Salmonberry’s annual Fall Festival went on despite the stormy conditions. Great fun was had by all. Kids made traditional corn husk dolls with elementary teacher, Paul Freedman. There was beeswax candle dipping, which took a lot of patience to create beautiful organic-looking tapered candles.
Towards the end, kids and adults alike dipped fall leaves, flowers, and other natural objects in the hot wax.
There was cider pressing, which many kids helped with. The apples were gathered on site, as well as brought in by various families. The traditional hand press was donated from the Bullocks’ Farm. The cider was yummy and provided a week’s worth of classroom snack time beverages, as well as gallons to take home.
There was a good deal of fall bulb planting, led by Early Childhood teacher, Linda Ellsworth. We’ll enjoy the beautiful blooms in the early spring. The kids loved the donkey rides provided by the Lum family’s two sweet grey donkeys.
There was a bountiful potluck, and an overwhelming spirit of community fun. These annual homespun events help to punctuate the year with rituals that all the kids, parents, siblings and friends look forward to throughout the year.