Siskiyou School plans winter fair

The Siskiyou School's Waldorf Winter Faire will be held Nov. 22 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the Siskiyou School campus at 631 Clay St.

The event will include storytelling, candle dipping, window stars, pocket people and other crafts, along with festive musical entertainment, lunch, fresh roasted chestnuts and other treats in the Winter Berry Café.

Handcrafted gifts will be available in the North Pole Store.

This year there will be about 20 vendors, featuring local artists and craftspeople who will offer handmade dolls, jewelry and hair accessories, beeswax luminaries and candles, lanterns, ornaments, cashmere shawls, wooden toys, watercolor prints and cards, felted and knitted items, Christmas stockings, hearth garlands and more.

Waldorf Winter Faires are traditionally held in the late fall all over the country and abroad. In the Rogue Valley, the Winter Faire began more than 20 years ago and has occurred nearly every year since.

Ranging from a vendors-only event to an elaborate multi-structure event with crystal cookie room, gingerbread house, kid's store, and wagon rides, Winter Faire has followed the Waldorf School from Jacksonville to different locations in Ashland, to its newly expanded home on Clay Street.

Over the last two years, six new classrooms have been constructed on campus, allowing the school to now offer the Winter Faire once again to the greater community.

Because of its longstanding history, Winter Faire has developed a reputation as being the place to get handmade gifts made from natural materials. This Faire emphasizes the values of older times by creating a place for families to have a good time together and by highlighting handcrafted holiday gifts.

Of the many activities, most are traditionally offered, but new to this year, the school will be offering The Kinder Nook where children 6 years old and under can do crafts, play and hear stories with eighth-graders and alumni students while parents shop.

Also this year, there will be more of a focus on affordability for shoppers as well as creating a waste-free event.

The North Pole Store accepts cash, check or credit cards. All profits go toward the school's scholarship fund and shoppers are invited to pick up a basket to support the school.

For more information call The Siskiyou School at 482-8223.

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