Children’s Winter Fair – November 23

October 17, 2019

Planning for this year’s Children’s Winter Fair has been underway for the last year and we are excited to share news about what is in store for the big event. Being that this is the year of celebrating 100 years of Waldorf education, the intention for the Fair is to create more space for community connection and celebration.

The original impulse for the Fair, when it was birthed 49 years ago, was that it would be a magical seasonal gift created by parents for the children. That impulse will always be honoured, as will the years of time, attention, and care dedicated to the Fair by the thousands of parents, guardians, and grandparents over the years.

With a view to hosting another beautiful and magical Fair for our little ones, while respecting the feedback received about the load carried by parents in the lead-up to, during, and after the Fair, there will be a few changes to the how the Fair day and Night Market look. Most of these changes are logistic and are intended to allow for an easier flow of traffic between activities, while some are programmatic, including the addition of shared song to open and close the Fair and an additional quiet-space.

All of the changes were made after much reflection and conversation, including the name. Updating the name of the Fair from the Children’s Christmas Fair to the Children’s Winter Fair was a decision made in consultation and not one that was made lightly. Rest assured that while the name of our Fair has changed, the spirit of the Fair remains the same.

Please feel very welcome to drop in to see either Laura or me at any time to learn more and to figure out how you can help. We are very excited about how the Fair is shaping up and look forward to sharing more details over the coming weeks. In the meantime, please stay tuned for Fair-specific communications which will have complete information about class assignments, activities, and the sign-up link for volunteer shifts.

It’s only five weeks until the big day and everyone’s help is needed to pull it off. It’s going to be great!

Warmly Mary & Laura
Children’s Winter Fair Co-ordinators