As we enter October, there’s a crispness in the air and we shift from finding our back-to-school rhythm to the holiday season and all of its traditions. One of those cherished traditions is our school’s Holiday Fair & Craft Bazaar. As chair of the 2020 holiday fair, I am so happy to share that we have re-imagined this special event into a fun, virtual affair with nods to all our favorite fair traditions.

While I am not asking parents to serve chili this year or wind jump ropes, I want to encourage all our families to help support this event.

Will there be a children’s shopping room? Yes! What about our favorite, artistanal chocolate maker? He’s here! Holiday Fair Quilt? Of course! Music? Sure. Tasty cocktails? I can’t pour them for you, but you absolutely can have a Sleigh Ride in your hand while you shop (my not-so-secret recipe is forthcoming). Will there be paper snowflakes? Yup, check the holiday fair gift bag that we’re sending home with all of our families along with some other goodies.

How exactly will we be making this happen? We are creating a two-week event starting with an online launch party that you can stream. You can snuggle in with your little ones and watch a special Waldorf puppet play performed by our Puppet Troupe. The Pocket Fairy will be stopping by to say hello (virtually). You will spy some very familiar faces of past Holiday Fair Chairs, Waldorf parents, and alumni families sharing favorite memories from the past 25 years!

Watch a special Waldorf puppet play and the Pocket Fairy will be stopping by to say hello (virtually)! 

We cannot forget about the shopping. I love being able to stroll through our fair and see the beautifully adorned vendor booths and incredible hand-made products. But we have to provide a safe experience, so we have built an online marketplace where you will find your favorite artisans, plus several new additions. We encourage you to shop small and support these vendors who have been hit really hard with the cancellation of nearly all local craft fairs. With a few clicks, you can make your purchases online and get direct shipment/delivery from our vendors.

The Holiday Fair has always been one of our biggest community events. Maintaining that sense of community is tough in socially-distanced times. While I am not asking parents to serve chili this year or wind jump ropes, I want to encourage all our families to help support this event.

BIPOC makers and artists have been underrepresented at the Holiday Fair.
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is actively seeking and encouraging BIPOC makers to apply to participate. 

If you know a small business that would like to become a vendor, please send them our way! Our school has made a commitment to anti-oppressive teaching, learning, and leading, and as a community that strives for racial justice and equality, we are committed to bringing anti-oppression into every aspect of the school including the Holiday Fair. In past years, BIPOC makers and artists have been underrepresented at the Holiday Fair. Moving forward, the Waldorf School of Philadelphia is purposefully and actively seeking non-white vendors and encouraging BIPOC makers to apply to participate. We are looking for toymakers, artists of all forms, speciality foods, items for the four-legged members of the family, clothing, home goods and more! Yes, you can be a vendor if you are a Waldorf parent.

Please spread the word about attendance too. Share the link to our Holiday Fair event page and marketplace. Everyone on our site is equipped to take payment online and get their products out to you. We have some special videos from our vendors that you’re going to be seeing over the coming weeks. Since you cannot stop by their booth to chat, we wanted to give vendors the opportunity to tell you their story and a little about their amazing creations.

We will be posting lots of updates on the event through various social media channels. So keep an eye out for more details. Thank you ahead of time for your support. The resilience and innovative spirit of our community is going to make the 2020 Holiday Fair & Craft Bazaar an unforgettable event.

To volunteer, become a vendor, ask questions, or offer suggestions and ideas, please email me, Andrea McAfee at holidayfair@phillywaldorf.com