Holiday Faire 2014

It is almost time for our annual Holiday Faire!

This is a wonderful, free family event with crafts for all ages, music, children’s activities, gently used toys and books, and a stunning array of handcrafted and natural gifts for purchase. Please bring your family and friends to enjoy a beautiful day welcoming the holiday season.

Friday, November 21,  6 – 9 pm for adults

Friday evening gives an opportunity to shop out of sight of ‘little eyes’ for a wide range of unique gifts including high quality children’s items.

Saturday November 22, 10 am – 4 pm for families.

Saturday is a festive family celebration with music and marionette shows, lots of craft activities too.  The hugely popular Crystal Cave, filled with tiny gnomes and twinkling lights will open for young visitors and outside will be pony rides on our beautiful woodland campus.

Holiday Faire Location
300 Kingstown Road
West Kingston, RI

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Faire Thai Soup

Thia soup I (475x541)Serving this soup has become tradition on the Friday night before Holiday Faire. A throng of volunteers arrive to transform the school into a festive wonderland and by 8pm they are starving. So the table is set up and out comes the spicy Thai curry soup. The recipe has been requested so many times that I have finally tried to write it down to share but really, this is more a set of guidelines than a recipe. Follow your taste buds, find the balance that suits you between spicy, salty, sweet and sour.

Click here: Thai Soup

Come to the Holiday Faire Tonight, Tomorrow

Looking for something to do this weekend? Meadowbrook Waldorf School’s Holiday Faire promises to delight people of all ages. The fun begins tonight!

Adult Night: 6-9PM Tonight (11/23)
Strolling Magician tonight at the Holiday Faire

Eddie Raymond, strolling magician

Be entertained by a strolling magician, mingle by the bonfire, enjoy relaxed holiday shopping, meet a local author and have your copy of his book signed. Be one of the first 50 guests to arrive tonight and enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Holiday Faire Store. (Anyone not associated with Meadowbrook Waldorf School—parents of current students, faculty/administrators, and board of trustee members—is eligible to win.)

The first 25 guests tonight also receive a free gift bag. 
Family Day: 10-4 Tomorrow (11/24)
Family fun begins tomorrow. Adult event is tonight.

 

 

 

Pony rides, kids’ crafts, candle dipping, Ladies of the Rolling Pin, The Crystal Cave, and the puppet show are just a few of the highlights of tomorrow’s events.

What Are People Saying About the Faire?

Here, a Faire-goer shares with us some of her experiences at the Holiday Faire, and what keeps her coming back.

I come to the Faire because my grandson attends the school. Last year was my first time and I brought my granddaughter with me.

The reason that I look forward to it is because of the activities for the children. What stood out for me was the man with the drums and his enthusiasm for instructing the children on how to keep a beat.

I also liked the candle making, the dancing ladies, the room with the books for sale, the lady with the big pockets with treats for the children, the woman who taught the kids how to do weaving and the “craft room.”

The background performances of older kids playing musical instruments in some of the corners of the building made for peacefulness and a non-rushed event. I found it to be a lovely, peaceful day with unique crafts, unrushed projects, and smiling, kind, and polite faces all around.

Ostheimer for sale tonight

 

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Handwork is Meaningful Work in a Waldorf School

Why is handwork integrated in the curriculum at a Waldorf school?

Waldorf school handwork verse

As a third year parent at Meadowbrook Waldorf School, one of the first interesting things I observed was the use of handwork and other ‘meaningful work’ in the classroom.  When adults engage in meaningful work such as sweeping, cutting vegetables, or doing handwork crafts, it brings a sense of calmness to the space. It seems to possess an almost magical ability to settle the children.  One of two things often happen. The young child either imitates the work being modeled or s/he feels the security to go off and play nearby.  This is something that I witness at home and see weekly in the Parent-Child classroom.  In parent-child class, adults are given small handwork projects and the toddlers are happy to explore the selection of toys available to them.  In  early childhood grades of pre-school and kindergarten, the children are introduced to simple craft handwork projects such as finger knitting. Handwork is incorporated into the curriculum through all the grades and increases in complexity with the childrens’ advancing skills.  Learning these craft skills have the added bonus at home being a productive way to pass the time on a rainy day or a long car ride.

“Through beauty, color, and form, handwork and crafts help to lead the children from play to imaginative thinking as adults, forming a kind of bond between the two. “ from The Importance of Handwork in the Waldorf School by Patricia Linvingston published in Renewal, A Journal for Waldorf Education, Vol. 9#1, Spring 2000
A few ways handwork helps children develop. (Source: Angela Mobley)
  • Moves the child from play to meaningful work.
  • Nurtures sense of reverence and wonder.
  • Develop patience and perseverance.
  • Builds capacity to concentrate and focus
  • Builds capacity to solve problems.
  • Promotes capacities for thinking and judging.
Handwork Gift Items at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire Store
Waldorf school handwork knitting needle bags

Felted wool knitting needle bags.

There will be a variety of handwork gifts at the Holiday Faire store this year.  You will find knitting, crocheting, felting, weaving  and sewing items available suitable for a range of age groups.  There are beautiful hand crafted knitting needles and handmade felted wool needle bags.  Also featured are lovely wooden beading looms with glass beads,  a natural alternative to the currently popular elastic band looms.  Shop Saturday 6-9 pm or Sunday 10-4.

Also be sure to visit the handwork display and visit with the handwork teacher to learn more about how handwork supports learning in a Waldorf school.

Waldorf school handwork item

Wooden beading loom, a natural alternative to the elastic band looms.

handwork items for waldorf school store

Various handwork projects will be offered.

 

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