From the roving production of “Uptown Scrooge” and the multi-church, progressive Christmas concert, to the fully orchestrated holiday music concerts and cozy atrium and cafe performances, the arts in Westerville provide excellent opportunities to celebrate the season. Check out the December offerings listed below and start a new holiday tradition!
Arts Education Grant Deadline
To provide support for unique learning opportunities in the arts, the Arts Council of Westerville will award its 4th annual Arts Education Grant in January. Westerville teachers are invited to submit their ideas for a project or program that integrates the arts into their teaching. Apply at artscouncilofwesterville.com by December 14.
To Westerville, with Love
Artists who have created works with Westerville as the subject can submit their artwork, photography, fiber/fabric, stained glass and more, for a chance to be exhibited at the Westerville Community Center in February. Email email@example.com for submission rules. Deadline: January 7.
Throughout Dec. – Artwork by Jean Wiesman. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Throughout Dec. – Best of 2018 Art Show. Original art by Said Oladejo-Lawal, Cheryl Lyons, John Cameron, Kevin Buckland, and Rob Mandell. Works are priced for holiday giving. Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St. www.java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle guru John Morgan. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Open to all levels. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Every Friday – Acoustic Open Mic. 7 to 10 p.m. Featuring 12 or more diverse, talented performers every week. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Through Dec. 16 – Uptown Scrooge. Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Interactive walking tour performance of "A Christmas Carol" takes audience members on Scrooge's journey in Uptown Westerville. Surprise locations and guides are part of this year’s presentation. Ages 6 and up. Purchase at GoodMedicineProductions.org.
Dec. 1, 7-9, 14-16 – Curtain Players presents “A Christmas Carol.” Adapted to the stage by Romulus Linney, from the Charles Dickens novel. Directed by Heather Schultz. Tickets at www.curtainplayers.org. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., Galena
Dec. 1 & 2 – Dance Concert: Gloriously Grimm. Choreography by Otterbein Theatre & Dance faculty and based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Tickets at www.otterbein.edu or 614-823-1109. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
Dec. 1 – The Castros. 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning Westerville singer/songwriter duo Marco and Sarah Castro perform originals and creative covers. Ezekiel, aka the Delpin sisters, joins them. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 2 – Music in the Library Atrium. 2 to 3 p.m. Harpist Trista Hill presents holiday music, original compositions and improvisations. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277.
Dec. 5 – Create Holiday Cards with Canva.com. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Make holiday cards using Canva.com, a free and easy-to-use online design software tool. Advanced computer skills and email address needed. Registration required.
www.westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. 126 S. State St.
Dec. 7 – Color Me Calm for Seniors. 1 to 2 p.m. Relax while listening to calming music and coloring. Materials provided. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff. For members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.
Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. (Children’s Shows) 3 & 7 p.m. -- Christmas for the Generations: A Holiday Spectacular by Generations Performing Arts Center students. Pictures taken with Santa after the show. Tickets: 855-222-2849 or www.tututix.com/GEN-PAC. Westerville Central High School.
Dec. 9 – Music in the Library Atrium. 2 to 3 p.m. Saxophonist Ron Fisher presents unique seasonal music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277.
Dec. 9 – Westerville Concert Band Holiday Concert. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Ensemble music begins at 3:35 p.m. Classic and “cool” holiday music followed by a free punch and cookie reception with Santa. Free admission; donations accepted. Support WARM by bringing non-perishable food items. Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.
Dec. 9 -– Sounds of the Season presented by Westerville Symphony. 5 p.m. Rousing program of holiday-themed classical works and other Yuletide favorites including popular audience sing-a-longs. Jim Bates returns to conduct this annual holiday favorite. Tickets at www.westervillesymphony,org and at the door. Fritsche Theater at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Otterbein University.
Dec. 10 – Art Night. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Explore different art forms at this stress-free session. Guest artist will guide participants in replicating the night's featured piece. No experience necessary. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 12 – JC Songwriters’ Circle hosted by Dick Plunk. 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn and meet our music community. Every second Wednesday. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 14 – Arts Education Grant Deadline. See above.
Dec. 14 – Empty Bowls: Soup for Shelter/Progressive Christmas Concert. Soup: 5 to 7 p.m. Concert: 7 to 9:15 p.m. Soup, bread, cookie, beverage and handcrafted bowl for $15. At Otterbein Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. Concert: Three Uptown churches each host a performance. Guides with lanterns lead participants to venues. Soup and Concert benefit Westerville Habitat Partnership. Concert tickets at www.westervillehabitat.com and Westerville Visitors Bureau.
Dec. 15 -- Chris and Rose. 7 to 10 p.m. Stylish duo (and guest artists) perform jazz, pop, Broadway, French selections and holiday tunes. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 20 – The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling and Poetry. Christmas Stories. 7 to 9 p.m. Regional poets and professional “tellers” from the Storytellers of Central Ohio perform their works. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Bring a story to share. Third Thursday of the month. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 16 – Music in the Library Atrium/Signs of Christmas Choir. Music: 2 to 3 p.m. “Signs” Choir: 4 to 4:45 p.m. Fine & Dandy, featuring guitarist Ted Breece and flutist Karen Hinkle, performs traditional folk songs and contemporary ballads. Choir presents holiday selections in American Sign Language (ASL). Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 17– Arts Council of Westerville meeting. 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. Everyone welcome. artscouncilofwesterville.com Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L
Dec. 17 – Creative Writing for Seniors. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Develop writing skills through life experiences. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff. For members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.
Dec. 18 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic. 7 to 9 p.m. Share your work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic. Everyone welcome. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 23 – Music in the Library Atrium. 2 to 3 p.m. Guitarist and banjo player Gary Puckett performs seasonal and Appalachian music. Presented by the Friends of the Westerville Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 21-23 – 5th Annual Ice Sculpture Tour. Begins 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, weather permitting. Uptown Westerville merchants display Illuminated sculptures created by Rock on Ice.
Dec. 22 – Caroline and Dad. 7 to 10 p.m. Caroline and Frank Hennebert perform a diverse oldies show featuring awesome harmonies and holiday songs. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 29 – “Near” New Year’s All-Star Show headlined by Brady Fulton. 7 to 10 p.m. Fun band with lead singer and uke player Brady, Carlton on guitar, Marco on congas, Jack on sax, Morgan on percussion and flute, and a variety of back-up singers. Joined by the Castros and others. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.