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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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Its Holiday festivity time in Uptown -

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December 1.8,15.22: Home For The Holidays In Uptown Westerville Historic Uptown Westerville, near State and Main Streets Uptown Businesses stay open until 8pm every Friday until Christmas.

December 1: Otterbein 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 1: 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 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16, 8pm December 10, 17 2pm, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, Tickets are available at www.curtainplayers.org or 614 360 1000. $17 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and students.

December 2 - Pancake breakfast with a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus, with music provided by Westerville Central HS students. Sponsored by the Westerville Central Music Boosters. For more information contact Laurel at 614-891-7639 or warhawkmb@gmail.com.

December 2: Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show 10am-3pm Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. contact@gingerbreadcottage.org

December 2 -W.A.R.M. — Rotary Holiday Food Drive. The Rotary Clubs of Westerville, Otterbein Rotaract Club members and alumni, the High School Interact Clubs & W.A.R.M. volunteers will be collecting canned food donations for those in need 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: W.A.R.M. central office at 150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville School District Administration Building at 936 Eastwind Drive, Westerville Area Kroger storesThe drop-off locations will receive donations from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. For more information visit: www.westervillerotary.com or www.warmwesterville.org.

December 2-17 - Saturdays & Sundays Nov. 25 – Dec. 17, 2017. Good Medicine Productions Presents Uptown Scrooge. Uptown Scrooge is a theatrical performance spectacle that utilizes innovative storytelling, improvisation, music, puppetry, and audience interaction to share the story of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. Guided through the streets and shops of Uptown Westerville by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, audience members go on Scrooge’s journey, experiencing the magic and wonder of his holiday adventure first-hand. A unique holiday experience for the whole family. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Approximately 90 minutes. Saturday and Sunday afternoons. $22 for adults $10 for children & students
Tour Check-in @30 E. College Ave., Westerville, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:15 pm, 2:45 pm

December 3 -Sertoma Children’s Christmas Parade Information, Enjoy the “Sights and Sounds of Christmas! The Westerville Children’s Christmas Parade will be Sunday, December 3, kicking off just after the Rudolph Run/Walk 5k (which starts at 2 pm). Parade staging/line-up begins as early as Noon in the athletic parking areas of Westerville South High School.

December 3, 10, 17- Music in the Atrium, Westerville Public Library, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

December 8, 9: Westerville Christmas Show 6:00 pm Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave Presented by Generations Performing Arts Center. December 8th: 6:00 pm: Tickets $12 - $20, December 9th: 11:00 am and 1:15 pm Children's Concerts: Tickets: $12, December 9th: 3:00 and 7:00 PM: Tickets $12 - $20, www.tututix.com/Gen-Pac or call 855-222-2849

December 5 and Saturday 9-The smell of hot cider, the sound of Christmas music, the twinkle of light–all add up to holiday memories. Visit the decorated home of the composer who gave us “Up on the Housetop.” Continuous music in the parlor. hot cider and cookies served. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30PM-9:00PM Live reindeer on display from 6:30 to 8:30, MEEK quartet performing from 7:00p-9:00PM. Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00AM-4:00PM. Gary Puckett performing 10:30AM-12:00PM. Steve and Lisa Ball performing 12:30PM-2:00PM. Messiah Chimes performing 2:30PM-4:00PM

December 8 -Join us for The Columbus Academy Soup for Shelter event Friday, 5:00-7 :00pm. Event is hosted by Otterbein University at the Campus Center located at 100 W. Home St. near Uptown Westerville and precedes the Progressive Christmas Concert. $15 and includes:
Handcrafted bowl made by Columbus Academy students, All profits benefit the Westerville Habitat Partnership

December 8 - Three Uptown Westerville churches host concerts featuring choirs and other music. Caped guides with lanterns load participants from one church to the next. Proceeds benefit Westerville Habitat Partnership. www.westervillehabitat.com.

December 8, 9, 10 -Join the players of Westerville’s fictional vintage radio station, WVLR, as they present another holiday favorite that is sure to captivate and warm the hearts of audiences with a healthy dose of holiday nostalgia. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m. $10.Tickets are on sale Wednesday, November 1. Reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase at the Westerville Community Center

December 10 - Sounds of the Season, Westerville Community Band, 5 pm at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall at Otterbein University.Tickets are available on-line at www.westervillesymphony,org and can also be purchased at the door. for more info: Hild Peersen at hild@westervillesymphony.org

December 14, 15, 16-Westerville North High School Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street. Tickets are $6 per person; tickets will be sold online at https://westerville-north-theater-department.ticketleap.com/ and at the event. Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Contact: Jenny Jenkins, 6142593121, jennifer.a.jenkins@live.com

December 15-4th Annual Uptown Ice Sculpture Tour Uptown Merchants display ice sculptures created by Rock on Ice. The illuminated sculptures are placed by 5p.m. on Friday night and are out all weekend, weather permitting. Take a fun nighttime tour and see them while they last.

December 17 - Westerville Concert Band Holiday Concert, Westerville Central High School,Admission is free, donations accepted. fyi visit www.westervillebands.org.

December 28: Phil Brown Basketball Classic. 10:00 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 12th (evening) Hanukkah - end on the evening of Wednesday December 20th.

December 25 - Christmas

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