Saltwater Christmas fair successful

The Waldorf-inspired Saltwater School in Courtenay held a successful Christmas fair last Saturday.

FELTED WOOL BALLS were one of the many things explored Saturday at the Saltwater School's Christmas fair.

FELTED WOOL BALLS were one of the many things explored Saturday at the Saltwater School's Christmas fair.

The Waldorf-inspired Saltwater School in Courtenay held a successful Christmas fair last Saturday.

The school will also be part of the Tin Town Artist’s open house this  Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waldorf-style natural toys and toy making kits will be available for sale at the school at 2311 Rosewall Cres. Interested families are encouraged to stop by to see the school and enjoy the school’s crafts.

Children had the opportunity Saturday to create numerous beautiful crafts made with natural materials — from beeswax candles and cinnamon-stick ornaments to felted wool balls and wooden dancing marionettes.

A puppet show and a chance to enter the Magical Cookie House were highlights. Adults had the opportunity to experience a Window into Waldorf, seeing activities that typified a day in the classroom.  On display were creations of the school’s young students, such as the knitting needles that the Grade 1 and 2 students made to knit wool bags for their wooden flutes.

Artisans from Vancouver, Duncan and the Comox Valley sold their many creations in the marketplace. The talents of the Saltwater School community featured a variety of delightful craft-making kits as well as homemade wooden knitting needles, knitted and felted crafts, and wool and paper ornaments.

“All of these crafts items were made by our own school community. We also received generous donations of time, supplies and expertise from the Vancouver Waldorf School community,” said Karen Alexandre, craft co-ordinator.

Live music reverberated. Shane Philip amused and amazed children of all ages with the sounds of his didgeridoo, guitar and vocals; Kazimea Sokil of Tree Frog Music had the children dancing and singing.

The Saltwater School Carolers treated the crowds to a wide variety of seasonal songs as they paraded throughout the school and outside play space.

Marcie Jamieson, Christmas Fair organizer, was delighted by the response. “I would like to extend a huge thank you to the parents, volunteers and community members who came out to support our event.  Families, board members and friends of the school generously donated a huge amount of time, talent and goods to this fair.  Together with our larger community, we made this event a huge success.”

For more information about the Saltwater School, see the website at www.saltwaterschool.com, e-mail to info@saltwaterschool.com or call the school at 250-871-7777.

— Saltwater School