Fall Fair

This annual family event, held in early November, celebrates the season with campus tours, artisans, craft activities for all ages, delicious food, live music, games, and puppetry, raises funds to support our annual operations. It also includes an admissions open house.


Fall Fair & Open House 2013

Saturday, November 9

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Freeport Campus, 57 Desert Road

Mark your calendars to come and enjoy the campus tours, artisans, craft activities for all ages, delicious food, live music, games, puppet shows, and more!

See updates below.

 

 

Fall Fair and Open House Updates - October 29, 2013

Fall Fair & Open House

Saturday, November 9

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

     The Fall Fair is just 10 days away! Similar to last year, a major focus of the fair will be the work of the hands, with craft demonstrations, craft sales, and hands-on craft activities for both young and old.

     In the Community Hall, look for beautiful handmade articles from parents, students, and teachers at the Community-Made Crafts Table on the stage. Spread the word about the expanded Artisan Marketplace where there will also be many vendors offering a wonderful selection of hand crafted items-a great opportunity to get a jump start on holiday shopping! At the Family Farms of Merriconeag, located just outside the Community Hall, our farming families will offer fresh produce, meats and dairy, reflecting our commitment to locally grown food .
      The volunteer staffing by parents is a crucial element for the success of our fair. We need help in every area, from outdoor games to indoor crafts, from ticket sales to the café, and ask that every parent and faculty member sign-up for at least one shift. Click here for link to staffing sign-ups. High school students and parents please help out at Rudolf’s Diner in the soup tent. 
In the next ten days
• Sign up online to work a shift at the Festival – everyone is needed! Click here for the link to staffing sign ups.
• Bake for the café – sweets and savories. Bring in your baked goods Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, label the item (and note if it’s gluten free or contains nuts), and label your container if you want it back.
• Bring in donations for the following (and leave them in the office prior to Friday before the fair): 
  - Pocket Person (small gems, coins, tiny treasures)
  - Squirrel’s Attic (homemade items that sell for less than a few dollars)
  - Gently Used Outerwear (including wool long underwear!!!)
Medallion Payment System: To simplify payment for the indoor crafts, print making, and outdoor games, you can purchase a medallion necklace for $10 that will cover all games and children’s crafts. This year, we have added some crafts and games appealing to older children, including candle dipping and balloon darts, so children of all ages should find this system appealing.This will be a very simple process with a one-time reasonable per child fee.
Younger Children ( recommended for up to age 8) : 
• all outdoor games (unlimited, all day long)
• make up to 3 crafts in the children’s crafts room 
• make up to 2 prints in the Handcraft Bldg

Older Children ( recommended for ages 9 and up):
• All outdoor games including mini golf (unlimited, all day long)
• Balloon darts 
• Candle dipping (in the middle grades bldg)
• Make up to 2 prints in the Handcraft Bldg
Puppet Shows: The EC faculty will delight youngsters with puppet shows in the First Grade Classroom. For children aged 4 and up there will be 2 puppet shows at 11:00 and 1:00. $2 tickets must be purchased for these shows at the ticket booth on Saturday morning. If possible, our families should try to attend the 11:00 show since visiting families often don’t arrive in time for this first show and the second show always sells out.
      This year, we will also have some shorter puppet shows for younger children (up to age 4). $1 tickets must be purchased at the ticket booth for these shows. 
      Start your day with a puppet show! Tickets available the morning of the fair .
Sign-up to work at the Fair today: If online sign-up is a problem, please give Mary Martin a call, she would be happy to sign you up! 865-3900, x.113

FMI: Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse or
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

 

Fall Fair Parent-Made Craft Blitzes: Please join us on the following Monday mornings at the Farmhouse to meet new friends, to visit with old friends and to create crafts greatly enjoyed by children within and outside our community. Parents of all experience levels are welcome! Instruction will be provided at each event.
Monday, October 28th after drop off 
Monday, November 4th after drop off 
If you have questions, ideas you would like to share or simple patterns you have been dying to try out, please contact: Justyna Benton, justynakbenton@yahoo.com or Tonya Sattin,truffle41@yahoo.com
Wish List of materials needed for Parent-Made Craft Blitzes: wool felt squares or felt fabric remnants, felting wool, roving merino wool, especially fall hues, but any color will be appreciated. Please drop off your donations at the EC Office or Grade School Office or contact Justyna,justynakbenton@yahoo.com

 

Hobby horse parent made craft blitz, Wednesday, October 30 after drop off: Meet in the fireplace room in the farmhouse. Bring: embroidery floss and needles, felt, buttons, yarn, crochet hooks. Don't worry if you don't have these supplies, but the more we have the better. Questions: Susan Caron slbcaron@mac.com or 865-1266.Susan Caron and Carina Wishman Freedner

 

 

The Fair is fast approaching and the Falling Cafe needs your creations: If your last initial is from A-L we'd be delighted if you'd be willing to donate something savory, M-Z we'd love something sweet. Of course this is up to you and we are most thankful for whatever you can offer. For you gluten free, nut free and vegan culinary experts, we would love contributions from you! Please label your items accordingly. Also, please remember to prepare your dishes for easy serving. For example, if you are making a pie or cake, please cut it ahead of time. It helps the cafe volunteers tremendously in the morning. There will be more information about when and where to drop items off as we get closer to the fair. Please send your intentions to Sarah at SBarmby@aol.com Thank you so much in advance for helping to support the cafe!

 

Fall Fair and Open House Updates - October 22, 2013

The Fall Fair is Saturday, November 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars to come and enjoy the campus tours, artisans, craft activities for all ages, delicious food, live music, games, puppet shows, and more!

 

Staff an activity on the day of the Fair: Sign up to work a shift on the day of the fair. Click here for link.
What's New: This year we’re bringing back the Craft Artisan Marketplace with 18 vendors and tables. Most items are handmade and our vendors are selected for their unique artistry. Please invite family and friends to shop and enjoy all that will be offered at the Artisan Marketplace in our Community Hall.

     Outside the Community Hall look for the Family Farms of Merriconeag. This area will include vegetables, dairy products and meat from 3 of our farming families; Steve Sinisi, Lauren Pignatello and Lucretia Woodruff, who are fully engaged in the farming lifestyle. More to come next week. 
Donations Still Needed:
- Homemade items that sell for $1 to $2 are needed for the squirrels attic.
- Gently used outerwear of all sizes! Please leave them in the marked donation bins at each of the buildings. Items needed: rain gear including rain boots, coats, pants, wool sweaters, fleece pullovers, jackets, snow suites, jackets and pants, snow boots, hats, mittens, scarves, and long underwear, thermal clothing.
Medallion Payment System
To simplify payment for the indoor crafts, print making, and outdoor games, fair attendees will be asked to purchase a medallion necklace for $10 that will cover all the above mentioned activities. This will be a very simple process with a onetime reasonable per child fee.
Wanted: Parents knowledgeable with the candle dipping process. Please call Mary Martin, Events Coordinator at 865-3900, x.113.

FMI: Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse or
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

 

Fall Fair Parent-Made Craft Blitzes: Please join us on the following Monday mornings at the Farmhouse to meet new friends, to visit with old friends and to create crafts greatly enjoyed by children within and outside our community. Parents of all experience levels are welcome! Instruction will be provided at each event.
Monday, October 28th after drop off 
Monday, November 4th after drop off 
If you have questions, ideas you would like to share or simple patterns you have been dying to try out, please contact: Justyna Benton, justynakbenton@yahoo.com or Tonya Sattin,truffle41@yahoo.com
We hope to see you there!
Wish List of materials needed for Parent-Made Craft Blitzes:
wool felt squares or felt fabric remnants, felting wool, roving
merino wool, especially fall hues, but any color will be appreciated
Please drop off your donations at the EC Office or Grade School Office or contact Justyna,justynakbenton@yahoo.com

The Fair is fast approaching and the Falling Cafe needs your creations: If your last initial is from A-L we'd be delighted if you'd be willing to donate something savory, M-Z we'd love something sweet. Of course this is up to you and we are most thankful for whatever you can offer. For you gluten free, nut free and vegan culinary experts, we would love contributions from you! Please label your items accordingly. Also, please remember to prepare your dishes for easy serving. For example, if you are making a pie or cake, please cut it ahead of time. It helps the cafe volunteers tremendously in the morning. There will be more information about when and where to drop items off as we get closer to the fair. Please send your intentions to Sarah at SBarmby@aol.com Thank you so much in advance for helping to support the cafe!

 

Fall Fair and Open House Updates - October 15, 2013

Fall Fair Meeting Tomorrow

Wed., Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.

Farmhouse, 58 Desert Road, Freeport

(Treats & coffee provided!)
      Are you still wondering how you can help with the Fall Fair? Unsure of what you should be doing? Does your entire class have a certain responsibility? The short answer is that we need every family to pitch in to make the Fair successful, and instead of strictly assigning one class to a particular activity each year, parents get to choose how they would like to help. Our committee structure is designed to make volunteering both fun and easy, connecting parents from across the grades, and making the leadership transition from year to year as seamless as possible. The Fair leaders, who we fondly call the Fair Chairs, and their assistants (Fair Shadows), organize each of the Fair activities. Your role is to see what activity sparks your interest, tell us where you would like to help, and keep reading the Tuesday News for updates about how to 1) Donate items, 2) Bake for the café or lunch, and 3) work a shift on Fair Day. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

     The Fall Fair Committee is a group of 40 parents and faculty members who have stepped forward to organize one of the many Fair activities. We still need some more helping hands, and would love for you to join us tomorrow at our meeting in the Farmhouse at drop-off. If that isn’t possible, you can always contact one of us! 
Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

 

 

Fall Fair and Open House News - October 8, 2013

November 9, 2013

Fall Fair & Open House Update: The Fall Fair is only one month away!

We are very excited about bringing back the time-tested favorites. There is something for everyone: At the gently used Outerwear Sale parents can pick up great deals on winter coats, hats, rain gear, sizes 2 - adult. At young children’s crafts, children aged 3 – 7 can make Waldorf-inspired craft projects. For the youngest children, a secret treasure can be found in the pockets of the “Pocket Person”, and small homemade items can be purchased with a few coins at the Squirrel’s Attic. Everyone loves the creative, outdoor games, and puppet shows are always popular. We will also have lots of food, including grilled German sausages, French Crepes, Rudolf’s Diner (soups and bread), and the Café, for a sweet or savory snack. Older students and adults can watch – or make - more challenging craft projects in the Handcraft Room this year, and shoppers of all ages can buy something beautiful at the Merriconeag Marketplace in the Community Hall – which will include over a dozen artisans from both our community and the greater community.

     The Fall Fair requires the help of everyone in our school community; and we hope every parent will be able to pitch in, by working a shift the day of the Fair, contributing to the food at the café or lunch, and donating items for the craft activities and gently used outerwear sale.

     We also need a few more Fair co-Chairs. Please review the list below to see which activities still need help. If you want to help in another area, just let us know – we can always use more volunteers! 
Fall Fair Co-Chairs still needed (and primary tasks): 
• Children’s Outdoor games – help Adrian Bossi with setup, oversight
• Outdoor Decorations – help Carina Wishman-Freedner find pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and mum plants to make our grounds festive
• Indoor Decorations - we need helpers to hang lights and artwork 
• Waldorf School Supplies - help Mandy Andreson with pricing and set up
• Parent Made Crafts: help Justyna Benton with pricing and set up

     Please consider how you would like to bring your talents and whatever time you can spare to this fun, fall event.

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

It's that time of year again to get your baking caps on. The Falling Leaves Cafe is calling out for savories and sweets! If your last initial is from A-L, we'd be delighted if you'd be willing to donate something savory. From M-Z, we'd love something sweet. Of course this is up to you, and we are most thankful for whatever you can offer. It seemed to work well that way last year so there is a nice variety of each. You can even make something as easy as peanut butter sandwiches, hummus roll-ups, or even cubed cheese which are great for the little ones to carry around. There will be more information about when and where to drop items off as we get closer to the fair. Please send your intentions to Sarah at SBarmby@aol.com Thank you so much in advance for helping to support the cafe!

Outerwear Needed for Fall Fair Outerwear Sale: Please donate your gently used outerwear of all sizes to the Fall Fair (note: “gently used” means that you would consider buying it for your own children).Drop off donations in one of the marked bins in The Community Hall, grade buildings or the ECC. We greatly appreciate long underwear, wool sweaters, fleece pullovers & jackets, rain pants and jackets, rain hats, snowpants and jackets, snowsuits, rainboots, snow boots, hats, scarves, neckers, mittens, gloves. (Not needed, but thanks anyway: Nordic ski equipment, helmets, sleds, ice skatesrecreational equipment of any kind, stained or torn items, pets, in laws - even the nice ones)



Fall Fair and Open House News - October 1, 2013

November 9, 2013

Fall Fair planning is underway. Choose your passion. Get involved:

     We have a wonderfully energetic and creative team of Fall Fair organizers this year, and hope that our enthusiasm will entice every family to help make this day a huge success. If you can get involved in the planning stages of the Fair, or be a valuable helper to one of the activities listed below, please contact the “Fall Fair Chairs” listed below. Any area can always use more help, but those where there are blanks indicate we really need you! All contact information is in the school directory.

Pocket Person: Tami Goodrich and Sarah Currie
Squirrels Attic: Vanessa Farr and Tonya Sattin 
Children’s Craft Activities –
Younger children: Victoria Stefanakos and Melisa Walker
Older children Crafts: Julie Pennington, Lynn Thurrell, Priscilla Nicholson, Rosemary Burwell
Outdoor Craft Demonstrations: 
Woodworking: Yunus Lowenthal and Bob Thurrell
Blacksmithing: Scott Libby, Will Hight, Rosemary Burwell
Outdoor games: Adrian Bossi and ______________
Signage and Design: Lisa Bossi 
Outdoor Decorations: Carina Wishman-Freedner and __________
Indoor Decorations: ___________
Café: Amy Kessler, Sarah Barmby, Amy Eshoo, Lisa Lukis
Gently Used Outerwear: Catherine Weiland, Seren Sinisi, Alicia Heyburn, Drew Tieman
Waldorf School Supplies: Mandy Andreson and ____________
Parent Made Crafts: Justyna Benton and _______________
Artisan Vendors: Mary Martin and Susan Caron
Food: 
German Sausage: Oliver Kinzer and some German students
French Crepes: Regine Whittlesey and French teachers and students
Rudolf’s Diner (soups and chili): High School parents, students and Faculty 
Family Farms of Merriconeag: Christine Sloan

What you can do now:
Search your cabinets and closets at home, and bring the following to any office:
• Gently Used Outerwear: sizes toddler through high school – coats, hats, boots, mittens, rain gear, snow suits, cross country running and skiing apparel (no skis, please).
• Trinkets for the Pocket Person – see last week’s Tuesday News for details.
• Read the Tuesday News each week and see what is needed – when everyone does what they can, we can create a tremendous result.

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

The Fall Fair Committee needs your fabric scraps: We are looking for autumn-colored pieces, at least 9"x12" in size, any thickness or texture, solids or prints. There will be a collection box in Lisa's office. 


 

Fall Fair News - September 24, 2013

Fall Fair and Open House, November 9, 2013

Fall Fair Meeting – come join us: Wednesday Sept. 25th at drop-off time in the farmhouse

     In a remarkable show of community spirit and generosity, each fall, Merriconeag parents and faculty pull off one of southern Maine’s most delightful fall fairs, right here on our campus. Children of all ages look forward to this wonderful tradition. We hold an Admissions Open House concurrently, so it is also a wonderful way to showcase the best of our school to the greater community. Everyone plays a role – whether you are co-chairing one of the committees, baking for the Café, or working a couple shifts on the day of the Fair, we all help make this day a success.

     Mark your calendars – and tell your friends from outside the school – it is one week later than in the past – on Saturday Nov. 9th. This is a long weekend (there is no school on Monday, Veterans Day) but please remember that the Fall Fair is considered a school day and an important part of your child’s and the whole family’s experience.

     We will have our organizational meeting on Wednesday Sept. 25th at drop-off, in the farmhouse. Anyone organizing a Fall Fair activity should come; anyone who is interested in learning how you can help should also come! The Fall Fair cannot happen without all of our wonderful volunteers! Treats and coffee provided.

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

 

Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!

     We are hoping more people can join the Wednesday afternoon Craft Blitzes which are happening every Wednesday afternoon (3:00 – 4:30) up until the Fall Fair (Nov. 9). Our handwork teacher, Julie Pennington, is offering free after school handcraft craft blitzes in our Handcraft Building on the main campus and we want you to come! Everyone is welcome - whether you are a novice or a very experienced handworker (knitting, sewing, felting, crocheting), a new parent or returning parent, this is a wonderful way to connect with other parents, deepen friendships, learn a new skill and get instructions and patterns for a new project. The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!
     Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the sessions if they are able to participate. If you want to use the school’s aftercare instead, please call the Business Office well ahead of time to arrange payment and ensure space is available.


 

Fall Fair News - September 17, 2013

Fall Fair and Open House, November 9, 2013

What is it and why do I need to know?

     Many parents in our school were first introduced to Merriconeag, and to Waldorf Education, by attending our infamous Fall Fair. For the past twenty-nine years, this Fair has brought together our greater community for a daylong celebration of the season, with fine crafts, music, food, puppetry, outdoor games, and unique entertainment for the whole family. This is the day we also host an Admissions Open House, which is a wonderful way for parents in the community to see our community in action, peek into the classrooms, and talk with faculty and staff. This year, the Fall Fair and Open House is on Saturday, November 9th. This is a mandatory school day for all students – it is also one everyone looks forward to!

     Besides being a community-building and outreach event, the Fall Fair also raises money for the operating budget. Merriconeag, like most independent schools, cannot rely solely on revenue from tuition for our operating expenses. The cost of our education would be out of reach for many families if we did. The school, therefore, relies on a variety of fundraisers to supplement the operating budget, and we rely on your involvement to make this all happen.
      In the Development Office we strive to meet the school’s fundraising goals while maintaining realistic expectations of our parent’s time and energy. By sharing the Fair responsibilities across the whole school, and coordinating the efforts through the Class Coordinators with support from the Development Office, we hope that our volunteers will find their efforts deeply enriching and rewarding. Everyone takes up a piece of the work, and it all comes together!

     We encourage everyone to volunteer and get involved with the fair for the following reasons: the joy and excitement the children have for this event, the camaraderie of parents working side by side, the new faces you will see that are full of amazement and admiration for our community, the smiling alumni and their parents, the meeting and greeting of many friends, and the support for all that we value in choosing Waldorf education for our children.
      To find out which part of the Fall Fair you can help with, contact your class coordinator, check the weekly updates in the Tuesday News, or contact one of us in the Development Office: 
Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

Fall Fair Meeting – come join us: Wednesday Sept. 25th at drop-off time in the farmhouse

     In a remarkable show of community spirit and generosity, each fall, Merriconeag parents and faculty pull off one of southern Maine’s most delightful fall fairs, right here on our campus. Children of all ages look forward to this wonderful tradition. We hold an Admissions Open House concurrently, so it is also a wonderful way to showcase the best of our school to the greater community. Everyone plays a role – whether you are co-chairing one of the committees, baking for the Café, or working a couple shifts on the day of the Fair, we all help make this day a success.

     Mark your calendars – and tell your friends from outside the school – it is one week later than in the past – on Saturday Nov. 9th. This is a long weekend (there is no school on Monday, Veterans Day) but please remember that the Fall Fair is considered a school day and an important part of your child’s and the whole family’s experience.

     We will have our organizational meeting on Wednesday Sept. 25th at drop-off, in the farmhouse. Anyone organizing a Fall Fair activity should come; anyone who is interested in learning how you can help should also come! The Fall Fair cannot happen without all of our wonderful volunteers! Treats and coffee provided.

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office

 

Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!

     Handcrafts are integral to Waldorf education, and ever since Merriconeag began over 29 years ago, community handcrafts have been instrumental in binding our community together.

     Beginning THIS Wednesday, Sept. 18th, and every Wednesday afternoon (3:00 – 4:30) up until the Fall Fair (Nov. 9) our handwork teacher Julie Pennington will be offering free after school handcraft craft blitzes in our Handcraft Building on the main campus. Everyone is welcome - whether you are a novice or a very experienced handworker (knitting, sewing, felting, crocheting), a new parent or returning parent, this is a wonderful way to connect with other parents, deepen friendships, learn a new skill and get instructions and patterns for a new project. The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!

     Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the sessions if they are able to participate. If you want to use the school’s aftercare instead, please call the Business Office ahead of time to arrange payment and ensure space is available.

     More details will be in next week's Tuesday News, but mark your calendars now and join in whenever you are able, starting this Wednesday! 

 

Artisans at the Fall Fair – spread the word: We will once again host an Artisan Marketplace in the Community Hall at the Fall Fair. This year we will open it up to both families in our community as well as outside artisans. Please let me know if you, or someone you know, is interested in participating. This will be a juried show, to ensure that we have a variety of offerings and price points. Fees and specifics available upon request. Please express interest to Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext 113, no later than Wednesday Sept. 25th.

 

Seeking Pocket Person Treasures: As you are cleaning out those stuffed drawers from the summer, please set aside any "treasures" for the Fall Fair to be used in the pockets of the Pocket Person. Some example items you might donate include: bells, crystals, sea glass, jacks, molding beeswax, coins, old keys, candles, buttons, marbles, wood figures and small boxes. Please drop items off in either of the offices that is labeled “Pocket Person Treasures”. Tami Goodrich