Friday, November 27, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place to be Home for the Holidays

This Saturday's Home for the Holidays event is in the news! Check out Jennifer Nesbitt's article in ThisWeek Community Newspapers Westerville.

Uptown event kicks off holiday season

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 12:50 PM

ThisWeek Staff Writer

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is hosting an all-day lineup of holiday events Nov. 28.

Home for the Holidays will run in Uptown from noon to 8 p.m. and will include Santa clowns, face painting, warmed nuts and kettle corn, and strolling carolers in period costumes. Santa Claus will be wandering through Uptown from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be carriage rides through Uptown from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with carriages departing from the corner of North State and East Home streets.

Many Uptown businesses also will have holiday events going on throughout the day, including an ice sculptor on the patio of Jimmy V's Grill & Pub, 1 S. State St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; a holiday wine-tasting at Meza, 48 N. State St.; a secret Santa gift shop for children upstairs at Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., from noon to 4 p.m.; cookie decorating at A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State St.; silhouettes by Anne B. Wildman at It's All In The Name, 13 E. College Ave.; and live music at Java Central, 20 S. State St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the Home for the Holiday events, children also can drop off letters to Santa at It's All In The Name, 13 E. College Ave.

The Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St. will have its chapel open throughout the day.

Also during Home for the Holidays, many Uptown businesses will be revealing their holiday window displays. Many businesses also will be displaying holiday wares, including decorations, accessories, home accents and cards.

Hoover Gardens will have a special Uptown location, allowing shoppers to purchase fresh garlands and wreaths.

Leading up to the Nov. 28 event, 14 Uptown businesses are displaying specially decorated holiday wreaths. Uptown patrons are able to purchase raffle tickets for their favorite wreaths in the stores for $1.

All of the money raised will go to the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market and the Westerville Area Resources Ministry's Fresh Green program. The program provides clients of WARM's food pantry with vouchers that can be redeemed for fresh produce at the summer farmers markets.

Raffle tickets will be drawn at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at each wreath location.

To read Jennifer Nesbitt's article online, click here.

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