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WOSU Public Media brings its popular Columbus Neighborhoods project to Worthington

Next Stop: Worthington WOSU Public Media brings its popular Columbus Neighborhoods project to Worthington.

As you may have heard, Worthington is the next community to be featured in the Columbus Neighborhoods series from WOSU Public Media. The wildly successful documentaries began as a visible way to celebrate the Columbus bicentennial. With seven completed documentaries to date, the multi-media project seeks to capture both the history and culture of several Columbus communities. Worthington is next on the list, and research and filming for the documentary are already underway.  We spoke with Cindy Gaillard, executive producer for programming and television at WOSU, and she updated us on what to expect in the weeks and months ahead.

“I have done a lot of research so far, talked to some historians, and now I’m embarking on gathering people to tell the story on camera for me,” she said about the upcoming Worthington documentary. So far, that includes filming at popular Worthington hotspots like Igloo Letterpress, The Worthington Inn and Sassafras Bakery.

At the Worthington Library, Gaillard spoke with Lisa Fuller, director of community relations and development, who shared the history of the Worthington Library, which dates back to the town’s original charter. And since manufacturing played a role in the town’s early days, Gaillard wanted to showcase a Worthington business that makes things today. For that, she turned to Igloo Letterpress, the popular letterpress and bookbinding shop.

In the months ahead, Gaillard plans to work with the Worthington Historical Society to stage some reenactments. This is no small task, considering she has to recruit reenactors with clothing to match the time period. But even that may pale in comparison to her recent search for two oxen, which she eventually found in Kentucky.

In spite of the challenges associated with a project of this magnitude, Gaillard remains enthusiastic. “I have the best job in the world,” she said. “I get to meet everybody who has a story to tell and capture the character and flavor of a place. It’s great to be among these people; they value history.”

The series, which continues to build on itself, is growing in popularity. No doubt everyone in Worthington is excited to see the final product, which will likely air this fall (although a date has not yet been determined). Until then, if you’re out and about and run into a crew from WOSU Public Media, make Worthington proud--and smile for the camera.

The following is a list of completed documentaries, and they can be viewed at

Downtown and Franklinton

German Village

Short North


Olde Towne East

University District


These communities will be featured in upcoming documentaries:



Tri-Villages (Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff, Grandview Heights)

New Americans (a look at the growing immigrant population in Columbus)

Worthington historical photo 1For continuing updates about the Columbus Neighborhoods documentary and other events in Worthington, go to  

We Need Your Photos!

The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is embarking on an exciting adventure. We plan to create a promotional video that will help us market all the things that make the city of Worthington a great place to live, work and visit. We would love for you to share any photos you might have that showcase Worthington activities and events. Current photos are our first priority, but if you have a special photo from the past, we might be able to use it as well. So, whether you’re an accomplished photographer or just an occasional shutterbug, this could be an opportunity to include your photo in the upcoming video.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • We will accept high-resolution, electronic photos in jpeg format.
  • Photos should be emailed to
  • The deadline for emailing us your photos is April 15, 2014.

Thank you for helping us get the word out about our fabulous community and all it has to offer!

For more information about Worthington--including our calendar of events, weekly blog and great places to visit--go to And be sure to follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.



It's Time for Plant Fest!

The days are getting much longer; the sun is stronger; and trees and shrubs are in full bloom. This can only mean that the growing season has returned to Central Ohio. To celebrate this time of the year and to help with your spring planting needs, Plant Fest is returning with approximately 70 local plant, flower and craft vendors. Scheduled for May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plant Fest will also feature several vendors from the Worthington Farmers Market, a local folk music group, and food concessions (Dan's Deli, cinnamon toasted almonds, and lemon shake-ups).

Plant Fest is a great time to purchase everything from perennials, annuals and hanging baskets to herbs, vegetables, candles, garden art, jewelry and more.

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Food and music combine to make it a festive event for the entire family. This year Plant Fest will be held simultaneously with the second week of the outdoor farmers market, and it's also the day before Mother's Day. So plan to make it your one-stop shop for Mom.

If you go....

Worthington Village Green (South)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about this event and other Worthington-area happenings, visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington event calendar at


Two Events Help to Usher in Worthington Historical Society's Spring Season

This week marks the official start of spring, and the Worthington Historical Society is preparing to celebrate the season of rebirth with some special activities. Mark your calendars now for these early April events.

Historic Hats Fashion Show

Saturday, April 6; 2 p.m.

Griswold Center

777 High Street


Models from the community will showcase hat collections from the Worthington Historical Society and Ladybugs & Buckeyes. The latter is a non-profit group that has produced presentations and performances related to historic clothing and Ohio throughout the state since 1973. Diane Selby, a founding member of the group, will narrate the event and talk about the history of hats. The collection features everything from the practical--an 1830 bonnet that came with its matching quilted silk cover--to the sublime--a purple, feathered fashion statement from the 1960s. Tea and refreshments will be available. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Griswold Center, the Shop at the Old Rectory and Fritzy Jacobs.

Orange Johnson House Spring Opening

Sunday, April 7; 2 to 5 p.m.

956 High Street


The focus of this year's opening is a mural painted by Worthington artist Lynn Bird titled Six Weeks and Seven Hundred Miles. The mural, which will be located in the lower level of the Orange Johnson House, is a visual dramatization of the early settlers' six-week trek from New England to Worthington. "The mural touches on many things we have learned about that trip," said Kate LaLonde of the Worthington Historical Society. "These early settlers brought wagons, but the wagons carried their supplies while they walked. It even shows

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For more information about these events and future events at the Worthington Historical Society, visit or



Bon Voyage Griswold-Style


Several Worthington travelers recently crossed the Panama Canal off their bucket list. It happened in late January when 94 people from around Columbus joined the Griswold Center for a 15-night cruise that included a trip through this famous passageway. Mary Kay Scott, recreation supervisor senior for the Griswold Center, which is part of the City of Worthington Department of Parks & Recreation, led the trip. "Because the Panama Canal is a bucket-list item for so many people, the trip sold out quickly," she said.

The travelers departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and made stops in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Antigua and the Panama Canal, which is currently being expanded. "Our ship was the largest ship that can go through the canal," Scott said. But that's changing. The Panama Canal expansion, which is a work-in-progress, will accommodate much larger ships, especially since many of today's ships are bigger than they were when the canal was built. The cruise ended in San Diego where they toured the City of Coronado and the mansions of La Jolla and then flew home.

While Scott admits that the Panama Canal was the highlight of the trip, she said that several of the travelers also really enjoyed Guatemala and Antigua, especially some of the old buildings from the 1500s and 1600s. "It didn't even take a whole day to get through the Panama Canal, and then you end up in the Pacific Ocean," Scott said. "Even the color of the water changes."

The Griswold Center hosts several trips throughout the year. Although the trips are geared for individuals 55 years and older, anyone can participate. These trips are popular for their great destinations but also because the Griswold Center handles the details. Here's a lineup of scheduled trips in the months ahead.

  • June 2013: The Islands of New England - Providence, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
  • August 2013: Michigan Lighthouse Tour
  • December 2013: Grand Ole Opry
  • January 2014: Caribbean Cruise

The Griswold Center is a multi-purpose facility dedicated to providing quality programs and services to people 55 years of age or older and their spouses, regardless of age. All programs are also available to all adults over 18 years of age after member registration. In addition to a wide variety of travel opportunities, the Griswold Center offers programs in arts, drama, sports, fitness and education.

For more information, contact the Griswold Center at 614.842.6320 or visit