It was a beautiful weekend for the 45th annual Westerville Area Chamber Music & Arts Festival the weekend of July 14 and 15 at Heritage Park.

We felt fortunate that the full weather forecast did not come to fruition. While there was no rain, the temperatures were as hot as the excitement built around the anniversary concert featuring Shucking Bubba and the historical addition of craft beer on Saturday night.

This summer tradition is one of the many community events that has made Westerville one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live in the US," a place that appreciates the arts, quality of life and demonstrates a partnership of business and public services. More than 50 chamber businesses and 150 volunteers helped make the weekend possible, along with turning the front of Everal Barn from a festival to a concert venue and back again.

As we celebrate 45 years, this summer we were humbled by the city of Westerville's trust in us to host the evening concert with beer sales of BrewDog USA and Temperance Row Brewing Co., as well as the community support that helped us to make multiple top festivals of central Ohio lists and narrowly miss out on being named "Best Suburban Festival" for Best of the 'Bus.

We are excited to have partnered with Otterbein University students to conduct an economic impact study. We are looking forward to the results to determine the effects the festival has on our community and its area businesses.

All in all, it's hard to imagine a summer without chamber member businesses and our community partners coming together to host this weekend event and we look forward to hosting it for another 45 years.

Upcoming events

Now that the festival is complete, we encourage you to join us for the upcoming Business After Hours to be hosted by Liberty National Bank from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.

Another event is the Chamber Open House -- ABCs and 123s of Membership, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, 99 Commerce Park Drive, Suite A. This free program will focus on the benefits of being a member. Registration is encouraged.

Looking ahead to September, the chamber's quarterly membership luncheon will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Crowne Plaza North-Worthington, 6500 Doubletree Ave. Amy Taylor, chief operating officer of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, is the scheduled speaker.

Early-bird lunch price until Sept. 5 is $30 for chamber members, $40 nonmembers.

For more information call 614-882-8917 or visit

Janet Tressler-Davis is president and CEO of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, which provides Chamber Corner to ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.