Do you enjoy holiday shopping? Or how about this question – do you enjoy holiday shopping with your kids? What if I told you that you could bring your family to a place that makes it fun and magical to shop for unique hand made gifts, but more importantly, it is an event that encourages families to learn, play, celebrate and be creative together?
Sounds good, right? This is the magic can be discovered at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire which is a two-part event. First, on Saturday, November 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm the school hosts an “adults only evening” with light refreshments, festivities and shopping. Then on Sunday, Nov. 24th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm a full day of family fun is planned. (Disclaimer: I honestly did not prompt my interviewees to use the word magic, and I spoke with each one of them individually so they had no idea that every single one of them used “magic” to describe the event!)
Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several families who have chosen the Meadowbrook Waldorf school for their children’s academic, musical, emotional, social and spiritual education. I deliberately chose the word “spiritual” in that sentence not because the school is affiliated with any particular religion – but because the Waldorf teachers and families value nurturing a child’s spirit and their growth as a whole person. We share a common value in that everything they touch is done with intention and beauty. This annual holiday event cherishes those values, the spirit of the season, and families coming together as a community to celebrate creativity, childhood and the natural world in which we live.
The world these days is devoid of magic. The Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire injects a little creativity, fantasy and beauty into what is, for many, a stressful time of year. The pace is slow, the crafts are simple and beautiful and appeal to the child in all of us and the setting is like a secret fairyland. My children have been participating since they were babies and still get excited about the faire even though they are 13 and 15. Anything that does not include an IPod and gets a teenager motivated must be special! – Lisa Sussman, Waldorf parent and Director of COA (Cultural Organization for the Arts) in East Greenwich, RI.
The Meadowbrook Waldorf Holiday Faire is a free event that is open to the public. The Adults Night on Sat. 11/23 will feature a lantern-lit path to a festive bonfire gathering with live music, light refreshments and the fabulously entertaining strolling magician, Eddie Raymond. You can shop kid-free at the holiday stores filled with finely crafted European toys and many local and global handcrafts, including clothing, housewares, ornaments and other items made by gifted members of the school community and an entertaining live auction!
My friend, Jennifer Neuguth (founder of Festival Fete) revealed that she likes to shop early to have the best selection of handcrafted items made by some extremely talented members of the community.
“The entire event is so well done and magical. The artisan work is unique, affordable, and very high quality – and that’s quite a testimonial coming from someone who produces art festivals!” – Jennifer Neuguth, owner of Mantra and Meadowbrook Waldorf parent from Foster, RI.
Jennifer also shared with me many other great things she loves about the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire such as family crafting stations to make items such as sugared almonds and beeswax candles, the Book Room where you can find gently used books at great prices, and strolling entertainment including the Ladies of the Rolling Pin and the Pocket Lady!
On Sunday, November 24th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the entire family is invited to enjoy a magical day including puppet shows, pony rides and an enchanted journey through the sparkling crystal Gnome Cave (many have raved about the famous Gnome Cave – can’t wait to see that in person!). Older children can use beautiful, natural materials to craft special gifts to take home. The holiday stores will offer unique selections of thoughtful gifts, and there will be delicious natural foods and music provided by alumni and the community.
My family and I have been going to the Meadowbrook Waldorf Holiday Faire for almost 15 years and it’s simply magical. There is so much to do…It’s fantastic! – Lilly Wolfgang, MWS parent from East Greenwich.
Monica Rodgers is a Waldorf School parent who wrote about the faire and her impressions of a Waldorf education on her blog. She enthusiastically shared her thoughts with me about the Meadowbrook Waldorf Holiday Faire when I interviewed her for a post on the Festival Fete blog last year.
“Each year we try to focus on a celebration that really brings to life the spirit of our community and the things we hold dear. The festivities include music, family crafts, beautiful decoration- it looks simply MAGICAL when you get to the campus. We try to offer totally unique gifts that people can not usually find anywhere else that reflect the talents of our community such as handmade doll clothing, advent Calendar’s, Ornaments, beautiful handwork on clothing or accessories. Our faire is one of the most unique holiday events in New England!!”
My family and I are really looking forward to experiencing the Magic of the Meadowbrook Waldorf Holiday Faire! Will we see you there?