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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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December 5-7 Snowflake Castle, sorry sold out for 2015... more info

December 1, 5, 6 Hanby Christmas Open House, 7-9pm Dec. 1, 7-9pm Dec. 5th and 1:30-4:30 p.m. 6th. Hanby House, 160 W. Main St. Decorations, refreshments, special music and a step back in time. 614-891-6289. Adults $3, Age 60 = $2.50, Ages 6-17 $1

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 4,5 Pet Pictures with Santa, Friday 5:30-7:30pm; Saturday Noon-4pm, Captivating Canines, 12 E. Main St. sponsored by CHA Animal Shelter. 614-882-8863

December 4 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 4 Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7pm, City Hall, 21 S. State St. Carols, candles and family fun! 614-901-6500

December 4-6 Home for the Holidays in Uptown, shopping hours until 8 or 9pm on Friday and fun holiday activities.


December 6 Westerville Sertoma Children's Christmas Parade, 1pm, 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 614-794-0401

December 5 Holiday Craft Bazaar, 9am-3pm, American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave. The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit #171 presents its annual holiday bazaar featuring vendors and crafters.


December 5 W.A.R.M/Rotary Holiday Food Drive, 9am-Noon. The Rotary Clubs of Westerville, Otterbein Rotaract Club members and alumni, the High School Interact Clubs & Westerville Area Resource Ministry 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 the following drop-off locations:Drop-off locations W.A.R.M office, 150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville City Schools Admin Building, 936 Eastwind Drive and area Kroger Stores. For more information visit: www.westervillerotary.com or www.warmwesterville.org.

December 5 18th Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show, 10am-3pm, Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. www.gingerbreadcottage.org

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

December 6 Westerville Sertoma Children's Christmas Parade, 1pm, Brooksedge Blvd to Schrock Rd., to State Route 3, north to County Line Rd. The Westerville Sertoma invites you to welcome Santa 614-794-0401

December 6-14 - Hanukkah

December 11 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). for tickets and information, call 614-794-0401

December 11, 12, 13 Miracle on 34th Street, Friday & Saturday, 7pm; Sunday at 2pm, Westerville South High School Auditorium, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. The Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theater presents this holiday classic. Tickets are on sale now at the Westerville Community Center for $10 each. 614-901-6500

December 11-12 Westerville Christmas Spectacular, presented by Generations Performing Arts Center. For more information contact Angie at (614) 794-3298

December 12 Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Breakfast: 8-10am, Santa's visit: 9-10am, Blendon Masonic Lodge,130 S. State Street Westerville (next to the Westerville library). For more information visit www.blendon339.com

December 12-13 Home for the Holidays in Uptown, extended shopping hours and fun holiday activities in Uptown Westerville.

December 12 Westerville Symphony Presents Sounds of the Season, 5pm, Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University, 30 S. Grove St. The Westerville Symphony's annual Sounds of the Season concert is favorite family holiday tradition. Assistant conductor Jim Bates leads a chamber orchestra through a rousing program of holiday-themed classical works old and new, and other Yuletide favorites, including popular audience sing-alongs. www.westervillesymphony.org

December 13 - Westerville Concert Band Holiday Concert, 3pm, Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave. FREE! www.westervillebands.org

December 18-20 Home for the Holidays in Uptown, Fun holiday activities and shopping hours until 8 or 9pm in Uptown Westerville.

December 23 Mawild Un Nabi

December 25 - Christmas

December 26 - January 1 - Kwanzaa