Fall Bazaar - 45th Anniversary
On Saturday, November 22, the Washington Waldorf School will hold its 45th annual Fall Bazaar. Our halls will fill with the faces of friends, both familiar and new, who are drawn to the Bazaar’s wholesome activities, artisanal goods, delectable food, and stunning seasonal décor evoking the spirit of our Waldorf school. For many of us, the Bazaar is a cherished tradition, a celebration of our community and our craftsmanship, and a beloved part of the rhythm of the school year. For others, this will be a new experience, full of discovery and wonder.
Volunteers! This is the time when we ask each and every parent to sign-up to help set-up, staff, or clean-up their class’s Bazaar activity. To sweeten this year’s call to duty, the Development Office is offering spectacular incentives: If you sign up by November 5, you will be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to the Waldorf Store. And if you sign up by November 12, you will be eligible to win a $30 gift certificate. Click here to sign up!
Come to our First Ever - Preview Night
You are never too old to start something new! In celebration of our 45th Fall Bazaar, we will be opening our doors on Friday night for an artisan Preview Night. From 7-9pm, enjoy lite refreshments while browsing the work of 40 artisans from the DC metro area and beyond. Tickets are $10 and space is limited. You may purchase a ticket by clicking here. Enjoy a few hours of shopping and socializing without Saturday's crowds!
Visit our Alumni Pop-Up Shop
It's no suprise that WWS graduates talented and creative alumni! This year several of our alumni will come together in an Alumni Pop-Up Shop, designed to highlight their artistry and craft. Come peruse and shop from our very own. Located across from the auditorium all day on Saturday.
This Year's Activities for the Children
A long-time favorite! Adorn candles with designs made from colorful beeswax shapes, or decorate a wooden base with objects from nature, such as pine cones, star anise and gems. A limited number of pre-packaged kits will also be available for purchase so that you can share or take home the fun.
Create decorative luminaries to warm the spirit as the days grow shorter and the air gets crisper. Special tools are used to punch holes into sheets of copper, allowing light to filter through when a votive candle is placed inside and lit.
Wooden Thumb Pianos
Make your own unique musical instrument. This woodworking project involves cutting, sanding and assembling a percussive instrument that can then be played.
Children step into their own fairytale, weaving through an enchanted evergreen forest full of mystery and sparkling with beauty.
Sun Catcher Windows
Design beautiful, translucent works of art reminiscent of stained glass. This is an activity enjoyed by even our youngest Bazaar attendees, who take great joy in choosing and arranging colorful, pre-cut pieces of tissue paper on transparent film.
Children and adults alike will find the artists within them awoken by this creative activity. Paint a picture, a pattern or an abstract design and transform your silk into a scarf, a decorative wall hanging, or a prop for children’s imaginative play.
Face Painting and Henna
Our older students will be delighted to decorate your young ones! Featuring safe, lead-free face paints and henna.
Pocket Wizard and Pocket Lady
Children flock to these bearers of treasure, who keep their wares hidden in the many pockets that line their capes.
The Children’s Shop
A venue for our youngest shoppers. Children adore making their own purchases in a beautifully designed shop that is just for them. The stock includes many handmade treats like felted flower fairies, gnomes, and magic wands, knitted stuffed animals, finger puppets and nontoxic playdough. Treasures from the natural world are also available, such as honey sticks, minerals and gemstones. Items for sale at the Children’s shop are moderately priced and may be purchased with Bazaar tickets.
The Children’s Garden faculty and staff will offer a traditional puppet show featuring handmade puppets, a beautiful set and a special story.
Join us for a delicious lunch or snack at the Bazaar Bistro. Chef Eron and his team of volunteers will provide a nourishing menu highlighting the flavors of the fall season.
Cakes, pies, cookies and myriad other sweets concocted by our school’s talented bakers will be available at The Patisserie.
The Waldorf Store
One of the most highlights of the Holiday Bazaar, this is the premier local destination for otherwise hard-to-find Waldorf-friendly books, toys, art supplies and home décor. From the enchanting and fantastically illustrated children’s stories of Swedish author Elsa Beskow to one-of-a-kind knit, sewn and felted treasures handmade by our school’s gifted artisans, the Waldorf Store is a well-curated trove of items that are, for the most part, natural, handcrafted and beautiful.
Artisans & Vendors
Knock out some of your holiday shopping at one of the region’s most special shopping experiences. Much of what our vendors have to offer is unique and handmade. You’ll find high quality knitwear, exquisitely made jewelry, handsome woodwork, sweet honey, charming felted animals, and other treasures from around the globe.
A Sampling of Our Participating Artisans
U.S. Wooden Toys - Handmade Wooden Toys - uswoodtoys.com
Bee America - We offer varietal honeys from iconic regions of the United States and proudly feature pure local honey from our own apiary in Bethesda along with natural, honey-based lip balm.
Linda Slayen - Fused Glass Dishes, Platters, Jewelry and Crochet Wire Earrings
Inter-American Deco - We specialize in high quality alpaca garments and accessories made of the finest fibers with elaborate designs, styles and colors.
Antiochia USA - Traditional Turkish Bath Towels and Luxurious Home Linens
Jacqueline Handley - Exquisite Handwoven Silk Textiles and Semi-Precious Stone Jewelry all designed and handcrafted in Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Jaipur,India).
Heide's Pottery - My functional pottery consists of wheel thrown and altered pieces as well as hand built unique items with some whimsical aspects.
Global Bead Design - Beaded jewelry and beaded wine accessories made by Judith Darvis
Handmade Purses and Precious Gems - Colorful, unique, one of a kind, hand knit wool purses plus a collection of hand made jewelry crafted with precious and semi precious gem stones.
One of a Kind - Handcrafted items from the farm, fairies and angels, and felting kits.
Arts of Asia - Arts of Asia features fair trade crafts including textiles, silver, lacquer, and other creative treasures from Burma, Bali, Thailand, and Afghanistan.
Crystal Beeswax - Choice 100% beeswax goodies from the mountains of Virginia.
Fine Ceramics by Ana Cavalcanti (WWS Parent) - Fine crafted pottery and jewlrey with an artistic touch, offering exclusive designs where function meets art.