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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
Summer in the 614 – A Sizzling Celebration of Our City

Summer in the 614 photoSoak Up the Sun and Have Some Fun School is out and summer temps have finally arrived in Central Ohio. To celebrate, the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department will host the second annual Summer in the 614 event on June 6 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, which attracted more than 3,000 people, the lineup for this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The free event, which will take place on Worthington's historic Village Green, is a celebration of all things related to Columbus and will feature a host of local businesses and organizations, interactive activities, live music and food vendors.

“We were thrilled with the response we received last year,” said Julie Sergent, marketing and outreach coordinator for the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department. “Worthington has so much to offer, and we’re pleased to showcase it through this wonderful, family-friendly night.”

In case you missed out last year, here are a few reasons to mark your calendar for this year's event:

  • Food – Bring the whole family and enjoy some of the best food Columbus has to offer. Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza will be on site, as well as two of the city’s most popular food trucks, Wrapped Up and Schmidt’s Sausage Truck. You'll also be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with irresistible treats from Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery and Kona Ice, a shaved ice truck and ice cream truck.
  • Live Music – Grab a blanket and cozy up on the lawn for an amazing concert lineup featuring Jovan and the Wild Things, the Phillip Fox Band and POPGUN! And don’t forget that Worthington offers live Concerts on the Green all summer long.
  • Sports – With featured attractions from four Columbus sports teams, sports fans will definitely want to check out The OSU Mobile Tour, the Columbus Blue Jackets Street Hockey Team, the Columbus Clippers activity booth and The Ohio Machine.
  • Kids activities – While mom and dad are enjoying all that Summer in the 614 has to offer, kids will love meeting RaTio and their favorite characters from COSI, taking part in games and activities, and bouncing on inflatables.

Worthington’s Village Green is located at the intersection of Rt. 161 and High Street. Keep in mind that while live music will take place throughout the entire evening, activities, information booths and vendors will close at 7 p.m. For more information about this fantastic event or to participate as a vendor, visit

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 You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Concerts on the Green: A Favorite Worthington Pastime

Erica Hughes and the Well Mannered COTG seriesThere's nothing better than a summer evening spent with family and friends—unless, of course, you add in great food and music. Now you have the perfect formula for fun. Luckily, you can experience it all summer long with the Family Concerts on the Green series sponsored by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department. These family-friendly concerts are free for everyone, and all performances take place on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green (corner of High Street and Dublin-Granville Road). This year the concerts started in mid-May, and they will continue throughout most of August. "We've been working hard to bring new music to Worthington as there are so many talented performers and songwriters from this area," said Melissa Hindman, marketing and community outreach supervisor with the Parks & Recreation Department. "We went out and recruited many of our acts, when in years past we have only used acts that submitted their interest in performing." The remaining concerts scheduled for this season are listed below, but you can always find a complete listing on the Event Calendar at

Several local food vendors help to ensure that no one gets hungry during the concert, including Dewey's Pizza, Dairy Queen, Pizza Primo and Rivage Atlantique. Plans are already underway to expand these offerings next year.

Concert sponsorships are also available, and this year The Laurels of Worthington and The Laurels of Norworth are sponsoring concerts. A sponsor's business is marketed before and after the concert, and sponsors are given the opportunity to meet and greet participants during the event. Hindman said the Department is currently searching for an area business to sponsor the entire 2015 season.

Beginning last season, a few Saturday concerts were added to the lineup. Their success prompted the addition of three Saturday concerts this year. The first one took place on July 12 and featured a children's concert with The Shazzbots. Still to come are the OSU Alumni Band on August 9 and the Ohio 122nd Army Band on August 16.

"Our goal is to highlight our great city, bring people downtown to experience our wonderful shops and amazing food, and give them a great performance in our beautiful park," Hindman said. "Rob Mottice is the supervisor of the concert program, and he has worked very hard to enhance the existing program. He helped acquire a new sound system that has given our listeners an enhanced experience. He has ties to many local musicians, and has worked all year to bring a variety of high-quality, local performers to Worthington."

Here's what remains in this year's Concert on the Green season:

July 27:                 The Wayfarers (Bluegrass)

August 3:             Clave Sonic (Latin Jazz Fusion)

August 9:             Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

August 10:           Matt Munhall (Singer/Songwriter)

August 16:           Ohio 122nd Army Band

August 17:           The Randys (Rock/Pop/Country)

If you go....

  • All Sunday concerts and remaining Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m.
  • Parking is available at Kilbourne Middle School, Griswold Center, Worthington Library, Huntington Bank and the Worthington Presbyterian Church.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are located at the Griswold Center, directly north of the performing group.
  • Parks & Recreation staff members will be present at all concerts to answer any questions.

Find out what's happening in and around Worthington. Check out the event calendar at and "like" us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.



Griswold Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary with a Special Event

Past_Present_finallogoFor the past 20 years, the Griswold Center has been enriching the lives of Worthington’s adult community. To celebrate this milestone, the Center is hosting a special event—Worthington Past and Present. The event, which will take place June 27 and 28, is being presented by the Worthington Historical Society, the Worthington Farmers Market and J. Liu Restaurant, and sponsored by Wesley Glen and Laurel Health Care Company. About the Event

The family friendly event kicks off on Friday, June 27 with a special reception for members. On Saturday, June 28, community members of all ages are invited to gather on the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a variety of events including a special live musical and theatrical presentation, “Ohio History through Music and Storytelling,” by Hank Arbaugh.

This event not only raises awareness about the many benefits of the Griswold Center, but it also celebrates Worthington’s rich history. Attendees will learn about the city’s past through:

  • A guided bus tour of Worthington neighborhoods
  • Historical and interactive activities, such as butter churning
  • Crafts and games for children

And—not to be missed—J. Liu Restaurant will provide some delicious cuisine.

“We’re really looking forward to this wonderful event,” said Ryan Cooper, customer service coordinator at the Center. “The Griswold Center has been an important part of this community for the past 20 years, and we’d love for more people to know about it and get involved.”

About the Griswold Center

The Griswold Center is a multi-purpose facility that offers a variety of programs and services to adults 55 years and older. These programs, which are also open to anyone over the age of 18, offer folks an opportunity to have fun, make friends and experience life in new ways. From fitness and wellness, to art, travel, education and discussion groups, the Griswold Center has something for everyone.

Learn more about the Griswold Center at or call 614.842-6320.

For more information about the Griswold Center and other Worthington organizations and events, visit the event calendar at or “like” our Facebook page: Visit Worthington Ohio.