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Celebrate Art in Worthington

The arts are everywhere in Worthington! You can celebrate it this month with studio visits, festivals, and all sorts of artistic activities around the city.


An Art-Centric Worthington First Wednesdays (June 5)

The theme for June’s Worthington First Wednesdays is “Celebrate Art.” The evening’s activities will have you celebrating local artists, engaging in fun arts activities, and gearing up for the Worthington Arts Festival the following week. Visit the district from 5-8 p.m. on June 5 for a load of fun activities, like live music from Mark Rhodes in the Dewey’s plaza, plus kid’s arts and crafts. You can also get to know eight plein air artists from High Road Gallery, watch a ceramic artist at work, see illustrator and Worthington resident Rafael Rosado, and encounter the team from Worthington Community Theatre.


New Sculpture at the Old Worthington Library

You may have noticed the new installations along the High Street-facing side of the Old Worthington Library. The lawn has been transformed into a small plaza with natural pathways, native Ohio plants, and benches. Now you can rest in the shade with a good book. While you’re there, snap a selfie with Ricky the raccoon, Winston the owl and Asparagus the fox, the subjects of Reading With Friends, a bronze sculpture created by artist Mike Tizzano. He was inspired by characters from the library’s summer reading programs, and created it on-site over several months in the library’s lobby!

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Worthington Arts Festival (June 14-15)

Summer is festival season, and on June 14 and 15, the Worthington Arts Festival returns for the 27th year! Laid out on the McConnell Arts Center lawn, the 2019 festival has lined up more than 150 artists from across the country, all set to showcase paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, glass, mixed media work, and so much more. The Festival is rounded out with a collection of local food trucks, plus activities for all ages. You can get a special preview of the artists’ work at the Opening Night Picnic on Friday, June 14. Get tickets to it here. Want to be a part of the art? Festivals like this rely on the help of volunteers; sign up to volunteer here!


High Road Gallery & Studios

High Road Gallery is a hidden in plain sight on High Street and East Stafford. Headquartered in the historic Buttles-Pinney-Brown House, a 200-year-old structure across from the Old Worthington Library, High Road provides studio and gallery space to local artists. At any given time, roughly a dozen artists work out of the studios, creating everything from sculpture to figurines to painting. You can see the stunning artwork and meet the skilled creators during regular gallery exhibitions throughout the year. The studios are open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and other hours by appointment. (Hint: they make a perfect stop after the Farmer’s Market!)

Meet Shoma Jha from Centered Yoga + Movement!

Shoma Jha opened Centered Yoga + Movement in early February of this year. Her studio, located at 679D High Street, offers another option for the growing number of yoga fans around Old Worthington. Finding the studio is like going on a treasure hunt. Just follow the small tunnel between HER Realtors and Birch Boutique, leading to the Kilbourne Shops courtyard. She shared with us about her studio offerings, her interest in yoga and the sense of community in the neighborhood.

What has the neighborhood reception been so far?

Shoma: The neighborhood reception has been truly heartwarming. As different people have come in the studio for classes, it has been fascinating to witness how people know each other in various contexts. Worthington is a community where everyone is somehow connected. 

What led you to opening your own yoga studio?

Shoma: Sixteen years ago, after I had my second child and was juggling the new challenges of motherhood, my mom brought me a yoga video that she insisted I try with her. Yoga resonated with me right away. Since then, I have practiced regularly through classes at recreation centers and at various studios in the region. Eventually, I trained at the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute, a phenomenal program. Afterwards, I had opportunity to teach in studios, fitness centers, schools and in the corporate environment.

Through the practice of yoga, I discovered that I was not only able to build physical strength and flexibility, but also build mental and emotional clarity and flexibility. Additionally, yoga gave me a sense of inner peace unlike anything else I had experienced. As my love of yoga expanded, my vision to share yoga with my home community grew stronger. Once the perfect space opened up, I knew it was time to move forward.

What services does Centered Yoga offer? 

Shoma: As the name indicates, Centered Yoga and Movement offers yoga classes, as well as a variety of movement classes. All classes on our schedule are based upon the foundation of mind-body-breath awareness. The yoga classes are all vinyasa style, where a teacher guides students from posture to posture while moving with the breath, creating a fluid sequence.

As for the movement classes, there is quite a selection. One can choose from Nia, Barre-Vinyasa Fusion, Tai Chi-Vinyasa Fusion and Vinyasa-Dance Fusion. In Barre-Vinyasa, the instructor will lead students through a combination of flowing yoga with isometric strength training inspired by Barre. In Tai Chi-Vinyasa, the teacher will move students through traditional yoga poses while integrating tai chi and qigong martial arts movements. Vinyasa-Dance is a class with a yoga foundation blended with elements of dance. We also offer Nia. Nia is an energizing combination of dance, martial and healing arts. While all the other classes have a yoga foundation, Nia’s backbone is dance layered with features of martial arts and yoga.


Additionally, Centered offers classes to children of various ages. There is a teen class specifically geared to high school aged children. There is a tween class that is a perfect introduction to yoga for young adolescents. An elementary school aged class will also be added to the schedule in the next few weeks.

What's been your favorite part of the Old Worthington community?

Shoma: My favorite part of the Old Worthington community is its down-to-earth and accessible vibe. As a resident of Old Worthington for over a decade, I take pride in the fact that our downtown isn’t simply for show.  From the family friendly restaurants, to the more fine-dining, to the clothing boutiques, to the fitness-based venues, hair salons, banks, home goods stores, schools, post office, farmers’ market and so much more, I find our downtown community to be a vital part of Worthington and surrounding community residents. There is a tangible sense of cohesiveness. I treasure our downtown and am thrilled that Centered Yoga + Movement is a part of it!

Find Centered Yoga + Movement at 679D High Street, and check out the schedule of classes at

The Light of Seven Matchsticks, A Clever Take on the Traditional Speakeasy

A new “speakeasy” downstairs from one of Worthington’s most popular restaurants and entertainment venues is creating quite a buzz around town.

The Light of Seven Matchsticks has opened below Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music at 5601 N. High Street. Open Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight, The Light of Seven Matchsticks offers a full food and drink menu.

Curious about the name of the dark wood, clubby and book-strewn space? Fans of Wes Anderson’s movie Moonrise Kingdom may recognize Light of the Seven Matchsticks as the title of a fictitious book being read by one of the film’s characters, Suzy.

Check out these quirky and clever ‘Speakeasy Rules’

  • No cell phone service. Come with those whose company you enjoy.
  • While we love children, please leave them at home.
  • No reservations.
  • Find the “secret menu.” (Hmmm.)
  • Be respectful.

More about Natalie’s food & music

Since opening Natalie’s, Charlie Jackson and his daughter, Natalie have built on its reputation as Ohio’s first and only coal-fired pizza restaurant, serving authentic old world, New York style pizzas and scratch-made dishes.

Filling out the menu are an impressive selection of craft beers, wines and classic cocktails.

A big draw at Natalie’s is live music. Local and national entertainers perform a variety of Americana-style music, from folk and singer/songwriter to jazz, blues, Irish and other traditional styles.

Check out The Light of Seven Matchsticks facebook page to follow happenings there and Natalie’s website at for their entertainment schedule.


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It’s Date Night in Worthington

Looking for a way to freshen up date night this winter? Thanks to the fantastic restaurants, sought-after concert venues and all around small town charm, Worthington is brimming with great ideas for the perfect date. So whether you prefer dinner and a show, a quiet morning without the kids, or a little adventure, you'll be sure to find it in Worthington.  

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

·      Classes at Igloo Letterpress – Try something new and sign up to take a class with your sweetheart at Worthington’s favorite little letterpress shop. Most of their classes require no previous experience, and they take place in a relaxed, group setting, which makes them an excellent activity for that first or second date.  

·      Dinner and a Movie – Truth is, you can’t go wrong with a meal at any of Worthington’s wonderful dining establishments. So when you want to wow your one and only this season, book a reservation at The Whitney House, then casually slide tickets across the table to one of the many outstanding shows at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center. Or, if you’re more of a pizza-and-craft-brew kind of couple, an evening at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music will fit the bill.

·      A Wine or Beer Pairing Dinner – Pairing dinners are all the rage these days, and you'll find them at several Worthington restaurants, including The Worthington Inn.  The restaurant’s next pairing dinner, hosted in conjunction with Rockmill Brewery, will take place on February 2. Ladies, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your man, the Inn’s Winter Rockmill Beer Dinner will not disappoint.

·      A Breakfast Date – We get it. Between homework, kids basketball games and general midweek exhaustion, getting a date night on the calendar is challenging. Why not mix things up and meet for breakfast at La Chatelaine? Block off your calendar, drop the kids off at school and catch up by the fireplace over lattes and homemade French toast.

·      Exercise – There’s nothing like a little exercise and fresh air to shake off the winter blues. Whether you’re training together for your next marathon or you simply want to enjoy a quiet walk through the woods, Worthington’s easy access to the Olentangy Trail is just what you need. And if thrill seeking is more your speed, a date at Vertical Adventures will surely take your relationship to new heights. 

Creativity Abounds at Igloo Letterpress

What’s new at Igloo Letterpress? We’re so glad you asked! It’s been nearly a year since the studio moved to its new location in Old Worthington, and Igloo owner Allison Chapman and her crew are celebrating with a host of creative classes you're sure to love.

From traditional letterpress to bookbinding, leather works, calligraphy and kids classes, folks of all ages can join the fun at Igloo. Now that they've relocated to a much larger space, the lineup of classes continues to expand.  

“We’re offering a lot of really cool classes right now,” said Beth Dekker, project manager. “In addition to our fabulous instructors, we’re excited to share our space with several local artists and to introduce the community to new art forms.”

Here’s a look at a few classes we can’t wait to try:

·      Pumpkin Spice Journal – Sounds delicious, doesn't it? This is a chance to create an autumnal themed journal. With pumpkin spiced latte in hand, you’ll personalize your journal with options like embossed covers, edge painting, ribbon bookmarks and pockets.

·      Introduction to Calligraphy – If you haven’t noticed, calligraphy is all the rage these days. Join Lindsey Buck of The Hive Studio for an in-depth look at this beautiful writing style. In this beginner class, you’ll learn the basics of holding the pen and nib, dipping ink and writing letters. In addition to instruction, each participant will receive a calligraphy kit to continue practicing at home. At the end of the class, Chapman will teach you how to transform your creation into a custom letterpress print.

·      Rainbow BookTalk about a colorful class! Show up dressed in your favorite hue and get ready to create a vibrant, 112-page, hand-sewn book that's perfect for journaling.

·      Leather 101 with Branch Line Leather Co. – Loving leather lately? This is the class for you. You’ll learn where leather comes from, how it’s made and where to buy it. You’ll then move on to the make-and-take portion of the class where you’ll create two leather goods to keep or give away as gifts.

·      Hardcover Sketchbook – There’s nothing like a blank, crisp canvas that's ready for watercolor. You’ll walk away from this bookbinding class with a gorgeous, hardcover book, complete with 140# cover weight watercolor paper. Participants will choose their own material for the book, fold and hole punch the paper and use a needle and thread to sew the binding. 

Igloo Letterpress is located at 661 High St. To learn more about their classes, visit or like them on Facebook. As an added bonus, all classes are 15 percent off until the end of October—so sign up today!