Looking for some family fun Saturay, Sept. 29, before the Buckeyes game?
Why not join Southside STAY and the Stewart Alternative Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our third annual Art & Craft Market at Stewart Alternative Elementary, just off Schiller Park?
The free event, open to the public, will feature more than 25 local art and handicraft vendors selling everything from art to home decor to creative edible treats.
The full market lineup includes: 3RBags, Aaron Behnk Creations, Amelia Can Crochet, Daqua Simmons, Desserts By Design, Elemental Creations by Kat, Erin Strickler, Everything Cake Rolls, Indigo Iris Designs, Inspiration to Movement, Mel Qu, Missy Lawson, Perryn's Naturals, Recycled Can Creations, RootsyBeadz, Rose Forby, Sakeleeia Kann, Samantha Pitts Photography, Samie Saavedra, Second Nature Artisan, Sharon Holley, ShyMask Studios, Through the Woods, and Yellow Rose Retail.
But don't just come for the art. Starting at 10:30 a.m. attendees of all ages can get footloose with the Transit Arts Hip Hop Dance Crew.
They'll be joined by DJ BHB, founder of the long-running Columbus Hip Hop Expo and a staple at libraries and youth programs throughout the city, as well as keyboardist and South High School alum Andre Barrett.
KMCK-FM radio (105.7) disc jockey Jae Esquire, another South alum, also will be on hand throughout the event to provide a musical backdrop to the festivities.
After you and the kids finish dancing, check out one of our hands-on activity stations or head on over to the bounce house. That's right, I said bounce house.
The historic, recently renovated school will be open for staff-led tours, too. Stewart is a regional alternative elementary school with a growing neighborhood enrollment, offering pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.
The PTO will be hosting a doughnut fundraiser and all sales will benefit classroom initiatives.
Last year's donations supported the purchase of an online academic reading program for grades K-6, which helps strengthen reading and comprehension skills.
We're also proud and excited to feature Willowbeez Soulveg, who will be serving up their one-of-a-kind vegan soul food.
You may have seen them recently at one of their Two Dollar Radio HQ pop-up events, and can catch them regularly on Mondays and Fridays at the Hills Market downtown.
Still hungry? Attendees can grab ice cream at City Scoops Columbus and delicious drinks from Community Grounds and Bubbles Tea & Juice Co.
While we certainly hope to see folks from all over Columbus, this is a wonderful opportunity for neighborhood families to mingle, learn about Stewart as well as some of the other great neighborhood public schools in South Columbus, and contribute to a very worthy cause: our kids.
We invite you to learn more about Southside STAY, too. We are a grassroots network of parents, educators and community stakeholders working to support and empower public education on the South Side.
Our focus includes neighborhood public schools in the Columbus South High School pathway. Join our movement at southsidestay.com.
Southside STAY Board of Directors Chairman Mike Alcock submitted the Village Notebook column.