The Gnome Olympics

The Gnome House is one of the most popular events at the Winter Fair. It is a 5' high, domed space created from the top half of a tent and covered on the outside with pine boughs. You have to crawl through a narrow tunnel to get in which makes it a bit tricky for adults. This year the theme was the Gnome Olympics. Children crawl in, explore, and get to choose a little gnome (about 2" high) to bring home. All the gnomes in the photos below are about 2".

Slalom Event

There was a working luge run.

My personal favorite--the line for the outhouse.

Hockey Rink

Figure Skating Event

Gnome Medal Ceremony

I can't imagine how many gnomes they had to make. I have to confess that I was happy to NOT be making gnomes. I made about a million gallons of chili for the cafe.

One other popular spot--hard to photograph--the crystal cookie cave. Children go into a very dark cave filled with cookies and crystals. There is an "angel" playing a harp (who keeps an eye on behavior and replenishes cookies) and children get to choose a cookie and crystal. Helen was a good sport and filled in as the angel for awhile (not her favorite activity--and she's going to make me take down this photo pretty quickly! at least it's not on facebook)...

Kristin Nicholas  – (December 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM)  

Hi Sarah - The Textile Co in Greenfield has some gorgeous wool coating fabric. This actually came from a project I did for a tv show and I had leftover. I cannot remember where I got it - it was about 6 years ago.

The other place is Osgoods in Springfield MA - they are fabulous but aren't open on Saturdays because they are Jewish.
Hope you are well!

Francesca  – (December 6, 2011 at 9:50 AM)  

I have never seen anything as cute as all those gnomes....I made some for my son's non Waldorf Nursery in Italy and everbody loved thgem. But on skis....they are really great!!!

kristin  – (December 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM)  

the gnome Olympic tent is just brilliant. i can just imagine the surprise of seeing this wold upon entering the bough covered dome.

Helen looks just adorable...if you DO take it down, at least i'm happy to have seen her here.

Crescent Moon  – (December 7, 2011 at 6:30 AM)  

The gnome olympics is really cute and wonderfully creative! The angel is lovely and should not be embarrassed at all by that picture. It was very nice of her to help out with the younger children and it is a good picture of her.

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