After a successful inaugural event last year, Southside STAY is holding its second Art & Craft Market on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Stewart Alternative Elementary School, 40 E. Stewart Ave.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Several local artists and craft vendors will be selling merchandise and contributing $25 to the Stewart Parent-Teacher Organization.

"It's a really wide variety," said Mike Alcock, chairman of the board of directors of Southside STAY, which is an acronym for Standing Together to Advance Youth in southside schools.

Food and beverages will be available throughout the event, including coffee from Community Grounds, tea products from Bubble Tea Co., food from Valter's at Maennerchor and doughnuts from the Stewart PTO.

The Shazzbots, a local band that specializes in children's music, will perform at 11 a.m.

A meet-and-greet will follow, with patrons getting an opportunity to tour the school.

"We're certainly hoping families can come out, particularly from German Village and Merion Village, but also from across the south side and beyond," Alcock said.

Southside STAY was formed in 2012 as a way to encourage residents to stay in the neighborhood and enroll their children in local schools while simultaneously working to support and improve the schools.

STAY also successfully lobbied Columbus City Schools to create a combination lottery-and neighborhood-enrollment system at Stewart, which formerly accepted students through a lottery only.

Stewart has emerged much stronger, after a fire in 2010, said Ken Flower, president of the school's PTO.

The Stewart building was re-opened in 2015 after a major renovation effort brought it up to current educational standards.

In the meantime, the Stewart PTO reformed two years ago, said Flower, who also is a member of Southside STAY.

"It's kind of growing stronger each year," he said of the PTO. "People are getting engaged. There are a lot of great parents at the school."

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