River Valley Waldorf School (RVWS) invites families to attend its Winter Fair, a public welcome event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 9, on the school grounds, located in the small river town of Upper Black Eddy.
The seasonal celebration will feature ongoing live music in the luncheon café, with food and drinks, such as gingerbread tea and homemade desserts. The classrooms are transformed into workshops, with a variety of engaging craft activities for all ages, including ice fishing, candle rolling, apple baking, paper stars and a store featuring RVWS parent artisans. The store will also be selling toys from A Toy Garden, an online store featuring U.S., European and Fair Trade toys made from natural materials. Throughout the day, King Winter will appear with a story to tell—perhaps with a chance of snow.
“Our Winter Fair transports the young child into a winter wonderland with activities for the whole family. With music, food, games and crafts for children, and King Winter himself, this winter festival creates a magical experience for everyone,” says Mary K. Till, a RVWS faculty member who teaches handwork.
RVWS, situated on seven acres in Bucks County, was established in 1994 as one of 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide. The school educates over 160 children from three years through eighth grade, and provides a thriving parent-child program for infants, toddlers and their families.
The Waldorf school began as an educational movement in 1919, and its teachers work with the educational innovations developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The school’s mission is to emphasize the role of imagination in learning, while striving to holistically integrate the intellectual, practical and artistic development of its students.