Schools around Bexley are celebrating the holidays through the arts.

Schools around Bexley are celebrating the holidays through the arts.

Columbus School for Girls will present its annual holiday production of "The Second Shepherds' Play" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the school's Agnes Shedd Theater. The play, performed by CSG sixth-graders, is a school tradition dating to 1904.

Middle school drama director Jess Hanks said the play tells the story of shepherds who have had a long day tending their sheep when they are visited by angels. They travel to Bethlehem to find Jesus, Mary and Joseph and eventually meet the Three Wise Men.

"There is no theater company or school in central Ohio with a 100-plus year tradition," Hanks said. "It is something the alumnae come back and visit."

Hanks said the sixth-grade girls play every role. There are only two female roles in the story: Mary (the mother of Jesus) and the servant Martha.

The public is invited to attend the play, Hanks said. There is no cost.

St. Charles Preparatory School will host its annual Cardinal Christmas fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event is hosted by the St. Charles Mothers Club in the school's Robert C. Walter Student Commons. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75 per person.

"A Cardinal Christmas is the annual fundraiser at St. Charles in December," said chairwoman Jo Hernon. "This year, we are hoping that the money will be used to furnish the new student commons area."

The fundraiser has a Christmas theme with lighting provided by a St. Charles graduate. A variety of Christmas trees will be decorated in red and white, the school's colors.

Montrose Elementary School will hold its seventh annual Bexley Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the school, 2555. E. Main St. The festival showcases more than 30 artists in a wide range of media.

The school fundraiser "was originally designed to expose the kids to all different forms of art," said committee member Nancy Martin.

The festival also features live performances in dance, music and martial arts and hands-on activities for children, Martin said.

This year's performers include the Bexley High School women's chorale, Christine Avers and her piano students, the Bexley Middle School choir, Kelly Muir and her karate students, Richens/Timm Irish step dancers, BalletMet, Bexley High School orchestra ensemble, pianist Merry Pruit and Mike Weinstock and Big Blues Rockers.

"We are most excited the Irish step dancers are returning and also BalletMet is coming back this year," Martin said.

New this year is a chance for children to meet the Montrose Moose in the cafeteria for "Muffins with the Moose" at 10 a.m. and "Munchies with the Moose" at 2 p.m. Both activities are free and no reservations are required.

The event also features the Kids Gift Galley. In this area, child crafters sell merchandise for $7 or less. Items include wooden signs, jewelry, snowmen and ornaments.

Capital University will host its Christmas Festival 2009 from Dec. 3-6. The festival, "There Shall a Star," features the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, Women's Chorus, the Chordsmen and a variety of instrumentalists. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of a 3:30 p.m. performance Dec. 6.

Seats are reserved for all concerts. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. There is a $2 handling fee per order. There is a limit of eight tickets per purchase. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 236-6938.

Other holiday related events for schools are:

6 p.m. Dec. 1, Bexley High School vocal ensemble, Ohio Statehouse

2 p.m. Dec. 3, Bexley High School vocal ensemble performance for the Ohio State University Alumni Association

4 p.m. Dec. 6, Bexley High School vocal ensemble performance, Bexley tree lighting

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Maryland Elementary Winter Concert

5 p.m. Dec. 12, Bexley High School women's chorale and men's chorus performance, Barnes & Noble Easton

7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Charles concert and jazz bands, winter concert in the campus theater

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Bexley High School and Bexley Middle School winter band/orchestra concert

7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Bexley High School winter choral concert, Schottenstein Theater at the high school

10 a.m. Dec. 18, Bexley High School vocal ensemble, Columbus airport

Noon Dec. 18, Bexley High School vocal ensemble, Ohio Statehouse