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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.

Historic Worthington Bus Tours – Back By Popular Demand

bus tours 1Following the success of last year’s inaugural Historic Bus Tours, the Worthington Historical Society and the Griswold Center are excited to announce an expanded lineup for 2015. “We were so pleased with the response we received last year,” said Kate LaLonde, director of the Worthington Historical Society. "Since most of the tours sold out quickly, we’re excited to offer more opportunities this year.” The expanded lineup for 2015 includes five different tours that run from April to August. The one- to two-hour tours will depart from the Griswold Center on a 23-passenger, air-conditioned bus (no restrooms on board). Although the tours are geared primarily for adults, children who are interested in history might also enjoy them.

Reservations are available by calling the Griswold Center at 614-842-6320. Registration is open to Griswold Center members beginning March 25 and will open to the public on March 28. Each tour costs $14, with a $5 discount when you purchase three tours and a $10 discount with the purchase of all five.

Here's a look at this year's tours:

Worthington Area Neighborhoods

This tour travels through seven distinct neighborhoods that played a key role in the development of Worthington from village to city, including Medick Estates, Plesenton, the Village of Elmwood Station, Riverlea, Chaseland, Colonial Hills and Rush Creek Village.

When: Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 28at 1 p.m. (Entire tour on bus.)

Worthington’s Historic Districts

This tour will work its way through Worthington’s four historic quadrants, focusing primarily on the history of the city’s earliest homes, businesses, schools and churches, including Worthington’s first cemetery and a War of 1812 encampment.

When: Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. (Patrons will exit the bus twice, at the cemetery and at the encampment.)

Worthington Manufacturing Company and Factory Street (Fox Lane)

Once home to the Worthington Manufacturing Company, a Civil War training ground and the city’s trash dump, Factory Square has evolved significantly throughout the years. Guests will experience the area’s rich history and see examples of 19th and 20th century “trash,” which were collected locally from the river when it served as the town dump.

When: Wednesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. (This tour involves 20 to 25 minutes of gentle walking.)

Worthington and Flint’s Underground Railroad Connections

Another favorite from last year, this fascinating tour will focus on the history of Flint, its schools and the role of both Flint and the village of Worthington during the Underground Railroad. You will hear about the founders of the AME church, including the Morris Addition, and also visit Flintridge Terrace and Flint Cemetery.

When: Wednesday, July 22 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 at 2 p.m. (This tour involves some walking in the cemetery.)

Walnut Grove Cemetery

One of three main cemeteries explored during this year’s tours, Walnut Grove serves as a final resting place for many people closely connected to Worthington’s history, including some with local streets named after them.

When: Wednesday, August 26 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, August 29 at 2 p.m. (This entire one-hour tour is on foot.)

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, and 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.





Give the Gift of Worthington

photo 1 (11)photo 2 (11)Igloo Letterpress uses vintage plate to create frameable map of Worthington Love Worthington or know someone who does? Well, we've got the perfect holiday gift for you! Look no further than Igloo Letterpress where owner Allison Chapman is printing maps of Worthington from an original vintage plate—most likely from the 1950s or 1960s.

The printed maps generated a great deal of excitement during Worthington's recent Holiday Open House as visitors tried to locate their neighborhoods. "Rush Creek is there, so that helps us estimate the time period," Chapman said. "But other areas were not developed yet."

A local business owner found the vintage plate in an antique store and then shared it with the folks at Igloo. But Chapman admits she'd been thinking about creating something like this for a while. Not only is she a self-professed lover of maps, but her husband used to work in a map store. Truth is, the timing could not have been better, considering that Igloo only recently acquired a press large enough for the job.

"On its own, I didn't know that it was something our customers would want to hang. So we added some details to highlight the history of Worthington," Chapman said about the design work she and graphic designer Rachel Dangerfield added to the piece. "I wanted it to fit the mid-century feel, and we took that into consideration with the fonts we chose. We also highlighted the green space and the Olentangy River."

Finding a vintage plate like this may be a letterpress owner's dream-come-true. But Chapman says her favorite thing is being able to combine the vintage plate with new plates. "We have the flexibility in our print shop to print the old and the new alongside each other," she said. "I like that process."

The Worthington maps are available in a 20 X 24-inch frameable size at the Snow House Gift Shop (39 West New England Avenue) for $45. Chapman plans to make them available online as well at

Igloo is a small but mighty letterpress and bookbinding studio, retail shop and commercial printer in Worthington. Learn more at or call 614/787-5528.

Stay up to date on the best of everything in and around Worthington by checking the event calendar at or "like" us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.    

Historic Bicycle Tours of Worthington – A Great Way to See The City

1237142_627414663946719_304150855_nDon’t let the recent cool temperatures fool you; we’re still clinging to summer here in Worthington! And what better way to enjoy these last few warm days than participating in a neighborhood bike ride? The Worthington Historical Society is partnering with the Worthington Parks and Recreation Department to present the third annual Historic Bicycle Tours of Worthington on Saturday, September 20. This year’s event, which offers two different rides, has something for everyone. The first ride, which is geared toward adults, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. The route will wind through many of Worthington’s architecturally diverse neighborhoods, including Medick Estates, Colonial Hills, Rush Creek Village, Riverlea and Fox Lane. Guests will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers, including some who have lived in these neighborhoods their entire life. The tour will focus on the unique history of the homes and the neighborhood’s place in Worthington’s past. The ride will end with a trip to the Historical Society’s Orange Johnson House where guests will step back in time as they experience one of Worthington’s oldest residences.

The second ride, which will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., is full of fun for the whole family! The tour will visit the Orange Johnson House where costumed docents will greet families and invite children to participate in pioneer games in the garden. The tour will also feature several historic destinations on High Street and a stop at St. John’s Cemetery where participants can try their hand at making grave rubbings.

A few things to know for both tours:


  • Tours will depart from the Griswold Center at 777 High Street.
  • The cost is $5 per person.
  • The adult-only tour will include approximately 1 1/2 hours of bike riding.
  • Helmets and water bottles are recommended for all participants.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.
  • Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Click here for more info!


We look forward to seeing you on the trail!

To stay up to date on everything happening in Worthington, visit the event calendar at and “like” us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.  

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