Posts tagged Will Ruocco
Concerts on the Green Returns for Another Season

For many Worthington residents, summer just wouldn't be summer without the wildly popular Concert on the Green series. You'll be glad to hear that this year's lineup is bringing some pretty incredible talent to the stage. In fact, you're sure to find something every member of your family will enjoy.

If you’ve never been to one of these events, you’re in for a treat. Most concerts take place on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green. Simply bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or lawn chair, and settle in for a special evening of live music. The concerts, which are hosted by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department, feature an eclectic variety of musical styles ranging from singer/songwriter to big band, jazz, swing and Americana. 

“We’re excited for another summer of great music,” said Melissa Hindman, marketing and community outreach supervisor. “We’re proud of the talent we’ve been able to attract year after year and are incredibly thankful for the many partners and sponsors who make it possible.

Here’s a look at some of this season's highlights:

  • Back by Popular Demand: Occasionally, Concerts on the Green hosts a show that’s so good, it has to be repeated. In this year’s ‘back by popular demand’ category, you will enjoy the reggae/rock sounds of the Andy Shaw Band on July 10, the superb vocal harmonies of the Irish singing group, Ladies of Longford, on July 24, the sights and sounds of Eric Gnezda’s nationally syndicated show, Songs at the Center, on July 31 and the always exciting Ohio 122nd Army Band on Saturday, August 6. 
  • New to the Stage: On July 17, the award-winning, horn-driven New Basics Band will make its long-awaited debut on the Concerts on the Green stage. And on this year’s tribute band night, you'll love singing along to all of your favorite Paul McCartney songs when The McCartney Project lights up the stage on August 14.
  • T-shirts and Posters For Sale: Show your support for Concerts on the Green and purchase this year’s exclusive concert t-shirt or poster, designed by local Worthington artist Will Ruocco

Good to Know:  

  • Parking is available at Kilbourne Middle School, the Griswold Center, the Worthington Library, Huntington Bank and the Worthington Presbyterian Church.
  • In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be cancelled.
  • For a full list of this year’s concerts, including a few Saturday evening shows, visit www.worthington.org.
Old Worthington Welcomes Swoonful Gifts

We recently wrote about Igloo Letterpress’s new location on High Street in Downtown Worthington. And if you haven’t had the chance to check out their new space, you should. In addition to their expanded product line and exciting list of class offerings, the new, much larger Igloo boasts an adorable gift shop at the front of the store – Swoonful Gifts. You might remember Igloo Letterpress’s previous location, which housed a small gift shop on West New England Avenue. As plans came together for the big move, the Igloo team decided to expand the gift shop and dreamed of filling it with products made by local artists. To do so, they sought the help of Miriam Chon, a fellow Worthington resident who owned a small, unique shop in Westerville at the time.

“I was thrilled when Allison Chapman approached me about the opportunity to collaborate with Igloo Letterpress,” Chon said. “It’s been wonderful to work in the community where I live and to help support so many amazing local talents.”

With an emphasis on independent and locally sourced products, Swoonful Gifts specializes in quirky, out-of-the-way items that are sure to make you smile – and maybe even chuckle. “I think a sense of humor is important, and I love hearing people laugh when they walk around our store,” Chon said.

We recently stopped by the shop to check out their inventory, which is always changing, and found plenty to swoon over. Chon and her husband built out the inside of the store, which is spacious and welcoming. They used local, salvaged woods throughout the space and built their creative cash wrap using books donated by the Worthington Library.

A quick walk around the place revealed these fun items…

  • Soaps made with beer yeast
  • Hand-made leather goods by the beloved local artisan, Of an Era
  • Cards, prints and calendars by Igloo Letterpress
  • Art, t-shirts and illustrations by Will Ruocco
  • Baby items
  • Clothing
  • Seasonal gifts
  • And more!

While many of the items that Chon carries in the store are from Worthington artists, she also seeks out products from all over Ohio. “We like to keep things fresh and are always on the lookout for new artists to feature,” Chon said.

Swoonful Gifts is located inside Igloo Letterpress’s teal blue storefront at 661 High Street. For more information about store hours, products and events, visit their website and check them out on Instagram.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.