For an event built around looking at the past, this year's Tapestry of a Town tour is trying to incorporate the future into its history lesson.
Presented by the Westerville Habitat Partnership, the self-guided walking tour examines 10 locations around Westerville that have some sort of historical significance.
This year's tour puts the spotlight on Uptown on Main, featuring the Blue Turtle Tea and Spice Company, a historic building with a residence, business and tea garden all in one; and the Church of the Messiah, which is celebrating its 200th year as a congregation in Westerville, making it the oldest in town.
But it also features a visit to The Point at Otterbein University, a state-of-the-art, 61,000-square-foot science, technology, engineering, arts and math facility that is the newest addition to the university.
Tapestry of a Town runs at 10 sites throughout Westerville between 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Participants should meet at city hall, 21 S. State St.
Advance tickets are available at Central College Presbyterian Church, Church of the Messiah United Methodist, Church of the Master United Methodist, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church or at the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau on weekdays. They will be available at city hall on tour day.
John Cameron, co-chairman of the tour, said he believes the addition of The Point can bolster the reputation of the tour, making it more well-rounded.
"We're really excited that they agreed to be a part of our tour," Cameron said. "It represents not the past of Westerville, but the cutting-edge future."
Cameron said he thinks The Point will be a "huge draw," and believes it can serve to help organizers pivot in a direction that is more inclusive of up-and-coming attractions.
"We've sort of gone on the idea (in previous tours) that people want to learn about the history of Westerville, and they do, but when The Point opportunity came along, it sort of changed our thinking a little bit," Cameron said.
"Maybe it will draw a new audience, and maybe we need to think about a combination of the past, present and future of Westerville to appeal to everyone who lives in Westerville, not just older folks who love history," he said.
The Westerville Habitat Partnership sells $10 tickets to the event, with proceeds going toward its Habitat for Humanity projects.
The Point recently played a part in that realm as well, hosting a "wall-build" in its parking lot where Habitat volunteers constructed all the walls for a house that will be built in Delaware, assembling them and loading them onto a truck.
This year, Cameron said the experience helped to reinforce why they raise funds with events such as Tapestry of a Town.
"The family who's going to live in that home was right there; we happened to be on the same (volunteer) team," he said. "So the young mother and two kids were right there beside me and the rest of us, swinging hammers and sweating and helping to build their home right before their eyes."
Last year, the tour drew more than 300 visitors, and Cameron said he's shooting for upward of 400 this year.
He said experiencing the feeling of helping someone with Habitat's resources is the best draw for the event.
"It ties it all together for us," he said. "That's what works so well."