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Christmas Press Articles - This Week - 2007 and SNP, Westerville Magazine
City's big holiday weekend starts with tree lighting Nov. 30 from
This Week Newspaper
There will be plenty of holiday cheer in Uptown next weekend as the city historic business district hosts the annual event-filled Home for the Holidays weekend.
Appearances from Santa, windows painted by local artists, and free carriage rides are just a few of the attractions during the three days of celebration.
The weekend will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with the annual Tree Lighting at the Westerville Municipal Building, 21 S. State St.
The Westerville Community Band, a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 80 musicians, Otterbein Kinderchor, Cantible Choir and Cadet Choir will be on hand to perform.
Laura Horton, program director for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the Tree Lighting Ceremony has been going on for at least 20 years, but recent steps were made to synchronize the event with Uptown merchants' events.
"It's really nice to have the city, the Parks and Recreation Department and Uptown Merchants work on one event because it solidifies what Uptown is all about," said Renee Kropat, executive director of Gallery 202.
Many Uptown shops will be open late Nov. 30 with a variety of events, refreshments and entertainment. Various promotions will continue through the weekend.
While visiting Uptown, shoppers will get the opportunity to see window paintings at their favorite shops. Kropat said this is the third year of the paintings and there's still time to request a painting. Most will be painted by local artists next week before the lighting ceremony. A donation of $15 is suggested to help cover the cost of paint and brushes.
The annual "vote for best window" will begin Nov. 30 and last until Dec. 22. A canned-good donation at the merchant with your favorite window counts as your vote. All proceeds will benefit the Westerville Area Resource Ministries food pantry.
The local artist who decorated last year's winning window, Kathryn Smithson, will be painting a scene from The Night Before Christmas on a window at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Free carriage rides will also be available from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30. The route will begin and end at the intersection of West College Avenue and State Street, traveling south State Street to West Park Street, down Park to South Grove Street, then north back to College.
Residents along the route are encourage to decorate their homes and yards as passengers will be voting on their favorite holiday decor. First and second place prizes, gift certificates valued at $100 and $50 and good at any Westerville Uptown Merchant Association member, will be awarded to the winners.
No holiday celebration would be complete without the appearance of Santa. The man in red will travel via fire engine to the Tree Lighting Ceremony, where he will take the stage before passing out treats during a stroll around the Municipal Building.
St. Nick will also make an appearance during the annual Holiday Parade sponsored by the Sertoma Club. The concluding holiday event will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and with the procession up State Street. Volunteers will be walking the parade route to collect canned goods for WARM and children also can give their letters to Santa to Westerville mail carriers who will be walking the parade route.
Westerville Magazine - Publishing Group
Sponsored by Westerville Parks and Recreation and the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, the "Home for the Holidays" weekend begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, with the city tree lighting and culminates with the annual Sertoma Christmas Children’s Parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. This seasonal favorite moves north on State Street from Huber Village Boulevard, through Uptown Westerville.
The sights and sounds of the holidays begin with the city tree lighting ceremony, which will feature music from the Westerville Community Band and Kinderchor. Westerville Sertoma is serving complimentary cookies and hot chocolate in front of City Hall.
After the tree lighting, the Westerville Fire Department will be escorting a very special Uptown Westerville guest: Santa Claus. Santa will be visiting with children throughout the evening, and the Church of the Messiah bell choir will be performing to entertain guests waiting in line to see Santa.
The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is presenting free carriage rides from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The brick street carriage route takes visitors through local neighborhoods and past Otterbein College’s Towers Hall. Riders can vote for their favorite decorated homes along the route. Guest judges include Mayor Diane Fosselman; Economic Development Coordinator Julie Colley; Parks and Recreation Program Manager Laura Horton; Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer; Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Mike Borowitz; and Uptown Merchants Association president Tim Bullock. The merchants association is awarding Uptown Westerville gift certificates to first and second place residences.
Uptown merchants have decorated their windows and shops for the season and will be open extended hours Nov. 30 and all day Dec. 1. Many shops are offering holiday flavors, specials, and refreshments. In addition to shopping at the perennial uptown favorites, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association encourages visitors to check out new uptown merchants.
WUMA member Gallery 202 also is sponsoring its annual Holiday Window decorating contest. Uptown windows are painted by Gallery 202 artists, and Uptown visitors can vote for their favorite window by dropping non-perishable food items off at each participating merchant throughout the holiday season. Food contributions will be donated to W.A.R.M. Additionally, "Home for the Holidays" visitors can contribute directly to W.A.R.M. on Nov. 30 during carriage rides.
For more information, contact Linda Foor at 614-352-1144 or email@example.com.
City holiday events come to State Street this weekend
At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, the annual Tree Lighting at the Westerville Municipal Building, 21 S. State St., will be the first attraction.
More than just a tree lighting, the event will feature musical performances by the Westerville Community Band, a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 80 musicians, as well as the Otterbein Kinderchor, Cantible Choir and Cadet Choir.
Santa will make his first appearance of the weekend as he passes out treats during a stroll around the Municipal Building.
Free carriage rides during the evening will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. Beginning and ending at the intersection of West College Avenue and State Street, the route will travel south on State to West Park Street, down Park to South Grove Street, then north back to College.
Residents along the route are encouraged to decorate their homes and yards as passengers will be voting on their favorite holiday decor. First and second place prizes, gift certificates valued at $100 and $50 and good at any Westerville Uptown Merchant Association member, will be awarded to the winners.
The weekend will also coincide with Home for the Holidays, an annual Uptown weekend staged by the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association that will include extended store hours, events, and promotions spanning from Friday night through Sunday.
Once in Uptown, visitors will be able to vote on their favorite window painting by donating non-perishable food items that will go to Westerville Area Resource Ministries food pantry. Voting will continue through Dec. 22 and one donated item equals one vote.
The final event of the weekend will be the annual Westerville Holiday Parade at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 which begins at State Street and Huber Village Boulevard and proceeds north through Uptown. Sponsored by the Sertoma Club, the parade will feature Westerville mail carriers who will deliver letters to Santa and volunteers who will collect canned good for WARM. Santa himself will conclude the parade riding on top of a fire engine.
For more information, visit uptownmerchants.com.
Community news from THIS WEEK WESTERVILLE
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Church to serve English 'Feaste'
Church middle school youth and parents present the old English evenings every other year. More than 200 guests will be served in a "castle" with candlelight and decorated with banners. The Royal Youth Choir and The King's and Queen's Ringers will entertain.
The castle doors open at 6 each evening. The Royal Procession begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling (614) 882-2167, ext. 31. Ask for Melissa. Tickets are $12.50 per person; families are $35. Free childcare is available.
The Church of the Messiah is at 51 N. State St.
Gallery 202 OPEN HOUSE - join us at 38 N. State St. for a silent auction, hot drinks, Hand of Harmony performances, wanderign cellist Mike INgalls and great art! 6-9pm . 614-890-8202 www.gallery202online.com
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