Westival: Concert Band and Arts Festival
Westerville + Festival = Westival
For a second year, ACW, Westerville Community Band and Westerville Parks and Recreation presented a day of music by concert bands from around Central Ohio, original works of art by local artists and a good selection of food trucks.
This year, organizers chose a new name for the event—the Westival—to give more emphasis to Westerville as the gathering place for the nine community bands arriving here to perform, to show the festive atmosphere of the day and to differentiate the event from others going on in Westerville this summer. Another difference was the tribute to the memory of Dr. Paul Bierley, nationally respected authority on John Philip Sousa and longtime Westerville resident.
The following nine bands were scheduled: Circleville Pumpkin Show Community Band, Greater Columbus Community Concert Band, Reynoldsburg Concert Band, Lancaster Community Band, Worthington Civic Band, New Albany Winds, Ohio Capital Winds, Dublin Concert Band, and Westerville Community Concert Band.
In addition, the Uptown Artist Umbrella Silent Auction was on display at the Westival. Co-sponsored by Westerville Uptown Merchants Association and ACW, a dozen painted and decorated table-size umbrellas were located throughout the venue and open for bidding.
In addition to performances from the concert bands, there was an art exhibit featuring local and area artists exhibiting and selling their original works of fine art in a casual, festive environment. A hands-on arts activity for children was also provided.
Some of the art mediums represented were painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor), pastel, ceramics/pottery, stained glass and jewelry. Artists exhibited their original art free of charge on the display panels provided by the Arts Council.
Westival brings nine concert bands to town for 3rd annual festival
Westival, the Westerville festival featuring music by concert bands from nine communities, original art by area artists and hands-on art for kids, will welcome fans of the arts on Saturday, June 10. The festival will start at noon, with continuous musical performances until 9 p.m., at Alum Creek Park North and Amphitheater, 221 W. Main Street.
The festival is hosted by the Arts Council of Westerville, the Westerville Community Concert Band and the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department. The event will again offer a selection of food trucks to appeal to every taste.
The name “Westival” was coined last year to give extra emphasis to Westerville as the gathering place for the nine Central Ohio community bands arriving here to perform, and to show the festive atmosphere of the day. This is the third year for the event. Admission is free.
New this year will be a family art project called “Birds of a Feather Make Art Together” conceived by the Random Acts of Art committee of the Arts Council. The project will feature an 8-foot by 8-foot, two-dimensional tree. Families visiting the park will be invited to decorate a bird or leaf to place on the tree. Following Westival, the committee plans to display the tree at locations throughout the Uptown area. The tree will continue to grow in complexity as additions to the tree will be made at events in the future.
All bands from last year are returning. Entertainment will be continuous at the amphitheater in the park, with each band giving a 40-minute performance, at the start of each hour, then a variety of ensembles presenting during the 20-minute transition times.
Schedule of band performances:
Noon – Circleville Pumpkin Show Community Band
1:00 – New Albany Winds
2:00 – Reynoldsburg Concert Band
3:00 – Greater Columbus Community Concert Band
4:00 – Worthington Civic Band
5:00 – Lancaster Community Band
6:00 – Ohio Capital Winds
7:00 – Dublin Wind Symphony
8:00 – Westerville Community Concert Band
Art will take many shapes throughout the festival. Artists of all ages will be displaying their artwork. Original art will be for sale and there will be hands-on art for kids.
Giant, colorfully painted table-size umbrellas decorated by local artists that have been entered in the Uptown Artist Umbrella Silent Auction will be set up in the amphitheater, providing shade for the Westival audience. Co-sponsored by Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, the Arts Council and Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the umbrella display premieres at the festival, then will be displayed every Friday night in Uptown, with final bidding on July 8. Proceeds will help provide music and art activities on Friday nights in Uptown
Food trucks scheduled for Westival include Sobremesa Street Kitchen, Blue Chew, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Sock Hop Soda Shoppe.