benefit the Westerville Habitat Partnership, a member of Habitat for Humanity of Delaware & Union Counties. After supper consider joining the Westerville Habitat Partnerhip’s annual Progressive Christmas Concert starting at 7 PM. Tickets are $10. Tickets for both Soup For Shelter and the Progressive Christmas Concert will be available at the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau beginning in November. Call 614-794-0401 for hours.

December 9: Progressive Christmas Concert 7-9:15pm Uptown Westerville Churches 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). For tickets and information, call 614-794-0401.

December 11: Westerville Symphony: Sounds of the Season, 5pm Fritche Theatre at Cowan Hall Visit Otterbein.edu/music for tickets and more information.

December 11-12:Mawild Un Nabi celebrated in some countries as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

December 28: Westerville Concert Band Holiday Concert December 18 3:00 pm Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Enjoy this free concert featuring your favorite holiday tunes. www.westerville.bands.org.

December 28: Phil Brown Basketball Classic. 9:00 am Otterbein University Rike Center, 160 Center St. The girls and boys basketball teams from Westerville Central, North and South High Schools will play three other teams. All proceeds benefit Westerville Athletic Programs. For more information visit: www.westervillerotary.com

 

December 24th(evening) Hanukkah - end on the evening of Sunday January 1st.

December 25 - Christmas

December 26 - January 1 - Kwanzaa - a week-long holiday honoring African culture and traditions.