Almost 4,000 people from all corners of Los Angeles attended the 28th Annual Elvesâ€™ Faire hosted by the Pasadena Waldorf School that imaginatively invites children into a whimsical world to laugh, play and create.
At this zero waste event that fundraises for Pasadena Waldorf School people return each year to take part of the magical experience that includes acoustic music, puppet shows, creative medieval games, and unique shopping experiences all created by the studentsâ€™ parents.
â€œWe think of it as a gift to our community. Itâ€™s an oasis, itâ€™s not like any other school fair, everything is handmade and has an aesthetic and is simple. Itâ€™s about imagination, creativity and community,â€ Director of Development Melisa Puls said.
With very few vendors, more than 50 parents bake all the goods and handcraft several items including the popular dolls sold inside the dollhouse. The angel room is a special experience for children who want to buy a present without their parents. Upon entering an eighth grade angel accompanies them throughout the angelic room with a harp player to choose from the large variety of crafted goods.
â€œWe feel like children need a day like this everyone once in a while to have their imagination soar, the games are all imagination and fun,â€ Puls said.
From soaring through the air on a jousting horse to archery or a drum circle, the limitless creativity had large smiles plastered on nearly every childâ€™s face.
Pasadena Waldorf School is an independent not for profit school that serves early childhood up to grade 10 in a unique style that focuses on developmental stages. Joining the 1000 other Waldorf Schools around the world fashioned after Rudolf Steinerâ€™s school plan, Pasadena Waldorf School provides an education in a natural woodsy setting that focuses on imagination and human relationship more than technology, not using computers until middle school.
Puls said the idea began after World War I when a Cigar company business man asked Rudolf Steiner to create a school that would educate children in such a way that wars would not happen and create a full human being who acts socially responsibly and is a life long learner.
Puls described the mission, â€œLetâ€™s educate the child to fulfill their inner capacity, not just the industry model of education where you open them up, fill them up and put them out there. This is more who are you? What do you want to do with your life? Whatâ€™s the connection of all subjects, what does art have to do with music have to do with science?â€
Pasadena Waldorf recently opened a high school location. More information about Pasadena Waldorf School can be found at http://www.pasadenawaldorf.org/.