Strength. Courage. Energy. Fire.

Yesterday was our school Michaelmas play followed by the harvest festival. The play follows the story of St. George and the Dragon. It is a huge production where each class has a traditional role. FINALLY, Lou's class got to be the dragon. She was so excited. Here it emerges from the woods. It was a very long dragon with over 20 children inside.

Hels was everywhere--playing violin, recorder, singing, and dancing the sword dance. It was her last year in the play.

Following the play we all gathered on the field for an afternoon festival. In planning the afternoon, our committee worked to make sure there would be the following elements--

Strength.

Courage.

Energy.

Fire.

We also planned activities to celebrate the fruits of the harvest.

Apples on a string

Fresh Cider

Pizza topped with veggies from the garden

Golden acorns hidden away

It was a very fun afternoon with cool breezes and golden trees ringing the horizon. Here's one last photo of Helen and Nels as they ran the 3-legged costume race.

Tammy  – (October 3, 2009 at 9:39 AM)  

Oh my gosh, what a lovely and well planned activity! I love that the 4 elements of strength, courage, energy, and fire were represented. And the activities look so wholesome and fun. I wish we had a waldorf school around here. I try so hard to make our homeschooling as waldorf as I can, but it's hard as a family sometimes. I love seeing what your girls are doing. Thanks for sharing your Michaelmas celebration with us.

Penny  – (October 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM)  

Awesome. Just awesome.

We have a school here - but the budget says no way, no how, not ever. That's why it's especially nice that you share all of this with those of us trying to bring Waldorf home.

I'm grateful for these glimpses into the community of school life.

Jen Nelson –   – (October 3, 2009 at 7:18 PM)  

SARAH!!! So great to find you here! A parent in my class from Strafford passed me this blog, saying it was GREAT. Knowing it's you now, I am not surprised it is so well-done. I really miss you all!!! I love seeing all the amazing photos!!! XXOOO Jen

Dawn  – (October 3, 2009 at 9:15 PM)  

That looks like such fun! The huge dragon looks very cool. What a great celebration.

Linda  – (October 4, 2009 at 1:56 AM)  

What a wonderful celebration...

Susan  – (October 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM)  

This looks like the most amazing place to hang out as a kid...wish my kids had gone here.

kristin  – (October 13, 2009 at 12:09 AM)  

Sarah...I am stunned at the beauty in your festival...your pictures capture the day so perfectly. as usual, i am left completely inspired. our outdoor Michaelmas celebration was rained out and we had to all squeeze into our little preschool and I got no photos worthy of showing. we did have a beautiful mother earth walk in the house with gifts of spring bulbs which left the children in complete awe.

i've been away from blogging for so long and may not totally catch up with you tonight, but i wanted to say i love your new banner...did you make it? i may yet find out :)

i've missed reading about your peaceful and loving life.

nova_j  – (October 21, 2009 at 2:36 AM)  

oh what a wonderful celebration! since our seasons are reversed we've just had our spring play, but i can't wait to see a michaelmas one too! (actually, i think i *can* wait, we're only just getting into warm weather!)

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