Wall-to-wall carpeting will cover the basketball court. Story-high curtains will shield the fold-out bleachers from view. And 40-plus vendors will spread out their wares when Columbus School for Girls' annual Jubilee comes to town.

Wall-to-wall carpeting will cover the basketball court. Story-high curtains will shield the fold-out bleachers from view. And 40-plus vendors will spread out their wares when Columbus School for Girls' annual Jubilee comes to town.

As they walked through the hallways of the school's main building discussing the event, Lynne Smith and Carolyn Christy were quick to evoke a vision of the transformed space and sparkling merchandise.

"You won't recognize it," said Smith, this year's Jubilee chair.

You won't recognize many of the items for sale, either. Most are from out-of-state vendors specializing in housewares, clothing and accessories. This year, there will be about 43 booths filled with goods in the weekend-long event, which starts today and runs through Sunday.

Among them are returning favorites Liza Byrd Boutique of Maryland, with bright, striped and polka-dotted clothes and accessories, and Creme de la Creme's simple-yet-elegant home accessories and gifts, visiting from Illinois.

Ohio-based vendors include Rocky River's Fords Clothier for men, and artisan teas from Petali Teas in Alexandria. But the emphasis at Jubilee is bringing together an offering of items you can't usually get your hands on so easily, Smith said.

"Our goal is to try and bring [vendors] from outside the area, just so that people have a different experience," she said.

And this year brings something new to the lineup: The Phoenix Theatre will perform its original production of The Paper Bag Princess on Saturday and Sunday. The theater has performed as part of Jubilee only once before - when both the event and the group debuted 17 years ago.

Proceeds from ticket sales, a Friday gala and 15 cents of every dollar spent on merchandise goes directly to Columbus School for Girls scholarships. Tickets are $5 online or at the door and allow access all weekend.

Past Jubilee weekends have raised $200,000 each. Nearly one-fourth of students at the school are on full or partial scholarships, Christy noted.

Besides fundraising, Christy said, "There is a secondary purpose: for the community to get to know the program and the building."

The CSG Jubilee will be held October 9, 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave. For information, call 614-252-1999 or visit www.csgJubilee.com.