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Holiday Happenings at the Griswold Center

Father ChristmasAs many people in Worthington are well aware, the Griswold Center is a busy place any time of the year. This is especially true during the holidays when a lineup of special events and activities take center stage on the Center's calendar. This year is certainly no exception, so we're sharing the highlights to ensure that you don't miss a thing! Griswold Holiday Party – December 10 – 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The Griswold Holiday Party is an annual gathering of talent and fellowship. This year that includes a special guest performance by the Kidstuff Superstars (the Worthington Community Center Preschool Class), as well as performances from the Griswold's very own talent pool—the Harmonaires, Griswold Dancers and the Worthington Strutters. Plan to sing along or listen to some Christmas carols and enjoy some delicious holiday cookies.

Harps for the Holidays – December 15 – 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Jude Mollenhauer, principal harpist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, will play beautiful holiday music as Griswold Center volunteers are honored for their service. Everyone is welcome to attend the reception, which will include a hot chocolate bar as well as a macaroni-and-cheese bar (complete with bacon, green onions and other toppings) so you can create your own tasty concoction. Top it off with some delicious savory treats and sweets!

Father Christmas Visits the Griswold – December 17 – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Stephen Hollen grew up in the hills of eastern Kentucky where he honed his southern humor and learned the fine art of storytelling while sitting on the front porch, listening to folks share tall tales. Today he spins his own humorous and sometimes bittersweet stories of cousins, friends and characters to create a familiar glimpse of Americana. You've seen him as Mark Twain and Buffalo Bill Cody, but now you can see him play the role of an Appalachian Father Christmas. The event includes lunch, which will feature apple cider braised chicken, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes from the Griswold kitchen.

As part of the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department, 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 adults over 18 years of age after member registration. The Griswold Center offers a balance of programs in the arts, drama, sports, fitness and education, as well as a variety of trips. Located in the heart of Worthington, the facility includes a fitness room, large multi-purpose room, art room and several meeting spaces.

For more information about the Griswold Center, visit or call 614/842-6320.

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Worthington's Griswold Center Gives Back

Griswold stitching 2In addition to providing a variety of programs in art, drama, sports and education for people 55 years of age and older, the Griswold Center offers numerous ways for members to use their talents to benefit the local community. In fact, several people at the Griswold Center have been particularly busy knitting and stitching an array of beautiful items for area hospitals and charitable organizations. Women (and a few men) in the Worthington community with a knack for sewing, knitting or stitchery will want to check out these wonderful groups:

  • Stitching Seniors Club – Piggybacking off a group at The James Cancer Hospital known as the Stitching Sisters, The Stitching Seniors Club meets on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. to hand-stitch lap blankets for cancer patients at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. (Registration Required)


  • Project Linus Blankets – Helping to further the mission of this important national organization, a group of women meets each Monday at 1 p.m. to make fleece blankets. The blankets are then distributed to people in need at a number of local hospitals, shelters and social service agencies. (Registration Required)


  • Social Knitting Group – Thanks to the Social Knitting Group, which meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m., families of preemies at Nationwide Children’s Hospital receive gorgeous hand-knit sweaters, hats and booties. The group also frequently donates their items to World Vision.


  • Bear Hugs – What sick child wouldn’t love a new teddy bear? Every Thursday at 10 a.m., several ladies gather to make darling teddy bears for patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Regardless of your skill level, programs like these are a fantastic way to make new friends, enjoy a hobby, and most important, provide comfort and joy to those in need.   For more information or to get involved in one of the many activities offered at The Griswold Center, call 614-842-6320 or visit Stay up to date with everything happening in Worthington, Ohio, at, or "like" us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

OSU Alumni Band Tailgate

Griswold tailgate Woody Hayes impersonator photoIt's almost August, and that means Ohio State football will soon be here. With that in mind, the folks at the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department and the Griswold Center have created a special event to prepare you for the excitement—long before the first kickoff of the season. On Saturday, August 9, the Concert on the Green series will feature the OSU Alumni Band on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green. Piggybacking off that event is the OSU Alumni Band Tailgate at the Griswold Center. You simply don’t want to miss either of these events. "We try to make it a true football Saturday with a game day, tailgate atmosphere," said Ryan Cooper, customer service coordinator at the Griswold Center. "What makes this such a great event is the atmosphere. Even though there is no game that day, it still feels like a game day and really gets people pumped up for football season."

The OSU tailgate event, which takes place at the Griswold Center, will include a special visit from Jeff Hall as Woody Hayes. Hall appeared in the one-man show, Woody: His Life, Times and Teachings, at the Ohio Theatre and other venues in character as Woody. He will be sharing stories about the famous coach, including his early years, coaching and life in general. Hall's remarkable resemblance to Hayes creates some great photo opportunities. Yet Cooper warns that Hall is much more than a Woody look-alike. He knows Woody's story inside and out.

After the tailgate, which also includes boxed lunches from Jimmy John's and root beer floats, folks can head over to the Village Green for reserved seating at the OSU Alumni Band Concert on the Green, a concert that has attracted about 1,000 attendees in the past.

If you go...

  • The OSU Tailgate begins at 5 p.m., followed by the OSU Alumni Band Concert on the Green at 7 p.m.
  • Registration is required for the Tailgate: $10 for Worthington residents; $13 for non-residents. Pre-registration is available in person at the Griswold Center or online at as early as the end of July. Walk-ins will be accepted, but pre-registration is necessary for the boxed lunch.

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Worthington Community Center: Join the Fun

It's the middle of winter, and you may be experiencing a case of cabin fever. Lucky for you, the city of Worthington has the perfect antidote--the Worthington Community Center. Operated by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department, this comprehensive fitness and aquatics facility offers a wide selection of fitness opportunities, art programs, and entertainment options for everyone. Here's a closer look:

  • Aquatics: The facility boasts two indoor pools, including a leisure pool with a giant slide, children's slide and lazy river, and a fitness pool for lap swimming. Aquatics classes include aerobics and water yoga.
  • Fitness: The facility includes both cardio and free weight equipment, personal training and a 1/12-mile walking track.
  • Gyms: Two gymnasiums make it possible to offer a variety of programs for all ages, including volleyball, basketball and softball leagues.
  • Group Fitness Classes: Join a group Zumba, spinning or boot camp class, conveniently offered at different times of the day.
  • Art Program: Various art classes are offered for children through adults, including ceramics, stained glass, scrapbooking and jewelry making, to name a few.
  • Childcare: If you want to work out in peace--without the kids at your feet--your children will be entertained in the childcare room.


Membership includes the aquatics facility, fitness facility, and access to the locker rooms. Everything else is offered a la carte. So you don't need to be a member to participate in a Zumba class or personal training, for instance. Worthington residents (those who pay Worthington property taxes) or people who work for a Worthington-based company are eligible for a membership discount; however, membership is open to anyone. Here are the membership options:

  • Annual: Members can pay a one-time annual fee or authorize a monthly debit from their bank account.
  • Monthly: Great for college students, frequent travelers, or individuals who need an inclement weather alternative, this membership option lets you choose your months.
  • Youth: Available for children ages 3 to 13, this membership is a great choice if your kids aren't interested in the fitness facility.
  • Daily: Pay for the day.
  • Senior: Discounted rates are available for individuals 60 years and older.

Special Events

Held on Friday evenings, Family Nights are a great cure for cabin fever and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all the building has to offer--at no cost. This includes access to the arts and the gyms, and on some nights, swimming is available for $3. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Parents, mark your calendars for the Birthday Party Bonanza on January 25, 2013. This one-stop shop to help you plan your child's birthday party includes a host of community vendors offering everything from cakes and invitations to a lineup of entertainers.

Hours and Contact Information

To learn about future events, class information, and building updates at the Community Center, "like" us on Facebook. Located at 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, the Worthington Community Center hours are:

Monday - Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m.

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to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit: or call 614.436.2743.





Worthington Historical Society Celebrates the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and once again the Worthington Historical Society will host some special events. Here are a few you don’t want to miss.

Orange Johnson House Holiday Open Houses

Dec. 2, 9 & 16 from 1 – 5 p.m.

Orange Johnson House

956 North High Street

Free admission

During these annual Open Houses, the historic Orange Johnson House is decorated for the holidays, and docents are dressed in costumes from the early 1800s. Tours of the house are available, along with light refreshments and musical entertainment in the parlor.

The Orange Johnson House is one of Central Ohio’s oldest residences standing in its original location. Built in 1811 by Arora Buttles, the house still has its original kitchen and open fireplace with a large iron crane and bread oven. In 1816, Orange Johnson purchased the house and built the front portion, a Federal-style addition with four, main rooms—each with a fireplace and mantel. Today the house is finished with period pieces, some of which have a connection to early Worthington families and activities.

Children’s Holiday Events

Dec. 1, 8 & 15 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Orange Johnson House

956 North High Street


This holiday program for children in grades 3 through 5 includes traditional fireplace cooking, Christmas stories, games, crafts, singing, a house tour—and gifts from a famous visitor at the end of the evening. Participants will use the fireplace to make corn oysters, applesauce, cornbread and pumpkin pudding. (Note: Pre-registration takes place at the Orange Johnson House on Nov. 12 & 13 from 7 to 8 p.m.)

Wishbone Doll Making

Dec. 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Griswold Center

777 North High Street


If you thought wishbones were only good for wishing, think again. At this event, you can learn how to use the wishbone from your Thanksgiving turkey to make a traditional wishbone doll. Find out why wishbone dolls were popular in the early 1800s, and then make your very own outfit and fabric head. (Note: Pre-register through the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department at 614/436-2743.)

For more information about holiday events in Worthington, visit our event calendar at