At EBWS community building happens in many ways. One way is to create opportunities for our many hands to come together in work and celebration. Our annual Harvest Fair is a community festival that provides the opportunity for all of us to honor yearly rhythms and celebrate the abundance of summer.
This event is a treat for children of all ages and will feature games, crafts, live music, delicious food, puppet shows and artisan vendors. Don’t forget to pick up your fresh produce at our farm stand. Admission is free and tickets may be purchased for the games. Parking is limited. Please plan to park in the surrounding neighborhood. This event will take place rain or shine!
We would like to thank all of our parents, grandparents, and friends who helped up make this incredible event come together. In addition we would like to thank all the families, businesses and individuals for their generous contributions to Harvest Fair 2016.
Calling all Wanderers from Preschool to 5th grade! For one night only, the 8th grade, along with the rest of the Middle School, will open the door to the magical land of Wanderer’s Way. Our friends from the furthest lands and beloved rhymes will come to life to entertain and inspire. Who will you see along the pumpkin lit path? You might encounter our Queen, enchanted Bakers and more. At each station your child will be given a small trinket.
All Wanderers are encouraged to arrive in costume. To support our theme, we ask that you avoid commercial and scary costumes. At the end of the guided path everyone is invited to enjoy a treat and refreshing drink. This event takes place rain or shine. The path will take around 40 minutes to walk.
Please note: There is no wheelchair or stroller access through this event and lighting is intentionally dim.
School Community Festivals
Festivals are a wonderful and integral component of the community life of East Bay Waldorf School. All family members and friends are warmly invited to join us in any of these wonderful celebrations and events.
The Rose Ceremony
On the first day of school, first graders are welcomed into the community by an 8th grade mentor with a rose.
The Michaelmas Celebration
Around October 1st, the community acknowledges the challenge and opportunity inherent in the harvest season. For us as adults, Michaelmas is an ancient festival that celebrates inner courage, and balance, in the time when the outer world is growing darker. Michael the Archangel is ruler of winds and waves and holds the balance that weighs our souls. He has been known in many cultures and by many names throughout history. This festival mirrors other cultures’ fall festivals of self reflection.
In mid November we have a celebration of the changing of the season to the dark winter. We sponsor a coat drive for a local charitable organization.
Grandparents & Friends Day
This is a day when parents, relatives and friends of the family can come and visit their students, the classes and the school itself. Grandparents & Friends Day takes place in February 2017. There will be a special presentation by the students in Grades 1-8, followed by time with their students in the classes, along with lunch and refreshments.
Festivals of Light
An old tradition of winter; as the sunlight is dwindling, the human soul yearns for light. Here at the school, we look ahead to the very special festivals of light, scheduled for our students and families. Our beloved Spiral of Light, where a glowing path of light in the darkness is created by each student’s shining candle, is celebrated in Waldorf Schools and Camphill Communities throughout the world. The Festivals of Light includes reverence and celebration for all holidays during this time of year that incorporate the theme of “light into the darkness.” These celebrations include, but are not limited to: Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, St. Lucia’s Day, St. Martin’s Day and Loi Krathong.
In May, we celebrate spring with the May Fair, dancing around the May pole and crowning a May Queen. There are games, music, artisans and vendors. This event is open to everyone: families and friends within the community and beyond.